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COMSOL News Magazine 2017

Predicting the Transformation of a Liquid Food Product within a Tubular Heat Exchanger

A. Plana-Fattori [1], E. Auger [1], C. Doursat [1], D. Flick [1]
[1] AgroParisTech, Paris, France

Continuous heat treatment is employed in food industry as a key step in the production of selected products, like dairy desserts. The evolution of an aqueous suspension of starch granules along an existing heat exchanger is here studied by 3D modeling of fluid flow, heat transfer and transformation. 3D modeling puts in evidence the role played by the curved tubes (bends) situated between ...

3D Model of Flow Behavior near Dermal Denticles from Shark Skin

A. N. Kolborg [1],
[1] Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark

This project makes a first attempt at modelling fluid flow over shark skin on a microscopic level. The modeled fluid flow shows good agreement with theory. Further refinement of the model parameters holds promises of better understanding of this complex fluid flow phenomenon. The COMSOL Multiphysics® model was evaluated against micro particle image velocimetry measurements of the same flow ...

Benchmark Comparison of Natural Convection in a Tall Cavity

H. Dillon[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

A comparison of the commercial code COMSOL is performed with the bench-mark solutions provided by the literature for a tall, differentially heated rectangular cavity for aspect ratios of 8, 15, 20, and 33. At small Rayleigh numbers the flow is dominated by conduction. As the Rayleigh number is increased the flow becomes unstable, first resulting in multicellular secondary flow patterns, and then ...

Three Dimensional Numerical Study of the Interaction of Turbulent Liquid Metal Flow with an External Magnetic Field

G. Pulugundla[1], M. Zec[2], and A. Alferenok[3]
[1]Institute of Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, Ilmenau University of Technology, Ilmenau, Germany
[2]Department of Advanced Electromagnetics, Ilmenau University of Technology, Ilmenau, Germany
[3]Electrothermal Energy Conversion Group, Ilmenau University of Technology, Ilmenau, Germany

Lorentz Force Velocimetry (LFV) is a non-contact measurement technique used to determine flow rates in electrically conducting fluids by exposing the flow to an external magnetic field and measuring the Lorentz force acting on the magnet system. Typically, for LFV applications real and complex permanent magnet systems with inhomogeneous magnetic fields interact with the fluid. In this paper, ...

Scraping Non-Newtonian Power-Law Paint

C. R. Meyer [1], J. R. Rice [1],
[1] Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

A similarity solution to Taylor's paint scraper problem for the flow of a non-Newtonian power-law fluid is presented. A shooting method numerical solution agrees with the results found for Newtonian fluids and is able to capture both shear-thinning and shear-thickening fluids. Simulations created in COMSOL Multiphysics® software are also presented to corroborate the shooting method and display ...

Uncertainty Quantification: What it is and Why it is Important for Multiphysics Simulations

P. Qian [1, 2],
[1] University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI, USA
[2] SmartUQ, Madison, WI, USA

Uncertainty appears in many aspects of physical simulations including stochastic design parameters, hard-to-specify input distributions, probabilistic boundary and initial conditions, and unknown geometries. Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) has emerged as the science of quantitative characterization and reduction of uncertainties in both simulation and test results. Stretching across applied ...

Computational Modelling of Fluid Dynamics in Electropolishing of Radiofrequency Accelerating Cavities - new

H. Rana[1], L. Ferreira[2]
[1]Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK
[2]European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), Genéve, Switzerland

Electropolishing is an electrochemical process that radiofrequency accelerating cavities undergo in order to improve their inner metal surface finishing. This is performed prior to their installation into particle accelerators, in order to enhance their accelerating properties. Using COMSOL Multiphysics® software it was possible to model the process throughout the cavity and study the fluid ...

Rotor Modeling at Low Temperature for NMR

N. Luchier [1,2], P. Forestier [1,2], E. Bouleau [1,2]
[1] Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France
[2] CEA, Grenoble, France

Our laboratory is currently leading the design and the manufacture of a novel device that allows NMR spectroscopy to be cooled down to cryogenics temperature (in the 10-100 K range). The system features a sample-holder that rotates at very high frequencies (f >10 kHz). Two aerostatics gas-bearings, allows this sample holder to be suspended in its chamber thanks to a Helium flow. A second Helium ...

Pervaporation Membrane Module Design with Simulation

J. Boon [1], H. Heuver [2], F. Velterop [2], H. van Veen [1], A. de Groot [1],
[1] ECN, Petten, The Netherlands
[2] Pervatech, Rijssen, The Netherlands

Pervaporation is the selective evaporation of one component in a liquid mixture using a membrane. HybSi pervaporation membranes consist of porous ceramic support tubes with a thin selective layer on the inside or feed side. Modules for 7 and 19 membrane bundles (surface area up to 2.0 m2) are studied in COMSOL Multiphysics® for the absence of pressure drop on the permeate side. With a water flux ...

A Coulomb Stress Model to Simulate Induced Seismicity Due to Fluid Injection and Withdrawal in Deep Boreholes

G. Perillo[1], G. De Natale[2], C. Troise[2], A. Troiano[2], M.G. Di Giuseppe[2], A. Tramelli[2]
[1]University of Naples Parthenope, Naples, Italy
[2]INGV, Osservatorio Vesuviano, Naples, Italy

Fluid injection and withdrawal in deep wells is a basic procedure in mining activities and deep resources exploitation, i.e. oil and gas extraction, geothermal exploitation, geothermal permeability enhancement and waste ?uid disposal. All these activities have the potential to induce seismicity, as dramatically demonstrated by the 2006 Basilea earthquake of magnitude ML=3.4. The mechanism of ...