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Multiscale Electromagnetic Modeling of Contractions in the Pregnant Uterus - new

V. Tidwell[1], P. LaRosa[2], M. Zhang[1], H. Eswaran[3], A. Nehorai[1]
[1]Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA
[2]Monsanto Company, Technology Pipeline Solutions, St. Louis, MO, USA
[3]OB/GYN Department, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, USA

Uterine contractions during pregnancy are currently poorly understood – experts disagree on the mechanisms by which contractions propagate through the organ and the structural layout of the uterine muscle fibers. We have developed a multi-scale model of the uterus, at the cellular, tissue, and organ levels. By comparing simulated abdomen-level magnetic field readings from our model to clinical ...

Enhanced Transient Modeling of Hybrid Photovoltaic Air (PVT) Module - new

R. Kiflemariam[1], M. Almaz[1], F. Zevallos[1], C. Lin[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA

A 2D transient heat conduction model was created in COMSOL Multiphysics® software to study the performance of photovoltaic-thermal (PVT) water system. The model captures the variation of important environmental and system parameters such as outside temperature, solar irradiation, air velocity and temperature. The model has a good agreement with experimental data for the photovoltaic cell ...

AC Electrothermal Characterization of Doped-Si Heated Microcantilevers Using Frequency-Domain Finite Element Analysis - new

K. Park[1], S. Hamian[1], A. M. Gauffreau[2], T. Walsh[2]
[1]Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
[2]Department of Mechanical, Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, USA

This work investigates the frequency-dependent electrothermal behaviors of freestanding doped-silicon heated microcantilever probes operating under the periodic (ac) Joule heating. The transient heat conduction equation for each component (i.e., the low-doped heater region, the high-doped constriction region, and the high-doped leg region) is solved using the general heat transfer module for DC ...

Advancements in Carbon Dioxide and Water Vapor Separations Using COMSOL Multiphysics® Software - new

J. Knox[1], R. F. Coker[1], C. F. Gomez[1], R. Schunk[1], R. Cummings[1]
[1]NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, USA

NASA's Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) program is pioneering new approaches for rapidly developing prototype systems, demonstrating key capabilities, and validating operational concepts for future human missions beyond Earth orbit" [1]. Under the new Atmosphere Revitalization Recovery and Environmental Monitoring (ARREM) project [2], efforts are focused on improving current state-of-the-art ...

Strong Localization and Rapid Time Scales of Superheating in Solid-State Nanopores - new

E. Levine[1], G. Nagashima[1], D. Hoogerheide[1], M. Burns[2], J. Golovchenko[1]
[1]Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
[2]Rowland Institute at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

Extreme localized superheating and homogeneous vapor bubble nucleation have recently been demonstrated in a single nanopore in thin, solid state membranes [1]. Aqueous electrolytic solution present within the pore is superheated to well above its boiling point by Joule heating from ionic current driven through the pore. Continued heating of the metastable liquid can eventually lead to explosive ...

Sensitivity of the Compression-Softening Effect to Mesh Imperfections in Compressed Flexures - new

S. Saha[1], A. Ramirez[1], C. DiBiasio[2], M. Culpepper[1]
[1]Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
[2]Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc., Cambridge, MA, USA

Introduction: Flexures are low-cost bearings that are capable of providing motion guidance with high repeatability and low friction (Figure 1). However, applications of flexure bearings are often limited by their low range. This is because motion guidance in flexures is provided by bending/flexing of members; thus, range is limited by the bending stiffness. As the bending stiffness can be ...

An Approach to Modeling Vacuum Desorption - new

C. F. Gomez[1], R. Schunk[1], R. F. Coker[1], J. Knox[1]
[1]NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, USA

The objective of this simulation effort is to develop a mathematical model of vacuum desorption on a POC (Proof of Concept) canister loaded with Zeolite 13X/5A . This canister contains a pelletized adsorption bed which is used to adsorb H2O and CO2. Once this bed is fully saturated with an equilibrium loading, desorption is then accomplished by reducing the pressure to near vacuum. This type of ...

Toward Energy Zero Building: A COMSOL Multiphysics® Model of Building and its HVAC System - new

F. Bruno[1]
[1]ENERSPACE Srl, Genoa, Italy

A model built with COMSOL Multiphysics® to exploit meteorological forecasts and instant outdoor meteorological data (temperature, solar radiation, moisture, wind speed and direcition, etc.) together with indoor ambient data (air temperature, radiant temperature of enclosures, etc), building parameters (mass, orientation, surface, structural composition, etc.) and historical consumption of ...

Modelling of Heat and Moisture Transport in a Corrugated Board Stack - new

M. Xynou[1]
[1]KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Corrugated board is produced on a machine where the corrugated medium is glued between two flat paper surfaces, the liners. The board is cut into sheets and stored in a stack until suitable moisture content has been reached. The sheets are then cut and creased into blanks for the production of boxes and other products. If the moisture content is too high, there is a risk for cutting problems in ...

Finite Element Simulations of Pulsed Thermography Applied to Porous Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymers - new

G. Mayr[1], B. Plank[1], J. Suchan[1], G. Hendorfer[1]
[1]University of Applied Sciences, Wels, Austria

Porosity in carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP) as shown in figure 1 degrades the engineering performance, especially the interlaminar shear strength [1]. In the aviation industry a porosity level of 2.5 % has become the maximum level of acceptance. The presence of air-filled voids (pores) has strong effects on the thermal diffusivity. Pulsed thermography offers a rapid, non-destructive ...

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