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A Moisture Transfer Model for Drying of Grain

K. Lund[1]
[1]Kurt Lund Consulting, Del Mar, California, USA

A kernel of grain is modeled as an isothermal sphere, with descriptive differential equations scaled or rendered into non-dimensional form, where moisture transfer is governed by internal diffusivity, not by surface conditions. The time dependent problem is solved with COMSOL and the average non-dimensional moisture content and its time-rate of change are obtained; by regression, these numerical ...

Modeling the Bacterial Clearance in Capillary Network Using Coupled Stochastic-Differential and Navier-Stokes Equations

A. Atalla[1], and A. Jeremic[1]
[1]McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

The capillary network is a complex-interconnected structure. A single blood cell traveling from the arteriole to a venule via a capillary bed passes through, on average, 40−100 capillary segments. The cardiovascular systems responsible of delivering blood to the tissue under sufficient pressure to exchange materials. This is a two way process, at which nutrients, Oxygen, and other ...

Wall Effects in Convective Heat Transfer from a Sphere to Power Law Fluids in Tubes

D. Song[1], R. Gupta[1], and Chhabra[2]

[1]West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA
[2]Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India

Heat transfer from a sphere having a uniform temperature and falling axially in a cylindrical tube filled with an incompressible power-law liquid is numerically investigated. The governing equations for simultaneous flow around a confined sphere and heat transfer to power-law fluids were solved numerically using COMSOL Multiphysics. It was found that the wall effects on the mean Nusselt number ...

Flow and Mixing in the Liquid between Bubbles

B. Finlayson[1]
[1]Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

Mixing is characterized in liquids moving between bubbles when the bubbles are moving down a microfluidic channel. The shape is assumed based on fluid mechanical arguments and experimental observations, and the mixing is characterized for a variety of situations in two and three-dimensions. In COMSOL Multiphysics, an integration coupling variable was used by solving the problem in two dimensions ...

Numerical Study of the Electrical Properties of Insulating Thin Films Deposited on a Conductive Substrate

R.A.Gerhardt[1], and S. Kumar[1]
[1]School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Parametric finite element simulations were performed to study the effect of film thickness, and electrode size on the different impedance parameters for insulating thin films deposited on a conductive substrate. COMSOL Multiphysics® was used to solve the quasi-static form of Maxwell’s electromagnetic equations in time harmonic mode. Several types of 2D models (linear and axisymmetric) ...

Coupled Heat and Mass Transfer Processes in Enclosed Environments

J.L.Wilson[1], and R. Dwivedi[1]

[1]New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, New Mexico, USA

Geothermally driven natural convection in enclosures is a ubiquitous process occurring in many physical environments such as caves, mines, etc. We have numerically simulated laminar and turbulent natural convection in isolated air-filled cavities, buried in a more conductive rock mass. We have modeled heat transfer using COMSOL's Convection and Conduction mode. To better understand the ...

Finite element analysis approach for optimization of enzyme activity for enzymatic bio-fuel cell

C. Wang[1], Y. Song[1], Y. Parikh[1], and J.H. Yang[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical & Materials Science Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA

Enzymatic biofuel cells (EBFCs) are miniature implantable power sources, which use enzymes as catalysts to perform redox reaction with biological fuels such as glucose. In this study, we focused on a three dimensional EBFC chip with highly dense micro-electrode arrays, fabricated by carbon-micro-electro-mechanical-system (C-MEMS) techniques. Glucose oxidase (GOx) is immobilized on anodes for the ...

Reliability Evaluation for Static Chamber Method at Landfill Sites

H. Ishimori[1], K. Endo[1], and M. Yamada[1]
[1]National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

In this study, COMSOL Multiphysics was used for the reliability evaluation for static chamber method at landfill sites. Static chamber method, which measures landfill gas emission fluxes, is widely used at landfill sites for the monitoring of greenhouse gas emission such as methane and carbon dioxide. The accuracy and the reliability of static chamber method are dependent on the measuring ...

Simulation of the Turbulent Flow in HEV Static Mixers : Mixing of Ethanol with Gasoline

A. Eissa[1]
[1]Department of Chemical Engineering, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt

Mixing is a typical unit operation that occurs almost in all chemical industries. Static – alternatively termed motionless – mixers are being widely used due to their low power consumption, low capital investment, minimal maintenance costs and versatility. The traditional helical mixing element is mainly used for in-line blending under laminar and transitional flow conditions. The ...

Viscous damping of a periodic perforated MEMS microstructure when the Reynolds’ equation cannot be applied: Numerical simulations

D. Homentcovschi[1], and R.N. Miles[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering, SUNY Binghamton, NY

This paper develops a computational model for determining the total damping coefficient for a unit cell of a MEMS microscale device containing a repetitive pattern of holes. The basic cell of the microstructure is approximated by an axi-symmetric domain and the velocity and pressure fields are determined from solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations using the finite element software package ...

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