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Finite Element Modeling of the Stress Field in a Cell-Seeded Microchannel

G. Zhu, and Y. Li
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI, USA

Fluids used in biomedical microelectromechanical systems (BioMEMS) devices often exhibit very different flow behavior from those in bulk solutions, which in turn affects the behavior of cells and biomolecules in the device. In this work, we investigate an integrated microfluidic system for living cell culture and assay. The system can be used as a generic platform to study the behavior of ...

Evaluation of COMSOL as a Tool for Pinpointing Moisture Entering Locations From Inside Surface Moisture

J. van Schijndel
Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands

The location and nature of the moisture leakages are sometimes difficult to detect. Moreover, the relation between observed inside surface moisture patterns and where the moisture enters the construction is often not clear. The objective of this paper is to investigate inverse modeling techniques as a tool for the detection of moisture leakage locations in building constructions from inside ...

Optimization Of The Collection Of Sprays By An Enhanced Electronic Sensor

J. Berges[1], B. Barelaud[1], I. Niort[2], and J.L. Decossas[2]
[1]XLIM, Limoges, France
[2]Université de Limoges, France

We propose the study of an electronic sensor allowing the collection of sprays in free space. The detector consists of three elements: a photodiode situated in the center of the structure to which is applied a bias voltage, an aluminum ring which referenced to a voltage higher than that of the photodiode and an insulating material disk (polyvinyl chloride). The total size of the structure is ...

Mechanical Behaviour of TiAl Spherical Particles Including Friction Effect

G. Maizza, R. Cagliero, and A. Santoro
Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali ed Ingegneria Chimica, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

Powder metallurgy is a key technology for manufacturing advanced components based on TiAl alloys. Cold compaction is the primary step to produce green parts. Cold deformation of TiAl powder is difficult due to its typical poor ductility. Plastic deformation and cracking susceptibility of TiAl powder strongly depends on micro-mechanical phenomena. To manage real compaction problems more reliable ...

FEM Based Modeling In COMSOL Multiphysics and Design Of Control Of Distributed Parameter Systems

C. Belavý, and G. Hulkó, and K. Ondrejkovic, and D. Šišmišová
Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia

This paper presents a finite element method based modeling and design of control for distributed parameter systems. First, models of distributed parameter systems in the form of lumped-input/distributed-output systems and structure of control loop are introduced. Next, modeling of temperature fields of the casting die as distributed parameter systems in preheating process is performed in COMSOL ...

Study of Gas Dynamics in the Heat-accumulation Stoves

P. Scotton, and D. Rossi
Dipartimento di geoscienze
Università di Padova
Padova, Italy

The paper aims to clarify some aspects of the gases hydro-dynamics within the twisted conduct of heat accumulation stoves (ceramic-refractory stoves) downstream the combustion chamber. Both Comsol laminar and k-e turbulent models have been used in case of straight and curved pipes with circular, square and rectangular cross-sections, at different Reynolds numbers, in case of smooth wall (Comsol ...

Validation of a Simplified Model to Determine the Long-Term Performance of Borehole Heat Exchanger Fields With Groundwater Advection

S. Lazzari[1], A. Priarone[2], and E. Zanchini[1]
[1]University of Bologna, Department DIENCA, Bologna, Italy
[2]University of Genova, Department DIPTEM, Genova, Italy

Finite element simulations performed through COMSOL Multiphysics are used to study the long-term performance of BHE fields placed in a water-saturated porous soil subjected to groundwater movement. The heat transfer problem is written in a dimensionless form and the long-term time evolution of the mean surface temperature of the BHEs, sketched as cylindrical heat sources subjected to a regular ...

Multiphysics Simulation of an Anode-supported Micro-tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC)

G. Ganzer, W. Beckert, T. Pfeifer, and A. Michaelis
Fraunhofer IKTS
Dresden, Germany

The high thermal stability and fast start-up behavior make micro-tubular solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) a promising alternative for small-scale, mobile power devices in the range of some Watts. To understand the transport phenomena inside a single micro-tubular SOFC, a 2-D, axi-symmetric, non-isothermal model, performed in COMSOL Multiphysics® 4.2, has been developed. Due to long current path ...

Efficiency of Evacuated Tubular Solar Thermal Collector

J. Ma and X. Wei
Southeastern Louisiana University
Hammond, LA

Using COMSOL® 3.5a, models were created to simulate the heat transfer between the working fluid and the selective coating as well as the natural convection of the working fluid itself. In these models, a constant heat input on half of the selective coating facing the sun was considered as energy input from the sun, and the open end of the tube, where the working fluid can flow in and out of the ...

Microwave Drying of Cellular Ceramic Substrates: A Conjugate Modeling Approach to Understand Surface Moisture Migration

A. Halder, and J. George
Corning, Inc.
Painted Post, NY

Microwave drying processes are critical components in the manufacture of cellular ceramic substrates and filters. The objective of this study is to develop a comprehensive model at a small scale and include all the possible physics that are important during microwave drying processes. Based on the results, conclusions are made on the importance of different factors in drying.

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