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Modeling a Lung-on-a-Chip Microdevice

M. J. Hancock [1], N. Elabbasi [1],
[1] Veryst Engineering, LLC., Needham, MA, USA

Organ-on-a-chip microdevices combine microfluidics, MEMS, and biotechnology techniques to mimic the multicellular architectures, tissue-tissue interfaces, physicochemical microenvironments, and vascular perfusion of the body.[1] Such devices are being developed to provide better levels of tissue and organ functionality compared with conventional cell culture systems, and have great potential to ...

Finite Element Analysis of Photoacoustic Response from Gold Nanoparticle

Y. Davletshin[1], J. C. Kumaradas[1]
[1]Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Photoacoustic (PA) imaging has matured into a clinical modality for tissue imaging and functional cancer cell research. It uses a pulsed laser to irradiate a region and generate a thermally-induced acoustic pressure wave that can be collected by an ultrasound transducer. The optical absorption/PA contrast of the region of interest can be enhanced by the use of plasmonic nanoparticles. The ...

Simulating Forced Convection in a Bingham Plastic Fluid

E. Tejaswini [1], B. Sreenivasulu [1], B. Srinivas [1],
[1]Gayatri Vidya Parishad College of Engineering, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

In this work, the heat transfer characteristics of two heated cylinders of square cross-section immersed in a streaming Bingham plastic medium have been studied. The governing differential equations (continuity, momentum and thermal energy) have been solved numerically over wide range of conditions as: plastic Reynolds number, 0.1 ≤ Re ≤ 40, Prandtl number, 1 ≤ Pr ≤ 100, Bingham number, 0 ≤ Bn ≤ ...

Time Dependent Simulations of Thermoelectric Thin Films and Nanowires for Direct Determination of their Efficiency with COMSOL Multiphysics®

M. Muñoz Rojo[1], J. Jose Romero[1], D. Ramos[1], D. Borca-Tasciuc[2], T. Borca-Tasciuc[2], M. Martín Gonzalez[1]
[1]Instituto de Microelectrónica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
[2]Rensselaer Polytechnique Institute, Troy, New York, USA

Thermoelectric materials are one of the most promising materials for future and nowadays energy harvesting devices, as they can convert heat into electricity and vice-versa. The efficiency of thermoelectric materials is related with the figure of merit, ZT. Our work deals with the determination of the parameters that affect the measurement of the ZT with the Harman technique and the best ...

Investigation on Sensor Fault Effects of Piezoelectric Transducers on Wave Propagation and Impedance Measurements

I. Buethe[1], C.-P. Fritzen[1]
[1]University of Siegen, Institute of Mechanics and Control Engineering-Mechatronics, Siegen, Germany

For active Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), one popular sensor type is the piezoelectric wafer active sensor (PWAS) due to its multi-purpose application as actuator and sensor and its low cost. It is used to generate a wave field, which interacts with the structure and is recorded by a second set of PWASs. This method is called acousto ultrasonics. The change in wave field from transducer ...

Numerical Modeling of Sampling Airborne Radioactive Particles Methods from the Stacks of Nuclear Facilities in Compliance with ISO 2889 - new

P. Geraldini[1]
[1]Sogin Spa, Rome, Italy

The main objective of this study is to verify the compliance of an ongoing nuclear facilities stack design with the ISO 2889 requirements, during normal and off-normal conditions. In particular, with the numerical simulations, they have been identify well-mixed sample locations along the chimney and the compliance with the International Standard requirements as result of stack flow rate and ...

Modeling of Porous Catalyst Pellets: Comparison of Diffusion Flux Models for Steam Methane Reforming

P. L. Mills [1], L. Olabanji [1], A. Nagaraj [1], A. Nanduri [1],
[1] Department of Chemical and Natural Gas Engineering, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, Kingsville, TX, USA

Introduction Steam reforming of natural gas has been the most common method for producing synthesis gas (CO + H2) for the production of H2, MeOH and NH3 for over half a century [1]. Production of H2 in the USA using steam methane reforming (SMR) is ca. 9 MM tons/yr. Global production of NH3 using H2 derived from SMR was ca. 109 MM/yr in 2004. In the chemical industry, the SMR process is ...

Modeling of Straight Jet Dynamics in Electrospinning Process

R. Pandya [1], A. Kumar [2], V. Runkana [1],
[1] Tata Research Development and Design Centre, Tata Consultancy Services, Pune, India
[2] Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India

Electrospinning is a process where high voltage is applied to produce polymer fibers of nanoscale diameter. Various polymers have been used for this process in molten form or as a solution with an appropriate solvent such as glycerol. The melt solidifies while the solvent evaporates to produce fibers. The fibers produced have properties such as high surface to volume ratio and a molecular ...

Simulation of Thermal Elastohydrodynamic Lubricated (TEHL) Gear Contacts

T. Lohner [1], A. Ziegltrum [1], K. Stahl [1],
[1] Gear Research Centre (FZG), Technical University of Munich (TUM), Garching, Germany

Thermal elastohydrodynamic lubricated (TEHL) contacts occur very frequently in drive technology and thus in gear drives. In this presentation, the implementation of a finite element based TEHL simulation approach for gear contacts in COMSOL Multiphysics® software is shown. The physically based simulation approach used is different to most of the existing TEHL simulations and is required to ...

Optimization of a Thermoelectric Conversion System

J. R. Chase [1],
[1] Alphabet Energy, Hayward, CA, USA

Thermoelectric materials have no theoretical limit to conversion efficiency of heat into electrical power. In order to compete with other forms of power generation and small-scale energy conversion, thermoelectric converters need to maximize their practical usability when integrated with real-world sources of waste heat, and in real-life service environments. This trade-off reduces itself to ...