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High Temperature Process Simulation: An Example in Crystal Growth

H. Rouch[1] and O. Geoffroy[1]
[1]INOPRO, Villard de Lans, France

High temperature processes are used in a large variety of industrial application. Simulation helps to solve technological problems and increase energy efficiency in case of industrial scale simulation. We present in this paper a research equipment simulation. The aim is to increase knowledge of temperature field in the crystal growth region in order to give researcher some important information ...

Two-Dimensional Modelling of a Non-Isothermal PrOx Reactor with Water Cooling for Fuel Cell Applications

H. Beyer[1], B. Schönbrod[1], C. Siegel[1], M. Steffen[1], and A. Heinzel[1][2]
[1]Zentrum für BrennstoffzellenTechnik GmbH, Duisburg, Germany
[2]Institut für Energie und Umweltverfahrenstechnik, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany

This work treats of a preferential oxidation reactor, which is simulated by a two-dimensional axial symmetric model. The reactor serves as purification of hydrocarbon reformat and converts the CO mole fraction from up to 1 % in the feed gas down to a few ppm at the outlet to deliver a hydrogen rich feed gas for a PEM fuel cell. The model combined chemical kinetic expressions, which were ...

Modeling Interface Response in Cellular Adhesion

G. Megali[1], D. Pellicanò[1], M. Cacciola[1], F. Calarco[1], D. De Carlo[1], F. Laganà[1], and F.C. Morabito[1]

[1]DIMET Department, Faculty of Engineering, University “Mediterranea” of Reggio Calabria, Reggio Calabria, Italy

Constitutive properties of living cells are able to withstand physiological environment as well as mechanical stimuli occurring within and outside the body. We examined fluid flow and Neo-Hookean deformation related to the rolling effect. A mechanical model to describe the cellular adhesion with detachment is here proposed. We developed a finite element analysis, simulating blood cells attached ...

FEMLAB as a Front-end for Large-scale Acoustic Modeling Parallelized Wave Basis Solver for the 3D Helmholtz Problems

Huttunen, T.1, Malinen, M.1, Vanne, A.1, Monk, P.2 1 University of Kuopio, Department of Applied Physics, Kuopio, Finland
2 University of Delaware, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Newark, DE, USA

We introduce an extension for FEMLAB's acoustic mode which uses the ultra-weak variational formulation (UWVF) method for solving 3D Helmholtz problems. The solver, calledWaveller, uses FEMLAB's graphical interface for creating geometries, generating meshes, post-processing and visualization. However, the solution of acoustic wave problems using the UWVF significantly reduces the computational ...

Modeling Bone Remodeling

DiCarlo, A.1, Naili, S.2, Quiligotti, S., Teresi, L.1
1 Università "Roma Tre"
2 Université Paris XII–Val-de-Marne

Growth (change of relaxed lengths) and remodeling (change of mechanical properties) are both involved in the morphogenesis of biological tissues. To model them is of paramount import for progressing both in scientific understanding and health technologies. We model bone tissue as a microstructured continuum, whose mechanical properties at the macroscopic scale are described by a linear, ...

Finite-element Modeling of Light Fluence Distribution in Prostate During Photodynamic Therapy

Li, J., Zhu, T.C.
Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

The Finite Element Method was used to calculate light fluence rate distribution in a prostate with heterogeneous optical properties during photodynamic therapy (PDT). The near infrared light propagation in tissue was studied using the diffusion approximation of the radiative transport equation, applicable when scattering dominates absorption. Models were built in FEMLAB using the coefficient ...

FEMLAB Solution of the Creeping Flow Equations for a Particle in Stagnation Point Flows in the Vicinity of a Wall

Pasol, L., Feuillebois, F.

The fluid velocity and pressure of the floweld around axed spherical particle embedded in an unperturbed axisymmetric creeping flow in the vicinity of a wall is calculated analytically by the method of bipolar coordinates. Results are obtained with a 10-16 precision allowing a comparison with the results from a FEMLAB calculation. Results from the analytical calculation exhibit several cell ...

A Multiscale Numerical Model of a Deformable Isothermal Nonwetting Liquid Drop

Smith, M.K., Neitzel, G.P.
The George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institue of Technology, Atlanta, GA

A state of permanent, isothermal nonwetting of a solid surface by a normally wetting liquid may be achieved by having the surface move tangentially to a liquid drop that is pressed against it. Surrounding gas is swept into the space between the liquid and solid creating a lubricating film that prevents wetting. The length scales of the drop and the film are typically three or more orders of ...

Seawater Intrusion

Bird, J., Bonneton, A., Brouat, V., Panfilova, I.
Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie, Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine

Seawater intrusion is a significant practical problem for coastal regions, which requires human efforts directed to prevent the degradation of freshwater aquifers. In the present paper we examined the homogeneous confined aquifer in terms of a 2D model which represents a vertical cross-section perpendicular to the sea coast. Several numerical simulations were performed in order to determine the ...

Normal Mode Analysis of the Chesapeake Bay using FEMLAB

McIlhany, K., Gillary, G., Malek-Madani, R.
Physics Dept., United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

A Normal Mode Analysis (NMA) of the Chesapeake Bay was performed using Dirichlet boundary conditions and FEMLAB. The lowest 100 eigenstates were calculated and compared to a finite difference solution. Based on the normal modes derived numerically, surface current vector fields can be calculated. The vector fields of the Chesapeake Bay provide tools for the solution of problems such as the ...

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