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Applicability of the Fracture Flow Interface to the Analysis of Piping in Granular Material

S. Bersan[1], C. Jommi[2], A. Koelewijn[3], P. Simonini[1]
[1]University of Padua, Padua, Italy
[2]Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
[3]Deltares, Delft, The Netherlands

Piping is a kind of internal erosion that occurs under water retaining structures lying on a sandy soil. In an attempt to reproduce the growth of erosion channels in sand, a small scale physical model has been set up in the laboratory and a finite element model that reproduces the physical model has been developed. This paper presents the comparison among modeling strategies, from which emerged ...

Modeling of Energy Efficient Continuous Sterilisation of ABP from Food Wastes

S. Dalrymple[1], R. Heslop[1]
[1]C-Tech Innovation Ltd. , Capenhurst, United Kingdom

Ohmic heating is a volumetric heating technology which can effectively process almost any pumpable fluid with extremely high energy efficiency (>95%). This is particularly useful for very thick fluids, those that burn on to hot surfaces and those with high solids content which would cause difficulties for conventional heating techniques. Processing of animal by-products (ABP) faces all these ...

3D Hydrogeological Modeling - From a Theoretical 2D Model through a Medium Scale Application up to a Challenge: Simulations at Basin Scale

E. Cavalli[1], R. Simonetti[1], M. Gorla[1], N. Ceresa[1]
[1]CAP Holding, Milan, Italy

An alluvial aquifer system has probably conceived as a numerical modeling hell. We have chosen COMSOL Multiphysics® for two reasons: 1) FEM methods allow to use complex geometries; 2) multiphysics simulation permits to run a single model with all phenomena. We built a section with these physics: a) Darcy's law, b) Richards' equation, c) ALE to show surface deformation, d) Hydrogeologcal ...

Single Discharge Simulations of Needle Pulses for Electrothermal Ablation

M. Hackert-Oschätzchen[1], M. Kreißig[1], M. Kowalick[1], H. Zeidler[1], A. Schubert[1], O. Kröning[2], M. Herzig[2], H.-P. Schulze[3]
[1]Professorship Micromanufacturing Technology, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany
[2]Leukhardt Schaltanlagen Systemtechnik GmbH, Magdeburg, Germany
[3] Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany

Within this study a model of a single discharge of micro scale EDM was developed in accordance with Schulze et al [1]. The specific computation of the growth of the plasma channel has been derived from this literature. Applying COMSOL Multiphysics® a pseudo 3-D geometry was created based on the literature data. Afterwards the thermal heat transfer in solids was defined as well as the parameters ...

Modeling of a Biogas Steam Reforming Reactor for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems

F. Cipitì[1]
[1]CNR-ITAE, Institute of Advanced Technologies for Energy, Messina, Italy

A biogas steam reforming reactor has been developed in order to be integrated into a proof-of-concept SOFC system, able to operate with biogas produced in an industrial waste water treatment unit. A mathematical model, aimed at describing the performance of the reactor, has been developed. The reactor is simplified and modeled as a non-isothermal plug flow reactor. The reactor is fed with a ...

Evaporation Induced Convection Under a Gas Channel

H. Machrafi[1], A. Rednikov[2], P. Colinet[2], P.C. Dauby[1]
[1]University of Liège, Thermodynamics of Irreversible Phenomena, Institut de Physique, Liège, Belgium
[2]Universite Libre de Bruxelles, TIPs - Fluid Physics, Bruxelles, Belgium

This work falls into the framework of an ESA experiment, which consists of observing the behavior of patterns and structures that can be formed after instability onset in a HFE7100 liquid layer, evaporating into a nitrogen gas flow. This study is performed by a three-dimensional numerical simulation of the transient temperature and fluid motion. The results show that first several small rolls ...

Numerical Experiments on Deconvolution Applied to LES in the Modeling of Turbulent Flow

O. Toscanelli[1], V. Colla[1]
[1]Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa, Italy

The Large Eddy Simulation is an important method to simulate turbulent flow. It does not produce a closed system of equations, to achieve this it is necessary to model the not-closed terms. The deconvolution can be used for this purpose. In this study some numerical experiments on this topic are performed with COMSOL Multiphysics®. The main objectives are to find an efficient way to implement ...

Thermo-Fluid Dynamic Modeling of Cu Based Metallic Foams for Heat Exchanger Applications

C.A. Biffi[1], A. Tuissi[1]
[1]National Research Council of Italy, Lecco, Italy

In this work the innovative concept is the use of a Cu based metallic foam, characterized by open cell structure, as active element for heat exchangers. The metallic foam, produced by liquid infiltration method, was introduced inside a Cu tube, as base element for the exchanger. In the configuration under investigation, an moist air flow at few hundreds of degrees passes through the metallic ...

Detector and Calibration-source Models for the SAFARI Detector Test Facility

M. Audley[1], G. de Lange[1], C. Bracken[2]
[1]SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, Groningen, The Netherlands
[2]National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland

SAFARI is a far-infrared imaging spectrometer for the Japanese satellite observatory SPICA. SAFARI covers the wavelength range 34—210 μm (1.4—8.8 THz) using Transition-Edge-Sensor (TES) bolometers. We have built a test facility to qualify and characterize the SAFARI focal plane units using cryogenic optical calibration sources. To support this work we have used COMSOL Multiphysics® to model the ...

Shielding Cylinder Effect in High-Speed Electric Machines

B. Hannon[1], P. Sergeant[1]
[1]Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

In the field of electric machines, a trend towards both higher efficiency and higher power density is observed. This has led to a growing importance of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machines. However, the magnets used in these machines risk demagnetization at high temperatures. Especially in machines operated at high speeds. A commonly proposed solution is the shielding cylinder (SC), a ...

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