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Wavebased Micromotor for Plane Motions (3-DoF)

G. Jehle, D. Kern, and W. Seemann
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany

This paper proposes the design of a 3-Degree of Freedom(DoF) motor based on surface acoustic waves in elastic solids. The rotor is propelled by wave fields, for linear and rotational motion respectively, in the stator, that can be steered by the driving signal of the piezoelectric actuators, which are placed on an elastic plate. The next considerations concern the feasibility of the proposed ...

Simulation of Flaw Signals in a Magnetic Flux Leakage Inspection Procedure

O. Nemitz, and T. Schmitte
Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung GmbH, Duisburg, Germany

In the inspection of steel products with respect to flaws a magnetic flux leakage (MFL) test procedure can be applied. In this procedure a “horseshoe” shaped yoke is used, whose legs are wrapped with coils through which an alternate current with a high frequency (3 kHz) is flowing. Hereby a thin magnetic field is induced near the surface of the test object which leaks from the material if a flaw ...

Microfluidic Systems for Cell Growth and Cell Migration Studies

M.Dimaki[1], P. Shah[1], D. Kwasny[1], J. Lange Moresco[2], and W. E. Svendsen[1]
[1]Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark
[2]Sunstone Capital, Copenhagen, Denmark

Lab-on-a-chip devices for cell culturing are becoming imperative in order to satisfy the needs for point-of-care or decentralized laboratory testing. Towards that goal we have developed miniaturized membrane based cell culture chambers for use within the field of chromosome analysis. The same principle was applied for the development of a miniaturized cell migration device. Flow and ...

Simulation of the Behaviour of a Knitted Structure Made of NiTi Wires to the Mechanical Loading

J. Kafka
Technical University of Liberec
Department of Engineering Mechanics
Liberec, Czech Republic

This article describes the response of the knitted fabric to the mechanical loading and how a simplified FE model can approach realistically the response of the structure to the mechanical loading. The knitted fabric is made of nitinol material, which belongs to the group of shape memory alloys. The simulations show the behaviour of this structure in unidirectional stretching and in bending ...

Using Comsol 4.1 to Build a Transient Model of a Drift Tube Ion Mobility Spectrometer with Improved Performance

J. Langejürgen, P. Cochems, U. Günay, M. Allers, and S. Zimmermann
Leibniz University Hannover
Hannover, Germany

An Ion Mobility Spectrometer is a device to analyze different components of a gas mixture. A feature of this technology is the ultra-low detection limit which can be obtained for most trace gases. Due to a limited resolution which is needed to differ between different components an improvement of the IMS field geometry is needed. Especially for novel ionization sources the influence of Coulomb ...

COMSOL Simulations for Steady State Thermal Hydraulics Analyses of ORNL’s High Flux Isotope Reactor

P.K. Jain[1], V.B. Khane[2], J.D. Freels[1]
[1]Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA
[2]Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, USA

Simulation models for steady state thermal hydraulics analyses of ORNL’s HFIR have been developed using COMSOL. A single fuel plate and coolant channel of each type of HFIR fuel element was modeled in three dimensions. The standard k-? turbulence model was used in simulating turbulent flow with conjugate heat transfer. The COMSOL models were developed to be fully parameterized to allow ...

Numerical Simulation of Flow Electrolysers: Effect of Various Geometric Parameters

P. Shukla[1], K. K. Singh[1], P. K. Gupta [1], S. K. Ghosh[1]
[1]Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai, India

Flow electrolysers find several applications in industry. They are used for production of metals and synthesis of chemicals, gases. Cleaning and preservation of old artifacts, electrolytic refining of metals, electrolytic winning of metals, alkaline water electrolysis, anodization, electrometallurgy, electroplating, electrolytic etching of metal surfaces are other industrial applications of flow ...

Development and Optimization of a Microfluidic Device for Magnetic Field Induced Cell Separation

L. Helmich[1], A. Hütten[1]
[1]Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

Besides conventional laboratory analysis methods, so called micro-total-analysis devices (µTAS) have gained great interest during the last decades. In this work we demonstrate a mechanism for the separation and selection of medical samples that can be applied within these µTAS devices. Due to magnetic beads, which are bound to the cell surface, these biological samples become sensitive to ...

An Innovative Reactive Transport Modeling Approach for the Chemical Evolution of a HLW Cell in the Callovo-Oxfordian Formation

J. Molinero[1], D. García[1], M. Grivé[1], A. Nardi[1]
[1]Amphos 21 Consulting, Barcelona, Spain

Andra (The French National Radioactive Waste Management Agency) envisages the safe disposal of High-Level Waste (HLW) and Intermediate-Level Long-Lived Waste (IL-LLW) in deep geological storage using a multi-barrier system. To ensure the containment of radioactivity, the principle of storage is based on a clay formation with low permeability, homogeneity and continuity (i.e Callovo-Oxfordian ...

Flow Analysis and Optimization of a Hierarchical Plate Heat Exchanger for an Adsorption Heat Pump

E. Tempfli[1], F.P. Schmidt[1]
[1]Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Fluid Machinery (FSM), Karlsruhe, Germany

The paper investigates the hydrodynamic performance of a hierarchical parallel channel network for the objective of optimal thermal coupling to heat released in the adsorption processes, as in adsorption heat pumps. More specifically, the uniformity of the fluid flow over the network is improved by optimizing the topology of the manifold channels of the two hierarchical levels. For this purpose ...