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A Preliminary Approach to the Neutronics of the Molten Salt Reactor by Means of COMSOL Multiphysics®

V. Memoli[1], A. Cammi[1], V. Di Marcello[1], and L. Luzzi[1]
[1]Nuclear Engineering Division, Department of Energy, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

The Molten Salt Reactor (MSR), proposed along with other five innovative concepts of fission nuclear reactor by the Generation IV International Forum (GIF-IV), represents a challenging task from the modeling perspective because of the strong coupling between neutronics and thermo-hydrodynamics due to liquid fuel circulation in the primary loop. In this paper COMSOL Multiphysics® is adopted to ...

Using a Level-Set Model to Estimate Dwell Time in a Vacuum Dewatering Process for Paper

K. Rezk[1]
[1]Department of Energy, Environmental and Building Technology, Karlstad University, Kronoparken, Sweden

Water removal during paper manufacturing is an intensive energy process. The dewatering process generally consists of four stages in which the first three stages, water is removed mechanically through vacuum pulses and pressing.The fourth stage involve thermal drying. The vacuum dewatering process has been considered in this work. A laminar level-set method has been applied in order to capture ...

Particle Tracing: Analysis of Airborne Infection Risks in Operating Theatres

P. Apell[1], S. Hjalmarsson[1], T. Lindberg[1], I. Wernström[1], Y. Tarakonov[1], A. Erichsen Andersson[2], M. Karlsteen[1]
[1]Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
[2]Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Department of Anesthesia, Surgery and Intensive Care, Göteborg, Sweden

Patients undergoing surgery are sensitive to infections. The operation staff may spread 10^4 particles per person per minute, of which ten percent are presumed bacteria-carrying. We visualize the influence of the personnel on the air and particle flows for the two most common ventilation systems in Swedish hospitals using Comsol Multiphysics with particle tracing.. The Laminar Air flow ...

Thermal Study of Valve Regulated Lead Acid Batteries and Electronics Chamber Used in Stand-Alone Street Lighting Applications - new

D. Groulx[1], J. Skaalum[1], T. Jamieson[1]
[1]Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

This paper presents a study on the heat generation of Valve-Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) batteries used in off-grid streetlighting applications from PoleCo, a Halifax based company. One goal of the project was to produce validated COMSOL® models of the enclosure that holds these VRLA batteries. This model can then be used to investigate methods of reducing the temperature of the batteries based on ...

Simulation of a Nozzle in a Borehole

E. Holzbecher [1], F. Sun [2],
[1] German University of Technology in Oman, Muscat, Oman, Germany
[2] Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany

In boreholes nozzles have to be found advantageous to increase the infiltration rate of water into the subsurface ground. Studies and practice in the field shows that the infiltration of water into permeable aquifers can be improved, if the flow in the borehole is modified. Due to the nozzle the flow regime turns from linear to turbulent. CFD studies help to understand the physics of the ...

3D Modeling of Hydrogen Absorption in Metal Hydride Hydrogen Storage Bottles

R. Busqué [1], R. Torres [1], A. Husar [2], J. Grau [1]
[1] Escola Universitària d'Enginyeria Tècnica Industrial de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
[2] Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial CSIC-UPC, Barcelona, Spain

The storage of hydrogen as an absorbed element in metal hydride bottles is a promising technique for energy storage. In this work, a three-dimensional model of a charging process in a metal hydride container has been developed to simulate the absorption reaction and resultant heat and mass transport phenomena in metal hydride vessels. The model has been experimentally validated showing a good ...

Simulation of Thermal Elastohydrodynamic Lubricated (TEHL) Gear Contacts - new

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 ...

Simulating Fluid Flow through a Culture Chip for Cell Migration Studies in Microgravity

A. Dhall [1], T. Masiello [1], L. Butt [1], M. Strohmayer [1], M. Hemachandra [1], N. Tokranova [1], J. Castracane [1],
[1] Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Albany, NY, USA

Exposure to microgravity is known to alter genomic and proteomic expression and suppress immune cell activity. These changes may influence cancer development. Studying cancer cells in this environment, may help uncover novel therapeutic targets. SUNY Polytechnic Institute and SpacePharma, Inc. have teamed up to study the effect of microgravity on cancer cell migration. This will be achieved ...

Design of a Self-Recharging Untethered Mobile Inspection Tool inside a Pipeline

W. Chalgham [1], A. C. Seibi [1],
[1] University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, USA

Pipeline inspection tools present some limitations related to power supply which require recharging after each operation. Using batteries or tethered tools make the duration to inspect any pipeline very limited and time consuming. This paper aims at designing a spherical self-recharging untethered mobile ball flowing inside a given pipeline using the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. The ball will ...

Numerical Simulations of Spherical Gap Flows

K. Buehler, and J. W. Louw
University of Applied Sciences Offenburg, Germany

Rotating fluids are important in nature and technology. Many applications can be found in the field of meteorology and in rotating machinery. This investigation concerns the application of the swirl flow application mode in COMSOL Multiphysics to simulate nonlinear aspects of flows within spherical geometries. The results show the non-uniqueness of the supercritical solutions and ...