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Improving Heating Uniformity of Dried Fruit in RF Treatments for Pest Control: Model Development and Validation - new

B. Alfaifi[1], J. Tang[2], Y. Jiao[2], S. Wang[3], B. Rasco[2], S. Jiao[2], S. Sablani[2]
[1]King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
[2]Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA
[3]Northwest A&F University, Yangling, Shaanxi, China

Non-uniform heating is one of the most important challenges during the development of radio frequency (RF) heat treatments for pest control. A computer simulation model using finite element–based COMSOL Multiphysics® software was developed to investigate the heating uniformity of raisins packed in a rectangular plastic container and treated using RF heating. The developed model was then ...

Biofluid-Structural Interaction in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm for Predicting Timeline to Rupture: The Effect of Hypertension and Aorta Wall Material Properties - new

K. Cluff[1], H. Mehraein[1], G. Jayakumar[2]
[1]Bioengineering, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, USA
[2]Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, USA

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a bulge formed in the large blood vessels that supply blood to the abdomen, pelvis, and legs. A fluid structure interaction model was developed in a 3D aortic aneurysm model, which was constructed from abdominal CT scan images. Combining medical imaging and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in a time dependent study allowed the determination of wall ...

Multiscale Simulation of a Photocatalytic Reactor for Water Treatment - new

A. Cockx[1], R. Degrave[1], P. Schmitz[1]
[1]University of Toulouse, Toulouse, France

This study deals with the 3D modeling of a light photocatalytic textile. This process aims to decontaminate industrial effluents such as water with pesticides. The present study describes the implementation of a reactive transport model in a computational fluid dynamics model developed on a Representative Volume Element (RVE) of the textile, i.e. at the microscopic scale. The final ...

The Geometrical Optimization of MSFL Pad Design by COMSOL Multiphysics® and Design of Experiments - new

T. Hao[1], J. M. Singer[1]
[1]GE Oil & Gas, Farnborough, UK

Introduction Micro-Spherically Focused Logging (MSFL) tool is a microresistivity open-hole logging tool designed to measure the resistivity of the flushed zone, a region of formation close to the borehole, independent of any mudcake on the borehole wall. Original designs of MSFL were conducted mainly by the resistor network method and experiments in the 1970s and no further optimization work ...

Highly Optimised Double Gimbal-Based Accelerometers with Piezoelectric Sensing Mechanism

K. Govardhan [1], T. Pedanekar [1], P. Vashishtha [1],
[1] VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

A comparative study is done using optimized single axis accelerometer and dual axis and double gimbal accelerometers are designed with different cantilever beam types i.e. perforated, non perforated, spring type and cross spring type. The models are simulated to find the most sensitive model.

FEM Modeling in Robust Design for Graphene-Based Electromagnetic Shielding

S. Elia [1], G. Granata [1], P. Lamberti [1], V. Tucci [1],
[1] University Of Salerno, Italy

Electromagnetic shielding design is usually approached referring to nominal values of the main parameters. This could lead to malfunctioning devices and its performance differ widely from what was really aimed at or, worse, the final design product could even be physically unrealizable. This work presents a robust approach to the design of EM Shielding based on Graphene (Gph) layers. It is a two ...

A Lesson in Cartilage Therapy: Do Chondrocytes Utilize Mechanical Energy from Exercise for Cell Maintenance and Growth?

A. Miller [1], H. Viljoen [1], A. Chama [2], T. Louw [2],
[1] Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, USA
[2] Department of Chemical Engineering, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

- Using COMSOL Multiphysics® Acoustics Module: Chondrocytes modeled attached to a plane (to mimic in vivo constraints) are shown to resonate near 5MHz. At resonance, the mechanical energy density in the nucleus is two times higher than in the cytoplasm. - Impact exercise is modeled as traveling pressure pulses and shown to cause cells to vibrate primarily at the resonance frequency. - Two ...

Simulation of Thermo-Mechanical Strain in Extruded Polymeric Absorbers for Solar Thermal Collectors

E. Klimm [1], C. M. Yandiola [1], A. Piekarczyk [1], K.-A. Weiss [1],
[1] Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg, Germany

Solar thermal energy, compared to fossil fuels, is an environmentally friendly alternative for heating and hot water production. Recent research suggests that polymeric materials can be a cost-saving and environmentally friendly alternative to the common metals used in solar thermal collectors. During the extrusion process of twin-wall sheet absorbers, a natural deformation of the profiles cross ...

3D Simulation of the Electric Field of Polymeric Insulators under Adverse Conditions

D. F. Reis [1], E. J. da Silva [1], I. J. S. Lopes [1],
[1] Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

Recent studies report problems related to premature aging and degradation of high-voltage polymeric insulators. Corona activity, which is induced in areas of high electric field levels, is considered one of the leading causes of these problems. The insulator operation under adverse conditions including rain, fog, dew and pollution is affected by these key factors that modify the electric field ...

Predictive Model for UV Light Irradiation and PCO Reaction Kinetics in a Photocatalytic Reactor

S. Denys [1], J. Roegiers [1], J. van Walsem [1],
[1] University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

A novel type of photocatalytic reactor, i.e. parallel flow tube reactor (PFTR) is presented for the degradation of indoor air pollution with UV-light. A Multiphysics model was developed in COMSOL Multiphysics® to predict the steady-state behavior under different inlet concentrations and incident irradiation intensity, with acetaldehyde as a model compound for the organic fraction of the indoor ...