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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 Modelling of Flow Dynamics in Packed Beds of Low Aspect Ratio - new

F. Alzahrani[1], F. Aiouache[1]
[1]Engineering Department, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

This work used the 3D CFD modeling to investigate non-uniform deactivation in packed bed reactors of low aspect ratios under steady state and dynamic operations. In order to explore the effects of condition of instability on local deactivation, detailed knowledge of flow dynamics (i.e. local structure of the packed bed, pressure drops and interstitial flow in the void space), heat and mass rate ...

A CFD Analysis of the Operating Conditions of a Multitube Pd Membrane for H2 Purification - new

B. Castro-Dominguez[1], R. Ma[1], A. G. Dixon[1], Y. H. Ma[1]
[1]Chemical Engineering Department, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA

The optimization of operating conditions in multitube membrane modules is highly complex. The multiple physics and irregular geometries involved create a challenge for predicting their behavior. This work analyzes the performance of H2 purification through a module containing seven membranes. Using experimental parameters, a 3-D model was devised, specifying the membrane as a reacting boundary ...

A Flow and Transport Model of Catalytic Multi-Pump Systems with Parametric Dependencies

A. Sen [1], D. Myers [1], A. Altemose [1],
[1] Department of Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA

This poster studies catalytic micropumps and their ability to induce fluid flow on the microscale. The goal of the study is to design a long-distance, directed convective loop. An array of catalytic micropumps was constructed in the domain, comprised of two distinct catalysts in an alternating pattern with a uniform concentration of their respective reagents in the surrounding geometry. Two ...

3-D COMSOL Analysis of Extruder Dies

E. Solomon[1] and V. Mathew[1]
[1]Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Espoo, Finland

Three-dimensional flow analysis was performed by using COMSOL Multiphysics Chemical Engineering Module for the purpose of analyzing the flow properties and finding out the operating points of a test domain. Using material property table for an exemplary melt of LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene), the logarithmic viscosity-shear rate graph was plotted and fitted to the 4–constant modified Carreau ...

Modeling Magnetic Configurations for Improved Separations of Magnetic and Non-Magnetic Materials

S. Khushrushahi[1], T.A. Hatton[1], M. Zahn[1]
[1]Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

Magnetic separation of magnetic liquid phases/particles from non-magnetic liquid phases/particles are needed for applications such as cleaning up oil spills by separating oil and water liquid phases or separating magnetic materials from non-magnetic materials in biomedical and microfluidic applications. Magnetic fluids (also called ferrofluids), in a magnetic field, experience a magnetic force ...

Simulation of Spiral-Tube Heat Exchangers in COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

K. O. Lund [1], S. M. Lord [2],
[1] Kurt Lund Consulting (COMSOL Certified Consultant), Del Mar, CA, USA
[2] SML Associates, Encinitas, CA, USA

A frequently occurring geometry for heat exchangers is that of a long tube wound into a helix or spiral around a core volume. There is to be heat exchange between the tube and the gases (or solids) in the core. However, the length scales of these two parts of the geometry are very different, thus complicating the interface between the tube and the core processes. Usually, the tube is too ...

Study of Electrochemically Generated Two-Phase Flows

J. Schillings [1], O. Doche [2], J. Deseure [1],
[1] LEPMI, Grenoble, France
[2] SIMAP, Grenoble, France

The dependency of electrochemical processes performances on mass transfer is well-known. Electrolyte flow in the vicinity of electrodes surface can enhance reactions due to increased mass transfer. This flow can be generated by the production of a gaseous phase, leading to a natural bubble-driven convection flow. As a drawback, gas bubbles also modify electrodes active surface and the ...

High-Resolution FSI Modeling of a High-Aspect Ratio Involute Flow Channel in the HFIR at ORNL

A. I. Elzawawy [1], J. D. Freels [2], F. G. Curtis [2, 3],
[1] Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, East Elmhurst, NY, USA
[2] Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA
[3] University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA

The high flow rate within the HFIR cooling water flow channel causes the fuel plates to deflect which in turn, changes the coolant flow characteristics. This nonlinear feedback loop between the coolant and the fuel plate is the focus of the present simulation of the fluid-solid interaction between the coolant flow and the fuel plates to accurately predict the plate’s deflection using the Fluid ...

Model of Pressure Drop Separation during Aqueous Polymer Flow in Porous Media

D. C. Raharja [1], R. E. Hincapie [1], M. Be [1], C. L. Gaol [1], L. Ganzer [1],
[1] Clausthal University of Technology, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany

Aqueous polymers used for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) application is considered a complex fluid. It can exhibit Newtonian and Non-Newtonian behavior depending on the velocity or the stresses that it is submitted during the flooding process. Therefore, the polymer flooding project requires a detailed understanding of chemical and physical process occurred in the porous subsurface reservoir, ...