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Model of Natural Convection above Horizontal and Inclined Plates

I. Khan [1], V. Tsitsopoulos [2], J. Dold [3],
[1] University of Central Lancashire, Preston, United Kingdom
[2] AMEC, London, United Kingdom
[3] University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

The boundary layer flow above an isothermal flat plate inclined at a small angle to the horizontal is analyzed. Inclination effects are initially investigated as a perturbation to the horizontal flow by obtaining a fourth order series solutions valid near the leading edge of the plate with the inclusion of variable fluid properties in the formulation. The focal point of the analysis is the ...

3D Simulation of Air-Glass Heat Exchange in a Set of Vials

G. Mongatti[1], A. Borelli[1]
[1]Marchesini Group, Pianoro, Italy

In this model a three-dimensional heat transfer analysis was performed by using COMSOL Multiphysics\' Heat Transfer Module. The model is about the heating of a set of vials (Figure 1) in a current of hot air in the laminar regime. We used time dependent studies to predict the thermal behavior of the glass and to estimate the temperatures in the various points of the bottles at various times. ...

Thermal Analysis of Electrorefiner for Engineering Scale Pyroprocessing Studies

S. Agarwal, S.P. Ruhela, V. Mente, M.G. Hemanath, B. Murlidhran, V.S. Kumar, C.P. Reddy, G. Ravisankar, B.K. Sharma, K. Nagarajan, C.A. Babu, and P. Kalyanasundaram
Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu, India

Pyrochemical process based on molten salt electrorefining is ideally suited for reprocessing spent metallic fuels from Fast Breeder Reactors. In this work, a heat transfer analysis of the Electrorefiner cell was conducted to develop a basic tool for designing of the engineering–scale Electrorefiner. The focus of this work is to find out steady state temperature profiles of cover gas and molten ...

Control Synthesis for Distributed Parameter Systems Modeled by FEM in COMSOL Multiphysics

C. Belavý, G. Hulkó, P. Buček, and S. Lel'o
Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia

Technological processes in the engineering practice from point of view of systems and control theory are frequently in the form of distributed parameter systems (DPS). Techniques of FEM based modeling and design of control synthesis methods of DPS which is acceptable for various technological processes, will be demonstrated on modeling and control of temperature fields of the glass melting ...

Thermal Integration of Coupled SOFC System with a High-Performing Metal Hydride Storage

A. Mossadegh Pour[1], A. Dhira [1], R. Steinberger-Wilckensa[1]
[1]Department of Chemistry, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Auxiliary Power Units can play an important role in reducing vehicle emissions, especially in diesel and kerosene driven vehicles. In conventional vehicles the electricity supply comes from a generator that is directly coupled to the propulsion engine. New generation of fuel cell APUs exclusively use Solid Oxide Fuel Cells with some developments in high temperature polymer electrolyte membranes ...

Modeling of Atmosphere Revitalization

R. Coker[1], J. Knox[1], K. Kittredge[1]
[1]NASA - Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, USA

All spacecraft systems must be minimized with respect to mass, power, and volume. Here, we focus on current efforts to improve system efficiency and reliability for water separation systems to be used on crewed vehicles. These development efforts combine sub-scale systems testing and multi-physics simulations to evaluate candidate approaches. The best performing options will then be ...

Si-Infiltrated SiC Lattices in Elevated Temperatures: A Thermo-Mechanical Analysis

E. Rezaei [1],
[1] EPFL, Lugano, Switzerland

Si-infiltrated SiC porous composites exist in different forms composed of cores of cellular ceramic and skin plates of ceramic matrix composites. Due to high thermal conductivity, low coefficient of thermal expansion, high elastic modulus and high strength, the final product can be a promising candidate for applications in temperatures up to 1500 K such heat exchangers, recuperators and solar ...

Thermo-mechanical Modeling of Pu-238 Production Target at HFIR

C.J. Hurt [1], J.D. Freels [2],
[1] University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
[2] Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

The production model in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software makes use of the most up-to-date PIE data, material property inputs, and modeling methodology. The fully coupled thermo-mechanical equations are solved over the entire domain, significantly increasing the degrees of freedom required for a solution, in addition to several other improvements in the computational methodology of the model. ...

Influence of Axial Conduction in the Design of a Compact Recuperator for Catalytic Combustor Based Portable Power Generation - new

A. N. Smith[1], H. Nochetto[2], C. M. Waits[2]
[1]U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA
[2]U.S. Army Research Lab, Adelphi, MD, USA

Catalytic micro-combustor represents an exciting area of research for portable power generation. Extensive research is being currently conducted on the design of the reactor and catalyst selection [1]. However another critical element of the design will be a recuperator to minimize losses and provide energy at a more uniform temperature. The mini-recuperator must be both compact and highly ...

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