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Impulsive Thermomechanics of hypersonic surface phononic crystals

F. Banfi[1], D. Nardi[2], and M. Travagliati[3]
[1]Dipartimento Matematica e Fisica, Università Cattolica, Brescia, Italy
[2]JILA, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, United States
[3]Center for Nanotechnology Innovation @NEST, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Pisa, Italy

Ultrafast optical generation of pseudosurface acoustic waves is investigated in hypersonic surface phononic crystals. The thermomechanics is modeled from first-principles to follow the initial impulsive heat-driven displacement in the time domain. Spectral decomposition of the displacement over the surface phononic crystal eigenmodes outlines asymmetric resonances featuring the coupling between ...

Simulation and Verification of Coupled Heat and Moisture Modelling

N. Williams Portal[1], M. van Aarle[2], and J. van Schijndel[2]
[1]Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Göteborg, Sweden
[2]Department of Architecture, Building and Planning, Technical University of Eindhoven, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

This paper includes the implementation and comparison of two types of moisture potentials for the combined transport: the natural logarithmic of the suction pressure (LPc) and the relative humidity (RH). The finite element method has been utilized to evaluate coupled 1D thermal and hygric transport by means of COMSOL Multiphysics. The combined transport mechanisms were described by the ...

Numerical Simulation Study on the Heat and Mass Transfer Through Multi-Layer Textile Assemblies

S.F. Neves[1], J.J.B.L.M. Campos[1], T.S. Mayor[2]
[1]CEFT – Transport Phenomena Research Center, Chemical Engineering Department, Porto University, Porto, Portugal
[2]CeNTI - Centre for Nanotechology and Smart Materials, Rua Fernando Mesquita, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal

A clothing system should offer the user a period of relatively comfort. However, changes in the ambient conditions over day affect the heat and mass transport in the system, influencing the user comfort perception. In order to gather information to allow the optimization of clothing systems, it is essential to understand the heat and moisture transfer occurring across multi-layer textiles. For ...

Testing and Analyzing Complex Loading Conditions and Designs to Improve Subsea Cable Life

Tim Poole graduated from Cambridge University with a Masters degree in Engineering in 2008 and immediately joined JDR Cables Systems, a leading supplier of custom subsea oil and gas umbilical systems and renewable energy cables. He started in the Research and Development team, working on creating new products lines and testing umbilicals, which included fatigue, tensile and bend stiffness ...

Development and Production of a Box for Storage and Shipping of HDIs in the Upgrade of the CMS Experiment

F. Noto[1], S. Costa[2], N. Giudice[2], F. Librizzi[3], A. Rapicavoli[2], M.A. Saizu[4], V. Sparti[3]
[1]Instituto Nazionale Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Catania, Catania, Italy; Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia, Università di Catania, Catania, Italy
[2] Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia, Instituto Nazionale Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Catania, Catania, Italy; Università di Catania, Catania, Italy
[3]Instituto Nazionale Fisica Nucleare - Sezione di Catania, Catania, Italy
[4]Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Bucharest-Magurele, Romania

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN has begun operations at 7 TeV center of mass energy. CERN plans to run at this energy until the end of 2012 with the goal of providing an integrated luminosity of a few fb?¹ to the CMS and ATLAS experiments. The LHC will then shut down for 1.5 to 2 years to make the revisions necessary to run at ~14 TeV. Operation resumes in 2014. In 2017/18, there will be ...

Optimizing Fuel Cell Design with COMSOL Multiphysics

Chin-Hsien Cheng[1]
[1]Renewable Energy RD Center, Chung-Hsin Electric & Machinery, Taiwan

Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) were investigated using COMSOL Multiphysics with the AC/DC Module and Chemical Engineering Module. Simulation may be used to increase the performance while decreasing the cost of the catalyst later (CL). Experimental validation of single and multi-layer CL was performed for varied PBI electrolyte content. The validated model was used to investigate the ...

Phase-sensitive Microcalorimetry for Study of Low-level Radioactive Sources

H. Chen-Mayer[1], R. E. Tosh[1]
[1]NIST, Gaithersburg, MD, USA

Microcalorimetry for standardizing activities of radionuclide samples entails measurements of input power heat flow from the sample cell, with the radioactive sample compared to the reference cell under balanced conditions. The measurement is susceptible to noise due to drift and 1/f effects; thus, a better result might be expected with periodic insertion of the source into the sample chamber and ...

Studies on Electrostatic Field of a Resistive Plate Chamber

A. Jash[1], N. Majumdar[1], S. Mukhopadhyay[1], S. Chattopadhyay[4]
[1]Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
[4]Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Resistive plate chambers (RPC) are fast gaseous detectors, having a simple design and construction, good time resolution and high efficiency. These are extensively used in high energy physics experiments. A large number of RPCs will be used as the main detector element for India’s mega science project, India Based Neutrino Observatory (INO). So, detailed study of this detector is very crucial ...

Application for Ultrasensitive Biosensing by Nanodevise

[1]Takatoki YAMAMOTO

Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan[1]

It is possible to obtain novel functions using nano-scaled structures and related physics that are impossible to be realized by conventional macro-scale technology. Thus, we are trying to understand the physics dominated by nanostructure and to develop the biosensing applications. Here, we exploit the interaction between materials and electrostatic field created by nanostructure, and introduce ...

Determining Degradation in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Electrode Materials Using COMSOL Multiphyics® Software - new

G. Cui[1], Z. Chen[1], F. Tariq[1], V. Yufit[1], N. Brandon[1]
[1]Imperial College London, London, UK

Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) are one of the most attractive technologies for meeting our future energy demands. They promise the efficient conversion of chemical to electrical energy and are a growing area of both academic and industrial interests. Typical electrode-supported SOFCs consist of three key components, two porous functional electrode layers (anode and cathode) and one dense ...

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