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CFD Modeling and Analysis of a Planar Anode Supported Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cell - new

N. Lemcoff[1], M. Tweedie[2]
[1]Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
[2]Enthone, West Haven, CT, USA

A planar anode-supported intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell operating on syngas fuel at 750°C was analyzed in this study. The effects of varying syngas fuel inlet compositions on species and temperature distributions, water gas shift reaction rate, potential for carbon formation and electrochemistry were considered. A 2-D COMSOL® model was developed which included separate defined ...

Reynolds Number Dependent Porous Media Flow Using the Brinkman Equation

R. Rieck[1], A. Bénard[1], and C. Petty[1]
[1]Michigan State University, Michigan, USA

Porous media fluid dynamic modeling has been widely explored and utilized in many academic and industrial applications. Cross flow filtration being one attractive application, whereas the fluid and filtrate flow parallel the porous media, and thereby induce shearing stress along the membrane surface to reduce fouling. In modeling porous media flow, it is common to describe the porous domain by ...

The Transient Modeling of Bubble Pinch-Off Using an ALE Moving Mesh

C.J. Forster, and M.K. Smith
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA

The use of an acoustic field to control the boiling process has the potential to increase the overall rate of heat transfer and delay the critical transition to film boiling. This system is being investigated through the development of a model of a single boiling bubble near a flat, heated, horizontal surface in the presence of an acoustic field. The dynamics of the bubble interface is ...

Virtual Functional Product Development of a µ-Methane Steam Reformer

T. J. Kazdal [1], M. J. Hampe [1],
[1] Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany

A micro steam methane reformer is a complex product consisting of multiple units. For the virtual functional product development it is necessary to validate these sub models separately. Therefore a reactor was designed to analyse kinetics of chemical reactions. The reactor design is based on a simulation geometry and the boundary conditions of the simulation were recreated in the experimental ...

Modeling and Simulation of Hydration Operation of Date Palm Fruits Using COMSOL Multiphysics

S. Curet [1], A. Lakoud [2], M. Hassouna [2]
[1] L’UNAM Université, ONIRIS, CNRS, GEPEA, Nantes, France
[2] Ecole Supérieure des Industries Alimentaires de Tunis, Tunis El Khadra, Tunisie

The control of the hydration during the thermal process of dates is crucial in order to save energy and to obtain a good quality for the final product. In this work, a theoretical model was developed in COMSOL Multiphysics software to describe the mass transfer phenomena involved in this operation. The model allowed to estimate both moisture diffusivity and convective mass transfer coefficient ...

CAE-Based Design and Optimization of a Plasma Reactor for Hydrocarbon Processing

C. Soares [1], F. A. Cassini [1], N. Padoin [1],
[1] Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, SC, Brasil

Plasma reactors can be applied to the conversion of waste, biomass and fuels to synthesis gas (mixture of hydrogen and carbon dioxide) with efficiencies as higher as 90-95% and low energy demand, depending on the design optimization. In this work, a multi-step approach was applied to the investigation of the main physics involved in a rotating gliding arc (RGA) discharge reactor. COMSOL ...

Numerical Investigation of Swirl Flow in Curved Tube with Various Curvature Ratio

A. Kadyirov[1]
[1]Research Center for Power Engineering Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Kazan, Russia

The influences of curvature effects and swirl intensities for Non-Newtonian viscous fluid flow in a curved tube have been numerically investigated by using COMSOL Multiphysics®. The twisted tape, which are located directly in front of the curved part, are used as swirl flow generators. The tape is twisted until it reaches an angle of 90 degrees and turns right. Swirling flow, getting into the ...

Advanced Multiphysics Thermal Hydraulic Models for the High Flux Isotope Reactor

P. K. Jain [1], J. D. Freels [1],
[1] Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

Engineering design studies of the feasibility of conversion of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) from high-enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium fuel are ongoing at ORNL as part of an effort sponsored by the U.S. Global Threat Reduction Initiative program. HFIR is a very high flux, pressurized light-water-cooled and moderated, flux-trap type research reactor whose current missions are to ...

Control the Poly-Dispersed Droplet Breakup Mode in a Droplet-based Microfluidic Device by External Electric Field

Y. Li [1], K. Nandakumar [1], M. Jain [1],
[1] Cain Department of Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, USA

Droplet–based microfluidics has received special research attentions in last two decades due to its superior control over fluid flow as well as other unique advantages[1]. By introducing two immiscible fluids into microfluidic systems, the reagent fluid is encapsulated inside discrete droplets or slugs of nanoliter volume [2]. Interestingly, two breakup modes, termed as “mono-dispersed” and ...

Hydrophone Acoustic Receiver Modeling: Turbulent Flow Modeling and Acoustic Analysis - new

D. Groulx[1], A. Bharath[1], S. Campbell[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

The field of underwater acoustics research is constantly growing with the ongoing improvement of acoustic measuring techniques. An acoustic hydrophone receiver is a passive listening device which is widely used in biological research and sonar technology. The hydrophone however suffers from turbulence generated noise created by its presence in ever faster flow. This work aims to analyze the ...