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Electron Beam Crystallization of Amorphous Silicon Thin Films

S. Saager [1],
[1] Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology (FEP), Dresden, Germany

A promising method for low cost production of efficient silicon thin film solar cells is the electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) of high purity amorphous silicon (a-Si) layers with high deposition rates up to 300 nm/s [1] followed by crystallization. This study focuses on EB crystallization of deposited a-Si films in the solid phase regime and justifies observed experimental results ...

Thermo-Mechanical Analysis of Composite Material Exposed to Fire

A. Davidy[1]
[1]IMI, Ramat Hasharon, Israel

This paper presents thermo-mechanical models for predicting the strength of polymer laminates loaded in tension or compression exposed to one-sided radiant heating by fire. The first part is the fire simulation where the FDS model is utilized. The FDS model generates a solution of several state variables, such as pressure, temperature, heat, velocity vector. In the second part, COMSOL heat ...

Seasonal Thermal Performance of Geothermal Piles

D. Testi[1], P. Conti[1]
[1]University of Pisa, Department of Energy and Systems Engineering, Pisa, Italy

The use of foundation piles as ground heat exchangers coupled to a geothermal heat pump is considered of interest for possible savings in installation costs, compared to conventional borehole heat exchangers. We refer to them as “geothermal piles” or “energy piles”. The main purpose of the foundation structure is to transmit the load of the building to the lower layers of the soil, best suited ...

Multiphysics and Simulation of MEMS based Bolometer for Detecting the Radiations in Nuclear Power Plants

K. Umapathi[1], S. Swetha[2], K. Ranjitha[2], K. Vinodh[2], K. Deebiga[1], R. Harisudarsan[1]
[1]United Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, TamilNadu, India
[2]Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

High performance micro sensors are important to detecting special nuclear materials radiations in different fields to save the globe. This paper is mainly focused on to develop a MEMS based bolometer for detecting the nuclear radiation to provide the high security in Nuclear power Plants. A thermally sensitive micro metal plate is designed and placed on a substrate through micro thermal link. ...

3D Modeling of Hydrogen Absorption in Metal Hydride Hydrogen Storage Bottles

R. Busqué [1], R. Torres [1], A. Husar [2], J. Grau [1]
[1] Escola Universitària d'Enginyeria Tècnica Industrial de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
[2] Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial CSIC-UPC, Barcelona, Spain

The storage of hydrogen as an absorbed element in metal hydride bottles is a promising technique for energy storage. In this work, a three-dimensional model of a charging process in a metal hydride container has been developed to simulate the absorption reaction and resultant heat and mass transport phenomena in metal hydride vessels. The model has been experimentally validated showing a good ...

A Model of Heat Transfer in Metal Foaming

Bruno Chinè [1], Valerio Mussi [2], Michele Monno [3], Andrea Rossi [2],
[1] School of Materials Science and Engineering, Costa Rica Institute of Technology, Cartago, Costa Rica
[2] Macchine Utensili e Sistemi di Produzione, Piacenza, Italy
[3] Dipartimento di Meccanica, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

Metal foams are interesting materials with many potential applications. Foamed metals or alloys include gas voids in the material structure and therefore the density is introduced as a new variable, with the real possibility to modify ad hoc their physical properties. In the indirect foaming process carried out in a furnace, simultaneous mass, momentum and energy transfer between three phases, ...

Numerical Study of Laminar Forced Convection Cooling of Circuit Board Mounted Heat Source Array

S. Durgam [1], S. P. Venkateshan [1], T. Sundararajan [1],
[1] Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India

This paper deals with the numerical study of optimal distribution of rectangular heat sources populated on a substrate board for electronic cooling. The simulations are performed for laminar forced convection conjugate heat transfer with vertical orientation of substrate board. The laminar forced convection - conjugate heat transfer simulations are carried out using COMSOL Multiphysics® with ...

Simulation of Electro-Thermal Transients in Superconducting Accelerator Magnets

L. Bortot [1], M. Maciejewski [2], M. Prioli [1], B. Auchmann [3],
[1] CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
[2] CERN, Geneva, Switzerland; Lodz University of Technology, Lodz, Poland
[3] CERN, Geneva, Switzerland; Paul Scherrer Institute, Zurich, Switzerland

The paper presents the application of COMSOL Multiphysics® software to the modelling of superconducting accelerator magnets. A 2D magneto-thermal model is developed, using an equivalent magnetization formulation to take into account the eddy-currents’ effects. Due to the model complexity, a suitable workflow has been developed in Java® to extensively use the available COMSOL API. The automation ...

Modeling of HTPEM Fuel Cell Start-Up Process by Using COMSOL Multiphysics

Y. Wang[1], D. Uwe Sauer[1]
[1]Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systems, Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA), RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

HTPEM fuel cells are considered to be the next generation fuel cells. The electrochemical kinetics for electrode reactions are enhanced by using PBI membrane at an operation temperature between 160-180 °C comparing to LTPEM fuel cells. But starting HTPEM fuel cells from room temperature to an operation temperature is a challenge. In this work, using preheated air to heat up the fuel cells ...

Toward Energy Zero Building: A COMSOL Multiphysics® Model of Building and its HVAC System - new

F. Bruno[1]
[1]ENERSPACE Srl, Genoa, Italy

A model built with COMSOL Multiphysics® to exploit meteorological forecasts and instant outdoor meteorological data (temperature, solar radiation, moisture, wind speed and direcition, etc.) together with indoor ambient data (air temperature, radiant temperature of enclosures, etc), building parameters (mass, orientation, surface, structural composition, etc.) and historical consumption of ...