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Simulation of PTFE Billet Sintering using COMSOL

A. Roday, and P. Nicosia
Garlock Sealing Technologies
Palmyra, NY

Sintering is an important step in the manufacturing of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) billets. The challenge in heating large billets stems from the inherent low thermal conductivity of PTFE. Existing literature suggests determining maximum heating rate experimentally using recommended guidelines. This paper uses COMSOL to aid in optimizing the temperature profile required for a particular ...

Modeling of a Counter Flow Plate Fin Heat Exchanger - new

R. Jia[1], J. Hu[1], X. Xiong[2]
[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT, USA
[2]Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT, USA

Plate fin heat exchangers are widely used for heat recovery or cooling purposes in many industries, such as cryogenics, aerospace and automobile industries. This paper developed a numerical model to simulate the heat transfer and fluid flow in a counter flow plate fin heat exchanger and optimize its design parameters. The conjugate heat transfer in the finned plate and fluids in the channels ...

Thermal Simulations of a LED Light Using COMSOL Multiphysics

M. Maaspuro[1]
[1]University of Turku, Turku, FInland

An experimental LED light composed of a multi-chip LED-module, a LED driver and an efficient heat sink, was investigated using COMSOL Multiphysics software and the Heat Transfer Module. In an LED light heat is mainly generated in the LEDs but some amount of heat is generated also in the LED driver. The main target of the simulations was to resolve the junction temperatures of LEDs, the most ...

Modeling Integrated Thermoelectric Generator-Photovoltaic Thermal (TEG-PVT) System - new

R. Kiflemariam[1], M. Almas[1], C. Lin[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA

2D steady state heat conduction-electric current model was created in COMSOL Multiphysics® software to study the performance of thermoelectric generator-photovoltaic-thermal (TEG-PVT) system. Four different cases were studied in the paper. In case 1, PV cells without concentrator was simulated while in case 2, concentrator ratio range from 2 to 5 was utilized, In case 3, the convection heat ...

Stefan's Problem: Validation of a One-Dimensional Solid-Liquid Phase Change Heat Transfer Process

D. Groulx, and W. Ogoh
Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

A 1D phase change problem, known as Stefan’s problem, for which analytical solutions are available, is solved as a 2D problem using COMSOL Multiphysics. The PCM medium is semi-infinite, initially solid at its melting temperature Tm, and at t = 0, the wall temperature is raised to Tw > Tm, prompting the PCM to start melting, from pure conduction, in a linear fashion starting at x = 0. The length ...

Numerical Study of a High Temperature Latent Heat Storage (200-300oC) Using Eutectic Nitrate Salt of Sodium Nitrate and Potassium Nitrate

C.W. Foong, J.E. Hustad, J. Løvseth, and O.J. Nydal
Department of Energy and Process Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

In this study, a small scale direct solar thermal energy storage system with secondary reflector is designed and developed. The main advantage of thermal energy storage is that cooking can be carried out during the time when there is little or no sun shine. In addition, no heat transport fluid is needed in this system. A well insulated heat storage should keep the heat for about 24 hours. KNO3 ...

Topology Optimization of Thermal Heat Sinks

J. H. K. Haertel [1], K. Engelbrecht [1], B. S. Lazarov [2], O. Sigmund [2],
[1] Technical University of Denmark, Roskilde, Denmark
[2] Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lynby, Denmark

1. Introduction The topology optimization method is becoming increasingly popular as a design tool for multiphysics systems [1,2]. Topology optimization of fluid-thermal systems has been presented for example in [3] for forced convective heat transfer and in [4] for natural convection problems. In this work, topology optimization including density filtering and projection is applied to ...

Design of Solar Thermal Dryers for 24-hour Food Drying Processes

F. S. Alleyne [1], R. R. Milczarek [1],
[1] Healthy Processed Foods Research Unit, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Albany, CA, USA

Solar drying is a ubiquitous method that has been adopted for many years as a food preservation method. Most of the published articles in the literature provide insight on the performance of solar dryers in service but little information on the dryer construction material selection process or material attributes that allow them to be selected as candidates in solar dryer designs. 1–7 ...

Simulation of Cascaded Thermoelectric Devices for Cryogenic Medical Treatment - new

P. Aliabadi[1], S. Mahmoud[1], R. K. AL-Dadah[1]
[1]Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

This study is focused on using a thermoelectric device (TED) as an alternative to the cryogenic liquid for cooling cryosurgical probe used for cancerous tissue ablation. Thermoelectric device, namely Peltier, is a solid state device which converts electric current to thermal gradient. In past years thermoelectric devices have been successfully utilized in refrigeration and air conditioning ...

Numerical Prediction of Weld Bead Geometry in Plasma Arc Welding of Titanium Sheets - new

V. Dhinakaran[1], S. Khope[1], N. S. Shanmugam[1] , K. Sankaranarayanasamy[1]
[1]National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India

Plasma Arc Welding (PAW) is one of the important arc welding processes commonly used in electronics, medical, automotive and aerospace industries due its high accuracy, finishing, and ability of welding any hard materials. It is an extension of Tungsten Inert Gas welding (TIG or GTAW). PAW has been unnoticed because it is more complex and requires more expensive equipment compared to other ...