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Modeling Maillard Reaction and Thermal Transformations During Bread Baking

D. Papasidero[1], F. Manenti[1]
[1]Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Chimica, Materiali e Ingegneria Chimica “Giulio Natta”, Milano, Italy

One big challenge for the food industry is to predict and optimize flavors. The Maillard reaction occurs in food matrices containing carbohydrates and proteins under specific operating conditions. The presented research couples thermal and kinetic modeling to the bread baking process, an ideal field to study this complex set of reactions responsible for many bread flavors. The thermal model ...

Development of New Blade Profile for Vertical Axis Wind Turbine


[1]Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan

Vertical axis wind turbine has low rotation performance compared with that of horizontal axis wind turbine. This study proposes a new blade shape for vertical axis wind turbine effective for wide range of wind speed. Results obtained from a numerical COMSOL simulation and wind tunnel experiments show the proposed new blade profile has higher performance as compared with conventional blade ...

COMSOL Multiphysics® Simulation of Energy Conversion and Storage Concepts Based on Oxide Crystals - new

C. Cherkouk[1], M. Zschornak[1], J. Hanzig[1], M. Nentwich[1], F. Meutzner[1], M. Urena[1], T. Leisegang[2], D. C. Meyer[1]
[1]Institute of Experimental Physics, Technische Universität Bergakademie, Freiberg, Germany
[2]Fraunhofer-Technologiezentrum, Freiberg, Germany

A mathematical model based on a finite element method (FEM) is presented as an initial approach for a system converting waste heat energy into chemical energy. This system consists of a pyroelectric LiNbO3 plate placed into a cylinder which undergoes a laminar water flow with an appropriate periodic heat source. It solves the heat transfer equation in non-isothermal flow, where the density of ...

Can we use Aquifers to Monitor Magma Chambers? Using COMSOL Multiphysics® to Investigate Subsurface Strain Changes and Their Effect on Hydrological Systems - new

K. Strehlow[1], J. Gottsmann[1], A. Rust[1]
[1]University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Groundwater-bearing geological layers respond to and modify the surface expressions of magmatic activity, and they can also become agents of volcanic unrest themselves. Interpretations of unrest signals as groundwater responses to changes in the magmatic system can be found for many volcanoes and include a wide range of phenomena and suggested processes to explain them (e.g., Newhall et al., ...

Numerical Analysis of Mass Transfer Rate in Droplet Flow at Microscopic Scales - new

S. Cito[1], T. Sikanen[1]
[1]Division of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Droplet flow at microscopic scale is often used to enhance many pharmaceuticals and industrial processes (i.e. liquid–liquid micro-extraction, nanoparticle synthesis, slow reactions in microfluidic devices, etc.). In all these processes, the mass transfer rate, at the interface between the droplets and the surrounding fluid of diluted reactants plays a key role. This work at analyzing ...

DNA Interactions in Crowded Nanopores - new

K. Misiunas[1], N. Laohakunakorn[1], S. Ghosal[2], O. Otto[1], U. F. Keyser[1]
[1]University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
[2]Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA

The motion of DNA in crowded environments is a common theme in physics and biology. Examples include gel electrophoresis and the self-interaction of DNA within cells and viral capsids. Here we study the interaction of multiple DNA molecules within a nanopore by tethering the DNA to a bead held in a laser optical trap to produce a "molecular tug-of-war". We measure this tether force as a function ...

Dynamic Simulation of Interface Shapes During Chemical Vapor Deposition

J. V. Jayaramakrishna[1], S. K. Thamida[1]
[1]National Institute of Technology Warangal, Warangal, Telangana, India

Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) finds application in many manufacturing processes of microelectronic devices and MEMS as a recent development. It is also useful for preparation of functionalized surfaces in microsensor kind of devices. The phenomena that is studied is deposition of a crystalline material for example Silicon from the gas phase substance such as Silicon Hydride (SiH4). The ...

3D COMSOL Multiphysics® Model of a Plate Heat Exchanger to Support a Laboratory Teaching Environment - new

N. Medeiros[1], W. Clark[1]
[1]Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA

Chemical engineering students and practitioners need an understanding of fluid flow and heat transfer inside heat exchangers. Because the flow within plate heat exchangers is difficult to visualize, we developed COMSOL Multiphysics® simulations of plate heat exchangers for students to study alongside a physical heat exchanger in a laboratory setting. Simulative experiments allow students to ...

Numerical Analysis on Plasmonic Nano-Cucumber Achieving Large EFs and Wide Tuneability of the Peak

A. Zare [1], E. Cutler [1], H. Cho [1],
[1] Center for Biomedical Engineering & Science, University of North Carolina - Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, USA

INTRODUCTION: Researchers in the biomedical field have recently become interested in the potential applications of plasomics. Surface plasmon resonance based on optical properties of metallic nanostructures can be used for detection of special biological targets. Gold nanostructures with different shapes and sizes have been designed to achieve high enhancement factor (EF), wide range of ...

Comparison of Magnetic Barkhausen Noise Tetrapole and Dipole Probe Designs

P. R. Underhill [1], T. W. Krause [1],
[1] Department of Physics, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON, Canada

COMSOL Multiphysics® software is used to understand the difference in behaviour of two Magnetic Barkhausen Noise (MBN) probes. The dipole probe has to be physically rotated to sample the angular distribution of the MBN. The tetrapole probe uses vector superposition to rotate the magnetic field without probe motion. Using the AC/DC Module and non-isotropic material properties, it was found that, ...