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Simulation of Beverage Refrigeration with Dependence on Container Shape, Material and Orientation

S. Bekemeier[1], L. Fromme[1], A. Genschel[1], K. Kröger[1]
[1]University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Bielefeld, Germany

Adequate cooling of beverages is a major issue in planning of several types of events, e.g. poster sessions at conferences. One crucial factor is the time needed to cool beverages from its initial temperature to the desired drinking temperature. We present a way to determine a close approximation for the cooling behavior of three types of commonly used beverage containers using COMSOL ...

Multiphysics Analysis of a Photobioreactor

L. T. Gritter [1], E. Dunlop [2], J. S. Crompton [1], K. C. Koppenhoefer [1]
[1] AltaSim Technologies, Columbus, OH, USA
[2] Pan Pacific Technologies Pty Ltd, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Photo-bioreactors generate biomass by providing a controlled environment for the cultivation of algae due to photosynthesis. Algae cultivation can be controlled through the operating parameters and bioreactor environment to allow for high productivity and the use of systems with large surface-to-volume ratios offers maximum efficiency in the use of light compared to alternative batch systems. ...

Uniform Reaction Rates and Optimal Porosity Design for Hydrogen Fuel Cells

J. H. Al-Smail [1]
[1] King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

We develop a porosity-optimization problem to improve the electrochemical reactions taking place in hydrogen fuel cells. We introduce a mathematical model, which involves a system of conservation laws defined in a porous space domain. Our goal is to find the domain's optimal porosity function that can make the oxygen-hydrogen reaction as uniform as possible. The optimal porosity design ...

Kinetics of Proteins in the Blood-Brain Barrier

K. Gandhi [1],
[1] University of California, Riverside, CA, USA

The delivery of chemotherapy for cancer into the central nervous system, in particular the brain, remains a challenge. This results in brain metastases commonly being a cause of death from cancer. Here, we look at the environment of the blood-brain barrier. Then, we explore two proteins (breast cancer resistance protein and p-glycoprotein) that may inhibit the transport of medications (erlotinib ...

Design and Simulation of a MEMS Directional Acoustic Sensor

S. L. Pinjare [1], V. S. Nagaraja [1], K. S. Rudresh [1],
[1] Department of ECE , Nitte Meenakshi Institute of technology, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

A Piezoelectric Directional Microphone is demonstrated based on a bio-mimetic design inspired by the parasitoid fly Ormia ochracea using the PiezoMUMPs multi-user foundry. The device simulation was conducted using COMSOL Multiphysics® software which achieves a directional sound field response and frequency band of 3.5 KHz to 4.5KHz. The sensitivity of the device is 3.8nV/pa.

Design and Simulation of Electroactive Polymer-Based Artificial Muscles for Biomedical Application

A. S. Tripathi [1], B. P. Chatterjee [2], S. Das [3],
[1] Advanced Technology Development Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, India
[2] Dept. of Cardiology, Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, India
[3] School of Medical Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, India

Electro-active polymer (EAP) based actuators are one of the suitable contenders for use in artificial muscles based bio-medical application because of their bio compatibility and lower active actuation voltage requirement phenomenon. At present Ionic polymer metal composites (IPMC), a type of EAP based actuator are being developed for various applications. IPMC actuator generally consist ...

Optimal Thermal Design of Converged-Diverged Microchannel Heat Sinks for High Heat Flux Applications

D. Chakravarthii [1], S. Subramani [1], M. Devarajan [1],
[1] Univeristy of Science Malaysia (USM), Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

With the advancements in aerospace technology, micro-electromechanical systems, hybrid data centres and microfluidics, the miniature size electronic chips in such applications are need of the century. The major challenge in microelectronic chips is to eliminate the generated heat for stable and reliable operation of devices. Microchannel heat sinks are efficient method to dissipate heat when the ...

Direction of Arrival (DoA) Performance of Several Acoustic Vector-Sensor Configurations in the Reverberant Environment

M. Wajid [1], A. Kumar [1], R. Bahl [1],
[1] Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Delhi, India.

Several acoustic vector-sensor (AVS) configurations have been tested for direction of arrival (DoA) estimation in a diffused reverberant environment using pressure gradient method. The discrete pressure sensors have been arranged with different geometrical placement and pressure gradients have been estimated for finding DoA of an acoustic source. The received signals at the pressure sensor for ...

Microwave Interstitial Tumor Ablation: New Modality for Treatment of Liver Cancer

S. Maini[1] , A. Marwaha[1] , and S. Marwaha[1]

[1] Department of Electrical & Instrumentation Engineering, SLIET , Longowal (Deemed University), Punjab

Hyperthermia is newly back in the interest of both, clinical and research oncologists, because of its properties to directly produce permanent damages of the treated tumors and to elicit important immunological responses against cancer cells by changing their immunogenicity.  Microwave ablation is used in the treatment of primary and secondary tumors of the liver.  Microwave antennas ...

Finite Element Model of a Complex Glass Forming Process as a Tool for Control Optimization

F. Sawo[1] and T. Bernard[1]
[1]Fraunhofer Institute for Information and Data Processing IITB, Karlsruhe, Germany

This paper addresses the modeling of a complex glass forming process as an example of a complex, nonlinear distributed parameter system. The system is modeled by a fluid dynamics approach, which means that the forming is regarded as a fluid with free surfaces. Here, the coupling of the forming process with the heat flow is considered. The influence of crucial model parameters (e.g., dynamic ...