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Thermal Analysis on Module Level in an Automotive Battery Package

Z. Wu [1], H. Kemper [1],
[1] Energy Storage Systems, FH Aachen, Aachen, Germany

Vehicles with battery as energy storage fascinate more and more people. Meanwhile, more questions are surfaced – How to ensure a safe operation of the battery package? How long could the cycle life of a battery package reach? Can a battery package be operated in any environmental circumstance? All these questions are the driving forces of our work – development of the optimal battery packs for ...

A Numerical Investigation on Active Chilled Beams for Indoor Air Conditioning

G. Cammarata, and G. Petrone
Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, University of Catania, Catania, Italy

In this study fluid-dynamical and thermal performance of active chilled beams is investigated by 2D and 3D modelling in COMSOL Multiphysics. Three different typologies of those air conditioning systems are considered. Results, obtained for typical range of variation of operational conditions, are principally produced as temperature and velocity distributions. Special attention is paid to the ...

Comparison Between Honeycomb and Fin Heat Exchangers

P. Gateau[1], P. Namy[2], and N. Huc[3]
[1]SAS SYNGAS, rue du camp d’aviation, 44320, Saint Viaud, France,
[2]SIMTEC, 8 rue Duploye, 38100, Grenoble,
[3]COMSOL FRANCE, WTC, 38000, Grenoble,

Metal honeycombs are used as catalyst supports. They can be considered as complex fins for heat exchange. A simple heat transfer model was compared with 2D simulations using COMSOL Multiphysics. There was a good correlation when the fluid temperature was the same in all cells. However, significant discrepancy apperared when compared with a 3D simulation with laminar flow. Honeycomb cells ...

Multiphysics Between Deep Geothermal Water Cycle, Surface Heat Exchanger Cycle and Geothermal Power Plant Cycle

L.W. Wong[1]
[1]International Centre for Geothermal Research, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Centre For Geosciences, Telegrafenberg, Potsdam, Germany

Within the framework of Groß Schönebeck project in the North German Basin of Germany, multiphysics between deep geothermal reservoir, boreholes, heat exchangers and power plant is crucial to study lifecycle behavior of each component thereafter a later coupling to study lifecycle and recovery of the overall geothermal system. Study is divided into geothermal water cycle, surface heat exchanger ...

µHeater on a Buckled Cantilever Plate for Gas Sensor Applications

A. Arpys Arevalo Carreno[1], E. Byas[1], I.G. Foulds[1]
[1]King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

In semiconductor gas sensors, the base of the gas detection is the interaction of the gaseous species at the surface of the semiconducting sensitive material. Since the chemical reactions at the surface of the sensor material are functions of temperature. We simulate our µHeater design on a Buckled Cantilever Plate (BCP). Such structure allows the sensor to be suspended for thermal insulation. ...

Multiphysics Process Simulation of the Electromagnetic-Supported High Power Laser Beam Welding of Austenitic Stainless Steel

M. Bachmann[1], V. Avilov[1], A. Gumenyuk[1], M. Rethmeier[1]
[1]BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin, Germany

The application of an oscillating magnetic field on the high-power full-penetration laser beam welding process of a 20 mm thick stainless steel plate was numerically and experimentally investigated. In the simulations, three-dimensional heat transfer and fluid dynamics as well as electromagnetics were solved taking into account the most important physical effects of the process, namely the ...

Modeling Melting Profiles in Chocolate Pieces for Optimizing their Sensory Properties

B. Watzke[1], F. Lenfant[1], N. Martin[1]
[1]Nestlé research Centre, Vers-chez-les-Blanc, Switzerland

Chocolate is a pleasurable product largely consumed over the world. It is known that ingredients, process and particle size distribution largely impact the chocolate sensory perceptions. It was hypothesized that a suitable choice of chocolate size and geometry modifies in-mouth melting and aroma release and modulates flavour and oral texture perception. Since in-vivo experiments on chocolate ...

3-Dimensional Numerical Modeling of Radio Frequency Selective Heating of Insects In Soybeans

S. Wang [1], Z. Huang [1],
[1] Northwest A&F University, Yangling, Shaanxi, China

Radio frequency (RF) heating have potential as alternatives to chemical fumigation for disinfesting legumes. This study was conducted to investigate the feasibility of RF selective heating of insect larvae in 3 kg soybeans packed in a rectangular plastic container using a 6 kW, 27.12 MHz RF heating system. A finite element based computer simulation program-COMSOL Multiphysics® was used to solve ...

Simulation of a Plastic Bottles Solar Collector

V. Bonetti[1]
[1]Ingegneria Senza Frontiere, DESE, Università di Pisa, Pisa, Italy

In the Andean region of Southern Peru, poverty and climate are extreme: at 4000mt asl, insolation is among the highest in the world but the temperature varies more than 30 degrees between day and night. At the community of Livitaca (Cuzco), the association “Ingegneria Senza Frontiere” is working on a project of bioclimatic architecture. In this context, it is devised a low cost drainback solar ...

Study of the Thermal Behavior of Solar Cells Based on GaAs

N. Martaj[1,2], E. Guidicelli[2], Y. Cuminal[2], A. Perona[3], S. Pincemin[1,2]
[1]EPF-Ecole d’Ingénieurs, Montpellier, France
[2]IES, UMR5214, Université Montpellier II, Montpellier, France
[3]Laboratoire PROMES-CNRS Tecnosud, Rambla de la thermodynamique, Perpignan, France

The paper studies the thermal modeling and simulation of photovoltaic cells suitable for use in highly concentrated solar flux (> 1000 suns). The cells studied are those of GaAs kind. These cells are a very good alternative to be studied instead of more complex multi junctions cells. The objective is to find a simple and inexpensive way to remove heat from PV modules and to keep the electrical ...