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High Fidelity Cfd Modeling Of Natural Ventilation In A Solar House, Mirka Deza, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, Shan He, Ulrike Passe Jan 2015

High Fidelity Cfd Modeling Of Natural Ventilation In A Solar House, Mirka Deza, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, Shan He, Ulrike Passe

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Natural ventilation is an important factor in the design of sustainable buildings; it has the potential to improve air quality, while providing thermal comfort at reduced energy costs. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations provide comprehensive information on the internal flow pattern and can be used as a design tool. The present work offers insight of natural ventilation in a fully functional building, namely, the solar facility Interlock House in Iowa. Ventilation in the house is studied during summer months with some of its furniture included. The results show quantitative agreement between numerical simulations and experiments of vertical temperature profiles for ...


High-Speed 3d Shape Measurement With Fiber Interference, Beiwen Li, Pan Ou, Song Zhang Aug 2014

High-Speed 3d Shape Measurement With Fiber Interference, Beiwen Li, Pan Ou, Song Zhang

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This paper presents a miniaturized fringe projection system that only uses two fibers to potentially achieve superfast (e.g., MHz to GHz) 3D shape measurement speeds. The proposed method uses two optical fibers that carry the same wavelength of laser light with polarization and phase information properly modulated to generate high-quality sinusoidal fringe patterns through interference. The high-speed phase shifting is achieved by employing a high-speed Lithium Niobate (LN) electrooptic phase modulator. Since only two optical fibers are used to generate sinusoidal patterns, the system has a great potential of miniaturization for applications where the sensor size is critical (e ...


Characterizing Acoustic Fluidized Bed Hydrodynamics Using X-Ray Computed Tomography, David R. Escudero, Theodore J. Heindel Jul 2013

Characterizing Acoustic Fluidized Bed Hydrodynamics Using X-Ray Computed Tomography, David R. Escudero, Theodore J. Heindel

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Fluidized bed reactors are important assets of many industrial applications because they provide uniform temperature distributions, low pressure drops, and high heat/mass rates. Characterizing the hydrodynamics of a fluidized bed is important to better understand the behavior of these multiphase flow systems. The hydrodynamic behavior in a cold flow 3D fluidized bed, with and without acoustic intervention, using X-ray computed tomography is investigated in this study. Experiments are carried out in a 10.2 cm ID fluidized bed filled with glass beads, with material density of 2600 kg/m3 and particle size ranges between 212–600 μm. In ...


A High-Speed X-Ray Detector System For Noninvasive Fluid Flow Measurements, Timothy B. Morgan, Benjamin R. Halls, Terrence R. Meyer, Theodore J. Heindel Jul 2013

A High-Speed X-Ray Detector System For Noninvasive Fluid Flow Measurements, Timothy B. Morgan, Benjamin R. Halls, Terrence R. Meyer, Theodore J. Heindel

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The opaque nature of many multiphase flows has long posed a significant challenge to the visualization and measurement of desired characteristics. To overcome this difficulty, X-ray imaging, both in the form of radiography and computed tomography, has been used successfully to quantify various multiphase flow phenomena. However, the relatively low temporal resolution of typical X-ray systems limit their use to moderately slow flows and time-average values. This paper discusses the development of an X-ray detection system capable of high-speed radiographic imaging that can be used to visualize multiphase flows. Details of the hardware will be given and then applied to ...


Chip Segmentation In Machining: A Study Of Deformation Localization Characteristics In Ti6al4v, Abhijit Chandra, Pavan Karra, Adam Bragg, Jie Wang, Gap-Yong Kim Jun 2013

Chip Segmentation In Machining: A Study Of Deformation Localization Characteristics In Ti6al4v, Abhijit Chandra, Pavan Karra, Adam Bragg, Jie Wang, Gap-Yong Kim

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Chip segmentation by deformation localization is an important process in a certain range of velocities and might be desirable in reducing cutting forces and by improving chips’ evacuation, whereas few studies of practical criteria to calculate shear band spacing are available in literature. This paper extends nonlinear dynamics model for chip segmentation by allowing time varying orientation of the shear plane that are pronounced in strain hardening materials. The model extends the non-linear dynamics approach with additional state variables to the Burns and Davies approach. The model is simulated numerically to predict the shear bands of the chip. The numerical ...


Acoustic Field Effects On Minimum Fluidization Velocity In A 3d Fluidized Bed, David R. Escudero, Theodore J. Heindel Jul 2012

Acoustic Field Effects On Minimum Fluidization Velocity In A 3d Fluidized Bed, David R. Escudero, Theodore J. Heindel

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Fluidized beds are used in a variety of process industries because they provide uniform temperature distributions, low pressure drops, and high heat/mass rates. Minimum fluidization velocity is an important factor in understanding the hydrodynamic behavior of fluidized beds, and this characteristic may be modified through high frequency (sound) vibrations. The effects caused by sound wave frequency on the minimum fluidization velocity in a 3D fluidized bed are investigated in this study. Experiments are carried out in a 10.2 cm ID cold flow fluidized bed filled with glass beads with material density of 2600 kg/m3, and particles ...


Cavitation From A Butterfly Valve: Comparing 3d Simulations To 3d X-Ray Computed Tomography Flow Visualization, Graham Brett, Marc Riveland, Terrence C. Jensen, Theodore J. Heindel Jul 2011

Cavitation From A Butterfly Valve: Comparing 3d Simulations To 3d X-Ray Computed Tomography Flow Visualization, Graham Brett, Marc Riveland, Terrence C. Jensen, Theodore J. Heindel

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Flow control valves may experience localized cavitation when the local static pressure drops to the liquid vapor pressure. Localized damage to the valve and surrounding area can occur when the vapor cavity collapses. Valve designs that reduce cavitation are based on empirical evidence and accumulated experience, but there are still considerable cavitation problems in industry. Valve designers may use computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to simulate cavitation in flow control valves, but model validation is challenging because there are limited data of local cavitation from the valve surface. Typically, the intensity of cavitation in a control valve is inferred from measurements ...


A Method To Quantify Mixing In A Two Component Fluidized Bed, Norman K. Keller, Theodore J. Heindel Aug 2010

A Method To Quantify Mixing In A Two Component Fluidized Bed, Norman K. Keller, Theodore J. Heindel

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Fluidized bed technology can be used for pyrolysis and gasification of solid fuel particles such as biomass, which is important to industry because of its potential as an alternative for petroleum-based fuels. To efficiently utilize a fluidized bed reactor it is necessary, among other factors, to investigate the mixing and segregation behavior of the fuel particles with the bed material. In order to characterize the material distribution, a technique to visualize the biomass inside a fluidized bed reactor has been developed using X-ray computed tomography (CT) scans. This paper presents an image analysis procedure that can be used to quantify ...


X-Ray Particle Tracking Velocimetry In Fluidized Beds, Joshua B. Drake, Lie Tang, Theodore J. Heindel Aug 2009

X-Ray Particle Tracking Velocimetry In Fluidized Beds, Joshua B. Drake, Lie Tang, Theodore J. Heindel

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Fluidized beds are commonly found in the chemical and energy processing industries because of their low pressure drop, uniform temperature distribution, and high heat transfer rates. For example, in biomass gasification, biomass particles are injected into a heated bubbling bed of inert material (typically refractory sand) that volatilizes to form a flammable gas. However, the movement of the biomass particle through the bubbling bed is difficult to quantify because the systems are opaque. This paper describes X-ray particle tracking velocimetry (XPTV) applied to fluidized beds, where X-ray flow visualization is used to track the location of a single fabricated tracer ...


Repeatability Of Gas Holdup In A Fluidized Bed Using X-Ray Computed Tomography, Joshua B. Drake, Theodore J. Heindel Aug 2009

Repeatability Of Gas Holdup In A Fluidized Bed Using X-Ray Computed Tomography, Joshua B. Drake, Theodore J. Heindel

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Characterizing the hydrodynamics in fluidized beds is important to many processes from producing biofuels to coating pharmaceuticals. X-ray computed tomography (CT) can quantify local time-averaged phase fractions in multiphase systems that are highly dynamic, like fluidized beds. This paper describes the calibration methods used to produced CT images of a 15.24 cm diameter fluidized bed, how in-house software used these CTs to calculate gas holdup, and how well multiple CTs of a dynamic fluidized bed produced repeatable results while varying bed material and superficial gas velocities. It was concluded there is a very high degree of repeatability using the ...


Modeling A Biomass Fluidizing Bed With Side Port Air Injection, Mirka Deza, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel Aug 2009

Modeling A Biomass Fluidizing Bed With Side Port Air Injection, Mirka Deza, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel

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Fluidized beds are used to gasify materials such as coal or biomass in the production of producer gas. Modeling these reactors using computational fluid dynamics is advantageous when performing parametric studies for design and scale-up. While two-dimensional simulations are easier to perform than three-dimensional simulations, they may not capture the proper physics. This paper compares two- and three-dimensional simulations with experiments for a reactor geometry with side port air injection. The side port is located within the bed region so that the injected air can help promote mixing. Of interest in this study is validating the hydrodynamics of fluidizing biomass ...


Approximating A Three-Dimensional Fluidized Bed With Two-Dimensional Simulations, Mirka Deza, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel Oct 2008

Approximating A Three-Dimensional Fluidized Bed With Two-Dimensional Simulations, Mirka Deza, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel

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Fluidized beds can be used to gasify biomass in the production of producer gas, a flammable gas that can replace natural gas in process heating. Modeling these reactors with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations is advantageous when performing parametric studies for design and scale-up. From a computational resource point of view, two-dimensional simulations are easier to perform than three-dimensional simulations, but they may not capture the proper physics. This paper will compare two- and three-dimensional simulations in a 10.2 cm diameter fluidized bed with side air injection to determine when two-dimensional simulations are adequate to capture the bed hydrodynamics ...


Simulating Gas-Liquid Flows In An External Loop Airlift Reactor, Deify Law, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel Oct 2008

Simulating Gas-Liquid Flows In An External Loop Airlift Reactor, Deify Law, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel

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The external loop airlift reactor (ELALR) is a modified bubble column reactor that is composed of two vertical columns that are connected with two horizontal connectors. Airlift reactors are utilized in fermentation processes and are preferred over traditional bubble column reactors because they can operate over a wider range of conditions. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations can be used to enhance our understanding of the hydrodynamics within these reactors. In the present work, the gas-liquid flow dynamics in an external loop airlift reactor are simulated using CFDLib with an Eulerian-Eulerian ensemble-averaging method in two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) coordinate systems ...


A Validation Study For The Hydrodynamics Of Biomass In A Fluidized Bed, Mirka Deza, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel Aug 2008

A Validation Study For The Hydrodynamics Of Biomass In A Fluidized Bed, Mirka Deza, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel

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Computational modeling of fluidized beds can be used to predict operation of biomass gasifiers after extensive validation with experimental data. The present work focused on computational simulations of a fluidized bed using a multifluid Eulerian-Eulerian model to represent the gas and solid phases as interpenetrating continua. Hydrodynamic results from the simulations were quantitatively compared with X-ray flow visualization studies of a similar bed. It was found that the Gidaspow model can accurately predict the hydrodynamics of the biomass in a fluidized bed. The coefficient of restitution of biomass was fairly high and did not affect the hydrodynamics of the bed ...


Minimum Fluidization Velocity And Gas Holdup In Fluidized Beds With Side Port Air Injection, Nathan P. Franka, Joshua B. Drake, Theodore J. Heindel Aug 2008

Minimum Fluidization Velocity And Gas Holdup In Fluidized Beds With Side Port Air Injection, Nathan P. Franka, Joshua B. Drake, Theodore J. Heindel

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Fluidized beds can be used to gasify biomass in the production of producer gas, a flammable gas that can replace natural gas in process heating. Knowing how the fluidized bed hydrodynamics vary as reactor dimensions are scaled up is vital for improving reactor efficiency. This study utilizes 10.2 cm and 15.2 cm diameter fluidized beds with added side port air injection to investigate column diameter effects on fluidized bed hydrodynamics. Both inert (glass beads) and biomass (ground walnut shell and ground corncob) bed materials are used and the hydrodynamic differences with side port air injection are recorded. Minimum ...


Qualitative Observations Of Dense Particle Motion In A Vibration-Excited Granular Bed, Timothy B. Morgan, Theodore J. Heindel Nov 2007

Qualitative Observations Of Dense Particle Motion In A Vibration-Excited Granular Bed, Timothy B. Morgan, Theodore J. Heindel

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The Brazil nut effect is a classic phenomenon in which larger objects typically migrate to the top of a bed of smaller granular media when exposed to vibration. An example of this phenomenon is finding Brazil nuts on the top of a can of mixed nuts. In this study, the Brazil nut problem is simulated by submerging a large particle in a bed of granular media and then subjecting the system to vibration. Stereoscopic X-ray imaging is used to visualize the large particle motion. These images are then compiled into movies where the particle motion may be tracked. Observations of ...


Stability Issues For Gas-Liquid Flows In Bubble Columns, Deify Law, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel Nov 2007

Stability Issues For Gas-Liquid Flows In Bubble Columns, Deify Law, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel

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In the present work, gas-liquid flow dynamics in a bubble column are simulated with CFDLib using an Eulerian-Eulerian ensemble-averaging method in a two dimensional Cartesian system. The time-averaged gas holdup simulations are compared to experimental measurements of a cylindrical bubble column performed by Rampure et al. [1]. Numerical predictions are presented for the time-averaged gas holdup at various axial heights as a function of radial position. The effects of grid resolution, bubble pressure model, and drag coefficient models on the numerical predictions are examined. The bubble pressure model is reported to account for bubble stability, thus providing physical solutions. The ...


Visualizing Fluid Flows With X-Rays, Theodore J. Heindel, Terrence C. Jensen, Joseph N. Gray Jul 2007

Visualizing Fluid Flows With X-Rays, Theodore J. Heindel, Terrence C. Jensen, Joseph N. Gray

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There are several methods available to visualize fluid flows when one has optical access. However, when optical access is limited to near the boundaries or not available at all, alternative visualization methods are required. This paper will describe flow visualization using an X-ray system that is capable of digital X-ray radiography, digital X-ray stereography, and digital X-ray computed tomography (CT). The unique X-ray flow visualization facility will be briefly described, and then flow visualization of various systems will be shown. Radiographs provide a two-dimensional density map of a three dimensional process or object. Radiographic images of various multiphase flows will ...


Numerical Simulations Of Gas-Liquid Flow Dynamics In Bubble Columns, Deify Law, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel Nov 2006

Numerical Simulations Of Gas-Liquid Flow Dynamics In Bubble Columns, Deify Law, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel

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There is great potential for using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) as a tool in scale-up and design of bubble columns. Full-scale experimentation in bubble columns is expensive and CFD is an alternative approach to study bubble column hydrodynamics. However, CFD can be computationally intensive as a predictive tool for a full three-dimensional geometry. In this paper, a 0.2 m diameter semi-batch bubble column is numerically simulated and the results are compared to experimental measurements performed by Rampure et al. [1]. The objectives are to examine and determine an appropriate set of numerical parameters and to determine if two-dimensional simulations ...


Similitude Analysis For Gas-Liquid-Fiber Flows In Cocurrent Bubble Columns, Chengzhi Tang, Theodore J. Heindel Jul 2006

Similitude Analysis For Gas-Liquid-Fiber Flows In Cocurrent Bubble Columns, Chengzhi Tang, Theodore J. Heindel

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Gas-liquid-fiber systems are different from conventional gas-liquid-solid systems in that the solid material (i.e., fiber) is flexible, has a large aspect ratio, and forms flocs or networks when its mass fraction is above a critical value. With its wide application to the pulp and paper industry, it is important to investigate the hydrodynamics of gas-liquid-fiber systems. In this paper, 19 parameters that influence gas holdup in gas-liquid-fiber bubble columns are critically examined and then a dimensional analysis based on the Buckingham Pi Theorem is used to derive the dimensionless parameters governing gas-liquid-fiber bubble column hydrodynamics. Seven dimensionless parameters that ...


The Effect Of A Modified Downcomer On The Hydrodynamics In An External Loop Airlift Reactor, Samuel T. Jones, Theodore J. Heindel Jul 2006

The Effect Of A Modified Downcomer On The Hydrodynamics In An External Loop Airlift Reactor, Samuel T. Jones, Theodore J. Heindel

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Gas holdup and superficial liquid velocity in the downcomer and riser are studied for an external loop airlift reactor with an area ratio of 1:16. Two downcomer configurations are investigated consisting of the downcomer open or closed to the atmosphere. Experiments for these two configurations are carried out over a range of superficial gas velocities from UG = 0.5 to 20 cm/s using three aeration plates with open area ratios of 0.62, 0.99 and 2.22%. These results are compared to a bubble column operated with similar operating conditions. Experimental results show that the gas holdup ...


Gas Holdup In Opaque Cellulose Fiber Slurries, Sarah M. Talcott, Theodore J. Heindel Jun 2005

Gas Holdup In Opaque Cellulose Fiber Slurries, Sarah M. Talcott, Theodore J. Heindel

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Three different cellulose fiber types are used to study their effect on gas holdup and flow regime transition in a 10.2 cm semi-batch bubble column. The three natural fiber types include bleached softwood chemical pulp (softwood), bleached hardwood chemical pulp (hardwood), and bleached softwood chemithermomechanical pulp (BCTMP). Gas holdup is recorded over a range of fiber mass fractions (0 ≤ C ≤ 1.6%) and superficial gas velocities (Ug ≤ 23 cm/s). Experimental results show that gas holdup decreases with increasing fiber mass fraction. Homogeneous, transitional, and heterogeneous flow is observed for all three fiber types at low fiber mass fractions ...


Using X-Rays For Multiphase Flow Visualization, Theodore J. Heindel, Jeremy L. Hubers, Terrence C. Jensen, Joseph N. Gray, Alexander C. Stiegel Jun 2005

Using X-Rays For Multiphase Flow Visualization, Theodore J. Heindel, Jeremy L. Hubers, Terrence C. Jensen, Joseph N. Gray, Alexander C. Stiegel

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Gas-liquid, gas-solid, liquid-solid, and gas-liquid-solid multiphase flows are difficult to visualize, characterize, and quantify because the systems are typically opaque. Invasive or noninvasive measurement methods are typically used for determining internal flow and transport characteristics of these complex flows. The difficulty with invasive methods is that they can alter the internal flow of a multiphase system causing interference with realistic process measurements. X-ray imaging provides one family of noninvasive measurement techniques used extensively for product testing and evaluation of static objects with complex structures. These techniques have been extended to visualize dynamic systems, such as those which characterize multiphase flows ...


Effect Of Gas Distributor On Gas Holdup In Fiber Suspensions, Xufeng Su, Theodore J. Heindel Jul 2004

Effect Of Gas Distributor On Gas Holdup In Fiber Suspensions, Xufeng Su, Theodore J. Heindel

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Two different aeration plates are used to study their effect on gas holdup and flow regime transition in fiber suspensions. Two gas distributors with different open areas (A = 0.57% and 2.14%) and the same orifice diameter (do = 1 mm) are used, and experiments are performed using three different Rayon fiber lengths (L = 3, 6, and 12 mm) over a range of superficial gas velocities (Ug ≤ 18 cm/s) and a range of fiber mass fractions (0 ≤ C ≤ 1.8%) in a 15.24 cm diameter semi-batch bubble column. Experimental results show that the distributor with A = 2.14 ...


Gas Holdup In A Cocurrent Air-Water-Fiber Bubble Column, Chengzhi Tang, Theodore J. Heindel Jul 2004

Gas Holdup In A Cocurrent Air-Water-Fiber Bubble Column, Chengzhi Tang, Theodore J. Heindel

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Effects of superficial liquid velocity (Ul ), superficial gas velocity (Ug ), and fiber mass fraction (C) on gas holdup (ε) and flow regime transition are studied experimentally in well-mixed water-cellulose fiber suspensions in a cocurrent bubble column. Experimental results show that the gas holdup decreases with increasing Ul when C and Ug are constant. The gas holdup is not significantly affected by C in the range of C < 0.4%, but decreases with increasing C in the range of 0.4% ≤ C ≤ 1.5%. When C > 1.5%, a significant amount of gas is trapped in the fiber network and recirculates with the ...