How to Study Thermal Applications of Open-Cell Metal Foam: Experiments and Computational Fluid Dynamics
AbstractThis paper reviews the available methods to study thermal applications with open-cell metal foam. Both experimental and numerical work are discussed. For experimental research, the focus of this review is on the repeatability of the results. This is a major concern, as most studies only report the dependence of thermal properties on porosity and a number of pores per linear inch (PPI-value). A different approach, which is studied in this paper, is to characterize the foam using micro tomography scans with small voxel sizes. The results of these scans are compared to correlations from the open literature. Large differences are observed. For the numerical work, the focus is on studies using computational fluid dynamics. A novel way of determining the closure terms is proposed in this work. This is done through a numerical foam model based on micro tomography scan data. With this foam model, the closure terms are determined numerically. View Full-Text
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De Schampheleire, S.; De Jaeger, P.; De Kerpel, K.; Ameel, B.; Huisseune, H.; De Paepe, M. How to Study Thermal Applications of Open-Cell Metal Foam: Experiments and Computational Fluid Dynamics. Materials 2016, 9, 94.
De Schampheleire S, De Jaeger P, De Kerpel K, Ameel B, Huisseune H, De Paepe M. How to Study Thermal Applications of Open-Cell Metal Foam: Experiments and Computational Fluid Dynamics. Materials. 2016; 9(2):94.Chicago/Turabian Style
De Schampheleire, Sven; De Jaeger, Peter; De Kerpel, Kathleen; Ameel, Bernd; Huisseune, Henk; De Paepe, Michel. 2016. "How to Study Thermal Applications of Open-Cell Metal Foam: Experiments and Computational Fluid Dynamics." Materials 9, no. 2: 94.
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