Thermophysical Approach for the Designing of Devices Inenergy and Biomedical Engineering

A special issue of Inventions (ISSN 2411-5134). This special issue belongs to the section "Inventions and Innovation in Energy and Thermal/Fluidic Science".

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In the last decades, there has been a growing interest in the interdisciplinary approach of thermodynamics in different subject of science and technology. In particular, thermodynamics is the bases of the energy and power engineering, but, also of the optimisation of the engineering designing. Moreover, in biomedical engineering thermodynamics plays a fundamental role in the analysis of the biosystems for new therapeutic approach, from thermal therapies to pharmaceutical cavitation, from biochemical analysis to the cellular modelling.

This special issue wishes to collect the scientific and technical developments of thermodynamics in science and engineering, in order to spread and share theoretical approach, new modelling for applications, engineering considerations and designing for the use of thermodynamics for the improvement of the present technological level.

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  • Irreversibility
  • Non-equilibrium
  • Exergoeconomics & optimisation
  • Econophysics & modelling
  • Thermoeconomics & sustainability
  • Second law analysis for sustainable development
  • Constructal law designing

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Storage Gravitational Energy for Small Scale Industrial and Residential Applications
by Ana Cristina Ruoso, Nattan Roberto Caetano and Luiz Alberto Oliveira Rocha
Inventions 2019, 4(4), 64; - 31 Oct 2019
Cited by 26 | Viewed by 11607
Photovoltaic cells produce electric energy in a short interval during a period of low demand and show high levels of intermittency. One of the well-known solutions is to store the energy and convert it into a more stable form, to transform again into [...] Read more.
Photovoltaic cells produce electric energy in a short interval during a period of low demand and show high levels of intermittency. One of the well-known solutions is to store the energy and convert it into a more stable form, to transform again into electricity during periods of high demand, in which the energy has a higher value. This process provides economic viability for most energy-storage projects, even for the least efficient and most common, such as batteries. Therefore, this paper aims to propose a storage system that operates with gravitational potential energy, considering a small-scale use. The development of this methodology presents the mathematical modeling of the system and compares the main characteristics with other systems. The dimensions of the considered system are 12-m shaft, 5-m piston height, and 4 m of diameter; it presented an energy storage of 11 kWh. Also, it has an efficiency of about 90%, a lifetime of 50 years, and higher storage densities compared to other systems. Full article
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