Numerical Simulations for Thermal Engineering and Thermodynamic Systems

A special issue of Thermo (ISSN 2673-7264).

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Dear Colleagues,

The Guest Editors of the MDPI Thermo Special Issue “Numerical Simulations for Thermal Engineering and Thermodynamic Systems” are inviting authors to submit work for publication. This publication intends to include a wide range of heat transfer and thermodynamics papers covering both theoretical models as well as applications. Models and simulations of heat transfer are complicated procedures dealing with a lot of different phenomena. Those that this Special Issue is aiming towards can be under the scope of CFD modelling or pure thermodynamical analysis, while applications of informational statistical descriptions of such systems are also of interest.

Overall, the topics of interest for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Numerical models of heat exchangers;
  • Modelling and simulations of 1D and 3D thermal engines and refrigeration systems;
  • Numerical solution methods for the engine and thermal designs;
  • Numerical validation/verification of CFD and heat transfer models against simulations or experimental data;
  • Descriptions of heat transfer models at extreme temperature ranges and phases of matter (plasma physics, Bose–Einstein Condensates, superfluids etc.);
  • Mathematical models for novel solutions of heat transfer or thermofluids models;
  • Combination of numerical and AI models for the description of systems (radiation, porous media, heat exchanges etc.);
  • Applications of renewable technologies relating to power production from applications, such as solar cells, under the scope of their thermal behaviour;
  • Derivations of heat transfer properties of materials;
  • Applications of thermodynamic simulations to informational systems.

In this issue, authors can also submit review papers which consider the modelling and simulations of heat transfer or closely related subjects. In terms of review papers, authors are encouraged to contact the editors to verify that the proposed review is of interest to the Issue.

You may choose our Joint Special Issue in Entropy.

Prof. Dr. Emmanouil Rogdakis
Dr. George-Rafael Domenikos
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Keywords

  • thermodynamics
  • heat transfer
  • numerical modelling
  • simulations
  • optimization
  • renewables
  • energy transfer

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Enhancing Bi2Te2.70Se0.30 Thermoelectric Module Performance through COMSOL Simulations
by Md. Kamrul Hasan, Mehmet Ali Üstüner, Hayati Mamur and Mohammad Ruhul Amin Bhuiyan
Thermo 2024, 4(2), 185-201; https://doi.org/10.3390/thermo4020011 - 6 May 2024
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This research employs the COMSOL Multiphysics software (COMSOL 6.2) to conduct rigorous simulations and assess the performance of a thermoelectric module (TEM) meticulously crafted with alumina (Al2O3), copper (Cu), and Bi2Te2.70Se0.30 thermoelectric (TE) materials. [...] Read more.
This research employs the COMSOL Multiphysics software (COMSOL 6.2) to conduct rigorous simulations and assess the performance of a thermoelectric module (TEM) meticulously crafted with alumina (Al2O3), copper (Cu), and Bi2Te2.70Se0.30 thermoelectric (TE) materials. The specific focus is on evaluating diverse aspects of the Bi2Te2.70Se0.30 thermoelectric generator (TEG). The TEM design incorporates Bi2Te2.70Se0.30 for TE legs of the p- and n-type positioned among the Cu layers, Cu as the electrical conductor, and Al2O3 serving as an electrical insulator between the top and bottom layers. A thorough investigation is conducted into critical parameters within the TEM, which include arc length, electric potential, normalized current density, temperature gradient, total heat source, and total net energy rate. The geometric configuration of the square-shaped Bi2Te2.70Se0.30 TEM, measuring 1 mm × 1 mm × 2.5 mm with a 0.25 mm Al2O3 thickness and a 0.125 mm Cu thickness, is scrutinized. This study delves into the transport phenomena of TE devices, exploring the impacts of the Seebeck coefficient (S), thermal conductivity (k), and electrical conductivity (σ) on the temperature differential across the leg geometry. Modeling studies underscore the substantial influence of S = ±2.41 × 10−3 V/K, revealing improved thermal conductivity and decreased electrical conductivity at lower temperatures. The findings highlight the Bi2Te2.70Se0.30 TEM’s high potential for TEG applications, offering valuable insights into design and performance considerations crucial for advancing TE technology. Full article
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Analysis of Supersonic Flows inside a Steam Ejector with Liquid–Vapor Phase Change Using CFD Simulations
by Hugues Charton, Christian Perret and Hai Trieu Phan
Thermo 2024, 4(1), 1-15; https://doi.org/10.3390/thermo4010001 - 12 Jan 2024
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In this work, different CFD models to compute flows inside a steam ejector were investigated. The results were compared to the analytical models as well as the experimental results from the literature. All the simulations gave realistic results from the hydrodynamic perspective with [...] Read more.
In this work, different CFD models to compute flows inside a steam ejector were investigated. The results were compared to the analytical models as well as the experimental results from the literature. All the simulations gave realistic results from the hydrodynamic perspective with a relative error of the entrainment ratio between 25% and 40% compared to reference experimental data. However, an analysis of the temperature profiles showed that only realistic results from the thermodynamic perspective were given by multiphase calculations. The first multiphase model tested was the so-called Wet-Steam model from ANSYS Fluent. This model gave inconsistent results for the steam ejector CFD simulation due to the physical boundaries of this model. The second model tested was the Eulerian mixture model, which gave the most realistic results in terms of the physical conditions of the liquid and vapor phases inside the ejector. It also showed that the phase change could have a significant impact on the value of the critical output pressure as a way to improve the performance of the ejector. Full article
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