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A Computational Study on Laminar Flame Propagation in Mixtures with Non-Zero Reaction Progress

Flame speed data reported in most literature are acquired in conventional apparatus such as the spherical combustion bomb and counterflow burner, and are limited to atmospheric pressure and ambient or slightly elevated unburnt temperatures. As such, these data bear little relevance to internal combustion engines and gas turbines, which operate under typical pressures of 10-50 bar and unburnt temperature up to 900K or higher. These elevated temperatures and pressures not only modify dominant flame chemistry, but more importantly, they inevitably facilitate pre-ignition reactions and hence can change the upstream thermodynamic and chemical conditions of a regular hot flame leading to modified flame properties. This study focuses on how auto-ignition chemistry affects flame propagation, especially in the negative-temperature coefficient (NTC) regime, where dimethyl ether (DME), n-heptane and iso-octane are chosen for study as typical fuels exhibiting low temperature chemistry (LTC).
Technical Paper

A Computational Study on the Critical Ignition Energy and Chemical Kinetic Feature for Li-Ion Battery Thermal Runaway

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries and issues related to their thermal management and safety have been attracting extensive research interests. In this work, based on a recent thermal chemistry model, the phenomena of thermal runaway induced by a transient internal heat source are computationally investigated using a three-dimensional (3D) model built in COMSOL Multiphysics 5.3. Incorporating the anisotropic heat conductivity and typical thermal chemical parameters available from literature, temperature evolution subject to both heat transfer from an internal source and the activated internal chemical reactions is simulated in detail. This paper focuses on the critical runaway behavior with a delay time around 10s. Parametric studies are conducted to identify the effects of the heat source intensity, duration, geometry, as well as their critical values required to trigger thermal runaway.
Journal Article

Long Life Axial Fatigue Strength Models for Ferrous Powder Metals

Two models are presented for the long life (107 cycles) axial fatigue strength of four ferrous powder metal (PM) material series: sintered and heat-treated iron-carbon steel, iron-copper and copper steel, iron-nickel and nickel steel, and pre-alloyed steel. The materials are defined at ranges of carbon content and densities using the broad data available in the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) Standard 35 for PM structural parts. The first model evaluates 107 cycles axial fatigue strength as a function of ultimate strength and the second model as a function of hardness. For all 118 studied materials, both models are found to have a good correlation between calculated and 107 cycles axial fatigue strength with a high Pearson correlation coefficient of 0.97. The article provides details on the model development and the reasoning for selecting the ultimate strength and hardness as the best predictors for 107 cycles axial fatigue strength.
Technical Paper

Design Approach for Online Measuring the Distance of the Gap between the Contactors of Electric Relay Switch

The assembling accuracy of two contactors during the relay switch production is an important factor affecting the quality of relay. An embedded machine vision quality Inspection system has been developed for electric relay production line inspection. The proposed system can provide online feedback on the quality of the relays by measuring the distance of the gap between the contacts of them. Two CMOS imaging sensors are operated for image acquisition and the parallel working mode is realized under dual-channel mode. A red light illumination system has been adopted to eliminate the imaging noise from the reflection of the surfaces of copper sheet. Before the test, the features areas in the image of same type relay is selected as template and saved in the computer. During the inspection procedure, a rotation invariance detection scheme based on circular projection matching algorithm has been used for fast recognizing and locating detected object with the help of these feature areas.