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Multi-physics modeling in the electromagnetic levitation and melting of reactive metals

Multi-physics modeling in the electromagnetic levitation and melting of reactive metals

Roy, A.A., Bojarevics, V. and Pericleous, K.A. ORCID: 0000-0002-7426-9999 (2011) Multi-physics modeling in the electromagnetic levitation and melting of reactive metals. In: COMSOL Conference: User Presentations and Proceedings CD. COMSOL, Inc., Burlington, MA, USA. ISBN 978-0-9839688-2-5

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to demonstrate the capability of the software for predicting free-surface motion, internal fluid flow and temperature in an electromagnetically
levitated sample of liquid metal. Multi-physics solutions which demonstrate the usefulness of Comsol as a powerful MHD simulation tool have been generated to two industrial problems using the ALE moving-mesh module in combination
with the Navier-Stokes, Maxwell and General Heat transfer modules. The first problem, which has relevance to continuous casting of metal ingots in a cold crucible, considers the transient free-surface motion of a semi-levitated volume of metal when its shape is confined by the field of a solenoid. The ability to establish the steadystate profile of the melt is an important factor in
determining power requirements and thermal losses. This can then be fed into a 3D model (with static geometry) to include the effects of joule heating and the influence of the finger segments. The second problem is concerned with the thermo-physical property measurement of reactive molten materials using a novel technique reported in [9]. Comsol is used to predict the surface motion, centre of mass
oscillations and temperature fluctuation in a metal droplet suspended in the AC field of a solenoid.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: COMSOL Conference: User Presentations and Proceedings CD
Additional Information: [1] Paper presented at the COMSOL Conference 2011, held 26-28 October 2011, Stuttgart, Germany. [2] Paper published in COMSOL Conference: User Presentations and Proceedings CD. Edition 2012. CD contains presentations on engineering simulations from COMSOL Conferences in Boston, Stuttgart and Bangalore.
Uncontrolled Keywords: electromagnetic levitation, MHD, free-surface
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Q Science > QD Chemistry
T Technology > TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences > Centre for Numerical Modelling & Process Analysis > Computational Science & Engineering Group
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/7103

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