Faculty Advisor

Clark, William M.

Abstract

The aim of this project was to create a computer model of a climbing film evaporator using COMSOL Multiphysics. We used the designed climbing film evaporator lab for CHE 4402 to structure our lab experiment and to collect lab data about the change of composition in the evaporator feed solution. The data was then used to create a simulation model using COMSOL Multiphysics. We concluded that COMSOL can be an effective way for simulating a climbing film evaporator given the correct heat transfer coefficients, heat flux expressions, boundary conditions, and concentrations and we developed recommendations, which we present regarding future modeling and experimentation.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2010

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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