Numerical study of mass and heat transport within a ceramic porous tank

  • Ramzi Rzig Become: Technology, Science, AI & Automation Lab; Thermal and Energy Systems Studies Laboratory, National School of Engineers of Monastir, University of Monastir
  • Minyar Mnakri Laboratory of Spectroscopic Characterization and Optical Materials LaSCOM, Sfax University
  • Nidhal Ben Khedher Thermal and Energy Systems Studies Laboratory, National School of Engineers of Monastir, University of Monastir; Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Hail University
Keywords: porous media, ceramic porous tank, CVFEM, Gmsh, transport phenomenon


In porous media, the thermal transfer phenomenon is widely applied in diverse energy-intensive industrial processes. This research paper aims to elucidate the simultaneous transfer of mass and heat within a ceramic porous tank. To simulate these transport phenomena, a numerical method is developed: Control Volume Finite Element Method (CVFEM), in conjunction with the utilization of a free mesh generator called Gmsh. The study showcases numerous simulation results that depict the transport phenomenon, such as the three-dimensional evolution of three parameters (temperature, saturation and pressure) during the heating of the ceramic tank. By employing this numerical model, a more comprehensive comprehension of these transport phenomena can be achieved.


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