Conference Dates

July 1-6, 2007

First Page



Fouling caused by calcium phosphate upon heating is basically a crystallization/precipitation process, which starts with the formation of stable clusters of ions or molecules in a process called nucleation that occurs either in the bulk liquid or at the surface. The cellular automata are useful tools to model complex systems of the universe. They could be considered as a good alternative to differential equations and have been used to model many physical/biological systems. In this preliminary work, a two dimensional space was considered where the cellular automata lattice was represented as a grid of squares, with each square representing a single automaton cell. Several situations were simulated, representing the growth of the deposit on stainless steel materials for different surface energies. The results of the simulations were compared with experimental data obtained in the laboratory.