We describe the general mathematical model as well as the numerical integration procedure arising in modeling a realistic chemical vapor infiltration process. The numerical solution of the model ultimately leads to the solution of a large system of stiff differential algebraic equations. An operator splitting algorithm is employed to overcome the stiffness associated with chemical reactions, whereas a projection method is employed to overcome the difficulty arising from having to solve a large coupled system for the velocity and pressure fields. The resulting mathematical model and the numerical integration scheme are used to explore temperature, velocity, and concentration fields inside a chemical vapor infiltration reactor used in the manufacturing of aircraft brakes.

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