Technical Papers and Presentations

Here you will find presentations given at COMSOL Conferences around the globe. The presentations explore the innovative research and products designed by your peers using COMSOL Multiphysics. Research topics span a wide array of industries and application areas, including the electrical, mechanical, fluid, and chemical disciplines. Use the Quick Search to find presentations pertaining to your application area.

Single Crystal Diamond NEMS Switch

M. Liao
Optical and Electronic Materials Unit
National Institute for Materials Science

A single-crystal diamond NEMS switch was fabricated while batch production of SCD MEMS/NEMS structures were developed. The diamond NEMS switches exhibit high performance with respect to high controllability, high reproducibility, and good reliability. Modeling and simulations were made that were consistent with experiments.

Investigation of the Effect of Spinal Defects on Spondylolysis and Stress Fracture of Vertebral Bodies

M.S. Yeoman[1], C. Quah[2], A. Cizinauskas[1], K. Cooper[1], D. McNally[5], B. Boszczyk[2]
[1]Continuum Blue, Tredomen, Ystrad Mynach, United Kingdom
[2]The Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, United Kingdom
[5]Bioengineering Research Group, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Spondylolysis (SL) is a defect of the spinal vertebra, and is typically caused by stress fracture of the pars interarticularis bone of the vertebral arch. It is especially common in adolescents who over train in sporting activities. Spina bifida occulta (SBO) is a malformation of the spine where the protruding vertebral bodies are not fully formed. In this study we demonstrate the predisposition ...

Numerical Aspects of the Implementation of Artificial Boundary Conditions for Laminar Fluid-Structure Interactions

C. Boeckle[1], P. Wittwer[1]
[1]University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

We discuss the implementation of artificial boundary conditions for stationary Navier-Stokes flows past bodies in the half-plane, for a range of low Reynolds numbers. When truncating the half-plane to a finite domain for numerical purposes, artificial boundaries appear. We present an explicit Dirichlet condition for the velocity at these boundaries in terms of an asymptotic expansion for the ...

Simulation of a Seal

V. Viola[1]
[1]CARCO, Basiano, Milano, Italy

Simulations of more than one type of seal have been done where the deformation and the stress of the seal itself or the pressure on the housing are of interest. According to the deformation of the seal we can modify the housing of the seal or its geometry depending on the design constraints to meet. Stresses on the seal are indicators of which changes have to be implemented on the geometry so to ...

3D Modeling of Urban Areas for Built Environment Applications Using COMSOL

J. van Schijndel[1]
[1]Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

This paper presents the modeling and simulation results of wind velocities in urban areas. The main idea was to build random generated urban areas for studying the influence of different urban geometries, from relative open to more dense, on wind profiles. The Spalert-Allmaras turbulent flow model turned out to be suitable for domains up to 50 x 50 x 100 m^3. The k-? turbulence model provided ...

Turbulent Bounded Flows for Oil & Gas Industry with COMSOL CFD Module

A. Fadel[1], G. Fontana[1]
[1]Isoil Impianti, Albano S. Alessandro, Italy

Industrial applications of fluid mechanics can require to satisfy necessities as diverse as legal norms, optimization requirements and manufacturing constraints. Therefore a Computational Fluid Mechanics software often becomes a must in the development of new devices or the improvement of older ones. Besides the legalistic aspect (such as the European Pressure Equipment Directive), several steps ...

Calculations of the FMR Spectrum in 1D Magnonic Crystals

M. Mruczkiewicz[1], M. Krawczyk[1], V.K. Sakharov[2], Yu. V. Khivintsev[2], Yu. A. Filimonov[2], S. A. Nikitov[3]
[1]Nanomaterials Physics Division, Faculty of Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Pozna?, Poland
[2]Kotel’nikov Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics, Russian Academy of Sciences (Saratov Branch), Saratov, Russia; Laboratory “Metamaterials”, Chernyshevsky Saratov State University, Saratov, Russia
[3]Kotel’nikov Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia; Laboratory “Metamaterials”, Chernyshevsky Saratov State University, Saratov, Russia

FMR spectra of the periodic microstructures (one-dimensional magnonic crystals, 1D MCs) were obtained using COMSOL with use partial differential equation interface. Results of these calculations were successfully compared with an experimental data for Damon-Eshbach (DE) and Backward-Volume (BV) geometries. The presented tool allows to analyze periodic structures with various geometries and ...

Aggregation Kinetics of Colloidal Nanoparticles in a Circulating Microfluidic Cavity

M.R. Barmi[1], B.D. Piorek[1], M. Moskovits[2], C.D. Meinhart[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
[2]Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Pressure-driven air flow is directed over the microfluidic cavity induces circulating fluid motion in the cavity. Analyte contained in the air stream is absorbed into the cavity, mixes with the nanoparticles as a result of the circulating cavity flow. Therefore, the nanoparticles sequentially aggregate into clusters of higher orders. The model captures: fluid dynamics of the air flow and ...

Development of the Service Frame for SBS Tracker GEM and TENDIGEM Development

F. Noto[1], E. Cisbani[2], F. Librizzi[1], F. Mammoliti[3], C.M. Sutera[1]
[1]Istituto Nazionale Fisica Nucleare - Sezione di Catania, Catania, Italy; Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia, Università di Catania, Catania, Italy
[2]Istituto Nazionale Fisica Nucleare - Sezione di Roma, Roma, Italy; Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Roma, Italy
[3]Istituto Nazionale Fisica Nucleare - Sezione di Catania, Catania, Italy; Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia, Università di Catania, Catania, Italy

The Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM) technology has been proven to tolerate rate larger than 50 MHz/cm² without noticeable aging and to provide the sub-millimeter resolution on working chambers up to 45x45 cm² [1]. A new GEM tracker is under development for the upgrade of the SBS spectrometer in Hall A at Jefferson Lab. The chambers of the tracker have been designed in a modular way: each chamber ...

Simulation of Radiation Dose Response in Phantom for CT

H. Chen-Mayer[1], R.E. Tosh[1]
[1]National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, USA

The radiation dose produced by an x-ray CT scanner to the patient is conventionally referenced to measurements performed by an ionization chamber in a phantom. On a fundamental level, the radiation absorbed dose, J/kg, can be determined directly by the temperature rise in the absorbing material. We model the temperature response in a high density polyethylene (HDPE) phantom. Use of COMSOL ...

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