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.

A Survey of Multiphysics Applications for Materials and Processes

John Tanski
Staff Engineer
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM

In this presentation, the following modeling applications are considered: Heat treatment of carbon fiber-epoxy parts Growth and contact of corrosion spot Gas saturation in epoxy cartridges Design of mechanical assembly for corrosion All models are accompanied with a description of the physics, problem formulation as well as results from ...

Dual Solutions for Viscous Mixed Convection Flows in a Vertical Circular Duct: A Numerical Benchmark

S. Lazzari1, A. Barletta1 , E. Magyari1,2, and F. Piccinini3
1Dipartimento di Ingegneria Energetica, Nucleare e del Controllo Ambientale (DIENCA), University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
2Institute of Building Technology, ETH - Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
3Biomedical Engineering, Engineering School of Cesena, Cesena, Italy

Forced and free convection flow in a vertical isothermal circular duct is studied by taking into account the internal heating due to viscous dissipation. The momentum and energy balance equations lead to a nonlinear boundary value problem that is solved numerically by means of the finite-element software COMSOL Multiphysics.For any prescribed value of the average velocity smaller than a maximum, ...

Geodynamic Models of the Vøring Volcanic Margin

T. Pedersen
Institute for Energy Technology, Kjeller, Norway

Volcanic margins are characterized by excessive magmatic activity. One of the most studied volcanic margins is the Vøring margin, offshore mid-Norway. The large volumes of magmatic rocks found there are believed to have been produced by the melting of an abnormally hot mantle. We use COMSOL Multiphysics to investigate the hypothesis that the source of this thermal anomaly was a mantle ...

Design of heat flux microsensor assisted by COMSOL for the study of energy transfer on Si and Cu thin samples

L. Bedra, N. Semmar, A.-L. Thomann, R. Dussart, J. Mathias, and Y. Tessier
GREMI, CNRS-Université d'Orléans, Orléans, France

A commercial heat probe is used for energy transfer measurements on copper and silicon substrates. To do so, the micro sensor has to be calibrated under high vacuum (~10-7 mbar), using a homemade black body as a heat source.Although the HFM is cooled at 5 oC, the solid surface temperature is unknown as the thermal contact resistance. Thus, COMSOL simulations are also used to obtain reliable ...

A non-Conventional use of COMSOL to Solve a Complex 3D Geometrical Problem

J. P. Caire, and F. Jomard
LEPMI, ENSEEG, Saint Martin d'Hères, France

The purpose of this study was the optimization of an industrial furnace from a thermal point of view. Such a cylindrical furnace contains an Al-Mg molten alloy covered by a KCl-NaCl molten salt layer floating on it to prevent alloy evaporation. When tilting the cylindrical furnace, it was necessary to compute the relation between the salt and alloy volumes and the area of the liquid alloy/salt ...

Simulation-based Analysis of the Spatial Sensitivity Function of an Electrical Capacitance Tomography System

A. Fuchs, and H. Zangl
Institute of Electrical Measurement and Measurement Signal Processing, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria

This paper investigates the effects of the soft field character of an Electrical Capacitance Tomography system by means of analyzing the 3D sensitivity distribution of the pipe interior using Finite Element Analysis.The aim of the determined sensitivity is to overcome restrictions caused by the soft field without being forced to use (active) guarding strategies.

Exploitation of Laminar Flow for Cell-Based Assays

M. F. Santillo1, and A. G. Ewing1,2
1Department of Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA
2Department of Chemistry, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden

A microfluidic device for performing multiplexed cell bioassays has been successfully developed. The device takes advantage of laminar flow and hydrodynamic focusing in order to selectively load cells into various culture chambers and address cells with pharmacological agents. Both computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations and fluorescence microscopy illustrate how fluid flow can be ...

Channels and Melting in Deformable Porous Media

S. L. Butler

Department of Geological Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, SK, Canada

Partial melting occurs beneath mid-ocean ridges in Earth's mantle and the resulting liquid migrates to the surface to form a new oceanic crust. In this system, mass can be exchanged between the liquid and solid phases through melting and solidification and, at the high temperatures and pressures associated with the Earth's interior, the solid matrix deforms through the process of compaction, ...

Analysis of a Spatial Filtering Design for Capacitive Flow Measurements

D. Hrach, A. Fuchs, and H. Zangl
Institute of Electrical Measurement and Measurement Signal Processing, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria

In this paper, a simulation of a capacitive flowmeter utilizing a spatial filtering technique is presented. The flowmeter consists basically of ring shaped electrodes placed sequentially in the flow direction on the outside of a pipe. The paper introduces an electrode layout and describes the modeling of the electrodes to achieve the required simulation accuracy.We show the functionality of the ...

Study of the CO2 Transfer Rate in a Reacting Flow for the Refined Sodium Bicarbonate Production Process

C. Wylock[1], A. Larcy[1], P. Colinet[1], T. Cartage[2], and B. Haut[1]
[1]Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
[2]Solvay S.A., Brussels, Belgium

This work deals with the quantification of the CO2 transfer rate from a bubble to the surrounding liquid in a bubble column. A model is successfully developed using COMSOL Multiphysics. The validated model is used to study the enhancement influence of chemical reactions on the transfer rate. Moreover, the results of this study are compared with a classical 1-D approach and excellent comparison is ...

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