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Ion Temperature in Inductively Coupled Plasmas (ICPs)

October 22, 2014

When modeling plasmas, various options exist for choosing an ion temperature. Your choice, however, may strongly influence your model’s results. Let’s discuss the theoretical reason behind this phenomenon and study an example involving an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) to illustrate the influence the different ion temperature options have on your model’s results.

Designing Electric Vehicles with Magnetic Cooling Technology

October 21, 2014

In a previous blog post, we focused on the growing use of magnetic cooling technology as a safer, more eco-friendly method of refrigeration. Here, we look at how one team of researchers analyzed the potential use of this technology in the design of electric vehicles.

Green Energy Management for Communication Systems

October 17, 2014

The communication network wasn’t designed to carry the amount of traffic that is currently transmitted around the world on a daily basis. With the rapid expansion in data traffic and the exponential growth in high-speed communications, the current network is coming under increasing strain. At Bell Labs, researchers are looking into ways to improve energy efficiency through the use of optimized electronics cooling and energy harvesting technology. Two new energy-savings approaches developed by the group promise significant savings.

RFID Tag Read Range and Antenna Optimization

October 8, 2014

Today, guest blogger and Certified Consultant Mark Yeoman of Continuum Blue shares a numerical modeling example for RFID applications. We’ll look at how we can make use of COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation software to determine the operating read range of a passive RFID tag powered by a reader’s interrogating field. Additionally, we will look at how we can maximize this operating range by optimizing the tag’s antenna design.

Piezoelectric Materials: Understanding the Standards

October 2, 2014

Standards form an integral part of the work we do as engineers, providing a common language for communicating complex information. But standards committees are not omnipotent and sometimes revised standards are not universally adopted. This has happened in the case of the standards for piezoelectric materials, particularly for quartz. This blog post explains the multiple standards used to describe piezoelectrics in literature. Although the particular focus of this post is on quartz, the standards described apply for any piezoelectric material.

2D Axisymmetric Model of a Conical Horn Antenna

September 4, 2014

We’ve blogged about how you can save time setting up your electromagnetic models by using symmetry, anti-symmetry, and periodic boundary conditions. Today, we’ll show you a model that takes advantage of axisymmetry — a conical horn antenna model.

Accurate Hematology Analysis Using Hydrofocusing

August 25, 2014

Hematology analysis is an important step in medical diagnoses, often determining the treatment that a patient will receive. With a patient’s life on the line, it is vital that these analyses are accurate to the highest degree possible. Researchers at HORIBA Medical, a worldwide supplier of medical diagnostic equipment, turned to simulation to develop new methods for optimizing the accuracy of their hematology analysis devices. The resulting technique is currently used in some of their best-selling equipment.

Modeling a Complementary Split Ring Resonator with Ease

August 6, 2014

Last month, my colleague Alexandra Foley introduced an RF modeling example that uses periodic boundary conditions. Another RF model that can be created with ease by taking advantage of periodic boundary conditions is the Frequency Selective Surface, Periodic Complementary Split Ring Resonator model.


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