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.

Non-Isothermal Kinetics of Water Adsorption in Compact Adsorbent Layers on a Metal Support

G. Füldner, and L. Schnabel
Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg, Germany

Water adsorption in highly porous materials can be used in heat transformation processes for the efficient use of energy in heat and cold production. One technology for such a thermal heat transformation is the use of water adsorption in highly porous adsorbents like zeolite. To optimize the power density of compact thin layer adsorbent beds, a one-dimensional model of the coupled heat and mass ...

A Modeling Study of Electrical Characteristics of Anisotropic Conductive Film Adhesives

R. Divigalpitiya
3M Canada Company, London, ON, Canada

Finite element analysis provides new insights into the electrical behavior of conducting adhesives. We show that at a contact between a spherical conducting particle and a flat conducting substrate the current distribution is non-uniform: the current is concentrated at the periphery of the contact. In practice, the current concentration has important implications. We further shed light on what ...

Towards the Modeling of Microgalvanic Corrosion in Aluminum Alloys: the Choice of Boundary Conditions

N. Murer[1], N. Missert[2], and R. Bucchheit[1]

[1]Fontana Corrosion Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA
[2]Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, USA

Aluminum alloys in near-neutral, mildly aggressive solutions, undergo damage accumulation during corrosion, mostly due to the presence of micrometer-sized constituent intermetallic particles (IMP) that create a microstructural discontinuity at which localized corrosion occurs. The Nernst-Planck equation with electroneutrality is used to simulate current and pH distributions resulting from ...

Modelling the Thermal Impact of a Repository for High-Level Radioactive Waste in a Clay Host Formation

X. Sillen
Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN), Waste & Disposal Department, Mol, Belgium

Disposal in deep clay geological formations is one of the promising options for disposal of high-level radioactive waste. Yet, they can generate considerable amounts of heat as a side effect of radioactive decay. This paper shows how COMSOL Multiphysics has been used to evaluate the physical impacts of the heating on the geological media around a deep disposal system. The software was found ...

Parameter Optimization for Finite-Element Method (FEM) based modeling of singlet oxygen during PDT

T. Zhu, and K. Wang
Department of Radiation Oncology, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Photodynamic therapy(PDT) is a new cancer treatment modality using the photochemical reaction of a photosensitizing drug, light, and oxygen. The objective of this project is to determine the photochemical parameters necessary for singlet oxygen modeling during PDT using parameters obtained from a microscopic model.   FEM calculation in COMSOL Multiphysics was used to determine the model ...

Solid Food Pasteurization by means of Ohmic Heating: Influence of Process Parameters

M. Zell[1], D. Cronin[1], D. Morgan[1], F. Marra[2], and J. Lyng[1]
[1]School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture and Food Science Centre, College of Life Sciences, UCD Dublin, Ireland
[2]Dipartimento di Ingegneria Chimica e Alimentare, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy

Pasteurization of solid food undergoing ohmic heating has been analyzed using COMSOL Multiphysics on the basis of a previously validated multiphysics model. The simulation of pasteurization by ohmic heating involves simultaneous solution electrical potential within the food, heat transfer, and the kinetics transport of death of microorganisms. In the model, thermo-physical and electrical ...

Development of an Interlinked Curriculum Component Module for Microchemical Process Systems Components Using COMSOL Multiphysics

A. Mokal, and P. Mills

Department of Chemical and Natural Gas Engineering, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, TX, USA

COMSOL Multiphysics provides a powerful numerical platform where various models for microchemical process technology components can be readily created for both education and research. This modeling tool allows chemical engineering students to focus on understanding the effects of various microchemical system component design and operational parameters versus coding and debugging of the numerical ...

Analysis of Transient Electromagnetic Dipole

J.C. Crompton[1], K.C. Koppenhoefer[1], and S.Y. Yushanov[1]
[1]AltaSim Technologies, LLC, Columbus, Ohio, USA

This paper presents the solution of a transient electromagnetic problem using COMSOL Multiphysics. The paper also presents a closed-form solution of a transient electromagnetic dipole. The computational solution compares well with a closed-form solution for this problem. This work implements Maxwell’s equations in the RF module and optimizes solver parameter settings to resolve the transient ...

Development of an On-Line Wall-Fouling Sensor for Pipeline Transportation of Heavy Oil-Water Mixtures

S. Rushd[1], and R.S. Sanders[1]
[1]Chemical & Materials Engineering Department, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

A beneficial method for transporting highly viscous hydrocarbons (e.g. heavy oil and bitumen) through a pipeline is known as Lubricated Pipe Flow (LPF). A major challenge for this technology is flow instability caused by the formation of a wall-coating of oil or the thinning and/or loss of the lubricating water layer in the pipe. This issue can be addressed by using capacitance sensors to measure ...

Finite Element Analysis of Molecular Rydberg States

M.G. Levy[1], X. Liang[1], R.M. Stratt[1], and P.M. Weber[1]

[1]Department of Chemistry, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Identifying molecules requires associating molecular structures with their electronic energy levels. In this paper we introduce a novel technique for the calculation of molecular Rydberg levels. The technique allows for easy visualization of the associated wavefuntions to make unambiguous assignments. The value calculated for the 3p state of trimethylamine is most closely in agreement with recent ...

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