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.

Influence of Geometry on Mixing in a Passive Micromixer

E. Giuri, A. Ricci, and C. Ricciardi
Laboratorio di Technologie Elettrobiochimiche Miniaturizzate per l'Anilisi e la Ricerca, Politechnico di Torino

Finite Element Method simulations of microstructure behaviour is carried out by COMSOL. This enables us to make also technological considerations related to the easy way of fabrication and to lower production costs as explained in the following slide.

Using COMSOL for the Transport Modelling of Some Special Cases in a Bentonite Buffer in a Final Repository for Spent Nuclear Fuel

M. Olin[1], V-M. Pulkkanen[1], A. Seppälä[1], T. Saario[1], A. Itälä[1], M. Tanhua-Tyrkkö[1], and M. Liukkonen[1]

[1]VTT, Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland

The bentonite barrier is an essential part of a safe spent fuel repository in granitic bedrock. In this work COMSOL Multiphysics® is used in modelling the Thermal (T), Hydrological (H), Mechanical (M) and Chemical (C) phenomena and processes taking place in a bentonite buffer. Special interest lies in systems in which the density of bentonite or bentonite pore water varies. Typically, variation ...

Large Scale 3D Flow Distribution Analysis in HTPEM Fuel Cells

C. Siegel[1][2], G. Bandlamudi[1][2], N. van der Schoot[1], and A. Heinzel[1][2]
[1]Zentrum für BrennstoffzellenTechnik GmbH, Duisburg, Germany
[2]Institut für Energie- und Umweltverfahrenstechnik, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany

Accurate bipolar-plate and flow-field layout is one crucial task for optimizing fuel cells. These cell components perform several functions, including charge transport or gas and water transport throughout the cell just to name a few. Overall, the design depends on the fuel cell application or the geometrical size of the assembly. The requirements for a flow-field used in a high temperature ...

The Effect of a Correlated Surface Roughness and Convection on Heat Conduction

A.F. Emery[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

Heat conduction through a slab, 0 ≤ x ≤ W is one dimensional. However, if one of the edges, say x=0, is rough the conduction will be two dimensional. The two dimensionality varies with the correlation length with a maximum at a length approximately 10% of the slab width. The maximum percentage standard deviation of the flux is of the order of 3 time that of the roughness. Monte ...

COMSOL Multiphysics Modeling of Rotational Resonant MEMS Sensors with Electrothermal Drive

S. Nelson[1], and M. Guvench[1]
[1]University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Maine, USA

COMSOL Multiphysics is employed to model, simulate and predict the performance of a high Q, in-plane rotational resonating MEMS sensor. The resonating sensor disk is driven by thermal expansion and contraction of the support tethers due to AC joule heating. The resonant frequency is sensed by stationary contacts. For cost reduction, the relatively simple, low cost SOIMUMPS fabrication process is ...

Modeling the Coupled Mass Transfer Phenomena During Osmotic Dehydration of Fresh and Frozen Mango Tissues

J. Floury[1], Q.T. Pham[2], and A. Le Bail[3]
[1] UMR STLO–INRA–Agrocampus
[2] School of Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry, UNSW
Sydney, Australia.

In this paper, we present a mathematical model for simulating the mass transfer, during the osmotic dehydration of mango cubes. The mass balance equation for the transport of each constituent is established separately for intracellular and extracellular volumes but accounts for the mass exchange across the cell membrane and the shrinkage of whole tissue.

Deformable Medical Image Registration using the Finite Element Method

J. Li, and T.C. Zhu
Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania

Deformable medical image registration is studied with two models developed using COMSOL Multiphysics. One is based on the plane strain application mode and the other on the moving mesh (ALE) application mode. The models are examined by registering gross target volumes of a head-neck tumor with two sets of CT images. The comparison shows that the registration using the moving mesh (ALE) ...

Vibration Analysis of a Cylindrical Ultrasonic Linear Microactuator using COMSOL Multiphysics

Seiichi Hata
Associate Professor
Frontier Collaborative Research Center
Tokyo Institute of Technology

In this presentation, a new type of cylindrical ultrasonic linear microactuator (CULM) is presented. Using COMSOL Multiphysics, a modal analysis, a frequency response analysis, and a transient analysis are carried out for the model of the stator. A comparison with experimental results shows agreement for the frequency values. Keynote speaker's biography:Seiichi Hata has been an Associate ...

Design of the Nanoexposure Chamber with COMSOL Multiphysics

Y.-C. Chan1, F.-Y. Li1, and C.-T. Lin2
1Department of Chemistry, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan
2Department of Applied Mathematics, Providence University, Taiwan

The purpose of this study is to design a chamber for exposing hamsters to nanoparticles and to therefore examine the toxicity of that particular kind of nanoparticles. This simulation was employed to study the fluid dynamic behavior of the nanoparticle inside the chamber to determine the optimal conditions for the location and flow speed of the inlet for nanoparticles and a carrier, inert ...

Induction Heating of Samples in Vacuum Systems

A. Della Savia
SAES Getters Group, Lainate, Italy

Getter materials need to be activated in a vacuum system, where induction heating is one of the fastest processes. In this case, eddy currents generated by high frequency AC in a coil surrounding a bulb heat the materials.The temperature profile inside these items depends on geometry configurations, along with the coupling of the samples and material properties.In this article we analyze the ...

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