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 Numerical Investigation on Active Chilled Beams for Indoor Air Conditioning

G. Cammarata, and G. Petrone
Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, University of Catania, Catania, Italy

In this study fluid-dynamical and thermal performance of active chilled beams is investigated by 2D and 3D modelling in COMSOL Multiphysics. Three different typologies of those air conditioning systems are considered. Results, obtained for typical range of variation of operational conditions, are principally produced as temperature and velocity distributions. Special attention is paid to the ...

Stirling Engine Simulation: Non-isothermal Flow / Structure Interaction

N. Martaj1, P. Rochelle1, L. Grosu1, R. Bennacer2, and S. Savarese3
1LEEE, Université Paris X, Ville d'Avray, France
2Laboratoire Environnement, Energétique, Valorisation, Matériaux (LEEVAM), Université de Cergy-Pontoise, Neuville-Sur-Oise, France
3COMSOL France, Paris, France

The reciprocating thermal engine of Stirling type, with its varied external heat sources and efficiency improving regenerator, is an alternate solution to be taken into account for efficient power applications of renewable energies. Work and efficiency of this machine is strongly dependent on geometrical and physical parameters such as dimensions, heat transfer coefficients, heat source ...

Human Torso Model for Heat Transfer Analysis

X. Xu[1], T. Patel[1], R.W. Hoyt[1]
[1]U.S. Army Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick, MA, USA

A human torso model was created for heat transfer analysis. The torso was derived from the ‘Virtual Family’ whole-body voxel data from the ITIS Foundation (Zurich, Switzerland). Measurements were taken from the ITIS male along the axial plane at key anatomical landmarks and used to develop geometry in Solidworks. Individual components were created to represent the skin, fat, muscle, and bone ...

Negative Thermal Expansion Materials: Thermal Stress and Implications for Composite Materials

M.J. Jakubinek[1,2], C.A. Whitman[2,3], and M.A. White[1,2,3]
[1]Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
[2]Institute for Research in Materials, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
[3]Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

There is considerable interest in the possibility of combining NTE materials with normal (positive) thermal expansion materials, to reduce the potential of failure of a material or component due to thermal stress fracture. Finite element analysis (FEM) is used to explore the overall expansion and thermal stress in composites.

Ampacity Simulation of a High Voltage Cable Used in Offshore Wind Farms

E. Pelster[1]
[1]Wenger Engineering, Ulm, Germany

The ampacity of a cable depends on the cross section of its conductor. When selecting a cable design for a specific application it is of interest to choose the lowest possible conductor cross section in order to reduce material costs. Therefore an exact calculation of the ampacity is necessary (it is usually limited by the thermal resistance of the insulating cable materials). Commonly the ...

Transient Conjugate Optical-thermal Fields in Thin Films Irradiated by Moving Sources: A Comparison between Back and Front Treatment

N. Bianco[1], O. Manca[2], and D. Ricci[2]
[1]Dipartimento di Energetica, Termofluidodinamica applicata e Condizionamenti ambientali, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Napoli, Italy
[2]Dipartimento di Ingegneria Aerospaziale e Meccanica, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Aversa (CE), Italy

A two dimensional instationary analysis of the conjugate optical-thermal fields induced in a multilayer thin film structure on a glass substrate by a moving Gaussian laser source is carried out numerically in order to compare back and front laser treatment processes. COMSOL Multiphysics 3.4 code has been adopted to solve the combined thermal and electromagnetic problem in order to compare the two ...

Inductive Heating Modelling with a Temperature-controlled Material

Hemous, R.
RocTool, France

Roctool is a company which develops and sells some process to heat and transform composite materials very quickly. One of these, the Cage System®, uses an inductive heating process which heats instantaneously the tooling surface of the mold, where the composite we want to transform is put. The thermal diffusion in the mass mold is reduced relative to other means of heating.

Simulation of Heat-induced Fusing of Polymer Toner

Hoffmann, R.
Océ Printing Systems GmbH, Poing

The electrophotographic print process uses polymer toner particles to create the desired print image on the paper. After depositing the particles on the paper, the particle layer has to be heated beyond the glass point of the polymer to create a homogeneous layer. This fusing process is one of the most energy-consuming parts of the whole print process. It is therefore imperative to limit the ...

3D Modeling and Simulation of the Thermal Performance of Solid Cyclotron Targets

M. A. Avila-Rodriguez1, J. A. Sader1, and S. A. McQuarrie1,2
1Edmonton PET Centre, Cross Cancer Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
2Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Division of Oncologic Imaging, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

COMSOL Multiphysics was used to model and simulate the thermal performance of solid targets irradiated with charged particles.Results showed that materials with a high thermal conductivity to heat capacity ratio behave better in cooling dynamic systems requiring fast dissipation of heat.

Modeling a Cooling Skylight

M. Fält, and R. Zevenhoven
Thermal and Flow Engineering Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering
Åbo Akademi University
Turku
Finland

Air-conditioning produced by traditional vapor compression cycle is an energy demanding operation. By using passive cooling methods is it possible to avoid, or at least reduce, the need for vapor compression cooling. A passive radiative cooling method could be a three windowed skylight, filled with a greenhouse gas. Earlier modeling of such a skylight has shown promising results, and work has ...

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