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.

Application of FEMLAB on supercritical hydrogen components of the high flux isotope reactor cold source

Freels, J.D.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN

FEMLAB has played a key role in the design and safety analysis of several key components of the new High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) hydrogen (H2) cold neutron source (CS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The main components of interest for the detailed analysis capability of FEMLAB are those where the H2 temperature spans a large range causing the fluid properties to change dramatically ...

Einsatz von FEMLAB bei der Optimierung der Geometrie eines Hochspannungsimpulstransformators

Cernat, R.1, Brinkmann, C.1, Weißgerber, T.2
1 Universität Dortmund, Lehrstuhl für Hochspannungstechnik und EMV
2 era GmbH, Dortmund

Hochspannungsimpulstransformatoren werden bei Ottomotoren zur Entzündung des Kraftstoff- Luft-Gemischs eingesetzt. Aktuelle Fahrzeuge sind mit zylinderselektiver Zündung ausgerüstet, so dass für jeden Zylinder ein Zündtransformator benötigt wird. Dieser ist direkt über der Zündkerze positioniert und stellt die benötigte Hochspannung sowie eine ausreichende Funkenenergie zur Verfügung, ...

A Multi-Physics Framework for the Geometric Optimization of a Diaphragm Electrostatic Micropump

E. Bertarelli[1], R. Ardito[1], E. Bianchi[1], K. Laganà[1], A. Corigliano[1], G. Dubini[1], and R. Contro[1]

[1]Department of Structural Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

In this work, an electrostatic diaphragm micropump is investigated by means of COMSOL Multiphysics®. A fluid-dynamic model is adopted to evaluate the fluid flow characteristics inside the pumping chamber, in static conditions. In parallel, electromechanical quasi-static simulations are performed to evaluate the occurrence of membrane movement and pull-in phenomena. Finally, a simplified ...

Inductive FEA - Benchmark Optimization

J. Feigenblum[1], D. Perrier[1], Y. Mocellin[1], and E. Roland[2]
[1]ROCTOOL, Savoie Technolac, Le Bourget du Lac, France
[2]Laboratoire SIMAP, Bâtiment EPM, St Martin d’Hères, France

In this paper, after a brief presentation of our company, we will detail our technology and the importance of the simulation step. In the same time, we will describe different levels of FEA (Finite Element Analysis) we have followed and we will conclude on the best balance, for our industrial target, between complexity of models and accuracy of results.

Boundary Conditions Identification for Thermostatic Cauchy Problem by Minimizing an Energy-like Function

T.N. Baranger
LDMS, UMR CNRS-INSA 5006, ISTIL - Université Claude Bernard, Lyon

An energy-like error function is introduced in the context of the ill-posed problem of boundary data recovering, which is commopnly known as a Cauchy problem. Here the problem is converted into an optimization problem. Numerical simulations highlight the efficiency and robustness of the proposed method.

Reactor Design Improvements for a Propane Autothermal Reformer by Simulation of Momentum Flow

F. Cipitì, L. Pino, A. Vita, M. Laganà, and V. Recupero
CNR-ITAE, Messina

The paper presents a two-dimensional model to describe the gas flow in a propane autothermal reactor, developed at the CNR-ITAE Institute, and aimed to design a Beta 5 kWe hydrogen generator, named HYGen II, to be used with Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells (PEFCs) for residential applications. The main aim of the mathematical model was to optimize the reactor geometrical key parameters (diameter ...

Stresses in Carotid Plaques Using MRI-based Fluid Structure Interaction Models

S.A. Kock [1], E. Fründ [1], W.Y. Kim [1], and J.V. Nygaard [2]
[1] Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark,
[2] Aarhus University, Denmark

Using magnetic resonance images, a model was created of an atherosclerotic plaque in a patient. A fluid-structure interaction analysis was then carried out in order to determine principal stresses in the protective fibrous cap. Results indicate stresses at high blood pressure in excess of 300 kPa, the established cap rupture strength. The technique could prove to be of great value to ...

Simulation of Evaporating Droplets on AFM-Cantilevers II: Confocal Microscopy and Transversal Bending

T. Haschke[1], E. Bonaccurso[2], H.J. Butt[2], F. Schönfeld[3], and W. Wiechert[1]
[1] Universität Siegen, Lehrstuhl für Simulationstechnik, Siegen
[2] Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung, Mainz
[3] Institut für Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH, Mainz

The evaporation process of microscopic drops was investigated by depositing them onto atomic force microscope (AFM) cantilevers and measuring the deflection of the cantilever in response to the presence of the drop. We could thus improve a previously presented FE simulation model by comparing the simulations of the cantilever’s transversal deflection to 3-D images of the cantilever’s ...

Linear Convection and Conduction in Cylinders of Water Exposed to Periodic Thermal Stimuli

R.E. Tosh[1], and H.H. Chen-Mayer[1]
[1]National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA

Primary reference standards for determining absorbed dose to water in radiotherapy beams used at cancer clinics and hospitals ultimately must make reference to the temperature change in water produced by ionizing radiation. The most direct experimental technique for this purpose is water calorimetry. Since the dose distributions delivered by such beams are nonuniform, temperature signals ...

Optimization of Dynamic Embedded, Water Based Surface Heat (and Cold) Emitting System for Buildings

S. Thomas[1], P.Y. Franck[1], and P. André[1]
[1]Department of Sciences and Environmental Management, University of Liège, Arlon, Belgium

This paper presents the heat flow model and the experimental test bench developed to optimize a new kind of heating floor. In the first part of the text is described the new kind of high reactivity emitting device for building heating and cooling. The second part illustrates the numerical model developed to evaluate the device efficiency. Finally experimental test bench implementation and ...

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