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.

Computational Building Physics using Comsol: Research, Education and Practice

J. van Schijndel
Eindhoven University of Technology,
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Jos van Schijndel completed his MSc in 1998 at the Department of Applied Physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUe). In 2007 he obtained a PhD degree at the TUe on integrated heat, air and moisture modeling. Currently, he is assistant professor focusing on Computational Building Physics. His passion is creative computational modeling using state of art scientific software and ...

Modal Analysis of Functionally-Graded Metal-Ceramic Composite Plates

E. Gutierrez-Miravete[1], W. L. Saunders II[2], K. Pendley[3]
[1]Rensselaer at Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
[2]General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, CT, USA
[3]United Technologies - Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, CT, USA

The determination of the modes of vibration of Functionally Graded-Metal-Ceramic Composite plates is important in practice in order to prevent undesired resonances in structural components. This paper describes the application of COMSOL Multiphysics® software for the determination of the modes of vibration of Aluminum A356-T6Alloy-ZrO2 FG-MCC square plates.

Comparison of Classic and Finned Piston Reciprocating Linear Air Compressor Using COMSOL Multiphyics®

M. Heidari[1], P. Barrade[1], A. Rufer[1]
[1]LEI, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

The current work is dedicated to develop a FEM model for compressors using moving mesh. An analytical model is already developed for a classic compressor based on mass and energy balance and is extended to a finned piston compressor. COMSOL Multiphysics® is employed to verify the analytical results and to provide an insight to detailed modeling of the system in desired areas. Moving mesh is ...

Heat Propagation Improvement in YBCO-Coated Conductors for Superconducting Fault Current Limiters

D. M. Djokic[1], L. Antognazza[1], M. Abplanalp[2], M. Decroux[1]
[1]DPMC, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
[2]ABB Corporate Research Centre, Dättwil, Switzerland

YBCO Coated Conductors (CCs), used for applications in Resistive Superconducting Fault Current Limiters (RSFCLs), are known to have insufficiently high Normal Zone Propagation Velocity (NZPV) during quench events. The improvement can be made by enhancing the thermal conductivity of YBCO-CCs with no decrease in the electrical resistivity. We studied the advantage of multilayered structures grown ...

Models of Simple Iron Cored Electromagnets

J. Mammadov[1]
[1]University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

This report mainly discusses the implementation and results of a project proposal, “Modelling using Finite Element Methods”. The report is devoted to implementation, which is a model of an electromagnet. The software tool that is used to model the electromagnet is COMSOL Multiphysics®, a commercial FEA package provided by the University of Manchester, Computer Science School. Additionally, ...

Web-Based 3D Visualization for COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

S. Grabmaier[1], M. Jüttner[1], W. M. Rucker[1]
[1]University of Stuttgart – Institute for Theory of Electrical Engineering, Stuttgart, Germany

A web based visualization solution for three dimensional simulation results of COMSOL Multiphysics® is described. With it, mobile clients with low bandwidth as well as desktop computers with high bandwidth connections get able to show simulation results without the need of installing specialized software. To do so, a modern web browser is required. Both touch gestures and common input techniques ...

Evaluation of Instability of a Low-salinity Density-dependent Flow in a Porous Medium

Y. T. Habtemichael[1], R. T. Kiflemariam[2], H. R. Fuentes[1]
[1]Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA
[2]Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA

Seawater intrusion into coastal aquifers is usually modeled by using transport models that include account for the effect of variable-density on flow. Variable-density models can be validated with the Henry and Elder benchmark problems. However, when mixed convective flow is simulated under variable density conditions, it is susceptible to physical and numerical instabilities. The purpose of this ...

High Frequency Resonators Using Exotic Nanomaterials

B. Panchapakesan[1], M. Loeian[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA

Human made mechanical resonators have been around for a thousand years. Early applications included musical instruments and chronographs operating in millihertz to kilohertz frequencies while more recent interest has turned ultra-high frequency resonators and oscillators suitable for wireless technologies, mass sensing and even biological applications. The trend has been towards small, stiff and ...

Simulation of a New PZT Energy Harvester with a Lower Resonance Frequency Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

H. Elbahr[1], T. Ali[1,2], A. Badawi[1], S. Sedky[1]
[1]Zewail City of Science and Technology - Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
[2]Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

Energy harvesting from environmental vibration nowadays is feasible because of natural oscillations like that caused by air or liquid flow and by exhalation or the heartbeat of a human body. This vibration frequency is typically low (in order of less than 1 kHz). Accordingly, low-frequency vibration based energy harvesting systems are an important research topic; these systems can be used for ...

Simple Finite Element Model of the Topografiner

H. Cabrera[1], D. A. Zanin[1], L. G. De Pietro[1], A. Vindigni[1], U. Ramsperger[1], D. Pescia[1]
[1]Laboratory for Solid State Physics, ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

In our recent experiments we are revisiting the topografiner technology for the imaging of surface topography with a resolution of a few nanometers. In these new technique called Near-Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (NFESEM), low-energy electrons are emitted from a polycrystalline tungsten tip via electric-field assisted tunneling. In order to characterize and improve the capabilities ...

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