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.

COMSOL Multiphysics Predictions of Pressurized CO2 Foil Thrust Bearing Characteristics

T. Munroe
Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation
Niskayuna, NY

This report discusses an analysis of gas foil thrust bearings used in the Integrated Systems Test (IST) turbomachinery. Gas foil thrust bearing failures occurred in IST turbomachinery during operational testing at Barber-Nichols Inc. This paper presents preliminary results of a study to assess, by means of multiphysics analyses, the performance characteristics of the foil thrust bearing over ...

Effect of Calcification Properties on Stress in Models of Atherosclerotic Plaque

C. Buffinton, P. Rogerson, and D. Ebenstein
Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA

The effects of calcifications on arterial wall stress have been largely ignored, in part because the material properties of the calcified areas were taken to be the same as the fibrous plaque, and in part because they are often assumed to have a stabilizing influence. Recent measurements suggest that their stiffness should be more similar to bone. A computational model is indicated for this ...

Structural and Geomechanics Modeling of a Railroad Bridge

H. Diaz-Alvarez, R. Costley, D. Whitlow, M. McKenna, C. Williamson, and O. Taylor
US Army Engineer & Development Center
Vicksburg, MS

Previous studies have determined that bridges radiate acoustic energy in the infrasonic frequency range. Initial interest in this topic was the result of trying to identify sources of infrasound recorded at stations deployed near bridges. A Finite Element model has been developed for a Pratt truss railroad bridge located at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. The model consists of 3-D Euler beam elements ...

Modeling and Simulation of Circular and Square Diaphragm Absolute Micro Pressure Sensors using COMSOL

M. Sundaram[1], A. Simha[2], S M. Kulkarni[3], and S. Bhat[4]
[1]Department of ICE, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, India
[2]Department of Mechatronics, National Institute of Technology, Suratkal, India
[3]Department of Mechanical, National Institute of Technology, Suratkal, India
[4]Department of E&C, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, India

The aim of this paper is to model and simulate a Circular and Square diaphragm absolute micro pressure sensors. With the applied pressure, the change in deflection and stress pattern of the diaphragm is analytically determined. The structures are then simulated using COMSOL Multiphysics®. The results obtained from analytical equations are compared with simulated results. The range and ...

3D Multiphysics Analyses to Support Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Conversion of HFIR - new

P. K. Jain[1], J. D. Freels[1]
[1]Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

Engineering design studies of the feasibility of conversion of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) from high-enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel are ongoing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as part of an effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors program. COMSOL Multiphysics® models ...

A Three Dimensional (3D) Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical Model for Microwave Drying - new

T. Gulati[1], H. Zhu[1], A. K. Datta[1]
[1]Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Microwave drying of foodstuffs is a complex interplay of mass, momentum, and energy transport coupled with large deformation of the solid. To be able to better understand the microwave drying process, a fundamentals-based three dimensional (3D) multiphase porous media based model is developed to simulate the microwave drying process. An elaborate experimental system comprising of infrared camera, ...

COMSOL Multiphysics® Software for Simulation of Surface Response to Excitation Method for Manufacturing Process Performance Monitoring - new

H. Fekrmandi[1], N. Miniello[1], R. Kiflemariam[1], I. Nur Tansel[1]
[1]Mechanical & Materials Engineering Department, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA

In this study, COMSOL Multiphysics® software was used to simulate the surface response to excitation method (SuRE). An aluminum beam with a piezoelectric element bonded is modeled using the COMSOL Acoustics Module. A frequency domain sweep study was performed to simulate the sweep sign generation. The frequency spectrum of the structure is monitored through a frequency range of (20kHz-400kHz). A ...

Static and Dynamic Deformations of a Reed Valve Immersed in Hydraulic Fluid - new

A. Chaudhuri[1]
[1]Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM, USA

Metal reed valves are used for flow rectification in electrohydraulic pumps driven by smart materials at high frequencies but it is difficult to predict their behavior when the surrounding fluid has considerable inertia and viscosity. Simulation of this phenomenon involves modeling the fluid-structure-interaction between the bending of the reed and the flow past the valve. In this model, we use ...

Modeling Mechanical Property Changes During Heating of Carrot Tissue - A Microscale Approach - new

S. Kadam[1], A. K. Datta[1]
[1]Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Turgor pressure loss and pectin degradation result in texture loss during cooking of plant based materials. To simulate texture loss, a simultaneous heat and moisture transfer, pectin degradation in the cell wall material and solid mechanical model was developed at the microscale using finite elements to predict the homogenized Young’s Modulus of the carrot tissue during heating. The model ...

Modal Analysis of Functionally-Graded Metal-Ceramic Composite Plates - new

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.

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