Happy Birthday, Henry Darcy

Thomas Forrister June 10, 2018

The early 1800s were difficult for the townsfolk of Dijon, France. They’d made several attempts to supply the region with clean water by drilling wells, but the wells were too few, too dirty, and too dry. Fortunately, Henry Darcy, an engineer and Dijon native dedicated to public service, found a solution. His study of fluid dynamics for the project led to the formulation of the equation now known as Darcy’s law, as well as other contributions to hydraulics.

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Ed Fontes June 6, 2018

The Adidas® Telstar® soccer ball is the official ball of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, and the Nike® Ordem V soccer ball is used in the seven largest national leagues in Europe, including the top three: the Spanish La Liga, the English Premier League, and the Italian Serie A. Previously, we discussed an experimental setup for measuring the terminal velocity of these two soccer balls to see if there’s a difference that could affect player performance. Here’s what we found…

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Thomas Forrister June 5, 2018

The greenhouse effect has made it necessary for scientists to develop combustion processes that minimize the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Possible fuels in these processes include biomass and other biofuels, which recycle carbon within a short timescale. But there’s a downside: Combustion of these materials produces carbon and ash particles that must be removed from the exhaust. To improve particle filtration, researchers studied electrostatic filter designs using models that were validated by comparing them to experimental data.

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Mranal Jain June 4, 2018

If you want to create an animation from your simulation results, the COMSOL Multiphysics® software offers a variety of powerful and flexible options. In this blog post, we will explore the idea of creating a nontrivial animation by combining slices along the azimuthal direction for a 3D model.

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Ed Fontes June 1, 2018

Every four years, people interested in association football/soccer (a few billion people) talk about the FIFA World Cup™. We at COMSOL are no exception. During coffee breaks and lunches, we are discussing the different teams, players, preparations, and the tiny details that might impact the teams. The ball is an important protagonist of the games. The subject of the ball combines our passion for soccer and physics into one discussion!

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Ed Fontes May 31, 2018

In a previous blog post, we discussed using field-based methods (level set and phase field) for modeling free surfaces. Another option, moving mesh, can handle free liquid surfaces that do not undergo topology changes. In this blog post, we will demonstrate how to use the moving mesh method for modeling free surfaces and compare the results with field-based methods.

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Aditi Karandikar May 30, 2018

The Van Allen radiation belts consist of highly energetic charged particles that have become trapped in Earth’s magnetic field. These particles follow the shape of the field and give the belts a doughnut-like appearance. To study the behavior of the particles in the Van Allen belts, scientists can use the Particle Tracing Module, an add-on product to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

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Brianne Costa May 29, 2018

The Doppler effect, or Doppler shift, occurs when the movement of an observer relative to a source (or vice versa) causes a change in wavelength or frequency. Discovered by Austrian physicist Christian Doppler in 1803, this phenomenon is experienced in many different ways, such as when an ambulance passes you by and you hear an audible change in pitch. Using the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, you can model the Doppler effect for acoustics applications.

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Walter Frei May 25, 2018

One of the more common uses of the AC/DC Module, an add-on to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, is for modeling conductors and other lossy materials in time-varying magnetic fields when there are significant induced currents. The appropriate modeling approach depends upon how quickly the magnetic fields vary over time. Here, we review the basics and describe various modeling techniques to use.

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Brianne Costa May 24, 2018

Some inventions haven’t changed much since they first came about…even if centuries have passed. For instance, the pop-up toaster was invented in 1921, and although enhancements have been made, it still toasts bread. Paperclips hit the market about 150 years ago and they still hold sheets of paper together. The same is true of the lead-acid battery, a device that was invented in 1859 and operated under the same basic principles as the one currently in your car.

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Thomas Forrister May 23, 2018

Multiphase flow involves the simultaneous flow of fluids of different phases, such as gases and liquid, or solid particles suspended in a fluid. As such, modeling multiphase flow can require multiple approaches. One approach is to use a bubbly flow model to analyze the effects of bubble-induced turbulence. Here, we discuss a benchmark model of liquid and gas flow in a water-filled airlift loop reactor and validate the simulation results with experiments.

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