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.

Ultrasound Propagation in Viscoelastic Material Guides

Castaings, M.1, Predoi, M.V.2, Hosten, B.1 1 Laboratoire Mécanique Physique, Univ. Bordeaux 1, UMR CNRS 5469, Talence, France
2 Catedra de Mecanica, Universitatea Politehnica Bucuresti, Bucuresti, Romania

Wave propagation in elastic waveguides is a problem of constant interest from the last decades. Several numerical approaches exist. The most intuitive uses time-marching routines that solve the equations of dynamic equilibrium and supply displacements of the structure nodes as time functions. This procedure is usually time and memory consuming due to huge number of temporal iterations required ...

Numerical Simulation of Fluid Flow During Arc Welding

Carin, M.1, Favre, E.2
1 Laboratoire d’Etudes Thermiques Energétique et Environnement, Université de Bretagne Sud, Lorient, France
2 Comsol France, Grenoble, France

A 2D axisymmetric model of a melt pool created by an arc type heat source has been developed using FEMLAB. The model solves the coupled equations of laminar fluid flow and heat transfer to demonstrate the flow behaviour in the pool. The coupled effects of buoyancy and capillary forces are taken into account. The presence of the liquid – solid interface is modelled by two different ways: a ...

Modeling an integrated, high flow rate MEMS ferrofluid pump

Mao, L., Koser, H.
Department of Electrical Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, CT

We present a FEMLAB modeling study of an integrated, high-flow rate microfluidic pump for ferrofluids. Initial studies of these microfluidic devices have been performed using a onedimensional setup in MATLAB and later confirmed by corresponding simulations with FEMLAB 3.1 in partial differential equation (PDE) mode. It is determined that maximum flow velocity is achieved when the product of ...

Electrohydrodynamic flow modeling using FEMLAB

Karpov, S., Krichtafovitch, I.
Kronos Air Technologies, Redmond, Washington

Electrohydrodynamic flow is a flow of electrically neutral gas caused by corona-generated charged particles (ions) drifting through it. The operation principles of electrostatic fluid accelerators that use corona discharge phenomenon can be described as following. High voltage applied between high curvature corona electrode and low curvature collecting electrode provides condition for ionization ...

FEMLAB® as a teaching and discovery tool for transport phenomena

Plawsky, J.L.
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute we have altered our undergraduate and graduate curricula so that we now teach transport phenomena (heat, mass, momentum, charge) in a holistic manner rather than as discrete courses. The traditional pencil-papercalculator toolset was found lacking and so we turned to FEMLAB® as a teaching tool to help enhance student understanding. In this paper, I will ...

Modeling Thermal Stresses of Copper Interconnects in 3D IC Structures

Bentz, D.N., Zhang, J., Bloomfield, M., Lu, J-Q., Gutmann, R.J., Cale, T.S.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

One of the key issues in developing higher density microelectronics devices is the impact of the stresses induced by thermal expansion mismatches of the materials used. We have examined, using FEMLAB, the stresses due to interwafer copper interconnects embedded in multilayer structures created by bonding two wafers using an organic low-k dielectric glue, benzocylcobutene (BCB). This work ...

Dynamic adsorption with FEMLAB, modeling breakthrough curves of gaseous pollutants through activated carbon beds

Joly, A.1, Volpert, V.1, Perrard, A.2
1 Institut Camille Jordan (ICJ), CNRS UMR 5208, Mathématiques, Université Claude Bernard Lyon, Villeurbanne Cedex, France
2 Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse, CNRS UPR 5401, Villeurbanne Cedex, France.

The purpose of this presentation is to expose how to apply FEMLAB to model the dynamic adsorption through adsorbent columns and to use the results of the numerical simulations to interpret the experiments. The mathematical formulation of the phenomena leads to a system of two partial differential equations (mass balance and adsorption rate), which can be solved in most cases only after ...

Numerical simulations of heat effects compared to measurements in III-V semiconductor saturable absorbers.

LePaul, S., Yang, N., Aniel, F.
Institut d’Electronique Fondamentale, Université Paris XI – CNRS UMR 8622, Orsay

The major purpose of this communication is to share our experiences on the numerical difficulties we ended up in simulating heating effects of saturable absorbers based on III-V semiconductors with the commercial finite element software FEMLAB 3.1. Saturable absorbers are devices devoted to full optical signal regeneration in optical telecom systems. The self heating effects in the structures ...

Modelling massive forming processes with thermally coupled fluid dynamics

Schmitter, E.D.
University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck

With massive forming processes like rolling, extrusion and friction stir welding metal alloys are deformed in a hot solid state. Material flow under ideally plastic conditions can be modelled with computational fluid dynamics (CFD). This approach has advantages especially in case of large deformations. Material properties enter via a viscosity function, that can be related to the flow stress ...

A study of nonlinear deflection dynamics of a piezoelectric accelerometer

Kaya, T., Koser, H.
Yale University

This work focuses on the study of large amplitude, nonlinear deflection dynamics of a piezoelectric accelerometer and aims to determine the material and geometry limitations on the structural integrity of the device. FEMLAB’s multiphysics capabilities are used throughout this FEA study to understand the relationship of the geometry and materials to the resonance modes, large deflection ...

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