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High Coupling Factor Piezoelectric Materials for Bending Actuators: Analytical and Finite Elements Modeling Results

I.A. Ivan[1], M. Rakotondrabe[1], and N. Chaillet[1]
[1]FEMTO-ST Institute, University of Franche-Comte, Besançon, France

New giant piezoelectric factor materials such as PMN-PT and PZN-PT were researched during the last decade and are actually becoming commercially available. As they seem very attractive for actuator designs, we studied their potential in replacing PZT ceramics. In a first comparative approach, we tested a series of classic rectangular composite bimorph structures of different combinations of ...

The Optical Properties of a Truncated Spherical Cavity Embedded in Gold

A. Pors[1], O. Albrektsen[2], S.I. Bozhevolnyi[2], and M. Willatzen[1]
[1]Mads Clausen Institute, University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg, Denmark
[2]Institute of Sensors, Signals and Electrotechnics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

The use of plasmonic effects to dramatically enhance the electromagnetic field near the surface of a metallic nanostructured surface has grown into a large research area in the effort to take advantage of the surface enhanced field. In this paper the electromagnetic field near a nano-sized truncated spherical cavity embedded in a gold substrate is investigated and modeled in 3D with COMSOL ...

Multi-Scale Modelling of Catalytic Microreactors

B. Hari[1] and C. Theodoropoulos[1]
[1]The University of Manchester, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Manchester, UK

Microreactors are important alternative to conventional reactors in chemistry, chemical, pharmaceutical and semiconductor industries due to their operation characteristics such as increased mass and heat transfer, uniform flow, safety, high throughput through array configurations, smaller plant size and lower cost of production. Models for such reactors need to be able to describe both the ...

Explicit Dosimetry for Photodynamic Therapy; Singlet Oxygen Modeling based on Finite-Element Method

Ken Kang-Hsin Wang[1], and Timothy C. Zhu[1]
[1]Department of Radiation Oncology, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Singlet oxygen (1O2) is the major cytotoxic agent during type-II photodynamic therapy (PDT). The production of 1O2involves the complex reactions among cancer agent, oxygen molecule, and treatment laser light. The light propagation in tumor tissue is described by the diffusion equation. In this work, an optimization routine is developed to fit the [1O2]rx profile to the simulated necrosis ...

Simulation of Dielectric Barrier Discharge Lamp Coupled to the External Electrical Circuit

A. El-Deib[1], F. Dawson[1], S. Bhosle[2], D. Buso[2], and G. Zissis[2]
[1]University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
[2]LAPLACE-University of Toulouse, Toulouse, France

This work uses COMSOL to simulate the Dielectric Barrier Discharge (DBD) lamp coupled to the external electrical circuit. The coupled system is modeled to capture the effect of the electrical parasitic elements on the efficiency of the DBD which is more realistic as compared to previous trials which assumed that a perfect voltage source is applied to lamp terminals. The obtained results ...

Nonlinear Ferrohydrodynamics of Magnetic Fluids

Markus Zahn
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

Markus Zahn received all his education at MIT, was a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Florida, Gainesville from 1970-1980, and then joined the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science faculty in 1980. He works in the Laboratory for Eelectromagnetic and Eelectronic Systems, in the MIT High Voltage Research Laboratory, is the Director ...

Computational Simulation of Electrohydrodynamic Systems Pertaining to Micro and Nano scale Fluid Flow Phenomenon

M. Seiler[1], and B. Kirby[2]
[1]Department of Engineering Physics, Cornell
University, NY, USA
[2]Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cornell
University, NY, USA

Modeling of 3D AC electro-osmotic pumps is relevant to the creation of portable or implantable lab-on-a-chip devices for mm/s tunable fluid flows attainable with battery scale voltages. In this analysis using COMSOL Multiphysics we investigate the modeling challenges of computationally calculating systems of fluid flow phenomena governed by AC Electroosmosis in the micro and nano scale regimes.

Modeling of Shrinkage Behavior in Cement Paste Using Thermal-structural Interaction

T. Chen[1], and P.G. Ifju[1]

[1]University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

This paper describes using thermal-structural interaction to model the shrinkage behavior in cement paste under drying. An inverse method of combining the finite element analysis and the least-squares method is implemented to fit experimentally determined shrinkage in order to obtain material properties from the complex geometry used in the tests. The finite element model is created using COMSOL ...

Electrostatic Fluid Structure Interaction (EFSI) on the Huygens Experiment

R. Godard [1], J. de Boer[1], N. Ibrahim[2], and G. Molina-Cuberos[3]
[1]Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON, Canada
[2]University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
[3]Campus Espinardo, Murcia, Spain

The Huygens Atmospheric Structure Instrument (HASI) was designed to characterize the physical properties of the lower atmosphere and surface of Titan, the planet-size moon of Saturn. The Relaxation Probe (RP) sensor on the Huygens probe, determined the electrical conductivity in the lower atmosphere of Titan, from 140 km to 40 km. It was suspected that at an altitude above 100km, the booms were ...

Numerical Modeling of Falling Aluminum Particle Oxidation in Air

A. Davidy
Israel Military Industry, Ramat-Hasharon, Israel

Because of its high enthalpy of combustion, aluminum has been added to energetic materials. In this paper, a two dimension thermal model is developed and assessed to describe the interrelated processes of Aluminum particle oxidation by using the software COMSOL Multiphysics. The thermal model consists of thermal radiation, forced convection and thermal conduction and oxygen diffusion. It is ...

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