See How Multiphysics Simulation Is Used in Research and Development


Engineers, researchers, and scientists across industries use multiphysics simulation to research and develop innovative product designs and processes. Find inspiration in technical papers and presentations they have presented at the COMSOL Conference. Browse the selection below or use the Quick Search tool to find a specific presentation or filter by application area.
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CFD Investigation of a Photocatalytic Multi-Tube Reactor for Indoor Air Purification

J. van Walsem [1], J. Roegiers [1], S. Lenaerts [1], S. Denys [1],
[1] Department of Bioscience Engineering, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

In industrial countries, people spend most of their time indoors. Stringent heat-insulation measures in combination with deficient ventilation have a negative impact on indoor air quality [1]. Integration or retrofitting of a photocatalytic oxidation or PCO reactor into continuous flow ... Read More

A 3D Multiphase Flow Model of Hydrogen Storage in Geological Formations

E. Abarca [1], A. Sainz-Garcia [1], F. Grandia [1],
[1] Amphos 21 Consulting S.L., Barcelona, Spain

Renewable energies generate temporary mismatches between energy demand and supply. The conversion of surplus energy to hydrogen and its storage in geological formations is one option to balance this energy gap. Storage in deep saline aquifers is the most cost-effective option for ... Read More

Increasing Dust Removal Efficiency of Electrodynamic Screens Using Frequency Optimization via COMSOL Multiphysics®

C. Morales [1], R. Eriksen [1], M. Horenstein [1], M. Mazumder [1],
[1] Boston University, Boston, MA, USA

Utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) generation facilities are located in desert environments throughout the world to take advantage of the high availability of sunlight in these areas. Unfortunately, naturally occurring sandstorms in these deserts often ... Read More

Thermoviscous Acoustics – Piezoelectric Modeling and Simulation of Surface Acoustic Wave Devices

V. M. Dhagat [1], P. Dufilie [2],
[1] University of Connecticut, Mansfield, CT, USA
[2] Phonon Corporation, Simsbury, CT, USA

New drug discovery and development is costly; of all compounds investigated for use in humans, only a small fraction is approved for treatments around the world. The pharmaceutical industry has started switching from molecular drugs to protein-based drugs due to high specificity, ... Read More

Modeling Internal Erosion Processes in Soil Pipes

J. L. Nieber [1], G. V. Wilson [2], G. A. Fox [3],
[1] University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, USA
[2] United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service National Sedimentation Laboratory, Oxford, MS, USA
[3] North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA

The erosion of the interior of soil pipes is an important process in the fields of geomechanics and geomorphology. Soil pipes can form in water holding structures like dams and levees, and water flow through these structures becomes concentrated into the soil pipes as they evolve by the ... Read More

Design and Simulation of 3D Printed Check Valves Using Fluid-Structure Interaction

A. M. Melvin [1], T. J. Roussel [1],
[1] Department of Bioengineering, J.B. Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA

Passive, one-way valves, also known as check valves, while common at the macro scale, are an essential microfluidic feature that facilitate flow rectification. These structures are also commonly used in reciprocating micropump configurations to control flow. Their operation can be ... Read More

Dynamic Study of Field and Current Distribution in Multifilamentary YBCO Thin Films

F. Grilli[1], A. Lucarelli[2], G. Lüpke[2], T. Haugan[3], and P. Barnes[3]

[1]Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada
[2]College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA
[3]Air Force Research Laboratory

We have developed a model for computing current and field distributions in multifilamentary superconducting thin films subjected to the simultaneous effects of transport ac current and applied dc field perpendicular to the sample. The model is implemented in COMSOL’s PDE module ... Read More

Finite-Element Evaluation of Thermal Response Tests Performed on U-Tube Borehole Heat Exchangers

E. Zanchini, and T. Terlizzese
[1]Dipartimento di Ingegneria Energetica, Nucleare e del Controllo Ambientale, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy

The results of two thermal response tests recently performed on two vertical borehole heat exchangers (BHEs) are presented. The BHEs have the same cross section and a depth of 100 m and 120 m respectively. The evaluation of the thermal properties of the ground and grout are ... Read More

COMSOL Multiphysics for Efficient Solution of a Transient Reaction-Diffusion System with Fast Reaction

M.K. Gobbert[1], A. Churchill[1], G. Wang[1], and T.I. Seidman[1]
[1]Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

A reaction between chemical species is modeled by a particular reaction pathway, in which one reaction is very fast relative to the other one. The diffusion controlled reactions of these species together with a reaction intermediate are described by a system of three transient reaction ... Read More

Flow and Mixing in the Liquid between Bubbles

B. Finlayson[1]
[1]Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

Mixing is characterized in liquids moving between bubbles when the bubbles are moving down a microfluidic channel. The shape is assumed based on fluid mechanical arguments and experimental observations, and the mixing is characterized for a variety of situations in two and three ... Read More