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.

Optimal Electrical Design of Spherical Photovoltaic Cells

A.M. Morega, J.C. Ordonez, P.A. Negoias, M. Morega, and R. Hovsapian

This paper reports the optimization results of the new generation of honeycomb spherical photovoltaic cells (SPVC) with respect to the series electrical resistance. The electrical potential (voltage) distribution is found by numerically integrating the mathematical model of the DC current distribution within the SPVC. --------------------------------- Keynote speaker's ...

Quasi-static Analysis of Shielded Microstrip Lines

S.M. Musa, and M.N.O. Sadiku
Prairie View A&M University, Texas

Microstrip lines are the most commonly used transmission lines at high frequencies. In this paper, we will illustrate how to model the capacitance of microstrip lines using COMSOL Multiphysics. The goal is to determine the capacitance per unit length of shielded microstrip lines.

Multiphysics Analysis for the Electromagnetic Vibration Absorber

K. Liu, and Y. He
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada

This paper reports a multiphysics analysis for a newly developed electromagnetic vibration absorber (EMVA). The EMVA uses an electromagnet, permanent magnet, and aluminum beam to form a variable spring. By changing the current of the electromagnet, the stiffness of the EMVA can be adjusted instantaneously. Such a device belongs to the family of tunable vibration absorbers. The tunable vibration ...

Ampacity Simulation of a High Voltage Cable Used in Offshore Wind Farms

E. Pelster[1]
[1]Wenger Engineering, Ulm, Germany

The ampacity of a cable depends on the cross section of its conductor. When selecting a cable design for a specific application it is of interest to choose the lowest possible conductor cross section in order to reduce material costs. Therefore an exact calculation of the ampacity is necessary (it is usually limited by the thermal resistance of the insulating cable materials). Commonly the ...

Optimization of an Adiabatic Demagnetization Refrigerator’s Superconducting Magnet Shield for the Micro-X High-Resolution Microcalorimeter X-ray Imaging Rocket

E. Figueroa-Feliciano[1], M. Cavolowsky[2], C. Macklin[2], Z. Li[1], A. Sharer[2], and A. Walker[2]
[1] Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
[2] Olin College, Needham, MA

We are working on the design of a sounding rocket payload to perform high-resolution imaging spectroscopy of the Puppis A supernova remnant. This rocket payload uses Transition-Edge-Sensor Microcalorimeters, which are superconducting detectors that obtain very high (2 eV FWHM at 6 keV) imaging spectra. These devices need to be cooled to 50 mK, for which we are designing an adiabatic ...

Simulation and Verification of a Capacitive Proximity Sensor

T. Schlegl, and H. Zangl
Graz University of Technology
Graz, Austria

State of the art proximity sensors are most often based on optical or tactile methods. Although these sensor systems are widely used (e.g. clamping protection) the reveal several drawbacks. Most optical sensors need a line of side whereas tactile sensors cannot be used to determine a distance to an approaching object. Capacitive sensing technology has proven to be an interesting alternative to ...

Study on the Holding Characterestics of a Magnetic Gripper

R. Wadhwa[1], G. Monkman[2], and T. Lien[1]
[1]NTNU Valgrinda, Inst. for produksjons- og kvalitetstek., Trondheim, Norway
[2]FH Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany

Magnetic grippers are commonly used for workholding in handling and assembly of ferrous metalcasted parts. The workholding force produced by the magnetic gripper is strongly influenced by the texture and form of the workpiece in contact with its surface. This work explores the optimal design of an electromagnet to handle parts of varying profile radii by increasing the magnetic field gradient ...

Numerical Calculation of the Dynamic Behavior of Asynchronous Motors with COMSOL Multiphysics

J. Güdelhöfer[1], R. Gottkehaskamp[1], A. Hartmann[1]
[1]Department of Electrical Machines and Electromagnetic Field Theory, University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

This paper shows how a time-dependent and non-linear simulation of the dynamic operation behavior of an induction machine is executed by means of the \"Rotating Machinery\" interface from COMSOL Multiphysics 4.2a. The two-dimensional FEM model is connected to electrical circuits by coupling the physics \"Rotating Machinery\" and \"Electrical Circuit\" interfaces. These circuits include the lumped ...

MultiPhysics Analysis of Trapped Field in Multi-Layer YBCO Plates

P. Masson[1], and R. Meinke[1]
[1]Advanced Magnet Lab, Palm Bay, Florida, USA

Superconductors have the unique capability of trapping magnetic flux. This feature has the potential to enable and improve several applications including high power density rotating machines. Current material used as trapped flux magnets (TFM) is single domain YBCO that present numerous limitations interms of performance, stability and size. One way to overcome the limitations is to use thin ...

Numerical Simulation versus Experiments and Analytical Computation for Design Optimization

Mario Jungwirth
Professor
Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences
Wels, Austria

This presentation deals with how COMSOL Multiphysics can be used in education. The presentation is performed by demonstrating various multiphysics examples, their setup, modeling approach, and solution. ------------------------------------------- Keynote speaker's biography: Dr. Mario Jungwirth has been a professor at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences since 2003. In 2001, he ...

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