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.

Effects of Nonlinear Magnetic Properties on Magnetic Bonding Forces for Magnet Array Self-Assembly

S.B. Shetye, J.S. Agashe, and D.P. Arnold
University of Florida

The objective of this researh is to develop new, magnetically-directed, self-assembly approaches to enable three-dimensional structures to be formed in parallel from a heterogeneous mixture of parts of arbitrary size and shape.

Magnetorheological Fluid Based Braking System Using L-shaped Disks

M. Hajiyan[1], S. Mahmud[1], H. Abdullah[1]
[1]School of Engineering, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada

This paper presents a novel design of multi-disks Magnetorheological braking system (MR brake) for automotive application. Magnetic saturation in both electromagnetic core and MR fluid is considered in this paper. The electromagnetic analysis of the proposed configuration is carried out using Finite Element based COMSOL Multiphysics® software (AC/DC Module). The system geometry, created using ...

Simulation of a Polyimide Based Micromirror

A. Arevalo[1], S. Ilyas[2], D. Conchouso[1], I. G. Foulds[1,3]
[1]Computer, Electrical & Mathematical Sciences & Engineering Division (CEMSE), King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
[2]Physical Sciences & Engineering (PSE), King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
[3]School of Engineering, University of British Columbia - Okanagan, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The simulation of a micromirror using polyimide as the structural material is presented. The simulation was used to verify the initial design parameters and to explore the different characteristics of the electromechanical device. For simulation simplicity the electrodes are integrated as part of the structural layer. The device thickness is 6 μm while the electrodes are 300 nm thick. For the ...

Modeling of Anisotropic Laminated Magnetic Cores Using Homogenization Approaches

H. Neubert[1], J. Ziske[1], R. Disselnkötter[2]
[1]Technische Universität Dresden, Institute of Electromechanical and Electronic Design, Dresden, Germany
[2]ABB Corporate Research Center, Ladenburg, Germany

3D-modeling of magnetic components with FEM is challenging due to the involved nonlinearities and coupling effects between different physical domains. A specific issue is the consideration of lamination due to the high resulting element count for thin layers. Therefore, several homogenization approaches for laminated cores have been proposed which replace the laminated structure with a single ...

3D Acoustic Streaming Field in High-Intensity Discharge Lamps

B. Baumann[1], J. Schwieger[1], M. Wolff[1], F. Manders[2], J. Suijker[2]
[1]Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg, Germany
[2]Philips Lighting, Turnhout, Belgium

High-intensity discharge lamps will in the foreseeable future be important light sources despite a growing market share of LEDs. Cost and energy efficient high frequency (300 kHz) operation is hampered by the excitation of acoustic resonances inside the arc tube, which results in low frequency (10 Hz) light flicker. Our aim is to calculate the acoustic streaming velocity field, which is related ...

3D Multiphysics Model of Thermal Flow Sensors

C. Falco[1], A. De Luca[1], S. Sarfraz[1], F. Udrea[1]
[1]University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

The aim of this work is to present a model capable to describe the behaviour of a thermal flow sensor under every physical aspect. A generic thermal flow sensor relates the flow properties with a variation in the temperature profile inside the device itself. Thus, it is locally heated up with a resistive element biased with an external current, surrounded by one or more temperature sensing ...

Estimation of Hydraulic Conductivity for a Heterogeneous Unsaturated Soil Using Electrical Resistivity and Level-Set Methods

T. K. Chou[1], M. Chouteau[1], J. S. Dubé[2]
[1]École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada
[2]École de Technologie Supérieure, Montréal, QC, Canada

The estimation of the soil saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ks) is crucial in understanding water flow and transport of contaminants. There are many hydrological techniques available in determining this parameter (constant head method, in-situ soil analysis, etc...). While these techniques can provide quality data points, they are often limited by sparse data sampling and scale. Therefore ...

Modeling the Effect of a Water Tree Inside a Tape Shield and Concentric Neutral Cables

K. Burkes[1,2], E. Makram[2], R. Hadidi[2]
[1]Department of Electrical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA
[2]Savannah River National Lab, R&D Instrumentation, Aiken, SC, USA

COMSOL Multiphysics® software is used to model a water tree in tape shield and concentric neutral cables. It allows for the effect on electric field intensity at the tip of the water tree and electric potential due to the water tree to be better understood. Also, COMSOL is used to calculate the resistance and capacitance of a section of cable with a water tree as it grows across the insulation. ...

Electromagnetic Actuators Modeling, Simulation and Optimization: Review of Methods and Their Application for Switching Devices

O. Craciun[1], V. Biagini[1], G. Stengel[1], C. Reuber[2], C. Chao[3], B. Funieru[3] , A. Binder[3]
[1]ABB Corporate Research, Ladenburg, Germany
[2]ABB AG Calor Emag Mittelspannungsprodukte
[3]TU Darmstadt, Department of Electrical Energy Conversion, Darmstadt, Germany

Electromagnetic actuators are representing one important component of ABB's medium voltage reclosers [1, 2]. Their performance is strongly influenced by the considered material properties as well as by the electronic control units that will power the actuator. Depending on the studied phenomena, different modeling, simulation and optimization methodologies are being used for medium voltage ...

Models of Simple Iron Cored Electromagnets

J. Mammadov[1]
[1]University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

This report mainly discusses the implementation and results of a project proposal, “Modelling using Finite Element Methods”. The report is devoted to implementation, which is a model of an electromagnet. The software tool that is used to model the electromagnet is COMSOL Multiphysics®, a commercial FEA package provided by the University of Manchester, Computer Science School. Additionally, ...

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