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.

An Inverse Model for Estimating Arterial Wall Elasticity using the Immersed Boundary Method

A. Jeremic, and T. Gadkari
McMaster Univerisity, Hamilton, ON, Canada

In this paper, we develop an inverse finite-element model for estimating elasticity of the arterial wall. We model the blood flow using COMSOL’s Structural Mechanics module, and use the resulting nonlinear functions corresponding to the Navier-Stokes equations in the presence of elastic (immersed) boundary in formulating the cost function.We derive the corresponding least-squares and maximum ...

Modeling of snRNP Motion in the Nucleoplasm

M. Blaziková[1], J. Malínský[2], D. Stanek[3], and P. Herman[1]
[1]Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
[2]Institute of Experimental Medicine, Prague, Czech Republic
[3]Institute of Molecular Genetics, Prague, Czech Republic

Small nuclear ribonucleoprotein particles (snRNPs) are essential supramolecular complexes involved in pre-mRNA splicing, the process of post-transcriptional RNA modifications. The particles undergo complex assembly steps inside the cell nucleus in a highly dynamic compartment called the Cajal body. We have previously shown that the free diffusion model does not fully describe the snRNP motion ...

Solid Food Pasteurization by means of Ohmic Heating: Influence of Process Parameters

M. Zell[1], D. Cronin[1], D. Morgan[1], F. Marra[2], and J. Lyng[1]
[1]School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture and Food Science Centre, College of Life Sciences, UCD Dublin, Ireland
[2]Dipartimento di Ingegneria Chimica e Alimentare, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy

Pasteurization of solid food undergoing ohmic heating has been analyzed using COMSOL Multiphysics on the basis of a previously validated multiphysics model. The simulation of pasteurization by ohmic heating involves simultaneous solution electrical potential within the food, heat transfer, and the kinetics transport of death of microorganisms. In the model, thermo-physical and electrical ...

Simulation of Convection in Water Phantom Induced by Periodic Radiation Heating

H.H. Chen-Mayer[1], and R. Tosh[1]
[1]Ionizing Radiation Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA

Water calorimetry is employed to establish a primary reference standard for radiation dosimetry by measuring the temperature rises in a water phantom (a cube of about 30 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm) subjected to a beam of ionizing radiation.  We use COMSOL Multiphysics to model the system using the Heat Transfer module and the Incompressible Navier-Stokes module with a geometry of 2D-axial ...

Stochastic Modeling of Biological Systems – Ranking the Model Parameters of the Human Vocal Folds

D. Cook[1]
[1]New York University, New York, USA

Computational models of biological systems are becoming more and more common in medical research areas. Evidence of this can be found by examining the number of articles containing the term “finite element” in the expansive National Institutes of Health (NIH) digital research archive PubMed. Numerical modeling of biological systems allows the execution of “computational ...

Numerical Methods used in Biomedical Technology

Klaus Liefeith
Institut für Bioprozess- und Analysemesstechnik e.V.
Heiligenstadt

Breakthroughs in biomedicine and IT have provided a wealth (mountain) of data where the key post-genomic challenge is to transform this data into information that can be used to determine biomaterial function. Biomaterial functions arise from complex nonlinear interactions between biological processes occurring over multiple spatial and temporal scales Gaining an understanding of these ...

Temperature Excursions at the Pulp-Dentin Junction during the Curing of Light-Activated Dental Restorations

M. Jakubinek[1,2], C. Neill[1], C. Felix[3], R. Price[2,3], M. White[1,2]

[1]Departments of Chemistry and Physics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
[2]Institute for Research in Materials, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
[3]Department of Dental Clinical Sciences, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

Heat produced during the curing of light-activated dental restorations could damage the dental pulp. Given the prevalence of composite restorations and the importance of avoiding injury to the pulp, efforts should be made to minimize the temperature increase that occurs at the pulp-dentin junction during light-curing. In this investigation we develop and evaluate a COMSOL Multiphysics FEM tooth ...

A Biological Gear in the Human Middle Ear

H. Cai, R.P. Jackson, C. Steele, and S. Puria
Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

To support high frequency transmission, the mammalian middle ear construction is unique. The middle ear bones are connected through two mobile joints, the malleus-incus joint (MIJ) and the incudostapedial joint (ISJ). These synovial joints, consisting of joint capsule and synovial fluid inside, play an important role in sound transmission. We developed our current FE model using COMSOL that ...

Physical and FEM Simulation of Microprobe Insertion into Brain Tissue

A. Eed Olamat, U. Hofmann, B. Pohl, and N. Nkemasong
University of Lübeck, Institute for Signal Processing, Lübeck, Germany

In order to investigate the implantation of microprobes into brain tissue, we developed a finite-element and a physical model to replace real biological tissue for mechanical testing. Penetrating forces of a tungsten indenter into a layered structure was investigated with different indentation speeds. Numerical and physical model are in good correspondence to each other and reproduce measured ...

Shear Induced Detachment Of Microorganisms Attached To A Plane Wall

B. Boulbène, J. Morchain, and P. Schmitz
Université de Toulouse, NSA, UPS, INP, LISBP, Toulouse, France

We present numerical results involving microorganisms adhering to a plane surface submitted to a shear flow. The purpose is to have a better understanding of the removal mechanisms occurring during the cleaning in place of food processing equipments. The biological cell, i.e. the microorganism, is modelled as a rigid obstacle embedded in the bottom wall of the fluid domain. Shear induced ...

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