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.

Design and Simulation of 3D MEMS Piezoelectric Gyroscope using COMSOL Multiphysics®

T.Madhuranath[1], R.Praharsha[1], Dr.K.Srinivasa Rao[1]
[1]Lakireddy Bali Reddy College of Engineering, Mylavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

MEMS is the leading technology which combines both electronic and mechanical devices on a single microchip. Tracing the position of the object is an important problem in engineering. This can be addressed by Gyroscopes. These sensors are used to find orientation and angular velocity. This paper focuses on 3D MEMS Piezoelectric Gyroscope. COMSOL Multiphysics® is used for designing and ...

Fluid-Structure Interaction Modeling of High-Aspect Ratio Nuclear Fuel Plates Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

F. Curtis[1], K. Ekici[1], J. D. Freels[2]
[1]The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
[2]Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

The High Flux Isotope Reactor at the Oak Ridge National Lab is in the research stage of converting its fuel from high-enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium. One of the areas being explored is the fluid-structure interaction phenomenon due to the interaction of thin fuel plates (50 mils thickness) and the cooling fluid (water). Detailed computational simulations have only recently become ...

Determination of Mechanic Resistance of Osseous Element Through Finite Element Modeling

E. Isaza[1], E. Salazar[1], L. Florez[1]
[1]Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

The consequences of hip fracture and femoral fracture are widely known. The mechanical strength of the femur varies in every person, but it is possible to predict the mechanical resistance with parameters like density, dimensions and mineral content. This paper uses different models and empirical studies to determine the mechanical properties of the human femur, developing isotropic and ...

Nonlinear Computational Homogenization Experiments

G.E. Stavroulakis[1], K. Giannis[1], G.A. Drosopoulos[2], M.E. Stavroulaki[1]
[1]Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece
[2]Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany

Numerical homogenization is based on the use of finite elements for the description of average properties of materials with heterogeneous microstructure and composites. The Representative Volume Element (RVE) of a masonry is solved with COMSOL Multiphysics®. It consists of linearly elastic bricks and elastoplastic mortar joints. A parametric analysis is applied for increasing loading. Results ...

Modelling of Layered Rocks with COMSOL Multiphysics

M.A. Rojas[1], and V. Grechka[2]
[1] University of Houston
[2] Shell International E&P

We present static and dynamic computations of the apparent properties for stacks of horizontal isotropic layers (VTI symmetry). The effective stiffness tensors of such media are given by the Backus theory for statics in the limit of zero thicknesses of the constituent layers. We used COMSOL Multiphysics to verify the theoretical static bounds for these effective stiffnesses.

FEA Mechanical Modeling of Torque Transfer Components for Fully Superconducting Rotating Machines

T. Wu[1], G. Escamez[1], C. Lorin[1], P. J. Masson[1]
[1]University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA

NASA is funding the development of a high-fidelity fully superconducting machine sizing tool able to generate optimized designs based on thrust requirements and design constraints. Several mechanical challenges need to be overcome during the design of the torque transfer components. Reducing the conducted heat load requires the use of different materials in the torque path, which requires special ...

VLSI Layout Based Design Optimization of a Piezoresistive MEMS Pressure Sensors using COMSOL Multiphysics

R. Komaragiri[1], Sarath. S.[1], N. Kattabomman[1]
[1]NIT Calicut, Kozhikode, Kerala

This paper focuses on the diaphragm design and optimization of a piezoresistive Micro Electro Mechanical System (MEMS) pressure sensor by considering Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) layout schemes. The aim of these studies is to find an optimal diaphragm shape by Finite Element Method (FEM) using COMSOL®, which is most suitable for VLSI layout. Optimal diaphragm shape is a diaphragm shape ...

Modeling of Vickers indentation of TiAl alloys

G. Maizza, and R. Cagliero
Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, Torino, Italy

Instrumented indentation is increasingly used as an alternative non-destructive test method to measure mechanical properties of small volumes of materials. In this work, the instrumented indentation test is applied as a non-destructive method to assess the mechanical properties of TiAl components during the setup of a real production process. This study is a preliminary contribution devoted to ...

High Curvature Bending of Ultra-Thin Chips and Chip-on-Foil Assemblies

D. van den Ende[1]
[1]Holst Centre / TNO, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Ultra-thin chips of less than 20µm become flexible, allowing integration of silicon IC technology with flexible electronics. The ultra-thin chips in these products can be bent to a very high curvature,

Scale-up Design of Ultrasound Irradiator for Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) Using COMSOL Multiphysics® Simulation

Z. Wei[1]
[1]The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Ultrasound is a promising green technology for the advanced oxidation process (AOP) since it adds no chemicals to the treated water. In this paper, COMSOL Multiphysics® was used as a tool to design and characterize an ultrasound irradiator with multi-stepped configuration, which aims to overcome disadvantages of typical irradiators and to enhance contaminant removal in large-scale water ...

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