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 Simulations of a General Purpose Research Micro Reactor for Methane Conversion to Syngas.

C. Bouchot[1], and M.A. Valenzuela[1]
[1]Instituto Politécnico Nacional-ESIQIE, México D.F, México

A general purpose stainless steel micro reactor setup for methane conversion is being designed for research purposes. We intend to design and build a modular device that would be able to manage different types of reactions depending on the installed modules. The device should be able to allow the study of gas phase reactions at low (atmospheric) and high pressures (up to 20 MPa), with the ...

Modeling Solute in Clays at the Nanometric Scale Part I. Application to the Alcaline Series

N. Diaz1, F. Goutelard1, and P.Turq2
1CEA/DEN/DPC/SECR/L3MR, CEN Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
2LI2C, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

The argillite formation has been proposed as a potential host rock for deep radioactive waste disposal. These materials have very low permeability and diffusion is likely to be the predominant transfer mechanism for solute migration.The negatively charged surface of the clays induces unexpected behaviour of the ions: while the anions diffuse slower than HTO, the transport of the cations is ...

Desorption Simulation of a Highly Dynamic Metal Hydride Storage System

D. Wenger[1], W. Polifke[2], and E. Schmidt-Ihn[3]
[1]Wenger Engineering GmbH, Ulm, Germany
[2]Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany
[3]Daimler AG, Kirchheim/Teck, Germany

Metal hydrides are a widely-used method for storing and releasing hydrogen chemically under moderate conditions. This paper will present how highly dynamic metal hydride storage has been simulated and optimized using COMSOL Multiphysics. It will be shown how mass, energy and momentum balances were implemented and what boundary conditions were set to resolve various scenarios. The result of the ...

Simulation of the Mechanical Stability of Inkjet-Printed Hierarchical Microsieves

S.F. Jahn[1,3], S. Ebert[2], M. Hackert[1], W.A. Goedel[2], R.R. Baumann[3], and A. Schubert[1,4]
[1]Chemnitz University of Technology, Chair Micromanufacturing Technology, Germany
[2]Chemnitz University of Technology, Physical Chemistry, Germany
[3]Chemnitz University of Technology, Professorship for Digital Printing and Imaging, Germany
[4]Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology, Chemnitz, Germany

Porous membranes with pore sizes in the micrometer scale are required in many micro systems dedicated to biological and chemical applications. If their thickness is in the same dimension like the pore diameter they are called microsieves. On the one hand, a thin membrane guarantees a small flow resistance but on the other hand the mechanical strength is reduced. We developed a process which ...

Two Dimensional Model of a Catalytic Plate Reactor for Methane Steam Reforming Using Different Kinetic Mechanisms

M.A. Mundhwa[1], C.P. Thurgood[1], and B.A. Peppley[2]
[1]Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON, Canada
[2]Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada

Coupling of an endothermic reaction and an exothermic reaction using catalytic plate reactor (CPR) is a well known concept for industrial processes such as steam reforming, dehydrogenation and hydrocarbon cracking. In the CPR, the exothermic reaction (e.g., combustion of methane) can provide the necessary heat to drive the endothermic reaction (e.g., steam reforming of methane). The present work ...

Two Dimension Model of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Using COMSOL

K. Song, and H. Knickle
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, USA

As a promising candidate for future electricity providing, solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) exhibit high efficiency, quiet operation and near zero emissions. In this work, two 2-dimension models of SOFC are constructed in COMSOL. Model 1 includes porous anode and cathode simulations with a thin electrolyte. The fuel cell is operated isothermally under fixed output voltages of 0.4, 0.6 and 0.8. The ...

Electrochemical Modeling of Passive Film Formation on Steel in Simulated Concrete Pore Solutions

H.M. Bernardes[1], M. Mancio[2], and P.J.M. Monteiro[2]
[1]São Paulo State University, Ilha Solteira, SP, Brazil
[2]University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

In this work, a tridimensional model of the electrochemical reactions taking place on the alloy/solution interface has been developed in the COMSOL Multiphysics environment. The model accounts for solution chemistry, cell potential, and solves the related mass, momentum and energy balances. The simulation is based mainly on the experimental results obtained by Mancio et al, which have employed ...

Modeling of Dehydration of Mushroom Using Finite Element Method

C. Anandharamakrishnan[1], A. Choudhary[2], and R. Gopirajah [1]
[1]Human Resource Development,CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, India
[2]Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, Karnataka, India

Dehydration is one of the methods that would extend the shelf life of mushrooms. Dried mushrooms can be used in many different types of products. Furthermore, elevated temperatures during drying enhance enzymatic reactions that can result in improved flavor of dehydrated mushrooms. This study aims to model the dehydration of mushroom using finite element modeling (FEM) taking into account of ...

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