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.

Control of Systems Modeled by COMSOL Multiphysics® as Distributed Parameter Systems

G. Hulkó[1], C. Belavý[1], P. Bucek[1], K. Ondrejkovic[1], and P. Zajícek[1]

[1]Institute of Automation, Measurement and Applied Informatics of Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava, Slovak Republic

In systems and control theory dynamical systems described by partial differential equations are known as distributed parameter systems. So for modeling and dynamical analysis of distributed parameter systems wide possibilities are offered by COMSOL Multiphysics® based on numerical solution of sets of partial differential equations by finite element method. Paper presents actual possibilities ...

A Magnetohydrodynamic Study of a Inductive MHD Generator

A. Montisci[1] and R. Pintus[1]

[1]Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy

The aim of the proposed device is to overcome the typical drawbacks of MHD generators, such as the needed of a very high external magnetic field, the strong dependency of the efficiency by the temperature of the fluid, and the deterioration of the electrodes that are in contact with the high temperature plasma. In fact the proposed device does not need an external magnetic fluid to work, but it ...

Numerical Modelling of a Free-Burning Arc in Argon. A Tool for Understanding the Optical Mirage Effect in a TIG Welding Device

J-M. Bauchire[1], E. Langlois-Bertrand[1], and C. de Izarra[1]
[1]GREMI, CNRS, Université d’Orléans, Orléans, France

In this paper, we present the numerical modelling of a free-burning arc and its application to the understanding of optical mirage effect which could occur in a TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) device used in welding applications.

Screening Effects in Probing the Electric Double Layer by Scanning Electrochemical Potential Microscopy

R.F. Hamou[1], P.U. Biedermann[1], A. Erbe[1], and M. Rohwerder[1]
[1]Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany

A computational method is developed to study probing the electric double layer by Scanning Electrochemical Potential Microscopy. The model is based on a modified Poisson- Boltzmann equation, which takes into account steric effects. We investigated the effect of metallic apex protrusion and the Open Circuit Potential (OCP) of the tip on the probed potential. A clear electrostatic screening effect ...

FSI Analysis of Microcantilevers Vibrating in Fluid Environment

A. Ricci[1] and E. Giuri[1]

[1]Materials and Microsystems Laboratory (CHI-Lab), Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

Cantilever vibration in fluid environment is probably one of the most common Fluid Structure Interaction problems in the field of Micro/Nano Electro Mechanical Systems. Usually the effect of fluid on cantilever oscillation is characterized in terms of mode resonance frequencies and quality factors (Qs). In this work a new approach to the above FSI problem is proposed: modes Q factors and ...

Finite Element Analysis of Thermal Fatigue in Thermal Barrier Coatings

U. Bardi[1], C. Borri[1], A. Fossati[1], A. Lavacchi[1], and I. Perissi[1]
[1]Dipartimento di Chimica, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Sesto Fiorentino, FI, Italy

A Finite element model of plasma sprayed TBC’s was developed to estimate the stress induced by thermal cycling experiments. A heat transfer analysis was performed to evaluate the temperature distribution on the specimen during the cooling under an impinging air jet; temperature measurements performed with an infrared pyrometer on the cooled samples show good agreement with the evaluated ...

Local Conduction Heat Transfer in U-pipe Borehole Heat Exchangers

J. Acuna[1] and B. Palm[1]

[1]Department of Energy Technology, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

The most common way to exchange heat with the bedrock in Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) applications is circulating a fluid through a U-formed closed loop in vertical boreholes drilled several tenths of meters into the ground. This study presents and compares the results of eight cross sectional U-pipe Borehole Heat Exchanger configurations. Values from recent experimental temperature ...

Multiphase, Dual Polymer Injection Molding and Cooling of an Open Cavity to Form both Distinct and Graduated Material Properties within a Complex Three-Dimensional Body

M.S. Yeoman[1]
[1]Continuum Blue Ltd, Forest Row, United Kingdom

With the advancement of medical devices and implants, many now require more advanced nonlinear, hyper-elastic materials such as elastomers to be extensively utilized in the body. This combined with the need to allow for considerably different, varying and graduated material responses within the three-dimensional device, poses a difficult challenge to manufacturing an elastomeric implant in a ...

Numerical Modeling of Resistance Welding Process in Joining of Thermoplastic Composite Materials Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

R. Carbone[1] and A. Langella[1]
[1]Material and Production Engineering Department, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Napoli, Italy

This paper deals of a technology involved in the joining of thermoplastic composites, the resistance welding technology. This process takes advantage in the repeatable melting process for the thermoplastic resins. The process was numerically modeled to study the effect of the two main process parameters, the electric power density applied to the heating elements and the exposure time at the ...

Static and Dynamic Simulation of an Electromagnetic Valve Actuator Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

R. Wislati[1] and H. Haase[1]
[1]Institut für Grundlagen der Elektrotechnik und Messtechnik, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Hannover, Germany

In this paper an Electromagnetic Solenoid Actuator (EMVA) consisting of an upper and lower electromagnet, a linear moving armature and two preloaded springs is considered as a potential approach in Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) systems for internal combustion engines. The analysis of the upper electromagnet has been performed using Finite Element Method (FEM) simulation. Thereby an axially ...

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