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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 ...

Optimization of Carbon Nanotube Field Emission Arrays

B. L. Crossley[1], M. Kossler[1], P.J. Collins[1], R. A. Coutu Jr.[1], and L. A. Starman[1]

[1]Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, USA

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been proven experimentally to be well suited for field emission applications. An optimized triode configured CNT field emission array is developed using the COMSOL Multiphysics Electrostatics Application to adjust five key physical dimensions to investigate the effects on the enhanced electric field at the CNT emitter tips. The five dimensions studied are CNT ...

Electro-Thermal Analysis of a Contactor: Comparing the Performance of Two Braze Alloys during the Temperature Rise Test

E. Gutierrez-Miravete[1], and G. Contreras[2]
[1]Rensselaer at Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
[2]General Electric Co., Plainville, CT, USA

The purpose of this study was to develop mathematical models of the coupled electro-thermal process in selected, typical contactors that could then be validated and verified by comparing model predictions with the results of previous studies and with experimental data obtained during a temperature rise test. The study employed Finite Element Analysis using COMSOL to simulate coupled electro ...

Numerical Analysis of the Effect of the Electrode Distance During the Determination of the Flammability Limits of Gases

F. Ferrero, M. Beckmann-Kluge, and V. Schröder
BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing
Berlin, Germany

Simulations with COMSOL Multiphysics were performed, in order to analyze the gas flow patterns during the induced ignition of gases. Simplified calculations were performed. The ignition spark was assumed to have a temperature of 2000 K and a laminar flow was selected. 2D calculations were performed, as to reduce computing times. The distance between the electrodes was considered as parameter ...

Laminar Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer Studies of an Electrical Conducting Fluid Subject to Combined Electric and Magnetic Fields

E. Gutierrez-Miravete[1], T. DePuy[2], and X. Xie[2]
[1]Rensselaer at Hartford, Hartford, CT
[2]Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, CT

The flow of electrically conducting fluids such as liquid metals is significantly affected by applied electric and magnetic fields. The effect has important industrial applications in metallurgy, nuclear technology and other fields. This paper described results of a series of studies designed to investigate the capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics to accurately simulate the steady laminar ...

Study of Hard-and Soft- Magnetorheological Elastomers (MRE’s) Actuation Capabilities

J. Roche[1], P. Von Lockette[1], and S. Lofland[2]
[1]Mechanical Engineering Dept., Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
[2]Physics and Astronomy Dept., Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

In this study, magneto-rheological elastomer (MRE) composite beams made of Barium hexaferrite (BaM) and Iron (Fe) powders combined with a highly-compliant matrix material were simulated using COMSOL\'s Solid Mechanics and AC/DC modules. The goal of the work was to develop models capable of predicting the actuation behavior of hard- and soft-magnetic MREs. This work simulates the bending of ...

Design Optimization of an Electronic Component with an Evolutionary Algorithm Using a MATLAB-COMSOL Based Model

E. Pelster, and D. Wenger
Wenger Engineering GmbH
Ulm, Deutschland

Electric construction components exposed to alternating high voltage have to withstand a significant amount of thermal loads and, resulting from the changes in Temperature , structural stresses. In order to achieve minimization of these loads, optimizing the geometry can be a helpful tool in the design process. In this study COMSOL is used to predict thermal and mechanical loads on a high ...

Quench Propagation and Detection in a YBCO Racetrack

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

High temperature superconductors (HTS) such as YBCO coated conductors show great promise for future applications where high magnetic fields are needed. The superconducting state only exists under a critical surface defined in the (J,T,B) space. Quench is the process by which a current-carrying superconducting conductor changes rapidly and irreversibly from the superconducting state to the non ...

Finite Element Analysis of Photoacoustic Response from Gold Nanoparticle

Y. Davletshin[1], J. C. Kumaradas[1]
[1]Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Photoacoustic (PA) imaging has matured into a clinical modality for tissue imaging and functional cancer cell research. It uses a pulsed laser to irradiate a region and generate a thermally-induced acoustic pressure wave that can be collected by an ultrasound transducer. The optical absorption/PA contrast of the region of interest can be enhanced by the use of plasmonic nanoparticles. The ...

Developments in a Coupled Thermal-Hydraulic-Chemical-Geomechanical Model for Soil and Concrete

S.C. Seetharam[1], D. Jacques[1]
[1]Performance Assessments Unit, Institute for Environment, Health and Safety, Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN), Mol, Belgium

This paper documents current status in the development of a coupled thermal-hydraulic-chemical-geomechanical numerical suite within COMSOL-MATLAB environment to address soil and concrete applications. The mathematical formulations are based on well-established continuum scale models unifying mass conservation, energy conservation, charge conservation, thermodynamic equilibrium and kinetics and ...