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.

Predicting Tsunami Waves by Combining Analytical and Finite Element Methods

N. Aage, R. Sigurbjörnsson, S. Laustsen, and O. Skovgaard
Technical University of Denmark

In this paper, a simple tsunami wave problem is studied. The geometry of consideration is an infinite ocean with appreciable variations of the ocean bottom. Long-wave theory is applied and the flow equations are linearized over depth. It is verified that it is possible to combine the use of analytical methods and COMSOL Multiphysics.

Numerical Bifurcation Analysis of Relative Equilibria with COMSOL

V. Thümmler
Universität Bielefeld, Fakultät für Mathematik, Bielefeld

Relative equilibria are special solutions of partial differential equations (PDEs), which are stationary in an appropriate co-moving frame of reference. If the equation has a special symmetry property - equivariance, then one can transform the equation into the co-moving frame during the computation of the solution. We will show that this can be very convenient for numerical computations. We ...

A Modular Platform for Cell Characterization, Handling, and Sorting by Dielectrophoresis

S. Burgarella[1], B. Dell’Anna[2], V. Perna[1], G. Zarola[2], and S. Merlo[2]

[1]STMicroelectronics, Agrate Brianza, MI, Italy
[2]Dipartimento di Elettronica, Università degli Studi di Pavia, Pavia, Italy

Dielectrophoresis (DEP) is a method for cell manipulation without physical contact in lab-on-chip devices, since it exploits the dielectric properties of cells suspended in a microfluidic sample, under the action of locally generated high-gradient electric fields. The DEP platform that has been developed offers an integrated solution for customizable applications. Several functional units, ...

Reactor Design Improvements for a Propane Autothermal Reformer by Simulation of Momentum Flow

F. Cipitì, L. Pino, A. Vita, M. Laganà, and V. Recupero
CNR-ITAE, Messina

The paper presents a two-dimensional model to describe the gas flow in a propane autothermal reactor, developed at the CNR-ITAE Institute, and aimed to design a Beta 5 kWe hydrogen generator, named HYGen II, to be used with Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells (PEFCs) for residential applications. The main aim of the mathematical model was to optimize the reactor geometrical key parameters (diameter ...

Analysis of Electrical Phenomena Occurring in Thermally Assisted Mechanical Dewatering Processes

A. Mahmoud, A. Fernandez, and P. Arlabosse
Ecole des Mines d’Albi Carmaux, Albi

The so-called opposite electrode pair measurement strategy is adapted in a filtration/expression cell filled with a model material packed bed. In this paper, we investigate the electrical properties of a packed bed, with particular emphasis on its overall conductivity. As a special case study we treat potassium chloride solutions, using model materials of different particle sizes.

A Study of Lubricating Flows in MEMS Bearings

E. Gutierrez-Miravete[1], and J. Streeter[2]

[1]Department of Engineering and Science, Rensselaer at Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
[2]Optiwind, Torrington, Connecticut, USA

The bearing and shaft are part of a safe and arm device constructed as an assembly by a multi-layer additive/subtractive plating and planarization processes (EFAB technology). Devices are constructed by a multi-layer additive/subtractive planarization process. This paper evaluates the lubricating flow between the shaft and journal of the MEMS bearing for seven configurations. The pressure ...

Wireless Interaction of Neighboring Two Arm Archimedes Spiral Coils in the RF Electromagnet Range

A. Kalinowski[1]
[1]Naval Undersea Warfare Center/ Division Newport, Newport, RI, USA

The paper addresses a class of problems for modeling and consequently simulating the electromagnetic field radiation pattern from two arms Archimedes spiral coils. The frequency spatial wavelengths relative to the coil dimensions are in a range where the electromagnetic Maxwell’s equations are solved numerically via the RF Module of COMSOL ...

COMSOL Multiphysics Modeling of Rotational Resonant MEMS Sensors with Electrothermal Drive

S. Nelson[1], and M. Guvench[1]
[1]University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Maine, USA

COMSOL Multiphysics is employed to model, simulate and predict the performance of a high Q, in-plane rotational resonating MEMS sensor. The resonating sensor disk is driven by thermal expansion and contraction of the support tethers due to AC joule heating. The resonant frequency is sensed by stationary contacts. For cost reduction, the relatively simple, low cost SOIMUMPS fabrication process is ...

Deep Desulfurization of Diesel Using a Single-Phase Micro-Reactor

G. Jovonavic[1], J. Jones[1], and A. Yokochi[1]
[1]School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

This paper describes the benefits of computational fluid dynamics in the development of a microreactor used in the desulfurization of aromatic compounds. It is crucial to verify diffusion and extinction coefficients to ensure accurate simulation results prior to experiments. COMSOL Multiphysics was used to model the behavior of all of the possible species present and reactions that may occur.

Optimal Electrical Design of Spherical Photovoltaic Cells

A.M. Morega, J.C. Ordonez, P.A. Negoias, M. Morega, and R. Hovsapian

This paper reports the optimization results of the new generation of honeycomb spherical photovoltaic cells (SPVC) with respect to the series electrical resistance. The electrical potential (voltage) distribution is found by numerically integrating the mathematical model of the DC current distribution within the SPVC. --------------------------------- Keynote speaker's ...

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