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.

3-D Multiphysics Modeling of a Producing Hydrocarbon Field

McKenna, J.R.1, Blackwell, D.D.2
1 U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center, Geotechnical & Structures Laboratory, Vicksburg, Mississippi
2 Department of Geological Sciences, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

Thermal anomalies indicating elevated temperatures often are present in producing hydrocarbon fields. This paper discusses precision temperature logs obtained over a salt dome in the Bayou Bleu hydrocarbon field in southwest Lousiana, and presents a 3-D thermal-fluid model of the dome constrained by these types of logs. The numerical model in which both an enhanced thermal conductivity ...

Flow Accelerated Corrosion Modelling of Carbon Steel using FEMLAB : A Preliminary Study

Amimer, A.1, 2, Mandin, P.3, Lincot, D.3, Horner, O.1
1 EDF R&D, Département MMC, Moret-sur-Loing, France
2 Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris, Paris, France
3 Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris, UMR 7575, Paris, France

Flow Accelerated Corrosion (FAC) of carbon steel has been studied world-wide for more than twenty years and is now fairly well understood. The influence of several parameters like water chemistry (pH, dioxygen content), temperature, hydrodynamic or mass transfer conditions (flow velocity, geometry) and steel composition on the corrosion kinetics has been demonstrated both theoretically (“Berge ...

Study of the Metastable Pitting of Stainless Steels by Computer Simulations

Malki, B., Baroux, B.
LTPCM/INPG Grenoble, France

Modelling of pit chemistry in applied polarization mode is carried out using finite element method techniques (FEM). The results lead to the formulation of critical conditions for pit stabilization in terms of pit geometry and applied potential. More detailed computing is performed to compare the stability behaviour of both ferritic AISI 430 and austenitic AISI 304 stainless steels. The ...

Simulatorkopplung mit FEMLAB

Clauß, C.1, Martin, R.1, Nordwig, A.2, Nytsch-Geusen, C.2, Schneider, A.1, Schwarz, P.1
1 Fraunhofer-Institut für Integrierte Schaltungen, Außenstelle EAS, Dresden
2 Fraunhofer-Institut für Rechnerarchitektur und Softwaretechnik, Berlin

Der Entwurf technischer Systeme erfordert oft das Zusammenwirken verschiedener physikalischer Domänen (Mechanik, Fluidik, Elektronik, ...) sowie die gemeinsame Betrachtung verschiedener Komponenten und Subsysteme (mechanischer Verformungskörper, elektronischer Regler, digitale Signalverarbeitung, ...). Für diese komplexen Aufgaben ist in vielen Fällen Simulatorkopplung unerläßlich. Es ...

Modeling Heat and Oxygen Atom Diffusion in Nuclear Fuel Rods with FEMLAB

Ramirez, J.C., Cristea, P., Stan, M.
Materials Science & Technology Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory

The nuclear reaction is modeled as a uniformly distributed volumetric heat source. All heat is conducted from the fuel towards the outer surface of the cladding. A number of results are presented.

A microfluidic assay design for real-time bacterial chemotaxis studies

Koser, H., Kaya, T., Mao, L.
Department of Electrical Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, CT

We have developed a novel, multilayered microfluidic chamber that enables the realtime quantitative study of chemotaxis on virtually all types of motile cells. In this paper, we present a FEMLAB modeling study of the 3D chamber design, including a consideration of each device iteration that successively led to the eventual design. The final chamber design is able to create and maintain an ...

Two-fluid modelling of an abnormal low-pressure glow discharge

Low-pressure glow discharges are of topical interest for a lot of technological applications like plasma light sources, plasma processing for surface modification, and plasma chemistry. Therefore, a detailed understanding of the fundamental processes of glow discharges is required to e.g. optimize the discharge parameters in these plasma applications. Theoretical investigations can help to ...

Impedance measurements in reinforced concrete and 3D FEM simulations

Nogueira, A.1, Nóvoa, X.R.1, Keddam, M.2, Vivier, V.2
1 Universidade de Vigo (E.T.S.E.I.) Spain
2 UPR 15 CNRS “LISE”, case 133 - Université P. & M. Curie, Paris, France

The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements in reinforced concrete are reported and compared with 3D-finite element simulations with FEMLAB software. It was shown that the current injected in the cement past was partially collected by the reinforcement. Moreover, from both experimental results and calculations, it was shown that the fraction of current collected depends on the ...

Grain Boundary Migration Model in Copper Interconnects

Tim Cale, Daniel Bentz, and Max Bloomfield, RPI

We discuss the use of 3D grain continuum modeling to study grain boundary migration driven by differences in strain energy density. COMSOL Multiphysics is used to compute stresses and strain energy densities in polycrystalline structures caused by temperature changes. We treat each grain as a single crystal, with the anisotropic elastic properties of single crystal Cu appropriately rotated to ...

Analysis of Electromagnetic Propagation for Evaluating the Dimensions of a Large Lossy Medium

A. Pellegrini[1] and F. Costa[1]
[1]ALTRAN Italia, Pisa, Italy

In this paper the propagation of a plane wave in a large lossy medium is presented. The investigated geometry consists in a wedgeshaped lossy dielectric embedded in a lossy material with different electromagnetic properties. The aim of the study is to determine the feasibility of a radar technique for measuring the length of the dielectric wedge. In order to address this problem and to evaluate ...

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