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Numerical Study of an LTD Stirling Engine with Porous Regenerator

N. Martaj[1], P. Rochelle[1][2], L. Grosu[1], R. Bennacer[3], and S. Savarese[4]
[1]Universitè de Paris, Paris, France
[2]Institut Jean Le Rond d'Alembert, Université Paris 6
[3]Laboratoire LEEVAM «Environnement, Energétique, Valorisation, Matériaux», Universitéde Cergy-Pontoise
[4]COMSOL France, 5 pl. R Schuman, 38000 Grenoble

The alternative engines of Stirling type, are engines running on "hot air", using both an external heat source and regeneration. They should be considered as an alternative for the effective conversion of renewable energy sources into work, with their theoretical yield equal to the theoretical Carnot limit. The output efficiency and the power of these engines are strongly related to the ...

Multicomponent Diffusion Applied to Osmotic Dehydration - new

H. Cremasco[1], K. Angilelli[1], D. Borsato[1]
[1]Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Londrina, Paraná, Brazil

The transfer of sucrose and fructooligosaccharides to melon and water to solution was modeled based on generalized form of Fick’s second law for simultaneous diffusion and resolved by the finite element method using the software package COMSOL Multiphysics® software. The diffusion coefficients, the mass transfer coefficient and the Biot number were determined using the simplex optimization ...

Modal Analysis of Rotating Machines

C. Frankrone [1], L. Fromme [1],
[1] Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Bielefeld, Germany

Machines with rotating components are prone to vibrations because an imbalance of the rotor would always act as a harmonic excitation force to the machine. Thus oscillations close to the natural frequencies are tried to pass through fast in the run-up and cast-down or even completely avoided for higher structural frequencies. Nevertheless vibrations still occur and affect the design of the ...

Finite Element Convergence for Time-Dependent PDEs with a Point Source in COMSOL 4

M. Gobbert, and D. Trott
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Baltimore, MD

Many application problems have non-smooth forcing terms, such as the Dirac delta function. The convergence order for the FEM solution is limited by the regularity of the solution in this case. This paper presents information on the techniques needed in COMSOL 4 to enable FEM convergence studies for time-dependent problems of this type, including how to correctly implement the Dirac delta ...

Optimization of Thermal Properties Identification of Complex Thin Films Using MATLAB® and COMSOL Multiphysics

N. Semmar[1], B. Wane[1]
[1]GREMI, UMR7344, CNRS-University of Orleans, Orléans Cedex 2, France

The importance of laser processing and thermal properties investigation of bulk materials and thin layers is still increasing. For thermal properties investigation many experimental systems were developed based on the photothermal effect. One of typical ways is to induce a rapid surface temperature increase is to use a pulsed laser beam, create a simplified model of this interaction, and compare ...

FEM Analysis of Flamelet Wrinkling in a Diffusion Flame - new

Y. Li[1], T.C. Lieuwen[2], J. Zhou[1], H. Cao[1]
[1]Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, China
[2]Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

One can hardly get the exact analytic solution of a full time-dependent convection-diffusion equation, for describing the dynamics of a non-premixed flamelet. The analytic solution of the linearized form with such a model was studied by MATLAB®. And also, a numerical computation was made with the linearization model in COMSOL Multiphysics® software, to provide a perfect accordance with the ...

Parameter Identification in Partial Integro-Differential Equations for Physiologically Structured Populations

S. Moenickes, O. Richter, and K. Schmalstieg
Institut für Geoökologie, Abt. Umweltsystemanalyse, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany

Continuous dynamic models, e.g. COMSOL based simulations, play – besides statistical or iterative methods – a mayor role in theoretical ecology; in forecasting and management, but also in systems analysis. Ecological issues generally comprise highly interacting agents and/or unknown side effects. Here we show how combining direct simulation with COMSOL with simple optimization tools ...

Electromagnet Shape Optimization using Improved Discrete Particle Swarm Optimization (IDPSO)

R. S. Wadhwa[1], T. Lien[1], and G. Monkman[2]
[1]NTNU Valgrinda, Inst. for produksjons- og kvalitetstek., Trondheim, Norway
[2]FH Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany

The magnetic field gradient produced by an electromagnet gripper head depends on its design. Stochastic Methods offer certain robustness to the design optimization process. In this paper, Improved Discrete Particle Swarm Optimization (IDPSO) searching technique is applied to the shape and magnetic field gradient optimization of an electromagnet head. The magnetic field and forces are ...

Design of MEMS based Polymer Microphone for Hearing Aid Application

V. S. Nagaraja[1], Ramanuja H. S.[1], Deepak K[1], S. L. Pinjare[1]
[1]Electronics and Communication Engineering, Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

In this work, a MEMS based condenser microphone [1,2] using Polyimide as the diaphragm has been designed. The microphone structure has a backplate placed on top of the diaphragm. The backplate and the diaphragm are made up of polyimide. The two polyimide plates are separated by air gap which is achieved by using Aluminium as a sacrificial layer in between, which is etched away to create the air ...

Numerical Demonstration of Finite Element Convergence for Lagrange Elements in COMSOL Multiphysics

M. Gobbert, and S. Yang
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, USA

The convergence order of finite elements is related to the polynomial order of the basis functions used on each element, with higher order polynomials yielding better convergence orders. However, two issues can prevent this convergence order from being achieved: the lack of regularity of the PDE solution and the poor approximation of curved boundaries by polygonal meshes. We show studies for ...