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COMSOL Multiphysics® Models Combined with Experiments to Teach PID Controller Tuning

W. Clark[1]
[1]Chemical Engineering Department, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA

A laboratory exercise to learn PID controller tuning can be time consuming and taxing on the equipment. A purely equation-based, virtual controller tuning exercise might not seem relevant to real world processes. We have combined a physical process with a COMSOL Multiphysics model to teach the practical aspects of PID controller tuning. Students ran simulated experiments with COMSOL to test ...

Modeling Fluid-Structure Interaction in a Pressure-Controlled Current-Limiting Valve

N. Mügge [1], A. Waschke [1], L. Fromme [1], M. Petry [1],
[1] Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Bielefeld, Germany

This assignment deals with the modeling of a pressure controlled current-limiting valve. For this purpose the CAE-Software COMSOL Multiphysics® is used. Current-limiting valves are used as a measure of safety in many hydraulic applications. They are deployed in cases of a high decrease in pressure due to a burst pipe or leaks. The chief aim of this project is to find a beneficial modeling ...

Solving Distributed Optimal Control Problems for the Unsteady Burgers Equation in COMSOL Multiphysics®

F. Yilmaz[1] and B. Karasözen[2]

[1]Department of Mathematics, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey
[2]Department of Mathematics and Institute of Applied Mathematics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

We use COMSOL Multiphysics® for solving distributed optimal control of un- steady Burgers equation without constraints and with pointwise control constraints. Using the first order optimality conditions, we apply projection and semi-smooth Newton methods for solving the optimality system. We have applied the standard approach by integrating the state equation forward in time and the ad- joint ...

3D COMSOL Multiphysics® Model of a Plate Heat Exchanger to Support a Laboratory Teaching Environment - new

N. Medeiros[1], W. Clark[1]
[1]Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA

Chemical engineering students and practitioners need an understanding of fluid flow and heat transfer inside heat exchangers. Because the flow within plate heat exchangers is difficult to visualize, we developed COMSOL Multiphysics® simulations of plate heat exchangers for students to study alongside a physical heat exchanger in a laboratory setting. Simulative experiments allow students to ...

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 ...

Loudspeaker Response Optimization with the Aid of Impulse Response

R. Balistreri [1],
[1] Klipsch Group, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, USA

COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation software is receiving a lot of attention in the loudspeaker industry thanks to the quality of the results it provides making it an essential tool to optimize geometries so that the best reproduction capabilities of the loudspeaker system are achieved. Setting up a loudspeaker simulation requires defining a geometry with moving diaphragm. This can be done ...

Simulation of Slag/Gas and Slag/Iron Interface Tilting in Blast Furnace Hearth During Slag Tapping

Y. Kaymak [1], T. Hauck [1], R. Lin [2] , H. Rausch [2]
[1] VDEh Betriebsforschungsinstitute GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany
[2] AG der Dillinger Hüttenwerke, Dillingen, Germany

The blast furnace hearth drainage constitutes a major part of the blast furnace operation. Especially, keeping track of the iron and slag levels is crucial to adapt the tapping strategy. The operational target is usually not only to empty the blast furnace as far as possible but also to keep the slag below a critical level to prevent flooding of the tuyeres where the hot blast is injected into ...

Virtual Experiments: Numerical Computations as a Powerful Tool for Engineers

P. Schmitz[1], A. Cockx[2], S. Geoffroy[3], and J. Gunther[1]
[1]Biochemical Engineering Dpt., Université de Toulouse, Toulouse, France
[2]Chemical Engineering Dpt., Université de Toulouse, Toulouse, France
[3]Mechanical Engineering Dpt., Université de Toulouse, Toulouse, France

An undergraduate course is developed to initiate future engineers to multiphysics numerical simulation by approaching concrete cases in various fields such as: heat transfers, fluid flow, mechanics, chemistry and electrostatics. The so called “Virtual Experiments” course consists of four projects given successively to students. Each project lasts about ten hours. The major notions related to ...

Investigations on Hydrodynamic in Stirred Vessels for Educational Purposes

A. Egedy, T. Varga, and T. Chován
University of Pannonia
Department of Process Engineering
Veszprém, Hungary

With detailed hydrodynamic modelling of a system the critical parameters and operation limits can be determined. In the field of fluid dynamic and reactor engineering one of the most important aspects is the practical knowledge of future engineers and technicians. In our research several different reactor constructions and impeller configurations were modelled to achieve a better ...

Transient Pseudo-3D Model of Multi-Beam Laser Thermal Treatment System

J. Brcka
Technology Development Center
TEL US Holdings, Inc.
Albany, NY

Laser thermal treatment (LTT) systems have applications in IC fabrication for improving low-k dielectrics properties, polymer curing and resist processing. This contribution deals with a transient model of fast scanning and pulsing laser multi-beam system used in semiconductor processing. General Heat Transfer application mode formulation with multi-scale modelling approaches are employed. ...