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.

Scale-up Design of Ultrasound Irradiator for Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) Using COMSOL Multiphysics® Simulation

Z. Wei[1]
[1]The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Ultrasound is a promising green technology for the advanced oxidation process (AOP) since it adds no chemicals to the treated water. In this paper, COMSOL Multiphysics® was used as a tool to design and characterize an ultrasound irradiator with multi-stepped configuration, which aims to overcome disadvantages of typical irradiators and to enhance contaminant removal in large-scale water ...

Parametric Study of Polyimide - Lead Zirconate Titanate Thin Film Cantilevers for Transducer Applications

A. Arevalo[1], I.G. Foulds[1]
[1]King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The simulation of the piezoelectric actuation of the micro-cantilever is presented. Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) was chosen for the device fabrication design, due to its thin film processing flexibility. Four layers compose the cantilever structures presented in this work: PZT (piezoelectric material), Platinum (electrodes) and Zirconium Oxide as the buffer layer for the PZT film and polyimide ...

Finite Element Modeling of a Pulsed Spiral Coil Electromagnetic Acoustic Transducer (EMAT) for the Testing of Plates

R. Dhayalan[1], A. Kumar[2], B. Purnachandra Rao[3], T. Jayakumar[2]
[1]Metallurgy and Material Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, 603 102, TN, India
[2]Nondestructive Evaluation Division, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, 603 102, TN, India
[3]Ultrasonic Measurements Section, Nondestructive Evaluation Division, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, 603 102, TN, India

This paper presents numerical simulation of plate wave modes in thin stainless steel plates using a racetrack spiral coil electromagnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT), which works under the principle of acousto-elastic effect, called Lorentz force mechanism. EMATs are useful for non-contact ultrasonic nondestructive testing (NDT) of metallic materials for detecting defects and measuring thickness. ...

Simulation of Impact Damage in a Composite Plate and Its Detection

V. Pavelko[1], I. Pavelko[1], M. Smolyaninovs[1], H. Pffeifer[2], M. Wevers[2]
[1]Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia
[2]Catholic University Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

A problem of damage prediction in aircraft structure and its non-destructive evaluation is very important for aircraft structural health assessment. The analysis of the features of direct impact of thin-walled laminate component of aircraft was performed by COMSOL Multiphysics software. Mainly the GFRC and CFRC laminates were selected in form either thin separate plate or sandwich structure. The ...

Dynamic Crack Propagation in Fiber Reinforced Composites

C. Caruso[1], P. Lonetti[1], and A. Manna[1]

[1]Department of Structural Engineering, University of Calabria, Arcavacata di Rende, CS, Italy

A generalized model to predict dynamic crack propagation in fiber composite structures is proposed. The proposed approach is based on a generalized formulation based on the Fracture Mechanics approach and Moving mesh methodology. Consistently to the Fracture Mechanics, the crack propagation depends from the energy release rate and its mode components, which are calculated by means of the ...

Finite Element Analysis of Resonant Frequencies in Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) Devices

G. Scheerschmidt, K.J. Kirk, and G. McRobbie
University of Paisley

This document presents a way to model the resonances for magnetostrictive Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) devices with the structural mechanics module of COMSOL Multiphysics. Lamb and surface modes were identified by simulation of the frequency response. A first approach was also taken to introduce damping to the model. The results from the model were compared to the data from a real device ...

Fluid-Structure Interaction Modeling of High-Aspect Ratio Nuclear Fuel Plates Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

F. Curtis[1], K. Ekici[1], J. D. Freels[2]
[1]The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
[2]Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

The High Flux Isotope Reactor at the Oak Ridge National Lab is in the research stage of converting its fuel from high-enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium. One of the areas being explored is the fluid-structure interaction phenomenon due to the interaction of thin fuel plates (50 mils thickness) and the cooling fluid (water). Detailed computational simulations have only recently become ...

Thermal and Material Flow Modelling of Friction Stir Welding Using COMSOL

H. Schmidt[1,2], and J. Hattel[1]
[1]Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
[2]HBS Engineering, Frederiksberg, Denmark

Two friction stir welding models are presented – a global thermal model using the temperature dependent heat source and a local material flow and heat generation model allowing for detailed investigation of different contact conditions. The two models are coupled into a larger local-global model. The flow model includes frictional dissipation from the contact between the work piece and the ...

Degeneracy Breaking, Modal Symmetry and MEMS Biosensors

H.T.D. Grigg[1], T.H. Hanley[1], B.J. Gallacher[1]
[1]Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

This work is concerned with systems possessing cyclic symmetries. In particular, we concentrate on the case in which the medium possesses infinite order cyclic symmetry, while the constitutive relations have cyclic symmetry of a lower order. We investigate the interactions between modes with cyclic symmetry of order n and geometries with underlying cyclic symmetry of order M. Rayleigh's ...

VLSI Layout Based Design Optimization of a Piezoresistive MEMS Pressure Sensors using COMSOL Multiphysics

R. Komaragiri[1], Sarath. S.[1], N. Kattabomman[1]
[1]NIT Calicut, Kozhikode, Kerala

This paper focuses on the diaphragm design and optimization of a piezoresistive Micro Electro Mechanical System (MEMS) pressure sensor by considering Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) layout schemes. The aim of these studies is to find an optimal diaphragm shape by Finite Element Method (FEM) using COMSOL®, which is most suitable for VLSI layout. Optimal diaphragm shape is a diaphragm shape ...

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