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.

Study of Thermo-Electrical and Mechanical Coupling During Densification of a Polycrystalline Material Using COMSOL

F. Mechighel[1,2,3], B. Pateyron[1], M. El Ganaoui[1], and M. Kadja[3]
[1]CNRS SPCTS UMR 6638, Universite de Limoges, France
[2]Département de Génie Mécanique, Universite de Annaba, Algerie
[3]Département de Génie Mécanique, Universite de Constantine, Algerie

Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) is a promising rapid consolidation technique that allows a better understanding and manipulation of sintering kinetics and therefore makes it possible to obtain polycrystalline materials (ceramic or metallic) with tailored microstructures. A numerical simulation of the electrical, thermal and mechanical coupling during SPS is performed. Equations for conservation for ...

Computational Science and Engineering at DuPont

R. Nopper
Dupont Engineering
Research & Technology
Wilmington, DE

Rick has a BS in Physics, a ScM in Geological Sciences, and a PhD in Physics. He worked at Air Force Geophysics Laboratory, Conoco Petroleum Exploration Research, and, since 1989, has been at the DuPont Experimental Station. In this industrial setting, Rick has had opportunity to work on a great diversity of problems ranging from traditional engineering studies, using commercial finite-element ...

Fully Coupled FEM Modeling of the Swelling Behavior of Human Intervertebral Disc in Response to a Change in Chemical Environment

G. K. Mistri[1], K. J. Suthar[2]
[1]Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
[2]Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, USA

The swelling behavior of human intervertebral disc is strongly influenced by chemical changes in the surrounding environment. Swelling of IVD is governed by various physical phenomena, including chemical and electric potential based transport, electrical charge balance, and swelling due to concentration difference within IVD relative to surrounding fluid. This change in geometry can be described ...

Design Simulations of a General Purpose Research Micro Reactor for Methane Conversion to Syngas.

C. Bouchot[1], and M.A. Valenzuela[1]
[1]Instituto Politécnico Nacional-ESIQIE, México D.F, México

A general purpose stainless steel micro reactor setup for methane conversion is being designed for research purposes. We intend to design and build a modular device that would be able to manage different types of reactions depending on the installed modules. The device should be able to allow the study of gas phase reactions at low (atmospheric) and high pressures (up to 20 MPa), with the ...

Simulation of the Mechanical Stability of Inkjet-Printed Hierarchical Microsieves

S.F. Jahn[1,3], S. Ebert[2], M. Hackert[1], W.A. Goedel[2], R.R. Baumann[3], and A. Schubert[1,4]
[1]Chemnitz University of Technology, Chair Micromanufacturing Technology, Germany
[2]Chemnitz University of Technology, Physical Chemistry, Germany
[3]Chemnitz University of Technology, Professorship for Digital Printing and Imaging, Germany
[4]Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology, Chemnitz, Germany

Porous membranes with pore sizes in the micrometer scale are required in many micro systems dedicated to biological and chemical applications. If their thickness is in the same dimension like the pore diameter they are called microsieves. On the one hand, a thin membrane guarantees a small flow resistance but on the other hand the mechanical strength is reduced. We developed a process which ...

Analysis of TAP Reactors Procedures Using COMSOL

S. Pietrzyk[1], and G.S. Yablonsky[2]
[1]Unité de Catalyse et Chimie du Solide, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, France
[2]Parks College, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, USA

TAP (Temporary Analysis of Products) reactors are powerful instruments to study the kinetics of catalytic reactions. Their basic principle, exposition of evacuated solids of interest to narrow pulses containing very small amounts of gases, and measuring the concentrations of outgoing molecules permits to study practical catalysts under the conditions approaching those of molecular beam ...

Multiphysics Modeling of an Ion Mobility Spectrometer

T. Adams, and J. Fulton

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, IN, USA

In Eiceman and Karpas’s book Ion Mobility Spectroscopy (2005), they define Ion Mobility Spectroscopy (IMS) as "the principles, methods, and instrumentation for characterizing chemical substances on the basis of velocity of gas-phase ions in an electric field." The production of the electric field and signal processing components is relatively inexpensive compared to other analytical ...

Blistering of Industrial Floor on Concrete Substrate: the Role of the Air Overpressure

S.V. Aher[2], P. Devillers[1], G. Fau[3], B. Tranain[3], and C. Buisson[1]
[1]Centre des Matériaux de Grande Diffusion, Ecole des Mines d’Alès, Alès cedex, France
[2]Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kalyanpur, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
[3]Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment, France

Surface coating can fullfil their function satisfactorily over an extended period of time only if there is a good bond between the concrete substrate and the coating. The most numerous cases of blistering affect the airtight covers of the concrete subjected to negative pressures of humidity from the support. The general objective of this study is the understanding of the blistering phenomenon. ...

Mass Transfer From a Rotating Cylinder in a Confined Gas Flow

N. Jand[1], A. Scarpetta[2], and M. Stefano[2]
[1]Chemical Engineering Department, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy
[2]Faculty of Engineering, University of L'Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy

The modeling of sublimation form a rotating cylinder of solid naphthalene in a confined vessel has been performed by coupling the model of incompressible Newtonian fluid flow with the model of the dilute solutions. Preliminary a 2D axisymmetric system with swirl flow function for laminar and turbulent regimes has been considered. In the turbulent regime the RANS model with default parameter is ...

On the Drying Dynamics in Biofilters

F. Schönfeld
Hochschule RheinMain
University of Applied Sciences
Wiesbaden, Germany

The performance of biofilters relies on the presence of a sufficient amount of water in the biofilter material. And breakdown of filtration performance is often caused by inappropriate water content. The present study focuses on the drying dynamics within such filter, which are modelled as wetted porous media. Analyzing gas flow and water content we find that such systems exhibit instable ...

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