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 ...

Rigid Inclusion Rotation in Viscous Shear Flow

Taborda, R.1, Ornelas Marques, F.1, Bose, S.2
1 Dep. Geologia and LATTEX, Fac. Ciências, Univ. Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
2 GEOMODELS and CGUL, Fac. Ciências, Univ. Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal

Theoretical and experimental studies on the rotation of rigid inclusions under simple shear flow have typically considered infinite width shear zones and perfect attachment of inclusion to the matrix. According to these models, during progressive simple shear a coherent object would continuously rotate synthetically, which is not the case in many natural ductile shear zones. In this work we ...

Analysis of magnetohydrodynamics GTAW arc behavior

Roger, F.
Ecole Nationale Superieure de Techniques Avancées, PARIS

Argon plasma behavior in gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) is directly linked to the weld quality. Indeed, the arc is the heat source which drives the weld shape. Solution of an induction-diffusion equation under axial symmetry conditions has been developped using thermal conduction and convection module of FEMLAB 3.1©. We predict current distribution in electric arc, induced magnetic field ...

A predictive model for the micro-porosity quantitative in Al-Si alloy

Battaglia, J.L., Rozot, J.M.

The fatigue is the most important criterion for the securities parts (brake system for example). The increasing use of shaped cast aluminium in the security automotive parts has focused interest on the fatigue of theses alloys. The specific foundry software use empirical laws that do not fit with the reality, above all concerning the aluminium alloys. We proposed a new physical parsimonious ...

Zone sculpting using partitioned electrokinetic injections

Narovlyansky, M.1, Squires, T.M.2, Whitesides, G.M.1
1 Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A.
2 Departments of Physics and Applied Mathematics, Caltech, Pasadena, CA

In electrokinetic separations, the narrower and more homogeneous the initial sample plug, the higher the ultimate resolution of the separation. Here we describe a general and versatile method to sculpt low-dispersion, high-fidelity sample zones in microfluidic devices for high resolution electrokinetic separations. In a simple channel intersections microfabricated partitions act to reduce each ...

Simulation of magnetic injection moulding

Ogur, E.O., Goodship, V., Smith, G.F.
University of Warwick

Magnetic fields play a crucial role in materials science and they have been used extensively in the study of materials where they tend to alter the dynamics of charged particles. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of an external magnetic field generated from a permanent magnet and its interaction, during the injection moulding, with polymer containing ferromagnetic nickel ...

Modeling of Thermal Microbial Destruction of Dried Powder Related to Properties Evolution and Granulometry

Ferret, E., Fine, F., Gervais, P.
Laboratoire de Génie des Procédés Alimentaires et Biotechnologiques, Dijon, France

Yeast cells of Saccharomyces cerevisiae were homogeneously incorporated to dried wheat flour particles, and then thermally treated in a new HTST (High Temperature Short Time) process for powders decontamination developed by our laboratory. A thermal modeling of spherical particles during treatment was developed with FEMLAB, taking into account thermal properties of each component and their ...

A Computational Investigation of Flow - Mechanical Energy Loss: Relevance to the Total Cavopulmonary Connection

Wiesman, J.P.1, Hamlington, K.L.1, Gaver, D.P.1, Ross-Ascuitto, N.T.2, Ascuitto, R.J.2
1 Tulane University, Department of Biomedical Engineering
2 Tulane University, Department of Pediatrics and Physics

The “Total Cavopulmonary Connection (TCPC)”, or Fontan operation, has become the surgical treatment of choice for children with functional single-ventricle heart disease. We assessed fluid energetics relevant to TCPCs using the computational fluid-dynamics package FEMLAB 3.1 (COMSOL, Inc., Burlington, MA) to describe non-pulsatile flow through a conduit, taken to represent an obstructed ...

Effects of plasma rotation and magnetic fields on convection flows in the horizontal burning high intensity discharge lamps

Li, Y.M.

Convection is critical in shaping the plasma temperature profiles, species segregation, arctube temperature distributions, plasma stability and a whole range of phenomena of importance to the high intensity discharge (HID) lamp performance and maintenance. A 2D local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) arc plasma model is developed using FEMLAB. The model can be described by the energy balance ...

Analysis of Cell Deformation with FEMLAB

El-Khatib, N.1, Huc, N.2, Goldberg, Y.3, Cedex Martiel, J.L.1
1 TIMC Laboratory, UMR CNRS 5525, Faculty of Medicine, La Tronche
2 COMSOL, Grenoble
3 INSERM EMI 01-08, Grenoble University Hospital, Grenoble

We present a simplified model of biological cells including a first layer, corresponding to the membrane and the actin cortex and a second one, representing the cell cytoplasm. The membraneactin ensemble is governed by the Navier equations while the cytoplasm is assimilated to a viscous fluid, described by the Navier-Stokes system. At the inner boundary, between the cortex and the cytoplasm, ...

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