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.

FEM Simulation of a Micro-Cantilever Optical-MEMS Sensor

V. Mathur, J. Li, and W.D. Goodhue
Photonics Center, Department of Physics and Applied Physics, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

In this work a micro-cantilever optical-MEMS sensor based on the AlGaAs system is designed and modeled. The device consists of two micro-cantilever beams perfectly aligned with the free ends separated by approximately 200 nm up to 2000 nm. The finite element method (FEM) (COMSOL Multiphysics) has been employed here to model the structural deformation and light propagation through the device. ...

COMSOL Modelling of the Gas Mixing Process in a Ripple Reducer for NPL’s Time Division Dilution System

J. Wang, B.A. Goody, and M.J.T. Milton
National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, Middlesex, UK

The mixing process of a ripple reducer designed for a time division dilution system (TDD) that dynamically generates calibration gas mixtures is modelled in 2D using COMSOL Multiphysics. The model can been used to visualize and optimize the mixing process and extract parameters of interest at chosen times and positions. The simulated time response of an analyte concentration agrees with ...

Modeling Acoustic Wave Scattering from Cells and Microbubbles

O. Falou [1], J.C. Kumaradas[2], and M.C. Kolios[1,2]
[1] Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University
[2] Dept. of Physics, Ryerson University

A finite-element model of wave propagation using COMSOL Multiphysics has been developed to solve the problem of ultrasound scattering from spherical structures. This model will be used to predict ultrasound backscatter from cells for ultrasound tissue characterization, and scattering from microbubble contrast agents. In this paper, we discuss an improvement to our model by using a ...

Mesh Analysis with Applications in Reduced-Order Modeling and Collision Avoidance

M. Bikdash, S. Karagol, and M. Charifa
Department of Electrical Engineering, North Carolina A&T State University

Tools are developed that mine the mesh and simulation data provided by the finite-element mesher and solver in COMSOL. The tools developed are used in two applications. In the first, a thermal system is decomposed and an equivalent circuit (EC) is developed for reduced order modeling. In the second application which arises in robotics, the COMSOL mesh is used to plan paths of the robot ...

Hybrid Modeling of a DC Magnetron Plasma Discharge

S.D. Ekpe[1], F. Jimenez[2], and S.K. Dew[2]
University of Alberta, Edmonton

This work is focused on the coupling of a Monte Carlo code with COMSOL Multiphysics conduction/convection, and electrostatic modules in solving fluid-Poisson model for the plasma properties for a practical DC magnetron low pressure plasma discharge. The magnetostatic module was used in calculating the required magnetic field.

Mathematical Frame-work for the Productivity Index of Wells with Fast Forchheimer (non-Darcy) Flow in Porous Media

E. Aulisa [1], A. Ibragimov[1], P. Valko [2], and J. Walton[3]
[1] Texas Tech University, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
[2] Texas A & M University, Department of Petroleum Engineering
[3] Texas A & M University, Department of Mathematics

In the current paper, similar features for fast or turbulent, non-linear flows subjected to Forchheimer equations are analyzed. Under some hydrodynamic and thermodynamic constrains, it has been shown that there exists the so called pseudo-steady state regime for Forchheimer flows in reservoir media. This invariant is called diffusive capacitance, which is the mathematical model for the well ...

Simulation of DNA Hybridization Kinetics in Open Electrokinetic Microchannels

J.R. Pascault, and H.S. Zhou
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Department of Chemical Engineering, Microfluidics and Biosensors Laboratory

In this study, we show that the specific DNA hybridization is diffusion limited; whereas the non-specific hybridization is reaction limited. By means of an electrical field, DNA is put in motion. It results in an overallenhancement of the kinetics and a better ratio of specific hybrids over total hybrids.

Comparison of Two-Dimensional PEM Fuel Cell Modeling using COMSOL Multiphysics

Z. Shi, X. Wang, and Z. Zhang
Oakland University, Rochester, MI

Two different two-dimensional mathematical models of the one PEM fuel cell are modeled using COMSOL Multiphysics, each considering a different cross-section. The first Models considers the influence of fluid behavior in the channel, while the second considers the interdigitated flow pattern. Results, including the mass concentration, the polarization curve, potential distribution and velocity ...

Meso-Scale Multiphysics Model of SOFC Cathode Processes

W. Huang, X. Huang, and K. Reifsnider
Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center, University of Connecticut

Meso-scale structures significantly influence fuel cell performance and durability. We have modelled the multiphysics processes in the solid oxide fuel cell cathode-electrolyte interfaces considering the detailed distribution and geometry of the ionic conducting phase, the electronic conducting phase, and the pores. The model is solved using COMSOL Multiphysics and results provide ...

Modeling Electrodeposition of Charged Nanoparticles Onto Fuel Cell Coolant Flow Channel Walls

J. Cheng, K.V. Sharp, and M.M. Mench
The Fuel Cell Dynamics and Diagnostics Laboratory and the Microscale Flow Laboratory, Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

The dynamics of fuel cell coolant flow with charged nanoparticles were modeled using COMSOL Multiphysics. A computational fluid dynamics physicochemical model of the multi-phase coolant flow has been formulated. For nanoparticles in the fluid, electrokinetic force, hydrodynamic force, and buoyancy forces have been taken into account for the prediction of electrodeposition rate onto channel ...

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