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.

Numerical Simulations of a Traveling Plane-Wave Actuator for Microfluidic Applications

A.F. Tabak, and S. Yesilyurt
Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey

Continuous forming and propagation of large planar deformations on a thin solid elastic film can create propulsion when the film is immersed in a fluid. In this work, we present a numerical analysis of the effect of traveling plane-wave deformations on an elastic-film actuator within a fluid medium inside a channel. In particular, we analyzed a micropump that consists of a wave actuator. ...

Finite-element Validation of Electric Field Distribution inside a Cylindrical Conductor for an Ideal Two-Probe Impedance Measurement

V.S. Kumar, G. Kelekanjeri, and R.A. Gerhardt
Georgia Institute of Technology

A COMSOL Multiphysics model is used to validate recently derived closed-form analytical expressions for the electric field inside a cylindrical conductor for the case of a two-probe impedance measurement. A two-probe impedance measurement consists of applying an AC signal across a specimen placed in between the source and sink electrodes. Analytical solutions for the axial and the radial ...

Stability and Bifurcation of Cathode Arc Attachment in AC Operated High-Intensity Discharge Lamps

A. Lenef
Osram Sylvania

High-intensity discharge (HID) lamps are highly-efficient light sources with many applications. Depending on the dimensions of the electrode, lamp current, and waveforms, the plasma may attach to the cathode in a diffuse mode, that covers the electrode tip surface, or a localized mode where heating and current transfer occur in a local region of the electrode surface. The localized mode is ...

Applying Grain Continuum Models to Stress Induced Grain Evolution in Next Generation Integrated Circuit Interconnects

D.N. Bentz, M. Bloomfield, J-Q. Lu, R.J. Gutmann, and T.S. Cale
Focus Center—New York, Rensselaer: Interconnects for Hyperintegration

We discuss the use of 3D grain continuum modeling to study grain boundary migration driven by differences in strain energy density. COMSOL Multiphysics is used to compute stresses and strain energy densities in polycrystalline structures caused by temperature changes. The grain boundary speeds are computed using a simple model that relates them to grain boundary mobility and differences ...

Effects of Nonlinear Magnetic Properties on Magnetic Bonding Forces for Magnet Array Self-Assembly

S.B. Shetye, J.S. Agashe, and D.P. Arnold
University of Florida

The objective of this researh is to develop new, magnetically-directed, self-assembly approaches to enable three-dimensional structures to be formed in parallel from a heterogeneous mixture of parts of arbitrary size and shape.

Numerical Modeling of EM Pump Efficiency

D.P. Cook, Y. Chen, H.Chen, and J. Ma
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The pilot Molte lead-bismuth target circuit (TC-1) in the University of Nevada was designed for beam power of 1 MW accelerator driven system (ADS). Circulation of the liquid alloy is driven by an annular linear induction pump. A numerical study of the pump efficiency has been conducted to determine which operational parameters are responsible for this low efficiency and to give insight ...

Computer Modelling of Deformable non-Newtonian Flow using COMSOL Multiphysics

H.A. Lecuyer[1], F.H. Bertrand[1], P.A. Tanguy[1], J.P. Mmbaga[2], and R.E. Hayes[2]
[1] Ecole Polytechnique , Montreal
[2] University of Alberta, Edmonton

This presentation is concerned with the modelling of deformable non-Newtonian Flow using COMSOL Multiphysics. This general modelling approach has more concrete applications such as paper coating in a metering size press, meniscus location by PIDS to mention a few.

Analysis of Solar Hot Water Storage

K.O. Lund
Applied Chemical and Engineering Systems

In a Solar Hot Water System, the hot water from the solar collector enters at the top of the storage tank. A relevant question concerning the storage is what will the outlet temperature be. In the present work we present a way to model Solar Hot Water Systems.

Activation Imaging of the Heart using Diffusion Models

R. Abou-Marie, and A. Jeremic
McMaster University, Canada

The inverse problem of electrocardiography involves determining information about the electrical activity of the heart from measurements on the body surface. The estimation of certain physiological parameters can potentially improve early detection of heart disease. In this study, we present an algorithm for estimating parameters that characterize the electrical activation. Estimation of ...

Vibrational Analysis using Wavelet Techniques coupled with Wing Structural Modeling of the Pathfinder Plus

C. Smith, and C.M. Akujuobi
Center of Excellence for Communication Systems Technology Research, Texas

The motivation for this work is to explore the combination of a multiphysics COMSOL model of the wing of the Pathfinder Plus research aircraft with a wavelet-based vibration detection scheme. COMSOL Multiphysics is utilized to model the physics of the aerodynamics that produce vibration in the wing structure of the Pathfinder Plus. Next, three Daubechies wavelets are used to detect the ...

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