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.

Using COMSOL for Studying the Occurrence of a Constant-shaped Concentration Front in the Retention of Gaseous Pollutants by Adsorption Columns

A. Joly[1], V. Volpert[1], and A. Perrard[2]
[1] Université de Lyon
[2] Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse, Lyon

Various models, based on mass transfer and different isothermal adsorption equilibrium laws, are developed using COMSOL Multiphysics. These isotherms are representative of the adsorption of various pollutant-adsorbent systems frequently found in decontamination processes. Consequences on breakthrough curves are examined and possible applications to decontamination processes are discussed.

Implementation of a Multi-Axial Pseudoelastic Model to Predict the Dynamic Behavior of Shape Memory Alloys

F. Thiebaud, M. Collet, E. Foltête, and C. Lexcellent
Institut FEMTO-ST, Besancon

Shape Memory Alloys are good candidates for being used as passive dampers, strain sensors, stiffness or shape drivers. In order to develop the use of these alloys in structural vibration control, we present in this paper how to implement a phenomenological model based on the Rl model in COMSOL Multiphysics. We use this implementation to simulate internal loops in order to characterize the ...

Analysis of Electrical Phenomena Occurring in Thermally Assisted Mechanical Dewatering Processes

A. Mahmoud, A. Fernandez, and P. Arlabosse
Ecole des Mines d’Albi Carmaux, Albi

The so-called opposite electrode pair measurement strategy is adapted in a filtration/expression cell filled with a model material packed bed. In this paper, we investigate the electrical properties of a packed bed, with particular emphasis on its overall conductivity. As a special case study we treat potassium chloride solutions, using model materials of different particle sizes.

Propagation of Crevice Corrosion by Numerical Modelling

A. Proust[1], G. Girardin[1], B. Vuillemin[2], P. Combrade[1], and R. Oltra[2]
[1] AREVA NP - Centre Technique - Département Corrosion-Chimie, Le Creusot
[2] Université de Bourgogne - Laboratoire de Recherche sur la Réactivité des Solides

The most common case of crevice corrosion occurs on passive materials such as stainless steels, in oxidizing-chloride environments. A flexible crevice propagation model has been developed to allow parametric studies of the solution. Our main results allow us to establish diagrams of stability of solid and gas phases within the crevice and to evaluate the influence of the external ...

Multiphysics Simulations of Tunneling Current Modulation using Ultra-Thin Membranes Micromachined on SOI

B. Bercu, L. Montès, G. Bacles, J. Zimmermann, and P. Morfouli
Institute of Microelectronics, Electromagnetism and Photonics, Grenoble

In this paper, we study a novel type of NEMS - tunnel junctions mounted on thin membranes. Mechanical stress applied to the junction induces changes in the height and length of the barrier, allowing the modulation of the tunnelling current.

Modeling Heat Barrier Efficiency of Flame Retarded Materials

S. Bourbigot, M. Jimenez, and S. Duquesne
Laboratoire Procédés d’Elaboration des Revêtements Fonctionnels, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille, Lille

In this paper, different approaches for modeling heat transfer in materials are examined: Heat anisotropy in styreneacrylonitrile copolymer provided by the nanodispersion and the orientation of single wall carbon nanotubes Heat protection of aluminum plate using nonwoven material made with high performance fibers Fire protection using intumescent paint on steel plate. It is shown that ...

Transport in Highly Heterogeneous Porous Media

G. Debenest, and M. Quintard
Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse

Flows in highly heterogeneous media are found in many practical fields, such as hydrology, petroleum engineering, and chemical engineering. The case of two-region heterogeneous media (fractured media, catalytic beds, etc.) plays a fundamental role. The different questions associated to this specific case are illustrated in this paper for two different kinds of transport: (i) flow of a slightly ...

Modelling of Tissue Morphogenesis as the Resultant of Constitutive Cells Activities

L. Forest
Laboratoire Techniques de l'Imagerie, de la Modélisation et de la Cognition, Faculté de Médecine, Domaine de la Merci

The aim of this work is to study tissue morphogenesis as a consequence of the constitutive cells dynamics. Tissue morphogenesis is modelled as a cellular system coupled with a global chemical control. p> Two concrete examples are presented, the secondary growth of conifer trees and the epithelial invagination.

Kinetics and Plasma Modeling of Plasma Steam Reforming at Atmospheric Pressure

J.M. Cormier, F. Ouni, and A. Khacef
GREMI, Polytech’Orléans

Gliding discharges at atmospheric pressure were investigated in the GREMI laboratory for different applications such as syngas production from methane steam reforming. In our case, the kinetics could be described by using a simplified second order model in which the rate reaction coefficient is obtained from a linearization of parameters. Calculated and experimental data are presented ...

Thermal Transfer and Gas Diffusion in an Energetic Material

B. Longuet[1,2], J.M. Pascaud[1], and P. Gillard[1]
[1] Laboratoire Energétique Explosions et Structures, Université d’Orléans
[2] DGA/ETBS, Bouges

In this paper, we model the thermal decomposition of an energetic materiel inside a vessel located in the furnace of a thermal gravimetric apparatus. As a case study, we treat the case with ammonium perchlorate single particles.

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