M. Diaz-Viera, D. Lopez-Falcon, A. Moctezuma-Berthier, and A. Ortiz-Tapia
Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, México D.F., Mexico
The aim of the present work is to implement in COMSOL Multiphysics a multiphase fluid flow model in porous media, also known in the oil reservoir engineering literature as a black oil model, using a standard finite element approach. In particular, we are interested to apply this model coupled with a multiphase, multicomponent transport model to study Enhanced Oil Recovery processes at laboratory ...
J. Muñoz, R. Valencia, and C. Nieto 
 Semillero Termodinámica y Fluidos, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
 Grupo Automática y Diseño
 Instituto de Energía y Termodinámica, Mechanical Engineering Faculty, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
Genetic Algorithms (GA) have proved to be a complete and effective approach for solving optimization problems. This article presents the integration between COMSOL® and a GA optimization tool coded in MATLAB® for the optimization of two thermal systems: a constant area fin in 2D and a concentric heat exchanger in 2D. Analysis permitted us to achieve efficiencies of up to 90%. For the ...
Fully Coupled Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical Modeling by COMSOL Multiphysics, with Applications in Reservoir Geomechanical Characterization
T. Freeman, R. Chalaturnyk, and I. Bogdanov
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Centre Huile Lourde Ouvert et Expérimental (CHLOE), France
Because of the complex nature of geomaterials and presence of solid and fluid within a single system, it is crucial to consider all the physics involved within the geomaterial system. A fully coupled thermo-hydromechanical model is developed. The model consists of a three-phase flow model designed as a set of coupled PDE application modes that when coupled with the Heat Transfer Module and ...
Computation of Velocity, Pressure and Temperature Distributions near a Stagnation Point in Planar Laminar Viscous Incompressible Flow
E. Kaufman, and E. Gutierrez-Miravete
Pratt and Whitney, East Hartford, CT, USA
Rensselaer at Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
As gas turbine temperatures and component life requirements continue to rise, it becomes increasingly important to have a good understanding of the operating temperatures of their components. The objective of this study was to explorate whether a Hiemenz flow approximation based on measured static pressures near an airfoil leading edge can provide a good estimate of the leading edge heat transfer ...
Transport, Growth, Decay and Sorption of Microorganisms and Nutrients through Porous Media: A Simulation with COMSOL
D. Lopez-Falcon, M. Diaz-Viera, and A. Ortiz-Tapia
Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, México D.F., Mexico
Transport of microorganisms through porous media governs many phenomena in bioremediation of environmental pollution problems and microbial enhanced oil recovery. The aim of this work is to investigate the effects of some transport parameters on breakthrough curves as well as on spatial distribution of components transported through a porous medium by a fluid phase. Using COMSOL Multiphysics and ...
M. Gobbert, and S. Yang
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, USA
The convergence order of finite elements is related to the polynomial order of the basis functions used on each element, with higher order polynomials yielding better convergence orders. However, two issues can prevent this convergence order from being achieved: the lack of regularity of the PDE solution and the poor approximation of curved boundaries by polygonal meshes. We show studies for ...
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA
Carbon nanotube FETs are generating much interest in the nanoscale electronics area. Typically subthreshold behavior in these devices has been modeled using the Laplace equation. Above threshold behavior uses self-consistent solutions to the Poisson and continuity equations. Accurate modeling of Carbon nanotube FETs needs to include quantum effects such as tunneling. Owing to the coupled nature ...
L. Dube, W. McElroy, and D. Pepper
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
We discuss the use of COMSOL Multiphysics 3.4 in the aerodynamic optimization process of the UNLV solarpowered UAV. We also address the use of COMSOL’s Multiphysics ability and how it was used within the scope of the project. In particular we highlight the development of wingtip devices, some of which are non-planar lifting surfaces, and we analyze how these changes affect the airframe ...
V. Rakesh, and A. Datta
Dept. of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
Although microwave heating has been studied in great detail, microwave combination heating has not. This work investigated this in a novel microwave combination system that heats the sample through a combination of microwaves and hot air. The study used a coupled electromagnetics-multiphase porous media model in COMSOL to determine the effect of combining different heating modes on heating ...
B. Finlayson, A. Aditya, V. Brasher, L. Dahl, H. Dinh, A. Field, J. Flynn, C. Jenssen, D. Kress, F. Ninh, A. Nordmeier, H. Song, and C. Yuen
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
The mixing of liquids was characterized in thirteen different microfluidic devices. The goal was to characterize, in a uniform manner, the flow and mixing that occurred in slow, laminar flow and to present the results that allow quick designs. The mixing of a dilute chemical in another liquid during slow, laminar flow is a particularly difficult task, but the results showed that for ...