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Modeling of Respiratory Lung Motion as a Contact Problem of Elasticity Theory

R. Werner, J. Ehrhardt, and H. Handels
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany

Breathing motion is a major problem in radiotherapy of lung tumors. The development of techniques to adequately account for respiratory motion requires detailed knowledge about breathing dynamics. Thus, computer aided modeling of respiratory motion gains in importance. In this paper we present an approach to modelling a respiratory lung. Main aspects of the process of lung ventilation are ...

Simplified Finite Element Simulation of a SAW Hydrogen Sensor using COMSOL Multiphysics

N. Krishnan[1], H. Nemade[1,2], and R. Paily[2]
[1]Centre for Nanotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam, India
[2]Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Assam, India

In this paper, we discuss a simplified finite element method simulation of surface acoustic wave (SAW) delay line hydrogen sensor using COMSOL Multiphysics.  A delay line SAW sensor consists of a transmitting interdigital transducer (IDT) and a receiving IDT separated by a few wavelengths. In this work, the number of degrees of freedom to solve for the SAW delay line sensor model ...

Advanced Modeling of Friction Stir Welding – Improved Material Model for Aluminum Alloys and Modeling of Different Materials with Different Properties by Using the Level Set Method

S. Dörfler
Wilhelm Gronbach GmbH, Wasserburg a. Inn, Germany

Friction Stir Welding (FSW) has gained much importance throughout the last years. Beside comprehensive experimental work that has been carried out, the simulation of the welding zone is of major interest.  Due to the high strains observed within the welding zone, the Eulerian (CFD) approach seems to be the most promising for the prediction of flow around the FSW tool. However, the CFD ...

Comparing Equations for Two-Phase Fluid Flow in Porous Media

T. Bjornara, and E. Aker
NGI, Oslo, Norway

Various types of equation system formulations for modeling two-phase flow in porous media using the finite element method have been investigated. These allow for equation manipulation such that the main differences between the formulations are the dependent variables that are solved for. Here we have tested five different formulations for 2D simulations and one for 1D; the Buckley-Leverett ...

Prediction and Optimization of Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Geometries using COMSOL Multiphysics

I. Knorr, K. Christou, J. Meinertz, A. Selle, J. Ihlemann, and G. Marowsky
Laser-Laboratorium Göttingen e.V., Germany

Raman spectroscopy is a commonly used tool in biodiagnostics and sensor technology. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering provides high signal enhancements especially at nanostructured metallic surfaces. In this paper the electromagnetic Raman enhancement from different metallic nanostructures - including gold coated gratings, spherical and hemispherical particles - is calculated by using the finite ...

Simulation of the Acoustic Environment for the Manufacture of Graded Porosity Materials by Sonication

C. Torres-Sanchez, and J. R. Corney
University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom

Many materials require functionally graded cellular microstructures whose porosity is engineered to meet specific requirements of diverse applications. It has been shown in previous work that the bubble growth rate of a polymeric foam can be influenced by the surrounding acoustic environment and, once solidified, produce a solid of graded porosity. Motivated by the desire to create a flexible ...

Kinetics and Reactor Modeling of Methanol Synthesis from Synthesis Gas

H. Bakhtiary, F. Hayer, H. Venvik, A. Holmen
Norwegian University of Science and Technology Trondheim

Methanol synthesis is a typical reaction in heterogeneous catalysis. In this work, we have studied a laboratory fixed-bed reactor packed with a Cu/Zn/Al2O3 catalyst in both adiabatic and isothermal tubular operational modes. A methanol synthesis kinetic model was implemented in COMSOL Reaction Engineering Lab. Both 1D and 2D pseudo-homogeneous dispersion models were applied to describe the mass ...

COMSOL Multiphysics in Education – Chemical Reactions, Heat and Mass Transfer

R. Geike
Maschinenbau, Verfahrens- und Umwelttechnik, TFH Berlin, Berlin, Germany

In our Master program entitled “Verfahrenstechnik / Process Engineering” the main focus is placed on the use of computational method. This paper will present the plan of a particular course entitled “Transportprozesse” (Transport Processes or Transport Phenomena). The contents of our lectures and exercises deal with mass and heat transfer, chemical reactions and fluid ...

Numerical Modelling of Vortex Induced Vibrations  in Submarine Pipelines

F. Van den Abeele, J. Vande Voorde, and P. Goes
ArcelorMittal Research & Development Industry Gent, Zelzate, Belgium

Vortex-induced vibration is a major cause of fatigue failure in submarine oil and gas pipelines and steel catenary risers. Even moderate currents can induce vortex shedding. In this paper, COMSOL Multiphysics is applied to study the flow pattern around submarine pipeline spans, and predict the amplitude and frequency of the vortex induced vibrations. The sensitivity of the computational fluid ...

Heat and Moisture Modeling Benchmarks using COMSOL

A. van Schijndel
Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Benchmarks are an important tool to verify computational models. In the research area of building physics, the so-called HAMSTAD (Heat, Air and Moisture Standardization) project is a very well known benchmark for the testing of simulation tools. In this paper we evaluate the use of COMSOL with its multiphysics capabilities regarding this benchmark. In comparing the results with the benchmark, it ...