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.

Vertically Emitting Microdisk Lasers

L. Mahler, A. Tredicucci, and F. Beltram
NEST-INFM and Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy

We describe the modeling of microdisk lasers displaying vertical emission. The devices are THz quantum cascade lasers with metallic gratings fabricated along the circumference.  The emission properties of the fabricated devices are well explained by the model, good mode control is obtained, and the collected power from a patterned device is increased 50 times with respect to unpatterned ...

Implementation of the Finite Isotropic Linear Cosserat Models based on the Weak Form

J. Jeong[1], and H. Ramezani[2]
[1]Ecole Speciale des Travaux Publics du Batiment et del’Industrie(ESTP), Cachan, France
[2]Ecole Polytechnique de l’Universite d’Orleans CNRS/CRMD, Orleans, France

The Cosserat models fall into the group of the extended continuum media. They are capable of treating the size effects (characteristic length) in a natural manner using six material moduli for the isotropic elastic cases instead of two (and) for the classical continuum mechanics. This model involves two constitutive laws corresponding to two kinds of balance equation. The first one handles the ...

Modeling Polybenzimidazole/Phosphoric Acid Membrane Behaviour in a HTPEM Fuel Cell

C. Siegel[1,2], G. Bandlamudi[1,2], and A. Heinzel[1,2]
[1]Zentrum für BrennstoffzellenTechnik (ZBT) gGmbH, Duisburg, Germany
[2]Institut für Energie- und Umweltverfahrenstechnik, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany

Phosphoric acid doped polybenzimidazole (PBI) membranes are commonly used in today’s high-temperature polymer-electrolyte-membrane (HTPEM) fuel cell technology. COMSOL Multiphysics is used to model and simulate the three-dimensional, single-phase, non-isothermal overall cell behaviour at different operating points. The sol-gel PBI/H3PO4 membrane behaviour is modeled using an Arrhenius ...

Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical-Chemical Modelling of the Bentonite Barriers in Final Disposal of High Level Nuclear Waste

M. Olin, M. Tanhua-Tyrkkö, V. Pulkkanen, A. Itälä, K. Rasilainen, A. Seppälä, and M. Liukkonen
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Nuclear Energy, Finland

The bentonite barrier is an essential part of safe nuclear waste repository in granite bedrock. In this work COMSOL Multiphysics® is applied to modeling Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical-Chemical (THMC) processes taking place in a bentonite buffer. The system is studied in different geometries, which consists of an overall 3D layout and a 2D cross-section of bentonite buffer and open fracture. ...

Determination of Process Parameters for Electron Beam Sintering (EBS)

M. F. Zäh, S. Lutzmann, M. Kahnert, and F. Walchshäusl
iwb Anwenderzentrum Augsburg, TU München, Augsburg, Germany

Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) methods, like Electron Beam Sintering (EBS), constitute an interesting process concerning the production of small series and customized products. However, transient effects occur during processing due to the different physical principles of an electron beam (EB). Thus, process knowledge from similar ALM technologies, for instance Selective Laser Melting, can ...

Modeling of a Dielectric Barrier Discharge Lamp for UV Production

S. Bhosle, R. Diez, H. Piquet, D. Le Thanh, B. Rahmani, D. Buso
Université de Toulouse, Toulouse, France

Excilamps are artificial Ultraviolet sources based on the emission of excimers or exciplexes. The latter are excited states of weakly bound rare gas or halide/rare gas atoms which emit a photon in the UV region when they dissociate. Dielectric Barrier Discharge (DBD) excilamps are promising UV sources for the future, provided the coupling between their power supply is optimized. The model ...

Thermal and Fluid-dynamical Optimisation of Passengers Comfort in a Touring Bus Cabin

G. Petrone[1], G. Fichera[2], and M. Scionti[1]
[1]Bus-Engineering S.r.l., Catania, Italy
[2]Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, University of Catania, Catania, Italy

Innovations in air-conditioning and other forms of cooling or ventilation can be viewed as technological solutions improving environmental conditions that are beneficial for human health, comfort and productivity. This study deals with a thermal and fluid-dynamics investigation of passenger comfort in a touring bus cabin. COMSOL Multiphysics® is used as a powerful design and optimization tool ...

Mathematical Modelling and Simulation of Magnetostrictive Materials by Comsol Multiphysics

M. Bailoni[1], Y.Wei[2], and L. Norum[2]
[1]University of Trieste, guest at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Dep. of Electric Power Engineering, Trondheim, Norway
[2]Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway

This paper presents the mathematical modeling for the analysis of the magnetostrictive materials, which describes the behaviour of the magneto-mechanical coupling in a rod of magnetostrictive material and capturing it in COMSOL® to produce a predictive and detailed analysis. A simulation of the behaviour under harmonic excitation is done in this work. 

Design and Simulation of an Electromagnetic Valve Actuator Using COMSOL Multiphysics

R. Wislati , H. Haase
Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

In this paper an electromagnetic solenoid actuator (EMVA) consisting of an upper and lower electromagnet, a linear moving armature and two preloaded springs is considered as a potential approach in Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) Systems for Internal Combustion Engines. In opposition to common approaches the underlying EMVA make use of a permanent magnet in the upper electromagnet. The analysis of ...

Numerical Simulation of the Thermal Response Test Within Comsol Multiphysics® Environment

C. Corradi, L. Schiavi, S. Rainieri, and G. Pagliarini
Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Parma, Italy

An estimation method, known as Thermal Response Test, of the soil thermal properties necessary to the design of a borehole geothermal energy storage system is discussed in relation to its application to the ground having non–homogeneous composition. The governing equations of the conduction/convection heat transfer unsteady problem which describe the system behaviour have been solved within ...

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