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.

Simulation of Unidirectional Interdigital Transducers in SAW Devices using COMSOL Multiphysics

D. Pradeep, N. Krishnan, and H. Nemade
Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India

Surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices based on Rayleigh wave, shear wave, love wave, acoustic plate mode (APM) wave and flexural plate wave have been explored for sensors, actuators and telecommunication applications. An interdigital transducer (IDT) is a metallic comb-like structure fabricated over piezoelectric substrate. SAWs are generated over the substrate by applying electrical signal to the ...

Simulating Hodgkin-Huxley-like Excitation using Comsol Multiphysics

J. Martinek[1,2], Stickler[2] , Reichel[1], and Rattay[2]
[1]Department of Biomedical Engineering and Environmental Management, University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, Vienna, Austria
[2]Institute for Analysis and Scientific Computing, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Most simulations concerning electrical activation of human muscles are based on the modeling approach of Hodgkin and Huxley. Calculating the response of a muscle or nerve fiber membrane to an applied electrical field, needs to consider the “macroscopic”, extracellular potential distribution in the tissue surrounding the fiber, and the “microscopic”, intracellular potential ...

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 ...

On Boundary Conditions for CSEM Finite Element Modeling, I

J. Park[1], T. Bjornara[1], H. Westerdahl[2], and E. Gonzalez[2]
[1]Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), Oslo, Norway
[2]StatoilHydro Research Center, Norway

In this study, we propose an absorbing boundary domain (or condition), which is really simple but still efficient for the 2.5D finite element (FE) analysis. The main application is to simulate the electromagnetic (EM) waves related to the marine controlled source electromagnetic (CSEM) method, where the EM wave propagates with extremely low frequency in the conductive media. In the near future, ...

Symmetric Stack Model of a Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell (MCFC) with Indirect Reforming

M. Pfafferodt[1], P. Heidebrecht[2], and K. Sundmacher[1,2]
[1]Otto-von-Guericke-University, Magdeburg, Germany
[2]Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg, Germany

A model of a Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell (MCFC) stack with internal reforming is presented.  It describes the concentrations in the gas phase, the temperatures and the current densities in this highly integrated system. The differential equations, boundary conditions and the coupling equations used in the model are presented. A strategy to solve the system of partial differential ...

Highest Pulsed Magnetic Fields in Science and Technology, Assisted by Advanced Finite-Element Simulation

Thomas Herrmannsdörfer

Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany

Thomas Herrmannsdörfer got his PhD in experimental physics from the University of Bayreuth in 1994. In 1995, he received the Research Award of the Emil-Warburg-Foundation while he worked at the DFG-Graduiertenkolleg Bayreuth. From 1995 – 1998 he worked as a scientist at Hahn-Meitner-Institute (HMI) Berlin. Since 1998, he has worked at Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf ...

Modelling of the Temporal Analysis of Products (TAP) Reactor with COMSOL

S. Pietrzyk[1], A. Khodakov[1], and M. Olea[2]
[1]Unite de Catalyse et de Chimie du Solide, USTL-ENSCL-EC Lille, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France
[2]School of Science and Technology, University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, UK

A TAP reactor is a fixed-bed catalytic reactor operated in pulse (transient) mode under very low pressures. It has become a very important tool in catalytic studies as it fills the material and pressure gaps existing between practical conditions and high vacuum – monocrystal techniques. A pretreated solid catalyst maintained at a desired temperature in an evacuated chamber is exposed to a ...

Photonic/Plasmonic Structures from Metallic Nanoparticles in a Glass Matrix

O. Kiriyenko, W. Hergert, S. Wackerow, M. Beleites, and H. Graener
Inst. für Physik, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

Glass containing nanoparticles is a promising material for various photonic applications due to the unique optical properties mainly resulting from the strong surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of the silver nanoparticles. The characteristics of the resonance can be modified by varying size, shape and concentration of the particles. A finite element method (FEM) implemented in the software COMSOL ...

Deep-Seated Spreading Model Tested on Etna Mount with FEM

F. Pulvirenti[1,2], M. Aloisi[1], M. Mattia[1], and C. Monaco[2]
[1]Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia sezione di Catania
[2]Università di Catania

Structural, morphological and ground deformation studies suggest that the eastern flank of Mt. Etna (eastern Sicily) is spreading seaward.  According to the deep-seated spreading model, both the volcanic edifice and its uppermost basement are spreading eastwards because of magma inflation processes related to a dike complex located at a depth between the summit craters and the Valle del ...

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 ...

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