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.

COMSOL Multiphysics-Based Exploratory Insulin Secretion Model for Isolated Pancreatic Islets

P. Buchwald
University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA

Insulin released by the beta-cells of pancreatic islets is the main regulator of glucose homeostasis, hence, insulin secretion models are of considerable interest for many possible applications. Building on our previous oxygen consumption and cell viability model for avascular islets of Langerhans, we developed an exploratory insulin secretion model that couples the hormone production rate to the ...

Computational Methods for Multiphysics Applications with Fluid-structure Interaction

P. Seshaiyer[1], K. Nong[1], S. Garcia[2], E. Aulisa[3], and E. Swim[4]
[1]George Mason University, Farifax, VA, USA
[2]United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA
[3]Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA
[4]Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, USA

Efficient modeling and computation of the nonlinear interaction of fluid with a solid undergoing nonlinear deformation has remained a challenging problem in computational science and engineering. Direct numerical simulation of the non-linear equations, governing even the most simplified fluid-structure interaction model depends on the convergence of iterative solvers which in turn relies heavily ...

Simulation of the Spread of Epidemic Disease Using Persistent Surveillance Data

Y. Liang[1], Z. Shi[1], S. Sritharan[1], and H. Wan[2]
[1]Central State University, Wilberforce, OH, USA
[2]Wright State University, Dayton, OH, USA

This paper proposes a novel data-mining framework to simulate the spread of epidemic diseases using persistent surveillance data. The framework is formulated by merging the persistent surveillance data about epidemics, geographic information and the dynamics of disease into a heat transfer model according to the theory of statistical mechanics . In the implementation of this framework, geographic ...

Modification of the Ion Angular Distribution in Plasma Sheath: Modeling Approach under COMSOL Multiphysic

J. Brcka
TEL US Holdings, Albany, NY, USA

System for in-situ control of the ion angular distribution function (IADF) in plasma reactor is modeled. Typical IADF depends on the pressure, bias and excitation frequency. It is formed due to a difference in the physical properties of the plasma and sheath domains. The IADF is modified by biased grid which is built into a holder. The time varying E-field in sheath is influencing the ion path. ...

Analysis of Acoustic Response of Rooms

J.S. Crompton[1], L.T. Gritter[1], S. Yushanov[1], K.C. Koppenhoefer[1], and D. Magyari[2]
[1]AltaSim Technologies, LLC, Columbus, OH, USA
[2]Golden Acoustics, Detroit, MI, USA

The preferred acoustic response of recording studios, auditoriums and conference halls is to have an even energy response over the entire room and throughout full audio spectrum. This can be accomplished by using acoustic panels with complex surface structures that scatter acoustic waves and diffuse sound level variability over the room volume or through the use of sound absorbing materials to ...

Characterization of an AlGaN/GaN Electrostatically Actuated Cantilever Using the Finite Element Method

N. DeRoller, M. Qazi, J. Liu, and G. Koley
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA

AlGaN/GaN heterostructures are unique because the 2DEG at the interface is created by the difference in polarization properties of the AlGaN and the GaN layers; not due to intentional doping. In this work, a 3D model of an electrostatically actuated micro cantilever has been developed using COMSOL for characterization using the finite element method (FEM). The microcantilever has AlGaN/GaN HFET ...

Modeling of Ferrofluid Passive Cooling System

M. Yang[1,2], R. O'Handley[2], and Z. Fang[2,3]
[1]Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
[2]Ferro Solutions, Woburn, MA, USA
[3]Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA

A ferrofluid contains nanoscale ferromagnetic particles suspended in a carrier liquid. It is used in some high-power acoustic speakers to cool the drive coil. The ferromagnetic particles far from the heat source are attracted by the drive coil’s magnetic field. As the fluid approaches the heat source, its temperature rises, causing the nanoparticles to become paramagnetic. Cooler magnetic fluid ...

Modeling Microfluidic Separations Using COMSOL Multiphysics

B.A. Finlayson[1], and R.A. Shaw[2]
[1]University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
[2]National Research Council of Canada, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Infrared spectroscopy can be used to identify chemicals in a stream provided the signal is strong enough. A microfluidic device is modeled here with the objective of separating serum components so as to enhance the metabolite/protein concentration ratio. Serum contains creatinine (a representative metabolite) and albumin (representative protein). The laminar fluid diffusion interface (LFDI) ...

Analysis of Multiconductor Quasi-TEM Transmission Lines and Multimode Waveguides

S.M. Musa[1], M.N.O. Sadiku[1], and O.D. Momoh[2]
[1]Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX, USA
[2]Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN, USA

This paper presents an analysis approach of multicondcutor quasi-TEM lines transmission interconnect in a single dielectric region and multimode waveguides using the finite element method (FEM). FEM is especially suitable and effective for the computation of electromagnetic fields in strongly inhomogeneous media. We illustrate that FEM is suitable and effective as other methods for modeling of ...

Conducting Finite Element Convergence Studies Using COMSOL 4.0

M.K. Gobbert, and D.W. Trott
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, USA

We will show how to carry out convergence studies of the FEM error on a sequence of progressively finer meshes in COMSOL Multiphysics on the example of Lagrange elements of varying polynomial degrees, which will also bring out the benefit of using higher order elements. The sample studies will focus on Lagrange elements of degree 1 through 5. For these elements, the convergence order of the ...

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