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 the Self Assembly of a Microchip on a Structured Surface using the Phase Field Method

N. Boufercha, M. Ghahremanpour, M. Schnaithmann, J. Sägebarth, and H. Sandmaier
Universität Stuttgart / IFF-MST, Nobelstr.12, Stuttgart, Germany

The presented paper describes a method for micro precision assembly of very small objects like future microchips, which have a lateral expansion equal to or smaller than 500 μm. The modelling and simulation of a fluidicbased micro assembly method for a microchip with a dimension of (500 x 500 x 100) μm3 is performed with COMSOL Multiphysics. The finite element method is used for ...

Approaches for Fuel Cell Stack Modeling and Simulation with COMSOL Multiphysics

C. Siegel[1,2], G. Bandlamudi[1,2], P. Beckhaus[1], and A. Heinzel[1,2]
[1]Zentrum für BrennstoffzellenTechnik (ZBT), Duisburg, Germany
[2]University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany

This study highlights the possibility of using COMSOL Multiphysics for solving large scale PEM fuel cell stack models in the order of several million degrees of freedom (DOF). First, different gas flow channel configurations are solved in order to highlight the fluid flow and pressure behaviour. For these models, the full 3D Navier-Stokes equations are solved. It is seen that the amount of fluid ...

Modeling CO2 storage Using Coupled Reservoir-Geomechanical Analysis

T.I. Bjørnarå, F. Cuisiat, E. Aker, and E. Skurtveit
Norwegian Geotechnical Institute(NGI), Oslo, Norway

The geomechanical effects related to CO2 injection into the Krechba formation at In Salah, Algeria, are considered through a coupled modeling approach to simulate simultaneously CO2 migration in the aquifer and the surrounding formations, as well as the poro-elastic stress changes occurring during injection. The model is based on the simultaneous resolution of the governing equations for ...

Convergence Rates For Models With Coupled 1D / 2D Subdomains

A. Bradji[1], E. Holzbecher[2], and M.S. Litz[2]
[1]Department of Mathematics, University of Annaba, Algeria
[2]Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany

It is well known that the convergence rate of a numerical model is significantly reduced, when the genuine character of the setting with differential equation and boundary condition is not given anymore. Here we examine the decrease of convergence order for models using COMSOL in which the problem set-up includes a coupling between a 1D and a 2D subdomain. In terms of physics we are dealing with ...

Finite Element Analysis Of Permeation Tests On Articular Cartilage Under Different Testing Conditions Using COMSOL Multiphysics

G. Spatafora[1], and F. Boschetti[1][2]
[1]Structural Engineering Department, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
[2]IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Milan, Italy

Articular cartilage is composed by a charged solid matrix (proteoglycan and collagen fibres) and an interstitial fluid phase. The permeability of articular cartilage is a function of compression load applied on the tissue, the solid matrix underwent a compaction that decreased its value for increasing deformation. The study of the permeability is very useful to understand the onset and ...

Thermal Modelling For The Implementation Of An Energetic Efficiency Control System In A Room Of Meetings Of Singular Geometry

M. Martínez, V. Fuster, J. Fernández, and I. Benítez
Instituto Tecnológico de la Energía (ITE), Paterna, Valencia, Spain

The aim of this Project is to obtain a temporary and spatial evolution model of the temperature into a meeting room with the aim to develop an efficient energy mechanism which can improve the air conditioner control system. The project has considered two extremes cases: on the one hand a typical summer day and on the other hand a winter day. From annual data of the Institute weather station a ...

Numerical Study of a High Temperature Latent Heat Storage (200-300oC) Using Eutectic Nitrate Salt of Sodium Nitrate and Potassium Nitrate

C.W. Foong, J.E. Hustad, J. Løvseth, and O.J. Nydal
Department of Energy and Process Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

In this study, a small scale direct solar thermal energy storage system with secondary reflector is designed and developed. The main advantage of thermal energy storage is that cooking can be carried out during the time when there is little or no sun shine. In addition, no heat transport fluid is needed in this system. A well insulated heat storage should keep the heat for about 24 hours. KNO3 ...

Microfluidic Design of neuron-MOSFET based on ISFET

A. Jain[1], and A. Garg[2]
[1]BITS Pilani, Goa Campus, India
[2]Bhartiya Vidyapeeth College, New Delhi, India

An ISFET is an ion-sensitive field effect transistor used to measure ion concentrations in a solution; when the ion concentration changes, the current through the transistor will change accordingly. Here, the solution is used as a gate electrode. A voltage between substrate and the oxide surfaces arises due to an ions sheath. The surface hydrolization of the OH groups of the gate materials varies ...

Electromagnetic Force Simulations on a Reaction Sphere for Satellite Attitude Control

L. Rossini[1], E. Onillon[1], O.Chetelat[1], and C. Allegranza[2]
[1]Centre Suisse d’Electronique et Microtechnique, Switzerland
[2]ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands

In the frame of an ESA project, CSEM in collaboration with other partners has developed an innovative Attitude Orbit Control System concept that relies on a Reaction Sphere. We propose to use one unique magnetic bearing Reaction Sphere whose spin axis and angular velocity can be positioned by dedicated control. The design is based on a 3-D permanent magnet motor obtained with a multi pole rotor ...

Verification and Time Performance Analysis of COMSOL v3.5a for Solving the Electromagnetic Problem in a Superconductor Slab

J. Lloberas[1], J. López[1], E. Bartolomé[2], and X. Granados[3]
[1]Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
[2]Escola Universitària Salesiana de Sarrià, Barcelona, Spain
[3]Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Numerical analysis based on finite element method (FEM) represents a powerful approach to solve electromagnetic problems. For instance, FEM methods have been broadly used to calculate the critical state current distribution in high temperature superconductors of various geometries. In the near future, we intend to develop a tool in COMSOL v3.5a for the analysis of power applications, such as ...

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