F. Curtis, K. Ekici, and J. Freels
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Oak Ridge National Lab, Oak Ridge, TN
The High Flux Isotope Reactor, located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is scheduled to undergo a conversion of the fuel used and this proposed change requires an extensive analysis of the flow through the reactor core. The core consists of approximately 500 very thin and long fuel plates through which the coolant (water) flows at a very high rate. Therefore, the design and the flow ...
Optimization of Design Parameters of a Novel MEMS Strain Sensor used for Structural Health Monitoring of Highway Bridges
H. Saboonchi, and D. Ozevin
Civil Engineering Department
University of Illinois at Chicago
The novel Micro Electro Mechanical System (MEMS) based Piezoresistive stain sensor is presented in this paper. The main goal of this sensor is to monitor the localized strain in the highway bridges especially near the crack tips. Monitoring the crack growth on the bridges can lead to early detection and prevention of bridge failures. The COMSOL Multiphysics software was used to optimize the ...
Using COMSOL to Support a Cost-Effective, Non-Destructive Evaluation Approach for Predicting Bolt Failure in Highway Bridges
A. Elyea, B. Doubek, G. Hubbard, and D. Ozevin
Department of Civil Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago
The development of a quantitative nondestructive evaluation method, as an alternative to visual inspection, for inspecting pre-tensioned bolts in fracture critical bridges is presented. In order to understand the ultrasonic behavior of a wide variety of bolt geometries used in bridges, numerical models of nine different bolt geometries were developed. The numerical models included the ...
J. Roche, P. Von Lockette, and S. Lofland
Mechanical Engineering Dept., Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
Physics and Astronomy Dept., Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
In this study, magneto-rheological elastomer (MRE) composite beams made of Barium hexaferrite (BaM) and Iron (Fe) powders combined with a highly-compliant matrix material were simulated using COMSOL\'s Solid Mechanics and AC/DC modules. The goal of the work was to develop models capable of predicting the actuation behavior of hard- and soft-magnetic MREs. This work simulates the bending of the ...
J. Crompton, S. Yushanov, L. Gritter, and K. Koppenhoefer
AltaSim Technologies, LLC.
Microwave heating is an important process for many commercial, industrial and household applications. In microwave heating applications, the energy is introduced directly into the volume of the material. As a consequence the quality of the process is highly dependent on the uniformity of the electromagnetic field distribution. Thus, developing a uniform electromagnetic field inside the ...
N. Bhalla, S. Li, and D. Chung
Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan, (R.O.C)
National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, (R.O.C)
Different configurations of MEMS based accelerometer has been made and analysed using COMSOL Multiphysics. The designs presented in this paper consist of a square shaped proof mass with flexures supporting it. Different position and varied number of supporting flexures attached to the proof mass makes each configuration distinct. The piezoresistors are placed near the proof mass and frame ends on ...
A. Weddemann, J. Jadidian, S. Khushrushahi, Y. Kim, and M. Zahn
Research Laboratory of Electronics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The modeling of ferromagnetic materials is a challenging task of high industrial and academic impact. Thin film and granular systems form the basis of novel spintronic devices such as modern hard drives with a high data area storage density. In order to push the current limits even further and to design more efficient devices, a strong understanding of the governing dynamics is required. We ...
D. Pepper, X. Wang, S. Senator, J. Lombardo, and D. Carrington
Darrell Pepper is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Nevada Center for Advanced Computational Methods at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). He was recently appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor at the US Air Force Academy where he will be in residence until May 2012. In 2004, Dr. Pepper was appointed ASME Congressional Fellow and worked as a senior legislative ...
Ford Motor Company
Dr. Bernardi is a Research Engineer with Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI. Her research focuses on the analysis and simulation of electrochemical energy-storage and conversion systems. In particular, Dr. Bernardi develops mathematical models that predict system behavior and identify governing physicochemical processes. Experimental investigations support model development, analysis, and ...
J. Ma and X. Wei
Southeastern Louisiana University
Using COMSOL® 3.5a, models were created to simulate the heat transfer between the working fluid and the selective coating as well as the natural convection of the working fluid itself. In these models, a constant heat input on half of the selective coating facing the sun was considered as energy input from the sun, and the open end of the tube, where the working fluid can flow in and out of the ...