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.

Calculating and Observing Opto-Mechanically Induced Surface Acoustic Waves in a Silica Whispering Gallery Microresonator

J. Zehnpfennig
Photonics Research Center
United States Military Academy
West Point, NY

Here we calculate opto-mechanically induced Surface Acoustic Waves upon a silica microresonator using COMSOL. Using conservation of momentum, we show both analytically and numerically that the photonphonon interaction within the resonator cavity causes a moving train of electrodes - a virtual grating of matter density ā€“ that displace material in different directions and magnitudes. This ...

Carbon MEMS Accelerometer

J. Strong, and C. Washburn
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM

The newly emerging field of carbon-based MEMS (C-MEMS) attempts to utilize the diverse properties of carbon to push the performance of MEMS devices beyond what is currently achievable. Our design employs a carbon-carbon composite using nano-materials to build a new class of MEMS accelerometer that is hyper-sensitive over a dynamic range from micro-G to hundreds of Gā€™s ā€“ far surpassing the ...

Thermal Properties of Copper Tungsten with Copper Via Composite

J. Ma[1], A. Parker[1], and K. Kuan[2]
[1]Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA, USA
[2]Torrey Hill Technology LLC, SanDiego, CA, USA

This study focuses on a low-cost composite material based on CuW with Cu via, which functions as a more efficient thermal path for heat conduction. A 50mm X 50mm X 1mm CuW(15/85) speciman consists an array of 30X30 uniformly distributed cylindrical Cu via attaching to a microprocessor generating 100 watts power was studied. By calculating the heat flux coming out of the top and the ...

FEM Analysis of Laser-Induced Heating of Gold Nanoparticles

D. Gonzalez[1], J. Gardner[1], and O. Tigli[2]
[1]Biomedical Engineering, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL,
[2]Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

Nanoparticles are being extensively researched as a noninvasive method for selectively targeting and killing cancer cells. In this study, we model the thermal activation of gold nanospheres and nanorods in a fluidic environment to determine the thermal response of the surrounding medium.

Watching Paint Dry: A 2D Model of Latex Film Formation

W. Vetterling
ZINK, Imaging Inc.
Bedford, MA

In this work we have constructed a 2D COMSOL model for the drying of Latex. It is based on a prior 1D model of Kiil, but also includes the effects of a flowing air stream, which is necessary to remove the evaporated water vapor. The model illustrates several features of drying that are not accessible to the 1D model, in particular the a profile in the air/water interface that forms near the ...

Study on the Holding Characterestics of a Magnetic Gripper

R. Wadhwa[1], G. Monkman[2], and T. Lien[1]
[1]NTNU Valgrinda, Inst. for produksjons- og kvalitetstek., Trondheim, Norway
[2]FH Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany

Magnetic grippers are commonly used for workholding in handling and assembly of ferrous metalcasted parts. The workholding force produced by the magnetic gripper is strongly influenced by the texture and form of the workpiece in contact with its surface. This work explores the optimal design of an electromagnet to handle parts of varying profile radii by increasing the magnetic field gradient ...

Modeling of Susceptor Assisted Microwave Heating in Domestic Ovens

K. Pitchai[1], S. Birla[2], J. Diamond Raj[3], J. Subbiah[2], and D. Jones[2]
[1]Dept. of Food Science and Technology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
[2]Dept. of Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
[3]Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India

Susceptors are very thin metallic microwave absorbing films used in microwaveable food packaging. They tend to heat up very rapidly during microwave heating and this effect helps to overcome two major issues faced in domestic microwave ovens; 1) Non-uniform heating and 2) lack of browning. While susceptors are being widely used, there is still a lack of scientific knowledge about their ...

Coupled Magnetodynamic and Electric Circuit Models for Superconducting Fault Current Limiter

L. Graber[1], J. Kvitkovic[1], T. Chiocchio[1], M. Steurer[1], S. Pamidi[1], and A. Usoskin[2]
[1]Center for Advanced Power Systems, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
[2]Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies Inc., Billerica, MA

Finite element models, which include the shielding characteristics of superconductors are often complex and would currently not allow us to study 3D models of devices of complex geometry such as fault current limiters. We propose instead a model based on variable electric conductivity, which is suitable to simulate magnetic field characteristics of inductive superconducting fault current ...

Modeling and Simulation of Artificial Core-Shell Based Nanodielectrics for Electrostatic Capacitors Applications

D. Musuwathi Ekanath[1], N. Badi[1], and A. Bensaoula[2]
[1]Center for Advanced Materials, University of Houston, Houston, TX
[2]Dept. of Physics, University of Houston, Houston, TX

The need for high storage capacitors led to the development of polymer based capacitors. Polymers have high processability, mechanical flexibility, electrical breakdown strength and compatibility with printed circuit board (PCB) technologies; but usually have very low permittivity (K). In COMSOL Multiphysics software, the AC/DC module is selected and the In-plane electric currents are applied ...

Ferromagnetic Materials for MEMS- and NEMS-Devices

A. Weddemann, J. Jadidian, S. Khushrushahi, Y. Kim, and M. Zahn
Research Laboratory of Electronics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge MA

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 ...

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