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.

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 G’s – far surpassing the ...

Analyzing Drug Delivery and Osteoblast Growth on a Porous Scaffold in a Perfusion Bioreactor

A. Sun, and S. Murray
Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Implantable Collagen sponges are used in Spinal Surgery as Drug Delivery Scaffolds. An optimal concentration of growth factor that strikes a balance between bone growth and adverse diffusion effects is difficult to find. The porous sponge also serves as a scaffold for Osteoblast growth, and fluid shear has been shown to mediate biological effects on that cell type. We use COMSOL Multiphysics ...

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 – that displace material in different directions and magnitudes. This ...

A Coupled Analysis of Heat and Moisture Transfer in Soils

E. Evgin, J. Infante Sedano, and Z. Fu
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

This paper is a part of a study on energy piles for heating and cooling of buildings. Energy piles are used for two reasons: (1) to transfer structural loads to foundation soils, and (2) to transfer heat from foundation soils to the building for space heating in winter time and for cooling purposes in summer time by transferring heat from the building to the foundation soils. The efficiency of ...

Modelling Aircraft Fuel Gauging Unit using COMSOL Multiphysics Software

T. Ekwevugbe[1], and G. Bevan[2]
[1]Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom
[2]School of Engineering and Computing, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland

An investigation was undertaken into the suitability of using COMSOL for modeling an aircraft capacitive fuel gauging unit. A model of a sensor immersed in a fluid was developed for rectangular tank geometry with a range of fluid levels and sensor orientation using the electrostatics application mode in COMSOL’s AC/DC module The importance of modeling the capacitance of air was demonstrated. ...

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 ...

Laminar Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer Studies of an Electrical Conducting Fluid Subject to Combined Electric and Magnetic Fields

E. Gutierrez-Miravete[1], T. DePuy[2], and X. Xie[2]
[1]Rensselaer at Hartford, Hartford, CT
[2]Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, CT

The flow of electrically conducting fluids such as liquid metals is significantly affected by applied electric and magnetic fields. The effect has important industrial applications in metallurgy, nuclear technology and other fields. This paper described results of a series of studies designed to investigate the capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics to accurately simulate the steady laminar flow ...

Design of Cooling System for Electronic Devices Using Impinging Jets

P. Lin[1], C. Chang[2], H. Huang[3], and B. Zheng[4]
[1]Mechanical and Aerospace Eng., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ
[2]FTR Systems (Shanghai) Inc., Shanghai, China
[3]PolarOnyx, Inc., San Jose, CA
[4]School of Mechatronics Eng., University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China

The heat sink designs using impinging liquid jets, which form stagnation flows, feature uniform heat transfer coefficients, and provide thin thermal boundary layers, are studied to reduce the heat from GPUs. Three different designs using central, micro, and uniform-cross-section (UCS) central jets are studied and simulated in COMSOL. The efficiency factors, defined as the ratio of total ...

Patch Antenna Model for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

T. Eppes, I. Milanovic, and S. Thiruvengadam
University of Hartford
West Hartford, CT

Patch antennas are widely used in communications links with unmanned aerial vehicles. Their hemispherical send and receive patterns enable the systems to maintain radio frequency contact over a wide range of vehicular attitudes. A microstrip-fed design offers other attractive features including lightweight, inexpensive, and a 3-D structure that can be easily integrated into the fuselage. This ...

Simulation of Field Enhancement in Anisotropic Transition Metamaterials using COMSOL

A. Pandey, and N. Litchinitser
The State University of New York at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

Transition metamaterials constitute a new class of engineered materials which have material properties tailored in such a manner that the refractive index gradually changes from positive to negative. An important question is what happens at the interface of a positive and negative index material. In this work, we design anisotropic transition materials using metal-dielectric layers and study ...

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