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.

High Frequency Magnetohydrodynamic Calculations in COMSOL

N. Kleinknecht, and S. A. Halvorsen
Teknova AS
Kristiansand, Norway

In many metallurgical processes metals are (heated and) stirred by an oscillating external magnetic field. The magnetic field induces electric currents in the metal and the currents interact with the magnetic field to create a force, the Lorentz force. For high frequencies induction only takes place in an electromagnetic boundary layer due to the skin effect and the force is confined within this ...

A Simplified Approach to the Contact in Thermo-mechanical Analysis of Refractory Linings

Y. Kaymak
VDEh Betriebsforschungsinstitut GmbH
Düsseldorf, Germany

The geometrical design and material choice for a refractory lining requires a good understanding of its thermo-mechanical behavior. Design engineers clearly need a tool for fast and efficient computation of thermo-mechanical state of refractory linings under various conditions. However, standard simulation models and their solutions suffer as the linings are composed of many refractory blocks in ...

Numerical Experiments for Thermally-induced Bending of Nematic Elastomers with Hybrid Alignment

L. Teresi[1], and A. DeSimone[2]
[1]LaMS - Modeling & Simulation Lab, University Roma Tre, Roma, Italy
[2]SISSA - International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy

We deal with Liquid Crystal Elastomers (LCEs) having hybrid alignment (HNEs), that is, fabricated with a given non-homogeneous nematic orientation. For such a materials, permanent distortions induced by deswelling can be compensated by those resulting from cooling below the transition temperature, thus yielding the possibility of producing temperature-driven actuators. Here, we simulate the ...

Hybrid FEM-BEM Approach for Two- and Three-Dimensional Open Boundary Magnetostatic Problems

A. Weddemann[1], D. Kappe[2], and A. Hütten[2]
[1]Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA, USA
[2]Department of Physics, Thin Films and Physics of Nanostructures, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

In principal, the calculation of the magnetic state inside a magnetic object requires the evaluation of the field in the entire unbounded space. With finite element methods restricted to finite domains, commonly auxiliary domains are employed which result in a non-physical cut-off. Not only that these additional domains result in an increased number of degrees of freedom which are strictly ...

Comparison of Computational Methods for the Estimation of the Dielectrophoretic Force Acting on Biological Cells and Aggregates in Silicon Lab-on-chip

S. Burgarella[1], F. Maggioni[2], and G. Naldi[2]
[1]STMicroelectronics, Agrate Brianza, Milan, Italy
[2]Department of Mathematics, University of Milan, Milan, Italy

Dielectrophoresis is a method for cell manipulation in miniaturized devices exploiting the dielectric properties of cells and/or cellular aggregates suspended in a fluid and subjected to a high-gradient electric field. The mathematical expression of the force is obtained by a multipole expansion whose terms involve increasing power of the particle\'s radius. Three methods for the expression of ...

Simulating Organogenesis in COMSOL

D. Iber, D. Menshykau, and P. Germann
ETH Zürich
Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering
Basel, Switzerland

Organogenesis is a tightly regulated process that has been studied experimentally for decades. Computational models can help to integrate available knowledge and to better understand the underlying regulatory logic. We are currently studying mechanistic models for the development of limbs, lungs, kidneys, and bone. We have tested a number of alternative methods to solve our spatio-temporal ...

Optimization of a Multiphysic Device – A Comparison of a Finite-Element- and a Equation-based Simulation

M. Jungwirth, and B. Hansbauer
University of Applied Sciences
Wels, Austria

To avoid overheating and malfunction of an electrical system it is necessary to optimize the power-loss of each component. The power dissipation mostly depends on multiple physical effects and therefore optimization is not an easy task. In this paper we focus on the reduction of complexity employing a equation-based simulation and compare it with a Finite-Element (FE) simulation in the ...

Lamb Waves and Dispersion Curves in Plates and It’s Applications in NDE Experiences Using Comsol Multiphysics

P. Gómez, J. P. Fernandez, and P. D. García
Hydro-Geophysics & NDE Modeling Unit
University of Oviedo
Mieres, Spain

In this paper, a model for numerically obtaining lamb wave modes and dispersion curves in plates is presented. It is shown that COMSOL Multiphysics can be employed to simulate the behavior of guided waves in dispersive plates, which is useful for NDE applications. A two dimensional steel plate (4x0.1 meters) is excited with a space-time impact point source. To model the point source, we use ...

Optimization of the Design of a GEM Tracker Based on Gas Flow Simulations with COMSOL

V. De Smet[1], V. Bellini[2], E. Cisbani[3], F. Noto[2], F. Mammoliti[2], C. M. Sutera[4], and M. Mangiameli[4]
[1]Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia, Università di Catania, Catania, Italy; Haute Ecole Paul-Henri Spaak, ISIB, Bruxelles, Belgium
[2]Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia, Università di Catania, Catania, Italy; INFN – Sezione di Catania, Catania, Italy
[3]INFN – Sezione di Roma - Sanità Group, Roma, Italy; Italian National Institute of Health, Roma, Italy
[4]INFN - Sezione di Catania, Catania, Italy

A Computational Fluid Dynamics study has been performed for a Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM) detector of high energy charged particles, currently under development as part of a new tracker of the high luminosity spectrometers in Hall A at Jefferson Lab. By gradual modifications of the geometry simulated in COMSOL, the design of the frame separating two GEM foils has been optimized with the aim ...

Design Optimization of an Electronic Component with an Evolutionary Algorithm Using a MATLAB-COMSOL Based Model

E. Pelster, and D. Wenger
Wenger Engineering GmbH
Ulm, Deutschland

Electric construction components exposed to alternating high voltage have to withstand a significant amount of thermal loads and, resulting from the changes in Temperature , structural stresses. In order to achieve minimization of these loads, optimizing the geometry can be a helpful tool in the design process. In this study COMSOL is used to predict thermal and mechanical loads on a high ...

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