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.

Numerical Analysis of Propeller-induced Low-frequency Modulations in Underwater Electric Potential Signatures of Naval Vessels in the Context of Corrosion Protection Systems

D. Schaefer[1], J. Doose[2], A. Rennings[1], and D. Erni[1]
[1]General and Theoretical Electrical Engineering (ATE), Faculty of Engineering, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany
[2]Technical Center for Ships and Naval Weapons (WTD 71), Bundeswehr, Eckernförde, Germany

Since October 2009 the laboratory of ATE has carried out collaborative research with the WTD 71 that aims for prediction, reduction and optimization of so-called underwater electric potential (UEP) signatures. COMSOL is used to simulate potential distributions in the context of impressed current cathodic protection (ICCP) systems. The electrode kinetics is considered by using boundary conditions ...

Direct Pore-scale Modeling of Two-phase Flow Through Natural Media

I. Bogdanov, J. Kpahou, and A. Kamp
Open and Experimental Centre for Heavy Oil (CHLOE)
University of Pau
Pau, France

Direct numerical simulation of single- and two-phase flow in real pore systems is addressed in our paper. The X–ray computed micro-tomography technique has been applied first to reconstruct in details a real pore space of a subcentimetric sample. Making use of dedicated software (ScanIP) the generated porous medium images has been processed to build a 3D pore space geometry. Finally, based ...

Multiphysics Modelling in the Electromagnetic Levitation and Melting of Liquid Metals

A. A. Roy, V. Bojarevics, and K. Pericleous
University of Greenwich
London, UK

The aim of this article is to demonstrate the capability of the software for predicting free-surface motion and internal fluid flow in an electromagnetically levitated sample of liquid metal. Multiphysics solutions which demonstrate the usefulness of Comsol as a powerful MHD simulation tool have been generated to two industrial problems using the ALE moving-mesh module in combination with the ...

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 ...

Design of Electroacoustic Absorbers Using PID Control

H. Lissek, R. Boulandet, and M. Maugard
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Lausanne, Switzerland

An \"electroacoustic absorber\" is a loudspeaker, used as an absorber of sound, which acoustic impedance can be varied by electrical means. This can be achieved either by plugging passive shunt electric networks at the loudspeaker terminals (“shunt loudspeakers”) or by feeding back the loudspeaker with a voltage proportional to acoustic quantities, such as sound pressure and diaphragm normal ...

3D Simulation of Heat and Moisture Diffusion in Constructions

M. Bianchi Janetti, and F. Ochs
University of Innsbruck
Unit Building Physics
Innsbruck, Austria

The simulation of heat and moisture transfer represents an essential resource in designing energy efficient buildings. In this paper a time-dependent wall model, consisting of several homogeneous domains, with third-type boundary conditions imposed on the surfaces, is implemented in the COMSOL Multiphysics environment. Temperature and moisture content is calculated inside the construction for ...

FEM Simulations of Rod-Type Photonic Crystal Slabs as Resonant Microsystems for Optical Gas Sensors

C. Kraeh, and H. Hedler
Siemens AG, Munich
Munich, Germany

We are developing a solid state gas sensor that combines a small form factor with the high sensitivity of optical gas detection. The gas sensor is based on an optical resonant microsystem that is penetrated by gas molecules. This microsystem consists of an array of vertical rods in air forming a photonic crystal. Light propagates through the photonic crystal along a line defect waveguide. For ...

Design and Optimization of a High Performance Ultrasound Imaging Probe Through FEM and KLM Model

L. Spicci, and M. Cati
Esaote SpA
Florence, Italy

The present paper describes the development of a full FEM model for linear array high performance 5MHz ultrasound imaging transducer. As a preliminary design, a mono dimensional electro-acoustical KLM model was realized, then the complete FEM was developed and optimized. The optimized transducer was manufactured, so that agreement between transducer measured performances and simulation results ...

Semismooth Newton Method for Gradient Constrained Minimization Problem

S. Anyyeva, and K. Kunisch
Institute of Mathematics and Scientific Computing
Karl Franzens University
Graz, Austria

We treat a gradient constrained minimization problem which has applications in mechanics and superconductivity. A particular case of this problem is the elastoplastic torsion problem. In order to solve the problem we developed an algorithm in an infinite dimensional space framework using the concept of the generalized Newton derivative. The Desktop environment of COMSOL Multiphysics 4.1 was ...

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 ...

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