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.

Finite Element Model of a Magnet Driven Reed Switch

B. LaBarge[1], and E. Gutierrez-Miravete[2]

[1]Gems Sensors and Controls, Plainville, CT, USA
[2]Rensselaer at Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA

A simple proximity sensing circuit is made using magnets actuating reed switches; these switches are wired into a larger circuit that performs auxiliary functions. The success or failure of such systems is a function of their position. A simulation using COMSOL Multiphysics is conducted to study the position of a reed switch relative to a magnet when the switch opens and closes. Ability to ...

Finite Element Analysis of Multilayer Transmission Lines for High-Speed Digital Interconnects

S.M. Musa, and M.N.O. Sadiku
Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX, USA

In this paper, we consider the finite element modeling of multilayer transmission lines for high-speed digital interconnects. Using COMSOL we mainly focused on the modeling of the transmission structures with both cases of symmetric and asymmetric geometries. We specifically designed asymmetric coupled microstrips and four-line symmetric coupled microstrips with a two-layer substrate. We ...

Using COMSOL Multiphysics for Designing a Hybrid Electromagnetic Launcher

R. Kroczek, and J. Domin
Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland

This paper describes consecutive stages of design and construction of electromagnetic gun manufactured at the Silesian University of Technology. It gives insight into current knowledge about such a launcher. The computer model was elaborated in COMSOL Multiphysics version 3.5. The numerical analysis was carried out a 3-dimensional space. The physical model was build up and comparison of the ...

Assessing COMSOL Performances on Typical Problems Faced by Turbo-Generator Manufacturers

E.A. Badea[1], J. Oesterheld[1], S. Friedel[2], M. Olsson[3]
[1]Alstom Schweiz, Birr, Switzerland
[2]COMSOL, Zürich, Switzerland
[3]COMSOL, Stockholm, Sweden

Multiphysics processes manifest in turbo-generators due to the leakage electromagnetic field of the stator and rotor end winding and its associated effects at machine frontal end. Such processes are a compilation of coupled phenomena having different electromagnetic, thermal, fluid flow and mechanical backgrounds. Electric current circulation through the metallic frames used for stator core ...

COMSOL Aided Design of an Extraction Pipe for the Electron Beam from a Plasma Focus Device

M. Valentinuzzi[1], E. Ceccolini[1], D. Mostacci[1], M. Sumini[1], F. Rocchi[2]
[1]Montecuccolino Nuclear Engineering Laboratory, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
[2]UTFISSM-PRONOC, ENEA, Bologna, Italy

The electron beam emitted backward by Plasma Focus devices is being investigated as a radiation source for IORT (Intra-Operative Radiation Therapy) applications. A Plasma Focus device is being developed to this aim. The electron beam is driven through an electron pipe made of stainless steel to impinge on a 50 ?m brass foil, where conversion X-rays are generated. Electromagnetic forces in the ...

Easy Evaluation of Streamer Discharge Criteria

G. Eriksson[1]
[1]ABB, Corporate Research, Västerås, Sweden

An easily implemented method is devised, where analytical criteria for the occurrence of streamer discharges in strong electric fields are evaluated. This is highly useful when designing high voltage power transmission systems and components where the insulation is provided by a gas, e.g. air or SF6.

Numerical Simulation of pH-sensitive Hydrogel Response in Different Conditions

M.K. Ghantasala[1], B.O. Asimba[1], A. Khaminwa[1], K.J. Suthar[2], D.C. Mancini[3]
[1]Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, USA
[2]Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, USA
[3]Physical Sciences and Engineering, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, USA

The understanding of pH-sensitive hydrogel swelling response in different buffer environmental condition is essential for its use in different practical applications. This necessitates its simulation in steady state and transient conditions. This paper mainly deals with the details of the numerical simulation performed by developing coupled formulation of chemo-electro-mechanical behavior of the ...

Calibration of MHD Flow Meter using COMSOL Multiphysics

S. Sahu[1], R. P .Bhattachryay[1], E. R. Kumar[1]
[1]Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.

There is limited option for non-intrusive flow measurement of liquid metals at high temperature. Liquid metal flowing in a conduit along with the transverse magnetic field induces emf in the liquid metal. The emf developed; which has linear dependency on flow velocity; can be used for flow velocity estimation. In case of conducting conduit the emf can be measured at the conduit wall. The main ...

Numerical Simulation versus Experiments and Analytical Computation for Design Optimization

Mario Jungwirth
Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences
Wels, Austria

This presentation deals with how COMSOL Multiphysics can be used in education. The presentation is performed by demonstrating various multiphysics examples, their setup, modeling approach, and solution. ------------------------------------------- Keynote speaker's biography: Dr. Mario Jungwirth has been a professor at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences since 2003. In 2001, he ...

Multiphysics Analysis for the Electromagnetic Vibration Absorber

K. Liu, and Y. He
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada

This paper reports a multiphysics analysis for a newly developed electromagnetic vibration absorber (EMVA). The EMVA uses an electromagnet, permanent magnet, and aluminum beam to form a variable spring. By changing the current of the electromagnet, the stiffness of the EMVA can be adjusted instantaneously. Such a device belongs to the family of tunable vibration absorbers. The tunable vibration ...

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