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.

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 ...

Dynamic Study of Field and Current Distribution in Multifilamentary YBCO Thin Films

F. Grilli[1], A. Lucarelli[2], G. Lüpke[2], T. Haugan[3], and P. Barnes[3]

[1]Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada
[2]College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA
[3]Air Force Research Laboratory

We have developed a model for computing current and field distributions in multifilamentary superconducting thin films subjected to the simultaneous effects of transport ac current and applied dc field perpendicular to the sample. The model is implemented in COMSOL’s PDE module (general form) and solves Maxwell equations using a highly non-linear resistivity to describe the superconductor ...

Modeling Of A Single Pulse Electric Discharge At Sphere/Flat Interface By Coupling Contact Multiphysics And Phase Transformations

G. Maizza, P. Di Napoli, and R. Cagliero
Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali ed Ingegneria Chimica, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

Contact electro-thermal phenomena are of great theoretical and technological interest to a large number of processing applications, such as spot welding, current-assisted sintering, electrical circuitry (switches) and motors. A model has been developed, aiming at predicting physical and metallurgical phenomena in a steel sample upon rapid heating induced by current pulse discharge. Electric pulse ...

Introduction to COMSOL based Modeling of Levitated Flywheel Rotor

A. Pilat
AGH University of Science and Technology
Krak├│w, Poland

This elaboration presents a pre-study on automatic rotor construction for the flywheel energy storage system dedicated to operate in the levitation mode. The optimization profile model is used as a basic profile source. The 3D flywheel shape is generated on the base of obtained profiles. Eigenfrequencies are calculated to validate the operation on rigid mode. A steel and aluminum based ...

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 ...

Simulation of a Magnetic Induction Method for Determining Passive Electrical Property Changes of Human Trunk Due to Vital Activities

H. Mahdavi[1], J. Rosell Ferrer[1]
[1]Universitat Polit├Ęcnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

The human body consists of many different types of tissues each with specific passive electrical properties. Vital activities lead to a characteristic change of these properties and geometrical changes. Magnetic induction is a non-contact method which can be used to determine these changes. The method is based on the creation of a primary magnetic field that will produce eddy currents in the ...

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 ...

Finite-element Validation of Electric Field Distribution inside a Cylindrical Conductor for an Ideal Two-Probe Impedance Measurement

V.S. Kumar, G. Kelekanjeri, and R.A. Gerhardt
Georgia Institute of Technology

A COMSOL Multiphysics model is used to validate recently derived closed-form analytical expressions for the electric field inside a cylindrical conductor for the case of a two-probe impedance measurement. A two-probe impedance measurement consists of applying an AC signal across a specimen placed in between the source and sink electrodes. Analytical solutions for the axial and the radial ...

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 ...

Induction Heating of Samples in Vacuum Systems

A. Della Savia
SAES Getters Group, Lainate, Italy

Getter materials need to be activated in a vacuum system, where induction heating is one of the fastest processes. In this case, eddy currents generated by high frequency AC in a coil surrounding a bulb heat the materials.The temperature profile inside these items depends on geometry configurations, along with the coupling of the samples and material properties.In this article we analyze the ...

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