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.

Optimization of an Adiabatic Demagnetization Refrigerator’s Superconducting Magnet Shield for the Micro-X High-Resolution Microcalorimeter X-ray Imaging Rocket

E. Figueroa-Feliciano[1], M. Cavolowsky[2], C. Macklin[2], Z. Li[1], A. Sharer[2], and A. Walker[2]
[1] Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
[2] Olin College, Needham, MA

We are working on the design of a sounding rocket payload to perform high-resolution imaging spectroscopy of the Puppis A supernova remnant. This rocket payload uses Transition-Edge-Sensor Microcalorimeters, which are superconducting detectors that obtain very high (2 eV FWHM at 6 keV) imaging spectra. These devices need to be cooled to 50 mK, for which we are designing an adiabatic ...

Introduction to COMSOL based Modeling of Levitated Flywheel Rotor

A. Pilat
AGH University of Science and Technology
Kraków, 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 ...

Magnetic Liquids for Lab-on-a-chip and Rapid Diagnostics Applications

H. Köser
Yale University

In this presentation we outline our recent work on Magnetic Liquids, and the great number of application areas these are used. Ferrofluids are nanometer sized magnetic particles, covered by a surfactant, suspended in a carrier medium compatible with the surfactant material. Ferrofluids are applicable to a great and ever increasing number of application areas, such as: • Liquid Seals and ...

Field-Circuit Coupling Applied to Inductive Fault Current Limiters

D. Lahaye[1], D. Cvoric[2], S. de Haan[2], and J. Ferreira[2]
[1]Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics, Department of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, TU Delft, The Netherlands
[2]Electrical Power Processing Unit Department of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, TU Delft, The Netherlands

Fault Current Limiters (FCLs) are expected to play an important role in the protection of future power systems due to the rising levels of the short-circuit currents. The inductive FCLs, comprising magnetic cores and one or more dc and ac windings, are particularly interesting because they inherently react on the fault. The so-called open-core FCL configuration employs only one magnetic core for ...

Computation of Electrical Parameters for Different Conducting Bodies Using Finite Element Method

S. Musa and M. Sadiku
College of Engineering, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX, USA

Accurate and efficient computation of electrical parameters for different conducting bodies represents an essential part of spacecraft modern integrated circuits. In this paper, we will illustrate modeling of inhomogeneous quasi-TEM shielded rectangular, cylindrical, and triangular transmission lines using COMSOL Multiphysics. Excellent agreement with some results obtained previously is ...

Simulation And Verification Of Thomson Actuator Systems

A. Bissal, G. Engdahl, E. Salinas, and M. Ohrstrom
ABB / KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

The Thomson coil’s (TC) inherent characteristics are appropriate to meet the needs of high speed actuators for mechanical switching devices in so-called smart grids. This is due to the massive forces that it can exert in the time scale of milliseconds. A coupled COMSOL Multiphysics model is developed in 2D involving spice circuits, Magneto-statics, and Moving Mesh Mode for predicting the motion ...

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 ...

Model of an Interdigitated Microsensor to Detect and Quantify Cells Flowing in a Test Chamber

E. Bianchi[1], F. Boschetti[1], G. Dubini[1], and C. Guiducci[2]
[1]Politecnico di Milano, LABS, Laboratory of Biological Structure Mechanics, Structural Engineering Department, MI, Italy
[2]CLSE - Swiss Up Chair -Laboratory of Life Science Electronics, EPFL, Losanna, Swissland

Microfabricated planar interdigitated electrodes can detect and analyze cells or particles giving an impedance-based characterization. This method presents several advantages: real-time detection, label-free analysis, non-invasive sensing, easiness of integration and high-throughput screening. A numerical model of an interdigitated planar micro sensor was realized in order to optimize and ...

On the Simulation of the Lightning Strikes to Complex Grounded Structures

M. Becerra
Royal Institute of Technology
School of Engineering
Electromagnetic Engineering Lab
Stockholm, Sweden

There is a considerable world-wide interest among lightning protection engineers and designers on the improvement of the standard procedures to assess the location of the most vulnerable places on complex structures to be struck by lightning flashes. This paper presents the implementation of the Self-consistent Lightning Interception Model in Matlab by using the COMSOL Multiphysics 3.5 ...

Coupled Electromagnetic - Dynamic FEM Simulation of A High Frequency MEMS Energy Harvester

E. Topal
Middle East Technical University

In this study, a detailed finite element model coupling the motion dynamics and electromagnetics of a diaphragm based MEMS vibration energy harvester is presented. The energy harvester converts low frequency vibrations to high frequency response by magnetic actuation of a diaphragm carrying coils. AC/DC, Solid Mechanics and Moving Mesh (ALE) modules are coupled together in one 3-D model to ...

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