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.

Simulation and Verification of a Capacitive Proximity Sensor

T. Schlegl, and H. Zangl
Graz University of Technology
Graz, Austria

State of the art proximity sensors are most often based on optical or tactile methods. Although these sensor systems are widely used (e.g. clamping protection) the reveal several drawbacks. Most optical sensors need a line of side whereas tactile sensors cannot be used to determine a distance to an approaching object. Capacitive sensing technology has proven to be an interesting alternative to ...

Study on the Holding Characterestics of a Magnetic Gripper

R. Wadhwa[1], G. Monkman[2], and T. Lien[1]
[1]NTNU Valgrinda, Inst. for produksjons- og kvalitetstek., Trondheim, Norway
[2]FH Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany

Magnetic grippers are commonly used for workholding in handling and assembly of ferrous metalcasted parts. The workholding force produced by the magnetic gripper is strongly influenced by the texture and form of the workpiece in contact with its surface. This work explores the optimal design of an electromagnet to handle parts of varying profile radii by increasing the magnetic field gradient ...

A Modeling Study of Electrical Characteristics of Anisotropic Conductive Film Adhesives

R. Divigalpitiya
3M Canada Company, London, ON, Canada

Finite element analysis provides new insights into the electrical behavior of conducting adhesives. We show that at a contact between a spherical conducting particle and a flat conducting substrate the current distribution is non-uniform: the current is concentrated at the periphery of the contact. In practice, the current concentration has important implications. We further shed light on what ...

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 Ion Motion in a Miniaturized Ion Mobility Spectrometer

S. Barth, and S. Zimmermann
Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, Lübeck, Germany

Ion mobility spectrometry provides fast detection of very low concentrations of chemical substances. Simple instrumentation combined with high sensitivity and high selectivity are the advantages of this technique. One well established field of application is the detection of hazardous compounds in air, such as chemical warfare agents, explosives and pollutants. A numerical model based on finite ...

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 ...

Optimizing Transducer Configuration of Capacitive Sensors for Agricultural Applications

N. Stroia[1], D. Moga[1], G. Mocanu[1], Z. Barabas[1], R. Moga [2]
[1]Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

This work aims to determine optimized configuration using COMSOL Multiphysics® for a class of transducers. Two types of capacitive sensors needed for monitoring and control in agriculture are investigated: a rain sensor and a soil humidity sensor. COMSOL Multiphysics® is used to test various configurations for both transducers, like the number of teeth in the comb, the depth of the teeth, the ...

Quasi-static Analysis of Shielded Microstrip Lines

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

Microstrip lines are the most commonly used transmission lines at high frequencies. In this paper, we will illustrate how to model the capacitance of microstrip lines using COMSOL Multiphysics. The goal is to determine the capacitance per unit length of shielded microstrip lines.

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 ...

Numerical Calculation of the Dynamic Behavior of Asynchronous Motors with COMSOL Multiphysics

J. Güdelhöfer[1], R. Gottkehaskamp[1], A. Hartmann[1]
[1]Department of Electrical Machines and Electromagnetic Field Theory, University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

This paper shows how a time-dependent and non-linear simulation of the dynamic operation behavior of an induction machine is executed by means of the \"Rotating Machinery\" interface from COMSOL Multiphysics 4.2a. The two-dimensional FEM model is connected to electrical circuits by coupling the physics \"Rotating Machinery\" and \"Electrical Circuit\" interfaces. These circuits include the lumped ...

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