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.

Mathematical Modeling of Direct Borohydride Fuel Cells and its Experimental Validation

A. K. R. Paul[1], K. S. Gandhi[2], and A. K. Shukla[3]
[1] Central Electrochemical Research Institute – Madras Unit, CSIR Complex, Taramani, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
[2] Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore , Karnataka, India
[3] Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore , Karnataka, India

  Direct borohydride fuel cells (DBFCs) use sodium borohydride (NaBH4) as fuel and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) as an oxidant. A mathematical model encompassing mass balance of ionic species in different regions of the DBFC is developed. Both the oxidation of sodium borohydride and reduction of hydrogen peroxide are assumed to obey Tafel kinetics. This is combined with boundary conditions ...

Numerical Modelling of Electrophoresis Applied to Restoration of Archaeological Organic Materials

J. Caire[1], A. Bouh[1], and E. Guilminot[2]
[1]LEPMI, UMR 5631, INPG - CNRS, Saint Martin d’Hères, France
[2]EPCC, Arc'Antique, Nantes, France

Restoration of archaeological materials from oceans is a major activity of Arc’ Antique. Organic materials such as wood, tissues, leathers, papers and ceramics found in sea water are always impregnated with salts. Rinsing such archaeological objects with pure water to extract the salts takes too long, so electrophoresis was used to improve the salt extraction. The objective of this ...

Study of an Alkaline Electrolyzer Powered by Renewable Energy

E. Amores, J. Rodriguez Ruiz, C. Merino Rodríguez, and P. García Escribano
Centro Nacional del Hidrógeno
Puertollano, Spain

The production of hydrogen from renewable energy surplus is seen as a key strategy for energy storage. Centro Nacional del Hidrógeno works actively in this direction by considering a strategic line in order to achieve a sustainable energy future. Alkaline electrolysis is the main industrial way of obtaining hydrogen by electrolysis. However, commercial alkaline electrolyzers are designed for ...

Effect of Channel Width on Fuel Cell Performance Using 3D Modelling

R. Pushpangadan, S. S. Dimble, and S. P. Duttagupta
IIT Bombay
Maharasthra, India

A three Dimensional model of the PEM Fuel cell is implemented using COMSOL Multiphysics and the channel width is varied to study the performance.Effect of channel width on the performance of the cell is studied by varying the width of the channel and keeping channel width to rib ratio constant at 1. Rib width is the width of the GDL area which is not covered by the channel. All other parameters ...

Optimisation of the Electrochemical Instrumentation of a Wear Simulator through Finite Element Modelling

Déforge, D.1, 2, Ponthiaux, P.2, Wenger, F.2, Lina, A.1, Ambard, A.1
1 Electricité de France (EDF) R&D, Chemistry and corrosion group, Les Renardières, Moret sur Loing cedex, France
2 Laboratory LGPM, Ecole Centrale Paris, Chatenay-Malabry cedex, France

Stainless steels are often used in nuclear power plants due to their good corrosion resistance. This good behaviour is due to an oxide film which forms on their surface and insulates them from the corrosive media. Sometimes, flow-induced vibrations can however lead to some contacts between the components, and thus to the degradation of this oxide film. The mechanical removal leads to an increase ...

Finite Element Analysis of an Enzymatic Biofuel Cell: The Orientations of a chip inside a blood artery

C. Wang[1], Y. Parikh[1], Y. Song[1], and J. Yang[1]
[1]Mechanical & Materials Science Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA

Output performance of an implantable enzymatic biofuel cell (EBFC) with three- dimensional highly dense micro-electrode arrays has been simulated with a finite element analysis approach. The purpose of this research is to optimize the orientation of this EBFC chip inside a blood artery such that the mass transport of glucose around all the micro-electrodes can be improved and hence output ...

Current Density Simulations in the Electrodeposition from Ionic Liquids: Effects of the Conductivity

I. Perissi[1], C. Borri[1], S. Caporali[1], and A. Lavacchi[1]
[1]Department of Chemistry, University of Firenze, Sesto Fiorentino, FI, Italy

The overall goal of this work is the use of COMSOL Multiphysics® in the modeling of the current density distributions for the electrodeposition of aluminum coatings from ionic liquids. The local current distribution is strongly dependant on the conductivity and on the geometry of the galvanic cell and can only be computed by the numerical solution of the partial differential equations ...

Steady-state simulation of mono-valent ion distributions within a nanofluidic channel

W. Booth[1], J. Schiffbauer[1], J. Fernandez[2], K. Kelley[3], A. Timperman[3], and B. Edwards[1]

[1]Physics Department, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA
[2]Chemical Engineering Department, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA
[3]Chemistry Department, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA

The steady-state non-equilibrium distributions of two species of mono-valent ions around a charged nanofluidic channel have been examined. Large reservoirs were placed on either side of the nanoscale channel to simulate bulk concentration of ions in a fluid. Results from COMSOL Multiphysics simulations show that the effect of the potential bias across the nanochannel yields a significant ...

Diffusion-controlled Redox Cycling at Nanoscale Interdigitated Electrodes

Yang, X.1, Zhang, G.1, 2, 3
1 Micro/Nano Bioengineering Laboratory, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
2 Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center
3 Faculty of Engineering, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA

Diffusion controlled redox cycling behavior at nanoscale interdigitated electrodes (IDEs) was simulated using FEMLAB. Cyclic voltammograms were obtained for IDEs with various sizes and spacing, and current collection efficiency and cycling number were calculated. We found that as the size of the IDEs decreased, the shape of the voltammogram changed from a peak-shaped curve to a sigmoidal ...

Numerical Study of Microfluidic Fuel Cell Performance

A. E. Khabbazi[1], A.J. Richards[1], and M. Hoorfar[1]
[1]School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC Canada, Canada

Using COMSOL Multiphysics 3.5, a numerical model has been developed to determine the effect of the channel geometry and electrode configuration on cell performance based on polarization curves. The Butler-Volmer equation was implemented to determine the reaction rates at the electrodes. The Conductive Media DC module is used to model the electric fields within the fuel cell.

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