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.

Towards the Modeling of Microgalvanic Corrosion in Aluminum Alloys: the Choice of Boundary Conditions

N. Murer[1], N. Missert[2], and R. Bucchheit[1]

[1]Fontana Corrosion Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA
[2]Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, USA

Aluminum alloys in near-neutral, mildly aggressive solutions, undergo damage accumulation during corrosion, mostly due to the presence of micrometer-sized constituent intermetallic particles (IMP) that create a microstructural discontinuity at which localized corrosion occurs. The Nernst-Planck equation with electroneutrality is used to simulate current and pH distributions resulting from ...

Sequential Simulation in COMSOL using Differential Equations to Perform Digital Switching

L. Lam, and R. Darling
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Many physical systems contain sequential modes of operation. The sequence is one-way and switching between modes is dependent upon specific internal parameters of the system itself. While COMSOL provides the flexibility to perform time-domain simulation and time-based modifications of boundary conditions, simulating sequential systems based upon internal physical variables in COMSOL can be a ...

Study of the Metastable Pitting of Stainless Steels by Computer Simulations

Malki, B., Baroux, B.
LTPCM/INPG Grenoble, France

Modelling of pit chemistry in applied polarization mode is carried out using finite element method techniques (FEM). The results lead to the formulation of critical conditions for pit stabilization in terms of pit geometry and applied potential. More detailed computing is performed to compare the stability behaviour of both ferritic AISI 430 and austenitic AISI 304 stainless steels. The ...

An Agglomerate Model for the Rationalisation of MCFC Cathode Degradation

B. Bozzini[1], S. Maci[1], I. Sgura[2], R. Lo Presti[3], and E. Simonetti[3]
[1]Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Innovazione, Università del Salento, Lecce, Italy
[2]Dipartimento di Matematica, Università del Salento, Lecce, Italy
[3]ENEA Casaccia, Dipartimento TER, Centro Ricerche Casaccia, S. Maria di Galeria, Roma, Italy

This paper describes the numerical modeling of a key material-stability issue within the realm of Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells (MCFC). The model describes the morphological and attending electrocatalytic evolution of porous NiO electrodes and is apt to predict electrochemical observables that can be recorded during Fuel Cell operation. The model has been validated with original experimental data ...

Modellierung von Dünnschichtzellen Thin Layer Flow Cell Modelling

E. Holzbecher[1], J. Fuhrmann[1], R. Halseid[2], and R.J. Behm[2]
[1] WIAS, Numerische Analysis, Berlin
[2] Universität Ulm, Ulm

Two designs for thin layer flow cells were set up at University of Ulm, Germany, in order to identify parameters describing the kinetics of methanol-oxydation – reactions, to be utilized in fuel cells. Computer models for two designs were constructed using COMSOL Multiphysics. Results from the numerical simulations were used to evaluate the different flow cell designs. The aim to ...

A Model for Tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

C. Ciano
Politecnico di Torino

In this paper, a model of a tubular fuel cell is proposed and includes thermo-fluid dynamics, chemical reactions and electrochemistry. The main results presented are the temperature distribution, the concentration of species and the polarization curves.

Heat Pipe Assisted Thermal Management of an HT PEMFC Stack

E. Firat[1], G. Bandlamudi[1], M. Crisogianni[1], P. Beckhaus[1], A. Heinzel[1]
[1]Centre for Fuel Cell Technology (ZBT), Duisburg,NRW, Germany

Heat management is crucial for the satisfactory operation of HT-PEM (High temperature polymer-electrolyte-membrane) fuel cells. Current work investigates the use of heat pipes in a HT PEMFC stack consisting of 24 cells, each with an active area of 300 cm^2. Heat pipes are known to be thermal superconductors operating on the principles of high convective heat transfer and phase transition. ...

Electrochemical Pickling of Steel for Industrial Applications: Modeling

M. Freda[1], A. Giannetti[1], L. Lattanzi[1], S. Luperi[1]
[1]Centro Sviluppo Materiali, Rome, Italy

The electrochemical pickling of steel has two main purposes: 1) To remove thermal oxide; 2) To dissolve chromium-depleted layer, to reinstate the corrosion-resistant properties of the stainless steel; A reliable, flexible and robust 3D model has been made for simulating the steel electrochemical pickling. This process is modeled as a multiphysics system for the current control. The model ...

Modeling of Next Generation Energy Systems by Using COMSOL: Fuel Cell, High Power Lithium Ion Battery, and Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell

Jake Kim
Samsung SDI CAE Team

In this presentation we present methods for modeling alternative energy sources such as Fuel Cells and Solar Cells. The presentation also considers aspects of the modern world and what impact the high consuming of energy sources will have on tomorrow's society. This presentation is written in Korean. --------------------------------- Keynote speaker's biography: Jake Kim received ...

COMSOL Multiphysics and the Fuel Cell

J.J. Hwang
National University of Tainan

This presentation considers multiphysics modeling of Fuel Cells. The presentation introduces the fundamentals of Fuel Cells, the need for computer aided modeling of them, different difficulties and hindrances one encounters when modeling Fuel Cells, and methods to overcome these difficulties when modeling them. A good understanding and thorough discussion on different types of Fuel Cells ...

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