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.

Search for a Suitable Numerical Model for Electrical Stimulation: from the Electric Double Layer to Electrokinetics, Confrontation with Impedance Measurements

P. Pham, R. Scapolan, C. Rubeck, and F. Dupont
CEA-LETI-MINATEC, Grenoble, France

Electrical Stimulation is widely used today for Deep Brain Stimulation treatments and retinal prostheses. The Electrical Double Layer formed at the interface between the electrode surface and the extracellular medium is considered thru the linear Helmholtz model and the nonlinear more realistic modified Poisson Boltzmann model. These different models, solved using COMSOL Multiphysics, are ...

Numerical Simulation of Magnetic Drug Targeting with Flow – Structural Interaction in an Arterial Branching Region of Interest

A. Morega, A. Dobre, and M. Morega
University Politehnica of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

We report a numerical study on the blood – magnetic carrier aggregate flow in an external magnetic field, for applications such as magnetic drug targeting. The arterial system morphology is complex and patient-related therefore more realistic numerical simulations request medical image-based reconstruction to generate computational domains. Simpleware package is used to generate the ...

An Elastic and Hyperelastic Material Model of Joint Cartilage - Calculation of the Pressure Dependent Modulus of Elasticity by Comparison with Experiments and Simulations

T. Reuter, and M. Hoffmann
fzmb GmbH
Research Centre of Medical Technology and Biotechnology
Bad Langensalza, Germany

In this paper we introduce a elastic and hyperelastic model to describe the biomechanics of joint cartilage. As biomechanical property we calculated the pressure dependent E-modulus E = f(s) to describe the dependence of the biomechanical properties on pressure. The calculation based on the comparison and the iterative approach of the force-way-functions between the experiments and ...

Design of Microneedle Array for Biomedicine

N. Mane[1], A. Gaikwad[1]
[1]Department of Instrumentation, Cummins College of Engineering, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Micro electro-mechanical system (MEMS) is rapidly growing area of interest for a broad spectrum of applications. One particularly fast-growing area is biomedical applications for micromaching technologies. One application of interest to the biomedical industry is the development of microneedles. MEMS technology brings new means for biomedicine field. Patch-based transdermal drug delivery offers ...

Biosimulation of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

K. Shahim[1], J-M. Drezet[1], J-F. Molinari[2], S. Momjian[3], and R. Sinkus[4]

[1]LSMX, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
[2]LSMS, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
[3]University Hospitals of Geneva and University of Geneva, Switzerland
[4]Waves and Acoustics Laboratory, ESPCI, Paris, France

A numerical finite element model of one human brain is built in COMSOL in order to study a particular form of hydrocephalus, the so called Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH). The geometry of the ventricles and the skull is obtained by Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and imported in COMSOL Multiphysics. Form the mechanical point of view, the brain parenchyma is modeled as a porous medium fully ...

Simulation of Transport of Lipophilic Compounds in Complex Cell Geometry

Q.A. Chaudhry[1], M. Hanke[1], and R. Morgenstern[2]
[1]School of Computer Science and Communication, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
[2]Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

The mathematical modeling of the diffusion and reaction of toxic compounds in mammalian cells is tough task due to their very complex geometry. The heterogeneity of the cell, particularly the cytoplasm, and the variation of the cellular architecture, greatly affects the behavior of these toxic compounds. Homogenization techniques have been implemented for the numerical treatment of the model. ...

Image-Based Simulation of Electrical Impedance Techniques Applied on the Human Thorax for Cardio-Pulmonary Applications

F.K. Hermans[1], R.M. Heethaar[1], R.T. Cotton[2], and A. Harkara[2]


[1]VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
[2]Simpleware Ltd., Exeter, United Kingdom

For medical diagnostic purposes there is an increasing need for non- (or minimal) invasive techniques to measure all kinds of parameters that can provide insight in the functioning of cells, organs or organ systems. Currently, Impedance Cardiography (ICG) is used for measurements of the heart and Electric Impedance Tomography (EIT) is used for investigating lung tissue condition. This paper ...

Contact and No-Compression Analysis of a Human Spine Segment: Theory, Method and Parametric Investigation

P. Nédli1, G. E. Stavroulakis2, and M. Kurutz1
1 Department of Structural Mechanics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary
2 Institute of Computational Mechanics and Optimization, Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece

Various two-dimensional models of lumbar spine segments, that is, lumbar functional spinal units (FSU) have been developed and studied here. FSU is the smallest part of the spine that has all the important features that the whole spine has. It consists of two adjacent vertebrae with the intervertebral disc between them and the surrounding ligaments.Since the spine segment has a symmetrical ...

Assessment of Hemodynamic Conditions in a-v Fistulas using CFD

A. K. Niemann1,5, S. A. Kock1, J. V. Nygaard2, E-T. Fründ3, S. E. Petersen4, and J. M. Hasenkam5
1 MR-center, Aarhus University Hospital Skejby, Aarhus, Denmark
2Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, Faculty of Science, University of Aarhus, Skejby, Denmark
3Dept. of Radiology, Aarhus University Hospital, "Aalborg Sygehus Syd", Aalborg, Denmark
4Dept. of Urology, Aarhus University Hospital Skejby, Aarhus, Denmark
5Dept. of Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, and Clinical Institute, Aarhus University Hospital Skejby, Aarhus, Denmark

Using Computational Fluid Dynamics, different geometries of side-to-side a-v fistulas for hemodialysis access are evaluated. We created five CAD-models of fistulas with the length of the anastomosis varying from 5 to 15 mm. The five models were analyzed and evaluated using the k-ε turbulence application mode in COMSOL Multiphysics to determine if an optimal length of anastomosis exists. ...

On the Simulation of the Metabolism in Mammalian Cells using Homogenization Methods

M. Hanke, and M. Cabauatan-Villanueva
School of Computer Science and Communication, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

The simulation of the metabolism in mammalian cells becomes a severe problem if spatial distributions must be taken into account. Especially the cytoplasma has a very complex geometric structure which cannot be handled by standard discretization techniques. In the present paper we propose a homogenization technique for computing effective diffusion constants. This is accomplished by using a ...

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