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.

Human Torso Model for Heat Transfer Analysis

X. Xu[1], T. Patel[1], R.W. Hoyt[1]
[1]U.S. Army Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick, MA, USA

A human torso model was created for heat transfer analysis. The torso was derived from the ‘Virtual Family’ whole-body voxel data from the ITIS Foundation (Zurich, Switzerland). Measurements were taken from the ITIS male along the axial plane at key anatomical landmarks and used to develop geometry in Solidworks. Individual components were created to represent the skin, fat, muscle, and bone ...

Bayesian Estimation of Tumors in Breasts Using Microwave Imaging

A. Jeremic[1], E. Khosrowshahli[1]
[1]McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Although mammography is extremely important diagnostic technique, it suffers from some limitations such as false negative and positive results, using ionizing radiation and patient’s discomfort. Microwave imaging has been recently proposed as an additional medical imaging technique which can potentially overcome some of the shortcomings of the mammography. We believe that the accuracy of ...

Finite Element Analysis of Induced Electroosmotic Flow in Brain Tissue and Application to ex vivo Determination of Enzyme Activity

Y. Ou[1], A. Rupert[1], M. Sandberg[2], S. Weber[1]
[1]University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
[2]University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

Ectopeptidases are commonly accepted to be a means of clearing active peptides. However, studies have shown that they can also regulate peptide activity. We have developed a technique of electrokinetic push-pull perfusion (Ek-PPP, Figure 1) to examine this largely unexplored mechanism of modulation of peptide function. We push the neuropeptide galanin through organotypic hippocampal slice ...

Modeling the Behavior of Phased Arrays in Brain Tissue: Application to Deep Brain Stimulation

V. Valente[1], A. Demosthenous[1], and R. Bayford[2]

[1]Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, University College London, London, United Kingdom
[2]Department of Natural Sciences, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a therapeutic tool used for a number of neurological disorders including chronic pain, incontinence and movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease. DBS consists of the low-frequency stimulation of an area of the brain, known as basal ganglia. The stimulation is provided by clinical implant, consisting of a pulse generator and an electrode lead ...

Designing Polymer Thick Film Intracranial Electrodes for use in Intra-Operative MRI Setting.

G. Bonmassar[1], and A. Golby[2]
[1]AA. Martinos Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA
[2]Department of Neurosurgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

A new type of MRI compatible intracranial electrode based on Polymer Thick Film (PTF) is presented and studied using COMSOL Multiphysics. The geometry considered was a two-dimensional cross section cut of 5 mm thick electrodes with 5 cm leads on top of a 2×10 cm slab representing Gelfilm, or the substrate. The resistive leads were compared with metallic leads to estimate the ...

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 ...

Prediction of Time of Death Using a Heat Transport Model

J.L. Smart[1], and M. Kaliszan[2]
[1]University of Kentucky, Paducah, KY, USA
[2]Medical University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland

COMSOL Multiphysics® 4.0 was used to study conductive and convective heat transfer from the human eyeball to the surrounding air. Postmortem temperature decay curves were collected in eyeballs of numerous human corpses. Of course, these curves represent only a portion of the complete temperature decay curve, since the pathologist is able to start collecting temperature data only after some ...

Numerical Investigation of a Time-dependent Magnetic Actuation Technique for Tagging Biomolecules with Magnetic Nanoparticles in a Microfluidic System

A. Munir, J. Wang, Z. Zhu, and H.S. Zhou
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA

The magnetic body forces that act on mono-dispersed magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) tagged biomolecules in a microfluidic system can be efficiently used in various applications that involve separation and detection including DNA and protein analysis, bio-defense, drug delivery, and pharmaceutical development. In this work, we report an FEM model to demonstrate a novel method of tagging biomolecules ...

Model of a Microfluidic Thermal Cycler Activated by Means of Electro-Osmotic Micro-Pumps

E. Bianchi[1][2], M.F. Bello[1], I. Critelli[1], G. Dubini[1]
[1]Politecnico di Milano, LaBS, Laboratory of Biological Structure Mechanics, Milano, Italy
[2]Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Laboratory of Life Sciences Electronics - Swiss Up Chair, Lausanne, Switzerland

A microfluidic thermal cycler for Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) has been modeled. A microliter sample is driven along the microchannel by a flow generated by means of electroosmotic micropumps, activated in sequence. Several multichannel pumps configurations have been separately modeled and the efficiency of each device has been evaluated with regard to the effective flowrate and the back ...

Particle Tracing: Analysis of Airborne Infection Risks in Operating Theatres

P. Apell[1], S. Hjalmarsson[1], T. Lindberg[1], I. Wernström[1], Y. Tarakonov[1], A. Erichsen Andersson[2], M. Karlsteen[1]
[1]Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
[2]Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Department of Anesthesia, Surgery and Intensive Care, Göteborg, Sweden

Patients undergoing surgery are sensitive to infections. The operation staff may spread 10^4 particles per person per minute, of which ten percent are presumed bacteria-carrying. We visualize the influence of the personnel on the air and particle flows for the two most common ventilation systems in Swedish hospitals using Comsol Multiphysics with particle tracing.. The Laminar Air ...

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