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.

Modelling of Thermally Induced Electrical Instabilities in Intestine using COMSOL Multiphysics®

A. Gizzi[1][3], C. Cherubini[1][2], S. Migliori[1][3], and S. Filippi[1][2]
[1]Nonlinear Physics and Mathematical Modeling Lab, Engineering Faculty, University Campus Bio-Medico, Roma, Italy
[2]International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics, University of Rome La Sapienza, Roma, Italy
[3]Alberto Sordi Foundation, Research Institute on Aging, Roma, Italy

Postoperative or paralytic Ileus (PI) is a temporary aftermath of major abdominal surgeries. PI prevents the passage of food throughout the lumen leading to bloating, distension, emesis and pain. A plausible mathematical model for this phenomenology physiologically fine tuned including thermal variations, is presented here. Using COMSOL Multiphysics the existing intestinal ionic model have been ...

Numerical Validation of the Efficiency of Dual-Frequency Radiofrequency Ablation

A. Candeo[1] and F. Dughiero[1]
[1]Department Electrical Engineering, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) represents a valid alternative for treating liver metastases in medically complicated patients. Conventional devices currently operate at 500 kHz, due to good conducting properties of tissues. However, the use of lower frequencies (i.e. 20 kHz) has been recently reported to enhance the treatment effectiveness, due to a more pronounced difference in electrical ...

Passive and Active Deformation Processes of 3D Fibre-Reinforced Caricatures of Cardiovascular Tissues

A. Di Carlo[1], P. Nardinocchi[2], T. Svaton[3], and L. Teresi[1]

[1]Modelling and Simulation Lab, Università Roma Tre, Roma, Italy
[2]Dept. of Structural & Geotechnical Engineering, Università di Roma La Sapienza, Roma, Italy
[3]Dept. of Mathematics, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic

In this paper, we present a mathematical model of contractile elastic solids meant to simulate various districts of the cardiovascular system, and based on the concepts of active deformation and embedded muscle fibres. Specifically, here we deal with the modeling of the gross mechanics of the Left Ventricle (LV) which is strictly related to its pump function. As is well known, the effectiveness ...

Modeling of Nerve Stimulation Thresholds and Their Dependence on Electrical Impedance with COMSOL

P. Krastev[1], and B. Tracey[1]
[1]Neurometrix, Inc., Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

Nerve localization is important for applications in regional anesthesia. Localization is achieved by stimulating the nerve with an electric field produced by a current from a needle inserted into the body of the patient, close to the target nerve.  Modeling of the electric field in close proximity to the nerve may help to explain observed variations in threshold currents and can help to ...

Numerical Methods used in Biomedical Technology

Klaus Liefeith
Institut für Bioprozess- und Analysemesstechnik e.V.

Breakthroughs in biomedicine and IT have provided a wealth (mountain) of data where the key post-genomic challenge is to transform this data into information that can be used to determine biomaterial function. Biomaterial functions arise from complex nonlinear interactions between biological processes occurring over multiple spatial and temporal scales Gaining an understanding of these ...

Hemodynamic Therapy of Middle Cerebral Artery Vasospasm Guided by a Multiphase Model of Oxygen Transport

S. Conrad[1,2], P. Chittiboina[3], and B. Guthikonda[3]

[1]Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, USA
[2]Department of Biomedical Engineering, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA, USA
[3]Department of Neurosurgery, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, USA

Cerebral vasospasm is a complication of subarachnoid hemorrhage and other neurosurgical emergencies that reduce blood flow to the brain. Part of the approach to management of vasospasm is to improve flow through the stenotic areas by reducing by decreasing blood viscosity and enhancing flow through the stenosis. To examine the interaction of these factors, we applied computational fluid dynamics ...

Temperature Excursions at the Pulp-Dentin Junction during the Curing of Light-Activated Dental Restorations

M. Jakubinek[1,2], C. Neill[1], C. Felix[3], R. Price[2,3], M. White[1,2]

[1]Departments of Chemistry and Physics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
[2]Institute for Research in Materials, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
[3]Department of Dental Clinical Sciences, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

Heat produced during the curing of light-activated dental restorations could damage the dental pulp. Given the prevalence of composite restorations and the importance of avoiding injury to the pulp, efforts should be made to minimize the temperature increase that occurs at the pulp-dentin junction during light-curing. In this investigation we develop and evaluate a COMSOL Multiphysics FEM tooth ...

From customer requirement to product requirement with COMSOL

A.B. Nilsson
BD Medical - Medical Surgical Systems, Helsingborg, Sweden

Anders B Nilsson graduated M. Sc. in engineering physics from Lund University in Sweden. He has been working in the R&D department at BD Medical as principal engineer and project leader since 2005. He uses COMSOL for a wide range of functions, such as early concept development and qualification of products.

Numerical Homogenization in Multi-scale Models of Musculoskeletal Mineralized Tissues

A. Gerisch[1], S. Tiburtius[1], Q. Grimal[2], and K. Raum[3]
[1]Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
[2]Laboratoire d’Imagerie Paramétrique, UPMC, Paris, France
[3]Julius Wolff Institut & Berlin-Brandenburg School for Regenerative Therapies, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Musculoskeletal mineralized tissues (MMTs), e.g. bone, are hierarchical composite materials. Their effective elastic properties at different scales are of interest for computational studies of the MMT’s response to mechanical loading but also to realistically simulate implant osseointegration. We combine multi-scale and multi-modal experimental techniques with mathematical modelling of MMTs ...

Three-Dimensional Finite Element Modeling of Current Density in Maternal Transthoracic Defibrillation

A. Jeremic[1], J. Potts[2], E. Khosrowshahli[1]
[1]McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
[2]McMaster University Hospital, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Although the cardiac arrest in pregnancy is a rare event it can have significant impact in terms of age of mother, mortality of unborn children and consequently long-term effect. One of the commonly used procedures in resuscitation is defibrillation. With recent advances in understanding pathophysiologies in pregnant women it became more obvious that previous studies should be extended to ...

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