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.

Simulation of Gravitational Instability During CO2 Absorption in a NaHCO3/Na2CO3 Solution

C. Wylock[1], A. Rednikov[1], B. Haut[1], P. Colinet[1]
[1]Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Transfers, Interfaces and Processes (TIPs), Brussels, Belgium

This work deals with the modeling and the numerical simulation of the CO2 absorption, coupled with a chemical reaction, in an initially quiescent aqueous solution of sodium carbonate (Na2CO3) and bicarbonate (NaHCO3), inside a Hele-Shaw cell. In our Hele-Shaw cell, the liquid fills partially the gap between two parallel transparent Plexiglas plates. CO2 is forced to flow above the liquid in the ...

Relevance of Hydro-Mechanical-Chemical Processes Involved in the Construction and Operation of Copper Heap Leach Pads

M. Tincopa[1], A. Nardi[2], G. Roman-Ross[2] , J. Molinero[2]
[1]Technic University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain
[2]Amphos 21 Consulting, Barcelona, Spain

Heap leaching in the mining industry had become a sophisticated practice at least 500 years ago. It is a mineral processing technology whereby piles of crushed Run-of–Mine rock are leached with chemical solutions to extract minerals. The goal of this work is to contribute to the understanding of the behavior of a heap leach pad by using coupled Hydro-Mechanical-Chemical simulations. COMSOL ...

Analysis of Mash Tun Flow: Recommendations for Home Brewers

E. Gutierrez-Miravete[1], C. J. Walsh[2]
[1]Rensselaer at Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
[2]General Dynamics-Electric Boat, Groton, CT, USA

The major steps in the beer making process are simple and with some skill, rather good brew can be produced using a common picnic cooler. First, grain (usually barley) is wetted and allowed to partially germinate before dried in a kiln (malting) Next, during mashing in a mash tun reactyor the malted grains are soaked in hot water in to extract the fermentable sugars and then rinsed slowly to ...

Modeling of an LTCC mixer/combustor

Espinoza Vallejos, P.A.1, Furlan, R.2, Sotero-Esteva, J.2, Perez Tolentino, M.2, Wagner Simoes, E.3, Santiago-Aviles, J.J.4
1 Technology Assessment and Transfer, Millersville, MD
2 University of Puerto Rico at Humacao, Humacao, PR
3 Laboratory of Integrated Systems of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
4 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

The high energy density of some fossil fuels makes them attractive to power portable devices through the use of thermoelectric conversion elements. The idea explored here is the fabrication of a ceramic combustor using Low Temperature Co-Fired Ceramics tapes. We would like to optimize through simulations the pre-mixing of the fuel (Hydrogen gas) and oxidizer (Oxygen from Air), and the ...

Computations on the coupled heat and mass transfer during fires in bulk materials, coal deposits and waste dumps

Krause, U., Schmidt, M., Lohrer, C.
Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Division II.2 “Reactive Substances and systems”, Berlin, Germany

In porous combustible matter low-rate oxidation takes place at ambient conditions. In large stockpiles of bulk goods, coal heaps, waste dumps etc. it may occur that the heat released by the oxidation reaction is not fully transmitted to the surroundings but raises the temperature within the deposit. This triggers a positive feed-back loop since the oxidation rate increases with temperature. The ...

Adaptive Control of Simulated Moving Bed Plants Using Comsol’s Simulink Interface

M. Fütterer
Institut für Automatisierungstechnik, Otto-von-Guericke Universität, Magdeburg, Germany

Preparative chromatography is an important separation method where the simulated moving bed (SMB) technology is an increasingly used separation process for binary mixtures. Several chromatographic columns are arranged in a ring where the feedings and drains are changed cyclically to maintain a continuous separation. For this reason, an adaptive controller is proposed to adjust the flow rates ...

Perforation Effect on a Rectangular Metal Hydride Tank for Hydriding and Dehydriding Process

E. Gkanas[1][2], S. Makridis[1][2], E. Kikkinides[1], A. Stubos[2]
[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Western Macedonia, Kozani, Greece
[2]Environmental Laboratory, Institute of Nuclear Technology and Radiation Protection, NCSR 'Demokritos', Agia Paraskevi, Athens, Greece

Hydrogen storage in a metal hydride bed, uses an intermetallic alloy that can absorb efficiently high amounts of hydrogen by chemical bonding resulting to metal hydrides. This alloy is capable of absorbing and desorbing hydrogen while maintaining its own structure. The heat, mass and momentum transfer in a metal-hydride reactor is mathematically described by energy, mass and momentum balance ...

Finite Element Modeling of Vasoreactivity Using COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

J. Parikh[1], A. Kapela[1], N. Tsoukias[1]
[1]Biomedical Engineering Department, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA

Localized calcium events in the endothelial cells (EC) can modulate smooth muscle cell (SMC) calcium (Ca2+) and membrane potential dynamics through release of endothelium derived hyperpolarizing and relaxing factors. Ca2+ levels in the smooth muscle cell (SMC) determine its contractile state.The underlying complex mechanism regulating the SMC Ca2+ levels and ultimately vessel tone remains poorly ...

Analysis and Modelling of a Low NOx “Swirl Burner”

Alecci, M., Cammarata, G., Petrone, G.
Università degli Studi di Catania, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e Meccanica, Catania, Italia

A three dimensional numerical simulation of the fluid dynamics of a swirling gas jet is proposed in this study. In the present paper we discuss a three-dimensional numerical simulation of a turbulent swirling jet entering a combustion reactor. Swirl effect is obtained by introducing the flow through a specific device (swirler) characterized by a series of guided deviatory vanes, able to ...

Design by FEMLAB of a complex 3D solid substrate for study of microbial growth kinetics

Molin, P., Ferret, E., Gervais, P.
Laboratoire GPAB, ENSBANA, Dijon, France

A 3D model for growth of filamentous fungi on solid substrate, based on microscopic observations was developed and tested on macroscopic experimental data. Comparisons with previous models were performed. The specificity of solid substrate growth was taken into account in the model equations. Interest for FEMLAB users is the difficulties we had to define 3D complex structures, like polyhedra.

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