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.

Optimization of Flow Distribution in the Feed Sparger of a Steam Drum

P. Goyal[1], A. Dutta[1], and A. K. Ghosh[1]
[1] Reactor Safety Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Steam drums of a nuclear power plant separate steam from the steam water mixture and sub cooled incoming feed water returns to the reactor. The entire feed water flow is delivered to the steam drum through the feed water sparger. The feed water sparger is provided with number of inverted ‘j’ type lateral tubes to  distribute the feed water in the drum for proper mixing with the separated ...

Thermal Modeling of a Honeycomb Reformer Including Radiative Heat Transfer

J. Schöne[1], A. Körnig[1], W. Beckert[1]
[1]Fraunhofer IKTS, Dresden, Germany

Reformer and catalytic burners are common components in fuel cell systems, crucial for efficient preparation of fuel and exhaust gases of the fuel cell stack. We intend to show the influence of radiation to the temperature distribution inside of a reformer unit. The model consists of an axisymmetric representation of the inlet-zone and a catalytic porous zone. Fluid flow, convective and ...

Simulation of Gravity-Driven Flow Through a Microfluidic Device on a Rocker Platform - new

B. Srinivasan[1], J. Hickman[1], M. Shuler[2]
[1]University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA
[2]Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

A micropump delivers fluid between different components of a microfluidic device in a controlled manner. The elimination of micropump can reduce the design complexity, simplify fabrication, shrink the device footprint and decrease the set-up time required for the operation of the microfluidic device. One such pumpless microfluidic device for body-on-a-chip application for drug toxicity studies ...

Passive Indirect Evaporative Cooler - new

F. F. Dall'Agnol[1], A. Pavani[1]
[1]Center for Information Technology Renato Archer, Campinas, SP, Brazil

Evaporative coolers are viable alternative to air conditioners because of their low power consumption. However, in tropical humid environments the increased humidity that accompanies the cool air in the evaporative coolers causes an uncomfortable wet feeling, since it hinders the evaporation of our natural transpiration. Here we test a configuration of evaporative cooler called Indirect Cycle ...

COMSOL Assistance For The Determination Of Pressure Drops In Complex Microfluidic Channels

J. Berthier, R. Renaudot, P. Dalle, G. Blanco-Gomez, F. Rivera, P. Caillat, and V. Agache
CEA-LETI, Grenoble, France

With the current trend towards always more complexity associated to more functionalities in biotechnological systems, it is required to know with accuracy the pressure drop in the circuitry of microfluidic systems. In general, a full three-dimensional calculation is not tractable due to the limited capacity of the computers. However, computational models can help to produce pressure drop ...

A Parametric Study of Shock Wave Simulations with Help of COMSOL Multiphysics

F. Ferrero[1], R. Meyer[1], M. Kluge[1], V. Schröder[1]
[1]BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin, Germany

Adiabatic compression of gases can work as an ignition source and is still one of the main causes of accidents in chemical plants processing tetrafluoroethylene (Reza and Christiansen, 2007). The ignition of tetrafluoroethylene induced by adiabatic compression has been studied experimentally with a setup which allowed for the rapid opening of a high speed valve connecting two portions of a ...

Miscible Viscous Fingering of Pushed Versus Pulled Interface

S. Pramanik[1], M. Mishra[1]
[1]Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, Rupnagar, Punjab, India

Viscous fingering (VF) instability has been extensively studied over past several decades in the context of various industrial, environmental and chemical processes. We try to model miscible VF at pushed or pulled interfaces using COMSOL Multiphysics®. We study the effect of the positive and negative log-mobility ratio on the fingering instability. Numerical simulation has been performed in 2D ...

Modeling of Wettability Alteration during Spontaneous Imbibition of Mutually Soluble Solvents in Mixed Wet Fractured Reservoirs - new

M. Chahardowli[1], H. Bruining[1]
[1]Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

Mutually-soluble solvents can enhance oil recovery both in completely and partially water wet fractured reservoirs. When a strongly or partially water-wet matrix is surrounded by an immiscible wetting phase in the fracture, spontaneous imbibition is the most important production mechanism. Initially, the solvent moves with the imbibing brine into the core. However, upon contact with oil, as the ...

Numerical Investigation of Micronozzle Performance for Various Nozzle Geometries - new

P. A. Haris[1], T. Ramesh[1]
[1]National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India

Design and manufacture of thrusters for producing very low thrust force in the range of milli or micro newtons using micronozzles has been actively developed in the last decade. The nature of propellant flow in such micronozzles differs from that of macro nozzles. In micronozzles, viscous effect dominates; hence the flow is always in laminar regime with high viscous losses. Objective of this ...

Computational Study on Transition of Oil-Water Flow Morphology due to Sudden Contraction in Microfluidic Channel - new

J. Chaudhuri[1], S. Timung[1], T. K. Mandal[1], D. Bandyopadhyay[1]
[1]Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, Assam, India

The flow morphology of two immiscible fluids in a microfluidic device finds numerous applications such as emulsification, synthesis of nanomaterials [1], lab-on-a-chip devices and biological analysis [2]. It offers many advantages over the conventional macroscopic devices because of its availability for higher surface to volume ratio, ability to handle small volume of fluids, easier process ...

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