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.

Passive Cooling of Power Electronics: Heat in the Box

M. Berger[1], W. Schernus[1]
[1]West Coast University of Applied Sciences, Heide, Germany

Results presented are a contribution to the design of a 5kW-DC-AC-converter for applications in forklifts. The device is located in a closed environment and entirely operated with passive cooling. Due to concurrent engineering approach and environmental conditions correct prediction of absolute temperature values by simulation was crucial. Heat sinks have been modeled properly and a thermal ...

Simulation and Optimization of the Speed Flow in COMSOL Multiphysics® during the Suction of the Dust Pump for Granite Polishing Operation

B. Wenga[1], J. Kouam[1], A. Djebara[2], A. Bahloul[2], V. Songmene[1]
[1]École de Technologie Supérieure, Verdun, Montreal, QC, Canada
[2]Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), Montreal, QC, Canada

Polishing is one of the oldest finishing processes. However, exposure to emissions of crystalline silica dust is high. Some toxicological studies have identified this pollutant as responsible for a particular type of lung cancer, silicosis. Operational solutions are needed for reducing near-field emissions of fine and ultrafine dust. Granite dust is emitted at high concentrations during ...

Modeling Bioelectrochemical Systems for Waste Water Treatment and Bioenergy Recovery with COMSOL Multiphysics®

T. Oyetunde[1], D. Ofiteru[1], J. Rodriguez[1]
[1]Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Most conventional wastewater treatment processes are quite energy-intensive. Global wastewater production is increasing due to growth in population, industrialization, and urbanization, creating an urgent need for energy-efficient wastewater treatment technologies. Moreover, waste streams (industrial and domestic) have drawn renewed interest as resources for water, energy, and product recovery. ...

Diffuse Interface Models for Metal Foams

B. Chinè[1], M. Monno[2], E. Repossi[3], M. Verani[3]
[1]Laboratorio MUSP Piacenza, Italy; ITCR, Esc. Ciencia e Ing. Materiales, Cartago, Costa Rica
[2]Laboratorio MUSP, Piacenza, Italy; Politecnico di Milano, Dip. Meccanica, Milano, Italy
[3]Politecnico di Milano, MOX-Dip. Matematica, Milano, Italy

The foaming process of a metal is a complex operation which needs to be closely controlled in order to guarantee the wanted properties, by avoiding the formation of defects in the structure of the material. In this work we use COMSOL Multiphysics® version 4.3b and apply the diffuse interface methods of the phase field technique available in the CFD module.To analyze a practical case, foams ...

Heat-Accumulation Stoves: Numerical Simulations of Two Twisted Conduit Configurations

D. Rossi[1], P. Scotton[2], M. Barberi[3]
[1]Università degli Studi di Padova, Dipartimento di Geoscienze, Padova, PD, Italy
[2]Padova, Dipartimento di Geoscienze, Padova, PD, Italy
[3]Barberi Stufe LTD, Trento, TN, Italy

An important part of the society considers an increased share of renewable energies as an integral part of a strategy towards a sustainable future. As far as heat supply is concerned, this can be achieved using solar thermal collectors, borehole heat exchangers or trough the combustion of biomass. This article shows two applications of two configurations of twisted conduit inside the external ...

A COMSOL Multiphysics®-based Model for Simulation of Methane-Hydrate Dissociation by Injection of Superheated Carbon Dioxide

M. Gharasoo[1], C. Deusner[1], N. Bigalke[1], M. Haeckel[1]
[1]Department of Marine Geosystems, GEOMAR - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany

Immense amounts of methane are stored as gas-hydrate deposits in deep layers of marine sediments. This has raised considerable interest to develop strategies for producing natural gas from marine hydrates. One potential production strategy is the injection of supercritical CO2 into methane hydrate-bearing sand layers to release the CH4 as a gas and sequester the CO2 as hydrate. We used COMSOL ...

Static and Dynamic Deformations of a Reed Valve Immersed in Hydraulic Fluid

A. Chaudhuri[1]
[1]Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM, USA

Metal reed valves are used for flow rectification in electrohydraulic pumps driven by smart materials at high frequencies but it is difficult to predict their behavior when the surrounding fluid has considerable inertia and viscosity. Simulation of this phenomenon involves modeling the fluid-structure-interaction between the bending of the reed and the flow past the valve. In this model, we use ...

Simulating HFIR Core Thermal Hydraulics Using 3D-2D Model Coupling

A. Travis[1], K. Ekici[1], J. Freels[2]
[1]The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
[2]Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

A model utilizing interdimensional variable coupling is presented for simulating the thermal hydraulic interactions of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) core at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The model’s domain consists of a three-dimensional fuel plate and a two-dimensional coolant channel slice. In simplifying the coolant channel, the computational cost and solution time are both ...

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 ...

Thermal Study of Valve Regulated Lead Acid Batteries and Electronics Chamber Used in Stand-Alone Street Lighting Applications

D. Groulx[1], J. Skaalum[1], T. Jamieson[1]
[1]Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

This paper presents a study on the heat generation of Valve-Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) batteries used in off-grid streetlighting applications from PoleCo, a Halifax based company. One goal of the project was to produce validated COMSOL® models of the enclosure that holds these VRLA batteries. This model can then be used to investigate methods of reducing the temperature of the batteries based on ...

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