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.

Fluid-Structure Interaction Modeling of High-Aspect Ratio Nuclear Fuel Plates Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

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

The High Flux Isotope Reactor at the Oak Ridge National Lab is in the research stage of converting its fuel from high-enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium. One of the areas being explored is the fluid-structure interaction phenomenon due to the interaction of thin fuel plates (50 mils thickness) and the cooling fluid (water). Detailed computational simulations have only recently become ...

Two-Phase Flow and Multiphysics Simulations in COMSOL


Dr. Singh has been working at the Chemical Engineering Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai since 2000. He has a Ph.D. from the Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay. He is a recipient of the Homi Bhabha Medal of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in year 2000, Young Engineer Award of the Department of Atomic Energy in year 2008 and Award for Excellence in Thesis Work at IIT ...

Numerical Study of the Self-ignition of Tetrafluoroethylene in a 100-dm3-reactor

F. Ferrero[1], M. Kluge[1], R. Zeps[1], T. Spoormaker[2]
[1]BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin, Germany
[2]Chairman PlasticsEurope Fluoropolymers TFE Safety Task Force, Du Pont De Nemours, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

The self-ignition of tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) caused by contact with hot surfaces has been analyzed with the help of simulations performed with COMSOL Multiphysics®. The current study focuses on large-scale heated reactors for the industrial production of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) from TFE at high pressures. Simulations of the self-heating and consequent self-ignition of TFE in a ...

Effects of Forced Airflow Cooling on Laser Beam Heating of Volume Bragg Gratings

S. Kaim[1], B. Anderson[1], G. Venus[1], J. Lumeau[1], V. Smirnov[2], B. Zeldovich[1], L. Glebov[1]
[1]CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA
[2]OptiGrate Corp, Oviedo, FL, USA

Forced airflow cooling of a Volume Bragg Grating heated by a laser beam was investigated by means of simulation with COMSOL Multiphysics®. In addition to air cooling of unrestricted airflow, a case of airflow directed by limiting glass plates was investigated. A number of temperature distributions and thermal deformations were obtained in simulations for different rates of airflows. Simulations ...

Steady and Unsteady Computational Results of Full Two Dimensional Governing Equations for Annular Internal Condensing Flows

R. Naik[1], S. Mitra[1], A. Narain[1], N. Shankar[1]
[1]Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, USA

This paper presents steady and unsteady computational results obtained from numerical solutions of the full two-dimensional governing equations for annular internal condensing flows in a channel. This is achieved by tracking the “sharp” interface while solving the flow fields using COMSOL Multiphysics® and MATLAB®. The unsteady wave simulation capability is used to predict heat-transfer ...

Flow Analysis and Optimization of a Hierarchical Plate Heat Exchanger for an Adsorption Heat Pump

E. Tempfli[1], F.P. Schmidt[1]
[1]Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Fluid Machinery (FSM), Karlsruhe, Germany

The paper investigates the hydrodynamic performance of a hierarchical parallel channel network for the objective of optimal thermal coupling to heat released in the adsorption processes, as in adsorption heat pumps. More specifically, the uniformity of the fluid flow over the network is improved by optimizing the topology of the manifold channels of the two hierarchical levels. For this purpose a ...

Optimized Channel Geometry of a Flow-Focusing Droplet Generator for Parallelization

D. Conchouso[1], E. Al Rawashdeh[1], D. Castro[1], A. Arevalo[1], I.G. Foulds[1]
[1]King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

This document presents the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation of a commonly used Microfluidic Droplet Generator (MFDG) using the Laminar Two-Phase Flow, Phase Field method in COMSOL Multiphysics®. The paper discusses the effect of the channel’s geometry in droplet size at different flow rate ratios and total flow rates. We then propose a guide to best select a cross-sectional area ...

Modeling of Turbulent Combustion in COMSOL Multiphysics®

D. Lahaye[1], L. Cheng[2]
[1]DIAM, EEMCS Faculty, TU Delft, The Netherlands
[2]Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

In the production of high quality materials by a heat treatment, it is indispensable to accurately predict the temperature inside the furnaces being employed. In this work we develop a turbulent combustion model for the heat being released by gas burners inside a shaft kiln. Turbulent combustion is the strongly coupled phenomena of the chemically reacting fuel and oxygen in a turbulent flow. We ...

Enthalpy Porosity Method for CFD Simulation of Natural Convection Phenomenon for Phase Change Problems in the Molten Pool and its Importance during Melting of Solids

Priyanshu Goyal[1], Anu Dutta[1], V.Verma[1], I. Thangamani[1], R.K. Singh[1]
[1]Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, India

Shielded transportation casks are commonly used for transportation and storage of radioactive waste materials. Design approval of such casks by regulatory authority is subject to its compliance with a thermal test (among other tests) Due to exposure of cask to fire , there is a possibility of melting of the shielding material (lead) used for the cask and need to evaluate extent of melting. ...

Computational Fluid Dynamics for Microreactors Used in Catalytic Oxidation of Propane

S. Odiba[1], M. Olea[1], S. Hodgson[1], A. Adgar[1]
[1]Teesside University, School of Science and Engineering, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

This research deals with the design of suitable microreactors for the catalytic oxidation of volatile organic compound (VOCs), using propane as a model molecule. The microreactor considered consists of eleven parallel channels, in which an Au/Cr/γ-Al2O3-catalyzed combustion reaction takes place. Each channel is 0.5 mm diameter and 100 mm long. The catalytic microreactor was simulated for ...

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