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.

Benchmark Comparison of Natural Convection in a Tall Cavity

H. Dillon[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

A comparison of the commercial code COMSOL is performed with the bench-mark solutions provided by the literature for a tall, differentially heated rectangular cavity for aspect ratios of 8, 15, 20, and 33. At small Rayleigh numbers the flow is dominated by conduction. As the Rayleigh number is increased the flow becomes unstable, first resulting in multicellular secondary flow patterns, and then ...

Mixing Layer Analysis in Variable Density Turbulent Flow

A.E. Alshayji[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Petroleum, Kuwait University, Safat, Kuwait

In this study, numerical simulations of mixing in turbulent flow, subject to a change in density, are performed. Attention is focused on the binary mixing between two streams of fluid in which a variable density step are formed due to a difference in the temperature. This binary mixing problem performed by assuming low Mach number flow. The results demonstrate the variable density effects and ...

CFD-based Optimal Design of Electrolytic Microreactors using Response Surface Method

O. Tonomura, M. Tsujimoto, M. Kano, and S. Hasebe
Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

Accelerating mass transfer is the key for obtaining higher product yield in an electrolytic microreactor (EMR). Through CFD simulation, the effectiveness of EMR having grooved electrode (EMR-GE) is shown in this work. In addition, a systematic design method is developed. Response surface method (RSM) is introduced into the CFD-based optimal design of EMR-GE. It is shown that the combination of ...

Study of ER Non-equilibrium Behavior with COMSOL

L. Zhou
Fudan University, Shanghai, China

COMSOL Multiphysics is a powerful tool in theoretical study. Lei Zhou, Jiping Huang and other professors in Physics Department, Fudan University have achieved some exciting results of soft, tunable metamaterials. We use it to study non-equilibrium behavior of rhoeological (ER) fluids and polar molecule dominated rheological (PM-ER) fluids. Numerical solutions using the Onsager’s principle would ...

Blistering of Industrial Floors on Concrete Substrate: The Role of Air Overpressure

P. Devillers[1], S.V. Aher[2], G. Fau[3], B. Tranain[3], and C. Buisson[1]
[1]Centre des Matériaux de Grande Diffusion, Ecole des Mines d’Alès, France
[2]Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
[3]Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment, Champs sur Marne, France

A three dimensional COMSOL Multiphysics, transient analysis, diffusion model has been adopted to model the transfers of water in the industrial concrete floors. To take into account the different initial saturation levels at the different levels of the slab, the model is divided into three subdomains. The rise of the waterfront is also simulated and the air overpressure thereby developed at the ...

Model and Simulation of a Tunable Birefringent Fiber Using Capillaries Filled with Liquid Ethanol

C. Zeringue, and G.T. Moore
Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, NM, USA

Conventional polarization maintaining fiber is constructed using a pair of borosilicate rods on either side of the fiber core. Current manufacturing processes prohibit the construction of fibers with the required accuracy needed for applications requiring precision birefringence. Through the use of COMSOL, this paper describes simulated results of fiber with a mutually orthogonal secondary set of ...

Navier-Stokes Solutions for Flow and Transport in Realistic Porous Media

N. Abdussamie
American Bureau of Shipping, Tripoli, Libya

This paper illustrates how to set up and solve a two-dimensional flow problem having dimensions of 640 x 320 micro-meter using the Navier-Stokes equations with the help of COMSOL Multiphysics solver. The principle of our pore-scale modeling approach is composed of two steps. The first step involves the detailed identification and specification of the porous medium morphology, this step was ...

Influence of Inlet Fluctuations on the Development of The Turbulent Two-Stream Mixing Layer

J. Tawfik, and R. Arimilli
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA

The finite element method applied to the k-epsilon turbulence model is used to investigate the two-stream turbulent mixing layer. Whereas the model is known as one of the most popular of the turbulence models to date, the model has yet to be applied to the classical mixing layer problem to the best of our knowledge. A transient k-epsilon turbulence model in COMSOL is used to solve this problem. ...

The Transient Modeling of Bubble Pinch-Off Using an ALE Moving Mesh

C.J. Forster, and M.K. Smith
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA

The use of an acoustic field to control the boiling process has the potential to increase the overall rate of heat transfer and delay the critical transition to film boiling. This system is being investigated through the development of a model of a single boiling bubble near a flat, heated, horizontal surface in the presence of an acoustic field. The dynamics of the bubble interface is modelled ...

Evaluation of COMSOL as a Tool for Pinpointing Moisture Entering Locations From Inside Surface Moisture

J. van Schijndel
Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands

The location and nature of the moisture leakages are sometimes difficult to detect. Moreover, the relation between observed inside surface moisture patterns and where the moisture enters the construction is often not clear. The objective of this paper is to investigate inverse modeling techniques as a tool for the detection of moisture leakage locations in building constructions from inside ...

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