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.

Modeling Flow Through Foam Channels

F. Rouyer, E. Lorenceau, and O. Pitois
Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux Divisés et des Interfaces, Université Paris-est, Paris, France

We model the liquid transport in foam (i.e. drainage) by unidirectional flow transverse to a triangular planar area that represents channel (i.e. Plateau borders) cross-sections. Partial mobility of the interfaces is obtained balancing the bulk viscous stress with the surface viscous stress and a velocity equal to zero is imposed at the vertices. In liquid foams, the wedges of the channels are ...

Two-Phase Modeling of Gravity Drainage of Bitumen from Tar Sand Using In-Situ RF Electrical Heating

A. Hassanzadeh
Pyrophase Inc., Chicago, IL, USA

In-situ electrical heating technologies are among the most recent technologies used for bitumen recovery from tar sand and oil shale. These technologies have limited environmental impact because there is little disturbance of the land, and water and solvents are not used. Two-phase movement of bitumen and air in tar sand porous deposit is modeled using COMSOL Multiphysics. A system of non-linear ...

Magneto-Hydrodynamic Numerical Study of DC Electromagnetic Pump for Liquid Metal

A. Daoud, and N. Kandev
Institut de recherche d'Hydro-Quebec (LTE), Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada

The electromagnetic pumping (EMP) of electrically-conducting fluid is of growing interest for many industrial applications requiring precise flow control, enabling stopping or reversing flow direction without any moving parts or mechanical devices. Presented in this work are the results of a 3D numerical magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) simulation of direct current (DC) EMP for liquid ...

COMSOL Grab Bag: How to Use a Versatile CFD Code to Model Interesting Problems from Cryogenic Storage to Biofuel Production

Emily Nelson
Senior Research Engineer,
NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, USA

Emily Nelson received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a senior research engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center and specializes in the formulation and solution of problems in microgravity science, multiphase flow, porous media, risk analysis, and gravitational biology. This leads her to fundamental and applied approaches on a range of issues ...

Flow and Mixing in the Liquid between Bubbles

B. Finlayson[1]
[1]Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

Mixing is characterized in liquids moving between bubbles when the bubbles are moving down a microfluidic channel. The shape is assumed based on fluid mechanical arguments and experimental observations, and the mixing is characterized for a variety of situations in two and three-dimensions. In COMSOL Multiphysics, an integration coupling variable was used by solving the problem in two dimensions ...

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 ...

Simulation of the Self Assembly of a Microchip on a Structured Surface using the Phase Field Method

N. Boufercha, M. Ghahremanpour, M. Schnaithmann, J. Sägebarth, and H. Sandmaier
Universität Stuttgart / IFF-MST, Nobelstr.12, Stuttgart, Germany

The presented paper describes a method for micro precision assembly of very small objects like future microchips, which have a lateral expansion equal to or smaller than 500 μm. The modelling and simulation of a fluidicbased micro assembly method for a microchip with a dimension of (500 x 500 x 100) μm3 is performed with COMSOL Multiphysics. The finite element method is used for ...

Turbulent Bounded Flows for Oil & Gas Industry with COMSOL CFD Module

A. Fadel[1], G. Fontana[1]
[1]Isoil Impianti, Albano S. Alessandro, Italy

Industrial applications of fluid mechanics can require to satisfy necessities as diverse as legal norms, optimization requirements and manufacturing constraints. Therefore a Computational Fluid Mechanics software often becomes a must in the development of new devices or the improvement of older ones. Besides the legalistic aspect (such as the European Pressure Equipment Directive), several steps ...

Modeling of Laminar Flow Static Mixers

N. Elabbasi[1], X. Liu[1], S. Brown[1], M. Vidal[2], M. Pappalardo[2]
[1]Veryst Engineering LLC, Needham, MA, USA
[2]Nordson EFD, East Providence, RI, USA

Laminar flow static mixers are accurate, inexpensive fluid mixing devices that can handle a wide range of fluids and mixing proportions. They have a wide range of industrial applications, especially in the consumer product, pharmaceutical, biomedical, and petrochemical industries. A good mixing quality is obtained when the outlet of the mixer has no concentrated volumes of either mixed materials ...

Metal Foam Tube Flow Characterisation

T. Spillmann[1]
[1]CSIRO, Energy Technology, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

In this study the flow through a tube filled with highly porous aluminium foam of three different pore sizes is analysed using COMSOL Multiphysics® CFD Module and compared to experimentally determined pressure drop data. Analyzing the flow through an array of pores allow the deduction of characteristic flow parameters (permeability and form drag coefficient) that are utilized in a ...

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