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 Inertial Focusing in Straight and Curved Microfluidic Channels

J. Martel[1], N. Elabbasi[2], D. Quinn[2], J. Bergstrom[2], M. Toner[1]
[1]BioMEMS Resource Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
[2]Veryst Engineering, Needham, MA, USA

Inertial focusing is a promising microfluidic technique for separating and concentrating cells of interest, processes routinely utilized in many medical procedures. This phenomenon is characterized by suspended particles in a flow spontaneously migrating across streamlines to equilibrium positions within a channel cross-section. We developed CFD models in COMSOL Multiphysics® to predict the ...

Computer-aided Design of the Heating Section of a Continuous Kheer (Rice Pudding)-making Machine

S. Kadam[1], T. Gulati[2], A. Datta[1]
[1]Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India
[2]Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Kheer is a popular Indian dairy dessert prepared from concentrating milk with simultaneous cooking of rice grains. Conventional methods of preparing kheer have limited its mechanized production. Therefore, a conceptual design of continuous kheer-making machine has been prepared which among other components consists of a heating section for cooking kheer. The present study investigates the CFD ...

Groundwater Modeling as an Assessment Tool for Underground Mines Located in Fractured Massifs

J. Font-Capó[1], A. Nardi[1], M. Mendoza [2], E. Ruiz[2], S. Jordana[1], J. Molinero[1], P. Trinchero[1], J. Vargas[3]
[1]Amphos 21 Consulting, Barcelona, Spain
[2]Amphos 21 Perú, Lima, Perú
[3]Worley Parson/TWP, Lima, Perú

Some of the present metallic ores mines are located in areas formed by a heterogeneous fractured massif where groundwater flows preferentially through fractures. Underground mining in these zones can cause impacts in streams, lakes and change the natural water balance of the watersheds, leading to conflicts between traditional uses of water and the mining activity. Quantification of these ...

Numerical Investigation for the Effect of Guide Panel on Heat Transfer from Steel Containment

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

In a nuclear reactor, the containment is the last barrier for the release of radioactivity during severe accident conditions. Containment material can be concrete or steel or steel-lined concrete. Steel containments have a high load bearing capacity and a high degree of leak tightness at higher pressures. In case of a severe accident, heat can be removed from the containment by a guide panel, ...

Optimization of Jet Mixer Geometry and Mixing Studies

A. Egedy[1], B. Molnar[1], T. Varga[1], T. Chován[1]
[1]Department of Process Engineering, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary

The primary aim of using jet as mixer, like in case of other mixing devices, is to increase the heat and mass transfer between the phases. Beside the injection position the geometry of the jet mixer and the injection nozzle has a major effect on the injection. In our study COMSOL Multiphysics software was used to carry out the experimental and simulation of the different jet geometries. The jet ...

Use of COMSOL Multiphysics® for IAQ Monitoring in Cleanrooms

G. Petrone[1], C. Balocco[2]
[1]BE CAE & Test, Catania, Italy
[2]Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Firenze, Firenze, Italy

High levels of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in Operating Theatres (OT) is an important issue in order to contribute in prevention of Surgical Site Infections (SSI). Despite of specific plant layouts are applied for OT ventilation (e.g. unidirectional flow), the effective use conditions can heavily modify the design microclimate and air quality levels. Medical staff presence and movements and sliding ...

Transient Simulation of the Electrolyte Flow in a Closed Device for Precise Electrochemical Machining

M. Hackert-Oschätzchen[1], M. Penzel[1], M. Kowalick[1], G. Meichsner[2], A. Schubert[1,2]
[1]Professorship Micromanufacturing Technology, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany
[2]Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology, Chemnitz, Germany

Precise electrochemical machining (PEM) is an innovative machining technology which results from further development of the electrochemical sinking. PEM works with pulsed low frequency direct current and oscillation of the tool electrode. As part of the project ‘Electrochemical machining of internal precision and micro-geometries with high aspect ratios by process-state-dependent electrolyte ...

Traveling Plasma Wave Levitation of Objects Supported by Coanda Effect

R. Eisenschmid[1]
[1]OPTIMA pharma GmbH, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany

Electrostatically excited plasma waves can induce a “plasma wind” in the surrounding media or air. The lifted object has a shape of a flying saucer, just for better illustration. A travelling plasma wave propulsion requires a pre-ionized media around the surface and a travelling electrostatic field. A simplified plasma model was used to set up an EFD (electro fluid dynamic) approach into a ...

Radiation Force Effect at the Dielectric Water-Air Interface

G. V. B. Lukasievicz[1], N. G. C. Astrath[2], L. C. Malacarne[2], M. L. Baesso[2], S. E. Bialkowski[3]
[1]Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná, Toledo, PR, Brazil
[2]Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Maringá, PR, Brazil
[3]Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA

The radiation force effects on the surface displacement can be calculated by solving the Navier-Stokes equation with appropriated boundary conditions. The surface deformation can be described by the radiation pressure as well as those forces due to gravity and surface tension. We used the photomechanical mirror (PM) method to measure the time-evolution of the nanometer deformation generated on ...

Solution of a Scalar Convection-diffusion Equation using FEMLAB

Yazdani, A., Shojai, L.
Department of Chemical Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

A steady scalar convection-diffusion problem has been studied for one and two dimensional cases. A FEMLAB 3.1 solution has been presented for the problems, unique features and illustrations of the software have been used and results have been tested against an analytic solution.

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