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.

Air Flow Characteristics Inside an Industrial Wood Pallet Drying Kiln

A-G. Ghiaus, M-A. Istrate, and A-M. Georgescu
Technical University of Civil Egineering, Bucharest, Romania

Analysis and optimization of air flow distribution inside drying kiln systems contribute to the improvement of the final product quality. The present study reports on the threedimensional numerical solution of air flow within a drying kiln enclosure. The air flow field is examined in different configurations and operation conditions. Depending on the off/on switched fans, we obtain various air ...

Experimental and Numerical Fluid Flows Study on a X-Millichannel

C. Wolluschek[1], F. Etcheverry[2], M. Cachile[2], and J. Gomba[3]
[1]Mecánica de Fluidos e Ingeniería Térmica, Centro tecnológico Cemitec, Noáin, Navarra, Spain
[2]Grupo de Medios Porosos, Facultad de Ingeniería, UBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
[3]Instituto de Física Arroyo Seco, UNCPBA, Tandil, Argentina.

In this work, a COMSOL model that predicts velocity and concentration fields inside an X-shaped millichannel (4 mm diameter) is developed. Water and a ink low concentration are injected simultaneously in the two inlets of the device. The mass transfer problem is solved by a Fickian model (solute concentration is low compared with the solvent). The parameters in this study are: initial inlet mass ...

Modeling of Coupled Fluid Flow and Shear-induced Solidification Kinetics in Rheocasting of Aluminium Alloys

G. Maizza, and G. Lorenzatto
Politecnico di Torino
Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali ed Ingegneria Chimica
Torino, Italy

The model proposed by Schneider et al., for polymers is herein adapted in order to assess its suitability in elucidating the thixotropic behavior of aluminum alloys. The COMSOL Multiphysics program is employed to solve the inherent coupled mathematical problem, consisting in the kinetic ordinary differential equations and the momentum and energy transport partial differential equations. The ...

Efficient Heat Management Technique for Electronic Display Device

U. Shukla[1], and D. Gupta[1]
[1] Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

One of the major challenges faced by the semiconductor industry is that electronic circuits produce a lot of heat energy during their operation. And with the current scenario where the gates are packed so much close together, then the problem of heat generation has become extremely significant. So we are working towards the efficient heat management and dissipation solution for the heat generated ...

Ventilation System of a Microwave Assisted Drying Kiln

A.-G. Ghiaus[1], M.-A. Istrate[1], A. Georgescu[1]
[1]Technical University of Civil Engineering, Bucharest, Romania

The paper presents the analysis and optimization of the ventilation system inside of a drying lumber kiln. As with any part of the manufacturing process, improper drying techniques cause quality degradation and considerable amount of energy loose. The improvement and optimization of air distribution systems in drying kilns contributes to the preservation of the wood quality. The performance of ...

Performance Modelling of Gas Thrust Bearing

N. C. Murmu[1], and D. K. Bhakta[1]
[1] Tribology Division, Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, M. G. Avenue, Durgapur, West Bengal, India

Gas lubricated bearing has been developed for high accuracy in precision machines and equipments. Gas lubricated bearings are mainly two types: aerostatic bearings, which require a feed of pressurized gas for their operation, and aerodynamic bearings, which generate their own internal pressure differentials. The latter generate this pressure by the action of simultaneously shearing and squeezing ...

Laminar Thermal Mixing in Coating Flows

A. Haas[1], M. Scholle[1], A. Aksel[1], H.M. Thompson[2], R.W. Hewson[2], and P.H. Gaskell[2]

[1]Department of Applied Mechanics and Fluid Dynamics, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany
[2]School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom

Heat transfer in a plane shear flow configuration consisting of two infinitely long parallel plates is considered. In laminar flows over undulated substrates eddies can be generated due to the kinematical constraints. A closed form analytical solution for the velocity field, based on lubrication theory as well as a semi-analytic solution for the temperature field is derived for the creeping flow. ...

COMSOL Derived Universal Scaling Model For Low Reynolds Number Viscous Flow Through Microfabricated Pillars – Applications to Heat Pipe Technology

N. Srivastava[1], and C.D. Meinhart[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara California, USA

Cooling of high-power density electronic devices remains a challenge. Microfluidic heat-pipes with the potential of achieving ultra-high thermal conductivities offer a low-cost technology for cooling electronics. To achieve high thermal conductivity, it is critical to maximize the rate of liquid transport inside the heat pipe. We propose a novel array of microfabricated pillars to maximize liquid ...

Numerical Sensitivity Analysis of a Complex Glass Forming Process by Means of Local Perturbations

C. Janya-Anurak, T. Bernard, and H. Birkenhofer
Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics
System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB
Karlsruhe, Germany

Over the last few years, Finite Element Models have become increasingly important as tool for the design of process control strategies or process optimization. Some processes possess complex spatio-temporal coupled and nonlinear dynamic. For process optimization it is very important to know the impact of parameters and state variables to the relevant process “output” parameters. In the ...

Thermal Analysis of Intermediate Heat Exchanger in a Pool Type Fast Breeder Reactor

S. Agarwal[1], C. A. Babu[1], P. Kalyanasundaram[1], and G. Vaidyanathan[1]

[1]Fast Reactor Technology Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam

 Intermediate heat exchanger (IHX) in a pool-type liquid metal cooled fast breeder reactor is an important heat exchanging component as it transfer heat from the radioactive primary sodium in the pool to the non-radioactive secondary sodium. The secondary sodium ultimately heats up water in a steam Generator (SG) to produce the steam for power generation. Intermediate heat exchanger is a ...

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