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.

Influence of Axial Conduction in the Design of a Compact Recuperator for Catalytic Combustor Based Portable Power Generation - new

A. N. Smith[1], H. Nochetto[2], C. M. Waits[2]
[1]U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA
[2]U.S. Army Research Lab, Adelphi, MD, USA

Catalytic micro-combustor represents an exciting area of research for portable power generation. Extensive research is being currently conducted on the design of the reactor and catalyst selection [1]. However another critical element of the design will be a recuperator to minimize losses and provide energy at a more uniform temperature. The mini-recuperator must be both compact and highly ...

Simulations of Micropumps Based on Tilted Flexible Structures - new

M. J. Hancock[1], N. H. Elabbasi[1], M. C. Demirel[2]
[1]Veryst Engineering, LLC, Needham, MA, USA
[2]The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA

Pumping liquids at small scales is challenging because of the principle of reversibility: in a viscous regime, the flow streamlines through a fixed geometry are the same regardless of flow direction. Recently we developed a class of microfluidic pump designs based on tilted flexible structures that combines the concepts of cilia (flexible elastic elements) and rectifiers (e.g., Tesla pump). We ...

2-Dimensional Incompressible and Compressible Mantle Convection - new

Changyeol Lee[1]
[1]Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Republic of Korea

COMSOL Multiphysics® software has been used in computational geodynamics for years. Because very high pressure in the mantle even significantly compressed the mantle up to ~40%, it is crucial to consider the mantle compressibility in computational geodynamics. COMSOL Multiphysics allows consideration of mantle compressibility using the CFD Module and I benchmarked COMSOL Multiphysics using ...

Validation of DNS Techniques for Dynamic Combined Indoor Air and Constructions Simulations Using an Experimental Scale Model

T. van Goch, and A. van Schijndel
Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands

This paper presents a study on the application of Direct Numerical Solving (DNS) techniques using an experimental scale model. COMSOL Multiphysics is promising in solving dynamic heat and air transport. The experiments can be extremely useful as benchmark for CFD codes.

COMSOL Multiphysics for Efficient Solution of a Transient Reaction-Diffusion System with Fast Reaction

M.K. Gobbert[1], A. Churchill[1], G. Wang[1], and T.I. Seidman[1]
[1]Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

A reaction between chemical species is modeled by a particular reaction pathway, in which one reaction is very fast relative to the other one. The diffusion controlled reactions of these species together with a reaction intermediate are described by a system of three transient reaction diffusion equations over a two-dimensional spatial domain. In the asymptotic limit of the reaction parameter ...

Numerical Simulation of Exact Two-Dimensional Governing Equations for Internal Condensing Flows

S. Mitra, R. Naik, and A. Narain
Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, USA

The paper outlines a two-dimensional computational methodology and presents results for laminar/laminar condensing flows inside mm- scale ducts. The methodology has been developed using MATLAB/COMSOL platform and is currently capable of simulating film-wise condensation for steady and unsteady flows. The results obtained are shown to be in agreement with an independently developed ...

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 ...

Impact of Velocity and Interfacial Tension on the Performance of Horizontal Wells in Gas Condensate Reservoirs

P. Ghahri, M. Jamiolahmady, and M. Sohrabi
Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Drilling horizontal wells (HWs) has recently received renewed attentions with the increasing trend in exploitation of tight gas reservoirs. An accurate estimation of productivity of such systems using a numerical simulator is a challenging task, because its 3D simulation requires a fine grid exercise to capture the abrupt variation of fluid and flow parameters around the wellbore. This is ...

Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulations of an Innovative System of Wind Power Generation

S. Carcangiu, A. Fanni, and A. Montisci
Department of Electric and Electronic Engineering
University of Cagliari
Cagliari, Italy

In this work an innovative wind power generation in urban areas is proposed. The generation system substitutes the roof of the building and it consists of a static part, the stator, and a moving part, called impeller, which is a centripetal turbine with vertical axis of rotation. Since the objective is to conveying the air flow in the stator, the logarithmic spiral has been chosen as the shape ...

Three Dimensional Numerical Study of the Interaction of Turbulent Liquid Metal Flow with an External Magnetic Field

G. Pulugundla[1], M. Zec[2], and A. Alferenok[3]
[1]Institute of Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, Ilmenau University of Technology, Ilmenau, Germany
[2]Department of Advanced Electromagnetics, Ilmenau University of Technology, Ilmenau, Germany
[3]Electrothermal Energy Conversion Group, Ilmenau University of Technology, Ilmenau, Germany

Lorentz Force Velocimetry (LFV) is a non-contact measurement technique used to determine flow rates in electrically conducting fluids by exposing the flow to an external magnetic field and measuring the Lorentz force acting on the magnet system. Typically, for LFV applications real and complex permanent magnet systems with inhomogeneous magnetic fields interact with the fluid. In this paper, ...

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