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.

2D Simulations and Electro-Thermal Analysis of Microheater Designs using COMSOL for Gas Sensor Applications

G. Velmathi, N. Ramshanker, and S. Mohan
Department of Instrumentation, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Microheaters have been widely investigated because of their extensive applications in gas sensors, flow rate sensors and other Microsystems. The geometric optimization for the microheater was performed by simulating a wide range of possible geometries using COMSOL Multiphysics, a commercial Finite Element Analysis (FEA) package. The simulated results of Microheaters having an improved temperature ...

Modeling Deep-Bed Grain Drying Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

J.G. Pieters[1], R. ElGamal[1], F. Ronsse[1]
[1]Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Department of Biosystems Engineering, Ghent, Belgium

CFD simulations were carried out to predict the convective heat and mass transfer coefficients in the rice bed, and correlations were developed for the convective heat and mass transfer coefficients as a function of drying air flow rate. The developed correlations were used to extend the model developed by ElGamal et al. (2013) for thin-layer rice drying to volumetric heat and mass transfer in a ...

Excimer Laser-Annealing of Amorphous Silicon Layers

J. Förster, and H. Vogt
Institute of Electronic Components and Circuits
University Duisburg-Essen
Duisburg, Germany

A one-dimensional model of Excimer Laser-Annealing of amorphous silicon layers which are irradiated with a KrF excimer laser is described. For realisation, the application mode heat transfer in solids is used. The model predicts a melt threshold for the energy density of the laser of 88.5 mJ/cm^2. It also predicts a linear increase of the melt duration with a slope of approximately 625 ...

Simulation of Geomechanical Reservoir Behavior during SAGD Process Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

X. Gong[1], R. Wan[1]
[1]University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada

THM (Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical) behavior of the reservoir during SAGD (Steam-Assistant-Gravity-Drainage) was studied through a proper constitutive modeling of the porous media. Specifically, a generalized density-stress-fabric dependent elasto-plastic model with stress-dilatancy and plastic damage as main ingredients was implemented into COMSOL Multiphysics®, to model geomechanical behavior during ...

Multiphysics Approach of the Performance of a Domestic Oven

N. Garcia-Polanco[1], J. Capablo[1], J. Doyle[1]
[1]Whirlpool Corporation, Cassinetta di Biandronno (VA), Italy

The heat and mass transfer processes occurring in a domestic oven is in detailed analyzed in this work, with the final objective of improving the global energy efficiency of the system. A 3D Finite Element model developed with a Multi-physics approach is validated with the experimental data from the standard test for energy consumption of the European Union (EN 50304:2001). In this test a brick ...

Modeling of MEMS Based Bolometer for Measuring Radiations from Nuclear Power Plant

S. Nisitha[1], T. Satyanarayana[2], S. Sreeja[1]
[1]Department of EIE, Lakireddy Bali Reddy Engineering College, Mylavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India.
[2]NPMASS Centre, Department of EIE, Lakireddy Bali Reddy Autonomous Engineering College, Mylavaram, Andhra
Pradesh, India

There has been growing demand for high performance micro sensors capable of detecting nuclear radiations being released from various industries, Nuclear reactors. Radiations emitted from the radioactive materials are invisible and not directly detectable by human senses. Thus it is highly essential to work on design of bolometers with absorptive elements providing optimum sensitivity. The ...

Thermal Analysis for the Solar Concentrating Energy and Induction Heating for Metals

A. Rojas-Morín[1], Y. Flores-Salgado[2], A. Barba-Pingarrón[1], R. Valdéz-Navarro[1], F. Mendéz[1], O. Alvarez-Brito[3], M. Salgado-Baltazar[1]
[1]Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad Universitaria, D.F. México
[2]DGTIC, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad Universitaria, D.F. México
[3]Programa de Posgrado en Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

In this paper, we simulated the heating of a work piece by coupling two heat sources. Concentrated solar energy was applied at the bottom of the work piece, which generated a heat flux from the parabolic solar dish concentrator. Subsequently, induction heating was applied, which generated Eddy currents that circulated through the work piece and heated the surface of the material. A numerical ...

Transient Heat Conduction in Semi-Infinite Solids Irradiated by a Moving Heat Source

N. Bianco1, O. Manca2, S. Nardini2, and S. Tamburrino2
1Dipartimento di Energetica, Termofluidodinamica applicata e Condizionamenti ambientali, Università degli Studi Federico II, Napoli, Italia
2Dipartimento di Ingegneria Aerospaziale e Meccanica, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Napoli, Italia

An analysis of the transient temperature distribution in a semi-infinite solid, irradiated by a moving Gaussian laser beam, is carried out numerically using COMSOL Multiphysics.Variable thermo-physical properties are accounted for. The workpiece is considered semi-infinite along the motion direction. Temperature distributions are evaluated both for different Peclet numbers and surface heat ...

Simulating Experimental Conditions of the HIIPER Space Propulsion Device

A. Krishnamurthy[1], G. Chen[1], B. Ulmen[1], D. Ahern[1], G. Miley[1]
[1]University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA

The Helicon-Injected Inertial Plasma Electrostatic Rocket (HIIPER) is a two-stage electric propulsion system comprising of a helicon plasma source and an inertial electrostatic confinement (IEC) device for plasma production and acceleration, respectively. Several diagnostics such as a Faraday cup, spherical Langmuir probe, and gridded energy analyzer have been developed for analyzing various ...

Dimensionless versus Dimensional Analysis in CFD and Heat Transfer

H. Dillon[1], A.F. Emery[1], A. Mescher[1], and R.J. Cochran[2]
[1]University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
[2]Applied CHT, Seattle, WA, USA

Students in engineering and science are often exposed early in their studies to non dimensional analysis. When it comes to solving fluid flow/heat transfer problems, many solutions, particularly industrial ones, are based on finite element/finite volume using dimensioned quantities. In order to compare to reference information one would like to use codes like COMSOL Multiphysics to solve non ...

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