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 and Analysis of a Direct Expansion Geothermal Heat Pump (DX): Part I-Modeling of Ground Heat Exchanger

C. Rousseau[1], J. Fannou[1], L. Lamarche[1], M. Ouzzane[2]
[1]École de Technologie Supérieure, Montréal, Québec, Canada
[2]CanmetENERGY, Varennes, Québec, Canada

Geothermal heat pump technology is actually one of the most interesting processes to provide heat and cold to a building. In this study, a model of the ground exchanger of a direct expansion geothermal heat pump (DX) is going to be presented in 1 dimension. The model represents the phase change of the refrigerant, here Chlorodifluoromethane R22, with governing continuity, momentum and energy ...

Micromechanical Design of Novel Thermal Composites for Temperature Dependent Thermal Conductivity - new

R. C. Thiagarajan[1],
[1]ATOA Scientific Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Materials with an order variable in thermal conductivity as a function of temperature are desirable for thermoelectric heat energy recovery, building thermal insulation and solar thermal applications. Thermal Conductivity is an inherent material property. Engineering the fundamental thermal conductivity needs manipulation at thermal photon level for conventional materials. Engineering thermal ...

Analysis of Infrared Signature of a Ship Operating in MIR and FIR Bands

A. Pellegrini[1], A. Beucci[1], and F. Costa[1]

[1]ALTRAN Italia, Pisa, Italy

In this paper a methodology for calculating the infrared signature of complex objects is presented. The transient thermal analysis allows us to evaluate the temperature distribution on the investigated object, pointing out which parts tend to be warmer. These temperature values are handled in the post processing phase in order to evaluate the zero range radiance distribution and the radiance of ...

Numerical Simulation of a Building Envelope with High Performance Materials

M.H. Baghban[1], P. Jostein Hovde[1], and A. Gustavsen[2]
[1]Civil and Transport Engineering Department, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
[2]Department of Architectural Design, History and Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Simulation tools for building physics problems play an important role in design and understanding the behavior of energy efficient buildings. There are different tools available for simulation of these problems, but each simulation tool has its own advantages and limitations. In this paper, a heat transfer problem in an exterior building wall with high performance materials has been simulated in ...

Thermal Modelling of a Solar Water Collector Highly Building Integrated

F. Motte, and C. Cristofari
University of Corsica
Laboratory of Vignola
Corsica, France

A new concept of solar water collector, highly building integrated has been developed and patented. This collector is hidden into a drainpipe and is totally invisible from the ground level. The drainpipe keeps its water evacuation function. Each installation is composed of several modules serial connected. An experimental wall has been build to test the thermal performances of the instalation ...

Solution of Inverse Thermal Problem for Assessment of Thermal Parameters of Engineered H2 Storage Materials

I. Fedchenia, and B. van Hassel
United Technologies Research Center
East Hartford, CT

Materials based H2 storage systems for light duty vehicles need to meet challenging performance targets that have been developed by the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership. On-board reversible metal hydrides are typically integrated with heat transfer surfaces, e.g. in fin and tube heat exchangers, in order to reject the heat of H2 absorption at a high rate which is set by the refueling time ...

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 ...

Thermal Natural Convection Simulations with COMSOL Multiphysics® in Comparison with Measurements - new

H. van Halewijn[1]
[1]Fontys University of Applied Physics, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

In a laboratory setup a horizontal rod is heated on one side. By natural convection a stable temperature pattern is developed. Using the Nusselt formulation of the natural convection of cylindrical rods, the temperature distribution can be calculated. Only a good match of the simulations and the measurements can be reached when taking into account all the non-linear physics in the system. In this ...

Virtual Prototype Evolution by COMSOL Multiphysics® of a Continuous Flow Animal By-Products ABP Ohmic Sterilization Unit - new

R. Heslop[1]
[1]C-Tech Innovation Ltd., Capenhurst, Cheshire, UK

Ohmic heating (Joule heating) is a volumetric heating technology which can effectively process almost any pumpable fluid with extremely high energy efficiency (>95%). This is particularly useful for very thick fluids, those that burn on to hot surfaces and those with high solids content which would cause difficulties for conventional heating techniques. Processing of animal by-products (ABP) ...

Bobbin Tool Friction Stir Welding: A Moving Geometry Model

J. Hilgert[1], H. Schmidt[2], and J. Dos Santos[1]

[1]GKSS Forschungszentrum GmbH, Geesthacht, Germany
[2]Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

Based on the example of a bobbin tool Friction Stir Welding process model a technique to model thermal processes with a moving geometry in COMSOL is introduced. The described approach allows modeling the transient temperature fields in setups that are governed by a large relative movement of different parts of the geometry. The movement of the tool is realized in a sequence of discrete time ...

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