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.

Use of COMSOL to Estimate the Thermal Properties and Kinetic Parameters for the Degradation of Anthocyanins in Grape Pomace

D.K. Mishra[1], and K.D. Dolan[1,2]
[1] Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University
[2] Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Michigan State University

Degradation of components in low-moisture and high-temperature food is difficult to model because of the temperature gradient and long heating time. A method was developed to estimate the thermal properties of grape pomace and the rate constant and activation energy of anthocyanin degredation.

A Numerical Investigation on Active Chilled Beams for Indoor Air Conditioning

G. Cammarata, and G. Petrone
Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, University of Catania, Catania, Italy

In this study fluid-dynamical and thermal performance of active chilled beams is investigated by 2D and 3D modelling in COMSOL Multiphysics. Three different typologies of those air conditioning systems are considered. Results, obtained for typical range of variation of operational conditions, are principally produced as temperature and velocity distributions. Special attention is paid to the ...

Study of the Thermal Behavior of Solar Cells Based on GaAs

N. Martaj[1,2], E. Guidicelli[2], Y. Cuminal[2], A. Perona[3], S. Pincemin[1,2]
[1]EPF-Ecole d’Ingénieurs, Montpellier, France
[2]IES, UMR5214, Université Montpellier II, Montpellier, France
[3]Laboratoire PROMES-CNRS Tecnosud, Rambla de la thermodynamique, Perpignan, France

The paper studies the thermal modeling and simulation of photovoltaic cells suitable for use in highly concentrated solar flux (> 1000 suns). The cells studied are those of GaAs kind. These cells are a very good alternative to be studied instead of more complex multi junctions cells. The objective is to find a simple and inexpensive way to remove heat from PV modules and to keep the electrical ...

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 ...

A Study on the Effects of the Nusselt Number and the Dimensional Parameters on Carbon Nanostructure-Based Pin Fin Heatsinks Grown-on-Package for Electronic Package Cooling by Natural Convection

P. Rezai1,2, M. S. Kabir1,2, and P. Enoksson1
1Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
2SMOLTEK AB, Gothenburg, Sweden

In this paper, an experimental and theoretical study of natural convectional heat transfer from directly grown-on-package carbon nanostructure-based pin fin heatsinks is studied. The simulations are done by using the Heat Transfer Module in COMSOL Multiphysics. To verify the model, we chose a reference commercial Al-based heatsink manufactured by Thermaflo Inc.In all simulations, a rectangular ...

3D Modeling and Simulation of the Thermal Performance of Solid Cyclotron Targets

M. A. Avila-Rodriguez1, J. A. Sader1, and S. A. McQuarrie1,2
1Edmonton PET Centre, Cross Cancer Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
2Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Division of Oncologic Imaging, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

COMSOL Multiphysics was used to model and simulate the thermal performance of solid targets irradiated with charged particles.Results showed that materials with a high thermal conductivity to heat capacity ratio behave better in cooling dynamic systems requiring fast dissipation of heat.

Effect of Thermal Contact Resistance of Heat Transfer in the Mold

K-C. Chiu[1], C-D Jih[1], M-T Chen[2], and Y-S Lin[2]
[1]Metal Industries Research & Development Centre, Taichung, Taiwan
[2]CSUN Manufacturing Limited Company, Taiwan

In this study, computational fluid dynamics analysis software (COMSOL Multiphysics) is used to predict heat transfer for the hot-pressed mold of semiconducting vacuum laminator. The predicted results are compared with the experimental measurements to verify the accuracy of simulations. The mold heated by electric pipes that were formed as concentric circle similarly and installed the mold within ...

Modeling the Heat Treatment of a Starch Suspension inside a Tubular Heat Exchanger

A. Plana-Fattori[1,2], E. Chantoiseau[1,2], C. Doursat[1,2], and D. Flick[1,2]
[1]AgroParisTech, Massy, France
[2]INRA, Massy, France

Many liquid food processes involve coupled phenomena of fluid flow, heat transfer and product transformation. A typical example is the heat treatment of a starch suspension inside a tubular heat exchanger. Fluid flow influences heat transfer which determines temperature evolution along fluid trajectories. Temperature locally influences the food product transformation. The latter influences ...

Porous Media Based Model for Deep-Fat Vacuum Frying Potato Chips

A. Warning, A. K. Datta, A. Dhall, and D. Mitrea
Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

A multiphase porous media model involving heat and mass transfer within a potato chip was implemented in COMSOL 3.5a. The diffusive flux in oil and liquid water was modeled from capillary driven flow while the gas phase was modeled using binary diffusion. A non-equilibrium water evaporation rate was used and Darcy's law for the momentum equation to solve for the convection of each ...

A Coulomb Stress Model to Simulate Induced Seismicity Due to Fluid Injection and Withdrawal in Deep Boreholes

G. Perillo[1], G. De Natale[2], C. Troise[2], A. Troiano[2], M.G. Di Giuseppe[2], A. Tramelli[2]
[1]University of Naples Parthenope, Naples, Italy
[2]INGV, Osservatorio Vesuviano, Naples, Italy

Fluid injection and withdrawal in deep wells is a basic procedure in mining activities and deep resources exploitation, i.e. oil and gas extraction, geothermal exploitation, geothermal permeability enhancement and waste ?uid disposal. All these activities have the potential to induce seismicity, as dramatically demonstrated by the 2006 Basilea earthquake of magnitude ML=3.4. The mechanism of ...

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