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.

Smart Radiator Upgrade (Super Smart with Natural Gas)

E. Bozelie[1], P. Bruins[1]
[1]Saxion University Enschede, Enschede, The Netherlands

In heating upgrades, most attention is paid to the boiler. When upgrading to HR++-boilers (eff of 107%) however, difficulties may occur since the high efficiency boilers are designed for water temperatures around 40°C, while the old radiators are designed for water temperatures higher than 60°C. The resulting mismatch may lead to reduced performance, a larger carbon footprint and increased ...

A Single Particle Thermal Model for Lithium Ion Batteries

R. Painter[1], S. Berryhill[1], L. Sharpe[2], S. K. Hargrove[2]
[1]Department of Civil Engineering, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN, USA
[2]Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN, USA

COMSOL® "Single Particle Model for Lithium-Ion Batteries” (Model ID: 14527) is generalized to include an energy balance. This is accomplished by approximating the solution phase polarization as a function of current and temperature. The theoretical approach for this work is similar to Guo et al. [Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 158, (2) A122-A132 (2011)] for modeling lithium ion ...

Heat Transfer in Adsorption Heat Exchangers between Pellets and Fins

E. Laurenz[1], G. Füldner[1], L. Schnabel[1]
[1]Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), Freiburg, Germany

Adsorption heat exchangers (AdHXs) are important components in adsorption heat pumps and chillers, a primary energy efficient source of heating and cooling. Due to availability and established inexpensive manufacturing fin-and-tube type heat exchangers with beds of adsorption pellets in the finned space are widely used in state of the art products (Figure 1). For design and optimization the ...

Heat Conduction in Porous Absorption Layers for Thermography Applications

L. Helmich[1], A. Huetten[1]
[1]Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

Thermography measurements on metallic thin films are challenging due to reflections from the environment. We present a thin "gold black" absorption layer to deal with this issue. A multiphysics model is introduced to correct the experimentally obtained data for undesirable heat transfer effects between the metallic sample and the absoption layer.

Heat Propagation Improvement in YBCO-Coated Conductors for Superconducting Fault Current Limiters

D. M. Djokic[1], L. Antognazza[1], M. Abplanalp[2], M. Decroux[1]
[1]DPMC, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
[2]ABB Corporate Research Centre, Dättwil, Switzerland

YBCO Coated Conductors (CCs), used for applications in Resistive Superconducting Fault Current Limiters (RSFCLs), are known to have insufficiently high Normal Zone Propagation Velocity (NZPV) during quench events. The improvement can be made by enhancing the thermal conductivity of YBCO-CCs with no decrease in the electrical resistivity. We studied the advantage of multilayered structures grown ...

Influence of a Refurbishing on an Old Residential Building’s Wall in Paris in Summer: Mass and Heat Transfer Approach

K. Azos-Diaz[1], B. Tremeac[2], F. Simon[2], D. Corgier[2], C. Marvillet[1]
[1]Laboratoire de Chimie Moléculaire, Génie des Procédés Chimique et Energétique, Paris, France
[2]MANASLU Ing., Savoie Technolac, Le Bourget du Lac, France

The implementation of thermal insulation in old residential building walls could compromise the hygrothermal behavior of the construction, especially in summer time when it is placed inside. A bad installation of insulation could have consequences on the quality of indoor air conditions and on the health of the wall mostly during hot periods. Thus, the evaluation of heat and mass transfer ...

Multiphase Porous Media Model for Microwave Drying Spherical Potatoes - new

H. Zhu[1], T. Gulati[2], K. Huang[1], A.K. Datta[2]
[1]Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
[2]Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Mathematical description of microwave drying requires the solution of two different physics: electromagnetics in the microwave oven cavity and food material and, transport process (mass, momentum and heat transport) in the food material. Maxwell’s equations for electromagnetics were solved using the RF Module using the GMRES iterative solver with the GeometricMultigrid preconditioner. Mass, ...

Simulation of a Multilayer Thermal Regulator for an Optical Reference

J.A. Ospina[1] and E. Canuto[1]
[1]Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

The research project under which the COMSOL simulations are performed deals with multilayer and fine thermal control of an optical reference cavity for space applications. The cavity, made of Ultra Low Expansion glass (Corning ULE), must be kept close to the zero expansion temperature of the glass (close to room temperature). The target can only be met by active control, while leaving the cavity ...

A Two Dimensional Numerical Model for Multilayer Thin Films Irradiated by a Moving Laser

N. Bianco, O. Manca, and D. Ricci
Università degli Studi di Napoli

A numerical analysis of the conjugate optical-thermal fields in an amorphous silicon thin film deposited on a glass substrate and irradiated by a moving Gaussian laser source is carried out. The combined optical and thermal models are solved by means of COMSOL Multiphysics. Results are given for continuous and pulsed moving Gaussian heat sources and they are presented as temperature ...

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 ...

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