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.

Carbon Foam Filled with Phase Change Materials for Passive Temperature Management

Espinoza Vallejos, P.A., Duston, C.
Technology Assessment and Transfer

FEMLAB was used to aid in the design of a novel temperature management system. The system under consideration is a heat sink consisting of a carbon foam block brazed to the inside of an aluminum enclosure. The high thermal conductivity carbon foam is structurally reinforced and filled with a phase change material. A phase change material (PCM) is a substance which releases a large amount of ...

Modeling the Thermo-mechanical Behavior of a “V”-shaped Composite Buckle-beam Thermal Actuator

Kushkiev I., Jupina, M.A.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Villanova University, Villanova, PA

In this paper, we validate a numerical model of a “V”-shaped buckle-beam electro-thermal actuator through FEMLAB simulation. The motivation here is similar to that of the simulation of purely electronic VLSI circuits: before manufacturing a prototype, one wishes to virtually build the device and predict its behavior. FEMLAB allowed us to study the effect of temperature dependant ...

Negative Thermal Expansion Materials: Thermal Stress and Implications for Composite Materials

M.J. Jakubinek[1,2], C.A. Whitman[2,3], and M.A. White[1,2,3]
[1]Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
[2]Institute for Research in Materials, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
[3]Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

There is considerable interest in the possibility of combining NTE materials with normal (positive) thermal expansion materials, to reduce the potential of failure of a material or component due to thermal stress fracture. Finite element analysis (FEM) is used to explore the overall expansion and thermal stress in composites.

Self Heating Effects and Equilibrium Rise Times within Micro Silicon Thermistors Operating Within a Gas Liquid Interface

R.Osborne, and K. Dawkins
University of Birmingham

This paper considers the thermal behaviour of an array of micro-silicon thermistors operating within a liquid/gas interface for fluid level sensing applications. COMSOL Multiphysics has been used to model and simulate the transient multiphysics model and calculate the overall thermal flux, the steady-state condition and time taken to obtain steady thermal balance.

Homogeneous and Inhomogeneous Model for Flow and Heat Transfer in Porous Materials as High Temperature Solar Air Receivers

O. Smirnova, T. Fend, P. Schwaryboezl, and D. Schoellgen
German Aerospace Center, Institute of Technical Thermodynamics, Koeln, Germany

Results of simulations on flow and heat transfer in a porous Silicon Carbide honeycomb structure applied as a solar air receiver are presented. In this application porous materials are put in concentrated solar radiation. Flux densities of up to 1000 MW/m² are reached. Simultanously, ambient air flows through the material to be heated up to temperatures of app. 800°C. This hot air is then used ...

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 ...

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 ...

Heat Loss Evaluation of an Experimental Set-up for Predicting the Initial Stage of the Boiling Curve for Water at low Pressure

K. T. Witte[1], F. Dammel[2], L. Schnabel[1], and P. Stephan[2]
[1]Fraunhofer Institut Solare Energiesysteme - Department of Thermal Systems and Buildings, Freiburg, Germany
[2]Technische Universität Darmstadt - Institute of Technical Thermodynamics, Darmstadt, Germany

In this paper heat losses and gains are assessed for a specific measuring set-up improving the validity of performance data to accurately predict the initial stage of a boiling curve. Simulation focus on achieving results predicting real measuring data of a plain surface structure. Therefore, the relevant components of the measuring set-up have been implemented in a 2-D axisymmetric model ...

Computational Building Physics using Comsol: Research, Education and Practice

J. van Schijndel
Eindhoven University of Technology,
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Jos van Schijndel completed his MSc in 1998 at the Department of Applied Physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUe). In 2007 he obtained a PhD degree at the TUe on integrated heat, air and moisture modeling. Currently, he is assistant professor focusing on Computational Building Physics. His passion is creative computational modeling using state of art scientific software and ...

Human Torso Model for Heat Transfer Analysis

X. Xu[1], T. Patel[1], R.W. Hoyt[1]
[1]U.S. Army Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick, MA, USA

A human torso model was created for heat transfer analysis. The torso was derived from the ‘Virtual Family’ whole-body voxel data from the ITIS Foundation (Zurich, Switzerland). Measurements were taken from the ITIS male along the axial plane at key anatomical landmarks and used to develop geometry in Solidworks. Individual components were created to represent the skin, fat, muscle, and bone ...

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