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.

Oxidation of Metallic Nanoparticles

A. Auge[1], A. Weddemann[1], F. Wittbracht[1], B. Vogel[1], and A. Hütten[1]

[1]Department of Physics, Thin Films and Physics of Nanostructures, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

The oxidation behavior of metallic nanoparticles is investigated in respect to material parameters like Mott potential, defects on the microstructure and oxide volume increase per ionic defect. An emphasis is laid on magnetic nanoparticles where the degree of oxidation can be measured via the reduction of the magnetic moment.

Multi-Scale Modelling of Catalytic Microreactors

B. Hari[1] and C. Theodoropoulos[1]
[1]The University of Manchester, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Manchester, UK

Microreactors are important alternative to conventional reactors in chemistry, chemical, pharmaceutical and semiconductor industries due to their operation characteristics such as increased mass and heat transfer, uniform flow, safety, high throughput through array configurations, smaller plant size and lower cost of production. Models for such reactors need to be able to describe both the ...

Applying Grain Continuum Models to Stress Induced Grain Evolution in Next Generation Integrated Circuit Interconnects

D.N. Bentz, M. Bloomfield, J-Q. Lu, R.J. Gutmann, and T.S. Cale
Focus Center—New York, Rensselaer: Interconnects for Hyperintegration

We discuss the use of 3D grain continuum modeling to study grain boundary migration driven by differences in strain energy density. COMSOL Multiphysics is used to compute stresses and strain energy densities in polycrystalline structures caused by temperature changes. The grain boundary speeds are computed using a simple model that relates them to grain boundary mobility and differences ...

Benchmarking COMSOL - Part 2: CFD Problems

Darrell Pepper
Professor of Mechanical Engineering,
University of Nevada - Las Vegas

Using COMSOL 3.5a, a set of benchmark problems requiring the use of the COMSOL Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) module has been simulated. Several of the problems include fluid-heat transfer interactions (Computational Heat Transfer - CHT). The four problems are: flow over a 2-D circular cylinder compressible flow in a shock tube incompressible heated flow over a 2-D backward facing step ...

Modeling Materials through a Phase Transition: Using COMSOL Multiphysics and Applying Physics First Principles Techniques

R. W. Pryor
Pryor Knowledge Systems, Inc., Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

This paper presents a new phase transition model that is easily created and runs rapidly. It is designed so that the modeler can determine immediately the relative accuracy of the end result by use of the first principles of physics.Phase transitions are readily observable in many commonly utilized engineering materials. In fact, most modern devices and/or tools employ a phase transition in their ...

Simulation Of Heat Generation From Vibration In COMSOL Multiphysics

G. Raghuraman, and M. Arunachalam
HCL Technologies Ltd, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Vibrations are an essential part of our day to day engineering environment, which happen in automobiles, avionics, machines, electric motors, structures, electronic equipments, etc. When a system is vibrating under higher frequencies leads to higher displacement, noise and heat generation. Thus it is essential to study these effects of vibrations to improve the stability of parts in machines. In ...

Application of Multiphysics in the Simulation of Metallurgical Processes

M. Ek, and D. Sichen
Materials Science and Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

In the steelmaking processes, the stirring of the metal bath by argon (or nitrogen) injection is a widely used method to achieve chemical or thermal homogeneity. Computational fluid dynamics can be used as a very powerful tool to gain an insight into the mass transfer and heat transfer in liquid steel. In this paper, the flow behaviors in two different steelmaking reactors were simulated using ...

Modeling of Different Shaped Micro-Cantilevers Used as Chemical Sensors

G. Louarn, M. Collet, and S. Cuenot
Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel, Nantes

In this work, we present the modeling of V-shaped silicon micro-cantilevers. The sensitivity of different V-shaped silicon cantilevers is estimated, as a function of the geometrical dimensions of the cantilever.

Thermal Exchange Modelling on Hydrogen Plasma Reactor Walls

A. Michau, F. Silva, K. Hassouni, and A. Gicquel
Laboratoire d’Ingénierie des Matériaux et des Hautes Pressions, Villetaneuse

A reduced equivalent plasma model is proposed for thermal dissociation of molecular hydrogen, which allows a detailed description of atomic hydrogen recombination. This model, implemented with COMSOL Multiphysics, also accounts for surface temperature and thermal exchange on cavity walls. A self-consistent model previously developed in our laboratory has enabled us to determine that, at ...

Electric Field Distributions and Energy Transfer in Waveguide-Based Axial-Type Microwave Plasma Source

H. Nowakowska[1], M. Jasínski[1], and J. Mizeraczyk[1,2]
[1]The Szewalski Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery, Polish Academy of Sciences, Gdansk, Poland
[2]Dept. of Marine Electronics, Gdynia Maritime University, Gdynia, Poland

In this paper, we examine changes of the electric field distributions in waveguide-based axial-type microwave plasma source (MPS) during tuning procedure. The distributions strongly depend on position of the movable short, so does the wave reflection coefficient of the incident wave. A method of determining tuning characteristics of the MPS consisting in treating the MPS as a two-port network, ...

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