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.

Study of Hard-and Soft- Magnetorheological Elastomers (MRE’s) Actuation Capabilities

J. Roche[1], P. Von Lockette[1], and S. Lofland[2]
[1]Mechanical Engineering Dept., Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
[2]Physics and Astronomy Dept., Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

In this study, magneto-rheological elastomer (MRE) composite beams made of Barium hexaferrite (BaM) and Iron (Fe) powders combined with a highly-compliant matrix material were simulated using COMSOL\'s Solid Mechanics and AC/DC modules. The goal of the work was to develop models capable of predicting the actuation behavior of hard- and soft-magnetic MREs. This work simulates the bending of the ...

Electromagnetic and Coupled Field Computations: A Perspective

S. V. Kulkarni
Indian Institute of Technology
Bombay, India

S. V. Kulkarni a Professor in Electrical Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. Previously, he worked at Crompton Greaves Limited and specialized in the design and development of transformers up to 400 kV class. He has authored book \"Transformer Engineering: Design and Practice\" published by Marcel Dekker, Taylor & Francis Group. The author of more than 120 ...

Numerical Simulation of Pulsed TIG Welding Partial and Full Penetration

A. Traidia[1][2], F. Roger[1], and E. Guyot[2]

[1]Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées, Palaiseau, France
[2]AREVA NP, Centre Technique Soudage, France

In this poster, a numerical model of spot pulsed current TIG welding for partially and fully penetrated weld pools is presented. Heat transfer and fluid flow in the weld pool driven by the combination of electromagnetic force, buoyancy force, surface tension gradient and latent heat are included in our model. A new formulation of the electromagnetic problem is introduced to take into account eddy ...

Hydro-Mechanical Response of Sedimentary Rocks of Southern Ontario to Past Glaciations

O. Nasir[1], M.Fall[1], T.S. Nguyen[1,2], and E. Evgin[1]
[1]Department of Civil Engineering, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
[2]Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The last glacial cycle in the Northern Hemisphere started approximately 120,000 year ago. During that cycle, Southern Ontario was buried under a continental ice cap, with a maximum thickness of up to 3km. The ice cap retreated approximately 10,000 years ago. The COMSOL Multiphysics code is used to model the physical processes of the impact of past glaciations on the evolution of hydraulic system ...

Two-Dimensional COMSOL Simulation of Heavy-Oil Recovery by Electromagnetic Heating

M. Carrizales[1], and L.W. Lake[1]

[1]The University of Texas at Austin, University Station, Austin, Texas, USA

Introducing heat to the formation has proven to be an effective way of lowering the oil viscosity of heavy oils by raising the temperature in the formation. The application of electrical energy has gained more interest during the last decade because it offers fewer restrictions for its successful application compared to the conventional steam flooding methods. Although this recovery technique ...

Kinetics of the Carbothermal Reduction of Ilmenite: Grain Pellet Model

S. Savithri[1], and M. S. Manju[1]
[1] National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Trivandrum, India.

  A novel mechanism for the carbothermal reduction of Ilmenite is proposed and validated with the help of a comprehensive mathematical model. A time-dependent isothermal pellet-grain model is used to simulate the kinetic behaviour of a spherical pellet of ilmenite (FeTiO   3) in CO/CO2 atmosphere. The proposed mechanism involves diffusion of CO gas through the  ores of the ...

Phasefield Modeling of Ferroelectric Materials

Marc Kamlah
Head of the Mechanics of Materials Department, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Germany

Outline of presentation: theory of phase-field modeling of ferroelectric materials parameter identification in free energy density finite element implementation: PDE form weak form periodic boundary conditions: electrical mechanical domain configurations intrinsic and extrinsic contributions to small signal properties ---------------------------------- Keynote speaker's ...

Electrostatic Screening Effects between Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotubes and Fast Transient Joule Heating during Field Emission

M. Dionne, J.-L. Meunier, and S. Coulombe
Department of Chemical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada.

To minimize the erosion of arc electrodes, surface melting must be avoided by optimizing field emission. This can be achieved through the use of sharp structures in the design of the surface topography.Carbon nanotubes standing vertically on metal substrates are good candidates for the creation of new electrodes fulfilling these requirements but their dimensions and density on the substrate must ...

A Time Dependent Dielectric Breakdown (TDDB) Model for Field Accelerated Low-K Breakdown Due To Copper Ions

R. Achanta, J. Plawsky, and W. Gill
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA

We have simulated the copper ion concentration and internal electric field profiles in a dielectric material by solving the transient continuity/Poisson equations using COMSOL Multiphysics. We have shown that failure of dielectrics can be modeled if we assume that failure in Cu/SiO2/Si devices occurs due to a pile-up of copper ions at the cathode and the subsequent increase in electric field that ...

Exploiting New Features of COMSOL Version 4 on Conjugate Heat Transfer Problems

J.D. Freels[1], I.T. Bodey[2], and R.V. Arimilli[2]
[1]Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA
[2]University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA

Recent new releases of COMSOL provide the user with a dramatic new interface from which to interact, and many new features “under the hood” for solving problems more efficiently and with even greater accuracy and consistency than before. This paper will explore several of these new version 4+ features for the conjugate heat transfer class of problems. Our environment is unique in that we ...

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