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.

Optimization of Carbon Nanotube Field Emission Arrays

B. L. Crossley[1], M. Kossler[1], P.J. Collins[1], R. A. Coutu Jr.[1], and L. A. Starman[1]

[1]Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, USA

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been proven experimentally to be well suited for field emission applications. An optimized triode configured CNT field emission array is developed using the COMSOL Multiphysics Electrostatics Application to adjust five key physical dimensions to investigate the effects on the enhanced electric field at the CNT emitter tips. The five dimensions studied are CNT spacing, ...

Laminar Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer Studies of an Electrical Conducting Fluid Subject to Combined Electric and Magnetic Fields

E. Gutierrez-Miravete[1], T. DePuy[2], and X. Xie[2]
[1]Rensselaer at Hartford, Hartford, CT
[2]Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, CT

The flow of electrically conducting fluids such as liquid metals is significantly affected by applied electric and magnetic fields. The effect has important industrial applications in metallurgy, nuclear technology and other fields. This paper described results of a series of studies designed to investigate the capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics to accurately simulate the steady laminar flow ...

Strong Localization and Rapid Time Scales of Superheating in Solid-State Nanopores - new

E. Levine[1], G. Nagashima[1], D. Hoogerheide[1], M. Burns[2], J. Golovchenko[1]
[1]Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
[2]Rowland Institute at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

Extreme localized superheating and homogeneous vapor bubble nucleation have recently been demonstrated in a single nanopore in thin, solid state membranes [1]. Aqueous electrolytic solution present within the pore is superheated to well above its boiling point by Joule heating from ionic current driven through the pore. Continued heating of the metastable liquid can eventually lead to explosive ...

Study of the Process, Design, and Operating Parameters Effect on the Efficiency of the Process Mill - new

A. K. Farouk[1]
[1]Department of Mathematics & Natural Science, University of Stavanger, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway

This study is to investigate the velocity pattern and the velocity magnitude of the cuttings that is being processed in the process mill as a result of the rotating hammers. The process mill consists of a horizontal cylindrical shell equipped with renewable liners and rotating hammers for milling of drill cuttings. An F.E model of the process mill was constructed using dimensions similar to ...

Use of COMSOL Multiphysics® for IAQ Monitoring in Cleanrooms - new

G. Petrone[1], C. Balocco[2]
[1]BE CAE & Test, Catania, Italy
[2]Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Firenze, Firenze, Italy

High levels of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in Operating Theatres (OT) is an important issue in order to contribute in prevention of Surgical Site Infections (SSI). Despite of specific plant layouts are applied for OT ventilation (e.g. unidirectional flow), the effective use conditions can heavily modify the design microclimate and air quality levels. Medical staff presence and movements and sliding ...

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.

Thermo-Fluid Dynamic Modeling of Cu Based Metallic Foams for Heat Exchanger Applications

C.A. Biffi[1], A. Tuissi[1]
[1]National Research Council of Italy, Lecco, Italy

In this work the innovative concept is the use of a Cu based metallic foam, characterized by open cell structure, as active element for heat exchangers. The metallic foam, produced by liquid infiltration method, was introduced inside a Cu tube, as base element for the exchanger. In the configuration under investigation, an moist air flow at few hundreds of degrees passes through the metallic foam ...

Multiphysics Simulation of Polymer-Based Filters for Sub-Millimeter Space Optics - new

N. Baccichet[1], G. Savini[1]
[1]Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, London, UK

Multiphysics Simulation of Polymer-Based Filters for Sub-Millimeter Space Optics This work focuses its analysis on polymer-based filters used in space-borne astronomical instrumentation for Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation and Far-Infrared observations. Most of these observatories mount quasi-optical elements made of such materials, due to their high transparency and low absorption in ...

Void Shape Evolution of Silicon: Level-Set Approach - new

C. Grau Turuelo[1], C. Breitkopf[1]
[1]Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany

The void shape evolution of silicon is a process driven mainly by surface diffusion which leads to a geometrical transformation of trenches etched in silicon wafers due to surface energy minimization. The temperature, the ambient gas and the annealing time affect the velocity of the process. The use of custom PDEs in COMSOL Multiphysics® software and the Level-Set method provide a good base ...

Chip Drop After Silver Sintering Process

M.H. Poech[1], M. Weiß[1], and K. Gruber[1]

[1]Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology, Itzehoe, Germany

Since a couple of years, sintering becomes more and more important for power electronics. To press a semiconductor under high temperature in silver paste on a substrate promises benefits for durability. Tests with semiconductors of different thickness expose some problems. After the cool down, some of them fall slightly from the substrate. Stress in the boundary layer, caused by different ...

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