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.

COMSOL Multiphysics Modeling of Rotational Resonant MEMS Sensors with Electrothermal Drive

S. Nelson[1], and M. Guvench[1]
[1]University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Maine, USA

COMSOL Multiphysics is employed to model, simulate and predict the performance of a high Q, in-plane rotational resonating MEMS sensor. The resonating sensor disk is driven by thermal expansion and contraction of the support tethers due to AC joule heating. The resonant frequency is sensed by stationary contacts. For cost reduction, the relatively simple, low cost SOIMUMPS fabrication process is ...

Experimentally Matched Finite Element Modeling of Thermally Actuated SOI MEMS Micro-Grippers Using COMSOL Multiphysics

M. Guvench[1], and J. Crosby[1]
[1]University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Maine, USA

In “Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems” shortly known as MEMS, one of the most important and effective principle of creating transduction of electrical power to displacement force is thermal expansion. A slim beam of MEMS material, typically Silicon, is heated by the application of electrical current via Joule heating; it expands and creates motion. In the design of many MEMS devices ...

Using a Linux Cluster for Parallel Simulations of an Active Magnetic Regenerator Refrigerator

T.F. Petersen, N. Pryds, and A. Smith
Risø National Laboratory, Fuel Cells and Solid State Chemistry Department, Roskilde

The Magnetic Refrigerator (MR) is a special type of refrigerator with potential to reduce the energy consumption of household refrigeration by a factor of two or more. To conduct numerical analysis of an experimental MR, a mathematical model was developed. The model solves the coupled Navier-Stokes and heat transfer equations which describe the physical phenomenon occurring within the MR. To ...

A Tool for Studying the Ecology of Hydrosystems

D. Peyrard[1], Ph. Vervier[1], S. Sauvage[1], J.M. Sánchez-Pérez[1], and M. Quintard[2]
[1] Laboratoire d’Ecologie des Hydrosystèmes, Toulouse
[2] Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse

The hyporheic zone is defined as an area where water and matter exchange through the sand, gravel, sediments and other permeable soils under and beside streams. Its impact on the hydro-system function is determined by the proportion of subsurface biogeochemical reactions and the fluxes of water exchanging with the hyporheic zone and flowing through the porous sediments. The objective of our ...

Magnetic Liquids for Lab-on-a-chip and Rapid Diagnostics Applications

H. Köser
Yale University

In this presentation we outline our recent work on Magnetic Liquids, and the great number of application areas these are used. Ferrofluids are nanometer sized magnetic particles, covered by a surfactant, suspended in a carrier medium compatible with the surfactant material. Ferrofluids are applicable to a great and ever increasing number of application areas, such as: • Liquid Seals and ...

Developing direct methanol fuel cells using FEMLAB as a modeling tool

Gianluca Bollito
Centro Ricerche FIAT
Orbassano, Italy

Fuel cell converts chemical energy directly to electrical energy through oxidation-reduction reactions. It consists of an electrolyte between two electrodes, the anode and the cathode. The engineering and materials challenges that must be overcome to produce fuel cells small enough for micro-applications (telephones, PDAs, etc.) are enormous, and will require innovative ...

A Survey of Multiphysics Applications for Materials and Processes

John Tanski
Staff Engineer
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM

In this presentation, the following modeling applications are considered: Heat treatment of carbon fiber-epoxy parts Growth and contact of corrosion spot Gas saturation in epoxy cartridges Design of mechanical assembly for corrosion All models are accompanied with a description of the physics, problem formulation as well as results from ...

The Unroutinary Loads on the LBT Adaptive Secondary Mirror

C. Del Vecchio
INAF-OAA, Firenze, Italy

The thin shell of the LBT Adaptive Secondary Mirror has been manufactured, optically polished, and delivered. The operations and tests required before finally mounting it on the telescope have to be run very carefully, as they imply loads completely different from the ones of the adaptive operational modes - studied in the past with very encouraging results. Deformations and stresses that occur ...

Simplified 2D and 3D Models of Coating Formation: Application to Plasma Sprayed Zirconia

K. Fataoui1, B. Pateyron1, M. El Ganaoui1, M. Amara1, H. Rhanim2, and A. Belafhal2
1Université de Limoges, Limoges, France
2Faculté des Sciences, Université Chouaib Doukkali, El Jadida, Marocco

Since the nineties many works have been dedicated to splat formation modeling. The main part of these works takes into account the molten droplet impact onto a flat surface, its flattening and solidification.The aim of this work is to test if a simplified model in 2D allows to characterize the real contact between the splat and the substrate and to compare the results of the experiments and the ...

Dual Solutions for Viscous Mixed Convection Flows in a Vertical Circular Duct: A Numerical Benchmark

S. Lazzari1, A. Barletta1 , E. Magyari1,2, and F. Piccinini3
1Dipartimento di Ingegneria Energetica, Nucleare e del Controllo Ambientale (DIENCA), University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
2Institute of Building Technology, ETH - Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
3Biomedical Engineering, Engineering School of Cesena, Cesena, Italy

Forced and free convection flow in a vertical isothermal circular duct is studied by taking into account the internal heating due to viscous dissipation. The momentum and energy balance equations lead to a nonlinear boundary value problem that is solved numerically by means of the finite-element software COMSOL Multiphysics.For any prescribed value of the average velocity smaller than a maximum, ...

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