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.

Vibration Analysis - Gullfaks C Knock Out Drum

S. Sandström
SSM Engineering, Stenungsund, Sweden

An eigenvalue as well as a harmonic response analysis is performed on the Gullfaks C, Knock Out Drum (KOD) including some of the connecting pipe systems. The vibration behavior of two new choke valves and their specific connection to the KOD are of special interest. The main concern is the low frequency induced vibration as a consequence of the platform movements. A frequency band between 0-20 Hz ...

Design of an Anti-Magnetic Screen for the Neutron Decay Spectrometer aSPECT

G. Konrad1, F. A. Guardia1, S. Baesler1,2, M. Borg1, K. Eberhardt3, F. Gluck4,5, W. Heil1, S. Hiebel1,6, R. M. Horta1, and Y. Sobolev1
1Universität Mainz, Institut fur Physik, Mainz, Germany
2University of Virginia, Department of Physics, Charlottesville, VA, USA
3Universität Mainz, Institut for Kernchemie, Mainz, Germany
4Universität Karlsruhe, Experimentelle Kernphysik, Karlsruhe, Germany
5Research Institute for Nuclear and Particle Physics, Theory Department, Budapest, Hungary
6Sekels GmbH, Ober-Mörlen, Germany

This paper deals with the design of an anti-magnetic screen for a superconducting retardation spectrometer using COMSOL Multiphysics.COMSOL was used to model and optimize the anti-magnetic screen to obtain a design that reduces the exterior magnetic field by a factor of about 10, yet does not affect the internal magnetic field and its homogeneity, and that makes sure that the additional forces ...

Analysis of a Spatial Filtering Design for Capacitive Flow Measurements

D. Hrach, A. Fuchs, and H. Zangl
Institute of Electrical Measurement and Measurement Signal Processing, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria

In this paper, a simulation of a capacitive flowmeter utilizing a spatial filtering technique is presented. The flowmeter consists basically of ring shaped electrodes placed sequentially in the flow direction on the outside of a pipe. The paper introduces an electrode layout and describes the modeling of the electrodes to achieve the required simulation accuracy.We show the functionality of the ...

Two-Phase Modeling of Gravity Drainage of Bitumen from Tar Sand Using In-Situ RF Electrical Heating

A. Hassanzadeh
Pyrophase Inc., Chicago, IL, USA

In-situ electrical heating technologies are among the most recent technologies used for bitumen recovery from tar sand and oil shale. These technologies have limited environmental impact because there is little disturbance of the land, and water and solvents are not used. Two-phase movement of bitumen and air in tar sand porous deposit is modeled using COMSOL Multiphysics. A system of non-linear ...

Modeling Nanoscale Heat Flow

S. Palaich, and B. Daly
Physics and Astronomy Department, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

When the dimensions of the material approach is a comparable size to the phonon mean free path, heat flow enters a new regime, the nanoscale. The Fourier and Cattaneo Equations describe bulk heat flow well, but radiative boundary terms must be considered when modeling nanoscale heat flow. We take these equations and input them into COMSOL with the hope of eventually linking nanoscale and bulk ...

Modeling Dispersal of Genetic Information in Structured Agricultural Landscapes with Partial Differential Equations

K. Lipsius, and O. Richter
Institute of Geoecology, TU Braunschweig, Germany

We present a model for plant dispersal in agricultural landscapes to evaluate the gene dispersal from genetically modified (GM) plants. Dispersal from seed and pollen is modeled with partial differential equations. In scenarios, we investigated the effect of roadside application of non-selective herbicides on dispersal of herbicide tolerant oilseed rape (HT OSR). We showed that OSR growing on ...

Quasi-static Analysis on the Effect of Metal Penetrating Depth into the Substrate in Microstriplines

S. Musa, and M. Sadiku
Prairie View A&M University Networking Academy (PVNA), Prairie View, TX, USA

The effect of metallization thickness on planar transmission lines plays an essential role in microwave integrated circuits and thin film technology, especially in the propagation characterization and the electric field distribution in the structures. The objective of this paper is to consider the planar transmission lines with finite thickness not penetrating and penetrating into isotropic ...

Fluidmechanical Damping Analysis of Resonant Micromirrors with Out-of-plane Comb Drive

T. Klose[1], H. Conrad[2], T. Sandner[1], and H. Schenk[1]

[1]Fraunhofer Institute Photonic Microsystems (FhG-IPMS), Germany
[2]TU Dresden, Semiconductor and Microsystems Technology Laboratory, Germany

Damping is the liminting factor for the reachable maximum deflection. Thus, it is a very important issue for resonant microsystems. In this paper, we present a damping model for out-of-plane comb driven resonant micromirrors. The basic concept of this model is to attribute viscous damping in the comb gaps as the dominant contributor of damping moments. The model is extended by findings from a ...

Modelling the Thermal Impact of a Repository for High-Level Radioactive Waste in a Clay Host Formation

X. Sillen
Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN), Waste & Disposal Department, Mol, Belgium

Disposal in deep clay geological formations is one of the promising options for disposal of high-level radioactive waste. Yet, they can generate considerable amounts of heat as a side effect of radioactive decay. This paper shows how COMSOL Multiphysics has been used to evaluate the physical impacts of the heating on the geological media around a deep disposal system. The software was found ...

Validation of Measurement Strategies and Anisotropic Models Used in Electrical Reconstructions

R. Sadleir
Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

We are developing approximations of electrically anisotropic materials for use in novel imaging methods. Our modeling work in COMSOL comprises comparisons of anisotropic and layered models in terms of electrical conductivities measured using different strategies. We tested solution stability in one anisotropic case by varying mesh anisotropy. In our case, good approximations to the true ...

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