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.

Validation of the Acoustic Finite Element Model of a Very Light Jet Cavity Mock-up

F. Teuma Tsafack, K. Kochan, T. Kletschkowski, and D. Sachau
Helmut Schmidt University/ University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, Germany

This paper presents an important step in developing a combined active noise- and audio system for a light jet. To prepare its installation both a wooden mock-up and a finite element model of the investigated cavity were created. Sensitivity analysis and key parameters selection were done in order to validate the model. Error analysis between measured and computed data closes the ...

A Numerical Investigation on Active Chilled Beams for Indoor Air Conditioning

G. Cammarata, and G. Petrone
Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, University of Catania, Catania, Italy

In this study fluid-dynamical and thermal performance of active chilled beams is investigated by 2D and 3D modelling in COMSOL Multiphysics. Three different typologies of those air conditioning systems are considered. Results, obtained for typical range of variation of operational conditions, are principally produced as temperature and velocity distributions. Special attention is paid to the ...

AC/DC Modeling and Experimental Impedance Verification of 3D MEMS Inductor Coils

T. Reissman, and E. Garcia
Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

In this work, an analysis is presented for a 3-dimensional RF MEMS coil using the COMSOL AC/DC module in conjunction with the CAD import module. The realization of being able to produce such 3-dimensional RF coils allows for less surface area to be needed for similar inductor performance in comparison to larger planar RF coils by maintaining the same number of turns through super-positioning of ...

Analysis of the Mechanical Behavior of Violins Based on a Multi-physics Approach

E. Ravina
Dept. of Mechanics and Machine Design, Research Centre on Choral and Instrumental Music (MUSICOS), University of Genoa, Italy

The paper attempts to give a contribution to the dynamic analysis of musical instruments. A multidisciplinary approach oriented to the study of mechanical, structural, vibratory and acoustical phenomena related to stringed instruments is discussed. The case study focused in this paper concerns the violins family: the geometry and the vibratory propagation of this instrument is very complicated to ...

Development of an On-Line Wall-Fouling Sensor for Pipeline Transportation of Heavy Oil-Water Mixtures

S. Rushd[1], and R.S. Sanders[1]
[1]Chemical & Materials Engineering Department, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

A beneficial method for transporting highly viscous hydrocarbons (e.g. heavy oil and bitumen) through a pipeline is known as Lubricated Pipe Flow (LPF). A major challenge for this technology is flow instability caused by the formation of a wall-coating of oil or the thinning and/or loss of the lubricating water layer in the pipe. This issue can be addressed by using capacitance sensors to measure ...

Finite Element Analysis of Molecular Rydberg States

M.G. Levy[1], X. Liang[1], R.M. Stratt[1], and P.M. Weber[1]

[1]Department of Chemistry, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Identifying molecules requires associating molecular structures with their electronic energy levels. In this paper we introduce a novel technique for the calculation of molecular Rydberg levels. The technique allows for easy visualization of the associated wavefuntions to make unambiguous assignments. The value calculated for the 3p state of trimethylamine is most closely in agreement with recent ...

Magnetoacoustic Tomography and COMSOL Multiphysics

W. He
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Electrical Engineering, Beijing, China

Magnetoacoustic tomography with magnetic induction (MAT-MI) is a recently introduced method for imaging electrical impedance properties, which integrates classic electrical impedance tomography and ultrasonic technique. It could provide an explicitly reconstructed electrical impedance distribution with high spatial resolution and contrast, eliminating the shielding effects of insulating tissues. ...

Engineering Light Photonics, Plasmonics and Meta-materials

Dr. A. Prabhakar
Dept. of Electrical Engineering, IIT-Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Anil Prabhakar joined the faculty at IIT-Madras in 2002, after 5 years of post-doctoral experience in the hard disk drive industry. His current research interests include photonics, spintronics, nonlinear dynamics and alternative and augmentative communication. As a member of the Optics Group in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, he is actively involved in areas of data storage, ...

Shape and Failure Control of Composite Laminates Using Piezoelectric Actuators

Z. Hasan
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA

The present work focuses on the use of piezoelectric materials as actuators for shape control of composite laminates such as Lead Zircronate Titanate (PZT), and other piezoelectric fiber composites such as Active fiber composites (AFCs), Microfiber Composites (MFCs) which allow for improvement of their constitutive properties. By using embedded actuators, such that, the active part is ...

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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