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.

A Multi-Physics Framework for the Geometric Optimization of a Diaphragm Electrostatic Micropump

E. Bertarelli[1], R. Ardito[1], E. Bianchi[1], K. Laganà[1], A. Corigliano[1], G. Dubini[1], and R. Contro[1]

[1]Department of Structural Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

In this work, an electrostatic diaphragm micropump is investigated by means of COMSOL Multiphysics®. A fluid-dynamic model is adopted to evaluate the fluid flow characteristics inside the pumping chamber, in static conditions. In parallel, electromechanical quasi-static simulations are performed to evaluate the occurrence of membrane movement and pull-in phenomena. Finally, a simplified ...

Mathematical Frame-work for the Productivity Index of Wells with Fast Forchheimer (non-Darcy) Flow in Porous Media

E. Aulisa [1], A. Ibragimov[1], P. Valko [2], and J. Walton[3]
[1] Texas Tech University, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
[2] Texas A & M University, Department of Petroleum Engineering
[3] Texas A & M University, Department of Mathematics

In the current paper, similar features for fast or turbulent, non-linear flows subjected to Forchheimer equations are analyzed. Under some hydrodynamic and thermodynamic constrains, it has been shown that there exists the so called pseudo-steady state regime for Forchheimer flows in reservoir media. This invariant is called diffusive capacitance, which is the mathematical model for the well ...

Computer Modelling of Deformable non-Newtonian Flow using COMSOL Multiphysics

H.A. Lecuyer[1], F.H. Bertrand[1], P.A. Tanguy[1], J.P. Mmbaga[2], and R.E. Hayes[2]
[1] Ecole Polytechnique , Montreal
[2] University of Alberta, Edmonton

This presentation is concerned with the modelling of deformable non-Newtonian Flow using COMSOL Multiphysics. This general modelling approach has more concrete applications such as paper coating in a metering size press, meniscus location by PIDS to mention a few.

Simulation of Evaporating Droplets on AFM-Cantilevers II: Confocal Microscopy and Transversal Bending

T. Haschke[1], E. Bonaccurso[2], H.J. Butt[2], F. Schönfeld[3], and W. Wiechert[1]
[1] Universität Siegen, Lehrstuhl für Simulationstechnik, Siegen
[2] Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung, Mainz
[3] Institut für Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH, Mainz

The evaporation process of microscopic drops was investigated by depositing them onto atomic force microscope (AFM) cantilevers and measuring the deflection of the cantilever in response to the presence of the drop. We could thus improve a previously presented FE simulation model by comparing the simulations of the cantilever’s transversal deflection to 3-D images of the cantilever’s ...

Simulation of the Convective Heat Transfer and Working Temperature Field of a Photovoltaic Module Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

E. Ruiz-Reina[1] and M. Sidrach-de-Cardona[1]
[1]Departamento de Física Aplicada II, Universidad de Málaga, Málaga, Spain

The aim of this work is the Finite Element Analysis (FEA), by  using COMSOL Multiphysics®, of the convective heat transfer and working temperature field of a photovoltaic module under different wind conditions.

COMSOL Implementation of Valet-Fert Model for CPP GMR devices

T. Xu[1], C.K.A. Mewes[1], S. Gupta[2], and W.H. Butler[1]
[1]Department of Physics and Astronomy and Center for Materials for Information Technology, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
[2]Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and Center for Materials for Information Technology, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

The Giant Magneto Resistance (GMR) effect is a quantum mechanical effect which can be observed in systems consisting of thin alternating ferromagnetic and non-ferromagnetic layers. Simulation using COMSOL allows the evaluation of the magneto-resistance ratio and the electrical resistances of realistic CPP-GMR devices and opens the possibility to study new device materials and designs.

Stability and Bifurcation of Cathode Arc Attachment in AC Operated High-Intensity Discharge Lamps

A. Lenef
Osram Sylvania

High-intensity discharge (HID) lamps are highly-efficient light sources with many applications. Depending on the dimensions of the electrode, lamp current, and waveforms, the plasma may attach to the cathode in a diffuse mode, that covers the electrode tip surface, or a localized mode where heating and current transfer occur in a local region of the electrode surface. The localized mode is ...

Modelling of Catalytic Radiant Heaters

J.P.Mmbaga, T.M. Mannan, N. Joederi, S.E. Wanke, and R.E. Hayes
University of Alberta

In this work we present the modelling of catalytic radiant heaters. The presentation outlines the mathematical model as well as a Laboratory setup of a catalytic radiant heater.

Design of heat flux microsensor assisted by COMSOL for the study of energy transfer on Si and Cu thin samples

L. Bedra, N. Semmar, A.-L. Thomann, R. Dussart, J. Mathias, and Y. Tessier
GREMI, CNRS-Université d'Orléans, Orléans, France

A commercial heat probe is used for energy transfer measurements on copper and silicon substrates. To do so, the micro sensor has to be calibrated under high vacuum (~10-7 mbar), using a homemade black body as a heat source.Although the HFM is cooled at 5 oC, the solid surface temperature is unknown as the thermal contact resistance. Thus, COMSOL simulations are also used to obtain reliable ...

Modeling Geophysical Fluid Flows Using COMSOL: Working Towards a Hydrodynamic Model of the Chesapeake Bay

M. Boe, R. Malek-Madani, D. R. Smith, and M. E. C. Vieira
United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA

The outline for this presentation is:Chesapeake Bay BasicsMathematical FrameworkLinear Western Intensification Models -Stommel (1948), Munk (1950)Non-linear equations solved in rectangular geometriesThree-dimensional Chesapeake Bay bathymetry attempts

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