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 Model of Electric Field Assisted Capillarity for the Fabrication of Hollow Microstructures

C. Tonry[1], M. K. Patel[1], C. Bailey[1], M. P.Y. Desmuliez[2], W. Yu[3]
[1]Computational Mechanics and Reliability Group (CMRG), School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
[2]Microsystems Engineering Centre (MISCEC, School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Heriot Watt University, Earl Mountbatten Building, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
[3]State Key Laboratory of Applied Optics, Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, Jilin, China

Electric Field Assisted Capillarity (EFAC) is a novel technique for the fabrication of hollow polymer microstructures. It has advantages over current methods as it is a single step process. Hollow microstructures have many uses in industry from microchannels and microcapsules in BioMEMS to fibre-optical waveguides. It makes use of the dielectric properties of polymers combined with a heavily ...

COMSOL Multiphysics and The Library of Babel

William T. Vetterling, Ph.D., is a Research Fellow of ZINK Imaging, Inc. and manager of its Image Science Laboratory in Bedford, Massachusetts. He received his Ph.D. in condensed-matter physics from Harvard University, and joined the Harvard faculty in 1976. In 1984 he began working with Polaroid Corporation, where he remained for over 20 years performing research and modeling studies of imaging ...

Thermo-Elastic Response of Cutaneous and Subcutaneous Tissues to Noninvasive Radiofrequency Heating

J. Jimenez-Lozano[1], P. Vacas-Jacques[1], W. Franco[1]
[1]Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Radiofrequency (RF) technology offers unique advantages for noninvasive selective heating of relatively large volumes of tissue. In this work, we present a mathematical model for selective non-invasive, non-ablative RF heating of cutaneous and subcutaneous tissue (with detailed fiber septa structures) including their thermo-elastic response. Our analysis shows that the fiber septa architecture ...

Modeling a Non-Flooding Hybrid Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell and Related Diffusion-Migration-Reaction Systems

B.E. McNealy[1], J.L. Hertz[1]
[1]University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA

Introduction: Understanding the mass and charge transport behavior of heterogeneous systems that include diffusion, migration, and reaction of ions is important in fuel cells, batteries, and other electrochemical applications. Here, a numerical model for charged species transport and reaction has been developed to simulate the electrochemical behavior of a novel type of “non-flooding” hybrid ...

Modeling the Squeeze Flow of a Thermoplastic Composite Tape during Forming

A. Levy[1], G.P. Picher Martel[1], P. Hubert[1]
[1]McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

Thermoplastic composite such as APC2 (Carbon/PEEK) are usually shipped as semi-finite tape products. Final product is obtained with forming by applying heat and pressure. A key phenomena is the squeezing of the tape. In this paper we compare the solution of the squeeze flow using a finite element method, an analytical model under lubrication assumption and experimental data. The finite element ...

Progress in Numerical Simulation of HIIPER Space Propulsion Device

P. Keutelian[1], A. Krishnamurthy[1], G. Chen[1], B. Ulmen[1], G.H. Miley[1]
[1]University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, USA

HIIPER is an experimental space propulsion device using a helicon and an IEC as a plasma generation and acceleration stage, respectively. There is an experiment in progress, but for true rapid iteration and to model the performance of the engine, COMSOL is a strong candidate for fulfilling these roles and continuing with the project until its production phase. The simulation is built with very ...

Prototype Probe Development for Liquid Injection Shutdown System Tube Gap Detection by Remote Field Pulsed Eddy Current Technique

T. V. Shyam[1], B. S. V. G. Sharma[1], J. N. Kayal[1]
[1]Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai, India

Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) play a prominent role in contributing power for the Nuclear Energy Programme in India. In 540MWe type PHWR reactors, there are horizontally placed Liquid Injection Shutdown System (LISS) tubes for injecting poison into the moderator to clamp down the nuclear power under trip conditions. The Horizontally placed LISS pipes are placed perpendicular to the ...

Design and Simulation of a Cantilever Array for Fluid Flow Sensing Applications

K. Kavitha[1], Y. R. Manjoosha[1], C. S. Sukanya[1], K. Saranya[1], K. Chandra Devi[1], M. Alagappan[1], A. Gupta[1]
[1]Department of Biomedical Engineering, PSG college of technology, Coimbatore, TamilNadu, India

The biological hair-cell is a modular building block of a rich variety of biological sensors. These sensors are responsive to various mechanical properties like vibration, touch, gravitational forces, etc., especially flow. Using micro and nano-fabrication technology, an engineering equivalent of such sensors have been reported to be fabricated, imitating the structure and transfer function of ...

Study on Electromagnetic Waves in the Terahertz Region Using COMSOL Multiphysics

T. Nishida[1]
[1]Shinshu University, Matsumoto City, Nagano, Japan

Electromagnetic waves in the terahertz (THz) region may be useful for non-destructive imaging and biosensing technology. This presentation shows the example of our research aimed at the development of application in the THz region. The result of comparing the FDTD method and COMSOL Multiphysics is demonstrated in the investigation of metamaterial and the photoconductive antenna.

Why We Have Earthquakes in the Eastern United States

J. K. Costain[1]
[1]Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA

There are only two types of naturally-occurring earthquakes anywhere on the Earth: 1) those associated with the dynamics of plate tectonics and 2) those associated with the dynamics of the hydrologic cycle. The first type is characteristic of an INTERplate setting (like the San Andreas Fault). The second (“hydroseismicity”) is characteristic of an INTRAplate setting (like the Virginia ...

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