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.

3D Multiphysics Model of Thermal Flow Sensors

C. Falco[1], A. De Luca[1], S. Sarfraz[1], F. Udrea[1]
[1]University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

The aim of this work is to present a model capable to describe the behaviour of a thermal flow sensor under every physical aspect. A generic thermal flow sensor relates the flow properties with a variation in the temperature profile inside the device itself. Thus, it is locally heated up with a resistive element biased with an external current, surrounded by one or more temperature sensing ...

Enhanced Surface Plasmon Polariton Propagation Induced by Active Dielectrics

M. Mattheakis[1], C. Athanasopoulos[1], G. P. Tsironis[1]
[1]University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece

We present numerical simulations for the propagation of surface plasmon polaritons in a dielectric-metal-dielectric waveguide using COMSOL Multiphysics® software. We show that the use of an active dielectric with gain that compensates metal absorption losses enhances substantially plasmon propagation. Furthermore, the introduction of the active material induces, for a specific gain value, a ...

Heat Propagation Improvement in YBCO-Coated Conductors for Superconducting Fault Current Limiters

D. M. Djokic[1], L. Antognazza[1], M. Abplanalp[2], M. Decroux[1]
[1]DPMC, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
[2]ABB Corporate Research Centre, Dättwil, Switzerland

YBCO Coated Conductors (CCs), used for applications in Resistive Superconducting Fault Current Limiters (RSFCLs), are known to have insufficiently high Normal Zone Propagation Velocity (NZPV) during quench events. The improvement can be made by enhancing the thermal conductivity of YBCO-CCs with no decrease in the electrical resistivity. We studied the advantage of multilayered structures grown ...

Numerical Simulations of a Subsonic/Supersonic Coaxial Jet for an Efficient Design of Experimental Setup

D. Guariglia[1], C. Schram[1]
[1]von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Sint-Genesius-Rode, Belgium

The flow field of a coaxial jet with the internal (primary) flow being subsonic and the external (secondary) flow being supersonic has been investigated with COMSOL Multiphysics® software. We used the results to correct defects in the nozzle geometry and we evaluated the effect of heat transfer on the shock-cells system. Finally, we verified the stresses in the material to avoid permanent ...

Design and Simulation of an Orbiting Piezoelectric MEMS Gyroscope Based on Detection of Phase-Shift Signals

S. Gorelick[1], J. R. Dekker[1], B. Guo[1], H. Rimminen[1]
[1] VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland

The feasibility of phase-sensitive detection of angular-rates using bi-directional orbiting piezoresonators suspended by thick annular springs with thin-film aluminium nitride piezoactuators on top of them was investigated. The ring-shaped flexures are more suitable for supporting the orbiting motion due to their angle-dependent spring constant. The response of the orbiting resonators to angular ...

Simulation and Experimental Validation of the Core Temperature Distribution of a Three-Phase Transformer

R. Barroso[1]
[1]Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil

This paper presents an application of COMSOL Multiphysics® software in the study of the temperature distribution of a 5kVA three-phase air-cooled transformer. A 3D, steady state model was utilized on the simulations. The interface with the surrounding air was modeled by Newton's Law of Cooling, discarding the need of solving the external air flow. The simulation agreed with the experimental ...

Viscoelastic Deformation of the Alaskan Crust and Upper Mantle Subsequent to Regional Earthquakes

Boyd, O.S.
U.S. Geological Survey, Golden, Colorado

Estimates of the probability of earthquakes in Alaska are improved through a finite element, viscoelastic analysis of the evolution of stress in the Earth’s crust and upper mantle. A solution to the problem is addressed through multiple FEMLAB applications, two for each subdomain, where each subdomain is a fault bounded block. The first application models the elastic response and sets up the ...

Activation Imaging of the Heart using Diffusion Models

R. Abou-Marie, and A. Jeremic
McMaster University, Canada

The inverse problem of electrocardiography involves determining information about the electrical activity of the heart from measurements on the body surface. The estimation of certain physiological parameters can potentially improve early detection of heart disease. In this study, we present an algorithm for estimating parameters that characterize the electrical activation. Estimation of ...

High-Performance Multiphysics Simulations

M. Ringh
COMSOL AB

In this presentation we present where COMSOL Multiphysics and its modules will be in the year 2007. The presentation considers the upcoming features, not only from a developers point of view, but also through examples from different branches of applied physics and mathematics. In addition, we present some important milestones during the past 10 years for COMSOL ...

Two-Dimensional Thermal Hydraulic Analysis and Benchmark in Support of HFIR LEU Conversion using COMSOL

J. D. Freels[1], I. T. Bodey[2], R. V. Arimilli[2], K. T. Lowe[3]
[1]: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
[2]: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
[3]: Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, West Mifflin, PA

The research documented herein was funded by a research contract between the Research Reactors Division (RRD) of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering Department (MABE). The research was governed by a statement of work (SOW) which clearly defines nine specific tasks. This report is outlined to ...

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