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.

Gating of Gigantic Ionic Current through Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

P. Krstic, and J. Park
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN

The gigantic magnitude features of the ionic current of electrolyte through carbon nanotubes (CNT) are explained by the dramatic increase of electroosmotic current induced by the strong slip at the CNT surface and the considerable excess volume charge inside the tube. In this study, we investigate the fundamental details of gating phenomena of such gigantic ionic current through CNT by using ...

Structural and Geomechanics Modeling of a Railroad Bridge

H. Diaz-Alvarez, R. Costley, D. Whitlow, M. McKenna, C. Williamson, and O. Taylor
US Army Engineer & Development Center
Vicksburg, MS

Previous studies have determined that bridges radiate acoustic energy in the infrasonic frequency range. Initial interest in this topic was the result of trying to identify sources of infrasound recorded at stations deployed near bridges. A Finite Element model has been developed for a Pratt truss railroad bridge located at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. The model consists of 3-D Euler beam elements ...

Optimization of the Design Parameters of a Piezoelectric Actuator

G. Srivastava[1], R. Sharma[1], A. Goswami[2], A. Phani[2], and R. K. Dwivedi[1]
[1]Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, India
[2]Indian Institute of Science, India

In this work a cantilever beam has been chosen as the element of study, consisting of a piezoelectric polymer like PVDF with a thin permalloy layer coating on one side of it. This piezoelectric cantilever is designed using COMSOL software. It is seen that the deflection of the tip of a unimorph cantilever is dependent on its geometric dimension, type of material and the applied field. Hence in ...

Modeling of Dehydration of Mushroom Using Finite Element Method

C. Anandharamakrishnan[1], A. Choudhary[2], and R. Gopirajah [1]
[1]Human Resource Development,CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, India
[2]Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, Karnataka, India

Dehydration is one of the methods that would extend the shelf life of mushrooms. Dried mushrooms can be used in many different types of products. Furthermore, elevated temperatures during drying enhance enzymatic reactions that can result in improved flavor of dehydrated mushrooms. This study aims to model the dehydration of mushroom using finite element modeling (FEM) taking into account of ...

Design of a RF MEMS Switch

B. Mishra, M. P. S. Naidu, J. Raj, and Z. C. Alex
VIT University
Vellore
Tamilnadu, India

This paper presents a novel design of a RF MEMS Switch. The switch is a capacitive type, which is actuated by an electrostatic force. The structure of the switch consists of a CPW (coplanar waveguides) transmission lines and a suspended membrane. The modelling of switch is done using COMSOL software and RF characteristics is found out by using CST software.

Design and Simulation of a Valveless Polymeric Micropump for Drug Delivery Applications

S. Babu[1], and P. Manohar[2]
[1]Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
[2]Department of Medical Electronics, M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Valveless micropumps have the advantage of being composed of least number of movable parts and hence can be used for long-term drug delivery applications. Their working principle is based on reciprocal forcing of fluid by an actuator through diffuser/nozzle elements generating a rectified mean flow. Micropumps based on different actuating mechanisms have already been designed and fabricated ...

Modeling and Simulation of Circular and Square Diaphragm Absolute Micro Pressure Sensors using COMSOL

M. Sundaram[1], A. Simha[2], S M. Kulkarni[3], and S. Bhat[4]
[1]Department of ICE, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, India
[2]Department of Mechatronics, National Institute of Technology, Suratkal, India
[3]Department of Mechanical, National Institute of Technology, Suratkal, India
[4]Department of E&C, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, India

The aim of this paper is to model and simulate a Circular and Square diaphragm absolute micro pressure sensors. With the applied pressure, the change in deflection and stress pattern of the diaphragm is analytically determined. The structures are then simulated using COMSOL Multiphysics®. The results obtained from analytical equations are compared with simulated results. The range and ...

Modeling the Effect of a Water Tree Inside a Tape Shield and Concentric Neutral Cables - new

K. Burkes[1,2], E. Makram[2], R. Hadidi[2]
[1]Department of Electrical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA
[2]Savannah River National Lab, R&D Instrumentation, Aiken, SC, USA

COMSOL Multiphysics® software is used to model a water tree in tape shield and concentric neutral cables. It allows for the effect on electric field intensity at the tip of the water tree and electric potential due to the water tree to be better understood. Also, COMSOL is used to calculate the resistance and capacitance of a section of cable with a water tree as it grows across the insulation. ...

COMSOL Multiphysics® Simulation of 3D Single-Phase Transport in a Random Packed Bed of Spheres - new

A. Dixon[1]
[1]Department of Chemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA

Packed beds are important in the chemical industries. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) can simulate detailed flow and scalar transport in packed beds for improved understanding and quantitative information. We present simulations of single-phase gas flow, conjugate heat transfer and isothermal dispersion of mass in a 3D model of a randomly-packed bed (tube-to-particle diameter ratio = 5.96) of ...

Modeling of Packed Bed Reactors: Hydrogen Production by the Steam Reforming of Methane and Glycerol - new

A. Dixon[1], B. MacDonald[1], A. Olm[1]
[1]Department of Chemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA

The conventional route to hydrogen production is by steam reforming of methane (MSR) in a multitubular packed bed. With the increasing use of biodiesel as a renewable fuel, interest has grown in steam reforming of the excess glycerol produced as a side product (GSR). We use COMSOL Multiphysics® software to model a tubular packed bed reactor, solving a single pellet model at each point. The ...

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