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.

Feed-forward/Feed-backward Mechanical Amplification in the Mouse Cochlea

J. Soons[1,2], C. Steele[2], S. Puria[2]
[1]Lab of Biomedical physics, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
[2]Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, USA

Sound vibrations are collected from the external environment by the eardrum and are guided to the basilar membrane in the cochlea. Pressure differences in the two scalae of the cochlea result in a traveling wave on the basilar membrane. The tiny displacements are detected by the deflection of thousands of hair cells, situated along this membrane. It is hypothesized that some 3/4 of these hair ...

Electromagnetic and Thermal Modeling of Vacuum Distillation Furnace

Asif Ahmad Bhat[1], D. Sujish[1], Sourabh Agarwal[1], B. Muralidharan[1], G. Padmakumar[1], K. K. Rajan[1]
[1]Fast Reactor Technology Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, India

Vacuum distillation furnaces (VDFs) are employed for purification and consolidation of heavy metals from their dendritic forms which are entrained with molten salts. The VDF is an induction heated furnace which is operated at a temperature of 700-1400 °C and at a pressure of 0.01-600 torr. To arrive at the adequate design of such type of furnace, magnetic field and temperature distribution need ...

Modeling Acoustic Interface Wave Dispersion Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

B. Goldsberry[1], M. Isakson[1]
[1]Applied Research Laboratories, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA

Measuring geoacoustic parameters of underwater sediments is important for accurate modeling of underwater acoustic propagation. While the density and compressional wave speeds can be directly measured in sediments, shear wave speeds are difficult to measure because they are highly attenuated. However, shear wave speeds can be indirectly determined through measurement of Scholte interface wave ...

Dynamic Structural Modelling of Wind Turbines Using COMSOL Multiphysics

C. Van der Woude, and S. Narasimhan
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

This paper presents a study of a wind turbine subjected to wind and seismic loading, carried out using COMSOL Multiphysics. The dynamic properties and response of wind turbine structures are of interest, as recent developments in wind energy have led to the design and construction of increasingly large and flexible turbine structures. A typical turbine structure model was created in ...

Electrical Conductivity Modeling and Validation in Unidirectional Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites

P. Banerjee[1], J. L. Schmidt[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA

Carbon fiber (CF) reinforced polymer composites (CFRP) have begun to replace Al-Zn-Mg alloys in applications which require high strength-to-weight ratios. The anisotropy of CFRP composites is a result of melt crystallized extrusion techniques that impart an inherent directionality to the CFs and the associated material’s properties. Electrical conductivity was modeled across the entire CF ...

Beam Characteristics of Ultrasonic Transducers for Underwater Marine Use

G. McRobbie[1], P. Marin-Franch[2], and S. Cochrane[1]
[1] University of Paisley
[2] Piezo Composite Transducers, Ltd

This paper illustrates how finite element analysis with COMSOL Multiphysics can be used to simulate the mechanical and electrical characteristics of piezoelectric transducers. It also shows how beam transmit plots and performance measurements can be modeled by coupling between a piezo domain and a second domain governed by the wave equation.

Multiphysics Simulation of Thermoelectric Systems - Modeling of Peltier-Cooling and Thermoelectric Generation

M. Jaegle
Fraunhofer-Institute for Physical Measurement-Techniques (IPM), Freiburg, Germany

Electro-thermal interaction is commonly considered only as a matter of joule heating. In addition, the Seebeck-, Peltier- and Thompson-Effects are significant in materials with high thermoelectric figure of merit Z. These thermoelectric materials have a high Seebeck-coefficient α, a good electric conductivity σ, and a poor thermal conductivity λ. They have widespread areas of ...

Design and Analysis of MEMS Gyroscope

L. Sujatha[1], B. Preethi[1]
[1]Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai, India

MEMS gyroscope technology provides cost- effective method for improving directional estimation and overall accuracy in the navigation systems. This paper presents a tuning- fork gyroscope (TFG) [1] with a perforated proof mass. The perforated proof mass used in the design enables the reduction of the damping effect. This MEMS based gyroscope was designed using COMSOL Multiphysics 4.2a. This ...

Surface Plasmon Resonance

J. Crompton[1], S. Yushanov[1], L.T. Gritter[1], K.C. Koppenhoefer[1]
[1]AltaSim Technologies, Columbus, OH, USA

The resonance conditions for surface plasmons are influenced by the type and amount of material on a surface. Full insight into surface plasmon resonance requires quantum mechanics considerations. However, it can be also described in terms of classical electromagnetic theory by considering electromagnetic wave reflection, transmission, and absorption for the multi-layer medium. The two commonly ...

Simulations of nanophotonic waveguides and devices using COMSOL Multiphysics

Z. Zheng
School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing, China

Design and optimization of the nanophotonic devices are critical in realizing advanced photonic integrations in the future. COMSOL can be used for simulating various types of nanophotonic devices involving different materials and dimensions. This report talks about some recent work of Prof. Zheng’s team, including the simulation of dielectric photonic waveguides, optic fibers and surface ...

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