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.

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 ...

Studying Target Erosion in Planar Sputtering Magnetrons Using a Discrete Model for Energetic Electrons

C. Feist[1], A. Plankensteiner[2], J. Winkler[2]
[1]CENUMERICS, Innsbruck, Austria
[2]PLANSEE SE, Reutte, Austria

A discrete model for the prediction of relative ion bombardment flux and target erosion in planar sputtering magnetrons is implemented in COMSOL Multiphysics®. Planar magnetrons are used within physical vapor deposition (PVD) processes to form thin film depositions on various types of substrates. The presented model portrays trajectories of energetic electrons within low pressure direct current ...

Solid-Liquid Phase Change Simulation Applied to a Cylindrical Latent Heat Energy Storage System

D. Groulx[1], and W. Ogoh[1]

[1]Mechanical Engineering Department, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

One way of storing thermal energy is through the use of latent heat energy storage systems. One such system, composed of a cylindrical container filled with paraffin wax, through which a copper pipe carrying hot water is inserted, is presented in this paper. It is shown that the physical processes encountered in the flow of water, the heat transfer by conduction and convection, and the phase ...

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 ...

Lamb Waves and Dispersion Curves in Plates and It’s Applications in NDE Experiences Using Comsol Multiphysics

P. Gómez, J. P. Fernandez, and P. D. García
Hydro-Geophysics & NDE Modeling Unit
University of Oviedo
Mieres, Spain

In this paper, a model for numerically obtaining lamb wave modes and dispersion curves in plates is presented. It is shown that COMSOL Multiphysics can be employed to simulate the behavior of guided waves in dispersive plates, which is useful for NDE applications. A two dimensional steel plate (4x0.1 meters) is excited with a space-time impact point source. To model the point source, we use ...

The Full-System Approach for Elastohydrodynamic Lubrication

N. Fillot[1], T. Doki-Thonon[1], and W. Habchi[2]
[1]CNRS, INSA, Université de Lyon, Lyon, France
[2]Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon

A ball is in contact with a plane, and a lubricant separates the two surfaces to decrease friction during their relative motion. To avoid wear, the lubricant film thickness should be higher than the surface roughness. The goal of this paper is to show how it is possible to solve efficiently the problem of elastohydrodynamics lubrication with COMSOL Multiphysics®, using a PDE (Partial ...

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.

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 ...

Theory of Proportional Solenoids and Magnetic Force Calculation Using COMSOL Multiphysics

O. Vogel, and J. Ulm
Heilbronn University
Campus Künzelsau
Künzelsau, Germany

Proportional solenoids are well-known and used in a wide range of applications today. This paper is about methods of influencing the characteristic force-stroke-curves of magnetic actuators by means of different pole geometries. The conical design of the stator pole which is mostly used to accomplish proportional solenoids is analyzed by both a simple analytic reluctance model and a FEM model ...

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 ...

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