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.

COMSOL Multiphysics® Models Combined with Experiments to Teach PID Controller Tuning

W. Clark[1]
[1]Chemical Engineering Department, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA

A laboratory exercise to learn PID controller tuning can be time consuming and taxing on the equipment. A purely equation-based, virtual controller tuning exercise might not seem relevant to real world processes. We have combined a physical process with a COMSOL Multiphysics model to teach the practical aspects of PID controller tuning. Students ran simulated experiments with COMSOL to test ...

FEM Analysis of Flamelet Wrinkling in a Diffusion Flame

Y. Li[1], T.C. Lieuwen[2], J. Zhou[1], H. Cao[1]
[1]Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, China
[2]Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

One can hardly get the exact analytic solution of a full time-dependent convection-diffusion equation, for describing the dynamics of a non-premixed flamelet. The analytic solution of the linearized form with such a model was studied by MATLAB®. And also, a numerical computation was made with the linearization model in COMSOL Multiphysics® software, to provide a perfect accordance with the ...

Image Denoising and Segmentation using COMSOL Multiphysics

F. Zama
Department of Mathematics, Bologna University, Bologna, Italy

Partial differential equations have recently become popular and useful tools for several image processing tasks such as image de-noising and segmentation.In this work, we implement a unified image de-noising and segmentation approach which is based on a nonlinear diffusion equation with a reactive term for achieving edge preserving smoothing and segmentation. This model is highly nonlinear and ...

FEM Based Modeling In COMSOL Multiphysics and Design Of Control Of Distributed Parameter Systems

C. Belavý, and G. Hulkó, and K. Ondrejkovic, and D. Šišmišová
Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia

This paper presents a finite element method based modeling and design of control for distributed parameter systems. First, models of distributed parameter systems in the form of lumped-input/distributed-output systems and structure of control loop are introduced. Next, modeling of temperature fields of the casting die as distributed parameter systems in preheating process is performed in COMSOL ...

Coupling COMSOL’s Subsurface Flow Module with Environmental Geochemistry in PHREEQC

L. Wissmeier[1], and D. A.Barry[2]
[1]GIT HydroS Consult GmbH, Freiburg, Germany
[2]EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

We present a software tool for simulations of subsurface flow and solute transport in combination with comprehensive intra-phase and inter-phase geochemistry. The software uses PHREEQC as a reaction engine to COMSOL Multiphysics®. The coupling with PHREEQC gives major advantages over COMSOL’s built-in reaction capabilities, i.e., the soil solution is speciated from its element composition ...

Projektive Fem-Bem Kopplung

Groh, F.
ISG - Industrielle Steuerung GmbH, Stuttgart

Zur Vorkonditionierung der nichtlinearen Magnetfeld-Fem-Gleichung nutzt man das Biot-Savart Gesetz. Durch eine Integration über Randströme lässt sich hier die Vernetzung des Freiraums umgehen. Aufgrund der Konvexität der Energie-Funktion des Problems bietet sich eine nichtlineare Variante der „conjugate-gradient“-Methode als einfaches Lösungs-Verfahren an.

Multi-Objective Optimization of a Ball Grid Array Using modeFRONTIER® and COMSOL Multiphysics®

H. Strandberg[1], T. Makkonen[2], and J. Leinvuo[2]
[1]ESTECO Nordic AB, Lund, Sweden
[2]VTI Technologies Oy, Vantaa, Finland

Capacitive MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) accelerometers may be directly soldered to the printed circuit board by an array of solder balls. Differences in the thermal expansion coefficients of the pertinent materials cause deformations of the accelerometer under temperature change. This may cause a relative movement of the sensing masses with respect to the sensing electrodes, resulting ...

Fluid Exploration With CFD: an Engineering Teaching Tool

M. K. Smith
Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA

Computers are used every day to efficiently perform mathematical computations. For engineers to work efficiently, abstraction is necessary; this means hiding lower-level details of an algorithm to emphasize higher-level structure. In this presentation, the fluid exploration with CFD is explored. The presentation is based on a course held at Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering.

Is Experimentation More Intuitive?

R. Venkataraghavan
Unilever R&D
Bangalore, India

Venkataraghavan is the Discover Category Leader, Water, working at the interface of Science, Technology and Business, for developing solutions and products for water purification at Unilever R&D, Bangalore. He joined Unilever in 2002 and earlier worked in interfacial science, materials science and electrodynamics for the Laundry Category. Venkataraghavan also had a stint with Unilever Technology ...

On the Formation of a Sticking Layer on the Bearing during Thin–Section Aluminium Extrusion

X. Ma[1], M.B. de Rooij[2], and D.J. Schipper[2]

[1]Materials Innovation Institute, Enschede, The Netherlands
[2]University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

This paper describes the use of COMSOL Multiphysics® to determine the shear layer thickness in thin–section aluminum extrusion, based on the minimum work criterion. The studied two aluminum alloys are AA 6063 and AA 7020. The results show that a continuous shear layer featuring shear localization due to localized thermal softening is not possible to form under typical thin–section ...

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