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.

FEMLAB as a general tool to investigate the basic laws of physics

Bräuer, K.
Universität Tübingen, Inst. f. Theoretische Physik, Tübingen

The common basis of physical laws is the continuity of the action field. It implies Structural mechanics, Hydrodynamics, Quantum mechanics, Electrodynamics and the self-organisation of matter. A general tool to investigate all the basic equations is FEMLAB. In academic training it allows to take the concentration away from the manifold of mathematical methods of solutions and draw it to the real ...

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 ...

Multiphysics Simulations in Complex 3D Geometry of the High Flux Isotope Reactor Fuel Elements using COMSOL

J. Freels, and P. Jain
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN

A current research and development project is ongoing to convert the operating High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) from highly-enriched uranium (HEU U3-O8) fuel to low-enriched uranium (LEU U-Mo) fuel. Because LEU HFIR-specific testing and experiments will be limited, we are relying on COMSOL to provide the needed multiphysics simulation capability to validate ...

Building Energy Simulation Using the Finite Element Method

J. van Schijndel[1]
[1]Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

In order to predict, improve and meet a certain set of performance requirements related to the indoor climate of buildings and the associated energy demand, building energy simulation (BES) tools are indispensable. Due to the rapid development of FEM software and the Multiphysics approaches, it should possible to build and simulate full 3D models of buildings regarding the energy demand. The ...

Using Advanced FEMLAB Features for SHA-FEM Coupling

Kildishev, A., Chettiar, U.
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

Spatial Optical Analysis (SHA) of electromagnetic fields is a useful tool in analytical and numerical analysis of complex electromagnetic sources. A mathematical background for setting the Dirichlet boundary condition in the Finite Element Method (FEM) is shown.

Ausbreitung von Populationen und Genetischer Information in Landschaften

Richter, O.
Institut für Geoökologie der Technischen Universität, Braunschweig

Kontinuierliche populationsdynamische Modelle lassen sich durch Systeme von gewöhnlichen Differentialgleichungen darstellen. Die räumliche Ausbreitung wird durch parabolische partielle Differentialgleichungen beschrieben, im einfachsten Fall durch eine Konvektions-Dispersionsgleichung. Für gekoppelte Populationen erhält man damit ein System von Reaktions-Diffusionsgleichungen mit erheblichen ...

Virtual Prototyping

B. Engquist
University of Texas, Austin

During the past 50 years, Computational Science has developed as its own branch of mathematics. This development was mainly initiated by the progress of modern computers. Todays modeling of physical phenomena must not only account for the computational time but also the time engineers spend on setting up the computation. This in turn has introduced new fields, such as human interaction, to ...

Comparison between COMSOL and RFSP-IST for a 2-D Benchmark Problem

G. Gomes
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

RFSP-IST (Reactor Fueling Simulation Program) is a computer code used for the full-core neutronics design and analysis of CANDU® reactors. RFSP-IST calculates the static flux and power distributions in the core by solving the neutron diffusion equation in two energy groups. For validation purposes, results from RFSP-IST are often compared with those from other codes. This paper documents the ...

Electromagnet Shape Optimization using Improved Discrete Particle Swarm Optimization (IDPSO)

R. S. Wadhwa[1], T. Lien[1], and G. Monkman[2]
[1]NTNU Valgrinda, Inst. for produksjons- og kvalitetstek., Trondheim, Norway
[2]FH Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany

The magnetic field gradient produced by an electromagnet gripper head depends on its design. Stochastic Methods offer certain robustness to the design optimization process. In this paper, Improved Discrete Particle Swarm Optimization (IDPSO) searching technique is applied to the shape and magnetic field gradient optimization of an electromagnet head. The magnetic field and forces are computed ...

Material Characterization Method Development: From Education to Design Optimization

C. Morgan[1], N. Kenkare[1], M. Williams[2], A. Peterson[2], and D. Williams[2]
[1]Alcon Eye Care Division of Novartis R&D, Duluth, GA
[2]Alcon Eye Care Division of Novartis R&D and Georgia Institute of Technology Co-op Program, GA

Introduction of silicone hydrogel contact lens materials provided products of unprecedented capability to deliver oxygen to the eye during wear. One additional material characteristic of interest is the material’s permeability to ions. This paper discusses descriptive tools and optimization of an impedance method of characterizing ion permeability. A physical model of conductive paper with ...

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