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.

A General Method for Solving Equations - The Dynamical Functional Particle Method

M. Gulliksson, and S. Edvardsson
Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden

Given any equation L(u)=0, e.g. a partial differential equation, it can be considered to be the stationary solution of a time dependent equation (in fact, time need only to be fictitious time not real time). Our approach is to choose the time dependence in analogy with an oscillating particle system including damping in order to damp out the time derivatives and attain a stationary solution ...

ComsolGrid – A Framework For Performing Large-Scale Parameter Studies Using COMSOL Multiphysics and Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC)

C.B. Ries, and C. Schröder
University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Germany

BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing) is an open-source framework for solving large-scale and complex computational problems by means of public resource computing (PRC). In contrast to massive parallel computing, PRC applications are distributed onto a large number of heterogeneous client computers connected by the Internet where each computer is assigned an individual task ...

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 ...

Dynamic Simulation of Bone Morphogenetic Protein Patterning in a 3D Finite-Element Model of the Danio Rerio Embryo

D. Umulis, and S. Lee
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN

Zebrafish development of the dorsoventral axis relies on the spatiotemporal distribution of Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) signaling, which is regulated by numerous secreted molecules such as Tolloid, Sizzled, and Chordin. The rich dorsal/ventral patterning network must achieve both spatial precision in the patterning of downstream targets and confernspatial precision at distinct time points in ...

Linear LS Parameter Estimation of Nonlinear Distribute Finite Element Models

E. Sparacino[1], D. Madeo[1], and C. Mocenni[1]

[1]Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, Università di Siena, Siena, Italy

This work concerns the development of a new direct parameter identification procedure for a class of nonlinear reaction- diffusion equations. We assume to know the model equations with the exception of a set of constant parameters, such as diffusivity or reaction term parameters. Using the Finite Element Method we are able to transform the original partial differential equation into a set of ...

Development of an Interlinked Curriculum Component Module for Microchemical Process Systems Components Using COMSOL Multiphysics

A. Mokal, and P. Mills

Department of Chemical and Natural Gas Engineering, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, TX, USA

COMSOL Multiphysics provides a powerful numerical platform where various models for microchemical process technology components can be readily created for both education and research. This modeling tool allows chemical engineering students to focus on understanding the effects of various microchemical system component design and operational parameters versus coding and debugging of the numerical ...

Computational Building Physics using Comsol: Research, Education and Practice

J. van Schijndel
Eindhoven University of Technology,
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Jos van Schijndel completed his MSc in 1998 at the Department of Applied Physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUe). In 2007 he obtained a PhD degree at the TUe on integrated heat, air and moisture modeling. Currently, he is assistant professor focusing on Computational Building Physics. His passion is creative computational modeling using state of art scientific software and ...

Design Optimization of an Electronic Component with an Evolutionary Algorithm Using a MATLAB-COMSOL Based Model

E. Pelster, and D. Wenger
Wenger Engineering GmbH
Ulm, Deutschland

Electric construction components exposed to alternating high voltage have to withstand a significant amount of thermal loads and, resulting from the changes in Temperature , structural stresses. In order to achieve minimization of these loads, optimizing the geometry can be a helpful tool in the design process. In this study COMSOL is used to predict thermal and mechanical loads on a high ...

Linking The Dimensions

A. Helfrich-Schkarbanenko[1], M. Mitschele[2], S. Ritterbusch[1], and V. Heuveline[1]
[1]Engineering Mathematics and Computing Lab (EMCL), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany
[2]Institute for Analysis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany

We consider a 3D boundary value problem arising in electrostatics. The potential is stimulated by current sources placed on a cross-section S of the domain. In many applications it is sufficient to know the potential in S. So, one is interested in an appropriate 2D model taking into account that the solution depends on the dimension of the domain. The idea is to find a corresponding 2D ...

The Effect of the Dispersion Term on Flux of a Fluid in Permeable Media

O. Toscanelli, and V. Colla
Scuola Superiore S. Anna
Pontedera, Italy

The flux of a fluid in permeable media can be modelled using a continuous. To link the real system with the continuous model is mandatory to realize a suitable average of the equations and of the variables. The dispersion term comes from this averaging but it is not only a mathematical product of the modelling. The dispersion is due to the intrinsic geometry of the permeable media that forces ...

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