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.

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 ...

Making Cartograms and Using them for Data Acquisition

P. Mercure[1], and R. Haley[2]
[1]The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI
[2]ATM Research, Midland, MI

We demonstrate cartogram construction, where a geographical map is distorted to represent some measure, for example population, while trying to keep the shape of regions recognizable. We then apply this cartogram construction technique to optimize thermocouple locations. A heat generation and conduction model is used initialize the cartogram construction algorithm. A uniform distribution of ...

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 ...

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 ...

Smoothing the Path to Simulation-Led Device Design

B. Pryor, and R. Pryor
Pryor Knowledge Systems
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Using modeling software such as COMSOL Multiphysics during the design phase, an approach called “simulation-led design”, allows ideas to be both inspired and validated by the use of simulations. Then, using simulations after the product is designed can shorten the prototype-testing portion of the development process and reduce its cost. This paper provides specifics on the nature of the ...

Application of System Identification Methods to Implement COMSOL Models into External Simulation Environments

A.W.M. van Schijndel[1] and M. Gontikaki[1]

[1]Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Full coupling of distributed parameter models, like COMSOL, with the lumped models often lead to very time-consuming simulation duration times. In order to improve the speed of the simulations, the idea of using system identification methods to implement the distributed parameters models of COMSOL into external simulation environments, is explored. It is concluded that the system identification ...

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 ...

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 ...

Optimal Control Problem for Unsteady Heat Conduction Equation

M. Hashiguchi
Keisoku Engineering System Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan

The present paper constructs optimal control problem for unsteady heat conduction equation and shows a method to adjust the numerical solution of temperature to prescribed objective temperature. The time dependence of the boundary heat flux is parameterized and determined by using optimization method given here. The system of equations are solved by using COMSOL Multiphysics. It was found that ...

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