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.

Multiphysics Modeling and Simulation of MEMS based Variometer for Detecting the Vertical Speed of Aircraft in Avionics Applications

K. Umapathi[1], K. Sukirtha[2], C. Sujitha[2], K. A. Noushad[2], Venkateswaran[1], R. Poornima[1], R. Yogeswari[1]
[1]United Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
[2]Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

The objective of this work is to develop a MEMS based Variometer to measure the vertical speed and to sense the instantaneous rate of climb or descent in Aircrafts to meet the miniaturization requirements in avionics industry. The design consists of dielectric material in between two micro electrodes. The micro diaphragm is placed on one of the electrode. As the aircraft changes altitude, the ...

Numerical Behavior of Different COMSOL Solution Methods for a Heat Transfer Problem Coupled with a Structural Mechanics Problem

W. Joppich1, N. Kopp2, and D. Samokhvalov1
1University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Sankt Augustin, Germany
2Technisch Mathematische Studiengesellschaft GmbH, Bonn, Germany

We consider an object re-entering the atmosphere at high velocity and a certain angle. As the density of the atmosphere increases, the temperature of the material is increased by friction. It is of interest to know whether the body is only deformed, or if it is destroyed.To answer this question of how the object behaves, we have coupled two heat transfer problems to a structural mechanics ...

Simulation of the Behaviour of a Knitted Structure Made of NiTi Wires to the Mechanical Loading

J. Kafka
Technical University of Liberec
Department of Engineering Mechanics
Liberec, Czech Republic

This article describes the response of the knitted fabric to the mechanical loading and how a simplified FE model can approach realistically the response of the structure to the mechanical loading. The knitted fabric is made of nitinol material, which belongs to the group of shape memory alloys. The simulations show the behaviour of this structure in unidirectional stretching and in bending by ...

Modelling Failure Mechanims in Sands Under Extreme Loads Using COMSOL

J. Mwebesa, D. Kalumba, and R. Kulabako
Makerere University
Kampala, Uganda

Studies by Nishaat (2009) showed that Terzaghi\'s bearing capacity model didn\'t adequately predict the bearing capacity failure in Philippi Dune sands. Nishaat carried out her investigation using a physical model that was built in a geotechnical laboratory. The failure surfaces she observed in the sands did not resemble those predicted by Terzaghi and Meyerhof\'s models. However the use of a ...

Designing Materials for Mechanical Invisibility Cloaks

P. Olsson[1], F. Larsson[1], A. Khlopotin[1], S. Razanica[1]
[1]Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

In solid mechanics, there is considerable interest in achieving “invisibility”. The applications in mechanics include protection of structures and parts of structures from potentially harmful transient waves and steady state vibrations. A suggested large scale application is that protection against seismic waves from earthquakes could be achieved by using cloaking to re-route the waves around ...

Modelisation of a hyperelastic polymer membrane deformation

Hoel, A., Jullien, M.C.
SATIE UMR 8029, ENS-Cachan, Campus de Ker-Lann, Bruz

We report numerical simulations in which a 30 µm thick polymer membrane, glued over a submilimetric polymer chamber, is subjected to a homogeneous pressure over its entire surface. The deflections are obtained as a function of the applied pressure, and are further compared to experimental measurements. Finally, the possible origin of the discrepancy between numerical and experimental results may ...

A Finite Element Model For Structural And Aeroelastic Analysis Of Rotary Wings With Advanced Blade Geometry

E. Piccione, G. Bernardini, and M. Gennaretti
University Roma Tre Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Via della Vasca Navale, Rome, Italy

Objective of this paper is the development and implementation of a finite element model, in a COMSOL Multiphysics context, for the prediction of the aeroelastic behavior of rotor blades. In particular, the attention is focused on new generation blades characterized by curved elastic axes, with the presence of tip sweep and anhedral angles. The blade structural model implemented is based on ...

Simulation of a Seal

V. Viola[1]
[1]CARCO, Basiano, Milano, Italy

Simulations of more than one type of seal have been done where the deformation and the stress of the seal itself or the pressure on the housing are of interest. According to the deformation of the seal we can modify the housing of the seal or its geometry depending on the design constraints to meet. Stresses on the seal are indicators of which changes have to be implemented on the geometry so to ...

Designing and Simulating the Performance Analysis of Piezoresistive Fluid Flow Pressure Sensor

K. PraveenKumar[1], P. Suresh[1], K. Subash[1], M. Alagappan[1], A. Gupta[1]
[1]PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.

In this work, we present the performance analysis of novel micro machined Piezoresistive fluid flow pressure sensor using COMSOL Multiphysics. The principle of the sensing mechanism is based on the deflection of four sensing layers embedded on a thin membrane. The fluid passes through the layer causes the deflection of the sensing layer which measures the pressure of the fluid. The following ...

Numerical and Experimental Study of a Concentrated Indentation Force on Polymer Matrix Composites

V. Antonucci[1][2], M. Esposito[1], R. Marzella[2], and M. Giordano[1][2]
[1]Institute for Composite and Biomedical Materials, CNR, Portici, NA, Italy
[2]Imast, Portici, NA, Italy

A quasi static indentation test on a laminate composite has been investigated numerically and experimentally. In particular, the test has been implemented by COMSOL Multiphysics® and optimizing the Finite Element and mesh. In addition, the numerical strain results have been validated by the comparison with the respective experimental deformation data that have been obtained by fiber Bragg ...

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