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.

Determination of Mechanic Resistance of Osseous Element Through Finite Element Modeling

E. Isaza[1], E. Salazar[1], L. Florez[1]
[1]Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

The consequences of hip fracture and femoral fracture are widely known. The mechanical strength of the femur varies in every person, but it is possible to predict the mechanical resistance with parameters like density, dimensions and mineral content. This paper uses different models and empirical studies to determine the mechanical properties of the human femur, developing isotropic and ...

Nonlinear Computational Homogenization Experiments

G.E. Stavroulakis[1], K. Giannis[1], G.A. Drosopoulos[2], M.E. Stavroulaki[1]
[1]Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece
[2]Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany

Numerical homogenization is based on the use of finite elements for the description of average properties of materials with heterogeneous microstructure and composites. The Representative Volume Element (RVE) of a masonry is solved with COMSOL Multiphysics®. It consists of linearly elastic bricks and elastoplastic mortar joints. A parametric analysis is applied for increasing loading. Results ...

Scale-up Design of Ultrasound Irradiator for Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) Using COMSOL Multiphysics® Simulation

Z. Wei[1]
[1]The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Ultrasound is a promising green technology for the advanced oxidation process (AOP) since it adds no chemicals to the treated water. In this paper, COMSOL Multiphysics® was used as a tool to design and characterize an ultrasound irradiator with multi-stepped configuration, which aims to overcome disadvantages of typical irradiators and to enhance contaminant removal in large-scale water ...

Fluid-Structure Interaction Modeling of High-Aspect Ratio Nuclear Fuel Plates Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

F. Curtis[1], K. Ekici[1], J. D. Freels[2]
[1]The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
[2]Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

The High Flux Isotope Reactor at the Oak Ridge National Lab is in the research stage of converting its fuel from high-enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium. One of the areas being explored is the fluid-structure interaction phenomenon due to the interaction of thin fuel plates (50 mils thickness) and the cooling fluid (water). Detailed computational simulations have only recently become ...

Parametric Study of Polyimide - Lead Zirconate Titanate Thin Film Cantilevers for Transducer Applications

A. Arevalo[1], I.G. Foulds[1]
[1]King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The simulation of the piezoelectric actuation of the micro-cantilever is presented. Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) was chosen for the device fabrication design, due to its thin film processing flexibility. Four layers compose the cantilever structures presented in this work: PZT (piezoelectric material), Platinum (electrodes) and Zirconium Oxide as the buffer layer for the PZT film and polyimide ...

A Parametric Study on the Dynamic Behavior of Cable Supported Bridges Under Moving Loads Affected by Accidental Failure Mechanisms

P. Lonetti[1], A. Pascuzzo[1], R. Sarubbo[1]
[1]Department of Structural Engineering, University of Calabria, Rende, Cosenza, Italy

The dynamic behavior of cable supported bridges subjected to moving loads and affected by corrosion and accidental failure mechanism in the cable suspension system is investigated. The different types of cable supported bridges are distinctively characterized by the configuration of the cable system [1]. The suspension system comprises a parabolic main cable and vertical hanger cables connecting ...

Finite Element Analysis of Resonant Frequencies in Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) Devices

G. Scheerschmidt, K.J. Kirk, and G. McRobbie
University of Paisley

This document presents a way to model the resonances for magnetostrictive Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) devices with the structural mechanics module of COMSOL Multiphysics. Lamb and surface modes were identified by simulation of the frequency response. A first approach was also taken to introduce damping to the model. The results from the model were compared to the data from a real device ...

Modeling of MEMS Based Bolometer for Measuring Radiations from Nuclear Power Plant

S. Nisitha[1], T. Satyanarayana[2], S. Sreeja[1]
[1]Department of EIE, Lakireddy Bali Reddy Engineering College, Mylavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India.
[2]NPMASS Centre, Department of EIE, Lakireddy Bali Reddy Autonomous Engineering College, Mylavaram, Andhra
Pradesh, India

There has been growing demand for high performance micro sensors capable of detecting nuclear radiations being released from various industries, Nuclear reactors. Radiations emitted from the radioactive materials are invisible and not directly detectable by human senses. Thus it is highly essential to work on design of bolometers with absorptive elements providing optimum sensitivity. The ...

Degeneracy Breaking, Modal Symmetry and MEMS Biosensors

H.T.D. Grigg[1], T.H. Hanley[1], B.J. Gallacher[1]
[1]Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

This work is concerned with systems possessing cyclic symmetries. In particular, we concentrate on the case in which the medium possesses infinite order cyclic symmetry, while the constitutive relations have cyclic symmetry of a lower order. We investigate the interactions between modes with cyclic symmetry of order n and geometries with underlying cyclic symmetry of order M. Rayleigh's ...

Finite Element Modeling of a Pulsed Spiral Coil Electromagnetic Acoustic Transducer (EMAT) for the Testing of Plates

R. Dhayalan[1], A. Kumar[2], B. Purnachandra Rao[3], T. Jayakumar[2]
[1]Metallurgy and Material Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, 603 102, TN, India
[2]Nondestructive Evaluation Division, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, 603 102, TN, India
[3]Ultrasonic Measurements Section, Nondestructive Evaluation Division, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, 603 102, TN, India

This paper presents numerical simulation of plate wave modes in thin stainless steel plates using a racetrack spiral coil electromagnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT), which works under the principle of acousto-elastic effect, called Lorentz force mechanism. EMATs are useful for non-contact ultrasonic nondestructive testing (NDT) of metallic materials for detecting defects and measuring thickness. ...

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