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.

Study of Hard-and Soft- Magnetorheological Elastomers (MRE’s) Actuation Capabilities

J. Roche[1], P. Von Lockette[1], and S. Lofland[2]
[1]Mechanical Engineering Dept., Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
[2]Physics and Astronomy Dept., Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

In this study, magneto-rheological elastomer (MRE) composite beams made of Barium hexaferrite (BaM) and Iron (Fe) powders combined with a highly-compliant matrix material were simulated using COMSOL\'s Solid Mechanics and AC/DC modules. The goal of the work was to develop models capable of predicting the actuation behavior of hard- and soft-magnetic MREs. This work simulates the bending of the ...

Investigation of the Effect of Spinal Defects on Spondylolysis and Stress Fracture of Vertebral Bodies

M.S. Yeoman[1], C. Quah[2], A. Cizinauskas[1], K. Cooper[1], D. McNally[5], B. Boszczyk[2]
[1]Continuum Blue, Tredomen, Ystrad Mynach, United Kingdom
[2]The Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, United Kingdom
[5]Bioengineering Research Group, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Spondylolysis (SL) is a defect of the spinal vertebra, and is typically caused by stress fracture of the pars interarticularis bone of the vertebral arch. It is especially common in adolescents who over train in sporting activities. Spina bifida occulta (SBO) is a malformation of the spine where the protruding vertebral bodies are not fully formed. In this study we demonstrate the predisposition ...

Stress and Fatigue Analysis of Subsea Umbilical and Cable Systems

M.S. Yeoman[1], V. Sivasailam[1], T. Poole[3], S. Ingham[3]
[1]Continuum Blue, Tredomen, Ystrad Mynach, United Kingdom
[3]JDR Cable Systems, Littleport, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

With the ever changing energy requirements & demand for better communication links across the planet, subsea umbilical & cable requirements are becoming more stringent. Where longer service life at a lower cost is now expected from manufacturers. In addition to this, with the need to exploit more sustainable energy sources from offshore wind & wave, where extreme weather conditions are ...

Ribbon Formation in Twist-Nematic Elastomers

L. Teresi[1], V. Varano[1]
[1]LaMS - Modelling & Simulation Lab, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Roma, Italy

Nematic Elastomers (NEs) possess both the elastic properties of rubbers and the orientational properties of liquid crystals. Those two properties makes the configuration of NEs very sensitive to isotropic-nematic phase transition. Our goal is to replicate with numerical experiments the phenomena of shape formation in Twist-Nematic Elastomers (TNEs): a flat bar evolves into a helicoidal shape ...

Modeling and Experimental Verification of the Power Transfer and Thermal Characteristics of Piezoelectric Transformers Subjected to Combined Mechanical and Electrical Loading

S. Tuncdemir[1], W.M. Bradley[2]
[1]Solid State Ceramics, Williamsport, PA, USA
[2]QorTek, Williamsport, PA, USA

A piezoelectric transformer allows purely mechanical transfer and scaling of electrical energy via simultaneous utilization of both the direct and converse piezoelectric effects. This mechanical energy transfer enables a wide range of functional differences from typical magnetic-based electrical power transformers. Comparing to their electromagnetic counterparts, piezoelectric transformers are ...

Reliability Enhancement of Bio MEMS based Cantilever Array Sensors for Antigen Detection System using Heterogeneous Modular Redundancy

L. S. Sundharam[1]
[1]Kumaraguru college of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil nadu, India

The objective of the work is to propose a reliability enhancement model for antigen detection system (ADS) using bio MEMS based cantilever array sensors using heterogeneous modular redundancy technique. The reliability of the ADS is expressed in terms of the constituent sub systems which are heterogeneous not only in their respective structures and behaviors but also in their forms. The possible ...

Particle Focusing Optimization and Stress Analysis of a Magnetic Horn

S. di Luise[1], A. Rubbia[2]
[1]Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland and CERN European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva, Switzerland
[2]Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland

A neutrino oscillation experiment aims to the observation of the transformation of a neutrino of a given flavour into a neutrino of a different flavour. A beam of neutrinos is produced through the decay of charged pions which in turn are produced in the collision of high energy accelerated protons impinging on a thick target. A series of magnetic horns is used to focus charged particles produced ...

Simulation of Hygro Swelling Induced Stresses in Flip Chip Interconnects in a Stress-Sensitive Chip-on-Board Configuration

M. Fretz
Optics & Packaging, CSEM SA, Central Switzerland Center, Alpnach, Switzerland

Flip chip interconnections are used for the direct electrical connection of face-down electronic components like MEMS pressure sensors. The investigated bonding technologies are gold stud bumping in combination with anisotropic conductive adhesives (ACA) and solder ball bumping in combination with underfill in a chip-on-board configuration. The modeled chip is an absolute pressure sensor based on ...

Finite Element Analysis of Temperature and Viscosity Effects on Resonances in Thin-Film Bulk Acoustic Wave Resonators

G. Rughoobur[1], M. DeMiguel-Ramos[2], L. García-Gancedo[1], M. Clement[2], J. Olivares[2], T. Mirea[2], W. I. Milne[1], E. Iborra[2], A. J. Flewitt[1]
[1]University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
[2]Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

The shear mode of film bulk acoustic resonators (FBARs) is preferred to the longitudinal mode owing to its lower acoustic losses in a liquid. However in addition to mass loading, the resonance is also affected by temperature and liquid viscosity. These two parameters can either be sensed or compensated using a layer of silicon dioxide, which has a unique temperature coefficient of elasticity. In ...

Punch Design for Uniaxial Forging Process of γ-TiAl Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

R. Cagliero[1] and G. Maizza[1]
[1]Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali ed Ingegneria Chimica, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

The increasing demand for improved metallurgical products strongly motivates the optimization of manufacturing processes and design of γ-TiAl products. Among the large variety of available forming processes, cold closed-die forging is particularly suitable for producing net shape bulk products having good surface finish with better mechanical properties. Pressing punches of suitable profile ...

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