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.

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 ...

VLSI Layout Based Design Optimization of a Piezoresistive MEMS Pressure Sensors using COMSOL Multiphysics

R. Komaragiri[1], Sarath. S.[1], N. Kattabomman[1]
[1]NIT Calicut, Kozhikode, Kerala

This paper focuses on the diaphragm design and optimization of a piezoresistive Micro Electro Mechanical System (MEMS) pressure sensor by considering Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) layout schemes. The aim of these studies is to find an optimal diaphragm shape by Finite Element Method (FEM) using COMSOL®, which is most suitable for VLSI layout. Optimal diaphragm shape is a diaphragm shape ...

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 ...

Dynamic Crack Propagation in Fiber Reinforced Composites

C. Caruso[1], P. Lonetti[1], and A. Manna[1]

[1]Department of Structural Engineering, University of Calabria, Arcavacata di Rende, CS, Italy

A generalized model to predict dynamic crack propagation in fiber composite structures is proposed. The proposed approach is based on a generalized formulation based on the Fracture Mechanics approach and Moving mesh methodology. Consistently to the Fracture Mechanics, the crack propagation depends from the energy release rate and its mode components, which are calculated by means of the ...

A Concrete Arch Dam under Seismic Loading Conditions

A. Frigerio[1], G. Mazzà[1]
[1]RSE S.p.A., Milan, Italy

A new regulation for the safety assessment of dams has just been developed in Italy and its approval process is still in progress. As a matter of fact the behaviour of dams under seismic loading conditions is deemed of actual interest due to the recent seismic events occurred. In earthquake analysis, some of the most challenging aspects dam engineers have to deal with are: the capability to take ...

Effects of Fluid and Structural Forces on the Dynamic Performance of High Speed Rotating Impellers.

C. Thiagarajan[1], G. Shenoy[2], B. S. Shenoy[3]
[1]ATOA Scientific Technologies Pvt Ltd, Whitefield, Bangalore, India.
[2]Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, Manipal Institute of technology, Manipal, India
[3]Department of Aeronautical & Automobile Engineering, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, India

Vibration and Dynamic performances of the rotating machinery are conventionally evaluated based on the dominant structural forces such as the centrifugal forces. The increase in rotational speed, miniaturization and performance, demands for improved and accurate evaluation of the vibration performance. The inclusion of coupled effects of fluid and centrifugal forces can contribute significantly ...

Investigation of Hydraulic Fracture Re-Orientation Effects in Tight Gas Reservoirs

B. Hagemann[1], J. Wegner[1], L. Ganzer[1]
[1]Clausthal University of Technology, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany

In tight gas formations where the low matrix permeability prevents successful and economic production rates, hydraulic fracturing is required to produce a well at economic rates. As production from the well and its initial fracture declines, re-fracturing treatments are required to accelerate recovery. The orientation of the following hydraulic fracture depends on the actual stress-state of the ...

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. ...

Design of Pressure Measuring Cells Using the Unified Material Law

P. Aguirre[1], F. Figueroa[1]
[1]Sensor Technik Wiedemann GmbH, Kaufbeuren, Bayern, Germany

Pressure Sensors are widely used in the automotive industry. Their main use is the dynamic monitoring of pressure inside combustion engines. To achieve a good signal accuracy, the design of pressure sensors can be improved with FEM calculations of stress and strains on the measuring cell depending on their geometry and material properties. The geometry is adapted according to a special ...

Mathematical modeling of nanomaterials

Strauss, D.J., Trenado, C.
Institute of New Materials, Saarbrücken

Mathematical modeling at the Institute of New Materials has played a crucial role in supporting the manufacturing and design of new technologies of nanomaterials, whose applications range from transportation, electronics and optics engineering to environmental sciences. In this paper, we focus our attention to two mathematical models together with their corresponding FEMLAB simulations: The ...

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