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.

Structural Analysis: Going Beyond Standard Load Cases

I. Kjelberg
CSEM sa, Switzerland

Dr. Ivar Kjelberg is Senior Project Manager for Mechatronics in the Systems Engineering Division of CSEM SA in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He obtained the diploma as \"Ingénieur Physicien\" from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédéreale EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1979, and a PhD at the local Institute for Plasma Physics (CRPP-EPFL) in 1986. He started his career at CSEM in 1988 and has since ...

Analysis of 3-D Printed Structural Components for Cube Satellites

C. Herzfeld[1]
[1]SPAWAR Systems Center (SSC) ATLANTIC, Charleston, SC, USA

Additive manufacturing uses 3D printing to build physical parts from CAD-based designs. The technology includes fused deposition modeling (FDM) and selective laser sintering (SLS) methods. 3-D printing is of particular interest for smaller, one-of-a-kind, customizable products. A cube satellite (CubeSat) containing fiber reinforced SLS parts has been successfully launched (Ref 1). Lower ...

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 ...

FEA Mechanical Modeling of Torque Transfer Components for Fully Superconducting Rotating Machines

T. Wu[1], G. Escamez[1], C. Lorin[1], P. J. Masson[1]
[1]University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA

NASA is funding the development of a high-fidelity fully superconducting machine sizing tool able to generate optimized designs based on thrust requirements and design constraints. Several mechanical challenges need to be overcome during the design of the torque transfer components. Reducing the conducted heat load requires the use of different materials in the torque path, which requires special ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Design and Simulation of MEMS Based Gyroscope for Vestibular Prosthesis

R. Nithya[1], K. Kavitha[1], R. K. Shahana[1], A. Gupta[1], M. Alagappan[1]
[1]Department of Biomedical Engineering, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India

The primary function of the vestibular system is to provide the brain with information about the body\'s motion and orientation. The absence of this information causes blurred vision and spatial disorientation, vertigo, dizziness, imbalance, nausea, vomiting, and other symptoms often characterize dysfunction of the vestibular system. Our aim is to design vestibular prosthesis using COMSOL ...

Key-Holes Magnetron Design and Multiphysics Simulation

A. Leggieri[1], F. Di Paolo[1], D. Passi[1]
[1]Univeristy of Rome "Tor Vergata" - Department of Electronic Engineering, Rome, Italy

This paper describes the design and characterization of an 8 slots resonant cavity Magnetron, which undergoes thermal-structural effects due to cathode heating. The proposed study involves Thermal Stress, Eigen-frequency and Particle Tracing analysis based on COMSOL Multiphysics®. Magnetrons are well known and often utilized High Power Radiofrequency Vacuum Tube oscillators. In order to ...

High Curvature Bending of Ultra-Thin Chips and Chip-on-Foil Assemblies

D. van den Ende[1]
[1]Holst Centre / TNO, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Ultra-thin chips of less than 20µm become flexible, allowing integration of silicon IC technology with flexible electronics. The ultra-thin chips in these products can be bent to a very high curvature,

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