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.

A Tool for Studying the Ecology of Hydrosystems

D. Peyrard[1], Ph. Vervier[1], S. Sauvage[1], J.M. Sánchez-Pérez[1], and M. Quintard[2]
[1] Laboratoire d’Ecologie des Hydrosystèmes, Toulouse
[2] Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse

The hyporheic zone is defined as an area where water and matter exchange through the sand, gravel, sediments and other permeable soils under and beside streams. Its impact on the hydro-system function is determined by the proportion of subsurface biogeochemical reactions and the fluxes of water exchanging with the hyporheic zone and flowing through the porous sediments. The objective of our ...

Thermal Dissipation of DIMM Modules in a Tower-BTX Configuration

G. Sorge, G. Cammarata, and G. Petrone
University of Catania

In this paper we study the natural convection for Dual In-Line Memory Module (DIMM) systems. Numerical models are developed using COMSOL Multiphysics. The results, obtained for imposed ambient temperature and operative conditions (power supplied to the CPUs) were produced and complex fluid motion field could be detected.

Inverse Methods in Engineering Modelling

William B.J. Zimmerman
University of Sheffield
Sheffield, UK

"All models are inverse problems". This presentation gives some clues to how COMSOL Multiphysics, and its integration with MATLAB, can run models 'backwards'. A number of examples are shown to exemplify the collaboration between modeling, calibration and interpolation. --------------------------------- Keynote speaker's biography: Professor WBJ Zimmerman BScEng (Princeton), MSc PhD ...

Finding Optimal Operating Conditions for SMB-Plants using COMSOL

M. Fütterer
Institut für Automatisierungstechnik, Otto von Guericke Universität, Magdeburg, Germany

Simulated moving bed (SMB) chromatography is a commonly used separation technology. It consists of chromatographic columns that are interconnected to a ring. The feedings and drains are changed cyclically so that a continuous separation is maintained. To find optimal operating conditions, the triangle theory is often used. This theory is based on a true moving bed (TMB). Therefore, it will only ...

Numerical Simulation Study on the Heat and Mass Transfer Through Multi-Layer Textile Assemblies

S.F. Neves[1], J.J.B.L.M. Campos[1], T.S. Mayor[2]
[1]CEFT – Transport Phenomena Research Center, Chemical Engineering Department, Porto University, Porto, Portugal
[2]CeNTI - Centre for Nanotechology and Smart Materials, Rua Fernando Mesquita, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal

A clothing system should offer the user a period of relatively comfort. However, changes in the ambient conditions over day affect the heat and mass transport in the system, influencing the user comfort perception. In order to gather information to allow the optimization of clothing systems, it is essential to understand the heat and moisture transfer occurring across multi-layer textiles. For ...

Multiphase Transport with Large Deformations Undergoing Rubbery-Glassy Phase Transition: Applications to Drying

T. Gulati[1], A. Datta[1]
[1]Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Drying of biomaterials such as foodstuffs involves mass, momentum and energy transport along with large shrinkage of the porous material, which have significant effects on their final quality. Foodstuffs exhibit non-linearity when undergoing large deformations that affect the transport process in a critical way. Thus, it becomes important to perform a two-way coupling of the multiphase transport ...

Thermo-fluid Dynamics Modelling of Hydrogen Absorption and Desorption in a LaNi4.8Al0.2 Hydride Bed

D. Baldissin[1] and D. Lombardo[1]
[1]Compumat S.r.l., Torino, Italy

A two-dimensional mathematical model for the absorption and desorption of H2 in LaNi4.8Al0.2 was developed and experimentally validated. The model is composed of an energy balance, a mass balance and a momentum balance. These differential equations are numerically solved by means of the finite element method using the software COMSOL Multiphysics®. From a comparison between theoretical ...

Modeling the Coupled Mass Transfer Phenomena During Osmotic Dehydration of Fresh and Frozen Mango Tissues

J. Floury[1], Q.T. Pham[2], and A. Le Bail[3]
[1] UMR STLO–INRA–Agrocampus
[2] School of Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry, UNSW
Sydney, Australia.

In this paper, we present a mathematical model for simulating the mass transfer, during the osmotic dehydration of mango cubes. The mass balance equation for the transport of each constituent is established separately for intracellular and extracellular volumes but accounts for the mass exchange across the cell membrane and the shrinkage of whole tissue.

Creating Business Opportunities using Mathematical Modeling

E. M. Fontes
Catella Generics AB

Computational mathematical modeling has allowed scientists and engineers to perform better, faster, and more economical virtual experiments. Through mathematical modeling, an application expert can simulate performance characteristics during different operating conditions and thereby accelerate the pace of understanding new electrochemical system in relation to specific application ...

Analysis of TAP Reactors Procedures Using COMSOL

S. Pietrzyk[1], and G.S. Yablonsky[2]
[1]Unité de Catalyse et Chimie du Solide, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, France
[2]Parks College, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, USA

TAP (Temporary Analysis of Products) reactors are powerful instruments to study the kinetics of catalytic reactions. Their basic principle, exposition of evacuated solids of interest to narrow pulses containing very small amounts of gases, and measuring the concentrations of outgoing molecules permits to study practical catalysts under the conditions approaching those of molecular beam ...

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