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Submarines: Corrosion Protection or Enemy Detection?

David Schaefer
University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany

Germany's Technical Center for Ships and Naval Weapons, Bundeswehr, Germany

Submarines create underwater electric potential (UEP) signatures when using corrosion protection systems. These signatures are detectable by enemy vessels, an undesirable effect of the corrosion protection. Germany’s Technical Center for Ships and Naval Weapons (WTD 71) has worked with the Laboratory for General and Theoretical Electrical Engineering (ATE) at the University of Duisburg-Essen ...

Current Transformer Design That Combines Finite Element Analysis and Electric Circuit Simulation

Dr. Rolf Disselnkötter
ABB AG, Ladenburg, Germany

Transformers have been around for quite a while but their fundamentals are still being investigated by ABB in Ladenburgh, Germany. The ABB Corporate Research Centre is currently developing sophisticated magnetic sensors, using finite element analysis (FEA) to investigate the way in which external electrical sources and loads impact a magnetic subsystem like a transformer core. Their goal is to ...

Modeling Optimizes a Piezoelectric Energy Harvester Used in Car Tires

Alexander Frey and Ingo Kuehne
Siemens Corporate Technology, Munich, Germany

Siemens is a technology company working with electronics and electrical engineering in industry, energy, and healthcare. Researchers at Siemens Corporate Technology are experimenting with an energy harvesting MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical System) generator. In collaboration with Continental AG, they are designing a MEMS device for use as a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The movement of ...

Upgrading the Nuts and Bolts of the Electrical Grid for a New Generation

Göran Eriksson
ABB AB Corporate Research Power Technologies
Västerås, Sweden

Lukas Graber, Mikael Steurer, and Tim Chiocchio
Center for Advanced Power Systems
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies
Billerica, MA

Migrating the electrical grid to a “smart grid” is usually discussed in terms of IT issues or embedded systems. Yet, just as important updating the “nuts and bolts” of the smart grid. At ABB AB Corporate Research Power Technologies in Sweden, scientists are working to reduce line current and the resulting resistive loss in cables caused by the use of increased voltage in modern ...

Metamaterials Make Physics Seem Like Magic

David Smith & Yaroslav Urzhumov
Duke University
Pratt School of Engineering
Durham, NC

Jeff Wilson
NASA Glen Research Center, Cleveland, OH

Fabio Alves and Gamani
Karunasiri
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, CA

Metamaterials are manufactured, structured materials that they can interact and manipulate wave phenomena such that objects surrounded by metamaterials are shielded from these waves. In the case of light, metamaterials make these objects ‘invisible’. Researchers throughout the world are applying these materials to many different applications. At NASA Glen Research Center, physicists are ...

Numerical Simulation-Based Topology Optimization Leads to Better Cooling of Electronic Components in Toyota Hybrid Vehicles

Toyota Research Institute of North America, MI, USA

The Toyota Research Institute in Ann Arbor drives cutting-edge research in energy efficiency, mobility infrastructure, and safety. Here, Ercan Dede and his team are designing heat sinks (or cold plates), which are affixed to fragile electrical systems and other applications in Toyota’s hybrid vehicles. Their simulations simulate the cold plate’s topology for improved cooling efficiency ...

Reduced-Weight Reaction Sphere Makes Way for Extra Satellite Payload

Leopoldo Rossini, Emmanuel Onillon, & Olivier Chetelat

CSEM SA, Neuchatel, Switzerland

CSEM is a private applied research and development center specializing in micro-technology, system engineering, micro-electronics, and communications technologies. One of their latest projects is working on minimizing the weight of satellite attitude control systems as every gram of payload matters when launching a satellite into orbit (€15,000 per kilogram). CSEM hopes to accomplish this task ...

Simulation of Magnetic Flux Leakage Inspection

Oliver Nemitz
Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung, Duisburg, Germany

Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung (SZMF) advances testing methods for the Salzgitter Group, a leading company that works with the manufacture of, among other things, pipes. In the manufacturing of heavy steel tubing, it is important maintain quality, which is done through conduct non-destructive testing (NDT) using large magnets to identify flaws (magnetic flux leakage inspection). Oliver Nemitz ...

Simulation-Based Engineering Fosters Innovation and Invention

Ozgur Yildirim and Zihong Guo
Intellectual Ventures
Bellevue, WA

Simulation-based engineering is the key to shortening time to market for innovations. Intellectual Ventures, in Bellevue, WA, is reaping the benefits of using COMSOL Multiphysics to accelerate their workflow from design study to prototype, and then on to their customers as inventions through various partnerships and licensing programs. Projects where COMSOL has been used include the ...

Modeling Scar Effects in Electrical Spinal Cord Stimulation

Kris Carlson, Dr. Jay Shils & Dr. Jeffrey Arle
Lahey Clinic
Burlington, MA

The Neuromodulation Group at Lahey Clinic conducted a study based upon spinal cord stimulation (SCS). SCS involves implanting a series of electrodes that apply electric potential to the spine, interfering with pain signaling circuitry. It’s used to alleviate chronic back and leg pain. Although the treatment remains effective for years, the electrodes must be reprogrammed through trial and ...

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