How to Model Solar Concentrators with the Ray Optics Module

Christopher Boucher | June 23, 2016

A paraboloidal solar dish can focus solar radiation onto a small target or cavity receiver. Because solar energy is collected over a large area, the incident heat flux at the receiver is extremely high. This thermal energy can then be converted to electrical energy or used to produce a chemical energy source, such as hydrogen. Today, we discuss strategies for computing the distribution of heat flux in the focal plane of a typical solar dish concentrator/receiver system.

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Christopher Boucher | June 20, 2016

With the release of COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.2a, it is now possible to trace rays in unmeshed domains and even release and trace rays outside a geometry. The Ray Optics Module provides an entirely new algorithm that offers these capabilities and more, so that you can model your ray optics designs with ease and accuracy. Let’s investigate how this new algorithm affects your workflow when setting up a typical ray optics model.

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Nirmal Paudel | June 14, 2016

In the previous part of our Electromagnetic Device series, we showed you how to model a linear electromagnetic plunger attached to a spring and damper and compute the position, velocity, and electromagnetic forces. Here, we will demonstrate an actuator that includes a blocker/stopper to restrict linear motion. We will also discuss how to model the contact and release of this actuator using the Events, Magnetic Fields, Moving Mesh, and Global ODEs and DAEs interfaces.

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Jiyoun Munn | June 1, 2016

The 5G mobile network and Internet of Things (IoT) are two hot topics in the RF and microwave industry. New developments in these wireless applications call for much higher data rates, active electronically scanned arrays (AESA), phased array antennas, and multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) technology. It is important to reduce the time and cost during the process of prototyping and manufacturing these applications. Using simulation and apps, we can streamline the development cycle of wireless communication designs.

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Andrew Strikwerda | May 26, 2016

It is always important to choose the correct tool for the job, and choosing the correct interface for high-frequency electromagnetic simulations is no different. In this blog post, we take a simple example of a plane wave incident upon a dielectric slab in air and solve it in two different ways to highlight the practical differences and relative advantages of the Electromagnetic Waves, Frequency Domain interface and the Electromagnetic Waves, Beam Envelopes interface.

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Nandita Roche | May 19, 2016

Maximizing the efficiency of the learning process, while keeping students engaged — this is the common goal that professors hope to achieve in any course. In the realm of physics- and engineering-based courses, simulation apps are helping to strike such a balance by introducing students to complex concepts in a simplified format. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the innovative ways that university professors are utilizing apps within the classroom.

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Caty Fairclough | June 15, 2016

Bolometers have the ability to detect and measure the power of incident electromagnetic radiation. This allows them to be used in a range of technologies, from night vision cameras to far-reaching astronomy projects. Designing bolometers often requires devoting a lot of time and energy to the development phase, as these devices must be optimized for sensitivity and customized for their specific applications. To efficiently design bolometers with increased sensitivity, AltaSim Technologies utilized the simulation capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics.

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Nirmal Paudel | June 7, 2016

An electromagnetic plunger is an electromechanical device that converts electrical energy into a linear mechanical motion. This motion can be used to move an external load such as closing electromagnetic valves and closing or opening electromagnetic relays. In this blog post, we introduce a procedure to model the behavior and dynamics of an electromagnetic plunger that consists of a multi-turn coil, magnetic core, nonmagnetic guider, and magnetic plunger.

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Yosuke Mizuyama | May 30, 2016

In a previous blog post, we discussed simulating focused laser beams for holographic data storage. In a more specific example, an electromagnetic wave focused by a Fourier lens is given by Fourier transforming the electromagnetic field amplitude at the lens entrance. Let’s see how to perform this integral type of preprocessing and postprocessing in COMSOL Multiphysics with a Fraunhofer diffraction example.

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Caty Fairclough | May 24, 2016

The magnetostrictive effect causes magnetic materials to change their shape when a magnetic field is applied. Materials that exhibit such behavior are used in a range of devices, from loudspeakers to actuators. In order to analyze one type of device, a magnetostrictive transducer, researchers from ETREMA Products, Inc. performed single-physics and multiphysics simulation studies in COMSOL Multiphysics. See how the flexible nature of the software enabled the team to study various aspects of the device and optimize its overall design.

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Brianne Costa | May 18, 2016

Think about the “ideal” wireless network. Data would download at ultrafast rates. We could be connected anywhere in the world and expect quality performance every time we use our devices. An ideal wireless network would be, above all, reliable — no dropped calls, undelivered messages, or waiting for a web page to open. To meet the specific performance requirements of this ideal network, 5G, there are certain RF designs that engineers can consider to transform such technology into a reality.

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