Design and Simulation of a Microscale Magnetophoretic Device for the Separation of Nucleated Fetal Red Blood Cells from Maternal Blood
G. Schiavone, D.M. Kavanagh, and M.P.Y Desmulliez
Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy
MIcroSystems Engineering Centre, School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Intense research has been carried out into methods that aim at harvesting fetal cells from maternal blood as substitutes to amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling. This work focuses on the separation of fetal nucleated red blood cells from the maternal circulation based on their intrinsic magnetic properties. The design and simulation of a magnetophoretic separator is described, as it will ...
G.S. Durante and M. Fretz
CSEM Zentralschweiz, Alpnach Dorf, Switzerland
Flip-chip interconnection technologies have been tested through the use of a test chip with embedded single-bump daisy chains. The Flip-Chip technologies are selected among Au bump Thermocompression (TC) with and without Nonconductive Adhesives (NCA) underfiller, anisotropic conductive adhesive (ACA) bonding, and AuSn20 eutectic solder. The single bumps were then measured with a high precision ...
Renewable Energies and Environmental Technologies Research Unit, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Povo, TN, Italy
Stationary flow configurations in curved pipes constitute an important subject from both the theoretical and the practical point of view. A typical application concerns the calculation of secondary flow effects on the thermal efficiency of heat exchangers. Motivated by a similar problem, this paper investigates the flow patterns in a helical duct of non trivial cross section. The considered ...
X. Ma and J. Grabe
Institude for Geotechnics and Construction Management, Hamburg University of Technology, Hamburg, Germany
Natural groundwater flow can increase the efficiency of geothermal system. But groundwater flow is not available everywhere. A patented new idea is to use air injection well to create artificial flow in sandy or gritty soils. The governing equations of fluid flow and heat transfer problem were solved with the COMSOL’s Earth Science Module.
M. Cobianchi and R. Magalotti
 B&C Speakers S.p.a., Bagno a Ripoli, FI, Italia
In modern live sound reinforcement there is a growing use of line sources, obtained through the stacking of many loudspeakers with properly controlled wavefront shape. Thus the use of waveguides is mandatory in order to modify the shape and size of the wavefront exiting from professional compression drivers. With the help of COMSOL Multiphysics®, we have designed a waveguide featuring an ...
A Preliminary Approach to the Neutronics of the Molten Salt Reactor by Means of COMSOL Multiphysics®
V. Memoli, A. Cammi, V. Di Marcello, and L. Luzzi
Nuclear Engineering Division, Department of Energy, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy
The Molten Salt Reactor (MSR), proposed along with other five innovative concepts of fission nuclear reactor by the Generation IV International Forum (GIF-IV), represents a challenging task from the modeling perspective because of the strong coupling between neutronics and thermo-hydrodynamics due to liquid fuel circulation in the primary loop. In this paper COMSOL Multiphysics® is adopted to ...
Danieli Automation S.p.A., Buttrio, UD, Italy
The acoustoelastic effect relates the change in the speed of an acoustic wave travelling in a solid, to the pre-stress of the propagation medium. In this work the possibility of assessing nondestructively the stress status in metal sheets, by using the acoustoelastic effect, is investigated. As the effect turns out to be very small for practical values of applied stress, the proposed technique ...
U. Bardi, C. Borri, A. Fossati, A. Lavacchi, and I. Perissi
Dipartimento di Chimica, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Sesto Fiorentino, FI, Italy
A Finite element model of plasma sprayed TBC’s was developed to estimate the stress induced by thermal cycling experiments. A heat transfer analysis was performed to evaluate the temperature distribution on the specimen during the cooling under an impinging air jet; temperature measurements performed with an infrared pyrometer on the cooled samples show good agreement with the evaluated ...
Simulated Annealing and Genetic Algorithm Optimization using COMSOL Multiphysics®: Applications to the Analysis of Ground Deformation in Active Volcanic Areas
A. Manconi, P. Tizzani, G. Zeni, S. Pepe, and G. Solaro
IREA, CNR, Napoli, Italy
INGV, Osservatorio Vesuviano, Napoli, Italy
We combine the potentiality of COMSOL with Monte Carlo optimization procedures, referred to as Simulated Annealing and Genetic Algorithm, in order to analyze and interpret ground deformation measured in active volcanic areas. Through MATLAB® subroutines, we use FE (Finite Element) models that include complexities like topography, vertical and lateral heterogeneities and time-dependent ...
J. Bouhattate, X. Feaugas, and S. Frappart
Laboratoire d’Etudes des Matériaux en Milieux Agressifs,
Université de La Rochelle, La Rochelle, France
V&M France, CEV, Aulnoye-Aymeries, France
Hydrogen Embrittlement (HE) is one of the mechanisms responsible for premature failure of structures. In the context of environmental sustainability, it is compelling to improve or conceive new processes and/or new materials capable of reducing fracture induced by HE. We analyzed the influence of the oxide layer on the permeability of hydrogen. This investigation was carried on as a correlative ...