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Efficient Simulation of 3D Electro-optical Waveguides Using the Effective Refractive Index Method

M. Herlitschke, M. Blasl, and F. Costache
Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems
Dresden, Germany

3D FEM simulation of millimeter-scale, complex electro-optically induced waveguide based devices demands the use of grids with more than several million nodes. Hence the simulation could take substantial time and require large amounts of available memory. This paper presents a computation algorithm based on the conversion of an initial 3D waveguide structure into an analogous 2D structure, ...

Analysis of a Three-phase Transformer Using COMSOL Multiphysics and a Virtual Reality Environment

A.Buchau, and W. M. Rucker
Institut für Theorie der Elektrotechnik
Universität Stuttgart
Stuttgart, Germany

The simulation software COMSOL Multiphysics is applied to the numerical com-putation of the magnetic fields of a three-phase transformer. A three-dimensional model of the geometrical configuration is created with the help of the CAD tools of COMSOL Multiphysics. There, all dimensions of the transformer are defined by parameters. The creation of an optimal finite element mesh is improved by some ...

Study of an Alkaline Electrolyzer Powered by Renewable Energy

E. Amores, J. Rodriguez Ruiz, C. Merino Rodríguez, and P. García Escribano
Centro Nacional del Hidrógeno
Puertollano, Spain

The production of hydrogen from renewable energy surplus is seen as a key strategy for energy storage. Centro Nacional del Hidrógeno works actively in this direction by considering a strategic line in order to achieve a sustainable energy future. Alkaline electrolysis is the main industrial way of obtaining hydrogen by electrolysis. However, commercial alkaline electrolyzers are designed for ...

Multiphysics Modeling of a Gas Bubble Expansion

B. Chinè [1], and M. Monno[2]
[1]Laboratorio MUSP, Macchine Utensili e Sistemi di Produzione, Piacenza, Italy and Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica, Cartago, Costa Rica
[2]Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Meccanica, Milano, Italy

Modeling and simulation softwares are very useful tools when we have to analyse and understand the different phenomena occurring during metal foams processing, because several simultaneous physical mechanisms have to be accounted for. In this work we use Comsol Multiphysics 4.2 to model a spherical hydrogen gas bubble expanding in aluminium liquid, initially at rest. The aim of the present ...

Heat Transfer in High-Voltage Surge Arresters

O. Fritz[1], M. Ljuslinder[2], and B. Doser[2]
[1]ABB Switzerland Ltd, Corporate Research, Baden-Dättwil, Switzerland
[2]ABB Switzerland Ltd, High Voltage Products, Wettingen, Switzerland

We present examples of the use of COMSOL Multiphysics for the solution of electrical conduction in varistors coupled to the solution of long-term heat-transport through conduction and convection. We fit measured power-loss and impedance data with analytic functions in order to simulate instant electric and transient thermal processes in one go. We systematically compare our results to data ...

Design of Electrochemical Machining Processes by Multiphysics Simulation

M. Hackert-Oschätzchen, S. F. Jahn, and A. Schubert
Chemnitz University of Technology
Chemnitz, Germany

The principle of electrochemical machining (ECM) is the anodic dissolution of a metallic workpiece at the interface to a liquid ionic conductor under the influence of electric charge transport. This erosion principle works independently from the mechanical hardness of the workpiece and is free of mechanical forces. The design of electrochemical machining processes is still performed ...

Numerical Analysis of Propeller-induced Low-frequency Modulations in Underwater Electric Potential Signatures of Naval Vessels in the Context of Corrosion Protection Systems

D. Schaefer[1], J. Doose[2], A. Rennings[1], and D. Erni[1]
[1]General and Theoretical Electrical Engineering (ATE), Faculty of Engineering, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany
[2]Technical Center for Ships and Naval Weapons (WTD 71), Bundeswehr, Eckernförde, Germany

Since October 2009 the laboratory of ATE has carried out collaborative research with the WTD 71 that aims for prediction, reduction and optimization of so-called underwater electric potential (UEP) signatures. COMSOL is used to simulate potential distributions in the context of impressed current cathodic protection (ICCP) systems. The electrode kinetics is considered by using boundary conditions ...

Simulation of Deep Geothermal Heat Production

E. Holzbecher, P. Oberdorfer, F. Maier, and Y. Jin
Georg-August Universität Göttingen
Göttingen, Germany

Geothermal heat production from deep reservoirs (5000-7000 m) is currently examined, not only in Germany. Our reference set-up consists of two pipes within a single borehole: one for pumping. We examine a design, where a single borehole splits into two legs at a certain depth. The two legs are connected by highly permeable geological, natural or artificial strata in the deep subsurface. The ...

Transient Electromagnetic-Thermal FE-Model of a SPICE-Coupled Transformer Including Eddy Currents with COMSOL Multiphysics 4.2

H. Neubert[1], R. Disselnkötter[2], and T. Bödrich[1]
[1]Technische Universität Dresden, Institute of Electromechanical and Electronic Design, Dresden, Germany
[2]ABB AG, Forschungszentrum Deutschland, Ladenburg, Germany

Current transformers are used to measure currents in power grid systems. They are characterized by strong interactions between external electrical sources and loads respectively and the magnetic subsystem. Self-heating due to losses has to be considered because of the temperature-dependent material behaviour. The paper presents a transient 3D FEA transformer model which includes a H(|B|) ...

Simulation of Novel Groundwater Lowering Technique using Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian Method

Y. Jin, E. Holzbecher, and P. Oberdorfer
Applied Geology
Geoscience Centre
Georg-August-University Göttingen
Göttingen, Germany

A novel method for groundwater lowering, which can be applied at construction sites, for aquifer remediation measures or in open mining, is proposed. In contrast to conventional techniques, dewatering is achieved without water conveyance. In this paper the physical concept of the new technology, referred as single borehole pump & inject, is modeled using COMSOL Multiphysics. Two and three ...