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Engineers, researchers, and scientists across industries use multiphysics simulation to research and develop innovative product designs and processes. Find inspiration in technical papers and presentations they have presented at the COMSOL Conference. Browse the selection below or use the Quick Search tool to find a specific presentation or filter by application area.
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Finite-Element Evaluation of Thermal Response Tests Performed on U-Tube Borehole Heat Exchangers

E. Zanchini, and T. Terlizzese
[1]Dipartimento di Ingegneria Energetica, Nucleare e del Controllo Ambientale, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy

The results of two thermal response tests recently performed on two vertical borehole heat exchangers (BHEs) are presented. The BHEs have the same cross section and a depth of 100 m and 120 m respectively. The evaluation of the thermal properties of the ground and grout are performed by ... Read More

Hydro-Mechanical Coupling in Saturated and Unsaturated Soils and its Consequences on the Electrical Behaviour

G. Della Vecchia[1], R. Cosentini[1], S. Foti[1], and G. Musso[1]

[1]DISTR, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

The consequences of hydromechanical coupling on the electrical conductivity of saturated and unsaturated soils are investigated experimentally and numerically. Simulations of the consolidation problem under vertical load for an elastic medium and of the coupled flow of two immiscible ... Read More

A Coupled Analysis of Heat and Moisture Transfer in Soils

E. Evgin, J. Infante Sedano, and Z. Fu
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

This paper is a part of a study on energy piles for heating and cooling of buildings. Energy piles are used for two reasons: (1) to transfer structural loads to foundation soils, and (2) to transfer heat from foundation soils to the building for space heating in winter time and for ... Read More

Extraction of Thermal Characteristics of Surrounding Geological Layers of a Geothermal Heat Exchanger by COMSOL Multiphysics® Simulations new

N. Aranzabal[1], J. Martos[1], J. Soret[1], J. Torres[1], R. García-Olcina[1], Á. Montero[2]
[1]Technical School of Engineering, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
[2]Department of Applied Physics, Politechnical University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

It has been demonstrated that is possible obtain the thermal parameters of geological layers of a BHE (Borehole Heat Exchanger) by fitting temperature evolution in an observer pipe inserted into borehole. Read More

Development of a COMSOL Application for the Efficient Evaluation of an Engineered Barrier System

D. Sampietro [1], E. Abarca [1], H. von Schenck [2], J. Molinero [1]
[1] Amphos 21 Consulting S.L., Barcelona, Spain
[2] Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co., Stockholm, Sweden

Radioactive waste repositories include barriers that work to contain the waste, thereby protecting human health and the environment. In deep geological disposal systems, barriers include the natural geological barrier and the engineered barrier system (EBS). The ability of the EBS to ... Read More

Why We Have Earthquakes in the Eastern United States

J. K. Costain[1]
[1]Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA

There are only two types of naturally-occurring earthquakes anywhere on the Earth: 1) those associated with the dynamics of plate tectonics and 2) those associated with the dynamics of the hydrologic cycle. The first type is characteristic of an INTERplate setting (like the San Andreas ... Read More

Modeling Convective Heat Transfer in the Porous Active Layer of an Alpine Rock Glacier

J. Wicky [1], M. Scherler [1], Ch. Hauck [1],
[1] Alpine Cryosphere and Geomorphology Group, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Permafrost is defined as soil which remains frozen for at least two consecutive years. In the Swiss Alps, it is a widespread phenomenon with a great impact on the landscape particularly regarding natural hazards. The occurrence of permafrost is not only influenced by meteorological ... Read More

A Prediction of Energy Piles’ Long-Term Operation Using a Coupled Thermo-Hydro-Geomechanical Model

T. Vu [1], L. Medina [1], D. de la Cruz [1], J. Ramirez [1], B. Xu [1]
[1] University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX, USA

An energy pile harvests geothermal energy to heat and cool a building by integrating ground heat exchanger (GHX) pipes into the building’s deep foundation, and extracts heat from the ground in the winter to heat buildings and injects heat into the ground during the summer. In areas with ... Read More

Groundwater Flow in the Fractured System Surrounding a Nuclear Waste Repository

D. Sampietro [1], A. Sáinz-García [1], E. Abarca [1], J. Molinero [1], H. von Schenck [2], O. Wessely [2],
[1] Amphos 21 Consulting S.L., Spain
[2] Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company, Sweden

To assess the safety deep geological repositories for nuclear waste, it is important to have a clear understanding of groundwater flow at the interface between the storage vault and the fractured rock. Traditional approaches for modelling groundwater often consider both the geological ... Read More


路广 [1], 练章华 [1],
[1] 西南石油大学油气藏地质及开发工程国家重点实验室,四川 成都

煤层气开采过程中煤层所受应力、孔隙压力的变化以及气体的吸附解吸,会导致煤体骨架和孔隙体积发生变化,改变煤层的渗流能力。基于多孔弹性理论、渗流力学并考虑吸附变形,建立了煤层压裂水平井的物理模型,并建立了煤体变形和气体流动的全耦合数学模型,推导出了渗透率的动态变化模型。利用数值分析软件Comsol Multiphysics对煤层气的开发特征及规律进行了数值模拟,最终实现对模型中关键参数的敏感性和压裂裂缝参数的影响进行分析。 Read More