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Numerical Analysis for Surface Discharge on Solid Insulation in the Dielectric Liquid with Experimental Validation

H.-Y. Lee, S.-H. Lee [1]
[1] Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea

Surface discharge initiation and propagation on the surface of an insulating solid immersed in a dielectric liquid were examined numerically and experimentally. To establish a generalized numerical technique for evaluating surface discharge phenomena using the electrohydrodynamics (EHD) approach, we employed the governing equations of EHD, including the Navier–Stokes equations. To these coupled ...

The Impact of Using Computer Models on Academic Performance of Engineering Students

M. Habibnezhad [1], J. Puckett [1], E. Musavi [1],
[1] Durham School of Architectural Engineering & Construction, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, USA

Encouraging students to take on a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) major has recently been a top priority in the nation’s policy-making debates. STEM-related majors often time are deemed very difficult and demanding. Specifically, students tend to face difficulties to conceptualize engineering problems which can eventually impede otherwise successful individuals from pursuing a ...

CFD Analysis of a Macroscale Ultrasonic Separator

K. Chitale [1], B. Lipkens [1, 2], W. Presz, Jr. [1],
[1] FloDesign Sonics Inc., Wilbraham, MA, USA
[2] Western New England University, Springfield, MA, USA

Macroscale ultrasonic separation is a new filtration technology, with various applications such as cell clarification, cell therapy, blood-lipid separation, oil-water separation etc. These systems use piezoelectric transducers to create standing waves in fluid-particle mixture. Suspended particles get clustered by action of acoustic radiation forces and are separated out by enhanced gravity ...

Meshing Challenges in Simulating the Induced Currents in Vacuum Phototriode

S. Zahid [1], P. R. Hobson [1],
[1] Brunel University London, London, United Kingdom

Vacuum phototriodes (VPT) have been used as photodetectors for many years in particle physics experiments. For example, they were used in the OPAL experiment at LEP and are currently used in the endcap Electromagnetic Calorimeter of the CMS experiment, at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. Existing VPTs are fast, low-gain devices that are able to operate in strong magnetic fields at angles up to ...

Generalized Power Law Model of 3D Blood Flow in Bifurcated Stenosed Artery

Zuhaila Ismail [1],
[1] Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia

Stenosis is a localize plaque that cause the vessel wall narrowed and causing an alternation in the flow structure which consequently reduced the fluid flow passing to the other organs and tissues. Previous researchers had proven that the formation of stenosis could disturb the normal hemodynamics in blood rheology. Generalized power law model is the best model describing a narrowing blood ...

Design for Reliability and Robustness through Probabilistic Methods in COMSOL Multiphysics with OptiY

T.-Q. Pham[1], H. Neubert[2], and A. Kamusella[2]
[1]OptiY e.K., Aschaffenburg, Germany
[2]Institute of Electro-Mechanical and Electronic Design, TU Dresden, Germany

One challenge in designing micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) is considering the variability of design parameters caused by manufacturing tolerances and material properties. The function of MEMSs is significantly influenced by this variability, which can be represented in terms of statistical variables. In order to involve statistical design parameters into the design optimization process, ...

Electromagnetic Analysis of Cloaking Metamaterial Structures

E. Furlani, and A. Baev
The Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA

We study cylindrical and spherical shell structures that have cloaking material properties proposed by Pendry et al. We use 2D and 3D time-harmonic analysis to study the field distribution and power flow for various arrangements of these structures. We have shown that the COMSOL RF solver is well suited for the analysis of cloaking metamaterial structures If cloaking material properties can be ...

Rechargeable Battery for Hybrid Diesel-Electric Locomotive

Michael A. Vallance
Team Leader, GE Global Research

Over time, rechargeable batteries degrade and eventually stop working. You see some combination of declining capacity, rapid self-discharge, and reduced power. Degradation mode depends on battery design, but also on the application. Often, multiple physical processes contribute to degradation. In the laboratory, you can measure performance degradation. You can dissect the battery to discover ...

Experimentally Matched Finite Element Modeling of Thermally Actuated SOI MEMS Micro-Grippers Using COMSOL Multiphysics

M. Guvench[1], and J. Crosby[1]
[1]University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Maine, USA

In “Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems” shortly known as MEMS, one of the most important and effective principle of creating transduction of electrical power to displacement force is thermal expansion. A slim beam of MEMS material, typically Silicon, is heated by the application of electrical current via Joule heating; it expands and creates motion. In the design of many MEMS devices ...

The Use of COMSOL in Teaching Heat and Moisture Transport Modeling in Building Constructions

A.W.M. van Schijndel[1] and H.L. Schellen[1]
[1]Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

This paper presents the use of the multiphysics package COMSOL for teaching heat and moisture transport modeling in the research area of building physics. It includes a description on how COMSOL works and six exercises with 2D, 3D, steady state and transient models. It is concluded that COMSOL is a very useful tool for this kind of engineering education. Especially, the abstraction level of ...