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Numerical Study of Secondary Flows in a Sinusoidal Pipe

O. Ayala [1], I. Ahumada [2], L. Renaudin [2],
[1] Engineering Technology Department, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA
[2] Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, CAPES, Brasilia DF, Brazil

The direction of the fluid is strongly related to the Reynolds number; as it increases, so does the centrifugal acceleration which tends to push the axial flow towards the outer side of the pipe. Secondary flow appear as 2 or 4 vortical structures after the inflection point. For low Reynolds number, the rotational direction of vortical structures remains unchanged. The core of the vortical ...

Numerical Simulation of Bull's Eye Grating Using COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

D. Ray [1], A. Prabhakar [1],
[1] Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Plasmonic gratings like bull's eye can localize E field due to excitation of surface plasmons and when integrated with Ge-on-Si photodetector they can help in fabrication of ultra small photodiodes with high sensitivity. We have numerically carried out a frequency analysis for the grating using COMSOL Multiphysics® software with plane wave excitation at normal incidence. We have used the ...

基于COMSOL的随钻电磁波电阻率仪器WPR探测特性研究

康正明 [1], 柯式镇 [1], 姜明 [1], 尹成芳 [1],
[1] 中国石油大学(北京),北京,中国

引言:随着水平井和大斜度井的增多,随钻测井(LWD)技术越来越重要。随钻电磁波电阻率测井在随钻测井中应用最为广泛。在国外,随钻电磁波电阻率测井方法已经成为一种成熟的测井技术,但我国仍处于研究发展阶段。20世纪90年代,大庆成功地研制出2MHz电磁波电阻率测井仪器。本世纪,中油测井成功引进并研制出了随钻电磁波电阻率测井仪WPR。仪器仿真对国内引进该仪器进行生产以及实际测井资料处理解释具有指导意义。本文借助COMSOL Multiphysics®仿真平台,建立了二维轴对称模型。模型分为三层和多层,选择AC/DC模块中的磁场。通过LiveLink for MATLAB®实现脚本加载模型并控制数据按一定格式输出为文本文件。考查了APS公司的随钻电磁波电阻率仪器WPR仪器的探测特性,对比了仿真结果与APS公司商业宣传介绍的仪器特性。同时对比了COMSOL与同类有限元仿真软件的误差 ...

Visualisation of the Internal Processes of a Fuel Cell with the Help of an Application Built with the COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

A. George [1], L. Fromme [1]
[1] University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Bielefeld, Germany

The objective was to make a visualisation application for the pupil's lab of the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld. The application serves as a supplement for a workshop. It should provide a better understanding of a fuel cell, to visualize important influences and collect first experience with a simulation. To achieve this objective, a model of the fuel cell is created. The ...

Effect of Manufacturing Defects in the Form of Internal Leakages on the Acoustic Performance of Mufflers

D. Neihguk[1], A. Prasad [1]
[1] Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, India

The presence of manufacturing defects in the form of incomplete welding and missing perforated holes leads to internal leakages in mufflers. This results into unintended acoustic impedance modifications as well as the Herschel-Quincke effect. The narrow region acoustics model of COMSOL Multiphysics® software is used to simulate the thermoviscous losses associated with the leakages. The ...

Design of an Electrodynamically Actuated Microvalve Using COMSOL Multiphysics® and MATLAB®

M. Williams, J. Zito, J. Agashe, A. Sopeju, and D. Arnold
University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

This paper describes the design of a normally closed, electrodynamic microvalve.  Magnetic forces between a permanent magnet in the valve cover and a soft magnet in the valve seat hold the valve closed.  The combination of electrodynamic actuation and a mechanical restoring spring are used to open the valve.  A device model and a design optimization strategy using COMSOL ...

A Finite Element Analysis on the Modeling of Heat Release Rate, as Assessed by a Cone Calorimeter, of Char Forming Polycarbonate

D. Statler[1], and R. Gupta[2]
[1]Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center, South Charleston, WV, USA
[2]Department of Chemical Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA

During the pyrolysis and combustion of polymers, heat is released and is typically measured with a cone calorimeter to better assess the polymer’s flammability. Modeling heat release rate, as assessed by cone calorimetry, has not been extensively studied for char-forming polymers, such as, polycarbonate. Here we determine the heat release rate with the help of a one-dimensional transient finite ...

In-Situ Detection of Inclusions in Liquid Steel

X. Wang, R. Guthrie, and M. Isac
McGill Metals Processing Centre, Montreal, Canada.

A numerical multiphase flow model is proposed to predict the behavior and motion of entrained inclusions in liquid steel, as they enter the orifice of a LiMCA (Liquid Metal Cleanliness Analyzer) sensor for assuring steel quality. The method of measurement is based on the electric sensing zone (ESZ) technique. The liquid metal flow field within the ESZ is obtained by solving the Navier-Stokes ...

Solving Time-Dependent Optimal Control Problems in COMSOL Multiphysics

I. Neitzel[1], U. Prüfert[2], and T. Slawig[3]
[1]DFG priority program SPP 1253, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany
[2]DFG research center Matheon, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
[3]DFG Cluster of Excellence The Future Ocean, DFG priority progam SPP 1253, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany

We use COMSOL Multiphysics to solve time-dependent optimal control problems for partial differential equations whose optimality conditions can be formulated as a PDE. For a class of linear-quadratic model problems we summarize known analytic results on existence of solutions and first order optimality conditions that exhibit the typical feature of time-dependent control problems, namely the fact ...

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 a finite-element simulation method, developed through the software package COMSOL Multiphysics 3.4.