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Solving Distributed Optimal Control Problems for the Unsteady Burgers Equation in COMSOL Multiphysics®

F. Yilmaz[1] and B. Karasözen[2]

[1]Department of Mathematics, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey
[2]Department of Mathematics and Institute of Applied Mathematics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

We use COMSOL Multiphysics® for solving distributed optimal control of un- steady Burgers equation without constraints and with pointwise control constraints. Using the first order optimality conditions, we apply projection and semi-smooth Newton methods for solving the optimality system. We have applied the standard approach by integrating the state equation forward in time and the ad- joint ...

Water Quality Model for Brewster Lake

Z. Aljobeh[1], G. Argueta[1]
[1]Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, USA

A numerical model was developed to make spatial and temporal predictions of the water quality for Brewster Lake, located in southwestern Michigan. The model considers the hydrodynamics of the lake, hydrologic conditions, physical, chemical and biochemical processes that take place in the lake, and nutrient loadings from the surrounding watershed. Physical, chemical, and biochemical data ...

Conducting Finite Element Convergence Studies Using COMSOL 4.0

M.K. Gobbert, and D.W. Trott
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, USA

We will show how to carry out convergence studies of the FEM error on a sequence of progressively finer meshes in COMSOL Multiphysics on the example of Lagrange elements of varying polynomial degrees, which will also bring out the benefit of using higher order elements. The sample studies will focus on Lagrange elements of degree 1 through 5. For these elements, the convergence order of the ...

Looking for the Origin of Power Laws in Electric Field Assisted Tunneling

H. Cabrera[1], D.A. Zanin[1], L.G. De Pietro[1], A. Vindigni[1], U. Ramsperger[1], D. Pescia[1]
[1]Laboratory for Solid State Physics, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

A sharp tip approached perpendicular to a conducting surface at subnanometer distances and biased with a small voltage builds a junction across which electrons can be transferred from the tip apex to the nearest surface atom by direct quantum mechanical tunneling. Such a junction is used e.g. in Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM). When the distance d between tip and collector is increased ...

Optimum Design for Magneto-Rheological Brake Using COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

J. Thanikachalam[1], P. Nagaraj[1]
[1]Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, India

The Automotive industry has now become a technology of “Drive by Wire”. This technology is used to replace the conventional mechanical system by electromechanical system which is able to perform the same tasks faster, more reliably and accurately. The problems with the traditional braking systems are unreliable at high speeds, long respond time, more brake pad wear, high temperature operating ...

Use of COMSOL as an Educational Tool Through its Application to Ground Water Pollution

A. Modaressi-Farahmand-Razavi[1]
[1]MSS-Mat Laboratory, CNRS, Ecole Centrale Paris, Châtenay Malabry, France

Ensuring the quality of underground water and controlling its quantity is of major concern for the population. Therefore, this subject attracts many students from different specialties at different levels of their curriculum. In fact, the pedagogic objectives of the course may be different according to the level or/and interest of the students and COMSOL is used due to its versatility. In this ...

Using The Time Parameter As The Third Geometrical Dimension

J. Krah
AkerSolutions, Fornebu, Norway

The paper demonstrates that for some models a 2D geometry in Cartesian coordinates can be used to obtain a 3D solution with changes in z-direction. A heat exchanger serves as an example of a practical application. The required flow rate in a straight cooling pipe penetrating perpendicularly into a warm wall is calculated to keep the wall temperature below a given limit. Cold water pumped into ...

Web Based Laboratories for Teaching Electromagnetics for TEMPUS eLab Project

Y. El-Qattan [1], H. Ghali[1]
[1]Electrical Engineering Department, The British University in Egypt (BUE), El Sherouk City, Egypt

This paper presents a successful step towards the development of a “web-based laboratory” for teaching basic, and even advanced, electromagnetic concepts. The main idea is to develop a reusable model for the student to be used exactly as a hardware experiment in a physical laboratory, where he/she can change some of the experiment\'s physical parameters and get corresponding results. The two ...

Simulation of Beverage Refrigeration with Dependence on Container Shape, Material and Orientation

S. Bekemeier[1], L. Fromme[1], A. Genschel[1], K. Kröger[1]
[1]University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Bielefeld, Germany

Adequate cooling of beverages is a major issue in planning of several types of events, e.g. poster sessions at conferences. One crucial factor is the time needed to cool beverages from its initial temperature to the desired drinking temperature. We present a way to determine a close approximation for the cooling behavior of three types of commonly used beverage containers using COMSOL ...

Benchmark of COMSOL vs. ROXIE Codes for the Calculation of a Particle Accelerator Quadrupole

I. Rodriguez, and J. L. Munoz
ESS Bilbao
Bilbao, Spain

The field quality requirements of most particle accelerator magnets are very tight and, therefore, very precise simulations are needed to accurately calculate these devices. CERN\'s ROXIE code is widely used as a reference software to calculate normal conducting and superconducting magnets for particle accelerator applications. ROXIE uses the full vector potential coupled to the BEM-FEM ...