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COMSOL Multiphysics® Automated Installation Verification via LiveLink™ for MATLAB®

M. W. Crowell [1],
[1] Research Reactors Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

Verifying that a local software installation performs as the developer intends is a potentially time consuming but necessary step for nuclear safety related codes. Automating this process not only saves time, but can increase reliability and scope of verification compared to ‘hand’ comparisons. While COMSOL does not include automatic installation verification as many commercial codes do, it does ...

Nature-Inspired Surfaces and Engineering Applications Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

R. C. Thiagarajan [1], P. Asutosh[1],
[1] ATOA Scientific Technologies Pvt Ltd, Whitefield, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

Engineering design has long been dominated by orthogonal Cartesian principles. Nature inspired equation based mathematical surfaces are under renewed interest due to their innovative design potential and practical viability by 3D printing. In this paper, the parametric surface modelling feature of COMSOL Multiphysics® is leveraged for developing engineering structures from equation based ...

Finite Element Convergence for Time-Dependent PDEs with a Point Source in COMSOL 4

M. Gobbert, and D. Trott
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Baltimore, MD

Many application problems have non-smooth forcing terms, such as the Dirac delta function. The convergence order for the FEM solution is limited by the regularity of the solution in this case. This paper presents information on the techniques needed in COMSOL 4 to enable FEM convergence studies for time-dependent problems of this type, including how to correctly implement the Dirac delta ...

Electromagnet Shape Optimization using Improved Discrete Particle Swarm Optimization (IDPSO)

R. S. Wadhwa[1], T. Lien[1], and G. Monkman[2]
[1]NTNU Valgrinda, Inst. for produksjons- og kvalitetstek., Trondheim, Norway
[2]FH Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany

The magnetic field gradient produced by an electromagnet gripper head depends on its design. Stochastic Methods offer certain robustness to the design optimization process. In this paper, Improved Discrete Particle Swarm Optimization (IDPSO) searching technique is applied to the shape and magnetic field gradient optimization of an electromagnet head. The magnetic field and forces are ...

Numerically Generated g-functions for Ground Coupled Heat Pump Applications

J. Acuna[1], M. Fossa[2], P. Monzó[1]
[1]KTH Energy Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
[2]Dime, University of Genova, Genova, Italy

Ground-coupled heat pumps (GCHP) are successfully installed since at about 20 years in many countries to fulfill space conditioning requirements in building applications. In most cases the heat pump is connected to a system of vertical ground heat exchangers (as illustrated in Figure 1) where a fluid is circulated inside a system of pipes inserted in a deep borehole drilled in the soil. Drilling ...

Parameter Identification in Partial Integro-Differential Equations for Physiologically Structured Populations

S. Moenickes, O. Richter, and K. Schmalstieg
Institut für Geoökologie, Abt. Umweltsystemanalyse, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany

Continuous dynamic models, e.g. COMSOL based simulations, play – besides statistical or iterative methods – a mayor role in theoretical ecology; in forecasting and management, but also in systems analysis. Ecological issues generally comprise highly interacting agents and/or unknown side effects. Here we show how combining direct simulation with COMSOL with simple optimization tools ...

Study of Flow Characteristics and Flow Optimization Inside a Cylindrical Pipe

K. Govardhan [1], A. N. Grace [1], R. Sudha [2],
[1] VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
[2] Government College of Engineering, Bargur, Tamil Nadu, India

Fluid flow in a cylindrical pipe needs to be characterized for various applications. The flow tends to form vortexes or becomes turbulent owing to many factors like inlet angle, inlet velocity, protrusions in the path of flow, etc. This work focuses on studying the characteristic behavior of flow inside a cylindrical pipe with non-laminar flow. It also aims at achieving laminar flow and studies ...

On the Formation of a Sticking Layer on the Bearing during Thin–Section Aluminium Extrusion

X. Ma[1], M.B. de Rooij[2], and D.J. Schipper[2]

[1]Materials Innovation Institute, Enschede, The Netherlands
[2]University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

This paper describes the use of COMSOL Multiphysics® to determine the shear layer thickness in thin–section aluminum extrusion, based on the minimum work criterion. The studied two aluminum alloys are AA 6063 and AA 7020. The results show that a continuous shear layer featuring shear localization due to localized thermal softening is not possible to form under typical thin&ndash ...

Optimization of Micro-Structured Waveguides in Lithium Niobate (Z-Cut) - new

H. Karakuzu[1], M. Dubov[1], S. Boscolo[1]
[1] Aston University, Birmingham, UK

We present an optimization procedure to improve the propagation properties of the depressed-cladding, buried micro-structured waveguides formed in a z-cut lithium niobate (LN) crystal by high repetition rate femtosecond (fs) laser writing. It is shown that the propagation wavelength for which the confinement losses of ordinary (O) and extraordinary ordinary (E) polarizations are below 1 dB/cm ...

Topology Optimization of Dielectric Metamaterials Based on the Level Set Method Using COMSOL Multiphysics

M. Otomori, and S. Nishiwaki
Kyoto University
Japan

This presentation shows a level set-based topology optimization method for the structural design of negative permeability dielectric metamaterials incorporating the level set boundary expression based on the concept of the phase field method, and its optimization algorithm implemented by COMSOL Multiphysics. Furthermore, several design examples are provided to confi rm the usefulness of the ...