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Design of Solar Thermal Dryers for 24-hour Food Drying Processes

F. S. Alleyne [1], R. R. Milczarek [1],
[1] Healthy Processed Foods Research Unit, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Albany, CA, USA

Solar drying is a ubiquitous method that has been adopted for many years as a food preservation method. Most of the published articles in the literature provide insight on the performance of solar dryers in service but little information on the dryer construction material selection process or material attributes that allow them to be selected as candidates in solar dryer designs. 1–7 ...

Calculation of Surface Acoustic Waves on a Piezoelectric Substrate using Amazon™ Cloud Computing

U. Vogel [1], M. Spindler [1], S. Wege [1], T. Gemming [1]
[1] Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials, Dresden, Germany

In this work, we seek to simulate SAWs for a better understanding and to benchmark the currently available cloud computing possibilities of COMSOL Multiphysics® software. By using the MEMS module we demonstrate 3D models with reduced geometry to achieve principle information about the wavefield. For a benchmark, a high-speed workstation with limited memory (RAM) is compared to the most potent ...

Multigrid Implementation in COMSOL Multiphysics® - Comparison of Theory and Practice

W. Joppich[1]
[1]University of Applied Sciences, Sankt Augustin, Germany

Multigrid methods (MG) belong to the fastest solvers for partial differential equations. The key for this is an appropriate composition of the algorithmic components [1,2,4]. The multigrid solver implemented in COMSOL Multiphysics® is analyzed with respect to components and with respect to its numerical properties. Of special interest is the question whether solving selected model problems shows ...

3D Simulation of Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy in the Treatment of Brain Tumors

M. Nour [1], A. Lakhssassi [1], E. Kengne [1], M. Bougataya [1],
[1] Université du Québec en Outaouais, Gatineau, QC, Canada

Abstract: Due to the restriction of the number of probes that a patient can tolerate, and the inaccurate information provided by the invasive temperature measurements, which provide information only at discrete points, a mathematical model simulation is more effective to help doctors in planning their thermal treatment doses. This will maximize therapeutic effects while minimizing side effects. ...

3D Modeling of All-Superconducting Synchronous Electric Machine by Finite Element Method - new

D. Hu[1], M. Ainslie[1], J. Zou[1], D. Cardwell[1]
[1]Bulk Superconductivity Group, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

This paper presents the electromagnetic analysis of an all-superconducting synchronous electric machine, focusing on AC loss calculations in high temperature superconducting (HTS) coils. The numerical analyses of two 3D models are shown, including the model of the machine and its HTS stator coils. The models use the H-formulation based on a B-dependent critical current density and a bulk ...

Commercial Special Fibers for Sensing Applications

G. Latha[1], P. Nair[1]
[1]SSN College of Engineering, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

In a solid core PCF, structural parameters and the number of rings in the cladding region decide confinement losses, dispersion coefficients as well as bending losses. This paper evaluates some of commercially available solid core photonic crystal fibers. The dispersion coefficients and sensitivity of these fibers are estimated using COMSOL Multiphysics®, and compared with the theoretical values ...

Pros and Cons of Running COMSOL Multiphysics® Touch-Sensor Simulations on Amazon Web Services™

A. Gourevitch[1]
[1]Cypress Semiconductor Corp., San Jose, CA, USA

We report an implementation of parallel computing on Amazon Web Services™ (AWS) for touch-sensor modeling. COMSOL Multiphysics® was used to simulate an electromagnetic field distribution in a capacitive sensor assembly. Multiple COMSOL jobs were deployed on separate AWS instances and were executed in parallel. The simulation results indicate that implementation of parallel computing for COMSOL ...

Dynamic Characterization and Mechanical Simulation of Cantilevers for Electromechanical Vibration Energy Harvesting

N. Alcheick[1], H. Nesser[1], H. Debeda[1], C. Ayela[1], I. Dufour [1]
[1]Univ. Bordeaux, IMS Lab, Pessac, France

Energy harvesting from ambient vibrations has become an interesting topic for powering wireless sensor networks. Resonant microdevices based on MEMS have become of central importance at low frequency. The power produced at resonance is at least one order of magnitude larger than off frequency power since the largest strain is obtained at resonance. In order to obtain large strain for efficient ...

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 ...

Quantum Mechanics Applications Using the Time Dependent Schrödinger Equation in COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

A. J. Kalinowski [1],
[1] University of Connecticut, East Lyme, CT, USA

The paper illustrates the use of COMSOL for obtaining the quantum mechanics wave function Ψ(x,y,z,t) as a solution to the time dependent Schrödinger equation. Once having Ψ(x,y,z,t), it can be used to compute the probability of a particle being in a specific zone within the spatial field under consideration. Two problems are solved to illustrate solving Schrödinger's equation. Firstly, a simple ...