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Simulation of a New PZT Energy Harvester with a Lower Resonance Frequency Using COMSOL Multiphysics® - new

H. Elbahr[1], T. Ali[1,2], A. Badawi[1], S. Sedky[1]
[1]Zewail City of Science and Technology - Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
[2]Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

Energy harvesting from environmental vibration nowadays is feasible because of natural oscillations like that caused by air or liquid flow and by exhalation or the heartbeat of a human body. This vibration frequency is typically low (in order of less than 1 kHz). Accordingly, low-frequency vibration based energy harvesting systems are an important research topic; these systems can be used for ...

The Influence of Core Shape and Material Nonlinearities to Corner Losses of Inductive Element

M. Puskarczyk[1], B. Jamieson[1], W. Jurczak[1]
[1]ABB Corporate Research Center, Kraków, Poland

The effects of sharp corners on the flux distribution in a ferromagnetic core are modeled using COMSOL Multiphysics® to determine the time-domain flux density for an applied field which is uniform in the non-corner section of the core. The frequency spectrum of the flux distribution is calculated for testing points through the corner and the effects of harmonic frequencies on the flux and loss ...

COMSOL Multiphysics® Simulations of Cracking in Point Loaded Masonry with Randomly Distributed Material Properties

A.T. Vermeltfoort[1], A.W.M. van Schijndel[1]
[1]Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

This paper describes COMSOL Multiphysics® simulations of the stress and crack development in the area where a masonry wall supports a floor. In these simulations one of the main material properties of calcium silicate, its E-value, was assigned randomly to the finite elements of the modeled specimen. Calcium silicate is a frequently used building material with a relatively brittle fracture ...

Heat Transfer in Borehole Heat Exchangers from Laminar to Turbulent Conditions - new

E. Holzbecher[1], H. Räuschel[1]
[1]Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany

Borehole heat exchangers (BHE) in connection with heat pumps and floor heating in many countries are becoming an alternative to conventional heating or cooling systems using fossil resources. We describe how 1D components for heat transport in pipes can be coupled with a 2D or 3D component for the ground. Thermal conductances are derived for laminar, transitory and turbulent flow conditions in ...

Topology Optimization of an Actively Cooled Electronics Section for Downhole Tools

S. Soprani [1], J. H. K. Haertel [1], K. Engelbrecht [1], B. S. Lazarov [2], O. Sigmund [2]
[1] Technical University of Denmark - Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Roskilde, Denmark
[2] Technical University of Denmark - Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lyngby, Denmark

INTRODUCTION: Active cooling systems represent a possible solution to the electronics overheating that occurs in downhole tools operating on wireline, a cabling technology used to remotely control the downhole devices during oil and gas well interventions, in high temperature wells (150 ⁰C < T < 200 ⁰C) [1]. The integration of a thermoelectric cooler (TEC) into a downhole tool electronics ...

Double Pipe Heat Exchanger Modelling - COMSOL Uses in Undergraduate Education

L. Desgrosseilliers, and D. Groulx
Mechanical Engineering
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS

A cornerstone of Chemical and Mechanical Engineering undergraduate programs the world over is the experimental and theoretical study of heat exchange. Graduating engineering students gain some appreciation in their lab course by comparing empirical correlations combined with the thermodynamics of heat exchange with the real operation of a counter-current, double pipe, single-phase heat exchanger.

Simulating Organogenesis in COMSOL Multiphysics®: Parameter Optimization for PDE-based Models

D. Iber[1], D. Menshykau[2], P. Germann[2], L. Lermuzeaux[2,3]
[1]D-BSSE, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, SIB, Basel, Switzerland
[2]D-BSSE, ETH Zurich, Basel, Switzerland
[3]Department of Bioengineering, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France

Morphogenesis is a tightly regulated process that has been studied for decades. Previously we developed data-based mechanistic models for a range of developmental processes with a view to integrate the available knowledge and to better understand the underlying regulatory logic. In our previous papers on simulating organogenesis in COMSOL Multiphysics® we discussed methods to efficiently solve ...

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 ...

Simulation and Experimental Characterizations of a Thin Touch Mode Capacitive Pressure Sensor

A.-M. El Guamra [1], D. Bühlmann [1], F. Moreillon [1], L. Vansteenkiste [1], P. Büchler [2], A. Stahel [3], P. Passeraub [1],
[1] HES-SO University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Delémont, Switzerland
[2] Institute for Surgical Technology & Biomechanics, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
[3] Bern University of Applied Sciences Engineering and Information Technology, Bern, Switzerland

Introduction: This study describes a thin and low-cost capacitive pressure sensor in touch mode (TM) for monitoring fluid pressure from 0 to 40kPa in fluidic chambers with Luer fittings for medical applications. TM provides good linearity, large measuring range and large overload protection [1]. The choice of a thin polymer membrane as sensitive element with printed circular electrodes reduces ...

Weak Form & LiveLink™ for MATLAB® Based Modified Uzawa Method For Solving Steady Navier-Stokes Equation - new

H. Sheng[1], S. Zhu[1]
[1]Shanghai Jiaotong University, Minhang, Shanghai, China

We demonstrate a simple example about how to design my own algorithm for Navier-Stokes equation by weak form PDE and LiveLink™ for MATLAB®. After the computation, we get the same solution as other FEM packages (FreeFEM++ & FeniCs) at each iterative step, and we can see the Navier-Stokes equation’s solution at error between each step. This attempt gives algorithm researchers a hint or a ...