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Thermal-Electrical Study of an Ultra-fast Disconnect Switch with a Piezoelectric Actuator - new

L. Graber[1], C. Widener[1], S. Smith[1], M. Steurer[1]
[1]Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS), Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA

A research team at FSU CAPS is developing a novel fast disconnect switch based on a piezoelectric actuator for use in next-gen electric power distribution systems. COMSOL Multiphysics® software was used to optimize geometry and material selection of the disconnect switch. Current conduction, mechanical stress, and electrostatic simulations were performed to confirm that design requirements of ...

Stresses Due to Intercalation of Non-Spherical Lithium Storage Particles - new

R. Purkayastha[1], R. McMeeking[2]
[1]Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
[2]University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Due to computational considerations most models of lithium storage particles in batteries incorporate spherical particles. However most storage particles used in battery electrodes tend to be irregular in shape with sharp edges and extended aspect ratios. The change of the relative surface area to the volume of the particle can lead to a change in the stress response of the particle for the same ...

Field Joint Coatings for Deep Sea Pipelines - new

R. Verhelle[1], L. Van Lokeren[1], S. Loulidi[1], H. Boyd[2], G. Van Assche[1]
[1]Physical Chemistry & Polymer Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
[2]Heerema Marine Contractors, Leiden, The Netherlands

COMSOL Multiphysics® software is used to model the field joint application process on carbon steel pipelines for deep sea crude oil transportation, taking into account not only heat transfer, cure kinetics, and crystallization, but also thermal, cure and crystallization shrinkage and the resulting interfacial thermal stresses. Experimental data from the raw materials are implemented in the model ...

Modeling of Chemo-Mechanical Coupled Behavior of Cement Based Material

D. Hu[1], F. Zhang[2], H. Zhou[3], and J. Shao[1]
[1]LML, UMR8107, CNRS, University of Lille I, Lille, France
[2]School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan, China
[3]State Key Laboratory of Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China

A lixiviation-mechanical coupled model is developed for fiber reinforced concrete within this framework; both the influence of chemical degradation on short and long term mechanical behavior and the influence of mechanical loading on the diffusion coefficient can be considered. The elastic mechanical properties are written as function of chemical damage. A Drucker–Prager typed criterion with ...

Modelling Failure Mechanims in Sands Under Extreme Loads Using COMSOL

J. Mwebesa, D. Kalumba, and R. Kulabako
Makerere University
Kampala, Uganda

Studies by Nishaat (2009) showed that Terzaghi\'s bearing capacity model didn\'t adequately predict the bearing capacity failure in Philippi Dune sands. Nishaat carried out her investigation using a physical model that was built in a geotechnical laboratory. The failure surfaces she observed in the sands did not resemble those predicted by Terzaghi and Meyerhof\'s models. However the use of a ...

Determination of Fundamental Frequency of a Thin Rectangular Perforated Plate using COMSOL Multiphysics

S. V. N. B. Prasad, and B. Raghavendra

COMSOL Multiphysics 4.0 is being used to simulate the free vibrations of a plate. The results obtained by simulation in COMSOL are in close proximity to that found by Fast Fourier Transform analyzer and analytical method. As of now the vibration analysis of thin rectangular plates with perforations in rectangular pattern has been carried out. The study of vibration analysis of thin ...

Thermoelastic Model for Microwave Ablation of Concrete

B. Lepers[1], S. Soldatov[1]
[1]Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Pulsed Power and Microwave Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany

The use of high power microwave energy for ablation of contaminated concrete is a promising technique to speed up the dismantling of nuclear power plants. A coupled simulation using COMSOL Multiphysics® finite element software is performed by solving the electromagnetic wave equation at 2.45 GHz for a standard wave guide and a concrete block. The temperature field is obtained with the heat ...

Study of the Process, Design, and Operating Parameters Effect on the Efficiency of the Process Mill - new

A. K. Farouk[1]
[1]Department of Mathematics & Natural Science, University of Stavanger, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway

This study is to investigate the velocity pattern and the velocity magnitude of the cuttings that is being processed in the process mill as a result of the rotating hammers. The process mill consists of a horizontal cylindrical shell equipped with renewable liners and rotating hammers for milling of drill cuttings. An F.E model of the process mill was constructed using dimensions similar to ...

Support-Q Optimisation of a Trapped Mode Beam Resonator - new

T. H. Hanley[1], H. T. D. Grigg[1], B. J. Gallacher[1]
[1]Newcastle University, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK

Introducing a disorder into a finite periodic oscillatory system induces the presence of a 'trapped mode': a mode in which the displacement field is localised to the region of the disorder. A main inhibitor to MEMS resonators achieving a high quality (Q) factor is energy radiation through the support to the substrate. The trapped modes present a way to tune this to a minimal value. An initial ...

A Comparison of Mass Reduction Methods for Silicon-on-Oxide (SOI)-based Micromirrors

H. J. Hall [1], L. A. Starman [1],
[1] Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, USA

Beam steering and adaptive optics micromirror applications commonly demand optically flat surfaces with minimal mass. When reflective coatings (usually metallic Au or Al) are applied to micromirror surfaces in order to meet optical reflectivity requirements the resulting film stress (usually tensile) can be substantial. The mass of the mirror can be a limiting factor in the dynamic performance. ...