Technical Papers and Presentations

Here you will find presentations given at COMSOL Conferences around the globe. The presentations explore the innovative research and products designed by your peers using COMSOL Multiphysics. Research topics span a wide array of industries and application areas, including the electrical, mechanical, fluid, and chemical disciplines. Use the Quick Search to find presentations pertaining to your application area.

COMSOL Modeling of Groundwater Flow and Pollutant Transport in a Two-Dimensional Geometry with Heterogeneities

M. Gobbert, M. Whitmore, B. Peercy, M. Baker, and D. Trott
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Baltimore, MD

The Delmarva Peninsula is located on the East Coast of the United States, between the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Industrial farming in the Delmarva Peninsula leads to levels of nutrients nitrogen, which grossly exceed natural levels and greatly impair the health of the bay. The main source of water carrying excess nitrogen to streams is groundwater. We use the software package COMSOL ...

Optical and Electrical Modeling of Three Dimensional Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

P. Guo[1]
[1]Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA

Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have received tremendous attention as alternative photon harvesting devices. While the sintered TiO2 nanoparticle network attached with dye molecules achieves efficient photon absorption, the electrons have to diffuse through the long TiO2 network to reach the contact, resulting in a high electron density and thus increased recombination. Extensive research ...

Structural Durability Analysis of Powertrain Mounting Bracket

Sameer Kolte[1], David Neihguk[1], Abhinav Prasad[1]
[1]Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd., Vehicle Integration COE, Mahindra Research Valley, Mahindra World City, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, India

Structural analysis is performed to check the durability of Engine mounts for a given load and support conditions. The engine mount bracket is subjected to loads primarily due to weight of the powertrain and the unbalanced torque. In this analysis, the component is optimized such that stresses generated do not exceed the endurance strength of the material. In this paper, structural mechanics ...

Enhancement of Terahertz Emission by AuGe Nanopatterns

H. Surdi[1], A. Singh[1], S. S. Prabhu [1]
[1]Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha 
Road, Mumbai,India

Since the advent of Terhertz(THz) technology, improving the THz emission power has been one of the major research goal. One of the methods to increase the THz emission power is to increase the coupling of excitation laser light to the dielectric substrate.The field of nano-plasmonics exploits light-matter interactions at nanometer scale. With the help of metallic nano-structure at ...

Multiphysic FEMLAB modelisation to evaluate mid-infrared photonic detector performances

Cuminal, Y.1, Christol, P.2, Rodriguez, J.B2, Joullié, A.2
1 Laboratoire des Sciences des Matériaux et d’Automatique (LASMEA), Université Clermont II, UMR CNRS 6602, Aubiére, France
2 Centre d’Electronique et de Micro-optoélectronique de Montpellier (CEM2), Université de Montpellier-II, UMR CNRS 5507, Montpellier, France

Infrared photonic detectors operating in the mid infrared region find applications in pollution monitoring, high-speed infrared imaging systems and free space telecommunications. There is a need for new uncooled high performance detector systems and antimonide-based (Sb-based) semiconductor quantum structures could be an alternative of the well-established technologies. The main objective of ...

Finite Element Analysis of Thermal Fatigue in Thermal Barrier Coatings

U. Bardi[1], C. Borri[1], A. Fossati[1], A. Lavacchi[1], and I. Perissi[1]
[1]Dipartimento di Chimica, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Sesto Fiorentino, FI, Italy

A Finite element model of plasma sprayed TBC’s was developed to estimate the stress induced by thermal cycling experiments. A heat transfer analysis was performed to evaluate the temperature distribution on the specimen during the cooling under an impinging air jet; temperature measurements performed with an infrared pyrometer on the cooled samples show good agreement with the evaluated ...

Optimal Electrical Design of Spherical Photovoltaic Cells

A.M. Morega, J.C. Ordonez, P.A. Negoias, M. Morega, and R. Hovsapian

This paper reports the optimization results of the new generation of honeycomb spherical photovoltaic cells (SPVC) with respect to the series electrical resistance. The electrical potential (voltage) distribution is found by numerically integrating the mathematical model of the DC current distribution within the SPVC. --------------------------------- Keynote speaker's ...

Calculating the Fatigue Crack Initiation in Machine Parts under Random Multiaxial Loading

A. Nieslony[1], and C.M. Sonsino[2]
[1] Opole University of Technology, Department of Mechanics and Machine Design, Opole, Poland
[2] Fraunhofer-Institut für Betriebsfestigkeit und Systemzuverlässigkeit LBF, Darmstadt

The authors present a method for estimating fatigue life due to crack initiation using FEM under multiaxial random loading. The proposed method uses the multiaxial fatigue failure criteria based on the critical plane concept. Damages were determined with the spectral method from power spectral density (PSD) function of the equivalent stress history. The authors used linear-elastic ...

Using COMSOL Multiphysics in Eddy Current Non Destructive Testing Context

L. Santandrea, and Y. Le Bihan
Laboratoire de Génie Electrique de Paris, Gif-sur-Yvette, France

Eddy current testing (ECT) is widely used to check the integrity of electrically conducting parts and notably to detect flaws. It is based on the interaction between a probe and the part under testing. The finite element method (FEM) is well fitted to the modelling of these kinds of problems because of its large flexibility which allows to deal with complex probe and part configurations. In this ...

Analysis Of Particle Trajectories For Magnetic Drug Targeting

A. Heidsieck, and B. Gleich
Zentralinstitut für Medizintechnik, TU München, München, Germany

The technique of magnetic drug targeting binds genetic material or drugs to superparamagnetic nanoparticles and accumulates them via an external magnetic field in a target region. However, it is still a challenge for this approach to succeed in areas with high flow rates, like the aorta or the heart ventricle. The magnetic field sources have to be accurately optimized and adapted to the local ...

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