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.

Acoustic Simulation for Process Analysis of Sonochemical Reactor

H. Matsumoto
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan

We exhibit an application method of the acoustics module for numerical simulation of sound pressure distribution inside/outside a reactor under the indirect irradiation of ultrasounds. Applicability of the sound pressure simulation to design of sonochemical reactor is shown by comparison with experimental results for the process analysis of emulsion polymerization using ultrasounds.

Using COMSOL with the Adjoint Method for Inverse Problems

A. Emery
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

The standard way of estimating parameters in solving inverse problems is based upon least squares fitting which minimizes the sum of the residuals. Another way of minimizing is based upon the adjoint approach in which the sum of the residuals is augmented by the constraint that the solution satisfies the appropriate algebraic or differential equations. This method involves solving the adjoint ...

COMSOL Multiphysics® Models Combined with Experiments to Teach PID Controller Tuning - new

W. Clark[1]
[1]Chemical Engineering Department, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA

A laboratory exercise to learn PID controller tuning can be time consuming and taxing on the equipment. A purely equation-based, virtual controller tuning exercise might not seem relevant to real world processes. We have combined a physical process with a COMSOL Multiphysics model to teach the practical aspects of PID controller tuning. Students ran simulated experiments with COMSOL to test ...

3D COMSOL Multiphysics® Model of a Plate Heat Exchanger to Support a Laboratory Teaching Environment - new

N. Medeiros[1], W. Clark[1]
[1]Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA

Chemical engineering students and practitioners need an understanding of fluid flow and heat transfer inside heat exchangers. Because the flow within plate heat exchangers is difficult to visualize, we developed COMSOL Multiphysics® simulations of plate heat exchangers for students to study alongside a physical heat exchanger in a laboratory setting. Simulative experiments allow students to ...

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 ...

Modal Analysis of Functionally-Graded Metal-Ceramic Composite Plates - new

E. Gutierrez-Miravete[1], W. L. Saunders II[2], K. Pendley[3]
[1]Rensselaer at Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
[2]General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, CT, USA
[3]United Technologies - Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, CT, USA

The determination of the modes of vibration of Functionally Graded-Metal-Ceramic Composite plates is important in practice in order to prevent undesired resonances in structural components. This paper describes the application of COMSOL Multiphysics® software for the determination of the modes of vibration of Aluminum A356-T6Alloy-ZrO2 FG-MCC square plates.

Reliable Full-Wave EM Simulation of a Single-Layer SIW Interconnect with Transitions to Microstrip Lines - new

J. L. Chavez-Hurtado[1], J. E. Rayas-Sanchez[1], Z. Brito-Brito[1]
[1]ITESO - Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico

We present a procedure to obtain reliable EM responses for a SIW interconnect with microstrip line transitions. The procedure focuses on two COMSOL® configuration settings: meshing size and simulation bounding box. Once both are properly configured, the implemented structure is tested by perturbing the simulation bounding box to ensure it has no effect on the EM responses.

Evaluation of Instability of a Low-salinity Density-dependent Flow in a Porous Medium - new

Y. T. Habtemichael[1], R. T. Kiflemariam[2], H. R. Fuentes[1]
[1]Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA
[2]Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA

Seawater intrusion into coastal aquifers is usually modeled by using transport models that include account for the effect of variable-density on flow. Variable-density models can be validated with the Henry and Elder benchmark problems. However, when mixed convective flow is simulated under variable density conditions, it is susceptible to physical and numerical instabilities. The purpose of this ...

High Frequency Resonators Using Exotic Nanomaterials - new

B. Panchapakesan[1], M. Loeian[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA

Human made mechanical resonators have been around for a thousand years. Early applications included musical instruments and chronographs operating in millihertz to kilohertz frequencies while more recent interest has turned ultra-high frequency resonators and oscillators suitable for wireless technologies, mass sensing and even biological applications. The trend has been towards small, stiff and ...

Electromagnetic Well Logs Simulated with the COMSOL® RF Module on a Cluster - new

D. Swaminathan[1], G. Minerbo[1], K. Pathak[1]
[1]Drilling and Production Group, Schlumberger, Houston, TX, USA

Introduction Computer simulations are widely used for the interpretation and inversion of electromagnetic measurements in well logging. Until recently, simulated logs have been computed with approximate 1D or 2D models. By using the COMSOL® RF Module installed on a cluster, we show that a full 3D finite-element simulated log can be obtained within an acceptable turnaround time. Use of ...

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