P. Alotto, M. Guarnieri, and F. Moro
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica, Università di Padova, Padova, Italy
The proton exchange membrane is a key component in the currently widely studied Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells. In this paper a fully coupled three-dimensional dynamic numerical model of the membrane including all the physically relevant phenomena, i.e. ion transport, hydration-dependent conductivity and thermal effects is presented. The highly non-linear model is discretized by means of ...
N. Diaz, A. Jakob, L. Van Loon, and D. Grolimund
Paul Sherrer Institut NES/LES, Villigen PSI, Switzerland
Paul Sherrer Institut NES/SLS, Villigen PSI, Switzerland
Opalinus clay is currently being proposed as a potential host rock for radioactive waste repository in deep geological formation. It is then important for performance assessments to understand the transport properties of such rocks. Clay materials are characterized by low hydraulic conductivities and diffusion is assumed to be the main transport mechanism. The studied rock is a complex assembly ...
F. Lugli and F. Zerbetto
Department of Chemistry “G. Ciamician”, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
A small particle or a nano-sized object placed in a liquid is subject to random collisions with solvent molecules. The resulting erratic movement of the object is known as Brownian motion, which, in nature, cannot be used to any practical advantage both in natural systems (such as biomolecular motors) or by artificial devices. If energy is supplied by external source or by chemical reactions, ...
J. Jonsson, E. Edqvist, H. Kratz, M. Almqvist, and G. Thornell
Ångström Space Technology Centre, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Department of Measurement Technology and Industrial Electrical Engineering, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
High frequency side-scan sonar, to be fitted on a miniaturized submersible explorer, have been simulated and built. The purpose of this study is to see if COMSOL Multiphysics® can be used to predict the performance of the sonar, especially the beam width, setting the resolution of the system. Four models were created, from simple 2-D geometries to more complex 3-D models. The simulated beam ...
P. Cendula, S. Kiravittaya, J. Gabel, and O.G. Schmidt
Institute for Integrative Nanosciences, Dresden, Germany
Strained wrinkled and flat nanomembranes have different bending properties when they are released from the underlying substrate. This is caused by increased bending rigidity of the wrinkled film in one direction. We provide theoretical and numerical analysis of the directional rolling of wrinkled films, which is important for positioning rolled-up tubes on the short mesa edge during fabrication.
R. Winz, N. Schröder, W. Wiechert, and E. von Lieres
Institute of Biotechnology 2, Research Centre Jülich, Jülich, Germany
Research Center for Micro and Nanochemistry, University of Siegen, Siegen, Germany
In recent years lab-on-microchip technology has become a powerful tool for micro-scale analysis of biochemical processes. In the studied system the overall process consists of transport, convection, diffusion, reaction and adsorption processes. Two compounds A and B, contained in a carrier fluid (buffer), are introduced into a reaction channel via a Y-shaped double-inlet. As the streams flow ...
E. Bertarelli, R. Ardito, E. Bianchi, K. Laganà, A. Corigliano, G. Dubini, and R. Contro
Department of Structural Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy
In this work, an electrostatic diaphragm micropump is investigated by means of COMSOL Multiphysics®. A fluid-dynamic model is adopted to evaluate the fluid flow characteristics inside the pumping chamber, in static conditions. In parallel, electromechanical quasi-static simulations are performed to evaluate the occurrence of membrane movement and pull-in phenomena. Finally, a simplified ...
A. Di Carlo, V. Sansalone, A. Tatone, and V. Varano
Modelling and Simulation Lab, Università Roma Tre, Roma, Italy
Laboratoire de Mécanique Physique, Université Paris Est, Paris, France
DISAT, Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy
We present a mechanical model a growing spherical shell suitable for predicting the evolution of a Saccular Cerebral Artery Aneurysms (SCAA). It relies basically on the Kröner-Lee decomposition, used to describe the interplay between the current and the relaxed configuration of body elements. Rupture or stabilization of a SCAA are the end effect of a number of biological mechanisms, still poorly ...
A. Grünbaum, S. Petersen, H.W. Pau, and U. van Rienen
IEF funded by DFG Research Training Group 1505/1 Welisa, University of Rostock, Rostock, Germany
Otolaryngology “Otto Körner”, University of Rostock, Rostock, Germany
Modeling of 2-5 μm thin membranes into a cochlea with a width of 2 cm is computationally. The paper is focused on two approximative methods used to overcome this problem and in addition a simple model challenging of a plate capacitor with a thin membrane of different thickness in-between is presented. The results of simulations with both thin layer approximation methods are compared with ...