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.

Miscible Viscous Fingering of Pushed Versus Pulled Interface

S. Pramanik[1], M. Mishra[1]
[1]Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, Rupnagar, Punjab, India

Viscous fingering (VF) instability has been extensively studied over past several decades in the context of various industrial, environmental and chemical processes. We try to model miscible VF at pushed or pulled interfaces using COMSOL Multiphysics®. We study the effect of the positive and negative log-mobility ratio on the fingering instability. Numerical simulation has been performed in 2D ...

3D Multiphysics Analyses to Support Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Conversion of HFIR - new

P. K. Jain[1], J. D. Freels[1]
[1]Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

Engineering design studies of the feasibility of conversion of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) from high-enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel are ongoing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as part of an effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors program. COMSOL Multiphysics® models ...

Mean Flow Augmented Acoustics in Rocket Systems - new

S. Fischbach[1]
[1]NASA Marshall Space Flight Center / Jacobs ESSSA Group, Huntsville, AL, USA

Combustion instability in solid rocket motors and liquid engines has long been a subject of concern. Recent advances in energy based modeling of combustion instabilities require accurate determination of acoustic frequencies and mode-shapes. Of particular interest is the acoustic mean flow interactions within the converging section of a rocket nozzle, where gradients of pressure, density, and ...

Indoor Air Quality Modeling

D. Pepper
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

In this presentation we consider the modeling of indoor air quality, and pollutant transport. Today's aspects of indoor air quality unfortunately must include the potential risk of an attack with biological weapons. In this presentation, we illustrate the effect of such an attack. In the present work, we also present numerical results for indoor air quality for a specific building, namely ...

Hydraulic Design of Activated Sludge Tanks with CFD

A. J. Bosma, and B. A. Reitsma
Tauw bv, Deventer, The Netherlands

The hydraulic design of wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) is usually based on general guidelines and experience. Research and development in this field is mainly focused on understanding and improvement of the biological processes. In this article we present modeling of the activated sludge tanks of the wastewater treatment plants in Amsterdam-West and Eindhoven. For both locations, a number of ...

On The Modelling Of Electrowetting Using COMSOL Multiphysics

J.F. Dannenberg, J. Brinkert, and E.A.D. Lamers
Reden b.v., Hengelo (ov.), The Netherlands

One of the upcoming technologies in displays is that of the electrowetting displays. A surface can be covered by a colored oil or transparent water using a voltage to increase or decrease the wettability of the surface. A simulation of the behavior of such a thin film of oil in water, forced to move due an electrostatic field, has been made using the level-set, two-phase flow application mode ...

Coupled Electric-Thermal-Fluid Analysis of High Voltage Bushing

G. Eriksson[1]
[1]ABB, Corporate Research, Västerås, Sweden

Modern power transmission systems are in general designed to operate at high voltages in order to reduce resistive losses generated by high currents. This, however, tends to increase the risk for dielectric breakdown or flashovers if the equipment is not properly designed to withstand the stress. The present work illustrates how multiphysics simulations can be used to analyze and predict the ...

Numerical Study of the Self-ignition of Tetrafluoroethylene in a 100-dm3-reactor

F. Ferrero[1], M. Kluge[1], R. Zeps[1], T. Spoormaker[2]
[1]BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin, Germany
[2]Chairman PlasticsEurope Fluoropolymers TFE Safety Task Force, Du Pont De Nemours, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

The self-ignition of tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) caused by contact with hot surfaces has been analyzed with the help of simulations performed with COMSOL Multiphysics®. The current study focuses on large-scale heated reactors for the industrial production of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) from TFE at high pressures. Simulations of the self-heating and consequent self-ignition of TFE in a ...

Simulation of the Molten Glass Sheets Flow

P. Baias[1], E. Pelster[1], D. Wenger[1]
[1]Wenger Engineering GmbH, Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Thin glass sheets have nowadays a lot of commercial applications. An optimal functionality of the production of such glass sheets depends on the flow control of the molten glass. The uniform distribution of the molten glass to sheets of exact thickness and width depends on the geometry of the production device. The geometry must be based on fluid dynamics to control the process. A parameterized ...

A Dual Continuum Model for Groundwater Flow in Karst Aquifers - new

R. Painter[1], J. Harris[1], T. Byl[1], L. Sharpe[1]
[1]Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN, USA

In karst terrain, the interaction between the fast moving, highly turbulent conduit flow and the slow moving, laminar flow through porous media is largely unknown. Yet the dual nature of the karst system impacts the residence time of solutes in the groundwater supplies of over 25% of the world’s population. This project attempts to address the need for a better understanding of the dual flow ...

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