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.

Super-resolving Properties of Metallodielectric Stacks

N. Katte[1], J. Haus[1], J.B. Serushema[1], and M. Scalora[2]
[1]University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, USA
[2]Charles M. Bowden Research Center, Redstone Arsenal, AL, USA

We show that diffraction can be suppressed in a one-dimensional metallodielectric stack (MDS) at visible wavelengths to achieve super-resolution imaging. In our calculations we use two popular techniques, which can be adapted to investigate the imaging properties of MDSs. The two methods are the transfer matrix method (TMM) and the Finite element method based software, COMSOL Multiphysics. The ...

Optimizing Bio-Inspired Flow Channel Design on Bipolar Plates of PEM Fuel Cells

X. Wang[1], J. Peitzmeier [2], and S. Kapturowski[3]
[1]Oakland University, Rochester, MI, USA
[2]Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, USA
[3]The State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA

The flow channel design on bipolar plates affects proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell performance by influencing reactant distribution and water removal in an operating fuel cell. The fuel cell performance can be improved by varying the type, size, or arrangement of channels. Two bio-inspired designs have been proposed by a research group at Oakland University, which results in improvement ...

Thermally Induced-Noise Reduction Using an Electrostatic Force Feedback

H. Lee, and J.V. Clark
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

In this paper we present a method to mitigate the effect of thermally-induced noise in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) through a force feedback circuit. Inherent noise-induced vibrations, which would be inconsiderable in macro scale, are considered as a limitation in micro- and nano- scale since it diminishes the high performance of MEMS devices. For instance, depending on the stiffness ...

Modeling of Lightning Direct Effects - Interaction of Continuing Current with Aluminum Skins

Y. Kostogorova-Beller[1], and R. Collins[2]
[1]National Institute for Aviation Research, Wichita, KS, USA
[2]Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, Wichita, KS, USA

An interaction of aluminum aircraft skins with a laboratory-simulated, low-level, long-duration, continuing current representative of a natural lightning flash was modeled with COMSOL Multiphysics. For the analysis of the lightning direct effects on aircraft, the external environment is represented by the idealized current components. Particularly Component C is used and is characteristic of ...

A Virtual Pharmacokinetic Model Of A Human Eye

L. Murtomäki, and S. Kotha
University of Helsinki, Centre for Drug Research, Helsinki, Finland

Drug therapy of the posterior part of an eye is very challenging. Yet, in USA alone, there are almost 2 million people affected by age related macular degeneration. When designing a strategy for controlled-release drug delivery, it is important to take into account of physiology, absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion properties of a drug. Therefore, the aims of this study are: 1) to ...

Laser Interstitial Thermo Therapy (LITT) for Prostate Cancer Animal Model: Numerical Simulation of Temperature and Damage Distribution

M.F. Marqa, P. Colin, P. Nevoux, S. Mordon, and N. Betrouni
University of Lille, CHRU, Lille, France

Laser interstitial thermotherapy (LITT) is a cancer treatment technique in which laser fibers are introduced inside the tumor. While it destroys deep tumors, the LITT procedure allows minimizing the impact on adjacent healthy structures. One of the effective methods to perform treatment planning for LITT is simulation. We used COMSOL Multiphysics to simulate the heat distribution and thermal ...

Modeling of Retinal Electrical Stimulation Using a Micro Electrode Array Coupled with the Gouy-Chapman Electrical Double Layer Model to Investigate Stimulation Efficiency

F. Dupont, R. Scapolan, C. Condemine, J.F. Bêche, M. Belleville, and P. Pham
CEA, LETI, Minatec, Grenoble, France

The electrical stimulation for retinal implant has known significant improvements in the last decades with many implantations and experimentations. The ability to create better controlled and adapted signals to increase the efficiency in stimulation is a major objective. The aim of this study is to develop a numerical platform based on COMSOL Multiphysics to simulate different waveforms. The ...

Impact of Velocity and Interfacial Tension on the Performance of Horizontal Wells in Gas Condensate Reservoirs

P. Ghahri, M. Jamiolahmady, and M. Sohrabi
Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Drilling horizontal wells (HWs) has recently received renewed attentions with the increasing trend in exploitation of tight gas reservoirs. An accurate estimation of productivity of such systems using a numerical simulator is a challenging task, because its 3D simulation requires a fine grid exercise to capture the abrupt variation of fluid and flow parameters around the wellbore. This is ...

Modeling of Vickers indentation of TiAl alloys

G. Maizza, and R. Cagliero
Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, Torino, Italy

Instrumented indentation is increasingly used as an alternative non-destructive test method to measure mechanical properties of small volumes of materials. In this work, the instrumented indentation test is applied as a non-destructive method to assess the mechanical properties of TiAl components during the setup of a real production process. This study is a preliminary contribution devoted to ...

Simulation Of Soil Remediation Polluted By Hydrocarbons Using A Non-Thermal Atmospheric Plasma

J. Rojo, S. Ognier, and S. Cavadias
Laboratoire de Génie des Procédés Plasmas et Traitements de Surfaces, University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

A lot of techniques are developed to treat soils polluted by hydrocarbons pollutants: incineration, thermal treatment, extraction, chemical oxidation, bioremediation… Some of these techniques are very energy consuming (incineration, thermal treatment…) and often need a subsequent treatment of the generated gases or liquids. Of all the decontamination methods, bioremediation appears to be the ...

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