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.

Prediction of Air Permeability Using a Finite Element Method

A. Pezzin[1], A. Ferri[1]
[1]Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

Air permeability is one of the most important parameters in the study of thermo-physiological comfort of fabrics. The main goal of this work is to develop a virtual process that allows the prediction of air permeability of any fabric without realizing a sample. The Free and Porous Media Flow physics interface was used in COMSOL Multiphysics® software; this allows to use Navier-Stokes equation ...

MEMS Pirani Sensor for Pressure Measurements in the Fine- and High-Vacuum Range

M. Grau[1], F. Völklein[1], A. Meier[1], C. Kunz[1], P. Woias[2]
[1]RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, Institute for Microtechnologies, Rüsselsheim, Germany
[2]University of Freiburg, Department of Microsystems Engineering, Freiburg, Germany

A high performance MEMS Pirani sensor (VAC_03) was designed and optimized based on analytics. Due to the fact that this MEMS Pirani sensor is a 3D-Object, the calculation of the thermal radiation by analytics is limited. As the radiation behavior in the system is, beside the solid thermal conductance, responsible for the low-pressure detection limit of such vacuum gauges, we switched to a ...

Generalized Plane Piezoelectric Problem: Application to Heterostructure Nanowires

H. T. Mengistu[1], A. García-Cristóbal[1]
[1]Material Science Institute, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

The possibility to dispose of two-dimensional (2D) approaches to problems originally posed in a three-dimensional (3D) geometry is always desirable since it reduces significantly the computing resources needed for numerical studies. In this work we report on a new 2D approach called Generalized Plane Piezoelectric (GPP) problem [1] and apply it to the calculation of the strain and electric fields ...

Thermo-fluid Dynamics Modelling of Hydrogen Absorption and Desorption in a LaNi4.8Al0.2 Hydride Bed

D. Baldissin[1] and D. Lombardo[1]
[1]Compumat S.r.l., Torino, Italy

A two-dimensional mathematical model for the absorption and desorption of H2 in LaNi4.8Al0.2 was developed and experimentally validated. The model is composed of an energy balance, a mass balance and a momentum balance. These differential equations are numerically solved by means of the finite element method using the software COMSOL Multiphysics®. From a comparison between theoretical ...

Gravity-Driven Film Flow: Design of Bottom Topography

C. Heining[1] and N. Aksel[1]

[1]Applied Mechanics and Fluid Dynamics, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany

We study the gravity-driven film flow of a Newtonian liquid down an inclined plane. Many applications such as heat- and mass exchangers and evaporators or film coaters require undulated or rippled bottom topographies. In these cases, the interplay of gravity, surface tension and inertia leads to a response of the interface which furthermore strongly depends on the shape of the bottom topography. ...

COMSOL Multiphysics® Enhances Design Process at e2v technologies

Jan Przybyla
Technical Specialist, e2v technologies, England

Outline of presentation: We have seen a few of the diverse ways e2v has started to use COMSOL It is allowing us to view our processes in a different way Resulting in improvements It is enabling our engineers and scientists to examine the full application, not just the microwave or RF tube Resulting in: Complete product solution -with much added value Expected considerable growth in ...

Application of System Identification Methods to Implement COMSOL Models into External Simulation Environments

A.W.M. van Schijndel[1] and M. Gontikaki[1]

[1]Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Full coupling of distributed parameter models, like COMSOL, with the lumped models often lead to very time-consuming simulation duration times. In order to improve the speed of the simulations, the idea of using system identification methods to implement the distributed parameters models of COMSOL into external simulation environments, is explored. It is concluded that the system identification ...

Analysis of Cell Deformation with FEMLAB

El-Khatib, N.1, Huc, N.2, Goldberg, Y.3, Cedex Martiel, J.L.1
1 TIMC Laboratory, UMR CNRS 5525, Faculty of Medicine, La Tronche
2 COMSOL, Grenoble
3 INSERM EMI 01-08, Grenoble University Hospital, Grenoble

We present a simplified model of biological cells including a first layer, corresponding to the membrane and the actin cortex and a second one, representing the cell cytoplasm. The membraneactin ensemble is governed by the Navier equations while the cytoplasm is assimilated to a viscous fluid, described by the Navier-Stokes system. At the inner boundary, between the cortex and the cytoplasm, ...

Numerical Simulations of the Navier-Stokes Problem with Hyper Dissipation

Manouzi, H.
Departement of Mathematics and Statistic, Université Laval University, Quebec, Canada

This paper proposes a numerical simulation of the incompressible viscous flows with hyper dissipation using FEMLAB. We propose two variational formulations to solve this problem: the primal and the mixed formulations. For the first one, a biharmonic formulation for the velocity and the pressure is used. The second one uses a mixed formulation where the laplacian of the velocity, the velocity ...

Finite Element Simulation of the Oscillatory Flow in a Channel with the Heat Transfer through a Hot Bump

Lee, Y.
Dep. of Engineering Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

The present numerical simulation investigates the time-dependent flow driven by the oscillatory pressure gradient in the streamwise direction. An attempt was made to obtain the flow field that is initially stationary and evolves to the purely oscillatory flow with zero mean velocity, and the results after several cycles of oscillation are compared with the long-time analytical solution in the ...

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