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Towards Rotordynamic Analysis with COMSOL Multiphysics

M. Karlsson[1]
[1]ÅF, Stockholm, Sweden

In this paper a pre-study on using COMSOL Multiphysics for rotordynamic analysis is presented. It is concluded that it is possible to use COMSOL Multiphysics to perform rotordynamical analysis. However, there are no standard environment for rotordynamics, hence the user has to extend the structural model with the rotordynamics effect such as gyroscopic effect and rotordynamical coefficients. By ...

VLSI Layout Based Design Optimization of a Piezoresistive MEMS Pressure Sensors using COMSOL Multiphysics

R. Komaragiri[1], Sarath. S.[1], N. Kattabomman[1]
[1]NIT Calicut, Kozhikode, Kerala

This paper focuses on the diaphragm design and optimization of a piezoresistive Micro Electro Mechanical System (MEMS) pressure sensor by considering Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) layout schemes. The aim of these studies is to find an optimal diaphragm shape by Finite Element Method (FEM) using COMSOL®, which is most suitable for VLSI layout. Optimal diaphragm shape is a diaphragm shape ...

Investigation of Thermal Contact Gas Gap Conductance Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

J. D. Freels[1], P. K. Jain[1], C. J. Hurt[2]
[1]Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA
[2]The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA

Our safety analysis group in the Research Reactors Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory supports a project to investigate the production of Pu-238 isotope for missions of deep space travel in the High Flux Research Reactor. COMSOL Multiphysics® has been used to support this activity in the past, and we have successfully installed and irradiated three different target designs. The gas-gap ...

Residual Stresses and Failure Probability of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Due to the Sintering Process

F. Greco[1], J. van Herle[1], A. Nakajo[1]
[1]FUELMAT Group, Institute of Mechanical Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

A solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is composed of four layers (anode, electrolyte compatibility layer and cathode) of different ceramic materials. The anode layer is produced by tape casting, the remaining layers are deposited by screen-printing. The layers are sintered together at high temperatures. During heating up and cooling down (manufacturing process), stresses are generated in the layers due ...

The Use of COMSOL Multiphysics® for Studying the Fracture Pressure of Rectangular Micro-Channels Embedded in Thin Silicon Substrates

K. Howell[1], H. Georgiou[2], P. Petagna[3], G. Romagnoli[3]
[1]George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA
[2]Cyprus University of Technology (C.U.T), Limassol, Cyprus, EU
[3]CERN - The European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva, Switzerland, EU

The thermal management of silicon detectors and related electronics through micro-structured silicon cooling plates is gaining considerable attention for high precision particle trackers. Micro-fluidic circuits are etched in a silicon wafer, which is then bonded to a second wafer to obtain a cooling circuit. Because mono-crystalline silicon is structurally close in characteristics to brittle ...

FEM Correlation and Shock Analysis of a VNC MEMS Mirror Segment - new

E. Aguayo[1], R. Lyon[2], M. Helmbrecht[3], S. Khomusi[1]
[1]The Newton Corporation, Bowie, MD, USA
[2]NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA
[3]Iris AO, Inc., Berkeley, CA, USA

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are becoming more prevalent in today’s space technologies. The Visible Nulling Coronagraph (VNC) instrument, being developed at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, uses a MEMS Mirror to correct wavefront errors. This MEMS, the Multiple Mirror Array (MMA), will enable the VNC instrument to detect Jupiter and ultimately Earth size exoplanets. The MMA ...

Numerically Closing the Loop of the Adaptive Optics Sensor: the Validation of the COMSOL Multiphysics® Simulation - new

C. Del Vecchio[1], R. Briguglio[1], A. Riccardi[1]
[1]National Institute for Astrophysics, Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory, Florence, Italy

As any other modelling of a physical behavior, the numerical simulation of the mechanical response of an adaptive secondary mirror requires that the results match the experimental data. Such an agreement was recently demonstrated for the local mirror stiffness of the LBT and VLT Deformable Mirrors; a reliable modeling is a good tool for the extrapolation of the missing optical data (spider ...

Infrasound Assessment of the Roller Compacted Concrete Dam: Case Study of the Portugues Dam in Ponce, PR

H. Diaz-Alvarez [1], V. P. Chiarito [1], S. McComas [1], M. H. McKenna [1],
[1] U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, MS, USA

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently investigating the use of infrasound sensors to monitor the health of structures of interest. Infrasound is low-frequency (2-20 Hz) acoustic energy and is capable of propagating many kilometers from the source structure. Large infrastructure, such as dams, bridges, and buildings emit such signals at their natural or driven frequencies of vibration, ...

Advanced Multiphysics Thermal Hydraulic Models for the High Flux Isotope Reactor

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 fuel are ongoing at ORNL as part of an effort sponsored by the U.S. Global Threat Reduction Initiative program. HFIR is a very high flux, pressurized light-water-cooled and moderated, flux-trap type research reactor whose current missions are to ...

High-Resolution FSI Modeling of a High-Aspect Ratio Involute Flow Channel in the HFIR at ORNL

A. I. Elzawawy [1], J. D. Freels [2], F. G. Curtis [2, 3],
[1] Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, East Elmhurst, NY, USA
[2] Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA
[3] University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA

The high flow rate within the HFIR cooling water flow channel causes the fuel plates to deflect which in turn, changes the coolant flow characteristics. This nonlinear feedback loop between the coolant and the fuel plate is the focus of the present simulation of the fluid-solid interaction between the coolant flow and the fuel plates to accurately predict the plate’s deflection using the Fluid ...