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.

Finite Element Modeling of Transient Eddy Currents in Multilayer Aluminum Structures

V. Babbar[1], and T. Krause[1]

[1]Department of Physics, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Transient eddy current (TEC) technique is being developed for detection of flaws located at depth within multilayer aluminum structures. The present work involves finite element modeling using COMSOL Multiphysics software to simulate different types of probes by changing some of these parameters in an attempt to generate an output signal of optimum magnitude and shape. Some of the model results ...

MultiPhysics Analysis of Trapped Field in Multi-Layer YBCO Plates

P. Masson[1], and R. Meinke[1]
[1]Advanced Magnet Lab, Palm Bay, Florida, USA

Superconductors have the unique capability of trapping magnetic flux. This feature has the potential to enable and improve several applications including high power density rotating machines. Current material used as trapped flux magnets (TFM) is single domain YBCO that present numerous limitations interms of performance, stability and size. One way to overcome the limitations is to use thin ...

Optimal Electrical Design of Spherical Photovoltaic Cells

A.M. Morega, J.C. Ordonez, P.A. Negoias, M. Morega, and R. Hovsapian

This paper reports the optimization results of the new generation of honeycomb spherical photovoltaic cells (SPVC) with respect to the series electrical resistance. The electrical potential (voltage) distribution is found by numerically integrating the mathematical model of the DC current distribution within the SPVC. --------------------------------- Keynote speaker's ...

Quasi-static Analysis of Shielded Microstrip Lines

S.M. Musa, and M.N.O. Sadiku
Prairie View A&M University, Texas

Microstrip lines are the most commonly used transmission lines at high frequencies. In this paper, we will illustrate how to model the capacitance of microstrip lines using COMSOL Multiphysics. The goal is to determine the capacitance per unit length of shielded microstrip lines.

Multiphysics Analysis for the Electromagnetic Vibration Absorber

K. Liu, and Y. He
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada

This paper reports a multiphysics analysis for a newly developed electromagnetic vibration absorber (EMVA). The EMVA uses an electromagnet, permanent magnet, and aluminum beam to form a variable spring. By changing the current of the electromagnet, the stiffness of the EMVA can be adjusted instantaneously. Such a device belongs to the family of tunable vibration absorbers. The tunable vibration ...

Simulation and Verification of a Capacitive Proximity Sensor

T. Schlegl, and H. Zangl
Graz University of Technology
Graz, Austria

State of the art proximity sensors are most often based on optical or tactile methods. Although these sensor systems are widely used (e.g. clamping protection) the reveal several drawbacks. Most optical sensors need a line of side whereas tactile sensors cannot be used to determine a distance to an approaching object. Capacitive sensing technology has proven to be an interesting alternative to ...

Introduction to COMSOL based Modeling of Levitated Flywheel Rotor

A. Pilat
AGH University of Science and Technology
Kraków, Poland

This elaboration presents a pre-study on automatic rotor construction for the flywheel energy storage system dedicated to operate in the levitation mode. The optimization profile model is used as a basic profile source. The 3D flywheel shape is generated on the base of obtained profiles. Eigenfrequencies are calculated to validate the operation on rigid mode. A steel and aluminum based ...

Numerical Calculation of the Dynamic Behavior of Asynchronous Motors with COMSOL Multiphysics

J. Güdelhöfer[1], R. Gottkehaskamp[1], A. Hartmann[1]
[1]Department of Electrical Machines and Electromagnetic Field Theory, University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

This paper shows how a time-dependent and non-linear simulation of the dynamic operation behavior of an induction machine is executed by means of the \"Rotating Machinery\" interface from COMSOL Multiphysics 4.2a. The two-dimensional FEM model is connected to electrical circuits by coupling the physics \"Rotating Machinery\" and \"Electrical Circuit\" interfaces. These circuits include the lumped ...

Numerical Modeling of a MEMS Sensor with Planar Coil for Magnetic Flux Density Measurements

J. Golebiowski[1], S. Milcarz[1]
[1] Department of Semiconductor and Optoelectronics Devices, Technical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland

The silicon cantilever with the planar coil was applied to the magnetic flux density measurements. The influence of shape and dimensions of planar coil on magnetic energy density was described. In cause of magnetic anisotropy of analyzed silicon structure FEM method and couple field method was applied in simulation. The Lorentz force based sensors owing to their potentially simpler fabrication ...

Optimization of an Adiabatic Demagnetization Refrigerator’s Superconducting Magnet Shield for the Micro-X High-Resolution Microcalorimeter X-ray Imaging Rocket

E. Figueroa-Feliciano[1], M. Cavolowsky[2], C. Macklin[2], Z. Li[1], A. Sharer[2], and A. Walker[2]
[1] Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
[2] Olin College, Needham, MA

We are working on the design of a sounding rocket payload to perform high-resolution imaging spectroscopy of the Puppis A supernova remnant. This rocket payload uses Transition-Edge-Sensor Microcalorimeters, which are superconducting detectors that obtain very high (2 eV FWHM at 6 keV) imaging spectra. These devices need to be cooled to 50 mK, for which we are designing an adiabatic ...

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