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.

Thermal Analysis Modeling of a High Current Solid Target for Radioisotope Production

S.-K. Kim1, S.-R. Kim2, and J. Kim1
1Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences (KIRAMS), Korea
2Hanil Nuclear Co., Ltd., Korea

The large-scale production of various radioisotopes is usually carried out with a disk type target system in which solid target materials are located in a stack and a cooled by forced water-cooling. Although the production yields of radioisotopes can be enhanced by employing high currents of proton beams, the maximum beam powers (beam energy multiplied by beam currents) deposited on targets is ...

FEM Analysis of Micromachined Flow Sensor with Wheatstone Bridge Read-out

A. Talic[1], S. Cerimovic[1], F. Kohl[1], R. Beigelbeck[1], F. Keplinger[2], and J. Schalko[1,2]
[1]Research Unit for Integrated Sensor Systems, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Wr. Neustadt, Austria
[2]Institute of Sensor and Actuator Systems, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria

In this work, we present simulations of a novel micromachined calorimetric flow sensor using COMSOL Multiphysics. The sensor is based on four germanium thermistors that serve as heat sources and as temperature sensors simultaneously. In operational mode, the heated membrane is cooled by any passing flow and the local cooling rate depends on the flow velocity. The simulation results demonstrate ...

Laser Welding of a Titanium Feed Through

H. Viatge
SORIN Group, France

In all implantable medical devices, one main challenge is to assure no water penetrates in the electronic part of the system. To be able to transmit the electronic information from the inside of the device to the lead without any water infiltration, we used a complex part called feed through. This piece is made of four different materials: titanium, alumina, gold and platinum. It is ...

Complex Geometry Creation and Turbulent Conjugate Heat Transfer Modeling

I. Bodey[1], R. Arimilli[1], and J. Freels[2]
[1]Dept. of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Eng., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
[2]Research Reactors Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN

The High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is an 85 MW, light-water moderated, research reactor that operates at low temperature and high pressure. The HFIR is presently scheduled to convert from a high enriched uranium fuel (HEU) to a low enriched uranium fuel (LEU) in 2019. Due to cost constraints, not all experiments will be repeated for the LEU fuel ...

Solution of Inverse Thermal Problem for Assessment of Thermal Parameters of Engineered H2 Storage Materials

I. Fedchenia, and B. van Hassel
United Technologies Research Center
East Hartford, CT

Materials based H2 storage systems for light duty vehicles need to meet challenging performance targets that have been developed by the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership. On-board reversible metal hydrides are typically integrated with heat transfer surfaces, e.g. in fin and tube heat exchangers, in order to reject the heat of H2 absorption at a high rate which is set by the refueling time ...

Smart Radiator Upgrade (Super Smart with Natural Gas)

E. Bozelie[1], P. Bruins[1]
[1]Saxion University Enschede, Enschede, The Netherlands

In heating upgrades, most attention is paid to the boiler. When upgrading to HR++-boilers (eff of 107%) however, difficulties may occur since the high efficiency boilers are designed for water temperatures around 40°C, while the old radiators are designed for water temperatures higher than 60°C. The resulting mismatch may lead to reduced performance, a larger carbon footprint and increased ...

3D COMSOL Multiphysics® Model of a Plate Heat Exchanger to Support a Laboratory Teaching Environment

N. Medeiros[1], W. Clark[1]
[1]Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA

Chemical engineering students and practitioners need an understanding of fluid flow and heat transfer inside heat exchangers. Because the flow within plate heat exchangers is difficult to visualize, we developed COMSOL Multiphysics® simulations of plate heat exchangers for students to study alongside a physical heat exchanger in a laboratory setting. Simulative experiments allow students to ...

Convective Cooling of Electronic Components

J. S. Crompton[1], H. Singh[1], K. Koppenhoefer[1]
[1]AltaSim Technologies, LLC, Columbus, OH, USA

In response to continued miniaturization and increased multi-functionality of electronic circuits, the number of integrated circuit (IC) packages on the circuit board continues to increase. As a consequence the operating power density increases and significant increases in the operating temperature of devices result. To maintain operation and long term performance device temperature must be ...

Finite Element Simulations of Pulsed Thermography Applied to Porous Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymers

G. Mayr[1], B. Plank[1], J. Suchan[1], G. Hendorfer[1]
[1]University of Applied Sciences, Wels, Austria

Porosity in carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP) as shown in figure 1 degrades the engineering performance, especially the interlaminar shear strength [1]. In the aviation industry a porosity level of 2.5 % has become the maximum level of acceptance. The presence of air-filled voids (pores) has strong effects on the thermal diffusivity. Pulsed thermography offers a rapid, non-destructive ...

Heat Conduction in Porous Absorption Layers for Thermography Applications

L. Helmich[1], A. Huetten[1]
[1]Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

Thermography measurements on metallic thin films are challenging due to reflections from the environment. We present a thin "gold black" absorption layer to deal with this issue. A multiphysics model is introduced to correct the experimentally obtained data for undesirable heat transfer effects between the metallic sample and the absoption layer.

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