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.

Homogeneous and Inhomogeneous Model for Flow and Heat Transfer in Porous Materials as High Temperature Solar Air Receivers

O. Smirnova, T. Fend, P. Schwaryboezl, and D. Schoellgen
German Aerospace Center, Institute of Technical Thermodynamics, Koeln, Germany

Results of simulations on flow and heat transfer in a porous Silicon Carbide honeycomb structure applied as a solar air receiver are presented. In this application porous materials are put in concentrated solar radiation. Flux densities of up to 1000 MW/m² are reached. Simultanously, ambient air flows through the material to be heated up to temperatures of app. 800°C. This hot air is then used ...

Using COMSOL Multiphysics for Designing a Hybrid Electromagnetic Launcher

R. Kroczek, and J. Domin
Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland

This paper describes consecutive stages of design and construction of electromagnetic gun manufactured at the Silesian University of Technology. It gives insight into current knowledge about such a launcher. The computer model was elaborated in COMSOL Multiphysics version 3.5. The numerical analysis was carried out a 3-dimensional space. The physical model was build up and comparison of the ...

Numerical modelling of the damage potential of climate variations to a historic wooden cabinet

Z. Huijbregts, H. Schellen, and J. van Schijndel
Department of the Built Environment
Eindhoven University of Technology
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

The two wooden cabinets of Jan van Mekeren that are located in Amerongen Castle show comparable wood damage; in particular large cracks in the cabinet doors are clearly noticeable. It is assumed that these cracks were caused by bad indoor climate conditions in the castle. Combined computational modelling of the indoor climate conditions in the castle and the hygroscopic and mechanical ...

Study of an Alkaline Electrolyzer Powered by Renewable Energy

E. Amores, J. Rodriguez Ruiz, C. Merino Rodríguez, and P. García Escribano
Centro Nacional del Hidrógeno
Puertollano, Spain

The production of hydrogen from renewable energy surplus is seen as a key strategy for energy storage. Centro Nacional del Hidrógeno works actively in this direction by considering a strategic line in order to achieve a sustainable energy future. Alkaline electrolysis is the main industrial way of obtaining hydrogen by electrolysis. However, commercial alkaline electrolyzers are designed for ...

3D FEM-analysis of a Micromachined Wind Sensor Based on a Self-heated Thermistor Array

A. Talic[1], S. Cerimovic[2], M. Mutapcic[2], R. Beigelbeck[1], and F. Keplinger[2]
[1]Institute for Integrated Sensor Systems, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Wiener Neustadt, Austria
[2]Institute of Sensor and Actuator Systems, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria

We present COMSOL-based analyses and design optimizations of a micromachined wind sensor. The sensor relies on eight germanium thermistors embedded in a thin silicon nitride membrane, where two orthogonally arranged ensembles, each consisting of four thermistors, are connected to form a double Wheatstone-bridge. In operation, each bridge is supplied by a constant current and the self-heating of ...

Drift of Space Charge Produced by Glow Corona During Thunderstorms

M. Becerra
ABB Corporate Research, Power Technologies, Electrical Apparatus and Diagnostics group, Västerås, Sweden

Glow corona discharges are generated from tall objects during thunderstorms previous to a lightning strike. These discharges generate space charge which can hinder the development of subsequent discharges. In order to quantify the shielding effect of positive glow corona, a transient, two dimensional model of the drift of the space charge generated on the tip of tall objects under the ...

Modelling Failure Mechanims in Sands Under Extreme Loads Using COMSOL

J. Mwebesa, D. Kalumba, and R. Kulabako
Makerere University
Kampala, Uganda

Studies by Nishaat (2009) showed that Terzaghi\'s bearing capacity model didn\'t adequately predict the bearing capacity failure in Philippi Dune sands. Nishaat carried out her investigation using a physical model that was built in a geotechnical laboratory. The failure surfaces she observed in the sands did not resemble those predicted by Terzaghi and Meyerhof\'s models. However the use of a ...

Computational Building Physics using Comsol: Research, Education and Practice

J. van Schijndel
Eindhoven University of Technology,
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Jos van Schijndel completed his MSc in 1998 at the Department of Applied Physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUe). In 2007 he obtained a PhD degree at the TUe on integrated heat, air and moisture modeling. Currently, he is assistant professor focusing on Computational Building Physics. His passion is creative computational modeling using state of art scientific software and ...

Efficiency of Evacuated Tubular Solar Thermal Collector

J. Ma and X. Wei
Southeastern Louisiana University
Hammond, LA

Using COMSOL® 3.5a, models were created to simulate the heat transfer between the working fluid and the selective coating as well as the natural convection of the working fluid itself. In these models, a constant heat input on half of the selective coating facing the sun was considered as energy input from the sun, and the open end of the tube, where the working fluid can flow in and out of the ...

Optimization of a High-Temperature High-Pressure Direct Wafer Bonding Process for III-V Semiconductors

R. Martin, J. Kozak, K. Anglin, and W. Goodhue
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Lowell, MA

Many optoelectronic devices utilize a heterojunction of a pair semiconducting materials including high-efficiency MEMS devices, solar cells, LEDs, and VCSELs. One fabrication technique which achieves such a device is direct wafer fusion. To optimize the process, COMSOL Multiphysics 4.0 was used to test various geometric configurations of the fixture. 2D and 3D models were created in order ...

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