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 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 ...

Energy Pile Simulation – an Application of THM-Modeling

E. Holzbecher[1]
[1]Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany

Energy piles, i.e. heat exchangers located within the foundation piles of buildings, are used for heating of cooling purposes. Although the absolute values of deformations and temperature gradients are low or moderate, the entire setting can be influenced by thermo-hydro-mechanical coupling. The fluctuating thermal regime may affect the deformation of pile and surrounding ground as effect of ...

Web-Based 3D Visualization for COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

S. Grabmaier[1], M. Jüttner[1], W. M. Rucker[1]
[1]University of Stuttgart – Institute for Theory of Electrical Engineering, Stuttgart, Germany

A web based visualization solution for three dimensional simulation results of COMSOL Multiphysics® is described. With it, mobile clients with low bandwidth as well as desktop computers with high bandwidth connections get able to show simulation results without the need of installing specialized software. To do so, a modern web browser is required. Both touch gestures and common input techniques ...

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 ...

Implicit LES for Two-Dimensional Circular Cylinder Flow by Using COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

M. Hashiguchi[1]
[1]Keisoku Engineering System Co.,Ltd., Tokyo, Japan

In this paper, implicit Large Eddy Simulation (LES) based on finite-element analysis is performed in order to investigate two-dimensional circular cylinder incompressible flow. Implicit LES attempts time-dependent flow computation with no explicit turbulence model. Here, two types of circular cylinder with/without surface roughness, are treated. The Reynolds number Re based of the diameter of ...

Investigation of Mean-Flow Effects on Tubular Combustion Chamber Thermoacoustics Using a Burner Transfer Matrix Approach

A. Andreini[1], B. Facchini[1], A. Innocenti[1], D. Pampaloni[1]
[1]University of Florence, Florence, Italy

The paper presents a methodology to account for local mean-flow effects on thermo-acoustic instabilities to improve typical calculations performed under the zero-Mach number assumption. A 3D FEM model of a simplified combustor is solved with COMSOL Multiphysics® Pressure Acoustics interface. The Helmholtz equation is used to model the combustor and the classical k-τ model for the Flame Transfer ...

Modeling the Interaction of Light with Plasmonic Nanoparticles

T. Gál[1], Ö. Sepsi[1], P. Koppa[1]
[1]Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary

Plasmonic nanoparticles have received increased interest due to their numerous potential applications in the field of optics and optoelectronics. Currently such metallic nanoparticles are applied in semiconductor devices, such as light emitting diodes (LEDs) and solar cells. The optical behaviour of a single plasmonic nanoparticle is can be easily described with several analytic or semianalytic ...

FEM Simulations on the Effect of the Thermal-induced Surface Stress on Ultrathin Resonators

V. Pini, J. J. Ruz Martinez, E. Gil, M. Calleja, and J. Tamayo
Instituto de Microelectrónica de Madri
Madrid, Spain

The detection back-action phenomenon has received little attention in physical, chemical, and biological sensors based on nanomechanical systems. We show that this effect is very significant in ultrathin bimetallic cantilevers, in which the laser beam that probes the picometer scale vibration largely modifies the resonant frequencies of the system. The light back-action effect is nonlinear, ...

Pressure Drop CFD Modeling in Spacer-Filled Channels for TFF Ultrafiltration

Y. Zou[1]
[1]EMD Millipore Corporation, Bedford, MA USA

Membrane-based tangential flow filtration (TFF) cassettes are used for the clarification, concentration and purification of fluid streams containing macromolecules of proteins. In TFF, the protein fluid is pumped tangentially along the surface of the membrane. The feed flow along the length of channel between two membranes causes a pressure drop from the feed to the retentate end of the channel. ...

Modeling the Effect of a Water Tree Inside a Tape Shield and Concentric Neutral Cables

K. Burkes[1,2], E. Makram[2], R. Hadidi[2]
[1]Department of Electrical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA
[2]Savannah River National Lab, R&D Instrumentation, Aiken, SC, USA

COMSOL Multiphysics® software is used to model a water tree in tape shield and concentric neutral cables. It allows for the effect on electric field intensity at the tip of the water tree and electric potential due to the water tree to be better understood. Also, COMSOL is used to calculate the resistance and capacitance of a section of cable with a water tree as it grows across the insulation. ...

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