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.

COMSOL Multiphysics® Models Combined with Experiments to Teach PID Controller Tuning

W. Clark[1]
[1]Chemical Engineering Department, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA

A laboratory exercise to learn PID controller tuning can be time consuming and taxing on the equipment. A purely equation-based, virtual controller tuning exercise might not seem relevant to real world processes. We have combined a physical process with a COMSOL Multiphysics model to teach the practical aspects of PID controller tuning. Students ran simulated experiments with COMSOL to test ...

Simple Finite Element Model of the Topografiner

H. Cabrera[1], D. A. Zanin[1], L. G. De Pietro[1], A. Vindigni[1], U. Ramsperger[1], D. Pescia[1]
[1]Laboratory for Solid State Physics, ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

In our recent experiments we are revisiting the topografiner technology for the imaging of surface topography with a resolution of a few nanometers. In these new technique called Near-Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (NFESEM), low-energy electrons are emitted from a polycrystalline tungsten tip via electric-field assisted tunneling. In order to characterize and improve the capabilities ...

Application of System Identification Methods to Implement COMSOL Models into External Simulation Environments

A.W.M. van Schijndel[1] and M. Gontikaki[1]

[1]Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Full coupling of distributed parameter models, like COMSOL, with the lumped models often lead to very time-consuming simulation duration times. In order to improve the speed of the simulations, the idea of using system identification methods to implement the distributed parameters models of COMSOL into external simulation environments, is explored. It is concluded that the system identification ...

Simulatorkopplung mit FEMLAB

Clauß, C.1, Martin, R.1, Nordwig, A.2, Nytsch-Geusen, C.2, Schneider, A.1, Schwarz, P.1
1 Fraunhofer-Institut für Integrierte Schaltungen, Außenstelle EAS, Dresden
2 Fraunhofer-Institut für Rechnerarchitektur und Softwaretechnik, Berlin

Der Entwurf technischer Systeme erfordert oft das Zusammenwirken verschiedener physikalischer Domänen (Mechanik, Fluidik, Elektronik, ...) sowie die gemeinsame Betrachtung verschiedener Komponenten und Subsysteme (mechanischer Verformungskörper, elektronischer Regler, digitale Signalverarbeitung, ...). Für diese komplexen Aufgaben ist in vielen Fällen Simulatorkopplung unerläßlich. Es ...

Chaotic Behavior of the Airflow in a Ventilated Room

A.W.M. van Schijndel[1]
[1]Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Chaotic systems may lead to instability, extreme sensitivity and performance reduction. Therefore it is unwanted in many cases. Due to these undesirable characteristics of chaos in practical systems, it is important to recognize such a chaotic behavior. The existence of chaos has been discovered in several areas during the last 30 years. However, there is a lack of studies in relation with ...

Including Expert Knowledge in Finite Element Models by Means of Fuzzy Based Parameter Estimation

O. Krol[1], N. Weiss[1], F. Sawo[1], and T. Bernard[1]

[1]Fraunhofer Institute for Information and Data Processing, Karlsruhe, Germany

In this paper we present a novel approach for modeling spatial distributed bio- chemical and environmental processes like the growth of plants and the related biochemical reactions. The physical phenomena like flow and mass transport can be described by fluid dynamics equations, but for effects like growth rates often no analytic models are available. However, in many cases experts have knowledge ...

Fluid Exploration With CFD: an Engineering Teaching Tool

M. K. Smith
Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA

Computers are used every day to efficiently perform mathematical computations. For engineers to work efficiently, abstraction is necessary; this means hiding lower-level details of an algorithm to emphasize higher-level structure. In this presentation, the fluid exploration with CFD is explored. The presentation is based on a course held at Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering.

Electromagnet Shape Optimization using Improved Discrete Particle Swarm Optimization (IDPSO)

R. S. Wadhwa[1], T. Lien[1], and G. Monkman[2]
[1]NTNU Valgrinda, Inst. for produksjons- og kvalitetstek., Trondheim, Norway
[2]FH Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany

The magnetic field gradient produced by an electromagnet gripper head depends on its design. Stochastic Methods offer certain robustness to the design optimization process. In this paper, Improved Discrete Particle Swarm Optimization (IDPSO) searching technique is applied to the shape and magnetic field gradient optimization of an electromagnet head. The magnetic field and forces are computed ...

Simulation of GMR in Granular C/Co Nanoparticles in Agarose

P. Hainke[1], D. Kappe[1], A. Hütten[1]
[1]Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

As the importance of nanoparticles is growing more and more, controlling and understanding the properties of nanoparticles became a focus of research. In this field Meyer at al. [1] are researching the GMR effect in granular gels to develop magnetoresistive sensors. The GMR in granular gels is simulated to investigate the physical processes in those systems. As soon as the models coincide with ...

Eigen and Coupled Modes on Nanoparticle Aggregate Arrays

M. Csete[1], A. Szalai[1], E. Csapó[2], A. Somogyi[1], I. Dékány[2]
[1]Department of Optics and Quantum Electronics, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary
[2]MTA-SZTE Supramolecular and Nanostructured Materials Research Group, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary

Novel class of artificial optical antennas are of great interest in biosensing applications of nanoplasmonics due to their unique and tunable spectral properties. Silver colloid spheres covered with L-cysteine were studied experimentally by spectroscopy and TEM and numerically by a COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation. Experimental studies revealed that the Ag NP-Cys core-shell conjugates prefer to ...

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