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.

Nonlinear Magnetic Analysis of Multi-plate Magnetorheological Brakes and Clutches

M. Benetti, and E. Dragoni
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

This paper deals with the nonlinear magnetic analysis of a 100 Nm, multi-disc, magnetorheological fluid rotary brake or clutch, carried out with COMSOL Multiphysics. Along with the results of the analysis, the paper presents merits and limitations found in the use of the software and introduces current efforts to include in future simulations the thermal and the mechanical responses of the ...

Multiphysics Models of Biological Systems

S. Filippi[1,2], and C. Cherubini[1,2]
[1] Facoltà di Ingegneria Università Campus Biomedico di Roma
[2] International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics, University of Rome

This article presents different applications of COMSOL Multiphysics in the context of the mathematical modeling of biological systems. Simulations of excitable media like cardiac and neural tissues are discussed. --------------------------------- Keynote speaker's biography: Simonetta Filippi is member of the Engineering Faculty at the University Campus Biomedico and of the ...

Simulation of the Inverse Extrusion of a Brass Rod by the Coupling of Fluid, Mechanical, Thermal and Ale Modules

C. Mapelli, and L. Bergami
Politecnico di Milano

An efficient simulation of the inverse extrusion process has been performed through the coupling of three modules in COMSOL Multiphysics: fluid-dynamics, general heat transfer and ALE. The strain, the strain rate, and the stress field can be completely defined after the complete definition of the velocity field of the material under the action of the tool. The definition of the stresses and of ...

Numerical Simulation of RTD in Contact Tanks with COMSOL Multiphysics

C. Gualtieri
University of Napoli

The objective of this paper is to present the results of a numerical study undertaken to investigate the hydrodynamics and turbulent transport and mixing inside two contact tanks, which have the same channels but different location of the baffles. Transient concentration data were used to derive the residence time distribution (RTD) function for both tanks in order to evaluate and compare ...

Finite Element Analysis of Electro-mechanical Deflection of Cantilevers for SPM and MEMS Applications

D. Moro, and G. Valdrè
University of Bologna

The understanding of the distribution of electrostatic forces at the nanoscale is of fundamental importance for the development of nanotechnology. In this work, in order to quantify the EFM cantilever/tip-sample interaction, we present a 3D static Finite Element Analysis of the electromechanical interaction between conductive probes and samples, using COMSOL Multiphysics. The simulation ...

Optimization of BCP Processing of Elliptical Nb SRF Cavities

C. Boffo[1], C. Cooper[1], G. Galasso[2], and A. Rowe[1]
[1] FNAL, Batavia, IL 60510, U.S.A.
[2] Università degli Studi di Udine

Buffer chemical polishing is a cheap, simple and effective processing technique for single grain high gradient and polycrystalline lower gradient cavities. This paper describes the thermal-fluid finite element model adopted to simulate the process, the experimental flow visualization tests performed to verify the simulation and a novel device fabricated to solve the problem.

Modeling of a Preferential Oxidation Reactor in a LPG Hydrogen Generator for PEMFC

F. Cipitì, L. Pino, A. Vita, M. Laganà, and V. Recupero
CNR-ITAE, Messina

This paper presents a two dimensional model of a Preferential Oxidation Reactor. The main aim of the mathematical model was to investigate the process performance of the reactor by parametric analysis. Temperature and concentration profiles along the length of the reactor were evaluated in order to enhance optimization and control of the PROX unit.

Simulation and Analysis of Foods Fluid Dynamic Behaviour during Filling Processes

E. Bottani, R. Rizzo, and G. Vignali
Università degli Studi di Parma

This research presents a model describing the behavior of fluids during a septic filling processes. Numerical simulations were performed to investigate the laminar flow and rheological behavior of shear thinning and Newtonian fluids in 3-dimensional steady state and time-dependent configurations. The mass and momentum balance equations were solved with the finite element method using ...

Modeling and Simulation in Bio-Electronics

M. Longaretti, G. Marino, and R. Sacco
Politecnico di Milano

In this communication, we deal with the numerical simulation of Voltage Operated ionic Channels (VOC) in Bio-Electronics. Suitable functional iteration techniques for problem decoupling and finite element methods for discretization are proposed and discussed. Model and computational procedures are validated in the simulation of a real-life VOC under several working conditions.

Thermal and Velocity Field Analysis Inside an Historical Building - The Hall of the Two Hundred

C. Balocco
Energy Engineering Department, Firenze

For museums and the like, the indoor climatic conditions should preserve the exhibited works of art and ensure comfort conditions for people visiting or working inside them. The present paper concerns a primary study of the Hall of the Two Hundred of the Old Palace in Florence. General 3D modeling principles were used, which can be applied to many situations where there is interaction ...

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