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Simulating an Adaptive, Liquid-Filled Membrane Lens with COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

V. S. Negi[1], H. Garg[1], B. Singh [2],
[1] Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, Chandigarh, India
[2] Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, Chandigarh, India

Adaptive optics control using liquid filled membrane lens is based on the principle of deflection of polymeric membrane. Controlled deflection in membrane leads to controlled focal length. This enhances the focus tuning ability of the system at the same time make optical system compact and economical. The adjustment of fluid pressure helps to toggle between different field of view at the same ...

Magneto-structural Analysis of Fusion grade Superconducting Toroidal Field Coils

A. Amardas [1], and S. Dwivedi[2]
[1] Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
[2] COMSOL Multiphysics Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore, Karnataka , India

In this paper, detail magnetostructural analysis of fusion grade superconducting toroidal field coils that are used in ‘tokamaks’ is presented. The stresses that arise due to Lorentz forces in large size superconducting coils that carry high currents are of catastrophic type in nature. These stresses are expected to influence the integrated performance of the magnet system. In this ...

Thermal and Electrostatic Analyses of One Dimensional CFC Diagnostic Calorimeter for SPIDER Beam Characterisation

M. De Muri[1][2], M. Dalla Palma[1], P. Veltri[1], A. Rizzolo[1], N. Pomaro[1], and G. Serianni[1]
[1]Consorzio RFX, Euratom-ENEA Association, Padova, Italy
[2]Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica, Padova University, Padova, Italy

The main purpose of SPIDER (Source for the Production of Ions of Deuterium Extracted from RF plasma) test facility is the investigation and optimization of a negative ion beam produced by the full size ion source for ITER NBIs (Neutral Beam Injectors). Thermal, transient, non-linear FE (Finite Element) analyses and also electrostatic analysis have been performed as a feasibility study, to ...

Modelling of Melt Cast Cooling and Solidification Processes for Explosives

P. Lamy-Bracq[1] and C. Coulouarn[1]
[1]Nexter Munitions, Tarbes, France

A solidification process of casting explosives in shell is studied in this paper. An enthalpy method approach is used to model the solidification process. Both the thermal and mechanical effects are taken into account. An ALE (Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian) method is used to represent the physical deformation due to solidification. Results from the model are verified against experimental ...

Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer Characteristics in a Stirred Cell System for Crude Oil Fouling

M. Yang[1], A. Young[1], and B. Crittenden[1]

[1]Department of Chemical Engineering University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom

A small batch stirred cell which is operated at temperatures up to 400 °C and pressures up to 30 bar is used to study fouling behaviors of selected crude oils. COMSOL Multiphysics package is used for the CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and heat transfer modeling for this stirred cell system. The simulation results are validated against the measured temperature data at various axial ...

Study of an Electroacoustic Absorber

A-S. Moreau[1], H. Lissek[1], and R. Boulandet[1]
[1]EPFL-STI-IEL-LEMA, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

In this paper, the underlying concept of electroacoustic absorbers is studied with the help of Comsol Multiphysics® Acoustics Module. Among the different ways to obtain variable acoustic properties on an electroacoustic transducer's voicing face, there is the shunting of the transducer's electrical input. With such shunt devices, the acoustic impedance that the transducer's membrane presents ...

Modeling Soil Water Dynamics with Time-Variable Soil Hydraulic Properties

A. Schwen[1], G. Bodner[2], A. Schnepf[3], D. Leitner[3], G. Kammerer[1], and W. Loiskandl[1]

[1]Institute of Hydraulics and Rural Water Management, Univ. Natural Resour. Appl. Life Sci., BOKU, Wien, Austria
[2]Institute of Agronomy and Plant Breeding, Univ. Natural Resour. Appl. Life Sci., BOKU, Wien, Austria
[3]Institute of Soil Science, Univ. Natural Resour. Appl. Life Sci., BOKU, Wien, Austria

Modeling soil water dynamics requires an accurate description of soil hydraulic properties, i.e. the retention and hydraulic conductivity functions. Generally, these functions are assumed to be unchanged over time in most simulation studies. In this paper, we implemented temporal changes in the soil hydraulic properties in a Richards’ equation simulation of soil water dynamics. Based on ...

Analog to Digital Microfluidic Converter

R. Dufour [1], C. Wu[1], F. Bendriaa[1], V. Thomy[1], and V. Senez[1]
[1]BioMEMS Group, IEMN, University of Lille Nord de France, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France

This paper presents an Analog to Digital Microfluidic Converter (ADMC) using passive valves and enabling the conversion of a continuous liquid flow into droplets for Electro-Wetting On Dielectric (EWOD) actuation. Valves calibration, geometry characteristics and losses reduction have been optimized using microfluidic application mode of COMSOL Multiphysics®.

Structural Mechanics of Cooling Catheters

M. Pavelchak, J. Urcinas, and T. Merrill
Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, USA

This paper describes the use of structural mechanics capabilities within COMSOL to explore new cooling catheter designs. Cooling catheters may be used to save ischemic tissue resulting from strokes or heart attacks. Typical guide catheters use metallic braiding to ensure torsional strength. Braiding, however, displaces space for flows and limits design options. To explore alternatives to ...

Design of an Electrodynamically Actuated Microvalve Using COMSOL Multiphysics® and MATLAB®

M. Williams, J. Zito, J. Agashe, A. Sopeju, and D. Arnold
University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

This paper describes the design of a normally closed, electrodynamic microvalve.  Magnetic forces between a permanent magnet in the valve cover and a soft magnet in the valve seat hold the valve closed.  The combination of electrodynamic actuation and a mechanical restoring spring are used to open the valve.  A device model and a design optimization strategy using COMSOL ...