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.

Impact of Velocity and Interfacial Tension on the Performance of Horizontal Wells in Gas Condensate Reservoirs

P. Ghahri, M. Jamiolahmady, and M. Sohrabi
Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Drilling horizontal wells (HWs) has recently received renewed attentions with the increasing trend in exploitation of tight gas reservoirs. An accurate estimation of productivity of such systems using a numerical simulator is a challenging task, because its 3D simulation requires a fine grid exercise to capture the abrupt variation of fluid and flow parameters around the wellbore. This is ...

3D Model for the Dynamic Simulation of SOFC Cathodes

A. Häffelin, J. Joos, M. Ender, A. Weber, and E. Ivers-Tiffée
Institut für Werkstoffe der Elektrotechnik (IWE)
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Karlsruhe, Germany

A fuel cell is an electrochemical system, which converts chemical energy into electricity by a controlled reaction of hydrogen and oxygen. The performance of the electrode is likewise determined by its material and the microstructure. The simulations were performed directly on reconstructions of real electrodes, obtained from focused ion beam (FIB) tomography. A finite element method (FEM) ...

Numerical Sensitivity Analysis of a Complex Glass Forming Process by Means of Local Perturbations

C. Janya-Anurak, T. Bernard, and H. Birkenhofer
Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics
System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB
Karlsruhe, Germany

Over the last few years, Finite Element Models have become increasingly important as tool for the design of process control strategies or process optimization. Some processes possess complex spatio-temporal coupled and nonlinear dynamic. For process optimization it is very important to know the impact of parameters and state variables to the relevant process “output” parameters. In the ...

Modal Characterization of the Plasmonic Slot Waveguide Using COMSOL Multiphysics

F. Frezza[1], P. Nocito[2], and E. Stoja[1]
[1]Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
[2]MISE, Communication Department, ISCOM, Rome, Italy

We investigate and compare the characteristics of the fundamental guided mode sustained by a subwavelength plasmonic slot waveguide for three types of metals: gold, silver and aluminium. This is done in terms of mode effective index, propagation length, confinement and, as the mode under study is quasi-TEM, we also develop a transmission line model that can be useful in the design of optical ...

The Effect of the Disintegration of Chemical Stratification on the Time-dependent Behavior of the Earth’s Mantle

A. Galsa, and M. Herein
Eötvös University
Budapest, Hungary

Based on recent results from seismology, geochemistry etc. the distinct chemical character of the D’’ layer (lowest part of the mantle around the Earth’s core) has appeared unequivocally. Numerical calculations have been carried out to investigate the effect of the disintegration, mixing and homogenization of the dense D’’ on the time-dependent behavior of mantle convection. A ...

Evanescent Waves at the Interface Between Ear Canal and Otoacoustic Emission Probe

M. Zebian[1,2], J. Hensel [2], and T. Fedtke[2]
[1]Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig, Germany
[2]International Graduate School of Metrology, Braunschweig, Germany

Otoacoustic emission (OAE) tests provide an objective examination of the cochlear function. However, the validity of OAE tests is affected negatively by calibration errors. This report sheds light on the evanescent waves arising at the interface between the OAE probe and the ear canal, and analyses the impact of minor eartip modifications on the acoustic length estimation of ear canals, using ...

Designing Magnetic Coils from the Inside Out

C. Crawford, and D. Wagner
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Traditionally the design cycle for magnetic fields involves guessing at a reasonable conductor and magnetic material configuration, using finite element analysis (FEA) software to calculate the resulting field, modifying the configuration, and iterating to produce the desired results. We take the opposite approach of specifying the required magnetic field, imposing it as a boundary condition on ...

Modeling of the Heat Transfer Between a CO2 Sequestration Well and the Surrounding Geological Formation

B. Sponagle[1], M. Amadu[2], D. Groulx[1], and M. Pegg[2]
[1]Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
[2]Process Engineering and Applied Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

In a carbon sequestration system CO2 would be pumped down a well and into a reservoir at supercritical temperatures and pressures. An important consideration is the long term stability of the reservoir. The goal of these simulations is to thermally model the injection well and investigate the temperature gradient developed in the cap rock. Ultimately, results from this study will lead to an ...

Multiphysics Modeling of Electro-Optic Devices

J. Toney
Srico, Inc.
Columbus, OH

Designers of electro-optic modulators and related devices often use separate tools to study the optical and electrical portions of the device. The flexibility of COMSOL Multiphysics makes it possible to construct unified models of EO phenomena including realistic waveguide profiles and anisotropic material properties. We demonstrate the use of the RF Module to compute both RF and optical ...

A Flow Induced Vertical Thermoelectric Generator and its Simulation using COMSOL Multiphysics

E. Topal
Micro and Nanotechnology Program
Middle East Technical University
Ankara, Turkey

In this study, a new thermoelectric harvester with fluid flow for increased performance is introduced. The thermoelectric generator is 3D vertical configuration with p- and n-doped Silicon thermolegs. There is water flow between channels integrated through the thermoelectric columns, providing forced convection on the heat flow path. Our thermoelectric generator design can be used for energy ...

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