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Designing Piezoelectric Interdigitated Microactuators using COMSOL

O. Myers [1], M. Anjanappa [2], and C. Freidhoff [3]

[1] Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS, USA
[2] University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, USA
[3] Northrop Grumman Corporation, Electronics Systems Sector, Baltimore, MD, USA

This paper presents a methodology towards designing, analyzing and optimizing piezoelectric interdigitated microactuators using COMSOL Multiphysics. The models used in this study were based on a circularly interdigitated design that takes advantage of primarily the d33 electromechanical piezoelectric constant coefficient. Because of the symmetric nature of the devices, 2D axisymmetric models ...

Finite-Element Evaluation of Thermal Response Tests Performed on U-Tube Borehole Heat Exchangers

E. Zanchini, and T. Terlizzese
[1]Dipartimento di Ingegneria Energetica, Nucleare e del Controllo Ambientale, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy

The results of two thermal response tests recently performed on two vertical borehole heat exchangers (BHEs) are presented. The BHEs have the same cross section and a depth of 100 m and 120 m respectively. The evaluation of the thermal properties of the ground and grout are performed by a finite-element simulation method, developed through the software package COMSOL Multiphysics 3.4.

Field-Circuit Coupling Applied to Inductive Fault Current Limiters

D. Lahaye[1], D. Cvoric[2], S. de Haan[2], and J. Ferreira[2]
[1]Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics, Department of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, TU Delft, The Netherlands
[2]Electrical Power Processing Unit Department of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, TU Delft, The Netherlands

Fault Current Limiters (FCLs) are expected to play an important role in the protection of future power systems due to the rising levels of the short-circuit currents. The inductive FCLs, comprising magnetic cores and one or more dc and ac windings, are particularly interesting because they inherently react on the fault. The so-called open-core FCL configuration employs only one magnetic core for ...

Numerical Simulation of Granular Solids’ Rheology: Comparison with Experimental Results

A. Zugliano[1], R. Artoni[2], A. Santomaso[2], A. Primavera[1], M. Pavlicevic[1]
[1]Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche, Italy
[2]DIPIC - Universita di Padova, Italy

A simulation of the behavior of bulk solids continuously flowing through a silo with internal flow feeders has been performed by means of a dissipative hydrodynamic model. The results obtained by these calculations and those found experimentally agree, not only with regard to the velocity profiles, but also relative to the pressure on the silo walls. The dissipative hydrodynamic model represents ...

Numerical Modeling of Falling Aluminum Particle Oxidation in Air

A. Davidy
Israel Military Industry, Ramat-Hasharon, Israel

Because of its high enthalpy of combustion, aluminum has been added to energetic materials. In this paper, a two dimension thermal model is developed and assessed to describe the interrelated processes of Aluminum particle oxidation by using the software COMSOL Multiphysics. The thermal model consists of thermal radiation, forced convection and thermal conduction and oxygen diffusion. It is ...

Variable Capacitance And Pull-In Voltage Analysis Of Electrically Actuated Meander-Suspended Superconducting MEMS

N. AlCheikh[1], P. Xavier[1], J.M. Duchamp[1], C.H. Boucher[2], and K. Schuster[2]
[1]Institute of Microelectronics, Electromagnetism and Photonics (IMEP-LAHC), Minatec, Grenoble, France
[2]Institute of Millimetric Radio Astronomy (IRAM), Grenoble, France

Variable capacitors between the fF and pF range are very interesting for high frequency applications like variable filters, resonators, etc. For radio astronomy applications variable capacitors, realized by electrostatically actuated, micromechanical Meanders-suspended bridges (MEMS) made of superconducting Niobium, have been measured to find C(V). A non plane capacitance behavior have been ...

Formation of Porosities During Spot Laser Welding of Tantalum

C. Touvrey[1], and P. Namy[2]
[1]CEA Valduc, France
[2]SIMTEC, France

The aim of the study is to predict the formation of porosities in the case of spot laser welding of tantalum. During the interaction, a deep and narrow cavity, called the keyhole, is generated. At the end of the interaction, surface tension provokes the collapse of the keyhole. Gas bubble can then be trapped into the melting pool, and give birth to residual porosities, according to the ...

Numerical Analysis of Heating and Ablating Non-Pyrolitic Materials

A. Davidy

In this paper a two dimensional time dependent model is developed and assessed to describe the interrelated processes of conduction, convective heating and ablation of non pyrolytic ablative material. An aerothermochemical analysis for the process of non-pyrolitic composite material regression in advanced solid-propellant rocket motors has been conducted. The analytical approach is similar ...

Muscle-Electrode Interface Simulation

A. Altamirano, C. Toledo, A. Vera, R. Muñoz, and L. Leija
Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados
Instituto Politecnico Nacional

In this article, the aim is to study different types and forms of electromyography (EMG) electrodes, for bipolar configuration, and the electric interface with muscle phantom. COMSOL Multiphysics allows modeling shapes and contact surfaces. Surface and needle electrodes will be modeled. A number of different trials and combinations will be presented; exploring different geometric shapes and ...

Hybrid FEM-BEM Approach for Two- and Three-Dimensional Open Boundary Magnetostatic Problems

A. Weddemann[1], D. Kappe[2], and A. Hütten[2]
[1]Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA, USA
[2]Department of Physics, Thin Films and Physics of Nanostructures, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

In principal, the calculation of the magnetic state inside a magnetic object requires the evaluation of the field in the entire unbounded space. With finite element methods restricted to finite domains, commonly auxiliary domains are employed which result in a non-physical cut-off. Not only that these additional domains result in an increased number of degrees of freedom which are strictly ...

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