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.

Electrostatic Screening Effects between Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotubes and Fast Transient Joule Heating during Field Emission

M. Dionne, J.-L. Meunier, and S. Coulombe
Department of Chemical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada.

To minimize the erosion of arc electrodes, surface melting must be avoided by optimizing field emission. This can be achieved through the use of sharp structures in the design of the surface topography.Carbon nanotubes standing vertically on metal substrates are good candidates for the creation of new electrodes fulfilling these requirements but their dimensions and density on the substrate must ...

Hydro-Mechanical Modelling of a Shaft Seal in a Deep Geological Repository

D. Priyanto
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Pinawa, MB, Canada

The hydro-mechanical (HM) numerical simulation of a shaft seal installed at a fracture zone in a hypothetical host rock using COMSOL is presented. Two different stages are considered in the numerical modelling. Stage 1 simulates the groundwater flow into an open shaft. Stage 2 simulates the groundwater flow after installation of shaft sealing-components. The shaft sealing components include: ...

Upgrading the HFIR Thermal-Hydraulic Legacy Code Using COMSOL

I.T. Bodey[1], R.V. Arimilli[1], and J.D. Freels [2]
[1]The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA,
[2]Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

Modernization of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) thermal-hydraulic (TH) design and safety analysis capability is an important step in preparation for the conversion of the HFIR core from a high enriched Uranium (HEU) fuel to a low enriched Uranium (LEU) fuel. Currently, an important part of the HFIR TH analysis is based on the legacy Steady State Heat Transfer Code (SSHTC). The SSHTC is a ...

Oxidation of Metallic Nanoparticles

A. Auge[1], A. Weddemann[1], F. Wittbracht[1], B. Vogel[1], and A. Hütten[1]

[1]Department of Physics, Thin Films and Physics of Nanostructures, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

The oxidation behavior of metallic nanoparticles is investigated in respect to material parameters like Mott potential, defects on the microstructure and oxide volume increase per ionic defect. An emphasis is laid on magnetic nanoparticles where the degree of oxidation can be measured via the reduction of the magnetic moment.

Numerical Study of Surface Waves in Plasma

C. Hunyar, E. Räuchle, L. Alberts, R. Emmerich, M. Graf, M. Kaiser, and K.-D. Nauenburg
Dept. of Polymer Engineering/Microwave and Plasma, Fraunhofer-Institut Chemische Technologie (ICT), Pfinztal, Germany

Dense plasma can be produced by microwave (2.45 GHz) exited surface waves in a Plasmaline plasma source. This configuration allows one to generate large area plasmas (>1m2), which are well suited for technological applications, e.g., deposition of thin films, surface etching and cleaning in integrated circuit production, disinfection in medical applications, or plasma treatment of waste gases. ...

Modelling of SiC Chemical Vapour Infiltration Process Assisted by Microwave Heating

G. Maizza[1] and M. Longhin[1]
[1]Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali ed Ingegneria Chimica, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

The excessive presence of residual SiC matrix inter-fiber pores is often the main cause for the very poor mechanical strength and toughness of SiC/SiC composites manufactured by CVI (Chemical Vapour Infiltration) process. This work presents a micro/macro Microwaveassisted Chemical Vapour Infiltration (MW-CVI) model as a strategy to attack the problems above. The proposed model couples a ...

Mobility of Catalytic Self-Propelled Nanorods Modeling with COMSOL Multiphysics®

F. Lugli[1] and F. Zerbetto[1]
[1]Department of Chemistry “G. Ciamician”, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy

A small particle or a nano-sized object placed in a liquid is subject to random collisions with solvent molecules. The resulting erratic movement of the object is known as Brownian motion, which, in nature, cannot be used to any practical advantage both in natural systems (such as biomolecular motors) or by artificial devices. If energy is supplied by external source or by chemical reactions, ...

Magnetoacoustic Tomography and COMSOL Multiphysics

W. He
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Electrical Engineering, Beijing, China

Magnetoacoustic tomography with magnetic induction (MAT-MI) is a recently introduced method for imaging electrical impedance properties, which integrates classic electrical impedance tomography and ultrasonic technique. It could provide an explicitly reconstructed electrical impedance distribution with high spatial resolution and contrast, eliminating the shielding effects of insulating tissues. ...

Study of Hard-and Soft- Magnetorheological Elastomers (MRE’s) Actuation Capabilities

J. Roche[1], P. Von Lockette[1], and S. Lofland[2]
[1]Mechanical Engineering Dept., Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
[2]Physics and Astronomy Dept., Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

In this study, magneto-rheological elastomer (MRE) composite beams made of Barium hexaferrite (BaM) and Iron (Fe) powders combined with a highly-compliant matrix material were simulated using COMSOL\'s Solid Mechanics and AC/DC modules. The goal of the work was to develop models capable of predicting the actuation behavior of hard- and soft-magnetic MREs. This work simulates the bending of the ...

Expanding Your Materials Horizons

R. Pryor[1]
[1]Pryor Knowledge Systems, Inc. (COMSOL Certified Consultant), Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA

Materials and their related properties are intrinsically fundamental to the creation, development and solution of viable exploratory models when using numerical analysis software. In many cases, simply determining the location, availability and relative accuracy of the necessary material parameters for the physical behavior of even commonly employed design materials can be very difficult and time ...

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