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.

Engineering Light Photonics, Plasmonics and Meta-materials

Dr. A. Prabhakar
Dept. of Electrical Engineering, IIT-Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Anil Prabhakar joined the faculty at IIT-Madras in 2002, after 5 years of post-doctoral experience in the hard disk drive industry. His current research interests include photonics, spintronics, nonlinear dynamics and alternative and augmentative communication. As a member of the Optics Group in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, he is actively involved in areas of data storage, ...

Electro-Thermal Analysis of a Contactor: Comparing the Performance of Two Braze Alloys during the Temperature Rise Test

E. Gutierrez-Miravete[1], and G. Contreras[2]
[1]Rensselaer at Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
[2]General Electric Co., Plainville, CT, USA

The purpose of this study was to develop mathematical models of the coupled electro-thermal process in selected, typical contactors that could then be validated and verified by comparing model predictions with the results of previous studies and with experimental data obtained during a temperature rise test. The study employed Finite Element Analysis using COMSOL to simulate coupled ...

Effective Medium Theory of Nanodielectrics for Embedded Energy Storage Capacitors

R. Bikky, N. Badi, and A. Bensaoula
University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA

In this work, we present the effective properties of nanodielectrics with gold (Au) nanoparticles embedded in polymer (Polyvinyl Pyrrolidone (PVP)) matrix, calculated by using finite element method (FEM) based simulation in COMSOL Multiphysics software. Drude model is used to calculate size dependent complex dielectric function of Au. EMTs of Maxwell-Garnett, Bruggeman and Looyenga models are ...

COMSOL Multiphysics Modeling for Design Optimization of Eddy Current Crack Detectors

E. Weststrate, M. Steinback, N. Rensing, and T. Tiernan
Radiation Monitoring Devices Inc., Watertown, MA, USA

Passing alternating current through a wire placed just above a conducting surface induces eddy currents in that surface. Any cracks present in the conductor modify the eddy current distribution, creating a magnetic field signature unique to the crack. This magnetic signature can be detected by placing magnetic field sensors such as magnetoresistive sensors or inductive loop pickups in close ...

Investigating the Influence of Dynamic Jet Shapes on the Jet Electrochemical Machining Process

M. Hackert[1], G. Meichsner[2], S.F. Jahn[1], and A. Schubert[1]
[1]Chemnitz University of Technology, Chair Micromanufacturing Technology, Germany
[2]Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology Chemnitz, Germany

Electrochemical Machining is a potential procedure for micro manufacturing technology. Especially the absence of machining forces makes it advantageous for processing metals with high hardness and for the generation of complicated geometries. Applying a closed electrolytic free jet (Jet Electrochemical Machining - Jet-ECM) the electric current is restricted to a limited area. That allows working ...

Shear Induced Detachment Of Microorganisms Attached To A Plane Wall

B. Boulbène, J. Morchain, and P. Schmitz
Université de Toulouse, NSA, UPS, INP, LISBP, Toulouse, France

We present numerical results involving microorganisms adhering to a plane surface submitted to a shear flow. The purpose is to have a better understanding of the removal mechanisms occurring during the cleaning in place of food processing equipments. The biological cell, i.e. the microorganism, is modelled as a rigid obstacle embedded in the bottom wall of the fluid domain. Shear induced ...

Rheological Behaviour of Biphasic Material

P. Lamy-Bracq[1], J. Leroy[2], and C. Coulouarn[1]
[1]NEXTER Munitions, Bourges, France
[2]ENSI Bourges, Bourges, France

The rheological behaviour of a biphasic material is quite difficult to model because of the difficulties to represent the evolution of the space position of each solid particle in the solid matrix. The first part of this study consider an equivalent material by homogeneisation method. The main point of this first part was the representation of the rotation of the rheological mobile. The second ...

Stress Distribution in Masonry Walls, Loaded in Plane, Simulated with COMSOL

A.T. Vermeltfoort, and J. van Schijndel
Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands

The tensile strength of masonry is relatively low compared to its compressive strength and is affected by the direction of the joints and their filling. In masonry with modern thin layer mortar (joint thickness 3 to 5 mm) sometimes the head joints are left open. A total of 13 model-walls was built and for each model four general purpose mortar combinations and three thin layer mortar combinations ...

COMSOL Modelling of a Planar Micro Ion Mobility Spectrometer

R. Cumeras, I. Gràcia, E. Figueras, L. Fonseca, J. Santander, M. Salleras, C. Calaza, N. Sabaté, and C. Cané
Instituto de Microelectrónica de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

A micro Planar Ion Mobility Spectrometer (P-FAIMS) has been simulated using multiphysics software. In P-FAIMS target ions are discriminated by the application of the proper separation voltages to the electrodes of the system. Modelling of vapour phase ions of two compounds have been studied for different values of electric field amplitude to gas number density (E/N) ratio: a health risky volatile ...

Simulation of Flaw Signals in a Magnetic Flux Leakage Inspection Procedure

O. Nemitz, and T. Schmitte
Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung GmbH, Duisburg, Germany

In the inspection of steel products with respect to flaws a magnetic flux leakage (MFL) test procedure can be applied. In this procedure a “horseshoe” shaped yoke is used, whose legs are wrapped with coils through which an alternate current with a high frequency (3 kHz) is flowing. Hereby a thin magnetic field is induced near the surface of the test object which leaks from the material if a ...

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