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.

Microstimulation in The Brain: Does Microdialysis Inuence the Activated Volume of Tissue?

D. Krapohl[1][3], S. Loeffler[2], A. Moser[2], and U.G.Hofmann[1]

[1]Institute for Signalprocessing, University of Luebeck, Lübeck, Germany
[2]Institute for Neurology, University of Luebeck, Lübeck, Germany
[3]Department of Information Technology and Media, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) has been established as an effective treatment for Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. The stimulation is currently administered using tetrode-macroelectrodes that target the Subthalamic Nucleus (STN). This often leads to side effects which bias the surrounding areas, e.g. the speech centre. Targeting a specific brain region can better be achieved with ...

Numerical Validation of the Efficiency of Dual-Frequency Radiofrequency Ablation

A. Candeo[1] and F. Dughiero[1]
[1]Department Electrical Engineering, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) represents a valid alternative for treating liver metastases in medically complicated patients. Conventional devices currently operate at 500 kHz, due to good conducting properties of tissues. However, the use of lower frequencies (i.e. 20 kHz) has been recently reported to enhance the treatment effectiveness, due to a more pronounced difference in electrical ...

Finite-element Modeling of Elastic Surface Modes and Scattering from Spherical Objects

O. Falou1, J. C. Kumaradas2, and M. C. Kolios1,2
1Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada
2Dept. of Physics, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada

In this work, backscatter from an elastic sphere was used to validate the computational model against analytical solutions (Faran theory).Agreements between analytical and finite element solutions were found in the scattered far-field over a range of frequencies of interest (10 - 70 MHz). Oscillations of the elastic sphere at various resonance frequencies (peaks in the power spectrum) were also ...

A Mean Field Approach to Many-particles Effects in Dielectrophoresis

O. Nicotra, and A. La Magna
CNR-IMM Sezione di Catania, Catania, Italy

One of the major applications for dielectrophoresis is the selective trapping and fractionation in lab-on-a-chip devices. Nevertheless, many-particle effects due to high concentrations of biological material around electrodes can cause a rapid decrease of trapping efficiency in dielectrophoretic devices. In this contribution we present a new approach based on a drift-diffusion dynamics to study ...

Some Clinical and Computational Studies On Haemodynamics In Stenosed Artery

A. Chanda, A.R. Choudhury, G. Ray, K. Dasgupta, and D. Nag
Jadavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Atherosclerosis in arteries is caused by the formation of stenosis : fatty depositions, on the artery wall. In current medicine, the practice is to observe the maximum percentage occlusion at any arbitrary cross-section and diagnose the patient on that basis, which might not always present the real picture due to non-uniformity of the stenosis thickness. The present work attempts to simulate the ...

Multiphysics Modeling of Cellular Arrays Using Periodic Minimal Surfaces – A Drug and Gene Delivery Application

J.I. Rey, A.J. Llewellyn, R.J. Connolly, J.P. Jimenez, A.M. Hoff, and R.A. Gilbert
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

Minimal surfaces are found in nature from crystalline structures to biological nano and micro structures such as biomembranes, and osseous formations in sea urchin. An application to electrically mediated drug and gene delivery is presented. Periodic level surfaces which approximate minimal surfaces are used to generate a geometric representation of tissue. A method to create such structures ...

Numerical Simulation of Magnetic Drug Targeting with Flow – Structural Interaction in an Arterial Branching Region of Interest

A. Morega, A. Dobre, and M. Morega
University Politehnica of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

We report a numerical study on the blood – magnetic carrier aggregate flow in an external magnetic field, for applications such as magnetic drug targeting. The arterial system morphology is complex and patient-related therefore more realistic numerical simulations request medical image-based reconstruction to generate computational domains. Simpleware package is used to generate the ...

On the Simulation of the Metabolism in Mammalian Cells using Homogenization Methods

M. Hanke, and M. Cabauatan-Villanueva
School of Computer Science and Communication, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

The simulation of the metabolism in mammalian cells becomes a severe problem if spatial distributions must be taken into account. Especially the cytoplasma has a very complex geometric structure which cannot be handled by standard discretization techniques. In the present paper we propose a homogenization technique for computing effective diffusion constants. This is accomplished by using a ...

Optimal PDE Control Using COMSOL Multiphysics

I. Neitzel[1], U. Prüfert[2], and T. Slawig[3]

[1]Technische Universität Berlin / SPP 1253
[2]Technische Universität Berlin / Matheon
[3]Excellence Cluster The Future Ocean, Algorithmic Optimal Control - Oceanic CO2-Uptake/SPP 1253

An optimal control problem (OCP) is studied to a PDE of elliptic type as well as state constraints. The resulting optimality system contains two PDEs, one algebraic equation and the so called complementary slackness conditions, i.e. dual products between function spaces. At this point, different regularization techniques come into use. In this paper we introduce a Barrier method as one possible ...

Physical and FEM Simulation of Microprobe Insertion into Brain Tissue

A. Eed Olamat, U. Hofmann, B. Pohl, and N. Nkemasong
University of Lübeck, Institute for Signal Processing, Lübeck, Germany

In order to investigate the implantation of microprobes into brain tissue, we developed a finite-element and a physical model to replace real biological tissue for mechanical testing. Penetrating forces of a tungsten indenter into a layered structure was investigated with different indentation speeds. Numerical and physical model are in good correspondence to each other and reproduce measured ...

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