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.

Dynamics of Rotors on Hydrodynamic Bearings

R. Eling[1]
[1]Mitsubishi Turbocharger & Engine Europe, Almere, The Netherlands

This study presents a rotordynamic analysis of a rotor on hydrodynamic bearings using COMSOL Multiphysics®. In this paper, the complexity of the model is gradually increased. Starting point of the analysis is the modal analysis of the rotor in free-free conditions. A Reynolds model is set up to predict the film pressure distribution under shaft loading. Due to the cross coupling terms of the ...

Design and Simulation of Unimorph Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting System

E. Varadarajan[1], M. Bhanusri[2],
[1]Research and Innovation Centre (RIC), IITM Research Park, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
[2]Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

In this paper we made an attempt to maximize the power output in the different piezoelectric materials in a unimorph cantilever beam configuration. In this research, a macro scale unimorph piezoelectric power generator prototypes consists of an active piezoelectric layer, stainless steel substrate and titanium proof mass was designed for frequencies 60 Hz - 200 Hz. An analytical model of a micro ...

Optical and Electrical Modeling of Three Dimensional Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

P. Guo[1]
[1]Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA

Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have received tremendous attention as alternative photon harvesting devices. While the sintered TiO2 nanoparticle network attached with dye molecules achieves efficient photon absorption, the electrons have to diffuse through the long TiO2 network to reach the contact, resulting in a high electron density and thus increased recombination. Extensive research ...

The Full-System Approach for Elastohydrodynamic Lubrication

N. Fillot[1], T. Doki-Thonon[1], and W. Habchi[2]
[1]CNRS, INSA, Université de Lyon, Lyon, France
[2]Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon

A ball is in contact with a plane, and a lubricant separates the two surfaces to decrease friction during their relative motion. To avoid wear, the lubricant film thickness should be higher than the surface roughness. The goal of this paper is to show how it is possible to solve efficiently the problem of elastohydrodynamics lubrication with COMSOL Multiphysics®, using a PDE (Partial ...

Air Damping of Oscillating MEMS Structures: Modeling and Comparison with Experiment

S. Gorelick[1], M. Leivo[1], U. Kantojärvi[1]
[1]VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland

Excessive air damping can be detrimental to the performance of oscillating MEMS components. Complex systems, such as structures in pre-etched cavities or angular comb-drive scanning mirrors, typically require simulations to reliably evaluate the air damping. The simulated and experimental performance of the following systems was evaluated and compared: two types of out-of-plane cantilevers, ...

Finite Element Method as an aid to machine design: A Computational Tool

C. Gupta[1], S. Marwaha[1], and M. Manna[1]
[1] Department of Electrical & Instrumentation Engineering, SLIET , Longowal (Deemed University), Punjab, India

The paper provides an overview of the state of art in computational electromagnetic. There are three major ar eas like Design, optimization and material selection for the electric machines. The computational tool based on finite elements is very useful and powerful field simulation techniques available to assist in the design and performance prediction of electric machines. But the complexity in ...

A Practical Method to Model Complex Three-Dimensional Geometries with Non-Uniform Material Properties Using Image-based Design and COMSOL Multiphysics®

J. Cepeda[1], S. Birla[2], J. Subbiah[2], H. Thippareddi[1]
[1]Department of Food Science & Technology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA
[2]Department of Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA

Geometries with heterogeneous material properties are typically defined as a set of multiple parts, each part representing a different material. However, assembling or defining the individual parts of complex geometries can be difficult. A practical method based on image-based mesh generation, a custom algorithm for labeling materials, and interpolation functions of COMSOL Multiphysics® can be ...

Inductive Conductivity Measurement of Seawater

R. W. Pryor[1]
[1]Pryor Knowledge Systems, Inc., Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

The conductivity of seawater directly correlates with the concentration of dissolved salts. This model demonstrates a new approach to the methodology of inductive conductivity measurement of seawater and other liquids. COMSOL Multiphysics® was used to build a parametrically swept model of an O-Core Inductive Conductivity Measurement Sensor for Seawater. This sensor model is built using the ...

Modeling of Transport Phenomena in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding of Ni to 304 Stainless Steel

A. Bahrami[1], D. K. Aidun[1]
[1]MAE Department, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, USA

COMSOL Multiphysics® is used to simulate the transport phenomena in arc welding of Nickel to 304SS. Electric Currents (ec) and Magnetic Fields (mf) are used to solve for the Lorentz force which is one of the volume forces. Laminar Flow (spf) is used to simulate flow field. The Lorentz and buoyancy forces are applied as volume forces to the fluid domain. Marangoni effect also is applied to the ...

Analysis of Thermoelectric Phenomena

J. Crompton, S. Yushanov, L. Gritter, and K. Koppenhoefer
AltaSim Technologies, LLC.
Columbus, OH

Thermoelectric phenomena provide the direct conversion of heat into electricity or electricity into heat, the phenomena is described by three related mechanisms: the Seebeck, Peltier and Thomson effects. Thermoelectric devices have found many applications ranging from temperature measurement, solid state heating or cooling and direct energy conversion from waste heat. In this paper, analysis ...

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