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.

Untersuchung der Polarisationseigenschaften einer mikrostrukturierten optischen Faser unter dem Einfluss äußerer Belastung

A. Unger[1], and K.H. Witte[2]
[1] FH-Wiesbaden, Fachbereich Physikalische Technik, Rüsselsheim;
[2] FH-Wiesbaden, Fachbereich Elektrotechnik, Rüsselsheim

Mit Hilfe des Softwareprogramms COMSOL zur Modellierung physikalischer Vorgänge wurden die Polarisationseigenschaften einer mikrostrukturierten Singlemodefaser untersucht. Ausgangspunkt der Simulationen waren experimentelle Untersuchungen, nach denen diese Faser eine ungewöhnlich starke Doppelbrechung aufwies. Die Doppelbrechung der Faser und damit ihre Fähigkeit zur Polarisationserhaltung ...

Using a Linux Cluster for Parallel Simulations of an Active Magnetic Regenerator Refrigerator

T.F. Petersen, N. Pryds, and A. Smith
Risø National Laboratory, Fuel Cells and Solid State Chemistry Department, Roskilde

The Magnetic Refrigerator (MR) is a special type of refrigerator with potential to reduce the energy consumption of household refrigeration by a factor of two or more. To conduct numerical analysis of an experimental MR, a mathematical model was developed. The model solves the coupled Navier-Stokes and heat transfer equations which describe the physical phenomenon occurring within the MR. To ...

Designing an Array of Nanocalorimeters for Screening Biochemical Interactions

F. Torres
Palo Alto Research Center

In this presentation we present our analysis of the PARC Nanocalorimeter. Calorimetry is basically the measuring of heat of chemical reactions or physical changes. Nanocalorimetry is Calorimetry at the Nanometer scale. The PARC Nanocalorimeter is a special type of Calorimeter, it consists of arrays of Nanocalorimeters. The PARC Nanocalorimeter is intended to be used for screening biochemical ...

Thermo-fluid-dynamic evaluation of a microsystem to analyse radioactive solutions

G. Janssens-Maenhout
Joint Research Centre Ispra
Ispra, Italy

It has become common place to use micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) to evaluate the chemical properties of solutions. However, such microchips have not yet been applied to the analysis of radioactive solutions, for the purpose of nuclear safeguards, in the nuclear reprocessing industry. Implementing MEMS in this area results in a reduced volume of the sample to be analysed. This has many ...

The pianistic touch: FEMLAB modeling of a grand piano action

Riccardo Ferrari
University of Trieste
Trieste, Italy

In this presentation we will show how to partially model a grand piano action. Then we will apply different touches to this virtual action and try to hear any difference. --------------------------------- Riccardo Ferrari was one of the keynote speakers at the COMSOL User's Conference, fall 2005 in Milano

A Highly Effective Cellular Manipulation and Sorting Platform

A. Kose, B. Fischer, and H. Koser
Electrical Engineering Department, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

Ferrofluids are stable colloidal suspensions of nanosize magnetic particles in an organic or aqueous medium. Suspending nonmagnetic particles within a ferrofluid has led to numerous new areas of study. The simultaneous action of magnetic and hydrodynamic forces is responsible for the complex behavior of nonmagnetic particles within ferrofluids. As a result of nonzero fluid magnetization, a ...

Computation of Airfoils at Very Low Reynolds Numbers

D. Bichsel1, and P. Wittwer2
1HESSO, Ecole d'Ingénieurs de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
2DPT, Université de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland

We discuss a new numerical scheme involving adaptive boundary conditions which allows to compute, at very low Reynolds numbers, drag and lift of airfoils with rough surfaces; efficiently and with great precision.As an example, we present the numerical implementation for an airfoil consisting of a line segment. The solution of the Navier-Stokes equations is singular at the leading and trailing ...

Modeling Nanoscale Heat Flow

S. Palaich, and B. Daly
Physics and Astronomy Department, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

When the dimensions of the material approach is a comparable size to the phonon mean free path, heat flow enters a new regime, the nanoscale. The Fourier and Cattaneo Equations describe bulk heat flow well, but radiative boundary terms must be considered when modeling nanoscale heat flow. We take these equations and input them into COMSOL with the hope of eventually linking nanoscale and bulk ...

COMSOL Grab Bag: How to Use a Versatile CFD Code to Model Interesting Problems from Cryogenic Storage to Biofuel Production

Emily Nelson
Senior Research Engineer,
NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, USA

Emily Nelson received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a senior research engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center and specializes in the formulation and solution of problems in microgravity science, multiphase flow, porous media, risk analysis, and gravitational biology. This leads her to fundamental and applied approaches on a range of issues ...

Capacitance Computation of Multilayered and Multiconductor Interconnects Using Finite Element Method

S. Musa, and M. Sadiku
College of Engineering, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX, USA

The development and analysis of interconnects in inhomogeneous structures such as very large scale integration chips, printed circuit boards, and multichip modules are essential for next-generation electronic products. In this paper, we illustrate fast and sufficiently accurate computation of capacitance matrices of multilayered and multiconductor interconnects applying the finite element ...

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