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.

Simulation of Microstructured Rolling-Sliding Contacts

M. Weschta[1], S. Tremmel[1], S. Wartzack[1]
[1]Engineering Design, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany

To reduce friction in lubricated tribological contacts, the surfaces of the contacting bodies can be microstructured to improve lubricating conditions. For lower loaded contacts this approach has already reached industrial applications, e.g. the piston-liner contact. For higher loaded contacts the effects are currently in basic research. Elastic deformation in the contact area plays an important ...

FEM Correlation and Shock Analysis of a VNC MEMS Mirror Segment

E. Aguayo[1], R. Lyon[2], M. Helmbrecht[3], S. Khomusi[1]
[1]The Newton Corporation, Bowie, MD, USA
[2]NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA
[3]Iris AO, Inc., Berkeley, CA, USA

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are becoming more prevalent in today’s space technologies. The Visible Nulling Coronagraph (VNC) instrument, being developed at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, uses a MEMS Mirror to correct wavefront errors. This MEMS, the Multiple Mirror Array (MMA), will enable the VNC instrument to detect Jupiter and ultimately Earth size exoplanets. The MMA ...

Multiscale Model of Human Pathogen Growth on Fresh Produce

A. Warning[1], A. K. Datta[1]
[1]Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Predictive food microbiology currently first requires experimental data for growth on fresh produce and then fitting an empirical or semi-empirical model to the data, making extrapolation to other conditions (temperature, type of produce) difficult. Herein, we develop a mechanistic model for the growth of human pathogenic bacteria (Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella spp.) on spinach using ...

A Computational Study on Thermal Conductivity Measurements of High Temperature Liquid Materials

X. Ye[1], R. W. Hyers[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA

Accurate thermo-physical properties of materials are valuable for both scientific research and industrial applications. For high temperature liquid materials, two issues exclude traditional methods: elevated reactivity of test material and experimental apparatus, uncontrolled heat transfer through radiation and convection. Electromagetic Levitation (EML) based Modulated Calorimetry (EML-MC) ...

Finite Element Modeling of Conventional and Pulsed Eddy Current Probes for CANDU® Fuel Channel Inspection

M. Luloff[1], J. Morelli[1], T. W. Krause[2]
[1]Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy, Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada
[2]Department of Physics, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON, Canada

A pulsed Eddy Current (EC) probe, using the transient response to a stepped voltage is being developed for in-reactor inspection of CANDU® fuel channels. Pulsed EC has the advantage of generating a spectrum of discrete frequencies, allowing the simultaneous collection of data from a range of depths (i.e. takes advantage of multiple skin depths) that is unachievable by conventional EC, which ...

Structural Optimization of the AISHa Ion Source

F. Noto[1], M. Piscopo[1], L. Celona[1], D. Cittadino[1], S. Gammino[1], G. Cuttone[1], G. Gallo[1], G. Schillaci[1], C. Campisano[2], L. Lo Nigro[3], G. Costa[3], A. Campisano[4]
[1]Laboratorio Nazionale del Sud, Santa Sofia, Catania, Italy
[2]Gravina di Catania, Sicily, Italy
[3]Trinacria, Canalicchio, Catania, Italy
[4]Unico Informatica, li Battiati, Catania, Italy

Different facilities for hadrontherapy have been built in the recent past. AISHa ion source has been designed by keeping in mind the typical requirements of hospital-based facilities, where the minimization of the mean time between failures (MTBF) is a key point together with the maintenance operations which should be fast and easy. The study of some critical parts of the facilities: the ...

Comparison of Classic and Finned Piston Reciprocating Linear Air Compressor Using COMSOL Multiphyics®

M. Heidari[1], P. Barrade[1], A. Rufer[1]
[1]LEI, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

The current work is dedicated to develop a FEM model for compressors using moving mesh. An analytical model is already developed for a classic compressor based on mass and energy balance and is extended to a finned piston compressor. COMSOL Multiphysics® is employed to verify the analytical results and to provide an insight to detailed modeling of the system in desired areas. Moving mesh is ...

Frequency Response Modeling of Inductive Position Sensor with Finite Element Tools

A. K. Palit[1]
[1]LE GmbH, Espelkamp, Germany

Position sensors have several applications in the automotive sector. Some of the common examples include automatic gear shifter module, seat position adjustment and accelerator-pedal position modules etc. Because of extreme weather condition, such as dust, humidity and moisture and fluctuation of temperature and wide operating temperature range. A non-contact type of inductive position sensor has ...

Electromagnetic Actuators Modeling, Simulation and Optimization: Review of Methods and Their Application for Switching Devices

O. Craciun[1], V. Biagini[1], G. Stengel[1], C. Reuber[2], C. Chao[3], B. Funieru[3] , A. Binder[3]
[1]ABB Corporate Research, Ladenburg, Germany
[2]ABB AG Calor Emag Mittelspannungsprodukte
[3]TU Darmstadt, Department of Electrical Energy Conversion, Darmstadt, Germany

Electromagnetic actuators are representing one important component of ABB's medium voltage reclosers [1, 2]. Their performance is strongly influenced by the considered material properties as well as by the electronic control units that will power the actuator. Depending on the studied phenomena, different modeling, simulation and optimization methodologies are being used for medium voltage ...

Models of Simple Iron Cored Electromagnets

J. Mammadov[1]
[1]University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

This report mainly discusses the implementation and results of a project proposal, “Modelling using Finite Element Methods”. The report is devoted to implementation, which is a model of an electromagnet. The software tool that is used to model the electromagnet is COMSOL Multiphysics®, a commercial FEA package provided by the University of Manchester, Computer Science School. Additionally, ...

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