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.

Durability Analysis on Solar Energy Converters Containing Polymeric Materials

J. Wirth, S. Jack, M. Köhl, and K.-A. Weiß
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg, Germany

The key issues of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems are research and development of solar technologies for the fast growing market of solar energy. This paper presents examples of the usage of COMSOL Multiphysics: The ingress of water is a serious reason for the degradation of photovoltaic modules which can hardly be measured using experimental approaches yet. Therefore, a ...

Thermal Stress in a Zero Thermal Expansion Composite

C. Romao, and M. White
Dept. of Chemistry and Institute for Research in Materials
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS

A series of 2-D finite element models of a ZrO2-ZrW2O8 composite system were created in COMSOL Multiphysics to study the effect of pores between the matrix (ZrO2) and filler (ZrW2O8) materials. Pores were modeled as ellipses concentric with the filler particles. Seventeen model geometries of varying microstructure were studied in order to determine correlations between microstructural factors ...

Using COMSOL to Support a Cost-Effective, Non-Destructive Evaluation Approach for Predicting Bolt Failure in Highway Bridges

A. Elyea, B. Doubek, G. Hubbard, and D. Ozevin
Department of Civil Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

The development of a quantitative nondestructive evaluation method, as an alternative to visual inspection, for inspecting pre-tensioned bolts in fracture critical bridges is presented. In order to understand the ultrasonic behavior of a wide variety of bolt geometries used in bridges, numerical models of nine different bolt geometries were developed. The numerical models included the ...

Numerical Study on Mechanical Properties of Stents with Different Materials during Stent Deployment with Balloon Expansion.

P. Ghosh[1], K. DasGupta[1], D. Nag[2], and A. Chanda[1]
[1]School of Bio Science & Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
[2]Mechanical Engineering Department, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

The main reason for stent implantation is to provide mechanical support to the arterial wall. So it is important to consider the different mechanical properties of different stent materials while studying the stent implant’s efficacy. The present study gives a comparative overview of mechanical aspects of different stent materials which are most commonly used in angioplasty. Deformation ...

Modelisation of a hyperelastic polymer membrane deformation

Hoel, A., Jullien, M.C.
SATIE UMR 8029, ENS-Cachan, Campus de Ker-Lann, Bruz

We report numerical simulations in which a 30 µm thick polymer membrane, glued over a submilimetric polymer chamber, is subjected to a homogeneous pressure over its entire surface. The deflections are obtained as a function of the applied pressure, and are further compared to experimental measurements. Finally, the possible origin of the discrepancy between numerical and experimental results may ...

Simulation of a Modular Die Stamp for Micro Impact Extrusion

A. Schubert[1][2], R. Pohl[1], and M. Hackert[1]
[1]Chair Micromanufacturing Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Chemnitz University of Technology, Chemnitz, Germany
[2]Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology, Chemnitz, Germany

Micro impact extrusion is investigated at Chemnitz University of Technology as a potential procedure for large area machining of micro cavities within the scope of the SFB/Transregio 39 PT-PIESA of the German Research Foundation. Applying impact extrusion micro forming is done by material flow opposite to the effective direction of the force into the structure of the tool. Therefore no structured ...

Calculating the Fatigue Crack Initiation in Machine Parts under Random Multiaxial Loading

A. Nieslony[1], and C.M. Sonsino[2]
[1] Opole University of Technology, Department of Mechanics and Machine Design, Opole, Poland
[2] Fraunhofer-Institut für Betriebsfestigkeit und Systemzuverlässigkeit LBF, Darmstadt

The authors present a method for estimating fatigue life due to crack initiation using FEM under multiaxial random loading. The proposed method uses the multiaxial fatigue failure criteria based on the critical plane concept. Damages were determined with the spectral method from power spectral density (PSD) function of the equivalent stress history. The authors used linear-elastic ...

3-D Finite Element Modeling of Breathing Mode for Dry-Type Air-Core Reactors

L. Verbruggen1, J. Kotiniitty2, and M. Lehtonen1
1Power Systems and High Voltage Laboratory, Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland
2Nokian Capacitors Ltd., Tampere, Finland

A crucial factor concerning modern reactors is a combination of laws and electro-technical rules defining appropriate produced sound levels. Currently, it is an important issue to reduce noise in order to fulfill all sound requirements. Noise results from reactor vibrations due to sinusoidal currents flowing through the reactor. The flowing currents induce electromagnetic fields which generate ...

A Mixed Boundary Value Problem That Arises in the Study of Adhesively Bonded Structures

R. Malek-Madani, and J.J. Radice
US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA

The study of deformation of an adhesively bonded sandwich structure reduces to solving the biharmonic equation for the Airy Stress subject to mixed boundary conditions. Because of the nature of the boundary conditions, this boundary value problem does not yield to the standard elementary methods and must be attacked by numerical methods. In this paper we will use COMSOL\'s capability in two ways ...

Shearing of the Fiber-Matrix Composite Material and Elastic Properties of Unidirectional Ply

D. Remaoun, and A. Boutaous
Département de Physique, Université des Sciences et de la Technologie, Oran, Algérie

The present work aims to describe the behavior of the interface using the method of load transfer between fiber and matrix in a composite material. Our contribution was first to simulate the mechanical behavior of a composite, for a given radius of the fiber was able to automate the result for different rays thus different proportions of the reinforcement, the simulation was done with software ...

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