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.

Design of MEMS based Polymer Microphone for Hearing Aid Application

V. S. Nagaraja[1], Ramanuja H. S.[1], Deepak K[1], S. L. Pinjare[1]
[1]Electronics and Communication Engineering, Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

In this work, a MEMS based condenser microphone [1,2] using Polyimide as the diaphragm has been designed. The microphone structure has a backplate placed on top of the diaphragm. The backplate and the diaphragm are made up of polyimide. The two polyimide plates are separated by air gap which is achieved by using Aluminium as a sacrificial layer in between, which is etched away to create the air ...

Modelling of solute concentration into crud deposits under subcooled boiling conditions

Blondel, P., Girardin, G.
AREVA, Centre Technique Framatome ANP, Dpt Corrosion-Chimie Porte Magenta, Le Creusot France

The modelling of the incorporation of non-volatile solutes from liquid coolant into porous crud deposited on a heating surface under subcooled boiling conditions has been investigated. A suitable model for the concentration of solutes in porous deposits with steam chimneys, proposed by Pan et al., has been studied and implemented with the FEMLAB® software. With this model, the porous ...

Finite Element Sensitivity Analysis

M. Perry
London School of Economics

In this presentation we study a PZT Distributed Mode Actuator. In particular, we cover the modeling strategy, the governing equations, modeling setup, the solution and validation. The presentation also gives a comparison between the usage of different Numerical Methods for solving the Partial Differential Equations for this particular type of ...

Effect of Local Deformation on the Emission Energy of  Quantum Dots in a Flexible Tube

S. Kiravittaya[1], P. Cendula[2], A. Rastelli[2], and O. Schmidt[2]
[1]Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, Stuttgart, Germany
[2]Institute for Integrative Nanosciences, Dresden, Germany

Strain induced by local deformation of a flexible micrometer-sized semiconductor tube is quantified by modeling a ball pressing on the tube wall. By changing the pressing condition, we are able to change the strain state of the tube wall incorporating self-assembled quantum dots (QDs) in the wall. The QD emission energy is calculated in COMSOL® by solving the Schrödinger wave equation ...

Dynamics of Slender Structures

K. Lund
Kurt Lund Consulting, Del Mar, CA , USA

The present work formulates the dynamics of a slender structure as a long beam. This results in a PDE that is fourth-order in space, and second order in time. In COMSOL the coupling method is used to decompose this problem into two second-order equations, one for displacements, and one for bending moments, which are then solved to obtain frequencies and mode shapes. For verification of ...

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 ...

Two- and Three-Dimensional Holey Phononic Crystals with Unit Cells of Resonators

Y.F. Wang[1][2], Y.S. Wang[1], L. Wang[2]
[1]Institute of Engineering Mechanics, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China
[2]Department of Mechanical Engineering, Østfold University College, Halden, Norway

We show in this paper that by careful design of the geometry of the resonators, complete bandgap with relatively low center frequency can be obtained for 2D and 3D Phononic Crystals with resonators. The generation of the bandgap is due to the local resonance of the unit cell. Spring-mass and spring-pendulum models are developed to predict the boundaries of the complete bandgap. The predicted ...

Earth Pressure as a Boundary Condition to Bridge Piers and Abutments

M. Quinn[1], D. Whitlow[1], O.D.S. Taylor[1], M.H. McKenna[1]
[1] Engineer Resource and Development Center, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg, MS, USA

Bridge piers and abutments makeup the bridge substructure and transmit loads from the superstructure to the bridge foundation material (Figure 1). The bridge abutment serves three purposes: to provide vertical support to the bridge superstructure where the bridge ends, to connect the bridge with the approach roadway, and to retain roadway base materials. There are several types of abutment ...

Elastoplastic Deformation in a Wedge-Shaped Plate Caused by a Subducting Seamount

M. Ding[1], J. Lin[2]
[1]MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography, Cambridge, MA, USA
[2]Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, USA

We used COMSOL Multiphysics 4.3 to simulate the 2D elastoplastic deformation and plastic strain in a wedge-shaped plate above a subducting interface. The modeling results reveal that a pair of conjugate normal faults would first appear in the thinner part of the plate. Subsequently, a second pair of conjugate thrust faults would form in the thicker part of the plate. The duration of the seamount ...

Multiphysics Modeling and Simulation of MEMS based Variometer for Detecting the Vertical Speed of Aircraft in Avionics Applications

K. Umapathi[1], K. Sukirtha[2], C. Sujitha[2], K. A. Noushad[2], Venkateswaran[1], R. Poornima[1], R. Yogeswari[1]
[1]United Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
[2]Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

The objective of this work is to develop a MEMS based Variometer to measure the vertical speed and to sense the instantaneous rate of climb or descent in Aircrafts to meet the miniaturization requirements in avionics industry. The design consists of dielectric material in between two micro electrodes. The micro diaphragm is placed on one of the electrode. As the aircraft changes altitude, the ...

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