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.

Dynamic Deformation of Soft Particle in Dual-trap Optical Tweezers

Y. Sheng[1], S. Rancourt-Grenier[1], P. Bareil[1], P. Duval[1], M. Wei[2], A. Chiou[2], and J. Bai
[1]University Laval, Quebec, QC, Canada
[2]National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan

A dual-trap optical tweezers is used for deforming the red blood cell (RBC) in suspension and studying its elasticity. The 3D deformation of the cells was computed with the elastic membrane theory. The calculated deformation can fit to experimental data resulting in cell’s elasticity coefficient. The static approach is valid only for small deformation (5-10%). For a large deformation such as ...

Equation-Based Modeling: The Structural Contact Problem Solved by The Velocity Approach

O. Toscanelli, and V. Colla
Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa, Italy

The contact between infinitely rigid body and deformable part is studied using the velocity as a dependent variable. A simple forging case is evaluated. The velocity approach is realized by means of using COMSOL with the Equation-Based Modeling. The contact model evaluated in this work is suitable to model the forging process. For a given mesh and element it is possible to choose the optimum ...

Numerical Modeling Of Thin Superconducting Tapes

F. Grilli[1], F. Sirois[2], and R. Brambilla[3]
[1]Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
[2]Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
[3]ERSE SpA, Milan, Italy

Second-generation high-temperature superconducting (HTS) tapes are very promising superconductors for ac applications and numerical models are very important for predicting their performance, e.g. for computing the ac losses. These tapes are characterized by a very large aspect ratio: the width of the superconducting film is typically between 4 and 12 mm, whereas its thickness is in the ...

Dynamic Simulation Of Particle Self-Assembly Applied To Microarray Technology

V. Di Virgilio, A. Coll, S. Bermejo, and L. Castañer
Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

In this work we want to explore some techniques, microfluidic and electrospray-ionization based, suitable for dynamic microarrays\' fabrication. The fabrication techniques are based on manipulation and self-assembly of selective coated micro and nanobeads. The simulation will include electro-osmotic flow, species transport, and electrostatics.

Mechanical Behaviour of TiAl Spherical Particles Including Friction Effect

G. Maizza, R. Cagliero, and A. Santoro
Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali ed Ingegneria Chimica, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

Powder metallurgy is a key technology for manufacturing advanced components based on TiAl alloys. Cold compaction is the primary step to produce green parts. Cold deformation of TiAl powder is difficult due to its typical poor ductility. Plastic deformation and cracking susceptibility of TiAl powder strongly depends on micro-mechanical phenomena. To manage real compaction problems more reliable ...

Fruit Optical Properties Assessment by Means of Spatially Resolved Spectroscopy

E. Madieta[1], V. Piron[2], A. Flament[1], J.P. L’Huillier[2], and E. Mehinagic[1]
[1]PRES L’UNAM, ESA, Grappe, Angers, France
[2]ENSAM Paristech, Angers, France

Since the invention of laser sources, understanding the interaction between the laser and biological tissues is a subject of great importance because of their medical applications in particular for diagnostic purposes. They recently found a growing interest in the sector of the arboriculture to check the fruits quality in a non-destructive way. In this work, we study the interaction between the ...

Verification and Time Performance Analysis of COMSOL v3.5a for Solving the Electromagnetic Problem in a Superconductor Slab

J. Lloberas[1], J. López[1], E. Bartolomé[2], and X. Granados[3]
[1]Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
[2]Escola Universitària Salesiana de Sarrià, Barcelona, Spain
[3]Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Numerical analysis based on finite element method (FEM) represents a powerful approach to solve electromagnetic problems. For instance, FEM methods have been broadly used to calculate the critical state current distribution in high temperature superconductors of various geometries. In the near future, we intend to develop a tool in COMSOL v3.5a for the analysis of power applications, such as ...

The Soil as Bioreactor: Reaction-diffusion Processes and Biofilms

M. Richter[1], S. Moenickes[2], O. Richter[2], T. Schröder[1]
[1]BASF SE, Agricultural Center, Limburgerhof, Germany
[2]Institute of Geoecology, TU Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany

In a soil pore, water flows through the biofilm, where the density of the latter was assumed to represent a flow resistance. This mechanism was implemented as a local change of fluid viscosity proportional to local biofilm density. It was assumed that diffusive substrate transport is possible through the biofilm region such that the biofilm was able to degrade the substance. Maximum flow ...

Drift of Space Charge Produced by Glow Corona During Thunderstorms

M. Becerra
ABB Corporate Research, Power Technologies, Electrical Apparatus and Diagnostics group, Västerås, Sweden

Glow corona discharges are generated from tall objects during thunderstorms previous to a lightning strike. These discharges generate space charge which can hinder the development of subsequent discharges. In order to quantify the shielding effect of positive glow corona, a transient, two dimensional model of the drift of the space charge generated on the tip of tall objects under the ...

Modeling of Anisotropic Suede-like Material During the Thermoforming Process

G.Lelli[1], M. Pinsagli[1] , and E. di Maio[2]
[1]Alcantara S.p.A. (Application Development Center), Nera Montoro, Italy
[2]University of Naples "Federico II" (Department of Materials and Production Engineering), Naples, Italy

Physical and mechanical studies of Alcantara® have shown very pronounced anisotropic nonlinear features. Using constitutive equations borrowed from the modelling of biological tissues like tendons and/or arteries under the form of hyperelastic free-energy functions, a good representation of such mechanical features can be obtained. In particular, a combination between the optimization module ...

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