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.

Finite Element Study of the Mass Transfer in Annular Reactor - new

Y. M. S. El-Shazly[1], S. W. Eletriby[1]
[1]Alexandria University, Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt.

The annular reactor is a very useful design to carry many chemical reactions. In this study, COMSOL Multiphysics® software was used to study the isothermal mass transfer from the inner side of the outer tube of the annular reactor in the range of 200

Modeling of Transport and Reaction in a Catalytic Bed Using a Catalyst Particle Model

F. Allain, and A.G. Dixon
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA

A packed bed reactor consisting of spherical catalyst particles in a tube was simulated numerically. The steady-state pseudo-heterogeneous model consisted of a pseudo-continuum representation for the heat and mass transfer in the reactor tube. The reaction source terms were evaluated by explicitly solving a 1D spherical pellet model at each discretization point. The model implemented in COMSOL ...

Developments in a Coupled Thermal-Hydraulic-Chemical-Geomechanical Model for Soil and Concrete

S.C. Seetharam[1], D. Jacques[1]
[1]Performance Assessments Unit, Institute for Environment, Health and Safety, Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN), Mol, Belgium

This paper documents current status in the development of a coupled thermal-hydraulic-chemical-geomechanical numerical suite within COMSOL-MATLAB environment to address soil and concrete applications. The mathematical formulations are based on well-established continuum scale models unifying mass conservation, energy conservation, charge conservation, thermodynamic equilibrium and kinetics and ...

Transport-Kinetic Interactions for SO2 Oxidation to SO3 in Particulate and Monolith Catalysts - new

P. L. Mills[1], A. Nagaraj[2]
[1]Department of Chemical & Natural Gas Engineering, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, TX, USA
[2]Department of Environmental Engineering, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, TX, USA

Introduction: Development of next-generation chemical processes that have zero emissions is a key environmental objective for sustainable development. The manufacture of H2SO4 by the air oxidation of SO2 to SO3 is an important technology where an opportunity exists for new catalyst development and process innovation by reducing emissions of unconverted SO2 in process reactor tail gases owing to ...

Calibration of a Bio-Kinetic Model to Simulate Microalgae Growth - new

A. Solimeno[1], J. Garcia[2]
[1]Department of Hydraulic, Maritime and Environmental Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
[2]Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

The aim of present work is to present and calibrate a new mechanistic model that includes physical and biokinetic processes to reproduce the algae growth in photobioreactor or ponds during long-term scenarios. A COMSOL Multiphysics® model is used to implement the microalgae processes mainly based on River Water Quality Model 1 (RWQM1) (Reichert et al., 2011). The main innovation of the model is ...

CFD Modeling and Analysis of a Planar Anode Supported Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cell - new

N. Lemcoff[1], M. Tweedie[2]
[1]Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
[2]Enthone, West Haven, CT, USA

A planar anode-supported intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell operating on syngas fuel at 750°C was analyzed in this study. The effects of varying syngas fuel inlet compositions on species and temperature distributions, water gas shift reaction rate, potential for carbon formation and electrochemistry were considered. A 2-D COMSOL® model was developed which included separate defined ...

Mathematical Investigation and CFD Simulation of Monolith Reactors: Catalytic Combustion of Methane

M. Ghadrdan[1], and H. Mehdizadeh[2]
[1]Department of Chemical Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway
[2]Department of Chemical Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran

Interest in the production of hydrogen from hydrocarbons has grown significantly recently. In order to achieve high surface to volume ratio with reasonable pressure drop, monolithic reactors are used. The goal of this work is to develop a two-phase (gas & solid) transient catalytic combustor model using a simplified flow field inside a single channel to test the advantages of the COMSOL ...

Multiphase Porous Media Model for Microwave Drying Spherical Potatoes - new

H. Zhu[1], T. Gulati[2], K. Huang[1], A.K. Datta[2]
[1]Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
[2]Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Mathematical description of microwave drying requires the solution of two different physics: electromagnetics in the microwave oven cavity and food material and, transport process (mass, momentum and heat transport) in the food material. Maxwell’s equations for electromagnetics were solved using the RF Module using the GMRES iterative solver with the GeometricMultigrid preconditioner. Mass, ...

Optimization of DPF Structures with a 3D-Unit Cell Model

W. Beckert[1], M. Dannowski[1], L. Wagner[1], J. Adler[1]
[1]Fraunhofer IKTS, Dresden, Germany

The 3D unit cell model approach offers an efficient tool to analyze the influences of geometrical design (channel shape and arrangement, filter length, wall thickness) and filter material properties (permeability, soot loading characteristics) on the performance of ceramic particle filter structure in the soot loading process, assessed by pressure loss and soot loading capacity. It does correctly ...

Sulfur Deactivation Effects on Catalytic Steam Reforming of Methane Produced by Biomass Gasification

P. Sadooghi[1], R. Rauch[1]
[1]Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria

Sulfur, which is incorporated in the biomass structure, is released into the product gas during gasification as hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide is known to deactivate nickel based steam reforming catalysts by chemisorption on the metal surface during steam reforming process. Desulfurization has a negative effect on the process efficiency therefore steam reforming has to be run without ...

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