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.

Influence of Inlet Fluctuations on the Development of The Turbulent Two-Stream Mixing Layer

J. Tawfik, and R. Arimilli
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA

The finite element method applied to the k-epsilon turbulence model is used to investigate the two-stream turbulent mixing layer. Whereas the model is known as one of the most popular of the turbulence models to date, the model has yet to be applied to the classical mixing layer problem to the best of our knowledge. A transient k-epsilon turbulence model in COMSOL is used to solve this problem. ...

Super-resolving Properties of Metallodielectric Stacks

N. Katte[1], J. Haus[1], J.B. Serushema[1], and M. Scalora[2]
[1]University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, USA
[2]Charles M. Bowden Research Center, Redstone Arsenal, AL, USA

We show that diffraction can be suppressed in a one-dimensional metallodielectric stack (MDS) at visible wavelengths to achieve super-resolution imaging. In our calculations we use two popular techniques, which can be adapted to investigate the imaging properties of MDSs. The two methods are the transfer matrix method (TMM) and the Finite element method based software, COMSOL Multiphysics. The ...

Parameter Optimization for FEM Based Modeling of Singlet Oxygen During PDT Using COMSOL

T.C. Zhu, and X. Liang
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Singlet oxygen (1O2) is the major cytotoxic agent in photodynamic therapy (PDT). The reaction between 1O2 and tumor cells defines the treatment efficacy. Based on a previously developed model that incorporates the diffusion equation for the light transport in tissue and the macroscopic kinetic equations for the generation of the singlet oxygen, the distance-dependent reacted 1O2 is numerically ...

Investigations on Natural Frequencies of Individual Spherical and Ellipsoidal Bakery Yeast Cells

M.M Zarandi[1], A. Bonakdar[1], and I. Stiharu[2]
[1]McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
[2]Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada

In this paper, a Finite Element (FE) and scaled-up experimental modal analysis are employed to estimate the natural frequencies of individual spherical and ellipsoidal cells. It is apparent that the mechanical properties of the living cells and particularly the natural frequencies might be related to the health condition of cells, and therefore a comprehensive analysis is carried out to determine ...

Modeling of Lightning Direct Effects - Interaction of Continuing Current with Aluminum Skins

Y. Kostogorova-Beller[1], and R. Collins[2]
[1]National Institute for Aviation Research, Wichita, KS, USA
[2]Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, Wichita, KS, USA

An interaction of aluminum aircraft skins with a laboratory-simulated, low-level, long-duration, continuing current representative of a natural lightning flash was modeled with COMSOL Multiphysics. For the analysis of the lightning direct effects on aircraft, the external environment is represented by the idealized current components. Particularly Component C is used and is characteristic of ...

Space Charge Compensation of Negative Ion Beams

M.Cavenago[1], and P. Veltri[2]
[1]INFN-LNL, Legnaro, PD, Italy
[2]Consorzio RFX, Padova, Italy

Neutral Beam Injectors for ITER require development of negative ion sources and beams with carefully reduced beam divergence. In the accelerator this is compensated by the focusing due to the fringe effect of the electric field, while in the drift region, where the beam is propagating without further acceleration, a background positive charge is required to assure beam transmission with small ...

A Virtual Pharmacokinetic Model Of A Human Eye

L. Murtomäki, and S. Kotha
University of Helsinki, Centre for Drug Research, Helsinki, Finland

Drug therapy of the posterior part of an eye is very challenging. Yet, in USA alone, there are almost 2 million people affected by age related macular degeneration. When designing a strategy for controlled-release drug delivery, it is important to take into account of physiology, absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion properties of a drug. Therefore, the aims of this study are: 1) to ...

Drying In Porous Media: Equilibrium And Non-Equilibrium Approaches For Composting Processes

A. Pujol[2], S. Pommier[3], G. Debenest[2], M. Quintard[2], and D. Chenu[1]
[1]Veolia Environnement, Limay, France
[2]IMFT, Toulouse, France
[3]INSA Toulouse, Toulouse, France

To understand origins and consequences of drying phenomenon during composting, a compositional drying model of a partially water-saturated porous media coupled with biodegradation has been developed. The different simulations carried out under COMSOL Multiphysics demonstrate the ability of the model to well describe the compositional drying of a partial water-saturated porous media and point out ...

FEM-Investigations Of Superconductor/Ferromagnet Heterostructures: A Compliance Test Between Various Models

P. Krüger[1], F. Grilli[1], Y. Genenko[2], and R. Brambilla[2]
[1]Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
[2]Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, ERSE Spa, Milan, Italy

In recent years, a number of numerical and finite-element-methods in particular - some implemented in COMSOL - have been developed to investigate various properties of superconducting materials. Following converse conclusions by different models regarding similar physical phenomena, the consistency of these models has been of increased interest. In this publication the accordance of an ...

Modeling VRALA,The Next-Generation Actuator For High-Density, Tick Secondary Mirrors For Astronomy

C. Del Vecchio[1], G. Agapito[1], G. Tomassi[2], and E. De Santis[2]
[1]National Institute for Astrophysics, Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory, Firenze, Italy
[2]University of Cassino, Cassino, Italy

The next-generation of Extremely Large Telescopes adaptive optics systems require high-order, long-stroke, quite large deformable mirrors. Higher forces and greater actuator densities than the ones provided by the current technology are needed, still maintaining the severe accuracy and bandwidth requests. Based on a very simple magnetic circuit, providing a compact device, the VRALA actuator ...

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