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.

Multiphysics Modeling of Nanoparticle Detection - Current Status and Collaboration Sought

D. Krizaj[1], I. Iskra[2], Z. Topcagic[1], and M. Remskar[2]
[1]University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Ljubljana, Slovenia
[2]Institut Jozef Stefan, Ljubljana, Slovenia

We are developing nanoparticle detector for airborn particles. The detection principle is based on condensation of nanoparticles forming micron sized water droplets and detection of the droplets by a capacitive type nanodetector. We have successfully performed some experimental evaluations of the detection principle and are in the stage of optimization of several parts of the system. As shown ...

An Improved Model for High Temperature Inductive Heating

S. A. Halvorsen, and N. Kleinknecht
Teknova AS
Kristiansand, Norway

An axially symmetric multiphysics model for industrial induction furnaces has successfully been converted from COMSOL Multiphysics version 3.5a to version 4.2. The model combines computation of magnetic fields, heat transfer and thermal stresses. The inner part of the furnace is described by a few discrete state variables. While the current in the induction coil is input in COMSOL, the model ...

Using COMSOL for Smart Determination of Material Properties Using Inverse Modeling Techniques

J. van Schijndel, S. Uittenbosch, and T. Thomassen
Eindhoven University of Technology
Eindhoven, Netherlands

The paper presents the development of a method that determines building material and surface properties using relative simple and low-budget experiments, The method comprehends an optimal design of an experimental set up for smart determination of heat and moisture properties using both normal and inverse modeling techniques. It is concluded that the suggested methodology of the inverse ...

Improving Fuel Usage in Microchannel Based Fuel Cells

P. Fodor, and J. D'Alessandro
Dept. of Physics
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH

In this work a miniaturized fuel cell design based on microchannels, into which the liquid fuel and oxidizer streams are fed through T shaped connectors, is optimized for improved fuel usage. This particular design exploits the laminar nature of the fluid flow at small Reynolds numbers to keep the fuel and oxidizer confined in the vicinity of the corresponding electrodes without the need of a ...

Analysis of Microwave Radiation for Heating

J. Crompton, S. Yushanov, L. Gritter, and K. Koppenhoefer
AltaSim Technologies, LLC.
Columbus, OH

Microwave heating is an important process for many commercial, industrial and household applications. In microwave heating applications, the energy is introduced directly into the volume of the material. As a consequence the quality of the process is highly dependent on the uniformity of the electromagnetic field distribution. Thus, developing a uniform electromagnetic field inside the ...

Using Computational Multiphysics to Optimise Channel Design for a Novel PEM Fuel Cell Stack

F. A. Daniels[1], D. J. L. Brett[1], A. R. Kucernak[2], and C. Attingre[2]
[1]University College London, London, UK
[2]Imperial College London, London, UK

Polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells have significant potential as a source of clean, efficient energy production. This study presents a three-dimensional, non-isothermal, fully-coupled model of a PEM fuel cell with printed circuit board current collectors. The effect of the current collector design on transport phenomena and consequent cell performance is investigated. The model ...

Single Crystal Diamond NEMS Switch

M. Liao
Optical and Electronic Materials Unit
National Institute for Materials Science
Japan

A single-crystal diamond NEMS switch was fabricated while batch production of SCD MEMS/NEMS structures were developed. The diamond NEMS switches exhibit high performance with respect to high controllability, high reproducibility, and good reliability. Modeling and simulations were made that were consistent with experiments.

COMSOL Multiphysics in Modeling MOCVDs

Y. Shimogaki
Shimogaki Laboratory
Department of Materials Engineering,
The University of Tokyo
Japan

This paper showed that: * SAG-MOCVD is a powerful tool to fabricate OEICs and is also effective to extract true surface kinetics during MOCVD. * GaAs-MOCVD process was examined by SAG analysis where it was seen that below 600ÂșC, surface kinetics shows non-linear behavior. * Surface reaction rate constant of adsorbed species was constant against offset angle, while adsorption equilibrium ...

Bone Remodeling Following Total Hip Replacement: Short Stem Versus Long Stem Implants

M.S. Yeoman[1], A. Cizinauskas[1], C. Lowry[2], G. Vincent[3], S. Collins[3], D. Simpson[3]
[1]Continuum Blue, Tredomen, Ystrad Mynach, United Kingdom
[2]Corin Group, Cirencester, United Kingdom
[3]Imoprhics, Manchester, United Kingdom

Bone resorption around hip stems, in particular periprosthetic bone loss, is a common observation post-operatively. A number of factors influence the amount of bone loss over time and the mechanical environment following total hip replacement (THR) is important. Conventional long stem prostheses have been shown to transfer loads distally, resulting in bone loss of the proximal femur. More ...

Numerical Study of the Scattering of a Short-Pulse Plane Wave by a Buried Sphere in a Lossy Medium

F. Frezza[1], F. Mangini[1], M. Muzi[2], P. Nocito[3], E. Stoja[1], N. Tedeschi[1]
[1]Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications, "La Sapienza" University of Rome, Rome, Italy
[2]Institute of Advanced Biomedical Imaging, "G. d'Annuzio" University Fondation, University "G. d'Annuzio" Chieti-Pescara, Chieti, Italy
[3]Istituto Superiore C.T.I., Communications Department, Ministry of Economic Development, Rome, Italy

The scattering by a buried sphere in the frequency domain with the use of the Finite Element Method (FEM) implemented by COMSOL Multiphysics, is analyzed. A short-pulse is used as an excitation with the spectrum spanning from 50 MHz to 1 GHz. In order to validate our results, a comparison with data available in the literature is presented, in the simple case of a perfectly-conducting (PEC) ...

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