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COMSOL News Magazine 2017

A Multiphysics Approach to the Modeling of Biological Prosthetic Heart Valves

A. Avanzini[1], D. Battini[1], M. Berardi[1]
[1]Università degli Studi di Brescia, Brescia, Italy

The complex behavior of biological prosthetic heart valves was simulated. A multiphysics computational approach was adopted using different modules of COMSOL Multiphysics: the LiveLink(TM) interface was used to exchange the valve geometry with CAD, Structural Mechanics Module to set loads, boundary conditions and implement anisotropic hyper-elastic constitutive laws for leaflet tissue, PDE to ...

Novel Simulation of a Voltage-Driven Electro-Thermo-Mechanical MEMS Self-Oscillator

S. Ouenzerfi [1,2,3], H.A.C. Tilmans [2], S. El-Borgi[3,4], X. Rottenberg [2]
[1] KACST-Intel Consortium Center of Excellence in Nano-manufacturing Applications (CENA), Riyadh, KSA
[2] IMEC, Leuven, Belgium
[3] Applied Mechanics and Systems Research Laboratory, Tunisia Polytechnic School, University of Carthage, La Marsa, Tunesia
[4] Texas A&M University at Qatar, Mechanical Engineering Program, Engineering Building, Doha, Qatar

This paper presents the modeling and simulation of electro-thermo-mechanical self-oscillators, an emerging type of M/NEMS-enabled timing devices in which sustaining electronic amplifiers are not required for their operation. Indeed, they realize amplification in the mechanical domain and feedback by crossing three physical domains: electrical, thermal and mechanical. In a previous work [1], we ...

Simulation of Microstructured Rolling-Sliding Contacts - new

M. Weschta[1], S. Tremmel[1], S. Wartzack[1]
[1]Engineering Design, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany

To reduce friction in lubricated tribological contacts, the surfaces of the contacting bodies can be microstructured to improve lubricating conditions. For lower loaded contacts this approach has already reached industrial applications, e.g. the piston-liner contact. For higher loaded contacts the effects are currently in basic research. Elastic deformation in the contact area plays an important ...

Modeling Flow and Deformation During Salt-Assisted Puffing of Single Rice Kernels - new

T. Gulati[1], A. K. Datta[1]
[1]Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Puffing of biomaterials involves mass, momentum and energy transport along with large volumetric expansion of the material. Development of physics-based models that can describe heat and moisture transport, rapid evaporation and large deformations can help understand the puffing process. In this context, a fundamentals based study of salt-assisted puffing of rice is described. A multiphase model ...

Dielectric Adaptive Optical Gels

R. Eisenschmid [1],
[1] OPTIMA pharma GmbH, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany

Adaptive Optics is common sense, since many people use digital cameras with electromechanical iris actors on elastic autofocus lenses. This project tries to create a COMSOL Multiphysics based mathematical model of adaptive optics with electrostatically induced deformation of dielectric gels. Upper and lower sides of a lens (dielectric conductive gel) are coated by transparent conductive films, i ...

Modeling the Temperature-Dependent Dynamic Behavior of a Timber Bridge with Asphalt Pavement

B. Weber[1]
[1]Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Dübendorf, Switzerland

The fundamental frequency and the corresponding damping value are the main design parameters for footbridges against excessive vibrations induced by pedestrians. Since pedestrians typically walk at a pace of 1.6–2.4 Hz, this frequency range as well as the range of the second harmonic, namely 3.5–4.5 Hz, should be avoided. However it has been observed that the fundamental frequency of a bridge ...

Analysis to Determine Optimum Strain Gauge Locations for SENSEWHEEL - new

T. Suzuki[1], C. Holloway[1], S. Taylor[1]
[1]University College London, London, UK

Manual wheelchair users suffer shoulder pain and injury in the long term because of unconscious overuse. The ‘SENSEWHEEL’, which interposes three identical load cells between pushrim and rear wheel, measures the three components of pushing force Fx, Fy and Fz, and axial torque Tx applied at each load cell. Strain gauges were located on a diaphragm forming one face of the load cell. The ...

Prediction of Magnetic Fields, Eddy Currents, and Loads in a Tokamak During a Disruption for Alcator C-Mod's Advanced Outer Divertor - new

J. Doody[1], B. Lipschultz[2], R. Granetz[1], W. Beck[1], L. Zhou[1], J. Irby[1]
[1]Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Plasma Science and Fusion Center, Cambridge, MA, USA
[2]York Plasma Institute, University of York, Heslington, York, UK

COMSOL Multiphysics® has been used to predict the magnetic fields, eddy current, lorenz forces and stresses during a disruption for the new Advanced Outer Divertor for the Alcator C-Mod tokamak. A tokamak is used to study magnetic confinement of plasma for fusion, and a disruption occurs when the plasma decays, rapidly losing all of its current. COMSOL has been used to recreate the fields ...

Platform Isolation Using Out-of-Plane Complaint Mechanisms - new

A. Arevalo[1], E. Rawashdeh[1], I. G. Foulds[2]
[1]Computer, Electrical & Mathematical Sciences & Engineering Division (CEMSE), King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
[2]School of Engineering, University of British Columbia - Okanagan, Vancouver, BC, Canada

This paper reports the structural solid mechanic simulation of a MEMS out-of-plane platform that provides thermal and electrical isolation for a device built on it. When assemble, the platform lifted for approximately 400 μm above the substrate level. A mechanical stress analysis is then presented in order to evaluate the feasibility of building it using commonly used materials in MEMS. Our ...

Structural and Environmental Design of a Rainscreen System Using COMSOL Multiphysics

C. Guido Galante [1], M. Donà [2],
[1] Newtecnic Ltd, London, England, UK
[2] University of Cambridge, UK

The subject of the study is a bespoke rainscreen system designed for the Grand Theatre of Rabat, Morocco (Figure 1). The project presents a complex façade geometry and consists of a 1800-seat theater, an open-air amphitheater with a capacity of 7000 people, a rehearsal space and a restaurant. The rainscreen system consists of fiberglass individually cast reinforced concrete (GRC) panels ...