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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 ...

Residual Stresses and Failure Probability of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Due to the Sintering Process

F. Greco[1], J. van Herle[1], A. Nakajo[1]
[1]FUELMAT Group, Institute of Mechanical Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

A solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is composed of four layers (anode, electrolyte compatibility layer and cathode) of different ceramic materials. The anode layer is produced by tape casting, the remaining layers are deposited by screen-printing. The layers are sintered together at high temperatures. During heating up and cooling down (manufacturing process), stresses are generated in the layers due ...

A Three Dimensional (3D) Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical Model for Microwave Drying - new

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

Microwave drying of foodstuffs is a complex interplay of mass, momentum, and energy transport coupled with large deformation of the solid. To be able to better understand the microwave drying process, a fundamentals-based three dimensional (3D) multiphase porous media based model is developed to simulate the microwave drying process. An elaborate experimental system comprising of infrared ...

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 ...

Multiscale Damage Detection in Conductive Composites

R. C. Thiagarajan
ATOA Scientific Technologies Private Limited, Bangalore, India

Conductive Composites such as carbon fiber reinforced composites are increasingly used in safety critical aerospace applications. The catastrophic macro structural failure of composite structures initiates from a micro level failure event such as fiber breaks. The ability to detect damage early on can improve the safety level and reliability of composite structures. A multilevel self-sensing ...

Optimized Cantilever-to-Anchor Configurations of Buckled Cantilever Plate Structures for Transducer Applications

A. Arpys Arevalo Carreno[1], D. Conchouso Gonzalez[1], I.G. Foulds[1]
[1]King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The mechanical simulation and analysis of the cantilever-to-anchor configuration for an out-of-plane structure used in transducer applications is reported. The polymer-based Buckled Cantilever Plate “BCP” structure, gives the ability to orient an active device from a horizontal to a vertical position, once assembled. In this paper we compare four different cantilever-to-anchor configurations: ...

Effects of Solvers on Finite Element Analysis in COMSOL Multiphysics® Software - new

C. Ravi[1]
[1]Siemens Technology and Services Private Limited, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Introduction: Solver section of FEA plays a very important role; it takes the input from the preprocessor and solves millions of equations using numerical methods. Capability of any analysis tools can be measured based on the solver. Understanding the nature and operation of various structural solid mechanics solvers is the interest of the present study. Results: Contact pressure is ...

Designing and Simulating the Performance Analysis of Piezoresistive Fluid Flow Pressure Sensor

K. PraveenKumar[1], P. Suresh[1], K. Subash[1], M. Alagappan[1], A. Gupta[1]
[1]PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.

In this work, we present the performance analysis of novel micro machined Piezoresistive fluid flow pressure sensor using COMSOL Multiphysics. The principle of the sensing mechanism is based on the deflection of four sensing layers embedded on a thin membrane. The fluid passes through the layer causes the deflection of the sensing layer which measures the pressure of the fluid. The following ...

Modeling the Effect of Porosity on the Elastic Properties of Synthetic Graphite Using CT Scans and the Finite Element Method

G. Sowa[1], R. Paul[1], R. Smith[1]
[1]GrafTech International Inc., Parma, OH, USA

Predicting the physical properties and performance of carbon and graphite materials based on the microstructure of the finished material is a challenging endeavor. This paper discusses the process and workflow for measuring and analyzing the pore structure of graphite by combining advanced CT image technology with Simpleware’s ScanIP™ software. A stack of scanned CT images are imported into ...

Durability Analysis on Solar Energy Converters Containing Polymeric Materials

J. Wirth, S. Jack, M. Köhl, and K.-A. Weiß
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg, Germany

The key issues of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems are research and development of solar technologies for the fast growing market of solar energy. This paper presents examples of the usage of COMSOL Multiphysics: The ingress of water is a serious reason for the degradation of photovoltaic modules which can hardly be measured using experimental approaches yet. Therefore, a ...