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.

Analysis of Cell Deformation with FEMLAB

El-Khatib, N.1, Huc, N.2, Goldberg, Y.3, Cedex Martiel, J.L.1
1 TIMC Laboratory, UMR CNRS 5525, Faculty of Medicine, La Tronche
2 COMSOL, Grenoble
3 INSERM EMI 01-08, Grenoble University Hospital, Grenoble

We present a simplified model of biological cells including a first layer, corresponding to the membrane and the actin cortex and a second one, representing the cell cytoplasm. The membraneactin ensemble is governed by the Navier equations while the cytoplasm is assimilated to a viscous fluid, described by the Navier-Stokes system. At the inner boundary, between the cortex and the cytoplasm, ...

Multiphysics for Life Sciences and Health Care: Simulation Examples

Glière, A., Gros d’Aillon, E., da Silva, A.
LETI – CEA Direction de la Recherche Technologique, PA

Numerical simulation, especially by the Finite Element Method, is widespread in research and development laboratories. Three examples of the use of FEMLAB, in fields as diverse as gamma-ray detection by room-temperature semiconductors, fluorescence-enhanced Diffuse Optical Tomography and microfluidic valve for Lab-on-a-Chip, are presented in this paper.

Virtual Homogeneous Isotropic and Real Unhomogeneous Anisotropic Metamaterials

Akalin, T.
IEMN (Institut d’Electronique de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie), CNRS UMR 8520, Dpt DHS, USTL (Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille)

Characteristics on metamaterials and potential applications are presented with the FEMLAB® software simulations results. By definition, metamaterials are materials which exhibit properties which do not exist naturally. Another point is that metamaterials are associated with the negative refractive index property. In the first part, negative refraction will be defined and illustrated by ...

Effects of plasma rotation and magnetic fields on convection flows in the horizontal burning high intensity discharge lamps

Li, Y.M.
OSRAM SYLVANIA, Beverly, MA, USA

Convection is critical in shaping the plasma temperature profiles, species segregation, arctube temperature distributions, plasma stability and a whole range of phenomena of importance to the high intensity discharge (HID) lamp performance and maintenance. A 2D local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) arc plasma model is developed using FEMLAB. The model can be described by the energy balance ...

Accelerated Virus Capture to Surfaces Inside Physiological Media by using AC Electrokinetic Effects

Zhang, B., Docoslis, A
Department of Chemical Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON Canada

This paper presents a numerical investigation of the mechanism by which nonuniform electric fields, created by planar microfabricated electrodes, can cause accelerated transport and capture of virus to a surface inside media of physiological ionic strength. Numerical calculations presented here suggest that the primary mechanism of expeditious virus transport from the bulk of a sample to the ...

FEMLAB modules for bioengineering education

Butler, P.J.1, Ferko, M.C.2
1 Department of Bioengineering, Penn State University
2 Stryker Orthopedics Corporation

As biologists uncover the structural and functional complexity of living organisms, it is increasingly clear that mathematical models are needed to synthesize experimental data and predict biological responses to external stimuli. Bioengineers are well-suited to develop such models and to add mechanics, fluid flow and other physical cues to the understanding of biological structure and ...

Viscoelastic Deformation of the Alaskan Crust and Upper Mantle Subsequent to Regional Earthquakes

Boyd, O.S.
U.S. Geological Survey, Golden, Colorado

Estimates of the probability of earthquakes in Alaska are improved through a finite element, viscoelastic analysis of the evolution of stress in the Earth’s crust and upper mantle. A solution to the problem is addressed through multiple FEMLAB applications, two for each subdomain, where each subdomain is a fault bounded block. The first application models the elastic response and sets up the ...

A finite–element simulation study of the complex effective permittivity of two-phase random composite materials

Brosseau, C.
Laboratoire d'Electronique et Systèmes de Télécommunications, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France

In the current work we introduce a finite-element method (FEM) for calculating the effective permittivity of macroscopically inhomogeneous media. Specifically, we consider two-dimensional (2d) two-phase heterostructures consisting of hard circular disk equilibrated distributions. The hard-disk distribution has been chosen as the reference system since it is one of the simplest idealized models ...

A finite–element simulation study of the complex effective permittivity of two-phase random composite materials

Brosseau, C.
Laboratoire d'Electronique et Systèmes de Télécommunications, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France

In the current work we introduce a finite-element method (FEM) for calculating the effective permittivity of macroscopically inhomogeneous media. Specifically, we consider two-dimensional (2d) two-phase heterostructures consisting of hard circular disk equilibrated distributions. The hard-disk distribution has been chosen as the reference system since it is one of the simplest idealized models ...

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