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.

A Material Model for Simulating Volume Changes during Phase Transformations

M. Tehler, and S. Jonsson
Materials Science and Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

The present work describes the first steps in creating a robust material model able to predict volume changes due to thermal expansion and phase transformations.A dilatometer test is simulated starting from room temperature, with an original microstructure constituting a mixture of ferrite and pearlite. During heating, the structure transforms to austenite, which upon quenching will transform ...

A Computational Design Synthesis Method for MEMS using COMSOL

F. Bolognini1, A. A. Seshia1, and K. Shea2
1Engineering Department, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
2Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany

Computational synthesis methods, used to help designers in the creative phase of the design process, often find an obstacle to their development in the difficulty of finding efficient simulation packages to integrate into the automated search of design solutions.Problems in coupling these search methods with analysis tools arise due to the impossibility of integrating them easily and ...

Mechanical Simulation of Electrical Wafer Sort using PAD Over Active Structures in 0.18μm Smart Power Technology

L. Cecchetto1, L. Zullino1, R. Vallauri1, A. Andreini1, L. Redaelli2, P. Anghilieri2, and R. Vettori2
1STMicroelectronics, Agrate Brianza, Italy
2Technoprobe, Agrate Brianza, Italy

The Electrical Wafer Sort (EWS) process is performed on all electronic devices at the end of the silicon diffusion steps to verify IC functionality. This process is performed by probing ICs with suitable tips on a flat metal surface (PAD).A mechanical simulation feasibility of EWS process is presented here. In most advanced technologies, in order to optimize the area consumption, PAD Over Active ...

Implementation of Hysteresis Material Characteristics in Finite Element Computations

P. Sergeant, and L. Dupré
Department of Electrical Energy, Systems and Automation, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

The hysteresis loss in a sample is obtained by evaluating the drag force profile when slowly moving the sample forward and backward through the strong field of a permanent magnet.A numerical time-stepping model is presented that calculates the drag force profile. At every time step, the sample is slightly moved relative to the magnet. The model is based on 2D-FE computations (COMSOL AC/DC module, ...

Design of UV reactors by CFD: Model Development and Experimental Validation

J. Hofman1,2,3, L. Shao2, B. Wols2, W. Uijttewaal2, G. I. J. Pelaar1, E. Beerendonk1, and H. van Dijk2
1Kiwa Water Research, Rijkswijk, The Netherlands
2Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
3Waternet, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

UV technology is an emerging technology for drinking-water treatment. It can either be used as a disinfection barrier, where the UV light is used to inactivate pathogenic microorganisms, or in combination with hydrogen peroxide as an advanced oxidation process. The design of UV reactors is very complex. The water flow and related aspects of mixing, the UV light distribution, and the reaction ...

Parameter Extraction and Support-Loss in MEMS Resonators

Peter Steeneken
Project Leader
RF MEMS Research Group
NXP Semiconductors
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

In this paper it is shown how the equivalent circuit parameters of a MEMS resonator can be simply obtained from an eigenfrequency simulation. Additionally, it is demonstrated that the Q-factor as a result of support losses in a MEMS resonator can be determined using a matched boundary layer. The method is applied to calculate the frequency dependent admittance of a diamond disk resonator. Results ...

Numerical Analysis of Fluid Mixing in a T-Shaped Micro Mixer

M. S. Virk, A. E. Holdø, and S. Kaennakham
Energy & Environmental Technology Applied Research Group, Faculty of Engineering and Computing, Coventry University, Coventry, UK

Microfluidic systems hold promise for many novel applications where rapid mixing is important, and has lead to a number of new developments. Despite such major developments, no systematic study has been carried out to understand the effect of flow mechanisms and geometry on microfluidic mixing. This work focuses on a mixing analysis of low Reynolds number (< 25) microfluids in a T-shaped passive ...

COMSOL 2D Simulation of Heavy Oil Recovery by Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage

I. I. Bogdanov, K. El Ganaoui, and A. M. Kamp
Centre Huile Lourde Ouvert et Expérimental (CHLOE), Pau, France

Multiphysics flexibility and computational performance of COMSOL gave us the idea to model SAGD (steam assisted gravity drainage), one of the popular thermal methods of oil recovery. The modeling is far from straightforward and requires solving a system of non-linear PDEs for thermal multiphase flow under conditions of thermodynamic (phase) equilibrium. This paper presents the main results of our ...

Coupled Electromagnetic, Thermal and Fluid Dynamics Simulation of Axial Flux PM Synchronous Machines

F. Marignetti
DAEIMI, Department of Automation, University of Cassino, Cassino, Italy

This paper investigates the Electromagnetic and thermal behavior of Synchronous Axial Flux Permanent Magnet Machines. The Axial Flux machine employed for tests and simulations has a Soft Magnetic Compound stator core. The electromagnetic analysis is used to assess electromechanical variables and machine parameters. Furthermore, the thermal source is obtained from a DC current flow model which is ...

Design and Modeling of a Micro-active Suspension

T. Verdot and M. Collet,
FEMTO-ST Institute, Dept of Applied Mechanics

Nowadays, lightweight materials are widely used to reduce weight and increase available space in moving structures such as cars or aircraft. However, they constitute an intense vibrating environment that can strongly affect the operation of embedded micro-transducers such as frequency generators or inertial sensors. To alleviate this problem, we propose the concept of a Micro-Active Suspension ...

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