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.

Assessment of Anterior Spinal Artery Blood Flow following Spinal Cord Injury

M. Alshareef[1], A. Alshareef[2], V. Krishna[3], M. Kindy[3], T. Shazly[4]
[1]College of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
[2]Department of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
[3]Department of Neurosurgery, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
[4]Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA

The incidence of spinal cord injury (SCI) in the US is approximately 12,000 individuals annually, due to various forms of trauma and disease. Diminished flow over a prolonged period of time can cause permanent spinal damage. We constructed a 3D finite element model of the spinal cord to examine the role of compressive loading on spinal blood flow. It was found that the type of forces on the ...

Coupled Palaehydrogeological Microbial and Geochemical Reactive Transport Model of the Olkiluoto Site (Finland)

P. Trinchero[1], M. Luna[1], J. Molinero[1], G. Román-Ross[1], F. Maia[1], A. Nardi[1], J. Löfman[2], P. Pitkänen[3], L. Koskinen[3]
[1]Amphos 21 Consulting, Barcelona, Spain
[2]VTT Energy, Finland
[3]Posiva Oy, Olkiluoto, Finland

Olkiluoto at Eurajoki has been selected as the final repository site for spent nuclear waste in Finland. This area has been affected, at regional scale, by land-uplift processes related to the ice withdrawal. These events have resulted in a complex and stratified heterogeneous hydrochemical system. The objective of this work was to develop a robust paleohydrogeological reactive transport (PRT) ...

Simulating A Fan For Industrial Ventilation

G. Argentini
Riello Burners, Italy

This work talks on simulation of a ventilating structure for an industrial burner. The mathematical model is based on the frozen-rotor technique, and the numerical simulation is used for resolution of fluid dynamics equations for the air flow into the rotating wheel and into the static volute of the fan. The numerical results obtained with COMSOL’s CFD module are compared with experimental data ...

Numerical Analysis of Conjugate Heat Transfer in Foams

N. Bianco[1], R. Capuano[1], W.K.S. Chiu[2], S. Cunsolo[1], V. Naso[1], M. Oliviero[1]
[1]DETEC, Università degli Studi Federico II, Napoli, Italy
[2]Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA

A conjugate conductive-convective-radiative discrete model useful for the study and the simulation of heat transfer in a ceramic or metallic foam is presented. A Generation-based Technique is used for the foam representation, using the Weaire-Phelan structure and heat transfer is studied using the COMSOL Multiphysics. The computational domain is made up by a single cell and a fictitious inlet ...

Determination and Verification of the Forchheimer Coefficients for Ceramic Foam Filters using COMSOL CFD Modeling

M.W. Kennedy[1], K. Zhang[1], J.A. Bakken[1], R.E. Aune[1]
[1]Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Experiments have been conducted with water at velocities from ~0.015-0.77 m/s to determine the permeability of 50 mm thick commercially available 30, 40, 50 and 80 Pores Per Inch (PPI) Ceramic Foam Filters (CFF) used for liquid metal filtration. Measurements were made using two different setups, for use with the Forchheimer equation: 49 mm \"straight through\" and 101 mm diameter \"expanding flow ...

Numerical Simulations of Thixotropic Fluids

P. Dantan[1], and M. Faye[2]
[1] Université Paris7 Denis Diderot
[2] Université Paris11

In this paper, we introduce a kinetic equation coupled with the Navier-Stokes equations in COMSOL Multiphysics in order to simulate internal structural changes of a flowing complex fluid. Two physical applications are considered, the starting of blood flow in a stenosis and a simulation of a laboratory rheometric set-up. Results show good agreement with the experiments' well known ...

Simulation of the Fluid Dynamics in an Active Liquid Heat Sink for CPU Cooling System

S.-H. Wang, S. Melendez, M. Gomez
Micro and Precision Manufacturing Center, Kun-Shan University of Technology, Taiwan

This study numerically investigates the fluid dynamics in an Active-Liquid-Heat-Sink (ALHS) for a computer microprocessor cooling system. Principal concepts, basic design, and the integration of the ALHS technology into an internal CPU liquid cooling system are presented. Basic assumptions and numerical methods, especially for rotating machinery in fluid dynamics, are discussed in detail. From ...

The Use of CFD Simulations in Learning Fluid Mechanics at the Undergraduate Level

Marc K. Smith
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Simple, accurate CFD simulations using COMSOL Multiphysics are used in a senior-level undergraduate course as a means to explore a number of fluid flows with the intent of developing a deep understanding of the underlying fluid mechanical mechanisms involved in the flows. Students also learn about the finite element method, how to properly pose the underlying mathematical model for the fluid ...

Thermo-Fluid Dynamics FEM Simulation of Advanced Water Cold Plates for Power Electronics

N. Delmonte[1], F. Giuliani[1], P. Cova[1]
[1]Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione, Università degli Studi di Parma, Parma, Italy

Introduction: Power electronic converters such as those for High Energy Physics Experiments (HEPEs) must operate in thermally hostile environment. Heat generated by electronics components must be conveniently dissipated to ensure electrical performances and improve reliability. Due to the high power density, the presence of closed environments, and the requirement of non-thermal interaction with ...

Optimization of Around-The-End Hydraulic Mixer Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

S. Mohammadighavam[1], B. Kløve[1]
[1]University of Oulu, Department of Process and Environmental Engineering ,Oulu, Finland

After rapid mixing of waste water and coagulant, an effective slow mixing during a reasonable retention time will cause to grow the size of flocs up which will settle out easily. Around-the-end hydraulic mixer with barriers is one of the efficient facilities that have been used in water treatment plants for this purpose. A uniform velocity gradient (G) is needed to achieve efficient mixing and ...

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