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.

Simulation of a Multilayer Thermal Regulator for an Optical Reference

J.A. Ospina[1] and E. Canuto[1]
[1]Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

The research project under which the COMSOL simulations are performed deals with multilayer and fine thermal control of an optical reference cavity for space applications. The cavity, made of Ultra Low Expansion glass (Corning ULE), must be kept close to the zero expansion temperature of the glass (close to room temperature). The target can only be met by active control, while leaving the cavity ...

Negative Thermal Expansion Materials: Thermal Stress and Implications for Composite Materials

M.J. Jakubinek[1,2], C.A. Whitman[2,3], and M.A. White[1,2,3]
[1]Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
[2]Institute for Research in Materials, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
[3]Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

There is considerable interest in the possibility of combining NTE materials with normal (positive) thermal expansion materials, to reduce the potential of failure of a material or component due to thermal stress fracture. Finite element analysis (FEM) is used to explore the overall expansion and thermal stress in composites.

Thermal Analysis of Vacuum Distillation Chamber in Pyroprocessing Facility

D. Sujish, S. Agarwal, B. Muralidharan, B.K. Sharma, V. Suresh Kumar, B. Prabhakara Reddy, G. Ravisankar, K. Nagarajan, C.A. Babu, and P. Kalyanasundaram
Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu, India

Non aqueous metal fuel reprocessing involves electrochemical deposition of spent metallic fuel on the cathode of an electrolytic cell. Apart from metal fuel, the cathode deposit would also contain occluded molten salts and liquid cathode. Subsequent purification and consolidation of these heavy metals is conducted in a vacuum retort. Here the cathode deposits are charged into graphite crucible ...

Homogeneous Heating of Milk

A. Stahel, and A. Reichmuth
Berner Fachhochschule
Biel, Switzerland

When milk is taken out of a refrigerator it has to be heated up to 37°C. The standard solution is to put the bottle in a bath of warm water and wait. The goal is quickly to achive a uniform temperature of 37°C, without ever exceeding 40°C. Using COMSOL Multiphysics and a measurement setup for calibration, we show that this can be improfed by using variable heating. By choosing heating ...

Comparison of 2D Conduction Models for Vertical Ground Coupled Heat Exchangers

A. Priarone[1], and S. Lazzari[2]
[1]DIPTEM-TEC, Università di Genova, Genova, Italia; Corresponding Author:
[2]DIENCA, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italia

The effect of the infinite length approximation on evaluating the temperature of the surface of Borehole Heat Exchangers is determined by means of COMSOL Multiphysics. In detail, two 2D models of a BHE are compared: in the first model, the domain is represented by a cross-section of the geometry, while in the second model, it is represented by an axial-section of the geometry and, thus, the BHE ...

Double Pipe Heat Exchanger Modelling - COMSOL Uses in Undergraduate Education

L. Desgrosseilliers, and D. Groulx
Mechanical Engineering
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS

A cornerstone of Chemical and Mechanical Engineering undergraduate programs the world over is the experimental and theoretical study of heat exchange. Graduating engineering students gain some appreciation in their lab course by comparing empirical correlations combined with the thermodynamics of heat exchange with the real operation of a counter-current, double pipe, single-phase heat exchanger.

Numerical Analysis of Heating and Ablating Non-Pyrolitic Materials

A. Davidy

In this paper a two dimensional time dependent model is developed and assessed to describe the interrelated processes of conduction, convective heating and ablation of non pyrolytic ablative material. An aerothermochemical analysis for the process of non-pyrolitic composite material regression in advanced solid-propellant rocket motors has been conducted. The analytical approach is similar in ...

Application of COMSOL Multiphysics in the Study of Heat Transfer in Solids: Comparison with Measurements Obtained by Means of Infrared Photothermal Radiometry

V.M. Suárez Quezada[1], J.H. Wong[1], J.A. Calderón Arenas[1], E. Marín Moares[1], José Bruno Rojas Trigos[1], Antonio Gustavo Juarez Gracia[1], Jonathan F Guarachi solano[1]
[1]Centro de Investigación en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnología Avanzada Unidad Legaria del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico, Distrito Federal, Mexico

We report the use of Heat transfer Module of COMSOL Multiphysics and a technique based on Infrared Photothermal Radiometry to study the heat transfer of a homogeneous and isotropic solid material excited by a periodic laser beam on the front side of the sample, and one infrared detector on the rear side in order to obtain the evolution of difference of temperature with the time exposure. We use ...

Simulation of Heat-induced Fusing of Polymer Toner

Hoffmann, R.
Océ Printing Systems GmbH, Poing

The electrophotographic print process uses polymer toner particles to create the desired print image on the paper. After depositing the particles on the paper, the particle layer has to be heated beyond the glass point of the polymer to create a homogeneous layer. This fusing process is one of the most energy-consuming parts of the whole print process. It is therefore imperative to limit the ...

Heat and Mass Transfer in Multilayer Fabrics

S. Quiniou1, F. Lesage1, V. Ventenat2, and M. A. Latifi1
1Laboratoire des Sciences du Génie Chimique, Nancy, France
2Centre de Recherche Decathlon, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France

In this paper, an investigation of heat and mass transfer in two-layer fabrics, used in the manufacture of comfortable sportswear, is presented. It is based on a model described by partial differential equations representing the mass balance of water vapor, free and adsorbed water and the heat balance in the fabric. The model involves several unknown physical and transfer parameters. A specific ...

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