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.

Implementation of Structural Topology Optimization in COMSOL

B. Lemke, Z. Liu, and J.G. Korvink
IMTEK, Lehrstuhl Simulation, Freiburg im Breisgau

Structural topology optimization is an important research topic to improve the performance of the mechanical design. We show how to use COMSOL as an integration environment to implement structural topology optimization using the density method and the level set method.

Mie Scattering of Electromagnetic Waves

J. Crompton[1], S. Yushanov[1], K. Koppenhoefer[1]
[1]AltaSim Technologies, Columbus, OH, USA

The Mie solution to the scattering of electromagnetic waves by spherical particles has been examined using COMSOL Multiphysics®. The results assume elastic scattering only and do not include Brillouin or Raman scattering. The nature of the interaction has been considered for materials with three different properties: metallic, magnetic and dielectric. The solutions provide details of the ...

Modeling Acoustic Interface Wave Dispersion Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

B. Goldsberry[1], M. Isakson[1]
[1]Applied Research Laboratories, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA

Measuring geoacoustic parameters of underwater sediments is important for accurate modeling of underwater acoustic propagation. While the density and compressional wave speeds can be directly measured in sediments, shear wave speeds are difficult to measure because they are highly attenuated. However, shear wave speeds can be indirectly determined through measurement of Scholte interface wave ...

Determination of the Stress and Strain States in Metallic Structures using Piezoelectrical Transducers

D. Popovici, V. Paltânea, G. Paltânea, and G. Jiga
University of Bucharest

In this paper, we present a modern non-destructive method, using COMSOL Multiphysics, for the evaluation of the stress and strain states in metallic structures. This method can be successfully applied in civil engineering, installations or in structures where the determination of stress state can ot be realized by conventional method.

Evaluation of Tensile Modulus of Carbon Nanotube Bundle Based Composite with Interface Using Finite Element Method

M. S. Islam, F. O. Riktan, S. C. Chowdhury, M. M. R. Chowdhury, and S. Ahmed
Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET)
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) have remarkable mechanical, thermal and electrical properties. The properties of CNTs depend on atomic arrangement (how the sheets of graphite are rolled), the diameter and length of the tubes and morphology of nanostructure. In this paper effective elastic properties of CNT based polymer composites are evaluated using a square Representative Volume Element (RVE) in ...

Dynamics of Rotors on Hydrodynamic Bearings

R. Eling[1]
[1]Mitsubishi Turbocharger & Engine Europe, Almere, The Netherlands

This study presents a rotordynamic analysis of a rotor on hydrodynamic bearings using COMSOL Multiphysics®. In this paper, the complexity of the model is gradually increased. Starting point of the analysis is the modal analysis of the rotor in free-free conditions. A Reynolds model is set up to predict the film pressure distribution under shaft loading. Due to the cross coupling terms of the ...

Modelling of Layered Rocks with COMSOL Multiphysics

M.A. Rojas[1], and V. Grechka[2]
[1] University of Houston
[2] Shell International E&P

We present static and dynamic computations of the apparent properties for stacks of horizontal isotropic layers (VTI symmetry). The effective stiffness tensors of such media are given by the Backus theory for statics in the limit of zero thicknesses of the constituent layers. We used COMSOL Multiphysics to verify the theoretical static bounds for these effective stiffnesses.

Flow Analysis and Optimization of a Hierarchical Plate Heat Exchanger for an Adsorption Heat Pump

E. Tempfli[1], F.P. Schmidt[1]
[1]Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Fluid Machinery (FSM), Karlsruhe, Germany

The paper investigates the hydrodynamic performance of a hierarchical parallel channel network for the objective of optimal thermal coupling to heat released in the adsorption processes, as in adsorption heat pumps. More specifically, the uniformity of the fluid flow over the network is improved by optimizing the topology of the manifold channels of the two hierarchical levels. For this purpose a ...

Effect of Geometry of the Grooves on the Mixing of Fluids in Micro Mixer Channel

V. Ranjan[1], A. Kumar[1], G. Prakash[1], R. Mandal[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India

Understanding the flow fields at the micro-scale is a key to develop methods of successfully mixing fluids for micro-scale applications. This paper investigates flow characteristics and mixing of three different geometries in micro-channel. A Circular groove micro mixer has been designed and simulated. One such channel is shown in Figure1. The geometry of the channels taken was rectangular with a ...

Optical and Electrical Modeling of Three Dimensional Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

P. Guo[1]
[1]Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA

Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have received tremendous attention as alternative photon harvesting devices. While the sintered TiO2 nanoparticle network attached with dye molecules achieves efficient photon absorption, the electrons have to diffuse through the long TiO2 network to reach the contact, resulting in a high electron density and thus increased recombination. Extensive research ...

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