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 Mean Field Approach to Many-particles Effects in Dielectrophoresis

O. Nicotra, and A. La Magna
CNR-IMM Sezione di Catania, Catania, Italy

One of the major applications for dielectrophoresis is the selective trapping and fractionation in lab-on-a-chip devices. Nevertheless, many-particle effects due to high concentrations of biological material around electrodes can cause a rapid decrease of trapping efficiency in dielectrophoretic devices. In this contribution we present a new approach based on a drift-diffusion dynamics to study ...

Some Clinical and Computational Studies On Haemodynamics In Stenosed Artery

A. Chanda, A.R. Choudhury, G. Ray, K. Dasgupta, and D. Nag
Jadavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Atherosclerosis in arteries is caused by the formation of stenosis : fatty depositions, on the artery wall. In current medicine, the practice is to observe the maximum percentage occlusion at any arbitrary cross-section and diagnose the patient on that basis, which might not always present the real picture due to non-uniformity of the stenosis thickness. The present work attempts to simulate the ...

A Study of Seismic Robot Actuation Using COMSOL Multiphysics

S.L. Firebaugh, E.A. Leckie, J.A. Piepmeier, and J.A. Burkhardt
United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, USA

Microrobotics has promising applications in microsurgery and microassembly. A challenge in these systems is interfacing with the robot. This project explores crawling robots that are powered and controlled through a global mechanical vibration field. By controlling the frequencies present in the vibration field, the user can then steer the robot. The “robot” has a rectangular body with ...

Modeling of Transport Phenomena during Hydrogen Uptake in an Alanate Storage System Equipped With Metallic Honeycomb Heat Exchanger

M. Bhouri[1], J. Goyette[1], B.J. Hardy[2], and D.L. Anton[2]
[1]Hydrogen Research Institute, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, QC, Canada
[2]Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SC, USA

In this paper, a metallic honeycomb structure is used as a heat exchanger in order to improve the hydrogen refuelling time for an alanate storage system. Using COMSOL software, the heat exchanger structure and the hydride bed are modeled as a two separate media and the governing equations describing the physics phenomena occurring during the loading process, are solved. The simulation results ...

Multiphysics Modeling of Cellular Arrays Using Periodic Minimal Surfaces – A Drug and Gene Delivery Application

J.I. Rey, A.J. Llewellyn, R.J. Connolly, J.P. Jimenez, A.M. Hoff, and R.A. Gilbert
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

Minimal surfaces are found in nature from crystalline structures to biological nano and micro structures such as biomembranes, and osseous formations in sea urchin. An application to electrically mediated drug and gene delivery is presented. Periodic level surfaces which approximate minimal surfaces are used to generate a geometric representation of tissue. A method to create such structures ...

Modeling of Highly Stable Thermal Environment Using COMSOL

A. Alfauwaz, and K. Sun
Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

Precise physics experiments in space require highly stable thermal environments, especially if the experiments are targeted in earth orbits where eclipses will cast large temperature variation. We have been designing and modeling a thermal system with sub micro-kelvin stability using COMSOL. Our design is comprised of multiple alternative layers of conductive materials and vacuum isolations, ...

Advanced simulation in medicine and biology: Opportunities for multiphysics modeling

S. Conrad
Louisiana State University, Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, USA

Steven Conrad received his MD degree from Louisiana State University in 1978, and his PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1985. His clinical practice includes intensive care and emergency medicine, and his research interests include computational dynamics and bioinformatics. He has worked with dynamic models of gas transport in artificial lungs, and more ...

Formation Of Porosities During Spot Laser Welding : Case Of Tantalum Joining

C. Touvrey
CEA Valduc, France

During the welding of tantalum with a ND: YAG pulsed laser, a deep and narrow cavity, called the keyhole, is formed. At the end of the process, surface tension forces provoke the collapse of the keyhole. For important interface deformations, gas bubbles can be trapped into the melting pool. If the solidification time is insufficient, these bubbles give birth to residual porosities. The aim of the ...

Two-Dimensional FEM Analysis Of Brillouin Gain Spectra In Acoustic Guiding And Acoustic Antiguiding Single Mode Optical Fibers

Y.S. Mamdem[4], X. Pheron[2], F.Taillade[3], Y. Jaouën[4], R. Gabet[4], V. Lanticq[1,3], G. Moreau[1], A. Boukenter[5], Y. Ouerdane[5], S. Lesoille[3], and J. Bertrand[2]
[1]EDF R&D, Chatou, France
[2]ANDRA, Chatenay-Malabry, France
[3]LCPC, Paris, France
[4]Telecom ParisTech, Paris, France
[5]Laboratoire Hubert Curien, Saint-Etienne, France

We present a full modal -analysis of optical and acoustic properties based on two-dimensional finite-element method (2D-FEM) for Brillouin Gain spectrum (BGS) determination in optical fibers with COMSOL. This model enables us to predict precisely the BGS of any kind of silica fiber knowing well the geometry of doping composition. The results of numerical modeling have shown good agreement in ...

Homogeneous and Inhomogeneous Model for Flow and Heat Transfer in Porous Materials as High Temperature Solar Air Receivers

O. Smirnova, T. Fend, P. Schwaryboezl, and D. Schoellgen
German Aerospace Center, Institute of Technical Thermodynamics, Koeln, Germany

Results of simulations on flow and heat transfer in a porous Silicon Carbide honeycomb structure applied as a solar air receiver are presented. In this application porous materials are put in concentrated solar radiation. Flux densities of up to 1000 MW/m² are reached. Simultanously, ambient air flows through the material to be heated up to temperatures of app. 800°C. This hot air is then used ...

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