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.

Dynamic Model for Catenary Mooring: Experimental Validation of the Wave Induced Load

L. Martinelli[1], A. Spiandorello[2], P. Ruol[3], and A. Lamberti[1]
[1]DICAM, Università di Bologna, Italy
[2]Civil Engineer, Italy
[3]IMAGE, Università di Padova, Italy

This paper will present a numerical model based on COMSOL Multiphysics suited to simulate the dynamic response of a catenary mooring (or a submarine cable). In general, mooring lines are subject to a direct wave load (e.g. drag, inertia) in addition to the movement of the vessel to which they are linked. Tests were carried out at the wave flume of the Maritime Laboratory of IMAGE Department, ...

3D FEM-analysis of a Micromachined Wind Sensor Based on a Self-heated Thermistor Array

A. Talic[1], S. Cerimovic[2], M. Mutapcic[2], R. Beigelbeck[1], and F. Keplinger[2]
[1]Institute for Integrated Sensor Systems, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Wiener Neustadt, Austria
[2]Institute of Sensor and Actuator Systems, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria

We present COMSOL-based analyses and design optimizations of a micromachined wind sensor. The sensor relies on eight germanium thermistors embedded in a thin silicon nitride membrane, where two orthogonally arranged ensembles, each consisting of four thermistors, are connected to form a double Wheatstone-bridge. In operation, each bridge is supplied by a constant current and the self-heating of ...

Modeling of Chemo-Mechanical Coupled Behavior of Cement Based Material

D. Hu[1], F. Zhang[2], H. Zhou[3], and J. Shao[1]
[1]LML, UMR8107, CNRS, University of Lille I, Lille, France
[2]School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan, China
[3]State Key Laboratory of Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China

A lixiviation-mechanical coupled model is developed for fiber reinforced concrete within this framework; both the influence of chemical degradation on short and long term mechanical behavior and the influence of mechanical loading on the diffusion coefficient can be considered. The elastic mechanical properties are written as function of chemical damage. A Drucker–Prager typed criterion with ...

Investigations on Hydrodynamic in Stirred Vessels for Educational Purposes

A. Egedy, T. Varga, and T. Chován
University of Pannonia
Department of Process Engineering
Veszprém, Hungary

With detailed hydrodynamic modelling of a system the critical parameters and operation limits can be determined. In the field of fluid dynamic and reactor engineering one of the most important aspects is the practical knowledge of future engineers and technicians. In our research several different reactor constructions and impeller configurations were modelled to achieve a better ...

Efficiency of Evacuated Tubular Solar Thermal Collector

J. Ma and X. Wei
Southeastern Louisiana University
Hammond, LA

Using COMSOL® 3.5a, models were created to simulate the heat transfer between the working fluid and the selective coating as well as the natural convection of the working fluid itself. In these models, a constant heat input on half of the selective coating facing the sun was considered as energy input from the sun, and the open end of the tube, where the working fluid can flow in and out of the ...

Finite Element Analysis of Integrated Circuit Interconnect Lines on Lossy Silicon Substrate

S. Musa[1], M. Sadiku[1], and A. Emam[2]

[1]Roy G. Perry College of Engineering, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX
[2]Information Systems Department, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The silicon substrate has a significant effect on the inductance parameter of a lossy interconnect line on an integrated circuit. It is essential to take this into account in determining the transmission line electrical parameters. In this paper, a new quasi-TEM capacitance and inductance analysis of multiconductor multilayer interconnects is successfully demonstrated using the finite element ...

Optimization of a High-Temperature High-Pressure Direct Wafer Bonding Process for III-V Semiconductors

R. Martin, J. Kozak, K. Anglin, and W. Goodhue
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Lowell, MA

Many optoelectronic devices utilize a heterojunction of a pair semiconducting materials including high-efficiency MEMS devices, solar cells, LEDs, and VCSELs. One fabrication technique which achieves such a device is direct wafer fusion. To optimize the process, COMSOL Multiphysics 4.0 was used to test various geometric configurations of the fixture. 2D and 3D models were created in order ...

Numerical Aspects of the Implementation of Artificial Boundary Conditions for Laminar Fluid-Structure Interactions

C. Boeckle[1], P. Wittwer[1]
[1]University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

We discuss the implementation of artificial boundary conditions for stationary Navier-Stokes flows past bodies in the half-plane, for a range of low Reynolds numbers. When truncating the half-plane to a finite domain for numerical purposes, artificial boundaries appear. We present an explicit Dirichlet condition for the velocity at these boundaries in terms of an asymptotic expansion for the ...

Coupled Electric-Thermal-Fluid Analysis of High Voltage Bushing

G. Eriksson[1]
[1]ABB, Corporate Research, Västerås, Sweden

Modern power transmission systems are in general designed to operate at high voltages in order to reduce resistive losses generated by high currents. This, however, tends to increase the risk for dielectric breakdown or flashovers if the equipment is not properly designed to withstand the stress. The present work illustrates how multiphysics simulations can be used to analyze and predict the ...

Multiphysics Modeling of a Metal Foam

B. Chinè [1][3], M. Monno[2]
[1]Laboratorio MUSP, Macchine Utensili e Sistemi di Produzione, Piacenza, Italy
[2]Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Meccanica, Milano, Italy
[3]Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica, Cartago, Costa Rica

Introduction: In metal foams production, nucleated gas bubbles expand in a heated metal in a mold, then the foam cool and solidify. Thereby energy, mass and momentum transfer mechanisms are present simultaneously in the system and must be taken into account. Metal foam (Figure 1) can be obtained by foaming a precursor, i.e. a mixing of aluminum (Al) powders with the blowing agent TiH2, placing it ...

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