Heat Transfer

Fanny Littmarck | January 18, 2013

Unless you live under a rock, you’ll have heard lithium-ion batteries mentioned a lot lately. Last week in Boston, a lithium-ion battery caught fire in the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, forcing them to ground all Dreamliner planes until further notice. This type of battery makes it possible to pack lots of power into a small package. What can be done to make it operate safely?

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Fanny Littmarck | January 10, 2013

Nanorods are synthetic nanoscale objects used in the area of nanotechnology. They can be synthesized from semiconducting materials or metals, such as gold. The applications of nanorods are many, ranging from display technologies and energy harvesting to cancer therapy.

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Fanny Littmarck | January 2, 2013

Transistors are building blocks of electronic appliances, and can be found in radios, computers, and calculators, to name a few. When working with electrical systems you typically have to deal with heat transfer; electric heating is often an unwanted result of current conduction. Is a heat sink mounting necessary to keep the transistor cool, or can it manage without? Let’s have a look at power transistors from a heat transfer perspective.

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Fanny Littmarck | December 25, 2012

This holiday season most of us will have burned our fair share of candles. The flickering light of candles can really enhance the ambiance and put you in festive spirits. This reminds me of an analysis of a burning candle developed by AltaSim Technologies back in 2010. So, in tune with the holiday cheer, here are some candle physics.

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Valerio Marra | December 21, 2012

The winter here in Boston has been very mild so far. A few days I would even have liked to have the air conditioning back on. I checked in with one my colleagues to check if he was having an equally hard time staying cool, and to my surprise, he was not. Why? He had constructed a make-shift air conditioner (A/C).

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Andrew Griesmer | December 10, 2012

The latest version of COMSOL Multiphysics features a brand new way to use COMSOL. With LiveLink™ for Excel® you can modify and run COMSOL models in Microsoft Excel® 2007 or 2010. This combines the familiarity of Excel® with the physics simulation capabilities of COMSOL. Thus, making it easy for users of Excel to run multiphysics simulation without operating COMSOL themselves. A new LiveLink™ for Excel® video tutorial demonstrates the powerful combination. In the video, the main features to help you […]

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Fanny Littmarck | October 26, 2012

Out of all metals, the most frequently extruded is aluminum. Aluminum extrusion entails using a hydraulic ram to squeeze an aluminum bar through a die. This process will form the metal into a particular shape. Extruded aluminum is used in many manufacturing applications, such as building components for example. The process of shaping metal alloys, like aluminum, can be modeled using COMSOL Multiphysics.

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Fanny Littmarck | September 10, 2012

Who loves coffee? That’s what I thought; most of you. I for one cannot go a day without fueling up on coffee. Now that fall is on its way, the cooler weather will require better insulation of my coffee when I take it to-go, in the name of a travel mug (i.e., a thermos). This leads me to wonder: how long will coffee stay warm inside a thermos if I bring it outside?

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Fanny Littmarck | August 29, 2012

The end of August marks the end of summer here in New England. Already nostalgic and unwilling to let the season go, I decided to look into some “beach physics”. In May we released a new solar radiation feature in our Heat Transfer Module that will be helpful in many solar applications — including how to avoid overheating on the beach, apparently. Here’s how engineers can stay cool on the beach.

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Fanny Littmarck | August 21, 2012

When it gets dark, you flick on the lights. If you were to model this simple example, you would need to take all forms of heat transfer within consideration; convection, conduction, and radiation are all at play when a light bulb is flicked on.

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Cinzia Iacovelli | August 17, 2012

During a recent Heat Transfer Simulations webinar we demonstrated some good examples using “everyday life” type scenarios. Heat transfer occurs in many situations indeed: potatoes cooking in the microwave, hot coffee in a cup, and on the beach, with solar radiation. And most of us have at some point boiled water to make pasta for dinner. Heat transfer is at work then too.

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