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.

Homogenization Approaches for Laminated Magnetic Cores Using the Example of Transient 3D Transformer Modeling

H. Neubert[1], J. Ziske[1], T. Heimpold[1], R. Disselnkötter[2]
[1]Technische Universität Dresden, Institute of Electromechanical and Electronic Design, Germany
[2]ABB AG, Corporate Research Center Germany, Ladenburg, Germany

A specific issue in transformer modeling using the finite element method is the consideration of electric sheets or other laminated core materials which are used to reduce eddy currents. It would be impractical to explicitly model a large number of sheets as this would lead to a large number of elements and hence to unacceptable computational costs. Homogenization procedures overcome this ...

The Fast Model for Ionic Wind Simulation

A. Samusenko[1], Yu. Stishkov[1], P. Zhidkova[1]
[1]Saint Petersburg State University, Research and Educational Center “Electrophysics”, St Petersburg, Russia

Ionic wind is the gas flow induced by the corona discharge. Ions produced by corona are accelerated by electric field and transfer their momentum to neutral molecules. Using ionic wind one can convert electric energy to kinetic energy of air flow almost directly. The phenomenon of ionic wind finds applications in electrostatic precipitators and ionizers. It is difficult to solve the complete ...

Design Optimization of Printed Circuit Board Embedded Inductors through Genetic Algorithms with Verification by COMSOL Multiphysics®

M. Madsen[1], J. Mønster[1], A. Knott[1], M. Andersen[1]
[1]Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark

This paper describes the implementation of a complete design tool for design, analysis, optimization and production of PCB embedded inductors. The paper shows how LiveLink™ for MATLAB® and COMSOL Multiphysics® make it possible to combine the scripting and calculation power of MATLAB with the simulation power of COMSOL Multiphysics in order to get an extremely efficient tool for inductor ...

Calculation of Cable Parameters for Different Cable Shapes 

H. Lorenzen[1], J. Timmerberg[1], and S. Mylvaganam[2]
[1]Department of Electrical Engineering, UAS OOW, Wilhelmshaven, Germany
[2]Department Technology/Engineering, Telemark University College, Porsgrunn, Norway

Efforts involving simulation of  transmission line networks necessitate the accurate values of the parameters of the lines. In this paper, as an attempt in estimating such parameters, the parameters of high voltage asymmetric power lines are calculated. In the process of estimation, the three phase equivalent circuit model is used. The resistance and inductance of such lines are dependent on ...

Adaptive Numerical Simulation of Streamer Propagation in Atmospheric Air

S. Singh[1], Y. Sedyuk[1], R. Summer[2]
[1]Chalmers University of Technology, High Voltage Engineering, Gothenburg, Sweden
[2]Schneider Electric, Regensburg, Germany

Simulations of streamer discharge was performed by utilizing a space adaptive numerical scheme based on logarithmic representation of mass conservation equations, which governs the transport of charge carriers. Implementation of a model, which describes the propagation of a streamer in air at atmospheric pressure is discussed. Results of numerical simulations of a nanosecond discharge are ...

3D Power Inductor: Calculation of Iron Core Losses

L. Havez[1], E. Sarraute[1]
[1]LAPLACE, Toulouse, France

The work proposed in this paper deals with the consideration of 3D geometric effects to evaluate the iron losses in magnetic devices used in power electronics. To carry out this work, we rely upon two existing models of iron losses per unit volume calculation ("Steinmetz") currently used in power electronics. We coupled these two models with a finite element magnetic field calculation software, ...

Sensitivity Optimization of Microfluidic Capacitance Sensors

S. Satti[1], M. Baghini[1]
[1]Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

As a part of a lab-on-chip-device, more often it is required to measure dielectric constant of the fluid. For this purpose it is necessary to develop a sensor whose size is compatible with microfluidic channel. The work, presented in this paper, studies effect of the parameters influencing sensitivity of such a sensor and ultimately optimizes these dimensions to maximize the sensitivity. We ...

Analyzing an Unexpected Neutral Current in a Star-Star Transformer Under Steady State Condition

Aurabind Pal[1], Roma Dash[2], Anubhav Rath[3]
[1]Engineers India Limited, New Delhi; Summer Intern, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay,
Maharashtra, India
[2]IOCL,New Delhi; Intern, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Maharashtra, India
[3]3ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Finite element modeling of three phase three limbed transformer requires solving of field and circuit variables simultaneously. The accurate modeling thus obtained could predict asymmetry in magnetizing current of three phases due to asymmetry in core of three limbed transformer. This work includes circuit field coupling using COMSOL Multiphysics’ ACDC module. By proper modeling in SPICE it ...

Multiphysics Simulation of Thermoelectric Systems - Modeling of Peltier-Cooling and Thermoelectric Generation

M. Jaegle
Fraunhofer-Institute for Physical Measurement-Techniques (IPM), Freiburg, Germany

Electro-thermal interaction is commonly considered only as a matter of joule heating. In addition, the Seebeck-, Peltier- and Thompson-Effects are significant in materials with high thermoelectric figure of merit Z. These thermoelectric materials have a high Seebeck-coefficient α, a good electric conductivity σ, and a poor thermal conductivity λ. They have widespread areas of ...

Characterization of a 3D Photonic Crystal Structure Using Port and S-Parameter Analysis

M. Dong[1], M. Tomes[1], M. Eichenfield[2], M. Jarrahi[1], T. Carmon[1]
[1]University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
[2]Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, USA

We present a 3D port sweep method in a lossy silicon photonic crystal resonator to demonstrate the capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics® for frequency domain analysis with input and output ports. This method benefits from the advantages of the S-parameter analysis to characterize the input and output coupling into the resonator. By pumping one end of the cavity with a CW plane wave, we are able ...

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