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.

Ignition Process of Microplasmas

H. Porteanu, and R. Gesche
Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik, Berlin, Germany

Microplasmas at atmospheric pressure are required in many applications, where treatments in normal ambient, with spatial resolution, are important. The interest on such miniaturized sources has increased due to the availability of a new generation of microwave sources based on high power GaN transistors. The present work deals with a simulation of the plasma formation after the application of the ...

Thermomagnetic Siphoning on a Bundle of Current-Carrying Wires

J.C. Boulware, and S. Jensen
Space Dynamics Laboratory, North Logan, UT, USA

Using COMSOL Multiphysics, studies were performed showing that thermomagnetic siphoning (TMS) is a sufficient manner of regulating the temperature of a bundle of current-carrying wires wrapped with a magnetorheological fluid (MRF) jacket. Because of Curie’s Law, the cooler MRF on the outside of the jacket is drawn towards the wires due to the induced magnetic field. The process continually ...

Exploiting New Features of COMSOL Version 4 on Conjugate Heat Transfer Problems

J.D. Freels[1], I.T. Bodey[2], and R.V. Arimilli[2]
[1]Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA
[2]University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA

Recent new releases of COMSOL provide the user with a dramatic new interface from which to interact, and many new features “under the hood” for solving problems more efficiently and with even greater accuracy and consistency than before. This paper will explore several of these new version 4+ features for the conjugate heat transfer class of problems. Our environment is unique in that we ...

Magnetoacoustic Tomography and COMSOL Multiphysics

W. He
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Electrical Engineering, Beijing, China

Magnetoacoustic tomography with magnetic induction (MAT-MI) is a recently introduced method for imaging electrical impedance properties, which integrates classic electrical impedance tomography and ultrasonic technique. It could provide an explicitly reconstructed electrical impedance distribution with high spatial resolution and contrast, eliminating the shielding effects of insulating tissues. ...

Advanced Multiphysics Actuation Model of Ionic Polymer-Metal Composites

D. Pugal[1], K. Kim[1], and A. Aabloo[2]
[1]ME Department, University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV
[2]University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia

Modeling electromechanical actuation of ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) material is considered in this work. Ionic current in the polymer is described with the Poisson-Nernst-Planck system of equations. Calculated ionic concentration is related to the deformation of the material. To include the effect of the electrodes, the ionic current and the electric current in the electrode domains is ...

Kinetics of the Carbothermal Reduction of Ilmenite: Grain Pellet Model

S. Savithri[1], and M. S. Manju[1]
[1] National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Trivandrum, India.

  A novel mechanism for the carbothermal reduction of Ilmenite is proposed and validated with the help of a comprehensive mathematical model. A time-dependent isothermal pellet-grain model is used to simulate the kinetic behaviour of a spherical pellet of ilmenite (FeTiO   3) in CO/CO2 atmosphere. The proposed mechanism involves diffusion of CO gas through the  ores of the ...

Multi-Scale Modelling of Catalytic Microreactors

B. Hari[1] and C. Theodoropoulos[1]
[1]The University of Manchester, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Manchester, UK

Microreactors are important alternative to conventional reactors in chemistry, chemical, pharmaceutical and semiconductor industries due to their operation characteristics such as increased mass and heat transfer, uniform flow, safety, high throughput through array configurations, smaller plant size and lower cost of production. Models for such reactors need to be able to describe both the ...

Thermal Exchange Modelling on Hydrogen Plasma Reactor Walls

A. Michau, F. Silva, K. Hassouni, and A. Gicquel
Laboratoire d’Ingénierie des Matériaux et des Hautes Pressions, Villetaneuse

A reduced equivalent plasma model is proposed for thermal dissociation of molecular hydrogen, which allows a detailed description of atomic hydrogen recombination. This model, implemented with COMSOL Multiphysics, also accounts for surface temperature and thermal exchange on cavity walls. A self-consistent model previously developed in our laboratory has enabled us to determine that, at ...

Numerical Simulation versus Experiments and Analytical Computation for Design Optimization

Mario Jungwirth
Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences
Wels, Austria

This presentation deals with how COMSOL Multiphysics can be used in education. The presentation is performed by demonstrating various multiphysics examples, their setup, modeling approach, and solution. ------------------------------------------- Keynote speaker's biography: Dr. Mario Jungwirth has been a professor at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences since 2003. In 2001, he ...

Experiments and Simulations for Optical Controlled Thermal Management on the Nanometer Length Scale

F. Garwe1, U. Bauerschäfer2, A. Csaki1, A. Steinbrück1, A. Weise3, W. Paa1, and W. Fritzsche1
1Institute of Photonic Technology Jena, Jena, Germany
2GmBU, Halle, Germany
3Institute of Human Genetics and Anthropology, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany

We show experimentally that the energy of femtosecond laserlight pulses with specific wavelength can be very efficiently absorbed by 30 nanometer gold nanospheres without ablation or destruction.In this way, nanospheres are usable as heat conversion tools on the nanometer length scale. The reason is that excited plasmon-polariton resonances are damped by electron-electron, electron-phonon, ...

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