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.

Optimization of a Thermal Actuator for Low Power/Low Cost Applications

R. Zúñiga-Quesada[1], M. Vílchez-Monge[1], P. Vega-Castillo[1]
[1]Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Cartago, Costa Rica

This work describes the study of a thermal actuator and modifications to the materials employed in order to decrease power consumption and implementation costs. For this study, we worked on improving the thermal actuator described in the work of T. Ebefors. The criteria for choosing the new materials were lower power consumption, commercial availability, and ease processing. The thermal actuator ...

Fast Computation of Capacitance Matrix and Potential Distribution for Multiconductor in Non-Homogenous Multilayered Dielectric Media

S.M. Musa[1], and M.N.O. Sadiku[1]

[1]Prairie View A&M University Networking Academy, Prairie View, Texas, USA

This paper presents the fast computational and modeling of multiconductor transmission lines interconnect in non-homogenous multilayered dielectric media using the finite element method (FEM). We illustrate the potential distribution of the multiconductor transmission lines for the models and their solution time. We compared some of our results of computing the capacitance matrix with method of ...

Modeling and Simulation in Bio-Electronics

M. Longaretti, G. Marino, and R. Sacco
Politecnico di Milano

In this communication, we deal with the numerical simulation of Voltage Operated ionic Channels (VOC) in Bio-Electronics. Suitable functional iteration techniques for problem decoupling and finite element methods for discretization are proposed and discussed. Model and computational procedures are validated in the simulation of a real-life VOC under several working conditions.

Virtual Prototyping

Björn Engquist
Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm and University of Texas
Austin, USA

Virtual prototyping is used for understanding, verifying, planning, controliing, and optimizing a technical application. It the industrial component computational science and engineering and can be called "the third pillar of modern science". The future of virtual prototyping will be multiscale and multiphysics models and simulations. --------------------------------- Keynote speaker's ...

Numerical Optimisation of Design Parameters in a Silicon-Based Microchannel Heat Sink

Shahrir b. Abdullah
Associate Professor
Faculty of Engineering
National University of Malaysia

In this presentation, a silicon-based microchannel heat sink with single and counter flows is modeled. The fluid flow and heat transfer inside the microchannels are simulated and analyzed, and optimisation of the design parameters is performed. Keynote speaker's biography:Shahrir Abdullah is a technical expert on COMSOL Multiphysics. He has conducted seminars, workshops & lecturers on ...

Optimum Design of Dual-modality Sensing Electrode Array

W. Huaxiang, W. Jing, H. Li, and J. Weiwei
School of Electrical Engineering & Automation, Tianjin University, Tianjin, Taiwan

Sensing electrodes array model of 3-Dimensional ERT/ ECT dual modality is established by using the software COMSOL. According to the uniformity of sensitivity field distribution, the correlation coefficient and the reconstructed image space resolution, the ECT/ERT dual modality sensing electrode arrays are optimized. Experimental results show that the optimized sensing electrode array of the ...

Computation of Space-Time Patterns via ALE Methods

V. Thümmler1, and A. Weddemann2
1Department of Mathematics, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany
2Department of Physics, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

Partial differential equations which exhibit solutions that are spatial temporal patterns are often found in biological and chemical systems, e.g. when describing pattern formation in reaction-diffusion systems.Special classes of such patterns are relative equilibria and relative periodic orbits, which are solutions that in an appropriately co-moving frame of reference are stationary and ...

Exploitation of Laminar Flow for Cell-Based Assays

M. F. Santillo1, and A. G. Ewing1,2
1Department of Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA
2Department of Chemistry, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden

A microfluidic device for performing multiplexed cell bioassays has been successfully developed. The device takes advantage of laminar flow and hydrodynamic focusing in order to selectively load cells into various culture chambers and address cells with pharmacological agents. Both computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations and fluorescence microscopy illustrate how fluid flow can be ...

Optimization of an Electromagnetic Actuator with COMSOL Multiphysics

T. Müller[1], A. Schwenger[2], and H. Haase[1]
[1]Institut für Grundlagen der Elektrotechnik und Messtechnik, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
[2]Volkswagen AG, Germany

This paper describes the automatic optimization of an electromagnetic actuator using a genetic algorithm.  The actuator modeled here is dedicated for charge changing valve actuation in internal combustion engines. In the first step of the simulation, several operating points are calculated using the script language of COMSOL Multiphysics. In order to reduce computation time, only one segment of ...

Clean Energy Technologies: Growing Need for Multiphysics Modeling

Iouri Balachov
Senior Scientist,
SRI International, Menlo Park, CA, USA

Iouri Balachov is a Senior Scientist at SRI International (Menlo Park, CA) where he is leading development of Direct Carbon Fuel Cell technology for clean and efficient power generation from coal, biomass, and a wide variety of carbon containing fuels. Prior to SRI he was an engineer at Westinghouse nuclear (Pittsburgh, PA), researcher at Penn State University (State College, PA), and researcher ...

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