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.

Modeling Ferrofluid Flow in an Annular Gap Moving with Reciprocating Shaft

Y. He[1], R. Nilssen[1]
[1]Department of Electric Power Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Ferrofluids have been successfully used in the seals for rotary shafts, but few studies focus on the reciprocating motion seals. Since the completely different operational regimes, previous experiences on the rotary motions could not be directly applied on the cases for reciprocating shafts. In this study, we present a simplified model to describe the process that a shaft linearly moving in a ...

Optimization of a Rotor Shape for Spherical Actuator with Magnetically Levitating Rotor to Match Octupole Field Distribution

M. Sidz[1], R. Wawrzaszek[1], L. Rossini[2], A. Boletis[3], S. Mingard[3], K. Seweryn[1], E. Onillon[2], M. Strumik[1]
[1]Space Research Centre of PAS, Warsaw, Poland
[2]CSEM Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique SA, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
[3]Maxon Motor AG, Sachseln, Switzerland

The use of a reaction sphere as an actuator used by satellite Attitude Control System was proposed over twenty years ago. In principle this concept assumes the use of a single reaction sphere which can be accelerated in any direction instead of a set of reaction wheels. The solution discussed in this work has been proposed and patented by CSEM company. Contrary to conventional ball bearing ...

The Effect of Space Charge due to the Auto-Ionization of Neutral, Hydrogenic States in Point-Contact Germanium Detectors at MilliKelvin Temperatures - new

D. Faiez[1], N. Mirabolfathi[1], B. Sadoulet[1], K. M. Sundqvist[2]
[1]Department of Physics, University of California - Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA
[2]Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA

A class of semiconducting detectors, operated at temperature T~50mK, has direct application to the search for dark matter particle, when are able to simultaneously measure both the ionization and phonons created by particle interactions. We explore the effect of space charge accumulation in a germanium p-type point contact detector which arises due to the auto-ionization of hydrogenic ...

A Modeling Study of Electrical Characteristics of Anisotropic Conductive Film Adhesives

R. Divigalpitiya
3M Canada Company, London, ON, Canada

Finite element analysis provides new insights into the electrical behavior of conducting adhesives. We show that at a contact between a spherical conducting particle and a flat conducting substrate the current distribution is non-uniform: the current is concentrated at the periphery of the contact. In practice, the current concentration has important implications. We further shed light on what ...

Finite Element Analysis of Multiconductor Interconnects in Multilayered Dielectric Media

S. Musa and M. Sadiku
College of Engineering, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX, USA

Due to the complexity of electromagnetic modeling, researchers and scientists always look for development of accurate and fast methods to extract the parameters of electronic interconnects and package structures. In this paper, we illustrate modeling of multiconductor interconnects in multilayered dielectric media using COMSOL Multiphysics and the finite element method. We specifically determine ...

Determination of Electric Potential Distribution and Cell Resistance of a Uranium Electrorefining Cell

S.P. Ruhela, S. Agarwal, B. Muralidharan, B.K. Sharma, B.P. Reddy, G. Ravisankar, K. Nagarajan, C.A. Babu, and P. Kalyanasundaram
Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102, Tamil Nadu, India

Electrorefining is an electrolytic process for obtaining high purity metal. In this process the impure metal is made anode and the high purity metal is deposited on cathode. Electrorefining is a key step in pyrochemical reprocessing of spent fuel from metal fuel fast reactors. Development of an electrorefining cell, in which processing of 10 kg of simulated spent fuel will be demonstrated, is ...

Verification and Time Performance Analysis of COMSOL v3.5a for Solving the Electromagnetic Problem in a Superconductor Slab

J. Lloberas[1], J. López[1], E. Bartolomé[2], and X. Granados[3]
[1]Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
[2]Escola Universitària Salesiana de Sarrià, Barcelona, Spain
[3]Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Numerical analysis based on finite element method (FEM) represents a powerful approach to solve electromagnetic problems. For instance, FEM methods have been broadly used to calculate the critical state current distribution in high temperature superconductors of various geometries. In the near future, we intend to develop a tool in COMSOL v3.5a for the analysis of power applications, such as ...

Modell zur numerischen Simulation der thermischen Stabilität von Metalloxid Ableitern

Zeller, P.1, Rabl, M.2
1 FH-Wels, Studiengangsleiter Automatisierungstechnik
2 FH-Wels, Studiengangsleiter Innovations- und Produktmanagement

Moderne Überspannungsableiter bestehen aus einer halbleitenden Zinkoxidkeramik, die auf-grund ihrer nichtlinearen elektrischen Charakteristik ein spannungsbegrenzendes Verhalten zeigt. Aufgrund des negativen Temperaturkoeffizienten des Sperrstromes, kann es zu einem „thermischen Davonlaufen“ nach einem zu hohen Energieeintrag bei einem Ableitvorgang kommen. Die Belastbarkeitsgrenze muss ...

Development of an On-Line Wall-Fouling Sensor for Pipeline Transportation of Heavy Oil-Water Mixtures

S. Rushd[1], and R.S. Sanders[1]
[1]Chemical & Materials Engineering Department, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

A beneficial method for transporting highly viscous hydrocarbons (e.g. heavy oil and bitumen) through a pipeline is known as Lubricated Pipe Flow (LPF). A major challenge for this technology is flow instability caused by the formation of a wall-coating of oil or the thinning and/or loss of the lubricating water layer in the pipe. This issue can be addressed by using capacitance sensors to measure ...

FEM-Investigations Of Superconductor/Ferromagnet Heterostructures: A Compliance Test Between Various Models

P. Krüger[1], F. Grilli[1], Y. Genenko[2], and R. Brambilla[2]
[1]Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
[2]Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, ERSE Spa, Milan, Italy

In recent years, a number of numerical and finite-element-methods in particular - some implemented in COMSOL - have been developed to investigate various properties of superconducting materials. Following converse conclusions by different models regarding similar physical phenomena, the consistency of these models has been of increased interest. In this publication the accordance of an ...

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