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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 ...

RFID-Enabled Temperature Sensor

I.M. Abdel-Motaleb[1], K. Allen [1]
[1]Department of Electrical Engineering, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA

The design of a RFID-enabled temperature sensor is described in this paper. In this sensor, a change in temperature causes structural beams to bend, which results in a proportional displacement of the plates of the capacitor. Plates\' displacement results, in turn, in changing the value of its capacitance. The capacitor of the sensor is coupled to the LC resonant network of a passive RFID tag. ...

Optimization of Insulator-Based Dielectrophoretic Devices

M. A. Saucedo-Espinosa [1], M. Rauch [1], B. H. Lapizco-Encinas [2],
[1] Department of Microsystems Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA
[2] Department of Biomedical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA

Insulator-based dielectrophoresis (iDEP) employs arrays of electrically insulator posts in a microfluidic device to create dielectrophoretic forces that affect particle movement (Figure 1). The trapping performance of iDEP devices involves a careful balance between electrokinetics (EK) and dielectrophoresis (DEP), where EK is the superposition of electroosmosis (EO) and electrophoresis (EP). The ...

Model of Microwave-Assisted Thermal Adhesion of Synthetic Leather to a Plastic Substrate

S. Soldatov [1], J. Meiser [2], B. Lepers [1], G. Link [1], J. Jelonnek [3],
[1] Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, IHM), Karlsruhe, Germany
[2] Carl Meiser GmbH & Co. KG, Albstadt, Germany
[3] Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, IHM, IHE), Karlsruhe, Germany

The lamination of substrates with thin coatings is commonly used in furniture, automotive and avionic industries. In the lamination process the hot melt adhesives are widely used and typically activated at temperatures from 80°C to 140°C by resistive heating. This requires a heat transfer through the coating and/or the substrate. To make the process more flexible, to decrease its energy ...

Study of Electromagnetic Shielding, a Comparison between Experiment and FEM Simulation

G. Sun [1], C. De Blasiis [1], O. Sekula [1], P. Corsaro [1],
[1] Brugg Kabel AG, Brugg, Switzerland

The loaded underground high voltage cable generates magnetic field with industrial frequency. Depending on the current rating and cable allocation, the magnetic exposure to public area may exceed the requested limit from customer. Extra shielding should then be applied. A primary FEM study shows that aluminum plate has a good shielding effect; the installation condition of the plate can however ...

Validation of COMSOL Multiphysics® for Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) Flows in Fusion Applications

Y. Yan [1], S. Smolentsev [1], M. Abdou [1]
[1] Fusion Science and Technology Center, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Several commercial CFD companies have recently extended their codes to magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) flows. However, there are many computational challenges associated with MHD flows under the harsh fusion environmental conditions that require such codes to be carefully examined in a special range of flow parameters and geometries. Among the commercially available CFD tools, COMSOL Multiphysics, a ...

Analysis of Electromagnetic Behavior of Permanent Magnetized Electrical Machines in Fault Modes

M. U. Hassan [1], R. Nilssen [1], A. Røkke [2],
[1] Department of Electrical Power Engineering, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
[2] Rolls Royce Marine AS, Trondheim, Norway

The use of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machines (PMSM) as shaft generators is not new in marine vessels propulsion drive trains. Due to risk of fires in stator windings by internal faults, DNV GL requires the shaft generator to be electrically dead without losing propulsion. This requires a need of a novel design for on shaft generator with the capability of flux weakening. In this paper, a ...

Field-Circuit Coupling Applied to Inductive Fault Current Limiters

D. Lahaye[1], D. Cvoric[2], S. de Haan[2], and J. Ferreira[2]
[1]Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics, Department of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, TU Delft, The Netherlands
[2]Electrical Power Processing Unit Department of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, TU Delft, The Netherlands

Fault Current Limiters (FCLs) are expected to play an important role in the protection of future power systems due to the rising levels of the short-circuit currents. The inductive FCLs, comprising magnetic cores and one or more dc and ac windings, are particularly interesting because they inherently react on the fault. The so-called open-core FCL configuration employs only one magnetic core for ...

Study on the Holding Characterestics of a Magnetic Gripper

R. Wadhwa[1], G. Monkman[2], and T. Lien[1]
[1]NTNU Valgrinda, Inst. for produksjons- og kvalitetstek., Trondheim, Norway
[2]FH Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany

Magnetic grippers are commonly used for workholding in handling and assembly of ferrous metalcasted parts. The workholding force produced by the magnetic gripper is strongly influenced by the texture and form of the workpiece in contact with its surface. This work explores the optimal design of an electromagnet to handle parts of varying profile radii by increasing the magnetic field ...

Modeling, Simulation, and Control of Dual Electromagnet Active Magnetic Levitation

A.K. Pi?at[1]
[1]AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland

Introduction: The dual electromagnet configuration of Active Magnetic Levitation system (AML) where the electromagnets are locate opposite to each other, constitutes and single axis of the Active Magnetic Bearing. The same configuration can be used to test the single electromagnet AML controller. A single electromagnet AML was modeled and simulated with COMSOL Multiphysics. The modeling and ...