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.

Transient Analysis of the Buoyance Driven Flow in a Passive Solar System of Indoor Heating

G. Petrone, G. Cammarata, and L. Cammarata
Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, University of Catania, Italy

This study aims to numerically investigate on a passive solar system for indoor heating called as \"Trombe wall\". The transient buoyancy driven flow characterizing that system and the thermal distribution are solved by numerically integrating the governing equations in COMSOL Multiphysics environment. Simulations are carried-out for a time range corresponding to 12 days. The results are ...

Modelling Electric Fields in High Voltage Submersible Changeover Switch

K. Follesø
Bennex AS, Bergen, Norway

Controlling electric field distribution in high voltage components is critical to avoid excessive electric stress on the insulation and thus reducing the risk of insulation breakdown and damage to equipment. For subsea applications this is even more important due to the costs involved in accessing and replacing the damaged parts. This paper describes how COMSOL Multiphysics has been used for ...

Impact of Velocity and Interfacial Tension on the Performance of Horizontal Wells in Gas Condensate Reservoirs

P. Ghahri, M. Jamiolahmady, and M. Sohrabi
Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Drilling horizontal wells (HWs) has recently received renewed attentions with the increasing trend in exploitation of tight gas reservoirs. An accurate estimation of productivity of such systems using a numerical simulator is a challenging task, because its 3D simulation requires a fine grid exercise to capture the abrupt variation of fluid and flow parameters around the wellbore. This is ...

3D Model for the Dynamic Simulation of SOFC Cathodes

A. Häffelin, J. Joos, M. Ender, A. Weber, and E. Ivers-Tiffée
Institut für Werkstoffe der Elektrotechnik (IWE)
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Karlsruhe, Germany

A fuel cell is an electrochemical system, which converts chemical energy into electricity by a controlled reaction of hydrogen and oxygen. The performance of the electrode is likewise determined by its material and the microstructure. The simulations were performed directly on reconstructions of real electrodes, obtained from focused ion beam (FIB) tomography. A finite element method (FEM) ...

Is Experimentation More Intuitive?

R. Venkataraghavan
Unilever R&D
Bangalore, India

Venkataraghavan is the Discover Category Leader, Water, working at the interface of Science, Technology and Business, for developing solutions and products for water purification at Unilever R&D, Bangalore. He joined Unilever in 2002 and earlier worked in interfacial science, materials science and electrodynamics for the Laundry Category. Venkataraghavan also had a stint with Unilever Technology ...

Modal Characterization of the Plasmonic Slot Waveguide Using COMSOL Multiphysics

F. Frezza[1], P. Nocito[2], and E. Stoja[1]
[1]Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
[2]MISE, Communication Department, ISCOM, Rome, Italy

We investigate and compare the characteristics of the fundamental guided mode sustained by a subwavelength plasmonic slot waveguide for three types of metals: gold, silver and aluminium. This is done in terms of mode effective index, propagation length, confinement and, as the mode under study is quasi-TEM, we also develop a transmission line model that can be useful in the design of optical ...

The Effect of the Disintegration of Chemical Stratification on the Time-dependent Behavior of the Earth’s Mantle

A. Galsa, and M. Herein
Eötvös University
Budapest, Hungary

Based on recent results from seismology, geochemistry etc. the distinct chemical character of the D’’ layer (lowest part of the mantle around the Earth’s core) has appeared unequivocally. Numerical calculations have been carried out to investigate the effect of the disintegration, mixing and homogenization of the dense D’’ on the time-dependent behavior of mantle convection. A ...

Acoustic Emission Simulation for Online Impact Detection

C. Yang, M. A. Torres-Arredondo, and C.-P. Fritzen
Institute of Mechanics and Control Engineering
Mechatronics
University of Siegen
Siegen, Germany

Impact monitoring has been extensively studied by several researchers and it has been shown that damage extent can be correlated with the impact magnitude. In order to make the process cost-effective, simulation of the impact has been performed, to get the big training data set from modeling. The structural dynamic responses captured by PZT transducers due to impact events are recorded from ...

Comparison of 2D Conduction Models for Vertical Ground Coupled Heat Exchangers

A. Priarone[1], and S. Lazzari[2]
[1]DIPTEM-TEC, Università di Genova, Genova, Italia; Corresponding Author: a.priarone@unige.it
[2]DIENCA, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italia

The effect of the infinite length approximation on evaluating the temperature of the surface of Borehole Heat Exchangers is determined by means of COMSOL Multiphysics. In detail, two 2D models of a BHE are compared: in the first model, the domain is represented by a cross-section of the geometry, while in the second model, it is represented by an axial-section of the geometry and, thus, the BHE ...

Evanescent Waves at the Interface Between Ear Canal and Otoacoustic Emission Probe

M. Zebian[1,2], J. Hensel [2], and T. Fedtke[2]
[1]Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig, Germany
[2]International Graduate School of Metrology, Braunschweig, Germany

Otoacoustic emission (OAE) tests provide an objective examination of the cochlear function. However, the validity of OAE tests is affected negatively by calibration errors. This report sheds light on the evanescent waves arising at the interface between the OAE probe and the ear canal, and analyses the impact of minor eartip modifications on the acoustic length estimation of ear canals, using ...

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