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 Spectral Emission Phenomena in Beryllium Plasma Using COMSOL Multiphysics

C. Gavrila[1], C. P. Lungu[2], and I. Gruia[3]
[1]Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest, Romania
[2]National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Bucharest, Romania
[3]University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics, Bucharest, Romania

The purpose of this paper is to present a numerical modeling of plasma phenomena in beryllium emissions using COMSOL Multiphysics software. The Beryllium films were deposited on mirror polished fine grain graphite substrates using the Thermionic Vacuum Arc (TVA) technology available at NILPRP – Magurele, Romania. The developed system for thin film deposition using thermionic vacuum arc (TVA) ...

COMSOL Multiphysics Modelling for Measurement Device of Electrical Resistivity in Laboratory Test Cell

C. Rémi, M. Bergeron, and S. Moreau
Cemagref
Antony, France

Bioreactor landfill is based on a homogeneous distribution of the moisture content to increase waste biodegradation. Most of studies have shown that Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) can be a suitable method to study water content variation (2D and 3D). ERT is influenced by many physical parameters and no single relationship with volumetric water content was yet established for Municipal ...

Multiphysics Modeling of Nanoparticle Detection - Current Status and Collaboration Sought

D. Krizaj[1], I. Iskra[2], Z. Topcagic[1], and M. Remskar[2]
[1]University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Ljubljana, Slovenia
[2]Institut Jozef Stefan, Ljubljana, Slovenia

We are developing nanoparticle detector for airborn particles. The detection principle is based on condensation of nanoparticles forming micron sized water droplets and detection of the droplets by a capacitive type nanodetector. We have successfully performed some experimental evaluations of the detection principle and are in the stage of optimization of several parts of the system. As shown ...

Impulsive Thermomechanics of hypersonic surface phononic crystals

F. Banfi[1], D. Nardi[2], and M. Travagliati[3]
[1]Dipartimento Matematica e Fisica, Università Cattolica, Brescia, Italy
[2]JILA, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, United States
[3]Center for Nanotechnology Innovation @NEST, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Pisa, Italy

Ultrafast optical generation of pseudosurface acoustic waves is investigated in hypersonic surface phononic crystals. The thermomechanics is modeled from first-principles to follow the initial impulsive heat-driven displacement in the time domain. Spectral decomposition of the displacement over the surface phononic crystal eigenmodes outlines asymmetric resonances featuring the coupling between ...

Modelling Failure Mechanims in Sands Under Extreme Loads Using COMSOL

J. Mwebesa, D. Kalumba, and R. Kulabako
Makerere University
Kampala, Uganda

Studies by Nishaat (2009) showed that Terzaghi\'s bearing capacity model didn\'t adequately predict the bearing capacity failure in Philippi Dune sands. Nishaat carried out her investigation using a physical model that was built in a geotechnical laboratory. The failure surfaces she observed in the sands did not resemble those predicted by Terzaghi and Meyerhof\'s models. However the use of a ...

Numerical Analysis of the 3-omega-method

M. Feuchter, and M. Kamlah
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Applied Materials
Karlsruhe, Germany

Determining the thermal conductivity of condensed matter attracted much attention in past years. While several techniques exist to measure the thermal conductivity of solids or thin films, the 3-omega-method is one of the most well-established due to its high accuracy. First, COMSOL Multiphysics is used for numerical analysis to perform various parametric studies. To study the flow of heat, ...

Thermal Performance of the New Bioclimatic Hall of the Historical Hospital in Florence

C. Balocco, and E. Marmonti
Dipartimento di Energetica “Sergio Stecco”
Università degli Studi di Firenze
Firenze, Italy

The main aim of the present work is the study of the thermal and energy performances of the new hall of the Old St.Maria Nuova Hospital in the center of Florence (Italy). Transient simulations were carried out of the 3D model of the hall to analyse the air flow patterns, distribution and velocity, provided by an existing typical fan-coils air system. The present study highlights the importance ...

HIIPER Space Propulsion for Future Space Missions

G. H. Miley[1], M. P. Reilly[2], B. Ulmen[3], P. Keutelian[3], and J. Orcutt[3]
[1]NPL Associates, Inc., Urbana-Champaign, IL
[2]Starfire Industries, Champaign, IL
[3]University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

A coupled helicon/IEC plasma jet is in development for space propulsion applications. This device decouples the ionization and plasma acceleration process into separate stages. A realistic model is to consider a plasma media where the relative permittivity is negative or imaginary. Toward this end, COMSOL readily considers complex permittivity values, enabling a first attempt at modeling a ...

A High-Efficiency Micro-Channel Regenerative Heat Exchanger for Fluid Processing

O. Yildirim, and Z. Guo
Intellectual Ventures Laboratories
Bellevue, WA

Regenerative heat exchangers (RHX) find widespread applications in liquid food or pharmaceutical processing as well as in reaction engineering. Whereas \"large\" RHX systems have been in use for a long time, their smaller micro-channel counterparts are a more recent area of interest. Here, we describe the design and development of a novel micro-channel counter-current regenerative heat ...

Deriving Correction Factors for a Primary Standard for Radiation Dosimetry

R. Tosh, and H. Chen-Mayer
NIST
Gaithersburg, MD

Accurate metrology of radiotherapeutic absorbed dose to water requires assessing the radiation induced temperature change. The most direct method for doing this is water calorimetry, for which the established technique involves the use of slender thermistor probes that are sealed within a glass vessel containing high-purity water. The probes and vessel perturb the radiation field, via ...

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