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.

Electro-Mechanical Modeling of Excitable Soft Tissues

Luciano Teresi
Assistant Professor
School of Engineering
Università "Roma Tre"
Rome, Italy

Cardiac muscle exists in two forms: the contractile myocardium and specialized conducting cells that spread the wave of depolarization throughout the chambers of the heart. Action potentials are initiated in the sinoatrial (SA) node, which serve as the “pacemaker” of the heart. In this presentation, this is investigated thoroughly with different examples and simulated results of ...

Numerical Simulation versus Experiments and Analytical Computation for Design Optimization

Mario Jungwirth
Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences
Wels, Austria

This presentation deals with how COMSOL Multiphysics can be used in education. The presentation is performed by demonstrating various multiphysics examples, their setup, modeling approach, and solution. ------------------------------------------- Keynote speaker's biography: Dr. Mario Jungwirth has been a professor at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences since 2003. In 2001, he ...

NASA's Life Support Developments

Jim Knox
Technical Manager
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Huntsville, AL

This presentation deals with the investigation of new methods for the adsorption of carbon dioxide and water vapor from manned spacecraft atmospheres. The presentation touches not only the modeling of such methods, but also the important applications. Apart from modeling results on water adsorption and determination of heat transfer coefficients, an historical overview of spacecraft atmosphere ...

Modelling AVO signals from laboratory acoustics and seismic (MASLAS)

R. Limacher, R. McHugh, and R. Westerman
Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Amplitude vs. Offset (AVO) technique infers the elastic properties of geological targets from pre-stack seismic data. AVO analysis significantly reduces the drilling risks for oil and gas exploration and development, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico. One strand of the current, EC-funded ADEMA Project is to evaluate AVO in coal-bearing strata. The target application areas are long-wall ...

Using COMSOL Multiphysics to Model Ground Heat Exchange

G. Jóhannesson
Div. of Building Technology, The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

In building physics it is a fact that a large part of the knowledge available from research is not applied in construction and design. The main reason for this is that the physics often include nonlinear field problems that are difficult to solve for the ordinary engineer. With a software that allows the combination of many different physics, the solvability of such problems increases.The ...

Wave Energy Converter through Piezoelectric Polymers

A. S. Zurkinden1, F. Campanile1, and L. Martinelli2
1Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland
2Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy

This note addresses the concept of wave energy conversion by means of a piezoelectric material. The ocean surface waves represent an important source of energy. A multiphysics simulation is used to focus on different aspects, namely the free surface wave, the fluid-structure interaction, the mechanical energy input to the piezoelectric material and the electric power output, using an equivalent ...

Heat Transfer Effects in a Water Calorimeter for Measuring the Absorbed Dose of Therapy-Level Radiation Beams

R. E. Tosh, and H. H. Chen-Mayer
National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, USA

Water calorimetry that directly measures the temperature rise (at the mK level) due to radiation heating is used as a primary standard for therapy-level gamma-radiation beams. The temperature rise is measured at a given point in space where the spatial distribution of the absorbed dose is non-uniform, and therefore is subject to heat conduction and convection distortions that must be corrected to ...

Modeling Materials through a Phase Transition: Using COMSOL Multiphysics and Applying Physics First Principles Techniques

R. W. Pryor
Pryor Knowledge Systems, Inc., Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

This paper presents a new phase transition model that is easily created and runs rapidly. It is designed so that the modeler can determine immediately the relative accuracy of the end result by use of the first principles of physics.Phase transitions are readily observable in many commonly utilized engineering materials. In fact, most modern devices and/or tools employ a phase transition in their ...

Simulation of Dielectric Barrier Discharge Lamp Coupled to the External Electrical Circuit

A. El-Deib[1], F. Dawson[1], S. Bhosle[2], D. Buso[2], and G. Zissis[2]
[1]University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
[2]LAPLACE-University of Toulouse, Toulouse, France

This work uses COMSOL to simulate the Dielectric Barrier Discharge (DBD) lamp coupled to the external electrical circuit. The coupled system is modeled to capture the effect of the electrical parasitic elements on the efficiency of the DBD which is more realistic as compared to previous trials which assumed that a perfect voltage source is applied to lamp terminals. The obtained results ...

Study of Compliance Mismatch within a Stented Artery

G. Coppola, and K. Liu
Lakehead University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Richmond, Hill, Ontario, Canada

The objective of this paper is to study the effects of compliance mismatch in a stented artery. COMSOL Multiphysics is used to tackle this challenging problem involving fluid-structure interaction. The particular effects studied in this paper are the radial displacement of the artery wall, pressure distribution along the studied segment, the factors affecting stress in the fluid and artery wall, ...

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