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.

Numerical Study of a High Temperature Latent Heat Storage (200-300oC) Using Eutectic Nitrate Salt of Sodium Nitrate and Potassium Nitrate

C.W. Foong, J.E. Hustad, J. Løvseth, and O.J. Nydal
Department of Energy and Process Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

In this study, a small scale direct solar thermal energy storage system with secondary reflector is designed and developed. The main advantage of thermal energy storage is that cooking can be carried out during the time when there is little or no sun shine. In addition, no heat transport fluid is needed in this system. A well insulated heat storage should keep the heat for about 24 hours. KNO3 ...

Using COMSOL Multiphysics in Eddy Current Non Destructive Testing Context

L. Santandrea, and Y. Le Bihan
Laboratoire de Génie Electrique de Paris, Gif-sur-Yvette, France

Eddy current testing (ECT) is widely used to check the integrity of electrically conducting parts and notably to detect flaws. It is based on the interaction between a probe and the part under testing. The finite element method (FEM) is well fitted to the modelling of these kinds of problems because of its large flexibility which allows to deal with complex probe and part configurations. In this ...

Prediction of Transformer Load Noise

M. Kavasoglu[1], R. Haettel[1], and C.H. Ploetner[2]
[1]ABB Corporate Research, Västerås, Sweden
[2]ABB Transformers, Varennes, Canada

Transformers, as any other industrial products, have to comply with various requirements on noise levels. Three main sources of noise can be identified in transformers: no-load noise or core noise generated by magnetostriction in the core steel laminations, load noise produced by electromagnetic forces in the windings and noise due to auxiliary equipment such as fans and pumps used in the cooling ...

Modelling Flow through Fractures in Porous Media

E. Holzbecher[1], W.L. Wah[1], and M-S. Litz[2]
[1]Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany
[2]Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

There are various alternative options concerning modeling fluid flow within fractures in porous media. We give a general overview, with remarks concerning the modeling using COMSOL Multiphysics. Moreover we define and study two test cases for intercomparison. Finally for one of the testcases some results of an extensive sensitivity study is presented.

Analysis Of Particle Trajectories For Magnetic Drug Targeting

A. Heidsieck, and B. Gleich
Zentralinstitut für Medizintechnik, TU München, München, Germany

The technique of magnetic drug targeting binds genetic material or drugs to superparamagnetic nanoparticles and accumulates them via an external magnetic field in a target region. However, it is still a challenge for this approach to succeed in areas with high flow rates, like the aorta or the heart ventricle. The magnetic field sources have to be accurately optimized and adapted to the local ...

Heat Output From Space Heating Radiator With Add-On-Fan Blowers

P-O. Johansson, and J. Wollerstrand
Lund University, Lund, Sweden

In a hydronic space heating system the heat output arises from natural convection and radiation from the radiators. In order to increase the heat output, without replacing the radiators with larger ones, or increasing the temperature level, the radiator can be equipped with add-onfan blowers. In the latter case, the heat output from the radiator will increase due to increased convection. This ...

An MHD Modeling of High-Temperature SiC Solution Growth

F. Mercier[1], D. Chaussende[1], J.M. Dedulle[1,2] and J. Lefebure[1]
[1]Laboratoire des Matériaux et du Génie Physique (LMGP), Grenoble INP - CNRS, France
[2]IRIS Technologies, Grenoble, France

Despite its real advantages compare to seeded sublimation growth, SiC solution growth has never given convincing results. The difficulty of stabilizing the growth front, and thus avoiding any polycrystal formation results from a poor description and understanding of the coupled phenomena that occur in the crucible. This paper addresses the coupled electromagnetism, heat transfer and fluid dynamic ...

Microwave Applicators With Conveyor Belt System

A. Methlouthi, O. Rouaud, and L. Boillereaux

Industrial microwave ovens are widely used in agri-food and chemical applications. Resonant cavities are used to speed up chemical reactions and have the advantage to be small sized and efficient in terms of microwave distribution. These multimode cavities are considered as batch ovens where a small amount of products is treated. Rotating plates are added in the cavities to ensure a homogeneous ...

Dual Phononic And Photonic Band Gaps In A Periodic Array Of Pillars Deposited On A Membrane

Y. Pennec, Y. El Hassouani, C. Li, B.D. Rouhani, E.H. El Boudouti, H. Larabi, and A. Akjouj
Institut d’Electronique, de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie, Université de Lille, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France

Phononic crystals are a class of materials that exhibit periodic variations in their density and elastic properties. Such crystals modify the propagation of acoustic waves and prohibit the propagation of sound for frequencies within the band gap. We discuss the simultaneous existence of phononic and photonic band gaps in a periodic array of silicon pillars deposited on a homogeneous SiO2 ...

Using COMSOL to Solve for Currents along a Thin-Wire Antenna Excited by a Lumped Source

A. Shoory, A. Smorgonskiy, and F. Vega
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) group, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland

In this paper, we will present simulation results obtained using COMSOL RF module for the current along a wire antenna in both frequency and time domains. The structure is excited through a lumped (voltage or current) source at its center. For the frequency domain simulations we compare the results with the Numerical Electromagnetics Code (NEC-4) and for the time domain results we compare them ...

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