App: Design a Geothermal Heat Pump’s Heat Recovery System

Abbie Weingaertner | March 14, 2016

Geothermal heat pumps offer an environmentally friendly option for heating modern, well-insulated homes. Oftentimes, many configurations are explored before deciding on the most effective ground heat recovery system. Simulation tools like COMSOL Multiphysics can be used to analyze different iterations to ensure an optimal final design. With the introduction of easy-to-use simulation apps, such modifications no longer require the skills of a simulation expert. Instead, colleagues can investigate design changes, run their own simulations, and evaluate results.

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Cesare Tozzo | March 10, 2016

Characterizing magnetic behavior is crucial when designing magnetic devices involving ferromagnetic materials. Different materials (or the same material after certain processes) can react differently to the same stimulus and improper characterization can cause device failure. COMSOL Multiphysics® software version 5.2 expands the current support for describing magnetic materials and defines access to material models through external routines. Here, we demonstrate how this new functionality works in a case featuring hysteresis and review the current opportunities for modeling ferromagnetic materials.

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Amlan Barua | March 9, 2016

Pressure vessels are designed to confine liquids or gases. These containers are used in nuclear plants, throughout the chemical and petroleum industries, and even as water heaters in homes. In principle, the vessels’ internal pressure is much higher (or sometimes lower) than the ambient pressure, so the vessels must be carefully designed, as failure can result in severe damage. Today, we’ll show you how to use the Application Builder in COMSOL Multiphysics to create an efficient and accurate design workflow.

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Walter Frei | March 8, 2016

Have you ever had a set of nonuniformly distributed points in a Cartesian plane that sample a surface height, such as points on the contours of a map or data points representing some material property data? If so, you probably also wanted to reconstruct, or interpolate, a continuous and smooth surface between these points. You can construct such a surface using the core capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics by using Radial Basis Functions. Let’s find out how…

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Bridget Cunningham | March 7, 2016

Mildred Dresselhaus has been an influential figure in science and engineering for many years. She is recognized as a driving force behind innovative research in the field of carbon science, among other areas, and an influential supporter of female leadership and development in physics and other traditionally male-dominated fields. Today, we celebrate “the queen of carbon science”, highlighting her many achievements in both science and education as well as her encouragement for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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Walter Frei | March 3, 2016

One of the most common uses of the AC/DC Module is for modeling electromagnetic coils and the interactions with their surroundings. Today, we will look into one of the key concepts to keep in mind when modeling coils: closing the current loop. If your work involves modeling coils, you will need a complete understanding of this topic.

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Walter Frei | March 2, 2016

Have you ever wanted to rapidly set up a COMSOL Multiphysics model with hundreds of different parts? If so, you might not want to use a graphical user interface where you manually enter dimensions and properties for each part. Generating a text file that contains all of this information offers a much faster route. Today, we will look at how you can use the Application Builder to quickly convert a text input file into a COMSOL model.

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Bridget Cunningham | March 1, 2016

When diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), a form of permanent kidney failure, patients must undergo dialysis to replace the blood cleaning function of kidneys. Dialysis requires vascular access, a process where blood is removed, purified, and returned to the patient’s vasculature. Current methods for providing access, however, suffer from high failure rates. Combining CFD simulations with shape optimization techniques provides a way to better understand and predict such failure.

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Mehrzad Tabatabaian | February 29, 2016

Continuing his discussion of simulation apps, guest blogger Mehrzad Tabatabaian presents an app that he designed to study transient heat transfer in a nonprismatic fin. In earlier blog post, I spoke about my new book, COMSOL5 for Engineers, a resource designed to inspire and guide the creation of COMSOL models and simulation apps. Today, I’ll share a model with you that I created to analyze transient heat transfer in a fin as well as its corresponding app.

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Walter Frei | February 25, 2016

If you’ve ever worked with the Terminal boundary condition in COMSOL Multiphysics, you know that this electrical boundary condition can apply a current or voltage, among other options. But did you know that you can also dynamically switch between excitation types during a transient simulation? This is useful if you are trying to model a current- or voltage-limited power supply, for example. Today, we will look at how to implement such a switching behavior.

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Linus Fagerberg | February 24, 2016

Today, guest blogger Linus Fagerberg of Lightness by Design, a COMSOL Certified Consultant, shares how multiphysics simulation provides accuracy in automotive muffler design. The acoustic design of mufflers in the automotive industry has traditionally been performed by an iterative process where different alternatives are compared by experimental methods until a satisfactory design is found. Numerical simulation can drastically reduce a project’s time and expenses, while simultaneously increasing the performance of the muffler.

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