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Thin-Film Resistance

In modeling of transport by diffusion or conduction in thin layers, we often encounter large differences in dimensions of the different domains in a model. If the modeled structure is a so-called sandwich structure, we can replace the thinnest geometrical layers with a thin layer approximation, provided that the difference in thickness is very large. This method can be used in many ...

Axisymmetric Transient Heat Transfer

This is a benchmark model for an axisymmetric transient thermal analysis. The temperature on the boundaries changes from 0 degrees C to 1000 degrees C at the start of the simulation. The temperature at 190 s from the anlysis is compared with a NAFEMS benchmark solution.

Joule Heating of a Microactuator

This tutorial model of a two-hot-arm thermal actuator couples three different physics phenomena: electric current conduction, heat conduction with heat generation, and structural stresses and strains due to thermal expansion. In this model version, the geometry is parameterized so that the effect of varying the actuator's dimensions can be analyzed.

Loaded Spring - Using Global Equations to Satisfy Constraints

Global equations are a way of adding an additional equation to a model. A global equation can be used to describe a load, constraint, material property, or anything else in the model that has a uniquely definable solution. In this example, a structural mechanics model of a spring is augmented by a global equation which solves for the load to achieve a desired spring displacement.

Rock Fracture Flow

A potential flow model of fluid flow in a rock fracture uses the so-called Reynolds equation. It shows how to use experimental data interpolated to a function used in the equation.

Diffraction Patterns

This example resembles the well-known 2-slit interference experiment often demonstrated in schools with water waves or sound. This model mimics the plane-wave excitation with two thin waveguides leading to slits in a screen, and it computes the diffraction pattern on the screen’s other side. This diffraction pattern is clearly visible. The main effect of quantization is that the numerical ...

Convective Cooling of a Busbar

This is a template MPH-file containing the physics interfaces and the parameterized geometry for the model Electrical Heating in a Busbar.

Eigenmodes of a Room

When designing a concert hall, it is extremely important to take the resonances into account. For a clear and neutral sound, the eigenfrequencies should be evenly spread through the registers. For the home stereo owner, who cannot actually change the shape of his living room, another question is more relevant: where should the speakers be put for the best sound? To illustrate the effects we are ...

Conical Quantum Dot

Quantum dots are nano- or microscale devices created by confining free electrons in a 3D semiconducting matrix. Those tiny islands or droplets of confined “free electrons” (those with no potential energy) present many interesting electronic properties. They are of potential importance for applications in quantum computing, biological labeling, or lasers, to name only a few. Quantum dots can ...

Electric Sensor

This is a model from electric impedance tomography, a method of imaging the interior permittivity distribution of a body by measuring current and voltage at the surface. This model demonstrates how the shape and placement of figures with different material properties inside a closed box can be determined with this non-invasive technique. Applying a potential difference on the boundaries of ...