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.

A Computational Study on Thermal Conductivity Measurements of High Temperature Liquid Materials

X. Ye[1], R. W. Hyers[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA

Accurate thermo-physical properties of materials are valuable for both scientific research and industrial applications. For high temperature liquid materials, two issues exclude traditional methods: elevated reactivity of test material and experimental apparatus, uncontrolled heat transfer through radiation and convection. Electromagetic Levitation (EML) based Modulated Calorimetry (EML-MC) ...

Acoustic and Flow Analysis to Reduce Boiler Hum

Th. B. J. Campmans[1],
[1]LBPSIGHT, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands

A installation caused severe hum, with 30 Hz as dominant frequency, causing serious annoyance. The acoustic study showed resonances around 30 Hz. Poor flow conditions existed at the inlet and outlet of the forced draft fan. Flow patterns were studied using CFD. Both the inlet and outlet contained large vortices, causing the strong hum. Changes in the design were studied. The finally changes ...

Heat Transfer Modeling of Power Cables in Tunnels

F. Boukrouche[1], C. Moreau[1], W. Frelin[1]
[1]EDF R&D, Moret-sur-Loing, France

Electric power, in cities or for power plant outflow, is most often transmitted through underground cables. Due to increased electricity demands power suppliers make large investments to house these cables in deep or shallow tunnels. The thermal environment is complex, with different kind of cables placed in different configurations, transmitting different powers. These are hard to take into ...

Finite Elemente Methode an zwei Stromungsbeispielen

Vogel, H-H.
Institut für Fahrzeugbau Wolfsburg, Fachhochschule Braunschweig/Wolfenbüttel

Die Finite Elemente Methode des Programmes FEMLAB wurde an zwei bekannten Beispielen der Stromungsmechanik und Warmeubertragung gepruft, um die Anwendungsmoglichkeiten in der Heizungs- und Klimatechnik aufzuzeigen. Modellfluid war jeweils trockene Luft im Umge-bungszustand. Der experimentelle Widerstandsbeiwert einer Kugel, der eine Funktion von der Reynolds-Zahl Re ist, wird bei vorgegebener ...

Wall Effects in Convective Heat Transfer from a Sphere to Power Law Fluids in Tubes

D. Song[1], R. Gupta[1], and Chhabra[2]

[1]West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA
[2]Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India

Heat transfer from a sphere having a uniform temperature and falling axially in a cylindrical tube filled with an incompressible power-law liquid is numerically investigated. The governing equations for simultaneous flow around a confined sphere and heat transfer to power-law fluids were solved numerically using COMSOL Multiphysics. It was found that the wall effects on the mean Nusselt number ...

Numerical Simulation of Granular Solids’ Rheology: Comparison with Experimental Results

A. Zugliano[1], R. Artoni[2], A. Santomaso[2], A. Primavera[1], M. Pavlicevic[1]
[1]Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche, Italy
[2]DIPIC - Universita di Padova, Italy

A simulation of the behavior of bulk solids continuously flowing through a silo with internal flow feeders has been performed by means of a dissipative hydrodynamic model. The results obtained by these calculations and those found experimentally agree, not only with regard to the velocity profiles, but also relative to the pressure on the silo walls. The dissipative hydrodynamic model represents ...

Numerical Investigation of Non-Newtonian Laminar Flow in a Curved Tube with Insert

A. Kadyyrov[1]
[1]Research Center for Power Engineering Problems, KSC, RAS, Russia

Non-Newtonian laminar flows in curved circular tubes with inserts are investigated by computer simulations. 0.65% solution of NaCMC is considered. Three-dimensional incompressible Navier-Stokes equations are solved using COMSOL Multiphysics. Placements of inserts inside the curved tubes and their effects on the hydrodynamics of the flow are studied. Computations are carried out with various ...

Evaluation of Internal Electrical Heater for Pipe Temperature Control Using FEA Model

B. Xu[1], M. Heydrich[1], S. Edmondson[1], A. Jahangir [1]
[1]ShawCor Ltd., Toronto, ON, Canada

In oil and gas industries, electrical heaters are often used to control the internal pipe temperature. One important criterion for such test, is to maintain a uniform temperature range during the test. The objective of this study was to evaluate the heat transfer of one design of the internal electrical pipe heaters, by simulating both conduction and convection heat transfer around the heater ...

Simulation and Analysis of Two Fans Air Speed Match Design in Off-Road Mine Tract Generator Using COMSOL

Y. Shen[1], D. Wu[1]
[1]Beijing University of Science & Technology, Beijing, China

This paper describes a model of self-ventilated generator cooling on a 170 tons off-road mine dump truck. Considering the space restrictions of mine dump truck, the cooling systems for the generator and the in-wheel motors of the rear axle share one air inlet duct. With the action of generator fan and rear duct fan, cooling air from the inlet duct will be divided into two parts to cool the ...

Modeling of Energy Efficient Continuous Sterilisation of ABP from Food Wastes

S. Dalrymple[1], R. Heslop[1]
[1]C-Tech Innovation Ltd. , Capenhurst, United Kingdom

Ohmic heating is a volumetric heating technology which can effectively process almost any pumpable fluid with extremely high energy efficiency (>95%). This is particularly useful for very thick fluids, those that burn on to hot surfaces and those with high solids content which would cause difficulties for conventional heating techniques. Processing of animal by-products (ABP) faces all these ...

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