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COMSOL News Magazine 2017

Electron Drift in Xe Gas

T. J. Berger [1],
[1] Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA

The XENON Dark Matter Experiment utilizes ultra-pure xenon (Xe) as a target for particle interaction in the effort to detect dark matter particles. To measure the purity of Xe, a gas purity monitor (GPM) is being developed which drifts electrons through Xe gas to detect impurities that contribute to charge attenuation. An axially-symmetric model is used to simulate the electric field generated ...


刘佳琪 [1], 朴胜春 [2], 唐骏 [2]
[1] 哈尔滨工程大学,哈尔滨,黑龙江,中国
[2] 挪威科技大学,特隆赫姆,挪威

海洋覆盖了地球表面百分之七十以上的面积,其中蕴藏着丰富的生物矿产资源,日益受到世界各国的重视。声波作为海水中传输信号的唯一载体,在浅海波导中的传播受海底和海面影响很大,当声波在浅海波导中发生折射反射和散射时,如何预报复杂海底边界条件下浅海中的传播特性对海洋开发有重要意义。针对含有声速剖面的沉积层海底、楔形海底及实际弹性海底,利用有限元理论,对二维浅海声场的传播损失进行数值模拟。应用 COMSOL Multiphysics® 软件的声压接口和声结构耦合接口,把地形数据导入软件模拟真实海底的地形。把浅海波导简化成分层矩形,信号源以点声源的形式向外发射单频信号,在模型定义处添加完美匹配层模拟无限远距离处声压场情况;对于含有声速剖面情况的波导问题,在 COMSOL 中可以较为便捷地以添加内插函数的形式进行仿真,与其他声场建模软件形成对比,突显有限理论元理论计算浅海传播损失的优势 ...

The Spherical Design Algorithm in the Numerical Simulation of Fiber-Reinforced Biological Tissues

M. Carfagna [1], A. Grillo [1],
[1] Dipartimento di Scienze Matematiche, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

The numerical results of the unconfined compression test on a sample of Articular Cartilage (AC) are discussed. AC is modelled as a load-bearing, deformable, fiber-reinforced material filled with an interstitial fluid and comprising statistically oriented collagen fibers, chondrocytes, and a matrix of proteoglycans. A strain energy is assigned to characterize the mechanical behavior of the ...

COMSOL Multiphysics® Implementation of a Genetic Algorithm Routine for Optimization of Flat Optics

B. Adomanis [1], M. Marciniak [1],
[1] Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, USA

Introduction: In recent years, metasurfaces have been demonstrated to control the phase and amplitude of light across a planar interface and implemented for optical functions such as beam-steering, focusing, and polarization rotation. Initial efforts using plasmonic-based scatterers proved successful in achieving the desired functionality; however, these designs exhibited limitations in ...

Simulation of C-MEMS Based Enzymatic Biofuel Cell

Y. Parikh, V. Penmatsa, J. Yang, and C. Wang

Department of Mechanical & Material Science Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA

An Enzymatic Biofuel Cell (EBFC) converts the chemical energy in biological fuels into electricity. In this work, we optimize the performance of the Carbon-Micro Electro Mechanical system in an EBFC by using COMSOL Multiphysics. With a simple model, we realized that most of the glucose reacts with enzymes at the top of the electrode posts, while the bottoms of the posts remain deficient of the ...

Finite-Element Evaluation of Thermal Response Tests Performed on U-Tube Borehole Heat Exchangers

E. Zanchini, and T. Terlizzese
[1]Dipartimento di Ingegneria Energetica, Nucleare e del Controllo Ambientale, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy

The results of two thermal response tests recently performed on two vertical borehole heat exchangers (BHEs) are presented. The BHEs have the same cross section and a depth of 100 m and 120 m respectively. The evaluation of the thermal properties of the ground and grout are performed by a finite-element simulation method, developed through the software package COMSOL Multiphysics 3.4.

Sound Attenuation by Hearing Aid Earmold Tubing

M. Herring Jensen
Widex A/S, Vaerloese, Denmark

In this study we model the sound attenuation properties of a hearing aid earmold tube. The model includes thermoviscous acoustic effects and it couples structural vibrations to the external acoustic field. Moreover, the finite element domain is coupled at two boundaries with an electroacoustic model of a hearing aid and an acoustic 2-cc coupler.

Model-Based Calibration System for Direct Thermal Printing

W. Vetterling[1], and Z. Peng[1]
[1]Zink Imaging, Inc., Bedford, Massachusetts, USA

This document describes a method for maintaining the long-term calibration of a full color direct thermal printer. An essential component of the system is a thermal model created using COMSOL Multiphysics that allows fitting of color data recorded at different temperatures and exposure times to model results for the same conditions. The fitted results reveal the depth and thickness of color dye ...

Using Microwaves for Extracting Water From the Moon

Edwin Ethridge
Senior Materials Scientist, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

A scientific hypothesis states that cryogenic trapped water is just under the surface of lunar soil at the poles in permanently shadowed craters. Microwave energy can be used to efficiently extract this water from permafrost. COMSOL permits calculation of the heating of simulated lunar soil using measured temperature dependent dielectric properties. Calculations at different microwave ...

Experimentally Matched Finite Element Modeling of Thermally Actuated SOI MEMS Micro-Grippers Using COMSOL Multiphysics

M. Guvench[1], and J. Crosby[1]
[1]University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Maine, USA

In “Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems” shortly known as MEMS, one of the most important and effective principle of creating transduction of electrical power to displacement force is thermal expansion. A slim beam of MEMS material, typically Silicon, is heated by the application of electrical current via Joule heating; it expands and creates motion. In the design of many MEMS devices ...