See How Multiphysics Simulation Is Used in Research and Development

Engineers, researchers, and scientists across industries use multiphysics simulation to research and develop innovative product designs and processes. Find inspiration in technical papers and presentations they have presented at the COMSOL Conference. Browse the selection below or use the Quick Search tool to find a specific presentation or filter by application area.
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Multiphysics Simulation of a Self-heating Paraffin Membrane Microactuator

P. Lazarou[1], C. Rotinat[1]
[1]CEA LIST/DIASI/LRI, Paris, France

A grand variety of microactuator technologies and demonstrators has been introduced during the last years. Of particular interest are the microactuators based on phase change materials and especially paraffin wax, which can volumetrically expand up to 15%, providing high force actuation. ... Read More

Effect of Viscosity of Food on Digestion and Nutrient Absorption in the Human Small Intestine

J. S. Karthikeyan [1], D. Salvi [1], M. V. Karwe [1],
[1] Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

Digestion is the process of breaking down food into smaller components, by mechanical and enzymatic action in the digestive tract, so that the smaller nutrient molecules can be more easily absorbed in the intestinal tract. To study and analyze the human digestive process, different ... Read More

Using the Concept of Dummy Heat Sources for Heat Transfer Enhancement in a Vertical Channel

S. Durgam [1], A. Shrivastav [2], S. P. Venkateshan [1], T. Sundararajan [1],
[1] Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
[2] Defense Research and development Organization, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Laminar forced convection is studied in a vertical rectangular channel with seven discrete heat sources and dummy heat sources mounted on a wall. The position of seven heat sources is fixed in an optimal arrangement. The heat transfer effects are investigated by numerical simulation and ... Read More

Application of COMSOL Multiphysics® Pipe Flow Module to Develop a High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) System Loop Model

P. K. Jain[1], D. Wang[1], J. D. Freels[1]
[1]Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) is the highest flux reactor-based source of neutrons for research in the United States. Thermal and cold neutrons produced by HFIR are used to study physics, chemistry, material science, engineering, and biology. Currently, ... Read More

Universal Dielectric Response of Atmospheric Ice Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

U.N. Mughal[1], M.S. Virk[1], K. Zaman[1]
[1]Narvik University College, Narvik, Norway

Heterogeneous materials with different phases, are conductive and insulating (dielectric), and are physically present in different natural materials as e.g. atmospheric ice. Jonscher’s proposed ‘universal dielectric response’ is not sufficient for such materials, as it only reflects ... Read More

Transport-Kinetic Interactions for SO2 Oxidation to SO3 in Particulate and Monolith Catalysts new

P. L. Mills[1], A. Nagaraj[2]
[1]Department of Chemical & Natural Gas Engineering, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, TX, USA
[2]Department of Environmental Engineering, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, TX, USA

Introduction: Development of next-generation chemical processes that have zero emissions is a key environmental objective for sustainable development. The manufacture of H2SO4 by the air oxidation of SO2 to SO3 is an important technology where an opportunity exists for new catalyst ... Read More

Ion Concentration and Electromechanical Actuation Simulations of Ionic Polymer-Metal Composites

K. J. Kim [1], T. Stalbaum [1], Q. Shen [1],
[1] Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) materials are promising candidates for soft robotics and artificial muscle applications. The primary actuation mechanism in such devices is ion migration in a polymer membrane, localized swelling, and a corresponding overall material deformation, ... Read More

Simulation of Dynamic Thermal Fields Assisting DMLS Additive Manufacturing of Biocompatible Ti-Alloy

E. Lacatus [1], G. C. Alecu [2], M. Sopronyi [3],
[1] Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
[2] Groupe Renault, Bucharest, Romania
[3] National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics (INFLPR), Magurele, Romania

For the complex 3D biocompatible metallic parts, with high level of customization, used in medical prosthesis and implants Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) and Selective Laser Melting (SLM) are the most common Additive Manufacturing technologies used nowadays. However, both ... Read More

Hydrodynamics and Mass Transfer in Taylor Flow

F. L. Durán Martínez [1], A. M. Billet [1], C. Julcour-Lebigue [1], F. Larachi [2],
[1] Toulouse University, Toulouse, France
[2] Laval University, Quebec, Canada

In the present work, numerical simulations of a Monolith Reactor (MR) are carried out in order to develop a pre-design tool for industrial-scale reactors applied to highly exothermal reactions. The reacting circular channels (2-4 mm internal diameter) are coated with a few micron thick ... Read More

Acoustic Fluid-Structure Interaction Modeling of Gravity Dams in the Frequency Domain

A. De Falco [1], M. Mori [1], G. Sevieri [2],
[1] University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
[2] University of Florence, Florence, Italy

The assessment of the seismic safety of gravity dams is a topic of great importance in civil engineering. In this paper, fluid structure interaction modeling of gravity dams during earthquakes is investigated. In particular, this work aims to provide physical significance of a plan ... Read More