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Objects in a Windtunnel Simulated With COMSOL

H. van Halewijn
Fontys Hogeschool
Applied Physics
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

For the educational program of Fluid Dynamics at the Fontys Hogeshool of Applied Physics, a wind tunnel was developed for tests of flow profiles of objects, such as a ball, cube or plate. Students are expected to measure the air resistance of a variety of objects, and verify the measurements with the turbulent CFD module of COMSOL. The measurements and the COMSOL simulations match nicely, and ...

Simulation of chaotic mixing dynamics in microdroplets

H. Zhou, L. Jiang, and S. Yao
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,
Hong Kong

Rapid mixing is of essential importance in many microfluidic applications such as chemical reactions, drug delivery, sequencing or synthesis of nucleic acids, protein crystallization, etc. However, it is difficult to mix fluids in microchannels since flows in these channels are generally laminar and molecular diffusion is usually insufficient to mix fluids. Using a combination of turns and ...

Complex K-Bands Calculation for Plasmonic Crystal Slabs by Means of Weak Formulation of Helmholtz's Eigenvalue Equation

G. Parisi[1], P. Zilio[1], F. Romanato[1]
[1]University of Padova, Padova, Italy

We present a Finite Element Method (FEM) to calculate the complex valued k(?) dispersion curves of a photonic crystal slab in presence of both dispersive and lossy materials. In particular the method can be exploited to study plasmonic crystal slabs. We adopt Perfectly Matched Layers (PMLs) in order to truncate the open boundaries of the model, including their related anisotropic permittivity ...

Downscale Finite Element Modeling of Aortic Valve Leaflets for In-Situ Estimation of Cell Level Mechanics

R. Buchanan[1], M. Sacks[1]
[1]Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA

As in all tissues, mechanical forces in the aortic valve (AV) modulate the constituent cell population’s physiology and biosynthetic activity. While advances have been made toward the understanding of this complex multi-scale relationship, the specific role that and extracellular matrix (ECM) coupling plays on the mechanical response of the AV interstitial cell (AVIC) is poorly understood. The ...

Magnetotelluric Response Distortion Over Rugged Topography

D. Rizzello[1], P. Canepa[1], E. Armadillo[1]
[1]DISTAV - University of Genova, Genova, Italy

Topographic effects on magnetotelluric responses may be severe on rugged terrains. Finite elements simulation is a valuable tool to quantify this effect, due to its capability to match real morphologies. To do the estimate of the distortion, the AC/DC Module of COMSOL has been employed, using a model of homogeneous resistivity on which a DEM (Digital Elevation Model) profile of the Deep Freeze ...

Designing and Simulating the Performance Analysis of Piezoresistive Fluid Flow Pressure Sensor

K. PraveenKumar[1], P. Suresh[1], K. Subash[1], M. Alagappan[1], A. Gupta[1]
[1]PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.

In this work, we present the performance analysis of novel micro machined Piezoresistive fluid flow pressure sensor using COMSOL Multiphysics. The principle of the sensing mechanism is based on the deflection of four sensing layers embedded on a thin membrane. The fluid passes through the layer causes the deflection of the sensing layer which measures the pressure of the fluid. The following ...

Mathematical Model for Prediction of Transmission Loss for Clay Brick Walls

J. Ratnieks[1], A. Jakovics[1], J. Klavins[1]
[1]Laboratory for Modeling Technological and Environmental Processes, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

A 2D numerical model for determination of sound reduction index is set up in this work. Results are in good agreement in middle and high frequency range when using solid structure approximation. Results are compared with experiment.

Coupled Electromagnetic and Heat Transfer Simulations for RF Applicator Design for Efficient Heating of Materials

C. Thiagarajan[1], J. Anto[2]
[1]ATOA Scientific Technologies Pvt Ltd, Whitefield, Bangalore, Karnataka India.

Conventional heating of material wastes energy during heating due to inherent radiation, conduction and convection based heating mechanism. Alternate efficient heating methods are actively researched for improved efficiency. Radio frequency based electromagnetic heating is increasingly used for efficient heating in place of conventional heating. This requires coupling of electromagnetic and heat ...

Optimizing Fuel Cell Design with COMSOL Multiphysics

Chin-Hsien Cheng[1]
[1]Renewable Energy RD Center, Chung-Hsin Electric & Machinery, Taiwan

Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) were investigated using COMSOL Multiphysics with the AC/DC Module and Chemical Engineering Module. Simulation may be used to increase the performance while decreasing the cost of the catalyst later (CL). Experimental validation of single and multi-layer CL was performed for varied PBI electrolyte content. The validated model was used to investigate ...

Investigation of Blade Profiles of Vertical Axis Wind Turbine by Numerical Simulation

S. Yoshioka[1]
[1]Ritsumeikan University, Kusatsu City, Shiga, Japan

There are two types of vertical axis wind turbine, drag-type and lift-type. Drag type wind turbine can rotate in low speed wind condition, although its rotation speed is low. Lift type wind turbine can rotate at higher speed, although it works only in high speed wind condition. This study investigates new blade profile that realize rotation in low wind speed condition and higher rotation speed ...