A. Dixon, and D. DiBiasio
Department of Chemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA
The multiphysics simulation package COMSOL was incorporated into a course in mathematical modeling for chemical engineers. Our implementation for the first year of using COMSOL in the course is described, and assessment results based on examinations and student survey results are presented and analyzed. The students appear to be learning how to operate the COMSOL program quite satisfactorily, but ...
Dynamic Characterization and Mechanical Simulation of Cantilevers for Electromechanical Vibration Energy Harvesting
N. Alcheick, H. Nesser, H. Debeda, C. Ayela, I. Dufour 
Univ. Bordeaux, IMS Lab, Pessac, France
Energy harvesting from ambient vibrations has become an interesting topic for powering wireless sensor networks. Resonant microdevices based on MEMS have become of central importance at low frequency. The power produced at resonance is at least one order of magnitude larger than off frequency power since the largest strain is obtained at resonance. In order to obtain large strain for efficient ...
Y. Lu, E. Garboczi, D. Bentz
National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, USA
The prediction of concrete materials service life is not easy, because the complex heterogeneous microstructure and the random nature of concrete materials. Study the presence of cracks in concrete and their effect on coupled reaction and transport are of great interest in civil engineering. Cracks with different widths and depths will reduce the cover thickness and accelerate the migration of ...
E. Licon, S. Casas, A. Alcaraz, J.L. Cortina, C. Valderrama
Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Ammonia separation from water by membrane contactor was simulated on transient state and compared with experimental data. Aqueous low concentrated solution of ammonium with high pH has been pumped inside the hydrophobic hollow fibers, acid solution in the outside part. The system is in closed loop configuration. In order to simulate the separation process, equations were developed considering ...
University of Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
Laser percussion drilling is widely used in the aerospace industry to produce cooling holes in jet engine components. This process is a thermal, contact-free process which involves firing a sequence of focused optical pulses onto a target material [1-4]. During each optical pulse, the central portion of the target area heats to a liquid then vapor state where the expanding gas produces a recoil ...
I. Mantilla, S. De Vicente
National University of Engineering, Lima, Perú
Polytechnic University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
We formulate a new mathematical model of gas-solids mixing hydrodynamic flow  in a combustion chamber with a fluid bed system used in the combustion of mineral coal waste. This model in study is called Model Gas-Solids Mixing and it is constructed by averaging the conservation equations (mass and momentum) for a two-phase flow, which takes into account the existence of a small parameter rho in ...
D. Iber, D. Menshykau, P. Germann, L. Lermuzeaux[2,3]
D-BSSE, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, SIB, Basel, Switzerland
D-BSSE, ETH Zurich, Basel, Switzerland
Department of Bioengineering, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France
Morphogenesis is a tightly regulated process that has been studied for decades. Previously we developed data-based mechanistic models for a range of developmental processes with a view to integrate the available knowledge and to better understand the underlying regulatory logic. In our previous papers on simulating organogenesis in COMSOL Multiphysics® we discussed methods to efficiently solve ...
A. Bradji1, and E. Holzbecher2
1Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
2Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics WIAS, Berlin, Germany
The convergence of numerical solutions is mainly determined by the convergence order, which quantifies the improvement of the solution when the mesh is refined. In this paper we examine various differential equations and the convergence behavior of their COMSOL Finite Element solutions. The numerically observed convergence rates are compared with theoretical results, as far as these are ...
K. Stein, N. Gessner, R. Peterson, A. Wiedmann
Department of Physics, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN, USA
Undergraduate studies are carried out to examine the supersonic flow from an axisymmetric converging-diverging nozzle. Flow in the nozzle is initiated by the rupture of a diaphragm that is positioned between the nozzle and a 1-gallon pressurized air tank. Simulations are carried out in COMSOL Multiphysics® for unsteady, axisymmetric flow with the High Mach Number interface of the CFD Module. ...
H. Cabrera, D.A. Zanin, L.G. De Pietro, A. Vindigni, U. Ramsperger, D. Pescia
Laboratory for Solid State Physics, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
A sharp tip approached perpendicular to a conducting surface at subnanometer distances and biased with a small voltage builds a junction across which electrons can be transferred from the tip apex to the nearest surface atom by direct quantum mechanical tunneling. Such a junction is used e.g. in Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM). When the distance d between tip and collector is increased ...