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COMSOL Multiphysics® Software and PV: A Unified Platform for Numerical Simulation of Solar Cells and Modules

M. Nardone [1],
[1] Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, USA

Introduction: Existing solar cell (photovoltaic, PV) device simulation software is either open source with limited capabilities (1D only) [1,2] or extremely expensive with obscure functionality [3]. PV researchers need an accessible and versatile simulation tool to optimize existing technologies and to reduce the time from concept to prototype for new technologies. This work demonstrates how ...

Sensitivity Analysis of Different Models of Piezoresistive Micro Pressure Sensors

S. Meenatchisundaram[1], S. M. Kulkarni[2], S. Bhat
[1]Department of Instrumentation and Control Engineering, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, Karnataka, India.
[2]Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, Karnataka, India.

Piezoresistive pressure sensors have received much attention over the years because of low cost, simple measurement techniques, etc. There is a challenge in design with respect to appropriate positioning, shape and temperature compensation. Different models of piezoresistive pressure sensors are proposed to enhance its sensitivity in terms of output voltage. This paper aims in sensitivity ...

Prediction of Noise Generated by Electromagnetic Forces in Induction Motors - new

M. K. Nguyen[1], R. Haettel[2], A. Daneryd[2]
[1]KTH, Stockholm, Sweden
[2]ABB Corporate Research,Västerås, Sweden

Induction motors, as any other industrial products, have to comply with various requirements on noise levels. Therefore, it is essential to use an appropriate prediction tool to verify and optimize the design of an induction motor with respect to the acoustic performances. The paper will focus on the prediction of the magnetic noise generated and radiated by a specific motor. The challenge is ...

Study of Capacitance in Electrostatic Comb-Drive Actuators

P. Hanasi [1], B. G. Sheeparamatti [1], V. Abbigeri [1], N. Meti [1],
[1] Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belagavi, Karnataka, India

Capacitor is mainly defined as two conducting plates that can hold the opposite charges on it. These plates can be used either as a sensor or an actuator. If the relative distance between the two conductors changes as result of given input, then capacitance values will change. This results in basic of capacitive or electrostatic sensing configuration. On the other hand, if a voltage or the ...

3D Power Inductor: Calculation of Iron Core Losses

L. Havez[1], E. Sarraute[1]
[1]LAPLACE, Toulouse, France

The work proposed in this paper deals with the consideration of 3D geometric effects to evaluate the iron losses in magnetic devices used in power electronics. To carry out this work, we rely upon two existing models of iron losses per unit volume calculation ("Steinmetz") currently used in power electronics. We coupled these two models with a finite element magnetic field calculation software, ...

Design Optimization of Printed Circuit Board Embedded Inductors through Genetic Algorithms with Verification by COMSOL Multiphysics®

M. Madsen[1], J. Mønster[1], A. Knott[1], M. Andersen[1]
[1]Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark

This paper describes the implementation of a complete design tool for design, analysis, optimization and production of PCB embedded inductors. The paper shows how LiveLink™ for MATLAB® and COMSOL Multiphysics® make it possible to combine the scripting and calculation power of MATLAB with the simulation power of COMSOL Multiphysics in order to get an extremely efficient tool for inductor design. ...

Simulation of a Capacitive Sensor for Wear Metal Analysis of Industrial Oils

P. Venkateswaran[1], R. Minasamudram[1], P. Agrawal[2]
[1]Siemens Technology and Services Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
[2]Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Lubricant oil is used to ensure proper functioning of industrial machinery such as turbines, gears, bearings and compressors. Oil analysis is used to detect and quantify the presence of wear metals and other contaminants in the lubricant of oil wetted systems, by sensing the change in relative permittivity of the oil as the wear metals pass through capacitor electrodes. Three configurations of ...

The Simulation of Electric Field Distribution in Electrospinning Process - new

Y. Zheng[1], B. Xin[2]
[1]Donghua University, Shanghai, China
[2]Shanghai University of Engineering Science, Shanghai, China

The electric field plays a very important role in the electrospinning process, which needs to be seriously considered in the electrospinning configuration developing. High voltage involved in electrospinning process leads to difficulty in measuring the electric field. Numerical simulation is used to design the electric field, and experiments are carried out to validate the spinneret and ...

A 2D Model of a DC Plasma Torch

B. Chine' [1],
[1] School of Materials Science and Engineering, Costa Rica Institute of Technology, Cartago, Costa Rica

Plasma torches are used in processing of materials as well as in the energy industry for producing plasma. In a non-transferred arc plasma torch, an electric arc can be initiated by applying a direct current (DC) between the cathode and anode, both placed inside the torch. Then, the plasma is obtained by heating, ionizing and expanding a working gas, introduced into the chamber of the torch ...

Modeling a Brushless DC Motor for an Advanced Actuation System using COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

K. S. Shinoy [1], B. Sebastian [1],
[1] Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

This paper presents the design and analysis of a high power radial flux Brushless DC motor for electro-mechanical actuation system. The motor is used for driving an electro-mechanical actuator of 20 ton capacity. Surface mounted, radially magnetized permanent magnet design is mostly preferred due to its ease of control, high efficiency and low maintenance. The motor under consideration is having ...