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The Use of COMSOL in Teaching Heat and Moisture Transport Modeling in Building Constructions

A.W.M. van Schijndel[1] and H.L. Schellen[1]
[1]Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

This paper presents the use of the multiphysics package COMSOL for teaching heat and moisture transport modeling in the research area of building physics. It includes a description on how COMSOL works and six exercises with 2D, 3D, steady state and transient models. It is concluded that COMSOL is a very useful tool for this kind of engineering education. Especially, the abstraction level of ...

Application of COMSOL to Acoustic Imaging

K. Mcilhany, and J.C Hernandez
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA

Acoustic Imaging of hand movement is being studied with COMSOL and Matlab. A hardware implementation is being pursued that will be an array of 16x16 ultra-sonic speakers placed in a grid facing a similar grid of 16x16 microphones, operating at 40kHz. COMSOL is used to repeatedly calculate the diffraction pattern from a small scattering center, approximately 1.0cm in diameter. In conjunction ...

FEM Simulation of Generation of Bulk Acoustic Waves and their Effects in SAW Devices

A.K. Namdeo[1], N. Ramakrishnan[2], and H.B. Nemade[1]
[1]Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, India
[2]Centre for Nanotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, India

This paper presents finite element method (FEM) simulation study of the generation of bulk acoustic waves (BAWs) and their effect on the performance of surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices, using COMSOL Multiphysics. A SAW delay line structure using YZ-cut lithium niobate substrate is simulated. The radiation of the bulk waves in all angles into the interior of the substrate is analyzed. The bulk ...

Dynamic Simulation Of Particle Self-Assembly Applied To Microarray Technology

V. Di Virgilio, A. Coll, S. Bermejo, and L. Castañer
Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

In this work we want to explore some techniques, microfluidic and electrospray-ionization based, suitable for dynamic microarrays\' fabrication. The fabrication techniques are based on manipulation and self-assembly of selective coated micro and nanobeads. The simulation will include electro-osmotic flow, species transport, and electrostatics.

Stress Distribution in Masonry Walls, Loaded in Plane, Simulated with COMSOL

A.T. Vermeltfoort, and J. van Schijndel
Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands

The tensile strength of masonry is relatively low compared to its compressive strength and is affected by the direction of the joints and their filling. In masonry with modern thin layer mortar (joint thickness 3 to 5 mm) sometimes the head joints are left open. A total of 13 model-walls was built and for each model four general purpose mortar combinations and three thin layer mortar ...

Simplifying A Model Of Short Subsequent Sections Containing A Common Detailed Cross-Section

J. Krah
AkerSolutions, Fornebu, Norway

In COMSOL Multiphysics it is possible to implement and simulate several independent models in parallel. This can be meaningful when the different models are coupled to each other by some kind of interaction. If a part of the geometries is identical in all models, this part can be reduced in that it is implemented in only one of the geometries. In the other geometries only its solution towards ...

A Methodology For The Simulation Of MEMS Spiral Inductances Used As Magnetic Sensors

S. Druart, D. Flandre, and L.A. Francis
Université catholique de Louvain - ICTEAM, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

In this paper, a methodology to simulate the electric behavior of spiral inductances is presented and discussed. All the methodology is built with the COMSOL software used with the Matlab scripting interface and then allows performing fully parameterized simulations. The program architecture is explained and is used to simulate two applications. The first calculates the voltage induced by an ...

Numerical Modelling Of Moisture Related Mechanical Stress In Wooden Cylindrical Objects Using COMSOL: A Comparative Benchmark

H. Schellen, and J. Van Schijndel
Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

For preservation of artefacts in a museum the indoor climate is often restricted to a very narrow interval for temperature, but most of all for relative humidity. In old buildings the museum conditions of artefacts, e.g. near cold walls, mostly are not in line with museum recommendations.To have an impression of indoor museum climates in old buildings, a large number of case studies were carried ...

Verification and Time Performance Analysis of COMSOL v3.5a for Solving the Electromagnetic Problem in a Superconductor Slab

J. Lloberas[1], J. López[1], E. Bartolomé[2], and X. Granados[3]
[1]Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
[2]Escola Universitària Salesiana de Sarrià, Barcelona, Spain
[3]Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Numerical analysis based on finite element method (FEM) represents a powerful approach to solve electromagnetic problems. For instance, FEM methods have been broadly used to calculate the critical state current distribution in high temperature superconductors of various geometries. In the near future, we intend to develop a tool in COMSOL v3.5a for the analysis of power applications, such as ...

Surface Aeration System Modeling using COMSOL

G. Selembo, P. Selembo, J. Stanton, and G. Paulsen
University of North Carolina
Charlotte, NC

Surface aeration systems are used in the wastewater treatment industry for the transfer of oxygen in the activated sludge process. These systems are capital intensive and also require a significant amount of energy to operate. Scale-up and design of these systems is largely empirical, and due to the size of these systems, modifications for experimental testing can be economically prohibitive. ...