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Structural and Environmental Design of a Rainscreen System Using COMSOL Multiphysics

C. Guido Galante [1], M. Donà [2],
[1] Newtecnic Ltd, London, England, UK
[2] University of Cambridge, UK

The subject of the study is a bespoke rainscreen system designed for the Grand Theatre of Rabat, Morocco (Figure 1). The project presents a complex façade geometry and consists of a 1800-seat theater, an open-air amphitheater with a capacity of 7000 people, a rehearsal space and a restaurant. The rainscreen system consists of fiberglass individually cast reinforced concrete (GRC) panels ...

Stress State Determination in Nanoelectronic Silicon Devices Coupling COMSOL Multiphysics and a Recursive Dynamical CBED Pattern Simulation

A. Spessot[1,2], S. Frabboni[1], A. Armigliato[3], and R. Balboni[3]
[1]Numonyx Advanced R&D NVMTD-FTM, Agrate Brianza, Italy
[2]National Research Center S3, CNR-INFM and Department of Physics, University of Modena e Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy
[3]CNR-IMM Section of Bologna, Italy

Strained technology is being promoted as the best way to extend the performance of semiconductor transistors. An inhomogeneous layer deposited on top of a silicon device can induce a strong modification in the real silicon strain state, and consequently in its electronic performance. Coupling the finite elements analysis done by COMSOL with a recursive CBED and LACBED dynamical simulation, we ...

Analysis to Determine Optimum Strain Gauge Locations for SENSEWHEEL - new

T. Suzuki[1], C. Holloway[1], S. Taylor[1]
[1]University College London, London, UK

Manual wheelchair users suffer shoulder pain and injury in the long term because of unconscious overuse. The ‘SENSEWHEEL’, which interposes three identical load cells between pushrim and rear wheel, measures the three components of pushing force Fx, Fy and Fz, and axial torque Tx applied at each load cell. Strain gauges were located on a diaphragm forming one face of the load cell. The ...

Nature-Inspired Surfaces and Engineering Applications Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

R. C. Thiagarajan [1], P. Asutosh[1],
[1] ATOA Scientific Technologies Pvt Ltd, Whitefield, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

Engineering design has long been dominated by orthogonal Cartesian principles. Nature inspired equation based mathematical surfaces are under renewed interest due to their innovative design potential and practical viability by 3D printing. In this paper, the parametric surface modelling feature of COMSOL Multiphysics® is leveraged for developing engineering structures from equation based ...

Air Foil Bearings - A Modeling Approach

M. Bezemer-Krijnen[1], Y.H. Wijnant[1], A. de Boer[1]
[1]University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

A first generation air foil bearing (AFB) is shown in Figure 1. AFBs induce, at higher rotating speeds, an air film between the journal and the top foil, which lowers the friction forces. The goal of this study is to develop a model of an AFB. The thickness of the air film depends on the clearance, eccentricity and elastic deformations of the bump structure. The flow in the air film between ...

Simulation of Wear using LiveLink™ for MATLAB®

D. Sutton[1]
[1]National Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom

An incremental wear model has been developed using COMSOL Multiphysics® with MATLAB® to predict the evolution of component geometry as a result of wear. Whilst Archard’s wear law is a well-known empirical model for the prediction of wear volume, the design engineer is interested in changes in tolerance as a result of component geometry. At each time step, the simulation extracts the pressure ...

Advanced Multiphysics Thermal Hydraulic Models for the High Flux Isotope Reactor

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

Engineering design studies of the feasibility of conversion of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) from high-enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium fuel are ongoing at ORNL as part of an effort sponsored by the U.S. Global Threat Reduction Initiative program. HFIR is a very high flux, pressurized light-water-cooled and moderated, flux-trap type research reactor whose current missions are to ...

Study of Thermal Behavior of Thermoset Polymer Matrix Filled with Micro and Nanoparticles

B. Reine[1], J. Di-Tomaso[2], G. Dusserre[1], P. Olivier[1]
[1]Université de Toulouse, UPS, INSA, Mines Albi, ISAE, ICA, IUT, Dept. GMP, Toulouse Cedex, France
[2]RESCOLL - Société de Recherche, Pessac Cedex, France

This paper addresses the study of thermal behavior of thermoset polymer matrix filled with microparticles. A numerical model was developed with COMSOL Multiphysics to get a random spatial distribution of fillers in a representative volume element (RVE). This model was then compared to an analytical reference model (Hamilton model) and experimental results. This comparison highlights a good ...

Topology Optimization of Lithium-Ion Battery Electrode Microstructure Morphology for Reduction of Damage Accumulation and Longevity of Battery Life - new

P. Clarke[1], R. Abedi[1]
[1]University of Tennessee Space Institute, Tullahoma, TN, USA

The ubiquitous commercial use of Lithium-Ion batteries (LIBs) has increased interest in their implementation into efficient energy storage systems for clean and renewable power sources and the electrical transportation industry. Unfortunately, LIBs are not yet technological mature to meet various commercial demands. Consider the following challenges for example,: (1) lower than desired effective ...

Design of Pressure Measuring Cells Using the Unified Material Law

P. Aguirre[1], F. Figueroa[1]
[1]Sensor Technik Wiedemann GmbH, Kaufbeuren, Bayern, Germany

Pressure Sensors are widely used in the automotive industry. Their main use is the dynamic monitoring of pressure inside combustion engines. To achieve a good signal accuracy, the design of pressure sensors can be improved with FEM calculations of stress and strains on the measuring cell depending on their geometry and material properties. The geometry is adapted according to a special ...