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The Electromechanical Response of a Brake Design

May 13, 2014

We have the pleasure of introducing guest blogger, Mark Yeoman of Continuum Blue, who showcases what they can do for clients in the electromechanical brake field. Electromechanical brakes come in various designs, including single to multiple friction-face systems, power-off and power-on types, and those that include permanent magnets. With so many options, how do engineers make the right design choices for their application? With COMSOL Multiphysics, this can easily be done. Here, I will show you how.

Modeling Superconductivity in a YBCO Wire

May 6, 2014

Superconductors are used in applications where high current density and magnetic fields are present — including electric generators, biomagnetic technology, and common products, such as fast digital circuits. Theoretically, an unlimited amount of current can flow through a wire made of a superconducting material. However, what happens to a superconductor as the current density exceeds critical limits? Let’s find out.

Calculate the Force of a One-Sided Magnet

March 21, 2014

When designing magnets, you want to save resources by using as little material as possible, while generating as large of a force as possible on the object in question. To calculate the force of a one-sided magnet, you can use COMSOL Multiphysics and the AC/DC Module.

Plotting Spatial Derivatives of the Magnetic Field

March 5, 2014

Radiology, magnetophoresis, particle accelerators, and geophysics are all areas where it is useful to compute the spatial derivative of the magnetic field or magnetic flux density.

Red Blood Cell Separation from a Flow Channel

January 3, 2014

Before conducting certain blood sample analyses, researchers need to separate the red blood cell particles from the blood plasma. Using lab-on-a-chip (LOC) technology, red blood cell separation can be achieved via magnetophoresis (i.e., motion induced by magnetic fields). Since the magnetic permeability of the particles is different from the blood plasma, their trajectory can be controlled within the flow channel of the LOC device and then separated out from the fluid.

Optimizing Recloser Performance with Simulation

December 24, 2013

During snow storms or windy days, a branch might break and short-circuit a power line’s electric current as it falls. The first task of a recloser is to interrupt this short-circuit, i.e. to open or disconnect the affected overhead line from the feeding network source. The second task is to try to re-establish power after a short time by to re-closing the line, taking advantage of the fact that most of the reasons for a short-circuit of an overhead line […]

COMSOL 4.4: Magnetic Saturation Curves at your Fingertips

December 2, 2013

When designing inductive devices, both challenges and possibilities are associated with the nonlinear behavior of ferromagnetic materials. COMSOL Multiphysics is well-adapted to the solution of highly nonlinear numerical models but high-fidelity modeling of nonlinear inductive devices also requires accurate material data. To meet this challenge, a library of 165 nonlinear magnetic materials is provided in COMSOL 4.4, bringing new powers to the design and modeling of electric motors, transformers, relays, etc. Here, we will discuss how the modeling process is […]

Mersen Simulates Joule Heating in Busbars and Fuses

November 18, 2013

Joule heating is a fairly standard type of simulation for COMSOL users nowadays. It involves solving for electrical voltage and temperature fields simultaneously with highly temperature-dependent material properties. Controlling Joule heating is very important when designing and manufacturing electrical systems components. The electric protection group at manufacturing company Mersen France used to base their busbar and fuse designs on trial-and-error, but these days they turn to COMSOL Multiphysics.


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