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Petzval Lens

This tutorial shows how to set up a multi-element objective lens. The chosen lens is a Petzval lens with field flattener described in 'Fundamental Optical Design', by M. Kidger, 2001, pg 192. The tutorial demonstrates how to include a geometric sequence using the 'Spherical General Lens 3D' part found in the COMSOL part library. Also demonstrated are the use of clear apertures, as well as edge ...

Doppler Shift

We have all noticed the Doppler effect when an ambulance passes by with its sirens blaring. The siren’s pitch suddenly drops the moment the ambulance starts moving away from you. Another effect you can notice is how the siren’s sound is very loud when nearby, but as soon as the ambulance has passed the sound becomes much quieter. This model simulates the acoustic Doppler effect by placing ...

Biconical Antenna

A Biconical antenna is a type of wideband antenna with omni-directional radiation pattern in the H-plane similar to a dipole antenna. A coaxial feed is connected to the radiators using two 90 degree bent arms. The model shows that the biconical antenna works well in applications requiring an omnidirectional radiation pattern and wide bandwidth.

Galvanized Nail

This tutorial example serves as an introduction to the Corrosion Module and models the metal oxidation and oxygen reduction current densities on the surface of a galvanized nail, surrounded by a piece of wet wood, which acts as electrolyte. The protecting zinc layer on the nail is not fully covering, so that at the tip of the nail the underlaying iron surface is exposed. First the electrolyte ...

Beam Section Calculator

The Beam Section Calculator app allows you to evaluate cross section data for a wide range of American and European standard beams. Given a set of forces and moments acting on the section, you can also compute a detailed stress distribution. Calculated cross section data can also easily be extracted for use as input data for beam analyses in COMSOL Multiphysics. The app is built upon the ...

Truss Bridge Designer

The Truss Bridge Designer app is an example of how to design a simulation tool for a class of civil engineering structures, in this case a Pratt truss bridge. Such a bridge is characterized by the diagonal beams on each side of the bridge, which all slant down and in toward the center of the span. Because of this design, the diagonal beams are subjected only to tension, while the vertical beams, ...

Terzaghi Compaction

Fluids that move through pore spaces in an aquifer or reservoir can shield the porous medium from stress because they bear part of the load from, for instance, overlying rocks, sediments, fluids, and buildings. Withdrawing fluids from the pore space increases the stress the solids bear, sometimes to the degree that the reservoir measurably compacts. The reduction in the pore space loops back and ...

Dipole Antenna with a Quarter-Wave Coaxial Balun

An antenna balun blocks undesirable currents on the outside of a cable. A quarter-wave coaxial balun (1:1) is one of the easiest designs: it works as a transformer and makes the input impedance from the inner conductor to the outer conductor infinite. This model simulates an antenna prototype including a SMA Receptacle, an ABS enclosure and a quarter-wave coaxial balun. The frequency is tuned to ...

Condensation Risk in a Wood-Frame Wall

This 2D stationary model computes heat and moisture transport in a wall composed of different hygroscopic materials. A comparison with the Glaser method is given for the temperature and relative humidity solutions. The effect of the use of a vapor barrier is also investigated.

Plate Heat Exchanger

The model has its emphasis on heat transport in a very small heat exchanger that is commonly used in the field of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). In this case, it might be a reactive processes that needs heating. The heat exchanger itself is constructed by stacking several pleated sheets or plates on top of each other while leaving a gap in between. The fluid used to transfer heat ...