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Modeling Residual Stresses in Arc Welding

F. Roger[1], and A. Traidia[2]
[1]ENSTA Paristech, Paris, France
[2]AREVA NP, Saint Marcel, France

The prediction of mechanical response of assemblies during arc welding necessitates the knowledge of thermal history of the components and the constitutive behavior of the materials. COMSOL can simulate thermal and structural interaction but it needs to evaluate the time evolution of internal variables like viscoplastic strain and hardening parameters. In the present paper we extend the ...

2D Simulations and Electro-Thermal Analysis of Microheater Designs using COMSOL for Gas Sensor Applications

G. Velmathi, N. Ramshanker, and S. Mohan
Department of Instrumentation, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Microheaters have been widely investigated because of their extensive applications in gas sensors, flow rate sensors and other Microsystems. The geometric optimization for the microheater was performed by simulating a wide range of possible geometries using COMSOL Multiphysics, a commercial Finite Element Analysis (FEA) package. The simulated results of Microheaters having an improved ...

Power Transistor Heat Sink Design Trade-offs

T. Eppes, I. Milanovic, and G. Quarshie
University of Hartford
West Hartford, CT

Power transistors require heat sinks to dissipate thermal energy and keep junction temperatures below the recommended limit. The reliability and longevity of any semiconductor device is inversely proportional to the junction temperature. Hence, a significant increase in reliability and component life can be achieved by a small reduction in operating temperature. A range of heat sink designs ...

Dimensionless versus Dimensional Analysis in CFD and Heat Transfer

H. Dillon[1], A.F. Emery[1], A. Mescher[1], and R.J. Cochran[2]
[1]University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
[2]Applied CHT, Seattle, WA, USA

Students in engineering and science are often exposed early in their studies to non dimensional analysis. When it comes to solving fluid flow/heat transfer problems, many solutions, particularly industrial ones, are based on finite element/finite volume using dimensioned quantities. In order to compare to reference information one would like to use codes like COMSOL Multiphysics to solve non ...

Effective Thermal Conductivity of Composite: Numerical and Experimental Study

M. Karkri
Université Paris-Est, CERTES, Créteil Cedex, France

In this paper, thermal properties of composites are investigated numerically and experimentally. In the numerical study, finite-elements method in COMSOL is used to modelize heat transfer and to calculate the Effective Thermal Conductivity (ETC) of the composite for three elementary cells, such as simple cubic (SC), body centered cubic (BCC) and face centered cubic (FCC). The effect of the ...

Solar Cell Cooling and Heat Recovery in a Concentrated Photovoltaic System

M. Cozzini[1]
[1]Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Renewable Energies and Environmental Technologies (REET) Unit, Trento, Italy

Concentrated photovoltaic systems with high efficiency solar cells are being widely investigated, aiming at improving the cost-efficiency balance in the solar energy field. Different cell types are in use: e.g., high concentration triple junction cells, reaching efficiencies of the order of 35 - 40 % at 1000 suns, and medium concentration mono-crystalline silicon cells, with efficiencies of the ...

Ampacity Simulation of a High Voltage Cable Used in Offshore Wind Farms

E. Pelster[1]
[1]Wenger Engineering, Ulm, Germany

The ampacity of a cable depends on the cross section of its conductor. When selecting a cable design for a specific application it is of interest to choose the lowest possible conductor cross section in order to reduce material costs. Therefore an exact calculation of the ampacity is necessary (it is usually limited by the thermal resistance of the insulating cable materials). Commonly the ...

Multiphysics Modelling of Standing Column Well and Implementation of Heat Pumps Off-Loading Sequence

A. Nguyen[1], P. Pasquier[1], D. Marcotte[1]
[1] Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada

A fully coupled multiphysics model involving heat transfer and groundwater flow within a SCW and its surrounding ground was implemented in COMSOL Multiphysics 4.2a with MATLAB to simulate a 24-hour heating operation. The heat pumps were modeled using interpolation functions thereby allowing the effect of the pumped water temperature on the capacity and coefficient of performance of the heat ...

FEM Analysis of Laser-Induced Heating of Gold Nanoparticles

D. Gonzalez[1], J. Gardner[1], and O. Tigli[2]
[1]Biomedical Engineering, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL,
[2]Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

Nanoparticles are being extensively researched as a noninvasive method for selectively targeting and killing cancer cells. In this study, we model the thermal activation of gold nanospheres and nanorods in a fluidic environment to determine the thermal response of the surrounding medium.

Analysis of Thermoelectric Phenomena

J. Crompton, S. Yushanov, L. Gritter, and K. Koppenhoefer
AltaSim Technologies, LLC.
Columbus, OH

Thermoelectric phenomena provide the direct conversion of heat into electricity or electricity into heat, the phenomena is described by three related mechanisms: the Seebeck, Peltier and Thomson effects. Thermoelectric devices have found many applications ranging from temperature measurement, solid state heating or cooling and direct energy conversion from waste heat. In this paper, analysis ...