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Industrial Applications of Carbon and Graphite for Thermal Management

Richard Beyerle, Nathanael May, Ryan Paul, GrafTech International, OH, USA

At GrafTech International, engineers develop carbon and graphite products for applications from consumer electronics to industrial induction furnaces. Mathematical modeling is used to better understand and optimize the electrical, structural, and thermal performance of carbon and graphite in a particular application. At GrafTech, simulation apps extend the power of numerical simulation to sales ...

Enhancing Performance and Safety of Medical Implantable Devices with Multiphysics Simulation

Freddy Hansen, St. Jude Medical (Now Abbott), CA, USA

At St. Jude Medical (now Abbott), Freddy Hansen uses multiphysics simulation to model left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) to improve the outlook and quality of life for patients with heart failure. Numerical simulations spanning fluid dynamics, power supply, and thermal management allow him to characterize this complex device before experimental studies. Development efforts at St. Jude ...

Virtually Tuning an Automotive Audio System

Michal Bogdanski, Francois Malbos, Michael Strauss;
HARMAN, France

HARMAN is a market leader in connected car setups and equips 80% of the world's luxury cars with premium audio systems. Each type of vehicle requires a unique setup, as factors such as placement and orientation of speakers, speaker packaging, and driver enclosure geometry greatly influence the sound experience. To quickly and accurately provide customers with a design, the team at HARMAN uses ...

Promoting Industrial Innovation with Custom Simulation Apps

Edward Furlani, University at Buffalo, NY, USA

Simulation apps enable organizations without a simulation expert to leverage the power of numerical simulation. Edward Furlani, a professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at University at Buffalo (UB) SUNY is training the next set of engineering entrepreneurs by connecting them with industry partners to analyze and design materials and devices for commercial purposes. Furlani ...

HPC-Enabled Simulation Aids in the Design of Customized High-Power Electrical Devices

M. Siatkowski, BLOCK Transformatoren-Elektronik, Germany

Engineers at Block Transformatoren-Elektronik design custom coiled products, including transformers, power supplies, EMC filters, and reactors. Their products meet exact specifications regarding working frequency, product size, weight, electrical power losses, electrical insulation, and environmental conditions. To save on development costs, the researchers at Block use the COMSOL Multiphysics® ...

Man-Made Stars: Evaluating Structural Integrity in High-Performance Nuclear Fusion Machines for Power Generation

Jeffrey Doody, MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center, Cambridge, MA, USA

For over 50 years, power generation through nuclear fusion has been the focus of international research efforts to demonstrate its use as a clean, safe, and practically limitless source of energy. Researchers at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) proposed the Advanced Divertor eXperiment (ADX) tokamak, which is a compact nuclear fusion machine with a modular design, to serve as an R ...

Medtronic Advances Ablation Technology with Multiphysics Simulation

Casey Ladtkow, Medtronic, Boulder, CO, USA

Researchers at Medtronic studied ablation technology using multiphysics simulation to enhance physicians' abilities to plan and implement ablation procedures. Their research aimed to understand and optimize the emitting and receiving properties of ablation probes to eliminate soft tissue tumors. With the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, the research team investigated diverse aspects of the ...

Simulating Laser-Material Interactions

Manyalibo Matthews, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), CA, USA

California-based Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) oversees the National Ignition Facility (NIF), which houses the world's largest and most energetic laser. Repeated use of this laser can damage the optics, which guide and focus the laser within the system. Manyalibo Matthews, deputy group leader in the Materials Science Division of LLNL, and his team study techniques to repair and ...

Increasing Lifespans of High-Power Electrical Systems

Samuel Hartmann, ABB Semiconductors, Switzerland

ABB Semiconductors increased the lifespan of an insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) using multiphysics simulation. IGBT modules are used in high-power electrical systems and are subjected to repeated electrical, thermal, and mechanical loading. The ABB team explored different wire-emitter configurations to see if stitched bonding techniques could extend product lifetime, and used new ...

Application Builder and COMSOL Server: A Review

William T. Vetterling, Zink Imaging, MA, USA

William Vetterling, research fellow and manager of the Image Science Laboratory at Zink Imaging, created an intuitive and easy-to-use simulation app that computes the current distribution and heating throughout a thermal print head design and displays the computed results in a clear, uncluttered way. The app was built with the Application Builder tool available within COMSOL Multiphysics®. ...