D. Testi, P. Conti
University of Pisa, Department of Energy and Systems Engineering, Pisa, Italy
The use of foundation piles as ground heat exchangers coupled to a geothermal heat pump is considered of interest for possible savings in installation costs, compared to conventional borehole heat exchangers. We refer to them as “geothermal piles” or “energy piles”. The main purpose of the foundation structure is to transmit the load of the building to the lower layers of the soil, best suited ...
Complex K-Bands Calculation for Plasmonic Crystal Slabs by Means of Weak Formulation of Helmholtz's Eigenvalue Equation
G. Parisi, P. Zilio, F. Romanato
University of Padova, Padova, Italy
We present a Finite Element Method (FEM) to calculate the complex valued k(?) dispersion curves of a photonic crystal slab in presence of both dispersive and lossy materials. In particular the method can be exploited to study plasmonic crystal slabs. We adopt Perfectly Matched Layers (PMLs) in order to truncate the open boundaries of the model, including their related anisotropic permittivity ...
C. Tonry, M. K. Patel, C. Bailey, M. P.Y. Desmuliez, W. Yu
Computational Mechanics and Reliability Group (CMRG), School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
Microsystems Engineering Centre (MISCEC, School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Heriot Watt University, Earl Mountbatten Building, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
State Key Laboratory of Applied Optics, Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, Jilin, China
Electric Field Assisted Capillarity (EFAC) is a novel technique for the fabrication of hollow polymer microstructures. It has advantages over current methods as it is a single step process. Hollow microstructures have many uses in industry from microchannels and microcapsules in BioMEMS to fibre-optical waveguides. It makes use of the dielectric properties of polymers combined with a heavily ...
I.M. Abdel-Motaleb, K. Ravanasa, K.J. Soderholm
Department of Electrical Engineering, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA
Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL USA
Studying teeth grinding behavior and other oral conditions requires the ability to accurately measure the pressure on the teeth. Placing a sensor in the mouth requires small size devices with powering and measurement techniques that do not hinder the normal life of the patient. To meet these requirements, we designed, using COMSOL, a small, easy to read MEMS capacitive force sensor, with ...
Multiphysics Modelling of Standing Column Well and Implementation of Heat Pumps Off-Loading Sequence
A. Nguyen, P. Pasquier, D. Marcotte
 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 ...
The Effects of the Electrical Double Layer on Giant Ionic Currents through Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes
G. Zhang[,][,], S.L. Bearden 
Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA
Institute for Biological Interfaces of Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA
Electrofluidic transport through a single walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) is enhanced by electroosmosis. Electroosmosis is made possible in these devices by the combination of a large slip length within SWCNTs and the interfacial potential at the solution/nanotube interface. A computational model of a SWCNT device was developed using COMSOL Multiphysics to investigate the complete electrical ...
M.H. Babaei, T. Dabros, S.B. Savage
Ocean, Coastal, and River Engineering, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Natural Resources Canada, CanmetENERGY, Devon, AB, Canada
Department of Civil Engineering & Applied Mechanics, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
In this study, the dam-break type two-dimensional gravitational collapse of rectangular granular piles in air was numerically studied. The frictional behavior of the material was based on the von-Mises model with the Mohr-Coulomb yield surface leading to pressure and strain-rate-dependence of shear viscosity. The governing equations of the problem were solved using the COMSOL two-phase flow CFD ...
P. Gagnon, H. Manouzi, M. El Amraoui, Y. Messaddeq
Laval University, Quebec City, QC, Canada
An important step in designing a microstructured optical fiber is the computation and management of its dispersion curve. It is well-known that computing chromatic dispersion can be done analytically for certain geometries (e.g. step-index fibers), but no such analytical methods is known in the realm of microstructured optical fibers. Figure 1, Figure 2, and Figure 3 illustrate cross-sections of ...
A. Jeremic, E. Khosrowshahli
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Although mammography is extremely important diagnostic technique, it suffers from some limitations such as false negative and positive results, using ionizing radiation and patient’s discomfort. Microwave imaging has been recently proposed as an additional medical imaging technique which can potentially overcome some of the shortcomings of the mammography. We believe that the accuracy of ...
Computation of Capacitance, Inductance, and Potential Distribution of Integrated-Circuit Interconnects for Unshielded Four Conductors with Three Levels Systems
S.M. Musa, M.N.O. Sadiku, J.D. Oliver
Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX, USA
In this paper an attempt has been made to design and analyze integrated circuit interconnects for unshielded four conductors with three levels system using Finite Element Method (FEM). The computational and simulation work has been carried out with help of COMSOL Multiphysics software. We illustrate that FEM is as accurate and effective for modeling multilayered multiconductor transmission ...