How to Analyze Thermoelectric Cooler Designs with a COMSOL App

Nancy Bannach March 8, 2017

Thermoelectric coolers come in various types and sizes, including single-stage and multistage devices. Their application area is large, as they are used in both consumer products like cooling boxes and as temperature controllers in satellites. If you are looking to analyze the design of a thermoelectric cooler and optimize it for a specific application area, a simulation app is an efficient way to accomplish your goals. We discuss how to use the Thermoelectric Cooler demo app in this blog post.

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Caty Fairclough March 6, 2017

One way to design utility boilers with high thermal efficiency is to improve their furnaces — the most important part in their energy conversion process. Studying furnaces in utility boilers requires engineers to account for radiation, which can be difficult to solve for analytically and expensive to study experimentally. As an alternative, we can use the COMSOL Multiphysics® software to analyze radiative heat transfer in utility boiler furnaces and improve their designs.

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Bridget Cunningham March 1, 2017

To provide sufficient support for a rotating shaft or journal, it is important to choose a hydrodynamic bearing design with the right load capacity. If the applied loads are greater than a bearing design can handle, it can cause excessive wear and instability. With the Rotordynamics Module, an add-on product to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, you can compare the load capacities for different types of hydrodynamic bearings and determine which one is best suited for your particular application.

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Rémi Magnard February 28, 2017

When modeling a structure with beam elements, we don’t use the actual 3D geometry. Instead, we use a line model, which represents the other two dimensions through defining a set of cross-section properties. With the Beam Section Calculator simulation app, we can easily find the properties for a wide range of beam sections from European and American standards. The app also makes it simple to accurately compute the stress distribution for a given set of applied moments and forces.

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Caty Fairclough February 23, 2017

Maintaining cool temperatures in buildings is necessary to keep people comfortable, particularly for those living in hot climates. For houses that aren’t optimized for thermal performance, cooling requires large amounts of energy and money. To reduce these costs, researchers from the University of Ferrara, Italy looked to improve roofs as part of the Life HEROTILE project. To accomplish this, they modeled novel roof tiles that are designed to increase air permeability and lower cooling costs.

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Mads Herring Jensen January 26, 2017

Modeling acoustically large problems requires a memory-efficient approach like the discontinuous Galerkin method. To make solving these types of problems easier, we’ve added a new physics interface based on this method to the Acoustics Module: the Convected Wave Equation, Time Explicit interface. It can include a stationary background flow and is suited for modeling linear ultrasound applications. Today, we will explore how to use this interface with the example of an ultrasound flow meter.

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Magnus Ringh January 25, 2017

Even if the barbecue season has not started yet in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, there is always time to think about how to improve your grilling skills. In this blog post, we show how to use the COMSOL Multiphysics® software to determine the best way to arrange the coals or briquettes in a charcoal grill for even heat and to avoid hot spots. Even heat is required when making a grilled pizza, for example.

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Caty Fairclough January 19, 2017

For those looking to solve complex transport process problems involving photonics and microfluidics, it can be challenging to account for all of the elements involved, including multiple physics phenomena. However, this is necessary for accurate results. By using multiphysics simulation, Carl Meinhart from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Numerical Design, Inc. accurately modeled transport processes in two application areas: high-frequency acoustics and microfluidic valves. Watch his keynote talk from the COMSOL Conference 2016 Boston to get the details.

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Bridget Paulus January 16, 2017

When a pipe springs a leak, it’s important to find its location with a quick and accurate method. Engineers at Echologics — a Mueller Technologies Company — use a combination of acoustic sensors and simulation applications to pinpoint such leaks. Sebastien Perrier of Echologics discussed the benefits of this approach and gave a live demonstration of an acoustics modeling app during his keynote talk at the COMSOL Conference 2016 Boston. If you missed Sebastien’s presentation, you can watch it below.

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Linus Andersson January 5, 2017

Dolphins and bats have relied on echolocation for millions of years. Yet, it would take until the early 1900s before humans first developed and used sonar. Not long after came the first countermeasure: the anechoic coating. Today, we’ll look at how you can model the reduction in echo that this provides using COMSOL Multiphysics®. Similar modeling techniques can also be used for other periodic structures, such as perforates, phononic crystals, and various sound absorbers.

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Bridget Cunningham January 2, 2017

When a reciprocating engine’s crankshaft is under rotation, self-excited vibrations occur. These vibrations result from the eccentricity of the crank pin and balance masses on the mechanical part. Here, we’ll accurately study the response of the rotors and the orbits of the mass balances on the shaft with the Rotordynamics Module, a new add-on product to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software and Structural Mechanics Module. From these results, you can improve a crankshaft’s design to reduce vibrations, while optimizing engine performance.

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