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Optimization Slashes Energy Consumption in Silicon-Based MEMS CO2 Detectors

Serge Gidon

CEA, Leti, Minatec, Grenoble, France

CEA-MINATEC is an international center for micro and nano-technologies which is funded by CEA, a French government-funded technological research organization. One of their current projects is developing silicon-based MEMS CO2 sensors that employ optical detection for monitoring adequate building ventilation. For the sensor to function, a filament is heated to a specific temperature so that it ...

Simulation-Based Engineering Fosters Innovation and Invention

Ozgur Yildirim and Zihong Guo
Intellectual Ventures
Bellevue, WA

Simulation-based engineering is the key to shortening time to market for innovations. Intellectual Ventures, in Bellevue, WA, is reaping the benefits of using COMSOL Multiphysics to accelerate their workflow from design study to prototype, and then on to their customers as inventions through various partnerships and licensing programs. Projects where COMSOL has been used include the ...

Upgrading the Nuts and Bolts of the Electrical Grid for a New Generation

Göran Eriksson
ABB AB Corporate Research Power Technologies
Västerås, Sweden

Lukas Graber, Mikael Steurer, and Tim Chiocchio
Center for Advanced Power Systems
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies
Billerica, MA

Migrating the electrical grid to a “smart grid” is usually discussed in terms of IT issues or embedded systems. Yet, just as important updating the “nuts and bolts” of the smart grid. At ABB AB Corporate Research Power Technologies in Sweden, scientists are working to reduce line current and the resulting resistive loss in cables caused by the use of increased voltage in modern ...

When it’s Impossible to Take Actual Measurements, Multiphysics Provides the Answers

Simon Chiartano,
Terres Réfractaires du Boulonnais (TRB), France

To contain splashes and provide protection at plants where metal is fabricated, blast furnace runners need a roof made of cast iron and concrete. Terres Réfractaires Du Boulonnais, a manufacturing company in France, has hundreds of blast furnaces with a short functional lifespan, so engineers need to design roof runners as economically as possible while maintaining overall safety. During the ...

COMSOL Assists Master Chef in Winning International Competition

Dagbjorn Skipnes

Nofima Norconserv AS,
Stavanger, Norway

Nofima is a research group majority owned by the Ministry of Fisheries that performs research and development in aquaculture, fisheries, and the food industry. Nofima collaborated with the Norwegian Centres of Expertise – Culinology and Chef Gunnar Hvarnes to promote halibut through a cooking competition and provided research to ensure a new recipe for a fried halibut fish roll was cooked ...

Scattering of Electromagnetic Waves by Particles

S. Yushanov, J. Crompton, and K. C. Koppenhoefer, Altasim Technologies, OH, USA

When electromagnetic waves propagate through matter, they interact with inhomogeneities and particles that can locally disrupt the electron distribution, causing electromagnetic radiation and scattering. One mathematical model used to describe the scattering of electromagnetic waves is called Mie scattering, which provides a general solution independent of particle size. Examples of phenomena ...

A Smooth Optical Surface in Minutes

Anthony Beaucamp
Zeeko Ltd
Leicestershire, UK

Zeeko Ltd is a technology company that manufactures corrective polishing machines for optics and other surfaces. They are presently researching fluid jet polishing (FJP), which pumps a mixture of water and abrasive particles through a nozzle onto a work piece. Unfortunately, FJP tends to introduce waveforms on to the polished surfaces, which in turn causes serious problems with optics. It is ...

Multiphysics Software, a Versatile, Cost-Effective R&D Tool at Sharp

Chris Brown
Sharp Laboratories of Europe, UK

There are several kinds of technology that designers at Sharp Laboratories of Europe work to create. From LED lighting, displays, and microfluidic lab-on-a-chip technology, to complex energy systems used in various devices, Sharp needed a new approach to finding the best designs. COMSOL Multiphysics and its add-on products provided the versatility to augment Sharp's research and development in ...

Modeling Helps Improve Safety in the Production of Teflon

Martin Beckmann-Kluge & Fabio Ferrero

BAM German Federal Institute for Materials Research & Testing, Berlin, Germany

BAM German Federal Institute for Materials Research & Testing in Berlin promotes industrial development by providing research and consultation on materials technology and chemical engineering. Their recent work has been in analyzing the process by which highly flammable TFE gas is converted into a solid called PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), or the non-stick coating commonly known as ...

Optimized Induction Heating Techniques Improve Manufacturing Processes

I. Jain,
Tata Steel, India

Induction heating has become a valuable tool used by the steel industry for manufacturing various metal products. The process provides more precise heating control, uses less energy, and offers better quality assurance and reliability than traditional production processes. Tata Steel, one of the top ten steel companies worldwide, is using multiphysics simulation to analyze the electromagnetic, ...

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