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AC/DC & Electromagnetics Blog Posts

Particle Tracing in a Component of a Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer

July 25, 2016

Quadrupole mass filters, the key component of quadrupole mass spectrometers, filter ions by their charge-to-mass ratio, only allowing ions with a certain ratio to pass through the device. As such, a high transmission probability for a specific ion through the filter is desirable. However, fringe fields in the mass filter can affect this probability. By using multiphysics simulation, we can take a closer look at quadrupole mass filters and investigate the effect of fringe fields on these devices.

Do Bumblebees Use Their Hairs or Antennae for Electroreception?

July 19, 2016

While bumblebees are not a complete mystery, we still have a lot more to learn about these helpful insects. A topic with a lot of buzz surrounding it is how they find food. Using electroreception, an ability most often found in aquatic animals, is one possibility. But how do bumblebees use electroreception? To find answers, a research team at the University of Bristol combined the power of physical experiments and simulation.

How to Analyze an Induction Motor: A TEAM Benchmark Model

July 18, 2016

In this blog post, we work through the three-phase induction motor described in Testing Electromagnetic Analysis Methods (TEAM) workshop problem 30a. We analyze the induction motor in 2D using the transient solver in the Rotating Machinery, Magnetic interface. We investigate the motor’s start-up dynamics by coupling the electromagnetic analysis with the rotor dynamics, including the inertial effects. At the end, we compare the benchmark model’s results with those from the COMSOL Multiphysics simulation.

How to Dynamically Modify Geometries in Simulation Apps

July 13, 2016

The Application Builder is a powerful tool for transforming models into customized, easy-to-use apps. An app’s intuitive user interface (UI) not only gives you control over simulation inputs and geometric parameters, but it also enables you to program the app to perform complex operations. Today, we’ll demonstrate how to create an app that allows you to dynamically create or modify geometry parts and apply appropriate physical specifications and mesh, all thanks to the power and flexibility of the Method Editor.

Part 2: Model a Linear Electromagnetic Plunger with a Blocker

June 14, 2016

In the previous part of our Electromagnetic Device series, we showed you how to model a linear electromagnetic plunger attached to a spring and damper and compute the position, velocity, and electromagnetic forces. Here, we will demonstrate an actuator that includes a blocker/stopper to restrict linear motion. We will also discuss how to model the contact and release of this actuator using the Events, Magnetic Fields, Moving Mesh, and Global ODEs and DAEs interfaces.

Part 1: How to Model a Linear Electromagnetic Plunger

June 7, 2016

An electromagnetic plunger is an electromechanical device that converts electrical energy into a linear mechanical motion. This motion can be used to move an external load such as closing electromagnetic valves and closing or opening electromagnetic relays. In this blog post, we introduce a procedure to model the behavior and dynamics of an electromagnetic plunger that consists of a multi-turn coil, magnetic core, nonmagnetic guider, and magnetic plunger.

ETREMA Analyzes Magnetostrictive Materials with Simulation

May 24, 2016

The magnetostrictive effect causes magnetic materials to change their shape when a magnetic field is applied. Materials that exhibit such behavior are used in a range of devices, from loudspeakers to actuators. In order to analyze one type of device, a magnetostrictive transducer, researchers from ETREMA Products, Inc. performed single-physics and multiphysics simulation studies in COMSOL Multiphysics. See how the flexible nature of the software enabled the team to study various aspects of the device and optimize its overall design.

Simulating a 3D Multilayered Graphene Biosensor Design

May 2, 2016

Graphene is a material with a strong presence — and impact — throughout the scientific community. Amongst its many uses, researchers are looking to graphene as a potential material solution within sensor designs for medical and biosensing applications. Today, we’ll explore the role of simulation in analyzing and optimizing a 3D multilayered graphene biosensor.