How to Model Short Circuits in Lithium-Ion Batteries

Edmund Dickinson | October 25, 2016

A short circuit in a battery is bad news: the chemical energy stored in the battery is lost as heat, rather than being used to power a device. Short circuits create intense heat, which can degrade battery materials or lead to fires or explosions due to thermal runaway. To avoid conditions that lead to short circuits in devices and ensure that short circuits do not cause unsafe operating conditions, we can study lithium-ion battery designs with the COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

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Phillip Oberdorfer | October 20, 2016

Last week, the COMSOL Conference 2016 Munich brought together academic and industry simulation experts from all over Europe. Now, we would like to share some photographs of the event with you. If you joined us at the conference, try to find yourself in the photo slideshow!

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Caty Fairclough | October 19, 2016

In certain food and pharmaceutical industries, different types of dryers are used to dry heat-sensitive products. Vacuum dryers offer one solution for removing water and organic solvents from these sensitive substances. For optimal vacuum dryer design performance, engineers need to balance the dual needs of a rapid drying time and high-quality end products. To achieve this, you can study the vacuum drying process with the COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

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Pawan Soami | October 18, 2016

To accurately simulate a gear and obtain useful results, it is important to consider a number of elements behind the device’s design and how they are modeled. New features and functionality in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software provide you with the tools to address such properties and thus advance the reliability of your simulation studies. Today, we’ll review the various elements of gear modeling and explain how to account for them in our modeling processes.

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Bridget Paulus | October 17, 2016

Developing a device that generates nuclear fusion would provide a nearly limitless amount of clean energy on Earth. But while work on thermonuclear fusion began in the 1950s, engineers are still trying to make this goal a reality. One approach has been to use magnetic confinement devices known as tokamaks. See why a group of engineers at MIT’s Plasma Science Fusion Center (PSFC) turned to simulation to address a key challenge in tokamak design: instability due to plasma disruptions.

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Lauren Sansone | October 13, 2016

Experts in industry and academia joined us from near and far at the COMSOL Conference 2016 Boston last week. It was a great event for connecting, learning, and innovating — and now that it’s over, we’d like to share some photos and attendee feedback with you.

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Caty Fairclough | October 12, 2016

Last week, users of COMSOL Multiphysics® presented innovative projects at the COMSOL Conference 2016 Boston. Topics ranged from the human body to acoustic black holes, and while it was hard to pick favorites, a few of the submissions stood out above the rest. Attendees voted for their favorite poster and our committee selected six of the best papers and posters. Curious about who won? Here’s a round-up of the top papers and posters from the COMSOL Conference 2016 Boston…

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Ed Gonzalez | October 11, 2016

Many polymers and biological tissues exhibit viscoelastic deformation, which has a time-dependent response even if the loading is constant in time. Linear viscoelasticity, where the stress depends linearly on the strain and strain rate, is a common approximation. We usually assume that the viscous part of the deformation is incompressible, so the volumetric deformation is purely elastic. In COMSOL Multiphysics® 5.2a, you can model large-strain viscoelasticity besides linear viscoelasticity. See how to use this material model in a biomedical application.

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Caty Fairclough | October 10, 2016

Mixers are used for different purposes in many modern industries. If you are looking for an efficient mixer design process, you need a simulation tool that enables you to mix and match different mixer elements. With the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, you can create a mixer geometry that fits your own needs. Today, we’ll discuss modeling a laminar mixing problem with a flat-bottom mixer and two turbulent mixing problems with dished-bottom mixers that utilize the k-epsilon and k-omega turbulence models.

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Amlan Barua | October 7, 2016

In 1961, R. Fitzhugh (Ref. 1) and J. Nagumo proposed a model for emulating the current signal observed in a living organism’s excitable cells. This became known as the FitzHugh-Nagumo (FN) model of mathematical neuroscience and is a simpler version of the Hodgkin-Huxley (HH) model (Ref. 2), which demonstrates the spiking currents in neurons. In today’s blog post, we’ll examine the dynamics of the FN model by building an interactive app in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

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Temesgen Kindo | October 6, 2016

In a previous blog post, we discussed integration methods in time and space, touching on how to compute antiderivatives using integration coupling operators. Today, we’ll expand on that idea and show you how to analyze spatial integrals over variable limits, whether they are prescribed explicitly or defined implicitly. The technique that we will describe can be helpful for analyzing results as well as for solving integral and integro-differential equations in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

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