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Vibrations of a Disk Backed by an Air-Filled Cylinder

The vibration modes of a thin or thick circular disc are well known, and it is possible to compute the corresponding eigenfrequencies to arbitrary precision from a series solution. The same is true for the acoustic modes of an air-filled cylinder with perfectly rigid walls. A more interesting question to ask is: What happens if the cylinder is sealed in one end not by a rigid wall but by a thin ...

Rotordynamics: Eigenfrequencies of a Rotating Blade

High rotational speed in rotating machineries can result in centrifugal forces of considerable magnitude. The forces induced by the rotation give rise to two counteracting effects: stress-stiffening and spin-softening (or centrifugal softening). The former is caused by the stationary stress field created by the centrifugal force and acts to increase the stiffness of the body, and so increase its ...

Radially Polarized Piezoelectric Transducer

This tutorial model shows how a user-defined coordinate system can be used to create any type of directional polarization of a piezoelectric material. Results are shown for the case of radial polarization of a piezoelectric disk. The piezoelectric material is PZT-5H. The example shows a static analysis. Visualization of the cylindrical coordinate system as well as the stress/strain in that system ...

Vibrating Membrane

The natural frequencies of a prestressed circular membrane are computed and compared with analytical solutions. Two method are used: In the first study the prestress is given explicitly, while in the second study an external load provides the prestress.

3D Fluid-Structure Interaction Simulation of an Obstacle in a Fluid Channel

In this model, fluid is flowing through a channel containing a flexible obstacle. Due to the viscous and pressure forces asserted by the fluid, the obstacle bends. With the obstacle undergoing a large deformation, the fluid flow domain also changes considerably. COMSOL Multiphysics takes these changes into account by computing the flow field on a moving mesh attached to the obstacle. In this ...

Eigenfrequency Analysis of a Free Cylinder

This model calculates the eigenfrequencies and mode shapes of an unconstrained cylinder in axisymmetry. The model is taken from NAFEMS Free Vibration Benchmarks. The eigenfrequencies are compared with the values given in the benchmark report.

Pratt Truss Bridge

This model is inspired by a classic bridge type called a Pratt truss bridge. You can identify a Pratt truss by its diagonal members, which (except for the very end ones) all slant down and in toward the center of the span. All the diagonal members are subject to tension forces only, while the shorter vertical members handle the compressive forces. Since the tension removes the buckling risk, this ...

Vibrations of an Impeller

This tutorial model demonstrates the use of dynamic cyclic symmetry with postprocessing on the full geometry. A 3D impeller with eight identical blades can be divided into eight sectors of symmetry. The model computes the fundamental frequencies for the full impeller geometry and compares them to the values computed for a single sector with the Floquet periodicity boundary conditions applied on ...

Frequency Response Analysis of a Simply Supported Plate

In this model, a thick square plate is excited by a harmonic uniform pressure. A frequency sweep is performed to find the frequency with maximum displacement. The solution is compared with a NAFEMS benchmark

Wave Propagation in Rock Under Blast Loads

Transient analysis of the wave propagation in rock mass caused by a short duration load on the surface. Such loads are typical during tunnel constructions and other excavations using blasting. The model shows the use of the Low-reflecting boundary conditions to truncate the computational domain to a reasonable size. The results are in very good agreement with those presented in the following ...

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