Technical Papers and Presentations

Here you will find presentations given at COMSOL Conferences around the globe. The presentations explore the innovative research and products designed by your peers using COMSOL Multiphysics. Research topics span a wide array of industries and application areas, including the electrical, mechanical, fluid, and chemical disciplines. Use the Quick Search to find presentations pertaining to your application area.

Piezoelectric Buzzer Optimization for Micropumps

A. Garcia[1], A. Marcus[1], F. Tejo[1], C. Precker[1], C. Moreira[2]
[1]Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, Campina Grande, PB, Brazil
[2]Instituto Federal de Alagoas, Maceio, AL, Brazil

Piezoelectric buzzers are low cost devices which can be used successfully as actuators in diaphragm-based micro-pumps. The buzzers are piezoelectric wafers (lead-zirconate-titanate-PZT) that are glued on a brass membrane and they are available within different sizes and thicknesses. For the best performance of a diaphragm pump, it is necessary to have a large displacement of the membrane. This ...

Comparison of an Analytical and Numerical Solution for the Landmine Detection Problem

M. Mattingly[1], K. McIlhany[2], and R. Malek-Madani[3]

[1]Applied Research Laboratory, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA
[2]Physics Department, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA
[3]Mathematics Department, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA

Acoustic landmine detection is accomplished using a loud speaker as an airborne source to generate low-frequency waves that enter the soil at a certain incident angle. At a specific frequency, the landmine will "vibrate" at resonance, imparting a certain velocity on the soil particles above it that is detected by a scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer system. The ability to mathematically predict ...

Improving the Performance of Hearing Aids Using Acoustic Simulations

Mads Jakob Herring Jensen
Dr., Widex A/S, Denmark

In modern hearing aids, the performance of directional microphone systems is dependent on both the acoustics around thehearing aid and on the specific signal processing algorithms. The sound pressure at the microphone inlets depends on microphone location in the hearing-aid shell, the inlet shape, and on the placement of the hearing aid on the head of the user. In the present work, the ...

Simulation Analysis of Acoustic Radiation Force under Ultrasound Exposure and Effect to Microbubbles in Flow

T. Ito
Masuda Laboratory
Tokyo University of Agriculture & Technology

This paper is in Japanese.

Two- and Three-Dimensional Holey Phononic Crystals with Unit Cells of Resonators

Y.F. Wang[1][2], Y.S. Wang[1], L. Wang[2]
[1]Institute of Engineering Mechanics, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China
[2]Department of Mechanical Engineering, Østfold University College, Halden, Norway

We show in this paper that by careful design of the geometry of the resonators, complete bandgap with relatively low center frequency can be obtained for 2D and 3D Phononic Crystals with resonators. The generation of the bandgap is due to the local resonance of the unit cell. Spring-mass and spring-pendulum models are developed to predict the boundaries of the complete bandgap. The predicted ...

Computational Modeling of Wave Propagation in a Geophysical Domain

J. McKenna[1], M. McKenna[1], S. Yushanov[2], J. Crompton[2], and K. Koppenhoefer[2]
[1]U.S. Army Engineering Research and Development Center
[2]ACES of Columbus, LLC, Columbus, OH, USA

The propagation of shear (S) and compression (P) waves within the earth allows geologists to track seismic events and to identify subterranean structure. This work shows the strong effect of including the variation of wave speed through the top thirty meters of the earth. By including this variation in material properties, the wave arrival time and frequency content agree with experimental ...

Numerical Model of a Very Light Jet Cavity

F. Teuma Tsafack, T. Kletschkowski, and D. Sachau
Helmut-Schmidt-University / University of the Federal Armed Forces, Hamburg, Germany

To prepare for the installation of a combined audio-ANC-system for a very light jet (VLJ), a finite element model of the investigated cavity was developed.Both an eigenvalue analysis and a time harmonic analysis were performed. The latter was needed to determine the transfer functions between error sensors and actuators.The simulations were performed using COMSOL Multiphysics. The results of the ...

Designing Materials for Mechanical Invisibility Cloaks

P. Olsson[1], F. Larsson[1], A. Khlopotin[1], S. Razanica[1]
[1]Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

In solid mechanics, there is considerable interest in achieving “invisibility”. The applications in mechanics include protection of structures and parts of structures from potentially harmful transient waves and steady state vibrations. A suggested large scale application is that protection against seismic waves from earthquakes could be achieved by using cloaking to re-route the waves around ...

Toward an Evaluation of the Tonal Colouring of the Japanese koto using COMSOL Multiphysics and Acoustics Module

K. Coaldrake[1]
[1]The University of Adelaide, Adelaide City, South Australia, Australia

This paper investigates the potential for a multidisciplinary approach using COMSOL Multiphysics for the evaluation of the tonal colouring of the Japanese koto (13-stringed zither). It uses Ando’s classic acoustic studies (1986; 1996) as a benchmark for the analysis of the natural resonant frequencies and design of the sounding body of the koto. It reports on the development of the model and ...

Wave Carpet Simulation using Coupled Hydro-elastic FEMLAB Model

Ibragimov A., Koola, P.M.
Texas Tech University, Mathematics and Statistics, Lubbock TX, BSI One KBSI Place, East University, TX

Wave Carpet is a novel deep offshore wave-power floating system concept funded by the Office of Naval Research that will have low overall life cycle cost due to an integrated design and be rapidly redeployable. In this paper we numerically model the Wave Carpet motion using a coupled hydro-elastic time-domain solution. The major feature of the mathematical model is the presence of non ...

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