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.

Can the Drumhead be Decomposed from Spectra? - An Application for the Chesapeake Bay

K. McIlhany[1], and R. Malek-Madani[2]
[1]Physics Department, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA
[2]Mathematics Department, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA

In 1966, mathematician Mark Kac proposed the question "Can One Hear the Shape of a Drum?" in an article for American Mathematical Monthly. In attempting to resolve the Chesapeake Bay from an eigenfunctional approach, a one-to-one mapping of this famous problem has been identified. The quote above will re-write to "Can One Hear the Shape of a Drum from Multiple Point-Sampled Spectra?". This ...

Validation of the Acoustic Finite Element Model of a Very Light Jet Cavity Mock-up

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

This paper presents an important step in developing a combined active noise- and audio system for a light jet. To prepare its installation both a wooden mock-up and a finite element model of the investigated cavity were created. Sensitivity analysis and key parameters selection were done in order to validate the model. Error analysis between measured and computed data closes the ...

Linear Water Wave Propagation around Structures

L. Martinelli, and A. Lamberti
Universita di Bologna, Italy

Objective of this contribution is to show how to implement the Mild Slope Equations with COMSOL Multiphysics. These equations are commonly used to study the propagation of waves in harbors. Some interesting features are presented, namely the use of weak terms (used for the modelling of the source term); the evaluation of a smooth phase gradient from the complex dependent variable; a robust ...

Improved Perfectly Matched Layers for Acoustic Radiation and Scattering Problems

M. Zampolli[1], N. Malm[2], and A. Tesei[1]
[1]NURC NATO Research Centre, La Spezia, Italy
[2]COMSOL AB, Stockholm, Sweden

Perfectly matched layers (PML) are an efficient alternative for emulating the Sommerfeld radiation condition in the numerical solution of wave radiation and scattering problems. The key ingredient of the PML formulation is the complex scaling function, which controls the anisotropic damping of the PML. The objective of this study is to propose a modified complex scaling function capable of ...

Design and Simulation of SAW Device using MEMS Technology

P.R. Basha, B. Mishra, and A. Zachariah
School of Electronics Engineering, VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

The realization of miniature SAW device is compatible on CMOS device for mobile and wireless communication system has become very important in recent years. Acoustic wave propagation along the surface of a piezoelectric material provides a means of implementing a variety of signal processing devices at frequency ranging from several MHz to a few GHz. In this work, a Miniature SAW device is ...

A Study of Seismic Robot Actuation Using COMSOL Multiphysics

S.L. Firebaugh, E.A. Leckie, J.A. Piepmeier, and J.A. Burkhardt
United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, USA

Microrobotics has promising applications in microsurgery and microassembly. A challenge in these systems is interfacing with the robot. This project explores crawling robots that are powered and controlled through a global mechanical vibration field. By controlling the frequencies present in the vibration field, the user can then steer the robot. The “robot” has a rectangular body with ...

Application of COMSOL to Acoustic Imaging

K. Mcilhany, and J.C Hernandez
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA

Acoustic Imaging of hand movement is being studied with COMSOL and Matlab. A hardware implementation is being pursued that will be an array of 16x16 ultra-sonic speakers placed in a grid facing a similar grid of 16x16 microphones, operating at 40kHz. COMSOL is used to repeatedly calculate the diffraction pattern from a small scattering center, approximately 1.0cm in diameter. In conjunction ...

Beam Structure As an Acoustic Wave Sensor: A Study of the Effect of Sensor Design on Its Sensitivity to Noise

F. Akasheh[1], A. Biddle[1], W.S. Shepard Jr.[2], and B.B.B. Zhang[2]
[1]Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL, USA
[2]University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

The detection and identification of the location of a sound source is commonly done using arrays of microphones. A recent new alternative approach has been proposed which involves the use of continuous structures, such as beams or plates, as acoustic wave sensors. The sound wave impinging on the surface of the structure causes it to vibrate and the measured surface displacements can then be used ...

Virtual Acoustic Prototyping – Practical Applications for Loudspeaker Development

A. Salvatti
JBL Professional, Northridge, CA, USA

The author presents an overview of methods to build virtual prototypes of both horns and loudspeaker drivers which allows a significant reduction in the number of physical prototypes, as well as reduced development time. This paper will present some of the practical results from work the author has performed in the course of designing both transducers and horns using COMSOL Evolution of the ...

Design Of Acoustic Metamaterials Based On The Concept Of Dual Transmission Line

A-S.Moreau[1], H.Lissek[1], and F. Bongard[2]
[1]Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
[2]JAST SA, Antenna Systems, Lausanne, Switzerland

In this context, a one-dimensional acoustic transmission line, exhibiting metamaterial properties, is presented. It is composed of an acoustic waveguide, periodically loaded with membranes having the function of series capacitances, as well as transversally connected open channels (denoted stubs) having the function of shunt inductances. A validation of the transmission line design is made with ...

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