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.

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 ...

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 ...

Finite Element Modeling of Ultrasonic Transducers for Polymer Characterization

S. De Paolis[1], F. Lionetto[1], and A. Maffezzoli[1]

[1]Department of Innovation Engineering, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy

Finite element analysis has been used to model the ultrasonic wave propagation both in a custom made transducer and in the tested polymer sample. The model consists of acoustic (passive elements) and electroacoustic (active elements) transmission lines. The simulation of the acoustic propagation accounts for the interaction between the transducer and the materials in the buffer rods, and the ...

Ultrasound Propagation in Viscoelastic Material Guides

Castaings, M.1, Predoi, M.V.2, Hosten, B.1 1 Laboratoire Mécanique Physique, Univ. Bordeaux 1, UMR CNRS 5469, Talence, France
2 Catedra de Mecanica, Universitatea Politehnica Bucuresti, Bucuresti, Romania

Wave propagation in elastic waveguides is a problem of constant interest from the last decades. Several numerical approaches exist. The most intuitive uses time-marching routines that solve the equations of dynamic equilibrium and supply displacements of the structure nodes as time functions. This procedure is usually time and memory consuming due to huge number of temporal iterations required ...

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 ...

Nondestructive Testing of Composites Using Model Based Design

E. Nesvijski[1]
[1]ACOUSTICS@MBD CONSULTANTS, LLC, Westborough, MA, USA

There is a practical interest among composite materials manufacturers to high-speed accurate non-destructive evaluation (NDE) technology for voids inspection when these voids are natural components of such complex structures like resin insulated layer of double-sided copper-clad laminates. Model based design (MBD) of NDE system is one of principal solutions for voids inspection in such composites ...

A Finite Element Model of Shear Wave Propagation Induced by an Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse

R. De Luca[1,2], J. Fromageau[1], H.W. Chan[1], F. Marinozzi[2], J. Bamber[1]
[1]Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, England, United Kingdom
[2]Sapienza University of Rome, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Rome, Italy

Shear wave elastography is an innovative technique used in combination with the traditional ultrasound imaging to improve the specificity of cancer imaging. A two-dimensional finite element model (FEM), composed of realistic boundary conditions, was developed in COMSOL Multiphysics® to simulate the propagation of shear waves induced by an acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) in isotropic, ...

Acoustic Transparency of Non-homogeneous Plates (with repeating inclusions) using Periodic Structures Methodology

A. J. Kalinowski
Naval Undersea Warfare Center/Div. Npt. Newport, RI, USA

The paper addresses a class of problems for determining the acoustic interaction of time-harmonic plane waves impinging upon submerged elastic plates (fluid backed or void backed), that are infinite in extent.The plates can have repeated equally spaced inclusions (voids, solids, ribs etc.), and also can be constructed from orthotropic and/or isotropic layers that can have a frequency dependent ...

AlN/ZnO/Silicon Structure Combining Surface Acoustic Waves And Waveguiding Layer Acoustic Wave

O. Legrani[1], O. Elmazria[1], S. Zhgoon [2], L. Le Brizoual[3], and A. Bartasyte[1]
[1]Institut Jean Lamour, CNRS-Nancy University, Vandoeuvre lès Nancy, France
[2]Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Krasnokazarmennaja, Moscow, Russia
[3]Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel, Université Nantes, CNRS, Nantes, France

In this work, the theoretical study for the realization of waveguiding layer acoustic waves devices based on AlN/IDT/ZnO/Silicon structure using the modeling software COMSOL Multiphysics (2D) is presented. The effect of thicknesses of AlN and ZnO thin films on the evolution of frequency response, phase velocity and electromechanical coupling is studied. The adequate structure is determined for ...

Simulation of a Piezoelectric Loudspeaker for Hearing Aids and Experimental Validation - new

G. C. Martins[1], P. R. Nunes[1], J. A. Cordioli[1]
[1]Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, SC, Brazil

The use of piezoelectric materials in hearing aid loudspeakers, also called receivers, presents technical and economic advantages such as reducing the number of parts of the system and its manufacturing cost. However, the performance of such systems is still not competitive when compared to traditional electrodynamic loudspeakers. In order to achieve an appropriate performance, one option is to ...

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