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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Electro-acoustic Coupling in Nematic Liquid Crystals

G. Rosi[1], L. Teresi[1], A. DiCarlo[1], and F. dell'Isola[2]
[1]LaMS - Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Roma, Italy
[2]Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza", Roma, Italy

Liquid crystals - as all liquids - are generally modelled as incompressible media. In fact, mass-density changes occurring in these mesophases are minuscule and inconsequential in most regimes of interest. However, liquid crystals exhibit also phenomena that call for a more refined theory. In particular, it is experimentally well established that the Fréedericksz transition - i.e., the sudden ...

Lösung eines gekoppelten Konvektions-Diffusions-Problems aus der Akustik

G. Bärwolff
TU Berlin, Inst.f.Math., Berlin

Zur effizienten Beschreibung akustischer Systeme werden oft sogenannte Netzwerkmodelle benutzt. Hierbei wird das Gesamtsystem in einzelne (einfache) Elemente zerteilt, die dann jeweils durch ihr eigenes Übertragungsverhalten charakterisiert sind. Besonders einfach lässt sich dieses Übertragungsverhalten darstellen, wenn zwischen den Elementen nur ebene Wellen ausbreitungsfähig sind.1 In ...

Numerical Study on Acoustic Field Generated by Dipole Sources in Noncircular Pipe

H. Zhang, W. Lin, and X. Wang
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Acoustics, Beijing, China

Acoustical well logging is an important technology for petroleum industry. Calibration and testing of tools in real wells is not feasible because the cost is high and the condition is not controllable. During manufacturing and maintaining, the logging tools are usually tested in a fluid filled circular pipe. The acoustic field in non-circular wells are calculated by using of the PDE mode of ...

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 ...

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