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.

Numerical Simulations of Ultrasonic Non Destructive Techniques of Masonry Buildings

S. Carcangiu[1], B. Cannas[1], M. Usai[1], and G. Concu[2]
[1]Department of Electric and Electronic Engineering, Cagliari, Italy
[2]Department of Structural and Infrastructural Engineering and Geomatics, Cagliari, Italy

An experimental program has been developed, with the purpose of evaluating the reliability in building diagnosis and characterization of an integrated analysis of several parameters, associated with acoustic waves propagating through the material. The Direct Transmission Technique has been applied. In this paper we developed a numerical model using the Transient Acoustics-Piezoelectric ...

Electro-acoustic Coupling in Nematic Liquid Crystals

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

Eigenmodes of Photoacoustic T-cells

Baumann, B.1, Kost, B.1, Groninga, H.2, Wolff, M.1, 2
1 University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, Mechanical and Production Engineering
2 PAS-Tech GmbH, Zarrentin

The photoacoustic effect is based on resonant absorption of light by a sample and the transfer of the excitation energy into thermal energy via inelastic collisions of gas molecules. A modulated irradiation of the sample causes periodic pressure variations that can be detected by a microphone and measured using lock-in technique. Photoacoustic spectroscopy finds many applications in the field of ...

A Study of FEMLAB for Modeling High Frequency Ultrasound Scattering by Spherical Objects

Falou, O.1, Kumaradas, J.C.2, Kolios, M.C.3 1 Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University, ON, Canada
2 Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering & Dept. of Physics, Ryerson University, ON, Canada
3 Dept. of Physics, Ryerson University, ON, Canada

Analytical solutions to the problem of wave scattering from three dimensional structures such as spheres have been studied extensively in the past. However, these solutions are not flexible enough to be extended to wave scattering from complex geometries. We have developed a finite element model of acoustic wave propagation through spherical structures to solve the problem of highfrequency (20 ...

Optimization of an Acoustic Waveguide for Professional Audio Applications

M. Cobianchi[1] and R. Magalotti[1]
[1] B&C Speakers S.p.a., Bagno a Ripoli, FI, Italia

In modern live sound reinforcement there is a growing use of line sources, obtained through the stacking of many loudspeakers with properly controlled wavefront shape. Thus the use of waveguides is mandatory in order to modify the shape and size of the wavefront exiting from professional compression drivers. With the help of COMSOL Multiphysics®, we have designed a waveguide featuring an ...

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 ...

Application of Transfer Matrix Method in Acoustics

G. Campa, and S.M. Camporeale
Politecnico di Bari, Bari, Italy

The Transfer Matrix method in the Acoustics Module of COMSOL Multiphysics is used when the whole system can be represented into a sequence of subsystems that interact only with adjacent subsystems. This method is frequently used in mathematics and, particularly, in acoustics. The application of the present method is really useful, because it permits to break the total system into a network of ...

Acoustic Emission Simulation for Online Impact Detection

C. Yang, M. A. Torres-Arredondo, and C.-P. Fritzen
Institute of Mechanics and Control Engineering
Mechatronics
University of Siegen
Siegen, Germany

Impact monitoring has been extensively studied by several researchers and it has been shown that damage extent can be correlated with the impact magnitude. In order to make the process cost-effective, simulation of the impact has been performed, to get the big training data set from modeling. The structural dynamic responses captured by PZT transducers due to impact events are recorded from ...

Structured Ultrasonic Metasurfaces

R. C. Thiagarajan
ATOA Scientific Technologies Private Limited
Bangalore, India

Ultrasonic acoustic waves usually encounter interfaces with significant impedance mismatch in practical medical or industrial imaging applications. A transparent interface can help to improve the performance of medical and industrial imaging and overall innovative applications. Similarly, a broadband total reflection interface can help to improve the architectural or transportation barrier ...

Analysis of Sound Propagation in Lined Ducts by Means of a Finite Element Model

D. Borelli[1] and C. Schenone[1]
[1]DIPTEM, University of Genova, Genova, Italy

The present paper describes the results of a Finite Element Model used to analyze sound propagation in lined ducts. By means of a numerical model it was possible to predict the insertion loss inside rectangular lined ducts in a frequency range from 250 Hz to 4000 Hz. The model was validated by a comparison with experimental data obtained in accordance to ISO 11691 and ISO 7235 standards. The ...

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