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.

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 ...

Design of Electroacoustic Absorbers Using PID Control

H. Lissek, R. Boulandet, and M. Maugard
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Lausanne, Switzerland

An \"electroacoustic absorber\" is a loudspeaker, used as an absorber of sound, which acoustic impedance can be varied by electrical means. This can be achieved either by plugging passive shunt electric networks at the loudspeaker terminals (“shunt loudspeakers”) or by feeding back the loudspeaker with a voltage proportional to acoustic quantities, such as sound pressure and diaphragm normal ...

A Study of the Effects of Mounting Supports, and Dissipation on a Piezoelectric Quartz Double-Ended Tuning Fork Gyroscope

G. Choi[1], Y. Yong[1]
[1]Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

A COMSOL model of a piezoelectric quartz double ended tuning fork gyroscope was implemented. The gyroscope has two detection modes; the first mode detects the angular velocity about a z-axis perpendicular to the tuning fork plane (x-y plane), while the second mode detects the angular velocity about a y-axis that is the longitudinal axis along the length of the tuning fork. Eigenfrequency analyses ...

Empirical Model Dedicated to the Sensitivity Study of Acoustic Hydrogen Gas Sensors Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

A. Ndieguene[1], I. Kerroum[1], F. Domingue[1], A. Reinhardt[2]
[1]Laboratoire des Microsystèmes et de Télécommunications/Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, QC, Canada
[2]Laboratoire d’Électronique et des Technologies de l’Information, CEA, LETI Grenoble, France

Due to the increasing demand for hydrogen gas sensors for applications such as automation, transportation, or environmental monitoring, the need for sensitive and reliable sensors with a short response time is increasing. This paper presents an empirical model that studies the sensitivity of acoustic hydrogen gas sensors. A parametric study based on the variation of physical properties of ...

Lamb Waves in Fluid-Loaded Plates

T. Kaufmann[1], F. Kassubek[1], D. Pape [1], M. Lenner[1]
[1]ABB Corporate Research, Baden-Dättwil, Switzerland

Lamb waves are elastic waves propagating in free solid plates. In the case of plates loaded with a fluid, the equations describing these waves have to be modified to include the effects of the fluid. In our work we have tackled this problem using COMSOL Multiphysics®. We have used the two-dimensional plane strain model of the solid mechanics interface to calculate the eigenmodes of the coupled ...

Modeling of Noise Produced by Offshore Wind Turbines with Different Foundations and Effects on the Marine Environment - new

B. Marmo [1], I. Roberts [1]
[1]Xi Engineering Consultants, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Vibration produced by offshore wind turbines during their normal operation transmits through the tower into the foundation where it interacts with the surrounding water and is released as noise. The noise produced by offshore wind turbines can be detected by fish and marine mammals and may lead to alteration of their behavior. Given that noise is emitted at the interface between the foundation ...

Cloud Computations for Acoustics with Coupled Physics - new

A. Daneryd[1], D. Ericsson[2]
[1]ABB Corporate Research, Västerås, Sweden
[2]COMSOL AB, Stockholm, Sweden

For certain classes of scientific and technical computations the cloud may offer easily accessible, scalable, and affordable gigantic computing power. A power that for these classes may lead to a step change in model and analysis complexity compared to what is feasible with dedicated clusters and similar networked solutions. Acoustics with or without interaction with coupled physics fields ...

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 ...

Numerical Shape Optimization of Photoacoustic Sample Cells: First Results

B. Baumann1, B. Kost1, M. Wolff1,2, H. Groninga2, T. Blöß1, and S. Knickrehm1
1Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg, Germany
2PAS-Tech GmbH, Zarrentin, Germany

First results in the automatic shape optimization of a photoacoustic sample cell are described. The aim is to maximize the sensor’s signal strength. The approach considers all shapes that can be represented by a number of axis-symmetrical truncated cones which are connected in a continuous way. In addition, the cell is subjected to certain constraints (e.g. the laser beam is not blocked during ...

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 ...

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