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.

Using COMSOL to Support a Cost-Effective, Non-Destructive Evaluation Approach for Predicting Bolt Failure in Highway Bridges

A. Elyea, B. Doubek, G. Hubbard, and D. Ozevin
Department of Civil Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

The development of a quantitative nondestructive evaluation method, as an alternative to visual inspection, for inspecting pre-tensioned bolts in fracture critical bridges is presented. In order to understand the ultrasonic behavior of a wide variety of bolt geometries used in bridges, numerical models of nine different bolt geometries were developed. The numerical models included the ...

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 ...

Transient Heat Transfer Effects from a Flapping Wing

Lind, R.J., Abedian, B.
Department of Mechanical Engineering Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts

This presentation is a numerical study of fluid flow around a two-dimensional rigid flapping plate and its effects on the resultant transient heat transfer effects on the solid interface. In this study, a flat inflexible thin plate surrounded by air undergoes sinusoidal angular motion from one end while the other end is kept stationary, simulating a flapping motion. The two-dimensional ...

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 ...

Sound Attenuation by Hearing Aid Earmold Tubing

M. Herring Jensen
Widex A/S, Vaerloese, Denmark

In this study we model the sound attenuation properties of a hearing aid earmold tube. The model includes thermoviscous acoustic effects and it couples structural vibrations to the external acoustic field. Moreover, the finite element domain is coupled at two boundaries with an electroacoustic model of a hearing aid and an acoustic 2-cc coupler.

Computational Acoustic Attenuation Performance of Helicoidal Resonators

W. Lapka
Poznan University of Technology
Poznan, Poland

This paper concerns the problem of obtaining proper acoustic attenuation performance through computations. COMSOL was used to solve acoustics systems with helicoidal resonators in the frequency domain. Based on the studies of insertion and transmission loss of helicoidal resonators, a high consistency between the results obtained by numerical calculations with experimental measurements was ...

Sound Propagation through Circular Ducts with Spiral Element Inside

W. Lapka
Poznan University of Technology, Poland

This paper examines a sound propagation without airflow through circular ducts with spiral element inside. Models are numerically computed in three-dimensions. The spiral element in the duct is a newly analyzed acoustical element, geometrically similar to the well-known Archimedes screw. It can be applied significantly in ducted systems, such as ventilation, air-conditioning and heat ...

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 ...

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 ...

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