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A Directional Dogbone Flextensional Sonar Transducer

S.C. Butler
Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI, USA

In order to transmit energy in one direction, sonar flextensional transducers are combined into arrays of elements that are spaced a 1/4 wavelength apart. The directionality (front-to-back pressure ratio) is a modest of 6 dB. A single projector that is 1/3 wavelength in size and capable of developing unidirectional beams with front-to-back ratios greater than 20 dB that is independent of sound ...

Failure Stress Analysis of Fiber Reinforced of Composite Laminates under Uniaxial/Biaxial Loading

Z. Hasan[1], F. Darwish[2], and S. Al-Absi[2]
[1]Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA
[2]Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan

The main objective of the present work is to perform stress analysis on composite laminates under unaxial/biaxial loading to serve as a preliminary data for test verification. A detailed calculation based on the Classical Lamination Theory was performed for a laminate. The material used was carbon/epoxy applying a pure uniaxial load followed by a biaxial load. It was observed that the failure ...

Effects of Shear-thinning and Elasticity in Flow around A Sphere in A Cylindrical Tube

D. Song[1], R.K. Gupta[1], and R.P. Chhabra[2]
[1]West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA
[2]Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India

A sphere sedimenting in a cylindrical tube filled with non-Newtonian fluids, including purely viscous and viscoelastic type, is of both practical and fundamental interest. To investigate the effects of shear-thinning and elasticity, four representative constitutive equations are adopted, Newtonian, Carreau, Oldroyd-B and Phan-Thien-Tanner (PTT) models. There is good agreement between our ...

Computational Modeling of Synthetic Jets

D.C. Durán, and O.D. López
Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

A synthetic Jet actuator is a device which moves a fluid in and outside a cavity, through a small aperture, by the continuous oscillation of a diaphragm. The multiphysics interaction between the piezoelectric disk, which deforms due to the alternating voltage, and the fluid makes COMSOL Multiphysics the most suitable tool for the computational analysis of these devices. The first approach to the ...

Using COMSOL for geophysics applications

M. McKenna
U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center, Vicksburg, MS, USA

Dr. McKenna is a Research Geophysicist at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). She directs the Denied Area Monitoring and Exploitation Systems working group at ERDC, which has ongoing integrated high performance computing modeling and experimental research with the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Defense Intelligence Agency, Los Alamos National Laboratory ...

Modeling Energy Harvesting From Membrane Vibrations in COMSOL

R.K. Kapania, R.C. Singh, and C. Sultan
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA

This paper presents an ongoing effort, motivated by developing self-contained sensors for structural health monitoring of inflatable structures, to model the process of extracting useable electrical power from the mechanical vibrations of thin, prestressed membrane structures. Energy harvesting from mechanical vibrations of these structures may provide enough power to operate both the sensors as ...

Modeling Microfluidic Separations Using COMSOL Multiphysics

B.A. Finlayson[1], and R.A. Shaw[2]
[1]University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
[2]National Research Council of Canada, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Infrared spectroscopy can be used to identify chemicals in a stream provided the signal is strong enough. A microfluidic device is modeled here with the objective of separating serum components so as to enhance the metabolite/protein concentration ratio. Serum contains creatinine (a representative metabolite) and albumin (representative protein). The laminar fluid diffusion interface (LFDI) ...

Multi-Objective Optimization of a Strip-Fin Microchannel Heatsink: Integrating COMSOL Multiphysics with modeFRONTIER

A. Clarich, R. Russo, and N. Fateh
Esteco North America, Miami, FL, USA

For this work the multi-objective design environment modeFRONTIER was integrated with COMSOL, bringing the advantages of multi-objective optimization to multiphysics simulations. Practically any commercial analysis tool (such as COMSOL) or in-house code can be integrated within modeFRONTIER’s framework. In the case of the direct approach, modeFRONTIER determines the configurations to be ...

Modeling of Lightning Direct Effects - Interaction of Continuing Current with Aluminum Skins

Y. Kostogorova-Beller[1], and R. Collins[2]
[1]National Institute for Aviation Research, Wichita, KS, USA
[2]Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, Wichita, KS, USA

An interaction of aluminum aircraft skins with a laboratory-simulated, low-level, long-duration, continuing current representative of a natural lightning flash was modeled with COMSOL Multiphysics. For the analysis of the lightning direct effects on aircraft, the external environment is represented by the idealized current components. Particularly Component C is used and is characteristic of ...

Modeling of Transport and Reaction in a Catalytic Bed Using a Catalyst Particle Model

F. Allain, and A.G. Dixon
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA

A packed bed reactor consisting of spherical catalyst particles in a tube was simulated numerically. The steady-state pseudo-heterogeneous model consisted of a pseudo-continuum representation for the heat and mass transfer in the reactor tube. The reaction source terms were evaluated by explicitly solving a 1D spherical pellet model at each discretization point. The model implemented in COMSOL ...