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PVDF Piezoelectric Nanofibers as Hair Cell Substitutes: A Feasibility Study

C. R. Pérez [1], J. J. Santiago-Avilés [2],
[1] Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
[2] Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common sensory deficit in the world, and within this category damage or loss of the primary sensory cells of the inner ear, known as hair cells is the most common cause [1]. Partial hearing loss is addressed by the use of hearing aids, electronic devices that greatly amplify sound directly into the user's ear, but for more severe cases cochlear implants are ...

Modeling Thermal Bridging at Interface Conditions: Analysis of Solutions for Reducing Thermal Bridges Effects on Building Energy Consumption

C. Balocco[1], E. Marmonti[1]
[1]Dipartimento di Energetica, Università di Firenze, Firenze, Italy

In Europe considerable building activity can be expected over the coming decades; Net Zero Energy Buildings refers to a building with minimal power, until maximum 15 kW/m^2. In both cases this requires very well insulated buildings with minimal thermal bridges. Concrete balconies, that extend the floor slab through the building envelope, are a common example of thermal bridging, where structural ...

Acoustical Design of Stethoscope for Improved Performance

C. Thiagarajan[1], Gururajan R.[2], A. H. Baig[2], Prema S.[3]
[1]ATOA Scientific Technologies Pvt Ltd, Whitefield, Bangalore, Karnataka India
[2]University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba Qld 4350, Australia.
[3]RMK Engineering College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Stethoscope is in use for more than 200 years for medical diagnostics, especially for auscultation. Recently, the unprecedented growth in mobile technology revived the use of stethoscope for Telehealthcare. Digital or electronic stethoscopes are increasingly researched for use in Telehealthcare. This paper mainly focuses on the acoustical and multiphysics design aspects of the stethoscope for ...

Feed-forward/Feed-backward Mechanical Amplification in the Mouse Cochlea

J. Soons[1,2], C. Steele[2], S. Puria[2]
[1]Lab of Biomedical physics, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
[2]Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, USA

Sound vibrations are collected from the external environment by the eardrum and are guided to the basilar membrane in the cochlea. Pressure differences in the two scalae of the cochlea result in a traveling wave on the basilar membrane. The tiny displacements are detected by the deflection of thousands of hair cells, situated along this membrane. It is hypothesized that some 3/4 of these hair ...

On the Numerical Modeling of Elastic Resonant Acoustic Scatterers

V. Romero-García[1], A. Krynkin[2], J.V. Sánchez-Pérez[1], S. Castiñeira-Ibáñez[3], and L.M. Garcia-Raffi[4]
[1]Centro de Tecnologías Físicas Acústica, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
[2]School of Computing, Science & Engineering, University of Salford, Salford, United Kingdom
[3]Depto. Física Aplicada, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
[4]Instituto Universitario de Matemática Pura y Aplicada, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain

The elastic and geometrical properties of Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) foam are used in this paper to improve the attenuation properties of periodic arrangements of acoustic scatterers known as Sonic Crystals (SCs). A specific recycled profile of LDPE foam is used as elastic-acoustic scatterer. The acoustic spectrum of the single scatterer shows two attenuation peaks in the low frequency ...

Characterization of a Tonpilz Transducer and Performance Analysis for a MEMS-Transducer Array

V. Vadde, and B. Lakshmi G

In this paper, we develop and analyze a standard piezoacoustic Tonpilz-transducer model for underwater acoustics in Comsol by addressing the attendant piezoelectric and pressure acoustic multiphysics phenomena. Transducer properties that are studied and characterized are the center frequency, bandwidth, linearity, sensitivity, and noise figure. In an effort to miniaturize the transducer, a ...

A Finite Element Model of Shear Wave Propagation Induced by an Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse

R. De Luca[1,2], J. Fromageau[1], H.W. Chan[1], F. Marinozzi[2], J. Bamber[1]
[1]Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, England, United Kingdom
[2]Sapienza University of Rome, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Rome, Italy

Shear wave elastography is an innovative technique used in combination with the traditional ultrasound imaging to improve the specificity of cancer imaging. A two-dimensional finite element model (FEM), composed of realistic boundary conditions, was developed in COMSOL Multiphysics® to simulate the propagation of shear waves induced by an acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) in isotropic, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Optimal Design of Slit Resonators for Acoustic Normal Mode Control in Rectangular Rooms

S. Floody[1], R. Venegas[2], and F. Leighton[3]
[1]Universidad de Chile, Facultad de Artes, Departamento de Música y Sonología, Licenciatura en Sonido, Santiago, Chile
[2]University of Salford, Acoustics Research Centre, Salford, UK
[3]Universidad Tecnológica de Chile Inacap, Sede Pérez Rosales, Santiago, Chile

The present article presents a method to redistribute the acoustic modes of a rectangular enclosure in the low frequency range using slit resonators. The objective of the present work is to compare different strategies of optimal design in order to determine the dimensions of the resonators. The method of the finite elements will be used to model the acoustic physical behavior of the room. In ...