A. S. Tripathi , B. P. Chatterjee , S. Das ,
 Advanced Technology Development Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, India
 Dept. of Cardiology, Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, India
 School of Medical Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, India
Electro-active polymer (EAP) based actuators are one of the suitable contenders for use in artificial muscles based bio-medical application because of their bio compatibility and lower active actuation voltage requirement phenomenon. At present Ionic polymer metal composites (IPMC), a type of EAP based actuator are being developed for various applications. IPMC actuator generally consist ...
A. Avanzini, D. Battini, M. Berardi
Università degli Studi di Brescia, Brescia, Italy
The complex behavior of biological prosthetic heart valves was simulated. A multiphysics computational approach was adopted using different modules of COMSOL Multiphysics: the LiveLink(TM) interface was used to exchange the valve geometry with CAD, Structural Mechanics Module to set loads, boundary conditions and implement anisotropic hyper-elastic constitutive laws for leaflet tissue, PDE to ...
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Dübendorf, Switzerland
The fundamental frequency and the corresponding damping value are the main design parameters for footbridges against excessive vibrations induced by pedestrians. Since pedestrians typically walk at a pace of 1.6–2.4 Hz, this frequency range as well as the range of the second harmonic, namely 3.5–4.5 Hz, should be avoided. However it has been observed that the fundamental frequency of a bridge ...
W. Kronast, U. Mescheder, B. Müller
Hochschule Furtwangen, Furtwangen, Germany
A new design concept for large (6 mm diameter) dynamically focusing silicon membrane mirrors using electrostatic actuation was realized. With this concept membrane buckling by residual compressive stress inside the membrane can be avoided. To eliminate the influence of residual stress (compressive or tensile) a membrane suspension with a novel stress relief design was developed by the use of ...
A. Leggieri, F. Di Paolo, D. Passi
University of Rome "Tor Vergata" - Department of Electronic Engineering, Rome, Italy
This paper describes the Virtual Prototyping based on a COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation for a novel Microwave Fin Taper (FT) Spatial Power Combiner (SPC) Amplifier. The analyzed system is waveguide (WG) based, and uses FT Probes to convert the energy of a rectangular WG EM fundamental mode to a Microstrip Transmission Line TEM mode, in order to be amplified by a Solid State Power ...
K. J. Suthar, D. C. Mancini, M. K. Ghantasala
Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, USA
Physical Sciences and Engineering, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, USA
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, USA
The pH-sensitive hydrogels are responsive to the pH of surrounding solution, which often resemble to biomaterials. Recently, pH-sensitive hydrogels are widely used in various devices as sensing media. We present the simulation of swelling characteristic of 3D-arbitarary-geometry, pH-sensitive hydrogel in steady state conditions. Three nonlinear partial-differential equations that are ...
B. Reine, J. Di-Tomaso, G. Dusserre, P. Olivier
Université de Toulouse, UPS, INSA, Mines Albi, ISAE, ICA, IUT, Dept. GMP, Toulouse Cedex, France
RESCOLL - Société de Recherche, Pessac Cedex, France
This paper addresses the study of thermal behavior of thermoset polymer matrix filled with microparticles. A numerical model was developed with COMSOL Multiphysics to get a random spatial distribution of fillers in a representative volume element (RVE). This model was then compared to an analytical reference model (Hamilton model) and experimental results. This comparison highlights a good ...
B. K. S. Kishor, T. Ramesh ,
 NIT Trichy, Tiruchirappalli Tamil Nadu, India.
At the micron-level, thermal actuation exerts larger forces compared to the widely-used electrostatic actuation. To obtain large displacements at low voltage the principle of Electro Thermal actuation is used. It works on the principle of selective non-uniform Joule heating which results in thermal expansion due to constraints. The Microgripper presented here is studied and analyzed by carrying ...
A Parametric Study on the Dynamic Behavior of Cable Supported Bridges Under Moving Loads Affected by Accidental Failure Mechanisms
P. Lonetti, A. Pascuzzo, R. Sarubbo
Department of Structural Engineering, University of Calabria, Rende, Cosenza, Italy
The dynamic behavior of cable supported bridges subjected to moving loads and affected by corrosion and accidental failure mechanism in the cable suspension system is investigated. The different types of cable supported bridges are distinctively characterized by the configuration of the cable system . The suspension system comprises a parabolic main cable and vertical hanger cables connecting ...
J. R. Chase ,
 Alphabet Energy, Hayward, CA, USA
Thermoelectric materials have no theoretical limit to conversion efficiency of heat into electrical power. In order to compete with other forms of power generation and small-scale energy conversion, thermoelectric converters need to maximize their practical usability when integrated with real-world sources of waste heat, and in real-life service environments. This trade-off reduces itself to ...