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Fluid-Structure Interaction Analysis of a Peristaltic Pump

N. Elabbasi, J. Bergstrom, and S. Brown
Veryst Engineering, LLC.
Needham, MA

Peristaltic pumping is an inherently nonlinear multiphysics problem where the deformation of the tube and the pumped fluid are strongly coupled. We used COMSOL Multiphysics to investigate the performance of a 180 degree rotary peristaltic pump with two metallic rollers, and an elastomeric tube pumping a viscous Newtonian fluid. The model captures the peristaltic flow, the flow fluctuations ...

Determination of Mechanic Resistance of Osseous Element Through Finite Element Modeling

E. Isaza[1], E. Salazar[1], L. Florez[1]
[1]Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

The consequences of hip fracture and femoral fracture are widely known. The mechanical strength of the femur varies in every person, but it is possible to predict the mechanical resistance with parameters like density, dimensions and mineral content. This paper uses different models and empirical studies to determine the mechanical properties of the human femur, developing isotropic and ...

Simulation of a Dual Axis MEMS Seismometer For Building Monitoring System

M. A. Shah [1], F. Iqbal [1], B. L. Lee [1],
[1] Korea University of Technology and Education, Cheonan, Chungcheong, South Korea

A dual axis MEMS seismometer targeted for building monitoring system has been simulated for a full scale of ±5g acceleration. The design uses the capacitive effect for vibration sensing. This comb drive capacitive MEMS seismometer consists of 8 springs with two proof masses. The device is very low cross axis sensitive (almost negligible cross axis error). The cross axis sensitivity of x-axis is ...

Modeling Cracking in Quasi-Brittle Materials Using Isotropic Damage Mechanics

T. Gasch [1], A. Ansell [1],
[1] KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

An extension of the Solid Mechanics interface in COMSOL Multiphysics® is presented to analyze localized deformations of quasi-brittle materials, for example cracking in concrete. This is achieved by implementing an isotropic damage mechanics constitutive law, which is combined with both a local and a non-local regularization technique to ensure mesh objectivity. The implementation is made using ...

Investigation of Hydraulic Fracture Re-Orientation Effects in Tight Gas Reservoirs

B. Hagemann[1], J. Wegner[1], L. Ganzer[1]
[1]Clausthal University of Technology, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany

In tight gas formations where the low matrix permeability prevents successful and economic production rates, hydraulic fracturing is required to produce a well at economic rates. As production from the well and its initial fracture declines, re-fracturing treatments are required to accelerate recovery. The orientation of the following hydraulic fracture depends on the actual stress-state of the ...

Implementation of the Finite Isotropic Linear Cosserat Models based on the Weak Form

J. Jeong[1], and H. Ramezani[2]
[1]Ecole Speciale des Travaux Publics du Batiment et del’Industrie(ESTP), Cachan, France
[2]Ecole Polytechnique de l’Universite d’Orleans CNRS/CRMD, Orleans, France

The Cosserat models fall into the group of the extended continuum media. They are capable of treating the size effects (characteristic length) in a natural manner using six material moduli for the isotropic elastic cases instead of two (and) for the classical continuum mechanics. This model involves two constitutive laws corresponding to two kinds of balance equation. The first one handles the ...

Optimization of a Thermoelectric Conversion System

J. R. Chase [1],
[1] 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 ...

Structural Performance of Polymeric Composite Members in a Transmission Line Tower

R. Hernandez-Corona [1], I. Ramirez-Vazquez [1],
[1] Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas, Transmision y Distribucion, Cuernavaca, Morelos, México

On transmission lines, the theft of redundant steel members from the transmission towers has been reported in recent years. The removal of these members from the tower can result in the collapse of the tower. An alternative to avoid this problematic is to replace some steel components by polymeric composite members. The integrity of the tower will be maintained if the polymeric composite ...

Modal Analysis of Elastic Ring Squeeze Film Damper for Small Gas Turbine Engines

S. Thennavarajan[1][2], P. Jeyaraj [1], L. P. Manikandan [2], S. S. Kulkarni [2], S. Jana [2],
[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering, NITK, Surathkal, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
[2]CSIR- National Aerospace Laboratories, Bengalore, Karnataka, India

The high speed gas turbine is a power plant developed for modern aircrafts. It is widely used and developed because it can meet the high power to weight ratio. The rotor system of modern small gas turbine works above the critical speeds. Hence, there is a stricter requirement for the control and isolation of vibration magnitude under heavy unbalance load and passing through critical speeds. An ...

Polyimide Thermal Micro Actuator - new

A. Arevalo[1], I. G. Foulds[2]
[1]Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering Division (CEMSE), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
[2]School of Engineering, Okanagan Campus, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Joule heating is simulated in COMSOL Multiphysics® software for the electro-thermal micro actuator. The aim is to choose the optimal design parameters to get the largest possible in-plane displacement. The comparison between the different possible configurations will reveal the optimal parameters for the longest displacement. Our current micro fabrication process allows the actuator to use ...