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.

Simulation of a Piezoelectric Loudspeaker for Hearing Aids and Experimental Validation - new

G. C. Martins[1], P. R. Nunes[1], J. A. Cordioli[1]
[1]Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, SC, Brazil

The use of piezoelectric materials in hearing aid loudspeakers, also called receivers, presents technical and economic advantages such as reducing the number of parts of the system and its manufacturing cost. However, the performance of such systems is still not competitive when compared to traditional electrodynamic loudspeakers. In order to achieve an appropriate performance, one option is to ...

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 ...

FEM Simulation of Generation of Bulk Acoustic Waves and their Effects in SAW Devices

A.K. Namdeo[1], N. Ramakrishnan[2], and H.B. Nemade[1]
[1]Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, India
[2]Centre for Nanotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, India

This paper presents finite element method (FEM) simulation study of the generation of bulk acoustic waves (BAWs) and their effect on the performance of surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices, using COMSOL Multiphysics. A SAW delay line structure using YZ-cut lithium niobate substrate is simulated. The radiation of the bulk waves in all angles into the interior of the substrate is analyzed. The bulk ...

Support-Q Optimisation of a Trapped Mode Beam Resonator - new

T. H. Hanley[1], H. T. D. Grigg[1], B. J. Gallacher[1]
[1]Newcastle University, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK

Introducing a disorder into a finite periodic oscillatory system induces the presence of a 'trapped mode': a mode in which the displacement field is localised to the region of the disorder. A main inhibitor to MEMS resonators achieving a high quality (Q) factor is energy radiation through the support to the substrate. The trapped modes present a way to tune this to a minimal value. An initial ...

Modeling the response of photoacoustic gas sensors

S.L. Firebaugh[1], F. Roignant[2], and E.A. Terray[3]

[1]United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, USA
[2]Polytechnique Nantes, Nantes, France
[3]Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA

A fast, high-sensitivity detector is required for studies of environmentally relevant gases. Photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS), an absorption spectroscopy technique in which absorption is detected as sound, is explored as a possible solution. A tuning-fork based PAS sensor is modeled using COMSOL. The model combines the acoustic and piezoelectric modules and also includes viscous damping. The ...

Application of COMSOL to Acoustic Imaging

K. Mcilhany, and J.C Hernandez
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA

Acoustic Imaging of hand movement is being studied with COMSOL and Matlab. A hardware implementation is being pursued that will be an array of 16x16 ultra-sonic speakers placed in a grid facing a similar grid of 16x16 microphones, operating at 40kHz. COMSOL is used to repeatedly calculate the diffraction pattern from a small scattering center, approximately 1.0cm in diameter. In conjunction ...

Acoustic Emission Simulation for Online Impact Detection

C. Yang, M. A. Torres-Arredondo, and C.-P. Fritzen
Institute of Mechanics and Control Engineering
University of Siegen
Siegen, Germany

Impact monitoring has been extensively studied by several researchers and it has been shown that damage extent can be correlated with the impact magnitude. In order to make the process cost-effective, simulation of the impact has been performed, to get the big training data set from modeling. The structural dynamic responses captured by PZT transducers due to impact events are recorded from ...

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 ...

Towards Rotordynamic Analysis with COMSOL Multiphysics

M. Karlsson[1]
[1]ÅF, Stockholm, Sweden

In this paper a pre-study on using COMSOL Multiphysics for rotordynamic analysis is presented. It is concluded that it is possible to use COMSOL Multiphysics to perform rotordynamical analysis. However, there are no standard environment for rotordynamics, hence the user has to extend the structural model with the rotordynamics effect such as gyroscopic effect and rotordynamical coefficients. By ...

Improving the Performance of Hearing Aids Using Acoustic Simulations

Mads Jakob Herring Jensen
Dr., Widex A/S, Denmark

In modern hearing aids, the performance of directional microphone systems is dependent on both the acoustics around thehearing aid and on the specific signal processing algorithms. The sound pressure at the microphone inlets depends on microphone location in the hearing-aid shell, the inlet shape, and on the placement of the hearing aid on the head of the user. In the present work, the ...

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