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.

Linear Water Wave Propagation around Structures

L. Martinelli, and A. Lamberti
Universita di Bologna, Italy

Objective of this contribution is to show how to implement the Mild Slope Equations with COMSOL Multiphysics. These equations are commonly used to study the propagation of waves in harbors. Some interesting features are presented, namely the use of weak terms (used for the modelling of the source term); the evaluation of a smooth phase gradient from the complex dependent variable; a robust ...

Effects Of The Microstructure Of Fibrous Media On Their Acoustic Properties

C. Peyrega, and D. Jeulin
Center of Mathematical Morphology, Mines ParisTech, Fontainebleau, France

This study is a part of the Silent Wall ANR project, to which the Center of Mathematical Morphology is associated. Its main objective is to build an acoustical and thermal insulating system for buildings, composed of fibrous materials. The material is composed of two phases: the fibrous network and the air surrounding it. At the microscopic scale the absorption of the acoustic wave is mainly due ...

A Study of the Acoustic Response of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Plates

J. O'Donnell, and G. McRobbie
University of the West of Scotland
Paisly, United Kingdom

This paper gives an introduction to a continuing study detailing the process and development of using both experimental and Finite Element Analysis to characterise the acoustic response of a Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) laminate plate provided by a guitar manufacturer. The results show that there is a strong correlation between both the experimental and simulated data which gives the ...

Acoustic-Structure Interaction Modeling of Piezoelectric Transducer in Fluid Medium

V.M. Acosta[1], E. Riera[1], G. Rodriguez[1], A. Pinto[1], A. Cardoni[2], J.A. Gallego-Juárez[1]
[1]Power Ultrasonics Group, CSIC, Serrano, Madrid, Spain
[2]Pusonics, Arganda del Rey, Madrid, Spain

This work describes the design methodology and development of piezoelectric transducers for applications in fluids with COMSOL_Multiphysics. In these linear models for the acoustic-structure interaction approximate numerical solutions have been obtained. In order to perform the calculations, simplifications are only valid for low-power sound waves. Numerical modeling of piezoelectric transducers ...

Modeling and Experimental Verification of the Power Transfer and Thermal Characteristics of Piezoelectric Transformers Subjected to Combined Mechanical and Electrical Loading

S. Tuncdemir[1], W.M. Bradley[2]
[1]Solid State Ceramics, Williamsport, PA, USA
[2]QorTek, Williamsport, PA, USA

A piezoelectric transformer allows purely mechanical transfer and scaling of electrical energy via simultaneous utilization of both the direct and converse piezoelectric effects. This mechanical energy transfer enables a wide range of functional differences from typical magnetic-based electrical power transformers. Comparing to their electromagnetic counterparts, piezoelectric transformers are ...

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 ...

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 ...

Application of Transfer Matrix Method in Acoustics

G. Campa, and S.M. Camporeale
Politecnico di Bari, Bari, Italy

The Transfer Matrix method in the Acoustics Module of COMSOL Multiphysics is used when the whole system can be represented into a sequence of subsystems that interact only with adjacent subsystems. This method is frequently used in mathematics and, particularly, in acoustics. The application of the present method is really useful, because it permits to break the total system into a network of ...

Piezoelectric Buzzer Optimization for Micropumps

A. Garcia[1], A. Marcus[1], F. Tejo[1], C. Precker[1], C. Moreira[2]
[1]Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, Campina Grande, PB, Brazil
[2]Instituto Federal de Alagoas, Maceio, AL, Brazil

Piezoelectric buzzers are low cost devices which can be used successfully as actuators in diaphragm-based micro-pumps. The buzzers are piezoelectric wafers (lead-zirconate-titanate-PZT) that are glued on a brass membrane and they are available within different sizes and thicknesses. For the best performance of a diaphragm pump, it is necessary to have a large displacement of the membrane. This ...

Design of Electroacoustic Absorbers Using PID Control

H. Lissek, R. Boulandet, and M. Maugard
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Lausanne, Switzerland

An \"electroacoustic absorber\" is a loudspeaker, used as an absorber of sound, which acoustic impedance can be varied by electrical means. This can be achieved either by plugging passive shunt electric networks at the loudspeaker terminals (“shunt loudspeakers”) or by feeding back the loudspeaker with a voltage proportional to acoustic quantities, such as sound pressure and diaphragm normal ...

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