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.

Modeling Acoustic Interface Wave Dispersion Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

B. Goldsberry[1], M. Isakson[1]
[1]Applied Research Laboratories, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA

Measuring geoacoustic parameters of underwater sediments is important for accurate modeling of underwater acoustic propagation. While the density and compressional wave speeds can be directly measured in sediments, shear wave speeds are difficult to measure because they are highly attenuated. However, shear wave speeds can be indirectly determined through measurement of Scholte interface wave ...

Beam Characteristics of Ultrasonic Transducers for Underwater Marine Use

G. McRobbie[1], P. Marin-Franch[2], and S. Cochrane[1]
[1] University of Paisley
[2] Piezo Composite Transducers, Ltd

This paper illustrates how finite element analysis with COMSOL Multiphysics can be used to simulate the mechanical and electrical characteristics of piezoelectric transducers. It also shows how beam transmit plots and performance measurements can be modeled by coupling between a piezo domain and a second domain governed by the wave equation.

Acoustic Field Comparison of High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Using Experimental Characterization and Finite Element Simulation

J. L. Teja[1], A. Vera[1], L. Leija[1]
[1]Department of Electrical Engineering, Cinvestav-IPN, Mexico D.F., Mexico

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is used as a noninvasive technique of tissue heating and ablation for different medical treatments. This paper presents a quantitative comparison of HIFU acoustic fields experimentally obtained versus simulated acoustic fields. Acoustic field characterization was realized in two HIFU transducers using water as a propagation medium. Also, simulations were ...

Simulation of Impact Damage in a Composite Plate and Its Detection

V. Pavelko[1], I. Pavelko[1], M. Smolyaninovs[1], H. Pffeifer[2], M. Wevers[2]
[1]Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia
[2]Catholic University Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

A problem of damage prediction in aircraft structure and its non-destructive evaluation is very important for aircraft structural health assessment. The analysis of the features of direct impact of thin-walled laminate component of aircraft was performed by COMSOL Multiphysics software. Mainly the GFRC and CFRC laminates were selected in form either thin separate plate or sandwich structure. The ...

SAW Sensors for Surgical Arm using Piezoelectric Devices

Rakesh Kumar Pati [1], SK Mohammed ali[1], Sakuntala Mahapatra[1], Millee Panigrahi[1]
[1]MEMS Design Centre, Dept. of ETC, Trident Academy of Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Despite of the existing successful clinical applications, however, the interaction, i.e. artificial sensing, between the robot and the patient is still very limited. With the help of various cameras, vision is almost the only feeling that a robot can have. In order to imitate the human skin, various signals e.g., the strength of pressure, change of strength, speed and acceleration should be ...

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 ...

Design and Optimization of a High Performance Ultrasound Imaging Probe Through FEM and KLM Model

L. Spicci, and M. Cati
Esaote SpA
Florence, Italy

The present paper describes the development of a full FEM model for linear array high performance 5MHz ultrasound imaging transducer. As a preliminary design, a mono dimensional electro-acoustical KLM model was realized, then the complete FEM was developed and optimized. The optimized transducer was manufactured, so that agreement between transducer measured performances and simulation results ...

3-D Finite Element Modeling of a Nanostructure Enhanced SAW Sensor

Y.L. Rao[1], and G. Zhang[1-3]
[1] Micro/Nano Bioengineering Laboratory, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, The University of Georgia
[2] Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, The University of Georgia
[3] Faculty of Engineering, The University of Georgia

Integration of surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices with nanostructures has gained interest in the development of sensors with high sensitivity. To better design nanostructure integrated SAW devices, it is essential to model three dimensional (3-D) SAW devices and analyze the wave propagation characteristics in nanostructure-enhanced SAW devices. In this work, a 3-D finite element model of ...

Modeling and Simulation of Dual Application Capacitive MEMS Sensor

A. Ravi[1], R. Krishna[1], J. Christen[1]
[1]Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

Capacitive MEMS sensors offer high spatial resolution, sensitivity and good frequency response. In this paper, we present a circular membrane capacitive MEMS device that finds use both as capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducer (CMUT) and pressure sensor. The MEMS device is first designed and simulated to work as a CMUT operating at about 5 MHz frequency. The device can also function as a ...

Numerical Modelling of Wave Propagation in Particulate Composites

P. S. K. Mylavarapu, and S. Boddapati
Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory

Syntactic foams are hollow particle filled composites that have recently emerged as attractive materials for use in advanced structural applications in aerospace and defence industry. Ultrasonic characterization of these foams is performed extensively in order to understand the effect of porosity and particle size on the ultrasonic properties such as longitudinal velocity and attenuation. ...

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