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.

Sound Attenuation by Hearing Aid Earmold Tubing

M. Herring Jensen
Widex A/S, Vaerloese, Denmark

In this study we model the sound attenuation properties of a hearing aid earmold tube. The model includes thermoviscous acoustic effects and it couples structural vibrations to the external acoustic field. Moreover, the finite element domain is coupled at two boundaries with an electroacoustic model of a hearing aid and an acoustic 2-cc coupler.

Numerical Simulations of Ultrasonic Non Destructive Techniques of Masonry Buildings

S. Carcangiu[1], B. Cannas[1], M. Usai[1], and G. Concu[2]
[1]Department of Electric and Electronic Engineering, Cagliari, Italy
[2]Department of Structural and Infrastructural Engineering and Geomatics, Cagliari, Italy

An experimental program has been developed, with the purpose of evaluating the reliability in building diagnosis and characterization of an integrated analysis of several parameters, associated with acoustic waves propagating through the material. The Direct Transmission Technique has been applied. In this paper we developed a numerical model using the Transient Acoustics-Piezoelectric ...

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 ...

Optimal Design of Slit Resonators for Acoustic Normal Mode Control in Rectangular Rooms

S. Floody[1], R. Venegas[2], and F. Leighton[3]
[1]Universidad de Chile, Facultad de Artes, Departamento de Música y Sonología, Licenciatura en Sonido, Santiago, Chile
[2]University of Salford, Acoustics Research Centre, Salford, UK
[3]Universidad Tecnológica de Chile Inacap, Sede Pérez Rosales, Santiago, Chile

The present article presents a method to redistribute the acoustic modes of a rectangular enclosure in the low frequency range using slit resonators. The objective of the present work is to compare different strategies of optimal design in order to determine the dimensions of the resonators. The method of the finite elements will be used to model the acoustic physical behavior of the room. In ...

Electro-acoustic Coupling in Nematic Liquid Crystals

G. Rosi[1], L. Teresi[1], A. DiCarlo[1], and F. dell'Isola[2]
[1]LaMS - Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Roma, Italy
[2]Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza", Roma, Italy

Liquid crystals - as all liquids - are generally modelled as incompressible media. In fact, mass-density changes occurring in these mesophases are minuscule and inconsequential in most regimes of interest. However, liquid crystals exhibit also phenomena that call for a more refined theory. In particular, it is experimentally well established that the Fréedericksz transition - i.e., the sudden ...

Eigenmodes of Photoacoustic T-cells

Baumann, B.1, Kost, B.1, Groninga, H.2, Wolff, M.1, 2
1 University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, Mechanical and Production Engineering
2 PAS-Tech GmbH, Zarrentin

The photoacoustic effect is based on resonant absorption of light by a sample and the transfer of the excitation energy into thermal energy via inelastic collisions of gas molecules. A modulated irradiation of the sample causes periodic pressure variations that can be detected by a microphone and measured using lock-in technique. Photoacoustic spectroscopy finds many applications in the field of ...

A Study of FEMLAB for Modeling High Frequency Ultrasound Scattering by Spherical Objects

Falou, O.1, Kumaradas, J.C.2, Kolios, M.C.3 1 Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University, ON, Canada
2 Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering & Dept. of Physics, Ryerson University, ON, Canada
3 Dept. of Physics, Ryerson University, ON, Canada

Analytical solutions to the problem of wave scattering from three dimensional structures such as spheres have been studied extensively in the past. However, these solutions are not flexible enough to be extended to wave scattering from complex geometries. We have developed a finite element model of acoustic wave propagation through spherical structures to solve the problem of highfrequency (20 ...

Comparison of an Analytical and Numerical Solution for the Landmine Detection Problem

M. Mattingly[1], K. McIlhany[2], and R. Malek-Madani[3]

[1]Applied Research Laboratory, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA
[2]Physics Department, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA
[3]Mathematics Department, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA

Acoustic landmine detection is accomplished using a loud speaker as an airborne source to generate low-frequency waves that enter the soil at a certain incident angle. At a specific frequency, the landmine will "vibrate" at resonance, imparting a certain velocity on the soil particles above it that is detected by a scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer system. The ability to mathematically predict ...

Can the Drumhead be Decomposed from Spectra? - An Application for the Chesapeake Bay

K. McIlhany[1], and R. Malek-Madani[2]
[1]Physics Department, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA
[2]Mathematics Department, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA

In 1966, mathematician Mark Kac proposed the question "Can One Hear the Shape of a Drum?" in an article for American Mathematical Monthly. In attempting to resolve the Chesapeake Bay from an eigenfunctional approach, a one-to-one mapping of this famous problem has been identified. The quote above will re-write to "Can One Hear the Shape of a Drum from Multiple Point-Sampled Spectra?". This ...

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 ...

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