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Modeling the Temperature-Dependent Dynamic Behavior of a Timber Bridge with Asphalt Pavement

B. Weber[1]
[1]Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Dübendorf, Switzerland

The fundamental frequency and the corresponding damping value are the main design parameters for footbridges against excessive vibrations induced by pedestrians. Since pedestrians typically walk at a pace of 1.6–2.4 Hz, this frequency range as well as the range of the second harmonic, namely 3.5–4.5 Hz, should be avoided. However it has been observed that the fundamental frequency of a bridge ...

Multiphysics Modeling of Swelling Gels

A. Lucantonio[1], P. Nardinocchi[1], L. Teresi[2]
[1]Università degli Studi La Sapienza, Roma, Italy
[2]LaMS - Modelling & Simulation Lab, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Roma, Italy

Polymer gels belong to the realm of soft active materials as they are capable of responding to a non-mechanical stimulus – the permeation of a solvent – with a mechanical action – a volume change, thanks to the coupling between different physics. This mechanism of coupling can be exploited in a wide range of applications, including biomedical devices, making crucial the understanding of the ...

Numerical Simulation of Temperature and Stress Fields in the Rock Heating Experiment

P. Rálek[1], M. Hokr[1]
[1]Technical University in Liberec, Liberec, Czech Republic

Presented work is motivated by pre-realization phase of rock heating experiment in underground, testing properties for cyclic energy storage. Heating unit, installed in large borehole from end of a tunnel, is fixed to the rock face with the geo-polymer. Rest of the borehole is filled with isolation material. We used the Heat Transfer Module and the Structural Mechanics Module in COMSOL for ...

Building Energy Simulation Using the Finite Element Method

J. van Schijndel[1]
[1]Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

In order to predict, improve and meet a certain set of performance requirements related to the indoor climate of buildings and the associated energy demand, building energy simulation (BES) tools are indispensable. Due to the rapid development of FEM software and the Multiphysics approaches, it should possible to build and simulate full 3D models of buildings regarding the energy demand. The ...

Numerical Study of the Scattering of a Short-Pulse Plane Wave by a Buried Sphere in a Lossy Medium

F. Frezza[1], F. Mangini[1], M. Muzi[2], P. Nocito[3], E. Stoja[1], N. Tedeschi[1]
[1]Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications, "La Sapienza" University of Rome, Rome, Italy
[2]Institute of Advanced Biomedical Imaging, "G. d'Annuzio" University Fondation, University "G. d'Annuzio" Chieti-Pescara, Chieti, Italy
[3]Istituto Superiore C.T.I., Communications Department, Ministry of Economic Development, Rome, Italy

The scattering by a buried sphere in the frequency domain with the use of the Finite Element Method (FEM) implemented by COMSOL Multiphysics, is analyzed. A short-pulse is used as an excitation with the spectrum spanning from 50 MHz to 1 GHz. In order to validate our results, a comparison with data available in the literature is presented, in the simple case of a perfectly-conducting (PEC) ...

Web Based Laboratories for Teaching Electromagnetics for TEMPUS eLab Project

Y. El-Qattan [1], H. Ghali[1]
[1]Electrical Engineering Department, The British University in Egypt (BUE), El Sherouk City, Egypt

This paper presents a successful step towards the development of a “web-based laboratory” for teaching basic, and even advanced, electromagnetic concepts. The main idea is to develop a reusable model for the student to be used exactly as a hardware experiment in a physical laboratory, where he/she can change some of the experiment\'s physical parameters and get corresponding results. The two ...

Mathematical Model for Prediction of Transmission Loss for Clay Brick Walls

J. Ratnieks[1], A. Jakovics[1], J. Klavins[1]
[1]Laboratory for Modeling Technological and Environmental Processes, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

A 2D numerical model for determination of sound reduction index is set up in this work. Results are in good agreement in middle and high frequency range when using solid structure approximation. Results are compared with experiment.

Structural Analysis of a Pressure Sensor for High Temperature Environments

S.V. De Guido[1], G.S. Masi[1], P. Vladimirovich Miodushevsky[1], L. Vasanelli[1]
[1]Department of Innovation Engineering, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy

Pressure sensors operating at the temperature higher that 500 °C are absent in the world market. Our goal is to develop a pressure sensor that can operate at the high temperature up to 700 °C. Our sensor will be made up of a ceramic sensible element and a metallic case. The sensible element will be a ceramic beam with a Weathstone bridge on its surface. A structural analysis on the case has been ...

Numerical Simulations of Radionuclide Transport through Clay and Confining Units in a Geological Repository using COMSOL

J. Hansmann[1], M. L. Sentis[1], B. J. Graupner[1], A.-K. Leuz[1], C. Belardinelli[2]
[1]Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI), Brugg, Switzerland
[2]Kantonsschule Solothurn, Solothurn, Switzerland

Introduction: The sectoral plan that defines the procedure and criteria of site selection for deep geological repositories for all categories of waste (high-level and low- and intermediate-level waste) in Switzerland started in 2008 and will last for about ten years. ENSI (Swiss Nuclear Safety Inspectorate) is in charge of reviewing the proposals and safety assessments for geological ...

Quartz Transducer Modeling for Development of BAW Resonators

L.B.M. Silva[1], E.J.P. Santos[1]
[1]Laboratory for Devices and Nanostructures, Electronics and Systems Department, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, PE, Brasil

Transducer optimization is a key aspect for successful development and deployment of advanced sensors, especially when designing 3D structures for harsh environments. For piezoelectric transducers, plate thickness determines the operating frequency of the resonator, which is frequently tuned in the shear thickness vibration mode. Quartz has been the material of choice for the fabrication of ...

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