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Infrasound Assessment of the Roller Compacted Concrete Dam: Case Study of the Portugues Dam in Ponce, PR

H. Diaz-Alvarez [1], V. P. Chiarito [1], S. McComas [1], M. H. McKenna [1],
[1] U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, MS, USA

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently investigating the use of infrasound sensors to monitor the health of structures of interest. Infrasound is low-frequency (2-20 Hz) acoustic energy and is capable of propagating many kilometers from the source structure. Large infrastructure, such as dams, bridges, and buildings emit such signals at their natural or driven frequencies of vibration, ...

Statistical Modeling and Contact Analysis of RF MEMS Surface

J. Liu [1], V. B. Chalivendra [1], C. Goldsmith [2], W. Huang [1],
[1] Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA, USA
[2] MEMtronics Corporation, Richardson, TX, USA

Radio frequency (RF) micro-electro mechanical system(MEMS) switch works in on/off modes controlled by electrostatic forces. In off mode, rough surfaces of electrodes come into a contact to shunt the RF signal. Surface contact area has been recognized as a key factor in RF MEMS performance and reliability. Multi scale regular-fractal structure is observed on MEMS surface. Nonlinear Structural ...

Structural Mechanics of Cooling Catheters

M. Pavelchak, J. Urcinas, and T. Merrill
Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, USA

This paper describes the use of structural mechanics capabilities within COMSOL to explore new cooling catheter designs. Cooling catheters may be used to save ischemic tissue resulting from strokes or heart attacks. Typical guide catheters use metallic braiding to ensure torsional strength. Braiding, however, displaces space for flows and limits design options. To explore alternatives to ...

Numerical and Experimental Analysis of Natural and Mixed Convection Heat Transfer for Vertically Arranged DIMM

G. Petrone, and G. Cammarata
University of Catania, Catania, Italy

 It is commonly recognized that careful thermal design of electronic equipments represents an unavoidable pre-production step in order to ensure reliability and performance of those components during their functioning. This paper mainly concerns a comparison between experimental and numerical results obtained in studying thermal dissipation in natural and mixed convection conditions for RAM ...

Modeling the Buckling of Isogrid Plates

E. Gutierrez-Miravete[1], and J. Lavin[2]
[1]Rensselaer at Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
[2]UTC-Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, CT, USA

Isogrid plate components are widely used in aerospace structures because of their greater stiffness to weight ratios compared with thicker plates of the same material. Isogrid plates consist of flat plates conjoined with thin ribs in specific geometric patterns. The purpose of this study was to investigate the applicability of COMSOL Multiphysics for the determination of buckling loads and modes ...

Numerical Implementation Of A Multivariable Thermomechanical Model For Unsaturated Bentonite

V-M. Pulkkanen, and M. Olin
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland

A compacted bentonite clay buffer is planned to be used as a part of the engineered barrier system in the KBS-3 concept for the disposal of spent nuclear fuel. Simulations together with experimental studies are needed to ensure that bentonite fulfills its safety functions in the concept. In this paper, one type of bentonite model, namely a thermomechanical model developed by Jussila, is ...

The Microplane Model for Concrete in COMSOL

A. Frigerio
RSE S.p.A.
Milan, Italy

The safety of large civil structures is often evaluated by means of numerical models based on the Finite Element Method. In this frame, the choice of a constitutive law able to represent the complex mechanical behaviour of concrete is a key point. This paper deals with a detail description of all the steps needed to implement the Microplane Model in COMSOL; the formulation is based on the ...

Modelling Failure Mechanims in Sands Under Extreme Loads Using COMSOL

J. Mwebesa, D. Kalumba, and R. Kulabako
Makerere University
Kampala, Uganda

Studies by Nishaat (2009) showed that Terzaghi\'s bearing capacity model didn\'t adequately predict the bearing capacity failure in Philippi Dune sands. Nishaat carried out her investigation using a physical model that was built in a geotechnical laboratory. The failure surfaces she observed in the sands did not resemble those predicted by Terzaghi and Meyerhof\'s models. However the use of a ...

Thermal Stress in a Zero Thermal Expansion Composite

C. Romao, and M. White
Dept. of Chemistry and Institute for Research in Materials
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS
Canada

A series of 2-D finite element models of a ZrO2-ZrW2O8 composite system were created in COMSOL Multiphysics to study the effect of pores between the matrix (ZrO2) and filler (ZrW2O8) materials. Pores were modeled as ellipses concentric with the filler particles. Seventeen model geometries of varying microstructure were studied in order to determine correlations between microstructural ...

Glass Windscreen Forming Optimization by Finite Element Analysis Using COMSOL Multiphysics

R. Carbone[1]
[1]Material and Production Engineering Department, University of Naples “Federico II”, Naples, Italy

Glass products are widely diffuse in the everyday reality. An interesting glass application field, from a technological point of view, is the transportation area. The automotive industry always needs for more complex shape of windscreen in order to satisfy the request of new design. In the paper, a “common” windscreen forming process, for automotive application, is described. The results of a ...