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A Computational Acoustic Interrogation of Damage to Wind Turbine Blades

R. Canturk [1], M. Inalpolat [1],
[1] University of Massachusetts - Lowell, Lowell, MA, USA

Modern wind turbine blades consist of composite airfoil shaped structures that form a hollow acoustic cavity. Because of continually varying aerodynamic forces, gravitational loads, lightning strikes, and weather conditions, all blades will experience leading and trailing edge splits, cracks, or holes. Acoustic sources (speakers and wind flow) excite this dynamic cavity structure. The blade ...

MEMS Electrostatic Acoustic Pixel

A. Arevalo [1], D. Conchouso [1], D. Castro [1], I. G. Foulds [2],
[1] Computer, Electrical, & Mathematical Sciences & Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
[2] The University of British Columbia, School of Engineering, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The growth of the electronics industry demand better components for the electronic systems. Such components need to be improve to keep up with the evolution of the digital era. The loudspeaker design has not been changed for almost a century [1-5]. The acoustic transducer is the last analogue component needed for a true digital audio system. We want to validate the feasibility of using an ...

Effect of Length and Porosity on the Acoustic Performance of Concentric Tube Resonators

D. Neihguk [1], A. Prasad [1],
[1] Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., Chennai, India

The acoustic performance of an acoustically short Concentric Tube Resonator (CTR) is investigated to find an optimum porosity for a given length to diameter ratio. The study is motivated by the following practical difficulties encountered in automotive exhaust noise control: 1. Increasing trend of downsized engine and increase in power to weight ratio of engine for better fuel economy. 2. The ...

Calculation of Surface Acoustic Waves on a Piezoelectric Substrate using Amazon™ Cloud Computing

U. Vogel [1], M. Spindler [1], S. Wege [1], T. Gemming [1]
[1] Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials, Dresden, Germany

In this work, we seek to simulate SAWs for a better understanding and to benchmark the currently available cloud computing possibilities of COMSOL Multiphysics® software. By using the MEMS module we demonstrate 3D models with reduced geometry to achieve principle information about the wavefield. For a benchmark, a high-speed workstation with limited memory (RAM) is compared to the most potent ...

Simulation of Acoustic Energy Harvesting Using Piezoelectric Plates in a Quarter-Wavelength Straight-Tube Resonator

B. Li[1], J.H. You[1]
[1]Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, USA

An acoustic energy harvesting mechanism at low frequency (~200 Hz) using lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezoelectric cantilever plates placed inside a quarter-wavelength straight-tube resonator has been studied using COMSOL Multiphysics 4.3 and compared with experimental data. When the tube resonator is excited by an incident wave at its acoustic eigenfrequency, an amplified acoustic resonant ...

FEM Simulation for ‘Pulse-Echo’ Performances of an Ultrasound Imaging Linear Probe

L. Spicci[1]
[1]Esaote SpA, Florence, Italy

Pulse-echo FEM simulation is seldom found in literature for ultrasound imaging array probes, since the complete modeling of such device is extremely complicated. Nevertheless, the 2D FEM described in the present work was successful, thanks to the following design procedure (see figure): Two piezoacoustic models were employed, one for transmission of the pressure wave into the acoustic domain, ...

Solid Rocket Motor Combustion Instability Modeling in COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

S. R. Fischbach [1][2],
[1] Jacobs ESSSA Group, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, USA
[2] Qualis Corporation, Huntsville, AL, USA

Combustion instability modeling of Solid Rocket Motors (SRM) remains a topic of active research. Many rockets display violent fluctuations in pressure, velocity, and temperature originating from the complex interactions between the combustion process, acoustics, and steady-state gas dynamics. Recent advances in defining the energy transport of disturbances within steady flow-fields have been ...

Laser-Ultrasonics Wave Generation and Propagation FE Model in Metallic Materials

A. Cavuto[1], G.M. Revel [1], M. Martarelli [2], F. Sopranzetti [2]
[1]Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy
[2]Università e-Campus, Novedrate (CO), Italy

A 2D axisymmetric model was considered in order to evaluate the propagation paths of the ultrasonic waves generated inside an aluminum plate sample due to a rapid thermal expansion produced by laser pulse. Laser Doppler Vibrometer is used to experimentally validate the numerical results of the wave propagation in the material. The presented numerical model is able to identify directivity ...

COMSOL Analysis of Acoustic Streaming and Microparticle Acoustophoresis

H. Bruus[1], P.B. Muller[1], R. Barnkob[1], M.J.H. Jensen[2]
[1]Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
[2]COMSOL, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark

We have simulated the ultrasound-induced acoustophoretic motion of microparticles suspended in an aqueous solution. The full first-order thermoviscous acoustics equations have been implented on a rectangular microfluidic 2D domain excited with an ultrasound field tuned to resonance near 2 MHz. The micrometer-thin but crucial viscous boundary layers at the rigid walls have been fully resolved. ...

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 ...