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Design and Simulation of Unimorph Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting System

E. Varadarajan[1], M. Bhanusri[2],
[1]Research and Innovation Centre (RIC), IITM Research Park, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
[2]Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

In this paper we made an attempt to maximize the power output in the different piezoelectric materials in a unimorph cantilever beam configuration. In this research, a macro scale unimorph piezoelectric power generator prototypes consists of an active piezoelectric layer, stainless steel substrate and titanium proof mass was designed for frequencies 60 Hz - 200 Hz. An analytical model of a micro ...

Fluid-Structure Interaction Analysis of a Peristaltic Pump

N. Elabbasi, J. Bergstrom, and S. Brown
Veryst Engineering, LLC.
Needham, MA

Peristaltic pumping is an inherently nonlinear multiphysics problem where the deformation of the tube and the pumped fluid are strongly coupled. We used COMSOL Multiphysics to investigate the performance of a 180 degree rotary peristaltic pump with two metallic rollers, and an elastomeric tube pumping a viscous Newtonian fluid. The model captures the peristaltic flow, the flow fluctuations ...

Analysis of Static Stress in a Bicycle Chain Plate

M. Wagner [1], T. Koch [2], I. Kühne [3], A. Frey [1]
[1] Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, Augsburg, Germany
[2] Comsol Multiphysics GmbH, Göttingen, Germany
[3] Heilbronn University, Kuenzelsau, Germany

Using the Solid Mechanics interface, a model is set up to investigate the impact of static stress on a bicycle chain for different geometries related to three chain generations. A contact model is used to induce the stress. Plastic deformation is taken into account. Based on the simulation results the contribution of plastic deformation to lifetime restriction can be estimated. The results ...

Implementation of a Viscoelastic Material Model to Simulate Relaxation in Glass Transition - new

Z. Zheng[1], R. Zhang[1]
[1]Corning Incorporated, Corning, NY, USA

Introduction: Glass relaxation occurs in a range of temperature during transition from equilibrium to super-cooled liquid. Viscoelastic material model can be applied to simulate glass behavior during the glass transition regime and to predict the glass deformation and stress evolution. Viscoelasticity is the property of materials that exhibit both viscous and elastic characteristics when ...

Magnetorheological Fluid Based Braking System Using L-shaped Disks - new

M. Hajiyan[1], S. Mahmud[1], H. Abdullah[1]
[1]School of Engineering, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada

This paper presents a novel design of multi-disks Magnetorheological braking system (MR brake) for automotive application. Magnetic saturation in both electromagnetic core and MR fluid is considered in this paper. The electromagnetic analysis of the proposed configuration is carried out using Finite Element based COMSOL Multiphysics® software (AC/DC Module). The system geometry, created using ...

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 ...

Fluid-Structure Interaction Modeling of High-Aspect Ratio Nuclear Fuel Plates Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

F. Curtis[1], K. Ekici[1], J. D. Freels[2]
[1]The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
[2]Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

The High Flux Isotope Reactor at the Oak Ridge National Lab is in the research stage of converting its fuel from high-enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium. One of the areas being explored is the fluid-structure interaction phenomenon due to the interaction of thin fuel plates (50 mils thickness) and the cooling fluid (water). Detailed computational simulations have only recently become ...

Evaluation of Novel Wing Design for UAV - new

P. K. Bahumanyam[1]
[1]University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, USA

Viable design alternative for the existing and fast growing UAVs which are optimized for unmanned flight is of great demand. Designing of a small scale UAV alternative to the AAI Aerosonde UAV has been considered changing the wing tail configuration of the vehicle analyzing both structural and aerodynamic performance improvements using COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

Modeling Cracking in Quasi-Brittle Materials Using Isotropic Damage Mechanics

T. Gasch [1], A. Ansell [1],
[1] KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

An extension of the Solid Mechanics interface in COMSOL Multiphysics® is presented to analyze localized deformations of quasi-brittle materials, for example cracking in concrete. This is achieved by implementing an isotropic damage mechanics constitutive law, which is combined with both a local and a non-local regularization technique to ensure mesh objectivity. The implementation is made using ...

Modeling the Sound Radiation by Loudspeaker Cabinets - new

M. Cobianchi[1], M. Rousseau[1]
[1] B&W Group Ltd, Steyning, UK

While musical instruments often rely on a body which resonates on purposefully to amplify the vibration produced by a string or a membrane, such as in a violin or a guitar, loudspeaker cabinets should not contribute at all to the total sound radiation, but aim instead to be a perfectly rigid box which encloses the drive units in charge to transform the electrical signal at their terminal into ...