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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 ...

Small Scale Yielding Model for Fracture Mechanics - new

K. C. Koppenhoefer[1], J. Thomas[1], J. S. Crompton[1]
[1]AltaSim Technologies, LLC., Columbus, OH, USA

Computational tools based on the finite element method have been used extensively to develop solutions for elastic and elastic-plastic fracture mechanics problems. This work uses a small-scale yielding model to compare results developed from COMSOL Multiphysics® with another finite element modeling package and analytical solutions. Analysis are conducted for elastic, and elastic-plastic ...

Modelling of Pressure Profiles in a High Pressure Chamber using COMSOL Multiphysics

P. S. Rao[1], C. K. Chandra[1]
[1]Agricultural and Food Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, West Bengal, India

High Pressure Processing (HPP) is a leading non-thermal food processing technology that is often cited as a major technological innovation in food preservation. Although it is very early to place this emerging technology among the list of breakthroughs in food processing, HPP has started to become a viable commercial alternative for pasteurisation of value added fruits, vegetables, meat, and ...

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 ...

FEA Mechanical Modeling of Torque Transfer Components for Fully Superconducting Rotating Machines

T. Wu[1], G. Escamez[1], C. Lorin[1], P. J. Masson[1]
[1]University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA

NASA is funding the development of a high-fidelity fully superconducting machine sizing tool able to generate optimized designs based on thrust requirements and design constraints. Several mechanical challenges need to be overcome during the design of the torque transfer components. Reducing the conducted heat load requires the use of different materials in the torque path, which requires ...

Parametric Study of Polyimide - Lead Zirconate Titanate Thin Film Cantilevers for Transducer Applications

A. Arevalo[1], I.G. Foulds[1]
[1]King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The simulation of the piezoelectric actuation of the micro-cantilever is presented. Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) was chosen for the device fabrication design, due to its thin film processing flexibility. Four layers compose the cantilever structures presented in this work: PZT (piezoelectric material), Platinum (electrodes) and Zirconium Oxide as the buffer layer for the PZT film and polyimide ...

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.

Analysis of 3-D Printed Structural Components for Cube Satellites - new

C. Herzfeld[1]
[1]SPAWAR Systems Center (SSC) ATLANTIC, Charleston, SC, USA

Additive manufacturing uses 3D printing to build physical parts from CAD-based designs. The technology includes fused deposition modeling (FDM) and selective laser sintering (SLS) methods. 3-D printing is of particular interest for smaller, one-of-a-kind, customizable products. A cube satellite (CubeSat) containing fiber reinforced SLS parts has been successfully launched (Ref 1). Lower ...

Fully Coupled FEM Modeling of the Swelling Behavior of Human Intervertebral Disc in Response to a Change in Chemical Environment

G. K. Mistri[1], K. J. Suthar[2]
[1]Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
[2]Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, USA

The swelling behavior of human intervertebral disc is strongly influenced by chemical changes in the surrounding environment. Swelling of IVD is governed by various physical phenomena, including chemical and electric potential based transport, electrical charge balance, and swelling due to concentration difference within IVD relative to surrounding fluid. This change in geometry can be described ...

Scale-up Design of Ultrasound Irradiator for Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) Using COMSOL Multiphysics® Simulation

Z. Wei[1]
[1]The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Ultrasound is a promising green technology for the advanced oxidation process (AOP) since it adds no chemicals to the treated water. In this paper, COMSOL Multiphysics® was used as a tool to design and characterize an ultrasound irradiator with multi-stepped configuration, which aims to overcome disadvantages of typical irradiators and to enhance contaminant removal in large-scale water ...