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2D Modeling of Elastic Wave Propagation in Solids Containing Closed Cracks

S. Delrue [1], V. Aleshin [2], O. Bou Matar [2], K. Van Den Abeele [1],
[1] Wave Propagation & Signal Processing Research Group, KU Leuven Kulak, Kortrijk, Belgium
[2] Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnologies, Lille, France

Within the field of Non Destructive Testing (NDT) of materials, nonlinear ultrasonic techniques are becoming increasingly popular, since they provide extreme sensitivity in detecting the presence of incipient damage. However, the next step forward would be to fully characterize the detected defects (e.g. by estimating their geometric parameters), allowing to make some prediction about lifetime ...

Modeling and Simulation of Piezoresistive Pressure Sensor for 2bar Application

M. Ramezani [1], M. El Barkouky [1],
[1] Melexis, Tessenderlo, Belgium

In this paper, we focused on modeling of the piezoresistive pressure sensors. The Structural Mechanics Module of COMSOL Multiphysics® software is used to model the sensor and make a comparative study of the MEMS pressure sensor with different shape and size of membrane. The impact of membrane shape and size on sensitivity and nonlinearity of the pressure sensor is investigated. For example, it ...

Design of a Miniaturized RF MEMS Based Single-Bit Phase Shifter

A. Chakraborty, A. Kundu, S. Chatterjee, and B. Gupta
Jadavpur University
Kolkata
West Bengal, India

This paper presents a novel design of single-bit RF MEMS phase shifter. The basic novelty introduced for phase shifter design in this case, is by scaling down of the lateral dimensions of the conventional RF MEMS shunt switch by 10 times. The Mechanical and Electromechanical analysis of the designed miniature RF MEMS fixed-fixed beam is performed using COMSOL Multiphysics v.3.5a as an FEM ...

Numerically Closing the Loop of the Adaptive Optics Sensor: the Validation of the COMSOL Multiphysics® Simulation - new

C. Del Vecchio[1], R. Briguglio[1], A. Riccardi[1]
[1]National Institute for Astrophysics, Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory, Florence, Italy

As any other modelling of a physical behavior, the numerical simulation of the mechanical response of an adaptive secondary mirror requires that the results match the experimental data. Such an agreement was recently demonstrated for the local mirror stiffness of the LBT and VLT Deformable Mirrors; a reliable modeling is a good tool for the extrapolation of the missing optical data (spider ...

Toroidal Spring Coil: Displacements & Stress Analysis to Detect the Sealing Parameters

V. Riccardi [1],
[1] Cesare Bonetti, Garbagnate Milanese, Italy

The aim of the simulation is to study the behavior of a particular arrangement of a sealing system made of a Toroidal Spring Coil encapsulated in an thin casing, which is provided with a circumpherential cut to permit the pressure fill it inside. The mechanical simulation implemented in COMSOL Multiphysics® software is necessary to understand the displacements and stresses of the structure ...

Simulation of Hydrogen Transport and Hydrogen-Induced Damage of High-Strength Steel Concepts

T. Schaffner [1], A. Hartmaier [2]
[1] ThyssenKrupp, Duisburg, Germany
[2] Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany

The prediction of material damage induced by hydrogen transport mechanisms is a major challenge for the development of new steel concepts. Especially the ultra-high strength steel concepts (UHSS), like dual phase and martensitic steels, can exhibit a higher vulnerability to hydrogen induced damage. The main reason for this is the complex microstructure, including a large number of several ...

Optimization of a Thermoelectric Conversion System

J. R. Chase [1],
[1] Alphabet Energy, Hayward, CA, USA

Thermoelectric materials have no theoretical limit to conversion efficiency of heat into electrical power. In order to compete with other forms of power generation and small-scale energy conversion, thermoelectric converters need to maximize their practical usability when integrated with real-world sources of waste heat, and in real-life service environments. This trade-off reduces itself to ...

High-Resolution FSI Modeling of a High-Aspect Ratio Involute Flow Channel in the HFIR at ORNL

A. I. Elzawawy [1], J. D. Freels [2], F. G. Curtis [2, 3],
[1] Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, East Elmhurst, NY, USA
[2] Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA
[3] University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA

The high flow rate within the HFIR cooling water flow channel causes the fuel plates to deflect which in turn, changes the coolant flow characteristics. This nonlinear feedback loop between the coolant and the fuel plate is the focus of the present simulation of the fluid-solid interaction between the coolant flow and the fuel plates to accurately predict the plate’s deflection using the Fluid ...

Simulation of Thermal Elastohydrodynamic Lubricated (TEHL) Gear Contacts - new

T. Lohner [1], A. Ziegltrum [1], K. Stahl [1],
[1] Gear Research Centre (FZG), Technical University of Munich (TUM), Garching, Germany

Thermal elastohydrodynamic lubricated (TEHL) contacts occur very frequently in drive technology and thus in gear drives. In this presentation, the implementation of a finite element based TEHL simulation approach for gear contacts in COMSOL Multiphysics® software is shown. The physically based simulation approach used is different to most of the existing TEHL simulations and is required to ...

M4B, a Tool for the Analysis of THQM Behavior of Soils and Its Interaction with Building Foundations

J. Alonso [1], V. Navarro [1], M. Moya [1],
[1] Universidad de Castilla la Mancha, Ciudad Real, Spain

The Geoenvironmental Engineering Group of the University of Castilla-La Mancha is developing a computational tool, M4B, for describing the influence of environmental loads on the deformation behavior of soils and its interaction with building foundations. This tool comprises a set of algorithmic files in text format which can be implemented in COMSOL Multiphysics®. To illustrate the M4B scope, ...