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Fatigue Damage Evaluation on Mechanical Components under Multiaxial Loadings

R. Tovo[1] and S. Capetta[1]
[1]Dipartimento di Ingegneria, Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

This paper is concerned with the fatigue behavior of complex, three-dimensional, stress concentrations under multiaxial loadings. Starting from the stress field obtained from a linear elastic analysis and taking advantage of the so-called implicit gradient approximation, an effective stress index connected with the material strength is calculated. Besides, this work summarizes a first ...

COMSOL Multiphysics® Software for Simulation of Surface Response to Excitation Method for Manufacturing Process Performance Monitoring - new

H. Fekrmandi[1], N. Miniello[1], R. Kiflemariam[1], I. Nur Tansel[1]
[1]Mechanical & Materials Engineering Department, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA

In this study, COMSOL Multiphysics® software was used to simulate the surface response to excitation method (SuRE). An aluminum beam with a piezoelectric element bonded is modeled using the COMSOL Acoustics Module. A frequency domain sweep study was performed to simulate the sweep sign generation. The frequency spectrum of the structure is monitored through a frequency range of (20kHz-400kHz). A ...

Modeling Mechanical Property Changes During Heating of Carrot Tissue - A Microscale Approach - new

S. Kadam[1], A. K. Datta[1]
[1]Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Turgor pressure loss and pectin degradation result in texture loss during cooking of plant based materials. To simulate texture loss, a simultaneous heat and moisture transfer, pectin degradation in the cell wall material and solid mechanical model was developed at the microscale using finite elements to predict the homogenized Young’s Modulus of the carrot tissue during heating. The model ...

Simulation of a Micro-Scale Out-of-plane Compliant Mechanism - new

E. Rawashdeh[1], A. Arevalo[1], D. Castro[1], I. G. Foulds[2], N. Dechev[3]
[1]Computer, Electrical & Mathematical Sciences & Engineering Division (CEMSE), King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
[2]School of Engineering, Okanagan Campus, The University of BC, Vancouver, BC, Canada
[3]University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

In this work we present the simulation of a micro-scale large displacement compliant mechanism called the Tsang suspension. It consists of a flat micro-plate anchored down by two springs on either side, that can rotate out-of-plane and maintain its vertical assembly by a simple single-axis actuation. COMSOL Mutliphysics® software was used to simulate these devices and extract the reaction forces ...

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, ...

1D Axisymmetric Modeling of Shrinkage for Non-Porous Materials

J. M. Meot [1], A. Briffaz [1], J. Jacquin [2], S. Rashidi [2]
[1] Cirad, UMR QualiSud, Montpellier, France
[2] Bureau national Interprofessionnel du Pruneau, Villeneuve, France

A 1D-axisymmetric model was built to represent the drying of a single d’Ente plum to d’Agen prune. Underlying assumptions of the model were those of Di Matteo et al. 2003. Sorption isotherms of plum come from Tsami et al, 1990 and equation structure of apparent water diffusion coefficients from Sabarez, 2001. External transfer coefficients were adjusted by direct measurements. The parameters of ...

A Study of Geometrical Shape of Central Plate in Electrostatic Actuation

K. M. V. Swamy[1], B. G. Sheeparamatti[1], G. R. Prakash [1]
[1]Department of Electronics and Communication, Basaveshwara Engineering College, Bagalkot, Karnataka, India

This study is performed to know which central plate geometry is best suited for electrostatically actuated switch. The simulation is carried out in COMSOL Multiphysics, where user is free to model the geometry without depth knowledge about geometrical dependency of electrostatic. The study of the centrally suspended geometrical models such as circle, square and rectangle suspended by two short ...

Study of the Process, Design, and Operating Parameters Effect on the Efficiency of the Process Mill - new

A. K. Farouk[1]
[1]Department of Mathematics & Natural Science, University of Stavanger, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway

This study is to investigate the velocity pattern and the velocity magnitude of the cuttings that is being processed in the process mill as a result of the rotating hammers. The process mill consists of a horizontal cylindrical shell equipped with renewable liners and rotating hammers for milling of drill cuttings. An F.E model of the process mill was constructed using dimensions similar to ...

Effects of Solvers on Finite Element Analysis in COMSOL Multiphysics® Software - new

C. Ravi[1]
[1]Siemens Technology and Services Private Limited, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Introduction: Solver section of FEA plays a very important role; it takes the input from the preprocessor and solves millions of equations using numerical methods. Capability of any analysis tools can be measured based on the solver. Understanding the nature and operation of various structural solid mechanics solvers is the interest of the present study. Results: Contact pressure is ...

Simulation of a Thermoelectric Spiral Structure

A. Arevalo [1], J. P. Rojas [1], D. Conchouso [1], M. M. Hussain [1], I. G. Foulds [2]
[1] Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
[2] The University of British Columbia, School of Engineering, Okanagan Campus, Canada

Energy efficiency and harvest, speed and performance, flexibility and portability are key elements for innovation in the current consumer electronics markets. Thermoelectric Generators can convert energy from heat gradients into electricity. Every source of heat from an electronics device can potentially be used as a source of energy. This generators have the advantage of: being silent, compact, ...