Phil Kinnane | July 6, 2012
Phil Kinnane | June 29, 2012
In an earlier blog post, I commented on how acoustic waves are being used in a biomedical setting, to identify malaria in small fluid samples. A more traditional use of piezoelectric devices was written about in the latest COMSOL News. Here, an Italian company, Esaote S.p.A., uses them to produce improved ultrasound imaging systems.
Phil Kinnane | June 26, 2012
I have always connected Surface Acoustic Waves (SAWs) as phenomena useful for sensors; where SAW devices act as the medium that transfers mechanical energy (of what you’re measuring) to electrical (what’s used to measure it). SAWs would occur at the surface of a piezoelectric device, mechanically changing it, and then the resulting electrical behavior would be used to provide the measurement. We have a great example that shows how such things can be modeled in a SAW gas sensor.
Phil Kinnane | June 21, 2012
We are happy to announce that SC Solutions, Inc. is now part of the COMSOL family of Certified Consultants! Located in Sunnyvale, California, SC Solutions (SC) provides modeling and simulation consulting and R&D services to customers across several industries for numerous application areas. As a Certified Consultant, they assist their customers in analyzing and improving on current products and processes by providing them with model-based process control solutions. SC also delivers customized multiphysics models that customers can use for routine […]
Phil Kinnane | June 12, 2012
Phil Kinnane | June 28, 2012
One of the interesting stories to come out of the latest COMSOL News concerned a couple of great researchers, Dr. Ozgur Yildirim and Dr. Zihong Guo, and how they use simulations in their inventing process. They work in an invention/prototype laboratory in Bellevue, WA for Intellectual Ventures, a global leader in the business of invention.
Phil Kinnane | June 25, 2012
Phil Kinnane | June 20, 2012
According to a study done by Brunel University in the United Kingdom, the food sector is among the top five energy-consuming industries. The transportation of food, including keeping it refrigerated, is one of the larger contributing factors to this energy-consumption and subsequent greenhouse gas emissions.
Phil Kinnane | June 13, 2012
Phil Kinnane | June 11, 2012
Before you drink your next pint of Guinness, have a close look at the bubbles in the brew, and see if they sink. Apparently they do. Now a group of scientists from the University of Limerick in Ireland (where else?) has modeled the phenomenon of sinking bubbles in Guinness beer to lend weight to this finding and provide a theoretical explanation.