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Thermal Stress in a Zero Thermal Expansion Composite

C. Romao, and M. White
Dept. of Chemistry and Institute for Research in Materials
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS

A series of 2-D finite element models of a ZrO2-ZrW2O8 composite system were created in COMSOL Multiphysics to study the effect of pores between the matrix (ZrO2) and filler (ZrW2O8) materials. Pores were modeled as ellipses concentric with the filler particles. Seventeen model geometries of varying microstructure were studied in order to determine correlations between microstructural ...

Optimal Placement of Piezoelectric Plates to Control Multimode Vibrations of Rotating Beam

F. Botta[1], D. Dini[2], S. Gentili[1], G. Cerri[1]
[1]Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica e Industriale, Università degli Studi di Roma Tre, Roma, Italy
[2]Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Turbomachines blades are forced by a load resulting from the interaction with the fluid. The consequent vibrations, and the associated fatigue phenomena, can give catastrophic failures and the reduction of the blades life. It could be increased if damping system are used. The piezoelectric materials has received considerable attention by many researcher for their potential application in the ...

Punch Design for Uniaxial Forging Process of γ-TiAl Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

R. Cagliero[1] and G. Maizza[1]
[1]Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali ed Ingegneria Chimica, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

The increasing demand for improved metallurgical products strongly motivates the optimization of manufacturing processes and design of γ-TiAl products. Among the large variety of available forming processes, cold closed-die forging is particularly suitable for producing net shape bulk products having good surface finish with better mechanical properties. Pressing punches of suitable ...

Dynamics of Slender Structures

K. Lund
Kurt Lund Consulting, Del Mar, CA , USA

The present work formulates the dynamics of a slender structure as a long beam. This results in a PDE that is fourth-order in space, and second order in time. In COMSOL the coupling method is used to decompose this problem into two second-order equations, one for displacements, and one for bending moments, which are then solved to obtain frequencies and mode shapes. For verification of ...

Stress Distribution in Masonry Walls, Loaded in Plane, Simulated with COMSOL

A.T. Vermeltfoort, and J. van Schijndel
Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands

The tensile strength of masonry is relatively low compared to its compressive strength and is affected by the direction of the joints and their filling. In masonry with modern thin layer mortar (joint thickness 3 to 5 mm) sometimes the head joints are left open. A total of 13 model-walls was built and for each model four general purpose mortar combinations and three thin layer mortar ...

Numerical Modeling and Performance Optimization Study of a Diaphragm Pump for Medical Application

I. Lupelli[1], P. Gaudio[1], A. Malizia[1], R. Quaranta[1]
[1]Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Roma, Italy

In this contribution we present the results of the numerical modeling and performance optimization study of a diaphragm pump for drug infusion. The main objective is to develop a numerical model that replicates the pumping cycle (400ms) and also provides indications about the variation of pumping performance as consequence of the variation of the chamber-diaphragm system geometry, diaphragm ...

Analysis of a Plasma-Mediated Photoacoustic Response From Plasmonic Nanoparticles in Ultrashort Regime

A. Hatef [1], B. Darvish [1], A. Dagallier [2], C. Boutopoulos [2], M. Meunier [2],
[1] Nipissing University, North Bay, ON, Canada
[2] École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada

Over the last decade, plasmonic nanoparticles (PNPs) have received growing interest as exogenous contrast agents in the thermal expansion based photoacoustic (PA) imaging technique in biomedical applications [1]. Such functionality is due to the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) created by the light-induced coherent oscillation of the conduction electrons in the PNPs. In the near-field ...

Numerical and Experimental Analysis of Natural and Mixed Convection Heat Transfer for Vertically Arranged DIMM

G. Petrone, and G. Cammarata
University of Catania, Catania, Italy

 It is commonly recognized that careful thermal design of electronic equipments represents an unavoidable pre-production step in order to ensure reliability and performance of those components during their functioning. This paper mainly concerns a comparison between experimental and numerical results obtained in studying thermal dissipation in natural and mixed convection conditions for RAM ...

Numerical Modelling Of Moisture Related Mechanical Stress In Wooden Cylindrical Objects Using COMSOL: A Comparative Benchmark

H. Schellen, and J. Van Schijndel
Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

For preservation of artefacts in a museum the indoor climate is often restricted to a very narrow interval for temperature, but most of all for relative humidity. In old buildings the museum conditions of artefacts, e.g. near cold walls, mostly are not in line with museum recommendations.To have an impression of indoor museum climates in old buildings, a large number of case studies were carried ...

Numerical Experiments for Thermally-induced Bending of Nematic Elastomers with Hybrid Alignment

L. Teresi[1], and A. DeSimone[2]
[1]LaMS - Modeling & Simulation Lab, University Roma Tre, Roma, Italy
[2]SISSA - International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy

We deal with Liquid Crystal Elastomers (LCEs) having hybrid alignment (HNEs), that is, fabricated with a given non-homogeneous nematic orientation. For such a materials, permanent distortions induced by deswelling can be compensated by those resulting from cooling below the transition temperature, thus yielding the possibility of producing temperature-driven actuators. Here, we simulate the ...