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Implementing a Thermostat with the Events Interface

February 19, 2015

A thermostat is a device that senses the temperature of a system and uses this information to control the system’s heaters, or coolers, to keep the temperature close to a desired setpoint. While there are many different types of thermostats, we will focus today on one that turns a heater either on or off based upon two setpoints. This is known as an on-off or a bang-bang controller, and it can be implemented with the Events interface in COMSOL Multiphysics.

Evaluating the Instability of a Space Arc Frame

February 18, 2015

Space frames have been used as the foundation for the construction of many modern buildings, from the Louvre in France to Globen in Sweden. When designing space frames, we need to asses the risk of instability.

Using Degeneracy Breaking to Design a MEMS Biosensor

February 12, 2015

In the paper “Degeneracy Breaking, Modal Symmetry and MEMS Biosensors”, which was presented at the COMSOL Conference 2013 in Rotterdam, researchers experiment with using material and geometric symmetry breaking to design a MEMS biosensor.

How to Compute the Acoustic Radiation Force

January 29, 2015

Acoustic radiation force is an important nonlinear acoustic phenomenon that manifests itself as a nonzero force exerted by acoustic fields on particles. Acoustic radiation is an acoustophoretic phenomenon, that is, the movement of objects by sound. One interesting example of this force in action is the acoustic particle levitation discussed in this previous blog post. Today, we shall examine the nature of this force and show how it can be computed using COMSOL Multiphysics.

Cloaking Advancements for Flexural Waves in Elastic Plates

January 22, 2015

Previous work on cloaking for flexural waves in elastic plates presented limitations and near invisibility. Now, a research group in Europe has figured out a new theoretical framework to both overcome the limitations and achieve exact cloaking for flexural waves in Kirchhoff-Love plates. To visualize and test the quality of the cloak, they ran COMSOL Multiphysics simulations.

Improving the Power of Optical Systems via Component Design

January 21, 2015

If you look up at the night sky, especially somewhere far away from city lights, you will see the stars twinkle. While an inspiration for poets and romantics throughout time, the beauty of the starry night sky has also been a challenge to astronomers studying the night sky and the universe. It has led to the development of adaptive optics, which is used nowadays to improve the power of optical systems beyond the obstacles imposed by the optical medium.

Simulating Vibration and Noise in a Washing Machine

January 15, 2015

The nonuniform distribution of clothes within a washing machine can produce notable vibration and noise. Modeling the dynamics behind this movement and sound can be a valuable tool in optimizing the design of these common household devices.

Introducing Nonlinear Elastic Materials

January 9, 2015

Nonlinear elastic materials present nonlinear stress-strain relationships even at infinitesimal strains — as opposed to hyperelastic materials, where stress-strain curves become significantly nonlinear at moderate to large strains. Important materials of this class are Ramberg-Osgood for modeling metals and other ductile materials and nonlinear soils models, such as the Duncan-Chang model.


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