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Structural Mechanics & Thermal Stress Blog Posts

Exploring the Ambiguity of Hardness Numbers with COMSOL®

September 22, 2020

To help customers easily obtain stress-strain curves from indentation test data, this guest blogger turned to simulation applications and COMSOL Compiler™ — and created a brand new product.

Video Lecture Series: Modeling Joule Heating with Thermal Expansion

September 15, 2020

Get an overview of the lecture series on Joule heating and thermal expansion. Plus, access supporting material.

Implementing a Damage Evolution Law for a Hyperelastic Material

September 8, 2020

By implementing a physically motivated damage evolution law for a hyperelastic material, you can incorporate material softening, creep, and stabilization of hysteresis curves during cycling.

Estimating Hyperelastic Material Parameters via a Lap Joint Shear Test

September 3, 2020

For rubber, polymers, and biological tissue, the relationship between stress and strain is nonlinear, even at small loads. The lap joint shear test can be used to determine material properties.

Why Do Tennis Rackets Tumble? The Dzhanibekov Effect Explained…

September 1, 2020

If you toss a cellphone, tennis racket, wingnut, cereal box, or any object with 3 axes of rotation in the air, it will demonstrate this interesting and unusual effect…

How Do Bicycle Pedals Stay On?

August 27, 2020

Ever wonder why the left pedal of a bike has left-handed threads and the right pedal has right-handed threads, yet the pedals stay on when riding?

A Simulation App for Helical Spring Design and Analysis

August 21, 2020

Helical springs are found everywhere from medical devices to consumer and industrial products. Despite being commonplace for centuries, the design of a helical spring can be complex.

Optimizing an NIV Mask Design with Multiphysics Simulation

August 13, 2020

NIV masks offer a form of noninvasive monitoring and ventilation for COVID-19 patients, which lessens the need for ventilators and other mechanical respirators.

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