Analyzing Concrete Flow in Drilled Shafts with CFD Simulation

Caty Fairclough November 10, 2017

Skyscrapers, highway bridges, and other heavy manmade structures often use drilled shafts. Despite their widespread application, these shafts suffer from anomalies due to suboptimal designs and issues with the flow of concrete. To better understand such problems and improve the concreting process for drilled shafts, researchers used the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. Here, we take a peek at their preliminary research and findings.

How to Use Dispersion Curves to Analyze Fluid-Filled Pipes

Ajit Bhuddi November 8, 2017

Suppose you have a very long system with a constant cross section: a fluid-filled pipe. Modeling this system is computationally expensive and time consuming. Using a guided wave propagation approach, you can model a cross section of the system and compute the guided waves along it. You can represent such waves by means of dispersion curves. Here, we discuss a coupled analysis considering air and water as the internal fluids. We also analyze the system dynamics using dispersion curves.

Have You Heard About the Cocktail Party Problem?

Caty Fairclough November 7, 2017

From cocktail parties to public transit, there are competing sound sources in many everyday environments. If you want to listen to one specific sound, say a friend’s question, in a complex auditory setting, you have to distinguish between the sounds around you and focus on the one of interest. This situation is known as “the cocktail party problem”. Understanding how humans solve this problem can lead to advancements in hearing aid designs.

Keynote Video: Modeling the Multiphysics Behavior of Nuclear Fuel

Bridget Paulus November 6, 2017

Optimizing fuel for nuclear reactors can increase the amount of power they generate, improve their safety, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. However, studying nuclear fuel can be complex, as it involves interactions between multiple physical phenomena. In his keynote talk from the COMSOL Conference 2017 Boston, Andrew Prudil of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) discussed using multiphysics models to gain insight into nuclear fuel. If you missed his presentation, find a video recording and summary below.

How to Implement Elastoplasticity in a Model Using External Materials

Mats Danielsson November 2, 2017

In structural mechanics, there may be situations when you want to implement your own material model. The COMSOL Multiphysics® software gives you the option to program your own material model in C code. The compiled code can then be called from the program using the External Material feature. Here, we demonstrate how to implement an external material model and then use it in an example analysis.

Keynote Video: Using Simulation to Develop Reliable Audio Transducers

Caty Fairclough November 1, 2017

You’re listening to music when you bump into your loudspeaker, knocking it off the table. Fortunately, it still works! In his keynote presentation at the COMSOL Conference 2017 Boston, Richard Little discussed how Sonos, Inc. ensures that loudspeakers are durable enough to withstand certain stresses and how they use simulation to improve the robustness of the transducer component. If you missed his talk, you can watch the video recording below, followed by a quick summary of his presentation.

Is That a Ghost? Vibroacoustic Explanations for False Poltergeists

Brianne Costa October 31, 2017

My favorite novel to read around the Halloween season is Stephen King’s It. A common misconception about the book is that “It” is just a scary clown — It is actually the embodiment of whatever you fear most. If what scares you the most is the possibility of ghosts, don’t worry: a researcher used acoustics analysis to explain that whatever scares you this Halloween, like It, is just a trick of the mind (and vibroacoustic effects…)

Award-Winning Papers and Posters: COMSOL Conference 2017 Boston

Bernt Nilsson October 30, 2017

Earlier this month, simulation engineers and researchers presented their posters and papers at the COMSOL Conference 2017 Boston. Six papers and posters were selected to win awards, and conference attendees also voted for their favorite poster presentation. Interested in learning which papers and posters among the many great contributions were named award winners? Read on.

Happy Birthday, Margaret Hutchinson Rousseau

Caty Fairclough October 27, 2017

Margaret Hutchinson Rousseau was an innovative chemical engineer who designed the first commercial penicillin plant. This plant enabled scientists to produce large quantities of the life-saving drug. Rousseau’s other accomplishments include developing high-octane gasoline and becoming the first woman to join the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). On this day, her birthday, we explore her life and legacy.

Predicting How Long Coffee Stays Warm in a Vacuum Flask

Fanny Littmarck October 26, 2017

Important question: If you pour hot coffee into a vacuum flask, how long will it stay warm? There are two different modeling approaches for studying this scenario, but the more accurate method is also more computationally expensive. Let’s see what they are and when they are appropriate — and hopefully find an answer to the question.

Analyzing Time-Domain Reflectometry for 2 Electrical Designs

Caty Fairclough October 23, 2017

Engineers use signal integrity (SI) analyses to generate information on the quality of electrical signals. They can then make design improvements based on this information. A useful technique for SI applications is time-domain reflectometry (TDR), which finds discontinuities in signal paths. Here, we use simulation to perform TDR analyses for two different designs: a high-speed interconnect and a set of parallel microstrip lines.