How to Use Acoustic Topology Optimization in Your Simulation Studies

René Christensen | November 3, 2016

Today, guest blogger René Christensen of GN ReSound discusses the importance of acoustic topology optimization and how to apply it in COMSOL Multiphysics. Topology optimization is a powerful tool that enables engineers to find optimal solutions to problems related to their applications. Here, we’ll take a closer look at topology optimization as it relates to acoustics and how we optimally distribute acoustic media to obtain a desired response. Several examples will further illustrate the potential of this optimization technique.

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Caty Fairclough | November 1, 2016

Ocean acoustic tomography systems measure temperature using an acoustic signal that travels between two instruments. These systems often need to cover a broad frequency band with low-frequency signals and require a high-power sound source. One option to achieve these goals is a tunable organ pipe, which balances efficiency and functionality. A researcher at the Advanced Technology Group, Teledyne Marine Systems used simulation to improve his tunable organ pipe design and compared the results to experimental tests.

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Linus Andersson | September 29, 2016

Perforations, in mufflers for example, enable partial sound transmission between chambers as well as in and out of pipes. When simulating perforates, it’s possible to draw and mesh each hole, but this increases the time it takes to solve the model. For a more efficient approach, we can apply a semitransparent boundary. Here, we’ll discuss several techniques for doing so as well as describe a method for computing the transfer impedance of the perforate.

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Caty Fairclough | September 26, 2016

The fans in an airplane’s turbofan engine are one of its main sources of noise. In excess, this can cause a range of health problems, including hearing impairment, sleep disturbance, and stress-related illnesses. To optimize the design of turbofan engines to reduce noise pollution and its correlating side effects, you can turn to acoustic modeling. Our jet pipe tutorial model speaks to the benefits of using such an approach.

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Aditi Karandikar | August 2, 2016

Acoustic measurements aren’t always accurate due to imperfections in the measurement tools. To limit incorrect results, devices, such as microphones and vibration transducers, have standards that define their allowable margin of error. Meeting these standards is required, but good measurement tools go a step further and keep their error range consistent over time. To create quality devices, research teams at Brüel & Kjær use multiphysics simulation to model their microphone and transducer designs.

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Caty Fairclough | June 2, 2016

When designing motorcycles, noise reduction is a primary area of concern. Loud, poorly designed motorcycles may not meet noise regulations or satisfy customers. As such, there is a need to reduce motorcycle noise by identifying and eliminating its sources. To do so, researchers at Mahindra Two Wheelers, Ltd. turned to acoustics simulation.

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Bridget Cunningham | May 23, 2016

In various engineering fields, studying acoustic reflection and absorption is an important point of consideration. Simulation is a valuable tool for performing such analyses, helping to better explain how sound waves interact with their surrounding surfaces. Today, we’ll look at how the Application Builder is extending the reach of such simulation capabilities by using the example of acoustic reflections off a water-sediment interface.

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Bridget Cunningham | May 2, 2016

Graphene is a material with a strong presence — and impact — throughout the scientific community. Amongst its many uses, researchers are looking to graphene as a potential material solution within sensor designs for medical and biosensing applications. Today, we’ll explore the role of simulation in analyzing and optimizing a 3D multilayered graphene biosensor.

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Brianne Costa | April 20, 2016

We’ve talked a lot on the blog about the different types of simulation apps that you can build. But did you know that you can create an app that plays sounds? The Organ Pipe Designer allows users to investigate the parameters behind an organ pipe configuration and then play the resulting sounds to really see — and hear — a design in action. Let’s learn more about the physics behind our underlying model and its transformation into an easy-to-use app.

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Alfred Svobodnik | April 4, 2016

Today, we welcome Managing Director Dr. Alfred J. Svobodnik of Konzept-X GmbH, a COMSOL Certified Consultant and developer of multidisciplinary virtually optimized industrial design technology (M-voiD® technology). MP3 players, smartphones, and tablets allow us to listen to our favorite music almost everywhere. While driving in a car, we should also enjoy the highest sound quality. Learn how to use simulation to reproduce sound in one of the most difficult environments — a vehicle — to design better automotive sound systems.

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Linus Andersson | March 15, 2016

Over the 10th through 18th centuries, the sound holes in violins evolved from a circular shape to an elongated f shape. In a recent research paper, MIT scientists and violin makers from the North Bennet Street School in Boston investigated the effects of this change in shape. They suggest that the f-shaped holes increase the air flow, making the bass notes of the violin twice as loud. Today, we will reproduce their findings with COMSOL Multiphysics.

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