What Is the Physics Behind a Counterweight Trebuchet?

Mats Danielsson October 11, 2017

The trebuchet is a large siege weapon that you might recognize from movies set in the Middle Ages or fantasy worlds. This weapon is built on the idea of converting potential energy into kinetic energy to hurl a projectile over a large distance. Simple as it seems, the trebuchet is a complicated dynamical system. In this blog post, we will build a simplified model of a counterweight trebuchet using the Multibody Dynamics Module and examine some of its design features.

How to Model Gearbox Vibration and Noise in COMSOL Multiphysics®

Pawan Soami May 23, 2017

Gears are used in a variety of applications, such as clocks, industrial machinery, music boxes, bicycles, and automobiles. A gearbox is a major source of vibration and noise irrespective of how it is used. The most effective approach to reduce the noise radiation from a gearbox is to perform a vibroacoustic analysis to improve the design. Let’s see how the COMSOL Multiphysics® software can be used to help build quieter transmission systems.

Analyzing the Structural Integrity of an Induction Motor with Simulation

Caty Fairclough May 11, 2017

In the 1800s, two scientists — Nikola Tesla and Galileo Ferraris — separately invented their own versions of AC induction motors. Such AC motors turned out to be reliable alternatives to the DC motors that were popular at the time. To accurately study induction motors, we must account for the multiple physics that occur. As today’s example illustrates, we can include the electromechanical effects in version 5.3 of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

Benchmark Model Helps Verify the Multibody Dynamics Module

Caty Fairclough March 31, 2017

When designing multibody systems, interconnected flexible and rigid bodies must be analyzed to see how they are affected by large rotational and translational displacements. While we can achieve this with the Multibody Dynamics Module in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, we first want to confirm the reliability of the simulation results. Here, we discuss a benchmark model of a four-bar mechanism that helps prove the validity of these multibody dynamics simulations.

How to Evaluate Gear Mesh Stiffness in a Multibody Dynamics Model

Pawan Soami December 9, 2016

When performing a noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) analysis of a transmission system, the elasticity of the gear mesh plays a crucial role in obtaining useful results. To help you create an accurate gear simulation, new features and functionality in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software enable you to evaluate gear mesh stiffness. Today, we’ll explain why it’s important to account for gear mesh elasticity as well as how to compute and include gear mesh stiffness in your multibody dynamics model.

Understanding the Different Elements of Gear Modeling

Pawan Soami October 18, 2016

To accurately simulate a gear and obtain useful results, it is important to consider a number of elements behind the device’s design and how they are modeled. New features and functionality in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software provide you with the tools to address such properties and thus advance the reliability of your simulation studies. Today, we’ll review the various elements of gear modeling and explain how to account for them in our modeling processes.

How to Build Gear Geometries in the Multibody Dynamics Module

Pawan Soami August 17, 2016

Realistic gear geometries are useful for multibody dynamics simulations when coupled with other physical phenomena. Rather than manually building these geometries, we can use built-in parts available in the Part Library. With these highly parameterized gear parts, we can build a wide range of parallel and planetary gear trains and learn how to use different aspects of the built-in parts to create a realistic gear model in the Multibody Dynamics Module.

An Introduction to Gear Modeling in COMSOL Multiphysics

Pawan Soami July 7, 2016

Gears are devices that are widely used for the transmission of rotary motion from one shaft to another. Automobiles, electric motors, wind turbines, and other machines all require a gearbox in order to change their speed or torque. With the latest version of COMSOL Multiphysics® — version 5.2a — we bring you new gear modeling features and functionality, from components in the Parts Library to an array of tutorial models that illustrate potential applications.

Analyze Your Centrifugal Governor Design with an App

Brianne Costa May 4, 2016

Shouldn’t the way you design a device be just as efficient as the device itself? When designing a centrifugal governor, the main goal is to increase the overall operation efficiency of an engine. With our Centrifugal Governor Simulator demo app, you can easily and quickly test a wide spectrum of parameters and physical studies to optimize the performance of the device. Today’s blog post offers insight.

Reaching New Heights in Pole Vaulting: A Multibody Analysis

Mateusz Stec February 4, 2016

Pole vaulting is one of the most difficult events to master in track and field. Athletes must be able to run fast, be strong enough to elevate their body by holding the pole, and have excellent body control in order to change position while airborne. Analyzing the science behind this sport offers greater insight into the mechanisms that ensure success.

Simulating the Motion of a Self-Stable Bicycle

Shruti Thiagarajan December 31, 2015

Say you’re riding a bicycle and someone gives you a push from the side. To quickly stabilize yourself, you turn the handlebar of the bicycle in the same direction to counteract the fall. While riders do this instinctively, what’s fascinating is that our bicycles can do the same thing. Modern bicycles are designed to be self stable; they’re good at keeping balance while moving uncontrolled. Let’s take a look at how we can simulate this effect in COMSOL Multiphysics.