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Glass Plates Noise Transmission Suppression by Means of Distributed Piezoelectric Composite Actuators Shunted by an Active Circuit

K. Novakova[1][2], P. Mokry[2]
[1]Research Centre for Special Optics and Optoelectronic Systems (TOPTEC), Institute of Plasma Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Turnov, Czech Republic
[2]Institute of Mechatronics and Computer Engineering, Technical University of Liberec, Liberec, Czech Republic

Glass windows represent a virtual sound source for buildings interior. It is very easy to make them vibrate by action of incident acoustic pressure wave. Therefore, non-negligible part of the wave is transmitted through the window. We propose and simulate a method based on the change of mechanical properties of the plate using flexible piezoelectric Macro Fiber Composite actuators distributed on ...

Simulation of Heat Transfer on Periodic Microstructured Surfaces for Evaporation Cooling

M. Hackert-Oschätzchen[1], R. Paul[1], M. Penzel[1], M. Zinecker[1], A. Schubert[1]
[1]Professorship Micromanufacturing Technology, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany

Evaporative cooling is a promising cooling method for dissipating high heat fluxes in high power density applications. One possibility to enhance heat flux is a generation of microstructures into the cooler surface. This enlarges the cooler surface and systematically affects the fluid flow as well as the boiling process. In this study the geometric arrangement of cylindrical pin microstructures ...

Study of the Thermal Behavior of Solar Cells Based on GaAs

N. Martaj[1,2], E. Guidicelli[2], Y. Cuminal[2], A. Perona[3], S. Pincemin[1,2]
[1]EPF-Ecole d’Ingénieurs, Montpellier, France
[2]IES, UMR5214, Université Montpellier II, Montpellier, France
[3]Laboratoire PROMES-CNRS Tecnosud, Rambla de la thermodynamique, Perpignan, France

The paper studies the thermal modeling and simulation of photovoltaic cells suitable for use in highly concentrated solar flux (> 1000 suns). The cells studied are those of GaAs kind. These cells are a very good alternative to be studied instead of more complex multi junctions cells. The objective is to find a simple and inexpensive way to remove heat from PV modules and to keep the electrical ...

Analysis to Determine Optimum Strain Gauge Locations for SENSEWHEEL - new

T. Suzuki[1], C. Holloway[1], S. Taylor[1]
[1]University College London, London, UK

Manual wheelchair users suffer shoulder pain and injury in the long term because of unconscious overuse. The ‘SENSEWHEEL’, which interposes three identical load cells between pushrim and rear wheel, measures the three components of pushing force Fx, Fy and Fz, and axial torque Tx applied at each load cell. Strain gauges were located on a diaphragm forming one face of the load cell. The ...

Evaluation of Efficiency Factors of Commercial Thermoelectric Materials Using COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

K. Cadien [1], S. Seif [1], T. Thundat [1],
[1] Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

We have developed single leg model using COMSOL Multiphysics® software to compute Φ of TE materials without using conventional ZT parameters. The Φ were calculated using parametric programming in PDE by using special probe to capture change in power (∆P), ΔT, and area (A), thus (Φ = ∆P/A*ΔT 2). The obtained results showed that the TE material with highest Φ when the temperatures are between 375 ...

Ultrafast Effects in 3D Metamaterials

N. Katte [1], P. Evans [2],
[1] Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, OH, USA
[2] Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

The extraordinary electromagnetic response of nanostructured material, usually made up of a metallic structures distributed in within a dielectric matrix has attracted a lot of interest in recent years. These materials are technically called metamaterial (MM) since they possess different properties from their constituent materials. Several applications of metamaterials have already been ...

Numerical Simulation of Acoustic Properties of Porous Metals under High Sound Pressure Level Conditions

B. Zhang [1], X. Wang [1], L. Ni [1]
[1] School of Mechanical Engineering, Ningxia University, China

The sound propagation and absorption properties in porous media under high sound pressure level conditions have been reported elsewhere. Also several analytical and semi-analytical solutions have been developed; however, these solutions are relatively complicated and the provided results are not accurate enough yet. In this work, the simulated results for the study of the sound absorption ...

A COMSOL Multiphysics® Software Analysis of Beam Tube Cooling in the High Flux Isotope Reactor of ORNL

J. D. Freels [1],
[1] Research Reactors Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

Previous to the present work, a formal calculation was approved [1,2] to support the operation of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) Horizontal Beam-Tube 1 of 4 (HB-1). The present calculation [3,4] repeats the previous work using COMSOL Multiphysics® software and extends the analysis to cover a broader range of coolant flow. In addition, this new calculation expands the analysis much further ...

A Virtual Laboratory for the 4 Bed Molecular Sieve of the Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly

R. Coker [1], J. Knox [1], B. O'Connor [1],
[1] Marshall Space Flight Center - NASA, Huntsville, AL, USA

Introduction: Ongoing work to improve water and carbon dioxide separation systems to be used on crewed space vehicles combines sub-scale systems testing and multi-physics simulations. Thus, as part of NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) program and the Life Support Systems Project (LSSP), fully predictive COMSOL Multiphysics® software models of the Four Bed Molecular Sieve (4BMS) of the ...

Multiphysics Simulation of Space Charge and Electric Field for Liquid Argon Neutrino Detector

S. D. Luise [1], L. M. Bueno [1],
[1] ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

The DUNE experiment (http://www.dunescience.org/) is an international collaboration of more than 100 research institutes and universities (among them CERN and Fermilab) which is taking the challenge of building the next-generation experiment for the study of neutrino particles. The detector conceived to detect neutrinos consists of a gigantic cryogenic apparatus able to keep 700,000 tons of ...