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Air Foil Bearings - A Modeling Approach

M. Bezemer-Krijnen[1], Y.H. Wijnant[1], A. de Boer[1]
[1]University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

A first generation air foil bearing (AFB) is shown in Figure 1. AFBs induce, at higher rotating speeds, an air film between the journal and the top foil, which lowers the friction forces. The goal of this study is to develop a model of an AFB. The thickness of the air film depends on the clearance, eccentricity and elastic deformations of the bump structure. The flow in the air film between ...

Finite Element Analysis of a Fiber Bragg Grating Accelerometer for Performance Optimization

N. Basumallick[1], A. Ghosh[1], P. Biswas[1], K. Dasgupta[1], S. Bandyopadhyay[1]
[1]Fiber Optics Laboratory, Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Sensitivity of a cantilever-mass based fiber Bragg grating (FBG) accelerometer can efficiently be tailored by altering the distance between the axis of the FBG sensor to the neutral axis of the cantilever. To accomplish that in general, a backing patch is used to mount the FBG on the cantilever. Use of finite element analysis to quantify the influence of the material constant (Young’s modulus) ...

Simulation of Cellular Traction Force Based Deflection of PDMS Micropillars - new

J. Wala[1], D. Maji[1], S. Dhara[1], S. Das[1]
[1]Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India

Cells are complex entities which not only passively sense external stimuli (viz. chemical, optical or mechanical) but also interact with extracellular matrix (ECM) by regulating cellular behavior such as growth, proliferation, migration, etc. Monitoring cell growth and migration of adherent cells becomes a crucial factor in determining cell-cell and cell-substrate interaction, important for ...

Modeling Flow and Deformation During Salt-Assisted Puffing of Single Rice Kernels - new

T. Gulati[1], A. K. Datta[1]
[1]Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Puffing of biomaterials involves mass, momentum and energy transport along with large volumetric expansion of the material. Development of physics-based models that can describe heat and moisture transport, rapid evaporation and large deformations can help understand the puffing process. In this context, a fundamentals based study of salt-assisted puffing of rice is described. A multiphase model ...

Simulation of Thermomechanical Couplings of Viscoelastic Materials

F. Neff [1], T. Miquel [2], M. Johlitz [1],
[1] Universität der Bundeswehr München, Munich, Germany
[2] École polytechnique, Palaiseau, France

Using COMSOL Multiphysics® software, a new model was implemented with the Physics Builder functionality, which provides a thermomechanical coupling. It consists of two independent physics interfaces, one for the mechanical, viscoelastic behavior and one for the heat transfer. With the multiphysics coupling features it is now possible to add the effects of thermal expansion and dissipation or ...

Failure Stress Analysis of Fiber Reinforced of Composite Laminates under Uniaxial/Biaxial Loading

Z. Hasan[1], F. Darwish[2], and S. Al-Absi[2]
[1]Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA
[2]Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan

The main objective of the present work is to perform stress analysis on composite laminates under unaxial/biaxial loading to serve as a preliminary data for test verification. A detailed calculation based on the Classical Lamination Theory was performed for a laminate. The material used was carbon/epoxy applying a pure uniaxial load followed by a biaxial load. It was observed that the failure ...

Finite Element Analysis of Temperature and Viscosity Effects on Resonances in Thin-Film Bulk Acoustic Wave Resonators - new

G. Rughoobur[1], M. DeMiguel-Ramos[2], L. García-Gancedo[1], M. Clement[2], J. Olivares[2], T. Mirea[2], W. I. Milne[1], E. Iborra[2], A. J. Flewitt[1]
[1]University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
[2]Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

The shear mode of film bulk acoustic resonators (FBARs) is preferred to the longitudinal mode owing to its lower acoustic losses in a liquid. However in addition to mass loading, the resonance is also affected by temperature and liquid viscosity. These two parameters can either be sensed or compensated using a layer of silicon dioxide, which has a unique temperature coefficient of elasticity. In ...

Modeling the Buckling of Isogrid Plates

E. Gutierrez-Miravete[1], and J. Lavin[2]
[1]Rensselaer at Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
[2]UTC-Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, CT, USA

Isogrid plate components are widely used in aerospace structures because of their greater stiffness to weight ratios compared with thicker plates of the same material. Isogrid plates consist of flat plates conjoined with thin ribs in specific geometric patterns. The purpose of this study was to investigate the applicability of COMSOL Multiphysics for the determination of buckling loads and modes ...

FEM Study on the Effect of Metallic Interdigital Transducers on Surface Acoustic Wave(SAW) Velocity in SAW Devices

A. K. Namdeo, and H. B. Nemade
Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Assam, India

In this paper, we present study on the mass loading effect of the interdigital transducer (IDT) on surface acoustic wave (SAW) velocity in SAW devices, using COMSOL Multiphysics. We have simulated a one port SAW resonator made on YZ lithium niobate substrate and investigated the reduction of SAW velocity caused by the mass loading of aluminum IDT fabricated over the substrate, using finite ...

Simulation of Microstructured Rolling-Sliding Contacts - new

M. Weschta[1], S. Tremmel[1], S. Wartzack[1]
[1]Engineering Design, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany

To reduce friction in lubricated tribological contacts, the surfaces of the contacting bodies can be microstructured to improve lubricating conditions. For lower loaded contacts this approach has already reached industrial applications, e.g. the piston-liner contact. For higher loaded contacts the effects are currently in basic research. Elastic deformation in the contact area plays an important ...