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Fretting Wear and Fatigue Analysis of a Modular Implant for Total Hip Replacement

M.S. Yeoman[1], A. Cizinauskas[1], D. Rangaswamy[1]
[1]Continuum Blue, Tredomen, Ystrad Mynach, United Kingdom

Modular orthopaedic devices are a feature of total joint replacements today. These modular orthopaedic devices allowing surgeons to choose from a variety of available implant sizes, designs & material options for the procedure required and the patient specific requirements. However, even though this allows for greater scope of implant construction, if the various components of the modular design ...

Thermal-Electrical Study of an Ultra-fast Disconnect Switch with a Piezoelectric Actuator - new

L. Graber[1], C. Widener[1], S. Smith[1], M. Steurer[1]
[1]Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS), Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA

A research team at FSU CAPS is developing a novel fast disconnect switch based on a piezoelectric actuator for use in next-gen electric power distribution systems. COMSOL Multiphysics® software was used to optimize geometry and material selection of the disconnect switch. Current conduction, mechanical stress, and electrostatic simulations were performed to confirm that design requirements of ...

Support-Q Optimisation of a Trapped Mode Beam Resonator - new

T. H. Hanley[1], H. T. D. Grigg[1], B. J. Gallacher[1]
[1]Newcastle University, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK

Introducing a disorder into a finite periodic oscillatory system induces the presence of a 'trapped mode': a mode in which the displacement field is localised to the region of the disorder. A main inhibitor to MEMS resonators achieving a high quality (Q) factor is energy radiation through the support to the substrate. The trapped modes present a way to tune this to a minimal value. An initial ...

A Comparison of Mass Reduction Methods for Silicon-on-Oxide (SOI)-based Micromirrors

H. J. Hall [1], L. A. Starman [1],
[1] Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, USA

Beam steering and adaptive optics micromirror applications commonly demand optically flat surfaces with minimal mass. When reflective coatings (usually metallic Au or Al) are applied to micromirror surfaces in order to meet optical reflectivity requirements the resulting film stress (usually tensile) can be substantial. The mass of the mirror can be a limiting factor in the dynamic performance. ...

High-Resolution FSI Modeling of a High-Aspect Ratio Involute Flow Channel in the HFIR at ORNL

A. I. Elzawawy [1], J. D. Freels [2], F. G. Curtis [2, 3],
[1] Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, East Elmhurst, NY, USA
[2] Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA
[3] University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA

The high flow rate within the HFIR cooling water flow channel causes the fuel plates to deflect which in turn, changes the coolant flow characteristics. This nonlinear feedback loop between the coolant and the fuel plate is the focus of the present simulation of the fluid-solid interaction between the coolant flow and the fuel plates to accurately predict the plate’s deflection using the Fluid ...

A Model Coupling Water Transport with Local Deformation and Polymer Phase Transition

A. Briffaz [1], J. M. Méot [2], P. Bohuon [3], C. Mestres [2], B. Matignon [2], M. Dornier [3]
[1] CIRAD, Montpellier, France
[2] CIRAD, Montpellier, France
[3] Montpellier SupAgro, Montpellier, France

Describing and predicting the extent of the physicochemical processes as well as geometrical deformation taking place during food transformation is of major importance to control food functional properties. Unfortunately, only a few food-matrix models consider deformation particularly because of large deformation. In the case of a starchy product such as rice, water transport and swelling ...

The Microplane Model for Concrete in COMSOL

A. Frigerio
RSE S.p.A.
Milan, Italy

The safety of large civil structures is often evaluated by means of numerical models based on the Finite Element Method. In this frame, the choice of a constitutive law able to represent the complex mechanical behaviour of concrete is a key point. This paper deals with a detail description of all the steps needed to implement the Microplane Model in COMSOL; the formulation is based on the ...

A Study of Geometrical Shape of Central Plate in Electrostatic Actuation

K. M. V. Swamy[1], B. G. Sheeparamatti[1], G. R. Prakash [1]
[1]Department of Electronics and Communication, Basaveshwara Engineering College, Bagalkot, Karnataka, India

This study is performed to know which central plate geometry is best suited for electrostatically actuated switch. The simulation is carried out in COMSOL Multiphysics, where user is free to model the geometry without depth knowledge about geometrical dependency of electrostatic. The study of the centrally suspended geometrical models such as circle, square and rectangle suspended by two short ...

Thermoelastic Model for Microwave Ablation of Concrete

B. Lepers[1], S. Soldatov[1]
[1]Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Pulsed Power and Microwave Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany

The use of high power microwave energy for ablation of contaminated concrete is a promising technique to speed up the dismantling of nuclear power plants. A coupled simulation using COMSOL Multiphysics® finite element software is performed by solving the electromagnetic wave equation at 2.45 GHz for a standard wave guide and a concrete block. The temperature field is obtained with the heat ...

Study of the Process, Design, and Operating Parameters Effect on the Efficiency of the Process Mill - new

A. K. Farouk[1]
[1]Department of Mathematics & Natural Science, University of Stavanger, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway

This study is to investigate the velocity pattern and the velocity magnitude of the cuttings that is being processed in the process mill as a result of the rotating hammers. The process mill consists of a horizontal cylindrical shell equipped with renewable liners and rotating hammers for milling of drill cuttings. An F.E model of the process mill was constructed using dimensions similar to ...