V-M. Pulkkanen, and M. Olin
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland
A compacted bentonite clay buffer is planned to be used as a part of the engineered barrier system in the KBS-3 concept for the disposal of spent nuclear fuel. Simulations together with experimental studies are needed to ensure that bentonite fulfills its safety functions in the concept. In this paper, one type of bentonite model, namely a thermomechanical model developed by Jussila, is presented ...
University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany
In order to design an RF MEMS based device, it is beneficial to have information concerning mechanical behavior. For model verification purpose, solution offered by simulation software equipped with predefined physics application is one valuable way to provide initial reference. To avoid unwanted particular total strain in RF MEMS structures, a compensation layer can be utilized. When the number ...
T. Gulati, H. Zhu, A. K. Datta
Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
Microwave drying of foodstuffs is a complex interplay of mass, momentum, and energy transport coupled with large deformation of the solid. To be able to better understand the microwave drying process, a fundamentals-based three dimensional (3D) multiphase porous media based model is developed to simulate the microwave drying process. An elaborate experimental system comprising of infrared camera, ...
H. T. Mengistu, A. García-Cristóbal
Material Science Institute, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
The possibility to dispose of two-dimensional (2D) approaches to problems originally posed in a three-dimensional (3D) geometry is always desirable since it reduces significantly the computing resources needed for numerical studies. In this work we report on a new 2D approach called Generalized Plane Piezoelectric (GPP) problem  and apply it to the calculation of the strain and electric fields ...
C. Del Vecchio
INAF-OAA, Firenze, Italy
The thin shell of the LBT Adaptive Secondary Mirror has been manufactured, optically polished, and delivered. The operations and tests required before finally mounting it on the telescope have to be run very carefully, as they imply loads completely different from the ones of the adaptive operational modes - studied in the past with very encouraging results. Deformations and stresses that occur ...
Dept. of Mechanics and Machine Design, Research Centre on Choral and Instrumental Music (MUSICOS), University of Genoa, Italy
The paper attempts to give a contribution to the dynamic analysis of musical instruments. A multidisciplinary approach oriented to the study of mechanical, structural, vibratory and acoustical phenomena related to stringed instruments is discussed. The case study focused in this paper concerns the violins family: the geometry and the vibratory propagation of this instrument is very complicated to ...
G. Jehle, D. Kern, and W. Seemann
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany
This paper proposes the design of a 3-Degree of Freedom(DoF) motor based on surface acoustic waves in elastic solids. The rotor is propelled by wave fields, for linear and rotational motion respectively, in the stator, that can be steered by the driving signal of the piezoelectric actuators, which are placed on an elastic plate. The next considerations concern the feasibility of the proposed ...
E. Firat, P. Beckhaus, and A. Heinzel
Zentrum für BrennstoffzellenTechnik (ZBT)
A fuel cell stack is a setup of a number of single fuel cells which have to be mechanically compressed each other to ensure good electrical conductivities and tightness against leakage of supplying gases (e.g. hydrogen) and cooling media. In this study a 3D FEM model is developed with COMSOL Multiphysics® to analyze the mechanical design of a fuel cell stack. The material properties of the ...
J. Ma, A. Parker, and K. Kuan
Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA, USA
Torrey Hill Technology LLC, SanDiego, CA, USA
This study focuses on a low-cost composite material based on CuW with Cu via, which functions as a more efficient thermal path for heat conduction. A 50mm X 50mm X 1mm CuW(15/85) speciman consists an array of 30X30 uniformly distributed cylindrical Cu via attaching to a microprocessor generating 100 watts power was studied. By calculating the heat flux coming out of the top and the ...
C. Romao, and M. White
Dept. of Chemistry and Institute for Research in Materials
A series of 2-D finite element models of a ZrO2-ZrW2O8 composite system were created in COMSOL Multiphysics to study the effect of pores between the matrix (ZrO2) and filler (ZrW2O8) materials. Pores were modeled as ellipses concentric with the filler particles. Seventeen model geometries of varying microstructure were studied in order to determine correlations between microstructural factors ...