Seeing Through Solids: Discovery and Applications of Photoacoustics

Brianne Christopher August 30, 2018

The field of photoacoustics started with Alexander Graham Bell and some sunlight. Now, photoacoustic imaging is used for nearly anything involving generating images of opaque material samples.

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Brianne Christopher August 14, 2018

The effect of a “whispering gallery” can be observed (a similar way) in another field of science entirely: light waves traveling in an optical ring resonator.

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Brianne Christopher July 31, 2018

The Oldroyd-B model is used to define viscoelastic behavior in fluids such as clay, toothpaste, and oil. We present a benchmark model for a fluid with viscoelastic behavior under strain.

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Brianne Christopher July 11, 2018

Like a “turbocharged” cup of coffee, an actual turbocharger also increases speed, but in the operation of a combustion engine, not how fast your morning cup wakes you up.

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Brianne Christopher July 4, 2018

Chemical engineers can model tubular reactors to optimize them for specific manufacturing and production processes, such as for the polymerization of polyester, as this example shows.

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Brianne Christopher July 2, 2018

Ion-sensitive field-effect transistors (ISFETs) measure pH levels for soil analysis, the production of dairy products, and more. Multiphysics simulation can help us optimize these devices.

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Brianne Christopher June 25, 2018

Mechanical engineers can analyze the design of centrifugal pumps using the Frozen Rotor Approximation, which is available in the Mixer Module, an add-on to the CFD Module.

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Brianne Christopher June 14, 2018

What good are fully autonomous vehicles if they run on fuel? To develop hybrid and electric autonomous vehicles, we need to design efficient and optimized battery management systems.

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Brianne Christopher May 29, 2018

A siren passes by and you hear a change in pitch. A bug swims across a puddle, causing ripples on the surface. A star in the sky has a reddish hue. These are all examples of the Doppler effect.

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Brianne Christopher May 24, 2018

The lead-acid battery in your car is not much different from the original one developed by Gaston Planté in 1859. 1 change is that you can now analyze the current distribution using simulation.

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Brianne Christopher May 11, 2018

Learn about the history and use cases of shape memory alloys such as nitinol. You can also model the phase transformation of these unique materials in COMSOL Multiphysics®.

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