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Acoustics & Vibrations Blog Posts

The Loudspeaker Celebrates 100 Years of Use and Influence

December 10, 2015

When the loudspeaker was first introduced, it fascinated listeners by translating electricity into amplified sound. Since that time, the device continues to be recognized for its innovative properties, while undergoing improvements and finding new uses. On this day, which marks 100 years since the first public display of a loudspeaker, we explore the device’s rich history and simulation’s role in advancing its design.

New Impedance Boundary Conditions for Acoustics Simulations

December 3, 2015

When developing a new product or functionality, the first step is typically to understand the functional properties in isolation. To achieve reliable and accurate predictions via mathematical modeling, it is essential that the critical components, test setup, and boundary conditions are specified in great detail. Most engineers, however, would prefer to focus on the critical components rather than “irrelevant” boundary conditions. New impedance boundary conditions in the Acoustics Module of COMSOL Multiphysics help to close this gap.

Analyzing Forced Duffing Oscillations in Metal-Halide Lamps

November 11, 2015

Today, we introduce guest blogger Bernd Baumann, who shares insight into optimizing the performance of metal-halide lamps with simulation, with input from his colleague Joerg Schwieger. With the help of COMSOL Multiphysics, we investigated the impact of acoustic resonances and the related acoustic streaming field on the operation of metal-halide discharge lamps. To our surprise, we found that the lamps exhibit behaviors that are similar to a well-known mechanical system — the forced Duffing oscillator with a softening spring.

Simulating Acoustic Transfer Paths for Active Noise Control

November 6, 2015

Today, we welcome Lars Fromme back to the blog — this time as a guest blogger from the FH Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences. Working with loud machines is an occupational safety issue in the modern world. To keep workers safe, we can design low-cost solutions to control the noise with the help of simulation. Researchers at the FH Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences set out to do just that by simulating acoustic transfer paths with COMSOL Multiphysics simulation software.

Modeling Acoustic Orbital Angular Momentum

October 13, 2015

In our Acoustophoretic Force blog series, we have discussed the nature of acoustic radiation force and different ways to compute this force in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. Today, we will introduce you to a related phenomenon, acoustic orbital angular momentum, and demonstrate how to model it.

A Thermoviscous Analysis of Acoustic Radiation Forces

October 1, 2015

This past July, I had the pleasure of attending the 22nd International Congress on Sound and Vibration. In addition to running the COMSOL vendor booth with my Italian colleague Gabriele, I was also a presenter at the event. My presentation was based on a paper I wrote with Henrik Bruus and Jonas Karlsen that focuses on how to determine acoustic radiation forces including thermoviscous effects. Let’s explore acoustophoretic effects in greater detail and the research findings highlighted in my presentation.

Sweet Dreams with Diffusion Acoustics

June 15, 2015

The acoustic diffusion equation is the quickest and easiest way to model high-frequency acoustics. In fact, this method of acoustical analysis proved particularly helpful in planning the layout of my parents’ future home. I will introduce the topic of acoustic diffusion by sharing my own personal experience, while highlighting the assumptions behind this modeling approach, as well as its strengths and weaknesses.

Direct FSI Approach to Computing the Acoustic Radiation Force

May 20, 2015

In an earlier blog post, we considered the computation of acoustic radiation force using a perturbation approach. This method has the advantage of being both robust and fast; however, it relies heavily on the theoretical evaluation of correct perturbation terms. The idea behind the method presented here is to solve the problem by deducing the radiation force from the solution of the full nonlinear set of Navier-Stokes equations, interacting with a solid, elastic microparticle.

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