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Mechanical Blog Posts

Improving the Power of Optical Systems via Component Design

January 21, 2015

If you look up at the night sky, especially somewhere far away from city lights, you will see the stars twinkle. While an inspiration for poets and romantics throughout time, the beauty of the starry night sky has also been a challenge to astronomers studying the night sky and the universe. It has led to the development of adaptive optics, which is used nowadays to improve the power of optical systems beyond the obstacles imposed by the optical medium.

Simulating Vibration and Noise in a Washing Machine

January 15, 2015

The nonuniform distribution of clothes within a washing machine can produce notable vibration and noise. Modeling the dynamics behind this movement and sound can be a valuable tool in optimizing the design of these common household devices.

Introducing Nonlinear Elastic Materials

January 9, 2015

Nonlinear elastic materials present nonlinear stress-strain relationships even at infinitesimal strains — as opposed to hyperelastic materials, where stress-strain curves become significantly nonlinear at moderate to large strains. Important materials of this class are Ramberg-Osgood for modeling metals and other ductile materials and nonlinear soils models, such as the Duncan-Chang model.

Computing View Factors with the Heat Transfer Module

January 2, 2015

In the past, I’ve received regular requests for the ability to check the view factors used by COMSOL Multiphysics. How accurate are they? What is the impact of a given parameter (mesh size, radiation resolution, etc.) on their accuracy? Good news: Version 5.0 provides new operators for postprocessing that correspond to the operators used to generate surface-to-surface equations. Allow me to demonstrate how to compute geometrical view factors.

Biomechanical Model Evaluates Human Response to Vibrations

December 31, 2014

Depending on their magnitude and frequency, vibrations can be a source of discomfort and even pain for the human body. The impact of these vibrations is surely felt, but wouldn’t it be interesting to visualize how different parts of the human body respond when placed in such an environment? We introduce you to a multibody model that enables you to analyze the body’s dynamic response to vibrations.

New Piezoelectric Modeling Interface in COMSOL 5.0

December 30, 2014

We have introduced a new interface for simulating piezoelectric devices in version 5.0 of the COMSOL Multiphysics simulation software. This interface aims to achieve several things. In this blog post, I will explain what these things are and how you can use them.

How to Obtain Fatigue Model Parameters

December 26, 2014

When simulating fatigue, you are faced with two main challenges. The first is to select a suitable fatigue model for your application and the second is to obtain the material data for the selected model. I recently addressed the first challenge in the blog post “Which Fatigue Model Should I Choose?“. Today, I will address the second challenge and discuss how you can obtain fatigue model parameters.

Modeling a Surface Micromachined Accelerometer

December 23, 2014

Surface micromachining is a process used to manufacture MEMS devices, which includes accelerometers. In this blog post, we model the electric field and forces within an accelerometer as well as highlight a new geometry feature available in COMSOL Multiphysics version 5.0.

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