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Performance of Several Viscothermal Acoustic Finite Elements

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Viscothermal acoustics can be described by the linearized Navier Stokes equations. Besides inertia and compressibility, these equations take the heat conductivity and the viscosity of the medium (air) into account. These 'viscothermal' effects are significant in, for example, miniature acoustic transducers and MEMS devices. A finite element for viscothermal acoustics, which can be used to model such devices, is presented. The particular set of equations used in the model of viscothermal acoustics leads to a complex symmetric finite element system matrix. Several different FEM discretizations are studied on a 2D thin gap problem. These discretizations are known, in the context of the Stokes equation, as the Taylor Hood quadrilateral and triangle elements, the Crouzeix Raviart element and the MINI element. All elements are implemented in the FEM software COMSOL. The elements with quadratic velocity and temperature shape functions show the best orders of convergence.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-01-01

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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