BEM modeling and experiment verification for thermoacoustic response of suspended nano thin films

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  • Zhenhuan Zhou
  • Houyang Li
  • Jinxin Wang
  • Dalun Rong
  • Xinsheng Xu


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-19
Journal / PublicationEngineering Analysis with Boundary Elements
Online published26 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2021


A kind of novel suspended nano thin films that exhibit excellent thermoacoustic effects is introduced as a promising candidate and a new approach for acoustic wave generation without mechanical vibration. Although several analytical models have been established in the past to determine thermoacoustic fields and to aid design optimization, there still show many limitations. In particular, those analyses in the past are mostly only available for one-dimensional problems. In this paper, a new numerical approach based on the boundary element method (BEM) is developed for predicting acoustic fields excited from a suspended thermoacoustic (TA) nano thin film with an arbitrary three-dimensional configuration. To substantiate the numerical model, experimental studies on the thermoacoustic emission of carbon nanotube (CNT) thin films are performed to verify the proposed method and excellent agreement is observed. By using the numerical approach, the accuracy and applicability of two recently developed analytical models for suspended CNT thin films are evaluated and discussed in detail. Furthermore, the influence of irregular deformation of CNT thin films on the acoustic field is investigated.

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  • Acoustic pressure, Boundary element, Suspended nano thin film, Thermoacoustic

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