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ES240 Semester Project Proposal: Finding mechanical resonance modes of various electrode configurationsSubmitted by Pratheev Sreetharan on Wed, 2008-11-19 16:38.
I have a problem in my research that involves a platinum electrode which will form bubbles of hydrogen gas. Bubbles sticking to the electrode is expected to be a problem, and one method of dealing with this is to induce resonant vibrations in the electrode. These vibrations can be excited by running an alternating current through the electrode, which produces physical forces through electromagnetic interactions.
I plan to model several electrode shapes in ABAQUS with the aim of extracting the applicable resonant frequencies. I will also try to investigate how these frequencies are affected by different scaling factors.
I have not taken any courses focusing on mechanics before, though ES51 (Computer Aided Machine Design) briefly touched on some topics. My undergraduate major was Physics. My strengths will be my comfort with mathematics as well as my exposure to professor Howard Stone's undergraduate class in Fluid Mechanics (ES123). My weakness will definitely be my lack of exposure to any other mechanics courses.