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FT Technologies presents Acoustics Research at the 54th Spanish Congress

Acoustics Research FT Technologies Presentation

Last year and for the first time in the company’s history, the Multiphysics Research Team unveiled aerodynamics analysis on FT ultrasonic wind sensors using Computational Fluid Dynamics at the University of Cambridge.

Continuing the ongoing dissemination of research efforts, this year the FT Technologies’ Multiphysics Research Team presented a comparison of acoustic solvers for FT ultrasonic wind sensors. Dr Antonio Jimenez-Garcia, Lead Research Engineer presented at the 54th Spanish Congress on Acoustics held at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain on 18th October 2023.

The technical presentation compared two acoustics software packages, namely COMSOL Multiphysics®, a commercial software and NGSolve, an open-source general-purpose finite element library to accurately resolve the acoustic field of FT wind sensors and showcase part of the numerical capabilities developed at FT Technologies and physical comprehension underpinning our Acu-Res® Technology. FT Technologies relies on high-fidelity numerical models and on the accuracy of numerical methods to address the complexity of sensor acoustics and aerodynamics within the realm of ultrasonic frequencies, turbulent flow, and high velocities. Hence, it is essential to develop numerical methods that can be integrated into our research and design lifecycle of wind sensors to address the needs of FT’s customers.

Speaking after the conference, Dr Jimenez-Garcia said:

Presenting at the 54th Spanish Congress on Acoustics and showcasing part of our acoustics capabilities was truly fantastic. Engaging in technical discussions with field experts and esteemed researchers regarding industry best practices and state-of-the-art acoustics research was very enriching. In this work, we demonstrated the capabilities to accurately resolve the acoustics field of FT wind sensor within a few minutes using high-fidelity numerical models. The capability to numerically simulate the physics of the interaction of acoustic and aerodynamic fields and the geometry enables us to improve our current designs and iterate over future sensor designs.

Olivier Schlenkhoff-Hus, Director of R&D for the UK & Spain at FT Technologies added:

The 54th Spanish Congress on Acoustics was a great opportunity to share our cutting-edge research in numerical capabilities developed in-house, and to connect with the academic, scientific and engineering community of experts in the wide-ranging field of acoustics who generously shared their interest and insights in our unique Acu-Res® Technology. We look forward to continuing our engagement with the research community over the coming years through our R&D offices in the UK and in Spain.