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AISE education content has been internationally recognized as top notch and cutting edge. On this page we will give a glimpse of the content coming to AISE2019. It will be updated weekly as new submissions come in so check back often.

Note that we will break it down by category and type; Business Content, Technical Content, and Advertorials. Seminars are 1 hour or more. Papers are 20 to 30 minutes. Tracks are several hours to full day with various types of content. You’re going to want to be here!

Our content is broken down by the following classifications:

Seminars- 1 hour or more academic only content

Papers- 20 to 30 minutes academic only content

Advertorials- 20 to 30 minutes to discuss products and services from a sponsoring company or individual

Forum- Panel or Round Table discussion about issues, technology, or education content

Speaker Builders Workshop (SBW) will be a full day track with several presenters on June 10, 2019. Content Abstracts are presented in order of submission. This track will have content for ALL phases of business, management, technical content, and marketing. The goal is to show the production path of a new speaker product from conecption to post production testing.

The Loudspeaker Design Challenge  (Paper)

Speaker: Justin Zazzi

Do you know how to describe the transducer you need for your product?  Does it take too many design iterations or sample requests to finally get the transducer you wanted?  Do you know how to communicate your design intent when working with a transducer company, so the first sample is exactly what you want?

When requesting a transducer from a manufacturer, translating your performance goals into specifications is not easy.  The secret is, you don’t have to be an expert in Thiele/Small parameters and other technical details!  If you can describe your product’s design intent using certain key concepts, the transducer company will have a clear idea of your goals and they can create the best specification for you.  When the transducer company has a complete understanding of the project, the first sample you receive is the only sample you need.

This presentation will explore how a customer’s qualitative description can be turned into a quantitative set of specifications required for manufacturing.  Join us to learn which key concepts to use when describing a project to ensure the transducer company can make the best transducer for your project.

Using COMSOL Multiphysics® for Loudspeaker Designs  (Seminar)
Speaker: Jinlan Huang, Ph.D., Applications Engineer, COMSOL, Inc., Burlington, MA
Abstract: In this workshop we are going to demonstrate how you can use COMSOL Multiphysics® to simulate a generic loudspeaker driver provided by Eminence and the sound field it generates, a complicated multiphysics problem that involves solving Magnetic Fields, Solid Mechanics, and Pressure Acoustics as well as the interaction between them. The comprehensive multiphysics model has been packaged into an app with customized interface using the Application Builder, a built in feature within COMSOL Multiphysics®, for the attendees to download during the class and change some design variables (such as cone thickness, cone material, or coil parameters etc.) to see how they affect the performance of the loudspeaker for frequencies of interest. We’ll conclude with a brief overview of the acoustic and vibration modeling capabilities inside COMSOL, especially in the areas of electroacoustic transducers including loudspeakers and microphones.

Material Parameter Identification (Seminar)

Speakers: Stefan Irrgang and Stephan Shonfeld

Abstract: Still fighting with agreement of your FEA simulation with reality? Ever since the finite element analysis has been around (and along with it its huge promise for prognosis and parameter study in early design phases), audio engineers have been struggling to ensure agreement of their simulation results with physical reality.

One central reason for this is connected to the insecurity to determine correct elastic material parameters (Young’s modulus and damping) for assembled components of the transducer – eg: cone, surround and dustcap. Traditionally, these parameters are retrieved either from data tables or from measurements on flat-sheet raw-materials. Neither of these could cover the significant changes in elastic material properties that components suffer during the individual manufacturing process of machining, forming, gluing and assembly. This uncertainty in input parameters to FEA has hitherto affected the accuracy of its results severely. Trial-and-error methods of tuning material parameters by hand in the FE model could only improve this to a limited extent.

This contribution will introduce a novel approach to accurately determine the optimal frequency-dependent (complex-valued) effective material parameters for all diaphragm and surround components. Starting with laser-measurements on an assembled transducer, we will demonstrate the process on a real-life industry application case and discuss consequences on general modelling approaches. The significant increase in accuracy of structural FE results that this new methodology provides – both in terms of simulated vibration patterns, directivity and frequency response – can have huge impact on the process of transducer design as a whole, imposing interesting potential to cut in on physical prototyping and move more design-loops to the virtual domain. Obvious advantages include reduced time to market and F&E expenses, while at the same time improving the design result. The demonstration will be held in cooperation with COMSOL.

COMSOL Multiphysics  (Advertorial)

Speaker: Jinlan Huang

In this talk, we will give an overview on the capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics in loudspeaker simulation to different level of complexities. A specific model example will be presented when a full transient analysis of a loudspeaker driver is performed.

The analysis accounts for nonlinear behavior of the soft iron in the magnetic system, geometric nonlinearities in the structures, and nonlinear effects due to the topology change when the voice coil is moving in and out of the magnetic gap. The model uses the moving mesh feature and automatic remeshing to capture the topology changes and the movement of the voice coil.

The output includes the total harmonic distortion (THD) and the dynamic BL curve. The model also describes how to calculate the intermodulation distortion (IMD).

Thermal Benefits of Ferrofluid in Loudspeakers  (Paper)

Speaker: Vanessa Rene

Abstract: The first commercial use of ferrofluid in loudspeakers was 45 years ago, in 1973.  Since that time, the market has grown to more than 300 speaker manufacturers around the world using Ferrotec ferrofluids.  In annual numbers, there are over 300,000,000 speakers benefitting from the use of ferrofluid for heat transfer, damping, enhanced  linearity (centering) to reduce field failures and decrease distortion. Ferrofluid has been utilized by some of these customers now for 30+ years.  This presentation will focus on the significant ability of ferrofluid to increase heat transfer, allowing for speakers to expand their performance limits and/or insure long-term integrity.