The finite-element method (FEM) is used to simulate the photoacoustic signal in a cylindrical resonant photoacoustic cell. Simulations include loss effects near the cell walls that appear in the boundary conditions for the inhomogeneous Helmholtz equation governing the acoustic pressure. Reasonably good agreement is obtained between theoretical results and experimental data. However, it was anticipated that loss mechanisms other than viscous and thermal boundary losses occur and should be included. Nevertheless, the feasibility to use FEM together with the derived boundary conditions to simulate the photoacoustic signal was demonstrated and good agreement with experiments for the actual resonance frequency and the quality factor of the cell was obtained despite its complicated geometry.
- Loss mechanisms
- Mathematical modeling