Multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) are widely used in modern electronics. Due to the piezoelectric effect of the ceramic material, however, MLCCs subjected to electrical noise may vibrate and generate acoustic noise, as 'singing'. Acoustic noise can be annoying for users, especially within mobile devices, so it becomes important to perform acoustic noise analysis before a product is released. In this paper, a practical simulation flow for singing capacitor based acoustic noise is presented. The simulation flow and analysis method are developed on Ansys Sherlock and Mechanical. In Ansys Sherlock, local library and Approved Vendor List (AVL) files were used to build the model efficiently. After the PCB and all parts were set correctly, the model was imported to Ansys Mechanical for further modal analysis and harmonic analysis. Using the proposed simulation flow the simulation model could be easily created, and the inherent vibration properties and frequency response of the structure could be estimated.


Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Ansys; harmonic analysis; modal analysis; Simulation flow

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Publication Date

01 Jan 2022