Technical Papers and Presentations

Here you will find presentations given at COMSOL Conferences around the globe. The presentations explore the innovative research and products designed by your peers using COMSOL Multiphysics. Research topics span a wide array of industries and application areas, including the electrical, mechanical, fluid, and chemical disciplines. Use the Quick Search to find presentations pertaining to your application area.

Numerical Modeling of Dielectrophoretic Forces Acting upon Biological Cells in Silicon Lab-On-Chip Devices

S. Burgarella, M. Bianchessi, and M. De Fazio
Advanced System Technology, R&I e-Health, STMicroelectronics, Agrate Brianza, Italy

Dielectrophoresis (DEP) is a promising method for the automated separation of biological cells in a miniaturized format. This technology allows cells to be manipulated electronically while suspended in a microfluidic channel embedded in a silicon lab-on-chip. In this work, several dielectrophoretic configurations have been designed and fabricated using micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS) ...

Design of Light Emitting Diodes (LED)

E. Baur, M. Sabathil, and N. Linder
Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH, Regensburg, Germany

For a proper design shaping of light emitting diodes, the exact knowledge of the current distribution in the active area is essential. On the one hand, one has to achieve a uniform current density over the chip area, on the other hand, one has to avoid current crowding in the neighborhood of the electrical contacts. In this paper it is shown first how a LED can be modeled by COMSOL Multiphysics. ...

Parameter Extraction and Support-Loss in MEMS Resonators

Peter Steeneken
Project Leader
RF MEMS Research Group
NXP Semiconductors
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

In this paper it is shown how the equivalent circuit parameters of a MEMS resonator can be simply obtained from an eigenfrequency simulation. Additionally, it is demonstrated that the Q-factor as a result of support losses in a MEMS resonator can be determined using a matched boundary layer. The method is applied to calculate the frequency dependent admittance of a diamond disk resonator. Results ...

Finite Element Solution for Ionized Fields in a DC Electrostatic Precipitator

B. Benamar1, E. Favre2, A. Donnot1, and M. O. Rigo1
1 Laboratoire LERMAB, Faculté des Sciences et Techniques de Nancy, UMR, Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, France
2 COMSOL France, Grenoble, France

This paper presents the finite element solution for ionized fields in the coaxial cylinders configuration during the positive corona discharge using COMSOL Multiphysics. The coupled differential equations describing a monopolar DC corona are completely solved by using three application modes:PDE (General Form) mode for electric potential distribution, PDE (General Form) mode for space charge ...

Transient Heat Conduction in Semi-Infinite Solids Irradiated by a Moving Heat Source

N. Bianco1, O. Manca2, S. Nardini2, and S. Tamburrino2
1Dipartimento di Energetica, Termofluidodinamica applicata e Condizionamenti ambientali, Università degli Studi Federico II, Napoli, Italia
2Dipartimento di Ingegneria Aerospaziale e Meccanica, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Napoli, Italia

An analysis of the transient temperature distribution in a semi-infinite solid, irradiated by a moving Gaussian laser beam, is carried out numerically using COMSOL Multiphysics.Variable thermo-physical properties are accounted for. The workpiece is considered semi-infinite along the motion direction. Temperature distributions are evaluated both for different Peclet numbers and surface heat ...

Coupled Electromagnetic, Thermal and Fluid Dynamics Simulation of Axial Flux PM Synchronous Machines

F. Marignetti
DAEIMI, Department of Automation, University of Cassino, Cassino, Italy

This paper investigates the Electromagnetic and thermal behavior of Synchronous Axial Flux Permanent Magnet Machines. The Axial Flux machine employed for tests and simulations has a Soft Magnetic Compound stator core. The electromagnetic analysis is used to assess electromechanical variables and machine parameters. Furthermore, the thermal source is obtained from a DC current flow model which is ...

Numerical Simulation of the Electrical Double Layer Based on the Poisson-Boltzmann Models for AC Electroosmosis Flows

P. Pham1, M. Howorth1, A. Planat-Chrétien1, and S. Tardu2
1Département des microTechnologies pour la Biologie et la Santé, CEA/LETI, Grenoble, France
2LEGI, Grenoble, France

In this paper, the analytical validation of Poisson-Boltzmann (PB) equation computed with COMSOL Multiphysics in the case of a polarized surface in contact with an electrolyte, is first presented.COMSOL Multiphysics algorithms easily handle the highly nonlinear aspect of the PB equation. The limitations of the PB model, that considers ions as point like charges, are outlined. To account for the ...

Mechanical Simulation of Electrical Wafer Sort using PAD Over Active Structures in 0.18μm Smart Power Technology

L. Cecchetto1, L. Zullino1, R. Vallauri1, A. Andreini1, L. Redaelli2, P. Anghilieri2, and R. Vettori2
1STMicroelectronics, Agrate Brianza, Italy
2Technoprobe, Agrate Brianza, Italy

The Electrical Wafer Sort (EWS) process is performed on all electronic devices at the end of the silicon diffusion steps to verify IC functionality. This process is performed by probing ICs with suitable tips on a flat metal surface (PAD).A mechanical simulation feasibility of EWS process is presented here. In most advanced technologies, in order to optimize the area consumption, PAD Over Active ...

On the Convergence Order of COMSOL Solutions

A. Bradji1, and E. Holzbecher2
1Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
2Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics WIAS, Berlin, Germany

The convergence of numerical solutions is mainly determined by the convergence order, which quantifies the improvement of the solution when the mesh is refined. In this paper we examine various differential equations and the convergence behavior of their COMSOL Finite Element solutions. The numerically observed convergence rates are compared with theoretical results, as far as these are ...

Modeling of Circulating Nuclear Fuels with COMSOL Multiphysics

A. Cammi, V. Di Marcello, and L. Luzzi
Politecnico di Milano, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Milan, Italy

This paper presents multiphysics modeling of a circulating nuclear fuel in a simple geometry by means of COMSOL Multiphysics.Among the Circulating Fuel Reactors (CFR), the most promising is the Molten Salt Reactor (MSR). Physics of such circulating nuclear fuel requires five coupled equations of conservation laws: the momentum balance, the energy balance, the neutron balance and the precursors ...

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