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.

3D-Modeling of Magnetophoretic Separation of Superparamagnetic Dispersions Using COMSOL Multiphysics® Particle Tracing Module

D. Kleinehanding[1], L. Teich[1], C. Schröder[1]
[1]Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Computational Materials Science & Engineering (CMSE), University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

Magnetophoresis is a process of great interest for novel applications based on magnetic nanoparticles and colloids. Environmental applications like wastewater treatments and pollutant removal, biomedical applications like protein isolation, drug delivery, magnetic hyperthermia for cancer treatment, and magnetic-particle imaging are just a few of the numerous technological areas which exploit the ...

Tunable MEMS Capacitor for RF Applications

H. S. Shriram[1], T. Nimje[1], D. Vakharia[1]
[1]BITS Pilani, Rajasthan, India

Radio Frequency MEMS devices have emerged to overcome the problem of high losses associated with semiconductors at high frequencies. A tunable MEMS capacitor is a micrometre-scale electronic device whose capacitance is controlled through different actuation mechanisms which govern the moving parts. It can have electrostatic or electrothermal actuators depending on the functional complexity and ...

FSI Analysis of Microcantilevers Vibrating in Fluid Environment

A. Ricci[1] and E. Giuri[1]

[1]Materials and Microsystems Laboratory (CHI-Lab), Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

Cantilever vibration in fluid environment is probably one of the most common Fluid Structure Interaction problems in the field of Micro/Nano Electro Mechanical Systems. Usually the effect of fluid on cantilever oscillation is characterized in terms of mode resonance frequencies and quality factors (Qs). In this work a new approach to the above FSI problem is proposed: modes Q factors and ...

Thickness Optimization of a Piezoelectric Converter for Energy Harvesting

M. Guizzetti[1], V. Ferrari[1], D. Marioli[1], and T. Zawada[2]


[1]Dept. of Electronics for Automation, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy
[2]Meggitt, Ferroperm Piezoceramics A/S, Kvistgaard, Denmark

The conversion of mechanical energy from environmental vibrations into electrical energy is a key point for powering sensor nodes toward the development of autonomous sensor systems. Piezoelectric energy converters realized in a cantilever configuration are the most studied for this purpose. In order to improve the performances of the converter, the geometry has to be properly designed. In this ...

FEM Simulation of a Micro-Cantilever Optical-MEMS Sensor

V. Mathur, J. Li, and W.D. Goodhue
Photonics Center, Department of Physics and Applied Physics, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

In this work a micro-cantilever optical-MEMS sensor based on the AlGaAs system is designed and modeled. The device consists of two micro-cantilever beams perfectly aligned with the free ends separated by approximately 200 nm up to 2000 nm. The finite element method (FEM) (COMSOL Multiphysics) has been employed here to model the structural deformation and light propagation through the device. ...

Robust Design and Optimization of Thick Film Accelerometers in COMSOL Multiphysics with OptiY

H. Neubert1, A. Kamusella1, and T. Q. Pham2
1Institute of Electromechanical and Electronic Design, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany
2OptiY e.K., Aschaffenburg, Germany

The optimization of design parameters with regard to tolerances is an important reason for design processing. We used a COMSOL Multiphysics structural mechanics model with the OptiY tool for finding an optimized design of a thick film accelerometer conforming to our sensitivity and cross sensitivity requirements, including resonance frequency. We calculated the probability of a system failure due ...

Development of Surface Micromachinable Capacitive Accelerometer using Fringe Electrical Field

S. Aoyagi1, and Y.-C. Tai2
1Robot & Microsystem Laboratory, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan
2Caltech Micromachining Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA

A new type of accelerometer is demonstrated which consists of a dielectric seismic mass and a comb-shaped planar capacitor underneath it. The simple structure of the device allows the use of polymer Parylene as the proof mass, so the technology is greatly simplified and only surface micromachining is required. The measuring principle is detecting capacitance change according to the dielectric ...

Optimization of Design Parameters of a Novel MEMS Strain Sensor used for Structural Health Monitoring of Highway Bridges

H. Saboonchi, and D. Ozevin
Civil Engineering Department
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

The novel Micro Electro Mechanical System (MEMS) based Piezoresistive stain sensor is presented in this paper. The main goal of this sensor is to monitor the localized strain in the highway bridges especially near the crack tips. Monitoring the crack growth on the bridges can lead to early detection and prevention of bridge failures. The COMSOL Multiphysics software was used to optimize the ...

Evaluation of Tensile Modulus of Carbon Nanotube Bundle Based Composite with Interface Using Finite Element Method

M. S. Islam, F. O. Riktan, S. C. Chowdhury, M. M. R. Chowdhury, and S. Ahmed
Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET)
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) have remarkable mechanical, thermal and electrical properties. The properties of CNTs depend on atomic arrangement (how the sheets of graphite are rolled), the diameter and length of the tubes and morphology of nanostructure. In this paper effective elastic properties of CNT based polymer composites are evaluated using a square Representative Volume Element (RVE) in ...

Simulations of MEMS Based Piezoresistive Accelerometer Designs in COMSOL

N. Bhalla[1], S. Li[2], and D. Chung[1]
[1]Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan, (R.O.C)
[2]National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, (R.O.C)

Different configurations of MEMS based accelerometer has been made and analysed using COMSOL Multiphysics. The designs presented in this paper consist of a square shaped proof mass with flexures supporting it. Different position and varied number of supporting flexures attached to the proof mass makes each configuration distinct. The piezoresistors are placed near the proof mass and frame ends on ...

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