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.

Coupled Electromagnetic - Dynamic FEM Simulation of A High Frequency MEMS Energy Harvester

E. Topal
Middle East Technical University

In this study, a detailed finite element model coupling the motion dynamics and electromagnetics of a diaphragm based MEMS vibration energy harvester is presented. The energy harvester converts low frequency vibrations to high frequency response by magnetic actuation of a diaphragm carrying coils. AC/DC, Solid Mechanics and Moving Mesh (ALE) modules are coupled together in one 3-D model to ...

3D Stationary and Temporal Electro-Thermal Simulations of Metal Oxide Gas Sensor Based on a High Temperature and Low Power Consumption Micro-Heater Structure

N. Dufour[1], C. Wartelle[2], P. Menini[1]
[1]LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France
[2]Renault, Guyancourt, France

The aim of this work was to simulate the electro-thermal behavior of a micro-hotplate used as a gas sensor, in order to compare the obtained results with a real structure. The structure has been designed in 3D and a stationary and a temporal study has been realized.

COMSOL Multiphysics Applied to MEMS Simulation and Design

Dr. Piotr Kropelnicki[1]
Mu Xiao Jing[1]
Wan Chia Ang[1]
Cai Hong[1]
Andrew B. Randles[1]

[1]Institute of Microelectronics, Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore, Singapore

In this research, we performed multiple COMSOL Multiphysics® simulations. We analyzed the dispersion curves of waves in a LAMB wave pressure sensor; simulated a thin metal film in a microbolometer and observed the resulting stress; investigated the thermal behavior of an acoustic wave microbolometer; and modeled the fluid-structure interaction (FSI) for piezoelectric-based energy harvesting from ...

A microfluidic assay design for real-time bacterial chemotaxis studies

Koser, H., Kaya, T., Mao, L.
Department of Electrical Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, CT

We have developed a novel, multilayered microfluidic chamber that enables the realtime quantitative study of chemotaxis on virtually all types of motile cells. In this paper, we present a FEMLAB modeling study of the 3D chamber design, including a consideration of each device iteration that successively led to the eventual design. The final chamber design is able to create and maintain an ...

Control of Rolling Direction for Released Strained Wrinkled Nanomembrane

P. Cendula[1], S. Kiravittaya[1], J. Gabel[1], and O.G. Schmidt[1]

[1]Institute for Integrative Nanosciences, Dresden, Germany

Strained wrinkled and flat nanomembranes have different bending properties when they are released from the underlying substrate. This is caused by increased bending rigidity of the wrinkled film in one direction. We provide theoretical and numerical analysis of the directional rolling of wrinkled films, which is important for positioning rolled-up tubes on the short mesa edge during fabrication.

Simulation of Magnetic Beads in on-chip Structures

A. Weddemann, A. Hütten, S. Herth, and M. Schilling
Universität Bielefeld, Fakultät für Physik, Bielefeld

In this work, a system for magnetic and hydrodynamic manipulation of magnetic beads is modelled. A geometry is introduced to assure a good separation behaviour with respect to the magnetic moment of the particles. Different separation mechanisms will be discussed and an estimation of the minimal difference of separable magnetic moments will be given. Further it will be shown, that the ...

Simulation of Evaporating Droplets on AFM-Cantilevers II: Confocal Microscopy and Transversal Bending

T. Haschke[1], E. Bonaccurso[2], H.J. Butt[2], F. Schönfeld[3], and W. Wiechert[1]
[1] Universität Siegen, Lehrstuhl für Simulationstechnik, Siegen
[2] Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung, Mainz
[3] Institut für Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH, Mainz

The evaporation process of microscopic drops was investigated by depositing them onto atomic force microscope (AFM) cantilevers and measuring the deflection of the cantilever in response to the presence of the drop. We could thus improve a previously presented FE simulation model by comparing the simulations of the cantilever’s transversal deflection to 3-D images of the cantilever’s ...

Visions Realized: Using COMSOL Multiphysics to Prepare Students for the Modern World

Bruce A. Finlayson
University of Washington
Washington, USA

This talk demonstrates the success in teaching chemical engineering undergraduates to use COMSOL Multiphysics (FEMLAB) to solve realistic problems in a project format. Undergraduates have been creative and solved problems much more difficult than those in their textbooks, thus gaining a deeper understanding of transport processes. Illustrations are also given how they check to see they’ve ...

The Fabrication of a New Actuator Based on the Flexoelectric Effect

S. Baskaran[1], S. Thiruvannamalai[1], N. Ramachandran[1], F.M. Sebastian[1], and J.Y. Fu[1]
[1]State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA

This paper presents a novel methodology towards the design, analysis, and the fabrication process involved in developing a cost effective method to create a piezoelectric actuator by means of the flexoelectric effect. The basic physical equations of the flexoelectric effect and the qualitative analysis of the flexoelectric actuator are done using COMSOL Multiphysics. This effect is used to align ...

Modelling of Micro/Macro Densification Phenomena of Cu Powder during Capacitor Discharge Sintering

G. Maizza[1] and A. Tassinari[1]

[1]Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali ed Ingegneria Chimica, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

Capacitor Discharge Sintering (CDS) is an ultrafast Electric Current Assisted Sintering method (u-ECAS) suited for electrically conductive powders. It is characterized by relatively short processing times (milliseconds range) and much lower sintering temperatures than the melting point of the powders. However, the CDS basic phenomena are not fully understood yet neither at the macroscale nor at ...

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