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.

Simulation of a Polyimide Based Micromirror

A. Arevalo[1], S. Ilyas[2], D. Conchouso[1], I. G. Foulds[1,3]
[1]Computer, Electrical & Mathematical Sciences & Engineering Division (CEMSE), King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
[2]Physical Sciences & Engineering (PSE), King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
[3]School of Engineering, University of British Columbia - Okanagan, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The simulation of a micromirror using polyimide as the structural material is presented. The simulation was used to verify the initial design parameters and to explore the different characteristics of the electromechanical device. For simulation simplicity the electrodes are integrated as part of the structural layer. The device thickness is 6 μm while the electrodes are 300 nm thick. For the ...

Electro-Thermo-Mechanical Finite Element Modeling to Investigate the Reliability of Automotive MOSFET Transistor

T. Azoui, P. Tounsi, and J.M. Dorkel
CNRS, LAAS, Toulouse, France

3D electro-thermo-mechanical finite element model of power vertical MOSFET used in the automotive industry is presented in this paper. The presented paper is a qualitative study of power device results from electro-thermo-mechanical simulation. This study particularly interested in the stress generated at the interface between the bonding wires and the source metallization to evaluate the ...

Implementation of a Viscoelastic Material Model to Simulate Relaxation in Glass Transition

Z. Zheng[1], R. Zhang[1]
[1]Corning Incorporated, Corning, NY, USA

Introduction: Glass relaxation occurs in a range of temperature during transition from equilibrium to super-cooled liquid. Viscoelastic material model can be applied to simulate glass behavior during the glass transition regime and to predict the glass deformation and stress evolution. Viscoelasticity is the property of materials that exhibit both viscous and elastic characteristics when ...

Analysis of 3-D Printed Structural Components for Cube Satellites

C. Herzfeld[1]
[1]SPAWAR Systems Center (SSC) ATLANTIC, Charleston, SC, USA

Additive manufacturing uses 3D printing to build physical parts from CAD-based designs. The technology includes fused deposition modeling (FDM) and selective laser sintering (SLS) methods. 3-D printing is of particular interest for smaller, one-of-a-kind, customizable products. A cube satellite (CubeSat) containing fiber reinforced SLS parts has been successfully launched (Ref 1). Lower ...

Generalized Plane Piezoelectric Problem: Application to Heterostructure Nanowires

H. T. Mengistu[1], A. García-Cristóbal[1]
[1]Material Science Institute, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

The possibility to dispose of two-dimensional (2D) approaches to problems originally posed in a three-dimensional (3D) geometry is always desirable since it reduces significantly the computing resources needed for numerical studies. In this work we report on a new 2D approach called Generalized Plane Piezoelectric (GPP) problem [1] and apply it to the calculation of the strain and electric fields ...

FEM Simulations on the Effect of the Thermal-induced Surface Stress on Ultrathin Resonators

V. Pini, J. J. Ruz Martinez, E. Gil, M. Calleja, and J. Tamayo
Instituto de Microelectrónica de Madri
IMM-CNM (CSIC)
Madrid, Spain

The detection back-action phenomenon has received little attention in physical, chemical, and biological sensors based on nanomechanical systems. We show that this effect is very significant in ultrathin bimetallic cantilevers, in which the laser beam that probes the picometer scale vibration largely modifies the resonant frequencies of the system. The light back-action effect is nonlinear, ...

FEM Correlation and Shock Analysis of a VNC MEMS Mirror Segment

E. Aguayo[1], R. Lyon[2], M. Helmbrecht[3], S. Khomusi[1]
[1]The Newton Corporation, Bowie, MD, USA
[2]NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA
[3]Iris AO, Inc., Berkeley, CA, USA

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are becoming more prevalent in today’s space technologies. The Visible Nulling Coronagraph (VNC) instrument, being developed at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, uses a MEMS Mirror to correct wavefront errors. This MEMS, the Multiple Mirror Array (MMA), will enable the VNC instrument to detect Jupiter and ultimately Earth size exoplanets. The MMA ...

Evaluation of Novel Wing Design for UAV

P. K. Bahumanyam[1]
[1]University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, USA

Viable design alternative for the existing and fast growing UAVs which are optimized for unmanned flight is of great demand. Designing of a small scale UAV alternative to the AAI Aerosonde UAV has been considered changing the wing tail configuration of the vehicle analyzing both structural and aerodynamic performance improvements using COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

Structural Optimization of the AISHa Ion Source

F. Noto[1], M. Piscopo[1], L. Celona[1], D. Cittadino[1], S. Gammino[1], G. Cuttone[1], G. Gallo[1], G. Schillaci[1], C. Campisano[2], L. Lo Nigro[3], G. Costa[3], A. Campisano[4]
[1]Laboratorio Nazionale del Sud, Santa Sofia, Catania, Italy
[2]Gravina di Catania, Sicily, Italy
[3]Trinacria, Canalicchio, Catania, Italy
[4]Unico Informatica, li Battiati, Catania, Italy

Different facilities for hadrontherapy have been built in the recent past. AISHa ion source has been designed by keeping in mind the typical requirements of hospital-based facilities, where the minimization of the mean time between failures (MTBF) is a key point together with the maintenance operations which should be fast and easy. The study of some critical parts of the facilities: the ...

Energy Pile Simulation – an Application of THM-Modeling

E. Holzbecher[1]
[1]Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany

Energy piles, i.e. heat exchangers located within the foundation piles of buildings, are used for heating of cooling purposes. Although the absolute values of deformations and temperature gradients are low or moderate, the entire setting can be influenced by thermo-hydro-mechanical coupling. The fluctuating thermal regime may affect the deformation of pile and surrounding ground as effect of ...

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