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.

Powerful automation and optimization methods for Material- and Process analysis with COMSOL Multiphysics and Matlab

T. Frommelt
SGL Group, Technology & Innovation, Meitingen, Germany

Thomas Frommelt received his PhD in physics in 2007 from the University of Augsburg for experimental work and simulation analysis on acoustically driven microfluidic mixing. In 2008, he joined the SGL Group and introduced COMSOL Multiphysics as the tool for flexible equation based modelling. Since then, he has focused on carbon material and process simulation employing methods of optimization and ...

Combined Analytical and Numerical Modeling of a Resonant MEMS Sensor for Viscosity and Mass Density Measurements

S. Cerimovic[1], R. Beigelbeck[2], H. Antlinger[3], J. Schalko[2], B. Jakoby[3], and F. Keplinger[1]
[1]Institute of Sensor and Actuator Systems, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
[2]Institute for Integrated Sensor Systems, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Wiener Neustadt, Austria
[3]Institute for Microelectronics and Microsensors, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Linz, Austria

A resonant MEMS sensor for viscosity and mass density measurements of liquids was modeled. The device is based on Lorentz-force excitation and features an integrated piezoresistive readout. The core sensing element is a rectangular vibrating plate suspended by four beam springs. The liquid surrounding the plate influences the resonant behavior of the system. Thus, evaluating the properties of ...

Multiphysics Modeling of Nanoparticle Detection - Current Status and Collaboration Sought

D. Krizaj[1], I. Iskra[2], Z. Topcagic[1], and M. Remskar[2]
[1]University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Ljubljana, Slovenia
[2]Institut Jozef Stefan, Ljubljana, Slovenia

We are developing nanoparticle detector for airborn particles. The detection principle is based on condensation of nanoparticles forming micron sized water droplets and detection of the droplets by a capacitive type nanodetector. We have successfully performed some experimental evaluations of the detection principle and are in the stage of optimization of several parts of the system. As shown ...

Optimized Cantilever-to-Anchor Configurations of Buckled Cantilever Plate Structures for Transducer Applications

A. Arpys Arevalo Carreno[1], D. Conchouso Gonzalez[1], I.G. Foulds[1]
[1]King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The mechanical simulation and analysis of the cantilever-to-anchor configuration for an out-of-plane structure used in transducer applications is reported. The polymer-based Buckled Cantilever Plate “BCP” structure, gives the ability to orient an active device from a horizontal to a vertical position, once assembled. In this paper we compare four different cantilever-to-anchor ...

Dimensioning simultaneous polymerase chain reactions (PCR) in capillary tubes

Berthier, J., Chatelain, F.

Polymerase chain reaction is the most usual way to amplify DNA strands for detection and biorecognition. However efficient biorecognition requires to perform many different PCRs at the same time. We present here a new concept of simultaneous PCRs in capillary tubes and more specifically the dimensioning of such a microsystem. The concept consists in performing different PCRs in annular rings ...

Numerical Simulations of a Traveling Plane-Wave Actuator for Microfluidic Applications

A.F. Tabak, and S. Yesilyurt
Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey

Continuous forming and propagation of large planar deformations on a thin solid elastic film can create propulsion when the film is immersed in a fluid. In this work, we present a numerical analysis of the effect of traveling plane-wave deformations on an elastic-film actuator within a fluid medium inside a channel. In particular, we analyzed a micropump that consists of a wave actuator. ...

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 ...

Simulation of Thermal Sensor for Thermal Control of a Satellite using COMSOL

G. Mangalgiri
BITS Pilani
Zuarinagar, Goa

Spacecrafts have a prime necessity that their temperature be controlled. This paper presents the simulation of a mechanically actuated field effect transistor that is used in a thermal system. It comprises of a composite beam, a piezoelectric substrate and a field effect transistor. The temperature rise causes a deflection in the composite beam thereby causing it to impinge on the piezoelectric ...

Mechanical model of electrostatically actuated shunt switch

Eriksson, A.
Uppsala Universitet

A component used in RF-MEMS systems is the electrostatically actuated shunt switch. We show how this type of switch can be simulated using a simple mechanical FEMLAB model where electrostatic forces are modelled by a pressure load. The static as well as dynamic properties of the switch are analysed, e.g. static pull in and pull out voltages and displacements, dynamic switch up and down times ...

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 ...

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