H. T. Mengistu, A. García-Cristóbal
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  and apply it to the calculation of the strain and electric fields ...
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA
A two-dimensional atrial tissue model has been constructed in COMSOL Multiphysics® software to study the propagation of action potential and electrograms. The model presents the atrial electrograms recorded with a mapping catheter. A 2D atrial tissue model is simulated using the Courtemanche et al. cell model equations. PDE in coefficient form was used in COMSOL Multiphysics® to reproduce ...
Fast Biofluid Transport of High Conductive Liquids Using AC Electrothermal Phenomenon, A Study on Substrate Characteristics
A. Salari, C. Dalton
University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
AC electrothermal (ACET) micropumps are based on the temperature gradient caused by Joule heating or an external heat source in the bulk of an electrolyte. In this paper, a 2D simulation was performed to study the effect of substrate thickness and material (glass and silicon) for an ACET micropump configuration. Electric field distribution was obtained assuming coplanar asymmetric ...
R. Zhu, X. Xiong, P. Patra, C. Jin, J. Hu
Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT, USA
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT, USA
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT, USA
In this research, we use the COMSOL Multiphysics® software to design and simulate a digital microfluidic droplet adapter for board-level biochip integration. Digital Microfluidic Biochip (DMFB) has gained tremendous research interest in recent years due to its importance in Lab-on-a-Chip and other bio-MEMS (bio-Microelectromechanical Systems) devices. However, different DMFB microarray from ...
Pryor Knowledge Systems, Inc., Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA
This paper explores methods of improving the heat transfer coefficient in a crossflow heat exchanger as would be employed in conjunction with an experimental or production microreactor. This derivation of the Cross-Flow Heat Exchanger from the COMSOL Multiphysics® software Model Library modifies the substrate geometry by adding two additional layers and uses the material copper in certain ...
A. Arevalo, S. Ilyas, D. Conchouso, I. G. Foulds[1,3]
Computer, Electrical & Mathematical Sciences & Engineering Division (CEMSE), King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Physical Sciences & Engineering (PSE), King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
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 ...
Design and Simulation of an Orbiting Piezoelectric MEMS Gyroscope Based on Detection of Phase-Shift Signals
S. Gorelick, J. R. Dekker, B. Guo, H. Rimminen
 VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland
The feasibility of phase-sensitive detection of angular-rates using bi-directional orbiting piezoresonators suspended by thick annular springs with thin-film aluminium nitride piezoactuators on top of them was investigated. The ring-shaped flexures are more suitable for supporting the orbiting motion due to their angle-dependent spring constant. The response of the orbiting resonators to angular ...
M. J. Hancock, N. H. Elabbasi, M. C. Demirel
Veryst Engineering, LLC., Needham, MA, USA
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA
Pumping liquids at small scales is challenging because of the principle of reversibility: in a viscous regime, the flow streamlines through a fixed geometry are the same regardless of flow direction. Recently we developed a class of microfluidic pump designs based on tilted flexible structures that combines the concepts of cilia (flexible elastic elements) and rectifiers (e.g., Tesla pump). We ...
E. Aguayo, R. Lyon, M. Helmbrecht, S. Khomusi
The Newton Corporation, Bowie, MD, USA
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA
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 ...
H. Cabrera, D. A. Zanin, L. G. De Pietro, A. Vindigni, U. Ramsperger, D. Pescia
Laboratory for Solid State Physics, ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
In our recent experiments we are revisiting the topografiner technology for the imaging of surface topography with a resolution of a few nanometers. In these new technique called Near-Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (NFESEM), low-energy electrons are emitted from a polycrystalline tungsten tip via electric-field assisted tunneling. In order to characterize and improve the capabilities ...