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.

Multiphysics Modeling of Implantable Micro-Electrode for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications in Neural Disorders

H. W. Ferose, R. G. Prasath, M. Alagappan, and G. Anju .
PSG College of Technology
Coimbatore
Tamil Nadu, India

Neural disorders like epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease have become a major area of concern because of their complexity and the huge number of occurrences. At present, most of the treatments are based on drugs and external nerve stimulation demanding critical care. This study aims at the design and simulation of an implantable micro-electrode which can lead to better ...

MEMS Electrostatic Comb Actuator: A Comparison of Different Structure Designs and Materials using COMSOL 3.5a

S. Kapoor[1], D. Aggarwal[2], and A. Gujjar[1]
[1]University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana, India.
[2]Electronics Science Department, University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Kurukshetra University, Haryana, India.

The micro machining technology that emerged in the late 1980’s can provide micron sized sensors and actuators. Actuators are used for the transformation of non- mechanical input energy into mechanical output energy. There are many types of micro- actuation mechanisms, most commonly used are piezoelectric, magnetic, thermal, SMA, electrochemical, electrostatic actuation. Electrostatic actuation ...

Design and Finite Element Analysis of Electrothermal Compliant Microactuators

A. R. Kalaiarasi, and S. H. Thilagar
Annauniversity Chennai
TamilNadu, India

Electrothermal actuators are capable of providing larger displacements compared to electrostatic actuators. Four designs for ETC actuators with the same material properties and same dimensions are studied.

Design and Analysis of Micro-tweezers with Alumina as Gripper Using COMSOL Multiphysics

V. S. Selvakumar, M. S. Gowtham, M. Saravanan, S. Suganthi, and L. Sujatha
Rajalakshmi Engineering College
Chennai, India

Micro-tweezers have been widely investigated because of their extensive applications in micro-fluidics technology, microsurgery and tissue-engineering. It has been reported that thermal actuation provides greater forces and easier control when compared to electrostatic micro actuation. In this paper, we discuss about the effects of Alumina as gripper on the operation of micro tweezers. The ...

Modeling and Simulation of MEMS Based 3D Vibrating Gyroscope for Mobile Robotics Applications

M. Ramya, R. P. S. Valli, R. Vidya, G. Anju, and M. Alagappan
PSG College of Technology
Coimbatore
Tamil Nadu, India

In this study, a biomimetic vibrating 3D MEMS Gyroscope is designed, consisting of two circular diaphragms with a club shaped structure placed over one of them. This MEMS based vibrating gyroscope was modeled and simulated using COMSOL Multiphysics 4.1 - MEMS module. The purpose of the research was to develop an effective gyroscope for guidance and control of mobile robots. The simulated ...

A Wide Range MEMS Vacuum Gauge Based on Knudsen’s Forces

V. Sista, and E. Bhattarchaya
Microelectronics and MEMS Lab
Department of Electrical Engineering
Indian Institute of technology Madras
Chennai, India

A MEMS based Knudsen’s pressure gauge working in the range of 1e-5 mbar to 10 mbar is designed and simulated in COMSOL. The working principle is based on Knudsen’s forces that arise when two plates are held at different temperatures and their separation is comparable to the mean free path of the ambient gas molecules. The forces change the separation between the plates and capacitance between ...

Design, Simulation and Study of MEMS Based Micro-Needles and Micro-Pump for Biomedical Applications

P. K. Podder, D. Mallick, D. P. Samajdar, and A. Bhattacharyya
Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics
University of Calcutta
Kolkata
West Bengal, India

In this paper, we have addressed the issues related to the design and simulation of MEMS based silicon micro-needles for insertion of fluid into the dermis layer and into the subcutaneous fat layer. In addition, a poly-silicon micro-pump based on the principle of electrostatic actuation has been designed and simulated which can be integrated with the proposed micro-needles to control the fluid ...

Heat Generation from Dielectric Loss, Internal Heat Generation and Vibration in COMSOL4.2 Multiphysics

T. R. Jeba, B. Vins, and V. Ramamoorthy
HCL Technologies

This paper presents a FEA approach to estimate temperature rise and thermal stress experienced in PZT/Solid structure due to internal heat generation and dynamic excitation. The power dissipative density consumed by structural damping of the mass structure, internal heat generation due to applied voltage and dielectric loss of the PZT material is first determined. The dissipative power is then ...

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

G. Mangalgiri
BITS Pilani
K K BIRLA GOA CAMPUS
Zuarinagar, Goa
India

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 ...

Xylophone Bar Magnetometry and Inertial-grade MEMS Optimisation: a Multiphysics Approach

H. T. D. Grigg, and B. J. Gallacher
Microsystems Group
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear, UK

This paper presents ongoing research aimed at development of a MEMS magnetometer capable of nanoTesla sensitivity. Such a device would pave the way for inertial-grade MEMS IMUs. A resonant sensor is proposed, based on a Xylophone Bar sense element, and is analysed both directly and via COMSOL. Mode shapes and frequencies are found as functions of geometric parameters, and the results used ...

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