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Modeling Electric Fields in Slit Capillary Array Fluidic Actuators with Complex Electrode Geometries

J. Frey[1], A. Droitcour[1], D. Laser[1]
[1]Wave 80 Biosciences, San Francisco, CA, USA

With their small size, low manufacturing cost, fast transient response, and capacity to generate fluid power directly from small electrical power sources, microdevices incorporating electroosmostic flow (EOF) have wide-ranging applications, including newly developed high-performance bioassay systems suitable for use in resource-limited settings. We report on a class of EOF-based devices called ...

Proof of Concept and Properties of Micro Hydraulic Displacement Amplifier

R. Zhu[1], A. Malisauskaite[1], U. Mescheder [1], U. Wallrabe[2]
[1]Hochschule Furtwangen University, Furtwangen, Baden-Württemberg,Germany
[2]Institut für Mikrosystemtechnik (IMTEK), Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Nowadays, mathematical models have been widely applied in varies fields; especially in fluid mechanics and nonlinear material which are very complex or even not possible to be calculated using analytical methods. In this paper, a hydraulic displacement amplifier coupled with fluid mechanics and hyperelastic material is studied through 2D axisymmetric FSI (Fluid-structure interaction) model in ...

Heat Transfer in Crossflow Heat Exchangers for Application with Microreactors - new

R. Pryor[1]
[1]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 ...

Multiphysics Modelling of a Micro Valve

F. Bircher[1] and P. Marmet[1]

[1]Institute of Print Technology, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Burgdorf, Switzerland

Electromagnetic micro valves are currently developed empirically or the different physics are treated separately. To accelerate the development-process and for a better understanding of the overall system, a multiphysics simulation is built up. This simulation considers the electromagnetics, the electronics (including the control of the process), the mechanics and the fluidics with respect to ...

Simulation of Highly Nonlinear Electrokinetics Using a Weak Formulation

G. Soni[1], T. Squires[2], and C. Meinhart[1]

[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara, CA, USA
[2] Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara, CA, USA

We present a numerical model for simulating highly nonlinear electrokinetic phenomena, which occurs at high zeta potentials. In this model, the electric double layer is realized by solving a partial differential equation (PDE) on the double-layer-inducing surface. We also allow for a nonlinear surface capacitance, which relates the surface charge density to the zeta potential of the surface. ...

Design of an Electrodynamically Actuated Microvalve Using COMSOL Multiphysics® and MATLAB®

M. Williams, J. Zito, J. Agashe, A. Sopeju, and D. Arnold
University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

This paper describes the design of a normally closed, electrodynamic microvalve.  Magnetic forces between a permanent magnet in the valve cover and a soft magnet in the valve seat hold the valve closed.  The combination of electrodynamic actuation and a mechanical restoring spring are used to open the valve.  A device model and a design optimization strategy using COMSOL ...

Novel Simulation of a Voltage-Driven Electro-Thermo-Mechanical MEMS Self-Oscillator

S. Ouenzerfi [1,2,3], H.A.C. Tilmans [2], S. El-Borgi[3,4], X. Rottenberg [2]
[1] KACST-Intel Consortium Center of Excellence in Nano-manufacturing Applications (CENA), Riyadh, KSA
[2] IMEC, Leuven, Belgium
[3] Applied Mechanics and Systems Research Laboratory, Tunisia Polytechnic School, University of Carthage, La Marsa, Tunesia
[4] Texas A&M University at Qatar, Mechanical Engineering Program, Engineering Building, Doha, Qatar

This paper presents the modeling and simulation of electro-thermo-mechanical self-oscillators, an emerging type of M/NEMS-enabled timing devices in which sustaining electronic amplifiers are not required for their operation. Indeed, they realize amplification in the mechanical domain and feedback by crossing three physical domains: electrical, thermal and mechanical. In a previous work [1], we ...

Simple Finite Element Model of the Topografiner - new

H. Cabrera[1], D. A. Zanin[1], L. G. De Pietro[1], A. Vindigni[1], U. Ramsperger[1], D. Pescia[1]
[1]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 ...

Investigation on MEMS Based Thermal Sensor for Cancer Detection

A. V. Lakshmi[1], K. C. Devi[1]
[1]PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

This paper presents the design and simulation of a thermal sensor using COMSOL Multiphysics® software for the detection of low body temperature syndrome which can allow the early detection of cancer. This sensor is made of an alloy consisting of two materials with different coefficients of thermal expansion. The main objective of this work is to investigate the structural change in the sensor ...

Particle Flow Control by Magnetically Induced Dynamics of Particle Interactions

F. Wittbracht[1], A. Weddemann[1], A. Auge[1], and A. Hütten[1]

[1]Department of Physics, Thin Films and Physics of Nanostructures, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

In this work, we show that dipolar magnetic coupling can be used to control the particle flow through microfluidic structures without changing the state of motion of the carrier liquid. Also no external magnetic gradient fields are employed; the total external magnetic force applied is therefore zero. The theoretical idea will be tested experimentally. Here, additional effects originating from ...