G. Soni, T. Squires, and C. Meinhart
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara, CA, USA
 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. With ...
Design and Development of Microsystems within a Corporate Research Environment by Utilizing Comsol Multiphysics
Corporate Research & Technologies
Alexander Frey received his M.A. degree from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1994, the Dipl. Phys. degree from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany in 1997 and the PhD from the Saarland University, Germany in 2010. In 1997 he joined Research Laboratories of Siemens working on the design of DRAM sensing circuits. In 1999 he joined Corporate Research, Infineon, Munich, Germany. He was engaged ...
M. Ramya, R. P. S. Valli, R. Vidya, G. Anju, and M. Alagappan
PSG College of Technology
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 ...
Modeling Electric Fields in Slit Capillary Array Fluidic Actuators with Complex Electrode Geometries
J. Frey, A. Droitcour, D. Laser
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 ...
T. H. Hanley, H. T. D. Grigg, B. J. Gallacher
Newcastle University, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK
Introducing a disorder into a finite periodic oscillatory system induces the presence of a 'trapped mode': a mode in which the displacement field is localised to the region of the disorder. A main inhibitor to MEMS resonators achieving a high quality (Q) factor is energy radiation through the support to the substrate. The trapped modes present a way to tune this to a minimal value. An initial ...
F. Wittbracht, A. Weddemann, A. Auge, and A. Hütten
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 ...
M. Pribyl, and D. Snita
Department of Chemical Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague
Two mathematical models of the electrokinetic flow are presented where the electroosmotic flow is induced by the interaction of a surface electric charge with a perpendicularly imposed electric field. In order to solve such problems, an anisotropic mesh of rectangular finite elements is developed. Stationary distributions of the model variables are computed for various sets of model ...
A. Ricci, E. Giuri, and C. Ricciardi
Microcantilevers made of crystal silicon are probably the most diffused type of MEMS because of their simple fabrication and their vast applications. In this presentation we treat the mechanical behaviour of silicon mirocantilevers, and also give an overview of the many application areas that these apply to.
H. Sun, and F. Jamil
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
The micromixer is one of the important components of Lab-On-a-Chip, but where the molecular diffusion, which is often a slow process, limits the mixing efficiency of two or more streams due to the unique laminar flows in these micro scale devices. This paper studies a mixing concept based on a vibrating micro-plate in the microfluidic channels to achieve an efficient mixing ability. A ...
Perspectives of Thermo-electro-mechanical Micro Actuators for Micro Switch Applications: Design and Simulation
M. Matmat, M. Al Ahmad, and J. Y. Fourniols
Laboratoire d'Analyse et d'Architecture des Systèmes (LAAS-CNRS), Toulouse, France
In this work, thermo-mechanical simulations employing a 3D finite element analysis (FEA) of a current driven V-shaped actuator is presented. The structure's hot arms consist of polysilicon, which was used as the active material for deflection due to the Joule effect.COMSOL Multiphysics with stationary and parametric solvers was used to calculate the resulting deflection when current is applied. ...