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.

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. With ...

Design and Development of Microsystems within a Corporate Research Environment by Utilizing Comsol Multiphysics

A. Frey
Siemens AG
Corporate Research & Technologies
Munich, Germany

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 ...

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
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[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 ...

Support-Q Optimisation of a Trapped Mode Beam Resonator

T. H. Hanley[1], H. T. D. Grigg[1], B. J. Gallacher[1]
[1]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 ...

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 ...

Poisson Based Modeling of DC and AC Electroosmosis in Microfluidic Channels

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 ...

Simulation of Surface Stress Effect on Mechanical Behaviour of Silicon Microcantilever

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.

Simulation of a Vibrating Plate-based Micromixer

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. ...

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