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.

A Magnetically Driven Micro-Mixing Device and its Numerical Analysis

A. M. Morega1, J. C. Ordonez2, and M. Morega1
1Politehnica University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
2Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA

In this paper, we present a FEM model of a mixing MEMS μTAS device. A quasistatic magnetic field, produced by sequentially switched DC currents advected through conductors embedded in the device substrate beneath the flow channel, is used to mix the working magnetic fluid, while it is forced to flow through a rib walled channel. The body forces in the magnetized fluid perturb the otherwise ...

Geometrical Optimization of Pyrophosphate Concentration in Thermosequencing Platform for DNA Sequencing

H. Esfandyarpour1,2, B. Zheng1, R. F. W. Pease1, and R. W. Davis2
1Center for Integrated Systems, Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
2Stanford Genome Technology Center, Stanford, CA, USA

For the past three decades, Sanger’s method has been the primary DNA sequencing technology; however, inherent limitations in cost and complexity have limited its usage in personalized medicine and ecological studies. A new technology called “Thermosequencing” can potentially reduce both the cost and complexity of DNA sequencing by using a microfluidic platform. To optimize the efficiency of ...

Modeling a Microscale Proportional Flow Controller

H. Prentice-Mott, D. Irimia, A. Russom, and M. Toner
Center for Engineering in Medicine (BioMEMS Center), Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA, USA

Microfluidics is able to provide many benefits to the fields of biology and chemistry through its ability to use small amounts of fluid and to finely control the environment of the experiment. However, the precision of the flow rate control at the microscale remains limited to either off-chip variable-flow-rate pumps or on-chip valves.Here, we report an on-chip pneumatic valve that allows for ...

Design and Analysis of Stacked Micromirrors

S. Park, S. Chung, and J. Yeow

University of Waterloo, Systems Design Engineering, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

A micromirror or a torsional actuator in general has been proven to be one of the most popular actuators fabricated by Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) technology in many industrial and biomedical applications such as RF switches, a laser scanning display, an optical switch matrix, and biomedical image systems. In this paper, two stacked micromirrors are presented and analyzed to show ...

Shape, Convection and Convergence

R. Pryor
Pryor Knowledge Systems, Inc., Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

COMSOL Multiphysics software, when properly configured, can readily solve modeling problems in the laminar flow regime using the standard Navier-Stokes equations or in the fully turbulent flow regime using the kappa-epsilon model. Failure to solve a particular model is typically manifested by instability in the calculation and a failure of the model to converge. This paper presents a new approach ...

Design of High Performance Condenser Microphone Using Porous Silicon

S. Suganthi[1], M. Anandraj[2], and L. Sujatha[1]
[1]Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering, Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai, India
[2]Department of Physics, Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai, India

Porous Silicon (PS) can easily be formed by electrochemical etching of silicon in HF based electrolytes at room temperature. Since, PS is compatible with silicon IC technology; it finds lot of applications in the fabrication of MEMS devices. In the current study, we discuss the design of a condenser microphone using a Silicon/ Porous Silicon composite membrane as a movable plate. The performance ...

Advanced Application of an Automated Generative Tool for MEMS Based on COMSOL Multiphysics

F. Bolognini
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, UK

This work presents a different use of COMSOL as an integrated component of a computational tool framework used to automate designs creation. CNS-Burst is a computational synthesis method that has been implemented with the aim of automatically generating solutions to an assigned design task. COMSOL is integrated in the method and used to evaluate the performance of the design solutions found. ...

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

G. Mangalgiri
BITS Pilani
Zuarinagar, Goa

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 ...

A Study of Geometrical Shape of Central Plate in Electrostatic Actuation

K. M. V. Swamy[1], B. G. Sheeparamatti[1], G. R. Prakash [1]
[1]Department of Electronics and Communication, Basaveshwara Engineering College, Bagalkot, Karnataka, India

This study is performed to know which central plate geometry is best suited for electrostatically actuated switch. The simulation is carried out in COMSOL Multiphysics, where user is free to model the geometry without depth knowledge about geometrical dependency of electrostatic. The study of the centrally suspended geometrical models such as circle, square and rectangle suspended by two short ...

Simple Finite Element Model of the Topografiner

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 capabilities ...

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