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.

Magnetic Nanoparticles for Novel Granular Spintronic Devices

A. Regtmeier[1], A. Weddemann[2], I. Ennen[3], and A. Hütten[1]
[1]Dept. of Physics, Thin Films and Physics of Nanostructures, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany
[2]Dept. of Elect. Eng. and Comp. Science, Lab. for Electromagnetic and Electronic Syst., MIT, Cambridge, MA
[3]Institute of Solid State Physics, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria

Superparamagnetic nanoparticles have a wide range of applications in modern electric devices. Recent developments have identi fied them as components for a new type of magnetoresistance sensor. We propose a model for the numeric evaluation of the sensor properties. Based on the solutions of the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation for a set of homogeneously magnetized spheres arranged in highly ...

COMSOL Computational Fluid Dynamics for Microreactors Used in Volatile Organic Compounds Catalytic Elimination

M. Olea[1], S. Odiba[1], S. Hodgson[1], A. Adgar[1]
[1]School of Science and Engineering, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are organic chemicals that will evaporate easily into the air at room temperature and contribute majorly to the formation of photochemical ozone. They are emitted as gases from certain solids and liquids in to the atmosphere and affect indoor and outdoor air quality. They includes acetone, benzene, ethylene glycol, formaldehyde, methylene chloride, ...

High Coupling Factor Piezoelectric Materials for Bending Actuators: Analytical and Finite Elements Modeling Results

I.A. Ivan[1], M. Rakotondrabe[1], and N. Chaillet[1]
[1]FEMTO-ST Institute, University of Franche-Comte, Besançon, France

New giant piezoelectric factor materials such as PMN-PT and PZN-PT were researched during the last decade and are actually becoming commercially available. As they seem very attractive for actuator designs, we studied their potential in replacing PZT ceramics. In a first comparative approach, we tested a series of classic rectangular composite bimorph structures of different combinations of ...

Simulation of a Micro-Analytical Device for Adsorbing Substances from a Fluid

R. Winz1, A. de los Rios Gonzalez2, E. von Lieres3, M. Schmittel2, and W. Wiechert1
1Department of Simulation, University of Siegen, Siegen, Germany
2Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Siegen, Siegen, Germany
3Institute of Biotechnology, Research Centre Jülich, Jülich, Germany

T- or Y-shaped microfluidic channels are chemical measurement devices that have become popular in recent years. Using such microdevices gives a better control of the fluid behavior and the chemical reaction kinetics, due to the small quantity of fluid.The concept of the T-Sensor as state-of-the-art is used to determine coupled processes of diffusion and reaction within a small-scaled system on a ...

Investigating the Use of a Piezoelectric Actuator for the Appendages of a Microrobot

J. Clark, and J. Clark
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

We investigate the use of a piezoelectric actuator for the appendages of a microrobot. Possible uses may include micro assembly, mobile surveillance, etc. What is different about this microrobot is that it uses 2 degrees of freedom, low powered piezoelectric flexures, while attempting to mimic the maneuverability of an ant-like insect. In the paper, we use COMSOL to characterize this type of ...

Multi-Domain Analysis of Silicon Structures for MEMS Based-Sensors

N. Bhalla[1], S. Li[2], and D. Chung[1]
[1]Chung Yuan Christian University, Chungli,Taiwan
[2]National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Investigation in this paper aims at performing Mechanical Stress Strain analysis, Thermal, Piezoresistive and Piezoeletric analysis of Silicon Structures using COMSOL. The simulation results have been cross checked by mathematical calculation.

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 ...

Finite Element Sensitivity Analysis

M. Perry
London School of Economics

In this presentation we study a PZT Distributed Mode Actuator. In particular, we cover the modeling strategy, the governing equations, modeling setup, the solution and validation. The presentation also gives a comparison between the usage of different Numerical Methods for solving the Partial Differential Equations for this particular type of ...

Design and Analysis of MEMS-based direct methanol fuel cell

Z. Yuan
Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China

In this presentation, “Design and Analysis of MEMS-based direct methanol fuel cell,” there are three main model parts, two-dimensional two-phase mass transport model, μdmfc three-dimensional model and a novel cathode model. First, a two-dimensional two-phase mass transport model was established. In this model, the process of gas-liquid transfer and electrochemical reaction within the ...

Finite Element Modeling of the Stress Field in a Cell-Seeded Microchannel

G. Zhu, and Y. Li
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI, USA

Fluids used in biomedical microelectromechanical systems (BioMEMS) devices often exhibit very different flow behavior from those in bulk solutions, which in turn affects the behavior of cells and biomolecules in the device. In this work, we investigate an integrated microfluidic system for living cell culture and assay. The system can be used as a generic platform to study the behavior of ...

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