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.

Experimental and Theoretical Studies on Air Exchange in Portable Devices

M. Olin [1], L. Laakso [1], J. Hannula [2], T. Galkin [2], K. Väkeväinen [2], and K. Hartikainen [3]
[1] University of Helsinki, Finland
[2] Nokia Corporation, Finland
[3] Ambertec Oy, Finland

In this paper, we perform a leakage analysis fitted to approximate analytical diffusion and air exchange models, by the helium injection method for one mobile phone type. In order to extend the applicability of our models, we developed a more complicated numerical model for diffusion, thermal conduction and free convection inside the phone.

Fluidmechanical Damping Analysis of Resonant Micromirrors with Out-of-plane Comb Drive

T. Klose[1], H. Conrad[2], T. Sandner[1], and H. Schenk[1]

[1]Fraunhofer Institute Photonic Microsystems (FhG-IPMS), Germany
[2]TU Dresden, Semiconductor and Microsystems Technology Laboratory, Germany

Damping is the liminting factor for the reachable maximum deflection. Thus, it is a very important issue for resonant microsystems. In this paper, we present a damping model for out-of-plane comb driven resonant micromirrors. The basic concept of this model is to attribute viscous damping in the comb gaps as the dominant contributor of damping moments. The model is extended by findings from a ...

Simulating Frequency Nonlinearities in Quartz Resonators at High Temperature and Pressure

A. Beerwinkle[1], R. Singh[1], and G. Kirikera[2]
[1]Mechanics of Advanced Materials Laboratory, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, OK
[2]Geophysical Research Company, LLC, (GRC) Tulsa, OK

A three-dimensional finite element model, based on the linear field equations for superimposed small vibrations onto nonlinear thermoelastic stressed media given by Lee and Yong, was developed. This method involves solving the thermal stress and piezoelectric model with geometric and material nonlinearities. The thickness-shear mode frequency response of the model was benchmarked to ...

A Model of Electric Field Assisted Capillarity for the Fabrication of Hollow Microstructures

C. Tonry[1], M. K. Patel[1], C. Bailey[1], M. P.Y. Desmuliez[2], W. Yu[3]
[1]Computational Mechanics and Reliability Group (CMRG), School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
[2]Microsystems Engineering Centre (MISCEC, School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Heriot Watt University, Earl Mountbatten Building, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
[3]State Key Laboratory of Applied Optics, Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, Jilin, China

Electric Field Assisted Capillarity (EFAC) is a novel technique for the fabrication of hollow polymer microstructures. It has advantages over current methods as it is a single step process. Hollow microstructures have many uses in industry from microchannels and microcapsules in BioMEMS to fibre-optical waveguides. It makes use of the dielectric properties of polymers combined with a heavily ...

Analysis of Electroosmotic Flow of Power-law Fluids in a Microchannel(1D)

K. SriNithin[1]
[1]IIT Kharagpur, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India

Electroosmotic flow of power-law fluids in a slit channel(1D) is analyzed. The governing equations are the Poisson–Boltzmann equation, the Cauchy momentum equation, Generalized Smoluchowski equation and the continuity equation are used to get shear stress, dynamic viscosity, and velocity distribution. Simulations are performed to examine the effects of ?H, flow behavior index, double layer ...

FEM Study on Contactless Excitation of Acoustic Waves in SAWDevices

A. K. Namdeo[1], N. Ramakrishna[2], H. B. Nemade[1,2], and R. P. Palathinkal[1]

[1] Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam, India
[2] Centre for Nanotechnology. Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam, India

In this paper a finite element method(FEM) study of a surface acoustic wave (SAW)device excited by electrostatic coupling method is performed by using COMSOL Multiphysics. We have modeled a Rayleigh wave type SAW device by choosing YZ Lithium niobate as the substrate. The effect of external radio frequency (RF) field to the SAW device is analyzed. The effect of distance between the contactless ...

Exploitation of Laminar Flow for Cell-Based Assays

M. F. Santillo1, and A. G. Ewing1,2
1Department of Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA
2Department of Chemistry, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden

A microfluidic device for performing multiplexed cell bioassays has been successfully developed. The device takes advantage of laminar flow and hydrodynamic focusing in order to selectively load cells into various culture chambers and address cells with pharmacological agents. Both computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations and fluorescence microscopy illustrate how fluid flow can be ...

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 ...

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 ...

Design and Simulation of MEMS Based Electrothermal Micromirror for 3D Spatial Movement

D. Mallick, and A. Bhattacharyya
Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics
University of Calcutta
West Bengal, India

Micromirror is a versatile MEMS device, which finds use in many application areas. In this paper, we have addressed the issues related to the design and behavioral simulation of MEMS based electro-thermal micromirror [Figure 1] for 3D motion. Two types of thermal actuation mechanism are used in the designed device. For in-plane movement poly-silicon made two-hot-arm actuatoris used. Here, the ...

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