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.

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 ...

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 Ratchet

A. Auge, F. Wittbracht, A. Weddemann, and A. Hütten
Department of Physics, University of Bielefeld, Germany

Transport phenomena in spatially periodic magnetic systems, in particular the directed transport of magnetic beads in a so called magnetic ratchet (Brownian motor) are considered. Simulations are carried out to test and optimize this system, where the Smoluchowski equation with flux terms for the magnetic and gravitational force is used. Furthermore, experiments are carried out to verify the ...

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 ...

Applied Multiphysics in Thermoresistive and Magnetoresistive Sensor Models

R.W. Pryor
Pryor Knowledge Systems, Inc.
COMSOL, Certified Partner

Efficient, effective, and functional operation of autonomous systems requires a comprehensive real-time understanding, by those systems, of the embedding environment. This paper presents a brief overview of the multiphysics considerations involved in the development of models for thermoresistive and magnetoresistive sensors systems.

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 ...

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. ...

Electromagnetic Release Process for Flexible Electronics

G. Coryell[1][,][2]
[1]School for Engineering of Matter, Transport, and Energy, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
[2]Chemistry Department, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA

Flexible electronics are temporarily affixed to a rigid carrier such as glass or silicon prior to device fabrication to facilitate robotic handling of the device, but also to allow optical lithography to stay within overlay design registration budget; without the rigid carrier, a freestanding flexible substrate such as polyimide would distort unacceptably during even minor temperature excursions ...

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 ...

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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