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.

Degeneracy Breaking, Modal Symmetry and MEMS Biosensors

H.T.D. Grigg[1], T.H. Hanley[1], B.J. Gallacher[1]
[1]Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

This work is concerned with systems possessing cyclic symmetries. In particular, we concentrate on the case in which the medium possesses infinite order cyclic symmetry, while the constitutive relations have cyclic symmetry of a lower order. We investigate the interactions between modes with cyclic symmetry of order n and geometries with underlying cyclic symmetry of order M. Rayleigh's ...

Novel Simulation of a Voltage-Driven Electro-Thermo-Mechanical MEMS Self-Oscillator

S. Ouenzerfi [1,2,3], H.A.C. Tilmans [2], S. El-Borgi[3,4], X. Rottenberg [2]
[1] KACST-Intel Consortium Center of Excellence in Nano-manufacturing Applications (CENA), Riyadh, KSA
[2] IMEC, Leuven, Belgium
[3] Applied Mechanics and Systems Research Laboratory, Tunisia Polytechnic School, University of Carthage, La Marsa, Tunesia
[4] Texas A&M University at Qatar, Mechanical Engineering Program, Engineering Building, Doha, Qatar

This paper presents the modeling and simulation of electro-thermo-mechanical self-oscillators, an emerging type of M/NEMS-enabled timing devices in which sustaining electronic amplifiers are not required for their operation. Indeed, they realize amplification in the mechanical domain and feedback by crossing three physical domains: electrical, thermal and mechanical. In a previous work [1], we ...

Design and Analysis of a Wetting Lens for the Pinhole Cameras of a Two Phase Flow System

A. K. Reddy[1], T. Satyanarayana[1]
[1]Lakireddy Balireddy Autonomous College of Engineering, Mylavaram, A.P., India

The present work reports the fabrication process of micro lens for pinhole cameras, modeled using COMSOL Multiphysics®, by satisfying the wetting properties. Wetting is a change in contact angle between the liquid and solid surface area. The wetting properties are clearly understood in terms of forces. The two immiscible fluids were taken for the formation of fluid-fluid and wall-fluid ...

Efficient Anchor Design for Quality Factor Enhancement in a Silicon Nitride-on-Silicon Lateral Bulk Mode Resonator

U. Rawat[1], A. DasGupta[1], D. R. Nair[1], V. V. Pasula[1]
[1]Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Anchor loss causes a reduction in the quality factor of high frequency micromechanical resonators. This study illustrates the importance of anchor design in mitigating anchor loss in high frequency resonators. The performances of two different anchor configurations for a silicon nitride-on-silicon lateral mode bar resonator have been compared using simulations performed in COMSOL Multiphysics®. ...

Electrohydrodynamic Micropump Modeling for Performance Optimization

A. Mulye[1], S. Potnis[2]
[1]Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA
[2]VIT, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

We present an optimized and efficient design of an electrohydrodynamic (EHD) micropump for high performance in microscale and biological applications. We are targeting two major applications, a parylene C design for electrically-actuated medicine delivery, and a silicon-based pump design for on-chip cooling of microprocessors and SOCs. The EHD micropump works on the movement of microscale ...

Design and Simulation of 3D MEMS Piezoelectric Gyroscope using COMSOL Multiphysics®

T.Madhuranath[1], R.Praharsha[1], Dr.K.Srinivasa Rao[1]
[1]Lakireddy Bali Reddy College of Engineering, Mylavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

MEMS is the leading technology which combines both electronic and mechanical devices on a single microchip. Tracing the position of the object is an important problem in engineering. This can be addressed by Gyroscopes. These sensors are used to find orientation and angular velocity. This paper focuses on 3D MEMS Piezoelectric Gyroscope. COMSOL Multiphysics® is used for designing and ...

Resonant Frequency Analysis of Quartz Shear Oscillator

T. Satyanarayana[1], V. Sai Pavan Rajesh[2]
[1]NPMASS Centre, Lakireddy Bali Reddy Autonomous Engineering College, Mylavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India
[2]Lakireddy Bali Reddy Autonomous Engineering College, Mylavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

The most commonly used type of resonator is the AT-cut, where the quartz blank is in the form of a thin plate cut at an angle to the optic axis of the crystal. This paper reports the modeling of a quartz oscillator for a resonant frequency analysis based on piezoelectric effects. The proposed oscillator consists of a single quartz disc with two electrodes on the top and bottom surfaces of the ...

Design and Optimization of Electrostatically Actuated Micromirror

Anna Thomas[1], Juny Thomas[1], Deepika Vijayan[1], K.Govardhan[2]
[1]VIT University, Sensor System Technology, School of Electronics Engineering, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
[2]VIT University, MEMS & Sensor Division, School of Electronics Engineering, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

The microscopic size of MEMS devices accounts for strong coupling effects which arise between the different physical fields and forces. Micromirrors are essential parts of microswitches in fiber optic network telecommunication. They are usually 1 to 3 mm in size, fabricated from single crystalline silicon and mostly are electrostatically actuated. The objective is to design the micromirror to ...

Multiphysics Modelling and Simulation of Implantable Wireless MEMS Capacitive Sensor for Cardiovascular Diagnostics

R.Yogeswari[1], S.Venkateshwaran [1], K.Umapathi[1]
[1]United Institute of Technology,Coimbatore,Tamil Nadu, India

Monitoring the Central aorta is a more effective way to diagnose cardiovascular diseases than conventional techniques. Approximately, six million people in the world are currently living with aortic aneurysm and every year 750,000 new cases are diagnosed. This paper presents the design and simulation of biocompatible Wireless MEMS sensor for detection of intraoperative leaks of the stent graph ...

Two-axis Analysis of Micromirror Using Electrothermal Actuators For Optical Switching Applications

B.Bharanipriyaa[1], V.S.Selvakumar[1], L. Sujatha[1]
[1] National MEMS Design Center, Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Thandalam, Chennai,Tamil Nadu, India

Micro Mirrors is a versatile device which has been gaining popularity and this finds application in fields such as optical switching, display and in medical fields for non-invasive imaging. A thermally actuated mirror moves in either positive or negative directions of x and y. The ends of thermal actuators are attached to the edges of the mirror. Thus when voltage is applied to the thermal ...

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