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.

Simulation and Optimization of MEMS Piezoelectric Energy Harvester with a Non-traditional Geometry

S. Sunithamani[1], P. Lakshmi[1], E. E. Flora[1]
[1]Department of EEE, College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India

Piezoelectric energy harvester converts mechanical vibrations into electrical energy via piezoelectric effect. The geometry of the piezoelectric cantilever beam greatly affects its vibration energy harvesting ability [1]. In this paper a MEMS based energy harvester with a non-traditional geometry is designed. The design of the energy harvester consists of a rectangular cantilever structure with ...

Electro-Thermal Modeling of High Power Light Emitting Diodes Based on Experimental Device Characterization  

T. Lopez[1], and T. Margalith[2]

[1]Philips Research, Aachen, Germany
[2]Philips Lumileds Lighting Company, San Jose, CA, USA

This paper presents a 3D finite element model in COMSOL for the electro-thermal analysis of high power light emitting diodes (LEDs). The proposed model and implementation approach require basic electrical and optical parameters that may be experimentally derived with the aid of advanced post-processing techniques. Extensive experimental validation reveals the capability of the model to accurately ...

Modelling of a Single Cardiomyocyte Interaction with a Microcantilever Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

I. Banerjee[1]
[1]Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland

: One of the most commonly used techniques for quantification of beating forces exerted by cardiomyocytes is culturing them on a bed of vertical microcantilevers or microposts. The position of the microcantilevers is observed through advanced imaging techniques and the displacements are observed over a period of time. The stiffness of the microcantilevers is known and thus the force can be ...

COMSOL Multiphysics® Simulation Integrated into Genetic Optimization

V. Longinotti[1], S. Di Marco[1], S. Pistilli[1], F. Costa[1], M. Giusti[1], G. Gammariello[1], I. Gison[1], G. Latessa[1,2], D. Mascolo[2], A. Buosciolo[1]
[1]Altran Italia, Roma, Italy
[2]Consorzio DeltaTi Research, Milano, Italy

The main topic of this paper is the development of an innovative tool that can be applied in a wide range of complex problems, to simulate, optimize and improve system design especially when dealing with huge numbers of parameters and constraints. The new methodology is obtained by joining the power of COMSOL Muliphysics® simulation with the modern optimization approach of genetic algorithms. ...

Carbon MEMS Accelerometer

J. Strong, and C. Washburn
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM

The newly emerging field of carbon-based MEMS (C-MEMS) attempts to utilize the diverse properties of carbon to push the performance of MEMS devices beyond what is currently achievable. Our design employs a carbon-carbon composite using nano-materials to build a new class of MEMS accelerometer that is hyper-sensitive over a dynamic range from micro-G to hundreds of G’s – far surpassing the ...

Surface Acoustic Wave Ferroelectric Phononic Crystal Based on Electric Field Induced Periodic Domains

V. Pashchenko[1], S. Yankin[2]
[1]Saint Petersburg State Polytechnical University, Saint Petersburg, Russia
[2]State University, Saratov, Russia. Joint International Laboratory LICS/LEMAC, IEMN UMR CNRS 8520, EC Lille, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France

A novel type of tunable surface acoustic waves (SAW) filter based on 1D phononic crystal controlled by electric is field proposed. The tunability of proposed filter varied over a wide range: 1-20%. Basic idea is electrical controlled induced periodical domains in ferroelectric film based on induced piezoelectric effect.

Actively Controlled Ionic Current Gating In Nanopores

G. Zhang[1], S. Bearden[1]
[1]Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

It is necessary to understand and control nanopore behavior in order to develop biosensors for a variety of applications including DNA sequencing. The fluidics of nanopore devices we fabricated exhibits a range of interesting phenomena, such as enhanced conductance and current rectification. By electrically biasing nanopores, we were able to actively control the nanopore conductance in real time ...

Simulation of a One-Port SAW Resonator using COMSOL Multiphysics

R. Krishnan, H.B. Nemade, and R. Paily
Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati

In this paper, we discuss simulation of one-port Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) resonators using COMSOL Multiphysics. Resonator action can be achieved in one of the two ways; a single Inter-digital Transducer (IDT) having several fingers over a piezoelectric substrate or a short IDT with reflecting gratings at the ends of the IDT. We have modeled a Rayleigh wave type SAW device choosing YZ ...

Simulation of MEMS based Flexible Flow Sensor for Biomedical Application

D. Maji[1], C. P. Ravikumar[2], and S. Das[1]
[1]School of Medical Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India
[2]Texas Instruments (India) Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, India

Arterial disease, especially Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is one of the leading causes of premature morbidity and mortality. During the flow, blood interacts with vessel wall mechanically and chemically which modulates the plaque formation in blood vessel leading to coronary artery diseases. Here we propose to simulate a MEMS based flexible flow sensor based on anemometer principle designed to ...

Harmonic Simulation of Viscoelastic Polymer Microcantilever for Electrostrictive Energy Harvesters

N. Alcheikh[1], C. Ayela[1], I. Dufour[1]
[1]Univ. Bordeaux, IMS Lab, Pessac, France.

Electrostrictive polymers have been of significant interest over the last years for energy harvesting. Principle is based on the conversion of a mechanical deformation into electricity. The stored energy basically depends on the mechanical strain induced into an electrostrictive polymer by the mechanical resonant vibration of a microcantilever supporting the electrostrictive layer. In this work, ...

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