S. Sihn[1,2], and A.K. Roy
Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, USA
University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio, USA
COMSOL Multiphysics was used to solve a phonon Boltzmann transport equation (BTE) for nanoscale heat transport problems. One dimensional steady-state and transient BTE problems were successfully solved based on finite element and discrete ordinate methods for spatial and angular discretizations, respectively, by utilizing the built-in feature of the COMSOL, Coefficient Form of PDE.
S. Nelson, and M. Guvench
University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Maine, USA
COMSOL Multiphysics is employed to model, simulate and predict the performance of a high Q, in-plane rotational resonating MEMS sensor. The resonating sensor disk is driven by thermal expansion and contraction of the support tethers due to AC joule heating. The resonant frequency is sensed by stationary contacts. For cost reduction, the relatively simple, low cost SOIMUMPS fabrication process is ...
S. Aoyagi1, K. Makihira1, D. Yoshikawa1, and Y.-C. Tai2
1Robot & Microsystem Laboratory, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan
2Caltech Micromachining Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA
This paper reports on a Parylene accelerometer utilizing spiral beams. Since Parylene has intrinsic tensile stress, the resonant frequency of the sensor structure is higher than under the case with no tensile stress. Considering the sensitivity of the accelerometer, the investigation of a suspended structure supported by straight beams is carried out both theoretically and experimentally.As a ...
Simulation of Clamped-Free and Clamped-Clamped Microbeams Dynamics for Nonlinear Mechanical Switch Applications
M. Uncuer, B. Marinkovic, and H. Koser
Department of Electrical Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
This work focuses on the nonlinear dynamics of clamped-free and clamped-clamped microbeams under electrostatic and shock loading for microswitch applications. This type of analysis essentially requires the consideration of the well-known "pull-in" phenomenon under dynamic conditions. In this work, we show that a micro switch that makes contact above a certain voltage but is otherwise immune to ...
Electro-Thermal Modeling of High Power Light Emitting Diodes Based on Experimental Device Characterization
T. Lopez, and T. Margalith
Philips Research, Aachen, Germany
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 ...
O. Myers , M. Anjanappa , and C. Freidhoff 
 Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS, USA
 University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, USA
 Northrop Grumman Corporation, Electronics Systems Sector, Baltimore, MD, USA
This paper presents a methodology towards designing, analyzing and optimizing piezoelectric interdigitated microactuators using COMSOL Multiphysics. The models used in this study were based on a circularly interdigitated design that takes advantage of primarily the d33 electromechanical piezoelectric constant coefficient. Because of the symmetric nature of the devices, 2D axisymmetric models were ...
S. Rabbani, P.K. Rathore, G. Ghosh, and B.S. Panwar
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India
In this paper, a piezoelectric cantilever is investigated using finite element analysis made possible by COMSOL Multiphysics for the generation of electrical energy. A micro power generator was designed to convert mechanical vibrations present in the environment to electrical power. The model was studied for different cantilever dimensions. The load resistor was optimized for obtaining maximum ...
University of Applied Sciences, Regensburg, Germany
This paper gives an overview of modelling microsensors on geometry and system level. The focus will be on the generation of the multiphysics reduced order system model and the coupling with package and ASIC models. The method is based on modal superposition. This means all the details of the sensor can be considered in a finite element model. The mechanical mode shapes of this model form the ...
University of Cambridge
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. ...
S. Heß, R. Külls, and S. Nau
The Fraunhofer Ernst-Mach-Institute (EMI) developed a novel, high-g accelerometer, which is an undamped MEMS device, containing self-supporting piezoresistive elements. The main requirements for such a sensor are high sensitivity, high resonant frequency and a solid mechanical design. Due to the fact, that pure analytic analyses cannot cover all multi-physical aspects of such a complex device the ...