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.

Modeling and Simulation of Silicon Optical MEMS Switches Controlled by Electrostatic Field

J. Golebiowski[1], S. Milcarz[1]
[1]Technical University of Lodz, Poland

The use of optical sensors in the industry is still growing. A transmission of signal from the sensors is mostly done by optical fibers. Switching the signals from optical paths may be done by using micromechanical silicon switches. The main advantage is an ability to transmit data from many sensors using different wavelengths, simultaneously minimizing optical power losses. A silicon beam with ...

Looking for the Origin of Power Laws in Electric Field Assisted Tunneling

H. Cabrera[1], D.A. Zanin[1], L.G. De Pietro[1], A. Vindigni[1], U. Ramsperger[1], D. Pescia[1]
[1]Laboratory for Solid State Physics, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

A sharp tip approached perpendicular to a conducting surface at subnanometer distances and biased with a small voltage builds a junction across which electrons can be transferred from the tip apex to the nearest surface atom by direct quantum mechanical tunneling. Such a junction is used e.g. in Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM). When the distance d between tip and collector is increased ...

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 ...

Modeling and Simulation of Piezoelectric Materials for Comparison to Experimental Data

E. Nesvijski[1,2], R. Sahul[2]
[1]Western New England College, Springfield, MA, USA
[2]TRS Technologies, State College, PA, USA

Finite element analysis (FEA) is a modern tool for exploration of new horizons in science, technology and engineering. Different computer software such as ANSYS, ABACUS, PZFLEX and COMSOL Multiphysics® based on FEA are used for modeling and simulation of acoustic phenomena, for design of new and optimization and improvement of existing acoustic engineering systems. This work presents application ...

Development of MEMS-based Pressure Sensor for Underwater Applications

Aarthi E[1], Pon Janani S[1], Vaidevi S[1], Meenakshi Sundaram N [1], Chandra Devi K[1]
[1]PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Blind cave fish are capable of sensing flows and movements of nearby objects even in dark and murky water conditions with the help of arrays of pressure-gradient sensors present on their bodies called lateral-lines. To emulate this functionality of lateral-lines for autonomous underwater vehicles, an array of polymer MEMS pressure sensors have been developed that can transduce underwater pressure ...

COMSOL Thermal Model for a Heated Neural Micro-Probe

M. Christian[1], S. Firebaugh[1], A. Smith[1]
[1]United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA

This project utilizes the heat transfer module of the COMSOL Multiphysics environment to model the effects that an ohmic heating probe will have on neural tissue. The model quantifies the thermal impact of active components embedded on a neural micro probe by solving the Penne’s bioheat equation with an external MATLAB function to determine the heat generation along the length of the probe. ...

Optimization of Carbon Nanotube Field Emission Arrays

B. L. Crossley[1], M. Kossler[1], P.J. Collins[1], R. A. Coutu Jr.[1], and L. A. Starman[1]

[1]Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, USA

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been proven experimentally to be well suited for field emission applications. An optimized triode configured CNT field emission array is developed using the COMSOL Multiphysics Electrostatics Application to adjust five key physical dimensions to investigate the effects on the enhanced electric field at the CNT emitter tips. The five dimensions studied are CNT spacing, ...

Design of MEMS Based High Sensitivity and Fast Response Capacitive Humidity Sensor

R. Karthick, S. P. K. Babu, A. R. Abirami, and S. Kalainila
Periyar Maniammai University
Periyar Nagar
Vallam, Thanjavur
Tamilnadu, India

This paper presents the design and simulation of high sensitivity and fast response capacitive humidity sensor. Generally, the capacitive humidity sensor is made up of parallel electrode, the upper electrode being a grid with various line width and line spacing. A model is simulated using COMSOL Multiphysics. High sensitivity and fast response of the model is optimized by varying the ...

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 ...

Effective Mass Calculations Using COMSOL Multiphysics® for Thermomechanical Calibration

B. D. Hauer[1], C. Doolin[1], K. S. D. Beach[1], J. P. Davis[1]
[1]University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Over the past few decades, nano/micro-mechanical resonators have experienced tremendous improvements in measurement sensitivity. In order to ensure accuracy, it is crucial that each nano/micro-mechanical device is properly calibrated. Thermomechanical calibration provides a noninvasive calibration method by which scaling issues can be circumvented. Each resonator is modeled as a damped harmonic ...

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