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.

Simple Finite Element Model of the Topografiner

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 Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

In our recent experiments we are revisiting the topografiner technology for the imaging of surface topography with a resolution of a few nanometers. In these new technique called Near-Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (NFESEM), low-energy electrons are emitted from a polycrystalline tungsten tip via electric-field assisted tunneling. In order to characterize and improve the capabilities ...

Thermomechanical Effects of the Packaging Molding Process on the Chip in Integrated Circuits

N. Semmar[1], M. Fournier[1], P. S. Alleaume [2], A. Seigneurin [3], , ,
[1]GREMI-UMR7344, CNRS/University of Orléans, Orléans, France
[2]Collegium Sciences et Techniques, Orléans, France
[3]ST Microelectronics Tours SAS, Tours, France

Usually, in integrated circuits, the chip is brazed on leadframe and then, a polymer resin is molded around to create the packaging. On the first hand, the molding process at high temperatures will induce thermomechanical stress on the chip. As the leadframe, the chip and the braze have all different thermoelastic properties, these stress can be critical for the chip connections. To ...

Formation of Particle Clusters from Rotating Particle Chains

D. Kappe[1], A. Hütten[1]
[1]Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

Wittbracht et al. proposed a technique to assemble monolayers of magnetic beads utilizing rotating magnetic fields. The magnetic beads align their magnetization with any applied magnetic field. As long as this field is homogeneous, the particles will only interact with each other. As their magnetic moments are all facing the same direction, they will attract each other if they come close. This ...

MEMS Acoustic Pixel

A. Arevalo[1], I. G. Foulds[2]
[1]King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
[2]The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

A COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation was used to simulate the behavior of a micro-membrane (Acoustic Pixel) to be used as a potential acoustic transducer. The MEMS and Piezoelectric devices interfaces were used to simulate such transducer. A four-cantilever spring configuration is initially proposed. Each cantilever has a width of 30 µm and are connected to a central circular plate with a radius ...

Pore-Level Influence of Contact Angle on Fluid Displacements in Porous Media

H. Ali Akhlaghi Amiri[1]
[1]University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway

Wettability affects two-phase displacements in porous media by determining the microscopic distribution of fluids in pore spaces. The impact of wettability on transport properties at macro-scales has been widely addressed in literature; however a deeper understanding of wettability effects demands pore-level investigations which are still limited. In this paper, COMSOL Multiphysics® software ...

Birefringence Induced in Optical Rib Waveguides by Thermal and Mechanical Stresses

G. Grasso[1], V. M. N. Passaro[1], F. De Leonardis[1]
[1]Photonics Research Group, Politechnic Institute of Bari, Bari, Italy

In this paper a multiphysics approach to study the optical properties of integrated waveguides influenced by thermal and mechanical stress is presented. The heating and pressure effects are evaluated by means the Heat Transfer and Structural Mechanics modules respectively. Finally, the electromagnetics capabilities of the AC/DC Module are used in order to evaluate the optical eigenfunctions and ...

Web-Based 3D Visualization for COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

S. Grabmaier[1], M. Jüttner[1], W. M. Rucker[1]
[1]University of Stuttgart – Institute for Theory of Electrical Engineering, Stuttgart, Germany

A web based visualization solution for three dimensional simulation results of COMSOL Multiphysics® is described. With it, mobile clients with low bandwidth as well as desktop computers with high bandwidth connections get able to show simulation results without the need of installing specialized software. To do so, a modern web browser is required. Both touch gestures and common input techniques ...

Traveling Plasma Wave Levitation of Objects Supported by Coanda Effect

R. Eisenschmid[1]
[1]OPTIMA pharma GmbH, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany

Electrostatically excited plasma waves can induce a “plasma wind” in the surrounding media or air. The lifted object has a shape of a flying saucer, just for better illustration. A travelling plasma wave propulsion requires a pre-ionized media around the surface and a travelling electrostatic field. A simplified plasma model was used to set up an EFD (electro fluid dynamic) approach into a ...

Prediction of Air Permeability Using a Finite Element Method

A. Pezzin[1], A. Ferri[1]
[1]Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

Air permeability is one of the most important parameters in the study of thermo-physiological comfort of fabrics. The main goal of this work is to develop a virtual process that allows the prediction of air permeability of any fabric without realizing a sample. The Free and Porous Media Flow physics interface was used in COMSOL Multiphysics® software; this allows to use Navier-Stokes equation ...

Air Damping Simulation of MEMS Torsional Paddle

N. Mahmoodi[1], C. J. Anthony[1]
[1]University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Viscous damping has a significant effect on dynamic performance of the resonators operating within fluid. This work is aimed to find the viscous damping for MEMS torsional paddle operating in air. Interaction of moving structure with the fluid requires a complicated and challenging analysis. The Fluid-Structure Interaction interface of COMSOL Multiphysics® software is used to study the 2-D ...

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