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Why Wolfspeed Builds Apps with COMSOL Multiphysics

November 3, 2015

Silicon chips have been the foundation of power electronics over the years. However, as more applications are using increasingly higher amounts of electrical power, silicon has begun to reach its limits. Wide band gap semiconductors offer an opportunity to surpass these confines, operating at high frequencies, voltages, and temperatures. Looking to optimize their development of wide band gap solutions, engineers at Wolfspeed utilized the power of the Application Builder within COMSOL Multiphysics.

Investigating Wireless Power Transfer with Simulation

October 21, 2015

Wireless power transfer involves the transfer of power between a transmitting and a receiving unit and is used to wirelessly charge electronics like mobile phones and electric cars. While wireless power transfer offers many benefits, there are some challenges that this technology encounters. This is where simulation comes in handy. For instance, some WPT technologies must be oriented in a certain way to ensure proper performance. Today, we’ll analyze the impact of orientation on the functionality of two WPT antennas.

Modeling Microresonators with Electrostatic Actuation

October 8, 2015

MEMS resonators are microelectromechanical systems primarily used as sensor elements, filters, and frequency elements. Two common actuation methods for MEMS resonators are piezoelectric actuation and electrostatic actuation. In this blog post, we will discuss the modeling of electrostatically actuated MEMS resonators. When modeling such resonators, you will often come across terms such as equilibrium point, pull-in, pull-in voltage, and time harmonic response of a biased resonator. We will explain these phenomena using a simple representation of an actuator.

Modeling Linear Motors or Generators in COMSOL Multiphysics

October 6, 2015

The Rotating Machinery, Magnetic physics interface available in the AC/DC Module is used to model rotating machines such as motors or generators. When modeling the linear or tubular device with the Magnetic Fields and the Moving Mesh physics interfaces, it is appropriate to use a customized linear periodic boundary condition. In this blog post, we will explore how to customize the linear periodic boundary condition and model the tubular generator that is used for wave energy.

Optimizing the Power of a Piezoelectric Energy Harvester

October 2, 2015

Over the years, energy harvesting has become a popular approach to power small wireless devices. For energy harvesters to yield optimal results, it is important that their design configurations maximize the level of power transfer. Here, we will explore the role of simulation in advancing the design of a piezoelectric energy harvester.

Creating Ultrafast Polymerase Chain Reaction Tests with LEDs

August 26, 2015

Polymerase chain reaction tests have many applications within medical and biological research. In the past, these tests have been performed within a laboratory setting due to their high power requirements and the slow speed at which results are delivered. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have developed a new LED-based polymerase chain reaction system that, with its simplicity and speed, could be used in point-of-care testing.

Analyzing Mutual Inductance in Different Coil Arrangements

August 19, 2015

Have you ever noticed that being around a happy, enthusiastic friend makes you feel happy too? You can look at mutual induction in a similar way: A current flowing through one circuit creates a current in a nearby circuit. Mutual inductance measures the amount of change required for this effect to take place. Here, we explore using simulation to compute the mutual inductance in different wire coil arrangements.

Simulating a MEMS-Based Pressure Sensor Inspired by a Cave Fish

August 17, 2015

Many aquatic vehicles use power-hungry active sensing methods to detect and identify objects within an oceanic environment. In order to find an energy-efficient alternative, a team of researchers from the PSG College of Technology in India used numerical simulation to investigate a pressure sensor design inspired by a blind cave fish. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at this passive MEMS-based pressure sensor.