Modeling a Capacitive Position Sensor Using FEM
Application ID: 47541
This tutorial model explains how to extract lumped matrices by means of the Stationary Source Sweep study. The capacitance matrix of a five-terminal system is used to infer the position of a metallic object similar to real-world capacitive position sensors.
The example illustrates the use of FEM, which is supported by the Electrostatics interface. When FEM is used, a volumetric mesh of a portion of the surrounding air is necessary.
The model also compares how the study’s performance is affected when using direct and iterative solvers.
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however, additional products may be required to completely define and model it. Furthermore, this example may also be defined and modeled using components from the following product combinations:
- COMSOL Multiphysics® and
- either the AC/DC Module, MEMS Module, or Plasma Module
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