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Analysis & Design Optimization of Laterally Driven PolySilicon Electro-thermal Microgripper for Micro-objects Manipulation

T. Pahwa[1], S. Gupta[1], V. Bansal[1], R. Narwal[1], B. Prasad[1], D. Kumar[1]
[1]Electronic Science Department, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, India

Micro-grippers find applications in micro-robotics, microsurgery, micro-fluidics, micro-relays, assembling and miniature medical instrumentation. Actuation principle involved may be electrothermal, electrostatic, piezoelectric, shape memory and electromagnetic. It has been found that thermal actuation provides greater displacement at low voltages when compared to other mechanisms. A 3-D ...

VLSI Layout Based Design Optimization of a Piezoresistive MEMS Pressure Sensors using COMSOL Multiphysics

R. Komaragiri[1], Sarath. S.[1], N. Kattabomman[1]
[1]NIT Calicut, Kozhikode, Kerala

This paper focuses on the diaphragm design and optimization of a piezoresistive Micro Electro Mechanical System (MEMS) pressure sensor by considering Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) layout schemes. The aim of these studies is to find an optimal diaphragm shape by Finite Element Method (FEM) using COMSOL®, which is most suitable for VLSI layout. Optimal diaphragm shape is a diaphragm shape ...

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 ...

Theoretical Calculation and Analysis Modelling for the Effective Thermal Conductivity of Lithium Metatitanate Pebble Bed

M. Panchal[1], A. Shrivastava[1], P. Chaudhuri[1], E. Rajendrakumar[1]
[1]Institute For Plasma Research, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

ITER is a joint international research and development project that aims to demonstrate the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion power. A main function of ITER is to test the tritium producing TBM (Test Blanket Module). In IN-LLCB (Lead Lithium Cooled Ceramic Breeder) TBM lithium matatitanate (Li2TiO3) has been selected as tritium breeder material in form of pebbles. The effective ...

Effects of Fluid and Structural Forces on the Dynamic Performance of High Speed Rotating Impellers.

C. Thiagarajan[1], G. Shenoy[2], B. S. Shenoy[3]
[1]ATOA Scientific Technologies Pvt Ltd, Whitefield, Bangalore, India.
[2]Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, Manipal Institute of technology, Manipal, India
[3]Department of Aeronautical & Automobile Engineering, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, India

Vibration and Dynamic performances of the rotating machinery are conventionally evaluated based on the dominant structural forces such as the centrifugal forces. The increase in rotational speed, miniaturization and performance, demands for improved and accurate evaluation of the vibration performance. The inclusion of coupled effects of fluid and centrifugal forces can contribute significantly ...

A Study on the Suitability of Indium Nitride for THz Plasmonics

A. Shetty[1], K. J. Vinoy[1], S. B. Krupanidhi[2]
[1]Electrical Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
[2]Materials Research Centre, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

As interest in the electromagnetic spectrum expands towards the infrared and terahertz range, the distinct advantages of using semiconductors instead of metals for plasmonic applications must be understood. Plasmonic resonances in gold (Au) and indium nitride (InN) gratings are studied, in the terahertz (?=30┬Ám) regime. The electromagnetic properties of Au and InN are described by the Drude ...

Design and Simulation of MEMS based Micro Pressure Sensor

P. Acharya[1]
[1]B.V.Bhoomaraddi College of Engineerring & Technology, Hubli, Karnataka, India

The world is getting digitalized, demands for new and emerging technologies have reached its peak, and customer demands have taken a U-turn. To cope with such unique requirements many systems and system devices are into the market and one of such enhancing technology is MEMS. MEMS are systems of small size, light weight, enhanced performance and reliability finding widest of applications in ...

Coupled Electromagnetic and Heat Transfer Simulations for RF Applicator Design for Efficient Heating of Materials

C. Thiagarajan[1], J. Anto[2]
[1]ATOA Scientific Technologies Pvt Ltd, Whitefield, Bangalore, Karnataka India.

Conventional heating of material wastes energy during heating due to inherent radiation, conduction and convection based heating mechanism. Alternate efficient heating methods are actively researched for improved efficiency. Radio frequency based electromagnetic heating is increasingly used for efficient heating in place of conventional heating. This requires coupling of electromagnetic and heat ...

A Low Cost CMOS Compatible MEMS based Fingerprint Sensor Design

A. Ganesan[1], S. Swaminathan[1], N. N. Sharma[2]
[1]BITS, Pilani - Dubai, U.A.E.
[2]Mechanical Engineering Department, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, Rajasthan, India

In this paper, a novel design of a fingerprint sensor composed of a 2D array of piezo resistive micro beams has been presented. When the user presses the sensor array with a finger, the ridges and valleys that compose the fingerprint induce corresponding deflections in the micro beams. These deflections can be detected by means of a resistivity change, which when used with appropriate signal ...

Design and Simulation of MEMS based PZT energy generator.

A. Deshpande[1]
[1]B.V.Bhoomaraddi College of Engineerring & Technology, Hubli, Karnataka, India

At present, a great deal of research effort has been directed to find eco-friendly and renewable sources of energy. With the rising costs of crude oil and petroleum, along with the derogatory effects that they pose to the environment, this sort of approach is of utmost importance. This has also led to the search for alternate methods of transforming the various forms of energy into electrical ...