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A Study of Curved Flexures for MEMS

Minhee Jun[1], and Jason V. Clark[1]
[1]Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

Large deflection actuators are becoming increasingly important for microsystems. Since actuation forces are usually small, large deflection actuators usually require flexures with low stiffness. Rectangular serpentine flexures are often used for such actuators due to their low stiffness and large linear deflection range. In this paper we investigate the performance of curved serpentine flexures ...

A Study of Geometrical Shape of Central Plate in Electrostatic Actuation

K. M. V. Swamy[1], B. G. Sheeparamatti[1], G. R. Prakash [1]
[1]Department of Electronics and Communication, Basaveshwara Engineering College, Bagalkot, Karnataka, India

This study is performed to know which central plate geometry is best suited for electrostatically actuated switch. The simulation is carried out in COMSOL Multiphysics, where user is free to model the geometry without depth knowledge about geometrical dependency of electrostatic. The study of the centrally suspended geometrical models such as circle, square and rectangle suspended by two short ...

PVDF Piezoelectric Nanofibers as Hair Cell Substitutes: A Feasibility Study

C. R. Pérez [1], J. J. Santiago-Avilés [2],
[1] Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
[2] Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common sensory deficit in the world, and within this category damage or loss of the primary sensory cells of the inner ear, known as hair cells is the most common cause [1]. Partial hearing loss is addressed by the use of hearing aids, electronic devices that greatly amplify sound directly into the user's ear, but for more severe cases cochlear implants are ...

Development of a Package for a Triaxial High-G Accelerometer Optimized for High Signal Fidelity

R. Langkemper [1], R. Külls [1], J. Wilde [2], S. Nau [1], S. Schopferer [1],
[1] Fraunhofer-Institut für Kurzzeitdynamik, Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI, Freiburg, Germany
[2] Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Institut für Mikrosystemtechnik, Freiburg, Germany

Acceleration is an important quantity to be measured in high-speed dynamics. A new piezoresistive sensor for the measurement of high-amplitude, short-duration transient accelerations of up to 100,000 g has been developed at the Fraunhofer EMI. Its figure of merit (sensitivity x resonance frequency²) is about one order of magnitude higher than that of comparable state-of-the-art sensors. ...

Design for Reliability and Robustness through Probabilistic Methods in COMSOL Multiphysics with OptiY

T.-Q. Pham[1], H. Neubert[2], and A. Kamusella[2]
[1]OptiY e.K., Aschaffenburg, Germany
[2]Institute of Electro-Mechanical and Electronic Design, TU Dresden, Germany

One challenge in designing micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) is considering the variability of design parameters caused by manufacturing tolerances and material properties. The function of MEMSs is significantly influenced by this variability, which can be represented in terms of statistical variables. In order to involve statistical design parameters into the design optimization process, ...

Design and Analysis of Stacked Micromirrors

S. Park, S. Chung, and J. Yeow

University of Waterloo, Systems Design Engineering, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

A micromirror or a torsional actuator in general has been proven to be one of the most popular actuators fabricated by Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) technology in many industrial and biomedical applications such as RF switches, a laser scanning display, an optical switch matrix, and biomedical image systems. In this paper, two stacked micromirrors are presented and analyzed to show ...

Surface Plasmon Resonance Dependence on Size in Metallic Nano-Spheres - new

K. Kluczyk[1], W. Jacak[1]
[1]Institute of Physics, Wrocław University of Technology, Wrocław, Poland

Surface plasmon resonance in metallic nanoparticles is highly and shape dependent, which enables varius applications in photovoltaics, photonics, sensing and even medicine. Particularly we observe redshift in plasmon resonance with increasing nanoparticle size. We investigate nanoparticle size influence on plasmon resonance within theoretical and numerical approach and compare results with ...

Contactless Excitation of MEMS Resonant Sensors by Electromagnetic Driving

M. Baù[1], V. Ferrari[1], and D. Marioli[1]
[1]Department of Electronics for Automation, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy

A contactless electromagnetic principle for the excitation of mechanical vibrations in resonant structures has been investigated. The principle relies on no specific magnetic property of the resonator except electrical conductivity and can be adopted for employing the structures as resonant sensors for measurements either in environments not compliant with the requirements of active electronics ...

Computational Simulation of Electrohydrodynamic Systems Pertaining to Micro and Nano scale Fluid Flow Phenomenon

M. Seiler[1], and B. Kirby[2]
[1]Department of Engineering Physics, Cornell
University, NY, USA
[2]Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cornell
University, NY, USA

Modeling of 3D AC electro-osmotic pumps is relevant to the creation of portable or implantable lab-on-a-chip devices for mm/s tunable fluid flows attainable with battery scale voltages. In this analysis using COMSOL Multiphysics we investigate the modeling challenges of computationally calculating systems of fluid flow phenomena governed by AC Electroosmosis in the micro and nano scale regimes.

Powerful automation and optimization methods for Material- and Process analysis with COMSOL Multiphysics and Matlab

T. Frommelt
SGL Group, Technology & Innovation, Meitingen, Germany

Thomas Frommelt received his PhD in physics in 2007 from the University of Augsburg for experimental work and simulation analysis on acoustically driven microfluidic mixing. In 2008, he joined the SGL Group and introduced COMSOL Multiphysics as the tool for flexible equation based modelling. Since then, he has focused on carbon material and process simulation employing methods of optimization ...