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The Fabrication of a New Actuator Based on the Flexoelectric Effect

S. Baskaran[1], S. Thiruvannamalai[1], N. Ramachandran[1], F.M. Sebastian[1], and J.Y. Fu[1]
[1]State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA

This paper presents a novel methodology towards the design, analysis, and the fabrication process involved in developing a cost effective method to create a piezoelectric actuator by means of the flexoelectric effect. The basic physical equations of the flexoelectric effect and the qualitative analysis of the flexoelectric actuator are done using COMSOL Multiphysics. This effect is used to align ...

Empirical Model Dedicated to the Sensitivity Study of Acoustic Hydrogen Gas Sensors Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

A. Ndieguene[1], I. Kerroum[1], F. Domingue[1], A. Reinhardt[2]
[1]Laboratoire des Microsystèmes et de Télécommunications/Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, QC, Canada
[2]Laboratoire d’Électronique et des Technologies de l’Information, CEA, LETI Grenoble, France

Due to the increasing demand for hydrogen gas sensors for applications such as automation, transportation, or environmental monitoring, the need for sensitive and reliable sensors with a short response time is increasing. This paper presents an empirical model that studies the sensitivity of acoustic hydrogen gas sensors. A parametric study based on the variation of physical properties of ...

Understanding the Role of Nanomaterials in DNA Biosensors Through Finite Element Analysis

J. C. Kumaradas[1], A. Zhang[2], Y. D. Davletshin[1]
[1]Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada
[2]University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Tremendous progress is being made in the integration of nanoparticles into micro-analytical systems for biosensing. These materials are shown to enhance the analyte capture capability of biosensing platforms. We have implemented a computational model that considers the sensor’s geometry, size, analyte concentration and type to predict the number of nucleic acid molecules captured by ...

Simple Finite Element Model of the Topografiner - new

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 ...

Statistical Modeling and Contact Analysis of RF MEMS Surface

J. Liu [1], V. B. Chalivendra [1], C. Goldsmith [2], W. Huang [1],
[1] Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA, USA
[2] MEMtronics Corporation, Richardson, TX, USA

Radio frequency (RF) micro-electro mechanical system(MEMS) switch works in on/off modes controlled by electrostatic forces. In off mode, rough surfaces of electrodes come into a contact to shunt the RF signal. Surface contact area has been recognized as a key factor in RF MEMS performance and reliability. Multi scale regular-fractal structure is observed on MEMS surface. Nonlinear Structural ...

Stress Induced by Silicon-Germanium Integration in Field Effect Transistors

R. Berthelon [1], D. Dutartre [1], F. Andrieu [2]
[1] STMicroelectronics, France
[2] CEA Leti, France

The integration of high level of stress in field effect transistors is performed through incorporation of intrinsically strained SiGe layers. With the help of COMSOL simulations, we performed two studies addressing the level of stress in the area of interest. In the first case, we analyzed the geometric effects of the SiGe film stress relaxation on the edges. In a second time, we studied the ...

Robust and Reliability-based Design Optimization of Electromagnetic Actuators Using Heterogeneous Modeling with COMSOL Multiphysics and Dynamic Network Models

H. Neubert[1], A. Kamusella[1], and T-Q. Pham[2]
[1]Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
[2]OptiY e. K. Aschaffenburg, Germany

For an exemplary electromagnetic actuator used to drive a Braille printer, a design optimization was performed. The optimization involves stochastic variables and comprises nominal optimization, robustness analysis and robust design optimization. A heterogeneous model simulates the static and the dynamic behavior of the actuator and its non-linear load. It consists of a network model in ...

Magnetic Nanoparticles for Novel Granular Spintronic Devices

A. Regtmeier[1], A. Weddemann[2], I. Ennen[3], and A. Hütten[1]
[1]Dept. of Physics, Thin Films and Physics of Nanostructures, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany
[2]Dept. of Elect. Eng. and Comp. Science, Lab. for Electromagnetic and Electronic Syst., MIT, Cambridge, MA
[3]Institute of Solid State Physics, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria

Superparamagnetic nanoparticles have a wide range of applications in modern electric devices. Recent developments have identi fied them as components for a new type of magnetoresistance sensor. We propose a model for the numeric evaluation of the sensor properties. Based on the solutions of the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation for a set of homogeneously magnetized spheres arranged in highly ...

Kinetic Investigation of a Mechanism for Generating Microstructures on Polycrystalline Substrates Using an Electroplating Process

T. Soares[1], H. Mozaffari[2], H. Reinecke[1]
[1]Universität Freiburg, Freiburg im Breisgau, BW, Germany
[2]Hochschule Furtwangen, Tuttlingen, BW, Germany

The purpose of this study is to understand the growth mechanism of copper (Cu) films on a Cu-Zn system substrate with a pre-defined pattern. The pattern was defined by conducting a selective etching process on a two-phase polycrystalline substrate. As a result of this process, there were etched regions correspondent to beta-phase crystals and quasi non-etched regions that belong to alpha-phase ...

Multiphysics FEM Simulations Approach for Development of a MEMS Heat Generator

G. S. Masi[1], S. V. De Guido[1], G. Montagna[2], C. Martucci[2], P. M. Congedo[1], L. Vasanelli [1], M. G. Manera[2], R. Rella[2]
[1]Department of Innovation Engineering, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy
[2]CNR-IMM, Lecce, Italy

Introduction: Accurate fluid temperature control in microfluidic channels is a requirement for many lab-on-chip and micro-reactors.Thin films resistive metal heaters have proven to be the best choice for localizing heating applications with integrated microfluidic systems. A thin platinum layer has been chosen as the metal used to realize the meander because of its positive and linear ...