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Design Variability of a MEMS Resonator

H. van Halewijn[1], J. Beek[2]
[1]Physixfactor, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
[2]NXP, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

It is important in designing micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) to reduce the variability of design parameters caused by manufacturing tolerances and material properties. At NXP COMSOL has been used to investigate many aspects of the design, such as the Q-factor, anchor losses, thermal behavior, parasitic capacitance of the resonator and more. Quartz crystal resonators are used in many ...

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 ...

Design and Simulation of a Cantilever Array for Fluid Flow Sensing Applications

K. Kavitha[1], Y. R. Manjoosha[1], C. S. Sukanya[1], K. Saranya[1], K. Chandra Devi[1], M. Alagappan[1], A. Gupta[1]
[1]Department of Biomedical Engineering, PSG college of technology, Coimbatore, TamilNadu, India

The biological hair-cell is a modular building block of a rich variety of biological sensors. These sensors are responsive to various mechanical properties like vibration, touch, gravitational forces, etc., especially flow. Using micro and nano-fabrication technology, an engineering equivalent of such sensors have been reported to be fabricated, imitating the structure and transfer function of ...

FEM Modeling in Robust Design for Graphene-Based Electromagnetic Shielding

S. Elia [1], G. Granata [1], P. Lamberti [1], V. Tucci [1],
[1] University Of Salerno, Italy

Electromagnetic shielding design is usually approached referring to nominal values of the main parameters. This could lead to malfunctioning devices and its performance differ widely from what was really aimed at or, worse, the final design product could even be physically unrealizable. This work presents a robust approach to the design of EM Shielding based on Graphene (Gph) layers. It is a two ...

Simulation of Topology Optimized Electrothermal Microgrippers

O. Sardan[1], D. Petersen[1], O. Sigmund[2], and P. Boggild[1]
[1]DTU Nanotech, Denmark
[2]DTU Mechanical Engineering, Denmark

In this work, electrothermal microgrippers designed using topology optimization are modeled. The microgrippers are composed of two 5 μm-thick polysilicon actuators facing each other. The gap between the actuators are 2 μm in the initial state and the microgrippers are able to both fully close and further open this gap. The operation principle of the actuators is quite similar to that of a ...

Simulation of DC Current Sensor

K. Suresh, B.V.M.P.S. Kumar, U.V. Kumar, M. Umapathy, and G. Uma
National Institute of Technology Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, India

A proximity DC current sensor using of a piezo sensed and actuated cantilever beam with a permanent magnet mounted at its free end is designed and simulated in COMSOL Multiphysics. The change in resonant frequency of cantilever is a measure of the current through the wire. The sensor is found to be linear with good sensitivity.

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 ...

Positioning System for Particles in Microfluidic Structures

D. Kappe[1], A. Hütten[1]
[1]University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

The possibility to detect and probe molecules in microfluidic devices gives rise to interesting applications. There are different approaches how to detect and probe particles, but a common step, for most methods, is to place the particles on a sensor. This can be done by applying external field gradients, or in this case by utilizing gravitational and hydrodynamic effects. Therefore, the sensor ...

A Comparison of Mass Reduction Methods for Silicon-on-Oxide (SOI)-based Micromirrors

H. J. Hall [1], L. A. Starman [1],
[1] Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, USA

Beam steering and adaptive optics micromirror applications commonly demand optically flat surfaces with minimal mass. When reflective coatings (usually metallic Au or Al) are applied to micromirror surfaces in order to meet optical reflectivity requirements the resulting film stress (usually tensile) can be substantial. The mass of the mirror can be a limiting factor in the dynamic performance. ...

Expanding Your Materials Horizons

R. Pryor[1]
[1]Pryor Knowledge Systems, Inc. (COMSOL Certified Consultant), Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA

Materials and their related properties are intrinsically fundamental to the creation, development and solution of viable exploratory models when using numerical analysis software. In many cases, simply determining the location, availability and relative accuracy of the necessary material parameters for the physical behavior of even commonly employed design materials can be very difficult and ...