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Designing Piezoelectric Interdigitated Microactuators using COMSOL

O. Myers [1], M. Anjanappa [2], and C. Freidhoff [3]

[1] Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS, USA
[2] University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, USA
[3] Northrop Grumman Corporation, Electronics Systems Sector, Baltimore, MD, USA

This paper presents a methodology towards designing, analyzing and optimizing piezoelectric interdigitated microactuators using COMSOL Multiphysics. The models used in this study were based on a circularly interdigitated design that takes advantage of primarily the d33 electromechanical piezoelectric constant coefficient. Because of the symmetric nature of the devices, 2D axisymmetric models ...

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 ...

Polymer Nanowire based Impedance Biosensor

N. Das[1], C. R. Chaudhuri[1]
[1]Department of Electronics and Telecommunication, BESUS, Howrah, West Bengal, India

In this paper, we have proposed an impedance biosensor based on polymer nanowire (made of polyaniline) for efficient electric field mediated capture of biomolecules. Existing polymer nanowire based biosensors fail to achieve high sensitivity for low surface to volume ratio as the whole length of the nanowire is exposed to the analyte .Also biosensors are dependent on diffusion mediated capture ...

Optimizing the Design of Polymer based Unimorph Actuator using COMSOL Multiphysics

V. Tiwari[1], R. Sharma[1], G. Srivastava[1], R. Dwivedi[1]
[1]Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

Cantilever beam-type transducers have been in great demand and explored widely in the recent years, typically in thin film form because of their sensor and actuator applications. The piezoelectric cantilever is the most preferred structure employed in technological applications. Depending on the required flexural motion and sensitivities, these piezoelectric cantilevers can be used in unimorph, ...

Modeling and Simulation of the Rapid and Automated Measurement of Biofuel Blending in a Microfluidic Device under Pressure Driven Flow using COMSOL Multiphysics®

Sanket Goel[1], Venkateswaran PS[1], Rahul Prajesh[2], Ajay Agarwal[2]
[1]University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Bidholi, Prem Nagar, Dehradun, India
[2]CSIR - Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute,(CSIR-CEERI) Pilani, India

• Real-time detection and monitoring of bio-fuel blend-ratio and adulterated automobile fuels by a reproducible micro-fabrication process in a cost-and-time efficient manner. • COMSOL Multiphysics® simulations and modelling of Viscosity based Laminar Flow inside a Y-shaped Micro-fluidic Device. • Design and Fabrication of a polymer Y-shaped Micro-fluidic Device to work as Micro-Viscometer for ...

Near-Wall Dynamics of Microbubbles in an Acoustical Trap - new

L. Wright[1], G. Memoli[1], P. Jones[2], E. Stride[3]
[1]National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, UK
[2]University College London, London, UK
[3]University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Understanding the interactions between microbubbles and surfaces is key to the successful deployment of microbubbles in a range of applications. Two important examples are their use as a drug delivery mechanism, and their potential use of acoustically-driven bubbles as microscale sensors. Drug delivery with bubbles involves sonication at high frequency close to a boundary, and sensing with ...

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 ...

Thickness Optimization of a Piezoelectric Converter for Energy Harvesting

M. Guizzetti[1], V. Ferrari[1], D. Marioli[1], and T. Zawada[2]


[1]Dept. of Electronics for Automation, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy
[2]Meggitt, Ferroperm Piezoceramics A/S, Kvistgaard, Denmark

The conversion of mechanical energy from environmental vibrations into electrical energy is a key point for powering sensor nodes toward the development of autonomous sensor systems. Piezoelectric energy converters realized in a cantilever configuration are the most studied for this purpose. In order to improve the performances of the converter, the geometry has to be properly designed. In this ...

Heat Generation from Dielectric Loss, Internal Heat Generation and Vibration in COMSOL4.2 Multiphysics

T. R. Jeba, B. Vins, and V. Ramamoorthy
HCL Technologies

This paper presents a FEA approach to estimate temperature rise and thermal stress experienced in PZT/Solid structure due to internal heat generation and dynamic excitation. The power dissipative density consumed by structural damping of the mass structure, internal heat generation due to applied voltage and dielectric loss of the PZT material is first determined. The dissipative power is then ...

Ribbon Formation in Twist-Nematic Elastomers

L. Teresi[1], V. Varano[1]
[1]LaMS - Modelling & Simulation Lab, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Roma, Italy

Nematic Elastomers (NEs) possess both the elastic properties of rubbers and the orientational properties of liquid crystals. Those two properties makes the configuration of NEs very sensitive to isotropic-nematic phase transition. Our goal is to replicate with numerical experiments the phenomena of shape formation in Twist-Nematic Elastomers (TNEs): a flat bar evolves into a helicoidal shape ...