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Electric Field Density Distribution for Cochlear Implant Electrodes

N.S. Lawand[1], J. van Driel[2], P.J. French[2]
[1]Electronic Instrumentation Laboratory (EILab), Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS), Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
[2]Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

Cochlear Implants are implantable devices which bypasses the non-functional inner ear and directly stimulates the hearing nerve with electric currents thus enabling deaf people to experience sound again. Implant electrode array design is limited in electrode count, due to their large size in accordance to scala tympani (ST) with restrictions for deeper insertion in ST thus depriving access to ...

Design and Simulation of MEMS-based Piezoelectric Accelerometer

Siram Sai Krishna[1], Nuti Venkata Subrahmanya Ayyappa Sai[1], Dr.K.Srinivasa Rao[2]
[1]Lakireddy Bali Reddy College of Engineering, Mylavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India
[2]Professor & HOD, Dept. of Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering, Lakireddy Bali Reddy College of Engineering, Mylavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

The Micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) technology provides us a platform to interface between mechanical and electrical components. In this paper, we have designed MEMS accelerometer based on piezoelectric property, and simulated using COMSOL Multiphysics®. The design, which has PZT kept in the annular diaphragm, provides good sensitivity. When this accelerometer is subjected to stress ...

Actively Controlled Ionic Current Gating In Nanopores

G. Zhang[1], S. Bearden[1]
[1]Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

It is necessary to understand and control nanopore behavior in order to develop biosensors for a variety of applications including DNA sequencing. The fluidics of nanopore devices we fabricated exhibits a range of interesting phenomena, such as enhanced conductance and current rectification. By electrically biasing nanopores, we were able to actively control the nanopore conductance in real time ...

Modeling of Directional Dependence in Nanowire Flow Sensor - new

A. Piyadasa[1,3], P. Gao[1,2,3]
[1]Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA
[2]Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA
[3]Institute of Materials Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA

3D finite element analysis model has been constructed for testing the directional dependence in a novel form of nanowire array gas flow sensor. Single nanowire (p-type single crystal Silicon) model is developed using fluid structure interaction and piezoresistivity components in the MEMS Module for COMSOL Multiphysics® software. Change in resistivity tensor due to induced stress in the nanowire ...

Optimization of Microstructures Used in CMOS-MEMS Devices Based on a Topological Design Process

J. Mares-Carreño [1], G. S. Abarca-Jiménez [2], M. A. Reyes-Barranca [2],
[1] Escuela Superior de Ingeniería Mecánica y Eléctrica, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Ciudad de Mexico, D.F., Mexico
[2] Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico

The paper exhibits the process followed to obtain the geometry of a support for a MEMS inertial sensor by means of a topology optimization process. The SIMP method is used for the optimization process in which the objective is to obtain a support structure with a minimum rigidity expressed by a maximum allowed displacement in a stablished work direction. In the application of the SIMP method a ...

Nanofluidic Analyte Preconcentration Using Fluid Field-Effect Diodes

A. Eden [1], K. Scida [1], J. C. T. Eijkel [2], C. D. Meinhart [1], S. Pennathur [1],
[1] University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
[2] University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands

Introduction Throughout the field of micro- and nanoscale electrokinetics, floating bipolar electrodes (BPEs) have proven to be useful in manipulating charged ionic species and biomolecules for electroanalytical studies. The growing use of integrated electronics in working towards fully functional lab-on-chip devices has led to the development of BPE applications ranging from analyte ...

Coupled Electromagnetic - Dynamic FEM Simulation of A High Frequency MEMS Energy Harvester

E. Topal
Middle East Technical University
Ankara
Turkey

In this study, a detailed finite element model coupling the motion dynamics and electromagnetics of a diaphragm based MEMS vibration energy harvester is presented. The energy harvester converts low frequency vibrations to high frequency response by magnetic actuation of a diaphragm carrying coils. AC/DC, Solid Mechanics and Moving Mesh (ALE) modules are coupled together in one 3-D model to ...

Studies of Lead Free Piezo-Electric Materials Based Ultrasonic MEMS Model for Bio sensor

P. Pattanaik[1], S. K. Kamilla[1], D. P. Das[2], S. K. Pradhan[3]
[1]MEMS Design Center, Institute of Technical Education & Research (ITER), Sikhya ‘O’ Anushandhan University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
[2]Process Engineering and Instrumentation Lab, Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IMMT), Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
[3]Dept of ECE, Hi-Tech Institute of Technology, Khurda, Odisha, India

This paper describes the design of an ultrasonic transducer using different lead free piezo-electric materials and evaluates their performance with different glucose levels in the human blood. COMSOL Multiphysics 4.2a was used for the simulation study using 2D axis symmetric model of piezoelectric transducer which was designed with lead free piezoelectric materials such as Barium Sodium Niobate ...

Time-Dependent Study of Pressure Waves Generated by Square Array MEMS Ultrasound Transducers

M. A. G. Suijlen [1], R. J. Woltjer [1],
[1] Novioscan, Nijmegen, Netherlands

For non-imaging wearable ultrasound applications Novioscan is developing piezoelectric MEMS transducers. These transducers consist of a large array of micromechanical silicon membranes with piezoelectrically actuated regions to generate an out-of-plane displacement causing a pressure wave in the adjacent medium. For a typical application of echo sounding in a human body such transducers operate ...

Simulation and Fabrication of Wireless Passive MEMS Pressure Sensor

E.A. Unigarro Calpa[1], D.A. Sanz Becerra[1], A. Arciniegas[2], F. Ramirez[1], F. Segura-Quijano[1]
[1]Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
[2]Instituto Barraquer de América, Bogotá, Colombia

A wireless passive pressure sensor and the measurement system were design and simulated using COMSOL 4.3. The sensor is based on MEMS capacitor attached to a planar inductor for wireless powering and readout. An external coil is used for the measuring system. The pressure to be measured compresses the MEMS capacitor and changes sensor\'s resonance frequency. COMSOL 4.3 was used for the analysis ...