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Engineers, researchers, and scientists across industries use multiphysics simulation to research and develop innovative product designs and processes. Find inspiration in technical papers and presentations they have presented at the COMSOL Conference. Browse the selection below or use the Quick Search tool to find a specific presentation or filter by application area.
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MEMS and Nanotechnologyx

Active Control of MEMS Resonator Parameters via Electromechanical Feedback

M. Hodjat-Shamami [1], F. Ayazi [1],
[1] Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA

MEMS resonators have been recently adopted in a wide variety of timing, sensing, and actuation applications. The ability to control the dynamics of resonance, namely the resonance frequency and quality factor of these resonators is crucial in achieving high precision performance within ... Read More

COMSOL API Based Toolbox for the Mixed-Level Modeling of Squeeze-Film Damping in MEMS: Simulation and Experimental Validation

M. Niessner[1], G. Schrag[1], J. Iannacci[2], and G. Wachutka[1]
[1]Institute for Physics of Electrotechnology, Munich University of Technology, Munich, Germany
[2]MEMS Research Unit, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Povo di Trento, Italy

We present an easy-to-use toolbox for the automated generation of reduced-order mixed-level models for the evaluation of squeeze-film damping in microelectromechanical systems. The toolbox is programmed in JAVA and heavily exploits the functionality provided by the COMSOL API. The ... Read More

Design and Analysis of Micro-tweezers with Alumina as Gripper Using COMSOL Multiphysics

V. S. Selvakumar, M. S. Gowtham, M. Saravanan, S. Suganthi, and L. Sujatha
Rajalakshmi Engineering College
Chennai, India

Micro-tweezers have been widely investigated because of their extensive applications in micro-fluidics technology, microsurgery and tissue-engineering. It has been reported that thermal actuation provides greater forces and easier control when compared to electrostatic micro ... Read More

Analysis of Fluid Pumping with a Throttle Type Piezoelectric Micro Pump

B. Pe?ar[1], D. Križaj[1], D. Vrta?nik[1], D. Resnik[1], U. Aljan?i?[1], M. Možek[1], T. Dolžan[1], A. Slavko[1]
[1]Faculty of Electrical Engineering, UNI of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Operation of a modified type microthrottle (MT) pump is analyzed by numerical simulation. Conventional MT pumps have disk type piezoelectric membranes while the analyzed type has a membrane of a rectangular shape. This could be advantageous in case the pump is stacked into an array for ... Read More

Passive Microsensor Based on LC Resonators for Substance Identification

D.A. Sanz Becerra[1], E.A. Unigarro Calpa[1], J. Osma[1], F. Segura[1]
[1]Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

A scheme for inductive wireless powering and readout of passive LC sensor is presented. The sensor’s inductor is designed as a planar square coil and is used as the power receiving component. The capacitor is connected directly to the inductor and it was designed as an interdigital ... Read More

Void Shape Evolution of Silicon Simulation in COMSOL Multiphysics®

C. Grau Turuelo[1], B. Bergmann[1], C. Breitkopf[1]
[1]Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany

The void shape evolution of a trench patterned silicon substrate results in diverse cavities by varying initial conditions. The size and the arrangement of the initial trenches are decisive for the transformation process besides the annealing conditions which are, in fact, time and ... Read More

Carbon Nanotube Based Mass Sensor Using Atomic Resolution Nanomechanical Resonators

M. Roshini[1], G .B. Priyanga[1], K. C. Devi[1]
[1]PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

The objective of this paper is to design and simulate Carbon Nano-Tube (CNT) based mass sensor that determines extremely low measures of molecules using COMSOL Multiphysics® software. The ultimate goal of this nanomechanical resonator sensor is that it allows detection at single ... Read More

FEM Analysis of MEMS Capacitive Presure Sensor with Segmented Boss Structure for Diaphragm

A. K. Ramesh [1], P. Ramesh [1],
[1]College of Engineering Munnar, Munnar, Kerala, India

Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) based capacitive pressure sensor designs with improved sensitivity is always a matter of great concern and the recent developments in such a design is the MEMS capacitive pressure sensor with bossed diaphragm.The bossed diaphragm model improves ... Read More

Electron Trajectories in Scanning Field-Emission Microscopy

H. Cabrera [1],
[1] Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland

The Scanning Field Emission Microscopy (SFEM) is a novel technology similar to the better known Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM). In STM, electrons are exchanged between the outermost atom of a sharp tip and the outermost atom of a target over sub-nanometer distances by means of the ... Read More

High Coupling Factor Piezoelectric Materials for Bending Actuators: Analytical and Finite Elements Modeling Results

I.A. Ivan[1], M. Rakotondrabe[1], and N. Chaillet[1]
[1]FEMTO-ST Institute, University of Franche-Comte, Besançon, France

New giant piezoelectric factor materials such as PMN-PT and PZN-PT were researched during the last decade and are actually becoming commercially available. As they seem very attractive for actuator designs, we studied their potential in replacing PZT ceramics. In a first comparative ... Read More