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Platform Isolation Using Out-of-Plane Complaint Mechanisms - new

A. Arevalo[1], E. Rawashdeh[1], I. G. Foulds[2]
[1]Computer, Electrical & Mathematical Sciences & Engineering Division (CEMSE), King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
[2]School of Engineering, University of British Columbia - Okanagan, Vancouver, BC, Canada

This paper reports the structural solid mechanic simulation of a MEMS out-of-plane platform that provides thermal and electrical isolation for a device built on it. When assemble, the platform lifted for approximately 400 μm above the substrate level. A mechanical stress analysis is then presented in order to evaluate the feasibility of building it using commonly used materials in MEMS. Our ...

Numerical Analysis of the Phase Change in High Power Latent Heat Storages with 3D Wire Structures

A. Schlott [1], J. Hörstmann [2], O. Andersen [1], J. Meinert [1],
[1] Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM, Branch Lab Dresden, Dresden, Germany
[2] Denso Automotive Deutschland GmbH, Department Heat Exchanger Application, Eching, Germany

Latent heat storage devices use the melting enthalpy of a so-called phase change material (PCM) to store thermal energy. Open porous metals, such as 3D wire structures, allow the design of systems with tailored storage capacity and power. A geometric unit cell was identified, modelled and COMSOL Multiphysics® was used to investigate the transient behavior of the PCM melting front. By choosing ...

Design of a Microreactor for Microwave Organic Synthesis through Microwave Heating Simulations

W. H. Lee[1], K. Jensen[1]
[1]Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

We will present the issues of a microreactor setup designed for microwave organic synthesis and demonstrate how COMSOL Multiphysics® is used to understand the mechanism of microwave heating and improve the microreactor design. The RF Module was used for the electromagnetics and solid heat transfer simulations of a CEM Discover microwave unit, while the Heat Transfer and CFD Modules were used the ...

Finite Element Analysis of Transient Ballistic-Diffusive Heat Transfer in Two-Dimensional Structures - new

S. Hamian[1], T. Yamada[2], M. Faghri[3], K. Park[1]
[1]University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
[2]Lund University, Lund, Sweden
[3]University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, USA

For the last two centuries, the conventional Fourier heat conduction equation has been used for modeling a diffusive nature of macroscale heat conduction by considering the energy conservation and Fourier's linear approximation of heat flux. However, it cannot accurately predict heat transport when the length scale is comparable to or smaller than the mean free path of thermal energy carriers or ...

Plasma Edge Simulations by Finite Elements using COMSOL

C. Hollenstein, and A. Howling
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Finite elements using COMSOL Multiphysics have been used to simulate the edge plasma in a large area capacitively coupled RF reactor. In order to reduce numerical difficulties simplified reactor edge geometries have been used. First results show the importance of electrostatic double layers within this plasma. In addition the non-uniform behaviour of the plasma sheath around convex and ...

Modeling Implementation of Smart Materials such as Shape Memory Alloys and Electro-Active Metamaterials

Manuel Collet
Femto-STInstitute UMR CNRS 6174 Dept Applied Mechanics,
Besancon, France

Manuel Collet is a member of the Department of Applied Mechanics of the FEMTO-ST Institute. He graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lyon in 1992 and obtained his PhD in 1996 about Active control of vibrating structures by mean of semi distributed piezoelectric patches. His main research lines currently involve smart structures and active Control, ...

Thermal Modeling in a Historical Building - Improving Thermal Comfort Through the Siting of a Passive Mass of Phase Change Material - new

D. Groulx[1], F. Herbinger[1], L. Desgrosseilliers[1]
[1]Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

A model of an office room was created in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software to simulate heat transfer and study the impact of siting a mass of phase change material (PCM) in a room to increase thermal comfort. This study determined that incorporating the selected PCM, butyl stearate, in the ceiling and in the floor did not alter the temperature of the room significantly after one hour. ...

Investigation on Sensor Fault Effects of Piezoelectric Transducers on Wave Propagation and Impedance Measurements

I. Buethe[1], C.-P. Fritzen[1]
[1]University of Siegen, Institute of Mechanics and Control Engineering-Mechatronics, Siegen, Germany

For active Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), one popular sensor type is the piezoelectric wafer active sensor (PWAS) due to its multi-purpose application as actuator and sensor and its low cost. It is used to generate a wave field, which interacts with the structure and is recorded by a second set of PWASs. This method is called acousto ultrasonics. The change in wave field from transducer ...

Embedded Microfluidic/Thermoelectric Generation System for Self-Cooling of Electronic Devices - new

R. Kiflemariam[1], H. Fekramandi[1], C. Lin[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA

A 3D electro-conjugate heat transfer model was made to study an embedded microfluidic/TEG system (μF/TEG) system. An innovative embedded microfluidic/TEG system (μF/TEG) system is proposed which enables a device to be able to provide power to its cooling system eliminating external power input and resulting in energy efficient and more reliable heat removal system. The research identifies ...

Multiphysics Analysis of a 130 GHz Klystron

A. Leggieri [1], D. Passi [1], R. Citroni [1], G. Saggio [1], F. Di Paolo [1]
[1] Dept. of Electronic Engineering, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy

The multiphysics analysis of a 130 GHz klystron is described in this paper. Critical quantities are exposed to multiple physics effects acting on narrow dimensions modified by power dissipations. The proposed device uses an integrated injection/bunching section described in last COMSOL Conference appointment. In order to stabilize electromagnetic behavior in thermo-mechanical operative ...