Technical Papers and Presentations

Here you will find presentations given at COMSOL Conferences around the globe. The presentations explore the innovative research and products designed by your peers using COMSOL Multiphysics. Research topics span a wide array of industries and application areas, including the electrical, mechanical, fluid, and chemical disciplines. Use the Quick Search to find presentations pertaining to your application area.

Numerical Simulations of a Traveling Plane-Wave Actuator for Microfluidic Applications

A.F. Tabak, and S. Yesilyurt
Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey

Continuous forming and propagation of large planar deformations on a thin solid elastic film can create propulsion when the film is immersed in a fluid. In this work, we present a numerical analysis of the effect of traveling plane-wave deformations on an elastic-film actuator within a fluid medium inside a channel. In particular, we analyzed a micropump that consists of a wave actuator. ...

Development and Characterization of High Frequency Bulk Mode Resonators

H. Pakdast, Z. Davis
DTU Nanotech, Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

This article describes the development of a bulk mode resonator which can be employed for detection of bio/chemical species in liquids.  The goal is to understand the mechanical and electrical properties of a bulk mode resonator device which exhibit high frequency resonance modes and Q-factor. A high resonance frequency is desirable because a small change in the resonator’s mass, for ...

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 ...

Combined Analytical and Numerical Modeling of a Resonant MEMS Sensor for Viscosity and Mass Density Measurements

S. Cerimovic[1], R. Beigelbeck[2], H. Antlinger[3], J. Schalko[2], B. Jakoby[3], and F. Keplinger[1]
[1]Institute of Sensor and Actuator Systems, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
[2]Institute for Integrated Sensor Systems, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Wiener Neustadt, Austria
[3]Institute for Microelectronics and Microsensors, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Linz, Austria

A resonant MEMS sensor for viscosity and mass density measurements of liquids was modeled. The device is based on Lorentz-force excitation and features an integrated piezoresistive readout. The core sensing element is a rectangular vibrating plate suspended by four beam springs. The liquid surrounding the plate influences the resonant behavior of the system. Thus, evaluating the properties of ...

Multiphysics Modeling of Nanoparticle Detection - Current Status and Collaboration Sought

D. Krizaj[1], I. Iskra[2], Z. Topcagic[1], and M. Remskar[2]
[1]University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Ljubljana, Slovenia
[2]Institut Jozef Stefan, Ljubljana, Slovenia

We are developing nanoparticle detector for airborn particles. The detection principle is based on condensation of nanoparticles forming micron sized water droplets and detection of the droplets by a capacitive type nanodetector. We have successfully performed some experimental evaluations of the detection principle and are in the stage of optimization of several parts of the system. As shown ...

Dimensioning simultaneous polymerase chain reactions (PCR) in capillary tubes

Berthier, J., Chatelain, F.

Polymerase chain reaction is the most usual way to amplify DNA strands for detection and biorecognition. However efficient biorecognition requires to perform many different PCRs at the same time. We present here a new concept of simultaneous PCRs in capillary tubes and more specifically the dimensioning of such a microsystem. The concept consists in performing different PCRs in annular rings ...

Mechanical model of electrostatically actuated shunt switch

Eriksson, A.
Uppsala Universitet

A component used in RF-MEMS systems is the electrostatically actuated shunt switch. We show how this type of switch can be simulated using a simple mechanical FEMLAB model where electrostatic forces are modelled by a pressure load. The static as well as dynamic properties of the switch are analysed, e.g. static pull in and pull out voltages and displacements, dynamic switch up and down times ...

A microfluidic assay design for real-time bacterial chemotaxis studies

Koser, H., Kaya, T., Mao, L.
Department of Electrical Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, CT

We have developed a novel, multilayered microfluidic chamber that enables the realtime quantitative study of chemotaxis on virtually all types of motile cells. In this paper, we present a FEMLAB modeling study of the 3D chamber design, including a consideration of each device iteration that successively led to the eventual design. The final chamber design is able to create and maintain an ...

Designing and Simulating the Performance Analysis of Piezoresistive Fluid Flow Pressure Sensor

K. PraveenKumar[1], P. Suresh[1], K. Subash[1], M. Alagappan[1], A. Gupta[1]
[1]PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.

In this work, we present the performance analysis of novel micro machined Piezoresistive fluid flow pressure sensor using COMSOL Multiphysics. The principle of the sensing mechanism is based on the deflection of four sensing layers embedded on a thin membrane. The fluid passes through the layer causes the deflection of the sensing layer which measures the pressure of the fluid. The following ...

A Magnetically Driven Micro-Mixing Device and its Numerical Analysis

A. M. Morega1, J. C. Ordonez2, and M. Morega1
1Politehnica University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
2Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA

In this paper, we present a FEM model of a mixing MEMS μTAS device. A quasistatic magnetic field, produced by sequentially switched DC currents advected through conductors embedded in the device substrate beneath the flow channel, is used to mix the working magnetic fluid, while it is forced to flow through a rib walled channel. The body forces in the magnetized fluid perturb the otherwise ...

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