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.

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

E. Topal
Middle East Technical University

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 ...

Simulation of Thermal Sensor for Thermal Control of a Satellite using COMSOL

G. Mangalgiri
BITS Pilani
Zuarinagar, Goa

Spacecrafts have a prime necessity that their temperature be controlled. This paper presents the simulation of a mechanically actuated field effect transistor that is used in a thermal system. It comprises of a composite beam, a piezoelectric substrate and a field effect transistor. The temperature rise causes a deflection in the composite beam thereby causing it to impinge on the piezoelectric ...

3D Stationary and Temporal Electro-Thermal Simulations of Metal Oxide Gas Sensor Based on a High Temperature and Low Power Consumption Micro-Heater Structure

N. Dufour[1], C. Wartelle[2], P. Menini[1]
[1]LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France
[2]Renault, Guyancourt, France

The aim of this work was to simulate the electro-thermal behavior of a micro-hotplate used as a gas sensor, in order to compare the obtained results with a real structure. The structure has been designed in 3D and a stationary and a temporal study has been realized.

Numerical and Experimental Evaluation for Measurement of a Single Red Blood Cell Deformability Using a Microchannel and Electric Sensors

K. Tatsumi[1]
[1]Kyoto University, Kyoto City, Kyoto, Japan

An electric micro-resistance sensor that can continuously measure the deformability of a single red blood cell (RBC) in a microchannel and a numerical model that can simulate the resistance and capacitance of the cell membrane and cytoplasm are developed and improved. The resistance signal pattern between the electrodes is measured to evaluate the feasibility of the present sensor, using the ...

Detection of Magnetic Particles by Magnetoresistive Sensors

A. Weddemann[1], A. Auge[1], F. Wittbracht[1], C. Albon[1], and A. Hütten[1]
[1]Department of Physics, Thin Films and Physics of Nanostructures, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

In this work, we demonstrate the implementation of the micromagnetic equations for the description of ferromagnetic thin films in COMSOL Multiphysics®. We apply our model to magnetoresistive sensors consisting of several soft ferromagnetic layers and their response to magnetic particles. The magnetization dynamic of the particles needs to be described in a similar manner, though due to size ...

COMSOL Multiphysics Modeling of Rotational Resonant MEMS Sensors with Electrothermal Drive

S. Nelson[1], and M. Guvench[1]
[1]University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Maine, USA

COMSOL Multiphysics is employed to model, simulate and predict the performance of a high Q, in-plane rotational resonating MEMS sensor. The resonating sensor disk is driven by thermal expansion and contraction of the support tethers due to AC joule heating. The resonant frequency is sensed by stationary contacts. For cost reduction, the relatively simple, low cost SOIMUMPS fabrication process is ...

Designing an Array of Nanocalorimeters for Screening Biochemical Interactions

F. Torres
Palo Alto Research Center

In this presentation we present our analysis of the PARC Nanocalorimeter. Calorimetry is basically the measuring of heat of chemical reactions or physical changes. Nanocalorimetry is Calorimetry at the Nanometer scale. The PARC Nanocalorimeter is a special type of Calorimeter, it consists of arrays of Nanocalorimeters. The PARC Nanocalorimeter is intended to be used for screening biochemical ...

Visions Realized: Using COMSOL Multiphysics to Prepare Students for the Modern World

Bruce A. Finlayson
University of Washington
Washington, USA

This talk demonstrates the success in teaching chemical engineering undergraduates to use COMSOL Multiphysics (FEMLAB) to solve realistic problems in a project format. Undergraduates have been creative and solved problems much more difficult than those in their textbooks, thus gaining a deeper understanding of transport processes. Illustrations are also given how they check to see they’ve ...

Design of Passive Micromixers using the COMSOL Multiphysics software package

M. Itomlenskis, P. Fodor, and M. Kaufman

Physics Department, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH, USA

Relief patterning of the surface of microchannels has been actively pursued as a method of promoting mixing in systems with a low Reynold’s number (<<100). In this work, we explore, by using the COMSOL Multiphysics package and its Chemical Engineering Module, the possibility of enhancing the mixing quality of two fluids in a microchannel with a non-periodic fractal pattern of ridges ...

Advanced Application of an Automated Generative Tool for MEMS Based on COMSOL Multiphysics

F. Bolognini
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, UK

This work presents a different use of COMSOL as an integrated component of a computational tool framework used to automate designs creation. CNS-Burst is a computational synthesis method that has been implemented with the aim of automatically generating solutions to an assigned design task. COMSOL is integrated in the method and used to evaluate the performance of the design solutions found. ...

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