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.

Two-axis Analysis of Micromirror Using Electrothermal Actuators For Optical Switching Applications

B.Bharanipriyaa[1], V.S.Selvakumar[1], L. Sujatha[1]
[1] National MEMS Design Center, Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Thandalam, Chennai,Tamil Nadu, India

Micro Mirrors is a versatile device which has been gaining popularity and this finds application in fields such as optical switching, display and in medical fields for non-invasive imaging. A thermally actuated mirror moves in either positive or negative directions of x and y. The ends of thermal actuators are attached to the edges of the mirror. Thus when voltage is applied to the thermal ...

DNA Interactions in Crowded Nanopores

K. Misiunas[1], N. Laohakunakorn[1], S. Ghosal[2], O. Otto[1], U. F. Keyser[1]
[1]University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
[2]Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA

The motion of DNA in crowded environments is a common theme in physics and biology. Examples include gel electrophoresis and the self-interaction of DNA within cells and viral capsids. Here we study the interaction of multiple DNA molecules within a nanopore by tethering the DNA to a bead held in a laser optical trap to produce a "molecular tug-of-war". We measure this tether force as a function ...

Thermally Induced-Noise Reduction Using an Electrostatic Force Feedback

H. Lee, and J.V. Clark
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

In this paper we present a method to mitigate the effect of thermally-induced noise in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) through a force feedback circuit. Inherent noise-induced vibrations, which would be inconsiderable in macro scale, are considered as a limitation in micro- and nano- scale since it diminishes the high performance of MEMS devices. For instance, depending on the stiffness ...

Magnetic Nanoparticles for Novel Granular Spintronic Devices

A. Regtmeier[1], A. Weddemann[2], I. Ennen[3], and A. Hütten[1]
[1]Dept. of Physics, Thin Films and Physics of Nanostructures, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany
[2]Dept. of Elect. Eng. and Comp. Science, Lab. for Electromagnetic and Electronic Syst., MIT, Cambridge, MA
[3]Institute of Solid State Physics, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria

Superparamagnetic nanoparticles have a wide range of applications in modern electric devices. Recent developments have identi fied them as components for a new type of magnetoresistance sensor. We propose a model for the numeric evaluation of the sensor properties. Based on the solutions of the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation for a set of homogeneously magnetized spheres arranged in highly ...

Multiphysics Simulations for the Design of Probe-Heads Micro-Needles

A. Corigliano[1], A. Courard[1], G. Cocchetti[1], P. Gagliardi[1], L. Magagnin[1], R. Vallauri[2], D. Acconcia[2]
[1]Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy
[2]Technoprobe, Cernusco Lombardone, Italy

The paper presents recent results concerning the experimental mechanical characterization, the numerical modeling and the design of micro-needles used in the construction of probe heads for wafer testing. A fully coupled electro-thermal model was created using COMSOL and combined to a research-oriented thermo-mechanical Finite Element (FE) code in order to accurately reproduce the micro-needle ...

COMSOL Multiphysics Applied to MEMS Simulation and Design

Dr. Piotr Kropelnicki[1]
Mu Xiao Jing[1]
Wan Chia Ang[1]
Cai Hong[1]
Andrew B. Randles[1]

[1]Institute of Microelectronics, Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore, Singapore

In this research, we performed multiple COMSOL Multiphysics® simulations. We analyzed the dispersion curves of waves in a LAMB wave pressure sensor; simulated a thin metal film in a microbolometer and observed the resulting stress; investigated the thermal behavior of an acoustic wave microbolometer; and modeled the fluid-structure interaction (FSI) for piezoelectric-based energy harvesting from ...

Dynamic Observation of Magnetic Particles in Continuous Flow Devices by Tunneling Magnetoresistance 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

Dynamic measurement of magnetic particles in continuous flow devices is made very difficult by the limitations imposed by the sensors themselves. Thus, certain sensor layouts are restricted to either number sensitive or spatial resolutive measurements of magnetic particles. We investigate different new strategies to increase the detection threshold and introduce designs accomplishing both: ...

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 ...

Computational Micro Fluid Dynamics: Part 1: Basic Principles and Simulation

F. Schönfeld
Institut für Mikrotechnik Mainz, Fluidik und Simulation, Mainz

The development of micro-TAS, Lab-on-a-Chip-systems and micro-reactors relies on the extensive use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The presentation aims to highlight specific µ-fluidic features, adequate simulation methods and benefits in context with the design of microfluidic systems. A case study discusses the modeling and characterization of a microfluidic device combining ...

Development of Surface Micromachinable Capacitive Accelerometer using Fringe Electrical Field

S. Aoyagi1, and Y.-C. Tai2
1Robot & Microsystem Laboratory, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan
2Caltech Micromachining Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA

A new type of accelerometer is demonstrated which consists of a dielectric seismic mass and a comb-shaped planar capacitor underneath it. The simple structure of the device allows the use of polymer Parylene as the proof mass, so the technology is greatly simplified and only surface micromachining is required. The measuring principle is detecting capacitance change according to the dielectric ...

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