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Sample Preconcentration in Channels with Nonuniform Surface Charge and Thick Electric Double Layers

A. Eden [1], C. McCallum [1], B. Storey [2], C. D. Meinhart [1], S. Pennathur [1],
[1] University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
[2] Olin College, Needham, MA, USA

We present a novel method for concentrating and focusing small analytes by taking advantage of the nonuniform ion distributions produced by thick electric double layers (EDLs) in nanochannels with heterogeneous surface charge. Specifically, we apply a voltage bias to a gate electrode embedded within the channel wall, tuning the surface charge in a region of the channel and subsequently altering ...

A Modular Platform for Cell Characterization, Handling, and Sorting by Dielectrophoresis

S. Burgarella[1], B. Dell’Anna[2], V. Perna[1], G. Zarola[2], and S. Merlo[2]

[1]STMicroelectronics, Agrate Brianza, MI, Italy
[2]Dipartimento di Elettronica, Università degli Studi di Pavia, Pavia, Italy

Dielectrophoresis (DEP) is a method for cell manipulation without physical contact in lab-on-chip devices, since it exploits the dielectric properties of cells suspended in a microfluidic sample, under the action of locally generated high-gradient electric fields. The DEP platform that has been developed offers an integrated solution for customizable applications. Several functional units, ...

Expanding Your Materials Horizons

R. Pryor[1]
[1]Pryor Knowledge Systems, Inc. (COMSOL Certified Consultant), Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA

Materials and their related properties are intrinsically fundamental to the creation, development and solution of viable exploratory models when using numerical analysis software. In many cases, simply determining the location, availability and relative accuracy of the necessary material parameters for the physical behavior of even commonly employed design materials can be very difficult and ...

Design and Simulation of MEMS Based Gyroscope for Vestibular Prosthesis

R. Nithya[1], K. Kavitha[1], R. K. Shahana[1], A. Gupta[1], M. Alagappan[1]
[1]Department of Biomedical Engineering, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India

The primary function of the vestibular system is to provide the brain with information about the body\'s motion and orientation. The absence of this information causes blurred vision and spatial disorientation, vertigo, dizziness, imbalance, nausea, vomiting, and other symptoms often characterize dysfunction of the vestibular system. Our aim is to design vestibular prosthesis using COMSOL ...

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 ...

Design and Analysis of Fluid Structure Interaction for Elbow Shaped Micro Piping System - new

V. S. P. Rajesh[1]
[1]St. Mary's Group of Institutions, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Fluid and structure Interaction analysis can be applied to versatile fields of engineering applications, helps in understanding the affects of one material on other, thereby reducing the effect of physical parameters like nonlinear response, vibration in flow channel etc. Rapid development of technology led to the application of this Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) in Microfluidics based ...

Analysis of Geometrical Aspects of a Kelvin Probe

I. Kuehne [1], S. Ciba [1], A. Frey [2],
[1] Heilbronn University, Kuenzelsau, Germany
[2] University of Applied Sciences, Augsburg, Germany

The presented analysis investigates the capacitance characteristic of a Kelvin probe regarding the geometrical transition from a movable electrode plate to a narrow tip. Moreover, predictions can be done concerning optimum geometry, sensitivity and suitable electrical measurement circuitry. A further aim of this study is to provide optimal tip geometries for different sized Kelvin probes. This ...

A FEM Study of Displacement Sensor Based on Magnetostrictive/Piezoelectric Composite Material

Qingwei Liu [1], Hangjie Mo [1]
[1] Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

This paper studies the application of laminate magnetoelectric (ME) material in displacement sensor. We studied the L-L block composite thanks to designed structure by coupling displacement signal with the displacement potential of ME composite. A nonlinear approximation is adapted to modeling magnetostrictive phase and implemented in COMSOL Multiphysics® software. The simulation results ...

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 parallel pumping. A complete electro–fluid–solid mechanics coupling model for numerical simulation of strip ...

Simulation of a Thermoelectric Spiral Structure

A. Arevalo [1], J. P. Rojas [1], D. Conchouso [1], M. M. Hussain [1], I. G. Foulds [2]
[1] Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
[2] The University of British Columbia, School of Engineering, Okanagan Campus, Canada

Energy efficiency and harvest, speed and performance, flexibility and portability are key elements for innovation in the current consumer electronics markets. Thermoelectric Generators can convert energy from heat gradients into electricity. Every source of heat from an electronics device can potentially be used as a source of energy. This generators have the advantage of: being silent, compact, ...