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MEMS Based Tactile Sensors for Robotic Surgery

V. Nivethitha[1], S. P. Rakavi[1], K. C. Devi[1]
[1]PSG College Of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

In this work, a piezoelectric tactile sensor will be designed and simulated using COMSOL Multiphysics®. The sensor is designed in order to assess the pressure exerted on the human body while the robotic surgery is performed. The sensor consists of a rigid and compliant cylindrical element. A circular PDMS (Polydimethylsiloxane) film is sandwiched between the rigid cylinder and the base plate to ...

Finite Element Analysis of Contact Studies of Radio Frequency MEMs Switch Membranes

J. Liu [1], V. B. Chalivendra [1], C. Goldsmith [1], W. Huang [1]
[1] University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA, USA

Radio frequency (RF) micro-electro mechanical system (MEMS) switch works in on/off modes controlled by electrostatic forces. In off mode, rough surfaces of electrodes come into a contact. Membrane contact surfaces have complex surface roughness patterns and the mechanical contact problem is very challenging to understand. The capability to predict contact quality becomes extremely important to ...

CFD-based Evaluation of Drag Force on a Sphere Unsteadily Moving Perpendicularly toward a Solid Surface: a Simple Model of a Biological Spring, Vorticella Convallaria

S. Ryu[1], and P. Matsudaira[2]
[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
[2]Department of Biology and Bioengineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

Vorticella convallaria, a sessile peritrich ciliate having a contractile stalk, is regarded as a model biological spring because of its remarkably fast contraction. Because the cell body shrinks to sphere-like shape during contractions, it can be assumed to be a sphere moving in quiescent water, and Vorticella’s contraction force has been evaluated with Stokes’ law. In this study, we ...

Chip Drop After Silver Sintering Process

M.H. Poech[1], M. Weiß[1], and K. Gruber[1]

[1]Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology, Itzehoe, Germany

Since a couple of years, sintering becomes more and more important for power electronics. To press a semiconductor under high temperature in silver paste on a substrate promises benefits for durability. Tests with semiconductors of different thickness expose some problems. After the cool down, some of them fall slightly from the substrate. Stress in the boundary layer, caused by different ...

Study of Artificial Molecular Engines Action Through COMSOL Multiphysics® Program

L. Moro[1], F. Lugli[1], and F. Zerbetto[1]

[1]Department of Chemistry “G. Ciamician”, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Rotaxanes are a class of molecules recently developed in laboratory that have been heralded as possible molecular motors. The motor is constituted by a linear molecule (thread) and a ring-shaped molecule (macrocycle), which is free to move along the thread, switching between two, or more, energetically stable interaction points (stations). Molecular motors start their functioning far from ...

Passive Microsensor Based on LC Resonators for Substance Identification

D.A. Sanz Becerra[1], E.A. Unigarro Calpa[1], J. Osma[1], F. Segura[1]
[1]Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

A scheme for inductive wireless powering and readout of passive LC sensor is presented. The sensor’s inductor is designed as a planar square coil and is used as the power receiving component. The capacitor is connected directly to the inductor and it was designed as an interdigital capacitor. With a transmitting coil (coupling antenna), an electromagnetic field is generated which couples with ...

Simulation of an AlN Thin Film Resonator for High Sensitivity Mass Sensors

M. Maitra [1], H. B. Nemade [1], S. Kundu [1],
[1] Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, Assam, India

The objective of this paper is to show the simulation of a piezoelectric thin film device and its application as a sensor. Piezoelectric aluminum nitride thin film clamped at two ends is simulated using COMSOL Multiphysics software. The device consists of the piezoelectric thin film suspended on a cavity etched on a silicon substrate. Two metal electrodes are placed at the two fixed sides of the ...

A Novel Free-standing Evanescent Waveguide for Sensing

X. Meng [1], Y. Xin [1], P. French [1],
[1] Department of Microelectronics, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherland

Introduction The monitoring of bacteria concentration in drain fluid is the most common way to estimate the success of a colon surgery. However, the lack of efficient method to follow the development of E.coli in drain fluid after surgery is often fatal to the patient. The proposed device can reduce the diagnostic time to a few minutes with a low cost solution. In this investigation, a MEMS ...

Electro-Thermal Modeling of High Power Light Emitting Diodes Based on Experimental Device Characterization  

T. Lopez[1], and T. Margalith[2]

[1]Philips Research, Aachen, Germany
[2]Philips Lumileds Lighting Company, San Jose, CA, USA

This paper presents a 3D finite element model in COMSOL for the electro-thermal analysis of high power light emitting diodes (LEDs). The proposed model and implementation approach require basic electrical and optical parameters that may be experimentally derived with the aid of advanced post-processing techniques. Extensive experimental validation reveals the capability of the model to ...

Modeling of Vibrating Atomic Force Microscope´s Cantilever within Different Frames of Reference

E. Kamau, and F. Voigt
University of Oldenburg, Germany

Cantilever vibration modes were simulated with COMSOL Multiphysics. In the 1st approach the model consisted of an excitation piezo, a holder plate and a chip where the cantilever was mounted on. A sinusoidal voltage signal was applied to the piezo in the simulation, which resulted in movements of the holder plate and finally led to the excitation of the cantilever. In the 2nd approach the model ...