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Simulation of a Micro-Scale Out-of-plane Compliant Mechanism - new

E. Rawashdeh[1], A. Arevalo[1], D. Castro[1], I. G. Foulds[2], N. Dechev[3]
[1]Computer, Electrical & Mathematical Sciences & Engineering Division (CEMSE), King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
[2]School of Engineering, Okanagan Campus, The University of BC, Vancouver, BC, Canada
[3]University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

In this work we present the simulation of a micro-scale large displacement compliant mechanism called the Tsang suspension. It consists of a flat micro-plate anchored down by two springs on either side, that can rotate out-of-plane and maintain its vertical assembly by a simple single-axis actuation. COMSOL Mutliphysics® software was used to simulate these devices and extract the reaction forces ...

Effects of Solvers on Finite Element Analysis in COMSOL Multiphysics® Software - new

C. Ravi[1]
[1]Siemens Technology and Services Private Limited, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Introduction: Solver section of FEA plays a very important role; it takes the input from the preprocessor and solves millions of equations using numerical methods. Capability of any analysis tools can be measured based on the solver. Understanding the nature and operation of various structural solid mechanics solvers is the interest of the present study. Results: Contact pressure is ...

Numerical Evidence of Unrest-Related Electromagnetic Effects in the Campi Flegrei Caldera, Italy

G. Perillo [1], G. De Natale [2], M. G. Di Giuseppe [2], A. Troiano [2], C. Troise [2],
[1] University of Naples Parthenope, Naples, Italy
[2] INGV – Osservatorio Vesuviano, Naples, Italy

Electric, magnetic and electromagnetic (em) methods are widely used to monitor active volcanoes. A review of such applications is presented in Johnston (cit). Em signals were recorded in correspondence of numerous volcanic eruptions, for example in the case of the Mt. Unzen in Giapppone, of Merapi in Indonesia, Etna in Italy and during rapid deformation in Long Valley in California. ...

Thermo Mechanical Behavior of Heat Exchangers

A. Chidley, F. Roger, and A. Traidia
ENSTA Paristech, Palaiseau, France

Nowadays, to go along with sustainable development and for cost matters, automotive heat exchangers are built with less and less aluminum and the process costs are being cut. However, the real mechanical response is a plastic shakedown, which is why we need to model the cyclic response as well as to find a fatigue criterion. A finite element model was developed using COMSOL Multiphysics to ...

Design of Pressure Measuring Cells Using the Unified Material Law

P. Aguirre[1], F. Figueroa[1]
[1]Sensor Technik Wiedemann GmbH, Kaufbeuren, Bayern, Germany

Pressure Sensors are widely used in the automotive industry. Their main use is the dynamic monitoring of pressure inside combustion engines. To achieve a good signal accuracy, the design of pressure sensors can be improved with FEM calculations of stress and strains on the measuring cell depending on their geometry and material properties. The geometry is adapted according to a special ...

Multiscale Damage Detection in Conductive Composites

R. C. Thiagarajan
ATOA Scientific Technologies Private Limited, Bangalore, India

Conductive Composites such as carbon fiber reinforced composites are increasingly used in safety critical aerospace applications. The catastrophic macro structural failure of composite structures initiates from a micro level failure event such as fiber breaks. The ability to detect damage early on can improve the safety level and reliability of composite structures. A multilevel self-sensing ...

Computing the Influence Functions of an Adaptive Optics Large Deformable Mirror: the Numerical Method and the Experimental Data

R. Biasi[1], D. Gallieni[2], A. Riccardi[3], R. Briguglio[3], C. Del Vecchio[3]
[1]Microgate Srl, Bolzano, Italy
[2]ADS International Srl, Valmadrera (LC), Italy
[3]National Institute for Astrophysics - Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory - Firenze, Italy

Adaptive Optics units are mounted on many large telescopes, thus enabling diffraction-limited astronomical images through compensation of the effects of atmospheric turbulence. The design of the control system of the Deformable Mirror includes a feed-forward block, aimed for increasing the efficiency of the control loop. Such a block is based on the stiffness matrix of the DM, defined as the ...

The Use of COMSOL Multiphysics® for Studying the Fracture Pressure of Rectangular Micro-Channels Embedded in Thin Silicon Substrates

K. Howell[1], H. Georgiou[2], P. Petagna[3], G. Romagnoli[3]
[1]George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA
[2]Cyprus University of Technology (C.U.T), Limassol, Cyprus, EU
[3]CERN - The European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva, Switzerland, EU

The thermal management of silicon detectors and related electronics through micro-structured silicon cooling plates is gaining considerable attention for high precision particle trackers. Micro-fluidic circuits are etched in a silicon wafer, which is then bonded to a second wafer to obtain a cooling circuit. Because mono-crystalline silicon is structurally close in characteristics to brittle ...

Structural Optimization of the AISHa Ion Source - new

F. Noto[1], M. Piscopo[1], L. Celona[1], D. Cittadino[1], S. Gammino[1], G. Cuttone[1], G. Gallo[1], G. Schillaci[1], C. Campisano[2], L. Lo Nigro[3], G. Costa[3], A. Campisano[4]
[1]Laboratorio Nazionale del Sud, Santa Sofia, Catania, Italy
[2]Gravina di Catania, Sicily, Italy
[3]Trinacria, Canalicchio, Catania, Italy
[4]Unico Informatica, li Battiati, Catania, Italy

Different facilities for hadrontherapy have been built in the recent past. AISHa ion source has been designed by keeping in mind the typical requirements of hospital-based facilities, where the minimization of the mean time between failures (MTBF) is a key point together with the maintenance operations which should be fast and easy. The study of some critical parts of the facilities: the ...

Polyimide Thermal Micro Actuator - new

A. Arevalo[1], I. G. Foulds[2]
[1]Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering Division (CEMSE), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
[2]School of Engineering, Okanagan Campus, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Joule heating is simulated in COMSOL Multiphysics® software for the electro-thermal micro actuator. The aim is to choose the optimal design parameters to get the largest possible in-plane displacement. The comparison between the different possible configurations will reveal the optimal parameters for the longest displacement. Our current micro fabrication process allows the actuator to use ...