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.

Using COMSOL Multiphysics Capability for Engineering High Q MEMS Resonators

Amy Duwel
Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
Cambridge, USA

Micromechanical resonators are used in a wide variety of applications, including inertial sensing, chemical and biological sensing, acoustic sensing, and microwave transceivers. Despite the distinct design requirements for each of these applications, a ubiquitous resonator performance parameter emerges. This is the resonator’s Quality factor (Q), which describes the mechanical energy damping. ...

COMSOL Multiphysics Simulations of Microfluidic Systems for Biomedical Applications

M. Dimaki, J. Moresco Lange, P. Vazquez, P. Shah, F. Okkels, and W. Svendsen
Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark

The need for fast, easy and cost-effective analysis of blood samples as well as our understanding of the functionality of cells and neurons are two rather pressing issues in the modern world. Both of these can be addressed by functional lab-on-a-chip systems, which have been designed and optimized for specific analyses. This paper deals with the design of several different systems for cell ...

Sensitivity Analysis of Different Models of Piezoresistive Micro Pressure Sensors

S. Meenatchisundaram[1], S. M. Kulkarni[2], S. Bhat
[1]Department of Instrumentation and Control Engineering, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, Karnataka, India.
[2]Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, Karnataka, India.

Piezoresistive pressure sensors have received much attention over the years because of low cost, simple measurement techniques, etc. There is a challenge in design with respect to appropriate positioning, shape and temperature compensation. Different models of piezoresistive pressure sensors are proposed to enhance its sensitivity in terms of output voltage. This paper aims in sensitivity ...

Air Damping of Oscillating MEMS Structures: Modeling and Comparison with Experiment

S. Gorelick[1], M. Leivo[1], U. Kantojärvi[1]
[1]VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland

Excessive air damping can be detrimental to the performance of oscillating MEMS components. Complex systems, such as structures in pre-etched cavities or angular comb-drive scanning mirrors, typically require simulations to reliably evaluate the air damping. The simulated and experimental performance of the following systems was evaluated and compared: two types of out-of-plane cantilevers, ...

Design of a MEMS Capacitive Comb-drive Accelerometer

T. Kaya[1], B. Shiari[2], K. Petsch[1], and D. Yates[2]
[1]Central Michigan University, School of Engineering and Technology, Mount Pleasant, MI
[2]University of Michigan, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Ann Arbor, MI

In this work, a MEMS low-g accelerometer with three sensitive directions is designed for health monitoring applications. The accelerometer may have different sensitivity in different axes. The proof-mass of the device is suspended by four serpentine springs, and the comb drive structure is used to form the differential capacitor to measure the displacement of the proof-mass. The structure has an ...

Study of Effect on Resonance Frequency of Piezoelectric Unimorph Cantilever for Energy Harvesting

G. R. Prakash[1], K. M. V. Swamy[1], S. Huddar[1], B. G. Sheeparamatti[1], Kirankumar B. B.[1]
[1]Basaveshwar Engineering College, Bagalkot, Karnataka, India

The focus of this paper is to study the effect on resonance frequency and power enhancement techniques[1] of piezoelectric MEMS and modeling, design, and optimization of a piezoelectric generator based on a two-layer bending element(Figure 1) using COMSOL Multiphysics. An analytical relation was developed based on the shift in resonance frequency(Figure 2) caused by the addition of a thin film ...

Modeling and Analysis of Thermal Bimorph using COMSOL Multiphysics®

Rachita Shettar[1], Dr. B G. Sheparamatti[1]
[1]Basaveshwar Engineering College, Bagalkot, Karanataka, India

In this paper modeling and simulation results of a thermal bimorph is capable of producing increased displacement for increasing temperatures are presented. Thermal bimorphs are popular actuation technology in MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems). Bimorph actuators consist of two materials with different coefficients of thermal expansion. The main objective of this work is to investigate the ...

Design and Analysis of MEMS Gyroscope

L. Sujatha[1], B. Preethi[1]
[1]Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai, India

MEMS gyroscope technology provides cost- effective method for improving directional estimation and overall accuracy in the navigation systems. This paper presents a tuning- fork gyroscope (TFG) [1] with a perforated proof mass. The perforated proof mass used in the design enables the reduction of the damping effect. This MEMS based gyroscope was designed using COMSOL Multiphysics 4.2a. This ...

Analysis of Porous Media-flow

Jiunn-Chi Wu
National Central University

This presentation considers the analysis of electroosmotic flow in porous media. Electroosmotic flow is a flow that occurs in microchannels, and is driven by the effect of an electric double layer at the solid-fluid interface. Electroosmotic flow has already been widely utilized in biomedical/biochemical applications to transport, separate and control fluids and samples. This presentation ...

Surface Plasmon Resonance

J. Crompton[1], S. Yushanov[1], L.T. Gritter[1], K.C. Koppenhoefer[1]
[1]AltaSim Technologies, Columbus, OH, USA

The resonance conditions for surface plasmons are influenced by the type and amount of material on a surface. Full insight into surface plasmon resonance requires quantum mechanics considerations. However, it can be also described in terms of classical electromagnetic theory by considering electromagnetic wave reflection, transmission, and absorption for the multi-layer medium. The two commonly ...

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