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Designing Piezoelectric Interdigitated Microactuators using COMSOL

O. Myers [1], M. Anjanappa [2], and C. Freidhoff [3]

[1] Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS, USA
[2] University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, USA
[3] Northrop Grumman Corporation, Electronics Systems Sector, Baltimore, MD, USA

This paper presents a methodology towards designing, analyzing and optimizing piezoelectric interdigitated microactuators using COMSOL Multiphysics. The models used in this study were based on a circularly interdigitated design that takes advantage of primarily the d33 electromechanical piezoelectric constant coefficient. Because of the symmetric nature of the devices, 2D axisymmetric models ...

Numerical Analysis of the Impact of Geometric Shape Patterns on the Performance of Miniaturized Chromatography Systems

R. Winz[1], E. von Lieres[2], and W. Wiechert[1]
[1]Department of Simulation, University of Siegen, Siegen, Germany
[2]Institute of Biotechnology, Research Centre Jülich, Siegen, Germany

We have implemented a two dimensional chromatography model for the analysis and optimization of structured micro pillar arrays. Dynamic surface interaction of solved molecules is taken into account by the kinetic Langmuir model. Variations of the pillar array geometry lead to deviations in the outlet concentration profiles. These deviations cannot be described by the one dimensional models that ...

Strong Magnetic Field and Its Application

Y. Song
Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

High magnetic field research has yielded fruitful results. Since 1913, associated with the magnetic field there are 19 Nobel Prizes, including a prize for medicine, five chemistry prizes, and 13 physics prizes. In recent years, the international community under the conditions of strong magnetic field is very active in scientific research, involving many disciplines such as physics, chemistry, ...

A Study of the Effects of Mounting Supports, and Dissipation on a Piezoelectric Quartz Double-Ended Tuning Fork Gyroscope

G. Choi[1], Y. Yong[1]
[1]Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

A COMSOL model of a piezoelectric quartz double ended tuning fork gyroscope was implemented. The gyroscope has two detection modes; the first mode detects the angular velocity about a z-axis perpendicular to the tuning fork plane (x-y plane), while the second mode detects the angular velocity about a y-axis that is the longitudinal axis along the length of the tuning fork. Eigenfrequency ...

Electric Field Induced Patterning in Thin Films

A. Atta [1], S. Dwivedi [1], Vivek [1], R. Mukherjee [1],
[1] Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India

Interfacial structures/pattern, especially with small-scale dimensions, are important to the chemistry of materials in determining the optical, electrical, mechanical, or other physical properties of novel materials. Polymers are often used for surface patterning. The diversity, the relatively low cost, the convenient mechanical properties and the compatibility with most patterning techniques ...

COMSOL在压阻式柔性压力传感器中的应用

王宗荣 [1,2], 王珊 [1],
[1] 浙江大学,杭州,中国
[2] 香港大学,香港,中国

引言:柔性压力传感器在电子皮肤、智能假肢以及医疗监测诊断等领域发挥着十分重要的作用。因此压力传感器需要很高的灵敏度、较宽的敏感区间及稳定的性能。利用典型有机硅 PDMS 作为支撑层,聚合物 PEDOT: PSS 作为导电感应层制得的高度不均一微突结构的双压敏机制压阻传感器灵敏度达到了 851kPa-1。其探测范围广,性能优异,为解决目前压阻传感器中灵敏度低、敏感压力区间窄的难题提供了新思路。 COMSOL MULTIPHYSICS® 软件的使用:本文利用 COMSOL Multiphysics® 软件建立了不均匀微突结构的压阻式传感器模型,采用了结构力学与电流场两个物理场,通过电子接触对进行多物理场的耦合。研究在指定位移情况下,压阻式传感器电阻与电流的变化,从而得到灵敏度,验证不均匀微突结构压阻式压力传感器的双作用机制。同时,与均一微金字塔结构的压力传感器进行比较 ...

Microfluidic Separation System for Magnetic Beads

F. Wittbrach, A. Weddemann, A. Auge, and A. Hütten
Department of Physics, Bielefeld University, Germany

It is possible to control the motion of magnetic beads using a combination of hydrodynamic and electromagnetic forces. In this work, we investigate the possibility to manipulate the motion of beads with different magnetic moments in a special microfluidic structure so as to separate them. We also experimentally prove that this structure is a suitable device to separate beads and show that the ...

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, ...

Xylophone Bar Magnetometry and Inertial-grade MEMS Optimisation: a Multiphysics Approach

H. T. D. Grigg, and B. J. Gallacher
Microsystems Group
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear, UK

This paper presents ongoing research aimed at development of a MEMS magnetometer capable of nanoTesla sensitivity. Such a device would pave the way for inertial-grade MEMS IMUs. A resonant sensor is proposed, based on a Xylophone Bar sense element, and is analysed both directly and via COMSOL. Mode shapes and frequencies are found as functions of geometric parameters, and the results used ...

Simulation of Deformed Solid Particles in Constrained Microfluidic Channel

M. Cartas-Ayala[1], R. Karnik[1]
[1]Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

Characterization of particles has numerous applications in science and diagnostics. Recently, particle passage through constrained microchannels has been proposed to characterize particles based on their passage velocity. Nevertheless, there is no clear understanding of how the physics in this system interact. Here we quantify the effects of the flow around the particle by simulating the passage ...