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Design of a Miniaturized RF MEMS Based Single-Bit Phase Shifter

A. Chakraborty, A. Kundu, S. Chatterjee, and B. Gupta
Jadavpur University
West Bengal, India

This paper presents a novel design of single-bit RF MEMS phase shifter. The basic novelty introduced for phase shifter design in this case, is by scaling down of the lateral dimensions of the conventional RF MEMS shunt switch by 10 times. The Mechanical and Electromechanical analysis of the designed miniature RF MEMS fixed-fixed beam is performed using COMSOL Multiphysics v.3.5a as an FEM ...

Glass Windscreen Forming Optimization by Finite Element Analysis Using COMSOL Multiphysics

R. Carbone[1]
[1]Material and Production Engineering Department, University of Naples “Federico II”, Naples, Italy

Glass products are widely diffuse in the everyday reality. An interesting glass application field, from a technological point of view, is the transportation area. The automotive industry always needs for more complex shape of windscreen in order to satisfy the request of new design. In the paper, a “common” windscreen forming process, for automotive application, is described. The results of a ...

Modeling Flow and Deformation During Salt-Assisted Puffing of Single Rice Kernels - new

T. Gulati[1], A. K. Datta[1]
[1]Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Puffing of biomaterials involves mass, momentum and energy transport along with large volumetric expansion of the material. Development of physics-based models that can describe heat and moisture transport, rapid evaporation and large deformations can help understand the puffing process. In this context, a fundamentals based study of salt-assisted puffing of rice is described. A multiphase model ...

Rheological and Topographical Controls on Deformation Due to a Shallow Magma Reservoir - new

J. H. Johnson[1]
[1]University of Bristol School of Earth Sciences, Bristol, UK

The use of high-resolution topography in the finite element model demonstrates that deformation from a shallow pressure source can be dramatically affected by overlying relief, not only in magnitude, but also in azimuth. This result is significant as it allows traditionally anomalous data to be evenly weighted during inversions for magma reservoir parameters. The result that surface ...

Statistical Modeling and Contact Analysis of RF MEMS Surface

J. Liu [1], V. B. Chalivendra [1], C. Goldsmith [2], W. Huang [1],
[1] Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA, USA
[2] MEMtronics Corporation, Richardson, TX, 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 to shunt the RF signal. Surface contact area has been recognized as a key factor in RF MEMS performance and reliability. Multi scale regular-fractal structure is observed on MEMS surface. Nonlinear Structural ...

Stress Analysis on All-Ceramic Specimens of Different Geometries During Thermalcycling Tests

D. Fabris [1], B. Henriques [2], J. C. M. Souza [1], J. Guimarães [1], M. Fredel [1]
[1] Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, SC, Brazil
[2] Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Blumenau, SC, Brazil; and CMEMS-Uminho, Universidade do Minho, Guimarães, Portugal

Dental restorations can be made by different materials bonded together, which grant good mechanical resistance and aesthetic at the same time. In order to evaluate the behavior of dental restorations in the oral environment, a test, called thermocycler, is used, which simulates the temperature changes and the chemical environment of the mouth. The objective of this work is to evaluate thermal ...

Numerical and Experimental Study of a Concentrated Indentation Force on Polymer Matrix Composites

V. Antonucci[1][2], M. Esposito[1], R. Marzella[2], and M. Giordano[1][2]
[1]Institute for Composite and Biomedical Materials, CNR, Portici, NA, Italy
[2]Imast, Portici, NA, Italy

A quasi static indentation test on a laminate composite has been investigated numerically and experimentally. In particular, the test has been implemented by COMSOL Multiphysics® and optimizing the Finite Element and mesh. In addition, the numerical strain results have been validated by the comparison with the respective experimental deformation data that have been obtained by fiber Bragg ...

Thermal Model for Single Discharge EDM Process Using COMSOL Multiphysics

K. Gajjar[1], U. Maradia[2], K. Wegener[2]
[1]Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, Maharshtra, India
[2]Institute for Process Tools and Manufacturing (IWF), Zurich, Switzerland

Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) is a non-conventional process used for machining electrically conducting materials. In die sink-EDM, sparks are generated between tool and workpiece resulting in heating of both electrode surfaces and creating a melt pool of metal which leads to generation of new surfaces on cooling. Physical processes involved in electric discharge and material removal are ...

Analysis of Multiphysics Problems Related to Energy Piles

E. Evgin[1], J.A.I. Sedano [1], Z. Fu[1]
[1]University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Energy piles transfer the mechanical loads from buildings to the ground and serve as heat exchangers. Temperature changes in the ground influence its moisture content. This paper examines the effect of soil moisture content on the shaft resistance of a pile. Tests were carried out in the laboratory to determine the mechanical properties of an interface corresponding to various soil moisture ...

Determination of the Fundamental Resonant Modes of a Polysilicon H-Beam Using COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

T. Thomas[1], M. Sundaram[1], R. Bejam[1]
[1]Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani - Pilani Campus, Rajasthan, India

A Polysilicon H-beam is a micro-machined structure consisting of two primary members connected by a third member of much lower width and much greater aspect ratio. This structure exhibits interesting vibration behavior at specific frequencies which are known as resonant modes. A ‘mode’ may be described as a specific physical shape that the vibrating object assumes at peak oscillation amplitude ...