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.

Investigating the Use of a Piezoelectric Actuator for the Appendages of a Microrobot

J. Clark, and J. Clark
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

We investigate the use of a piezoelectric actuator for the appendages of a microrobot. Possible uses may include micro assembly, mobile surveillance, etc. What is different about this microrobot is that it uses 2 degrees of freedom, low powered piezoelectric flexures, while attempting to mimic the maneuverability of an ant-like insect. In the paper, we use COMSOL to characterize this type of ...

Design of Passive Micromixers using the COMSOL Multiphysics software package

M. Itomlenskis, P. Fodor, and M. Kaufman

Physics Department, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH, USA

Relief patterning of the surface of microchannels has been actively pursued as a method of promoting mixing in systems with a low Reynold’s number (<<100). In this work, we explore, by using the COMSOL Multiphysics package and its Chemical Engineering Module, the possibility of enhancing the mixing quality of two fluids in a microchannel with a non-periodic fractal pattern of ridges ...

Finite Element Modeling of the Stress Field in a Cell-Seeded Microchannel

G. Zhu, and Y. Li
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI, USA

Fluids used in biomedical microelectromechanical systems (BioMEMS) devices often exhibit very different flow behavior from those in bulk solutions, which in turn affects the behavior of cells and biomolecules in the device. In this work, we investigate an integrated microfluidic system for living cell culture and assay. The system can be used as a generic platform to study the behavior of ...

Single Crystal Diamond NEMS Switch

M. Liao
Optical and Electronic Materials Unit
National Institute for Materials Science

A single-crystal diamond NEMS switch was fabricated while batch production of SCD MEMS/NEMS structures were developed. The diamond NEMS switches exhibit high performance with respect to high controllability, high reproducibility, and good reliability. Modeling and simulations were made that were consistent with experiments.

Applied Multiphysics in Thermoresistive and Magnetoresistive Sensor Models

R.W. Pryor
Pryor Knowledge Systems, Inc.
COMSOL, Certified Partner

Efficient, effective, and functional operation of autonomous systems requires a comprehensive real-time understanding, by those systems, of the embedding environment. This paper presents a brief overview of the multiphysics considerations involved in the development of models for thermoresistive and magnetoresistive sensors systems.

Magnetic Ratchet

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

Transport phenomena in spatially periodic magnetic systems, in particular the directed transport of magnetic beads in a so called magnetic ratchet (Brownian motor) are considered. Simulations are carried out to test and optimize this system, where the Smoluchowski equation with flux terms for the magnetic and gravitational force is used. Furthermore, experiments are carried out to verify the ...

Micro Cooling of SQUID Sensor

B. Ottosson[1], Y. Jouahri[2], C. Rusu[1], and P. Enoksson[2]
[1]Imego AB, Gothenburg, Sweden
[2]Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

The objective of this work has been to realize a feasibility study of a cooling device for a SQUID sensor using liquid nitrogen flowing through micro channels. The design consists of an epoxy cylindrical vacuum vessel skewed by a silicon microchannel heat sink. The SQUID sensor is situated directly on top of the microchannel heat sink. The device is used at room temperature and should be able to ...

FEM Study on Contactless Excitation of Acoustic Waves in SAWDevices

A. K. Namdeo[1], N. Ramakrishna[2], H. B. Nemade[1,2], and R. P. Palathinkal[1]

[1] Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam, India
[2] Centre for Nanotechnology. Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam, India

In this paper a finite element method(FEM) study of a surface acoustic wave (SAW)device excited by electrostatic coupling method is performed by using COMSOL Multiphysics. We have modeled a Rayleigh wave type SAW device by choosing YZ Lithium niobate as the substrate. The effect of external radio frequency (RF) field to the SAW device is analyzed. The effect of distance between the contactless ...

High Coupling Factor Piezoelectric Materials for Bending Actuators: Analytical and Finite Elements Modeling Results

I.A. Ivan[1], M. Rakotondrabe[1], and N. Chaillet[1]
[1]FEMTO-ST Institute, University of Franche-Comte, Besançon, France

New giant piezoelectric factor materials such as PMN-PT and PZN-PT were researched during the last decade and are actually becoming commercially available. As they seem very attractive for actuator designs, we studied their potential in replacing PZT ceramics. In a first comparative approach, we tested a series of classic rectangular composite bimorph structures of different combinations of ...

Antenna and Plasmonic Properties of Scanning Probe Tips at Optical and Terahertz Regimes - new

A. Haidary[1], P. Grütter[1], Y. Miyahara[1]
[1]Physics Department, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

A wide variety of near-field optical phenomena such as apertureless near-field scanning microscopy (ANSM) at optical and terahertz (THz) regimes and surface enhanced Raman scattering relies on the electric field enhancement at the end of a sharp tip. Achieving and controlling this electric field enhancement is a key challenge for a wide range of applications such as surface modification, data ...

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