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Effect of Mass Adsorption on a Resonant NEMS

J. J. Ruz Martinez
Instituto de Microelectronica de Madrid
Tres Cantos
Madrid, Spain

The motion of a resonant NEMS has been widely studied for many different applications such as structural mechanics in engineering, ultra sensitive mass spectrometers or the well known Atomic Force Microscope. The study of the eigenfrequencies of such structures is very important, and nowadays there are good theoretical methods to accurately predict such eigenfrequencies. When a little mass is ...

Optimization of Design Parameters of a Novel MEMS Strain Sensor used for Structural Health Monitoring of Highway Bridges

H. Saboonchi, and D. Ozevin
Civil Engineering Department
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

The novel Micro Electro Mechanical System (MEMS) based Piezoresistive stain sensor is presented in this paper. The main goal of this sensor is to monitor the localized strain in the highway bridges especially near the crack tips. Monitoring the crack growth on the bridges can lead to early detection and prevention of bridge failures. The COMSOL Multiphysics software was used to optimize the ...

Simulation of Nuclear Radiation based Energy Harvesting Device using Piezoelectric Transducer

R. Prakash, K. M. V. Swamy, and B. G. Sheeparamatti
Basaveshwara Engineering College
Bagalkot, Karnataka,

MEMS(Microelectromechanical systems) based energy harvesting is process of extracting energy from natural resources in small amounts. Here, number of (millions) small energy harvesting modules lead to substancial energy. In this design, a piezoelectric material is used to scavenge energy from natural resources like radioactive source. COMSOL Multiphysics is used to model and simulate a ...

Efficient Generation of Surface Plasmon Polaritons with Asymmetric Nano-structures

J. Chen
Peking University

This paper covers the following: * All-Optical Light Modulation of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) is achieved using asymmetric single nanoslits. A high on/off switching ratio of >20 dB and phase variation of >? were observed with the device lateral dimension of only about 2 ?m. * Efficient unidirectional excitation of SPP as well as beam splitting are achieved using the dielectric–film ...

Design Variability of a MEMS Resonator

H. van Halewijn[1], J. Beek[2]
[1]Physixfactor, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
[2]NXP, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

It is important in designing micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) to reduce the variability of design parameters caused by manufacturing tolerances and material properties. At NXP COMSOL has been used to investigate many aspects of the design, such as the Q-factor, anchor losses, thermal behavior, parasitic capacitance of the resonator and more. Quartz crystal resonators are used in many ...

Optimized Cantilever-to-Anchor Configurations of Buckled Cantilever Plate Structures for Transducer Applications

A. Arpys Arevalo Carreno[1], D. Conchouso Gonzalez[1], I.G. Foulds[1]
[1]King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The mechanical simulation and analysis of the cantilever-to-anchor configuration for an out-of-plane structure used in transducer applications is reported. The polymer-based Buckled Cantilever Plate “BCP” structure, gives the ability to orient an active device from a horizontal to a vertical position, once assembled. In this paper we compare four different cantilever-to-anchor configurations: ...

Ribbon Formation in Twist-Nematic Elastomers

L. Teresi[1], V. Varano[1]
[1]LaMS - Modelling & Simulation Lab, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Roma, Italy

Nematic Elastomers (NEs) possess both the elastic properties of rubbers and the orientational properties of liquid crystals. Those two properties makes the configuration of NEs very sensitive to isotropic-nematic phase transition. Our goal is to replicate with numerical experiments the phenomena of shape formation in Twist-Nematic Elastomers (TNEs): a flat bar evolves into a helicoidal shape ...

Analysis of Fluid Pumping with a Throttle Type Piezoelectric Micro Pump

B. Pe?ar[1], D. Križaj[1], D. Vrta?nik[1], D. Resnik[1], U. Aljan?i?[1], M. Možek[1], T. Dolžan[1], A. Slavko[1]
[1]Faculty of Electrical Engineering, UNI of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Operation of a modified type microthrottle (MT) pump is analyzed by numerical simulation. Conventional MT pumps have disk type piezoelectric membranes while the analyzed type has a membrane of a rectangular shape. This could be advantageous in case the pump is stacked into an array for parallel pumping. A complete electro–fluid–solid mechanics coupling model for numerical simulation of strip ...

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 ...

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 ...