O. Myers , M. Anjanappa , and C. Freidhoff 
 Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS, USA
 University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, USA
 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 ...
V. Sista, and E. Bhattarchaya
Microelectronics and MEMS Lab
Department of Electrical Engineering
Indian Institute of technology Madras
A MEMS based Knudsen’s pressure gauge working in the range of 1e-5 mbar to 10 mbar is designed and simulated in COMSOL. The working principle is based on Knudsen’s forces that arise when two plates are held at different temperatures and their separation is comparable to the mean free path of the ambient gas molecules. The forces change the separation between the plates and capacitance between ...
University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany
In order to design an RF MEMS based device, it is beneficial to have information concerning mechanical behavior. For model verification purpose, solution offered by simulation software equipped with predefined physics application is one valuable way to provide initial reference. To avoid unwanted particular total strain in RF MEMS structures, a compensation layer can be utilized. When the number ...
M. Cartas-Ayala, R. Karnik
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 ...
J. Schumacher, P. Fideu, G. Ziegmann, and A. Herrmann
TU Clausthal-Institute of Polymere Materials and Plastic Engineering, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany
CTC GmbH Stade, Stade, Germany
Faserinstitut Bremen e.V., Bremen, Germany
The current paper focuses on the creation of a consistent environment for the numerical prediction of the physical properties of polymer composite. A limitation factor for the successful simulation of composite processes is the correct estimation of the effective properties depending on several factors such as the constituents (fiber, polymer), the process setup. The numerical prediction of the ...
N. Al Cheikh, P. Xavier, J. Duchamp, and K. Schuster
Institute of Microelectronics, Electromagnetism and Photonics (IMEP-LAHC), Grenoble, France
Institute of Millimetrics Radio Astronomy (IRAM), Grenoble, France
Superconducting GHz electronics circuits are frequently used in Radio Astronomy instrumentation. The features of these instrumentations can be significantly improved by using tuneable capacitances, which can be realized by electrically actuated, micromechanical bridges (MEMS) made of superconducting Niobium (Nb). In order to analyze the electromechanical behavior of such devices and the ...
Robust and Reliability-based Design Optimization of Electromagnetic Actuators Using Heterogeneous Modeling with COMSOL Multiphysics and Dynamic Network Models
H. Neubert, A. Kamusella, and T-Q. Pham
Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
OptiY e. K. Aschaffenburg, Germany
For an exemplary electromagnetic actuator used to drive a Braille printer, a design optimization was performed. The optimization involves stochastic variables and comprises nominal optimization, robustness analysis and robust design optimization. A heterogeneous model simulates the static and the dynamic behavior of the actuator and its non-linear load. It consists of a network model in ...
Combined Analytical and Numerical Modeling of a Resonant MEMS Sensor for Viscosity and Mass Density Measurements
S. Cerimovic, R. Beigelbeck, H. Antlinger, J. Schalko, B. Jakoby, and F. Keplinger
Institute of Sensor and Actuator Systems, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
Institute for Integrated Sensor Systems, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Institute for Microelectronics and Microsensors, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Linz, Austria
A resonant MEMS sensor for viscosity and mass density measurements of liquids was modeled. The device is based on Lorentz-force excitation and features an integrated piezoresistive readout. The core sensing element is a rectangular vibrating plate suspended by four beam springs. The liquid surrounding the plate influences the resonant behavior of the system. Thus, evaluating the properties of ...
H. Schweiger, T. Göstenkors, R. Bau, D. Zielke
Dept. Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
In this paper we want to figure out the development of a capacitive acceleration-sensor system with the FEM-Method. The sensor-system is in the position to detect accelerations in the range of ±20 g. Furthermore the sensor-element contains a printed RF-inductance, which is used for contactless data transfer. On the one hand the simulation of the L-C-oscillating circuit using the RF Module of ...
V. Vijayalakshmi, K. C. Devi
PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
In this work, a bimetallic strip based thermal sensor was designed using MEMS module of COMSOL Multiphysics® software to monitor the temperature rise in insulating oil which was used as coolant in transformers. The bimetallic strip was designed with different shapes such as cylindrical, rectangle, square & conical and different compositions such as Al/Steel Alloy and Fe/Cu which can withstand ...