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.

Evaluation of electric impedance spectra for single bio-cells in microfluidic devices using combined FEMLAB/ELDO modeling

Senez, V., Arscott, S.

This paper describes a simple method to predict the electrical impedance spectrum of single and cultured cells in micro-devices. It can be used for the rapid design of micro-sensors as well as for more fundamental studies about the interactions of electric fields with bio-cells. The finite element (FEMLAB) and the transport lattice (ELDO) methods are coupled through the MATLAB environment for ...

Numerical Simulations of a Traveling Plane-Wave Actuator for Microfluidic Applications

A.F. Tabak, and S. Yesilyurt
Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey

Continuous forming and propagation of large planar deformations on a thin solid elastic film can create propulsion when the film is immersed in a fluid. In this work, we present a numerical analysis of the effect of traveling plane-wave deformations on an elastic-film actuator within a fluid medium inside a channel. In particular, we analyzed a micropump that consists of a wave actuator. ...

Induced Charge Electroosmosis (ICEO) on a Planar Surface

G. Soni, C. Meinhart, and T. Squires
University of California Santa Barbara

Induced Charge Electroosmosis (ICEO) refers to a fluid flow phenomenon in which an electric field induces a charge cloud (electric double layer) on a polarizable surface and sets up a tangential electric field to move this charge cloud along the surface, which in turn causes a fluid flow pattern. In our case, we considered nonlinear effects such as nonlinear capacitance, surface conduction, ...

A Magnetically Driven Micro-Mixing Device and its Numerical Analysis

A. M. Morega1, J. C. Ordonez2, and M. Morega1
1Politehnica University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
2Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA

In this paper, we present a FEM model of a mixing MEMS μTAS device. A quasistatic magnetic field, produced by sequentially switched DC currents advected through conductors embedded in the device substrate beneath the flow channel, is used to mix the working magnetic fluid, while it is forced to flow through a rib walled channel. The body forces in the magnetized fluid perturb the otherwise ...

Perspectives of Thermo-electro-mechanical Micro Actuators for Micro Switch Applications: Design and Simulation

M. Matmat, M. Al Ahmad, and J. Y. Fourniols
Laboratoire d'Analyse et d'Architecture des Systèmes (LAAS-CNRS), Toulouse, France

In this work, thermo-mechanical simulations employing a 3D finite element analysis (FEA) of a current driven V-shaped actuator is presented. The structure's hot arms consist of polysilicon, which was used as the active material for deflection due to the Joule effect.COMSOL Multiphysics with stationary and parametric solvers was used to calculate the resulting deflection when current is applied. ...

Design of Traveling Wave Ultrasonic Vibration Disk for Nano-particles in Liquid Dispersion

J. Muraoka, and T. Suzuki
Yamagata Research Institute of Technology

The traveling wave ultrasonic vibration disks for dispersion of particles were designed by using of FEM analysis. The vibration disks are required specific vibration pattern, which contains three nodal lines. The vibration disk thickness was calculated to be matched the resonance frequency of bolted langevin type transducer and the specific vibration pattern. The alignment of the transducer was ...

Motion of Uncharged Particles in Electroosmotic Flow through a Wavy Cylindrical Channel

N. Qudus[1], T. Mahbub[1], S. A. Ali[1], and M. Shajahan[1]
[1] Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka Bangladesh

A finite element model is employed to describe the electric potential distribution and electroosmotic flow field inside a wavy cylindrical channel. The model uses coupled Laplace and Poisson-Boltzmann to evaluate the electric potential distribution inside the channel. It also contains continuity and Navier–Stokes equations for the solution of fluid flow. A particle trajectory model was ...

A microfluidic assay design for real-time bacterial chemotaxis studies

Koser, H., Kaya, T., Mao, L.
Department of Electrical Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, CT

We have developed a novel, multilayered microfluidic chamber that enables the realtime quantitative study of chemotaxis on virtually all types of motile cells. In this paper, we present a FEMLAB modeling study of the 3D chamber design, including a consideration of each device iteration that successively led to the eventual design. The final chamber design is able to create and maintain an ...

Simulation of Evaporating Droplets on AFM-Cantilevers II: Confocal Microscopy and Transversal Bending

T. Haschke[1], E. Bonaccurso[2], H.J. Butt[2], F. Schönfeld[3], and W. Wiechert[1]
[1] Universität Siegen, Lehrstuhl für Simulationstechnik, Siegen
[2] Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung, Mainz
[3] Institut für Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH, Mainz

The evaporation process of microscopic drops was investigated by depositing them onto atomic force microscope (AFM) cantilevers and measuring the deflection of the cantilever in response to the presence of the drop. We could thus improve a previously presented FE simulation model by comparing the simulations of the cantilever’s transversal deflection to 3-D images of the cantilever’s ...

Optimization of the Temperature Distribution in a Chemical Microreactor using a Multi-Segment Integrated Thin Film Heater

T.R. Henriksen, S. Jensen, U. Quaade, and O. Hansen
Technical University of Denmark

COMSOL Multiphysics has been used to study the effect of different heater design parameters on the temperature distribution in a chemical microreactor. The primary objective of the simulations has been to optimize the temperature uniformity inside the reaction chamber. In the simulations, special attention has been given to how the number, positions and widths of the heater strips relate ...

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