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.

Design of MEMS-based Microcantilever for Tuberculosis Detection

Saranya K[1], Saranya R[1], Ceemati D[1], Chandra Devi K[1], Meenakshi Sundaram N[1]
[1]PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Tuberculosis is infectious disease caused by various strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The detection is very difficult because their mechanism is not well understood, and it is mainly based on the γ interferon which is normally secreted by the T-cell of the body. The RD1 region is genomic and is present in all strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The ESAT-6/CFP-10 complex is secreted by ...

Modeling and Simulation of Silicon Optical MEMS Switches Controlled by Electrostatic Field

J. Golebiowski[1], S. Milcarz[1]
[1]Technical University of Lodz, Poland

The use of optical sensors in the industry is still growing. A transmission of signal from the sensors is mostly done by optical fibers. Switching the signals from optical paths may be done by using micromechanical silicon switches. The main advantage is an ability to transmit data from many sensors using different wavelengths, simultaneously minimizing optical power losses. A silicon beam with ...

Degeneracy Breaking, Modal Symmetry and MEMS Biosensors

H.T.D. Grigg[1], T.H. Hanley[1], B.J. Gallacher[1]
[1]Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

This work is concerned with systems possessing cyclic symmetries. In particular, we concentrate on the case in which the medium possesses infinite order cyclic symmetry, while the constitutive relations have cyclic symmetry of a lower order. We investigate the interactions between modes with cyclic symmetry of order n and geometries with underlying cyclic symmetry of order M. Rayleigh's ...

Implementation of ALE Moving Mesh for Transient Modeling of Nanowire Trajectories Caused by Electrokinetic Forces

S.M. Davison, and K.V. Sharp
Pennsylvania State University

Moving nanowires through microfluidic channels under electrokinetic forces can be a valuable technique to aid in the fabrication of certain devices. The trajectories of a nanowire under the influence of an externally applied electric field have been modelled through a straight channel, through a converging channel, and around a 90° corner. In a straight channel, a nanowire initially ...

3-D Finite Element Modeling of a Nanostructure Enhanced SAW Sensor

Y.L. Rao[1], and G. Zhang[1-3]
[1] Micro/Nano Bioengineering Laboratory, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, The University of Georgia
[2] Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, The University of Georgia
[3] Faculty of Engineering, The University of Georgia

Integration of surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices with nanostructures has gained interest in the development of sensors with high sensitivity. To better design nanostructure integrated SAW devices, it is essential to model three dimensional (3-D) SAW devices and analyze the wave propagation characteristics in nanostructure-enhanced SAW devices. In this work, a 3-D finite element model of ...

Simulation of Cantilever Based Sensors for Smart Textile Applications

S. Mano[1], S. Sowmya[1], Jaisree Meenaa Pria K N J[1], M. N. Sundaram[1], C. D. Koman[1]
[1]PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Smart fabrics enable the integration of electronics into fabric. They can serve as a suitable sensor providing around-the-clock assistance for the real-time monitoring of health parameters. Here, we aim to develop a free-standing piezoelectric cantilever sensor integrated into conventional fabric to improve its functionality. These smart sensors have the ability to convert physiological ...

Design and Optimization of Electrostatically Actuated Micromirror

Anna Thomas[1], Juny Thomas[1], Deepika Vijayan[1], K.Govardhan[2]
[1]VIT University, Sensor System Technology, School of Electronics Engineering, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
[2]VIT University, MEMS & Sensor Division, School of Electronics Engineering, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

The microscopic size of MEMS devices accounts for strong coupling effects which arise between the different physical fields and forces. Micromirrors are essential parts of microswitches in fiber optic network telecommunication. They are usually 1 to 3 mm in size, fabricated from single crystalline silicon and mostly are electrostatically actuated. The objective is to design the micromirror to ...

Modeling and Simulation of the Rapid and Automated Measurement of Biofuel Blending in a Microfluidic Device under Pressure Driven Flow using COMSOL Multiphysics®

Sanket Goel[1], Venkateswaran PS[1], Rahul Prajesh[2], Ajay Agarwal[2]
[1]University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Bidholi, Prem Nagar, Dehradun, India
[2]CSIR - Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute,(CSIR-CEERI) Pilani, India

• Real-time detection and monitoring of bio-fuel blend-ratio and adulterated automobile fuels by a reproducible micro-fabrication process in a cost-and-time efficient manner. • COMSOL Multiphysics® simulations and modelling of Viscosity based Laminar Flow inside a Y-shaped Micro-fluidic Device. • Design and Fabrication of a polymer Y-shaped Micro-fluidic Device to work as ...

Carbon MEMS Accelerometer

J. Strong, and C. Washburn
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM

The newly emerging field of carbon-based MEMS (C-MEMS) attempts to utilize the diverse properties of carbon to push the performance of MEMS devices beyond what is currently achievable. Our design employs a carbon-carbon composite using nano-materials to build a new class of MEMS accelerometer that is hyper-sensitive over a dynamic range from micro-G to hundreds of G’s – far surpassing the ...

Improving Detection Sensitivity for Nanoscale Targets Through Combined Photonic and Plasmonic Techniques

G. Zhang[1], Y. Zhao[1]
[1]Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

Photonic technique such as the whispering gallery mode (WGM) is often used for detection of small particles like bacteria and viruses. It offers good detection sensitivity and is advantageous over other detection techniques because the detection can be label free. However, the detection sensitivity may not be sufficient when the size of the detection target is in nanoscale. To change this, we use ...

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