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.

Characterization of a Tonpilz Transducer and Performance Analysis for a MEMS-Transducer Array

V. Vadde, and B. Lakshmi G
PESIT

In this paper, we develop and analyze a standard piezoacoustic Tonpilz-transducer model for underwater acoustics in Comsol by addressing the attendant piezoelectric and pressure acoustic multiphysics phenomena. Transducer properties that are studied and characterized are the center frequency, bandwidth, linearity, sensitivity, and noise figure. In an effort to miniaturize the transducer, a ...

Parametric Study of Polyimide - Lead Zirconate Titanate Thin Film Cantilevers for Transducer Applications

A. Arevalo[1], I.G. Foulds[1]
[1]King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The simulation of the piezoelectric actuation of the micro-cantilever is presented. Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) was chosen for the device fabrication design, due to its thin film processing flexibility. Four layers compose the cantilever structures presented in this work: PZT (piezoelectric material), Platinum (electrodes) and Zirconium Oxide as the buffer layer for the PZT film and polyimide ...

Multiphysics Simulation of a Self-heating Paraffin Membrane Microactuator

P. Lazarou[1], C. Rotinat[1]
[1]CEA LIST/DIASI/LRI, Paris, France

A grand variety of microactuator technologies and demonstrators has been introduced during the last years. Of particular interest are the microactuators based on phase change materials and especially paraffin wax, which can volumetrically expand up to 15%, providing high force actuation. The object of this study is the numerical validation of a paraffin microactuator concept by coupling multiple ...

Design of MEMS Based High Sensitivity and Fast Response Capacitive Humidity Sensor

R. Karthick, S. P. K. Babu, A. R. Abirami, and S. Kalainila
Periyar Maniammai University
Periyar Nagar
Vallam, Thanjavur
Tamilnadu, India

This paper presents the design and simulation of high sensitivity and fast response capacitive humidity sensor. Generally, the capacitive humidity sensor is made up of parallel electrode, the upper electrode being a grid with various line width and line spacing. A model is simulated using COMSOL Multiphysics. High sensitivity and fast response of the model is optimized by varying the ...

A MEMS Condenser Microphone for Consumer Applications

S. L. Pinjare, V. S. Nagaraj, S. N. Savitha, S. Kesari, M. S. Sagar, and K. R. Roshan
Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology

The MEMS microphone is also called microphone chip or silicon microphone. The pressure sensitive diaphragm is etched directly into a silicon chip by MEMS techniques and is usually accompanied with integrated preamplifier. Most MEMS microphones are variants of the condenser microphone design. The MEMS microphone has been successfully fabricated and tested in an anechoic chamber. The microphone ...

Nondestructive Testing of Composites Using Model Based Design

E. Nesvijski[1]
[1]ACOUSTICS@MBD CONSULTANTS, LLC, Westborough, MA, USA

There is a practical interest among composite materials manufacturers to high-speed accurate non-destructive evaluation (NDE) technology for voids inspection when these voids are natural components of such complex structures like resin insulated layer of double-sided copper-clad laminates. Model based design (MBD) of NDE system is one of principal solutions for voids inspection in such composites ...

Simulation of MEMS based Flexible Flow Sensor for Biomedical Application

D. Maji[1], C. P. Ravikumar[2], and S. Das[1]
[1]School of Medical Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India
[2]Texas Instruments (India) Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, India

Arterial disease, especially Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is one of the leading causes of premature morbidity and mortality. During the flow, blood interacts with vessel wall mechanically and chemically which modulates the plaque formation in blood vessel leading to coronary artery diseases. Here we propose to simulate a MEMS based flexible flow sensor based on anemometer principle designed to ...

Modeling Void Drainage with Thin Film Dynamics

J.J. Gangloff Jr.[1], W.R. Hwang[2], S.G. Advani[1]
[1]Center for Composite Materials, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA
[2]School of Mechanical Engineering, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea

Voids in composite materials can lead to degraded structural performance. The following is a study of voids or bubbles in uncured viscous polymer resin during composites processing. The goal is to determine if voids can successfully migrate towards vacuum pathways, coalesce with the pathways, and escape. Inherent to the coalescence process is the drainage and rupture of the resin thin film formed ...

Effect of Geometry of the Grooves on the Mixing of Fluids in Micro Mixer Channel

V. Ranjan[1], A. Kumar[1], G. Prakash[1], R. Mandal[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India

Understanding the flow fields at the micro-scale is a key to develop methods of successfully mixing fluids for micro-scale applications. This paper investigates flow characteristics and mixing of three different geometries in micro-channel. A Circular groove micro mixer has been designed and simulated. One such channel is shown in Figure1. The geometry of the channels taken was rectangular with a ...

Efficient Anchor Design for Quality Factor Enhancement in a Silicon Nitride-on-Silicon Lateral Bulk Mode Resonator

U. Rawat[1], A. DasGupta[1], D. R. Nair[1], V. V. Pasula[1]
[1]Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Anchor loss causes a reduction in the quality factor of high frequency micromechanical resonators. This study illustrates the importance of anchor design in mitigating anchor loss in high frequency resonators. The performances of two different anchor configurations for a silicon nitride-on-silicon lateral mode bar resonator have been compared using simulations performed in COMSOL Multiphysics®. ...

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