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Magnetic Ratchet

A. Auge, F. Wittbracht, A. Weddemann, and A. Hütten
Department of Physics, University of Bielefeld, Germany

Transport phenomena in spatially periodic magnetic systems, in particular the directed transport of magnetic beads in a so called magnetic ratchet (Brownian motor) are considered. Simulations are carried out to test and optimize this system, where the Smoluchowski equation with flux terms for the magnetic and gravitational force is used. Furthermore, experiments are carried out to verify the ...

Study of Capacitance in Electrostatic Comb-Drive Actuators

P. Hanasi [1], B. G. Sheeparamatti [1], V. Abbigeri [1], N. Meti [1],
[1] Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belagavi, Karnataka, India

Capacitor is mainly defined as two conducting plates that can hold the opposite charges on it. These plates can be used either as a sensor or an actuator. If the relative distance between the two conductors changes as result of given input, then capacitance values will change. This results in basic of capacitive or electrostatic sensing configuration. On the other hand, if a voltage or the ...

Three-Dimensional Modeling of Electrical Scanning Probe Microscopy Problems

G. Gomila [1], L. Fumagalli [2], R. Fabregas [3],
[1] Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya (IBEC), Departament d’Electrònica, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
[2] School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
[3] Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya (IBEC), Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Electrical scanning probe microscopy (SPM) techniques, such as electrostatic force microscopy, nanoscale impedance microscopy or scanning near field microwave microscopy, are a relatively new branch of microscopy techniques that can generate images of the nanoscale electrical properties of samples (conductivity, permittivity, charge, etc.). These techniques scan the surface of a sample ...

Micro Cooling of SQUID Sensor

B. Ottosson[1], Y. Jouahri[2], C. Rusu[1], and P. Enoksson[2]
[1]Imego AB, Gothenburg, Sweden
[2]Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

The objective of this work has been to realize a feasibility study of a cooling device for a SQUID sensor using liquid nitrogen flowing through micro channels. The design consists of an epoxy cylindrical vacuum vessel skewed by a silicon microchannel heat sink. The SQUID sensor is situated directly on top of the microchannel heat sink. The device is used at room temperature and should be able to ...

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 ...

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 ...

Air Damping of Oscillating MEMS Structures: Modeling and Comparison with Experiment

S. Gorelick[1], M. Leivo[1], U. Kantojärvi[1]
[1]VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland

Excessive air damping can be detrimental to the performance of oscillating MEMS components. Complex systems, such as structures in pre-etched cavities or angular comb-drive scanning mirrors, typically require simulations to reliably evaluate the air damping. The simulated and experimental performance of the following systems was evaluated and compared: two types of out-of-plane cantilevers, in ...

Simulation of Piezoelectric Nanofibers for Harvesting Energy Applications - new

S. Rouabah[1], A. Chaabi[1]
[1]Electronics Department, Constantine University, Constantine, Algeria

In this work, we have taken a model which is simulated using COMSOL Multiphysics®. It was used as a tool to design, characterize and to simulate an example which is nanofibers based piezoelectric energy generators. The results are compared with other available sources but using with another materials. After applying a pressure on the top of surface of nanogenerator, the output parameters ...

Design and Analysis of 3D Capacitive Accelerometer for Automotive Applications

G. Vijila, S. Vijayakumar, M. Alagappan, and A. Gupta
PSG College of Technology
Tamil Nadu, India

This paper projects a novel 3D capacitive accelerometer design to identify a severe accident and initiate airbag deployment systems. It will detect the rapid negative acceleration of the vehicle to avoid the severity of the collision. Such a device demands excellent performance in terms of sensitivity, noise immunity, linearity, bias and scale factor stability over time and environmental ...

Simulation of a Dual Axis MEMS Seismometer For Building Monitoring System

M. A. Shah [1], F. Iqbal [1], B. L. Lee [1],
[1] Korea University of Technology and Education, Cheonan, Chungcheong, South Korea

A dual axis MEMS seismometer targeted for building monitoring system has been simulated for a full scale of ±5g acceleration. The design uses the capacitive effect for vibration sensing. This comb drive capacitive MEMS seismometer consists of 8 springs with two proof masses. The device is very low cross axis sensitive (almost negligible cross axis error). The cross axis sensitivity of x-axis is ...