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A Time Dependent Dielectric Breakdown (TDDB) Model for Field Accelerated Low-K Breakdown Due To Copper Ions

R. Achanta, J. Plawsky, and W. Gill
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA

We have simulated the copper ion concentration and internal electric field profiles in a dielectric material by solving the transient continuity/Poisson equations using COMSOL Multiphysics. We have shown that failure of dielectrics can be modeled if we assume that failure in Cu/SiO2/Si devices occurs due to a pile-up of copper ions at the cathode and the subsequent increase in electric field ...

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 ...

Estimation of Hydraulic Conductivity for a Heterogeneous Unsaturated Soil Using Electrical Resistivity and Level-Set Methods - new

T. K. Chou[1], M. Chouteau[1], J. S. Dubé[2]
[1]École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada
[2]École de Technologie Supérieure, Montréal, QC, Canada

The estimation of the soil saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ks) is crucial in understanding water flow and transport of contaminants. There are many hydrological techniques available in determining this parameter (constant head method, in-situ soil analysis, etc...). While these techniques can provide quality data points, they are often limited by sparse data sampling and scale. Therefore ...

Modeling a Lung-on-a-Chip Microdevice

M. J. Hancock [1], N. Elabbasi [1],
[1] Veryst Engineering, LLC., Needham, MA, USA

Organ-on-a-chip microdevices combine microfluidics, MEMS, and biotechnology techniques to mimic the multicellular architectures, tissue-tissue interfaces, physicochemical microenvironments, and vascular perfusion of the body.[1] Such devices are being developed to provide better levels of tissue and organ functionality compared with conventional cell culture systems, and have great potential to ...

Transient Simulation of an Electrochemical Machining Process for Stamping and Extrusion Dies

M. Penzel [1], M. Hackert-Oschätzchen [2], M. Kreißig [1], M. Kowalick [1], M. Zinecker [1], A. Schubert [1], G. Meichsner [3],
[1] Professorship Micromanufacturing Technology, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany
[2] Professorship Micromanufacturing Technology, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany; Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology, Chemnitz, Germany
[3] Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology, Chemnitz, Germany

Precise electrochemical machining (PEM) is a non-conventional machining technology, based on anodic dissolution of metallic work-pieces. In this study an additional extension of the precise electrochemical machining with a precise angle-controlled cylinder positioning is aimed. Due to the help of the angle-controlled cylinder positioning, with PEM e.g. stamping and extrusion dies can be ...

Simulating Forced Convection in a Bingham Plastic Fluid

E. Tejaswini [1], B. Sreenivasulu [1], B. Srinivas [1],
[1]Gayatri Vidya Parishad College of Engineering, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

In this work, the heat transfer characteristics of two heated cylinders of square cross-section immersed in a streaming Bingham plastic medium have been studied. The governing differential equations (continuity, momentum and thermal energy) have been solved numerically over wide range of conditions as: plastic Reynolds number, 0.1 ≤ Re ≤ 40, Prandtl number, 1 ≤ Pr ≤ 100, Bingham number, 0 ≤ Bn ≤ ...

Simulation of Thermal Elastohydrodynamic Lubricated (TEHL) Gear Contacts

T. Lohner [1], A. Ziegltrum [1], K. Stahl [1],
[1] Gear Research Centre (FZG), Technical University of Munich (TUM), Garching, Germany

Thermal elastohydrodynamic lubricated (TEHL) contacts occur very frequently in drive technology and thus in gear drives. In this presentation, the implementation of a finite element based TEHL simulation approach for gear contacts in COMSOL Multiphysics® software is shown. The physically based simulation approach used is different to most of the existing TEHL simulations and is required to ...

Fluid-structure Interaction Modeling of Air Bearing

H.R. Javani[1], P. Kagan[2], F. Huizinga[1]
[1]ASML - MDev – Mechanical analysis, Veldhoven, The Netherlands
[2]ASML - MDev – System Dynamics, Veldhoven, The Netherlands

Air bearings are special type of bearings which provide nearly zero friction between two surfaces. This is achieved by a compressed layer of gas between the surfaces. This study presents a modeling technique for an Air bearing component. COMSOL Multiphysics® is used to efficiently solve a coupled Fluid-Structure Interaction analysis. Computational time is significantly reduced compared to ...

Embedded Microfluidic/Thermoelectric Generation System for Self-Cooling of Electronic Devices - new

R. Kiflemariam[1], H. Fekramandi[1], C. Lin[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA

A 3D electro-conjugate heat transfer model was made to study an embedded microfluidic/TEG system (μF/TEG) system. An innovative embedded microfluidic/TEG system (μF/TEG) system is proposed which enables a device to be able to provide power to its cooling system eliminating external power input and resulting in energy efficient and more reliable heat removal system. The research identifies ...

Numerical Optimization Strategy for Determining 3D Flow Fields in Microfluidics

A. Eden [1], M. Sigurdson [1], C. D. Meinhart [1], I. Mezic [1],
[1] University of California - Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Measurement of three dimensional, three component velocity fields is central to the development of effective micromixers for bioassays and lab-on-chip mixing applications. We present a hybrid experimental-numerical method for the generation of 3D flow information from 2D particle image velocimetry (PIV) experimental data and finite element simulations. An optimization algorithm is applied to a ...