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Designing Piezoelectric Interdigitated Microactuators using COMSOL

O. Myers [1], M. Anjanappa [2], and C. Freidhoff [3]

[1] Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS, USA
[2] University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, USA
[3] Northrop Grumman Corporation, Electronics Systems Sector, Baltimore, MD, USA

This paper presents a methodology towards designing, analyzing and optimizing piezoelectric interdigitated microactuators using COMSOL Multiphysics. The models used in this study were based on a circularly interdigitated design that takes advantage of primarily the d33 electromechanical piezoelectric constant coefficient. Because of the symmetric nature of the devices, 2D axisymmetric models ...

Design of High Performance Condenser Microphone Using Porous Silicon

S. Suganthi[1], M. Anandraj[2], and L. Sujatha[1]
[1]Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering, Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai, India
[2]Department of Physics, Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai, India

Porous Silicon (PS) can easily be formed by electrochemical etching of silicon in HF based electrolytes at room temperature. Since, PS is compatible with silicon IC technology; it finds lot of applications in the fabrication of MEMS devices. In the current study, we discuss the design of a condenser microphone using a Silicon/ Porous Silicon composite membrane as a movable plate. The performance ...

Proof of Concept and Properties of Micro Hydraulic Displacement Amplifier

R. Zhu[1], A. Malisauskaite[1], U. Mescheder [1], U. Wallrabe[2]
[1]Hochschule Furtwangen University, Furtwangen, Baden-Württemberg,Germany
[2]Institut für Mikrosystemtechnik (IMTEK), Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Nowadays, mathematical models have been widely applied in varies fields; especially in fluid mechanics and nonlinear material which are very complex or even not possible to be calculated using analytical methods. In this paper, a hydraulic displacement amplifier coupled with fluid mechanics and hyperelastic material is studied through 2D axisymmetric FSI (Fluid-structure interaction) model in ...

MEMS Based Tactile Sensors for Robotic Surgery

V. Nivethitha[1], S. P. Rakavi[1], K. C. Devi[1]
[1]PSG College Of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

In this work, a piezoelectric tactile sensor will be designed and simulated using COMSOL Multiphysics®. The sensor is designed in order to assess the pressure exerted on the human body while the robotic surgery is performed. The sensor consists of a rigid and compliant cylindrical element. A circular PDMS (Polydimethylsiloxane) film is sandwiched between the rigid cylinder and the base plate to ...

Optimizing the Design of Polymer based Unimorph Actuator using COMSOL Multiphysics

V. Tiwari[1], R. Sharma[1], G. Srivastava[1], R. Dwivedi[1]
[1]Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

Cantilever beam-type transducers have been in great demand and explored widely in the recent years, typically in thin film form because of their sensor and actuator applications. The piezoelectric cantilever is the most preferred structure employed in technological applications. Depending on the required flexural motion and sensitivities, these piezoelectric cantilevers can be used in unimorph, ...

Design and Analysis of a Wetting Lens for the Pinhole Cameras of a Two Phase Flow System

A. K. Reddy[1], T. Satyanarayana[1]
[1]Lakireddy Balireddy Autonomous College of Engineering, Mylavaram, A.P., India

The present work reports the fabrication process of micro lens for pinhole cameras, modeled using COMSOL Multiphysics®, by satisfying the wetting properties. Wetting is a change in contact angle between the liquid and solid surface area. The wetting properties are clearly understood in terms of forces. The two immiscible fluids were taken for the formation of fluid-fluid and wall-fluid ...

Simulation of Highly Nonlinear Electrokinetics Using a Weak Formulation

G. Soni[1], T. Squires[2], and C. Meinhart[1]

[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara, CA, USA
[2] Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara, CA, USA

We present a numerical model for simulating highly nonlinear electrokinetic phenomena, which occurs at high zeta potentials. In this model, the electric double layer is realized by solving a partial differential equation (PDE) on the double-layer-inducing surface. We also allow for a nonlinear surface capacitance, which relates the surface charge density to the zeta potential of the surface. ...

Design and Optimization of an All Optically Driven Phase Correction MEMS Deformable Mirror Device using Finite Element Analysis

V. Mathur[1], K. Anglin[1], V.S. Prasher[1], K. Termkoa[1], S.R. Vangala[1], X. Qian[1], J. Sherwood[1], W.D. Goodhue[1], B. Haji-Saeed[2], and J. Khoury[2]

[1]Photonics Center, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
[2]Air Force Research Laboratory/Sensors Directorate, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, USA

Optically addressable MEMS mirrors are required for future high density adaptive optics array systems. We have demonstrated a novel technique of achieving this by actuating low stress Silicon Nitride micro mirrors via cascaded wafer bonded Gallium Arsenide photo detectors on Gallium Phosphide. In the work reported here, we discuss the key design parameters of the device, and present the finite ...

Particle Flow Control by Magnetically Induced Dynamics of Particle Interactions

F. Wittbracht[1], A. Weddemann[1], A. Auge[1], and A. Hütten[1]

[1]Department of Physics, Thin Films and Physics of Nanostructures, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

In this work, we show that dipolar magnetic coupling can be used to control the particle flow through microfluidic structures without changing the state of motion of the carrier liquid. Also no external magnetic gradient fields are employed; the total external magnetic force applied is therefore zero. The theoretical idea will be tested experimentally. Here, additional effects originating from ...

Magnetic Nanoparticles for Novel Granular Spintronic Devices

A. Regtmeier[1], A. Weddemann[2], I. Ennen[3], and A. Hütten[1]
[1]Dept. of Physics, Thin Films and Physics of Nanostructures, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany
[2]Dept. of Elect. Eng. and Comp. Science, Lab. for Electromagnetic and Electronic Syst., MIT, Cambridge, MA
[3]Institute of Solid State Physics, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria

Superparamagnetic nanoparticles have a wide range of applications in modern electric devices. Recent developments have identi fied them as components for a new type of magnetoresistance sensor. We propose a model for the numeric evaluation of the sensor properties. Based on the solutions of the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation for a set of homogeneously magnetized spheres arranged in highly ...