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 and Simulation of 3D ZnO Nanowire Based Gas Sensors for Conductivity Studies

N. Gouthami, D. Parthiban, M. Alagappan, and G. Anju
PSG College of Technology
Tamil Nadu, India

The objective of this paper is to design a 3D Gas Sensor for sensing Hydrogen gas and to increase the conductivity at nano level. In this novel design, nanorods act as the sensing layer. The sensitivity towards gas adsorption is found to be increased due to its high surface to volume ratio. The total displacement and voltage on intermediate layer after gas adsorption will be changing by varying ...

MEMS Acoustic Pixel

A. Arevalo[1], I. G. Foulds[2]
[1]King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
[2]The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

A COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation was used to simulate the behavior of a micro-membrane (Acoustic Pixel) to be used as a potential acoustic transducer. The MEMS and Piezoelectric devices interfaces were used to simulate such transducer. A four-cantilever spring configuration is initially proposed. Each cantilever has a width of 30 µm and are connected to a central circular plate with a radius ...

VLSI Layout Based Design Optimization of a Piezoresistive MEMS Pressure Sensors using COMSOL Multiphysics

R. Komaragiri[1], Sarath. S.[1], N. Kattabomman[1]
[1]NIT Calicut, Kozhikode, Kerala

This paper focuses on the diaphragm design and optimization of a piezoresistive Micro Electro Mechanical System (MEMS) pressure sensor by considering Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) layout schemes. The aim of these studies is to find an optimal diaphragm shape by Finite Element Method (FEM) using COMSOL®, which is most suitable for VLSI layout. Optimal diaphragm shape is a diaphragm shape ...

Design and Simulation of Piezoelectric Ultrasonic Micro Motor

P. Patel[1], P. Manohar[1]
[1]Electrical and Electronics Department, M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Micro machined motors are a recent development in the domain of electrical machines. Compared to the conventional electromagnetic motors, micro machined motors offer high torque at lower speed, and are compact in nature. This makes them suitable for applications in the field of microsatellite, biomedical, micro robot, automobile, and auto focusing camera. The present work describes the design and ...

Numerical Analysis of Fluid Mixing in a T-Shaped Micro Mixer

M. S. Virk, A. E. Holdø, and S. Kaennakham
Energy & Environmental Technology Applied Research Group, Faculty of Engineering and Computing, Coventry University, Coventry, UK

Microfluidic systems hold promise for many novel applications where rapid mixing is important, and has lead to a number of new developments. Despite such major developments, no systematic study has been carried out to understand the effect of flow mechanisms and geometry on microfluidic mixing. This work focuses on a mixing analysis of low Reynolds number (< 25) microfluids in a T-shaped passive ...

COMSOL Thermal Model for a Heated Neural Micro-Probe

M. Christian[1], S. Firebaugh[1], A. Smith[1]
[1]United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA

This project utilizes the heat transfer module of the COMSOL Multiphysics environment to model the effects that an ohmic heating probe will have on neural tissue. The model quantifies the thermal impact of active components embedded on a neural micro probe by solving the Penne’s bioheat equation with an external MATLAB function to determine the heat generation along the length of the probe. ...

Design, Simulation and Study of MEMS Based Micro-Needles and Micro-Pump for Biomedical Applications

P. K. Podder, D. Mallick, D. P. Samajdar, and A. Bhattacharyya
Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics
University of Calcutta
West Bengal, India

In this paper, we have addressed the issues related to the design and simulation of MEMS based silicon micro-needles for insertion of fluid into the dermis layer and into the subcutaneous fat layer. In addition, a poly-silicon micro-pump based on the principle of electrostatic actuation has been designed and simulated which can be integrated with the proposed micro-needles to control the fluid ...

Design of Pressure Measuring Cells Using the Unified Material Law

P. Aguirre[1], F. Figueroa[1]
[1]Sensor Technik Wiedemann GmbH, Kaufbeuren, Bayern, Germany

Pressure Sensors are widely used in the automotive industry. Their main use is the dynamic monitoring of pressure inside combustion engines. To achieve a good signal accuracy, the design of pressure sensors can be improved with FEM calculations of stress and strains on the measuring cell depending on their geometry and material properties. The geometry is adapted according to a special ...

Dynamic Characterization and Mechanical Simulation of Cantilevers for Electromechanical Vibration Energy Harvesting

N. Alcheick[1], H. Nesser[1], H. Debeda[1], C. Ayela[1], I. Dufour [1]
[1]Univ. Bordeaux, IMS Lab, Pessac, France

Energy harvesting from ambient vibrations has become an interesting topic for powering wireless sensor networks. Resonant microdevices based on MEMS have become of central importance at low frequency. The power produced at resonance is at least one order of magnitude larger than off frequency power since the largest strain is obtained at resonance. In order to obtain large strain for efficient ...

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 ...

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