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Micromachined Silicon Integrating Cavities for Far-Infrared Bolometer Arrays - new

M. Audley[1], G. de Lange[1], G. Keizer[1], C. Bracken[2]
[1]SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, Groningen, The Netherlands
[2]National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

We are investigating gold-plated micromachined silicon integrating cavities for arrays of far infrared Transition Edge Sensor bolometers. We present the results of our simulations and show how we used COMSOL Multiphysics® software to optimize the geometry of the integrating cavity. We show that we can achieve a high optical efficiency over a wide frequency range.

Interpretation of Measurements with Novel Thermal Conductivity Sensors Suitable for Space Applications

N. I. Kömle[1], G. Kargl[1], E. Kaufmann[2], J. Knollenberg[2], and W. Macher[1]
[1]Space Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Graz, Austria
[2]DLR Institut für Planetenforschung, Berlin, Germany

Thermal conductivity of near surface soil layers is a key parameter for understanding the energy balance of planetary bodies. To measure this property, heated needle sensors are frequently used in field and laboratory applications. To adapt this type of sensors for application on space missions, various modifications have to be implemented. An example for such a modified sensor is the so ...

Motion of Uncharged Particles in Electroosmotic Flow through a Wavy Cylindrical Channel

N. Qudus[1], T. Mahbub[1], S. A. Ali[1], and M. Shajahan[1]
[1] Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka Bangladesh

A finite element model is employed to describe the electric potential distribution and electroosmotic flow field inside a wavy cylindrical channel. The model uses coupled Laplace and Poisson-Boltzmann to evaluate the electric potential distribution inside the channel. It also contains continuity and Navier–Stokes equations for the solution of fluid flow. A particle trajectory model was ...

Dynamic Observation of Magnetic Particles in Continuous Flow Devices by Tunneling Magnetoresistance Sensors

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

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

Dynamic measurement of magnetic particles in continuous flow devices is made very difficult by the limitations imposed by the sensors themselves. Thus, certain sensor layouts are restricted to either number sensitive or spatial resolutive measurements of magnetic particles. We investigate different new strategies to increase the detection threshold and introduce designs accomplishing both: ...

Measuring the Spectra of Metamaterials at an Oblique Incidence

X. Ni[1,2], Z. Liu[1,2], and A.V. Kildishev[1,2]
[1]School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
[2]Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

The emergence of electromagnetic metamaterials has given rise to a variety of fascinating applications, including the perfect lens and the optical cloaking device. For a long time the study of the properties of metamaterials was limited to normal incidence only. However, it is extremely important to know the behavior of metamaterials especially in the area of imaging. In this paper, we use ...

Numerical Study of Microfluidic Fuel Cell Performance

A. E. Khabbazi[1], A.J. Richards[1], and M. Hoorfar[1]
[1]School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC Canada, Canada

Using COMSOL Multiphysics 3.5, a numerical model has been developed to determine the effect of the channel geometry and electrode configuration on cell performance based on polarization curves. The Butler-Volmer equation was implemented to determine the reaction rates at the electrodes. The Conductive Media DC module is used to model the electric fields within the fuel cell.

Contactless Excitation of MEMS Resonant Sensors by Electromagnetic Driving

M. Baù[1], V. Ferrari[1], and D. Marioli[1]
[1]Department of Electronics for Automation, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy

A contactless electromagnetic principle for the excitation of mechanical vibrations in resonant structures has been investigated. The principle relies on no specific magnetic property of the resonator except electrical conductivity and can be adopted for employing the structures as resonant sensors for measurements either in environments not compliant with the requirements of active electronics ...

Design of an Electrodynamically Actuated Microvalve Using COMSOL Multiphysics® and MATLAB®

M. Williams, J. Zito, J. Agashe, A. Sopeju, and D. Arnold
University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

This paper describes the design of a normally closed, electrodynamic microvalve.  Magnetic forces between a permanent magnet in the valve cover and a soft magnet in the valve seat hold the valve closed.  The combination of electrodynamic actuation and a mechanical restoring spring are used to open the valve.  A device model and a design optimization strategy using COMSOL ...

Hybrid Multiscale Modeling of Corrosion Nanoinhibitors Transport

C. Trenado[1], D. Strauss[1,2], and M. Wittmar[2]
[1]Computational Diagnostics & Biocybernetics Unit, Saarland University Hospital, Homburg, Germany
[2]Leibniz-Institute for New Materials, Saarbrücken, Germany

Progress in coating technology has allowed for the development of free-chromate corrosion inhibitors, which are able to smartly migrate when required. In order to support the coating design, we propose a hybrid mathematical model to study the inhibitor's release by taking into account the thermodynamics and kinetics involved in the corrosion process. The proposed model is ...

Computational Simulation of Electrohydrodynamic Systems Pertaining to Micro and Nano scale Fluid Flow Phenomenon

M. Seiler[1], and B. Kirby[2]
[1]Department of Engineering Physics, Cornell
University, NY, USA
[2]Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cornell
University, NY, USA

Modeling of 3D AC electro-osmotic pumps is relevant to the creation of portable or implantable lab-on-a-chip devices for mm/s tunable fluid flows attainable with battery scale voltages. In this analysis using COMSOL Multiphysics we investigate the modeling challenges of computationally calculating systems of fluid flow phenomena governed by AC Electroosmosis in the micro and nano scale regimes.

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