Perspectives of Thermo-electro-mechanical Micro Actuators for Micro Switch Applications: Design and Simulation
M. Matmat, M. Al Ahmad, and J. Y. Fourniols
Laboratoire d'Analyse et d'Architecture des Systèmes (LAAS-CNRS), Toulouse, France
In this work, thermo-mechanical simulations employing a 3D finite element analysis (FEA) of a current driven V-shaped actuator is presented. The structure's hot arms consist of polysilicon, which was used as the active material for deflection due to the Joule effect.COMSOL Multiphysics with stationary and parametric solvers was used to calculate the resulting deflection when current is applied. ...
T. Verdot, and M. Collet
Dept. of Applied Mechanics, FEMTO-ST Institute, Besançon, France
Nowadays, lightweight materials are widely used to reduce weight and increase available space in moving structures such as cars or aircraft. However, they constitute an intense vibrating environment that can strongly affect the operation of embedded micro-transducers such as frequency generators or inertial sensors. To alleviate this problem, we propose the concept of a Micro-Active Suspension ...
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 ...
Pryor Knowledge Systems, Inc., Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA
COMSOL Multiphysics software, when properly configured, can readily solve modeling problems in the laminar flow regime using the standard Navier-Stokes equations or in the fully turbulent flow regime using the kappa-epsilon model. Failure to solve a particular model is typically manifested by instability in the calculation and a failure of the model to converge. This paper presents a new approach ...
S. Baskaran, S. Thiruvannamalai, N. Ramachandran, F.M. Sebastian, and J.Y. Fu
State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA
This paper presents a novel methodology towards the design, analysis, and the fabrication process involved in developing a cost effective method to create a piezoelectric actuator by means of the flexoelectric effect. The basic physical equations of the flexoelectric effect and the qualitative analysis of the flexoelectric actuator are done using COMSOL Multiphysics. This effect is used to align ...
D. Krizaj, I. Iskra, Z. Topcagic, and M. Remskar
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Institut Jozef Stefan, Ljubljana, Slovenia
We are developing nanoparticle detector for airborn particles. The detection principle is based on condensation of nanoparticles forming micron sized water droplets and detection of the droplets by a capacitive type nanodetector. We have successfully performed some experimental evaluations of the detection principle and are in the stage of optimization of several parts of the system. As shown ...
This paper covers the following: * All-Optical Light Modulation of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) is achieved using asymmetric single nanoslits. A high on/off switching ratio of >20 dB and phase variation of >? were observed with the device lateral dimension of only about 2 ?m. * Efficient unidirectional excitation of SPP as well as beam splitting are achieved using the ...
Modeling Electric Fields in Slit Capillary Array Fluidic Actuators with Complex Electrode Geometries
J. Frey, A. Droitcour, D. Laser
Wave 80 Biosciences, San Francisco, CA, USA
With their small size, low manufacturing cost, fast transient response, and capacity to generate fluid power directly from small electrical power sources, microdevices incorporating electroosmostic flow (EOF) have wide-ranging applications, including newly developed high-performance bioassay systems suitable for use in resource-limited settings. We report on a class of EOF-based devices called ...
A. Weddemann, A. Hütten, S. Herth, and M. Schilling
Universität Bielefeld, Fakultät für Physik, Bielefeld
In this work, a system for magnetic and hydrodynamic manipulation of magnetic beads is modelled. A geometry is introduced to assure a good separation behaviour with respect to the magnetic moment of the particles. Different separation mechanisms will be discussed and an estimation of the minimal difference of separable magnetic moments will be given. Further it will be shown, that the ...
Optimization of the Temperature Distribution in a Chemical Microreactor using a Multi-Segment Integrated Thin Film Heater
T.R. Henriksen, S. Jensen, U. Quaade, and O. Hansen
Technical University of Denmark
COMSOL Multiphysics has been used to study the effect of different heater design parameters on the temperature distribution in a chemical microreactor. The primary objective of the simulations has been to optimize the temperature uniformity inside the reaction chamber. In the simulations, special attention has been given to how the number, positions and widths of the heater strips relate ...