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Finite Element Analysis of Contact Studies of Radio Frequency MEMs Switch Membranes

J. Liu [1], V. B. Chalivendra [1], C. Goldsmith [1], W. Huang [1]
[1] University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA, USA

Radio frequency (RF) micro-electro mechanical system (MEMS) switch works in on/off modes controlled by electrostatic forces. In off mode, rough surfaces of electrodes come into a contact. Membrane contact surfaces have complex surface roughness patterns and the mechanical contact problem is very challenging to understand. The capability to predict contact quality becomes extremely important to ...

3D Printed Microfluidic Medical Devices: Rapid Prototyping Using LiveLink™ for MATLAB®

A. P. Spann [1], M. J. Hancock [1],
[1] Veryst Engineering LLC., Needham, MA, USA

Recent advances in additive manufacturing enable rapid production of low-cost custom devices.[1-2] Despite modern 3D printers apparent resolutions on the order of tens of microns, for microfluidic applications there are challenges associated with the creation of channels below a few hundred microns,[3] including the removal of support materials. We present two case studies that use COMSOL ...

Microfluidic Separation System for Magnetic Beads

F. Wittbrach, A. Weddemann, A. Auge, and A. Hütten
Department of Physics, Bielefeld University, Germany

It is possible to control the motion of magnetic beads using a combination of hydrodynamic and electromagnetic forces. In this work, we investigate the possibility to manipulate the motion of beads with different magnetic moments in a special microfluidic structure so as to separate them. We also experimentally prove that this structure is a suitable device to separate beads and show that the ...

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 ...

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 ...

Simulation of Deformed Solid Particles in Constrained Microfluidic Channel

M. Cartas-Ayala[1], R. Karnik[1]
[1]Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

Characterization of particles has numerous applications in science and diagnostics. Recently, particle passage through constrained microchannels has been proposed to characterize particles based on their passage velocity. Nevertheless, there is no clear understanding of how the physics in this system interact. Here we quantify the effects of the flow around the particle by simulating the passage ...

Thermally Induced-Noise Reduction Using an Electrostatic Force Feedback

H. Lee, and J.V. Clark
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

In this paper we present a method to mitigate the effect of thermally-induced noise in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) through a force feedback circuit. Inherent noise-induced vibrations, which would be inconsiderable in macro scale, are considered as a limitation in micro- and nano- scale since it diminishes the high performance of MEMS devices. For instance, depending on the stiffness ...

Strong Magnetic Field and Its Application

Y. Song
Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

High magnetic field research has yielded fruitful results. Since 1913, associated with the magnetic field there are 19 Nobel Prizes, including a prize for medicine, five chemistry prizes, and 13 physics prizes. In recent years, the international community under the conditions of strong magnetic field is very active in scientific research, involving many disciplines such as physics, chemistry, ...

Air Convection on a Micro Hotplate Gas Sensor

S. Gidon[1], M. Brun[1], S. Nicoletti[1], P. Barritault[1]
[1]Commissariat Energie Atomique, LETI, Minatec Campus, Grenoble, France

Monitoring of indoor CO2 concentration is of particular interest to detect room occupancy in order to optimize power consumptions of building. One approach to monitor the indoor CO2 concentration is to use optical detection using specific absorption lines of CO2 molecules in the infrared domain close to 4.2 µm. Such optical sensors include a detector, typically a micro-bolometer, an IR source ...

COMSOL在压阻式柔性压力传感器中的应用

王宗荣 [1,2], 王珊 [1],
[1] 浙江大学,杭州,中国
[2] 香港大学,香港,中国

引言:柔性压力传感器在电子皮肤、智能假肢以及医疗监测诊断等领域发挥着十分重要的作用。因此压力传感器需要很高的灵敏度、较宽的敏感区间及稳定的性能。利用典型有机硅 PDMS 作为支撑层,聚合物 PEDOT: PSS 作为导电感应层制得的高度不均一微突结构的双压敏机制压阻传感器灵敏度达到了 851kPa-1。其探测范围广,性能优异,为解决目前压阻传感器中灵敏度低、敏感压力区间窄的难题提供了新思路。 COMSOL MULTIPHYSICS® 软件的使用:本文利用 COMSOL Multiphysics® 软件建立了不均匀微突结构的压阻式传感器模型,采用了结构力学与电流场两个物理场,通过电子接触对进行多物理场的耦合。研究在指定位移情况下,压阻式传感器电阻与电流的变化,从而得到灵敏度,验证不均匀微突结构压阻式压力传感器的双作用机制。同时,与均一微金字塔结构的压力传感器进行比较 ...