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Study of Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer in MEMS Structures

S. N. Das[1], G. Bose[2]
[1]Centurion University of Technology and Managment, Jatani, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India
[2]Institute of Technical Education and Research, SOA University, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India

This paper describes the characteristics of MEMS microchannel and various issues of its designing. Here the major parameters are pressure drop and heat transfer rate. Various structures are modeled and optimized to get a minimum pressure drop and maximum heat transfer rate. The simulation results provide the characterization for Temperature, Mass flow rate, Pressure drop and Reynolds number. ...

COMSOL Multiphysics for the Designs and Applications on Biomicrofluidic Chips

I-Fang Cheng[1]
[1]National Nano Device Laboratories (NDL), National Applied Research Laboratories, Taipei, Taiwan

Some types of rare pathogens can be detected and identified in human blood through a low-cost and label-free method. The On-Chip SESR identification process has a fast detection time (about 5 minutes) and a low detection limit. Discrimination of a species is done by sorting red blood cells from bacteria. Simulations of dielectrophoretic (DEP) force, dual layer electrodes, and dynamic separation ...

Optimization and Simulation of MEMS Based Thermal Sensor for Performance of Transformer Oil

V. Vijayalakshmi[1], K. C. Devi[1]
[1]PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

In this work, a bimetallic strip based thermal sensor was designed using MEMS module of COMSOL Multiphysics® software to monitor the temperature rise in insulating oil which was used as coolant in transformers. The bimetallic strip was designed with different shapes such as cylindrical, rectangle, square & conical and different compositions such as Al/Steel Alloy and Fe/Cu which can withstand ...

Study of Pull-In Voltage in MEMS Actuators

P. D. Hanasi[1], B. G. Sheeparamatti[1], B. B. Kirankumar[1]
[1]Basaveshwar Engineering College, Bagalkot, Karnataka, India

Micro cantilevers are the basic MEMS structures, which can be used both as sensors and actuators. The . The objective of this work is to study concept of pull-in voltage and how to reduce the same. Voltage is applied to upper cantilever beam and lower contact electrode is made as ground. By increasing common area between cantilever beam and contact electrode, and also by reducing thickness of ...

Design, Fabrication and Simulation of Microchannel Network for MEMS

V. Jain[1], A. K. Sharma[2], P. Kumar[2]
[1]Thapar University, Patiala, Punjab, India
[2]Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, Uttar Pradesh, India

The greatest challenge being faced for realization of Micro-Electro Mechanical System (MEMS) technology is the lack of a simple, quick and reliable method for the fabrication of 3-D microchannel in the range of micrometers. A novel fabrication technique which opens possibilities for the production of these microfluidic channels is presented in this paper. The present paper highlights the ...

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: ...

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 ...

Simulation of Topology Optimized Electrothermal Microgrippers

O. Sardan[1], D. Petersen[1], O. Sigmund[2], and P. Boggild[1]
[1]DTU Nanotech, Denmark
[2]DTU Mechanical Engineering, Denmark

In this work, electrothermal microgrippers designed using topology optimization are modeled. The microgrippers are composed of two 5 μm-thick polysilicon actuators facing each other. The gap between the actuators are 2 μm in the initial state and the microgrippers are able to both fully close and further open this gap. The operation principle of the actuators is quite similar to that of a ...

Investigating the Use of a Piezoelectric Actuator for the Appendages of a Microrobot

J. Clark, and J. Clark
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

We investigate the use of a piezoelectric actuator for the appendages of a microrobot. Possible uses may include micro assembly, mobile surveillance, etc. What is different about this microrobot is that it uses 2 degrees of freedom, low powered piezoelectric flexures, while attempting to mimic the maneuverability of an ant-like insect. In the paper, we use COMSOL to characterize this type of ...

Variable Capacitance And Pull-In Voltage Analysis Of Electrically Actuated Meander-Suspended Superconducting MEMS

N. AlCheikh[1], P. Xavier[1], J.M. Duchamp[1], C.H. Boucher[2], and K. Schuster[2]
[1]Institute of Microelectronics, Electromagnetism and Photonics (IMEP-LAHC), Minatec, Grenoble, France
[2]Institute of Millimetric Radio Astronomy (IRAM), Grenoble, France

Variable capacitors between the fF and pF range are very interesting for high frequency applications like variable filters, resonators, etc. For radio astronomy applications variable capacitors, realized by electrostatically actuated, micromechanical Meanders-suspended bridges (MEMS) made of superconducting Niobium, have been measured to find C(V). A non plane capacitance behavior have been ...