N. Stroia, D. Moga, G. Mocanu, Z. Barabas, R. Moga 
Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
This work aims to determine optimized configuration using COMSOL Multiphysics® for a class of transducers. Two types of capacitive sensors needed for monitoring and control in agriculture are investigated: a rain sensor and a soil humidity sensor. COMSOL Multiphysics® is used to test various configurations for both transducers, like the number of teeth in the comb, the depth of the teeth, the ...
M. Audley, G. de Lange, G. Keizer, C. Bracken
SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, Groningen, The Netherlands
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.
F. Qian, L. Quan, X. Liu
Institute of Acoustics and School of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
Previous research into acoustic omnidirectional absorber (AOA) has shown the feasibility of forming acoustic black hole to guide the incident wave into the central absorptive cavity. However, major restrictions to practical applications exist due to complexity of designing metamaterials and unchangeable working states. Here, we propose two cylindrical, two-dimensional AOA schemes based on ...
M. Z. Saghir , A. Ahadi , A. A. Mohamad ,
 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada
 Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
Nanofluids is a new class of fluid consisting of particles in a liquid. Different base liquid has been proposed and the most common one is water. The concentration of these particles can range from 0.1% to 5% or greater. Different numerical models have been proposed to solve this interesting problem. Some scheme assumed the fluid as a single fluid and other assumed as a two phase system ...
M. Maitra , H. B. Nemade , S. Kundu ,
 Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, Assam, India
The objective of this paper is to show the simulation of a piezoelectric thin film device and its application as a sensor. Piezoelectric aluminum nitride thin film clamped at two ends is simulated using COMSOL Multiphysics software. The device consists of the piezoelectric thin film suspended on a cavity etched on a silicon substrate. Two metal electrodes are placed at the two fixed sides of the ...
MEMS Cleanroom Particle Contamination Flow Visualization through Fluid-Structure Interaction Simulation
S. P. Regalla , S. R. Vutla , A. Shushanth , P. K. Pattnaik , K. Ramaswamy , M. B. Srinivas 
 Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
This paper reports the simulation of micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) cleanroom for the purpose of determining the effect of particulate contaminants on the static stress response of cantilever type MEMS devices, such as high precision MEMS pressure sensor. The contaminant presence has been qualitatively verified through computational fluid dynamic simulation of the clean room in COMSOL ...
Influence of Notches in Corners of Casement Windows on Stress Experienced in the Aluminum Profiles under Thermal Load
J. Arfaoui , L. Fromme 
 University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Bielefeld, Germany
Modern aluminum casement windows consist of an inner and outer profile made of aluminum, which are separated by an insulating bar made of polyamide (see Figure 1). Due to the low heat conductivity of the plastic material the thermal interaction between the living space and the surrounding is reduced significantly, but thermal expansion of the different materials could cause elastic or even ...
J. Drillet ,
 DECHEMA-Forschungsinstitut, Frankfurt, Germany
This work aims at the modelling of a 5 cm^2 Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC) with mixed serial/parallel serpentine flow fields in terms of current/voltage behavior. One of the main challenge to overcome consists on lowering the so-called methanol cross over from the anode through the polymer membrane to the cathode that is responsible for mixed-potential formation at the cathode where both ...
A. Frey , I. Kuehne , R. Großmann , T. Frommelt , L. Fromme , T. Koch ,
 Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany
 Heilbronn University, Heilbronn, Germany
 Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Bielefeld, Germany
 COMSOL Multiphysics GmbH, Göttingen, Germany
Today, 90 percent of automation sensors are binary proximity detectors. Besides capacitive and optical types, inductive proximity sensors are essential for industrial applications. Compared to their mechanical counterparts, they offer almost ideal properties as contact-free and wear-free working principle as well as high switching frequency and precision. Inductive sensors cover a detection ...
M. Bavencoffe , N. Tembhurnikar , B. Negulescu , J. Wolfman , G. Feuillard 
 INSA Centre Val de Loire, GREMAN, UMR CNRS 7347, 3 rue de la Chocolaterie, 41034 Blois, France
 François Rabelais University, GREMAN, UMR CNRS 7347, Parc de Grandmont, 37200 Tours, France
With the development of micro and nanotechnologies, integrated structures based on piezoelectric thin films are widely investigated and their characterization become a crucial issue for the development of new applications. A laser interferometry is here used to assess the mechanical response in quasistatic regime of a piezoelectric sample. To complete this experimental approach, a numerical ...