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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 ...

Particle Flow Control by Magnetically Induced Dynamics of Particle Interactions

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

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

In this work, we show that dipolar magnetic coupling can be used to control the particle flow through microfluidic structures without changing the state of motion of the carrier liquid. Also no external magnetic gradient fields are employed; the total external magnetic force applied is therefore zero. The theoretical idea will be tested experimentally. Here, additional effects originating from ...

Design and Characterization of a MEMS Varactor

V. S. Nagaraja, N. Suma, and S. L. Pinjare
Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology

The tunable capacitor (variable capacitor) is one of the most important and components in filters, Phase shifters, VCO etc. A tunable capacitor can also be built using electro – thermal actuating mechanism. Compared to electro static, tunable capacitors actuated by thermal actuators have several advantages like lower driving voltages. The performance of thermal actuator becomes a key factor ...

Analysis of Fluid Pumping with a Throttle Type Piezoelectric Micro Pump

B. Pe?ar[1], D. Križaj[1], D. Vrta?nik[1], D. Resnik[1], U. Aljan?i?[1], M. Možek[1], T. Dolžan[1], A. Slavko[1]
[1]Faculty of Electrical Engineering, UNI of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Operation of a modified type microthrottle (MT) pump is analyzed by numerical simulation. Conventional MT pumps have disk type piezoelectric membranes while the analyzed type has a membrane of a rectangular shape. This could be advantageous in case the pump is stacked into an array for parallel pumping. A complete electro–fluid–solid mechanics coupling model for numerical simulation of strip ...

Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization of Piezoelectric Bimorph Transducer for Broadband Vibration Energy Harvesting in Multi-Beam and Trapezoidal Approach

N. Chen [1], V. Bedekar [1],
[1] Department of Engineering Technology, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, USA

The objective of the research is to design a broadband energy harvester device through the multi-beam approach and non-linear trapezoidal geometry approach. The performance of two piezoelectric PZT-PZN polycrystalline ceramic composition samples are simulated in COMSOL Multiphysics®, and results are compared using series configuration of a bimorph energy harvester which vibrates near the its ...

Modeling and Simulation of MEMS Based 3D Vibrating Gyroscope for Mobile Robotics Applications

M. Ramya, R. P. S. Valli, R. Vidya, G. Anju, and M. Alagappan
PSG College of Technology
Coimbatore
Tamil Nadu, India

In this study, a biomimetic vibrating 3D MEMS Gyroscope is designed, consisting of two circular diaphragms with a club shaped structure placed over one of them. This MEMS based vibrating gyroscope was modeled and simulated using COMSOL Multiphysics 4.1 - MEMS module. The purpose of the research was to develop an effective gyroscope for guidance and control of mobile robots. The simulated ...

Design and Simulation of MEMS-based Sensor for Artificial Hand

P. Prema[1], Sakthivishnu.R[1], Sowmya. R[1], Chandra Devi K[1], Meenakshi Sundaram. N[1]
[1]PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

An artificial hand is the one that replaces the hand lost through trauma, disease, or congenital conditions. The proposed design is to simulate a sensor, used in prosthetic hand so as to measure the pressure required to hold the object, using COMSOL Multiphysics®. The physical parameters such as size, shape and mass of the object were optimized so as to hold an object. The weight of the object ...

Simulations of Micropumps Based on Tilted Flexible Structures - new

M. J. Hancock[1], N. H. Elabbasi[1], M. C. Demirel[2]
[1]Veryst Engineering, LLC., Needham, MA, USA
[2]Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA

Pumping liquids at small scales is challenging because of the principle of reversibility: in a viscous regime, the flow streamlines through a fixed geometry are the same regardless of flow direction. Recently we developed a class of microfluidic pump designs based on tilted flexible structures that combines the concepts of cilia (flexible elastic elements) and rectifiers (e.g., Tesla pump). We ...

A Modular Platform for Cell Characterization, Handling, and Sorting by Dielectrophoresis

S. Burgarella[1], B. Dell’Anna[2], V. Perna[1], G. Zarola[2], and S. Merlo[2]

[1]STMicroelectronics, Agrate Brianza, MI, Italy
[2]Dipartimento di Elettronica, Università degli Studi di Pavia, Pavia, Italy

Dielectrophoresis (DEP) is a method for cell manipulation without physical contact in lab-on-chip devices, since it exploits the dielectric properties of cells suspended in a microfluidic sample, under the action of locally generated high-gradient electric fields. The DEP platform that has been developed offers an integrated solution for customizable applications. Several functional units, ...

Design and Analysis of Micro-tweezers with Alumina as Gripper Using COMSOL Multiphysics

V. S. Selvakumar, M. S. Gowtham, M. Saravanan, S. Suganthi, and L. Sujatha
Rajalakshmi Engineering College
Chennai, India

Micro-tweezers have been widely investigated because of their extensive applications in micro-fluidics technology, microsurgery and tissue-engineering. It has been reported that thermal actuation provides greater forces and easier control when compared to electrostatic micro actuation. In this paper, we discuss about the effects of Alumina as gripper on the operation of micro tweezers. The ...