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Design and Finite Element Analysis of Electrothermal Compliant Microactuators

A. R. Kalaiarasi, and S. H. Thilagar
Annauniversity Chennai
TamilNadu, India

Electrothermal actuators are capable of providing larger displacements compared to electrostatic actuators. Four designs for ETC actuators with the same material properties and same dimensions are studied.

Polyimide Thermal Micro Actuator - new

A. Arevalo[1], I. G. Foulds[2]
[1]Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering Division (CEMSE), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
[2]School of Engineering, Okanagan Campus, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Joule heating is simulated in COMSOL Multiphysics® software for the electro-thermal micro actuator. The aim is to choose the optimal design parameters to get the largest possible in-plane displacement. The comparison between the different possible configurations will reveal the optimal parameters for the longest displacement. Our current micro fabrication process allows the actuator to use ...

Characterization of a Tonpilz Transducer and Performance Analysis for a MEMS-Transducer Array

V. Vadde, and B. Lakshmi G

In this paper, we develop and analyze a standard piezoacoustic Tonpilz-transducer model for underwater acoustics in Comsol by addressing the attendant piezoelectric and pressure acoustic multiphysics phenomena. Transducer properties that are studied and characterized are the center frequency, bandwidth, linearity, sensitivity, and noise figure. In an effort to miniaturize the transducer, a ...

COMSOL Multiphysics® Software Simulation of a Dual-axis MEMS Accelerometer with T-Shaped Beams

C. Zheng [1], X. Xiong [1], J. Hu [2]
[1] Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT, USA
[2] Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT, USA

Introduction: Inertial navigation requires acceleration measurement along all three degree-of-freedoms. Most accelerometers are designed to measure acceleration along a single sensitive direction. For complete inertial sensing, a move effective accelerometer which can sense acceleration along multiple axes is needed. In this research, a dual-axis MEMS (Microelectromechanical Systems) ...

Nanowire Based Flexible Piezoelectric Sensor for Structural Health Monitoring Applications

A. El Kacimi [1], E. Pauliac-Vaujour [1], J. Eymery [2]
[1] University Grenoble Alpes, CEA, LETI, MINATEC Campus, Grenoble, France
[2] University Grenoble Alpes, CEA, Grenoble, France

We report on the modeling of flexible piezoelectric capacitive sensor based on GaN wires grown by Metal Organic Vapor Phase Epitaxy. Single crystal cone-shaped wires with hexagonal cross section are embedded within dielectric layers (parylene) in between two metal electrodes to achieve a capacitive structure. The device characteristics directly depend on growth conditions for example by tuning ...

MEMS Based Silicon Load Cell for Weighing Applications

D. Chauhan[1], B. D. Pant[2]
[1]Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana, India
[2]CSIR- Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute, Pilani, Rajasthan, India

Load cells are force sensors, which are used in weighing equipment. The objective of this work is to develop MEMS based load cell. In this work two different load cell designs were simulated. First design is based on compressing a meander like polysilicon strain gage for the measurement of high forces up to 10kN. Second design is based on MEMS pressure sensor consisting of membrane, on which ...

Surface Acoustic Wave Based MEMS Resonator

S. Dixit[1], R. C. Jain[1]
[1]Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

Surface Acoustic Waves (SAW) is the acoustic wave that propagates along the surface of the substrate with amplitude decaying exponentially away from the surface. A basic SAW device consists of two IDT’s on a piezoelectric substrate such as quartz. Surface Acoustic Wave can be generated by application of a voltage to an IDT deposited on the surface of a piezoelectric substrate. The ...

MEMS Electrostatic Acoustic Pixel

A. Arevalo [1], D. Conchouso [1], D. Castro [1], I. G. Foulds [2],
[1] Computer, Electrical, & Mathematical Sciences & Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
[2] The University of British Columbia, School of Engineering, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The growth of the electronics industry demand better components for the electronic systems. Such components need to be improve to keep up with the evolution of the digital era. The loudspeaker design has not been changed for almost a century [1-5]. The acoustic transducer is the last analogue component needed for a true digital audio system. We want to validate the feasibility of using an ...

Piezoelectric Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) Device with Simulated Poling Condition

R. Xu [1], M. Guizzetti [1], K. Astafiev [1], E. Ringgaard [1], T. Zawada [1],
[1] Meggitt A/S, Kvistgaard, Denmark

FEM (Finite Element Method) modelling software such as COMSOL Multiphysics® can be a powerful tool for modelling the behavior and response of piezoelectric materials and devices [1]. Devices based on piezoelectric crystals are particularly well suited, because the polarization magnitude in crystals is predetermined and its orientation is defined by how it was cut with respect to the lattice ...

Simulation of ZnO Enhanced SAW Gas Sensor

H. du Plessis[1], W. Perold[1]
[1]University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices are widely used for their sensing capabilities and gas sensing is only one of many uses. There is an ever increasing need to make them as effective as possible by adding nanomaterials to the device. In this study a two-port delay-line structure with 128YX lithium niobate was simulated with COMSOL Multiphysics® in the form of a 2D cross-section. ZnO nanopillars ...