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Modeling and Simulation of a Piezoelectric Micro-Power Generator

E. Abdel-Rahman, M. Pallapa, M.A.S. Aly, L. Wong, A.I.H. Chen, K.W. Wong, and J.T. Yeow
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Micro-power generators (MPGs) harvest and store small amounts of ambient energy. The motivation of this paper is to compare the MPG modeling and simulation results obtained from COMSOL Multiphysics® with those obtained using three other approaches: CoventorWare®, ANSYS® and lumped element analysis. The MPG is composed of two identical micro-cantilever beams made of a piezoelectric ...

Design of High Performance Condenser Microphone Using Porous Silicon

S. Suganthi[1], M. Anandraj[2], and L. Sujatha[1]
[1]Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering, Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai, India
[2]Department of Physics, Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai, India

Porous Silicon (PS) can easily be formed by electrochemical etching of silicon in HF based electrolytes at room temperature. Since, PS is compatible with silicon IC technology; it finds lot of applications in the fabrication of MEMS devices. In the current study, we discuss the design of a condenser microphone using a Silicon/ Porous Silicon composite membrane as a movable plate. The performance ...

Electromagnetic Force Simulations on a Reaction Sphere for Satellite Attitude Control

L. Rossini[1], E. Onillon[1], O.Chetelat[1], and C. Allegranza[2]
[1]Centre Suisse d’Electronique et Microtechnique, Switzerland
[2]ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands

In the frame of an ESA project, CSEM in collaboration with other partners has developed an innovative Attitude Orbit Control System concept that relies on a Reaction Sphere. We propose to use one unique magnetic bearing Reaction Sphere whose spin axis and angular velocity can be positioned by dedicated control. The design is based on a 3-D permanent magnet motor obtained with a multi pole rotor ...

COMSOL Multiphysics Modelling for Measurement Device of Electrical Resistivity in Laboratory Test Cell

C. Rémi, M. Bergeron, and S. Moreau
Antony, France

Bioreactor landfill is based on a homogeneous distribution of the moisture content to increase waste biodegradation. Most of studies have shown that Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) can be a suitable method to study water content variation (2D and 3D). ERT is influenced by many physical parameters and no single relationship with volumetric water content was yet established for Municipal ...

A Wide Range MEMS Vacuum Gauge Based on Knudsen’s Forces

V. Sista, and E. Bhattarchaya
Microelectronics and MEMS Lab
Department of Electrical Engineering
Indian Institute of technology Madras
Chennai, India

A MEMS based Knudsen’s pressure gauge working in the range of 1e-5 mbar to 10 mbar is designed and simulated in COMSOL. The working principle is based on Knudsen’s forces that arise when two plates are held at different temperatures and their separation is comparable to the mean free path of the ambient gas molecules. The forces change the separation between the plates and capacitance between ...

Mathematics-based Optimization in the COMSOL Multiphyscis Framework

T. Slawig[1], and U. Prüfert[2]
[1]Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, Kiel, Germany
[2]TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Freiberg, Germany

Use of COMSOL Multiphysics equation-based model capability to solve optimization and control problems. Solution of time-dependent problems with space-time finite elements. Solution of constraint optimization problems. Mathematical back-up for equation-based optimization.

Acoustic-Structure Interaction Modeling of Piezoelectric Transducer in Fluid Medium

V.M. Acosta[1], E. Riera[1], G. Rodriguez[1], A. Pinto[1], A. Cardoni[2], J.A. Gallego-Juárez[1]
[1]Power Ultrasonics Group, CSIC, Serrano, Madrid, Spain
[2]Pusonics, Arganda del Rey, Madrid, Spain

This work describes the design methodology and development of piezoelectric transducers for applications in fluids with COMSOL_Multiphysics. In these linear models for the acoustic-structure interaction approximate numerical solutions have been obtained. In order to perform the calculations, simplifications are only valid for low-power sound waves. Numerical modeling of piezoelectric transducers ...

Design and Simulation of MEMS Based Piezoelectric Vibration Energy Harvesting System

M. C. B. Kumar[1], D. B. Prabhu[1], R. Akila[1], A. Gupta[1], M. Alagappan[1]
[1]PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil nadu, India

This paper discusses the simulation studies on a vibration based energy harvesting system to convert the undesirable mechanical vibration to useful green power. The design consists of a resonating proof mass and a spring system enclosed in housing and fixed on the source of vibration. A piezoelectric suspension acts as the transducer and generates a voltage that is used to charge the batteries ...

Vibration and Acoustic Analysis of a Trussed Railroad Bridge under Moving Loads

R. Costley[1], H. Diaz-Alvarez[1], M. McKenna[1], A. Miller[1]
[1]U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, MS, USA

Two finite element models have been developed to investigate the acoustic radiation from a Pratt truss train bridge. The first model was a time dependent structural model that determined the vibration response of the structure due to two wheels, representing a single axle, moving across the bridge at constant speed. This model was expanded to include multiple axles to represent a locomotive. The ...

Simulation of Differential Ion Mobility (DMS) Principle Coupled with Mass Spectrometry in Atmospheric Pressure

F. Sinatra[1], T. Wu[2], A. Avila[2], E. Nazarov[1], T. Evans-Nguyen[1], J. Wang[2]
[1]Draper Laboratory, Tampa, FL, USA
[2]University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

Mass spectrometry is an analytical technique widely used in the scientific community to determine chemical composition of sample compounds. Typically, mass spectrometers perform their analysis under vacuum conditions, though atmospheric pressure mass spectrometers are becoming more prevalent. With the development of atmospheric pressure mass spectrometers, techniques such as FAIMS (Field ...