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Design and Analysis of Microcantilevers for Sensor Applications

R. Phadke [1], R. Pramodhini [1], A. Tiwari [2],
[1] Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

In this report, we present the design and analysis of microcantilevers of various shapes and materials for different applications. Here we investigate the sensitivity i.e. amount of bending of the cantilever due to same amount of force applied to each of the shape and the respective material using COMSOL Multiphysics software. In this context, we are restricted to the use of microcantilevers in ...

Nonlinear Mechanical Modeling of Thermoplastics

J. Bergstrom [1], N. Elabbasi [1],
[1] Veryst Engineering, Needham, MA, USA

The use of thermoplastic materials is increasing and it is becoming more important during the design process to accurately represent the non-linear material response in relevant loading conditions. The COMSOL Multiphysics® software supports advanced modeling capabilities for large deformation analyses, including contact and multiphysics couplings. It is now also possible to use advanced non ...

Stress Distribution in Masonry Walls, Loaded in Plane, Simulated with COMSOL

A.T. Vermeltfoort, and J. van Schijndel
Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands

The tensile strength of masonry is relatively low compared to its compressive strength and is affected by the direction of the joints and their filling. In masonry with modern thin layer mortar (joint thickness 3 to 5 mm) sometimes the head joints are left open. A total of 13 model-walls was built and for each model four general purpose mortar combinations and three thin layer mortar ...

A Model Coupling Water Transport with Local Deformation and Polymer Phase Transition

A. Briffaz [1], J. M. Méot [2], P. Bohuon [3], C. Mestres [2], B. Matignon [2], M. Dornier [3]
[1] CIRAD, Montpellier, France
[2] CIRAD, Montpellier, France
[3] Montpellier SupAgro, Montpellier, France

Describing and predicting the extent of the physicochemical processes as well as geometrical deformation taking place during food transformation is of major importance to control food functional properties. Unfortunately, only a few food-matrix models consider deformation particularly because of large deformation. In the case of a starchy product such as rice, water transport and swelling ...

Finite Element Modeling of MEMS Chevron Thermal Actuators for Strain Engineering of Graphene

M. Vutukuru [1], J. Christopher [2], B. Goldberg [1,2], D. Bishop [1,2,3], A. Swan [1,2,3]
[1] Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
[2] Department of Physics, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
[3] Division of Material Science Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA

Graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms, has demonstrated extremely high electric and thermal conductivities, tensile strength, and is therefore an exciting novel building block in the world of 2D flexible electronics. We propose the integration of graphene with MEMS devices to investigate the strain dependence on graphene material properties, such as electrical and thermal conductivity, index ...

Mechanical Behaviour of TiAl Spherical Particles Including Friction Effect

G. Maizza, R. Cagliero, and A. Santoro
Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali ed Ingegneria Chimica, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

Powder metallurgy is a key technology for manufacturing advanced components based on TiAl alloys. Cold compaction is the primary step to produce green parts. Cold deformation of TiAl powder is difficult due to its typical poor ductility. Plastic deformation and cracking susceptibility of TiAl powder strongly depends on micro-mechanical phenomena. To manage real compaction problems more reliable ...

Design and Nuclear-Safety Related Simulations of Bare-Pellet Test Irradiations for the Production of Pu-238 in the High Flux Isotope Reactor Using COMSOL

J.D. Freels[1], P.K. Jain[1], R.W. Hobbs[1]
[1]Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is developing technology to re-establish the capability to produce plutonium-238 for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a power source material for powering vehicles while in deep-space. The High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) of ORNL has been utilized to perform test irradiations of in-capsulated neptunium oxide (NpO2) and aluminum ...

A Computational Approach for Optimizing the First Flyer Using COMSOL Multiphysics

A.H. Aziz[1], H. Pourzand[1], A.K. Singh[1]
[1]Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA

COMSOL Multiphysics software was used to structurally optimize the Wright brothers’ flyer. The flyer was drawn in SolidWorks, imported and meshed in COMSOL. COMSOL Solid Mechanics module was used to analyze the flyer. Four of the sixteen struts were removed yet the structural integrity of the flyer was maintained. COMSOL Laminar Flow module was used to compute the aerodynamic forces and ...

Designing and Simulating the Performance Analysis of Piezoresistive Fluid Flow Pressure Sensor

K. PraveenKumar[1], P. Suresh[1], K. Subash[1], M. Alagappan[1], A. Gupta[1]
[1]PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.

In this work, we present the performance analysis of novel micro machined Piezoresistive fluid flow pressure sensor using COMSOL Multiphysics. The principle of the sensing mechanism is based on the deflection of four sensing layers embedded on a thin membrane. The fluid passes through the layer causes the deflection of the sensing layer which measures the pressure of the fluid. The following ...

Simulation of Microstructured Rolling-Sliding Contacts - new

M. Weschta[1], S. Tremmel[1], S. Wartzack[1]
[1]Engineering Design, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany

To reduce friction in lubricated tribological contacts, the surfaces of the contacting bodies can be microstructured to improve lubricating conditions. For lower loaded contacts this approach has already reached industrial applications, e.g. the piston-liner contact. For higher loaded contacts the effects are currently in basic research. Elastic deformation in the contact area plays an important ...