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Dynamic Characterization and Mechanical Simulation of Cantilevers for Electromechanical Vibration Energy Harvesting

N. Alcheick[1], H. Nesser[1], H. Debeda[1], C. Ayela[1], I. Dufour [1]
[1]Univ. Bordeaux, IMS Lab, Pessac, France

Energy harvesting from ambient vibrations has become an interesting topic for powering wireless sensor networks. Resonant microdevices based on MEMS have become of central importance at low frequency. The power produced at resonance is at least one order of magnitude larger than off frequency power since the largest strain is obtained at resonance. In order to obtain large strain for efficient ...

FSI Analysis of Microcantilevers Vibrating in Fluid Environment

A. Ricci[1] and E. Giuri[1]

[1]Materials and Microsystems Laboratory (CHI-Lab), Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

Cantilever vibration in fluid environment is probably one of the most common Fluid Structure Interaction problems in the field of Micro/Nano Electro Mechanical Systems. Usually the effect of fluid on cantilever oscillation is characterized in terms of mode resonance frequencies and quality factors (Qs). In this work a new approach to the above FSI problem is proposed: modes Q factors and ...

Fluid-structure Interaction Modeling of Air Bearing

H.R. Javani[1], P. Kagan[2], F. Huizinga[1]
[1]ASML - MDev – Mechanical analysis, Veldhoven, The Netherlands
[2]ASML - MDev – System Dynamics, Veldhoven, The Netherlands

Air bearings are special type of bearings which provide nearly zero friction between two surfaces. This is achieved by a compressed layer of gas between the surfaces. This study presents a modeling technique for an Air bearing component. COMSOL Multiphysics® is used to efficiently solve a coupled Fluid-Structure Interaction analysis. Computational time is significantly reduced compared to ...

Nanoscale Heat Transfer using Phonon Boltzmann Transport Equation

S. Sihn[1,2], and A.K. Roy[2]

[1]Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, USA
[2]University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio, USA

COMSOL Multiphysics was used to solve a phonon Boltzmann transport equation (BTE) for nanoscale heat transport problems. One dimensional steady-state and transient BTE problems were successfully solved based on finite element and discrete ordinate methods for spatial and angular discretizations, respectively, by utilizing the built-in feature of the COMSOL, Coefficient Form of PDE.

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 ...

Piezoelectric Vibration Energy Harvester Based on Thickness-Tapered Cantilever

S. Kundu [1], H. B. Nemade [1],
[1] Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, Assam, India

The paper presents simulations of uniform thickness and thickness-tapered types of piezoelectric vibration energy harvesters using COMSOL Multiphysics software. The simulated vibration energy harvesters have bimorph cantilever structure with end mass. Tapering the thickness of the piezoelectric layer in bimorph towards the free end is found to improve the stress distribution in the beam and ...

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 ...

Calculation of Surface Acoustic Waves on a Piezoelectric Substrate using Amazon™ Cloud Computing

U. Vogel [1], M. Spindler [1], S. Wege [1], T. Gemming [1]
[1] Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials, Dresden, Germany

In this work, we seek to simulate SAWs for a better understanding and to benchmark the currently available cloud computing possibilities of COMSOL Multiphysics® software. By using the MEMS module we demonstrate 3D models with reduced geometry to achieve principle information about the wavefield. For a benchmark, a high-speed workstation with limited memory (RAM) is compared to the most potent ...

Design of FIDT for 3D Analysis of MEMS Based Gas Sensor Using SAW Technology

V. S. P. Rajesh [1],
[1] St. Mary's Group of Institutions, Hyderabad, India

3D model of MEMS based SAW gas sensor is designed using Focused Inter Digital Transducers design. Surface displacement & Electrical potential are analyzed at resonance & anti-resonance frequencies. Operating frequency is from 8.7 MHz which acts as start band and 9.2 MHz as stop band. FIDT model helps in energy optimization by focusing the propagating wave more on to the poly-chemical coating. ...

Design and Simulation of Underwater Acoustic MEMS sensor

S. Prabhu [1], Nagbhushan [1],
[1] Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Silicon based MEMS have wide applications in under water sensors. This work aims one such applications, hydrophone. Hydrophone detects the pressure variations of acoustic signals and noise in the water and produces an output voltage proportional to the pressure. Here the attempt is made to design and simulate MEMS based underwater acoustic sensor whose working is based on piezoresistive physics. ...