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The Fabrication of a New Actuator Based on the Flexoelectric Effect

S. Baskaran[1], S. Thiruvannamalai[1], N. Ramachandran[1], F.M. Sebastian[1], and J.Y. Fu[1]
[1]State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA

This paper presents a novel methodology towards the design, analysis, and the fabrication process involved in developing a cost effective method to create a piezoelectric actuator by means of the flexoelectric effect. The basic physical equations of the flexoelectric effect and the qualitative analysis of the flexoelectric actuator are done using COMSOL Multiphysics. This effect is used to align ...

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, ...

Optimization of Smart Diaphragm Material for Pressure Sensor in Ventilators

M. Algappan[1], P. C. Chakravarthi[1], R. Keerthana[1], S. Mangayarkarasi[1], A. Kandaswamy[1]
[1]PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

A medical ventilator is an imperative device used to save life by delivering an assortment of air and oxygen into and out of the patients’ lungs to administer breathing or to assist obligatory breathing. The commercially available diaphragm based pressure sensors made up of silicon measure the air and oxygen flow. The proposed work utilizes the Piezo electric material for the pressure range ...

Investigation on MEMS Based Thermal Sensor for Cancer Detection

A. V. Lakshmi[1], K. C. Devi[1]
[1]PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

This paper presents the design and simulation of a thermal sensor using COMSOL Multiphysics® software for the detection of low body temperature syndrome which can allow the early detection of cancer. This sensor is made of an alloy consisting of two materials with different coefficients of thermal expansion. The main objective of this work is to investigate the structural change in the sensor ...

3D Stationary and Temporal Electro-Thermal Simulations of Metal Oxide Gas Sensor Based on a High Temperature and Low Power Consumption Micro-Heater Structure

N. Dufour[1], C. Wartelle[2], P. Menini[1]
[1]LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France
[2]Renault, Guyancourt, France

The aim of this work was to simulate the electro-thermal behavior of a micro-hotplate used as a gas sensor, in order to compare the obtained results with a real structure. The structure has been designed in 3D and a stationary and a temporal study has been realized.

Wireless RF Digital System for Mouth-Embedded Multi-Sensor Communication

I.M. Abdel-Motaleb[1], J. Lavrencik [1]
[1]Department of Electrical Engineering, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA

There is urgent need to monitor dental and oral diseases, such as tooth decay, gum diseases, and teeth grinding. Such monitoring can be achieved by embedding sensors in the mouth. This technique faces some difficulties. The first is how the power needed for the operation of the sensors and the associated electronic chips can be generated. This power can be generated using the pressure exerted by ...

Simulation and Fabrication of Wireless Passive MEMS Pressure Sensor

E.A. Unigarro Calpa[1], D.A. Sanz Becerra[1], A. Arciniegas[2], F. Ramirez[1], F. Segura-Quijano[1]
[1]Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
[2]Instituto Barraquer de América, Bogotá, Colombia

A wireless passive pressure sensor and the measurement system were design and simulated using COMSOL 4.3. The sensor is based on MEMS capacitor attached to a planar inductor for wireless powering and readout. An external coil is used for the measuring system. The pressure to be measured compresses the MEMS capacitor and changes sensor\'s resonance frequency. COMSOL 4.3 was used for the analysis ...

Design of a MEMS Resonator for a Centre Frequency Greater than 26.35 MHz and Temperature Coefficient Frequency Less than 0.5 ppm

S.Manikandan[1], R.Radeep krishna[1]
[1]Kalasalingam University, Department of ECE, Srivilliputtur ,Krishnan koil, Tamil Nadu, India

The variability of the design parameters caused by material properties like thermal conductivity is the major challenge in Micro Electromechanical System (MEMS). In resonator design the basic problem is that the frequency changes with temperature variation and quantitative explanation with respect to this varies. The change can be attributed to the stability in terms of frequency drift in parts ...

Modeling and Characterization of Superconducting MEMS for Microwave Applications in Radioastronomy

N. Al Cheikh[1], P. Xavier[1], J. Duchamp[1], and K. Schuster[2]
[1]Institute of Microelectronics, Electromagnetism and Photonics (IMEP-LAHC), Grenoble, France
[2]Institute of Millimetrics Radio Astronomy (IRAM), Grenoble, France

Superconducting GHz electronics circuits are frequently used in Radio Astronomy instrumentation. The features of these instrumentations can be significantly improved by using tuneable capacitances, which can be realized by electrically actuated, micromechanical bridges (MEMS) made of superconducting Niobium (Nb). In order to analyze the electromechanical behavior of such devices and the ...

Multiphysics Modeling of Nanoparticle Detection - Current Status and Collaboration Sought

D. Krizaj[1], I. Iskra[2], Z. Topcagic[1], and M. Remskar[2]
[1]University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Ljubljana, Slovenia
[2]Institut Jozef Stefan, Ljubljana, Slovenia

We are developing nanoparticle detector for airborn particles. The detection principle is based on condensation of nanoparticles forming micron sized water droplets and detection of the droplets by a capacitive type nanodetector. We have successfully performed some experimental evaluations of the detection principle and are in the stage of optimization of several parts of the system. As ...