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Design of Novel Recirculation System for Slow Reacting Assays in Microfluidic Domain

N.N. Sharma, and A. Tekawade
Mechanical Engineering Group, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, Rajasthan, India

A simple design for a microfluidic flow system for use in mixing or reacting assays with limited sample availability has been proposed and analyzed using COMSOL\'s multiphysics simulation package. The design is based on differential electroosmotic flow concept which has facilitated a number of interesting flow phenomena in micro-domains. For an average potential drop of about 86 kV/m in the ...

Investigating the Use of a Piezoelectric Actuator for the Appendages of a Microrobot

J. Clark, and J. Clark
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

We investigate the use of a piezoelectric actuator for the appendages of a microrobot. Possible uses may include micro assembly, mobile surveillance, etc. What is different about this microrobot is that it uses 2 degrees of freedom, low powered piezoelectric flexures, while attempting to mimic the maneuverability of an ant-like insect. In the paper, we use COMSOL to characterize this type of ...

Optical Manipulation of Microscopic Objects

R. Ozawa
Yokohama University

In recent years, optical manipulation using optical radiation pressure has been widely studied. In this study, the radiation pressure exerted on various kinds of microscopic objects with different laser beams was evaluated by COMSOL Multiphysics software. By changing beam shapes, microscopic objects can be trapped and rotated. This paper is in Japanese.

Electromagnetic Release Process for Flexible Electronics

G. Coryell[1][,][2]
[1]School for Engineering of Matter, Transport, and Energy, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
[2]Chemistry Department, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA

Flexible electronics are temporarily affixed to a rigid carrier such as glass or silicon prior to device fabrication to facilitate robotic handling of the device, but also to allow optical lithography to stay within overlay design registration budget; without the rigid carrier, a freestanding flexible substrate such as polyimide would distort unacceptably during even minor temperature excursions ...

Micro Cooling of SQUID Sensor

B. Ottosson[1], Y. Jouahri[2], C. Rusu[1], and P. Enoksson[2]
[1]Imego AB, Gothenburg, Sweden
[2]Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

The objective of this work has been to realize a feasibility study of a cooling device for a SQUID sensor using liquid nitrogen flowing through micro channels. The design consists of an epoxy cylindrical vacuum vessel skewed by a silicon microchannel heat sink. The SQUID sensor is situated directly on top of the microchannel heat sink. The device is used at room temperature and should be able to ...

Simulation of a Buckled Cantilever Plate with Thermal Bimorph Actuators - new

A. Arevalo [1], D. Conchouso [1], D. Castro [1], M. Diaz [2], I. G. Foulds [3],
[1] CEMSE Division, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
[2] Physical Sciences and Engineering Division, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
[3] University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

INTRODUCTION: Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) are fabricated with an in-plane fabrication technology. Out-of-plane structures can be designed to be assembled to provide thermal and electrical isolation from the substrate [1 -3]. These isolations can potentially improve the performance of a range of MEMS devices by decreasing any unwanted coupling effects or parasitic losses from the ...

MEMS Electrostatic Acoustic Pixel - new

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 ...

Parametric Simulation of PZT Diameter to Hole Ratio for Optimized Membrane Displacement - new

A. Arevalo [1], D. Castro [1], D. Conchouso [1], I. G. Foulds [2]
[1] Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
[2] The University of British Columbia, School of Engineering, Okanagan Campus, Saudi Arabia

For our simulation we used the Piezoelectric Devices interface. The structure was set with (clamped) fix constraint boundaries to both ends. The bottom electrode was set to be the ground for the electrostatic physics and the top electrode was set to be a Terminal with potential of 10V. A parametric sweep study was set to change the geometry, the parameters to change was the hole diameter (Holed) ...

Nonlinear Optics in Plasmonic Nanostructures - new

G. Bachelier [1], L. Olgeirsson [1], S. Waterman [2], J. Sharma [3], E. Dujardin [3], A. Bouhelier [4], S. Huant [1]
[1] Institut Néel, CNRS - Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France
[2] Imperial College, London, England
[3] CEMES, CNRS, Toulouse, France
[4] LICB, CNRS – Bourgogne University, Dijon, France

The unique optical properties of plasmon resonances in noble metal nanoparticles have been extensively investigated owing to their ability to enhance the electric field amplitude but also to tailor its spectral and spatial distribution. Among all application domains, nonlinear optics play a singular role since the efficiency of the underlying physical processes are driven by specific symmetry ...

Simulation of a Dual Axis MEMS Seismometer For Building Monitoring System - new

M. A. Shah [1], F. Iqbal [1], B. L. Lee [1],
[1] Korea University of Technology and Education, Cheonan, Chungcheong, South Korea

A dual axis MEMS seismometer targeted for building monitoring system has been simulated for a full scale of ±5g acceleration. The design uses the capacitive effect for vibration sensing. This comb drive capacitive MEMS seismometer consists of 8 springs with two proof masses. The device is very low cross axis sensitive (almost negligible cross axis error). The cross axis sensitivity of x-axis is ...