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Analog to Digital Microfluidic Converter

R. Dufour [1], C. Wu[1], F. Bendriaa[1], V. Thomy[1], and V. Senez[1]
[1]BioMEMS Group, IEMN, University of Lille Nord de France, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France

This paper presents an Analog to Digital Microfluidic Converter (ADMC) using passive valves and enabling the conversion of a continuous liquid flow into droplets for Electro-Wetting On Dielectric (EWOD) actuation. Valves calibration, geometry characteristics and losses reduction have been optimized using microfluidic application mode of COMSOL Multiphysics®.

Variable Capacitance And Pull-In Voltage Analysis Of Electrically Actuated Meander-Suspended Superconducting MEMS

N. AlCheikh[1], P. Xavier[1], J.M. Duchamp[1], C.H. Boucher[2], and K. Schuster[2]
[1]Institute of Microelectronics, Electromagnetism and Photonics (IMEP-LAHC), Minatec, Grenoble, France
[2]Institute of Millimetric Radio Astronomy (IRAM), Grenoble, France

Variable capacitors between the fF and pF range are very interesting for high frequency applications like variable filters, resonators, etc. For radio astronomy applications variable capacitors, realized by electrostatically actuated, micromechanical Meanders-suspended bridges (MEMS) made of superconducting Niobium, have been measured to find C(V). A non plane capacitance behavior have been ...

Optimized Cantilever-to-Anchor Configurations of Buckled Cantilever Plate Structures for Transducer Applications

A. Arpys Arevalo Carreno[1], D. Conchouso Gonzalez[1], I.G. Foulds[1]
[1]King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The mechanical simulation and analysis of the cantilever-to-anchor configuration for an out-of-plane structure used in transducer applications is reported. The polymer-based Buckled Cantilever Plate “BCP” structure, gives the ability to orient an active device from a horizontal to a vertical position, once assembled. In this paper we compare four different cantilever-to-anchor configurations: ...

Scaling Effect in Air Gap MOSFET

R.V. Iyer[1], Vinay K.[1], A. R. Kamath[1], A. Goswami[1], A. Sharma[1], A. V. Joshi[1], A. Mishra[1], N. S. Pai[1], S. Chakraborty[1], Rakesh D.[1]
[1]PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

This abstract addresses the effect of scaling in air gap MOSFETs and determination of functional relationship between scaling parameter and sensitivity, frequency response. The modelling of the MOSFET and its simulations has been carried out using COMSOL Multiphysics. An air Gap MOSFET in its simplest form can be imagined to be one obtained by replacing the dielectric in a MOSFET with air. The ...

Reliability Enhancement of Bio MEMS based Cantilever Array Sensors for Antigen Detection System using Heterogeneous Modular Redundancy

L. S. Sundharam[1]
[1]Kumaraguru college of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil nadu, India

The objective of the work is to propose a reliability enhancement model for antigen detection system (ADS) using bio MEMS based cantilever array sensors using heterogeneous modular redundancy technique. The reliability of the ADS is expressed in terms of the constituent sub systems which are heterogeneous not only in their respective structures and behaviors but also in their forms. The possible ...

Design of an Electrodynamically Actuated Microvalve Using COMSOL Multiphysics® and MATLAB®

M. Williams, J. Zito, J. Agashe, A. Sopeju, and D. Arnold
University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

This paper describes the design of a normally closed, electrodynamic microvalve.  Magnetic forces between a permanent magnet in the valve cover and a soft magnet in the valve seat hold the valve closed.  The combination of electrodynamic actuation and a mechanical restoring spring are used to open the valve.  A device model and a design optimization strategy using COMSOL ...

The Effect of Electrochemical Micro-Milling by Rotating Magnetic Field

H-Y. Shen[1], H-P. Tsui[1], J-C .Hung[1], S-Y. Lin[2], and B-H. Yan[2]
[1]Metal Industries Research and Development Centre, Taichung, Taiwan
[2]National Central University, Chungli, Taiwan

In this work, the process of micro-channels in electrochemical micro-milling by using rotating magnet assisted helical tool is presented. The results show helical tool and Lorentz force of the rotating magnetic field that enhance the renewal of the electrolyte and machining efficiency. The feed rate can be raised under the magnetic field assisted in terms of experimental results; moreover, the ...

Resonant Frequency Analysis of Quartz Shear Oscillator

T. Satyanarayana[1], V. Sai Pavan Rajesh[2]
[1]NPMASS Centre, Lakireddy Bali Reddy Autonomous Engineering College, Mylavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India
[2]Lakireddy Bali Reddy Autonomous Engineering College, Mylavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

The most commonly used type of resonator is the AT-cut, where the quartz blank is in the form of a thin plate cut at an angle to the optic axis of the crystal. This paper reports the modeling of a quartz oscillator for a resonant frequency analysis based on piezoelectric effects. The proposed oscillator consists of a single quartz disc with two electrodes on the top and bottom surfaces of the ...

Heterodimensional Charge-Carrier Confinement in Sub-Monolayer InAs in GaAs - new

S. Harrison[1], M. Young[1], M. Hayne[1], P. D. Hodgson[1], R. J. Young[1], A. Strittmatter[2], A. Lenz[2], U. W. Pohl[2], D. Bimberg[2]
[1]Department of Physics, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK
[2]Institut für Festkörperphysik, Berlin, Germany

Low-dimensional semiconductor nanostructures, in which charge carriers are confined in a number of spatial dimensions, are the focus of much solid-state physics research, offering superior optical and electronic properties over their bulk counterparts. Both two-dimensional (2D) and zero-dimensional (0D) structures have seen wide-ranging applications in laser diodes, solar cells and LEDs to name ...

Design and Characterization of a MEMS Varactor

V. S. Nagaraja, N. Suma, and S. L. Pinjare
Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology

The tunable capacitor (variable capacitor) is one of the most important and components in filters, Phase shifters, VCO etc. A tunable capacitor can also be built using electro – thermal actuating mechanism. Compared to electro static, tunable capacitors actuated by thermal actuators have several advantages like lower driving voltages. The performance of thermal actuator becomes a key factor ...