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A Simplified Approach to the Contact in Thermo-mechanical Analysis of Refractory Linings

Y. Kaymak
VDEh Betriebsforschungsinstitut GmbH
Düsseldorf, Germany

The geometrical design and material choice for a refractory lining requires a good understanding of its thermo-mechanical behavior. Design engineers clearly need a tool for fast and efficient computation of thermo-mechanical state of refractory linings under various conditions. However, standard simulation models and their solutions suffer as the linings are composed of many refractory blocks in ...

Optimization of a High-Temperature High-Pressure Direct Wafer Bonding Process for III-V Semiconductors

R. Martin, J. Kozak, K. Anglin, and W. Goodhue
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Lowell, MA

Many optoelectronic devices utilize a heterojunction of a pair semiconducting materials including high-efficiency MEMS devices, solar cells, LEDs, and VCSELs. One fabrication technique which achieves such a device is direct wafer fusion. To optimize the process, COMSOL Multiphysics 4.0 was used to test various geometric configurations of the fixture. 2D and 3D models were created in order ...

Design of a Miniaturized RF MEMS Based Single-Bit Phase Shifter

A. Chakraborty, A. Kundu, S. Chatterjee, and B. Gupta
Jadavpur University
Kolkata
West Bengal, India

This paper presents a novel design of single-bit RF MEMS phase shifter. The basic novelty introduced for phase shifter design in this case, is by scaling down of the lateral dimensions of the conventional RF MEMS shunt switch by 10 times. The Mechanical and Electromechanical analysis of the designed miniature RF MEMS fixed-fixed beam is performed using COMSOL Multiphysics v.3.5a as an FEM ...

Thermal Model for Single Discharge EDM Process Using COMSOL Multiphysics

K. Gajjar[1], U. Maradia[2], K. Wegener[2]
[1]Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, Maharshtra, India
[2]Institute for Process Tools and Manufacturing (IWF), Zurich, Switzerland

Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) is a non-conventional process used for machining electrically conducting materials. In die sink-EDM, sparks are generated between tool and workpiece resulting in heating of both electrode surfaces and creating a melt pool of metal which leads to generation of new surfaces on cooling. Physical processes involved in electric discharge and material removal are ...

Analysis of Multiphysics Problems Related to Energy Piles

E. Evgin[1], J.A.I. Sedano [1], Z. Fu[1]
[1]University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Energy piles transfer the mechanical loads from buildings to the ground and serve as heat exchangers. Temperature changes in the ground influence its moisture content. This paper examines the effect of soil moisture content on the shaft resistance of a pile. Tests were carried out in the laboratory to determine the mechanical properties of an interface corresponding to various soil moisture ...

Determination of the Fundamental Resonant Modes of a Polysilicon H-Beam Using COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

T. Thomas[1], M. Sundaram[1], R. Bejam[1]
[1]Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani - Pilani Campus, Rajasthan, India

A Polysilicon H-beam is a micro-machined structure consisting of two primary members connected by a third member of much lower width and much greater aspect ratio. This structure exhibits interesting vibration behavior at specific frequencies which are known as resonant modes. A ‘mode’ may be described as a specific physical shape that the vibrating object assumes at peak oscillation amplitude ...

Statistical Modeling and Contact Analysis of RF MEMS Surface

J. Liu [1], V. B. Chalivendra [1], C. Goldsmith [2], W. Huang [1],
[1] Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA, USA
[2] MEMtronics Corporation, Richardson, TX, USA

Radio frequency (RF) micro-electro mechanical system(MEMS) switch works in on/off modes controlled by electrostatic forces. In off mode, rough surfaces of electrodes come into a contact to shunt the RF signal. Surface contact area has been recognized as a key factor in RF MEMS performance and reliability. Multi scale regular-fractal structure is observed on MEMS surface. Nonlinear Structural ...

Numerical and Experimental Study of a Concentrated Indentation Force on Polymer Matrix Composites

V. Antonucci[1][2], M. Esposito[1], R. Marzella[2], and M. Giordano[1][2]
[1]Institute for Composite and Biomedical Materials, CNR, Portici, NA, Italy
[2]Imast, Portici, NA, Italy

A quasi static indentation test on a laminate composite has been investigated numerically and experimentally. In particular, the test has been implemented by COMSOL Multiphysics® and optimizing the Finite Element and mesh. In addition, the numerical strain results have been validated by the comparison with the respective experimental deformation data that have been obtained by fiber Bragg ...

Energy Transformation Damping

G.S. Mulder[1]
[1]Leiden, The Netherlands

A model for material damping is presented in terms of internal friction and in terms of a variation of stiffness. In the latter case the idea is that the stiffness increases if elastic energy is stored and decreases if elastic energy is released. In case of a single mass spring system “stiffness” refers to the stiffness of the spring; in case of a continues object &ldquo ...

Modeling of Vickers indentation of TiAl alloys

G. Maizza, and R. Cagliero
Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, Torino, Italy

Instrumented indentation is increasingly used as an alternative non-destructive test method to measure mechanical properties of small volumes of materials. In this work, the instrumented indentation test is applied as a non-destructive method to assess the mechanical properties of TiAl components during the setup of a real production process. This study is a preliminary contribution devoted to ...