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All posts by Brianne Christopher

Optimizing the Production Process for Solar Energy Cells

July 8, 2015

Solar energy is created by combining sunlight with a semiconducting material, often silicon. But solar, or photovoltaic, cells require such a high-quality silicon that the manufacturing process is complicated and costly. As a photovoltaic material producer and furnace manufacturer, EMIX turned to COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation software to optimize their cold crucible continuous casting (4C) process and create the silicon needed for a more efficient solar-powered world.

Optimizing Antenna Design for 5G and the Internet of Things

June 23, 2015

As you leave for work, your garage door closes and texts your office coffeemaker to start brewing a fresh pot. During the day, your sprinkler system gets a weather report that it’s going to rain and cancels its afternoon watering. This isn’t a futuristic television show, it’s the Internet of Things, and with the next generation of wireless communication, 5G, it’s coming soon. First, we need to optimize the performance of existing mobile device antennas.

App: Evaluating the Design of an Ion Implanter

June 17, 2015

The semiconductor industry uses ion implanters to implant dopants into wafers. To optimize the design of these devices, engineers need to quickly and easily test a wide range of parameters. Simulation apps help streamline the design process of ion implanters by sharing the capabilities of a simple and fully customizable interface with colleagues who don’t have a simulation background. Here, we introduce you to our Ion Implanter Evaluator demo app.

Simulating UHV/CVD and Silicon Growth on a Wafer Substrate

May 25, 2015

Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is popular in the semiconductor industry for its ability to produce high-quality, pure, and extremely strong materials. Ultrahigh vacuum CVD (UHV/CVD) requires complex equipment and very high temperatures. To increase efficiency and control costs, engineers can simulate this complex process. Here, we use the growth of silicon wafers as an example.

Modeling a Stacked Piezoelectric Actuator in a Valve

May 13, 2015

Piezoelectric valves are opened and closed by stacked piezoelectric actuators that are positioned above a seal. By applying a voltage to the stacked piezoelectric actuator, it can be made to expand or contract and the resulting deformation is used to open and close the valve. In this blog post, we feature a tutorial model of a stacked piezoelectric actuator in a pneumatic valve, new with COMSOL Multiphysics version 5.1.

Simulating Analog-to-Digital Microdroplet Dispensers for LOCs

May 11, 2015

Microfluidic biochips have a variety of applications and are valued for their low cost, fast response time, and high efficiency. In the paper “Design and Simulation of High-Throughput Microfluidic Droplet Dispenser for Lab-on-a-Chip Applications”, which was presented at the COMSOL Conference 2014 Boston, researchers designed a microfluidic biochip with an analog-to-digital converter. They used COMSOL Multiphysics software to understand the mechanism of the device and verify its function.

Simulating Antenna Crosstalk on an Airplane

April 29, 2015

As communication systems in aviation become more complex, multiple antennas are often placed on the same airplane. This creates crosstalk, or cosite interference, which occurs between the antennas and can disturb the operation of the aircraft. The Antenna Crosstalk on an Airplane’s Fuselage tutorial model shows that you can simulate the interference between two identical antennas — one transmitting and one receiving — to analyze the crosstalk effect on an aircraft.

Studying the Airflow Over a Car Using an Ahmed Body

April 3, 2015

As the burning of fossil fuels becomes a more pressing issue, manufacturers are introducing more fuel efficient cars to the market. One main contributor to fuel burn is the car’s aerodynamic drag. Complexly shaped, cars are very challenging to model and it’s difficult to quantify the aerodynamic drag computationally. The Ahmed body is a benchmark model widely used in the automotive industry for validating simulation tools. The Ahmed body shape is simple enough to model, while maintaining car-like geometry features.