S.L. Firebaugh, E.A. Leckie, J.A. Piepmeier, and J.A. Burkhardt
United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, USA
Microrobotics has promising applications in microsurgery and microassembly. A challenge in these systems is interfacing with the robot. This project explores crawling robots that are powered and controlled through a global mechanical vibration field. By controlling the frequencies present in the vibration field, the user can then steer the robot. The “robot” has a rectangular body with three ...
B.G. Sammakia, S. Madduri, and W. Infantolino
Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, USA
COMSOL Multiphysics was used to simulate an experiment in which the hygroscopic swelling in an epoxy material was measured along a temperature ramp. A simultaneous solution was sought for temperature and moisture concentration distribution in a moisture loaded epoxy sample. Initially the multiphysics problem was broken down into two separate cases - transient heat transfer analysis and ...
Israel Military Industry, Ramat-Hasharon, Israel
Because of its high enthalpy of combustion, aluminum has been added to energetic materials. In this paper, a two dimension thermal model is developed and assessed to describe the interrelated processes of Aluminum particle oxidation by using the software COMSOL Multiphysics. The thermal model consists of thermal radiation, forced convection and thermal conduction and oxygen diffusion. It is ...
Multiphysics Modeling of Cellular Arrays Using Periodic Minimal Surfaces – A Drug and Gene Delivery Application
J.I. Rey, A.J. Llewellyn, R.J. Connolly, J.P. Jimenez, A.M. Hoff, and R.A. Gilbert
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA
Minimal surfaces are found in nature from crystalline structures to biological nano and micro structures such as biomembranes, and osseous formations in sea urchin. An application to electrically mediated drug and gene delivery is presented. Periodic level surfaces which approximate minimal surfaces are used to generate a geometric representation of tissue. A method to create such structures ...
R. Sadleir, A. Minhas, and E.J. Woo
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
In an earlier work we developed a finite element bidomain model of an aplysia abdominal ganglion in order to estimate the sensitivity of this contrast mechanism to changes in cell membrane conductance occurring during a gill-withdrawal reflex. We used our model to determine both current density and magnetic potential distributions within a sample chamber containing an isolated ganglion when it ...
R. Malek-Madani, and J.J. Radice
US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA
The study of deformation of an adhesively bonded sandwich structure reduces to solving the biharmonic equation for the Airy Stress subject to mixed boundary conditions. Because of the nature of the boundary conditions, this boundary value problem does not yield to the standard elementary methods and must be attacked by numerical methods. In this paper we will use COMSOL\'s capability in two ways ...
J.D. Freels, I.T. Bodey, and R.V. Arimilli
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
Recent new releases of COMSOL provide the user with a dramatic new interface from which to interact, and many new features “under the hood” for solving problems more efficiently and with even greater accuracy and consistency than before. This paper will explore several of these new version 4+ features for the conjugate heat transfer class of problems. Our environment is unique in that we demand ...
S. Maloney[1,2], Y. Li[1,2], G. Auner, and J. Smolinski
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI, USA
We are working on a microfabricated lysing chip that uses a piezoelectric actuator to provide ultrasonic energy to break apart cells. The device contains pillars with varying dimensions. We hypothesize that increasing the aspect ratio of pillars will increase the efficiency of the transfer of ultrasonic energy into the fluid phase and enhance the lysing efficiency. The fluid structure ...
Numerical Investigation of a Time-dependent Magnetic Actuation Technique for Tagging Biomolecules with Magnetic Nanoparticles in a Microfluidic System
A. Munir, J. Wang, Z. Zhu, and H.S. Zhou
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA
The magnetic body forces that act on mono-dispersed magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) tagged biomolecules in a microfluidic system can be efficiently used in various applications that involve separation and detection including DNA and protein analysis, bio-defense, drug delivery, and pharmaceutical development. In this work, we report an FEM model to demonstrate a novel method of tagging ...
A. Jeremic, and A. Atalla
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
In this paper, we develop a mathematical model to simulate the movement of bacteria into and within a capillary segment. Also, we model the transportation through capillary walls by means of anisotropic diffusivity that depends on the pressure difference across the capillary walls. By solving the model using COMSOL, it was possible to predict the concentration of bacteria at points within the ...