Conference Paper

Efficient mixed-domain analysis of electrostatic MEMS

Dept. of Mech. & Ind. Eng., Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA
DOI: 10.1109/TCAD.2003.816210 Conference: Proceedings of the 2002 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-aided Design, 2002, San Jose, California, USA, November 10-14, 2002
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We present efficient computational methods for scattered point and meshless analysis of electrostatic microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Electrostatic MEM devices are governed by coupled mechanical and electrostatic energy domains. A self-consistent analysis of electrostatic MEMS is implemented by combining a finite cloud method-based interior mechanical analysis with a boundary cloud method (BCM)-based exterior electrostatic analysis. Lagrangian descriptions are used for both mechanical and electrostatic analyses. Meshless finite cloud and BCMs, combined with fast algorithms and Lagrangian descriptions, are flexible, efficient, and attractive alternatives compared to conventional finite element/boundary element methods for self-consistent electromechanical analysis. Numerical results are presented for MEM switches, a micromirror device, a lateral comb drive microactuator, and an electrostatic comb drive device. Simulation results are compared with experimental and previously reported data for many of the examples discussed in this paper and a good agreement is observed.

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    • "However, due to practical limitations, it is not always possible to tightly control tolerances and this results in very different behavior, going from one device to the next. Although several advances have been made in the development of high-fidelity numerical methods to model microsystems [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6], there is a pressing need to augment the capability of these methods to handle the uncertainties that are encountered in a realistic device model. "
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    • "The design and analysis of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) requires considering the interaction of various physical fields such as mechanical, electrical and possibly fluidic. In recent years, the advances in numerical simulation methods have increased the ability to accurately model these devices [1] [2] [3] [4]. These simulation methods assume that the material properties and various geometrical parameters of the device are known in a deterministic sense. "
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