Joule Heating in a MEMS Device

Model ID: 1840


This model exemplifies the use of the Material Library in the modeling of Joule heating in MEMS devices. The purpose of this analysis is to estimate the temperature of a conductor given an applied electrical potential difference.

Both the thermal and electrical conductivities are temperature dependent. The influence of the temperature on the electrical conductivity results in a nonlinear relationship for the current as a function of the potential.