This report examines the simulation of the dynamic behavior of a MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) optical switch in order to meet the Telcordia telecommunication industry standards for shock. The setup of the finite element model of the telecommunications device is discussed in detail, along with a description of how optical switching technology will contribute to increased Internet bandwidth.

This work was done by Robert Calvet of SiWave, Inc. utilizing Mechanical Event Simulation software from ALGOR, Inc. To obtain a copy of this report, visit

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This article first appeared in the August, 2002 issue of NASA Tech Briefs Magazine.

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