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Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS

Performance of silicon-on-insulator multiuser MEMS processes–based electrothermally actuated silicon microgrippers
Author(s): Sujatha Lakshminarayanan; Siddhartha Goutham Murali; Saravanan Mani; Selvakumar Varatharajan Subramani
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Paper Abstract

Recently, microgrippers are finding more importance in the field of tissue engineering and microassembly in semiconductor electronics. Large force and, hence, large displacement, low power, and low temperature are the essential features to be considered during the design of the microgrippers. The electrical and mechanical behaviors of electrothermally actuated silicon microgrippers are presented. The effect of increasing the flexure length and the cold arm area to improve the displacement is discussed. These microgrippers are normally of the open type, in which the arms have an initial open gap of 20 μm, and they move away from each other with the applied voltage. The displacement of each arm is observed to be 24 μm for the applied voltage of 10 V. The response time of the device is less than 5 ms, and the maximum power dissipation is 110 mW. The displacement of the microgrippers can be increased with increased flexure length and cold arm length with short extended arms. This structure also shows lower stress.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 September 2013
PDF: 9 pages
J. Micro/Nanolith. MEMS MOEMS 12(3) 033020 doi: 10.1117/1.JMM.12.3.033020
Published in: Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS Volume 12, Issue 3
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Sujatha Lakshminarayanan, Rajalakshmi Engineering College (India)
Siddhartha Goutham Murali, Rajalakshmi Engineering College (India)
Saravanan Mani, Rajalakshmi Engineering College (India)
Selvakumar Varatharajan Subramani, Rajalakshmi Engineering College (India)

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