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Electronic synthesis of printed resistor layout for a thermal petri dish incubator
Author(s): M. R. Pilkington; P. H. Bezuidenhout; K. Land; T.-H. Joubert
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents the development of design software for inkjet-printed resistor structure layout, which con- tributes to rapid prototyping of good quality printed electronics circuits. The synthesis software was implemented using the Java SE Development Kit 8 and provides a GUI front end and automated design of resistive structures for ease of use. Several layout configurations synthesized for inkjet-printed nanosilver resistors were validated over a range of 1 Ω to 200 Ω. In doing so, Harima NPS-JL silver nanoparticle ink was characterized for sheet resistance and TCR. The software was able to synthesize resistive structures with a worst-case error of 19%, and thus, has the potential to produce practical structures for use in real world applications, such as a printed heating element for a thermal petri dish incubator.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 January 2019
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 11043, Fifth Conference on Sensors, MEMS, and Electro-Optic Systems, 110430F (24 January 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2502542
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M. R. Pilkington, Univ. of Pretoria (South Africa)
P. H. Bezuidenhout, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (South Africa)
K. Land, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (South Africa)
T.-H. Joubert, Univ. of Pretoria (South Africa)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11043:
Fifth Conference on Sensors, MEMS, and Electro-Optic Systems
Monuko du Plessis, Editor(s)

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