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Piezoelectric microflextensional actuator
Author(s): Jongpil Cheong; Srinivas A. Tadigadapa; Christopher D Rahn
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a novel micro flextensional actuator design consisting of bulk PZT bonded to a silicon microbeam. The fabrication process includes boron doping, EDP etching, dicing, and bonding to produce actuators with large displacements (8.7 μm) and gain factors (32) at 100V. The theoretical model predicts that a thin beam with properly designed initial imperfection maximizes the actuator displacement and gain factor. For large PZT displacement, small imperfection maximizes gain factor but may not gaurantee, the desired (up or down) displacement direction. For small PZT displacement, large initial imperfection improves performance and guarantees displacement in the (desired) direction of the initial imperfection. The theoretical model, based on the measured initial beam shape, predicts the experimentally measured direction and magnitude of beam displacement for two devices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 January 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5344, MEMS/MOEMS Components and Their Applications, (24 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.524817
Show Author Affiliations
Jongpil Cheong, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Srinivas A. Tadigadapa, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Christopher D Rahn, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5344:
MEMS/MOEMS Components and Their Applications
Siegfried W. Janson; Albert K. Henning, Editor(s)

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