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Optimization of flexure geometry in out-of-plane capacitive accelerometer for mechanical sensitivity enhancement
Author(s): Azrif Manut; Ibrahim Mat; Mohd Ismahadi Syono
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Paper Abstract

In the design of a capacitive accelerometer, good mechanical sensitivity is desirable. A study of the optimization of flexure geometry in out-of-plane capacitive accelerometer for mechanical sensitivity enhancement is presented in this paper. The movable proof mass is suspended over the stationary electrodes by means of flexures anchored onto the substrate. The smallest possible spring constant of the flexures that will give the desired displacement was determined. Based on the spring constant's value, various combination of flexure length and width were selected and simulated using CAD software. The spring constant and displacement variations with the flexure dimensions at an applied acceleration was observed and analyzed. The modal and harmonic analysis were also simulated to ensure the linearity and the stability of the dominant mode of the device operation. Optimum results of the flexure geometry are presented and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 January 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6035, Microelectronics: Design, Technology, and Packaging II, 603523 (5 January 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.638415
Show Author Affiliations
Azrif Manut, MIMOS Berhad (Malaysia)
Ibrahim Mat, MIMOS Berhad (Malaysia)
Mohd Ismahadi Syono, MIMOS Berhad (Malaysia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6035:
Microelectronics: Design, Technology, and Packaging II
Alex J. Hariz, Editor(s)

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