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Compact modeling of inertial and rarefaction effects on quality factor of MEMS torsional structures in continuum to molecular flows under low operating frequencies
Author(s): Rudra Pratap; Ashok Kumar Pandey
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Paper Abstract

The applicability of an existing compact model that captures the effect of rarefaction and inertia is studied in this paper. In order to ascertain the accuracy of the model, we take two different configurations of a torsional MEMS structure from the literature which operate under different frequencies and have different air-gap thicknesses. For the structure with large air-gap and low operating frequency, the analytical model based on the equivalent length captures the effect well under the continuum, slip, transition and the molecular regimes. On the other hand, for the structures with high operating frequencies but low air-gap thickness, the analytical model breaks down in the transition regime.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 February 2008
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6885, MEMS/MOEMS Components and Their Applications V. Special Focus Topics: Transducers at the Micro-Nano Interface, 68850D (22 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.769137
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Rudra Pratap, Indian Institute of Science (India)
Ashok Kumar Pandey, Indian Institute of Science (India)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6885:
MEMS/MOEMS Components and Their Applications V. Special Focus Topics: Transducers at the Micro-Nano Interface
Srinivas A. Tadigadapa; Babak A. Parviz; Albert K. Henning, Editor(s)

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