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Electronic circuitry development in a micropyrotechnic system for micropropulsion applications
Author(s): Manuel Puig-Vidal; Jaime Lopez; Pere Miribel; Enric Montane; Jose M. Lopez-Villegas; Josep Samitier; Carole Rossi; Thierry Camps; Maxime Dumonteuil
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Paper Abstract

An electronic circuitry is proposed and implemented to optimize the ignition process and the robustness of a microthruster. The principle is based on the integration of propellant material within a micromachined system. The operational concept is simply based on the combustion of an energetic propellant stored in a micromachined chamber. Each thruster contains three parts (heater, chamber, nozzle). Due to the one shot characteristic, microthrusters are fabricated in 2D array configuration. For the functioning of this kind of system, one critical point is the optimization of the ignition process as a function of the power schedule delivered by electronic devices. One particular attention has been paid on the design and implementation of an electronic chip to control and optimize the system ignition. Ignition process is triggered by electrical power delivered to a polysilicon resistance in contact with the propellant. The resistance is used to sense the temperature on the propellant which is in contact. Temperature of the microthruster node before the ignition is monitored via the electronic circuitry. A pre-heating process before ignition seems to be a good methodology to optimize the ignition process. Pre-heating temperature and pre-heating time are critical parameters to be adjusted. Simulation and experimental results will deeply contribute to improve the micropyrotechnic system. This paper will discuss all these point.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5116, Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS, (24 April 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.501504
Show Author Affiliations
Manuel Puig-Vidal, Univ. de Barcelona (Spain)
Jaime Lopez, Univ. de Barcelona (Spain)
Pere Miribel, Univ. de Barcelona (Spain)
Enric Montane, Univ. de Barcelona (Spain)
Jose M. Lopez-Villegas, Univ. de Barcelona (Spain)
Josep Samitier, Univ. de Barcelona (Spain)
Carole Rossi, LAAS-CNRS (France)
Thierry Camps, LAAS-CNRS (France)
Maxime Dumonteuil, LAAS-CNRS (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5116:
Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS
Jung-Chih Chiao; Vijay K. Varadan; Carles Cané, Editor(s)

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