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Development of a mechanical model for a micromachined resonant force sensor used in passive microgripping applications
Author(s): Issam B. Bahadur; James K. Mills
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a mechanical model for a polysilicon double-ended tuning fork (DETF) that is implemented as force sensor. This sensor is integrated into a compliant, passive microgripper utilized in a microassembly of 3D MEMS structures. An expression for resonant frequency of DETF is derived. Theoretical model is introduced to analyze the quality factor (Q-factor) of the resonator. The DETF is found to have a maximum Q-factor of 863. In addition, the characteristics of the snap-fit interlocking mechanism are modeled analytically. An optimization scheme is employed to determine the optimal dimensions that provide a maximum reliable amplification factor (A-factor) of the microleverage mechanism. Based on the simulation, the maximum A-factor is 26.12. The model presented here permits a gauge factor (i.e., sensitivity) of 5000 ppm/μN at compressive force of 80μN and A-factor of 25. The superior results obtained support the feasibility of DETF as a resonant force sensor for microgripping applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 January 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6111, Reliability, Packaging, Testing, and Characterization of MEMS/MOEMS V, 61110H (5 January 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.644429
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Issam B. Bahadur, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
James K. Mills, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6111:
Reliability, Packaging, Testing, and Characterization of MEMS/MOEMS V
Danelle M. Tanner; Rajeshuni Ramesham, Editor(s)

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