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Many if not all MEMS devices could be described as being either a sensor or an actuator. Accelerometers and gyros are sensors because the convert the non-electrical input "acceleration" or "angular velocity" into electrical signals - and that's what sensors do. The DLP Chip is an actuator because it converts electrical signals to mechanical displacements of mirrors. It is thus a good idea to take a general look at some of the principles of sensors and actuators incorporated in MEMS devices. Let's look at sensors first.

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Many if not all MEMS devices could be described as being either a sensor or an actuator. Accelerometers and gyros are sensors because the convert the non-electrical input "acceleration" or "angular velocity" into electrical signals - and that's what sensors do.

The DLP Chip is an actuator because it converts electrical signals to mechanical displacements of mirrors. It is thus a good idea to take a general look at some of the principles of sensors and actuators incorporated in MEMS devices. Let's look at sensors first. We have all kinds of input signals - mostly but not always from the four categories shown - and want an electrical signal as output. The sensor is supposed to have two major properties.

Maximum response to whatever is to be detected - in other words: large sensitivity No or very small response to all other inputs - in other words: very small cross-sensitivity or a high selectivity. What we need to have inside the sensor is some kind of detector coupled to something that produces an electrical signal. Let's look at some examples to make this less abstract. We have a mechanical input - pressure, acceleration, angular velocity, vibration, Inside the sensor something will respond by moving - a membrane bows according to pressure, a cantilever bends upon acceleration, a vibrating gyro mass starts to wobble when encountering angular velocity, and so on.

Converting this movement to electrical signals can now be done in a number of ways. The stress or strain in the moving part of the sensor is measured. That can be done, for example, by using the following "effects". Piezoresistive effect. All materials change their resistivity if their dimensions change; with some materials including Si the effect is far larger than what would be expected from geometry alone. This is called piezo resistive effect and the reasons for this effect cannot be simply explained; you have to delve deeply into band theory for this.

The change of the resistance if a piece of poly- Si sitting on a cantilever as shown may be 10 - 50 times larger than what on would it expect from the geometry change alone. Measuring this change allows to determine e and thus the deflection of the beam. Piezoelectric effect. Some materials, alway insulators, if "squeezed" become electrically polarized, i. Piezoelectric materials behave like a charged capacitor with the charge depending on the strain e and thus allow to determine the deflection.

The word "piezo" implies that there is some connection between the two effects, but that is not so. Materials showing large piezo-resistive effects are not piezo-electric and vice verse. The deflection in the moving part of the sensor is measured. That can be done, for example, in the following ways:. Capacitive sensing. The moving part is close to some fixed-position electrode on one side or on both sides. Both parts form a capacitor with a capacity C that depends on the precise geometry and thus changes whenever the cantilever or the membrane moves.

The movement can be "up and down" as shown in the figure or "in and out". The gyro dealt with before contains two types of capacitive sensors as can be easily seen: comb structures and "large" electrodes on the substrate. Magnetic and inductive sensing is possible if one uses a ferromagnetic material - e. Thermal transfer , in contrast, might be used with Si MEMS - but not so much for detecting deflections of beams and membranes.

In essence, we are left either with capacitive methods for the detection of the deflection of some moveable part, or we use "piezo" effects. We will not discuss the other three input case here. It is equally clear that we need special materials for this, and that progress depends to some extent on the discovery of new effects and materials.

One example for this is the discovery that Si nanowires show a "giant" piezoresistive effect about 40 times large than bulk Si 1 1 and thus might help to increase the sensitivity of MEMS devices in years to come.

Actuators General. Take the diagram from above and read it backwards - now you have an actuator. Some electrical input produces an action. Of course, the "action" might be the production of magnetic field, light, or some heat, but usually it is a mechanical movement we want.

This can be induced by producing a force that pulls or pushes at something directly, or by just producing some pressure that acts on all surfaces the same. Very prominent are electrostatic actuators. Just use your capacitor structure, apply a voltage, and there will be forces. If we look at the structure at right, the question is, of course, what force? Well, there is some capacity C comb between a finger of the comb and a fixed plate.

If we apply a potential difference U to the capacitor, some electrostatic energy E C is stored in the capacitor given by. This is the key equation for "capacitive forces" and you should try to derive it in case of doubt look at the exercise below. The force F Comb pulling or pushing on one element of the comb in some direction then is simply given by the proper negative derivative:.

Exercise 7. Besides using capacitors for driving some small! The principle, as shown in the figure, is simple and self-explaining. Thermal expansion of a double-anchored beam will produce deflection as shown. Advantages are very high forces and relatively large deflections depending on the geometry, of course. Disadvantages are relatively high energy consumption and relatively sluggish response times. With double layers "bimetal principle" movement with just one anchor point can be obtained, too.

Thermal actuation is used for a variety of applications; most prominent, perhaps, are inkjet systems for printers. Relatively large mechanical forces can also be produced be piezoelectric materials. For this, we use the piezoelectric sensing mentioned above in reverse.

The same materials as for sensing can be used, i. There is a problem, however. Only materials with no inversion symmetry can be piezoelectric, and that condition excludes all "simple" crystals.

This should give you a hint why piezoelectric drivers are difficult to implement. We have materials that are hard to deposit. While a very thin layer that can be deposited by sputtering in reasonable times might be good enough for sensing, the amount of force built up in a piezoelectric material is tied to its volume, and we may need thicker layers, not easily handled by present day technology. However, progress has been made and piezoelectric drives in MEMS may have a bright future.

All of the above can only give a taste treat of MEMS sensors and actuators. How important the topic is, become clear if you consider that all the computing power of microelectronics and so on comes to nought if there is no input and no output. By necessity, input and output means sensors and actuators,. Not necessarily only mechanical output, and not necessarily MEMS devices.

Your keypad is an input device. Is there MEMS inside? We leave it at that.

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Users require inexpensive, reliable sensors and actuators compatible with modern signal processing circuitry. This demand can be satisfied by microsensors and microactuators microelectromechanical systems, MEMS , notably based on silicon with on-chip circuitry fabricated by using integrated circuit IC technology. A large number of such MEMS are based on thermal and thermoelectric principles. They use thermoresistive and thermoelectric thin films for sensor or actuator operation and the concepts of micromachining for device optimization. Indeed, a variety of thermal-based microsensors and microactuators fabricated by standard semiconductor technologies have been demonstrated.

Sensors and Actuators A: Physical brings together multidisciplinary interests in one journal entirely devoted to disseminating information on all aspects of research and development of solid-state devices for transducing physical signals. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical regularly publishes original papers, letters to the Editors and from time to time invited review articles within the following device areas:. Modeling papers should bring new modeling techniques to the field and be supported by experimental results. Aims and Scope Sensors and Actuators A brings together multidisciplinary interest in one journal entirely devoted to disseminating information on all aspects of research and development of solid-state devices for transducing physical signals. Sensors and Actuators A regularly publishes original papers, letters to the Editors and review articles within the following device areas: Fundamentals and Physics such as: classification of effects, physical effects, measurement theory, modelling of sensors, measurement standards, measurement errors, units and constants, time and frequency measurement. Materials and their Processing such as: piezoelectric materials, polymers, metal oxides, III Vand II VI semiconductors, thick and thin films, optical glass fibres, amorphous, polycrystalline and monocrystalline silicon. Optoelectronic sensors such as: photovoltaic diodes, photoconductors, photodiodes, phototransistors, position-sensitive photodetectors, optoisolators, photodiodearrays, charge-coupled devices, light-emitting diodes, injection lasers and liquidcrystal displays.

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In the Add a Sensor assistant, you have various options to filter for suitable sensors. Unlike polarographic oxygen sensors, galvanic cell sensors are self-powered. The following is a list of different types of sensors that are commonly used in various applications. Oxygen Sensor Technologies.

Not a MyNAP member yet? Register for a free account to start saving and receiving special member only perks. History has shown that advancements in materials science and engineering have been important drivers in the development of sensor technologies. For instance, the temperature sensitivity of electrical resistance in a variety of materials was noted in the early s and was applied by Wilhelm von Siemens in to develop a temperature sensor based on a copper resistor.

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A MEMS thermal actuator is a micromechanical device that typically generates motion by thermal expansion amplification. A small amount of thermal expansion of one part of the device translates to a large amount of deflection of the overall device. Usually fabricated out of doped single crystal silicon or polysilicon as a complex compliant member , the increase in temperature can be achieved internally by electrical resistive heating or something by a heat source capable of locally introducing heat. Microfabricated thermal actuators can be integrated into micromotors. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems. Bibcode : JMiMi..

Once production of your article has started, you can track the status of your article via Track Your Accepted Article. Help expand a public dataset of research that support the SDGs. Sensors and Actuators Reports is a peer-reviewed open access journal launched out from the Sensors and Actuators journal family. Sensors and Actuators Reports is dedicated to publishing new and original works in the field of all type of sensors and actuators, including bio-, chemical-, physical-, and Sensors and Actuators Reports is dedicated to publishing new and original works in the field of all type of sensors and actuators, including bio-, chemical-, physical-, and nano- sensors and actuators, which demonstrates significant progress beyond the current state of the art.


The measured temperature is displayed on a monitor. The thermometer is both a transducer (usually a thermocouple that transfers heat energy to voltage) and a.


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Once production of your article has started, you can track the status of your article via Track Your Accepted Article. Help expand a public dataset of research that support the SDGs. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical brings together multidisciplinary interests in one journal entirely devoted to disseminating information on all aspects of research and development of solid-state devices for transducing physical signals. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical regularly publishes original Sensors and Actuators A: Physical regularly publishes original papers, letters to the Editors and from time to time invited review articles within the following device areas:. Modeling papers should bring new modeling techniques to the field and be supported by experimental results.

Skip to Main Content. A not-for-profit organization, IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Use of this web site signifies your agreement to the terms and conditions. One of the main obstacles to its broader use is the small number of on-chip sensing options that are available to MEMS designers. A method of using integrated piezoresistive sensing is proposed and demonstrated as another option. Integrated piezoresistive sensing utilizes the inherent piezoresistive property of polycrystalline silicon from which many MEMS devices are fabricated. As compliant MEMS structures flex to perform their functions, their resistance changes.

Aspects of fabrication and characterization of electro-thermal micro-actuators. I pegodoy uol. This study examines the behavior of well known simple thermal micro-actuators. This work describes some unexplored aspects of the employed methodology to produce these electro-thermal micro-actuators ETMs. These information could be time saving for new groups to start research and development on electro-thermal actuators. The focus of the applied methodology is the use of the finite element method FEM applied to an iterative procedure to predict the behavior of the micro-actuators before production. The computational model is adjusted based on measurements of force and displacement.

Mechatronics ME591 Sensors, Transducers and Actuators

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