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Towards an Ultra Sensitive Seismic Accelerometer

Kamp, P.J. (2016) Towards an Ultra Sensitive Seismic Accelerometer.

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Abstract:A fourth generation MEMS-based silicon accelerometer is designed and fabricated in the process of developing an accelerometer to be used as an ultra sensitive seismometer for noise subtraction arrays. The device uses a novel ratchet system actuated by thermal actuators to compress precurved springs to increase the sensitivity of the system. The fabrication is based on a three-mask process, which is suitable for mass production. A first vertical application of such a device is designed and fabricated as a proof of concept. The flexures are rotated a predetermined angle so that, when placed vertically, the compressed system returns to its original position, effectively handling the offset of 1 g. A two-mask process is used for fabrication. A 2-fold stiffness reduction was obtained by compressing the pre-curved flexures 9 um.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:33 physics, 52 mechanical engineering, 53 electrotechnology, 58 process technology
Programme:Electrical Engineering MSc (60353)
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