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dc.contributor.authorZhang, Rui
dc.descriptionThesis (MTech (Mechanical Engineering))--Cape Peninsula University of Technology, 2005e
dc.description.abstractHaving simple structure and high sensitivity, micro accelerometer is a type of popular transducer used to measure the acceleration in a great variety of conditions. The bridge-type micro accelerometer is a typical micro accelerometer and has many types. As one of research project of Kentron in South Africa, the thesis presented here analyzes the bridge-type capacitive nticro accelerometer (BTCMA) and the bridge-type micro accelerometer with two piezoelectric thin films read-out (BTPMA). In this thesis, the similar structures are used on BTCMA and BTPMA For proving the fundamental mode of the structure can measure acceleration and utilizing the structural and electric characteristic to avoid the effect of higher modes, the program CoventorWare for nticro-electric-mechanical system (MEMS) design and analysis is used here to analyze the modes of these two structures, The two group piezoelectric thin films of BTPMA can be connected in serial or parallel configurations. Integrating piezoelectric effect method, strength method and energy method, the analytical analysis of these two configurations has been done with particular emphasis on the elastic characteristics of the thin films. The analytical formulas of transducer, sensitivity, resonance frequency, noise, quality factor, ntinimum detectable signal and maximum detectable range are obtained. According to the comparison results between these two configurations, the charge output in parallel configuration is a little more than that in serial configuration and the sensitivity in serial configuration is much higher than that in parallel configuration. Finally, a calculation of certain practical nticro accelerometer size is used to prove the above conclusions. On the base of capacitance theory, strength method and energy method, the analytical analysis of the BTCMA has been done in this thesis.
dc.publisherCape Peninsula University of Technologyen
dc.subjectMicroelectromechanical systems -- Design and constructionen_US
dc.subjectAccelerometers -- Design and constructionen_US
dc.titleMechanics of micromachined bridge-type accelerometer

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