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Switching and Release Time Analysis of Electrostatically Actuated Capacitive RF MEMS Switches

Shekhar, S and Vinoy , KJ and Ananthasuresh, GK (2011) Switching and Release Time Analysis of Electrostatically Actuated Capacitive RF MEMS Switches. In: IFSA, 130 (7). pp. 77-90.

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Abstract

This paper explains the reason behind pull-in time being more than pull-up time of many Radio Frequency Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (RF MEMS) switches at actuation voltages comparable to the pull-in voltage. Analytical expressions for pull-in and pull-up time are also presented. Experimental data as well as finite element simulations of electrostatically actuated beams used in RF-MEMS switches show that the pull-in time is generally more than the pull-up time. Pull-in time being more than pull-up time is somewhat counter-intuitive because there is a much larger electrostatic force during pull-in than the restoring mechanical force during the release. We investigated this issue analytically and numerically using a 1D model for various applied voltages and attribute this to energetics, the rate at which the forces change with time, and softening of the overall effective stiffness of the electromechanical system. 3D finite element analysis is also done to support the 1D model-based analyses.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: copyright for this article belongs to IFSA
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Depositing User: Id for Latest eprints
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2014 12:45
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2014 12:45
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/49396

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