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A MICROMACHINED WIDE-BAND IN-PLANE SINGLE-AXIS CAPACITIVE ACCELEROMETER WITH A DISPLACEMENT-AMPLIFYING COMPLIANT MECHANISM

Khan, Sambuddha and Ananthasuresh, GK (2014) A MICROMACHINED WIDE-BAND IN-PLANE SINGLE-AXIS CAPACITIVE ACCELEROMETER WITH A DISPLACEMENT-AMPLIFYING COMPLIANT MECHANISM. In: MECHANICS BASED DESIGN OF STRUCTURES AND MACHINES, 42 (3). pp. 355-370.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15397734.2014.908299

Abstract

With the premise that electronic noise dominates mechanical noise in micromachined accelerometers, we present here a method to enhance the sensitivity and resolution at kHz bandwidth using mechanical amplification. This is achieved by means of a Displacement-amplifying Compliant Mechanism (DaCM) that is appended to the usual sensing element comprising a proof-mass and a suspension. Differential comb-drive arrangement is used for capacitive-sensing. The DaCM is designed to match the stiffness of the suspension so that there is substantial net amplification without compromising the bandwidth. A spring-mass-lever model is used to estimate the lumped parameters of the system. A DaCM-aided accelerometer and another without a DaCM-both occupying the same footprint-are compared to show that the former gives enhanced sensitivity: 8.7 nm/g vs. 1.4 nm/g displacement at the sensing-combs under static conditions. A prototype of the DaCM-aided micromachined acclerometer was fabricated using bulk-micromachining. It was tested at the die-level and then packaged on a printed circuit board with an off-the-shelf integrated chip for measuring change in capacitance. Under dynamic conditions, the measured amplification factor at the output of the DaCM was observed to be about 11 times larger than the displacement of the proof-mass and thus validating the concept of enhancing the sensitivity of accelerometers using mechanical amplifiers. The measured first in-plane natural frequency of the fabricated accelerometer was 6.25 kHz. The packaged accelerometer with the DaCM was measured to have 26.7 mV/g sensitivity at 40 Hz.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to the TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC
Keywords: Accelerometer; Mechanical amplification; DaCM; Compliant mechanism
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Depositing User: Id for Latest eprints
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2014 09:47
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2014 09:47
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/49475

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