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A novel gas flow sensing application using piezoelectric ZnO thin films deposited on Phynox alloy

Joshi, Sudeep and Parmar, Mitesh and Rajanna, K (2012) A novel gas flow sensing application using piezoelectric ZnO thin films deposited on Phynox alloy. In: SENSORS AND ACTUATORS A-PHYSICAL, 187 . pp. 194-200.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sna.2012.08.032


We report on the novel flow sensing application of piezoelectric ZnO thin film deposited on Phynox alloy sensing element. Characterization of piezoelectric ZnO films deposited on Phynox (Elgiloy) substrate at different RF powers is discussed. ZnO films deposited at RF power of 100W were found to have fine c-axis orientation, possesses excellent surface morphology with lower rms surface roughness of 1.87 nm and maximum d(31) coefficient value 4.7 pm V-1. The thin cantilever strip of Phynox alloy with ZnO film as a sensing layer for flow sensing has been tested for flow rates ranging from 2 to 18 L min(-1). A detailed theoretical analysis of the experimental set-up showing the relationship between output voltage and force at a particular flow rate has been discussed. The sensitivity of now sensing element is similar to 18 mV/(L min(-1)) and typical response time is of the order of 20 m s. The sensing element is calibrated using in-house developed testing set-up. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to ELSEVIER SCIENCE SA, SWITZERLAND
Keywords: ZnO thin films;Piezoelectricity;X-ray diffraction;Sensing
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Instrumentation Appiled Physics
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2013 08:41
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2013 08:41
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/45594

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