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Title: Dynamic characterization of MEMS structures by ultrasonic wave excitation
Authors: Kang, X. 
Tay, C.J. 
Quan, C. 
He, X.Y.
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2007
Citation: Kang, X., Tay, C.J., Quan, C., He, X.Y. (2007-12-01). Dynamic characterization of MEMS structures by ultrasonic wave excitation. Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 17 (12) : 2426-2431. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: A novel optical method for evaluating the natural frequency and the quality factor (Q) of a MEME structure is proposed in this paper. The proposed method is based on ultrasonic wave excitation which is a non-contact technique and does not impose undefined loadings. Images of the MEME structure vibrated ultrasonically are captured by a CCD camera at different frequencies. The vibrational amplitudes of the MEME structure are subsequently extracted using edge detection based on a Mexican hat wavelet transform and an amplitude-frequency spectrum is obtained from which the resonant frequency is determined. The damping characteristic is subsequently evaluated using a half-power-point method. A silicon MEME structure consisting of a perforated crossbeam (205 νm × 26 νm) and a cantilever beam (220 νm × 23 νm) is tested. The thickness of the MEME structure is approximately 3 νm. The experimental set-up is relatively simple and the results show that the proposed method is an effective approach for evaluating the dynamic characteristics of the MEME structure. © 2007 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Source Title: Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
ISSN: 09601317
DOI: 10.1088/0960-1317/17/12/006
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