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Title: Non-contact evaluation of the resonant frequency of a microstructure using ultrasonic wave
Authors: Kang, X.
He, X.Y.
Tay, C.J. 
Quan, C. 
Keywords: Image processing
Resonant frequency
Ultrasonic wave
Issue Date: May-2010
Citation: Kang, X., He, X.Y., Tay, C.J., Quan, C. (2010-05). Non-contact evaluation of the resonant frequency of a microstructure using ultrasonic wave. Acta Mechanica Sinica/Lixue Xuebao 26 (2) : 317-323. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper presents a novel non-contact method for evaluating the resonant frequency of a microstructure. Firstly, the microstructure under test is excited by ultrasonic waves. This excitation method does not impose any undefined load on the specimen like the electrostatic excitation and also this is the first actual use of ultrasonic wave for exciting a microstructure in the literature. Secondly, the amplitudes of the microstructure are determined by image edge detection using a Mexican hat wavelet transform on the vibrating images of the microstructure. The vibrating images are captured by a CCD camera when the microstructure is vibrated by ultrasonic waves at a series of discrete high frequencies (> 30 kHz). Upon processing the vibrating images, the amplitudes at various excitation frequencies are obtained and an amplitude-frequency spectrum is obtained from which the resonant frequency is subsequently evaluated. A micro silicon structure consisting of a perforated plate (192 × 192 μ m) and two cantilever beams (76×43μ m) which is about 4μ m thickness is tested. Since laser interferometry is not required, thermal effects on a test object can be avoided. Hence, the setup is relatively simple. Results show that the proposed method is a simple and effective approach for evaluating the dynamic characteristics of microstructures. © 2009 The Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and Springer-Verlag GmbH.
Source Title: Acta Mechanica Sinica/Lixue Xuebao
ISSN: 05677718
DOI: 10.1007/s10409-009-0300-4
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