Selective mode excitation and detection of micromachined resonators

Albert Prak, Miko Elwenspoek, Jan H.J. Fluitman

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    Distributed mechanical systems, such as micromachined resonant strain gages, possess an infinite number of modes of vibration. Generally, one is interested in only one or a few modes. A method is described with which only the desired modes are excited and detected. This is achieved by geometrically shaping the elements used for excitation and detection of the vibration. The method is based on the orthogonality principle, which is valid for a variety of structures and vibrations. The work described is restricted to transversal vibrations of prismatic beams, clamped on both sides (microbridges). The effect of axial stress on the suppression of unwanted modes is discussed and the design rules for obtaining the shapes for most commonly used excitation and detection mechanisms are deduced. Experimental results for some excitation mechanisms are presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings IEEE Micro Electro Mechanical Systems Workshop, MEMS '92
    Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)0-7803-0497-7
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 1992
    EventIEEE Workshop on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, MEMS 1992 - Travemünde, Germany
    Duration: 4 Feb 19927 Feb 1992


    WorkshopIEEE Workshop on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, MEMS 1992
    Abbreviated titleMEMS


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