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Sensors 2013, 13(11), 15770-15784; doi:10.3390/s131115770

Two Novel Measurements for the Drive-Mode Resonant Frequency of a Micromachined Vibratory Gyroscope

College of Mechatronics and Automation, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073, China
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Received: 5 September 2013 / Revised: 1 November 2013 / Accepted: 1 November 2013 / Published: 19 November 2013
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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Abstract

To investigate the drive-mode resonance frequency of a micromachined vibratory gyroscope (MVG), one needs to measure it accurately and efficiently. The conventional approach to measure the resonant frequency is by performing a sweep frequency test and spectrum analysis. The method is time-consuming and inconvenient because of the requirements of many test points, a lot of data storage and off-line analyses. In this paper, we propose two novel measurement methods, the search method and track method, respectively. The former is based on the magnitude-frequency characteristics of the drive mode, utilizing a one-dimensional search technique. The latter is based on the phase-frequency characteristics, applying a feedback control loop. Their performances in precision, noise resistivity and efficiency are analyzed through detailed simulations. A test system is implemented based on a field programmable gate array (FPGA) and experiments are carried out. By comparing with the common approach, feasibility and superiorities of the proposed methods are validated. In particular, significant efficiency improvements are achieved whereby the conventional frequency method consumes nearly 5,000 s to finish a measurement, while only 5 s is needed for the track method and 1 s for the search method. View Full-Text
Keywords: micromachined vibratory gyroscope; drive mode; resonant frequency; one-dimensional search; golden section micromachined vibratory gyroscope; drive mode; resonant frequency; one-dimensional search; golden section
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Wang, A.; Hu, X.; Luo, B.; Jiang, M.; He, X.; Tang, K. Two Novel Measurements for the Drive-Mode Resonant Frequency of a Micromachined Vibratory Gyroscope. Sensors 2013, 13, 15770-15784.

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