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A Flexible Flow Sensor System and Its Characteristics for Fluid Mechanics Measurements
State Key Laboratory of Precision Measurement Technology and Instruments, Department of Precision Instruments and Mechanology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China
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Received: 18 September 2009; in revised form: 29 October 2009 / Accepted: 15 November 2009 / Published: 27 November 2009
Abstract: In this paper, we present a novel micromachined hot-film flow sensor system realized by a technique using a film depositing processes and incorporating a standard printed circuit. Sensor electrodes and electronic circuits are preprinted on a flexible substrate of polyimide (PI), i.e., a flexible printed circuit board (FPCB). The sensing element, which is made of Cr/Ni/Pt with a temperature coefficient of resistance around 2,000 ppm/K, is fabricated on the FPCB by either magnetron sputtering technology or pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The sensor can be packed efficiently at high-density and integrated with signal processing circuits without additional pads. A simple fabrication process using mature technique and materials selection guarantees that the time and costs are greatly reduced. Both steady-state and transient characteristics of the sensors are experimentally tested, and the results presented to validate the effectiveness of the sensors.
Keywords: hot-film flow sensor; flexible printed circuit board; flow measurement
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Liu, P.; Zhu, R.; Que, R. A Flexible Flow Sensor System and Its Characteristics for Fluid Mechanics Measurements. Sensors 2009, 9, 9533-9543.
Liu P, Zhu R, Que R. A Flexible Flow Sensor System and Its Characteristics for Fluid Mechanics Measurements. Sensors. 2009; 9(12):9533-9543.
Liu, Peng; Zhu, Rong; Que, Ruiyi. 2009. "A Flexible Flow Sensor System and Its Characteristics for Fluid Mechanics Measurements." Sensors 9, no. 12: 9533-9543.