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Micromachines 2011, 2(2), 167-178; doi:10.3390/mi2020167

Effect of the Detector Width and Gas Pressure on the Frequency Response of a Micromachined Thermal Accelerometer

IES UMR CNRS 5214, Université de Montpellier 2, Place Eugène Bataillon 34095 Montpellier, France
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Received: 25 March 2011 / Revised: 18 May 2011 / Accepted: 19 May 2011 / Published: 23 May 2011
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Abstract

In the present work, the design and the environmental conditions of a micromachined thermal accelerometer, based on convection effect, are discussed and studied in order to understand the behavior of the frequency response evolution of the sensor. It has been theoretically and experimentally studied with different detector widths, pressure and gas nature. Although this type of sensor has already been intensively examined, little information concerning the frequency response modeling is currently available and very few experimental results about the frequency response are reported in the literature. In some particular conditions, our measurements show a cut-off frequency at −3 dB greater than 200 Hz. By using simple cylindrical and planar models of the thermal accelerometer and an equivalent electrical circuit, a good agreement with the experimental results has been demonstrated. View Full-Text
Keywords: thermal accelerometer; silicon micromachined; optimization; frequency response; gas nature thermal accelerometer; silicon micromachined; optimization; frequency response; gas nature
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Garraud, A.; Combette, P.; Courteaud, J.; Giani, A. Effect of the Detector Width and Gas Pressure on the Frequency Response of a Micromachined Thermal Accelerometer. Micromachines 2011, 2, 167-178.

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