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Micromachines 2015, 6(12), 1935-1945;

Measuring the Quality Factor in MEMS Devices

Department of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1, Canada
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Academic Editor: Stefano Mariani
Received: 7 October 2015 / Revised: 26 November 2015 / Accepted: 1 December 2015 / Published: 8 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue NEMS and MEMS Packaging and Reliability)
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This paper demonstrates and compares different experimental techniques utilized to estimate the quality factor (Q) and natural frequency from non-contact measurements of Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) motions. The relative merits of those techniques are contrasted in Q factor estimation for a cantilever beam MEMS actuator, operated in three configurations: free standing, arc-shaped, and s-shaped. It is found that damping estimation techniques that seek to minimize the deviation between the response of an “assumed” linear oscillator and the measured time-history of the motions are superior to those traditional techniques, such as logarithmic decrement and half-power bandwidth. Further, it is found that Q increases three-fold as the actuator contact with the substrate evolves from a line to an area. View Full-Text
Keywords: quality factor; MEMS; particle swarm optimization; logarithmic decrement quality factor; MEMS; particle swarm optimization; logarithmic decrement

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Ozdemir, S.; Akhtar, S.; Gunal, O.E.; Khater, M.E.; Saritas, R.; Abdel-Rahman, E.M.; Yavuz, M. Measuring the Quality Factor in MEMS Devices. Micromachines 2015, 6, 1935-1945.

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