Levitating Micro-Actuators: A Review
AbstractThrough remote forces, levitating micro-actuators completely eliminate mechanical attachment between the stationary and moving parts of a micro-actuator, thus providing a fundamental solution to overcoming the domination of friction over inertial forces at the micro-scale. Eliminating the usual mechanical constraints promises micro-actuators with increased operational capabilities and low dissipation energy. Further reduction of friction and hence dissipation by means of vacuum leads to dramatic increases of performance when compared to mechanically tethered counterparts. In order to efficiently employ the benefits provided by levitation, micro-actuators are classified according to their physical principles as well as by their combinations. Different operating principles, structures, materials and fabrication methods are considered. A detailed analysis of the significant achievements in the technology of micro-optics, micro-magnets and micro-coil fabrication, along with the development of new magnetic materials during recent decades, which has driven the creation of new application domains for levitating micro-actuators is performed. View Full-Text
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Poletkin, K.V.; Asadollahbaik, A.; Kampmann, R.; Korvink, J.G. Levitating Micro-Actuators: A Review. Actuators 2018, 7, 17.
Poletkin KV, Asadollahbaik A, Kampmann R, Korvink JG. Levitating Micro-Actuators: A Review. Actuators. 2018; 7(2):17.Chicago/Turabian Style
Poletkin, Kirill V.; Asadollahbaik, Asa; Kampmann, Ronald; Korvink, Jan G. 2018. "Levitating Micro-Actuators: A Review." Actuators 7, no. 2: 17.
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