A High Sensitivity Piezoelectric MEMS Accelerometer Based on Aerosol Deposition Method
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AbstractMEMS accelerometers are widely employed in the Internet of Things (IoT) era. Among them, capacitive types are commonly used due to their low cost and compatibility with the commercial CMOS fabrication lines. However, piezoelectric MEMS accelerometers have great research popularity attributed to their wide working range, self-generating property and removal of the need for vacuum sealing. This study designs, fabricates and analyzes a piezoelectriccantilever- beam-based accelerometer in meso scale, which is constructed by a tungsten proof mass and a composite beam comprising of PZT and stainless steel layers. Four structures with different geometries/dimensions are designed for comparison, including rectangular and trapezoid beam shapes. All the devices are fabricated by MEMS processes where aerosol deposition is utilized to make high-quality PZT sensing layer. And the implementation of stainless steel substrate makes the fabrication flow simple and cost-effective. Experiments show that the natural frequencies of the four structures range from 572.25 Hz to 769.01 Hz, corresponding to respective working frequency range from 110 Hz to 150 Hz. The low frequency limit of 10 Hz is determined by a tailor-designed charge amplifier, which is used to amplify the output charge signal of the developed sensor. At the working frequency of 95 Hz, charge sensitivities of 23.9 pC/g to 41.4 pC/g are measured for the four structures. Comparison with other studies, the designed devices have high sensitivities.
All Author(s) ListXuewen Gong, Chao-Ting Chen, Wen-Jong Wu, Wei-Hsin Liao
Name of ConferenceConference on Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems
Start Date of Conference04/03/2019
End Date of Conference07/03/2019
Place of ConferenceDenver
Country/Region of ConferenceUnited States of America
Proceedings TitleProceedings of SPIE 10970, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2019
Year2019
Month3
Volume Number10970
Pages1097026-1 - 1097026-8
ISSN0277-786X
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsMEMS accelerometer, piezoelectric, aerosol deposition, high sensitivity, cantilever beam

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