A prototype design of an inexpensive polymer-based tunneling accelerometer is described in this paper. Instead of silicon, polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is used as the mechanical material. By using silicon molds fabricated by conventional lithography and wet-etching techniques in hot embossing, PMMA structures can be replicated within 20 min. The performance of the tunneling sensor can be estimated and improved based on mechanical-level analysis by ANSYS and system-level analysis by MATLAB. The nonlinear tunneling mechanism and electrostatic actuation are linearized using small-signal approximation. To enhance the stability and broaden the bandwidth of the tunneling accelerometer system, a feedback control system with one zero and two poles is designed. The dynamic range of the system is greatly enhanced. The bandwidth of the closed-loop system is approximately 15 kHz.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Computer Science Applications
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering