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EPSRC Reference: GR/N34017/01
Title: PIEZOELECTRIC MICROACTUATORS FOR SMART MICRO-AIR VEHICLES (SMAV)
Principal Investigator: Whatmore, Professor RW
Other Investigators:
Cain, Dr M Damjanovic, Dr D Gee, Dr A
Kirby, Dr PB
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
BAE Systems IRISYS
Department: Sch of Industrial and Manufacturing Scie
Organisation: Cranfield University
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 October 2000 Ends: 30 June 2004 Value (£): 251,378
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Microsystems
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Electronics
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The proposed project will develop novel piezoelectric actuators for use in Smart Micro-Air Vehicles. These will include linear and rotary devices using ultrasonic waves excited on micromachined silicon membranes and bimorph cantilevers. The devices will use thin and thick PZT film deposited directly onto platinised silicon wafers. The basic design of the ultrasonic devices has been developed under EPSRC project GR/K 89818 (now complete) and the first mask set has already been made on this project. The project starts with the fabrication of prototype devices using this mask set, includes a design study in collaboration with the industrial collaborator, and a review of the prototype devices' performances in relation to that required by real systems. The design study will include the setting-up of analytical and numerical models which will require good piezoelectric film property data. A novel interferometer system will be set up to collect this data. The redesigns will be laid out onto a new mask set and fabricated and tested in collaboration with industry.EngProg\
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