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A novel PVDF microforce/force rate sensor for practical applications in micromanipulation

Yantao Shen (Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA)
Ning Xi (Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA)
King W.C. Lai (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, People's Republic of China)
Wen J. Li (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, People's Republic of China)

Sensor Review

ISSN: 0260-2288

Article publication date: 1 September 2004

Abstract

This paper presents our development of a novel force and force rate sensory system to advance applications in micromanipulation using an in situ polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) piezoelectric sensor. To allow close monitoring of magnitude and direction of microforces acting on microdevices during manipulation, PVDF ploymer films are used to fabricate highly sensitive 1D and 2D sensors to detect real‐time microforce and force rate information during the manipulation process. The sensory system with a resolution in the range of sub‐micronewtons can be applied effectively to develop a technology on the force‐reflection microassembly of surface MEMS structures. In addition, a tele‐micromanipulation platform, which can be used to perform tele‐microassembly of the MEMS structures and tele‐cell‐manipulation with force/haptic feedback via Internet was also built successfully.

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Citation

Shen, Y., Xi, N., Lai, K.W.C. and Li, W.J. (2004), "A novel PVDF microforce/force rate sensor for practical applications in micromanipulation", Sensor Review, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 274-283. https://doi.org/10.1108/02602280410545407

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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