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dc.contributor.advisorBergbreiter, Sarah Een_US
dc.contributor.authorTellers, Maryen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-18T06:05:30Z
dc.date.available2015-09-18T06:05:30Z
dc.date.issued2015en_US
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/M2NP9V
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/17128
dc.description.abstractAn array of piezoelectric cantilevers was designed, fabricated, and characterized for use as a micromanipulation surface in a reconfigurable RF circuit micro-factory. The project, known as RFactory, is an effort by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory to create environmentally adaptable, rapidly upgradeable RF systems. The RFactory actuator surface uses unimorph lead zirconate titanate cantilevers with metal posts at the tip that exaggerate the horizontal deflection produced by out-of-plane bending. The motion of a circuit component on the surface has been modeled and observed experimentally. By varying the waveform, voltage amplitude, and frequency of the drive signal, as well as the actuator length and width, the speed and precision of the motion can be controlled. From these characterization efforts, operating conditions that create speeds above 1 mm/s and low positional error (<200 microns after 5 mm translation) have been identified. Finally, full system RF reconfigurability has been demonstrated.en_US
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dc.titleMEMS Conveyance: Piezoelectric Actuator Arrays for Reconfigurable RF Circuitsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMechanical Engineeringen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledMechanical engineeringen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledMEMSen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledMicromanipulationen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledPiezoelectricen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledReconfigurable RF circuitsen_US


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