Application of co-sputtered Cu-Ni micro metallic strain gage for structure response monitoring

Syh Tsang Jenq, Yi Sih Wang, Jyh Ming Ting, Hon Seng Lo, Hong Tsu Young, Li Chang Chuang, Hon Bin Lin

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This work is concerned with the development of micro strain gages made of nickle and copper alloy for mechanical static and dynamic response measurement. The magnetron sputtering technique is adopted to deposit the metallic Cu-Ni alloy film to the surface of silicon wafer and flexible polyimide substrate. Similar fabrication process has also been applied to co-sputter the micro Cu-Ni alloy strain gages on the surface of silicon wafer. It is reported that the deposition of the metallic alloy sensors on silicon wafer coated with an insulation layer can be used as a strain sensor and the X-ray diffraction examination reports that FCC microstructure is obtained and reasonably good electric resistivity is found. The line width of the current micro metallic strain gage is designed to be 30 μm and the width and length of the micro strain gage is set to be 390 urn and 750 μm. The current microfabricated Cu-Ni strain gage is reported to be in the range of 320-350 Ω. It was reported that the current sputtered micro Cu-Ni strain gage can closely measure the structural bending strain. In addition, the impact strain measurement has also been conducted and the present developed micro strain sensor seems able to detect the dynamic mechanical response also.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-110
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Aeronautics, Astronautics and Aviation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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