Development of a novel force sensor system built with an industrial multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC)

Keng Ren Lin, Cheng Hung Chiang, Chih-Han Chang, Che Hsin Lin

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Abstract

This paper presents the development and normalization of a novel sensor system built with low-cost industrial-grade multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCC). MLCCs play both the roles of force sensing elements and force sustaining elements. With adopting this low-cost industrial component of MLCC (less than 1 cent USD for a sensing component), the time and the cost for producing a high performance force sensor system can be achieved. Practically, industrial-grade MLCCs are produced for capacitor applications but not for a sensing element for force measurement. However, the sensitivity for each independent MLCC presents a large variation for force sensing (coefficient of variation around 0.6). This study successfully overcome this drawback, a simple poling process is demonstrated to both increase the sensitivity and to reduce the variation coefficient of MLCC force sensors. Results indicate that the variation for the MLCCs after re-poling treatment is reduced to 0.02. The effects on the poling voltage and poling time are experimentally investigated. Results show that the MLCC treated with a high poling field can increase sensitivity and also reduce the variation for force sensing. This re-poling treatment is essential for developing a simple and low cost MLCC-based force sensor system that can be used in a wide variety of applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 7th IEEE International Conference on Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems, NEMS 2012
Pages487-490
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event7th IEEE International Conference on Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems, NEMS 2012 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 2012 Mar 52012 Mar 8

Other

Other7th IEEE International Conference on Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems, NEMS 2012
CountryJapan
CityKyoto
Period12-03-0512-03-08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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    Lin, K. R., Chiang, C. H., Chang, C-H., & Lin, C. H. (2012). Development of a novel force sensor system built with an industrial multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC). In 2012 7th IEEE International Conference on Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems, NEMS 2012 (pp. 487-490). [6196823] https://doi.org/10.1109/NEMS.2012.6196823