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MEMS

2009

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Piezoresistive Models For Polysilicon With Bending Or Torsional Loads, Gerrit T. Larsen Aug 2009

Piezoresistive Models For Polysilicon With Bending Or Torsional Loads, Gerrit T. Larsen

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This thesis presents new models for determining piezoresistive response in long, thin polysilicon beams with either axial and bending moment inducing loads or torsional loads. Microelectromechanical (MEMS) test devices and calibration methods for finding the piezoresistive coefficients are also presented for both loading conditions. For axial and bending moment inducing loads, if the piezoresistive coefficients are known, the Improved Piezoresistive Flexure Model (IPFM) is used to find the new resistance of a beam under stress. The IPFM first discretizes the beam into small volumes represented by resistors. The stress that each of these volumes experiences is calculated, and the stress ...