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Characterization And Analysis Of Viscoelastically Loaded Thin Film Piezoelectric Resonators Incorporated In An Oscillator Microsensing System , Ronald Patrick O'Toole Jan 1994

Characterization And Analysis Of Viscoelastically Loaded Thin Film Piezoelectric Resonators Incorporated In An Oscillator Microsensing System , Ronald Patrick O'Toole

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In the recent advancement of piezoelectric resonator technology, there has been a large growth in the application of these devices for chemical sensing. These sensors operate by detecting changes in their environment which perturb the electrical - acoustic operation and in turn can be harnessed by means of supporting electronics and signal processing to monitor various processes. Examples include remote environmental monitoring, chemical process control, and commercial gas phase detectors. In this dissertation, the chemical sensing theory and properties of piezoelectric resonators such as the bulk-acoustic wave thin-film resonator (TFR) and the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) are developed. This analysis concentrates ...


A Closed-Form Integration Method For State-Space Time-Domain Analysis Of Electronic Circuits And Systems , Bruce Alan Alspaugh Jan 1994

A Closed-Form Integration Method For State-Space Time-Domain Analysis Of Electronic Circuits And Systems , Bruce Alan Alspaugh

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While most traditional circuit simulation programs such as SPICE rely upon numerical integration techniques to perform transient analysis, this dissertation presents an alternative approach that relies on closed-form integration. Traditional numerical approaches offer no hope of finding an analytical solution, even if it is known that the solutions will be in a simple functional form. By using closed-form methods, the computer can find the exact analytical solution to the network and completely avoid problems associated with numerical approximations, determining appropriate integration step sizes, stiff systems of differential equations, or accumulated global error. Computer run time is independent of the amount ...