LDBM, microrelays, thermal actuators, linear displacement, relay performance
This paper investigates the Linear Displacement Bistable Mechanism (LDBM) for use in microrelays. The LDBM, thermal actuators, and contacts are integrated to demonstrate a relay design. The performance of the relay is characterized using relay performance metrics, including size (1.92 mm2), contact force (23.4 μN), switching time (340 μs), breakdown voltage (> 475 V), and isolation (> 235 V). The actuation voltage and current are 11 V and 85 mA, respectively. AC characteristics, including contact-to-contact crosstalk and AC isolation are also measured. The testing results demonstrate that it is feasible to use the LDBM as a microrelay and that it has potential for use in future applications.
Original Publication Citation
Gomm, T., Howell, L.L., and Selfridge, R.H., "In-Plane Linear-Displacement Bistable Microrelay," Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Institute of Physics, Vol. 12, pp. 257-264, 22.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Gomm, Troy; Howell, Larry L.; and Selfridge, Richard H., "In-Plane Linear-Displacement Bistable Microrelay" (2002). Faculty Publications. 541.
Institute of Physics
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology
© 2002 Institute of Physics
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