This course introduces the basics of structural mechanics: calculation of stresses and strains caused by external forces and calculation of strains. This theoretical training is applied to the design of important elements of precision mechanisms.
This class combines an analytical and finite elements modeling (FEM) simulations approach to scaling laws in MEMS/NEMS. The dominant physical effects and scaling effects when downsizing sensors and actuators in microsystems are discussed, across a broad range of actuation principles.
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Amongst others, following topics will be covered during the course:
- Soft Microsystems and Electronics
- Electroactive polymers
- Printed electronics and microsystems
- Inkjet printing of polymers
- Stretchable electronics
- Mechanical reliability
- Stencil lithography
- Scanning Probe Lithography