Single mask, simple structure micro rotational motor driven by electrostatic comb-drive actuators
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We report a design and fabrication of a new micro rotational motor (MRM) using silicon micromachining technology with the overall diameter of 2.4 mm. This motor utilizes four silicon electrostatic comb-drive actuators to drive the outer ring (or rotor) through ratchet teeth. The novel design of the anti-reverse structure helps us to overcome the gap problem after deep reactive ion etching of silicon. The MRM was fabricated by using silicon on insulator wafer with the thickness of the device layer being 30 孠and one mask only. The motor was successfully tested for performance. It was driven by periodic voltage with different frequencies ranging from 1 to 50 Hz. The angular velocity of the outer ratchet ring was proportional to the frequency. Moreover, when the driving frequency is lower than 30 Hz, the experiment results perfectly match the theoretical calculation.
Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
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