Vibration and shock reliability of MEMS: modeling and experimental validation

Subramanian Sundaram, Maurizio Tormen, Branislav Timotijevic, Robert Lockhart, Thomas Overstolz, Ross P Stanley, Herbert R Shea
2011 Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering  
A methodology to predict shock and vibration levels that could lead to the failure of MEMS devices is reported as a function of vibration frequency and shock pulse duration. A combined experimental-analytical approach is developed, maintaining the simplicity and insightfulness of analytical methods without compromising on the accuracy characteristic of experimental methods. The minimum frequency-dependent acceleration that will lead to surfaces coming into contact, for vibration or shock
more » ... ion or shock inputs, is determined based on measured mode shapes, damping, resonant frequencies, and an analysis of failure modes, thus defining a safe operating region, without requiring shock or vibration testing. This critical acceleration for failure is a strong function of the drive voltage, and the safe operating region is predicted for transport (unbiased) and operation (biased condition). The model was experimentally validated for over-damped and under-damped modes of a comb-drive-driven silicon-on-insulator-based tunable grating. In-plane and out-of-plane vibration (up to 65 g) and shock (up to 6000 g) tests were performed for biased and unbiased conditions, and very good agreement was found between predicted and observed critical accelerations.
doi:10.1088/0960-1317/21/4/045022 fatcat:xlaxdh7l2rebzbfpiotbfwvhty