High-G Microelectromechanical Accelerometer

Period of Performance: 07/02/1997 - 01/02/2004


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Optical E.t.c., Inc.
3077-K Leeman Ferry Rd.
Huntsville, AL 35801
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


Microelectromechanical sensors (MEMS) offer an excellent opportunity for high reliability, small-package systems for applications in industry and defense. Micromachining techniques used in conjunction with standard commercial CMOS technology result in low cost devices that also have integral electronics necessary for required preconditioning and control of the MEMS. The proposed effort employs a MEMS cantilever accelerometer sensor with special design modifications for high-g applications. Phase I research has shown that the cantilever construction proposed will survive 12,000 g's and provide measurements up to 60,000 g's. New chip connector designs are made to operate in this extreme environment. New packaging designs provide the minimum amount of free volume surrounding the accelerometer chip and thus increase its robustness.Phase II research and development will entail optimizing the cantilever design and support circuitry, improve the packaging processes, and perform static and dynamic testing for design verification and calibration. A full system will be designed employing a three-axis accelerometer device with the necessary support electronics. The complete system will be fully tested. The design goal is for packaging suitable for munitions style in-flight measurements, suitable for Phase III development.