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Dynamic characterization and modelling of a dual-axis beam steering device for performance understanding, optimization, and control design
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Microsystems Technology. (ÅSTC)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Microsystems Technology. (ÅSTC)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Solid State Electronics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Microsystems Technology. (ÅSTC)
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2013 (English)In: Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, ISSN 0960-1317, E-ISSN 1361-6439, Vol. 23, no 4, 045020- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper presents a lumped thermal model of a dual-axis laser micromirror device for beam steering in a free-space optical (FSO) communication system, designed for fractionated spacecraft. An FSO communication system provides several advantages, such as larger bandwidth, smaller size and weight of the communication payload and less power consumption. A dual-axis mirror device is designed and realized using microelectromechanical systems technology. The fabrication is based on a double-sided, bulk micromachining process, where the mirror actuates thermally by joints consisting of v-grooves filled with the SU-8 polymer. The size of the device, consisting of a mirror, which is deflectable versus its frame in one direction, and through deflection of the frame in the other, is 15.4 × 10.4 × 0.3 mm3. In order to further characterize and understand the micromirror device, a Simulink state-space model of the actuator is set up using thermal and mechanical properties from a realized actuator. A deviation of less than 2% between the modelled and measured devices was obtained in an actuating temperature range of 20–200 °C. The model of the physical device was examined by evaluating its performance in vacuum, and by changing physical parameters, such as thickness and material composition. By this, design parameters were evaluated for performance gain and usability. For example, the crosstalk between the two actuators deflecting the mirror along its two axes in atmospheric pressure is projected to go down from 97% to 6% when changing the frame material from silicon to silicon dioxide. A feedback control system was also designed around the model in order to examine the possibility to make a robust control system for the physical device. In conclusion, the model of the actuator presented in this paper can be used for further understanding and development of the actuator system.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 23, no 4, 045020- p.
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Communication Systems
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in Microsystems Technology; Engineering Science with specialization in Electronics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-185627DOI: 10.1088/0960-1317/23/4/045020ISI: 000316299900021OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-185627DiVA: diva2:572289
Available from: 2012-11-27 Created: 2012-11-27 Last updated: 2016-04-21Bibliographically approved
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1. Development of Microcomponents for Attitude and Communication Systems on Small Vehicles in Space and Extreme Environments
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Development of Microcomponents for Attitude and Communication Systems on Small Vehicles in Space and Extreme Environments
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this thesis, components intended for vehicles in space and other extreme environments have been realized using microsystems technology to facilitate miniaturized, yet high-performing systems beneficial for small spacecraft and other vehicles with limited size and power.

Cold gas thrusters commonly used on spacecraft basically accelerate a gaseous propellant stored under high pressure. When miniaturized, their performance is reduced because of viscous forces. Here, with a special masking and etching scheme, making silicon micronozzles close to rotationally symmetric, this shortcoming was mitigated as indicated by schlieren imaging of the rocket exhaust and a comparison with conventionally manufactured micronozzles with rectangular cross-sections. Schlieren imaging was also used to detect leakage, quantify thrust vector deviation, and measure shock cell periods in the exhaust. Correlation was made to operational conditions.

Similarly operating zirconia thrusters with integrated heaters and flow sensors were developed to allow for higher operating temperature. Successful testing at 1000°C, suggests that the propellant efficiency could be increased by 7.5%, and also makes them candidates for chemical propulsion.

A silicon thruster operating in rarefied gas regimes was also developed. Being suspended in a silicon dioxide frame reducing heat losses, a total efficiency of 17% was reached.

Relating to the integrated micropropulsion systems, two types of flow sensors were developed. Through finite element modeling, the insertion of sensor fingers in the fluid was shown to be an interesting concept for high-pressure applications.

Utilizing the same principle, a velocity sensor for a miniaturized submersible was developed. With a power consumption below 15 mW, it was able to measure directions with an accuracy of ±8º, and speed with an error less than 22%.

To enable high-speed optical communication between spacecraft, a Free Space Optics communication system, and particularly its dual-axis beam-steering actuator, was developed. Through thermal actuation, optical angles larger than 40º were obtained. A lumped thermal model was used to study design changes, vacuum operation and feedback control.

Understanding and mastering heat transfer in microsystems have been vital in many of the studies conducted. Throughout, advanced micromachining and modeling have been used as a step towards high-performance systems for space and other extreme environments.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2013. 43 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 1003
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies
Research subject
Administrative Law
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-186862 (URN)978-91-554-8555-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-01-11, Polhelmsalen, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2012-12-21 Created: 2012-11-29 Last updated: 2013-02-11Bibliographically approved

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