COMSOL Multiphysics Modeling of Rotational Resonant MEMS Sensors with Electrothermal Drive

S. Nelson[1], and M. Guvench[1]
[1]University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Maine, USA

COMSOL Multiphysics is employed to model, simulate and predict the performance of a high Q, in-plane rotational resonating MEMS sensor. The resonating sensor disk is driven by thermal expansion and contraction of the support tethers due to AC joule heating. The resonant frequency is sensed by stationary contacts. For cost reduction, the relatively simple, low cost SOIMUMPS fabrication process is chosen. The major limiting factors on performance are thermal response (drive mechanism) and slide film damping.