A smart, intermittent driven particle sensor with an airflow change trigger using a lead zirconate titanate (PZT) cantilever

Hidetoshi Takahashi, Yutaka Tomimatsu, Takeshi Kobayashi, Akihiro Isozaki, Toshihiro Itoh, Ryutaro Maeda, Kiyoshi Matsumoto, Isao Shimoyama

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This paper reports on a smart, intermittent driven particle sensor with an airflow trigger. A lead zirconate titanate cantilever functions as the trigger, which detects an airflow change without requiring a power supply to drive the sensing element. Because an airflow change indicates that the particle concentration has changed, the trigger switches the optical particle counter from sleep mode to active mode only when the particle concentration surrounding the sensor changes. The sensor power consumption in sleep mode is 100 times less than that in the active mode. Thus, this intermittent driven method significantly reduces the total power consumption of the particle sensor. In this paper, we fabricate a prototype of the particle sensor and demonstrate that the optical particle counter can be switched on by the fabricated trigger and thus that the particle concentration can be measured.

Original languageEnglish
Article number025103
JournalMeasurement Science and Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb 1
Externally publishedYes



  • PZT cantilever
  • airflow change (Some figures may appear in colour only in the online journal)
  • intermittent driven system
  • particle sensor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Mathematics

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