In this study, we propose a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) force sensor for microflow measurements. The sensor is equipped with a flow sensing piezoresistive cantilever and a dummy piezoresistive cantilever, which acts as a temperature reference. Since the dummy cantilever is also in the form of a thin cantilever, the temperature environment of the dummy sensor is almost identical to that of the sensing cantilever. The temperature compensation effect was measured, and the piezoresistive cantilever was combined with a gasket jig to enable the direct implementation of the piezoresistive cantilever in a flow tube. The sensor device stably measured flow rates from 20 μL/s to 400 μL/s in a silicon tube with a 2-mm inner diameter without being disturbed by temperature fluctuations.
- Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) cantilever-type force sensor
- Microflow measurement
- Temperature compensation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering