This paper focuses on the development of a microsensor system that can simultaneously measure multidirectional forces generated by a tethered fly. The proposed sensor combines the well-understood concepts of piezoresistive force sensing with a very unique design that not only allows the measurement forces with more than one degree of freedom (DOF) but will simultaneously support the fly inside a virtual reality arena. The sensor is fabricated on a wafer-level using standard MicroElectro-Mechanical System or MEMS technology. By a directly measuring the thrust, lift, yaw and side slip generated by the fly, complex aerodynamics mechanisms due to rapidly rotating and flapping wings can be better understood.
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Multidirectional Force and Torque Sensor for Insect Flight Research
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Nasir, M, Dickinson, M, & Liepmann, D. "Multidirectional Force and Torque Sensor for Insect Flight Research." Proceedings of the ASME 2005 Pacific Rim Technical Conference and Exhibition on Integration and Packaging of MEMS, NEMS, and Electronic Systems collocated with the ASME 2005 Heat Transfer Summer Conference. Advances in Electronic Packaging, Parts A, B, and C. San Francisco, California, USA. July 17–22, 2005. pp. 1625-1630. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/IPACK2005-73221
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