Surface Tension in Microsystems
This book describes how surface tension effects can be used by engineers to provide mechanical functions in miniaturized products (The originality of this book is to consider the effects of capillary bridges on solids, including forces and torques exerted both statically and dynamically by the liquid along the 6 degrees-of-freedom.
It provides a comprehensive approach to various applications, such as capillary adhesion (axial force), centering force in packaging and micro-assembly (lateral force) and recent developments such as a capillary motor (torque).
It devises how surface tension can be used to provide mechanical functions such as actuation (bubble-actuated compliant table), sealing and tightness, energy harvesting, nanodispending.
Summarizes most recent developments and research results in surface tension for emerging industrial productsProvides an original and comprehensive study of surface tension forces and torques including modeling, simulation, experimental set upsContains many case studies including gripping, actuation, capillary filling, sealing, self-assembly, adhesion for better understandingAllows the direct use of the results for the simulation in nomograms and close packed formulasProvides learning help in exercises