This paper proposes a new vertical electrothermal actuator. It can be considered as a hybrid between the traditional in-plane buckle-beam actuator and the vertical hot-cold actuator. It is here referred to as vertical buckle beam. At identical dimensional and bias conditions, it features a displacement larger than that of other vertical electrothermal actuators proposed so far in the literature. The actuator performance is demonstrated by means of an analytical model along with finite-element analysis. It is applied as a driving element in parallel-plate capacitors, where it is validated and its advantages in terms of power consumption are demonstrated empirically. © 2007 IEEE.
- Buckle-beam actuator
- Out-of-plane (vertical) and in-plane electrothermal actuators