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During the last few years, there have been significant investments in the development of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) for civilian and military applications. However, in order for MEMS to be used in many defense applications, they must satisfy stringent performance and reliability requirements, including survival after billions of cycles of operation, acceleration/deceleration up to 30,000g lasting milliseconds, and temperatures from -50 to 80°C. Despite significant effort, MEMS have not thus far been able to meet these criteria, and experience unexpected failures, the reasons for which are poorly understood. If these problems could be solved, MEMS would find widespread deployment.


MEMS chart


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Matt Potrawski
Managing Director, PRISM Center
Purdue University
Birck Nanotechnology Center
1205 W. State St., Suite 2027
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088