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Title: Wireless Acoustic Airborne Jet Propeller
This manuscript presents airborne jet propulsion by audio sounds and ultrasounds through orifices formed by bulk-micromachining of a silicon wafer. The propeller is integrated with a small, printed circuit board (PCB) with a DC/DC converter, an oscillator, and a power amplifier, all powered by a 100F lithium-ion capacitor to make the propeller operable wirelessly. The peak propulsion force of the wireless propeller is measured to be 63.1 mg (or 618 mN) while the packaged wireless propeller’s weight is 10.6 g, including the drive electronics and adapter) when driven by 2.5kHz sinusoidal voltage with 21.4Vpp. A wired propeller (with 563 mg weight without adapter) is shown to high jump, long jump, wobbly fly, and propel objects. Also, the propeller is shown to work when driven by ultrasounds with a maximum propulsion force of 8.4 mg (82 mN) when driven by 20kHz, 20Vpp sinusoidal signal. Varying the frequency gradient of the applied sinusoidal pulses is shown to move the propeller to the left or right on demand to reach a specific location.  more » « less
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Transducers '23, The 22nd International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems
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National Science Foundation
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