Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 56, Number 1, October 2011
Topical Issue: 5th Colloquium Interdisciplinary in Instrumentation (C2I) 2010
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Topical Issue: 5th Colloquium Interdisciplinary in Instrumentation (C2I) 2010|
|Published online||28 September 2011|
Working principle description of the wireless passive EM transduction pressure sensor
CNRS-LAAS, 7 avenue du Colonel Roche, 31077 Toulouse, France
2 University of Toulouse, UPS, INSA, INP, ISAE, LAAS, 31077 Toulouse, France
a e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Revised: 4 July 2011
Accepted: 1 August 2011
Published online: 28 September 2011
The development of a new passive wireless pressure sensor, based on an electromagnetic transduction approach, is reported. The sensing element is a flexible high resistivity silicon membrane located above a coplanar quarter-wavelength resonator. The comprehensive coverage of the physical bases is beyond the scope of this paper. For the remote extraction of the applied pressure value, the passive pressure sensor is connected to a broadband horn antenna via a coaxial delay line. When interrogated by a frequency modulated continuous wave radar, the level of the backscattered signal changes versus the pressure applied to the proof body. Through this interrogation principle, the sensor provides load impedance that is reflected back to the radar reader: the measured dynamic is about 0.8 dBm/bar. This completely passive and wireless pressure telemetry micro-sensor has been designed, fabricated and characterized, thereby eliminating the need for contact, signal processing circuits, and power supplies needed by conventional active sensors.
© EDP Sciences, 2011
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