Capillary Forces in Microassembly: Modeling, Simulation, Experiments, and Case Study

Hardcover | October 2, 2007

byPierre Lambert

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Capillary Forces in Microassembly discusses the use of capillary forces as a gripping principle in microscale assembly. Clearly written and well-organized, this text brings together physical concepts at the microscale with practical applications in micromanipulation. Throughout this work, the reader will find a review of the existing gripping principles, elements to model capillary forces as well as descriptions of the simulation and experimental test bench developed to study the design parameters.  Using well-known concepts from surface science (such as surface tension, capillary effects, wettability, and contact angles) as inputs to mechanical models, the amount of effort required to handle micro-components is then predicted.Researchers and engineers involved in micromanipulation and precision assembly will find this a highly useful reference for microassembly system design and analysis.

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Capillary Forces in Microassembly discusses the use of capillary forces as a gripping principle in microscale assembly. Clearly written and well-organized, this text brings together physical concepts at the microscale with practical applications in micromanipulation. Throughout this work, the reader will find a review of the existing g...

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Capillary Forces in Microassembly discusses the use of capillary forces as a gripping principle in microscale assembly. Clearly written and well-organized, this text brings together physical concepts at the microscale with practical applications in micromanipulation. Throughout this work, the reader will find a review of the existing g...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:285 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.39 inPublished:October 2, 2007Publisher:SpringerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387710884

ISBN - 13:9780387710884

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Table of Contents

Preface.- From Conventional Assembly to Microassembly.- Classification of Forces Acting in the Microworld.- Handling Principles for Microassembly.- Conclusions.- Introduction.- First Set of Parameters.- State of the Art on the Capillary Force Models at Equilibrium.- Static Stimulation at Constant Volume of Liquid.- Comparisons Between the Capillary Force Models.- Example 1:Application to the Modeling of a Microgripper for Watch Bearings.- Second Set of Parameters.- Limits of the Static Simulation.- Approaching and Rupture Distances.- Example 2: Numerical Implementation of the Proposed Models.- Conclusions of the Theoretical Study of Capillary Forces.- Introduction.- Test Bed and Characterization.- Results.- Example 3: Application to the Watch Bearing Case Study: Characterization.- Example 4: Application to the Eatch Bearing Case Study: Results.- Conclusions.- Conclusions and Perspectives.- Modeling Complements.- Geometry Complements.- Comparison Between Both Approaches.- Symbols.- References.- Index

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From the reviews:"Presented in five parts this text considers the use of capillary forces as a means to grip and assemble micrometre scale structures. . This book reads easily and is well presented in terms of technical figures and mathematical detail. . topics discussed are illustrated via a number of examples and, ultimately a thorough case study involving a watch bearing. . serves best as a reference for those specialists working in the field or for a postgraduate researcher looking for a clear explanation of microassembly principles." (Matthew R. Foreman, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 51 (6), 2010)