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Materials - Surfaces, Interfaces, Thin Films, Corrosion, Coatings | Capillary Forces in Microassembly - Modeling, Simulation, Experiments, and Case Study

Capillary Forces in Microassembly

Modeling, Simulation, Experiments, and Case Study

Lambert, Pierre

2007

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  • Covers an interdisciplinary field between the surface sciences fundamental aspects and more production and assembly oriented issues
  • Within the framework of a watch bearing assembly case study, the developed methodology includes an exhaustive literature review, models and simulations, experimental validation of the models and of the proposed gripping principle
  • Provides an exhaustive basis to understand, model (analytically and numerically), and design grippers based on capillary forces

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 predicted. These developments are then applied in a case study concerning the pick and place of balls in a watch ball bearing.

Researchers and engineers involved in micromanipulation and precision assembly will find this a highly useful reference for microassembly system design and analysis.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » PED - STEM - Surface science - capillary forces - microassembly - micromanipulation case study - modeling - surface tension

Related subjects » Classical Continuum Physics - Mechanics - Nanotechnology - Production & Process Engineering - Surfaces, Interfaces, Thin Films, Corrosion, Coatings

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