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Manufacturing and characterization of a ceramic microcombustor with integrated oxygen storage and release element
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Microsystems Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5452-7831
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Microsystems Technology. Swedish National Defence College. (ÅSTC)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Microsystems Technology.
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2015 (English)In: Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, ISSN 0960-1317, E-ISSN 1361-6439, Vol. 25, no 10, 104006Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A microscale ceramic high-temperature combustor with a built-in temperature sensor and source of oxygen has been designed, manufactured and characterized. The successful in situ electroplating and oxidation of copper, and the use of copper oxide as the source of oxygen were demonstrated. It was shown that residual stresses from electroplating, copper oxidation and oxide decomposition did not cause much deformation of the substrate but influenced mainly the integrity and adhesion of the metal films. The process had influence on the electrical resistances, however. Calibration of the temperature sensor and correlation with IR thermography up to 1000°C revealed a nearly linear sensor behavior. Demonstration of combustion in a vacuum chamber proved that no combustion had occurred before release of oxygen from the metal oxide resource.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institute of Physics (IOP), 2015. Vol. 25, no 10, 104006
Keyword [en]
isotopic analysis, HTCC, combustor, EDS, TGA, RGA, oxygen release
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Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in Microsystems Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-264147DOI: 10.1088/0960-1317/25/10/104006ISI: 000366827400007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-264147DiVA: diva2:859164
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Swedish National Space Board
Available from: 2015-10-06 Created: 2015-10-06 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved
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1. Extending Microsystems to Very High Temperatures and Chemically Harsh Environments
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2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Aiming at applications in space exploration as well as for monitoring natural hazards, this thesis focuses on understanding and overcoming the challenges of extending the applicability of microsystems to temperatures above 600°C as well as chemically harsh environments. Alumina and zirconia high-temperature co-fired ceramics (HTCC) with platinum as the conductor material, have in this thesis, been used to manufacture a wide range of high-temperature tolerant miniaturized sensors and actuators, including pressure and flow sensors, valves, a combustor, and liquid monopropellant microthrusters.

Interfacing for high temperatures is challenging. One solution is to transfer the signal wirelessly. Here, therefor, wireless pressure sensors have been developed and characterized up to 1000°C.

It is usually unwanted that material properties change with temperature, but by using smart designs, such changes can be exploited to sense physical properties as in the gas flow sensor presented, where the temperature-dependent electrical conductivity of zirconia has been utilized. In the same manner, various properties of platinum have been exploited to make temperature sensors, heaters and catalytic beds. By in-situ electroplating metals after sintering, even more capabilities were added, since many metals that do not tolerate HTCC processing can be added for additional functionality. An electroplated copper layer that was oxidized and used as an oxygen source in an alumina combustor intended for burning organic samples prior to sample analysis in a lab on a chip system, and a silver layer used as a catalyst in order to decompose hydrogen peroxide in a microthuster for spacecraft attitude control, are both examples that have been explored here.

Ceramics are both high-temperature tolerant and chemically resistant, making them suitable for both thrusters and combustors. The corresponding applications benefit from miniaturization of them in terms of decreased mass, power consumption, integration potential, and reduced sample waste.

Integrating many functions using as few materials as possible, is important when it comes to microsystems for harsh environments. This thesis has shown the high potential of co-fired ceramics in manufacturing microsystems for aggressive environments. However, interfacing is yet a major challenge to overcome.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2016. 45 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 1424
Keyword
HTCC, MEMS, MST, Microcombustor, Microthruster, Single-use valve, Wireless pressure sensor, flow sensor, in-situ electroplating, Monopropellant, Platinum
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in Microsystems Technology
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-302658 (URN)978-91-554-9686-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-10-31, Polhemsalen, Ångströmslaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 09:30 (English)
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