Learn how microelectronics enables complete control over electrical characteristics in integrated circuits. Explore methods for achieving control and understand the significance of forces at small scales. Discover the piezoelectric effect and its use in mechanical devices. Enhance your knowledge of structural devices and their behavior in vibrating and resonant systems.
Microelectronics has enabled designers of integrated circuits to exercise complete control over the electrical characteristics of each component they create. This free course, Structural devices, will illustrate how such control is achieved and the various methods that can be applied in differing circumstances.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
Understand how to relate physical dimensions and materials properties to static and dynamic behaviour
Demonstrate an awareness of how small features are cut out in solid materials, and how small features are built up in solid materials
Describe the piezoelectric effect and its use for producing small-scale movement in mechanical devices
State the relative significance of different forces at very small scales
Identify key factors that influence the behaviour of mechanical vibrating and resonant systems.