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Multidirectional Force and Torque Sensor for Insect Flight Research

[+] Author Affiliations
Mansoor Nasir, Dorian Liepmann

University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Michael Dickinson

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

Paper No. IPACK2005-73221, pp. 1625-1630; 6 pages
  • ASME 2005 Pacific Rim Technical Conference and Exhibition on Integration and Packaging of MEMS, NEMS, and Electronic Systems collocated with the ASME 2005 Heat Transfer Summer Conference
  • Advances in Electronic Packaging, Parts A, B, and C
  • San Francisco, California, USA, July 17–22, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division and Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4200-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3762-9
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


This paper focuses on the development of a microsensor system that can simultaneously measure multidirectional forces generated by a tethered fly. The proposed sensor combines the well-understood concepts of piezoresistive force sensing with a very unique design that not only allows the measurement forces with more than one degree of freedom (DOF) but will simultaneously support the fly inside a virtual reality arena. The sensor is fabricated on a wafer-level using standard MicroElectro-Mechanical System or MEMS technology. By a directly measuring the thrust, lift, yaw and side slip generated by the fly, complex aerodynamics mechanisms due to rapidly rotating and flapping wings can be better understood.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME
Topics: Force , Torque , Sensors , Flight



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