27 March 2018 Towards the miniaturization of monolithic folded pendulums: a new approach to the implementation of small and light sensors for ground, space, and marine applications
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The UNISA Folded Pendulum technological platform is very promising for the implementation of high sensitive, large band miniaturized mechanical seismometers and accelerometers in different materials. In fact, the symmetry of its mechanical architecture allows to take full advantage of one of the most relevant properties of the folded pendulum, that is the scalability. This property is very useful for the design of folded pendulums of small size and weight, provided with a suitable combination of physical and geometrical parameters. Using a lagrangian simplified model of folded pendulum, we present and discuss this idea, showing different possible approaches that may lead to the miniaturization of a folded pendulum. Finally we present a first prototype of miniaturized folded pendulum, discussing its characteristics and limitations, in connection with scientific ground, marine and space applications.
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F. Barone, G. Giordano, "Towards the miniaturization of monolithic folded pendulums: a new approach to the implementation of small and light sensors for ground, space, and marine applications", Proc. SPIE 10599, Nondestructive Characterization and Monitoring of Advanced Materials, Aerospace, Civil Infrastructure, and Transportation XII, 1059925 (27 March 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2296376; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2296376
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