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Vol. 99, Issue 12, December 2008, pp.25-32





An Inter-digital Capacitive Electrode Modified as a Pressure Sensor



Sophisticated Test and Instrumentation Center, Cochin University of Science and Technology,

Cochin - 682 022, India

Tel.: +91-484-2575975, fax: +91-484-2576699

E-mail: jp@cusat.ac.in



Received: 22 October 2008   /Accepted: 22 December 2008   /Published: 30 December 2008


Abstract:  Inter-digital capacitive electrodes working as electric field sensors have been developed for touch panel applications. Evaluation circuits to convert variations in electric fields in such sensors into computer compatible data are commercially available. We report development of an Interdigital capacitive electrode working as a sensitive pressure sensor in the range 0-120 kPa. Essentially it is a touch/proximity sensor converted into a pressure sensor with a suitable elastomer buffer medium acting as the pressure transmitter. The performance of the sensor has been evaluated and reported. Such sensors can be made very economical in comparison to existing pressure sensors. Moreover, they are very convenient to be fabricated into sensor arrays involving a number of sensors for distributed pressure sensing applications such as in biomedical systems.


Keywords: Inter-digital capacitive electrode, E-field sensors, Touch/proximity sensors, Distributed pressure sensors

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