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MEMS Vibratory Gyroscopes

Structural Approaches to Improve Robustness


Part of the MEMS Reference Shelf book series (MEMSRS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-11
  2. Fundamentals of Micromachined Vibratory Gyroscopes

  3. Structural Approaches to Improve Robustness

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 1-10

About this book



MEMS Vibratory Gyroscopes provides a solid foundation in the theory and fundamental operational principles of micromachined vibratory rate gyroscopes, and introduces structural designs that provide inherent robustness against structural and environmental variations.

In part one, the dynamics of the vibratory gyroscope sensing element is developed, common micro-fabrication processes and methods commonly used in inertial sensor production are summarized, design of mechanical structures for both linear and torsional gyroscopes are presented, and electrical actuation and detection methods are discussed along with details on experimental characterization of MEMS gyroscopes. In part two, design concepts that improve robustness of the micromachined sensing element are introduced, supported by constructive computational examples and experimental results illustrating the material.

MEMS Vibratory Gyroscopes is a must have book for engineers in both industry and academia who specialize in the design and manufacture of gyroscopes. Readers will find:

  • A unique balance between theory and practical design issues.
  • Comprehensive and detailed information outlining the mathematical models of the mechanical structure and system-level sensor design.
  • Solid background Information on mechanical and electrical design, fabrication, packaging, testing and characterization.


About The MEMs Reference Shelf:

"The MEMs Reference Shelf is a series devoted to Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMs) which combine mechanical, electrical, optical, or fluidic elements on a common microfabricated substrate to create sensors, actuators, and microsystems. The series, authored by leading MEMs practitioners, strives to provide a framework where basic principles, known methodologies and new applications are integrated in a coherent and consistent manner."


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Emeritus


DOF design concept MEMS accelerometers MEMS material properties MEMS vibratory gyroscopes architecture design drive-mode oscillators gyroscopes microelectromechanical system (MEMS) micromachined gyroscope design production torsional implementation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Systron Donner AutomotiveConcordU.S.A.
  2. 2.Henry Samueli School of Engineering, Dept. Mechanical &University of California, IrvineIrvineU.S.A.

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From the reviews:

“This book reviews the principles of linear and torsional dynamics of vibratory gyroscopes. … The book provides a comprehensive review of the state-of-the-art of MCGs that would undoubtedly be useful for specialist engineers.” (Benu Chatterjee, Materials World, March, 2011)