Surface Tension in Microsystems

Engineering Below the Capillary Length

  • Pierre Lambert

Part of the Microtechnology and MEMS book series (MEMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Physical Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J.-B. Valsamis, M. De Volder, P. Lambert
      Pages 3-16
  3. Static Modelling of Capillary Forces and Torques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Pierre Lambert, Jean-Baptiste Valsamis
      Pages 19-44
    3. Massimo Mastrangeli, Pierre Lambert
      Pages 45-69
    4. Atsushi Takei
      Pages 71-91
  4. Dynamic Modelling of Capillary Forces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Jean-Baptiste Valsamis, Pierre Lambert
      Pages 129-136
    3. Jean-Baptiste Valsamis, Pierre Lambert
      Pages 137-177
    4. Pierre Lambert
      Pages 179-193
    5. Pierre Lambert
      Pages 195-195
  5. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Atsushi Takei
      Pages 199-209
    3. Michael De Volder
      Pages 211-226
    4. Massimo Mastrangeli
      Pages 227-253
    5. Ruba T. Borno, Michel M. Maharbiz
      Pages 255-277
    6. Thierry Ondarçuhu, Laure Fabié
      Pages 279-305
  6. Conclusions and Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 307-307
    2. Pierre Lambert
      Pages 309-314
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 315-327

About this book


This book describes how surface tension effects can be used by engineers to provide mechanical functions in miniaturized products (<1 mm). Even if precursors of this field such as Jurin or Laplace already date back to the 18th century, describing surface tension effects from a mechanical perspective is very recent.
The originality of this book is to consider the effects of capillary bridges on solids, including forces and torques exerted both statically and dynamically by the liquid along the 6 degrees-of-freedom.
It provides a comprehensive approach to various applications, such as capillary adhesion (axial force), centering force in packaging and micro-assembly (lateral force) and recent developments such as a capillary motor (torque).
It devises how surface tension can be used to provide mechanical functions such as actuation (bubble-actuated compliant table), sealing and tightness, energy harvesting, nanodispending.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Pierre Lambert
    • 1
  1. 1.BEAMS Department CP 165/56Université libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-37551-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-37552-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1615-8326
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