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Structural devices

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Microelectronics has enabled designers of integrated circuits to exercise complete control over the electrical characteristics of each component they create. This free course, Structural devices, will illustrate how such control is achieved and the various methods that can be applied in differing circumstances.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand how to relate physical dimensions and materials properties to static and dynamic behaviour
  • demonstrate an awareness of how small features are cut out in solid materials, and how small features are built up in solid materials
  • describe the piezoelectric effect and its use for producing small-scale movement in mechanical devices
  • state the relative significance of different forces at very small scales
  • identify key factors that influence the behaviour of mechanical vibrating and resonant systems.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 20 hours
  • Updated Tuesday 29th March 2016
  • Advanced level
  • Posted under Technology
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Structural devices


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This course examines how small features can be etched and cut out of solid materials at a very small scale.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course T356 Engineering small worlds: micro and nano technologies [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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