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Graphic element Improved micromechanical gas sensors and fluid metering devices
     
 
New micromechanical gas sensors and fluid metering devices are energy-saving, operating at low voltage and are also simpler to fabricate, resulting in material savings.
 

Since the invention of the transistor fifty years ago, the electronics industry has virtually exploded. With the invention of the integrated circuit engineers, were able to fit entire electronic systems onto a single small piece of mono-crystalline silicon. This same basic concept can be adopted to make small, high-performance, low-cost mechanical structures, including a variety of detection sensors used in the automotive industry.

This project aimed to develop improved micromechanical gas sensors and fluid metering devices. The new components are energy-saving, operating at low voltage, and are also simpler to fabricate, which results in material savings. They are also easier to integrate into existing electronic systems, requiring no additional power source.

A high dynamic range of fluid metering has been achieved, reducing the number of meters dedicated to a given operating condition in a gas network, leading to a 15% increase in competitiveness through costs savings. Partners have generated over 1.7 million euro in turnover targeting the public gas networks market, especially in the US.

Cordis RCN: 2545
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