A microflown based sound presure microphone suitable for harsh environments

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Yntema, Doekle R. and Bree, Hans-Elias de (2005) A microflown based sound presure microphone suitable for harsh environments. In: NOISE-CON 2005, October 17-19, 2005, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

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Abstract:There are several cases where a sound field reconstruction or prediction is required under harsh conditions such as high temperature, humidity or chemical attack. A regular pressure microphone will not last long under these conditions. Electret based pressure microphones stop working well above 70 degrees centigrade and other type of pressure microphones often operate with a built in amplifier that does not function above 120 degrees centigrade. The functionality of a MEMS based Microflown acoustic particle velocity sensor in air lies in the use of two heated platinum wires that are resistant to high temperatures and chemical attack. The wires are supported by silicon that has no other function than provide support. A pressure microphone is made based upon the Microflown principle by putting it in the opening of an enclosure. In this paper a silicon and platinum based sound probe for harsh environments is created, combining particle velocity and pressure measurements in a harsh environment. Use of this sensor is possible up to 250 degrees centigrade, in humid and under most chemical environments. The probe realization as well as calibration measurements are presented.
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