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Design Spaces for the development of sensor and actuator systems, as well as components with increased strength as regards production and durability

In this interdisciplinary joint project a scientific method to increase the robustness and life of industrially produced sensors and actuators will be further developed.

The approach to the solution is based on the development of physical computer models from which so-called design spaces can be derived. These design spaces correlate design, material, production and working parameters with the mechanical stability (and therefore the robustness) of the components in question.

As a result, the physical behaviour of these components becomes more transparent and critical key determinants can be identified more quickly.

The goal is that the design spaces which are validated experimentally in the project, will demonstrate industry-relevant solutions, in particular for the following mechanical stresses:

  • Buckling phenomena in the context of the mechanical stability of actuators
  • Cracking in the context of the mechanical stability of porous membranes
  • Delamination in the context of the coating of miniaturised components
Project partners

Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Computational Physics
Furtwangen University, Institute for Microsystems Technology
Amcor Flexibles Kreuzlingen AG, CH-Kreuzlingen
B. Ketterer Söhne GmbH & Co. KG, D-Furtwangen
Carl Haas GmbH, D-Schramberg
Help Tech GmbH, D-Horb am Neckar
Hexis AG, CH-Winterthur
Sensirion AG, CH-Stäfa



The project is funded over the European Funds for Regional Development (EFRE) within the framework of the Interreg Alpenrhein-Bodensee-Hochrhein (Interreg ABH, 2014-2020) Programme and by Switzerland.


Design Spaces (I23436-1)
Design Spaces (I23436-2)
Design Spaces (I23436-3)
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