Vibrating Beam Angular Rate Sensors

Northrop Grumman
2002 – 2003
  • Peter N Saeta
  • Robert P Wolf

Northrop Grumman is the second largest defense contractor in America, designing and producing a wide variety of technologies ranging from aircraft to sensors.  The clinic team performed a proof-of-concept study using microelectrical mechanical systems (MEMS) technology to produce a vibrating beam angular rate sensor based on the Coriolis force.  Experimental and analytical results were reported.

The Physics Clinic program presents opportunities for students to work on practical projects relevant to industrial work. Students work on teams of 3–5 on a sponsored research or development project.