Viscoelasticity sensor with resonance tuning and low-cost interface
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Proceedings of the Eurosensors XXV Conference
Electromechanical resonators are sensitive to the material parameters of a surrounding medium and therefore can be used as sensors for viscoelastic properties and density. In our recent work, we presented a metallic plate resonator excited by Lorentz forces in a permanent magnetic field. We improved the interface circuitry by using signal transformers, so that it is now possible to make accurate measurements using a commonly available low-cost audiointerface. Beside that, the necessary sample volume is reduced to a maximum of 50 ?l, so that a drop of liquid covers the sensitive area. Using a reflector parallel to the oscillation plane, standing waves in the gap could be generated. A desirable feature of resonator sensors is tunability over a significant frequency range. We investigated mechanisms to change the resonance frequency, e.g. an electric current that induces thermal stress. These advancements pave the way for a versatile low-cost, easy-to-use solution to measure viscoelastic properties in numerous applications.