To develop a low cost solid state angular rate sensor that could be used in vehicle guidance systems.
The objective is to develop a low cost solid state angular rate sensor which can be used in vehicle guidance systems.
The sensor would be a vibratory planar device, utilising non-contact detection methods. Research will be conducted into the ZnO piezo-electric material to be used, the choice of wafer substrate and micro-fabrication techniques.
Work will also be undertaken on the theoretical design to maximise the detection signal and the surface acoustic wave device required.
The sensor will be developed to meet a number of transport applications, but in order to focus the work, one specific application, namely GPS, will be concentrated on.