Capillary Forces in Microassembly

Modeling, Simulation, Experiments, and Case Study

  • Pierre Lambert

Part of the Microtechnology And Mems book series (MEMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXII
  2. Microassembly Specificities

  3. Modeling and Simulation of Capillary Forces

  4. Experimental Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 140-140
    2. Pages 141-142
    3. Pages 163-187
    4. Pages 211-218
  5. General Conclusions and Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 220-220
  6. Appendices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Pages 227-236
    3. Pages 237-241
    4. Pages 247-249
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 251-263

About this book


Capillary Forces in Microassembly discusses the use of capillary forces as a gripping principle in microscale assembly. Clearly written and well-organized, this text brings together physical concepts at the microscale with practical applications in micromanipulation. Throughout this work, the reader will find a review of the existing gripping principles, elements to model capillary forces as well as descriptions of the simulation and experimental test bench developed to study the design parameters. Using well-known concepts from surface science (such as surface tension, capillary effects, wettability, and contact angles) as inputs to mechanical models, the amount of effort required to handle micro-components is predicted. These developments are then applied in a case study concerning the pick and place of balls in a watch ball bearing.

Researchers and engineers involved in micromanipulation and precision assembly will find this a highly useful reference for microassembly system design and analysis.


PED STEM Surface science capillary forces microassembly micromanipulation case study modeling surface tension

Authors and affiliations

  • Pierre Lambert
    • 1
  1. 1.Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)BruxellesBelgium

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