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EMBEDDED CAPACITIVE PRESSURE SENSING FOR ELECTRICALLY ASSISTED

MICROROLLING
ABSTRACT

This paper presents the design, characterization, and experimental evaluation of a


wireless capacitive pressure sensor embedded within a rotating work roll of a microrolling
machine for monitoring the production of micrometer-scaled texture on thin metallic workpiece.
The sensor converts the spatial and temporal variations of pressure across the interface between
the roll and workpiece into capacitance values, thereby experimentally establishing a quantitative
correlation between the online measurement and the geometric features being formed on the
workpiece, in realtime. Analytical and numerical models have been developed to guide the
design of the sensor to maximize the capacitance output while satisfying the space constraint. A
sensitivity matrix linking the measured capacitance with pressure distribution has been
established through numerical analysis. Simulation and experiments confirmed the effectiveness
of the embedded sensor in enabling intelligent microrolling.