Authors: J.L. Zunino III, D.R. Skelton
Affilation: US Army ARDEC, United States
Pages: 940 - 943
Keywords: MEMS, testing, reliability, quality, tools
The Army is transforming into a more lethal, lighter and agile force. Enabling technologies that support this transition must decrease in size while increasing in intelligence. Micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) are one such technology that the Army and DOD will rely on heavily to accomplish these objectives. Conditions for utilization of MEMS by the military are unique. Operational and storage environments for the military are significantly different than those found in the commercial sector. Issues unique to the military include: high G-forces during gun launch, extreme temperature and humidity ranges, extended periods of inactivity (20 years plus) and interaction with explosives and propellants. The military operational environments in which MEMS will be stored or required to function are extreme and far surpass any commercial operating conditions. The impact of these environments on the functionality of MEMS has not been assessed. Furthermore, a standardized methodology for conducting these analyses does not exist.