Micro-Machined Temperature Sensor Arrays for Studying Micro-Scale Features in Film Boiling Conference Paper uri icon


  • In this study we report the design, fabrication and testing of a surface micro-machined array of temperature sensors for studying micro-scale features in film boiling. The fabrication steps involved deposition by metal evaporation and "lift-off" process. The thermocouple junction sizes were less than 50um wide and 100-250nm thick. Wire bonding techniques were explored for packaging. An apparatus for boiling experiments was constructed to test the micro-machined temperature sensors. The apparatus consists of a viewing chamber containing a metal block (copper block covered with a steel jacket) in which cartridge heaters and thermocouples are embedded. A silicon wafer with the surface micro-machined thermocouple arrays was clamped on top of this metal block. Surface temperatures were measured, during boiling experiments with PF-5060 as the working liquid, using the surface micro-machined thermocouple. Since the micromachined thermocouples have very low characteristic time constant, temperature measurements can be performed with better accuracy, spatial resolution and temporal precision, than standard thermocouples. Copyright © 2005 by ASME.

author list (cited authors)

  • Ahn, H. S., Sinha, N., & Banerjee, D.

citation count

  • 3

publication date

  • January 2005