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Resonance Behavior of Magenetostrictive Sensor in Biological agent detection




Ramasamy, Madhumidha

Type of Degree



Materials Engineering


The growing threat of bio warfare agents and bioterrorism has led to the development of specific field tools that perform rapid analysis and identification of encountered suspect materials. One such technology, recently developed is a micro scale acoustic sensor that uses experimental modal analysis. Ferromagnetic materials with the property to change their physical dimensions in response to changing its magnetization can be built into such sensors and actuators. One such sensor is fashioned from Metglas 2826MB, a Magnetostrictive strip actuated in their longitudinal vibration mode when subjected to external magnetic field. Due to mass addition, these magnetostrictive strips are driven to resonance with a modulated magnetic field resulting in frequency shifts. In Vibration Mechanics the frequency shift for a certain amount of mass will have a tolerance limit based on their distribution and discrete position over the sensor platform. In addition, lateral positioning of same amount of mass does not influence the resonant frequency shift of the sensor. This work concentrates on developing a model correlating theoretical, experimental and numerical simulations to determine the mass of E. Coli O157:H7 cells attached to the sensor platform