6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- Second semester 2017 (Day)
Introducing micro and nano-technology in the design of next-generation microelectromechanical systems, microfluidic devices and biomedical applications. Basic concepts and physics of small-scale systems are covered. Topics include: scaling effects, nanofabrication techniques, continuum mechanical theories, low Reynolds number flows, capillary effects and interfacial flows, flows in channels of arbitrary dimensions, convective-diffusive mass transport, electro hydrodynamics including classical double layer theory, electrophoresis, electro-osmosis, dielectric polarisation and dielectrophoresis. The course also focuses on device applications, specifically MEMS sensors and actuators and lab-on-chip devices, through hands-on laboratory sessions (held at Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication).
- Exposure to the emerging fields of micro and nano technology, particularly for biomedical engineering
- Thorough understanding of the physical behaviour of solids and fluids at the micron and nanometer length scales through continuum and molecular theories
- An understanding of the difficulties in fabrication, manipulation, and imaging of components at the micro scale and beyond
- An appreciation of the various fluid transport mechanisms in micro/nano channels or devices and physical interaction mechanisms in solids at the micro/nano scale
- Knowledge in the design of micro/nano-electro-mechanical-systems and micro/nano-fluidic devices for various bio-applications
To develop the ability to:
- Construct models of micro/nano components and systems
- Solve the fundamental equations of motion governing the dynamics of such systems analytically, semi-analytically or using numerical techniques to understand their behaviour for prediction and design
- Apply the knowledge provided in the course for the design of practical micro/nano devices
- Know where and how to continue learning on advanced and/or new topics in micro/nano solid and fluid mechanics.
Continuous assessment: 40%
Final Examination (2 hours): 60%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.
3 hours lectures, 3 hours practical classes and 6 hours of private study per week
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