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2.76 / 2.760 Multi-Scale System Design, Fall 2004

A photograph of the macro-scale hexflex nanomanipulator device.
The Macro-Scale Hexflex Nanomanipulator is an example of a Multi-Scale System (MuSS) considered in this class. (Photo courtesy of Prof. Martin Culpepper.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features a complete set of lecture slides and extensive documentation on tools.

Course Description

Multi-scale systems (MuSS) consist of components from two or more length scales (nano, micro, meso, or macro-scales). In MuSS, the engineering modeling, design principles, and fabrication processes of the components are fundamentally different. The challenge is to make these components so they are conceptually and model-wise compatible with other-scale components with which they interface. This course covers the fundamental properties of scales, design theories, modeling methods and manufacturing issues which must be addressed in these systems. Examples of MuSS include precision instruments, nanomanipulators, fiber optics, micro/nano-photonics, nanorobotics, MEMS (piezoelectric driven manipulators and optics), X-Ray telescopes and carbon nano-tube assemblies. Students master the materials through problem sets and a project literature critique.


Prof. Martin Culpepper
Prof. Sang-Gook Kim

Course Meeting Times

Lectures and labs:
Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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