2010 Volume 130 Issue 7 Pages 310-316
A 3-phase electrostatic stepper micromotor was developed. To improve its performance for actual use, we have conducted numerical simulation to optimize the design. An improved simulation method is needed for calculation of various cases. To conduct circuit simulation of this micromotor, its structure is simplified, and a function for computing the force excited by the electrostatic field is added to the circuit simulator. We achieved a reasonably accurate simulation. We also considered an optimal drive waveform to achieve low-voltage operation.