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The capacitance for a parallel plate capacitor is given by:


C = .0885 eA/d in pF


where e is the relative permittivity, A is the area in sq. cm and d is the separation between the two plates in cm. If the two parallel plates move relative to each other, the distance and area of the plates affecting the capacitance is altered, and a corresponding change in the capacitance occurs. The relationship between capacitance and mechanical displacement for a given system can be determined. Capacitative transducer systems have been used to measure displacements in the micrometer range.



Figure 6 Capacitative plates displacement measurement system [4]


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