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Application of Nonlocal Theory in Dynamic Pull-In Analysis of Electrostatically Actuated Micro and Nano Beams

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M. T. Ahmadian, Abdolreza Pasharavesh, Ali Fallah

Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Paper No. DETC2011-48862, pp. 255-261; 7 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 7: 5th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems; 8th International Conference on Design and Design Education; 21st Reliability, Stress Analysis, and Failure Prevention Conference
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5484-6
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


One of the most important phenomena related to electrically actuated micro and nano electromechanical systems (MEMS\NEMS) is dynamic pull-in instability which occurs when the electrical attraction and beam inertia forces are more than elastic restoring force of the beam. According to failure of classical mechanics constitutive equations in prediction of dynamic behavior of small size systems, nonlocal theory is implemented here to analyze the dynamic pull-in behavior. Equation of motion of an electrostatically actuated micro to nano scale doubly clamped beam is rewritten using differential form of nonlocal theory constitutive equation. To analyze the nonlocal effect equation of motion is nondimentionalized. Governing partial differential equation is transformed to an ordinary differential equation using the Galerkin decomposition method and then is solved implementing differential quadrature method (DQM). Change of dynamic pull-in voltage with respect to size change is investigated. Results indicate as the beam length decreases dynamic pull-in voltage increases due to nonlocal effect and the difference with clasical mechanics results is up to 20% for nano beams.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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