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Reduced Order Model of CNT Cantilever Resonators Under AC Voltage Near Half Natural Frequency

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Dumitru I. Caruntu, Le Luo

University of Texas Pan American, Edinburg, TX

Paper No. IMECE2012-85968, pp. 401-405; 5 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 4: Dynamics, Control and Uncertainty, Parts A and B
  • Houston, Texas, USA, November 9–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4520-2
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


This paper deals with electrostatically actuated Carbon Nano-Tubes (CNT) cantilevers using Reduced Order Model method. There are three kinds of forces acting on the CNT cantilever: electrostatic, elastostatic, and van der Waals. The van der Waals forces are significant for values of 50 nm or lower of the gap between the CNT and the ground plate. As both forceselectrostatic and van der Waals are nonlinear, and the CNT electrostatic actuation is given by AC voltage, the CNT undergoes nonlinear parametric dynamics. The Method of Multiple Scales (MMS), Reduced Order Model (ROM) and AUTO are used to investigate the system under soft excitations and/or weak nonlinearities. The frequency-amplitude and frequency-phase behaviors are found in the case of resonance near half natural frequency.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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