On the Application of the Multiple Scales Method on Electrostatically Actuated Resonators

Saad Ilyas, Feras Alfosail, Mohammad I. Younis

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We investigate modeling the dynamics of an electrostatically actuated resonator using the perturbation method of multiple time scales (MTS). First, we discuss two approaches to treat the nonlinear parallel-plate electrostatic force in the equation of motion and their impact on the application of MTS: expanding the force in Taylor series and multiplying both sides of the equation with the denominator of the forcing term. Considering a spring-mass-damper system excited electrostatically near primary resonance, it is concluded that, with consistent truncation of higher-order terms, both techniques yield same modulation equations. Then, we consider the problem of an electrostatically actuated resonator under simultaneous superharmonic and primary resonance excitation and derive a comprehensive analytical solution using MTS. The results of the analytical solution are compared against the numerical results obtained by long-time integration of the equation of motion. It is demonstrated that along with the direct excitation components at the excitation frequency and twice of that, higher-order parametric terms should also be included. Finally, the contributions of primary and superharmonic resonance toward the overall response of the resonator are examined.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 15 2019

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): 10.13039/501100004052
Acknowledgements: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Funder ID: 10.13039/501100004052).


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