Abstract

This paper deals with subharmonic resonance of two thirds order or electrostatically activated BioMEMS circular plates. Specifically, this paper investigates the frequency amplitude response of this resonance. The system consists of a clamped flexible circular plate above a parallel electrode situated at a distance, and under an AC voltage of frequency near three fourths of the natural frequency of the plate. The method of multiple scales is used to model the hard excitations in the system, hard excitations that are necessary to produce this secondary resonance. This work predicts the response, as well as the effects of parameters such as voltage and damping on the response. This paper predicts that the subharmonic resonance of two thirds order consists of a near zero steady state amplitude, and higher values steady state amplitudes consisting of a stable branch and an unstable branch, and a saddle-node bifurcation point. The predictions regarding the effects of voltage and damping on the response of the BioMEMS plate shows that as the voltage increases, the bifurcation point is shifted to lower frequencies and lower amplitudes, while as the damping increases the bifurcation point is shifted to lower frequencies and high amplitudes. Therefore, the increase of damping leads to a case in which it is harder to reach higher amplitude steady-state solutions since it requires large initial amplitudes of the plate.

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