Selected Publications
 

Geometrical nonlinearity of circular plates and membranes: An alternative method

D. Cattiaux, S. Kumar, X. Zhou, A. Fefferman, E. Collin

We apply the well-established theoretical method developed for geometrical nonlinearities of micro-/nano-mechanical clamped beams to circular drums. The calculation is performed under the same hypotheses, the extra difficulty being to analytically describe the (coordinate-dependent) additional stress generated in the structure by the motion. Specifically, the model applies to non-axisymmetric mode shapes. An analytic expression is produced for the Duffing (hardening) nonlinear coefficient, which requires only the knowledge of the mode shape functions to be evaluated. This formulation is simple to handle and does not rely on complex numerical methods. Moreover, no hypotheses are made on the drive scheme and the nature of the in-plane stress: it is not required to be of an electrostatic origin. We confront our predictions with both typical experimental devices and relevant theoretical results from the literature. Generalization of the presented method to Duffing-type mode-coupling should be a straightforward extension of this work. We believe that the presented modeling will contribute to the development of nonlinear physics implemented in 2D micro-/nano-mechanical structures.


Journal of Applied Physics 128, 104501 (2020)

doi: 10.1063/5.0012329