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Latin American Journal of Solids and Structures

versão On-line ISSN 1679-7825

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KOOCHI, Ali; SEDIGHI, Hamid M.  e  ABADYAN, Mohamadreza. Modeling the size dependent pull-in instability of beam-type NEMS using strain gradient theory. Lat. Am. j. solids struct. [online]. 2014, vol.11, n.10, pp.1806-1829. ISSN 1679-7825.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1679-78252014001000007.

It is well recognized that size dependency of materials characteristics, i.e. size-effect, often plays a significant role in the performance of nano-structures. Herein, strain gradient continuum theory is employed to investigate the size dependent pull-in instability of beam-type nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS). Two most common types of NEMS i.e. nano-bridge and nano-cantilever are considered. Effects of electrostatic field and dispersion forces i.e. Casimir and van der Waals (vdW) attractions have been considered in the nonlinear governing equations of the systems. Two different solution methods including numerical and Rayleigh-Ritz have been employed to solve the constitutive differential equations of the system. Effect of dispersion forces, the size dependency and the importance of coupling between them on the instability performance are discussed.

Palavras-chave : Strain gradient theory; Pull-in instability; Nano-cantilever; Nano-bridge; Dispersion forces; Size effect.

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