Viscoelastic resonant responses of shear deformable imperfect microbeams

Hamed Farokhi, Mergen H. Ghayesh*

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A viscoelastic model for the nonlinear analysis of the coupled transverse, longitudinal, and rotational oscillations of an imperfect shear deformable microbeam is developed, for the first time, based on the modified couple stress theory. An energy dissipation mechanism is developed via use of the Kelvin–Voigt internal energy dissipation mechanism. For the stress and deviatoric part of the symmetric couple stress tensors, the viscous components along with the corresponding work terms are obtained. The size-dependent elastic energy along with the kinetic energy of the viscoelastic microsystem is formulated in terms of the displacement field together with system geometric and physical parameters. The internal energy dissipation is developed via the work done by the viscous components of the stress and the deviatoric part of the symmetric couple stress tensors by means of the Kelvin–Voigt mechanism. These work and energy terms are inserted into Hamilton’s principle together with the work due to an external force in order to obtain three viscoelastically coupled equations governing the transverse, longitudinal, and rotational motions with cubic and quadratic nonlinear terms. A high-dimensional Galerkin approximation method is applied for all the three equations, yielding three sets of second-order coupled ordinary differential equations with cubic and quadratic nonlinearities. Upon application of a transformation, a continuation technique along with the backward differentiation formula (BDF) is employed in order to obtain the time-variant response of the system subject to a harmonic load. Special attention is paid to the effect of the Kelvin–Voigt type viscoelasticity on the system response in the presence of the length-scale parameter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3049-3062
Number of pages14
JournalJVC/Journal of Vibration and Control
Issue number14
Early online date22 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes


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