Electrostatically actuated microstructures can undergo large deformations for certain geometric configurations and applied voltages. The use of linear theories in such cases can produce inaccurate results. By selecting a range of geometric parameters (such as beam lengths, thicknesses and gaps), we identify the regimes, where linear theories become inaccurate and necessitate the use of nonlinear theories. In cases where linear theories produce inaccurate results, we propose a mixed-regime approach to combine linear and nonlinear theories. We show that a mixed-regime approach can be more efficient compared to a full nonlinear simulation of the electrostatically actuated structure. This paper also proposes the use of meshless techniques for efficient simulation of linear and nonlinear behavior in electrostatic MEMS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)278-291
Number of pages14
JournalSensors and Actuators, A: Physical
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 15 2001


  • Electrostatic MEMS
  • Linear and nonlinear theories
  • Meshless method
  • Mixed-regime approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Instrumentation


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