An experimental investigation of the theory of electrostatic deflections

J. I. Siddique, Robert Deaton, Eric Sabo, John A. Pelesko

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The so-called " pull-in" instability is a ubiquitous feature of electrostatic actuation. In systems where an applied voltage is used to actuate or move mechanical components, it is observed that when the applied voltage exceeds a critical value, electrostatic forces become dominant over elastic forces and the mechanical components " pull-in" or collapse into one another. Here, key theoretical results concerning this instability are surveyed and compared to a new experimental study of electrostatic deflections. Gaps between theory and experiment are uncovered and directions for future modeling and analysis indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Electrostatics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biotechnology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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