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4 p.

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Institution of Engineering and Technology

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Micro & Nano Letters

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doi: 10.1049/mnl.2013.0395


Recent experimental and analytical research has shown that higher in-fluid quality factors (Q) are achieved by actuating microcantilevers in the lateral flexural mode, especially for microcantilevers having larger width-to-length ratios. However, experimental results show that for these geometries the resonant characteristics predicted by the existing analytical models differ from the measurements. A recently developed analytical model to more accurately predict the resonant behaviour of these devices in viscous fluids is described. The model incorporates viscous fluid effects via a Stokes-type fluid resistance assumption and `Timoshenko beam' effects (shear deformation and rotatory inertia). Unlike predictions based on Euler-Bernoulli beam theory, the new theoretical results for both resonant frequency and Q exhibit the same trends as seen in the experimental data for in-water measurements as the beam slenderness decreases. An analytical formula for Q is also presented to explicitly illustrate how Q depends on beam geometry and on beam and fluid properties. Beam thickness effects are also examined and indicate that the analytical results yields good numerical estimates of Q for the thinner (5 μm) specimens tested, but overestimate Q for the thicker (20 μm) specimens, thus suggesting that a more accurate fluid resistance model should be introduced in the future for the latter case.


Accepted version. Micro & Nano Letters, Vol. 8, No. 11 (November 2013): 762-765. DOI. © Institution of Engineering and Technology 2013. Used with permission.