Reduced-Order Modeling of Weakly Nonlinear MEMS Devices With Taylor-Series Expansion and Arnoldi Approach Academic Article uri icon


  • In this paper, we present a new technique by combining the Taylor series expansion with the Arnoldi method to automatically develop reduced-order models for coupled energy domain nonlinear microelectromechanical devices. An electrostatically actuated fixed-fixed beam structure with squeeze-film damping effect is examined to illustrate the model-order reduction method. Simulation results show that the reduced-order nonlinear models can accurately capture the device dynamic behavior over a much larger range of device deformation than the conventional linearized model. Compared with the fully meshed finite-difference method, the model reduction method provides accurate models using orders of magnitude less computation. The reduced MEMS device models are represented by a small number of differential and algebraic equations and thus can be conveniently inserted into a circuit simulator for fast and efficient system-level simulation. 2004 IEEE.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems

author list (cited authors)

  • Chen, J., Kang, S., Zou, J., Liu, C., & Schutt-Ain, J. E.

citation count

  • 48

complete list of authors

  • Chen, Jinghong||Kang, Sung-Mo||Zou, Jun||Liu, Chang||Schutt-Ainé, José E

publication date

  • June 2004