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Yanqiu Li, Wei Duan, Shujian Ma, Pengfei Li, "Bifurcation of a Microelectromechanical Nonlinear Coupling System with Delay Feedback", *Journal of Applied Mathematics*, vol. 2014, Article ID 752539, 6 pages, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/752539

# Bifurcation of a Microelectromechanical Nonlinear Coupling System with Delay Feedback

**Academic Editor:**Junjie Wei

#### Abstract

The dynamics of a kind of electromechanical coupling deformable micromirror device torsion micromirror with delay are investigated. Based on the distribution of eigenvalues, we prove that a sequence of Hopf bifurcation occurs at the equilibrium as the delay increases and obtain the critical values of Hopf bifurcation. Explicit algorithms for determining the direction of the Hopf bifurcation and the stability of the bifurcating periodic solutions are derived, using the theories of normal form and center manifold.

#### 1. Introduction

The microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) represent a very important class of systems having applications in all fields. Because of the nonlinearity and the complexity, modeling and dynamics of MEMS have strongly attracted people’s attention [1–4]. MEMS often involve the nonlinear coupling of electrostatic and mechanical physical fields in engineering, so the dynamic characters are complicated. For example, DMD (deformable micromirror device) torsion micromirror, which is widely used in optical communication, optical computing, projection display, and high definition television, is a new type of MEMS based spatial light modulator. The principle is to adjust the distribution of light through controlling the signal, that is, to make the torsional displacement using the electrostatic interaction between the poles so that the spatial light can be modulated. Initially, the scholars usually focus on the static characters of DMD torsion micromirror [5–7]. With the development of microsystem dynamics, there has been some work related to its dynamic characters [8–10].

Our paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, the structure of a kind of electromechanical coupling DMD torsion micromirror and its kinetic equation are given. In Section 3, the previous results about the ordinary differential equation (ODE) are listed. In Section 4, the existence and the critical values of Hopf bifurcation are obtained. In Section 5, the normal form method and the center manifold theory are used to analyze the properties of Hopf bifurcation. In Section 6, we summarize our results.

#### 2. Description of Model

The electromechanical coupling structure of DMD torsion micromirror is shown in Figure 1(a). Using angular displacement as generalized coordinate (see Figure 1(b)), the kinetic equation of torsion vibration system can be formed as follows: where is rotary inertia, is damping, is torsional stiffness, is turning angle, and is the external driving moment of the system.

**(a)**

**(b)**

Based on a series of calculation like [8, 9] and setting , (1) can be changed into where is the voltage imposed on the electrode, is a dielectric constant of air, is the initial distance between two electrodes, and is the maximum turning angle as the edge of micromirror plane meets the plate electrode.

Introduce the dimensionless time with . Let and . Then (2) can be rewritten as where , is a damping coefficient, is an excitation voltage, and is a coefficient determined by geometric parameters of the micromirror system. Equation (3) is thus the dimensionless kinetic equation of a simplified physical model of a kind of electromechanical coupling structure of DMD torsion micromirror.

#### 3. Existence of Equilibria and Bifurcation of ODE

Now, we transform (3) into the following system: where , .

Reference [9] considers the existence and the type of equilibrium of (4) and the appearance of its bifurcation. The conclusions below are gained by [9].

Theorem 1. *If holds, then system (4) has two equilibria. If , then there is only one equilibrium in system (4) and no equilibrium exists if . Here is the maximum point of in the interval .*

Theorem 2. *Assume that and is an equilibrium point of system (4). The following results hold.*(1)*If , then is a node or focus point of system (4).*(2)*If , then is a saddle point of system (4).*(3)*If , then is a saddle-node point of system (4).*

Theorem 3. *Assume that is an equilibrium point of system (4). If , then a degenerate Hopf bifurcation occurs at the point as .*

Theorem 4. *Assume that is an equilibrium point of system (4). If , then Bogdanov-Takens bifurcation occurs at the point as .*

#### 4. Hopf Bifurcation of System with Delay

Introducing linear time delay feedback for (4), we have where is the time delay and is the coefficient of feedback gain.

Then is also an equilibrium point of system (5). Now we begin to consider the stability of the system at the point . The characteristic equation of its corresponding linear system around is where .

Refer to the eigenvalue analysis in [11] and when , (6) has roots .

Lemma 5. *
(1) If , then .**
(2) If , then , .**
(3) If , then , .*

Denote that

Lemma 6. *Suppose that is satisfied.*(1)*If is not satisfied, then all roots of (6) have negative real parts for any .*(2)*If is satisfied, then there exists a sequence of satisfying such that (6) has a pair of purely imaginary roots when , and all roots of (6) have negative real parts when ,** where
*

*Proof. *When and , then ; that is, all roots of (6) have negative real parts.

Let be a pair of roots of (6). Substitute into (6) and separate the real and imaginary parts
Hence,

If is not satisfied, then = . Hence, (6) does not have pure imaginary roots. The first conclusion is right due to Lemma 2.4 in Wei and Ruan [12].

If is satisfied, then are positive real numbers. Define
and satisfies (6). Equation (6) has the roots when . is the first positive value which makes (6) have pure imaginary roots. Hence, all roots of (6) have negative real parts when due to Lemma 2.4 in Wei and Ruan [12].

The proof is complete.

Let be a root of (6) near satisfying , .

Lemma 7. *Suppose that is satisfied.*(1)* .*(2)

*where .*

*Proof. *Substituting into (6) and taking the derivative with respect to , we get
where , .

Using the lemmas above, we have Theorem 8.

Theorem 8. *Suppose that is satisfied.*(1)*If is not satisfied, then of system (5) is asymptotically stable for any .*(2)*If is satisfied, then of system (5) is asymptotically stable when , where is defined in Lemma 6.*

#### 5. The Direction and Stability of Hopf Bifurcation

We first rescale the time by to normalize the delay so that system (5) can be written as the form Let , and , . Then is the Hopf bifurcation value for (13).

Notating , by Riesz representation theorem, there exists a matrix whose components are bounded variation functions such that where

Denote where

For , define

Equation (13) can be written as where and .

For , define

For and , define the bilinear form where . Then and are adjoint operators, and are eigenvalues of . Thus, they are also eigenvalues of .

Let satisfying and be eigenvectors of corresponding to and , respectively. By direct computation, we obtain that

Using the same notation as in Hassard et al. [13], define

On the center manifold , we have where and are local coordinates for the center manifold in the direction of and . Notice that is real if is real. We only consider real solutions. Since , we have for solution . We rewrite this as where Comparing the coefficients of (26) and (27) and noticing (29), we have By then where .

By we have where

Define We have from Lemma 6, so the following conclusion is right.

Theorem 9. *Suppose that is satisfied.*(1)*If and , then the bifurcating periodic solution is orbitally asymptotically stable (unstable) and the direction of Hopf bifurcation is .*(2)*If and , then the bifurcating periodic solution is orbitally asymptotically stable (unstable) and the direction of Hopf bifurcation is .*

#### 6. Conclusion

In this paper, we investigate the Hopf bifurcation of a kind of electromechanical coupling DMD torsion micromirror with delay feedback. Using the normal form method for functional differential equations (FDEs) and the center manifold theory in [13], we have obtained the properties of Hopf bifurcation.

Because the microscale exists, the pull-in phenomena may be caused between microdevices based on the static electricity effect [14]. Electrostatic pull-in is a very important character of MEMS dynamics, and it has significant impact on electrostatic driven microstructure design. For example, the pull-in phenomena should be avoided to prevent leakage of driving mode of energy while designing the microcomb drive [15, 16]; we need to use the pull-in character to control the structure of switch for the design of the microswitch [17]. Pull-in instability is a common problem for microstructural vibration, and it limits the operating range (deformation and voltage) to reduce the safety and reliability of microsystem. So we hope to avoid the phenomenon whether to utilize it or not in the design. From the dynamic perspective, the pull-in between microdevices is corresponding to generalized instability of nonlinear system; that is, the amplitude of vibration system exceeds a certain threshold, and the escape phenomenon occurs [18]. Our results indicate that the time delay feedback can make the equilibrium or the periodic solution be stable; thus the pull-in phenomenon is restrained well.

#### Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publishing of this paper.

#### Acknowledgment

Projects 11301263 and 41101509 are supported by NSFC.

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