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We investigated the nonlinear vibrations of the coupled thickness-shear and flexural modes of quartz crystal plates with the nonlinear Mindlin plate equations, taking into consideration the kinematic and material nonlinearities. The nonlinear Mindlin plate equations for strongly coupled thickness- shear and flexural modes have been established by following Mindlin with the nonlinear constitutive relations and approximation procedures. Based on the long thickness-shear wave approximation and aided by corresponding linear solutions, the nonlinear equation of thickness-shear vibrations of quartz crystal plate has been solved by the combination of the Galerkin and homotopy analysis methods. The amplitudefrequency relation we obtained showed that the nonlinear frequency of thickness-shear vibrations depends on the vibration amplitude, thickness, and length of plate, which is significantly different from the linear case. Numerical results from this study also indicated that neither kinematic nor material nonlinearities are the main factors in frequency shifts and performance fluctuation of the quartz crystal resonators we have observed. These efforts will result in applicable solution techniques for further studies of nonlinear effects of quartz plates under bias fields for the precise analysis and design of quartz crystal resonators.
Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:59 , Issue: 1 )
Date of Publication: January 2012