Authors: S. Abu-Salih and D. Elata
Affilation: Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Pages: 223 - 226
Keywords: buckling, electrostatic instability, electromechanical buckling
The electromechanical buckling of a pre-stressed layer bonded to an elastic foundation is analyzed. A new analytic solution of the mechanical post-buckling is presented. In addition, it is shown that electrostatic forces can precipitately instigate buckling even when the pre-stress is lower than the critical value that allows mechanical buckling.