The dynamic behavior of a magneto-thermo-elastic planar layer subjected to a bias magnetic field is examined. The magnetic field acts parallel to the layer surfaces and is composed of a constant and a harmonically oscillating part. In particular, the small coupled magneto-thermo-elastic vibrations superimposed on the basic steady state response due to the stationary magnetic excitation are analyzed. Attention is focused on the influence of the pulsating part of the bias magnetic field on the governing variational equations to prove the stability of the basic state. In general, the stability equations describing the perturbations of the magnetic, thermal and elastic field properties are coupled in a special form and also the parametric excitation acts in a non-classical manner. Hence the variety of possible parametric resonances seems to be limited.

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