The dynamic response of parametrically excited microbeam arrays is governed by nonlinear effects which directly influence their performance. To date, documented theoretical models consist of lumped-mass systems which do not resolve the spatio-temporal interaction of the individual elements and reproduce measured array response only qualitatively. A consistent nonlinear continuum model is derived using the extended Hamilton’s principle to capture the salient dynamic features of an array of N nonlinearly coupled microbeams. The nonlinear dynamic equations of motion are solved analytically using the asymptotic multiple-scales method for the weakly nonlinear system. Stability analysis of the resulting coexisting solutions enables construction of a comprehensive bifurcation structure for the system. Analytically obtained results for the weakly nonlinear limit of two coupled microbeams are verified numerically.

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