Designs of many micro devices take advantage of the symmetry for better performance, immunity to noise, and for simpler analysis. When a symmetric structure is subjected to symmetric forcing, the symmetric response can become unstable leading to asymmetric responses. The occurrence of symmetry breaking bifurcation leads to complicated dynamic responses which often result in less desirable performances. In this paper, we obtain analytical criteria for the onset of symmetry breaking bifurcations. We also conduct numerical simulations to demonstrate different types of asymmetric dynamic responses resulting from the symmetry breaking bifurcation. In particular, we show the occurrence of amplitude modulated motions in such systems.

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