Nonlinear free vibration of nanobeams considering the surface effects is studied. The governing differential equation of motion of the system employing the Euler-Bernoulli beam theory is derived. Galerkin method is utilized to obtain the nonlinear ordinary differential equation of nanobeams, which is a well-known type of the Duffing equation. The elliptical harmonic balance method, energy balance technique and the variational approach are employed to obtain the frequency-amplitude relationship of the system. The effects of different parameters, i.e., aspect ratio, nonlocal parameter and the resultant residual stress, on the natural frequency are examined. Moreover, the variation of the amplitude on the frequency response is studied. The influence of the initial amplitude on the obtained modulus from the elliptical harmonic balance has been examined. Furthermore, the exact numerical solution is determined to verify the results obtained from the analytical solutions.

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