In this paper we study the local wellposedness of the solution to a non-linear parabolic-dispersive coupled system which models a Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS). A simple electrostatically actuated MEMS capacitor device has two parallel plates separated by a gas-filled thin gap. The nonlinear parabolic-dispersive coupled system modelling the device consists of a quasilinear parabolic equation for the gas pressure and a semilinear plate equation for gap width. We show the local-in-time existence of strict solutions for the system, by combining a local-in-time existence result for the dispersive equation, Hölder continuous dependence of its solution on that of the parabolic equation, and then local-in-time existence for a resulting abstract parabolic problem. Semigroup approaches are vital for both main parts of the problem.
- Local wellposedness
- Parabolic-dispersive coupled system
- Semigroup theory
- Solid-plate thin-film-flow interactions
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Mathematics