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  1. Characterization of Hard Piezoelectric Lead-Free Ceramics

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    Zhang, Shujun; Lim, Jong Bong; Lee, Hyeong Jae; Shrout, Thomas R.

    2010-01-01

    K4CuNb8O23 doped K0.45Na0.55NbO3 (KNN-KCN) ferroelectric ceramics were found to exhibit asymmetrical polarization hysteresis loops, related to the development of an internal bias field. The internal bias field is believed to be the result of defect dipoles of acceptor ions and oxygen vacancies, which lead to piezoelectric hardening effect, by stabilizing and pinning of the domain wall motion. The dielectric loss for the hard lead-free piezoelectric ceramic was found to be 0.6%, with mechanical quality factors Q on the order of >1500. Furthermore, the piezoelectric properties were found to decrease and the coercive field increased, when compared with the undoped material, exhibiting a typical characteristic of hard behavior. The temperature usage range was limited by the polymorphic phase transition temperature, being 188C. The full set of material constants was determined for the KNN-KCN materials. Compared with conventional hard PZT ceramics, the lead-free possessed lower dielectric and piezoelectric properties; however, comparable values of mechanical Q, dielectric loss, and coercive fields were obtained, making acceptor modified KNN based lead-free piezoelectric material promising for high-power applications, where lead-free materials are desirable. PMID:19686966

  2. Lead-free multilayer piezoelectric transformer.

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    Guo, Mingsen; Jiang, X P; Lam, K H; Wang, S; Sun, C L; Chan, Helen L W; Zhao, X Z

    2007-01-01

    In this article, a multilayer piezoelectric transformer based on lead-free Mn-doped 0.94(Bi(12)Na(12))TiO(3)-0.06BaTiO(3) ceramics is presented. This piezoelectric transformer, with a multilayered construction in the thickness direction, is 8.3 mm long, 8.3 mm wide, and 2.3 mm thick. It operates in the second thickness extensional vibration mode. For a temperature rise of 20 degrees C, the transformer has an output power of >0.3 W. With a matching load resistance of 10 Omega, its maximum efficiency approaches 81.5%, and the maximum voltage gain is 0.14. It has potential to be used in low voltage power supply units such as low power adapter and other electronic circuits. PMID:17503954

  3. Lead-Free Metamaterials with Enormous Apparent Piezoelectric Response.

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    Zhou, Wanfeng; Chen, Pan; Pan, Qi; Zhang, Xiaotong; Chu, Baojin

    2015-11-01

    Lead-free flexoelectric piezoelectric metamaterials are created by applying an asymmetric chemical reduction to Na1/2 Bi1/2 TiO3 -BaTiO3 ceramics. The reduction induces two gradient-generating mechanisms, curvature structure and chemical inhomogeneity, and enhances the flexoelectric effect. The ceramics behave like piezoelectric materials, exhibiting an enormous and high-temperature stable apparent piezoelectric response, outperforming existing lead-oxide-based piezoelectrics. PMID:26401646

  4. Current Developments and Prospective of Lead-Free Piezoelectric Ceramics

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    Takenaka, Tadashi; Nagata, Hajime; Hiruma, Yuji

    2008-05-01

    The dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of perovskite ferroelectric and bismuth layered-structured ferroelectric (BLSF) ceramics are described being superior candidates for lead-free piezoelectric materials to reduce environmental damage. Perovskite-type ceramics seem to be suitable for actuator and high-power applications that require a large piezoelectric constant, d33, and a high Curie temperature, Tc, or a depolarization temperature, Td (>200 C). For BaTiO3-based solid solutions, (1-x)BaTiO3-x(Bi0.5K0.5)TiO3 (BT-BKT100x) ceramics, Tc increases with increasing amount of x. The BT-BKT20 + MnCO3 (0.1 wt %) ceramic shows a high Tc greater than 200 C and an electromechanical coupling factor of k33 =0.35. In the case of a(Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3-b(Bi1/2K1/2)TiO3-cBaTiO3 [BNBK (100a/100b/100c)] solid solution ceramics, d33 is 191 pC/N for BNBK (85.2/2.8/12). KNbO3 (KN)-based ceramics are also a candidate for lead-free piezoelectrics. In Mn-doped KN ceramics, a higher k33 of 0.507 is obtained for KN + MnCO3 (0.1 wt %). On the other hand, BLSF ceramics seem to be excellent candidates as piezoelectric sensors for high temperatures and ceramic resonators with a high mechanical quality factor, Qm, and a low temperature coefficient of resonance frequency, TC-f. The k33 value of the donor (Nb)-doped and grain-oriented (HF) Bi4Ti3-xNbxO12 (BITN-x) ceramic is 0.39 for x=0.08 and is able to keep the same stable value up to 350 C. Nd(0.01) and V(0.75) co-doped Bi4Ti3O12 ceramics, BNTV(0.01, 0.75), show a relatively low TC-f. Bi3TiTaO9 (BTT)-based solid solution, Srx-1Bi4-xTi2-xTaxO9 [SBTT2(x)] (1?x?2), displays the high Qm value (=13500) in (p)-mode at x=1.25. For resonator applications, (Sr1-xCax)2Bi4Ti5O18 (SCBT) (0?x?0.5) ceramics are suitable.

  5. KNN–NTK composite lead-free piezoelectric ceramic

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    Matsuoka, T. Kozuka, H.; Kitamura, K.; Yamada, H.; Kurahashi, T.; Yamazaki, M.; Ohbayashi, K.

    2014-10-21

    A (K,Na)NbO₃-based lead-free piezoelectric ceramic was successfully densified. It exhibited an enhanced electromechanical coupling factor of kₚ=0.52, a piezoelectric constant d₃₃=252 pC/N, and a frequency constant Nₚ=3170 Hz m because of the incorporation of an elaborate secondary phase composed primarily of KTiNbO₅. The ceramic's nominal composition was 0.92K₀.₄₂Na₀.₄₄Ca₀.₀₄Li₀.₀₂Nb₀.₈₅O₃–0.047K₀.₈₅Ti₀.₈₅Nb₁.₁₅O₅–0.023BaZrO₃ –0.0017Co₃O₄–0.002Fe₂O₃–0.005ZnO, abbreviated herein as KNN–NTK composite. The KNN–NTK ceramic exhibited a dense microstructure with few microvoids which significantly degraded its piezoelectric properties. Elemental maps recorded using transmission electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (TEM–EDS) revealed regions of high concentrations of Co and Zn inside the NTK phase. In addition, X-ray diffraction patterns confirmed that a small portion of the NTK phase was converted into K₂(Ti,Nb,Co,Zn)₆O₁₃ or CoZnTiO₄ by a possible reaction between Co and Zn solutes and the NTK phase during a programmed sintering schedule. TEM studies also clarified a distortion around the KNN/NTK interfaces. Such an NTK phase filled voids between KNN particles, resulting in an improved chemical stability of the KNN ceramic. The manufacturing process was subsequently scaled to 100 kg per batch for granulated ceramic powder using a spray-drying technique. The properties of the KNN–NTK composite ceramic produced using the scaled-up method were confirmed to be identical to those of the ceramic prepared by conventional solid-state reaction sintering. Consequently, slight changes in the NTK phase composition and the distortion around the KNN/NTK interfaces affected the KNN–NTK composite ceramic's piezoelectric characteristics.

  6. KNN-NTK composite lead-free piezoelectric ceramic

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    Matsuoka, T.; Kozuka, H.; Kitamura, K.; Yamada, H.; Kurahashi, T.; Yamazaki, M.; Ohbayashi, K.

    2014-10-01

    A (K,Na)NbO3-based lead-free piezoelectric ceramic was successfully densified. It exhibited an enhanced electromechanical coupling factor of kp = 0.52, a piezoelectric constant d33 = 252 pC/N, and a frequency constant Np = 3170 Hz m because of the incorporation of an elaborate secondary phase composed primarily of KTiNbO5. The ceramic's nominal composition was 0.92K0.42Na0.44Ca0.04Li0.02Nb0.85O3-0.047K0.85Ti0.85Nb1.15O5-0.023BaZrO3-0.0017Co3O4-0.002Fe2O3-0.005ZnO, abbreviated herein as KNN-NTK composite. The KNN-NTK ceramic exhibited a dense microstructure with few microvoids which significantly degraded its piezoelectric properties. Elemental maps recorded using transmission electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (TEM-EDS) revealed regions of high concentrations of Co and Zn inside the NTK phase. In addition, X-ray diffraction patterns confirmed that a small portion of the NTK phase was converted into K2(Ti,Nb,Co,Zn)6O13 or CoZnTiO4 by a possible reaction between Co and Zn solutes and the NTK phase during a programmed sintering schedule. TEM studies also clarified a distortion around the KNN/NTK interfaces. Such an NTK phase filled voids between KNN particles, resulting in an improved chemical stability of the KNN ceramic. The manufacturing process was subsequently scaled to 100 kg per batch for granulated ceramic powder using a spray-drying technique. The properties of the KNN-NTK composite ceramic produced using the scaled-up method were confirmed to be identical to those of the ceramic prepared by conventional solid-state reaction sintering. Consequently, slight changes in the NTK phase composition and the distortion around the KNN/NTK interfaces affected the KNN-NTK composite ceramic's piezoelectric characteristics.

  7. A lead-free piezoelectric transformer in radial vibration modes.

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    Guo, Mingsen; Lin, D M; Lam, K H; Wang, S; Chan, Helen L W; Zhao, X Z

    2007-03-01

    In this study, a disk-shaped piezoelectric transformer was fabricated using lead-free (K,Na)NbO(3)-based ceramics with high mechanical quality factor. The transformer can operate in the fundamental or the third radial vibration mode. The transformer is poled along the thickness direction. The top surface is covered by ring/dot silver electrodes separated by an annular gap which serve as the input and output parts of the transformer, respectively. The bottom surface, fully covered with a silver electrode, is grounded as a common electrode. The dimensions of the top ring/dot electrodes are designed such that the third radial vibration mode can be strongly excited. The electrical properties of the transformer with diameter of 34.2 mm and thickness of 1.9 mm were measured. For a temperature rise of 35 degrees C, the transformer has a maximum output power of 12 W. With the matching load, its maximum efficiency is >95%, and maximum voltage gains are 6.5 and 3.9 for the fundamental and the third radial vibration modes, respectively. It has potential to be used in power supply units and other electronic circuits. PMID:17411212

  8. Lead-free KNLNT piezoelectric ceramics for high-frequency ultrasonic transducer application.

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    Wu, D W; Chen, R M; Zhou, Q F; Shung, K K; Lin, D M; Chan, H L W

    2009-03-01

    This paper presents the latest development of a lead-free piezoelectric ceramic and its application to transducers suitable for high-frequency ultrasonic imaging. A lead-free piezoelectric ceramic with formula of (K(0.5)Na(0.5))(0.97)Li(0.03)(Nb(0.9) Ta(0.1))O(3) (abbreviated as KNLNT-0.03/0.10) was fabricated and characterized. The material was found to have a clamped dielectric constant epsilon(33)(S)/epsilon(0)=890, piezoelectric coefficient d(33)=245 pC/N, electromechanical coupling factor k(t)=0.42 and Curie temperature T(c)>300 degrees C. High-frequency (40 MHz) ultrasound transducers were successfully fabricated with the lead-free material. A representative lead-free transducer had a bandwidth of 45%, two-way insertion loss of -18 dB. This performance is comparable to reported performances of popular lead-based transducers. The comparison results suggest that the lead-free piezoelectric material may serve as an alternative to lead-based piezoelectric materials for high-frequency ultrasonic transducer applications. PMID:19121835

  9. Structural, Dielectric, Piezoelectric and Ferroelectric Characterization of NBT-BT Lead-Free Piezoelectric Ceramics

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    Shanmuga Sundari, S.; Kumar, Binay; Dhanasekaran, R.

    2013-05-01

    Lead free piezoelectric 0.94(Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-0.06BaTiO3 (NBT-BT) ceramics were synthesized in MPB composition by conventional solid state reaction method. The crystalline nature of NBT-BT ceramic was studied by XRD and the size of the grains are determined by SEM. The X- ray diffraction results reveal that Ba2+ diffuse into the Na0.5 Bi0.5TiO3 lattices to form a solid solution with a pure perovskite structure. Because of the strong ferroelectricity and MPB, the ceramics exhibit high piezoelectric properties: d33 = 206 pC/N. Td (depolarization temperature) and Tm (temperature at with the dielectric constant epsilonr reaches a maximum) were observed through the phase transition in dielectric studies. In addition, the prepared ceramic exhibits relaxor characteristic, which probably results from the cation disordering in the 12fold coordination sites. Pr and Ec of the prepared ceramics were determined from the P-E hysteresis loop.

  10. Advances in Lead-Free Piezoelectric Materials for Sensors and Actuators

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    Aksel, Elena; Jones, Jacob L.

    2010-01-01

    Piezoelectrics have widespread use in todays sensor and actuator technologies. However, most commercially available piezoelectric materials, e.g., Pb [ZrxTi1?x] O3 (PZT), are comprised of more than 60 weight percent lead (Pb). Due to its harmful effects, there is a strong impetus to identify new lead-free replacement materials with comparable properties to those of PZT. This review highlights recent developments in several lead-free piezoelectric materials including BaTiO3, Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3, K0.5Bi0.5TiO3, Na0.5K0.5NbO3, and their solid solutions. The factors that contribute to strong piezoelectric behavior are described and a summary of the properties for the various systems is provided. PMID:22294907

  11. Lead-free piezoelectric materials and ultrasonic transducers for medical imaging

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    Taghaddos, Elaheh; Hejazi, Mehdi; Safari, Ahmad

    2015-06-01

    Piezoelectric materials have been vastly used in ultrasonic transducers for medical imaging. In this paper, firstly, the most promising lead-free compositions with perovskite structure for medical imaging applications have been reviewed. The electromechanical properties of various lead-free ceramics, composites, and single crystals based on barium titanate, bismuth sodium titanate, potassium sodium niobate, and lithium niobate are presented. Then, fundamental principles and design considerations of ultrasonic transducers are briefly described. Finally, recent developments in lead-free ultrasonic probes are discussed and their acoustic performance is compared to lead-based transducers. Focused transducers with different beam focusing methods such as lens focusing and mechanical shaping are explained. Additionally, acoustic characteristics of lead-free probes including the pulse-echo results as well as their imaging capabilities for various applications such as phantom imaging, in vitro intravascular ultrasound imaging of swine aorta, and in vivo or ex vivo imaging of human eyes and skin are reviewed.

  12. Lead-Free Piezoelectric Diaphragm Biosensors Based on Micro-Machining Technology and Chemical Solution Deposition

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    Li, Xiaomeng; Wu, Xiaoqing; Shi, Peng; Ye, Zuo-Guang

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we present a new approach to the fabrication of integrated silicon-based piezoelectric diaphragm-type biosensors by using sodium potassium niobate-silver niobate (0.82KNN-0.18AN) composite lead-free thin film as the piezoelectric layer. The piezoelectric diaphragms were designed and fabricated by micro-machining technology and chemical solution deposition. The fabricated device was very sensitive to the mass changes caused by various targets attached on the surface of diaphragm. The measured mass sensitivity value was about 931 Hz/μg. Its good performance shows that the piezoelectric diaphragm biosensor can be used as a cost-effective platform for nucleic acid testing. PMID:26771617

  13. Lead-Free Piezoelectric Diaphragm Biosensors Based on Micro-Machining Technology and Chemical Solution Deposition.

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    Li, Xiaomeng; Wu, Xiaoqing; Shi, Peng; Ye, Zuo-Guang

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we present a new approach to the fabrication of integrated silicon-based piezoelectric diaphragm-type biosensors by using sodium potassium niobate-silver niobate (0.82KNN-0.18AN) composite lead-free thin film as the piezoelectric layer. The piezoelectric diaphragms were designed and fabricated by micro-machining technology and chemical solution deposition. The fabricated device was very sensitive to the mass changes caused by various targets attached on the surface of diaphragm. The measured mass sensitivity value was about 931 Hz/?g. Its good performance shows that the piezoelectric diaphragm biosensor can be used as a cost-effective platform for nucleic acid testing. PMID:26771617

  14. Giant piezoelectricity in potassium-sodium niobate lead-free ceramics.

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    Wang, Xiaopeng; Wu, Jiagang; Xiao, Dingquan; Zhu, Jianguo; Cheng, Xiaojing; Zheng, Ting; Zhang, Binyu; Lou, Xiaojie; Wang, Xiangjian

    2014-02-19

    Environment protection and human health concern is the driving force to eliminate the lead from commercial piezoelectric materials. In 2004, Saito et al. [ Saito et al., Nature , 2004 , 432 , 84 . ] developed an alkali niobate-based perovskite solid solution with a peak piezoelectric constant d33 of 416 pC/N when prepared in the textured polycrystalline form, intriguing the enthusiasm of developing high-performance lead-free piezoceramics. Although much attention has been paid on the alkali niobate-based system in the past ten years, no significant breakthrough in its d33 has yet been attained. Here, we report an alkali niobate-based lead-free piezoceramic with the largest d33 of ?490 pC/N ever reported so far using conventional solid-state method. In addition, this material system also exhibits excellent integrated performance with d33?390-490 pC/N and TC?217-304 C by optimizing the compositions. This giant d33 of the alkali niobate-based lead-free piezoceramics is ascribed to not only the construction of a new rhombohedral-tetragonal phase boundary but also enhanced dielectric and ferroelectric properties. Our finding may pave the way for "lead-free at last". PMID:24499419

  15. Lead-free piezoelectrics based on potassium-sodium niobate with giant d(33).

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    Zhang, Binyu; Wu, Jiagang; Cheng, Xiaojing; Wang, Xiaopeng; Xiao, Dingquan; Zhu, Jianguo; Wang, Xiangjian; Lou, Xiaojie

    2013-08-28

    High-performance lead-free piezoelectrics (d33 > 400 pC/N) based on 0.96(K0.5Na0.5)0.95Li0.05Nb1-xSbxO3-0.04BaZrO3 with the rhombohedral-tetragonal (R-T) phase boundary have been designed and prepared. The R-T phase boundary lies the composition range of 0.04 ? x ? 0.07, and the dielectric and piezoelectric properties of the ceramics with the compositions near the phase boundary are significantly enhanced. In addition, the ceramic with x = 0.07 has a giant d33 of ~425 pC/N, which is comparable to that (~416 pC/N) of textured KNN-based ceramics (Saito, Y.; Takao, H.; Tani, T.; Nonoyama, T.; Takatori, K.; Homma, T.; Nagaya, T.; Nakamura, M. Nature 2004, 432, 84). The underlying physical mechanisms for enhanced piezoelectric properties are addressed. We believe that the material system is the most promising lead-free piezoelectric candidates for the practical applications. PMID:23937157

  16. Lead-free LiNbO3 nanowire-based nanocomposite for piezoelectric power generation.

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    Yun, Byung Kil; Park, Yong Keun; Lee, Minbaek; Lee, Nuri; Jo, William; Lee, Seongsu; Jung, Jong Hoon

    2014-01-01

    In a flexible nanocomposite-based nanogenerator, in which piezoelectric nanostructures are mixed with polymers, important parameters to increase the output power include using long nanowires with high piezoelectricity and decreasing the dielectric constant of the nanocomposite. Here, we report on piezoelectric power generation from a lead-free LiNbO3 nanowire-based nanocomposite. Through ion exchange of ultra-long Na2Nb2O6-H2O nanowires, we synthesized long (approximately 50 μm in length) single-crystalline LiNbO3 nanowires having a high piezoelectric coefficient (d33 approximately 25 pmV-1). By blending LiNbO3 nanowires with poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) polymer (volume ratio 1:100), we fabricated a flexible nanocomposite nanogenerator having a low dielectric constant (approximately 2.7). The nanogenerator generated stable electric power, even under excessive strain conditions (approximately 105 cycles). The different piezoelectric coefficients of d33 and d31 for LiNbO3 may have resulted in generated voltage and current for the e33 geometry that were 20 and 100 times larger than those for the e31 geometry, respectively. This study suggests the importance of the blending ratio and strain geometry for higher output-power generation in a piezoelectric nanocomposite-based nanogenerator. PACS: 77.65.-j; 77.84.-s; 73.21.Hb. PMID:24386884

  17. Lead-free LiNbO3 nanowire-based nanocomposite for piezoelectric power generation

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    2014-01-01

    In a flexible nanocomposite-based nanogenerator, in which piezoelectric nanostructures are mixed with polymers, important parameters to increase the output power include using long nanowires with high piezoelectricity and decreasing the dielectric constant of the nanocomposite. Here, we report on piezoelectric power generation from a lead-free LiNbO3 nanowire-based nanocomposite. Through ion exchange of ultra-long Na2Nb2O6-H2O nanowires, we synthesized long (approximately 50 μm in length) single-crystalline LiNbO3 nanowires having a high piezoelectric coefficient (d33 approximately 25 pmV-1). By blending LiNbO3 nanowires with poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) polymer (volume ratio 1:100), we fabricated a flexible nanocomposite nanogenerator having a low dielectric constant (approximately 2.7). The nanogenerator generated stable electric power, even under excessive strain conditions (approximately 105 cycles). The different piezoelectric coefficients of d33 and d31 for LiNbO3 may have resulted in generated voltage and current for the e33 geometry that were 20 and 100 times larger than those for the e31 geometry, respectively. This study suggests the importance of the blending ratio and strain geometry for higher output-power generation in a piezoelectric nanocomposite-based nanogenerator. PACS 77.65.-j; 77.84.-s; 73.21.Hb PMID:24386884

  18. Lead-free piezoelectric ceramics and transducers in potassium sodium niobate-solid solution system

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    Marandian-Hagh, Nader

    Lead-free piezoelectric ceramic of (K0.44Na0.52Li 0.04)(Nb0.84Ta0.1Sb0.06)O 3; (KNN-LT-LS) was prepared by two processing routes, namely "Perovskite" and "Mixed oxide". The sensitivity of raw materials to relative humidity of laboratory environment indicated that the powders batching/handling had to be carried out in a controlled atmosphere (e.g. Ar). The electromechanical properties of bulk samples in which batching carried out in Ar atmosphere were significantly higher than those ceramics prepared in the laboratory environment. The electromechanical properties of ceramics were also very sensitive to the oxygen flow rate during sintering. It was realized that oxygen vacancies could be formed in low oxygen flow rate and deteriorate piezoelectric properties of such ceramics. Reduction in oxygen vacancies facilitated domain wall switching and led to higher remnant polarization with lower coercive field. The highest longitudinal coupling (k33) and piezoelectric charge (d33 ) coefficients for perovskite routes at optimized oxygen flow rate of 180cm3/min were 65% and 315pC/N, respectively. The substitution of Ba2+ (0, 0.5, 1, 1.5, and 2 mol%) ion as an A-site donor dopant to this system improved the relative permittivity, longitudinal coupling and piezoelectric charge coefficients. Increase in remnant polarization along with the decline of coercive field indicated that the addition of Ba2+ gave rise to soft characteristics in this ternary system. The effect of 0-2 mol% of copper oxide (CuO) addition to the base composition was increased the grain size and changed the morphology and growth behavior of the grains. Mechanical quality factor was remarkably improved (Qm = 350) upon addition of 2 mol% Cu2+ with dramatic decrease in amount of energy for switching the dipole moments. Single element air-backed transducers made of undoped and 1.0 mol% Ba 2+-KNN-LT-LS, and PZT-4 showed a measured -6dB fractional bandwidth of 36%, 50.4%, and 53.5%, respectively. High frequency lead-free transducer of KNN-LT-LS were also fabricated that showed the fractional bandwidth (-6dB) of 55.3% at center frequency of 23.5 MHz. This close acoustic performance of studied lead-free transducer in regards to PZT-4 transducer showed that the lead-free system could be a good candidate used for imaging and HIFU (High Focused Ultrasound) therapeutic applications.

  19. Evaluation of the performance of a lead-free piezoelectric material for energy harvesting

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    Machado, S. P.; Febbo, M.; Rubio-Marcos, F.; Ramajo, L. A.; Castro, M. S.

    2015-11-01

    Vibration-based energy harvesting has been explored as an auxiliary power source, which can provide small amounts of energy to power remote sensors installed in inaccessible locations. This paper presents an experimental and analytical study of an energy harvesting device using a lead-free piezoelectric material based on {{MoO}}3-doped ({{{K}}}0.44{{Na}}0.52{{Li}}0.04)({{Nb}}0.86{{Ta}}0.10{{Sb}}0.04){{{O}}}3 KNL-(NTS)Mo. The harvesting model corresponds to a cantilever beam with a KNL-(NTS)Mo piezoelectric disc attached to it. We analyze the effect of electromechanical coupling and load resistance on the generated electrical power. Electromechanical frequency response functions that relate the voltage output to the translational base acceleration are shown for experimental and analytical results.

  20. Phase Transitions in Lead-free Piezoelectric Ceramics Monitored by the Resonance Method

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    Pardo, L.; Garca, A.; Brebl, K.; Mercadelli, E.; Galassi, C.

    Ferroelectrics, like batio3 (bt) or binatio3 (bnt), were studied in the 1950s and are now revisited, due to the need for lead-free piezoceramics, according to worldwide directives for environmental protection. Poling some of these materials has shown a different physical mechanism than ferroelectric domain orientation, involving field-induced structural phase transitions from pseudo-cubic phases to ferro-piezoelectrically active ones. They also depolarize below the curie temperature due to a structural phase transition. Both poling and thermal depoling can be monitored by the measurement of the electromechanical resonances. Depoling of (1-x) bnt-xbt ceramics with x=0.04 (bnbt4) is here considered as a case study.

  1. Synthesis of highly piezoelectric lead-free (K, Na)NbO3 one-dimensional perovskite nanostructures.

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    Cheng, Li-Qian; Wang, Ke; Li, Jing-Feng

    2013-05-11

    High-aspect-ratio single-crystalline KNN nanorods (length ~10-20 ?m and diameter ~400 nm) are synthesized using a facile method based on a molten-salt reaction, whose formation mechanism has been revealed. The lead-free piezoelectric nanorods showing high piezoelectric coefficient d*33 up to ~230 pm V(-1) may be used in bio-sensing and energy-harvesting micro-devices. PMID:23558560

  2. Effect of gamma radiation on micromechanical hardness of lead-free solder joint

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    Paulus, Wilfred; Rahman, Irman Abdul; Jalar, Azman; Kamil, Insan; Yusoff, Wan Yusmawati Wan; Bakar, Maria Abu

    2015-09-01

    Lead-free solders are important material in nano and microelectronic surface mounting technology for various applications in bio medicine, environmental monitoring, spacecraft and satellite instrumentation. Nevertheless solder joint in radiation environment needs higher reliability and resistance to any damage caused by ionizing radiations. In this study a lead-free 99.0Sn0.3Ag0.7Cu wt.% (SAC) solder joint was developed and subjected to various doses of gamma radiation to investigate the effects of the ionizing radiation to micromechanical hardness of the solder. Averaged hardness of the SAC joint was obtained from nanoindentation test. The results show a relationship between hardness values of indentations and the increment of radiation dose. Highest mean hardness, 0.2290 0.0270 GPa was calculated on solder joint which was exposed to 5 Gray dose of gamma radiation. This value indicates possible radiation hardening effect on irradiated solder. The hardness gradually decreased to 0.1933 0.0210 GPa and 0.1631 0.0173 GPa when exposed to doses 50 and 500 gray respectively. These values are also lower than the hardness of non irradiated sample which was calculated as 0.2084 0.0.3633 GPa indicating possible radiation damage and needs further related atomic dislocation study.

  3. Improved electrical properties for Mn-doped lead-free piezoelectric potassium sodium niobate ceramics

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    Wang, Lingyan; Ren, Wei; Ma, Wenhui; Liu, Ming; Shi, Peng; Wu, Xiaoqing

    2015-09-01

    The un-doped and doped lead-free piezoelectric potassium sodium niobate (K0.5Na0.5NbO3, KNN) ceramics with different amounts of Mn were prepared. The decreased dielectric losses and the improved electrical properties were observed in the Mn-doped KNN ceramics. However, the variation of electrical properties with the Mn contents was not continuously. The 0.5 mol.% Mn-doped KNN ceramic shows the highest dielectric loss and the worst electrical properties. The KNN ceramics doped with less than and more than 0.5 mol.% Mn all show improved electrical properties. The change of lattice position of Mn ions in KNN ceramics was the main reason. When the Mn content is less than 0.5 mol.%, the Mn ions occupied the cation vacancies in A-site. When the Mn content is higher than 0.5 mol.%, the Mn ions entered B-site of KNN perovskite structure and formed the defect complexes ( MnNb ? - VO ? ? ) and ( MnNb ' - VO ? ? - MnNb ' ). They both led to a lower defect concentration. However, When the Mn content is up to 1.5 mol.%, the electrical properties of KNN ceramic became degraded because of the accumulation of Mn oxides at grain boundaries.

  4. Development of Bismuth-based Lead-free Piezoelectric Materials: Thin Film Piezoelectric Materials via PVD and CSD Routes

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    Jeon, Yu Hong

    Piezoelectric materials have been widely used in electromechanical actuators, sensors, and ultrasonic transducers. Among these materials, lead zirconate titanate Pb(Zr1-xTix)O3 (PZT) has been primarily investigated due to its excellent piezoelectric properties. However, environmental concerns due to the toxicity of PbO have led to investigations into alternative materials systems. Bismuth-based perovskite piezoelectric materials such as (Bi0.5,Na0.5)TiO3 - (Bi0.5K 0.5)TiO3 (BNT - BKT), (Bi0.5,Na0.5 )TiO3 - (Bi0.5K0.5)TiO3 - BaTiO3(BNT - BKT - BT), (Bi0.5K 0.5)TiO3 - Bi(Zn0.5,Ti0.5)O 3 (BKT - BZT), and (Bi0.5,Na0.5)TiO 3 - (Bi0.5K0.5)TiO3 - Bi(Mg 0.5,Ti0.5)O3 (BNT - BKT - BMgT) have been explored as potential alternatives to PZT. These materials systems have been extensively studied in bulk ceramic form, however many of the ultimate applications will be in thin film embodiments (i.e., microelectromechanical systems). For this reason, in this thesis these lead-free piezoelectrics are synthesized in thin film form to understand the structure-property-processing relationships and their impact on the ultimate device response. Fabrication of high quality of 0.95BKT - 0.05BZT thin films on platinized silicon substrates was attempted by pulsed laser deposition. Due to cation volatility, deposition parameters such as substrate temperature, deposition pressure, and target-substrate distance, as well as target overdoping were explored to achieve phase pure materials. This route led to high dielectric loss, indicative of poor ferroelectric behavior. This was likely a result of the poor thin film morphology observed in films deposited via this method. Subsequently, 0.8BNT - 0.2BKT, 85BNT - 10BKT - 5BT, and 72.5BNT - 22.5BKT - 5BMgT (near morphotropic phase boundary composition) were synthesized via chemical solution deposition. To compensate the loss of A-site cations, overdoped precursor solutions were prepared. Crystallization after each spin cast layer were required to produce phase pure material. Good permittivities and low dielectric loss over the frequency range of 100 Hz to 1 MHz were obtained. Dependent upon annealing conditions, various film morphologies and compositional distributions were observed via electron microscopy and composition measurements. As opposed to previously reported work, good ferroelectric response at low frequency (200 Hz) were found. For BNT - BKT - BMgT, the maximum polarization was over 50 ?C/cm2 with high d33,fof 75 pm/V were obtained. Additionally, the extrinsic and intrinsic contributions to the dielectric response for solution-derived BNT - BKT and BNT - BKT - BMgT films were studied via Rayleigh analysis. For sub-switching fields a good agreement between predicted polarization behavior from Rayleigh analysis and experimentally measured polarization indicated the validity of this approach for BNT-based thin films. Results of this thesis proved that high quality bismuth-based piezoelectric thin films with good electrical response can be fabricated with suppression of cation volatility for various processing conditions. Furthermore, these thin films can be considered as alternatives to PZT thin films as potential candidates for piezoelectric-based microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).

  5. Lead-Free Piezoceramics: Revealing the Role of the Rhombohedral-Tetragonal Phase Coexistence in Enhancement of the Piezoelectric Properties.

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    Rubio-Marcos, Fernando; López-Juárez, Rigoberto; Rojas-Hernandez, Rocio E; del Campo, Adolfo; Razo-Pérez, Neftalí; Fernandez, Jose F

    2015-10-21

    Until now, lead zirconate titanate (PZT) based ceramics are the most widely used in piezoelectric devices. However, the use of lead is being avoided due to its toxicity and environmental risks. Indeed, the attention in piezoelectric devices has been moved to lead-free ceramics, especially on (K,Na)NbO3-based materials, due to growing environmental concerns. Here we report a systematic evaluation of the effects of the compositional modifications induced by replacement of the B-sites with Sb(5+) ions in 0.96[(K0.48Na0.52)0.95Li0.05Nb1-xSbxO3]-0.04[BaZrO3] lead-free piezoceramics. We show that this compositional design is the driving force for the development of the high piezoelectric properties. So, we find that this phenomenon can be explained by the stabilization of a Rhombohedral-Tetragonal (R-T) phase boundary close to room temperature, that facilities the polarization process of the system and exhibits a significantly high piezoelectric response with a d33 value as high as ∼400 pC/N, which is comparable to part soft PZTs. As a result, we believe that the general strategy and design principles described in this study open the possibility of obtaining (K,Na)NbO3-based lead-free ceramics with enhanced properties, expanding their application range. PMID:26436199

  6. Piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties of lead-free niobium-rich potassium lithium tantalate niobate single crystals

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    Li, Jun; Li, Yang; Zhou, Zhongxiang; Guo, Ruyan; Bhalla, Amar S.

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: Lead-free K{sub 0.95}Li{sub 0.05}Ta{sub 1?x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 3} single crystals were grown using the top-seeded melt growth method. The piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties of as-grown crystals were systematically investigated. The piezoelectric properties are very attractive, e.g. for x = 0.60 composition, k{sub t} ? 70%, k{sub 31} ? 70%, k{sub 33} ? 77%, d{sub 31} ? 230 pC/N, d{sub 33} ? 600 pC/N. The coercive fields of PE hysteresis loops are quite small, about or less than 1 kV/mm. - Abstract: Lead-free potassium lithium tantalate niobate single crystals with the composition of K{sub 0.95}Li{sub 0.05}Ta{sub 1?x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 3} (abbreviated as KLTN, x = 0.51, 0.60, 0.69, 0.78) were grown using the top-seeded melt growth method. Their piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties in as-grown crystals have been systematically investigated. The phase transitions and Curie temperatures were determined from dielectric and pyroelectric measurements. Piezoelectric coefficients and electromechanical coupling factors in thickness mode, length-extensional mode and longitudinal mode were obtained. The piezoelectric properties are very attractive, e.g. for x = 0.60 composition, k{sub t} ? 70%, k{sub 31} ? 70%, k{sub 33} ? 77%, d{sub 31} ? 230 pC/N, d{sub 33} ? 600 pC/N are comparable to the lead-based PZT composition. The polarization versus electric field hysteresis loops show saturated shapes. In short, lead-free niobium-rich KLTN system possesses comparable properties to those in important lead-based piezoelectric material nowadays.

  7. Touch sensor for micromanipulation with pipette using lead-free (K,Na)(Nb,Ta)O3 piezoelectric ceramics

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    Motoo, Kohei; Arai, Fumihito; Fukuda, Toshio; Matsubara, Masato; Kikuta, Koichi; Yamaguchi, Toshiaki; Hirano, Shin-Ichi

    2005-11-01

    In the field of applied microbiology, a touch sensor for micromanipulation with a pipette is needed. Therefore, we previously developed a touch sensor using Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT). The piezoelectric material is used for vibration of the pipette and for measurement of the change in mechanical impedance caused by the pipette tip contacting the object being measured. However, the lead included in PZT can cause environmental problems. Therefore, in the present work, we developed a touch sensor using lead-free (K,Na)(Nb,Ta)O3 (KNNT) ceramics, which are strong candidates for lead-free piezoelectric ceramics. In this study, characteristics of a touch sensor utilizing piezoelectric vibration were theoretically derived. The results show that the piezoelectric constant d31 is very important: the higher the mode of vibration, the smaller the tip amplitude; the lower the mode of vibration, the higher the sensitivity. Also, the higher the elasticity or viscosity of the object in contact with the sensor, the higher the sensitivity. These theoretical results qualitatively correspond to the experimental results. The piezoelectric constant d31 of KNNT ceramics was measured, and its value was found to be greater than or equal to 100 pm/V. KNNT ceramics were applied to the touch sensor and its utility was confirmed.

  8. Phase transition and high piezoelectricity in (Ba,Ca)(Ti1-xSnx)O3 lead-free ceramics

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    Zhu, Li-Feng; Zhang, Bo-Ping; Zhao, Xiao-Kun; Zhao, Lei; Yao, Fang-Zhou; Han, Xi; Zhou, Peng-Fei; Li, Jing-Feng

    2013-08-01

    The phase structure in the (Ba,Ca)(Ti1-xSnx)O3 lead-free ceramics was evolved from inceptive orthorhombic (O) at 0 ? x ? 0.04 to a two-phase coexistence of pseudocubic-orthorhombic (PC-O) at 0.06 ? x ? 0.10 and further to a multiphase coexistence of rhombohedral-pseudocubic-orthorhombic (R-PC-O) at x = 0.11. Due to the multiphase coexistence of R-PC-O at room temperature proved by X-ray diffraction, dielectric constant ?r and differential scanning calorimetry, an ultrahigh piezoelectric coefficient d33 = 670 pC/N and electrostrain 0.061% were achieved. The high d33 over 520 pC/N was stabilized in a wide compositional range of 0.07 ? x ? 0.11, suggesting that (Ba,Ca)(Ti,Sn)O3 ceramics are a promising candidate for the lead-free piezoelectric ceramics.

  9. Nanoscale Atomic Displacements Ordering for Enhanced Piezoelectric Properties in Lead-Free ABO3 Ferroelectrics.

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    Pramanick, Abhijit; Jrgensen, Mads R V; Diallo, Souleymane O; Christianson, Andrew D; Fernandez-Baca, Jaime A; Hoffmann, Christina; Wang, Xiaoping; Lan, Si; Wang, Xun-Li

    2015-08-01

    In situ synchrotron X-ray diffuse scattering and inelastic neutron scattering measurements from a prototype ABO3 ferroelectric single-crystal are used to elucidate how electric fields along a nonpolar direction can enhance its piezoelectric properties. The central mechanism is found to be a nanoscale ordering of B atom displacements, which induces increased lattice instability and therefore a greater susceptibility to electric-field-induced mechanical deformation. PMID:26076654

  10. Phase transition characteristics and associated piezoelectricity of potassium-sodium niobate lead-free ceramics.

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    Wang, Yuanyu; Hu, Liang; Zhang, Qilong; Yang, Hui

    2015-08-14

    To achieve high piezoelectric activity and a wide sintering temperature range, the ceramic system concerning (1 - x)(K(0.48)Na(0.52))(Nb(0.96)Sb(0.04))O(3)-x[Bi(0.5)(Na(0.7)Ag(0.3))(0.5)](0.90) Zn(0.10)ZrO(3) was designed, and the rhombohedral-tetragonal (R-T) phase boundary can drive a high d(33). Phase transition characteristics as well as their effects on the electrical properties were investigated systematically. The R-T coexistence phase boundary (0.04 ? x ? 0.05) can be driven via modification with BNAZZ, and has been confirmed by XRD and temperature-dependent dielectric constants as well as Raman analysis, and the ceramics possess enhanced piezoelectric properties (d(33) ? 425 pC N(-1) and k(p) ? 0.43) and a high unipolar strain (?0.3%). In addition, a wide sintering temperature range of 1050-1080 C can warrant a large d(33) of 400-430 pC N(-1), which can benefit practical applications. As a result, the addition of BNAZZ is an effective method to improve the electrical properties (piezoelectricity and strain) and sintering behavior of potassium-sodium niobate ceramics. PMID:26150357

  11. Effect of orthorhombic-tetragonal phase transition on structure and piezoelectric properties of KNN-based lead-free ceramics.

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    Zhang, Yang; Li, Lingyu; Shen, Bo; Zhai, Jiwei

    2015-05-01

    (1 - x)(K0.5Na0.5)0.95Li0.05Nb0.93Sb0.07O3-xSrZrO3 ((1 - x)KNLNS-xSZ) lead free piezoelectric ceramics have been prepared by the conventional solid state reaction method, via adjusting the orthorhombic-tetragonal phase transition temperature to near room temperature with doping SrZrO3, and the effects of SrZrO3 content on polymorphic phase transition have been investigated. These results show that the phase structure of the ceramics was changed from orthorhombic to tetragonal at x ? 0.02 mol, and the orthorhombic-tetragonal phase transition temperature was modified to around room temperature with increasing SrZrO3. Remarkable piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties has been obtained in (1 - x)KNLNS-xSZ system with x = 0.02, which showed a piezoelectric parameter of d33 = 256 pC N(-1), Curie temperature Tc = 270 C, strain levels of 0.16% at 50 kV cm(-1), remnant polarization Pr = 24.9 ?C cm(-2) and coercive field Ec = 10.6 kV cm(-1). PMID:25813211

  12. New potassium-sodium niobate material system: a giant-d?? and high-T(C) lead-free piezoelectric.

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    Zheng, Ting; Wu, Jiagang; Cheng, Xiaojing; Wang, Xiaopeng; Zhang, Binyu; Xiao, Dingquan; Zhu, Jianguo; Lou, Xiaojie; Wang, Xiangjian

    2014-08-14

    In this work, we elucidate the influence of Bi(0.5)Li(0.5)ZrO3 (BLZ) content on the phase structure, microstructure, and electrical properties of (1 -x)K(0.40)Na(0.60)Nb(0.965)Sb(0.035)O3-xBi(0.5)Li(0.5)ZrO3 lead-free ceramics. We simultaneously achieved a giant d33 and a high T(C) in this material system. The coexistence of rhombohedral and tetragonal phases is responsible for such a large d33 in the ceramics with BLZ contents (x) ranging from 0.025 to 0.035. Doping with BLZ not only induces the formation of the phase boundary, but also maintains a high T(C). The ceramic with x = 0.03 shows an enhanced piezoelectric behaviour (d33 ~ 400 pC N(-1) and k(p) ~ 0.47) together with a high T(C) of 292 C. A good temperature stability for ferroelectricity and piezoelectricity is also observed in these ceramics. This study is the first time that such a good comprehensive performance has been obtained in potassium-sodium niobate materials. We believe that this type of material system possessing giant-d33 and high-T(C) is a promising candidate for use in high-temperature piezoelectric devices. PMID:24958201

  13. Tailoring of unipolar strain in lead-free piezoelectrics using the ceramic/ceramic composite approach

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    Khansur, Neamul H.; Groh, Claudia; Jo, Wook; Reinhard, Christina; Kimpton, Justin A.; Webber, Kyle G.; Daniels, John E.

    2014-03-01

    The electric-field-induced strain response mechanism in a polycrystalline ceramic/ceramic composite of relaxor and ferroelectric materials has been studied using in situ high-energy x-ray diffraction. The addition of ferroelectric phase material in the relaxor matrix has produced a system where a small volume fraction behaves independently of the bulk under an applied electric field. Inter- and intra-grain models of the strain mechanism in the composite material consistent with the diffraction data have been proposed. The results show that such ceramic/ceramic composite microstructure has the potential for tailoring properties of future piezoelectric materials over a wider range than is possible in uniform compositions.

  14. Strain engineering effects on electrical properties of lead-free piezoelectric thin films on Si wafers.

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    Ohno, Tomoya; Kamai, Yuto; Oda, Yuutaro; Sakamoto, Naonori; Matsuda, Takeshi; Wakiya, Naoki; Suzuki, Hisao

    2014-01-01

    Using radio frequency - magnetron sputtering, calcium-doped barium zirconate titanate ((Ba(0.85)Ca(0.15))(Zr(0.1)Ti(0.9))O(3), BCZT) thin films were deposited on Si wafers with different bottom electrodes. The obtained BCZT thin film on a lanthanum nickel oxide (LNO) electrode had a highly c-axis preferred orientation, while the BCZT thin film on a Pt bottom electrode had (111) preferred orientation. Furthermore, the out-of-plane lattice constant of the BCZT on LNO/Si was 3.4% larger than that of the reported bulk material because of the compressive thermal stress from LNO with a large thermal expansion coefficient. This compressive thermal stress engenders an increase of the Curie temperature. The local piezoelectric response of the BCZT thin film on a LNO/Si structure was measured by piezoresponse force microscope. PMID:25286200

  15. Tailoring of unipolar strain in lead-free piezoelectrics using the ceramic/ceramic composite approach

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    Khansur, Neamul H.; Daniels, John E.; Groh, Claudia; Jo, Wook; Webber, Kyle G.; Reinhard, Christina; Kimpton, Justin A.

    2014-03-28

    The electric-field-induced strain response mechanism in a polycrystalline ceramic/ceramic composite of relaxor and ferroelectric materials has been studied using in situ high-energy x-ray diffraction. The addition of ferroelectric phase material in the relaxor matrix has produced a system where a small volume fraction behaves independently of the bulk under an applied electric field. Inter- and intra-grain models of the strain mechanism in the composite material consistent with the diffraction data have been proposed. The results show that such ceramic/ceramic composite microstructure has the potential for tailoring properties of future piezoelectric materials over a wider range than is possible in uniform compositions.

  16. Growth and characterization of undoped and Mn doped lead-free piezoelectric NBTKBT single crystals

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    Babu, G. Anandha; Subramaniyan, Raja R.; Bhaumik, Indranil; Ganesamoorthy, S.; Ramasamy, P.; Gupta, P.K.

    2014-05-01

    Highlights: Single crystals of undoped and Mn doped NKBT crystals are grown by spontaneous nucleation. Temperature and frequency dependent dielectric constant and loss are measured. Dielectric constant has increased and the loss has reduced on Mn doped NKBT. Concentration of oxygen vacancies has been reduced in Mn doped NKBT. The activation energy for undoped and Mn doped NKBT are calculated. - Abstract: Lead-free piezoelectric single crystals of undoped and 1 wt% Mn doped 0.80 Na{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3}0.20 K{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} (NKBT) was grown using self-flux. Powder X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the grown crystals belong to tetragonal system at room temperature. The lattice strain was calculated from Williamson Hall relation for undoped and Mn doped NKBT crystals. A significant change is observed in dielectric behavior of Mn doped NKBT when compared to undoped sample. The diffuseness increased substantially on Mn doped NKBT which masked the ferroelectric to antiferroelectric transition in the dielectric constant plot. The AC impedance study revealed that the conduction is governed by the singly ionized oxygen vacancy. Further, the decrease in the conductivity on Mn doping suggests that Mn replaces the Bi vacancy, which reduces the oxygen vacancy.

  17. Effects of improved process for CuO-doped NKN lead-free ceramics on high-power piezoelectric transformers.

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    Yang, Song-Ling; Tsai, Cheng-Che; Liou, Yi-Cheng; Hong, Cheng-Shong; Li, Bing-Jing; Chu, Sheng-Yuan

    2011-12-01

    In this paper, the effects of the electrical proper- ties of CuO-doped (Na(0.5)K(0.5))NbO(3) (NKN) ceramics prepared separately using the B-site oxide precursor method (BO method) and conventional mixed-oxide method (MO method) on high-power piezoelectric transformers (PTs) were investigated. The performances of PTs made with these two substrates were compared. Experimental results showed that the output power and temperature stability of PTs could be enhanced because of the lower resonant impedance of the ceramics prepared using the BO method. In addition, the output power of PTs was more affected by the resonant impedance than by the mechanical quality factor (Q(m)) of the ceramics. The PTs fabricated with ceramics prepared using the BO method showed a high efficiency of more than 94% and a maximum output power of 8.98 W (power density: 18.3 W/cm(3)) with temperature increase of 3C under the optimum load resistance (5 k?) and an input voltage of 150 V(pp). This output power of the lead-free disk-type PTs is the best reported so far. PMID:23443691

  18. Piezoelectric Properties of LiSbO3-Modified (K0.48Na0.52)NbO3 Lead-Free Ceramics

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    Wu, Jiagang; Wang, Yuanyu; Xiao, Dingquan; Zhu, Jianguo; Yu, Ping; Wu, Lang; Wu, Wenjuan

    2007-11-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric (1-x)(K0.48Na0.52)NbO3-xLiSbO3 [(1-x)KNN-xLS] ceramics were prepared by conventional sintering. A morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) between the orthorhombic and tetragonal phases was identified in the composition range of 0.04piezoelectric properties, temperature stability, and aging characteristics. It was found that the samples with 5 mol % LS exhibited enhanced electrical properties (d33 262 pC/N, kp 46%, Tc 373 C, To--t 60 C). These results show that (1-x)KNN-xLS ceramic is a promising lead-free piezoelectric material.

  19. Synthesis of lead-free piezoelectric powders by ultrasonic-assisted hydrothermal method and properties of sintered (K0.48Na0.52)NBO3 ceramics.

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    Isobe, Gaku; Maeda, Takafumi; Bornmann, Peter; Hemsel, Tobias; Morita, Takeshi

    2014-02-01

    (K,Na)NbO3 ceramics have attracted much attention as lead-free piezoelectric materials with high piezoelectric properties. High-quality (K,Na)NbO3 ceramics can be sintered using KNbO3 and NaNbO3 powders synthesized by a hydrothermal method. In this study, to enhance the quality factor of the ceramics, high-power ultrasonic irradiation was employed during the hydrothermal method, which led to a reduction in the particle size of the resultant powders. PMID:24474129

  20. The ageing and de-ageing behaviour of (Ba0.85Ca0.15)(Ti0.9Zr0.1)O3 lead-free piezoelectric ceramics

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    Zhang, Yichi; Glaum, Julia; Ehmke, Matthias C.; Bowman, Keith J.; Blendell, John E.; Hoffman, Mark J.

    2015-09-01

    Ageing behaviour usually occurs in acceptor-doped piezoelectric materials (e.g., hard lead zirconate titanate) and exhibits the development of a pinched or shifted hysteresis loop over time. Although no pinched hysteresis loop was observed for lead-free (Ba0.85Ca0.15)(Ti0.9Zr0.1)O3 material, this study showed that the piezoelectric properties change over time in the poled state. The shift of the hysteresis loop along the electric field axis and the development of asymmetry in strain and permittivity hysteresis loop were observed during the ageing process. The origin of this ageing behaviour is proposed to be local defect dipoles and the migration of the charged defects to the grain boundaries. The reorientation of the defect dipole contributes to a fast but unstable ageing mechanism in this material while the migration of the charged defects contributes to a slow but more stable mechanism.

  1. Improvement of the piezoelectric properties in (K,Na)NbO3-based lead-free piezoelectric ceramic with two-phase co-existing state

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    Yamada, H.; Matsuoka, T.; Kozuka, H.; Yamazaki, M.; Ohbayashi, K.; Ida, T.

    2015-06-01

    Two phases of (K,Na)NbO3 (KNN) co-exist in a KNN-based composite lead-free piezoelectric ceramic 0.910(K1-xNax)0.86Ca0.04Li0.02Nb0.85O3-?-0.042K0.85Ti0.85Nb1.15O5-0.036BaZrO3-0.0016Co3O4- 0.0025Fe2O3-0.0069ZnO system, over a wide range of Na fractions, where 0.56 ? x ? 0.75. The crystal systems of the two KNN phases are identified to tetragonal and orthorhombic by analyzing the synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) data, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), and selected-area electron diffraction (SAD). In the range 0.33 ? x ? 0.50, the main component of the composite system is found to be single-phase KNN with a tetragonal structure. Granular nanodomains of the orthorhombic phase dispersed in the tetragonal matrix have been identified by HR-TEM and SAD for 0.56 ? x ? 0.75. Only a trace amount of the orthorhombic phase has been found in the SAD patterns at the composition x = 0.56. However, the number of orthorhombic nanodomains gradually increases with increasing Na content up to x < 0.75, as observed from the HR-TEM images. An abrupt increase and agglomeration of the nanodomains are observed at x = 0.75, where weak diffraction peaks of the orthorhombic phase have also become detectable from the XRD data. The maximum value of the electromechanical coupling coefficient, kp = 0.56, has been observed at the composition x = 0.56.

  2. Largely enhanced electromechanical properties of BaTiO3-(Na0.5Er0.5)TiO3 lead-free piezoelectric ceramics

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    Li, Jun; Chai, Xiaona; Peng, Dengfeng; Zou, Hua; Wang, Xusheng; Yao, Xi

    2014-08-01

    Lead-free (1 - x)BaTiO3-x(Na0.5Er0.5)TiO3 (0 ? x ? 0.15) ceramics were prepared by a solid state reaction method. Their structure and electric properties were analyzed. Rietveld refinements suggested that the ceramics crystallized in the tetragonal perovskite space group P4 mm at room temperature. With increasing x from 0 to 0.05, Na+/Er3+ co-substitution at Ba-site in BaTiO3 leads to the decrease of lattice parameters and unit cell volume. While minor secondary phase, Er2Ti2O7 and (TiO1.2)0.787, appears at x = 0.10 or above. A great enhancement of piezoelectric properties and other electric parameters was obtained in this system by properly moderating the compositions. For example, in the ceramics with composition x = 0.05, a large piezoelectric coefficient d33 (333 pm/V), a high remnant polarization Pr (14.3 ?C/cm2), a good planar electromechanical coupling factor kp (0.391), a mechanical quality factor Qm (97.3), and a high Curie temperature (TC = 134 C) (higher than that of pure BaTiO3) were achieved. Our results show that (1 - x)BaTiO3-x(Na0.5Er0.5)TiO3 ceramics are a good candidate of lead-free piezoelectric materials.

  3. Enhanced ferroelectricity, piezoelectricity, and ferromagnetism in Nd-modified BiFeO3-BaTiO3 lead-free ceramics

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    Zheng, Qiaoji; Luo, Lingling; Lam, Kwok Ho; Jiang, Na; Guo, Yongquan; Lin, Dunmin

    2014-11-01

    Lead-free multiferroic ceramics of 0.75Bi1-xNdxFeO3 - 0.25BaTiO3 + 1 mol. % MnO2 were prepared by a conventional ceramic technique and their structure, piezoelectricity, and multiferroicity were studied. The ceramics sintered at 890-990 C possess a pure perovskite structure. A morphotropic phase boundary of rhombohedral and monoclinic phases is formed at x = 0.05. A small amount of Nd improves the ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of the ceramics. The ferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition becomes gradually diffusive with x increasing. After the addition of Nd, the ferromagnetism of the ceramics is greatly enhanced by 320%. The increase in sintering temperature improves significantly the ferroelectric, piezoelectric, and ferromagnetic properties of the ceramics. The ceramics with x = 0.05 sintered at 950-990 C possess improved ferroelectricity, piezoelectricity, magnetism and insulation with Pr of 16.5-17.5 ?C/cm2, d33 of 113-121 pC/N, Mr of 0.127-0.138 emu/g, R of 5 109 ?.cm and high TC of 473-482 C, indicating that the ceramic is a promising candidate for room-temperature multiferroic and high-temperature piezoelectric materials.

  4. Effect of poling temperature on piezoelectricity of CaZrO3-modified (K, Na)NbO3-based lead-free ceramics

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    Yao, Fang-Zhou; Wang, Ke; Jo, Wook; Lee, Jae-Shin; Li, Jing-Feng

    2014-09-01

    Electrical poling is indispensable for endowing isotropic ferroelectric polycrystals with a net macroscopic polarization and hence piezoelectricity. However, little attention has been paid to the optimization of poling conditions in (K, Na)NbO3-based ceramics with a polymorphic phase transition. This study investigated the electrical properties of CaZrO3-modified (K, Na, Li)(Nb, Ta)O3 lead-free piezoceramics as a function of the poling temperature. Peak piezoelectric coefficient d33 of 352 7 pC/N and planar electromechanical coupling factor kp of 0.47 were obtained at the optimized poling temperature of 120 C, which crosses the polymorphic phase transition regime. In-depth analysis of the asymmetric polarization hysteresis loops and bipolar strain curves uncovered striking analogy between electrical poling and unipolar cycling in the current system, which is attributed to a competition between domain reorientation and space charge accumulation.

  5. Improvement of the piezoelectric properties in (K,Na)NbO{sub 3}-based lead-free piezoelectric ceramic with two-phase co-existing state

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    Yamada, H. Matsuoka, T.; Kozuka, H.; Yamazaki, M.; Ohbayashi, K.; Ida, T.

    2015-06-07

    Two phases of (K,Na)NbO{sub 3} (KNN) co-exist in a KNN-based composite lead-free piezoelectric ceramic 0.910(K{sub 1−x}Na{sub x}){sub 0.86}Ca{sub 0.04}Li{sub 0.02}Nb{sub 0.85}O{sub 3−δ}–0.042K{sub 0.85}Ti{sub 0.85}Nb{sub 1.15}O{sub 5} –0.036BaZrO{sub 3}–0.0016Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}– 0.0025Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}–0.0069ZnO system, over a wide range of Na fractions, where 0.56 ≤ x ≤ 0.75. The crystal systems of the two KNN phases are identified to tetragonal and orthorhombic by analyzing the synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) data, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), and selected-area electron diffraction (SAD). In the range 0.33 ≤ x ≤ 0.50, the main component of the composite system is found to be single-phase KNN with a tetragonal structure. Granular nanodomains of the orthorhombic phase dispersed in the tetragonal matrix have been identified by HR-TEM and SAD for 0.56 ≤ x ≤ 0.75. Only a trace amount of the orthorhombic phase has been found in the SAD patterns at the composition x = 0.56. However, the number of orthorhombic nanodomains gradually increases with increasing Na content up to x < 0.75, as observed from the HR-TEM images. An abrupt increase and agglomeration of the nanodomains are observed at x = 0.75, where weak diffraction peaks of the orthorhombic phase have also become detectable from the XRD data. The maximum value of the electromechanical coupling coefficient, k{sub p} = 0.56, has been observed at the composition x = 0.56.

  6. Lead-free piezoceramics.

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    Saito, Yasuyoshi; Takao, Hisaaki; Tani, Toshihiko; Nonoyama, Tatsuhiko; Takatori, Kazumasa; Homma, Takahiko; Nagaya, Toshiatsu; Nakamura, Masaya

    2004-11-01

    Lead has recently been expelled from many commercial applications and materials (for example, from solder, glass and pottery glaze) owing to concerns regarding its toxicity. Lead zirconium titanate (PZT) ceramics are high-performance piezoelectric materials, which are widely used in sensors, actuators and other electronic devices; they contain more than 60 weight per cent lead. Although there has been a concerted effort to develop lead-free piezoelectric ceramics, no effective alternative to PZT has yet been found. Here we report a lead-free piezoelectric ceramic with an electric-field-induced strain comparable to typical actuator-grade PZT. We achieved this through the combination of the discovery of a morphotropic phase boundary in an alkaline niobate-based perovskite solid solution, and the development of a processing route leading to highly <001> textured polycrystals. The ceramic exhibits a piezoelectric constant d33 (the induced charge per unit force applied in the same direction) of above 300 picocoulombs per newton (pC N(-1)), and texturing the material leads to a peak d33 of 416 pC N(-1). The textured material also exhibits temperature-independent field-induced strain characteristics. PMID:15516921

  7. Lead-free piezoceramics

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    Saito, Yasuyoshi; Takao, Hisaaki; Tani, Toshihiko; Nonoyama, Tatsuhiko; Takatori, Kazumasa; Homma, Takahiko; Nagaya, Toshiatsu; Nakamura, Masaya

    2004-11-01

    Lead has recently been expelled from many commercial applications and materials (for example, from solder, glass and pottery glaze) owing to concerns regarding its toxicity. Lead zirconium titanate (PZT) ceramics are high-performance piezoelectric materials, which are widely used in sensors, actuators and other electronic devices; they contain more than 60 weight per cent lead. Although there has been a concerted effort to develop lead-free piezoelectric ceramics, no effective alternative to PZT has yet been found. Here we report a lead-free piezoelectric ceramic with an electric-field-induced strain comparable to typical actuator-grade PZT. We achieved this through the combination of the discovery of a morphotropic phase boundary in an alkaline niobate-based perovskite solid solution, and the development of a processing route leading to highly <001> textured polycrystals. The ceramic exhibits a piezoelectric constant d33 (the induced charge per unit force applied in the same direction) of above 300picocoulombs per newton (pCN-1), and texturing the material leads to a peak d33 of 416pCN-1. The textured material also exhibits temperature-independent field-induced strain characteristics.

  8. Phase Structure, Piezoelectric and Multiferroic Properties of SmCoO3-Modified BiFeO3-BaTiO3 Lead-Free Ceramics

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    Jiang, Na; Tian, Mijie; Luo, Lingling; Zheng, Qiaoji; Shi, Dongliang; Lam, Kwok Ho; Xu, Chenggang; Lin, Dunmin

    2016-01-01

    (0.75- x)BiFeO3-0.25BaTiO3- xSmCoO3 + 1 mol.% MnO2 lead-free multiferroic ceramics were synthesized by a conventional ceramic fabrication technique. The effects of SmCoO3 on phase structure, piezoelectricity and multiferroicity of the ceramics were studied. All the ceramics can be well sintered at a low sintering temperature of 960°C. The crystalline structure of the ceramics is transformed from rhombohedral to tetragonal symmetry with increasing the amount of SmCoO3. A morphotropic phase boundary of rhombohedral and tetragonal phases is formed at x = 0.01-0.04. A small amount of SmCoO3 is shown to improve the ferroelectric, piezoelectric and magnetoelectric properties of the ceramics. For the ceramics with x = 0.01-0.03, enhanced resistivity ( R ˜ 1.2 × 109 Ω cm to 2.1 × 109 Ω cm), piezoelectricity ( d 33 ˜ 65 pC/N to 106 pC/N) and ferroelectricity ( P r ˜ 6.38 μC/cm2 to 22.89 μC/cm2) are obtained. The ferromagnetism of the materials is greatly enhanced by the doping of SmCoO3 such that a very high magnetoelectric coefficient of ˜742 mV/(cm Oe) is obtained at x = 0.01, suggesting a promising potential in multiferroic devices.

  9. Phase Structure, Piezoelectric and Multiferroic Properties of SmCoO3-Modified BiFeO3-BaTiO3 Lead-Free Ceramics

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    Jiang, Na; Tian, Mijie; Luo, Lingling; Zheng, Qiaoji; Shi, Dongliang; Lam, Kwok Ho; Xu, Chenggang; Lin, Dunmin

    2015-10-01

    (0.75-x)BiFeO3-0.25BaTiO3-xSmCoO3 + 1 mol.% MnO2 lead-free multiferroic ceramics were synthesized by a conventional ceramic fabrication technique. The effects of SmCoO3 on phase structure, piezoelectricity and multiferroicity of the ceramics were studied. All the ceramics can be well sintered at a low sintering temperature of 960C. The crystalline structure of the ceramics is transformed from rhombohedral to tetragonal symmetry with increasing the amount of SmCoO3. A morphotropic phase boundary of rhombohedral and tetragonal phases is formed at x = 0.01-0.04. A small amount of SmCoO3 is shown to improve the ferroelectric, piezoelectric and magnetoelectric properties of the ceramics. For the ceramics with x = 0.01-0.03, enhanced resistivity (R 1.2 109 ? cm to 2.1 109 ? cm), piezoelectricity (d 33 65 pC/N to 106 pC/N) and ferroelectricity (P r 6.38 ?C/cm2 to 22.89 ?C/cm2) are obtained. The ferromagnetism of the materials is greatly enhanced by the doping of SmCoO3 such that a very high magnetoelectric coefficient of 742 mV/(cm Oe) is obtained at x = 0.01, suggesting a promising potential in multiferroic devices.

  10. High power density NaNbO3-LiTaO3 lead-free piezoelectric transformer in radial vibration modes

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    Sun, H. L.; Lin, D. M.; Lam, K. H.; Guo, M. S.; Choy, S. H.; Kwok, K. W.; Chan, H. L. W.

    2015-06-01

    In the present work, the sintering temperature was able to substantially influence the microstructure and electrical properties of the lead-free ceramic 0.88NaNbO3-0.12LiTaO3. This composition without any acceptor doping presents a high mechanical quality factor, Qm, value of 1469 and a high Curie temperature of 305 °C by optimizing the sintering temperature at 1330 °C. We applied this material to make a device of disk-shaped piezoelectric transformers with a ring-dot structure and further focused on investigating the characteristics of the piezoelectric transformers. With matching load, a maximum efficiency of 92% occurs in the fundamental mode, and the maximum voltage gains are 5.5 and 3.7 for the fundamental and third radial vibration modes, respectively. The experimental results show a maximum output power of 10.5 W with a temperature rise of 27 °C. It is noteworthy that a high output power density (as high as 32.8 W cm-3) was obtained under a maximum input voltage of 180 V, which is comparable to the performance of PZT in a piezoelectric ceramic transformer device.

  11. Polymorphic structure evolution and large piezoelectric response of lead-free (Ba,Ca)(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} ceramics

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    Tian, Ye; Chao, Xiaolian E-mail: yangzp@snnu.edu.cn; Wei, Lingling; Liang, Pengfei; Yang, Zupei E-mail: yangzp@snnu.edu.cn; Jin, Li

    2014-03-17

    The polymorphic structure evolution of (Ba,Ca)(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} piezoelectric ceramics was investigated by analysis of the in situ X-ray diffraction and dielectric spectra. The results indicated that a confined orthorhombic (O) phase region induced by the approach of the rhombohedral (R) and tetragonal (T) phases existed in an extremely narrow temperature range of (Ba{sub 0.85}Ca{sub 0.15})(Zr{sub 0.1}Ti{sub 0.9})O{sub 3} composition. The electric properties near the OT phase boundaries of (Ba{sub 0.95}Ca{sub 0.05})(Zr{sub 0.05}Ti{sub 0.95})O{sub 3} and (Ba{sub 0.85}Ca{sub 0.15})(Zr{sub 0.1}Ti{sub 0.9})O{sub 3} were compared. The results suggested that the confined O phase region is an important factor that contributes to the extremely large piezoelectric response.

  12. Fabrication of high-power piezoelectric transformers using lead-free ceramics for application in electronic ballasts.

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    Yang, Song-Ling; Chen, Shih-Ming; Tsai, Cheng-Che; Hong, Cheng-Shong; Chu, Sheng-Yuan

    2013-02-01

    CuO is doped into (Na(0.5)K(0.5))NbO(3) (NKN) ceramics to improve the piezoelectric properties and thus obtain a piezoelectric transformer (PT) with high output power. In X-ray diffraction patterns, the diffraction angles of the CuO-doped NKN ceramics shift to lower values because of an expansion of the lattice volume, thus inducing oxygen vacancies and enhancing the mechanical quality factor. A homogeneous microstructure is obtained when NKN is subjected to CuO doping, leading to improved electrical properties. PTs with different electrode areas are fabricated using the CuO-doped NKN ceramics. Considering the efficiency, voltage gain, and temperature rise of PTs at a load resistance of 1 kΩ, PTs with an electrode with an inner diameter of 15 mm are combined with the circuit design for driving a 13-W T5 fluorescent lamp. A temperature rise of 6°C and a total efficiency of 82.4% (PT and circuit) are obtained using the present PTs. PMID:23357915

  13. Lead-free ZnSnO3/MWCNTs-based self-poled flexible hybrid nanogenerator for piezoelectric power generation.

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    Alam, Md Mehebub; Ghosh, Sujoy Kumar; Sultana, Ayesha; Mandal, Dipankar

    2015-04-24

    A high-performance flexible piezoelectric hybrid nanogenerator (HNG) based on lead-free perovskite zinc stannate (ZnSnO3) nanocubes and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) composite with multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) as supplement filling material is demonstrated. Even without any electrical poling treatment, the HNG possesses an open-circuit voltage of 40 V and a short-circuit current of 0.4 μA, respectively, under repeated human finger impact. It has been demonstrated that the output volume power density of 10.8 μW cm(-3) from a HNG can drive several colour light emitting diodes (LEDs) and a charge capacitor that powers up a calculator, indicating an effective means of energy harvesting power source with high energy conversion efficiency (∼1.17%) for portable electronic devices. PMID:25827201

  14. Lead-free ZnSnO3/MWCNTs-based self-poled flexible hybrid nanogenerator for piezoelectric power generation

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    Mehebub Alam, Md; Ghosh, Sujoy Kumar; Sultana, Ayesha; Mandal, Dipankar

    2015-04-01

    A high-performance flexible piezoelectric hybrid nanogenerator (HNG) based on lead-free perovskite zinc stannate (ZnSnO3) nanocubes and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) composite with multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) as supplement filling material is demonstrated. Even without any electrical poling treatment, the HNG possesses an open-circuit voltage of 40 V and a short-circuit current of 0.4 μA, respectively, under repeated human finger impact. It has been demonstrated that the output volume power density of 10.8 μW cm-3 from a HNG can drive several colour light emitting diodes (LEDs) and a charge capacitor that powers up a calculator, indicating an effective means of energy harvesting power source with high energy conversion efficiency (˜1.17%) for portable electronic devices.

  15. Relaxor ferroelectricity and electric-field-driven structural transformation in the giant lead-free piezoelectric (Ba ,Ca ) (Ti ,Zr ) O3

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    Brajesh, Kumar; Tanwar, Khagesh; Abebe, Mulualem; Ranjan, Rajeev

    2015-12-01

    There is great interest in lead-free (B a0.85C a0.15 ) (T i0.90Z r0.10 ) O3 (15/10BCTZ) because of its exceptionally large piezoelectric response [Liu and Ren, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 257602 (2009), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.257602]. In this paper, we have analyzed the nature of: (i) crystallographic phase coexistence at room temperature, (ii) temperature- and field-induced phase transformation to throw light on the atomistic mechanisms associated with the large piezoelectric response of this system. A detailed temperature-dependent dielectric and lattice thermal expansion study proved that the system exhibits a weak dielectric relaxation, characteristic of a relaxor ferroelectric material on the verge of exhibiting a normal ferroelectric-paraelectric transformation. Careful structural analysis revealed that a ferroelectric state at room temperature is composed of three phase coexistences, tetragonal (P 4 m m )+ orthorhombic(Amm 2 )+rhombohedral(R 3 m ) . We also demonstrate that the giant piezoresponse is associated with a significant fraction of the tetragonal phase transforming to rhombohedral. It is argued that the polar nanoregions associated with relaxor ferroelectricity amplify the piezoresponse by providing an additional degree of intrinsic structural inhomogeneity to the system.

  16. Electric field-induced giant strain and photoluminescence-enhancement effect in rare-earth modified lead-free piezoelectric ceramics.

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    Yao, Qirong; Wang, Feifei; Xu, Feng; Leung, Chung Ming; Wang, Tao; Tang, Yanxue; Ye, Xiang; Xie, Yiqun; Sun, Dazhi; Shi, Wangzhou

    2015-03-11

    In this work, an electric field-induced giant strain response and excellent photoluminescence-enhancement effect was obtained in a rare-earth ion modified lead-free piezoelectric system. Pr(3+)-modified 0.93(Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-0.07BaTiO3 ceramics were designed and fabricated by a conventional fabrication process. The ferroelectric, dielectric, piezoelectric, and photoluminescence performances were systematically studied, and a schematic phase diagram was constructed. It was found the Pr(3+) substitution induced a transition from ferroelectric a long-range order structure to a relaxor pseudocubic phase with short-range coherence structure. Around a critical composition of 0.8 mol % Pr(3+), a giant reversible strain of ?0.43% with a normalized strain Smax/Emax of up to 770 pm/V was obtained at ?5 kV/mm. Furthermore, the in situ electric field enhanced the photoluminescence intensity by ?40% in the proposed system. These findings have great potential for actuator and multifunctional device applications, which may also open up a range of new applications. PMID:25664585

  17. Properties of Miniature Cantilever-Type Ultrasonic Motor Using Lead-Free Array-Type Multilayer Piezoelectric Ceramics of (Sr,Ca)2NaNb5O15 under High Input Power

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    Doshida, Yutaka; Shimizu, Hiroyuki; Mizuno, Youich; Tamura, Hideki

    2012-07-01

    The properties of miniature cantilever-type ultrasonic motors using lead-free array-type multilayer piezoelectric ceramics of (Sr,Ca)2NaNb5O15 (SCNN) developed using the design rule were investigated under high input power by comparison with the high-power properties of SCNN ceramics. The frequency dependence of the revolution speed reflected the nonlinear behavior of SCNN ceramics with the hard-spring effect and showed a mirror-reversed image relative to that of the motor of Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) ceramics. The output power increased linearly with increasing input power up to 110 mW without heat generation, and the driving properties were almost the same as the expectations under low input power. The output power density characteristics of the motors were high in comparison with those of the commercialized motors of PZT ceramics. It appeared that the motors have a high potential as an environmental friendly piezoelectric device with excellent properties, reflecting the high-power properties of SCNN ceramics.

  18. Properties of (Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-BaTiO3-(Bi0.5Na0.5)(Mn1/3Nb2/3)O3 Lead-Free Piezoelectric Ceramics and Its Application to Ultrasonic Cleaner

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    Tou, Tonshaku; Hamaguti, Yuki; Maida, Yuichi; Yamamori, Haruo; Takahashi, Kazutoshi; Terashima, Yoshimitsu

    2009-07-01

    The lead-free piezoelectric ceramics 0.82(Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-0.15BaTiO3-0.03(Bi0.5Na0.5)(Mn1/3Nb2/3)O3 (abbreviated as BNT-BT-BNMN) was prepared by a conventional process of ceramic engineering. The X-ray diffractometer (XRD) analysis showed that all compositions could form a single perovskite phase. The ceramics showed excellent piezoelectric properties with a coupling factor kt=41%, a mechanical quality factor Qm=500, a piezoelectric constant d33=110 pC/N, a relative permittivity ?33T/?0=520, a dissipation factor tan ?=0.66%, a Curie point Tc=260 C, and a density ?=5.5 g/cm3. The physical properties of the ceramics were superior to those of hard Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT). The high-power characteristics of the ceramics were superior to those of hard PZT. A cylinder sample of lead-free ceramics was used to fabricate a bolt-clamped Langevin transducer (BLT) for application in the ultrasonic cleaner. The vibration velocity of BLT using the ceramics was higher than that of hard PZT under the same input power. The cleaning effect of an ultrasonic cleaner using the BLTs was very high and sufficiently good for commercial application.

  19. Reactive sintering of (K0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-BiFeO3 lead-free piezoelectric ceramics

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    Fisher, John G.; Kim, Min-Gu; Kim, Daeung; Cha, Su-Jeong; Vu, Hung Van; Nguyen, Dieu; Kim, Young-Hun; Moon, Su-Hyun; Lee, Jong-Sook; Hussain, Ali; Kim, Myong-Ho

    2015-05-01

    Ceramics based on BiFeO3 are potential lead-free replacements for Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 in a variety of applications such as sensors, transducers and actuators. Recently, ceramics in the (K0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-BiFeO3 system were developed which have excellent piezoelectric properties. However, these ceramics are difficult to sinter to high density. The present work studies the use of reactive sintering to prepare 0.4(K0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-0.6BiFeO3 ceramics. Undoped and MnO-doped powders were prepared by ball milling K2CO3, (BiO)2CO3, TiO2, α-FeO(OH) and MnCO3 in ethanol with zirconia milling media. The decomposition and calcination reactions of the starting materials were studied using differential scanning calorimetry/thermogravimetric analysis, X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infra-red analysis. Samples were sintered in the temperature range from 1000 to 1075°C and their structures and microstructures examined using X-ray diffraction, micro-Raman scattering and scanning electron microscopy. MnO doping reduced the rhombohedral distortion of the unit cell. The dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of selected undoped and MnO-doped samples were measured. Both undoped and MnO-doped samples displayed relaxor-type behavior. MnO doping reduced the conductivity of the samples, which exhibit a well-defined activation energy of 1.21 eV. Undoped samples have strain vs. electric field properties comparable to those reported in the literature.

  20. Ultrahigh strain response with fatigue-free behavior in (Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-based lead-free piezoelectric ceramics

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    Hao, Jigong; Xu, Zhijun; Chu, Ruiqing; Li, Wei; Du, Juan; Li, Guorong

    2015-12-01

    In this letter, we report a lead-free piezoelectric ceramic system (Bi0.5Na0.5)1‑x Ba x Ti0.98 (Fe0.5Sb0.5)0.02O3 which shows a surprisingly high field-induced nonlinear strain of 0.57% comparable to those obtained in Pb-based antiferroelectrics. The ultrahigh strain response of the composition stems from the composition proximity to the ferroelectric-nonpolar phase boundary, which leads to reversible transformation between a nonpolar phase and a polar ferroelectric phase under cyclic fields. In particular, this material is very attractive for its exceptionally good fatigue resistance (up to 106 cycles) and high temperature stability (25–100 °C) due to its stable nonpolar phase and lower defect density. These findings render the current material a great opportunity for novel applications in ultra-large stroke and nonlinear actuators demanding improved cycling and thermal reliabilities.

  1. Lead-Free Piezoelectric Ceramics with Large Dielectric and Piezoelectric Constants Manufactured from BaTiO3 Nano-Powder

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    Karaki, Tomoaki; Yan, Kang; Miyamoto, Toshiyuki; Adachi, Masatoshi

    2007-02-01

    Barium titanate (BaTiO3) ceramics with a density of more than 98% of the theoretical value were fabricated by two-step sintering method from hydrothermally synthesized BaTiO3 nano-particles of 100 nm. The average grain size was around 1.6 μm and the biggest one was controlled less than 3 μm. Dielectric constant ɛr33T of the poled samples was 5000 and electromechanical coupling factor kp was 42%. Large piezoelectric constants d33 = 460 pC/N and d31 = -185 pC/N were measured by a d33-meter and the resonance-antiresonance method, respectively. A high Poisson’s ratio σ = 0.38 was determined from the ratio of overtone frequency and resonant frequency in the planar mode. The high Poisson’s ratio and the large dielectric constants are most likely the origin of the high d33 of the ceramics. The discovery of high d33 in non-lead-based BaTiO3 ceramics with low cost process has important practical consequences in addition to scientific interest.

  2. Fabrication of Lead-Free Lithium-Doped Na0.5K0.5NbO3 Piezoelectric Ceramics with Dense Grain Structure Using Sol-Gel Surface Coating

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    Lim, Sun Kyung; Han, Jeong Seon; Yoo, Ae Ri; Lee, Seong Eui; Lee, Hee Chul

    2013-10-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric 0.06(LiNbO3)-0.94(Na0.5K0.5)NbO3 (LNKN) ceramics in disc form were fabricated and characterized to acquire good electromechanical properties. A molding method including cold isostatic pressing (CIP) was used to form a dense and regular microstructure and suppress the cracking problems of LNKN ceramics during the following high-temperature sintering. The LNKN ceramic sintered at 1040 C showed a high piezoelectric constant d33 of 170 pC/N owing to its high density. Furthermore, perovskite LNKN films with the same composition as the ceramics were fabricated using 2-methoxyethanol-based sol-gel solution. The sol-gel surface coating on the LNKN ceramics was found to be very effective for increasing the piezoelectric constant because of the interface stabilization effect leading to a uniform electric field in piezoelectric elements. As a result, we obtained the highest piezoelectric constant d33 of 183 pC/N. The lead-free LNKN ceramics are promising for applications in eco-friendly ferroelectric and piezoelectric devices.

  3. Flexible High-Performance Lead-Free Na0.47K0.47Li0.06NbO3 Microcube-Structure-Based Piezoelectric Energy Harvester.

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    Gupta, Manoj Kumar; Kim, Sang-Woo; Kumar, Binay

    2016-01-27

    Lead-free piezoelectric nano- and microstructure-based generators have recently attracted much attention due to the continuous demand of self-powered body implantable devices. We report the fabrication of a high-performance flexible piezoelectric microgenerator based on lead-free inorganic piezoelectric Na0.47K0.47Li0.06NbO3 (NKLN) microcubes for the first time. The composite generator is fabricated using NKLN microcubes and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) polymer on a flexible substrate. The flexible device exhibits excellent performance with a large recordable piezoelectric output voltage of 48 V and output current density of 0.43 μA/cm(2) under vertical compressive force of 2 kgf, for which an energy conversion efficiency of about 11% has been achieved. Piezoresponse and ferroelectric studies reveal that NKLN microcubes exhibited high piezoelectric charge coefficient (d33) as high as 460 pC/N and a well-defined hysteresis loops with remnant polarization and coercive field of 13.66 μC/cm(2) and 19.45 kV/cm, respectively. The piezoelectric charge generation mechanism from NKLN microgenerator are discussed in the light of the high d33 and alignment of electric dipoles in polymer matrix and dielectric constant of NKLN microcubes. It has been demonstrated that the developed power generator has the potential to generate high electric output power under mechanical vibration for powering biomedical devices in the near future. PMID:26735739

  4. LARGE PIEZOELECTRIC EFFECT IN LOW-TEMPERATURE-SINTERED LEAD-FREE (Ba0.85Ca0.15)(Zr0.1Ti0.9)O3 THICK FILMS

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    Feng, Zuyong; Shi, Dongqi; Dou, Shixue; Hu, Yihua; Tang, Xingui

    2012-09-01

    High-quality piezoelectric (Ba0.85Ca0.15)(Zr0.1Ti0.9)O3 thick films with dense and homogenous microstructures were fabricated at a low sintering temperature (900C) using a CuBi2O4 sintering aid. The 10 ?m thick film exhibited a high longitudinal piezoelectric constant d33,eff of 210 pC/N with estimated unconstrained d33 value of 560 pC/N very close to that in the corresponding bulks. Such excellent piezoelectric effect in the low-temperature sintered (Ba0.85Ca0.15)(Zr0.1Ti0.9)O3 thick films is comparable to the case of lead-based PZT thick films, and may be a promising application in lead-free microdevices such as piezoelectric microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).

  5. Giant strain with ultra-low hysteresis and high temperature stability in grain oriented lead-free K₀̣₅Bi₀̣₅TiO₃-BaTiO₃-Na₀̣₅Bi₀̣₅TiO₃ piezoelectric materials

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    Maurya, Deepam; Zhou, Yuan; Wang, Yaojin; Yan, Yongke; Li, Jiefang; Viehland, Dwight; Priya, Shashank

    2015-02-26

    We synthesized grain-oriented lead-free piezoelectric materials in (K₀̣₅Bi₀̣₅TiO₃-BaTiO₃-xNa₀̣₅Bi₀̣₅TiO₃ (KBT-BT-NBT) system with high degree of texturing along the [001]c (c-cubic) crystallographic orientation. We demonstrate giant field induced strain (~0.48%) with an ultra-low hysteresis along with enhanced piezoelectric response (d₃₃ ~ 190pC/N) and high temperature stability (~160°C). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) results demonstrate smaller size highly ordered domain structure in grain-oriented specimen relative to the conventional polycrystalline ceramics. The grain oriented specimens exhibited a high degree of non-180° domain switching, in comparison to the randomly axed ones. These results indicate the effective solution to the lead-free piezoelectricmore » materials.« less

  6. Bright reddish-orange emission and good piezoelectric properties of Sm2O3-modified (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3-based lead-free piezoelectric ceramics

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    Hao, Jigong; Xu, Zhijun; Chu, Ruiqing; Li, Wei; Du, Juan

    2015-05-01

    Reddish orange-emitting 0.948(K0.5Na0.5)NbO3-0.052LiSbO3-xmol%Sm2O3 (KNN-5.2LS-xSm2O3) lead-free piezoelectric ceramics with good piezoelectric properties were fabricated in this study, and the photoluminescence and electrical properties of the ceramics were systematically studied. Results showed that Sm2O3 substitution into KNN-5.2LS induces a phase transition from the coexistence of orthorhombic and tetragonal phases to a pseudocubic phase and shifts the polymorphic phase transition (PPT) to below room temperature. The temperature stability and fatigue resistance of the modified ceramics were significantly improved by Sm2O3 substitution. The KNN-5.2LS ceramic with 0.4 mol. % Sm2O3 exhibited temperature-independent properties (25-150 °C), fatigue-free behavior (up to 106 cycles), and good piezoelectric properties (d33* = 230 pm/V, d33 = 176 pC/N, kp = 35%). Studies on the photoluminescence properties of the samples showed strong reddish-orange emission upon blue light excitation; these emission intensities were strongly dependent on the doping concentration and sintering temperature. The 0.4 mol. % Sm2O3-modified sample exhibited temperature responses over a wide temperature range of 10-443 K. The maximum sensing sensitivity of the sample was 7.5 × 10-4 K at 293 K, at which point PPT occurred. A relatively long decay lifetime τ of 1.27-1.40 ms and a large quantum yield η of 0.17-0.19 were obtained from the Sm-modified samples. These results suggest that the KNN-5.2LS-xSm2O3 system presents multifunctional properties and significant technological potential in novel multifunctional devices.

  7. Enhanced piezoelectric properties of BaZrO3-substituted 0.67BiFeO3-0.33BaTiO3 lead-free ceramics

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    Park, J. S.; Lee, M. H.; Kim, D. J.; Kim, M.-H.; Song, T. K.; Kim, S. W.; Kim, W.-J.; Kumar, S.

    2015-04-01

    Lead-free ceramics with compositions of (1- x)[0.67Bi1.05FeO3-0.33BaTiO3]- xBaZrO3 ( x = 0.00, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04, and 0.05) [BF-BT-BZ x] have been prepared through a conventional solid-state reaction method. The effects of BZ substitution on the crystal structural, microstructural, piezoelectric, and electrical properties of the ceramics were investigated. The X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that all ceramics were formed with a mixed structure of rhombohedral and tetragonal perovskite phases. For x = 0.03, good ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties were observed: 2 P r = 43 ?C/cm2 and 2 E c = 61 kV/cm. The static- and dynamic-piezoelectric constants were observed to be 52 pC/N and 330 pm/V, respectively.

  8. Dual-enhancement of ferro-/piezoelectric and photoluminescent performance in Pr{sup 3+} doped (K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5})NbO{sub 3} lead-free ceramics

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    Wei, Yongbin; Jia, Yanmin E-mail: ymjia@zjnu.edu.cn; Wu, Jiang; Shen, Yichao; Wu, Zheng E-mail: ymjia@zjnu.edu.cn; Luo, Haosu

    2014-07-28

    A mutual enhancement action between the ferro-/piezoelectric polarization and the photoluminescent performance of rare earth Pr{sup 3+} doped (K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5})NbO{sub 3} (KNN) lead-free ceramics is reported. After Pr{sup 3+} doping, the KNN ceramics exhibit the maximum enhancement of ?1.2 times in the ferroelectric remanent polarization strength and ?1.25 times in the piezoelectric coefficient d{sub 33}, respectively. Furthermore, after undergoing a ferro-/piezoelectric polarization treatment, the maximum enhancement of ?1.3 times in photoluminescence (PL) was observed in the poled 0.3% Pr{sup 3+} doped sample. After the trivalent Pr{sup 3+} unequivalently substituting the univalent (K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sup +}, A-sites ionic vacancies will occur to maintain charge neutrality, which may reduce the inner stress and ease the domain wall motions, yielding to the enhancement in ferro-/piezoelectric performance. The polarization-induced enhancement in PL is attributed to the decrease of crystal symmetry abound the Pr{sup 3+} ions after polarization. The dual-enhancement of the ferro-/piezoelectric and photoluminescent performance makes the Pr{sup 3+} doped KNN ceramic hopeful for piezoelectric/luminescent multifunctional devices.

  9. First-principles calculation of the effects of Li-doping on the structure and piezoelectricity of (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 lead-free ceramics.

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    Yang, D; Wei, L L; Chao, X L; Yang, Z P; Zhou, X Y

    2016-03-01

    The crystal structures of the lead-free piezoelectric ceramics (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 and (K0.5Na0.5)0.94Li0.06NbO3 prepared by a solid-state method were investigated using first-principles calculations. The calculated values of piezoelectricity were in good agreement with the experimental data. We found that the primary contribution to piezoelectricity in this material comes from the hybridization of the O 2p and Nb 4d orbitals, which causes a change in the Nb-O bond length and the distortion of the Nb-O octahedral structure. Analysis of the band structure and the total density of states revealed that Li-doped (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 enhances hybridization of the O 2p and Nb 4d orbitals. This hybridization enhancement further reduces the Nb-O1 bond length and enhances the distortion of the Nb-O octahedron along the [001] direction, which may be the main reason for the improvement of the piezoelectric properties. In addition, the piezoelectric coefficients are calculated here, which show the same trend as the experimental results. PMID:26906892

  10. Phase transition temperatures and piezoelectric properties of (Bi(1/2)Na(1/2))TiO3- and (Bi(1/2)K(1/2))TiO3-based bismuth perovskite lead-free ferroelectric ceramics.

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    Takenaka, Tadashi; Nagata, Hajime; Hiruma, Yuji

    2009-08-01

    The phase transition temperatures and the dielectric, ferroelectric, and piezoelectric properties of bismuth perovskite lead-free ferroelectric ceramics such as (Bi(1/2)Na(1/2))TiO3 (BNT)- and (Bi(1/2)Na(1/2))TiO3 (BKT)-based solid solutions have been reviewed. According to the results obtained by our group, these ceramics can be considered as superior lead-free piezoelectric materials for reducing environmental damage. Perovskite-type ceramics appear to be suitable for actuator and high-power applications that require a large piezoelectric constant d33 and a high Curie temperature TC or a high depolarization temperature Td (> 200 degrees C). In this paper, we summarize the relationship between phase transition temperatures and piezoelectric properties. In the case of the BNT-based solid solutions, the highest piezoelectric properties were obtained at the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) between rhombohedral and tetragonal phases. However, d33 and Td were shown to have a tradeoff relationship. Considering the high Td and high d33, the tetragonal side of the MPB composition is suitable for piezoelectric actuator application. Meanwhile, the Qm values on the rhombohedral side of the MPB composition were better than those on the tetragonal side, and excellent high-power characteristics were obtained for Mn-doped BNT-(Bi(1/2)Na(1/2))TiO3-BKT ternary systems with rhombohedral symmetry. BKT ceramics were prepared by the hot-pressing (HP) method, and their ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties were clarified. BKT ceramics doped with a small amount of Bi have a relatively high remanent polarization of Pr = 27.6 microC/cm2 and high piezoelectric properties (k33 = 0.40 and d33 = 101 pC/N). In addition, it was clarified that BKT ceramics have a high Td of approximately 300 degrees C. The solid solution (1-x)BKT-xBaTiO3 (BKT-BT100x) exhibited a high Td of approximately 300 degrees C at x > 0.4. PMID:19686975

  11. Determination of crystallographic orientation of lead-free piezoelectric (K,Na)NbO{sub 3} epitaxial thin films grown on SrTiO{sub 3} (100) surfaces

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    Yu, Qi; Zhu, Fang-Yuan; Cheng, Li-Qian; Wang, Ke; Li, Jing-Feng

    2014-03-10

    Crystallographic structure of sol-gel-processed lead-free (K,Na)NbO{sub 3} (KNN) epitaxial films on [100]-cut SrTiO{sub 3} single-crystalline substrates was investigated for a deeper understanding of its piezoelectric response. Lattice parameter measurement by high-resolution X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy revealed that the orthorhombic KNN films on SrTiO{sub 3} (100) surfaces are [010] oriented (b-axis-oriented) rather than commonly identified c-axis orientation. Based on the crystallographic orientation and corresponding ferroelectric domain structure investigated by piezoresponse force microscopy, the superior piezoelectric property along b-axis of epitaxial KNN films than other orientations can be explained.

  12. Preparation and characterization of Mn-doped Li0.06(Na0.5K0.5)0.94NbO3 lead-free piezoelectric ceramics with surface sol-gel coatings

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    Yoo, Ae Ri; Lee, Seong Eui; Lee, Hee Chul

    2014-08-01

    This study investigated the effects of Mn doping and sol-gel surface coating on the structural and the electrical properties of lead-free Li0.06(Na0.5K0.5)0.94NbO3(LNKN) ceramics in disc form for use as eco-friendly piezoelectric devices. The 1-mol% Mn-doped LNKN ceramic showed a relatively high piezoelectric constant owing to its high density in the case of its being annealed at a temperature of 1010 C. A Mn-doped LNKN sol-gel solution with the same composition as that of the ceramics was spin-coated and sintered on both sides of the ceramic surfaces to acquire improved electrical properties. The sol-gel surface coating could play a decisive role in filling the pores, resulting in flat and stable interfaces between the electrodes and the piezoelectric elements. As a result, the highest piezoelectric constant, d33, of 173 pC/N could be obtained for the Mn-doped LNKN ceramics with 420-nm-thick sol-gel surface coatings.

  13. Enhanced piezoelectricity and photoluminescence in Dy-doped Ba0.85Ca0.15Ti0.9Zr0.1O3 lead-free multifunctional ceramics

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    Lei, Fengying; Jiang, Na; Luo, Lingling; Guo, Yongquan; Zheng, Qiaoji; Lin, Dunmin

    2015-12-01

    Lead-free multifunctional ceramics of Ba0.85Ca0.15Ti0.9Zr0.1O3-x mol% Dy have been prepared by an ordinary sintering method and the effects of Dy2O3 doping on structure, piezoelectric, ferroelectric and photoluminescent properties of the ceramics have been studied. The ceramics possess a single phase perovskite structure. The grain growth of the ceramics is prohibited and the ferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition at TC becomes more diffusive after the addition of Dy2O3. Dy2O3 doping improves the piezoelectricity of the ceramics and the optimal piezoelectric properties d33 = 335 pC/N is obtained at x = 0.5. The addition of 2 mol% Dy enhances the photoluminescent properties of the ceramics and strong emissions at 478 nm and 575 nm are observed. Our study shows that the ceramics with low Dy2O3 levels exhibit simultaneously the strong piezoelectricity, ferroelectricity and photoluminescence and may have a potential application in mechano-electro-optic integration and coupling device.

  14. Piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties of lead-free LiNbO3-modified 0.97(Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3)-0.03BaZrO3 ceramics

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    Rahman, Jamil Ur; Hussain, Ali; Maqbool, Adnan; Malik, Rizwan Ahmed; Song, Tae Kwon; Kim, Myong Ho; Lee, Soonil; Kim, Won Jeong

    2015-02-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric ceramics (1- x) [(0.97Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3)]-0.03BaZrO3- xLiNbO3 (BNT-BZ3- xLN) with x = (0-0.07) were synthesized using the conventional solid-state reaction method, and their crystal structure, microstructure, and dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties were investigated as a function of the LN content. The X-ray diffraction patterns revealed the formation of a single-phase perovskite structure for all the LN-modified BNT-BZ ceramics in this study. The results indicate that the LN substitution into BNT-BZ3 induces a transition from a ferroelectric to a diffuse and/or relaxor state accompanying a field-induced strain of 0.20% for x = 0.05 at an applied field of 6 kV/mm. The corresponding dynamic piezoelectric coefficient for this composition was ( S max/ E max = 333 pm/V). A significant reduction of the coercive field ( E c) and enhancement of the piezoelectric constant ( d 33) from 98 pC/N for x = 0 to 117 pC/N x = 0.01 was observed.

  15. Polar nanoregions and dielectric properties in high-strain lead-free 0.93(Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3-0.07BaTiO3 piezoelectric single crystals

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    Chen, Cheng-Sao; Chen, Pin-Yi; Tu, Chi-Shun

    2014-01-01

    A structural coexistence of rhombohedral (R) and tetragonal (T) phases has been revealed in the (001)c-cut lead-free 0.93(Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3-0.07BaTiO3 (BNB7T) piezoelectric crystals, which grown by the self-flux method, in the lower temperatures by high-resolution synchrotron X-ray diffraction, reciprocal space mapping, and transmission electron microscopy. The dielectric permittivity exhibits a thermal hysteresis in the region of 120-260 C, implying a first-order-like phase transition from R+T to T. The real part (?') of dielectric permittivity begins to deviates from the Curie-Weiss equation, ?' = C/(T - To), from the Burns temperature TB = 460 C, below which the polar nanoregions (or nanoclusters) develop and attenuate dielectric responses. The polar nanoregions of 5-10 nm were revealed by high-resolution transmission electron microscope. The normal piezoelectric coefficient d33 exhibits a rapid increase at E = 15-20 kV/cm and reaches a maximum of d33 450 pC/N. The high piezoelectric response and E-field induced strain in BNB7T single crystals can be attributed to structural phase transitions under an E-field application.

  16. Piezoelectric properties in (K0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-(Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-BaTiO3 lead-free ceramics.

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    Zhang, Shujun; Shrout, Thomas R; Nagata, Hajime; Hiruma, Yuji; Takenaka, Tadashi

    2007-05-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric ceramics with compositions around the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) x(Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-y(K0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-zBaTiO3 [x + y + z = 1; y:z = 2:1] were synthesized using conventional, solid-state processing. Dielectric maximum temperatures of 280 degrees C and 262 degrees C were found for tetragonal 0.79(Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-0.14(K0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-0.07BaTiO3 (BNBK79) and MPB composition 0.88(Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-0.08(K0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-0.04BaTiO3 (BNBK88), with depolarization temperatures of 224 degrees C and 162 degrees C, respectively. Piezoelectric coefficients d33 were found to be 135 pC/N and 170 pC/N for BNBK79 and BNBK88, and the piezoelectric d31 was determined to be -37 pC/N and -51 pC/N, demonstrating strong anisotropy. Coercive field values were found to be 37 kV/cm and 29 kV/cm for BNBK79 and BNBK88, respectively. The remanent polarization of BNBK88 (approximately 40 microC/cm2) was larger than that of BNBK79 (approximately 29 microC/cm2). The piezoelectric, electromechanical, and high-field strain behaviors also were studied as a function of temperature and discussed. PMID:17523555

  17. Dielectric, Ferroelectric, and Piezoelectric Properties of Mn-Doped K0.5Na0.5NbO3 Lead-Free Ceramics

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    Lopez-Juarez, Rigoberto; Gomez-Vidales, Virginia; Cruz, M. P.; Villafuerte-Castrejon, M. E.

    2015-08-01

    In this work, study of manganese-doped potassium-sodium niobate ceramics was performed. It was found that, with increasing Mn2+ content from 1 mol.% to 1.5 mol.%, the Q m changed from 60 to near 500 with no appreciable detriment in piezoelectric properties. These properties first increased with 0.5 mol.%, and remained almost constant with 1 mol.% of manganese. Maximum values for d 33, d 31, and k p were 120 pC N-1, 33 pC N-1, and 36%, respectively. Thus, manganese-doped K0.5Na0.5NbO3 ceramics represent an option for high-power applications.

  18. Dielectric properties in lead-free piezoelectric (Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-BaTiO3 single crystals and ceramics

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    Chen, C.-S.; Tu, C. S.; Chen, P.-Y.; Ting, Y.; Chiu, S.-J.; Hung, C. M.; Lee, H.-Y.; Wang, S.-F.; Anthoninappen, J.; Schmidt, V. H.; Chien, R. R.

    2014-05-01

    The 0.93(Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-0.07BaTiO3 (BNB7T) piezoelectric single crystals and ceramics have been grown respectively by using the self-flux and solid-state-reaction methods. The real (??) and imaginary (??) parts of the dielectric permittivity of BNB7T crystals and ceramics were investigated with and without an electric (E) poling as functions of temperature and frequency. The BNB7T crystal shows a stronger dielectric maximum at Tm~240 C than the ceramic at Tm~300 C. The dielectric permittivity of BNB7T ceramic shows an extra peak after poling at an electric field E=40 kV/cm in the region of 80-100 C designated as the depolarization temperature (Td). A wide-range dielectric thermal hysteresis was observed in BNB7T crystal and ceramic, suggesting a first-order-like phase transition. The dielectric permittivity ?? obeys the Curie-Weiss equation, ??=C/(T-To), above 500 C, which is considered as the Burns temperature (TB), below which polar nanoregions begin to develop and attenuate dielectric responses.

  19. Growth and characterization of lead-free piezoelectric BaZr0.2Ti0.8O3-Ba0.7Ca0.3TiO3 thin films on Si substrates

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    Luo, B. C.; Wang, D. Y.; Duan, M. M.; Li, S.

    2013-04-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric BaZr0.2Ti0.8O3-Ba0.7Ca0.3TiO3 (BCZT) thin films were grown on La0.7Sr0.3MnO3-buffered Si (0 0 1) by off-axis RF magnetron sputtering at temperatures ranging from 550 to 810 C. In this article, we present the detailed investigation on structure, leakage current behaviors and electromechanical properties of BCZT thin films. The crystallographic texture and grain size of the as-grown thin films are strongly dependent on the growth temperature, which consequently affects the leakage behaviors and local electromechanical properties. The crystallographic orientation becomes better and the grain size increases when increased the substrate temperature. The dominant leakage mechanism is found to be space-charge-limited conduction at low electric field, while a Fowler-Nordheim tunneling is confirmed in high electric field region for the films deposited at 710 C and 810 C. The increasing growth temperature also leads to remarkable improvement in the local electromechanical properties of the films. The BCZT film deposited at an optimal temperature of 810 C exhibits a considerably high effective piezoelectric coefficient d33,f of 94 4 pm/V, which is comparable to that of a typical lead zirconate titanate thin film.

  20. Diffuse phase transition and electrical properties of lead-free piezoelectric (LixNa1-x)NbO3 (0.04 ? x ? 0.20) ceramics near morphotropic phase boundary

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    Mitra, S.; Kulkarni, A. R.; Prakash, Om

    2013-08-01

    Temperature-dependent dielectric permittivity of lead-free (LixNa1-x)NbO3 for nominal x = 0.04-0.20, prepared by solid state reaction followed by sintering, was studied to resolve often debated issue pertaining to exactness of morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) location besides structural aspects and phase stability in the system near MPB. Interestingly, a diffuse phase transition has been observed in the dielectric permittivity peak arising from the disorder induced in A-site and structural frustration in the perovskite cell due to Li substitution. A partial phase diagram has been proposed based on temperature-dependent dielectric permittivity studies. The room temperature piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties were investigated and the ceramics with x = 0.12 showed relatively good electrical properties (d33 = 28 pC/N, kp = 13.8%, Qm = 440, Pr = 12.5 ?C/cm2, Ec = 43.2 kV/cm, and Tm = 340 C). These parameter values make this material suitable for piezoelectric resonator and filter applications. Moreover, a high dielectric permittivity (?'r = 2703) with broad diffuse peak near transition temperature, and low dielectric loss (<4%) over a wide temperature range (50-250 C) found in this material may also have a potential application in high-temperature multilayer capacitors in automotive and aerospace related industries.

  1. Improved temperature stability of CaTiO{sub 3}-modified [(K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sub 0.96}Li{sub 0.04}](Nb{sub 0.91}Sb{sub 0.05}Ta{sub 0.04})O{sub 3} lead-free piezoelectric ceramics

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    Wu Jiagang; Xiao Dingquan; Wu Wenjuan; Zhang Bin; Zhu Jianguo; Wang Yuanyu

    2008-07-15

    The CaTiO{sub 3}-modified [(K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sub 0.96}Li{sub 0.04}](Nb{sub 0.91}Sb{sub 0.05}Ta{sub 0.04})O{sub 3} lead-free piezoelectric ceramics were prepared using normal sintering for improving the temperature stability of (K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5})NbO{sub 3}-based ceramics. The effects of the CaTiO{sub 3} on the temperature stability and piezoelectric properties of the ceramics were systematically studied. These results show that the CaTiO{sub 3}-modified [(K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sub 0.96}Li{sub 0.04}](Nb{sub 0.91}Sb{sub 0.05}Ta{sub 0.04})O{sub 3} lead-free piezoelectric ceramics possess good temperature stability in the polymorphic phase transition below room temperature, and also exhibit high piezoelectric properties (d{sub 33}=263 pC/N and k{sub p}=50%) when the ceramics were poled at an optimum poling temperature. These results indicate that the ceramic is a promising candidate material for lead-free piezoelectric ceramics.

  2. Giant strain with ultra-low hysteresis and high temperature stability in grain oriented lead-free K0.5Bi0.5TiO3-BaTiO3-Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 piezoelectric materials

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    Maurya, Deepam; Zhou, Yuan; Wang, Yaojin; Yan, Yongke; Li, Jiefang; Viehland, Dwight; Priya, Shashank

    2015-02-01

    We synthesized grain-oriented lead-free piezoelectric materials in (K0.5Bi0.5TiO3-BaTiO3-xNa0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (KBT-BT-NBT) system with high degree of texturing along the [001]c (c-cubic) crystallographic orientation. We demonstrate giant field induced strain (~0.48%) with an ultra-low hysteresis along with enhanced piezoelectric response (d33 ~ 190pC/N) and high temperature stability (~160C). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) results demonstrate smaller size highly ordered domain structure in grain-oriented specimen relative to the conventional polycrystalline ceramics. The grain oriented specimens exhibited a high degree of non-180 domain switching, in comparison to the randomly axed ones. These results indicate the effective solution to the lead-free piezoelectric materials.

  3. Giant strain with ultra-low hysteresis and high temperature stability in grain oriented lead-free K0.5Bi0.5TiO3-BaTiO3-Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 piezoelectric materials.

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    Maurya, Deepam; Zhou, Yuan; Wang, Yaojin; Yan, Yongke; Li, Jiefang; Viehland, Dwight; Priya, Shashank

    2015-01-01

    We synthesized grain-oriented lead-free piezoelectric materials in (K0.5Bi0.5TiO3-BaTiO3-xNa0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (KBT-BT-NBT) system with high degree of texturing along the [001]c (c-cubic) crystallographic orientation. We demonstrate giant field induced strain (~0.48%) with an ultra-low hysteresis along with enhanced piezoelectric response (d33 ~ 190pC/N) and high temperature stability (~160C). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) results demonstrate smaller size highly ordered domain structure in grain-oriented specimen relative to the conventional polycrystalline ceramics. The grain oriented specimens exhibited a high degree of non-180 domain switching, in comparison to the randomly axed ones. These results indicate the effective solution to the lead-free piezoelectric materials. PMID:25716551

  4. Giant strain with ultra-low hysteresis and high temperature stability in grain oriented lead-free K0.5Bi0.5TiO3-BaTiO3-Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 piezoelectric materials

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    Maurya, Deepam; Zhou, Yuan; Wang, Yaojin; Yan, Yongke; Li, Jiefang; Viehland, Dwight; Priya, Shashank

    2015-01-01

    We synthesized grain-oriented lead-free piezoelectric materials in (K0.5Bi0.5TiO3-BaTiO3-xNa0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (KBT-BT-NBT) system with high degree of texturing along the [001]c (c-cubic) crystallographic orientation. We demonstrate giant field induced strain (~0.48%) with an ultra-low hysteresis along with enhanced piezoelectric response (d33 ~ 190pC/N) and high temperature stability (~160C). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) results demonstrate smaller size highly ordered domain structure in grain-oriented specimen relative to the conventional polycrystalline ceramics. The grain oriented specimens exhibited a high degree of non-180 domain switching, in comparison to the randomly axed ones. These results indicate the effective solution to the lead-free piezoelectric materials. PMID:25716551

  5. Giant strain with ultra-low hysteresis and high temperature stability in grain oriented lead-free K₀̣₅Bi₀̣₅TiO₃-BaTiO₃-Na₀̣₅Bi₀̣₅TiO₃ piezoelectric materials

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    Maurya, Deepam; Zhou, Yuan; Wang, Yaojin; Yan, Yongke; Li, Jiefang; Viehland, Dwight; Priya, Shashank

    2015-02-26

    We synthesized grain-oriented lead-free piezoelectric materials in (K₀̣₅Bi₀̣₅TiO₃-BaTiO₃-xNa₀̣₅Bi₀̣₅TiO₃ (KBT-BT-NBT) system with high degree of texturing along the [001]c (c-cubic) crystallographic orientation. We demonstrate giant field induced strain (~0.48%) with an ultra-low hysteresis along with enhanced piezoelectric response (d₃₃ ~ 190pC/N) and high temperature stability (~160°C). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) results demonstrate smaller size highly ordered domain structure in grain-oriented specimen relative to the conventional polycrystalline ceramics. The grain oriented specimens exhibited a high degree of non-180° domain switching, in comparison to the randomly axed ones. These results indicate the effective solution to the lead-free piezoelectric materials.

  6. Phase structure and piezoelectric properties of (1-x)K0.48Na0.52Nb0.95Sb0.05O3-x(Bi0.5Na0.5)0.9(Li0.5Ce0.5)0.1ZrO3 lead-free piezoelectric ceramics

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    Xing, Jie; Tan, Zhi; Jiang, Laiming; Chen, Qiang; Wu, Jiagang; Zhang, Wen; Xiao, Dingquan; Zhu, Jianguo

    2016-01-01

    (1-x)K0.48Na0.52Nb0.95Sb0.05O3-x(Bi0.5Na0.5)0.9(Li0.5Ce0.5)0.1ZrO3 [(1-x)KNNS-xBNLCZ] lead-free piezoceramics were prepared by the conventional solid state sintering method. The effects of BNLCZ contents on their phase structure, microstructure, and piezoelectric properties were investigated. All the samples show a pure perovskite structure, and no secondary phases were formed in the detected range. The rhombohedral and tetragonal phases of (1-x)KNNS-xBNLCZ coexist in the composition range of 0.0325 ? x ? 0.0425 at room temperature. A remarkably strong piezoelectricity was obtained by the addition of appropriate BNLCZ contents. The excellent piezoelectric properties of the ceramics with x = 0.04 were obtained: d33 485 pC/N, kp 48%, and TC 227 C. All the results show that the introduction of (Bi0.5Na0.5)0.9(Li0.5Ce0.5)0.1ZrO3 is a very effective way to form the rhombohedral and tetragonal phase coexistence of potassium-sodium niobate-based ceramics, which can improve its piezoelectric properties.

  7. Dielectric and piezoelectric properties of lead-free 0.5Ba(Zr0.2 Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 piezoelectric ceramics with glass additive.

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    Im, In-Ho; Chung, Kwang-Hyun

    2014-12-01

    We have investigated the dielectric and piezoelectric properties of lead-free 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 ceramics with BaO-CaO-SiO2 glass additive as a function of sintering temperatures. With adding BaO-CaO-SiO2 glass additive, diffusivity of lead-free 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 ceramics was increased. The dispersion constant ? of BZT-BCT ceramics with BaO-CaO-SiO2 glass was changed from 1.9683 to 1.7673 by decreasing sintering temperature ranging from 1450 degrees C to 1350 degrees C, while 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 ceramics at sintered 1450 degrees C showed ? = 1.5055. The piezoelectric properties such as electromechanical coupling factor (k(p)) and piezoelectric constant (d33) of lead-free 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 ceramics with BaO-CaO-SiO2 glass additive sintered at 1400 degrees C showed similar values compared with 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 ceramics without BaO-CaO-SiO2 glass additive sintered at 1450 degrees C. The addition of BaO-CaO-SiO2 glass additive can be of help to decrease sintering temperature of lead-free 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 ceramics. PMID:25970982

  8. Sintering, microstructure and electrical properties of 0.4(Bi0.5K0.5)TiO3-0.6BiFeO3 lead-free piezoelectric ceramics

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    Fisher, John G.; Park, Ha-Young; Song, Yeo-Ok; Baek, Sun-Joong; Vu, Hung; Kim, Jee-Hoon; Kim, Young-Hun; Lee, Jong Sook

    2016-01-01

    The effect of sintering temperature on the densification, microstructure and structure of 0.4(Bi0.5K0.5)TiO3-0.6BiFeO3 lead-free piezoelectric ceramics is assessed. The 0.4(Bi0.5K0.5)TiO3-0.6BiFeO3 powders were prepared by using the mixed-oxide method and were sintered at temperatures of 1000, 1050 and 1100 °C for 1 to 5 hrs. Unlike earlier work, the sintered samples showed high densities even when sintered at 1000 °C. X-ray diffraction revealed that the sintered samples shared the same rhombohedral structure as BiFeO3. With increasing sintering temperature, the rhombohedral distortion of the unit cell decreased. In addition to the relaxor-like broad peak around 400 °C, a low-temperature dielectric peak was found at temperatures below 190 °C by employing a low-frequency sweep down to 10 mHz. The DC conductivity of the 0.4(Bi0.5K0.5)TiO3-0.6BiFeO3 sample exhibited three temperature regions with activation energy values of 0.56 eV (T > 500°C), 0.72 eV (400°C < T <200°C) and 0.81 eV (T < 190°C). The characteristic transitions in the conductivity could be related to the Néel temperature (370°C) and the conductivity anomaly observed at ca. 190°C in BiFeO3.

  9. Complete set of material constants of 0.95(Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-0.05BaTiO3 lead-free piezoelectric single crystal and the delineation of extrinsic contributions

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    Zheng, Limei; Yi, Xiujie; Zhang, Shantao; Jiang, Wenhua; Yang, Bin; Zhang, Rui; Cao, Wenwu

    2013-09-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric single crystal 0.95(Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3 (NBT)-0.05BaTiO3 was grown by top-seeded solution growth method, which has rhombohedral symmetry with composition near morphotropic phase boundary. Full set of dielectric, piezoelectric, and elastic constants for [001]c poled domain-engineered single crystal was determined. Excellent electromechanical properties and low dielectric loss (d33 = 360 pC/N, d31 = -113 pC/N, d15 = 162 pC/N, k33 = 0.720, kt = 0.540, and tan ? = 1.1%) make it a good candidate to replace lead-based piezoelectric materials. The depolarization temperature (Td = 135 C) is the highest among all NBT-based materials and its electromechanical coupling properties are very stable below Td. Extrinsic contributions to piezoelectric properties were investigated by Rayleigh analysis.

  10. Fabrication of piezoelectric ceramic micro-actuator and its reliability for hard disk drives.

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    Jing, Yang; Luo, Jianbin; Yang, Wenyan; Ju, Guoxian

    2004-11-01

    A new U-type micro-actuator for precisely positioning a magnetic head in high-density hard disk drives was proposed and developed. The micro-actuator is composed of a U-type stainless steel substrate and two piezoelectric ceramic elements. Using a high-d31 piezoelectric coefficient PMN-PZT ceramic plate and adopting reactive ion etching process fabricate the piezoelectric elements. Reliability against temperature was investigated to ensure the practical application to the drive products. The U-type substrate attached to each side via piezoelectric elements also was simulated by the finite-element method and practically measured by a laser Doppler vibrometer in order to testify the driving mechanics of it. The micro-actuator coupled with two piezoelectric elements featured large displacement of 0.875 microm and high-resonance frequency over 22 kHz. The novel piezoelectric micro-actuators then possess a useful compromise performance to displacement, resonance frequency, and generative force. The results reveal that the new design concept provides a valuable alternative for multilayer piezoelectric micro-actuators. PMID:15600092

  11. A new Bi{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} based lead-free piezoelectric system with calculated end-member Bi(Zn{sub 0.5}Hf{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}

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    Liu, Feng; Wahyudi, Olivia; Li, Yongxiang

    2014-03-21

    The phase structure, dielectric and piezoelectric properties of a new lead-free piezoelectric system (1 − x)Bi{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3}–xBi(Zn{sub 0.5}Hf{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} [(1 − x)BNT–xBZH, x = 0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, and 0.04] were investigated. The structure of Bi(Zn{sub 0.5}Hf{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} was calculated using first-principles method and (1 − x)BNT–xBZH ceramics were fabricated by conventional solid-state process. At room temperature, a morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) from rhombohedral to pseudocubic is identified near x = 0.02 by the analysis of X-ray diffraction patterns. The ceramics with MPB near room temperature exhibit excellent electrical properties: the Curie temperature, maximum polarization, remnant polarization, and coercive field are 340 °C, 56.3 μC/cm{sup 2}, 43.5 μC/cm{sup 2}, and 5.4 kV/mm, respectively, while the maximum positive bipolar strain and piezoelectric coefficient are 0.09% and 92 pC/N, respectively. In addition, a linear relationship between the MPB phase boundary composition and the calculated tetragonality of non-BNT end-member was demonstrated. Thus, this study not only shows a new BNT-based lead-free piezoelectric system but also suggest a new way to predict the composition at MPB a priori when designing new lead-free piezoelectric system.

  12. New lead-free piezoelectric ceramics based on (K0.48Na0.52)(Nb0.95Ta0.05)O3-Bi0.5(Na0.7K0.2Li0.1)0.5ZrO3.

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    Cheng, Xiaojing; Wu, Jiagang; Wang, Xiaopeng; Zhang, Binyu; Zhu, Jianguo; Xiao, Dingquan; Wang, Xiangjian; Lou, Xiaojie

    2014-03-01

    (1 - x)(K0.48Na0.52)(Nb0.95Ta0.05)O3-xBi0.5(Na0.7K0.2Li0.1)0.5ZrO3 lead-free piezoelectric ceramics with a new type of phase boundary have been designed and fabricated. This phase boundary lies in the compositional range of 0.04 ? x ? 0.05, and is formed by the coexistence of the rhombohedral, orthorhombic, and tetragonal phases. Interestingly, we found that the ferroelectric, dielectric, and piezoelectric properties of the ceramics with compositions near the phase boundary are significantly enhanced. In particular, the ceramic with x = 0.045 shows the best piezoelectric behavior of d33 ? 290 pC/N and kp ? 0.42 among all the compositions studied in this work, and it also exhibits a good thermal stability at annealing temperatures of ?270 C. All these results indicate that such a material system is a good candidate for lead-free piezoelectric applications in the future. PMID:24452129

  13. High electrostrictive coefficient Q33 in lead-free Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-x(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 piezoelectric ceramics

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    Li, Fei; Jin, Li; Guo, Runping

    2014-12-01

    In this study, the electrostrictive effect in Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-x(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 (BZT-xBCT, x = 0.4, 0.5, and 0.6) ceramics was investigated to gain understanding of their high piezoelectric activity. The electrostrictive coefficient Q33 of the BZT-xBCT ceramics was observed to be around 0.04 m4/C2, twice that reported for Pb(Zr,Ti)O3-based ceramics. The Q33 was found to be quite stable with respect to temperature and composition for the BZT-xBCT ceramics. The addition of Fe3+ dopant to the ceramics greatly decreased their Curie temperature without affecting their Q33, which remained 0.04 m4/C2. Moreover, a high and hysteresis-free electric-field-induced strain was obtained for 2 at. % Fe-doped BZT-0.5BCT ceramics at room temperature, caused by their high Q33 coefficient and lower-than-room-temperature Curie temperature. The small-signal M33 coefficient of 2 at. % Fe-doped BZT-0.5BCT ceramics was found to be 1.5 10-16 m2/V2 (0.32 10-16 m2/V2 for undoped counterpart). These results indicate that 2 at. % Fe-doped BZT-0.5BCT ceramics have great potential as alternatives for hard Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 ceramics in actuator applications, where reproducible and non-hysteretic deformation responses are required.

  14. Effect of composition on electrical properties of lead-free Bi{sub 0.5}(Na{sub 0.80}K{sub 0.20}){sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3}-(Ba{sub 0.98}Nd{sub 0.02})TiO{sub 3} piezoelectric ceramics

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    Jaita, Pharatree; Watcharapasorn, Anucha; Jiansirisomboon, Sukanda

    2013-07-14

    Lead-free piezoelectric ceramics with the composition of (1-x)Bi{sub 0.5}(Na{sub 0.80}K{sub 0.20}){sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3}-x(Ba{sub 0.98}Nd{sub 0.02})TiO{sub 3} or (1-x) BNKT-xBNdT (with x = 0-0.20 mol fraction) have been synthesized by a conventional mixed-oxide method. The compositional dependence of phase structure and electrical properties of the ceramics were systemically studied. The optimum sintering temperature of all BNKT-BNdT ceramics was found to be 1125 Degree-Sign C. X-ray diffraction pattern suggested that BNdT effectively diffused into BNKT lattice during sintering to form a solid solution with a perovskite structure. Scanning electron micrographs showed a slight reduction of grain size when BNdT was added. It was found that BNKT-0.10BNdT ceramic exhibited optimum electrical properties ({epsilon}{sub r} = 1716, tan{delta} = 0.0701, T{sub c} = 327 Degree-Sign C, and d{sub 33} = 211 pC/N), suggesting that this composition has a potential to be one of a promising lead-free piezoelectric candidate for dielectric and piezoelectric applications.

  15. Detection and suppression for mechanical resonance in hard disk drives with built-in piezoelectric sensors

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    Gao, Peng; Lou, Yaolong; Okada, Kanzo

    2002-07-01

    Many components in hard disk drives (HDDs), when in operation, are subjected to vibration due to out of balance of rotating components, inertial impacts under servo driving and dynamic interactions between components. These vibrations have been found to have significant effect upon the servo performance of drive systems. In order to improve the servo performance by reducing the effect of mechanical resonance in HDDs, this paper seeks to detect and suppress mechanical resonance of the head actuator using smart sensors and multi-sensing control techniques. In this regard, sensitive and miniature piezoelectric elements from the polymer-based piezoelectric materials PVDF (polyvinylindin fluoride) or the ceramic-based piezoelectric materials PZT 9lead zircornate titanate) are built in the head actuator for sensing the mechanical vibration. In the experiment, the multi-sensing signals by the piezoelectric sensors and the laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV) are transferred into a voice coil motor (VCM) through a feedback controller so as to actively suppress structural resonance. Numerical simulation and experimental results indicate that the piezoelectric sensors provide an effective way in monitoring the HDD actuator resonance, and the active vibration control strategy is capable of suppressing main mechanical resonance in the head actuator effectively.

  16. Dielectric, piezoelectric, and ferroelectric properties of MnCO3-added 74(Bi(1/2)Na(1/2)) TiO3-20.8(Bi(1/2)K(1/2))TiO3-5.2BaTiO3 lead-free piezoelectric ceramics.

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    Hu, Hanchen; Zhu, Mankang; Hou, Yudong; Yan, Hui

    2009-05-01

    74(Bi(1/2)Na(1/2))TiO3-20.8(Bi(1/2)K(1/2))TiO3-5.2BaTiO3-x MnCO3 lead-free piezoelectric ceramics were synthesized by conventional solid oxide routine. The tetragonal 74(Bi(1/2)Na(1/2))TiO3-20.8(Bi(1/2)K(1/2))TiO3-5.2 BaTiO3 (BNKB) exhibits high depolarization temperature T(d) of 195 degrees C; however, its properties are far from satisfactory for practical application and need to be improved. The experiments show that the addition of MnCO3 reduces the tetragonality c/a and increases the cell volume. In addition, it revealed that the suitable addition of MnCO3 promotes the sintering and increases the densities of BNKB ceramics. The addition of MnCO3 also enhances the relaxor behavior of BNKB ceramics due to the reconstruct of the disorder arrays. Due to the effect of the crystal lattice, grain growth, and relaxor behavior, the optimal electric properties were realized at MnCO3 addition x of 0.16: the dielectric permittivity epsilon(r) = 1047, dielectric dissipation tandelta = 0.022, piezoelectric strain d33 = 140 pC/N, mechanical coupling k(p) = 0.18, mechanical quality Q(m) = 89 while the depolarization temperature T(d) stays relatively high at 175 degrees C. The effect and mechanism of Mn doping on the electrical properties were discussed in detail. PMID:19473907

  17. Bright reddish-orange emission and good piezoelectric properties of Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3}-modified (K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5})NbO{sub 3}-based lead-free piezoelectric ceramics

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    Hao, Jigong; Xu, Zhijun Chu, Ruiqing; Li, Wei; Du, Juan

    2015-05-21

    Reddish orange-emitting 0.948(K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5})NbO{sub 3}-0.052LiSbO{sub 3}-xmol%Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} (KNN-5.2LS-xSm{sub 2}O{sub 3}) lead-free piezoelectric ceramics with good piezoelectric properties were fabricated in this study, and the photoluminescence and electrical properties of the ceramics were systematically studied. Results showed that Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} substitution into KNN-5.2LS induces a phase transition from the coexistence of orthorhombic and tetragonal phases to a pseudocubic phase and shifts the polymorphic phase transition (PPT) to below room temperature. The temperature stability and fatigue resistance of the modified ceramics were significantly improved by Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} substitution. The KNN-5.2LS ceramic with 0.4 mol. % Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} exhibited temperature-independent properties (25–150 °C), fatigue-free behavior (up to 10{sup 6} cycles), and good piezoelectric properties (d{sub 33}{sup * }= 230 pm/V, d{sub 33} = 176 pC/N, k{sub p} = 35%). Studies on the photoluminescence properties of the samples showed strong reddish-orange emission upon blue light excitation; these emission intensities were strongly dependent on the doping concentration and sintering temperature. The 0.4 mol. % Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3}-modified sample exhibited temperature responses over a wide temperature range of 10–443 K. The maximum sensing sensitivity of the sample was 7.5 × 10{sup −4} K at 293 K, at which point PPT occurred. A relatively long decay lifetime τ of 1.27–1.40 ms and a large quantum yield η of 0.17–0.19 were obtained from the Sm-modified samples. These results suggest that the KNN-5.2LS-xSm{sub 2}O{sub 3} system presents multifunctional properties and significant technological potential in novel multifunctional devices.

  18. Breakthrough: Lead-free Solder

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    Anderson, Iver

    2012-01-01

    Ames Laboratory senior metallurgist Iver Anderson explains the importance of lead-free solder in taking hazardous lead out of the environment by eliminating it from discarded computers and electronics that wind up in landfills. Anderson led a team that developed a tin-silver-copper replacement for traditional lead-tin solder that has been adopted by more than 50 companies worldwide.

  19. Breakthrough: Lead-free Solder

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    Anderson, Iver

    2013-03-01

    Ames Laboratory senior metallurgist Iver Anderson explains the importance of lead-free solder in taking hazardous lead out of the environment by eliminating it from discarded computers and electronics that wind up in landfills. Anderson led a team that developed a tin-silver-copper replacement for traditional lead-tin solder that has been adopted by more than 50 companies worldwide.

  20. Lead-free primary explosives

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    Huynh, My Hang V.

    2010-06-22

    Lead-free primary explosives of the formula (cat).sub.Y[M.sup.II(T).sub.X(H.sub.2O).sub.6-X].sub.Z, where T is 5-nitrotetrazolate, and syntheses thereof are described. Substantially stoichiometric equivalents of the reactants lead to high yields of pure compositions thereby avoiding dangerous purification steps.

  1. Comparative face-shear piezoelectric properties of soft and hard PZT ceramics

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    Miao, Hongchen; Chen, Xi; Cai, Hairong; Li, Faxin

    2015-12-01

    The face-shear ( d 36 ) mode may be the most practical shear mode in piezoelectrics, while theoretically this mode cannot appear in piezoelectric ceramics because of its transversally isotropic symmetry. Recently, we realized piezoelectric coefficient d 36 up to 206pC/N in soft PbZr1-xTixO3 (PZT) ceramics via ferroelastic domain engineering [H. C. Miao and F. X. Li, Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 122902 (2015)]. In this work, we further realized the face-shear mode in both hard and soft PZT ceramics including PZT-4 (hard), PZT-51(soft), and PZT-5H (soft) and investigated the electric properties systematically. The resonance methods are derived to measure the d 36 coefficients using both square patches and narrow bar samples, and the obtained values are consistent with that measured by a modified d 33 meter previously. For all samples, the pure d 36 mode can only appear near the resonance frequency, and the coupled d 36 - d 31 mode dominates off resonance. It is found that both the piezoelectric coefficient d 36 and the electromechanical coupling factor k 36 of soft PZT ceramics (PZT-5H and PZT-51) are considerably larger than those of the hard PZT ceramics (PZT-4). The obtained d 36 of 160-275pC/N, k 36 ˜ 0.24, and the mechanical quality factor Q 36 of 60-90 in soft PZT ceramics are comparable with the corresponding properties of the d 31 mode sample. Therefore, the d 36 mode in modified soft PZT ceramics is more promising for industrial applications such as face-shear resonators and shear horizontal wave generators.

  2. Understanding the role of A-site and B-site cations on piezoelectric instability in lead--free (1-x) BaTiO3 -- xA(Cu1/3Nb2/3)O3 (A = Sr, Ca, Ba) solid solutions

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    Maurya, Deepam; Zhou, Yuan; Priya, Shashank

    2013-03-01

    This study provides fundamental understanding of the enhanced piezoelectric instability in lead-free piezoelectric (1-x) BaTiO3-xA(Cu1/3Nb2/3) O3(A: Sr, Ba and Ca and x = 0.0-0.03) solid solutions. These compositions were found to exhibit large longitudinal piezoelectric constant (d33) of ~330 pC/N and electromechanical planar coupling constant (kp) ~ 46% at room temperature. The X-ray diffraction coupled with atomic pair distribution functions (PDF)s indicated increase in local polarization. Raman scattering and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) analysis revealed that substitutions on A and B-site both substantially perturbed the local octahedral dynamics and resulted in localized nano polar regions with lower symmetry. The presence of nano domains and local structural distortions smears the Curie peak resulting in diffuse order-disorder type phase transitions. The effect of these distortions on the variations in physical property was modeled and analyzed within the context of nanodomains and phase transitions. *spriya@vt.edu The financial support from National Science Foundation and Office of Basic Energy Science, Department of Energy (Microscopy analysis) is gratefully acknowledged. The authors would also like to acknowledge the support from KIMS (new piezoelectric)

  3. Orientation-dependent piezoelectric properties in lead-free epitaxial 0.5BaZr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8}O{sub 3}-0.5Ba{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3} thin films

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    Luo, B. C.; School of Science, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an 710072 ; Wang, D. Y.; Li, S.; Duan, M. M.

    2013-09-16

    Orientation-engineered 0.5BaZr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8}O{sub 3}-0.5Ba{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3} (BZT-BCT) thin films were deposited on La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}-coated SrTiO{sub 3} single-crystalline (001), (110), and (111) substrates by off-axis radio-frequency magnetron sputtering. X-ray diffraction confirmed a highly epitaxial growth of all the as-deposited films. It is believed the strong orientation dependence of ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties on the films is attributed to the relative alignment of crystallites and spontaneous polarization vector. The optimal ferroelectric response lies in the [001] direction, whereas a comparatively large effective piezoelectric coefficient d{sub 33,eff} of 100.1 5 pm/V was attained in [111] BZT-BCT thin film, suggesting its potential application for high-performance lead-free piezoelectric devices.

  4. Effect of donor doping on the ferroelectric and the piezoelectric properties of lead-free 0.97(Bi0.5Na0.5Ti1- x Nb x )O3-0.03BaZrO3 ceramics

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    Rahman, Jamil Ur; Hussain, Ali; Maqbool, Adnan; Malik, Rizwan Ahmed; Song, Tae Kwon; Kim, Myong Ho; Lee, Soonil; Kim, Won Jeong

    2015-10-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric 0.97(Bi0.5Na0.5Ti1- x Nb x )O3-0.03BaZrO3 (BNT-BZ3) ceramics ( x = 0 ~ 0.03) were prepared by a conventional solid-state reaction method. X-ray diffraction patterns revealed the formation of single-phase perovskite structure with x ? 0.015. The depolarization temperature and the dielectric constant decreased with increasing Nb content. The remanent polarization (Pr) and the piezoelectric constant (d33) increased from 28 ?C/cm2 and 98 pC/N for x = 0 to 31 ?C/cm2 and 128 pC/N for x = 0.005, respectively. In addition, the electric field induced strain was enhanced with a maximum value S max = 0.17% with a normalized piezoelectric coefficient of d*33 = 283 pm/V at an applied electric field of 6 kV/mm for x = 0.015.

  5. Strong piezoelectricity in (1 - x)(K0.4Na0.6)(Nb0.96Sb0.04)O3-xBi0.5K0.5Zr1-ySnyO3 lead-free binary system: identification and role of multiphase coexistence.

    PubMed

    Zheng, Ting; Wu, Jiagang; Xiao, Dingquan; Zhu, Jianguo; Wang, Xiangjian; Xin, Lipeng; Lou, Xiaojie

    2015-03-18

    Here we report a strong piezoelectric activity in (1 - x)(K0.4Na0.6)(Nb0.96Sb0.04)O3-xBi0.5K0.5Zr1-ySnyO3 lead-free ceramics by designing different phase boundaries. The phase boundaries concerning rhombohedral-orthorhombic-tetragonal (R-O-T) and rhombohedral-tetragonal (R-T) multiphase coexistence were attained by changing BKZS and Sn contents and then were identified by the X-ray diffraction patterns as well as temperature-dependent permittivity and ?1 Raman modes associated with BO6 perovskite octahedron. A high strain (strain = 0.21-0.28% and d33* = 707-880 pm/V) and a strong piezoelectric coefficient (d33 = 415-460 pC/N) were shown in the ceramics located at the multiphase coexistence region. The reported results of this work are superior to that (d33* ? 570 pm/V and d33 ? 416 pC/N) of the textured (K,Na,Li)(Nb,Ta,Sb)O3 ceramics [Nature 2004, 432, 84]. We believe that the material system of this work will become one of the most promising candidates for piezoelectric actuators. PMID:25734451

  6. Dielectric and piezoelectric properties in the lead-free system Na0.5K0.5NbO3-BiScO3-LiTaO3.

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    Zhu, Fangyuan; Ward, Michael B; Comyn, Tim P; Bell, Andrew J; Milne, Steven J

    2011-09-01

    Phase relations, dielectric and piezoelectric properties are reported for the ternary system 98%[(1 - x) (Na(0.5)K(0.5)NbO(3))-x(LiTaO(3))]-2%[BiScO(3)] for compositions x ? 10 mol% LiTaO(3). The phase content at room-temperature changed from mixed phase, monoclinic + tetragonal, for unmodified 98%(Na(0.5)K(0.5)NbO(3))-2%(BiScO(3)), to tetragonal phase for compositions >2 mol% LiTaO(3). Curie peaks at 360 to 370C were observed for all compositions, but peaks became diffuse at x ? 3 mol%, and two dielectric peaks, at 370 and 470C, were observed for 5 mol% LiTaO(3). Phase segregation, and finite size affects associated with the core-shell structure, account for the occurrence of two dielectric peaks in 5 mol% LiTaO(3), and diffuse dielectric behavior. The value of d(33) piezoelectric charge coefficient increased from ~160 pC/N for 0 mol% LiTaO(3) to 205 to 214 pC/N for 1 to 2 mol% LiTaO3 solid solutions, before falling sharply at 3 mol% LiTaO(3). TEM-EDX analysis revealed core-shell grain structures with segregation of Bi, Sc, and Ta in the outer ~100-nm shell of the 5 mol% LT sample. PMID:21937312

  7. Dielectric and piezoelectric properties of lead-free Ba0.85Ca0.15Ti0.9-xZr0.1CuxO3 ceramics synthesized by a hydrothermal method

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    Hunpratub, Sitchai; Phokha, Sumalin; Maensiri, Santi; Chindaprasirt, Prinya

    2016-04-01

    Ba0.85Ca0.15Ti0.9Zr0.1-xCuxO3 (BCTZC) nanopowders were synthesized using a hydrothermal method after which they were pressed into discs and sintered in air at 1300 °C for 3 h to form ceramic samples. The phase and microstructure of the powder and ceramic samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The XRD results indicated that the ceramic samples exhibited a tetragonal structure and that CuO, BaZrO3 or CaTiO3 impurity phases, which had been present in the powder samples, were not observed. The average grain sizes in the ceramic samples were found to be 17.0, 16.1, 20.0, 18.1 and 19.6 μm for Cu mole fractions x of 0.002, 0.004, 0.006, 0.008 and 0.01, respectively. The dielectric constants, ferroelectric hysteresis loops and piezoelectric charge coefficients of the BCZTC ceramic samples were also investigated. Optimum values for the relative dielectric constant (ɛ‧), tan δ and piezoelectric charge coefficient (d33) of the samples were 3830, 0.03 and 306 pC/N, respectively, in the Cu mole fraction samples with x = 0.002.

  8. A finger-like hardness tester based on the contact electromechanical impedance of a piezoelectric bimorph cantilever

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    Fu, Ji; Li, Faxin

    2015-10-01

    We proposed a finger-like hardness tester based on the electromechanical impedance of a piezoelectric bimorph cantilever. A Vickers indenter was fabricated to the free end of the bimorph to contact the sample. The contact force was monitored by a strain gauge and the contact area was obtained by tracking the bimorph's resonance frequency. The bimorph-sample contact system was modeled by the electromechanical equivalent circuit method. Verification experiments on standard hardness samples were conducted and the measured hardness values agreed well with those given by a conventional Vickers hardness tester. Further hardness measurement on a gear wheel showed that the proposed hardness tester is very adaptive and can be used for inner surface testing or in situ testing, where other hardness testers may not be applicable. The proposed hardness tester can be regarded as an improved ultrasonic hardness tester.

  9. A finger-like hardness tester based on the contact electromechanical impedance of a piezoelectric bimorph cantilever.

    PubMed

    Fu, Ji; Li, Faxin

    2015-10-01

    We proposed a finger-like hardness tester based on the electromechanical impedance of a piezoelectric bimorph cantilever. A Vickers indenter was fabricated to the free end of the bimorph to contact the sample. The contact force was monitored by a strain gauge and the contact area was obtained by tracking the bimorph's resonance frequency. The bimorph-sample contact system was modeled by the electromechanical equivalent circuit method. Verification experiments on standard hardness samples were conducted and the measured hardness values agreed well with those given by a conventional Vickers hardness tester. Further hardness measurement on a gear wheel showed that the proposed hardness tester is very adaptive and can be used for inner surface testing or in situ testing, where other hardness testers may not be applicable. The proposed hardness tester can be regarded as an improved ultrasonic hardness tester. PMID:26520966

  10. Dielectric behavior and microstructure of (Bi{sub 1/2}Na{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3}-(Bi{sub 1/2}K{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3}-BaTiO{sub 3} lead-free piezoelectric ceramics

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    Wang, X.X.; Choy, S.H.; Tang, X.G.; Chan, H.L.W.

    2005-05-15

    (0.95-x)(Bi{sub 1/2}Na{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3}-x(Bi{sub 1/2}K{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3}-0.05BaTiO{sub 3} lead-free piezoelectric ceramics (abbreviated as BNT-BKT-BT100x with x varying from 0 to 20 mol %) are prepared by a solid-state reaction process. Variation of the dielectric properties and microstructure of BNT-BKT-BT100x ceramics with BKT content is studied. The results indicate that the relative permittivity {epsilon}{sub r} and loss tangent tan {delta} vary with the BKT amount. Scanning electron microscope observation also indicates that BKT in high amount affects the microstructure. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the incorporated BKT diffuses into the BNT-BT lattice to form a solid solution during sintering.

  11. Phase diagram and structure-property relationships in the lead-free piezoelectric system: Na0.5K0.5NbO3-LiTaO3.

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    Skidmore, Thomas A; Comyn, Timothy P; Bell, Andrew J; Zhu, Fangyuan; Milne, Steven J

    2011-09-01

    A phase-diagram for the Na(0.5)K(0.5)NbO(3)-LiTaO(3) solid solution series (NKN-LT) is presented for compositions ? 10 mol% LT, based on the combined results of temperaturevariable X-ray powder diffraction and dielectric measurements. In addition to the reported orthorhombic and tetragonal polymorphs of NKN-LT, a monoclinic phase is revealed. Changes to electrical properties as a function of LT substitution are correlated to phase content. Increasing the LT content from 5 to 7 mol% LT led to improved temperature stability of piezoelectric properties because of the avoidance of the monoclinic-tetragonal polymorphic phase transition during thermal cycling (at >25C). For 7 mol% LT samples: d(33) = 200 pC/N; T(c) = 440C; ?(r) = 550 and tan ? = 0.02 (at 20C). Modification of this composition by solid solution with BiScO(3) led to a decrease in d(33) values. Transmission electron microscopy of a sample of 0.95[0.93 NKN-0.07LT]-0.05BiScO(3) indicated a core-shell grain structure which led to temperature-stable dielectric properties. PMID:21937313

  12. Lead-free electric matches.

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    Son, S. F.; Hiskey, M. A.; Naud, D.; Busse, J. R.; Asay, B. W.

    2002-01-01

    Electric matches are used in pyrotechnics to initiate devices electrically rather than by burning fuses. Fuses have the disadvantage of burning with a long delay before igniting a pyrotechnic device, while electric matches can instantaneously fire a device at a user's command. In addition, electric matches can be fired remotely at a safe distance. Unfortunately, most current commercial electric match compositions contain lead as thiocyanate, nitroresorcinate or tetroxide, which when burned, produces lead-containing smoke. This lead pollutant presents environmental exposure problems to cast, crew, and audience. The reason that these lead containing compounds are used as electric match compositions is that these mixtures have the required thermal stability, yet are simultaneously able to be initiated reliably by a very small thermal stimulus. A possible alternative to lead-containing compounds is nanoscale thermite materials (metastable intermolecular composites or MIC). These superthermite materials can be formulated to be extremely spark sensitive with tunable reaction rate and yield high temperature products. We have formulated and manufactured lead-free electric matches based on nanoscale Al/MoO{sub 3} mixtures. We have determined that these matches fire reliably and to consistently ignite a sample of black powder. Initial safety, ageing and performance results are presented in this paper.

  13. Electrical properties of lead-free 0.98(Na0.5K0.5)NbO3-0.02Ba(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 piezoelectric ceramics by optimizing sintering temperature.

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    Lee, Seung-Hwan; Lee, Sung-Gap; Lee, Young-Hie

    2012-01-01

    Lead-free 0.98(Na0.5K0.5)NbO3-0.02Ba(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 [0.98NKN-0.02BZT] ceramics were fabricated by the conventional mixed oxide method with sintering temperature at 1,080C to 1,120C. The results indicate that the sintering temperature obviously influences the structural and electrical properties of the sample. For the 0.98NKN-0.02BZT ceramics sintered at 1,080C to 1,120C, the bulk density increased with increasing sintering temperature and showed a maximum value at a sintering temperature of 1,090C. The dielectric constant, piezoelectric constant [d33], electromechanical coupling coefficient [kp], and remnant polarization [Pr] increased with increasing sintering temperature, which might be related to the increase in the relative density. However, the samples would be deteriorated when they are sintered above the optimum temperature. High piezoelectric properties of d33 = 217 pC/N, kp = 41%, dielectric constant = 1,951, and ferroelectric properties of Pr = 10.3 ?C/cm2 were obtained for the 0.98NKN-0.02BZT ceramics sintered at 1,090C for 4 h. PMID:22221445

  14. Large electric field-induced strain and piezoelectric responses of lead-free Bi0.5(Na0.80K0.20)0.5TiO3-Ba(Ti0.90Sn0.10)O3 ceramics near morphotropic phase boundary

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    Jaita, Pharatree; Watcharapasorn, Anucha; Kumar, Nitish; Cann, David P.; Jiansirisomboon, Sukanda

    2015-09-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric ceramics with compositions belonging to family of compositions (1- x)Bi0.5(Na0.80K0.20)0.5TiO3- xBa(Ti0.90Sn0.10)O3 or (1- x) BNKT- xBTS (when x = 0.05 - 0.15 mol fraction) near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) were fabricated by a conventional mixed oxide method. Sintered samples had relative densities greater than 98% of their theoretical values. X-ray diffraction data revealed that the MPB region consisted of coexisting rhombohedral and tetragonal phases in the BNKT-BTS system was identified over the entire compositional range. A large electric field-induced strain ( S max ) of 0.36% and a normalized strain coefficient ( d*33) of 649 pm/V were observed in the BNKT-0.05BTS sample. The sample close to the MPB composition (BNKT-0.11BTS) exhibited the maximum dielectric constant ( ɛ r = 1770), temperature of maximum permittivity ( T m = 333C°) and low-field piezoelectric coefficient ( d 33 = 227 pC/N), along with reasonable ferroelectric properties ( P r = 20.6 mC/cm2, R sq = 0.88) and strain properties ( d*33 = 445 pm/V and S max = 0.24%). [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  15. Phase boundary at x =0.03 and its anomalous influence on the structure and properties in the lead-free piezoelectric (1 -x ) N a1 /2B i1 /2Ti O3-(x ) BaTi O3

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    Rao, Badari Narayana; Avdeev, Maxim; Kennedy, Brendan; Ranjan, Rajeev

    2015-12-01

    The complexity associated with local structures continues to pose challenges with regard to the understanding of the structure-property relationship in N a1 /2B i1 /2Ti O3 -based lead-free piezoceramics. (1 -x ) N a1 /2B i1 /2Ti O3-(x ) BaTi O3 is an extensively studied system because of its interesting piezoelectric properties. Recently, a room temperature phase boundary was reported at x =0.03 in this system [Ma et al., Adv. Funct. Mater. 23, 5261 (2013), 10.1002/adfm.201300640]. In the present work we have examined this subtle phase boundary using x-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction, dielectric measurements as a function of composition (x <0.06 ) , temperature, and electric field. Our results show that this boundary separates an R 3 c +C c -like structural state for x <0.03 from an R 3 c + cubiclike structural state for 0.03 ?x ?0.05 in the unpoled specimens. This phase boundary is characterized by an anomalous reduction in the depolarization temperature, and a suppression of the tetragonal distortion of the high temperature P 4 b m phase. Our results also provide the clue to understand the pathway leading to the cubiclike structure of the critical composition x =0.06 , known for its highest piezoelectric response.

  16. Growth and electrical properties of 0.88Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-0.12K0.5Bi0.5TiO3 lead-free piezoelectric single crystal

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    Sun, Renbing; Zhang, Haiwu; Wang, Jinzhi; Wang, Fang; Fang, Bijun; Zhao, Xiangyong; Luo, Haosu

    2013-05-01

    A large-size 0.88Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-0.12K0.5Bi0.5TiO3 lead-free piezoelectric single crystal with dimensions of ?30 mm 10 mm was successfully grown by the top-seeded solution growth method. X-ray powder diffraction measurement showed that the as-grown crystal possesses a rhombohedral perovskite structure at room temperature. The temperature dependence of dielectric constant and loss, polarization hysteresis loop, electric-field-induced strain, and the electromechanical coupling property were investigated for the <100>-oriented as-grown crystal. The remanent polarization P r, the piezoelectric constant d 33, and the electromechanical coupling coefficient k t at room temperature are 13.8 pC/cm2, 205 pC/N, and 51 %, respectively. The maximum strain of 0.23 % was obtained under 30 kV/cm. The temperature dependence of k t demonstrated a relatively stable thermal electromechanical coupling property over the temperature range of 20-150 C.

  17. Piezoelectric Sensor to Measure Soft and Hard Stiffness with High Sensitivity for Ultrasonic Transducers

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    Li, Yan-Rui; Su, Chih-Chung; Lin, Wen-Jin; Chang, Shuo-Hung

    2015-01-01

    During dental sinus lift surgery, it is important to monitor the thickness of the remaining maxilla to avoid perforating the sinus membrane. Therefore, a sensor should be integrated into ultrasonic dental tools to prevent undesirable damage. This paper presents a piezoelectric (PZT) sensor installed in an ultrasonic transducer to measure the stiffness of high and low materials. Four design types using three PZT ring materials and a split PZT for actuator and sensor ring materials were studied. Three sensor locations were also examined. The voltage signals of the sensor and the displacement of the actuator were analyzed to distinguish the low and high stiffness. Using sensor type T1 made of the PZT-1 material and the front location A1 provided a high sensitivity of 2.47 Vm/kN. The experimental results demonstrated that our design can measure soft and hard stiffness. PMID:26110400

  18. Piezoelectric Sensor to Measure Soft and Hard Stiffness with High Sensitivity for Ultrasonic Transducers.

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    Li, Yan-Rui; Su, Chih-Chung; Lin, Wen-Jin; Chang, Shuo-Hung

    2015-01-01

    During dental sinus lift surgery, it is important to monitor the thickness of the remaining maxilla to avoid perforating the sinus membrane. Therefore, a sensor should be integrated into ultrasonic dental tools to prevent undesirable damage. This paper presents a piezoelectric (PZT) sensor installed in an ultrasonic transducer to measure the stiffness of high and low materials. Four design types using three PZT ring materials and a split PZT for actuator and sensor ring materials were studied. Three sensor locations were also examined. The voltage signals of the sensor and the displacement of the actuator were analyzed to distinguish the low and high stiffness. Using sensor type T1 made of the PZT-1 material and the front location A1 provided a high sensitivity of 2.47 Vm/kN. The experimental results demonstrated that our design can measure soft and hard stiffness. PMID:26110400

  19. Polar nanoregions and dielectric properties in high-strain lead-free 0.93(Bi{sub 1/2}Na{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3}-0.07BaTiO{sub 3} piezoelectric single crystals

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    Chen, Cheng-Sao; Chen, Pin-Yi; Tu, Chi-Shun

    2014-01-07

    A structural coexistence of rhombohedral (R) and tetragonal (T) phases has been revealed in the (001){sub c}-cut lead-free 0.93(Bi{sub 1/2}Na{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3}–0.07BaTiO{sub 3} (BNB7T) piezoelectric crystals, which grown by the self-flux method, in the lower temperatures by high-resolution synchrotron X-ray diffraction, reciprocal space mapping, and transmission electron microscopy. The dielectric permittivity exhibits a thermal hysteresis in the region of 120–260 °C, implying a first-order-like phase transition from R+T to T. The real part (ε′) of dielectric permittivity begins to deviates from the Curie-Weiss equation, ε′ = C/(T − T{sub o}), from the Burns temperature T{sub B} = 460 °C, below which the polar nanoregions (or nanoclusters) develop and attenuate dielectric responses. The polar nanoregions of 5–10 nm were revealed by high-resolution transmission electron microscope. The normal piezoelectric coefficient d{sub 33} exhibits a rapid increase at E = 15–20 kV/cm and reaches a maximum of d{sub 33} ∼450 pC/N. The high piezoelectric response and E-field induced strain in BNB7T single crystals can be attributed to structural phase transitions under an E-field application.

  20. Lead-Free Intravascular Ultrasound Transducer Using BZT-50BCT Ceramics

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    Yan, Xingwei; Lam, Kwok Ho; Li, Xiang; Chen, Ruimin; Ren, Wei; Ren, Xiaobing; Zhou, Qifa; Shung, K. Kirk

    2013-01-01

    This paper reports the fabrication and evaluation of a high-frequency ultrasonic transducer based on a new lead-free piezoelectric material for intravascular imaging application. Lead-free 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3?0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 (BZT-50BCT) ceramic with a high dielectric constant (~2800) was employed to develop a high-frequency (~30 MHz) needle-type ultrasonic transducer. With superior piezoelectric performance (piezoelectric coefficient d33 ~ 600 pC/N), the lead-free transducer was found to exhibit a ?6-dB bandwidth of 53% with an insertion loss of 18.7 dB. In vitro intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging of a human cadaver coronary artery was performed to demonstrate the potential of the lead-free transducer for biomedical imaging applications. This is the first time that a lead-free transducer has been used for IVUS imaging application. The experimental results suggest that the BZT-50BCT ceramic is a promising lead-free piezoelectric material for high-frequency intravascular imaging applications. PMID:25004492

  1. Lead-free intravascular ultrasound transducer using BZT-50BCT ceramics.

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    Yan, Xingwei; Lam, Kwok Ho; Li, Xiang; Chen, Ruimin; Ren, Wei; Ren, Xiaobing; Zhou, Qifa; Shung, K Kirk

    2013-06-01

    This paper reports the fabrication and evaluation of a high-frequency ultrasonic transducer based on a new lead-free piezoelectric material for intravascular imaging application. Lead-free 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO4(BZT-50BCT) ceramic with a high dielectric constant (~2800) was employed to develop a high-frequency (~30 MHz) needle-type ultrasonic transducer. With superior piezoelectric performance (piezoelectric coefficient d33 ~ 600 pC/N), the lead-free transducer was found to exhibit a -6-dB bandwidth of 53% with an insertion loss of 18.7 dB. In vitro intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging of a human cadaver coronary artery was performed to demonstrate the potential of the lead-free transducer for biomedical imaging applications. This is the first time that a lead-free transducer has been used for IVUS imaging application. The experimental results suggest that the BZT-50BCT ceramic is a promising lead-free piezoelectric material for high-frequency intravascular imaging applications. PMID:25004492

  2. Domain wall motion and electromechanical strain in lead-free piezoelectrics: Insight from the model system (1 ? x)Ba(Zr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8})O{sub 3}x(Ba{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3})TiO{sub 3} using in situ high-energy X-ray diffraction during application of electric fields

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    Tutuncu, Goknur; Li, Binzhi; Bowman, Keith; Jones, Jacob L.

    2014-04-14

    The piezoelectric compositions (1 ? x)Ba(Zr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8})O{sub 3}x(Ba{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3})TiO{sub 3} (BZT-xBCT) span a model lead-free morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) between room temperature rhombohedral and tetragonal phases at approximately x?=?0.5. In the present work, in situ X-ray diffraction measurements during electric field application are used to elucidate the origin of electromechanical strain in several compositions spanning the tetragonal compositional range 0.6???x???0.9. As BCT concentration decreases towards the MPB, the tetragonal distortion (given by c/a-1) decreases concomitantly with an increase in 90 domain wall motion. The increase in observed macroscopic strain is predominantly attributed to the increased contribution from 90 domain wall motion. The results demonstrate that domain wall motion is a significant factor in achieving high strain and piezoelectric coefficients in lead-free polycrystalline piezoelectrics.

  3. Long ranged structural modulation in the pre-morphotropic phase boundary cubic-like state of the lead-free piezoelectric Na{sub 1/2}Bi{sub 1/2}TiO{sub 3}-BaTiO{sub 3}

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    Garg, Rohini; Narayana Rao, Badari; Ranjan, Rajeev; Senyshyn, Anatoliy

    2013-12-21

    The nature of the pre-morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) cubic-like state in the lead-free piezoelectric ceramics (1−x)Na{sub 1/2}Bi{sub 1/2}TiO{sub 3}-(x)BaTiO{sub 3} at x ∼ 0.06 has been examined in detail by electric field and temperature dependent neutron diffraction, x-ray diffraction, dielectric and ferroelectric characterization. The superlattice reflections in the neutron diffraction patterns cannot be explained with the tetragonal P4bm and the rhombohedral (R3c) phase coexistence model. The cubic like state is rather a result of long ranged modulated complex octahedral tilt. This modulated structure exhibits anomalously large dielectric dispersion. The modulated structure transforms to a MPB state on poling. The field-stabilized MPB state is destroyed and the modulated structure is restored on heating the poled specimen above the Vogel-Fulcher freezing temperature. The results show the predominant role of competing octahedral tilts in determining the nature of structural and polar states in Na{sub 1/2}Bi{sub 1/2}TiO{sub 3}-based ferroelectrics.

  4. Magnetoelectric effect in lead-free BNKLBT ceramic/terfenol-D continue fiber composite laminates

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    Lo, C. Y.; Choy, S. H.; Or, S. W.; Chan, H. L. W.

    2010-05-15

    A magnetostrictive-piezoelectric laminated composite has been developed by sandwiching a lead-free BNKLBT ceramic plate polarized in the thickness direction between two terfenol-D continuous fiber composite plates. This lead-free magnetoelectric (ME) laminated composite has a large ME voltage sensitivity of 2.5 V/Oe at the resonance frequency of 130.9 kHz under a low magnetic bias field (H{sub Bias}) of 0.6 kOe. This work shows the potential of BNKLBT lead-free ceramics in ME sensing application.

  5. NASA DOD Lead Free Electronics Project

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    Kessel, Kurt R.

    2008-01-01

    The primary'technical objective of this project is to undertake comprehensive testing to generate information on failure modes/criteria to better understand the reliability of: Packages (e.g., Thin Small Outline Package [TSOP], Ball Grid Array [BGA], Plastic Dual In-line Package [PDIPD assembled and reworked with lead-free alloys Packages (e.g., TSOP, BGA, PDIP) assembled and reworked with mixed (lead/lead-free) alloys.

  6. Ferroelastic domains in lead-free barium zirconate titanate - barium calcium titanate piezoceramics

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    Ehmke, Matthias Claudius

    Piezoelectricity was first discovered by Pierre and Jaque Curie in the year 1880. Nowadays, piezoelectric materials are used in many application such as high voltage generation in gas igniters, actuation in micro-positioning devices, generation and detection of acoustic waves, emitters and receivers for sonar technology, ultrasonic cleaning, ultrasound medical therapy, and micropumps for ink-jet printers. The most commonly used piezoelectric material since the 1950's is the solid solution system lead zirconate titanate (PZT) that offers high piezoelectric performance under a large range of operating conditions. However, the toxicity of lead requires the replacement of PZT. The studied lead-free alternatives are commonly based on potassium sodium niobate (KNN) and bismuth sodium titanate (BNT), and more recently zirconium and calcium substituted barium titanate (BZT-BCT). The BZT-BCT system exhibits large piezoelectric coefficients that can exceed even those of most PZT compositions under certain conditions. Piezoelectricity was first discovered by Pierre and Jaque Curie in the year 1880. Nowadays, piezoelectric materials are used in many application such as high voltage generation in gas igniters, actuation in micro-positioning devices, generation and detection of acoustic waves, emitters and receivers for sonar technology, ultrasonic cleaning, ultrasound medical therapy, and micropumps for ink-jet printers. The most commonly used piezoelectric material since the 1950's is the solid solution system lead zirconate titanate (PZT) that offers high piezoelectric performance under a large range of operating conditions. However, the toxicity of lead requires the replacement of PZT. The studied lead-free alternatives are commonly based on potassium sodium niobate (KNN) and bismuth sodium titanate (BNT), and more recently zirconium and calcium substituted barium titanate (BZT-BCT). The BZT-BCT system exhibits large piezoelectric coefficients that can exceed even those of most PZT compositions under certain conditions.

  7. Accelerated Aging of Lead-Free Propellant

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    Furrow, Keith W.; Jervey, David D.

    2000-01-01

    Following higher than expected 2-NDPA depletion rates in a lead-free doublebase formulation (RPD-422), an accelerated aging study was conducted to verify the depletion rates. A test plan was prepared to compare the aging characteristics of lead-free propellant and NOSIH-AA2. The study was also designed to determine which lead-free ballistic modifiers accelerated 2-NDPA depletion. The increased depletion rate occurred in propellants containing monobasic copper salicylate. Four lead-free propellants were then formulated to improved aging characteristics over previous lead-free propellant formulations. The new formulations reduced or replaced the monobasic copper salicylate. The new formulations had improved aging characteristics. Their burn rates, however, were unacceptable for use in a 2.75 inch rocket. To compare aging characteristics, stabilizer depletion rates of RPD-422, AA2, M28, and RLC 470/6A were measured or taken from the literature. The data were fit to a kinetic model. The model contained first and zero order terms which allowed the stabilizer concentration to go to zero. In the model, only the concentration of the primary stabilizer was considered. Derivatives beyond the first nitrated or nitroso derivative of 2-NPDA were not considered. The rate constants were fit to the Arrhenius equation and extrapolated to lower temperatures. The time to complete stabilizer depletion was estimated using the kinetic model. The four propellants were compared and the RPD-422 depleted faster at 45 C than both A22 and M28. These types of predictions depend on the validity of the model and on confidence in the Arrhenius relationship holding at lower temperatures. At 45 C, the zero order portion of the model dominates the depletion rate.

  8. Lead-free ceramics for pyroelectric applications

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    Lau, S. T.; Cheng, C. H.; Choy, S. H.; Lin, D. M.; Kwok, K. W.; Chan, H. L. W.

    2008-05-01

    The use of lead-free materials has recently become a very important issue in environmental protection of the earth. Two groups of lead-free ceramics, (K0.5,Na0.5)NbO3 based (KNN) and Bi1-y(NaxK1-x)yTiO3 based (BNKT), were studied for their thermal, dielectric, and pyroelectric properties as candidates for pyroelectric sensor applications. The BNKT-based ceramic, [Bi0.5(Na0.94K0.05Li0.016)0.5]0.95Ba0.05TiO3 (BNKLBT), shows excellent pyroelectric properties when compared with KNN-based ceramic and lead zirconate titanate. Its properties were measured as follows: pyroelectric coefficient p =360μC/m2K, pyroelectric figure of merit of current, voltage, and detectivity Fi=221pm/V, Fv=0.030m2/C, and Fd=14.8μPa-1/2. With these outstanding pyroelectric properties, the BNKLBT ceramic can be a promising material for pyroelectric sensor applications. The BNKLBT ceramic with different thicknesses (i.e., 0.3, 0.5, and 0.7mm) have been used as the sensing element for fabricating infrared detectors. The current responsivity of the sensors was evaluated as functions of frequency.

  9. Hard X-ray nanofocusing using adaptive focusing optics based on piezoelectric deformable mirrors

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    Goto, Takumi; Nakamori, Hiroki; Sano, Yasuhisa; Matsuyama, Satoshi; Kimura, Takashi; Kohmura, Yoshiki; Tamasaku, Kenji; Yabashi, Makina; Ishikawa, Tetsuya

    2015-04-15

    An adaptive Kirkpatrick–Baez mirror focusing optics based on piezoelectric deformable mirrors was constructed at SPring-8 and its focusing performance characteristics were demonstrated. By adjusting the voltages applied to the deformable mirrors, the shape errors (compared to a target elliptical shape) were finely corrected on the basis of the mirror shape determined using the pencil-beam method, which is a type of at-wavelength figure metrology in the X-ray region. The mirror shapes were controlled with a peak-to-valley height accuracy of 2.5 nm. A focused beam with an intensity profile having a full width at half maximum of 110 × 65 nm (V × H) was achieved at an X-ray energy of 10 keV.

  10. NASA-DoD Lead-Free Electronics Project

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    Kessel, Kurt

    2010-01-01

    This slide presentation reviews the current state of the lead-free electronics project. It characterizes the test articles, which were built with lead-free solder and lead-free component finishes. The tests performed and reported on are: thermal cycling, combine environments testing, mechanical shock testing, vibration testing and drop testing.

  11. Properties of Cerium Containing Lead Free Solder

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    Xie, Huxiao

    With increasing concerns of the intrinsic toxicity of lead (Pb) in electronics, a series of tin (Sn) based alloys involving silver (Ag) and copper (Cu) have been proposed as replacements for Pb-Sn solder and widely accepted by industry. However, they have a higher melting point and often exhibit poorer damage tolerance than Pb-Sn alloys. Recently, a new class of alloys with trace amount of rare-earth (RE) elements has been discovered and investigated. In previous work from Prof. Chawla's group, it has been shown that cerium (Ce)-based Pb-free solder are less prone to oxidation and Sn whiskering, and exhibit desirable attributes of microstructural refinement and enhanced ductility relative to lanthanum (La)-based Sn-3.9Ag-0.7Cu (SAC) alloy. Although the formation of RESn3 was believed to be directly responsible for the enhanced ductility in RE-containing SAC solder by allowing microscopic voids to nucleate throughout the solder volume, this cavitation-based mechanism needs to be validated experimentally and numerically. Additionally, since the previous study has exhibited the realistic feasibility of Ce-based SAC lead-free solder alloy as a replacement to conventional SAC alloys, in this study, the proposed objective focuses on the in in-depth understanding of mechanism of enhanced ductility in Ce-based SAC alloy and possible issues associated with integration of this new class of solder into electronic industry, including: (a) study of long-term thermal and mechanical stability on industrial metallization, (b) examine the role of solder volume and wetting behavior of the new solder, relative to Sn-3.9Ag-0.7Cu alloys, (c) conduct experiments of new solder alloys in the form of mechanical shock and electromigration. The research of this new class alloys will be conducted in industrially relevant conditions, and the results would serve as the first step toward integration of these new, next generation solders into the industry.

  12. Piezoelectric MEMS for energy harvesting

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    Kanno, Isaku

    2015-12-01

    Recently, piezoelectric MEMS have been intensively investigated to create new functional microdevices, and some of them have already been commercialized such as MEMS gyrosensors or miropumps of inkjet printer head. Piezoelectric energy harvesting is considered to be one of the promising future applications of piezoelectric MEMS. In this report, we introduce the deposition of the piezoelectric PZT thin films as well as lead-free KNN thin films. We fabricated piezoelectric energy harvesters of PZT and KNN thin films deposited on stainless steel cantilevers and compared their power generation performance.

  13. Phase-transition temperatures and piezoelectric properties of (Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3-(Bi1/2Li1/2)TiO3-(Bi1/2K1/2)TiO3 lead-free ferroelectric ceramics.

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    Hiruma, Yuji; Nagata, Hajime; Takenaka, Tadashi

    2007-12-01

    The phase-transition temperatures and piezoelectric properties of x(Bi(1/2)Na(1/2))TiO3-y(Bi(1/2)Li(1/2))TiO3-z(Bi(1/2)K(1/2))TiO3 [x + y + z = 1] (abbreviated as BNLKT100(y)-100(z)) ceramics were investigated. These ceramics were prepared using a conventional ceramic fabrication process. The phase-transition temperatures such as depolarization temperatures T(d), rhombohedraltetragonal phase transition temperature T(R-T), and dielectric-maximum temperature T(m) were determined using electrical measurements such as dielectric and piezoelectric properties. The X-ray powder diffraction patterns of BNLKT100(y)-100(z)) show the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) between rhombohedral and tetragonal at approximately z = 0.20, and the piezoelectric properties show the maximum at the MPB. The electromechanical coupling factor k(33), piezoelectric constant d(33) and T(d) of BNLKT4-20 and BNLKT8-20 were 0.603, 176 pC/N, and 171 degrees C, and 0.590, 190 pC/N, and 115 degrees C, respectively. In addition, the relationship between d33 and Td of tetragonal side and rhombohedral side for BNLKT4-100z and BNLKT8-100z were presented. Considering both high Td and high d(33), the tetragonal side of BNLKT4-100z is thought to be the superior composition. The d(33) and T(d) of BNLKT4-28 were 135 pC/N and 218 degrees C, respectively. Moreover, this study revealed that the variation of T(d) is related to the variation of lattice distortion such as rhombohedrality 90-alpha and tetragonality c/a. PMID:18276544

  14. NASA-DoD Lead-Free Electronics Project

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    Kessel, Kurt

    2007-01-01

    The primary technical objective of the project is to undertake comprehensive testing to generate information on failure modes/criteria to better understand the reliability of: Packages (e.g., TSOP, BGA, PDIP) assembled and reworked with lead-free alloys Packages (e.g., TSOP, BGA, PDIP) assembled and reworked with mixed (lead/lead-free) alloys.

  15. NASA-DoD Lead-Free Electronics Project

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    Kessel, Kurt

    2009-01-01

    In response to concerns about risks from lead-free induced faults to high reliability products, NASA has initiated a multi-year project to provide manufacturers and users with data to clarify the risks of lead-free materials in their products. The project will also be of interest to component manufacturers supplying to high reliability markets. The project was launched in November 2006. The primary technical objective of the project is to undertake comprehensive testing to generate information on failure modes/criteria to better understand the reliability of: (1) Packages (e.g., Thin Small Outline Package [TSOP], Ball Grid Array [BGA], Plastic Dual In-line Package [PDIP]) assembled and reworked with solder interconnects consisting of lead-free alloys (2) Packages (e.g., TSOP, BGA, PDIP) assembled and reworked with solder interconnects consisting of mixed alloys, lead component finish/lead-free solder and lead-free component finish/SnPb solder

  16. NASA-DoD Lead-Free Electronics Project

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    Kessel, Kurt R.

    2009-01-01

    In response to concerns about risks from lead-free induced faults to high reliability products, NASA has initiated a multi-year project to provide manufacturers and users with data to clarify the risks of lead-free materials in their products. The project will also be of interest to component manufacturers supplying to high reliability markets. The project was launched in November 2006. The primary technical objective of the project is to undertake comprehensive testing to generate information on failure modes/criteria to better understand the reliability of: - Packages (e.g., TSOP, BOA, PDIP) assembled and reworked with solder interconnects consisting of lead-free alloys - Packages (e.g., TSOP, BOA, PDIP) assembled and reworked with solder interconnects consisting of mixed alloys, lead component finish/lead-free solder and lead-free component finish/SnPb solder.

  17. NASA-DoD Lead-Free Electronics Project

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    Kessel, Kurt R.

    2009-01-01

    In response to concerns about risks from lead-free induced faults to high reliability products, NASA has initiated a multi-year project to provide manufacturers and users with data to clarify the risks of lead-free materials in their products. The project will also be of interest to component manufacturers supplying to high reliability markets. The project was launched in November 2006. The primary technical objective of the project is to undertake comprehensive testing to generate information on failure modes/criteria to better understand the reliability of: - Packages (e.g., TSOP, BGA, PDIP) assembled and reworked with solder interconnects consisting of lead-free alloys - Packages (e.g., TSOP, BGA, PDIP) assembled and reworked with solder interconnects consisting of mixed alloys, lead component finish/lead-free solder and lead-free component finish/SnPb solder.

  18. Lead-free KNbO3 ferroelectric nanorod based flexible nanogenerators and capacitors

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    Jung, Jong Hoon; Chen, Chih-Yen; Yun, Byung Kil; Lee, Nuri; Zhou, Yusheng; Jo, William; Chou, Li-Jen; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2012-09-01

    In spite of high piezoelectricity, only a few one-dimensional ferroelectric nano-materials with perovskite structure have been used for piezoelectric nanogenerator applications. In this paper, we report high output electrical signals, i.e. an open-circuit voltage of 3.2 V and a closed-circuit current of 67.5 nA (current density 9.3 nA cm-2) at 0.38% strain and 15.2% s-1 strain rate, using randomly aligned lead-free KNbO3 ferroelectric nanorods (˜1 μm length) with piezoelectric coefficient (d33 ˜ 55 pm V -1). A flexible piezoelectric nanogenerator is mainly composed of KNbO3-poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) composite sandwiched by Au/Cr-coated polymer substrates. We deposit a thin poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) layer between the KNbO3-PDMS composite and the Au/Cr electrode to completely prevent dielectric breakdown during electrical poling and to significantly reduce leakage current during excessive straining. The flexible KNbO3-PDMS composite device shows a nearly frequency-independent dielectric constant (˜3.2) and low dielectric loss (<0.006) for the frequency range of 102-105 Hz. These results imply that short and randomly aligned ferroelectric nanorods can be used for a flexible high output nanogenerator as well as high-k capacitor applications by performing electrical poling and further optimizing the device structure.

  19. Rotary Multilayer Split MorphA Piezoelectric Microactuator for Dual-Stage Actuation Systems in High Track Density Hard Disk Drives

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    Wang, Zhihong; Zhu, Weiguang; Tan, Ooi Kiang; Yao, Xi

    2001-09-01

    A novel annular rotary piezoelectric microactuator has been proposed for a dual-stage actuation system for future high track density hard disk drives. The microactuator is designed to be mounted on a flexure tongue and drives a slider directly to perform high-frequency track following. The configuration and operation of the microactuator are described. The controllable stroke and the resonance frequency of the slider/actuator assembly have been evaluated and optimized by finite-element analysis. The results reveal that the designed actuator/slider assembly should be a promising addition to the dual-stage actuation system.

  20. Structural dependence of piezoelectric, dielectric and ferroelectric properties of K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}(Nb{sub 1?2x/5}Cu{sub x})O{sub 3} lead-free ceramics with high Q{sub m}

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    Tan, Xiaohui; Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hum, Kowloon ; Fan, Huiqing; Ke, Shanming; Department of Applied Physics and Materials Research Center, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hum, Kowloon ; Zhou, Limin; Mai, Yiu-Wing; Centre for Advanced Materials Technology, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering J07, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006 ; Huang, Haitao

    2012-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ? Double hysteresis loops were observed in K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}(Nb{sub 1?2x/5}Cu{sub x})O{sub 3}. ? Cu substitution caused structural discontinuity in KNNC. ? Dimeric defect complex (Cu{sup ?}{sub Nb}V{sub O}){sup ?} with a dipole moment was formed in KNNC. -- Abstract: (K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5})(Nb{sub 1?2x/5}Cu{sub x})O{sub 3} (abbreviated as KNNC, x = 02%) lead-free ceramics were synthetized by the solid state solution method. Pure perovskite phase with orthorhombic symmetry was observed. The evolution of the structure of KNNC was examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman scattering spectra techniques. Our results revealed that, defect dipoles (Cu{sup ?}{sub Nb}V{sub O}){sup ?} were formed and provided a restoring force to reverse the switched polarization, which resulted in double PE hysteresis loops in KNNC with Cu doping at x = 0.75% and 1%. However, non-polar defect complex (V{sub O}Cu{sup ?}{sub Nb}V{sub O}) caused a lattice shrinkage and the observed square shaped PE loops in KNNC ceramics under high doping levels (x > 1%).

  1. New potassium-sodium niobate lead-free piezoceramic: Giant-d33 vs. sintering temperature

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    Wu, Jiagang; Wang, Xiaopeng; Cheng, Xiaojing; Zheng, Ting; Zhang, Binyu; Xiao, Dingquan; Zhu, Jianguo; Lou, Xiaojie

    2014-03-01

    The objective of this work is to achieve a giant piezoelectric constant in (K,Na)NbO3-based lead-free ceramics, and then 0.96K0.46Na0.54Nb0.95Sb0.05O3-0.04Bi0.5(Na0.82K0.18)0.5ZrO3 lead-free piezoceramics were designed and prepared by optimizing the sintering temperature (TS). The rhombohedral-tetragonal phase boundary is found in the ceramics sintered at 1070 ˜ 1105 °C and is suppressed when sintered at low TS of 1060 ˜ 1065 °C. The threshold for TS is 1070 °C in terms of their ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties owing to the difference in the phase boundary and the microstructure, and a large d33 of 388 ˜ 465 pC/N could be attained in a wide TS range of 1070 ˜ 1105 °C, benefiting their practical applications because of broad TS. More interestingly, the ceramic sintered at 1075 °C has a giant d33 of ˜465 pC/N. We think that such a giant d33 of this material system can benefit the development of (K,Na)NbO3-based piezoceramics.

  2. Analysis of Lead-Free Piezoceramic-Based Power Ultrasonic Transducers for Wire Bonding.

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    Mathieson, Andrew; DeAngelis, Dominick A

    2016-01-01

    Since the 1950s, lead zirconate-titanate (PZT) has been the dominant transduction material utilized in power ultrasonics, while lead-free piezoceramics have been largely neglected due to their relatively poor piezoelectric and electromechanical properties. However, the implementation of environmental directives that regulate and control the use of hazardous materials, such as lead, triggered a search for new high-performance lead-free piezoceramics. Recent advances have led to lead-free piezoceramics exhibiting properties similar to PZT, but despite this, reports utilizing these novel piezoceramics in practice are limited. This research employs a modified variant of bismuth sodium titanate (BNT) in a power ultrasonic transducer used for metal welding during the manufacture of semiconductors. The important factors for transducer reliability and performance are investigated, such as piezoceramic aging and stack preload level. It is reported that BNT-based transducers exhibit good stability, and can withstand a stack preload level of 90 MPa without depoling. Although the BNT-based transducers exhibited larger dissipative losses compared to identical PZT8-based transducers, the tool displacement gain was larger under constant current conditions. Semiconductor wire bonds which satisfied the commercial quality control requirements were also formed by this BNT-based transducer. PMID:26584490

  3. Development of lead-free solders for hybrid microcircuits

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    Hosking, F.M.; Vianco, P.T.; Frear, D.R.; Robinson, D.G.

    1996-01-01

    Extensive work has been conducted by industry to develop lead-free solders for electronics applications. The driving force behind this effort is pressure to ban or tax the use of lead-bearing solders. There has been further interest to reduce the use of hazardous chemical cleaners. Lead-free soldering and low-residue, ``no clean`` assembly processing are being considered as solutions to these environmental issues. Most of the work has been directed toward commercial and military printed wiring board (PWB) technology, although similar problems confront the hybrid microcircuit (HMC) industry, where the development of lead-free HMC solders is generally lagging. Sandia National Laboratories is responsible for designing a variety of critical, high reliability hybrid components for radars. Sandia has consequently initiated a project, as part of its Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing program, to develop low-residue, lead-free soldering for HMCs. This paper discusses the progress of that work.

  4. NASA-DoD Lead-Free Electronics Project

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    Kessel, Kurt R.

    2009-01-01

    The primary technical objective of this project is to undertake comprehensive testing to generate information on failure modes/criteria to better understand the reliability of: (1) Packages (e.g., Thin Small Outline Package [TSOP], Ball Grid Array [BGA], Plastic Dual In-line Package [PDIP]) assembled and reworked with lead-free alloys, (2) Packages (e.g., TSOP, BGA, PDIP) assembled and reworked with mixed (lead/lead-free) alloys.

  5. NASA-DoD Lead-Free Electronics Project

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    Kessel, Kurt

    2010-01-01

    Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), depots, and support contract ors have to be prepared to deal with an electronics supply chain that increasingly provides parts with lead-free finishes, some labeled no differently and intermingled with their SnPb counterparts. Allowance of lead-free components presents one of the greatest risks to the r eliability of military and aerospace electronics. The introduction of components with lead-free terminations, termination finishes, or cir cuit boards presents a host of concerns to customers, suppliers, and maintainers of aerospace and military electronic systems such as: 1. Electrical shorting due to tin whiskers 2. Incompatibility of lead-f ree processes and parameters (including higher melting points of lead -free alloys) with other materials in the system 3. Unknown material properties and incompatibilities that could reduce solder joint reli ability As the transition to lead-free becomes a certain reality for military and aerospace applications, it will be critical to fully un derstand the implications of reworking lead-free assemblies.

  6. Anomalous Skin Effect in the Lead-Free Relaxor NBT

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    Gehring, Peter; Ge, Wenwei; Phelan, Daniel; Zhang, Qinhui; Li, Jie Fang; Viehland, Dwight; Luo, Hasuo; Boatner, Lynn

    2014-03-01

    Several x-ray and neutron powder diffraction studies have shown that the room-temperature space group of the lead-free relaxor NBT is monoclinic Cc and not rhombohedral R3c, as was previously believed. Motivated by these findings, we performed room-temperature neutron scattering measurements on a large (3.5 gram) single crystal of the lead-free relaxor NBT. Our data confirm the R3c symmetry for bulk NBT and place a strict bound on the strength of the 1/2(111) superlattice reflection associated with the Cc space group based on the published atomic coordinates. We show that a skin effect, analogous to that reported in the relaxors PZN and PMN-10%PT, can reconcile our single-crystal data with these other studied. We believe this represents the first evidence of the relaxor skin effect in a lead-free relaxor.

  7. NASA-DoD Lead-Free Electronics Project

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    Kessel, Kurt

    2011-01-01

    Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). depots. and support contractors have to be prepared to deal with an electronics supply chain thaI increasingly provides parts with lead-free finishes. some labeled no differently and intenningled with their SnPb counterparts. Allowance oflead-free components presents one of the greatest risks to the reliability of military and aerospace electronics. The introduction of components with lead-free lenninations, tennination finishes, or circuit boards presents a host of concerns to customers. suppliers, and maintainers of aerospace and military electronic systems such as: 1. Electrical shorting due to tin whiskers; 2. Incompatibility oflead-free processes and parameters (including higher melting points of lead-free alloys) with other materials in the system; and 3. Unknown material properties and incompatibilities that could reduce solder joint re liability.

  8. Rate dependent direct inverse hysteresis compensation of piezoelectric micro-actuator used in dual-stage hard disk drive head positioning system.

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    Rahman, Md Arifur; Al Mamun, Abdullah; Yao, Kui

    2015-08-01

    The head positioning servo system in hard disk drive is implemented nowadays using a dual-stage actuator—the primary stage consisting of a voice coil motor actuator providing long range motion and the secondary stage controlling the position of the read/write head with fine resolution. Piezoelectric micro-actuator made of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) has been a popular choice for the secondary stage. However, PZT micro-actuator exhibits hysteresis—an inherent nonlinear characteristic of piezoelectric material. The advantage expected from using the secondary micro-actuator is somewhat lost by the hysteresis of the micro-actuator that contributes to tracking error. Hysteresis nonlinearity adversely affects the performance and, if not compensated, may cause inaccuracy and oscillation in the response. Compensation of hysteresis is therefore an important aspect for designing head-positioning servo system. This paper presents a new rate dependent model of hysteresis along with rigorous analysis and identification of the model. Parameters of the model are found using particle swarm optimization. Direct inverse of the proposed rate-dependent generalized Prandtl-Ishlinskii model is used as the hysteresis compensator. Effectiveness of the overall solution is underscored through experimental results. PMID:26329224

  9. Rate dependent direct inverse hysteresis compensation of piezoelectric micro-actuator used in dual-stage hard disk drive head positioning system

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    Rahman, Md. Arifur; Al Mamun, Abdullah; Yao, Kui

    2015-08-01

    The head positioning servo system in hard disk drive is implemented nowadays using a dual-stage actuator—the primary stage consisting of a voice coil motor actuator providing long range motion and the secondary stage controlling the position of the read/write head with fine resolution. Piezoelectric micro-actuator made of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) has been a popular choice for the secondary stage. However, PZT micro-actuator exhibits hysteresis—an inherent nonlinear characteristic of piezoelectric material. The advantage expected from using the secondary micro-actuator is somewhat lost by the hysteresis of the micro-actuator that contributes to tracking error. Hysteresis nonlinearity adversely affects the performance and, if not compensated, may cause inaccuracy and oscillation in the response. Compensation of hysteresis is therefore an important aspect for designing head-positioning servo system. This paper presents a new rate dependent model of hysteresis along with rigorous analysis and identification of the model. Parameters of the model are found using particle swarm optimization. Direct inverse of the proposed rate-dependent generalized Prandtl-Ishlinskii model is used as the hysteresis compensator. Effectiveness of the overall solution is underscored through experimental results.

  10. Wettability analysis of tin-based, lead free solders

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    Vianco, P T; Hosking, F M; Rejent, J A

    1992-01-01

    The overall program is comprised of two efforts. The first effort studies the wettability of tin-based, lead free solders on two commonly used substrate materials: copper and gold-nickel plated Kovar{trademark}. The evaluation is being conducted by the meniscometer/wetting balance technique which uses the contact angle as the primary metric to quantify wettability. Information about the rate of wetting is also obtainable with this test. The second part of the program is comprised of an assessment of the solderability of actual circuit board assemblies (surface mount and through-hole). This report will describe data from the wettability analysis of lead free solders on copper.

  11. Structural And Electrical Analysis Of Lead Free BZT-xBCT Ceramics

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    Bhardwaj, Chandan; Kumar, Ashvani; Kaur, Davinder

    2010-12-01

    A comparative study of structural and electric properties of a recently discovered lead free electroceramic, Ba(Zr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8})O{sub 3}-x(Ba{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3})TiO{sub 3} or BZT-xBCT, was conducted in the entire range from x = 0 to x = 1. This novel ceramic composite is being seen as a genuine understudy for commercially one of the most widely used piezoelectric ceramic, PZT, which is facing worldwide criticism due to its lead toxicity. The new system can be very extensively used like PZT in transduction applications as sensor, actuator and ultrasonic devices apart from numerous other utilities. The XRD, SEM and Ferroelectric studies establish the structural transition and different phases as function of Zr /Ti and Ba /Ca ratios.

  12. Evaluation of lead-free solder joints in electronic assemblies

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    Artaki, I.; Jackson, A.M.; Vianco, P.T.

    1994-08-01

    The feasibility of printed circuit board assembly with lead-free solder alloys was investigated. Studies were conducted with two baseline eutectic binary alloys, SnBi and SnAg, and three new lead-free solder formulations: (1) 91.8Sn-4.8Bi-3.4Ag (wt%) developed at Sandia Laboratories, (2) 77.2Sn-20In-2.8Ag developed at Indium Corp. of America, and (3) 96.2Sn-2.5Ag-0.8Cu-0.5Sb provided by AIM Inc. The basic physical properties (melting temperature, wetting, mechanical strength) pertinent to each of the newly developed alloys are described. The feasibility of 0.4 mm pitch assembly was established with each of the lead-free solder alloys investigated, although the processing windows were generally found to be narrower. All solder joints exhibited good fillets, in accordance with the workmanship standards. Wetting of the lead-free solders was significantly improved on immersion tin vs imidazole finished circuit boards. The laminates did not suffer thermal degradation effects, such as warpage, delamination, or severe discoloration (reflow was performed under an inert atmosphere). It is thus concluded that the manufacturability performance of the new solder formulations is adequate for surface mount applications. 23 refs., 7 figs., 4 tabs.

  13. Development of lead-free single-element ultrahigh frequency (170-320MHz) ultrasonic transducers.

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    Lam, Kwok Ho; Ji, Hong Fen; Zheng, Fan; Ren, Wei; Zhou, Qifa; Shung, K Kirk

    2013-07-01

    This paper presents the design, fabrication and characterization of single-element ultrahigh frequency (UHF) ultrasonic transducers in which the center frequency ranged from 170 to 320MHz. The center frequency of >300MHz is the highest value of lead-free ceramic ultrasonic transducers ever reported. With concern in the environmental pollution of lead-based materials, the transducer elements presented in this work were lead-free K0.5Na0.5NbO3/Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 (KNN/BNT) composite thick films. All transducers were evaluated in a pulse-echo arrangement. The measured -6dB bandwidth of the transducers ranged from 35% to 64%. With the optimized piezoelectric properties of the composite film, the insertion loss of the UHF transducers was measured and determined to range from -50 to -60dB. In addition to the pulse-echo measurement, a 6?m tungsten wire phantom was also imaged with a 205MHz transducer to demonstrate the imaging capability. The measured -6dB axial and lateral resolutions were found to be 12?m and 50?m, respectively. The transducer performance presented in this work is shown to be better or comparable to previously reported results even though the frequency is much higher. PMID:23485349

  14. Development of lead-free single-element ultrahigh frequency (170 320 MHz) ultrasonic transducers

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    Lam, Kwok Ho; Ji, Hong Fen; Zheng, Fan; Ren, Wei; Zhou, Qifa; Shung, K. Kirk

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents the design, fabrication and characterization of single-element ultrahigh frequency (UHF) ultrasonic transducers in which the center frequency ranged from 170 to 320 MHz. The center frequency of > 300 MHz is the highest value of lead-free ceramic ultrasonic transducers ever reported. With concern in the environmental pollution of lead-based materials, the transducer elements presented in this work were lead-free K0.5Na0.5NbO3/Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 (KNN/BNT) composite thick films. All transducers were evaluated in a pulse-echo arrangement. The measured ?6 dB bandwidth of the transducers ranged from 35 to 64 %. With the optimized piezoelectric properties of the composite film, the insertion loss of the UHF transducers was measured and determined to range from ?50 to ?60 dB. In addition to the pulse-echo measurement, a 6-?m tungsten wire phantom was also imaged with a 205 MHz transducer to demonstrate the imaging capability. The measured ?6 dB axial and lateral resolutions were found to be 12 ?m and 50 ?m, respectively. The transducer performance presented in this work is shown to be better or comparable to previously reported results even though the frequency is much higher. PMID:23485349

  15. [Shielding evaluation of lead-free board for diagnostic X-rays].

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    Katoh, Yoh; Tsukada, Masaru; Mita, Sogo; Fukushi, Masahiro; Nyui, Yoshiyuki; Abe, Shinji; Kimura, Junichi

    2010-12-20

    For physical foundation data used in the shielding calculation of structural facilities such as a radiation room, there are air kerma transmissions concerning the thickness of shielding objects, and half value layers and tenth value layers concerning a greatly attenuated wide X-ray beam. Accordingly, we evaluated the above-mentioned items with a lead-free board, which is mixed sulfuric acid calcium and barium sulfate with equiponderance for the amount of sulfuric acid calcium included in the usual plasterboard. Permeability in NCRP Report 147 is expressed by 3 parameters, α, β and γ, and shielding objects x. It showed that it corresponds to the measurement point and permeability curve with parameters, α, β and γ obtained by nonlinear regression analysis. Furthermore, we calculated the half value layer and tenth value layer concerning the greatly attenuated wide X-ray beam. The evaluated lead-free board, used in this examination, is useful as the shielding material for the diagnosis X-ray and, moreover, the partition wall materials are hard enough, with a board that is even heavier than the usual plaster board. Besides, the use of lead-free materials is friendly to the general environment. PMID:21282911

  16. Study of BNKLBT-1.5 lead-free ceramic/epoxy 1-3 composites

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    Choy, S. H.; Li, W. K.; Li, H. K.; Lam, K. H.; Chan, H. L. W.

    2007-12-01

    Bismuth sodium titanate based lead-free ceramic fiber with the chemical formula of 0.885(Bi{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5})TiO{sub 3}-0.05(Bi{sub 0.5}K{sub 0.5})TiO{sub 3}-0.015(Bi{sub 0.5}Li{sub 0.5}= )TiO{sub 3}-0.05BaTiO{sub 3}, BNKLBT-1.5, has been fabricated by a powder-based extrusion method. The ceramic fibers with 400 {mu}m diameter were well crystallized after being calcined at 800 deg. C and sintered at 1170 deg. C. The piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties of the single fiber were found to be 155 pC/N and {approx}34.5 {mu}C/cm{sup 2}, respectively, which is comparable with that in bulk sample. 1-3 ceramic/polymer composites were fabricated by two routes, including dice and filled method and fiber pick-and-place method. Theoretical models were used to calculate the piezoelectric properties of the composites and compared with experimental results.

  17. Rare earths in lead-free oxyfluoride germanate glasses.

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    Pisarski, Wojciech A; Pisarska, Joanna; Dorosz, Dominik; Dorosz, Jan

    2015-01-01

    Spectroscopic properties of rare earths in lead-free oxyfluoride germanate glasses were studied. The absorption and luminescence spectra of Eu(3+), Pr(3+) and Er(3+) ions were examined as a function of BaF? concentration and several spectroscopic parameters for rare earths were determined. The ratio of integrated luminescence intensity of the (5)D??(7)F? transition to that of the (5)D??(7)F? transition of Eu(3+) decrease significantly with increasing BaF? content. The absorption (Er(3+)) and emission (Pr(3+)) 'hypersensitive transitions' of rare earths are shifted in direction to shorter wavelengths with increasing BaF? content in glass composition. Emission spectra and their decays corresponding to the main (4)I??/??(4)I??/? laser transition of Er(3+) were also analyzed. Quite long-lived NIR luminescence of Er(3+) is observed for lead-free glass samples with low BaF? concentration. PMID:25088539

  18. Lead-Free Experiment in a Space Environment

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    Blanche, J. F.; Strickland, S. M.

    2012-01-01

    This Technical Memorandum addresses the Lead-Free Technology Experiment in Space Environment that flew as part of the seventh Materials International Space Station Experiment outside the International Space Station for approximately 18 months. Its intent was to provide data on the performance of lead-free electronics in an actual space environment. Its postflight condition is compared to the preflight condition as well as to the condition of an identical package operating in parallel in the laboratory. Some tin whisker growth was seen on a flight board but the whiskers were few and short. There were no solder joint failures, no tin pest formation, and no significant intermetallic compound formation or growth on either the flight or ground units.

  19. Underfill process development for lead free flip chip assembly

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    Chaware, Raghunandan

    Underfills are used to enhance the long-term reliability of the flip-chip solder joints. More specifically, the function of the underfill is to couple the chip to the substrate, wherein the shear stresses experienced by the solder joints are converted to bending stresses. The underfill flows under the die due to the influence of strong capillary forces. The flow of the underfill under the chip depends on various factors such as the viscosity of the underfill, contact angle, surface tension, temperature, underfill gap, substrate design, bump pattern, bump density, and size of the chip. The flow of underfill is also influenced by the cleanliness of the substrate, the cleanliness of the underside of the chip, and the flux residues. The interaction between the underfill and the substrate affects not only gap filling, but also the filleting of the underfill. Similarly, the underfill-flux interaction directly affects the quality of underfilling and the reliability of the flip chip assembly. In the case of lead free flip chip assembly, the major concerns vis-a-vis process development for a large chip with a small bump pitch (less than 190 mum) include lower throughput, voiding under the chip, and critical reliability performance. The principal objective of this research endeavor was to investigate the fundamental issues that relate to the process and reliability aspects of underfilling of lead free flip chip assemblies. In order to develop a robust underfilling process, the effect of different process parameters and their interaction with the material properties were studied. In order to improve the compatibility between the underfill and the flux, a new epoxy flux that was compatible with the lead free assembly process was developed. The performance of the epoxy was also compared with the performance of various rosin based fluxes. This study also helped in identifying the critical parameters that can affect the assembly yields. This research endeavor successfully contributed towards defining dispensing process windows for the underfills that were compatible with the lead free process. In conclusion, the proposed research contributed towards the development of the fundamental understanding of the capillary underfilling process for lead free flip chip assemblies.

  20. Growth and characterization of lead-free ferroelectric (K,Na,Li)(Nb,Ta,Sb)O3 single crystal

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    Wang, Junjun; Zheng, Limei; Yang, Bin; Wang, Rui; Huo, Xiaoqing; Sang, Shijing; Wu, Jie; Chang, Yunfei; Ning, Huanpo; Lv, Tianquan; Cao, Wenwu

    2015-01-01

    In this work, a large size lead-free piezoelectric single crystal, (K,Na,Li)(Nb,Ta,Sb)O3 (KNLNTS) with the dimensions of 8.58.513.5 mm3 was successfully grown by the top-seeded solution growth method. This KNLNTS single crystal with high compositional homogeneity is in the tetragonal phase at room temperature. The Curie temperature TC of the tetragonal-cubic phase transition temperature is 210 C. The piezoelectric coefficients and electromechanical coupling factors of the [001]C oriented KNLNTS single crystal are d33=172.55 pC/N, d31=-71.90 pC/N, k31=0.327, k33=0.523, and kt=0.541. In addition, the crystal shows good thermal stability so that it can be used for making high temperature electromechanical devices.

  1. Hot-stage transmission electron microscopy study of (Na, K)NbO{sub 3} based lead-free piezoceramics

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    Lu, Shengbo; Xu, Zhengkui; Kwok, K. W.; Chan, Helen L. W.

    2014-07-28

    Hierarchical nanodomains assembled into micron-sized stripe domains, which is believed to be associated with outstanding piezoelectric properties, were observed at room temperature in a typical lead free piezoceramics, (Na{sub 0.52}K{sub 0.48?x})(Nb{sub 0.95?x}Ta{sub 0.05})-xLiSbO{sub 3}, with finely tuned polymorphic phase boundaries (x?=?0.0465) by transmission electron microscopy. The evolution of domain morphology and crystal structure under heating and cooling cycles in the ceramic was investigated by in-situ hot stage study. It is found that the nanodomains are irreversibly transformed into micron-sized rectangular domains during heating and cooling cycles, which lead to the thermal instability of piezoelectric properties of the materials.

  2. Investigation of multi-component lead-free solders

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    Loomans, M. E.; Vaynman, S.; Ghosh, G.; Fine, M. E.

    1994-08-01

    Binary phase diagrams of interest for lead-free solder development have been entered into the THERMO-CALC data base. These may be used directly to calculate multi-component phase relations vs temperature provided there are no ternary or higher order interactions. Such occur in the Sn-Ag-Zn system and are being evaluated. Contact angles of a number of solder-flux combinations on copper were directly measured in spreading tests. With a rosin-isopropyl alcohol flux, the contact angles of binary eutectic solders were in degrees: Sn-Bi at 166C, 40; Sn-Zn at 225C, 60; Sn-Ag at 250C, 45. These angles were little affected by a number of 1% ternary additions to the solder. The contact angles were 20 degrees or less when SnCl2 was used as a flux. The SnCl2 reacts with Cu to form Cu3Sn. The most likely successful approach to obtain satisfactory wetting with lead-free solders appears to be development of a satisfactory flux.

  3. Lead-free 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 nanowires for energy harvesting

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    Zhou, Zhi; Bowland, Christopher C.; Malakooti, Mohammad H.; Tang, Haixiong; Sodano, Henry A.

    2016-02-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric nanowires (NWs) show strong potential in sensing and energy harvesting applications due to their flexibility and ability to convert mechanical energy to electric energy. Currently, most lead-free piezoelectric NWs are produced through low yield synthesis methods and result in low electromechanical coupling, which limit their efficiency as energy harvesters. In order to alleviate these issues, a scalable method is developed to synthesize perovskite type 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 (BZT-BCT) NWs with high piezoelectric coupling coefficient. The piezoelectric coupling coefficient of the BZT-BCT NWs is measured by a refined piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) testing method and shows the highest reported coupling coefficient for lead-free piezoelectric nanowires of 90 +/- 5 pm V-1. Flexible nanocomposites utilizing dispersed BZT-BCT NWs are fabricated to demonstrate an energy harvesting application with an open circuit voltage of up to 6.25 V and a power density of up to 2.25 μW cm-3. The high electromechanical coupling coefficient and high power density demonstrated with these lead-free NWs produced via a scalable synthesis method shows the potential for high performance NW-based devices.

  4. Lead-free 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 nanowires for energy harvesting.

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    Zhou, Zhi; Bowland, Christopher C; Malakooti, Mohammad H; Tang, Haixiong; Sodano, Henry A

    2016-02-25

    Lead-free piezoelectric nanowires (NWs) show strong potential in sensing and energy harvesting applications due to their flexibility and ability to convert mechanical energy to electric energy. Currently, most lead-free piezoelectric NWs are produced through low yield synthesis methods and result in low electromechanical coupling, which limit their efficiency as energy harvesters. In order to alleviate these issues, a scalable method is developed to synthesize perovskite type 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 (BZT-BCT) NWs with high piezoelectric coupling coefficient. The piezoelectric coupling coefficient of the BZT-BCT NWs is measured by a refined piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) testing method and shows the highest reported coupling coefficient for lead-free piezoelectric nanowires of 90 ± 5 pm V(-1). Flexible nanocomposites utilizing dispersed BZT-BCT NWs are fabricated to demonstrate an energy harvesting application with an open circuit voltage of up to 6.25 V and a power density of up to 2.25 μW cm(-3). The high electromechanical coupling coefficient and high power density demonstrated with these lead-free NWs produced via a scalable synthesis method shows the potential for high performance NW-based devices. PMID:26868967

  5. Properties of lead-free BZT-BCT ceramics synthesized using nanostructured ZnO as a sintering aid

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    Tuan, Dang Anh; Tung, Vo Thanh; Chuong, Truong Van; Hong, Le Van

    2015-11-01

    This article studies the microstructure and piezoelectric properties of low sintering temperature lead-free ceramics 0.52(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 ? 0.48Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-doped with ZnO nanoparticles (noted as 0.48BZT-y, y is content of ZnO in wt%, y =0.00, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20 and 0.25). The obtained results of Raman scattering and dielectric measurements have confirmed that Zn2+ has occupied B site, to cause a deformation in the ABO3-type lattice of the 0.48BZT-y compounds. The 0.15wt% ZnO-doped ceramic sintered at 1350?C exhibited excellent piezoelectric parameters: d33 = 420pC/N, d31 = ?174pC/N, kp = 0.483, kt = 0.423 and k33 = 0.571. The obtained results indicate that the high-quality lead-free BZT-BCT ceramic could be successfully synthesized at a low sintering temperature of 1350?C by doping an appropriated amount of ZnO.

  6. Lead-free BaTiO3 nanowires-based flexible nanocomposite generator

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    Park, Kwi-Il; Bae, Soo Bin; Yang, Seong Ho; Lee, Hyung Ik; Lee, Kisu; Lee, Seung Jun

    2014-07-01

    We have synthesized BaTiO3 nanowires (NWs) via a simple hydrothermal method at low temperature and developed a lead-free, flexible nanocomposite generator (NCG) device by a simple, low-cost, and scalable spin-coating method. The hydrothermally grown BaTiO3 NWs are mixed in a polymer matrix without a toxic dispersion enhancer to produce a piezoelectric nanocomposite (p-NC). During periodical and regular bending and unbending motions, the NCG device fabricated by utilizing a BaTiO3 NWs-polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) composite successfully harvests the output voltage of ~7.0 V and current signals of ~360 nA, which are utilized to drive a liquid crystal display (LCD). We also characterized the instantaneous power (~1.2 ?W) of the NCG device by calculating the load voltage and current through the connected external resistance.We have synthesized BaTiO3 nanowires (NWs) via a simple hydrothermal method at low temperature and developed a lead-free, flexible nanocomposite generator (NCG) device by a simple, low-cost, and scalable spin-coating method. The hydrothermally grown BaTiO3 NWs are mixed in a polymer matrix without a toxic dispersion enhancer to produce a piezoelectric nanocomposite (p-NC). During periodical and regular bending and unbending motions, the NCG device fabricated by utilizing a BaTiO3 NWs-polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) composite successfully harvests the output voltage of ~7.0 V and current signals of ~360 nA, which are utilized to drive a liquid crystal display (LCD). We also characterized the instantaneous power (~1.2 ?W) of the NCG device by calculating the load voltage and current through the connected external resistance. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: PDF materials involve the linear superposition test results (Fig. S1) and the durability test results (Fig. S2) of BaTiO3 NWs-based NCG device. A video file (Video S1) shows the power up of an LCD screen by the NCG device without any external energy source. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr02246g

  7. Visualization of polar nanoregions in lead-free relaxors via piezoresponse force microscopy in torsional dual AC resonance tracking mode.

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    Liu, Na; Dittmer, Robert; Stark, Robert W; Dietz, Christian

    2015-07-21

    Polar nanoregions (PNRs) play a key role in the functionality of relaxor ferroelectrics; however, visualizing them in lead-free relaxor ferroelectrics with high lateral resolution is still challenging. Thus, we studied herein the local ferroelectric domain distribution of the lead-free bismuth-based (1 -x)(Bi1/2Na1/2TiO3-Bi1/2K1/2TiO3) -x(Bi1/2Mg1/2TiO3) piezoceramics which show a relaxor behavior using dual AC resonance tracking (DART) piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM). By using excitation frequencies at either side of the contact resonance peak of the torsional cantilever vibration, an enhanced contrast in the amplitude and phase images of the piezoresponse can be achieved. Additionally, this tracking technique reduces the topographical crosstalk while mapping the local electromechanical properties. The true drive amplitude, drive phase, contact resonant frequency and quality factor can be estimated from DART-PFM data obtained with vertically or torsionally vibrating cantilevers. This procedure yields a three-dimensional quantitative map of the local piezoelectric properties of the relaxor ferroelectric samples. With this approach, torsional DART allowed for the visualization of fine substructures within the monodomains, suggesting the existence of PNRs in relaxor ferroelectrics. The domain structures of the PNRs were visualized with high precision, and the local electromechanical characteristics of the lead-free relaxor ferroelectrics were quantitatively mapped. PMID:26106953

  8. Electric fatigue process in lead-free alkali niobate ceramics at various pressures and temperatures

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    Martin, Alexander; Kakimoto, Ken-ichi

    2015-10-01

    Electric fatigue tests are important for evaluating the reliability of piezoceramics. However, these tests have not been the focus of studies of lead-free alkali niobate (NKN) ceramics so far. For this purpose, two different materials, Li0.06Na0.47K0.47NbO3 (LNKN6) and Na0.55K0.45NbO3 + 0.25% MnO (Mn-NKN), have been examined at various uniaxial pressures ranging from 0.1 to 100 MPa and various temperatures ranging from room temperature to 150 C. It was shown that the harder ferroelectric Mn-NKN could maintain its piezoelectric properties at pressures up to 25 MPa. When bipolar fatigue occurred under pressures over the coercive stress of ?30 MPa, the sample depolarized and formed microcracks. In contrast, the softer LNKN6 did not show fatigue at higher pressures between 25 and 50 MPa. However, in both materials, higher temperatures enhanced domain wall and charge carrier movements and conclusively domain wall pinning.

  9. Lead-free piezoelectric ceramics based on (0.97 - x)K0.48Na0.52NbO3-0.03Bi0.5(Na0.7K0.2Li0.1)0.5ZrO3-xB0.5Na0.5TiO3 ternary system

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    Cheng, Xiaojing; Wu, Jiagang; Wang, Xiaopeng; Zhang, Binyu; Zhu, Jianguo; Xiao, Dingquan; Wang, Xiangjian; Lou, Xiaojie; Liang, Wenfeng

    2013-09-01

    In this work, the ternary system of potassium-sodium niobate has been designed to enhance the piezoelectric properties without sacrificing the Curie temperature greatly, and (0.97 - x)K0.48Na0.52NbO3-0.03Bi0.5(Na0.7K0.2Li0.1)0.5ZrO3-xB0.5Na0.5TiO3 ceramics have been prepared by the conventional solid-state method. The effect of B0.5Na0.5TiO3 content on the microstructure and electrical properties of the ceramics is studied. The phase diagram shows a phase boundary of the rhombohedral-tetragonal (R-T) phase coexistence in the composition range of 0.5% < x < 1.5%, and then an enhanced dielectric, ferroelectric, and piezoelectric behavior is obtained at such a phase boundary zone. The ceramic with x = 0.01 has an optimum electrical behavior of d33 285 pC/N, kp 0.40, ?r 1235, tan ? 0.031, Pr 14.9 ?C/cm2, and Ec 15.2 kV/cm, together with a high Curie temperature of 347 C. The large d33 in such a ternary system is due to a composition-induced R-T phase transition and a higher ?rPr, and the thermal stability performance is strongly dependent on the phase structure. As a result, the design of the ternary system is an effective way to enhance the piezoelectric properties of potassium-sodium niobate materials.

  10. Mechanical Properties and Microstructure Investigation of Lead Free Solder

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    Wang, Qing; Gail, William F.; Johnson, R. Wayne; Strickland, Mark; Blanche, Jim

    2005-01-01

    While the electronics industry appears to be focusing on Sn-Ag-Cu as the alloy of choice for lead free electronics assembly, ,the exact composition varies by geographic region, supplier and user. Add to that dissolved copper and silver from the printed circuit board traces and surface finish, and there can be significant variation in the final solder joint composition. A systematic study of the mechanical and microstructural properties of Sn-Ag-Cu alloys with Ag varying from 2wt% to 4wt% and Cu varying from 0.5wt% to lSwt%, was undertaken in this research study. Different sample preparation techniques (water quenched, oil quenched and water quenched followed by reflow) were explored and the resulting microstructure compared to that of a typical reflowed lead free chip scale package (CSP) solder joint. Tensile properties (modulus, 0.2% yield strength and the ultimate tensile strength) and creep behavior of selected alloy compositions (Sn-4Ag-1 X u , Sn-4Ag-OSCu, Sn- 2Ag-1 X u , Sn-2Ag-OSCu, Sn-3.5Ag-O.SCu) were determined for three conditions: as- cast; aged for 100 hours at 125OC; and aged for 250 hours at 125OC. There was no significant difference in Young's Modulus as a function of alloy composition. After an initial decrease in modulus after 100 hours at 125"C, there was an insignificant change with further aging. The distribution of 0.2% strain yield stress and ultimate tensile strength as a function of alloy composition was more significant and decreased with aging time and temperature. The microstructures of these alloys were examined using light and scanning electron microscopy (LM and SEM) respectively and SEM based energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Fracture surface and cross-section analysis were performed on the specimens after creep testing. The creep testing results and the effect of high temperature aging on mechanical properties is presented for the oil quenched samples. In general the microstructure of oil quenched specimen exhibited a eutectic region of Sn with moderately dispersed Ag3Sn intermetallic, surrounded by a dendritic Sn-rich phase. The SEM images of the fracture surface indicated the presence of a tough shear surface at the initial cavity break area and a break line in the middle of specimen along the failure direction. A hyperbolic-sine creep model was adopted and used to fit the creep experiment data. The effect on the mechanical properties by adding the quaternary element bismuth to the Sn-3.5Ag-0.8Cu alloy was measured and compared with the mechanical properties of the ternary alloys. The results of this research study provide necessary data for the modeling of solder joint reliability for a range of Sn-Ag-Cu compositions and a baseline for evaluating the effects of subsequent quaternary additions.

  11. Lead-free solders for electronics applications: Wetting analysis

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    Vianco, P.T.; Hosking, F.M.; Frear, D.R.

    1991-01-01

    The fabrication of electronic systems has relied upon eutectic tin-lead solder for the attachment of components to printed wiring boards. Higher service temperatures are approaching the durability limits of the eutectic solder. The tin-rich, lead-free solders are being actively studied as alternate alloys. Experiments that examined the wettability of 95Sn-5Sb (wt %), 95.5Sn-4.0Cu-0.5Ag, 96.5Sn-3.5Ag, and the control solder, 60Sn-40Pb, on oxygen-free, high conductivity copper were performed. A rosin-based, mildly activated (RMA) flux and three water soluble, organic acid fluxes were used in the wetting balance/meniscometer measurements. The 95.5Sn-4.0Cu-0.5Ag and 95Sn- 5Sb alloys exhibited good wetting, with contact angles of 35{degree} < {theta}{sub c} < 55{degree} as compared to the excellent performance of the 60Sn-40Pb material (20{degree} < {theta}{sub c} < 35{degree}). The fair wettability observed with the 96.5Sn-3.5Ag solder (60{degree} < {theta}{sub c} < 75{degree}) was due in large part to the inability of the fluxes to significantly lower the solder-flux interfacial tension. The wetting rates of the 95.5Sn-4.0Cu-0.5Ag and 95Sn-5Sb solders were comparable to those of the control; the 96. 5Sn-3.5Ag alloy wetting rate was slower than the other candidates. The solder film formed on the substrate surface by the 95.5Sn-4.0Cu-0. 5Ag alloy was very grainy. The water soluble fluxes exhibited a larger degree of residue formation than did the RMA flux. 8 refs., 12 figs.

  12. High-Temperature Piezoelectrics with Large Piezoelectric Coefficients

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    Shinekumar, K.; Dutta, Soma

    2015-02-01

    High-temperature piezoelectric materials are of interest for sensors and actuators in various industrial applications in which the devices are exposed to high temperature. A lot of research has been conducted in this area to bring forth a suitable piezoelectric material having a high Curie temperature for suitable usage at a high temperature with good piezoelectric properties. This report is an attempt to review the state of the art in high-temperature piezoelectric materials, covering their issues and concerns at elevated temperatures. Among the non-ferroelectric crystal classes, langasite and oxyborate crystals retain their piezoelectricity up to a very high temperature, but their piezoelectric coefficient is much smaller compared to a standard piezoelectric material such as lead zirconate titanate. A similar trend has also been observed in ferroelectric crystal class which shows poor piezoelectricity but retains it until a high temperature. Recent studies on solid solutions of bismuth-based oxides and lead titanate with the chemical formulae Bi(Me3+) O3-PbTiO3 and Bi(Me1Me2)O3-PbTiO3 (Me3+ represents a trivalent cation and Me1 and Me2 are cations having a combined valency of 3) show a much application potential of these materials due to improved piezoelectric property and high Curie temperature. BiScO3-PbTiO3, Bi(Mg0.5Ti0.5)O3-PbTiO3, (Bi(Ni0.5Ti0.5)O3-PbTiO3 and Bi(Zn0.5T0.5)O3-PbTiO3 are some interesting high-temperature piezoelectrics from the group of Bi(Me3+)O3-PbTiO3 and Bi(Me1Me2) O3-PbTiO3 which shows superior piezoelectric properties at high temperatures. Among the lead-free piezoelectrics, (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 demands a special interest for further studies due to its plausible good piezoelectric property at elevated temperature.

  13. Piezoelectric Polymers

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    Harrison, J. S.; Ounaies, Z.; Bushnell, Dennis M. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The purpose of this review is to detail the current theoretical understanding of the origin of piezoelectric and ferroelectric phenomena in polymers; to present the state-of-the-art in piezoelectric polymers and emerging material systems that exhibit promising properties; and to discuss key characterization methods, fundamental modeling approaches, and applications of piezoelectric polymers. Piezoelectric polymers have been known to exist for more than forty years, but in recent years they have gained notoriety as a valuable class of smart materials.

  14. Visualization of polar nanoregions in lead-free relaxors via piezoresponse force microscopy in torsional dual AC resonance tracking mode

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    Liu, Na; Dittmer, Robert; Stark, Robert W.; Dietz, Christian

    2015-07-01

    Polar nanoregions (PNRs) play a key role in the functionality of relaxor ferroelectrics; however, visualizing them in lead-free relaxor ferroelectrics with high lateral resolution is still challenging. Thus, we studied herein the local ferroelectric domain distribution of the lead-free bismuth-based (1 - x)(Bi1/2Na1/2TiO3-Bi1/2K1/2TiO3) - x(Bi1/2Mg1/2TiO3) piezoceramics which show a relaxor behavior using dual AC resonance tracking (DART) piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM). By using excitation frequencies at either side of the contact resonance peak of the torsional cantilever vibration, an enhanced contrast in the amplitude and phase images of the piezoresponse can be achieved. Additionally, this tracking technique reduces the topographical crosstalk while mapping the local electromechanical properties. The true drive amplitude, drive phase, contact resonant frequency and quality factor can be estimated from DART-PFM data obtained with vertically or torsionally vibrating cantilevers. This procedure yields a three-dimensional quantitative map of the local piezoelectric properties of the relaxor ferroelectric samples. With this approach, torsional DART allowed for the visualization of fine substructures within the monodomains, suggesting the existence of PNRs in relaxor ferroelectrics. The domain structures of the PNRs were visualized with high precision, and the local electromechanical characteristics of the lead-free relaxor ferroelectrics were quantitatively mapped.Polar nanoregions (PNRs) play a key role in the functionality of relaxor ferroelectrics; however, visualizing them in lead-free relaxor ferroelectrics with high lateral resolution is still challenging. Thus, we studied herein the local ferroelectric domain distribution of the lead-free bismuth-based (1 - x)(Bi1/2Na1/2TiO3-Bi1/2K1/2TiO3) - x(Bi1/2Mg1/2TiO3) piezoceramics which show a relaxor behavior using dual AC resonance tracking (DART) piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM). By using excitation frequencies at either side of the contact resonance peak of the torsional cantilever vibration, an enhanced contrast in the amplitude and phase images of the piezoresponse can be achieved. Additionally, this tracking technique reduces the topographical crosstalk while mapping the local electromechanical properties. The true drive amplitude, drive phase, contact resonant frequency and quality factor can be estimated from DART-PFM data obtained with vertically or torsionally vibrating cantilevers. This procedure yields a three-dimensional quantitative map of the local piezoelectric properties of the relaxor ferroelectric samples. With this approach, torsional DART allowed for the visualization of fine substructures within the monodomains, suggesting the existence of PNRs in relaxor ferroelectrics. The domain structures of the PNRs were visualized with high precision, and the local electromechanical characteristics of the lead-free relaxor ferroelectrics were quantitatively mapped. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr01326g

  15. Lead-Free Propellant for Propellant Actuated Devices

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    Goodwin, John L.

    2000-01-01

    Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division's CAD/PAD Department has been working to remove toxic compounds from our products for about a decade. In 1992, we embarked on an effort to develop a lead-free double base propellant to replace that of a foreign sole source. At the time there were availability concerns. In 1995, the department developed a strategic proposal to include a wider range of products. Efforts included such efforts as removing lead sheathing from linear explosives and replacing lead azide and lead styphnate compounds. This paper will discuss efforts specifically related to developing non-leaded double base propellant for use in various Propellant Actuated Devices (PADs) for aircrew escape systems. The propellants can replace their leaded counterparts, mitigating lead handling, processing, or toxic exposure to the environment and personnel. This work eliminates the use of leaded compounds, replacing them with a more environmentally benign metal-organic salt. Historically double-base propellants have held an advantage over other families of energetic materials through their relative insensitivity of the burning rate to changes in temperature and pressure. This desirable ballistic effect has been obtained with the use of a lead-organic salt alone or in a physical mixture with a copper-organic salt, or more recently with a lead-copper complex. These ballistic modifiers are typically added to the double-base 'paste' prior to gelatinization on heated calendars or one type or another. The effect of constant burning rate over a pressure range is called a 'plateau' while an even more beneficial effect of decreasing burning rate with increasing pressure is termed a 'mesa.' The latter effect results in very low temperature sensitivity of the propellant burning rate. Propellants with such effects are ideal tactical rocket motor propellants. The use of lead compounds poses a concern for the environment and personnel safety due to the metal's toxic nature when introduced into the atmosphere by propellant manufacturing, rocket firings, and disposal. Two separate programs are underway at Indian Head to replace the leaded ballistic modifiers in NOSIH-AA-2 and KU propellants. Although the system requirements were very different, the programs gained valuable information from one another throughout their course.

  16. Piezoelectric valve

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    Petrenko, Serhiy Fedorovich

    2013-01-15

    A motorized valve has a housing having an inlet and an outlet to be connected to a pipeline, a saddle connected with the housing, a turn plug having a rod, the turn plug cooperating with the saddle, and a drive for turning the valve body and formed as a piezoelectric drive, the piezoelectric drive including a piezoelectric generator of radially directed standing acoustic waves, which is connected with the housing and is connectable with a pulse current source, and a rotor operatively connected with the piezoelectric generator and kinematically connected with the rod of the turn plug so as to turn the turn plug when the rotor is actuated by the piezoelectric generator.

  17. Mitigation of thermal and fatigue behavior in K0.5Na0.5NbO3-based lead free piezoceramics

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    Zhang, Shujun; Xia, Ru; Hao, Hua; Liu, Hanxing; Shrout, Thomas R.

    2008-01-01

    K0.5Na0.5NbO3-(KNN) based lead free materials have been found to exhibit good piezoelectric properties (d33?250 pC?N) due to the orthorhombic-tetragonal polymorphic phase transition (PPT) temperature compositionally shifted downward to near room temperature. However, associated with the PPT are issues of temperature and domain instability, making them impractical for applications. In this work, CaTiO3 (CT) was used to effectively shift the PPT downward in effort to mitigate these issues. As expected, CT modified KNN based materials exhibited nearly temperature independent properties (?50?200 C) and fatigue-free behavior, together with its relatively high d33 value of ?200 pC?N, make the CT modified KNN based materials excellent candidates for lead free actuators and transducers. PMID:19479047

  18. Good Quality Factor in GdMnO3-Doped (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 Piezoelectric Ceramics

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    Bucur, Raul Alin; Badea, Iuliana; Bucur, Alexandra Ioana; Novaconi, Stefan

    2016-02-01

    (1 - x)(K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 - xGdMnO3 (KNN-xGM) ferroelectric ceramics (0 ≤ x ≤ 5 mol.%) were obtained through a solid state technique. For all the studied compositions, orthorhombic perovskite crystalline structures were obtained at room temperature. GdMnO3 suppresses the grain growth and gives rather homogenous microstructures as the concentration increases. The doped ceramics exhibita good dielectric response, a "hard" ferroelectric behavior and good piezoelectric properties. An improved mechanical quality factor of 1180 and a high Curie temperature T C = 400°C, coupled with k p = 0.426, makes the composition x = 1 mol.% GdMnO3 suitable for lead-free piezoelectric materials for high-power and high-temperature applications.

  19. Lead-Free vs Tin-Lead Reliability of Advanced Electronic Assemblies

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    Ghaffarian, Reza

    2005-01-01

    This presentation will provide the technical background and specific information published in literature related to reliability test, analyses, modeling, and associated issues for lead-free solder package assemblies in comparison to their tin-lead solder alloys. It also presents current understanding of lead-free thermal cycle test performance in support.

  20. Characterization of tin crystal orientation evolution during thermal cycling in lead-free solder joints

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    Zhou, Bite

    To address the long term reliability of lead-free solder joints in electronic devices during thermal cycling, the fundamental understanding of deformation mechanisms was studied using polarized light optical microscopy (PLM), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) in scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD). Near-eutectic Sn-3.0(wt %) Ag-0.5(wt %) Cu (SAC305) lead-free solder joints were assessed in three different package designs: low-strain plastic ball grid array (PBGA), medium-strain fine-pitch ball grid array (BGA), and high-strain wafer-level-chip-scale package (WLCSP). The effect of microstructure evolution on solder failure is correlated with dislocation slip activities. The major failure mode in lead-free solder joints during thermal cycling that causes the electrical failure of the device is cracking in the bulk Sn near the Si chip/solder interface. Microstructure and Sn grain orientation evolution usually precedes crack development. A combined approach of both statistical analysis of a large number of solder joints, and detailed studies of individual solder balls was used to investigate the causes of fracture. Sn crystal orientation evolution and its effect on deformation was characterized in solder joints with different thermal histories, and compared with those from other package designs with different effective strain levels. The relationship between the initial dominant and localized recrystallized Sn grain orientations on crack development was investigated. It is found that in the low-strain package design, cracking is strongly correlated with Sn grain orientations with the [001] direction (c-axis) nearly aligned with the chip/solder interface. But no cracks were observed in solder balls with dominant orientations that have the c-axis normal to the interface plane. In higher-strain packages, however, cracking occurred in a variety of Sn grain orientations, and even solder balls with dominant orientations that are resistant to fracture in the low-strain package design cracked. Nevertheless, at the early stage of deformation in WLCSP samples, more dramatic plastic deformation and damage was observed in a row of solder balls with similar c-axis orientations (with the [001] direction nearly aligned with the interface plane). Microstructure evolution preceding crack propagation is apparent in all package designs. Both continuous and discontinuous recrystallization processes were observed in solder joints after thermal cycling. More significant microstructure evolution and recrystallization occurred in higher strain package designs. Statistical analysis reveals that there is an increase in the number of high energy high angle grain boundaries and a decrease of low energy low angle and twin boundaries during thermal cycling. Crack propagation was facilitated by the high angle random boundaries developed during recrystallization, whereas the twin boundaries (with near 60 misorientation about the Sn [100] axis) were more resistant to cracking. The relative ease of the deformation of different Sn grain orientations also influenced crack development. Crack propagation was impeded by the hard orientations (with c -axis normal to the interface) that developed during continuous recrystallization. The gradual lattice rotation during the continuous recrystallization process is correlated with dislocation slip on facile slip systems. Local concentration of elastic strain and orientation gradients inside a continuously recrystallized grain are correlated with slip activities, and locally recovered regions may become nucleation sites for the primary recrystallization upon further straining.

  1. Structure and electrical properties of Na1/2Bi1/2TiO3-xK1/2Bi1/2TiO3 lead-free ferroelectric single crystals

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    Zhang, Haiwu; Chen, Chao; Zhao, Xiangyong; Deng, Hao; Ren, Bo; Li, Xiaobing; Luo, Haosu; Li, Shundao

    2015-01-01

    Dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of lead-free Na1/2Bi1/2TiO3-xK1/2Bi1/2TiO3 (NBT-xKBT) ferroelectric single crystals were characterized systematically. With increasing KBT concentration, the remanent polarization and coercive electric field decrease, while the piezoelectric constant and the electromechanical coupling coefficient increase. The evolution of average and local structures as a function of temperature and composition was investigated using in-situ X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The structure/property relationship of NBT-xKBT single crystals was discussed in detail.

  2. Effect of crystallographic orientation in textured Ba0.92Ca0.08TiO3 piezoelectric ceramics

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    Haugen, Astri Bjrnetun; Morozov, Maxim I.; Johnsson, Mats; Grande, Tor; Einarsrud, Mari-Ann

    2014-10-01

    Strongly textured lead-free Ba0.92Ca0.08TiO3 piezoelectric ceramics were fabricated by tape casting and templated grain growth. Dense ceramics with both favorable ?100? and unfavorable ?111? texture were successfully prepared. Enhanced piezoelectric performance was demonstrated for ceramics with ?100? texture, in line with the predictions based on reported piezoelectric coefficients of tetragonal BaTiO3. Due to the expanded tetragonal range through Ca-substitution, ?100? texture is favorable over a wide temperature range. The ?100? texture also results in the enhanced piezoelectric performance being temperature-independent. In addition to engineering of stable, high-performance lead-free piezoelectric ceramics, this study has demonstrated that consideration of the extender/rotator nature of piezoelectric properties is imperative for improving the piezoelectric response through texturing.

  3. NASA-DoD Lower Process Temperature Lead-Free Solder Project Overview

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    Kessel, Kurt R.

    2014-01-01

    This project is a follow-on effort to the Joint Council on Aging AircraftJoint Group on Pollution Prevention (JCAAJG-PP) Pb-free Solder Project and NASA-DoD Lead-Free Electronics Project which were the first projects to test the reliability of Pb-free solder joints against the requirements of the aerospace and military community. This effort would continue to build on the results from the JCAAJG-PP Lead-Free Solder Project and NASA-DoD Lead-Free Electronics Project while focusing on a particular failure mechanism currently plaguing Pb-free assemblies, pad cratering.The NASA-DoD Lead-Free Electronics Project confirmed that pad cratering is one of the dominant failure modes that occur in various board level reliability tests, especially under dynamic loading. Pad Cratering is a latent defect that may occur during assembly, rework, and post assembly handling and testing.

  4. Piezoelectric Film.

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    Garrison, Steve

    1992-01-01

    Presents activities that utilize piezoelectric film to familiarize students with fundamental principles of electricity. Describes classroom projects involving chemical sensors, microbalances, microphones, switches, infrared sensors, and power generation. (MDH)

  5. Comprehensive investigation of elastic and electrical properties of Li/Ta-modified (K,Na)NbO3 lead-free piezoceramics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yao, Fang-Zhou; Wang, Ke; Li, Jing-Feng

    2013-05-01

    A full set of elastic and electrical coefficients of (K,Na)NbO3-based lead-free piezoceramics with a nominal composition of Li0.03(K0.48Na0.52)0.97(Nb0.8Ta0.2)O3 (abbreviated as KNNLT) was evaluated by the standard resonance method, and compared to those of K4CuNb8O23 doped (K0.45Na0.55)NbO3 (KNN-KCN) as well as typical Pb(Zr,Ti)O3-based piezoceramics PZT5A. The measurement of intermediate elastic stiffness and compliance coefficients of KNNLT indicated that KNNLT is elastically "softer" than KNN-KCN but "harder" than PZT5A. An extremely high piezoelectric stiffness coefficient h33 = 68.8 108 V/m was obtained, due to an especially low clamped dielectric constant ?33S of 361. And a large longitudinal electromechanical coupling factor k33 = 57% was observed in the KNNLT system. Furthermore, the piezoelectric coefficient d33 of KNNLT was characterized via three distinctive methods: the resonance method, the Berlincourt method, and the converse piezoelectric strain measurement; while these three techniques yielded values of 174 pC/N, 195 pC/N, and 308 pm/V, respectively. The difference in d33 values determined by the three methods may be attributed to different measurement frequencies and extrinsic piezoelectric contributions related to domain wall vibration and domain switching. Besides, the piezoelectric performances of KNNLT piezoceramics were found insensitive to frequency but susceptible to temperature and electric field cycling.

  6. Dielectric/piezoelectric properties and temperature dependence of domain structure evolution in lead free (KNa)NbO single crystal

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lin, Dabin; Li, Zhenrong; Zhang, Shujun; Xu, Zhuo; Yao, Xi

    2009-10-01

    (K 0.5Na 0.5)NbO 3 (KNN) single crystals were grown using a high temperature flux method. The dielectric permittivity was measured as a function of temperature for [001]-oriented KNN single crystals. The ferroelectric phase transition temperatures, including the rhombohedral-orthorhombic T, orthorhombic-tetragonal T and tetragonal-cubic TC were found to be located at -149 ∘C, 205 ∘C and 393 ∘C, respectively. The domain structure evolution with an increasing temperature in [001]-oriented KNN single crystal was observed using polarized light microscopy (PLM), where three distinguished changes of the domain structures were found to occur at -150 ∘C, 213 ∘C and 400 ∘C, corresponding to the three phase transition temperatures.

  7. Ferroelectric domain switching kinetics of a lead-free AgNbO3 thin film on glass substrate

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    Ahn, Yoonho; Seo, Jeongdae; Son, Jong Yeog

    2015-12-01

    Lead-free silver niobate (AgNbO3) thin film was deposited on glass substrate by pulsed laser deposition. Ferroelectric properties of the AgNbO3 thin film were investigated. The AgNbO3 thin film capacitor exhibited good ferroelectricity with a remnant polarization of about 15.7 ?C/cm2 (2Pr ? 31.4 ?C/cm2) at room temperature and fast switching behavior within about 130 ns. Triangular grains on the ANO thin film surface were observed by atomic force microscopy (AFM). By using piezoelectric force microscopy (PFM), we investigated ferroelectric domain switching and domain wall motion of the AgNbO3 thin film. From the domain wall speed as a function of applied electric field in the AgNbO3 thin film, activation energy of domain wall motion was derived. Compared to the PbTiO3 thin film reported previously, the AgNbO3 thin film showed faster switching behavior which could be attributed to its lower activation energy for domain wall motion.

  8. The micro-droplet behavior of a molten lead-free solder in an inkjet printing process

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    Tsai, M. H.; Hwang, W. S.; Chou, H. H.

    2009-12-01

    An experimental investigation on the droplet formation of molten Sn3.0 wt%Ag0.5 wt%Cu alloy by an inkjet printing process was conducted. The printing process used a piezoelectric print head with a nozzle orifice diameter of 50 m. Micro-droplets of a molten lead-free solder were ejected at 230 C. The print head was driven by a bipolar pulse 40 V in amplitude. The major variables for this study were two pulse times; trise/tfinalrise and tfall, as well as N2 back-pressure in the molten solder reservoir. Under various printing conditions, extrusion of the liquid column, contraction of liquid thread and pinch-off of liquid thread at nozzle exit were observed by monitoring the dynamics of the molten solder droplet ejection process. The droplet formation was found to be insensitive to trise and tfinalrise in the range of 250-1000 s. The behavior of droplet formation was, however, significantly affected by the transfer rate, tfall, in the range of 30-60 s and tfall of 50 s yielded the most desirable condition of single droplet formation. The N2 back-pressure was also found to be critical, where a back pressure between 10 and 21 kPa could give the desirable single-droplet formation condition.

  9. Enhanced piezoelectric and mechanical properties of AlN-modified BaTiO3 composite ceramics.

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    Xu, Dan; Wang, Lidong; Li, Weili; Wang, Wei; Hou, Yafei; Cao, Wenping; Feng, Yu; Fei, Weidong

    2014-07-14

    BaTiO3-xAlN (BT-xAlN) composite ceramics were prepared by conventional solid state reaction sintering. The effects of the AlN content on the crystalline structures, densities, and electrical and mechanical properties of the BT ceramics were investigated. The BT-1.5%AlN ceramic exhibits a good piezoelectric constant of 305 pC N(-1) and an improved Vickers hardness of 5.9 GPa. The enhanced piezoelectricity originates from interactions between defect dipoles and spontaneous polarization inside the domains due to the occurrence of local symmetry, caused by the preferential distribution of the Al(3+)-N(3-) pairs vertical to the c axis. The hardening of the material is attributed to the improved density, and particle and grain boundary strengthening. Our work indicates that if a suitable doping ion pair is designed, lead-free ceramic systems prepared from ordinary raw materials by a conventional sintering method have a high probability of exhibiting good piezoelectric and mechanical properties simultaneously. PMID:24852079

  10. Mechanical properties of metal-core piezoelectric fiber

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    Sato, Hiroshi; Nagamine, Masaru

    2005-05-01

    In the previous conference, we produced a new metal core-containing piezoelectric ceramics fiber by the hydrothermal method and extrusion method. The insertion of metal core is significant in view of its greater strength than ceramics materials, and electrodes are not required in the fiber's sensor and actuator applications. A new smart board was designed by mounting these piezoelectric fibers onto the surface of a CFRP composite. After that, this board is able to use this board to a sensor, actuator and vibration suppression. In this paper, we measured s mechanical properties of metal core piezoelectric fiber. We examined the tension test of a piezo-electric fiber, and measured the Young's modulus and breaking strength. Moreover, the expansion in the fiber unit was measured, and the displacement of the direction of d31 was measured. In addition, a piezo-electric fiber that used lead free material (BNT-BT-BKT) to correspond to environmental problems in recent years was made.

  11. Design and fabrication of lanthanum-doped tin-silver-copper lead-free solder for the next generation of microelectronics applications in severe environment

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sadiq, Muhammad

    Tin-Lead solder (Sn-Pb) has long been used in the Electronics industry. But, due to its toxic nature and environmental effects, certain restrictions are made on its use by the European Rehabilitation of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, and therefore, many researchers are looking to replace it. The urgent need for removing lead from solder alloys led to the very fast introduction of lead-free solder alloys without a deep knowledge of their behavior. Therefore, an extensive knowledge and understanding of the mechanical behavior of the emerging generation of lead-free solders is required to satisfy the demands of structural reliability. Sn-Ag-Cu (SAC) solders are widely used as lead-free replacements but their coarse microstructure and formation of hard and brittle Inter-Metallic Compounds (IMCs) have limited their use in high temperature applications. Many additives are studied to refine the microstructure and improve the mechanical properties of SAC solders including iron (Fe), bismuth (Bi), antimony (Sb) and indium (In) etc. Whereas many researchers studied the impact of novel rare earth (RE) elements like lanthanum (La), cerium (Ce) and lutetium (Lu) on SAC solders. These RE elements are known as “vitamins of metals” because of their special surface active properties. They reduce the surface free energy, refine the grain size and improve the mechanical properties of many lead free solder alloys like Sn-Ag, Sn-Cu and SAC but still a systematic study is required to explore the special effects of “La” on the eutectic SAC alloys. The objective of this PhD thesis is to extend the current knowledge about lead free solders of SAC alloys towards lanthanum doping with varying environmental conditions implemented during service. This thesis is divided into six main parts.

  12. Performance of Lead-Free versus Lead-Based Hunting Ammunition in Ballistic Soap

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    Gremse, Felix; Krone, Oliver; Thamm, Mirko; Kiessling, Fabian; Tolba, René Hany; Rieger, Siegfried; Gremse, Carl

    2014-01-01

    Background Lead-free hunting bullets are an alternative to lead-containing bullets which cause health risks for humans and endangered scavenging raptors through lead ingestion. However, doubts concerning the effectiveness of lead-free hunting bullets hinder the wide-spread acceptance in the hunting and wildlife management community. Methods We performed terminal ballistic experiments under standardized conditions with ballistic soap as surrogate for game animal tissue to characterize dimensionally stable, partially fragmenting, and deforming lead-free bullets and one commonly used lead-containing bullet. The permanent cavities created in soap blocks are used as a measure for the potential wound damage. The soap blocks were imaged using computed tomography to assess the volume and shape of the cavity and the number of fragments. Shots were performed at different impact speeds, covering a realistic shooting range. Using 3D image segmentation, cavity volume, metal fragment count, deflection angle, and depth of maximum damage were determined. Shots were repeated to investigate the reproducibility of ballistic soap experiments. Results All bullets showed an increasing cavity volume with increasing deposited energy. The dimensionally stable and fragmenting lead-free bullets achieved a constant conversion ratio while the deforming copper and lead-containing bullets showed a ratio, which increases linearly with the total deposited energy. The lead-containing bullet created hundreds of fragments and significantly more fragments than the lead-free bullets. The deflection angle was significantly higher for the dimensionally stable bullet due to its tumbling behavior and was similarly low for the other bullets. The deforming bullets achieved higher reproducibility than the fragmenting and dimensionally stable bullets. Conclusion The deforming lead-free bullet closely resembled the deforming lead-containing bullet in terms of energy conversion, deflection angle, cavity shape, and reproducibility, showing that similar terminal ballistic behavior can be achieved. Furthermore, the volumetric image processing allowed superior analysis compared to methods that involve cutting of the soap blocks. PMID:25029572

  13. Dielectric and magnetic coupling in lead-free FeAlO 3 magnetoelectric compound

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    Ctica, L. F.; Santos, I. A.; Venet, M.; Garcia, D.; Eiras, J. A.; Coelho, A. A.

    2008-07-01

    A lead-free FeAlO 3 multiferroic magnetoelectric compound was obtained through the sol-gel technique with subsequent annealing in an oxidative atmosphere. Dielectric investigations revealed a frequency- and temperature-dependent dielectric anomaly, which can be probably coupled to the sample magnetic ordering at around 220 K. These results indicate that the lead-free FeAlO 3 magnetoelectric compound, which has a lower environmental impact in comparison to other multiferroics, is a potential candidate to be employed in areas where the magnetoelectric effect can be exploited.

  14. Lead-free precussion primer mixes based on metastable interstitial composite (MIC) technology

    DOEpatents

    Dixon, George P.; Martin, Joe A.; Thompson, Don

    1998-01-01

    A lead-free percussion primer composition and a percussion cup containing e composition. The lead-free percussion primer composition is comprised of a mixture of about 45 wt % aluminum powder having an outer coating of aluminum oxide and molybdenum trioxide powder or a mixture of about 50 wt % aluminum powder having an outer coating of aluminum oxide and polytetrafluoroethylene powder. The aluminum powder, molybdenum trioxide powder and polytetrafluoroethylene powder has a particle size of 0.1 .mu.m or less, more preferably a particle size of from about 200-500 angstroms.

  15. Structure and temperature dependent electrical properties of lead-free Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3- SrZrO3 ceramics

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    Maqbool, Adnan; Rahman, Jamil ur; Hussain, Ali; Park, Jong Kyu; Gone Park, Tae; Song, Jae Sung; Kim, Myong Ho

    2014-06-01

    Lead-free SrZrO3-modified Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 (BNT-SZ) ceramics were fabricated by a conventional solid state reaction method. X-ray diffraction analysis reveals a pure perovskite phase without any traces of secondary phases. Scanning electron microscopy images depicts dense grain morphology. The temperature dependences of the dielectric behavior was measured in the temperature range of 50-500 C at 100 kHz. With the increase in SZ content, the dielectric constant (?r) constantly decreased and the maximum dielectric constant temperature (Tm) shifted towards lower temperatures. In addition to this, ferroelectric hysteresis loops indicated a disruption of ferroelectric order and increase in the relaxor character of BNT ceramics with increase in SZ concentration. A maximum values of remnant polarization (32 ?C/cm2) and piezoelectric constant (100 pC/N) were observed at SZ5 and SZ4, respectively.

  16. Electronic Properties of Lead-Free (Ba0.95Ca0.05)(Ti0.92Sn0.08)O3 Piezoceramic Nanofibers by Electrospinning

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    Sahoo, Benudhar; Panda, Prasanta Kumar

    2015-11-01

    Lead-free (Ba0.95Ca0.05)(Ti0.92Sn0.08)O3, (BCTS) piezoceramic nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning acetate precursor solutions in polyvinyl pyrrolidone, followed by calcining at 1150ºC for 2 h. X-ray diffraction of calcined nanofibers confirmed the formation of the BCTS phase and energy dispersive x-ray analysis confirmed the presence of Ca and Sn ions. The scanning electron microscope studies showed cylindrical fibers with a diameter in the range 80-275 nm. The dielectric constant and piezoelectric charge constant ( d 33) were 3485 at 100 Hz, RT and 398 pC/N, respectively.

  17. High-Performance Lead-Free Piezoceramics with High Curie Temperatures.

    PubMed

    Lee, Myang Hwan; Kim, Da Jeong; Park, Jin Su; Kim, Sang Wook; Song, Tae Kwon; Kim, Myong-Ho; Kim, Won-Jeong; Do, Dalhyun; Jeong, Il-Kyoung

    2015-11-01

    A bismuth ferrite and barium titanate solid solution compound can achieve good piezoelectric properties with a high Curie temperature when fabricated with low-temperature sintering followed by a water-quenching process, with no complicated grain alignment processes performed. By adding the super-tetragonal bismuth gallium oxide to the compound, the piezoelectric properties are as good as those of lead zirconate titanate ceramics. PMID:26444562

  18. How to Identify Lead Free Certification Marks for Drinking Water System & Plumbing Products

    EPA Science Inventory

    The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act went into effect on January 4, 2014. The Act has reduced the lead content allowed in water system and plumbing products by changing the definition of lead free in Section 1417 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) from not more than 8% ...

  19. Lead-free solders: issues of toxicity, availability and impacts of extraction

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    Ku, A.; Shapiro, A. A.; Kua, A.; Ogunseitan, O.; Saphores, J. D.; Schoenung, J. M.

    2003-01-01

    This project set out to evaluate the critical issues of toxicity and public health effects, material availability, and the environmental impacts of raw material extraction and metal finishing, with the goal of using environmental impact as a factor in selecting feasible lead-free alloys.

  20. How to Identify Lead-Free Certification Marks for Drinking Water System & Plumbing Materials

    EPA Science Inventory

    In 2011, Congress passed the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which effectively reduces the lead content allowed in material used for potable water plumbing. The Act, which will go into effect on January 4, 2014, changes the definition of lead-free by reducing allowed...

  1. How to Identify Lead-Free Certification Marks for Drinking Water System & Plumbing Materials - Presentation

    EPA Science Inventory

    In 2011, Congress passed the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which effectively reduces the lead content allowed in material used for potable water plumbing. The Act, which will go into effect on January 4, 2014, changes the definition of lead-free by reducing allowed...

  2. Joint Lead-Free Solder Test Program for High Reliability Military and Space Applications

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Brown, Christina

    2004-01-01

    Current and future space and defense systems face potential risks from the continued use of tin-lead solder, including: compliance with current environmental regulations, concerns about potential environmental legislation banning lead-containing products, reduced mission readiness, and component obsolescence with lead surface finishes. For example, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has lowered the Toxic Chemical Release reporting threshold for lead to 100 pounds. Overseas, the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and the Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Dicctives in Europe and similar mandates in Japan have instilled concern that a legislative body will prohibit the use of lead in aerospace/military electronics soldering. Any potential banning of lead compounds could reduce the supplier base and adversely affect the readiness of missions led by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Before considering lead-free electronics for system upgrades or future designs, however, it is important for the DoD and NASA to know whether lead-free solders can meet their systems' requirements. No single lead-free solder is likely to qualify for all defense and space applications. Therefore, it is important to validate alternative solders for discrete applications. As a result of the need for comprehensive test data on the reliability of lead-free solders, a partnership was formed between the DoD, NASA, and several original equipment manufactures (OEMs) to conduct solder-joint reliability (laboratory) testing of three lead-free solder alloys on newly manufactured and reworked circuit cards to generate performance data for high-reliability (IPC Class 3) applications.

  3. Compositional dependence of phase structure and electrical properties in (K0.42Na0.58)NbO3-LiSbO3 lead-free ceramics

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    Wu, Jiagang; Xiao, Dingquan; Wang, Yuanyu; Zhu, Jianguo; Yu, Ping; Jiang, Yihang

    2007-12-01

    (1-x)(K0.42Na0.58)NbO3-xLiSbO3 [(1-x)KNN-xLS] lead-free piezoelectric ceramics were prepared by the conventional mixed oxide method. The compositional dependence of the phase structure and the electrical properties of the ceramics were studied. A morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) between the orthorhombic and tetragonal phases was identified in the composition range of 0.04piezoelectric properties. The ceramics with 5 mol. % LS exhibit enhanced electrical properties (d33270 pC/N, kp47.2%, Tc364 C , To-t=35 C, ?r1412, tan ? 2.8%, and Pr25.7 ?C/cm2; Ec11.1 kV/cm) and possess low dielectric loss (<2%) at 10 and 100 kHz at high temperature (250-400 C). The low dielectric loss at high temperature is very important for high-temperature application of the ceramics. The related mechanism of the enhanced electrical properties of the ceramics was also discussed. These results show that (1-x)KNN-xLS (x =0.05) ceramic is a promising lead-free piezoelectric material.

  4. Domain structures and local switching in lead-free piezoceramics Ba0.85Ca0.15Ti0.90Zr0.10O3

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    Turygin, A. P.; Neradovskiy, M. M.; Naumova, N. A.; Zayats, D. V.; Coondoo, I.; Kholkin, A. L.; Shur, V. Ya.

    2015-08-01

    Lead-free piezoelectrics are becoming increasingly important in view of environmental problems of currently used lead-based perovskites such as lead zirconate titanate (PZT). One of the recent candidates for PZT replacement, solid solutions of BaZr0.2Ti0.8O3 and Ba0.7Ca0.3TiO3, are investigated in this work by piezoresponse force microscopy. Coexistence of the tetragonal and rhombohedral phases in this material is observed, which probably gives rise to easy polarization switching due to multiple domain states. The period of observed domain lamella scales with the grain size obeying well-known square root dependence characteristic of BaTiO3 ceramics. Domain switching and relaxation are investigated at the nanoscale as a function of the applied voltage and duration of the applied voltage pulses. The observed distortion of piezoresponse hysteresis loops near grain boundaries is attested to the increased concentration of defects. Nanoscale piezoelectric properties of these materials are discussed.

  5. Site engineering and polarization characteristics in (Ba1-yCay)(Ti1-xHfx)O3 lead-free ceramics

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    Zhao, Chunlin; Wu, Wenjuan; Wang, Hui; Wu, Jiagang

    2016-01-01

    Here we improved both piezoelectricity and strain of BaTiO3-based ceramics using composition designs and the optimization of poling conditions. In this work, the (Ba1-yCay)(Ti1-xHfx)O3 lead-free ceramics were fabricated by a conventional solid-state reaction method, and we systematically investigated the composition dependence of their phase structures, microstructure, electrical properties, and polarization characteristics. A multiphase coexistence concerning rhombohedral-orthorhombic and orthorhombic-tetragonal (R-O/O-T) was observed in the ceramics with x = 0.10 and y = 0.15, and then an enhanced piezoelectricity of d33 ˜ 540 pC N-1 and a large strain of ˜0.21% can be attained. More importantly, a larger d33 can be reached when sintered at 1450 °C and polarized at their corresponding phase transition temperatures. We believe that this investigation can benefit the development of barium titanate ceramics.

  6. Preparation and piezoelectric properties of potassium sodium niobate glass ceramics

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    Jiang, Shan; Wang, Xuan-Ming; Li, Jia-Yu; Zhang, Yong; Zheng, Tao; Lv, Jing-Wen

    2015-06-01

    This paper describes the preparation of a piezoelectric glass ceramic material from potassium sodium niobate (K0.5Na0.5NbO3; KNN) using a novel melting method. The effects of the subsequent heat-treatment on the optical, thermal, electrical, and mechanical properties of the material are carefully examined, and its crystal structure and surface morphology are characterized respectively by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. This new material has a much higher piezoelectric coefficient (163 pCN-1) than traditional piezoelectric ceramics (131 pCN-1). On this basis therefore, a strategy for the future study and development of lead-free KNN-based piezoelectric glass ceramics is proposed.

  7. An integrated microfluidic chip with 40 MHz lead-free transducer for fluid analysis

    SciTech Connect

    Lee, S. T. F.; Lam, K. H.; Lei, L.; Zhang, X. M.; Chan, H. L. W.

    2011-02-15

    The design, fabrication, and evaluation of a high-frequency transducer made from lead-free piezoceramic for the application of microfluidic analysis is described. Barium strontium zirconate titanate [(Ba{sub 0.95}Sr{sub 0.05})(Zr{sub 0.05}Ti{sub 0.95})O{sub 3}, abbreviated as BSZT] ceramic has been chosen to be the active element of the transducer. The center frequency and bandwidth of this high-frequency ultrasound transducer have been measured to be 43 MHz and 56.1%, respectively. The transducer was integrated into a microfluidic channel and used to measure the sound velocity and attenuation of the liquid flowing in the channel. Results suggest that lead-free high-frequency transducers could be used for in situ analysis of property of the fluid flowing through the microfluidic system.

  8. Prototyping lead-free solders on hand-soldered, through-hole circuit boards

    SciTech Connect

    Vianco, P.T.; Mizik, P.M.

    1993-12-31

    The lead-free solders 96.5Sn-3.5Ag (wt %), 95.5Sn-4.0Cu-0.5Ag, 91. 84Sn-3.33Ag-4.83Bi were used in the assembly of a through-hole circuit board to determine the feasibility of their suitability in hand soldering processes. Prototypes assembled with 63Sn-37Pb solder were manufactured to serve as control units. Implementation of the lead-free alloys were performed with a rosin-based, mildly activated (RMA) flux and a 700{degree}F soldering tip. A procedure was developed to remove the tin-lead finish from the leaded components and replace it with a 100Sn hot dipped coating. Assembly feasibility was demonstrated for all three lead-free solders. Defect counts were greater than observed with the tin-lead control alloy; however, the number of defects diminished with experience gained by the operator. Visual examination of the solder joints indicated satisfactory wetting of both the device leads and circuit board land with no apparent damage to the underlying laminate nor to the device packages. Cross sections of the lead-free solder joints showed that the were more susceptible to void formation within the holes than was the case with the tin-lead solder. Some cracking was observed at the interface between the Sn-Ag-Bi solder and the copper lands; the relatively high strength of this solder and fast cooling rate of the hand assembly process was believed responsible for this defect.

  9. NASA-DoD Lead-Free Electronics Project: Vibration Test

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    Woodrow, Thomas A.

    2010-01-01

    Vibration testing was conducted by Boeing Research and Technology (Seattle) for the NASA-DoD Lead-Free Electronics Solder Project. This project is a follow-on to the Joint Council on Aging Aircraft/Joint Group on Pollution Prevention (JCAA/JG-PP) Lead-Free Solder Project which was the first group to test the reliability of lead-free solder joints against the requirements of the aerospace/miLItary community. Twenty seven test vehicles were subjected to the vibration test conditions (in two batches). The random vibration Power Spectral Density (PSD) input was increased during the test every 60 minutes in an effort to fail as many components as possible within the time allotted for the test. The solder joints on the components were electrically monitored using event detectors and any solder joint failures were recorded on a Labview-based data collection system. The number of test minutes required to fail a given component attached with SnPb solder was then compared to the number of test minutes required to fail the same component attached with lead-free solder. A complete modal analysis was conducted on one test vehicle using a laser vibrometer system which measured velocities, accelerations, and displacements at one . hundred points. The laser vibrometer data was used to determine the frequencies of the major modes of the test vehicle and the shapes of the modes. In addition, laser vibrometer data collected during the vibration test was used to calculate the strains generated by the first mode (using custom software). After completion of the testing, all of the test vehicles were visually inspected and cross sections were made. Broken component leads and other unwanted failure modes were documented.

  10. Logistics for the implementation of lead-free solders on electronic assemblies

    SciTech Connect

    Vianco, P.T.; Artaki, I.

    1993-12-31

    The prospects of legislative and regulatory action aimed at taxing, restricting or banning lead-bearing materials from manufactured products has prompted the electronics community to examine the implementation of lead-free solders to replace currently used lead-containing alloys in the manufacture of electronic devices and assemblies. The logistics for changing the well established ``tin-lead solder technology`` require not only the selection of new compositions but also the qualification of different surface finishes and manufacturing processes. The meniscometer/wetting balance technique was used to evaluate the wettability of several candidate lead-free solders as well as to establish windows on processing parameters so as to facilitate prototype manufacturing. Electroplated and electroless 100Sn coatings, as well as organic preservatives, were also examined as potential alternative finishes for device leads and terminations as well as circuit board conductor surfaces to replace traditional tin-lead layers. Sandia National Laboratories and AT&T have implemented a program to qualify the manufacturing feasibility of surface mount prototype circuit boards using several commercial lead-free solders by infrared reflow technology.

  11. Lead-Free Double-Base Propellant for the 2.75 Inch Rocket Motor

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    Magill, B. T.; Nauflett, G. W.; Furrow, K. W.

    2000-01-01

    The current MK 66 2.75 inch Rocket Motor double-base propellant contains the lead-based ballistic modifier LC-12-15 to achieve the desired plateau and mesa burning rate characteristics. The use of lead compounds poses a concern for the environment and for personal safety due to the metal's toxic nature when introduced into the atmosphere by propellant manufacture, rocket motor firing, and disposal. Copper beta-resorcylate (copper 2,4-di-hydroxy-benzoate) was successfully used in propellant as a simple modifier in the mid 1970's. This and other compounds have also been mixed with lead salts to obtain more beneficial ballistic results. Synthesized complexes of lead and copper compounds soon replaced the mixtures. The complexes incorporate the lead, copper lack of organic liquids, which allows for easier propellant processing. About ten years ago, the Indian Head Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), initiated an effort to develop a lead-free propellant for use in missile systems. Several lead-free propellant candidate formulations were developed. About five years ago, NSWC, in conjunction with Alliant Techsystems, Radford Army Ammunition Plant, continued ballistic modifier investigations. A four component ballistic modifier system without lead for double-base propellants that provide adequate plateau and mesa burn rate characteristics was developed and patented. The ballistic modifier's system contains bismuth subsalicylate, 1.5 percent; copper salicylate, 1.0 percent, copper stannate, 0.77 percent; and carbon black, 0.1 percent. Action time and impulse data obtained through multiple static firings indicate that the new lead-free double-base propellant, while not a match for NOSIH-AA-2, will be a very suitable replacement in the 2.75 inch Rocket Motor. Accelerated aging of the double-base propellant containing the lead-free ballistic modifier showed that it had a much higher rate of stabilizer depletion than the AA-2. A comprehensive study showed that an increased rate of stabilizer depletion occurred in propellants containing monobasic copper salicylate. The study also showed that propellants containing a mixture of bismuth subsalicylate and copper salicylate, had only about one-half the stabilizer depletion rate than those with copper salicylate alone. The copper salicylate catalyzes the decomposition of nitroglycerin, which triggers a chain of events leading to the increased rate of stabilizer depletion. A program has been initiated to coat the ballistic modifier, thus isolating it from the nitroglycerin.

  12. High strain in (K,Na)NbO3-based lead-free piezoceramics.

    PubMed

    Tao, Hong; Wu, Jiagang; Xiao, Dingquan; Zhu, Jianguo; Wang, Xiangjian; Lou, Xiaojie

    2014-11-26

    A high strain is important for practical applications of piezoelectric actuators. Here we reported a high strain in the (K,Na)NbO3 -based ceramics by doping alkaline earths or transition metals. The ceramics possess a high strain (?0.29%) as well as a large converse piezoelectric coefficient (d33*) up to 688 pm/V, which almost matches that of PZT4 ceramics. The obtained d33* is high for nontextured (K,Na)NbO3-based ceramics. In addition, a higher d33 value (340-407 pC/N) was also attained in the ceramics. Enhanced d33 and d33* values of this work should be attributed to the multiphase coexistence's effect induced by alkaline earths or transition metals. We believe that our research can benefit the developments of (K,Na)NbO3 ceramics and widen their applications range. PMID:25384464

  13. Nanoscale Insight into Lead-Free BNT-BT-xKNN

    SciTech Connect

    Dittmer, Robert; Jo, Wook; Rdel, Jrgen; Kalinin, Sergei V

    2012-01-01

    Piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) is used to afford insight into the nanoscale electromechanical behavior of lead-free piezoceramics. Materials based on Bi{sub 1/2}Na{sub 1/2}TiO{sub 3} exhibit high strains mediated by a field-induced phase transition. Using the band excitation technique the initial domain morphology, the poling behavior, the switching behavior, and the time-dependent phase stability in the pseudo-ternary system (1-x)(0.94Bi{sub 1/2}Na{sub 1/2}TiO{sub 3}-0.06BaTiO{sub 3})-xK{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}NbO{sub 3} (0 {le} x {ge} 18 mol%) are revealed. In the base material (x = 0 mol%), macroscopic domains and ferroelectric switching can be induced from the initial relaxor state with sufficiently high electric field, yielding large macroscopic remanent strain and polarization. The addition of KNN increases the threshold field required to induce long range order and decreases the stability thereof. For x = 3 mol% the field-induced domains relax completely, which is also reflected in zero macroscopic remanence. Eventually, no long range order can be induced for x {ge} 3 mol%. This PFM study provides a novel perspective on the interplay between macroscopic and nanoscopic material properties in bulk lead-free piezoceramics.

  14. SEM/EDS analysis and characterization of gunshot residues from Brazilian lead-free ammunition.

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    Martiny, Andrea; Campos, Andrea P C; Sader, Marcia S; Pinto, Andr L

    2008-05-01

    The exposition to heavy metal-rich airborne due to fire practicing has forced to the development of heavy metal-free environmental ammunition primers all over the world. Here we characterize the GSR elements present in the Brazilian lead-free ammunition produced by Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos (CBC) and commercialized by MagTech in the U.S. and Europe under the name CleanRange centerfire cartridges. Both first and second generations of CleanRange in calibers 9 mm Luger, .40 S&W, .380 AUTO and .38 SPL were analyzed and compared to regular Brazilian CBC ammunition by scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive spectroscopy. Differences in composition and morphology of GSR particles from the two generations of CleanRange were observed. The first generation ammunition (found in Europe) presented spherical particles, being strontium the only unique element detected. The second generation (found in the U.S.) produced irregular particles composed mostly by potassium, aluminum, silicon and calcium. We can conclude that identification of GSR derived from CBC second generation lead-free ammunition in suspects' hands may be impossible without the addition of a distinct metallic taggant in the primer composition by the manufacturer. PMID:17764860

  15. Enhancing electromechanical properties of lead-free ferroelectrics with bilayer ceramic/ceramic composites.

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    Ayrikyan, Azatuhi; Rojas, Virginia; Molina-Luna, Leopoldo; Acosta, Matias; Koruza, Jurij; Webber, Kyle G

    2015-06-01

    The macroscopic electromechanical behavior of lead-free bilayer composites was characterized at room temperature. One layer consisted of a nonergodic relaxor, (Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3-7BaTiO3, with an electric-field-induced longrange ferroelectric order, whereas the other is understood to be an ergodic relaxor [(Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3-25SrTiO3] that undergoes a reversible electric-field-induced macroscopic nonpolar-to-polar transition. Microstructural evidence of a bilayer with low diffusion between the two components is also demonstrated. By taking advantage of the different macroscopic strain- and polarization-electric-field responses of the two constituents, internal mechanical and electrical fields can be developed that enhance the unipolar strain over that expected by a rule of mixtures approximation, thereby improving the properties needed for application of such materials to actuator systems. It is possible through further tailoring of the volume fractions and macroscopic properties of the constituents to optimize the electromechanical properties of multilayer lead-free ferroelectrics. PMID:26067034

  16. Assessment of circuit board surface finishes for electronic assembly with lead-free solders

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    Ray, U.; Artaki, I.; Finley, D.W.; Wenger, G.M.; Pan, T.; Blair, H.D.; Nicholson, J.M.; Vianco, P.T.

    1996-10-01

    The suitability of various metallic printed wiring board surface finishes was assessed for new technology applications that incorporate assembly with Lead-free solders. The manufacture of a lead-free product necessitates elimination of lead (Pb) from the solder, the circuit board as well as the component lead termination. It is critical however for the selected interconnect Pb-free solder and the corresponding printed wiring board (PWB) and component lead finishes to be mutually compatible. Baseline compatibility of select Pb-free solders with Pb containing PWB surface finish and components was assessed. This was followed by examining the compatibility of the commercially available CASTIN{trademark} (SnAgCuSb) Pb-free solder with a series of PWB metallic finishes: Ni/Au, Ni/Pd, and Pd/Cu. The compatibility was assessed with respect to assembly performance, solder joint integrity and long term attachment reliability. Solder joint integrity and mechanical behavior of representative 50 mil pitch 20I/O SOICs was determined before and after thermal stress. Mechanical pull test studies demonstrated that the strength of SnAgCuSb solder interconnections is notably greater than that of SnPb interconnections.

  17. Assembly feasibility and reliability studies of surface mount circuit boards manufactured with lead-free solders

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    Vianco, P.T.; Artaki, I.; Jackson, A.M.; Sampala, J.H.

    1994-06-01

    Manufacturing feasibility and reliability evaluations were performed on circuit board test vehicles assembled with the lead-free solders 96.5Sn-3.5Ag (T{sub eut} = 221C) and 58Bi-42Sn (T{sub eut} = 138C). Manufacturability was assessed by defect analysis of the test vehicles. The reliability evaluation was performed by thermal cycling selected test vehicles for 1000, 2500, and 5000 cycles (0C-100C and 30 min cycles); the quantitative and qualitative metrics were solder joint strength and joint microstructure, respectively. Both lead-free solders demonstrated adequate assembly performance. A slightly reduced degree of spreading (wetting) was the predominant defect which was largely attributed to nonoptimized paste components. Fatigue damage in the form of grain boundary and/or phase boundary sliding resulted from thermal cycling of the 96.5Sn-3.5Ag and 58Bi-42Sn solder joints. The damage was distributed primarily in the solder located between the lead or termination and the pad. The absence of well developed cracks allowed the joints to maintain structural integrity, even when fatigue damage was appreciable.

  18. Ultrasonic transducers based on undoped lead-free (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 ceramics.

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    Bah, Micka; Giovannelli, Fabien; Schoenstein, Frederic; Brosseau, Christophe; Deschamps, Jean-Robert; Dorvaux, Frédéric; Haumesser, Lionel; Le Clezio, Emmanuel; Monot-Laffez, Isabelle

    2015-12-01

    Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics are the dominant piezoelectric elements for non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and ultrasonic transducers devices. However, the presence of lead content may impose the scientific community to develop lead-free ceramics, concerning human health and environmental safety. During the past ten years, many contributions have highlighted the potential properties of complex compositions like LiNbO3, LiTaO3 and LiSbO3 in the lead-free (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 KNN system. In this context, for the first time, the practical applications and the effectiveness of simply undoped (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 (KNN) ceramics are investigated. KNN powder is prepared by conventional solid state mixed oxide route. Ceramics of this material are prepared using conventional sintering (CS) and spark plasma sintering (SPS). Thickness coupling factor kt of 44-46%, planar coupling factor kp of 29-45%, relative permittivity at constant strain ε33,r(S) of 125-243 and acoustic impedance Z of 23-30 MRay are obtained for these two kinds of undoped KNN ceramics. Both ceramics are used to build single-element ultrasonic transducers. Relative bandwidth of 49-78% and insertion loss of -27 and -51dB are obtained for SPS and CS transducers, respectively. These results are suitable for use in non-destructive evaluation. The effectiveness of undoped KNN is evaluated using the KLM model, and compared to standard PZT based probe. Finally, chemical aging test of undoped KNN has demonstrated its stability in water. PMID:26117145

  19. Developing a self-diagnostic system for piezoelectric sensors

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    Flanagan, Patrick M.; Atherton, William J.

    1990-01-01

    Measurement techniques for developing a self-diagnostic system for piezoelectric sensors are presented. The self-diagnostic system uses two types of measurement techniques based on passive and active evaluation of the piezoelectric element. Both hard and soft failures can be detected by this system. Hard failures such as loss of sensor signal and change in sensor output resistance are determined by monitoring the sensor's output resistance, voltage or current. These are passive measurements of the sensor's output condition. Soft failures include changes in sensor calibration and mounting conditions. Soft failures are detected by measuring structural/electrical impedance of the piezoelectric sensor. Active measurement techniques are used to calculate changes in piezoelectric element properties related to soft failures. This paper describes the general operating principles of a self-diagnostic system and discusses the design of an active/passive measurement technique required for this system to function. Experimental results using two types of piezoelectric accelerometers are presented.

  20. Solderability of melting lead-free solder to tiny joint of electronic products

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    Chen, Fang; Du, Changhua; Du, Yunfei

    2005-12-01

    The behavior of melting solder has an important influence on the tiny joints of electronic products. In order to improve the properties of lead-free solder, a Sn-3.5Ag0.6Cu alloy was smelted using traditional and a modified technology, respectively. The solderability of the two alloys were investigated using a wetting balance method for the different conditions. The test results showed that the modified solder had good solderability, where the excellent flux used was rosin-ethanol or rosin-isopropanol solution. In experimental condition, when the added active agent is 0.4% of rosin mass or 0.1% of solution mass, the wetting velocity and wetting force can be improved 5 times and 1.5 times, respectively. The best soldering parameters are temperature levels less than or equal to 270, and the soakage time in 2-3s.

  1. Electrocaloric enhancement near the morphotropic phase boundary in lead-free NBT-KBT ceramics

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    Le Goupil, Florian; Bennett, James; Axelsson, Anna-Karin; Valant, Matjaz; Berenov, Andrey; Bell, Andrew J.; Comyn, Tim P.; Alford, Neil McN.

    2015-10-01

    The electrocaloric effects (ECEs) of the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) composition 0.82(Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-0.18(K0.5Bi0.5)TiO3 (NBT-18KBT) are studied by direct measurements. The maximum ECE ?Tmax = 0.73 K is measured at 160 C under 22 kV/cm. This corresponds to an ECE responsivity (?T/?E) of 0.33 10-6 K m/V, which is comparable with the best reported values for lead-free ceramics. A comparison between the direct and indirect ECE measurements shows significant discrepancies. The direct measurement of both positive and negative electrocaloric effect confirms the presence of numerous polar phases near the MPB of NBT-based materials and highlights their potential for solid-state cooling based on high field-induced entropy changes.

  2. Retarding Electromigration in Lead-Free Solder Joints by Alloying and Composite Approaches

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    Zhao, Ran; Ma, Limin; Zuo, Yong; Liu, Sihan; Guo, Fu

    2013-02-01

    The voids induced by electromigration (EM) can trigger serious failure across the entire cathode interface of solder joints. In this study, alloying and composite approaches showed great potential for inhibiting EM in lead-free solder joints. Microsized Ni, Co, and Sb particles were added to the solder matrix. Cu and Sn particles were added to the melting solder to form in situ Cu6Sn5, which formed a barrier layer in the underbump metallization of flip-chip solder joints. The polarity effect induced by EM was observed to be significantly inhibited in the alloyed and composite solder joints. This indicates that the Sn-Ni, Sn-Co, Sn-Sb, and Cu6Sn5 intermetallic compounds may act as barriers to obstruct the movement of the dominant diffusion species along phase boundaries, which in turn improves the resistance to EM. However, Sb particles could induce crack formation and propagation that might lead to joint fracture.

  3. Anomalous change in leakage and displacement currents after electrical poling on lead-free ferroelectric ceramics

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    Borkar, Hitesh; Tomar, M.; Gupta, Vinay; Scott, J. F.; Kumar, Ashok

    2015-09-01

    We report the polarization, displacement current, and leakage current behavior of a trivalent nonpolar cation (Al3+) substituted lead free ferroelectric (Na0.46Bi0.46-xAlxBa0.08)TiO3 (NBAT-BT) (x = 0, 0.05, 0.07 and 0.10) electroceramics with tetragonal phase and P4 mm space group symmetry. Almost, three orders of magnitude decrease in leakage current were observed under electrical poling, which significantly improves microstructure, polarization, and displacement current. Effective poling neutralizes the domain pinning, traps charges at grain boundaries and fills oxygen vacancies with free charge carriers in matrix, thus saturated macroscopic polarization in contrast to that in unpoled samples. E-poling changes "bananas" type polarization loops to real ferroelectric loops.

  4. Electromigration induced failure on lead-free micro bumps in three-dimensional integrated circuits packaging

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    Ouyang, Fan-Yi; Hsu, Hao; Su, Yu-Ping; Chang, Tao-Chih

    2012-07-01

    We report electromigration induced failure on lead-free micro bumps in three-dimensional integrated circuits samples with chip on chip configuration. Compared to flip chip solder joints, micro bumps of chip-on-chip samples exhibit better electromigration resistance and are able to withstand a higher current density. No exhibited electromigration-induced failure was observed when current density was below 2 104 A/cm2. A threshold current density to trigger electromigration in chip-on-chip samples was found to be 3.43 104 A/cm2. When current density was higher than 7.5 104 A/cm2 at an ambient temperature of 150 C, no void propagation through whole bump opening was found; instead, electromigration induced voids were observed at the cathode side of Al trace.

  5. KNN/BNT Composite Lead-Free Films for High-Frequency Ultrasonic Transducer Applications

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    Lau, Sien Ting; Ji, Hong Fen; Li, Xiang; Ren, Wei; Zhou, Qifa; Shung, K. Kirk

    2011-01-01

    Lead-free K0.5Na0.5NbO3/Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 (KNN/BNT) films have been fabricated by a composite sol-gel technique. Crystalline KNN fine powder was dispersed in the BNT precursor solution to form a composite slurry which was then spin-coated onto a platinum-buffered Si substrate. Repeated layering and vacuum infiltration were applied to produce 5-?m-thick dense composite film. By optimizing the sintering temperature, the films exhibited good dielectric and ferroelectric properties comparable to PZT films. A 193-MHz high-frequency ultrasonic transducer fabricated from this composite film showed a ?6-dB bandwidth of approximately 34%. A tungsten wire phantom was imaged to demonstrate the capability of the transducer. PMID:21244994

  6. Analysis of lead free tin-silver-copper and tin-lead solder wetting reactions

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    Anson, Scott J.

    Lead free electronics soldering is driven by a combination of health and environmental concerns, international legislation and marketing pressure by lead free electronics manufacturing competitors. Since July 1, 2006, companies that do not comply with the European Union legislation are not able to sell circuit assemblies with lead solder in the European Union. China has developed its own regulations, based on the European Union documents with a compliance date of March 1, 2007. Extensive testing by the electronics community has determined that the Sn - Ag - Cu (SAC) family of alloys is the preferred choice for lead free Surface Mount Technology (SMT) soldering. The 96.5Sn/3.0Ag/0.5Cu alloy was used in this study. Lead free soldering requires an increase in reflow peak temperatures which further aggravates component moisture sensitivity risks and thereby decreases assembly yield. Prior research has revealed an enhanced solder spreading phenomena at lower peak temperature and shorter time above liquidus with 63Sn/37Pb solder. This current research investigated solder wetting reactions in 63Sn/37Pb and 96.5Sn/3.0Ag/0.5Cu (SAC305) using materials and manufacturing systems that are industry relevant. The objective was to advance the knowledge base of metal wetting while developing a reflow assembly process that minimized the component defect rates. The components are damaged during reflow by popcorn delamination, which is the result of moisture absorption and subsequent rapid evaporation. A classical Design Of Experiments (DOE) approach was used, with wetted area as the response variable. Outside of the DOE, substrate dissolution depth, and substrate surface new phase formation (reaction product) distance from the triple line (solder wetting front) and reaction product thickness in the solder joint (under the solder) were also analyzed. The samples were analyzed for correlation of reflow peak temperature, reflow Time Above Liquidus (TAL), wetted area, reaction product distance from the triple line, substrate dissolution depth, triple line ridge (substrate protrusion into the molten solder) formation and reaction product thickness in the solder joint. The general results are (1) an improved understanding of 63Sn/37Pb and 96.5Sn/3.0Ag/0.5Cu WT% solder wetting reactions, (2) reduced 63Sn/37Pb and SAC reflow peak temperatures, and thereby reduced risk of moisture sensitivity damage to components. The significance of these results are (1) enhanced applied understanding of the complexity of molten metal wetting a substrate and (2) enhanced assembly yield due to minimal aggravation of component moisture sensitivity. The uniqueness of this research is that it utilized a holistic Systems Science approach which provided a combined microscopic (substrate and molten metal reactions) and macroscopic (wetted area) analysis of metal wetting using materials and processes that were directly relevant to electronics manufacturing.

  7. Lead-free BFN ceramics doped by chromium, lithium or manganese

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    Bochenek, Dariusz; Niemiec, Przemys?aw; Adamczyk, Ma?gorzata

    2015-10-01

    The material of the study was lead-free BaFe0.5Nb0.5O3 ceramics subject to modification. The base composition BaFe0.5Nb0.5O3 as well as the chromium, lithium and manganese modified ones were obtained using conventional mixed oxides and carbonates method. Synthesis was performed by the powder calcination method at high temperature 1250 C for 4 h, while the densification was carried out by free sintering method under conditions 1350 C/4 h. The paper presents a complex study of admixtures influence on the crystal structure, microstructure and dielectric properties of the BFN type samples. The mentioned dopants chromium, lithium or manganese in the BFN-type ceramics among other caused the reduction of the electric permittivity maximum as well as significant decrease in value of dielectric loss.

  8. Salient features, response and operation of Lead-Free Gulmarg Neutron Monitor

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    Mufti, S.; Chatterjee, S.; Ishtiaq, P. M.; Darzi, M. A.; Mir, T. A.; Shah, G. N.

    2016-03-01

    Lead-Free Gulmarg Neutron Monitor (LFGNM) provides continuous ground level intensity measurements of atmospheric secondary neutrons produced in interactions of primary cosmic rays with the Earth's constituent atmosphere. We report the LFGNM detector salient features and simulation of its energy response for 10-11 MeV to 104 MeV energy incident neutrons using the FLUKA Monte Carlo package. An empirical calibration of the LFGNM detector carried out with a Pu-Be neutron source for maximising its few MeV neutron counting sensitivity is also presented. As an illustration of its functionality a single representative transient solar modulation event recorded by LFGNM depicting Forbush decrease in integrated neutron data for which the geospace consequences are well known is also presented. Performance of LFGNM under actual observation conditions for effectively responding to transient solar modulation is seen to compare well with other world-wide conventional neutron monitors.

  9. Assessment of the Radiation Attenuation Properties of Several Lead Free Composites by Monte Carlo Simulation

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    Kazempour, M.; Saeedimoghadam, M.; Shekoohi Shooli, F.; Shokrpour, N.

    2015-01-01

    Background: In diagnostic radiology lead apron, are usually used to protect patients and radiology staff against ionizing radiation. Lead apron is a desirable shield due to high absorption and effective attenuation of x-ray photons in the diagnostic radiology range. Objective: Although lead aprons have good radiation protection properties, in recent years, researchers have been looking for alternative materials to be used instead of lead apron because of some problems derived from lead-content of aprons. Because of its lead-content, these radiation protection garments are so heavy and uncomfortable for the staff to wear, particularly in long-time uses. In addition, lead is a toxic element and its disposal is associated with environmental and human-health hazards. Method: In this study, several new combinations of lead free materials ((W-Si), (W-Sn-Ba-EPVC ), (W-Sn-Cd-EPVC)) have been investigated in the energy range of diagnostic radiology in two geometries: narrow and broad beam. Geometries of the radiation attenuation characteristics of these materials was assessed in 40, 60, 90 and 120 kVp and the results compared with those of some lead-containing materials ((Pb-Si), (Pb-EPVC)). Results: Lead shields still provide better protection in low energies (below 40 kVp). Combination of W-Sn-Cd-EPVC has shown the best radiation attenuation features in 60 and 90 kVp and the composition of (W-Sn-Ba-EPVC) represents the best attenuation in 120 kVp, even better than previously mentioned lead- containing composites. Conclusion: Lead free shields are completely effective for protection against X-ray energies in the range of 60 to 120 kVp. PMID:26157732

  10. Nonlinear piezoelectricity in Li-modified (K,Na)NbO3 system ceramics

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    Ishii, Keisuke; Tashiro, Shinjiro

    2015-10-01

    The effects of Li substitution on the nonlinear piezoelectricity in lead-free (K,Na)NbO3 (KNN) system ceramics were studied. The nonlinear piezoelectricity causes nonlinear phenomena such as the generation of nonlinear voltages, a change in the resonance frequency, and current jumping under high-power vibration. The magnitude of the nonlinear piezoelectricity was estimated by measuring the third-harmonic voltage generated in samples during constant-current driving. With the increase in the amount of substituted Li, the nonlinear piezoelectricity decreased and became a minimum at the phase boundary composition. The nonlinear piezoelectric coefficient at the phase boundary composition was less than one-tenth of the value in the nonsubstituted KNN ceramic.

  11. Piezoelectric wind generator

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    Schmidt, V. H.

    1985-08-20

    An electric power generator used a piezoelectric transducer mounted on a resilient blade which in turn is mounted on an independently flexible support member. Fluid flow against the blade causes bending stresses in the piezoelectric polymer which produces electric power.

  12. Temperature dependent properties and poling effect of K4CuNb8O23 modified (Na0.5K0.5)NbO3 lead free piezoceramics

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    Chen, Qiang; Chen, Yu; Peng, Zhihang; Wu, Jiagang; Liu, Hong; Xiao, Dingquan; Yu, Ping; Zhu, Jiliang; Zhu, Jianguo

    2015-03-01

    Lead free piezoelectric ceramics (Na0.5K0.5)NbO3 modified by 4% mol. K4CuNb8O23 (abbreviated NKN:4KCN hereinafter) contain moderate piezoelectric constant d33 100 pC N-1 and large mechanical quality factor Qm > 1000, showing possible replacement of the lead-based ones (Chen et al., J Appl. Phys. 102, 104109 (2007)). In terms of practical use, however, the temperature stability of NKN:4KCN is not clear to date. We made a systematic investigation on the properties versus temperature of NKN:4KCN to evaluate whether it can be practically used. In the range from room temperature (RT 25 C) to 100 C, the ferroelectricity of poled NKN:4KCN material is nearly temperature independent, remanent polarization Pr is about 27.6 1 ?C cm-2. When the as-studied NKN:4KCN ceramics were thermal depolarized in temperature range from RT to 450 C, piezoelectric constant d33 changed little, retaining about 99 pC N-1, 77 3 pC N-1, from RT to 150 C, 200 C to 350 C, respectively. The poled NKN:4KCN material showed higher orthorhombic to tetragonal phase transition temperature (TO-T 200 C) compared to unpoled sample (TO-T 194 C). Moreover, this kind of lead free material displayed negative temperature coefficient of frequency (TCF) and positive TCF in orthorhombic and tetragonal phase state, respectively. The TCF was about -360 ppm K-1 in the range from RT to 125 C, close to some lead-based commercial ones. The significance of this work lies in evaluating whether such a material can be practically used or not. We believe such a material might be the most promising candidate for replacing lead-based ones in some areas in the future.

  13. Piezoelectric ultrasonic motors

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    Wallaschek, J.

    1994-12-31

    Piezoelectric ultrasonic motors are a new type of actuator. They are characterized by high torque at low rotational speed, simple mechanical design and good controllability. They also provide a high holding torque even if no power is applied. Compared to electromagnetic actuators the torque per volume ratio of piezoelectric ultrasonic motors can be higher by an order of magnitude. Recently various types of piezoelectric ultrasonic motors have been developed for industrial applications. This paper describes several types of piezoelectric ultrasonic motors.

  14. On the research of lead-free material challengers for PZT replacement

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    Fasquelle, D.; Mascot, M.; Carru, J. C.

    2012-09-01

    This paper reports a study of Ba0.9Sr0.1TiO3 and BaTi0.98Sn0.02O3 thin films elaborated by a sol-gel route and deposited on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates. The annealing temperatures were 750 °C, 850 °C and 950 °C. An increase of the average size of grains was observed, from 60 nm at 750 °C to 110 nm at 950 °C and from 70 nm at 750 °C to 150 nm at 950 °C, for BST and BTS respectively, as well as an increase of the dielectric constant and remnant polarization. We have also shown that there are benefits for electrical properties to decrease the annealing time. Despite its non-significant piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties, BTS gives good dielectric properties. Under our optimized annealing conditions, we gave the evidence that ferroelectric BST is a good challenger to replace PZT in various applications, except in piezoelectrics, as the electrical properties measured on our thin films were particularly significant for applications in electronic devices.

  15. Piezoelectric drive circuit

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    Treu, C.A. Jr.

    1999-08-31

    A piezoelectric motor drive circuit is provided which utilizes the piezoelectric elements as oscillators and a Meacham half-bridge approach to develop feedback from the motor ground circuit to produce a signal to drive amplifiers to power the motor. The circuit automatically compensates for shifts in harmonic frequency of the piezoelectric elements due to pressure and temperature changes. 7 figs.

  16. Piezoelectric drive circuit

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    Treu, Jr., Charles A.

    1999-08-31

    A piezoelectric motor drive circuit is provided which utilizes the piezoelectric elements as oscillators and a Meacham half-bridge approach to develop feedback from the motor ground circuit to produce a signal to drive amplifiers to power the motor. The circuit automatically compensates for shifts in harmonic frequency of the piezoelectric elements due to pressure and temperature changes.

  17. "Mighty Worm" Piezoelectric Actuator

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    Bamford, Robert M.; Wada, Ben K.; Moore, Donald M.

    1994-01-01

    "Mighty Worm" piezoelectric actuator used as adjustable-length structural member, active vibrator or vibration suppressor, and acts as simple (fixed-length) structural member when inactive. Load force not applied to piezoelectric element in simple-structural-member mode. Piezoelectric element removed from load path when not in use.

  18. Integration of lead-free ferroelectric on HfO2/Si (100) for high performance non-volatile memory applications

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    Kundu, Souvik; Maurya, Deepam; Clavel, Michael; Zhou, Yuan; Halder, Nripendra N.; Hudait, Mantu K.; Banerji, Pallab; Priya, Shashank

    2015-01-01

    We introduce a novel lead-free ferroelectric thin film (1-x)BaTiO3-xBa(Cu1/3Nb2/3)O3 (x = 0.025) (BT-BCN) integrated on to HfO2 buffered Si for non-volatile memory (NVM) applications. Piezoelectric force microscopy (PFM), x-ray diffraction, and high resolution transmission electron microscopy were employed to establish the ferroelectricity in BT-BCN thin films. PFM study reveals that the domains reversal occurs with 180° phase change by applying external voltage, demonstrating its effectiveness for NVM device applications. X-ray photoelectron microscopy was used to investigate the band alignments between atomic layer deposited HfO2 and pulsed laser deposited BT-BCN films. Programming and erasing operations were explained on the basis of band-alignments. The structure offers large memory window, low leakage current, and high and low capacitance values that were easily distinguishable even after ~106 s, indicating strong charge storage potential. This study explains a new approach towards the realization of ferroelectric based memory devices integrated on Si platform and also opens up a new possibility to embed the system within current complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor processing technology. PMID:25683062

  19. Integration of lead-free ferroelectric on HfO2/Si (100) for high performance non-volatile memory applications

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    Kundu, Souvik; Maurya, Deepam; Clavel, Michael; Zhou, Yuan; Halder, Nripendra N.; Hudait, Mantu K.; Banerji, Pallab; Priya, Shashank

    2015-02-01

    We introduce a novel lead-free ferroelectric thin film (1-x)BaTiO3-xBa(Cu1/3Nb2/3)O3 (x = 0.025) (BT-BCN) integrated on to HfO2 buffered Si for non-volatile memory (NVM) applications. Piezoelectric force microscopy (PFM), x-ray diffraction, and high resolution transmission electron microscopy were employed to establish the ferroelectricity in BT-BCN thin films. PFM study reveals that the domains reversal occurs with 180 phase change by applying external voltage, demonstrating its effectiveness for NVM device applications. X-ray photoelectron microscopy was used to investigate the band alignments between atomic layer deposited HfO2 and pulsed laser deposited BT-BCN films. Programming and erasing operations were explained on the basis of band-alignments. The structure offers large memory window, low leakage current, and high and low capacitance values that were easily distinguishable even after ~106 s, indicating strong charge storage potential. This study explains a new approach towards the realization of ferroelectric based memory devices integrated on Si platform and also opens up a new possibility to embed the system within current complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor processing technology.

  20. Integration of lead-free ferroelectric on HfO2/Si (100) for high performance non-volatile memory applications.

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    Kundu, Souvik; Maurya, Deepam; Clavel, Michael; Zhou, Yuan; Halder, Nripendra N; Hudait, Mantu K; Banerji, Pallab; Priya, Shashank

    2015-01-01

    We introduce a novel lead-free ferroelectric thin film (1-x)BaTiO3-xBa(Cu1/3Nb2/3)O3 (x = 0.025) (BT-BCN) integrated on to HfO2 buffered Si for non-volatile memory (NVM) applications. Piezoelectric force microscopy (PFM), x-ray diffraction, and high resolution transmission electron microscopy were employed to establish the ferroelectricity in BT-BCN thin films. PFM study reveals that the domains reversal occurs with 180° phase change by applying external voltage, demonstrating its effectiveness for NVM device applications. X-ray photoelectron microscopy was used to investigate the band alignments between atomic layer deposited HfO2 and pulsed laser deposited BT-BCN films. Programming and erasing operations were explained on the basis of band-alignments. The structure offers large memory window, low leakage current, and high and low capacitance values that were easily distinguishable even after ~10(6) s, indicating strong charge storage potential. This study explains a new approach towards the realization of ferroelectric based memory devices integrated on Si platform and also opens up a new possibility to embed the system within current complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor processing technology. PMID:25683062

  1. Polarity effect of electromigration on mechanical properties of lead-free solder joints

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    Ren, Fei

    The trend of electronic packaging is to package the chips and the associated interconnections in a compact way that allows high speed operation; that allows for sufficient heat removal; that can withstand the thermal cycling associated with the turning on and turning off of the circuits; and that protects the circuits from environmental attack. These goals require that flip chip solder joints have higher resistance to electromigration, stronger mechanical property to sustain thermal mechanical stress, and are lead-free materials to satisfy environment and health concern. With lots of work on chemical reaction, electromigration and mechanical study in flip chip solder joints, however, the interaction between different driving forces is still little known. As a matter of fact, the combination study of chemical, electrical and mechanical is more and more significant to the understanding of the behavior of flip chip solder joints. In this dissertation, I developed one dimensional Cu (wire)-eutectic SnAgCu(ball)-Cu(wire) structure to investigate the interaction between electrical and mechanical force in lead-free solder joints. Electromigration was first conducted. The mechanical behaviors of solder joints before, after, and during electromigration were examined. Electrical current and mechanical stress were applied either in serial or in parallel to the solder joints. Tensile, creep, and drop tests, combined with different electrical current densities (15x10 3A/cm2) and different stressing time (3144 hours), have been performed to study the effect of electromigration on the mechanical behavior of solder joints. Nano-indentation test was conducted to study the localized mechanical property of IMC at both interfaces in nanometer scale. Fracture images help analyze the failure mechanism of solder joints driven by both electrical and mechanical forces. The combination study shows a strain build-up during electromigration. Furthermore, a ductile-to-brittle transition in flip chip solder joints induced by electromigration is observed, in which the fracture position migrates from the middle to the cathode interface of the joint with increasing current density and time. The transition is explained by the polarity effect of electromigration, particular due to the accumulation of vacancies at the cathode interface.

  2. Preparation and characterization of Sr0.5Ba0.5Nb2O6 glass-ceramic on piezoelectric properties

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    Shan, Jiang; Xuan-Ming, Wang; Jia-Yu, Li; Yong, Zhang; Tao, Zheng; Jing-Wen, Lv

    2016-03-01

    We studied the influence of heat treatment time on the optical, thermal, electrical, and mechanical properties of strontium barium niobate (Sr1‑xBaxNb2O6 hereafter SBN) piezoelectric glass-ceramics with tungsten bronze-type structure, which have good piezoelectric properties and are important lead-free piezoelectric materials. We found that the best heat treatment time is 4 h. The properties of the prepared materials are better than that of SBN ceramics and the glass-ceramic growth is faster than the SBN crystal when the heat treatment time of the SBN piezoelectric glass-ceramic is controlled, reducing the preparation costs greatly.

  3. A novel high-speed shear test for lead-free flip chip packages

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    Huh, Seok-Hwan; Kim, Kang-Dong; Kim, Keun-Soo; Jang, Joong-Soon

    2012-02-01

    Despite the importance of lead-free solders in modern environmentally friendly packaging, few studies have been conducted on their mechanical reliability at the wafer level. In the present study, high-speed die shear tests were conducted to investigate the effects of strain rate on the shearing resistance and fracture mode of Sn-3wt%Ag-0.5wt%Cu solder joints on electroless Ni-P/immersion Au surface finish pads. The results indicated that the solder joints underwent ductile and mixed ductile-brittle fracture at low (<855 s-1) and high (>25,385 s-1) strain rates, respectively. Thus, the overall shear stress-strain curve can be divided into three areas according to Hollomon's law, starting from low strain rates: area I, 100% ductile fracture of the solder itself; area II, mixed ductile-brittle fracture resulting in a ductile-brittle transition region; and area III, 100% brittle fracture at the interface between the intermetallic compound and the Ni-P layer.

  4. Dielectric response and pyroelectric properties of lead-free ferroelectric Ba3(VO4)2

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    Pati, Biswajit; Choudhary, R. N. P.; Das, Piyush R.; Sutar, B. C.

    2015-03-01

    The current paper presents results of dielectric response, pyroelectric behavior and conductivity study of lead-free ferroelectric barium orthovanadate (Ba3(VO4)2 or Ba3V2O8) ceramic, for a wide range of temperature and frequency. An X-ray diffraction study suggests the formation of a single-phase compound in trigonal crystal system. The SEM micrograph of gold-coated pellet sample shows well-defined and homogeneous morphology. Detailed studies of dielectric parameters (?r and tan ?) of the compound as a function of temperature and frequency reveal their independence over a wide range of temperature and frequency. The nature of Polarization versus electric field (P-E) hysteresis loop of Ba3V2O8 at room temperature suggests its ferroelectric nature. The temperature dependence of pyroelectric coefficient and figure of merits of the sample support its dielectric response. The nature of variation of dc conductivity with temperature confirms the Arrhenius and negative temperature coefficient of resistance (NTCR) behavior of the material.

  5. Methylammonium Bismuth Iodide as a Lead-Free, Stable Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Solar Absorber.

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    Hoye, Robert L Z; Brandt, Riley E; Osherov, Anna; Stevanovi?, Vladan; Stranks, Samuel D; Wilson, Mark W B; Kim, Hyunho; Akey, Austin J; Perkins, John D; Kurchin, Rachel C; Poindexter, Jeremy R; Wang, Evelyn N; Bawendi, Moungi G; Bulovi?, Vladimir; Buonassisi, Tonio

    2016-02-01

    Methylammonium lead halide (MAPbX3 ) perovskites exhibit exceptional carrier transport properties. But their commercial deployment as solar absorbers is currently limited by their intrinsic instability in the presence of humidity and their lead content. Guided by our theoretical predictions, we explored the potential of methylammonium bismuth iodide (MBI) as a solar absorber through detailed materials characterization. We synthesized phase-pure MBI by solution and vapor processing. In contrast to MAPbX3 , MBI is air stable, forming a surface layer that does not increase the recombination rate. We found that MBI luminesces at room temperature, with the vapor-processed films exhibiting superior photoluminescence (PL) decay times that are promising for photovoltaic applications. The thermodynamic, electronic, and structural features of MBI that are amenable to these properties are also present in other hybrid ternary bismuth halide compounds. Through MBI, we demonstrate a lead-free and stable alternative to MAPbX3 that has a similar electronic structure and nanosecond lifetimes. PMID:26866821

  6. Discovering lead-free perovskite solar materials with a split-anion approach.

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    Sun, Yi-Yang; Shi, Jian; Lian, Jie; Gao, Weiwei; Agiorgousis, Michael L; Zhang, Peihong; Zhang, Shengbai

    2016-03-17

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar materials, being low-cost and high-performance, are promising for large-scale deployment of the photovoltaic technology. A key challenge that remains to be addressed is the toxicity of these materials since the high-efficiency solar cells are made of lead-containing materials, in particular, CH3NH3PbI3. Here, based on first-principles calculation, we search for lead-free perovskite materials based on the split-anion approach, where we replace Pb with non-toxic elements while introducing dual anions (i.e., splitting the anion sites) that preserve the charge neutrality. We show that CH3NH3BiSeI2 and CH3NH3BiSI2 exhibit improved band gaps and optical absorption over CH3NH3PbI3. The split-anion approach could also be applied to pure inorganic perovskites, significantly enlarging the pool of candidate materials in the design of low-cost, high-performance and environmentally-friendly perovskite solar materials. PMID:26349623

  7. Characterization of Low-Melting-Point Sn-Bi-In Lead-Free Solders

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    Li, Qin; Ma, Ninshu; Lei, YongPing; Lin, Jian; Fu, HanGuang; Gu, Jian

    2016-02-01

    Development of lead-free solders with low melting temperature is important for substitution of Pb-based solders to reduce direct risks to human health and the environment. In the present work, Sn-Bi-In solders were studied for different ratios of Bi and Sn to obtain solders with low melting temperature. The microstructure, thermal properties, wettability, mechanical properties, and reliability of joints with Cu have been investigated. The results show that the microstructures of the Sn-Bi-In solders were composed of β-Sn, Bi, and InBi phases. The intermetallic compound (IMC) layer was mainly composed of Cu6Sn5, and its thickness increased slightly as the Bi content was increased. The melting temperature of the solders was around 100°C to 104°C. However, when the Sn content exceeded 50 wt.%, the melting range became larger and the wettability became worse. The tensile strength of the solder alloys and solder joints declined with increasing Bi content. Two fracture modes (IMC layer fracture and solder/IMC mixed fracture) were found in solder joints. The fracture mechanism of solder joints was brittle fracture. In addition, cleavage steps on the fracture surface and coarse grains in the fracture structure were comparatively apparent for higher Bi content, resulting in decreased elongation for both solder alloys and solder joints.

  8. Developing a NASA Lead-Free Policy for Electronics - Lessons Learned

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    Sampson, Michael J.

    2008-01-01

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is not required by United States or international law to use lead-free (Pb-free) electronic systems but international pressure in the world market is making it increasingly important that NASA have a Pb-free policy. In fact, given the international nature of the electronics market, all organizations need a Pb-free policy. This paper describes the factors which must be taken into account in formulating the policy, the tools to aid in structuring the policy and the unanticipated and difficult challenges encountered. NASA is participating in a number of forums and teams trying to develop effective approaches to controlling Pb-free adoption in high reliability systems. The activities and status of the work being done by these teams will be described. NASA also continues to gather information on metal whiskers, particularly tin based, and some recent examples will be shared. The current lack of a policy is resulting in "surprises" and the need to disposition undesirable conditions on a case-by-case basis. This is inefficient, costly and can result in sub-optimum outcomes.

  9. Tin pest in Sn-0.5 wt.% Cu lead-free solder

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    Kariya, Yoshiharu; Williams, Naomi; Gagg, Colin; Plumbridge, William

    2001-06-01

    Tin pest (the product of the allotropic transformation of β-tin into α-tin at temperatures below 286 K) has been observed in a Sn-0.5 wt.% Cu solder alloy. Some 40 percent of the specimen surface was transformed into gray tin after aging at 255K for 1.5 years, and after 1.8 years, the proportion increased to about 70 percent. The degree of transformation in work-hardened areas is much higher than in other areas, suggesting residual stress might provide an additional driving force for the transformation into α-tin. The allotropic change results in a 26 percent increase in volume, and cracks are initiated to accommodate the changes in volume. Results indicate that tin pest could lead to total disintegration of micro-electronic solder joints. The tin-copper eutectic system may become a prominent lead-free solder, and tin pest could have major ramifications on service lifetime of electronic assemblies.

  10. In Situ Synchrotron Characterization of Melting, Dissolution, and Resolidification in Lead-Free Solders

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    Zhou, Bite; Bieler, Thomas R.; Wu, Guilin; Zaefferer, Stefan; Lee, Tae-Kyu; Liu, Kuo-Chuan

    2012-02-01

    Melting and solidification of SAC 305 lead-free solder joints in a wafer-level chip-scale package were examined in situ with synchrotron x-ray diffraction. The chips with balls attached (but not assembled to a circuit board) were reflowed one to three times using a temperature and time history similar to an industrial reflow process. Diffraction patterns from the same joint were collected every 0.5 s during the melting and solidification process. The solidification of the Sn phase in the solder joint occurred between 0.5 s and 1 s. During melting, most of the Sn melted in about 0.5 s, but in some cases took 2-5 s for the Sn peak to completely disappear. In one instance, the Sn peak persisted for 30 s. The Ag3Sn peaks dissolved in about 1-2 s, but the Cu6Sn5 peaks from the interface were persistent and did not change throughout the melting and solidification process. Completely different Sn crystal orientations were always developed upon resolidification.

  11. In Situ Synchrotron Characterization of Melting, Dissolution, and Resolidification in Lead-Free

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    Zhou, Bite; Bieler, Thomas R.; Wu, Guilin; Zaefferer, Stefan; Lee, Tae-Kyu; Liu, Kuo-Chuan

    2013-04-08

    Melting and solidification of SAC 305 lead-free solder joints in a wafer-level chip-scale package were examined in situ with synchrotron x-ray diffraction. The chips with balls attached (but not assembled to a circuit board) were reflowed one to three times using a temperature and time history similar to an industrial reflow process. Diffraction patterns from the same joint were collected every 0.5 s during the melting and solidification process. The solidification of the Sn phase in the solder joint occurred between 0.5 s and 1 s. During melting, most of the Sn melted in about 0.5 s, but in some cases took 2-5 s for the Sn peak to completely disappear. In one instance, the Sn peak persisted for 30 s. The Ag{sub 3}Sn peaks dissolved in about 1-2 s, but the Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} peaks from the interface were persistent and did not change throughout the melting and solidification process. Completely different Sn crystal orientations were always developed upon resolidification.

  12. First-Principles Investigations of Lead-Free Formamidinium Based Hybrid Perovskites

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    Murat, Altynbek; Schwingenschlgl, Udo

    2015-03-01

    Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite solar cells have recently emerged as the next-generation photovoltaic technology. Most of the research work has been focused on the prototype MAPbI3 perovskite (MA = Methylammonium = CH3NH3+) and its analogues that have lead to power conversion efficiencies in excess of 15%. Despite the huge success, these materials are still non-optimal in terms of optical absorption where the bandgaps are greater than 1.6 eV as well as the toxicology issue of lead. Thus, investigation and development of lead-free perovskites with bandgaps closer to optimal, allowing greater spectral absorption, is of great interest. In this work, we perform first principles calculations to study the structural, optical, and electronic properties of new derivatives of MAPbI3 in which the organic MA cation is replaced by other organic amines of similar size such as Formamidinium (FA) and/or the Pb cation replaced by similar elements such as Sn. In particular, we investigate the role and effect of FA and Pb cations on the electronic and optical properties and analyze to which extend the bandgaps can be tuned.

  13. Development of lead-free copper alloy-graphite castings. Technical report, January 1994--December 1994

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    Rohatgi, P.K.

    1995-07-01

    Water model experiments were conducted to develop a two-stage stirring method for obtaining higher yields and a more uniform distribution of graphite particles in copper alloys. This was followed by several melts for synthesis of copper-graphite alloys in which Ti was used as a wetting agent to improve the wettability of graphite in the copper melt. In the first stage, a vortex method was employed to facilitate the addition of graphite particles into the copper melt. In the second stage, a specially designed stirrer was used for uniform particle distribution while avoiding the formation of vortex in the melt. The two-stage stirring was found to considerably improve the recovery of graphite, over those obtained with the prior practice of single-stage stirring and resulting in a more uniform particle distribution. In addition, graphite recoveries increased with increasing Ti content in the range investigated. Floatation, fluidity, and directional solidification experiments were also conducted on copper-graphite alloys synthesized in this study. Fluidity tests showed that the spiral fluidity length of the yellow brass alloy increased with temperature and decreased with graphite. The fluidity of copper-graphite alloys investigated to-date remained adequate to make a variety of castings. The observations of casting microstructure under directional solidification and floatation showed that in certain castings the graphite particles remained agglomerated, and they readily floated to the upper part of the castings where they reduced the size of gains. However, even in the agglomerated form, the graphite particles improved the machinability of copper alloys in a manner similar to lead. The results of the first year work provide an improved method of synthesis of lead free copper graphite alloys with improved machinability and adequate fluidity.

  14. Development of lead-free copper alloy-graphite casting. Annual report, January--December 1994

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    Rohatgi, P.K.

    1996-02-01

    Water model experiments were conducted to develop a two-stage stirring method for obtaining higher yields and a more uniform distribution of particles in copper alloys. This was followed by several melts for synthesis of copper-graphite alloys in which T1 was used as a wetting agent to improve the wettability of graphite in the copper melt. In the first stage, a vortex method was employed to facilitate the suction of graphite particles into the copper melt. In the second stage, the specially designed stirrer was used to avoid the formation of vortex in melt. The two stage stirring was found to considerably improve the recovery of graphite, over those obtained with the prior practice of single stage stirring. In addition, graphite recoveries increased with increasing Ti content. Flotation, fluidity, and directional solidification experiments were also conducted on copper-graphite alloys synthesized in this study. Tests showed that the spiral fluidity length of the yellow brass alloy increased with temperature and decreased with graphite. The fluidity of copper-graphite alloys investigated to date remained adequate to make a variety of castings. The observations of microstructure of directional solidification and flotation showed that in certain castings the graphite particles were agglomerated and they float to the upper part of the castings where they reduced the size of grains. However, in the agglomerated form, the graphite particles improved the machinability of copper alloys in a manner similar to lead. The result of the first years work provide an improved method of synthesis of lead free copper graphite alloys with improved machinability and adequate fluidity. Future work will continue to further improve the distribution of graphite particles in casting while retaining adequate fluidity and improved machinability. Techniques like centrifugal casting will be developed to concentrate graphite in regions where it is required for machinability in bearings.

  15. Lead-Free MA2CuClxBr4-x Hybrid Perovskites.

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    Cortecchia, Daniele; Dewi, Herlina Arianita; Yin, Jun; Bruno, Annalisa; Chen, Shi; Baikie, Tom; Boix, Pablo P; Grätzel, Michael; Mhaisalkar, Subodh; Soci, Cesare; Mathews, Nripan

    2016-02-01

    Despite their extremely good performance in solar cells with efficiencies approaching 20% and the emerging application for light-emitting devices, organic-inorganic lead halide perovskites suffer from high content of toxic, polluting, and bioaccumulative Pb, which may eventually hamper their commercialization. Here, we present the synthesis of two-dimensional (2D) Cu-based hybrid perovskites and study their optoelectronic properties to investigate their potential application in solar cells and light-emitting devices, providing a new environmental-friendly alternative to Pb. The series (CH3NH3)2CuClxBr4-x was studied in detail, with the role of Cl found to be essential for stabilization. By exploiting the additional Cu d-d transitions and appropriately tuning the Br/Cl ratio, which affects ligand-to-metal charge transfer transitions, the optical absorption in this series of compounds can be extended to the near-infrared for optimal spectral overlap with the solar irradiance. In situ formation of Cu(+) ions was found to be responsible for the green photoluminescence of this material set. Processing conditions for integrating Cu-based perovskites into photovoltaic device architectures, as well as the factors currently limiting photovoltaic performance, are discussed: among them, we identified the combination of low absorption coefficient and heavy mass of the holes as main limitations for the solar cell efficiency. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of the potential of 2D copper perovskite as light harvesters and lays the foundation for further development of perovskite based on transition metals as alternative lead-free materials. Appropriate molecular design will be necessary to improve the material's properties and solar cell performance filling the gap with the state-of-the-art Pb-based perovskite devices. PMID:26756860

  16. Flexible and transparent nanogenerators based on a composite of lead-free ZnSnO3 triangular-belts.

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    Wu, Jyh Ming; Xu, Chen; Zhang, Yan; Yang, Ya; Zhou, Yusheng; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2012-11-27

    A flexible and transparent lead-free triangular-belt ZnSnO(3) nanogenerator is demonstrated. When a mechanical deformation of ≈0.1% is applied to the triangular-belt ZnSnO(3) nanogenerator, the output voltage and current reached 5.3 V and 0.13 μA, respectively, which indicated a maximum output power density of ≈11 μW·cm(-3). This is the highest output power that has been demonstrated by lead-free ZnSnO(3) triangular-belts. PMID:22941870

  17. A piezoelectric transformer

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    Won, C. C.

    1993-01-01

    This work describes a modeling and design method whereby a piezoelectric system is formulated by two sets of second-order equations, one for the mechanical system, and the other for the electrical system, coupled through the piezoelectric effect. The solution to this electromechanical coupled system gives a physical interpretation of the piezoelectric effect as a piezoelectric transformer that is a part of the piezoelectric system, which transfers the applied mechanical force into a force-controlled current source, and short circuit mechanical compliance into capacitance. It also transfers the voltage source into a voltage-controlled relative velocity input, and free motional capacitance into mechanical compliance. The formulation and interpretation simplify the modeling of smart structures and lead to physical insight that aids the designer. Due to its physical realization, the smart structural system can be unconditional stable and effectively control responses. This new concept has been demonstrated in three numerical examples for a simple piezoelectric system.

  18. Shielding properties of lead-free protective clothing and their impact on radiation doses

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    Schlattl, Helmut; Zankl, Maria; Eder, Heinrich; Hoeschen, Christoph

    2007-11-15

    The shielding properties of two different lead-free materials--tin and a compound of 80% tin and 20% bismuth--for protective clothing are compared with those of lead for three typical x-ray spectra generated at tube voltages of 60, 75, and 120 kV. Three different quantities were used to compare the shielding capability of the different materials: (1) Air-kerma attenuation factors in narrow-beam geometry, (2) air-kerma attenuation factors in broad-beam geometry, and (3) ratios of organ and effective doses in the human body for a whole-body irradiation with a parallel beam directed frontally at the body. The thicknesses of tin (0.45 mm) and the tin/bismuth compound (0.41 mm) to be compared against lead correspond to a lead equivalence value of 0.35 mm for the 75 kV spectrum. The narrow-beam attenuation factors for 0.45 mm tin are 54% and 32% lower than those for 0.35 mm lead for 60 and 120 kV; those for 0.41 mm tin/bismuth are 12% and 32% lower, respectively. The decrease of the broad-beam air-kerma attenuation factors compared to lead is 74%, 46%, and 41% for tin and 42%, 26%, and 33% for tin/bismuth and the spectra at 60, 75, and 120 kV, respectively. Therefore, it is recommended that the characterization of the shielding potential of a material should be done by measurements in broad-beam geometry. Since the secondary radiation that is mainly responsible for the shielding reduction in broad-beam geometry is of low penetrability, only more superficially located organs receive significantly enhanced doses. The increase for the dose to the glandular breast tissue (female) compared to being shielded by lead is 143%, 37%, and 45% when shielded by tin, and 35%, 15%, and 39% when shielded by tin/bismuth for 60, 75, and 120 kV, respectively. The effective dose rises by 60%, 6%, and 38% for tin, and 14%, 3% and, 35% for tin/bismuth shielding, respectively.

  19. SU-E-P-09: Radiation Transmission Measurements and Evaluation of Diagnostic Lead-Based and Lead-Free Aprons

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    Syh, J

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: This study was conducted to ensure that various lead shield apron manufacturers provided accurate attenuation factors regardless of whether the apron was made of lead-based or lead-free equivalent material. Methods: A calibrated ionization survey meter was placed at chest height and 36 cm horizontally away from a solid water phantom on a simulator couch. Measurements were done with or without apron. Radiation field was set to 24cmx24cm with the phantom at 100cm source-to-surface distance. Irradiation time was set for 1 minute at voltages of 60, 80, 100 and 120 kVp. Current was set at 6mA. Results: Between 60 kVp and 120 kVp, the transmission through 0.50 mm of lead-based apron was between 1.0% and 6.5% with a mean value of 3.2% and a standard deviation (s.d.) of 1.4%. The transmissions through the 0.50 mm lead-free aprons were 1.0 % to 12.0% with a mean value of 6.1% and s.d. of 2.6%. At 120 kVp, the transmission value was 6.5% for 0.50 mm lead-based apron and 11.1% to 12.0% for 0.50 mm lead-free aprons. The radiation transmissions at 80 kVp, measured in two different 0.5 mm lead-free aprons, were 4.3% each. However, only 1.4% transmission was found through the lead-based apron. Overall, the radiation transmitted through the lead-based apron was 1/3 transmission of lead-free at 80kVp, and half value of lead-free aprons at 100 and 120 kVp. Conclusion: Even though lead-based and lead-free aprons all claimed to have the same lead equivalent thickness, the transmission might not be the same. The precaution was needed to exercise diligence in quality assurance program to assure adequate protection to staff who wear it during diagnostic procedures. The requirement for aprons not only should be in certain thickness to meet state regulation but also to keep reasonably achievable low exposure with the accurate labeling from manufacturers.

  20. Pulsed laser deposition of lead-free (Na0.5Bi0.5)1-xBaxTiO3 ferroelectric thin films with enhanced dielectric properties

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    Andrei, A.; Scarisoreanu, N. D.; Birjega, R.; Dinescu, M.; Stanciu, G.; Craciun, F.; Galassi, C.

    2013-08-01

    Ferroelectric lead-free (Na0.5Bi0.5)1-xBaxTiO3 thin films obtained by pulsed laser deposition have been structurally and electrically investigated for compositions, x = 0 and x = 0.06, in and out of the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB). Sodium bismuth titanate Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (NBT), pure or in solid solution with other materials (like BaTiO3), is considered to be the best candidate material for lead-free ferroelectric and piezoelectric applications such as actuators and nonvolatile memory devices. Bulk solid solutions with BaTiO3 (BT), (1-x)NBT-xBT (NBT-x%BT) have been investigated widely, also due to a morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) with enhanced dielectric and ferroelectric properties between a rhombohedral and a tetragonal ferroelectric phase, at x = 0.06. Nonetheless, to transpose bulk properties to NBT-BT thin films is a major achievement. XRD technique has been used for structural characterizations of NBT-BT films. Dielectric spectroscopy measurements were performed at room temperature in the frequency range 100 Hz-1 MHz. The best films show pure perovskite phase and good crystalline structure, as a function of specific deposition conditions. Unusual characteristics, especially dielectric constant values higher than those for bulk, have been found for films with specific crystallographic orientations.

  1. Rhombohedral-tetragonal phase boundary and electrical properties of new K0.48Na0.52Nb0.98Sb0.02O3-Bi0.5Na0.5ZrO3 lead-free piezoceramics

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    Wang, Xiaopeng; Wu, Jiagang; Cheng, Xiaojing; Zhang, Binyu; Xiao, Dingquan; Zhu, Jianguo; Wang, Xiangjian; Lou, Xiaojie

    2013-12-01

    (1 - x)K0.48Na0.52Nb0.98Sb0.02O3-xBi0.5Na0.5ZrO3 lead-free piezoceramics were prepared by using the conventional solid-state method. In this material system, (Bi0.5Na0.5)2+ and Zr4+ can decrease the orthorhombic-tetragonal phase temperature and increase the rhombohedral-orthorhombic phase temperature. The rhombohedral-tetragonal phase coexistence is identified in the ceramics with the compositional range of 0.03 < x < 0.05. The ceramic with x = 0.04 has an enhanced piezoelectric behaviour of d33 257 pC N-1 and kp 41%, which is three times higher than that of a pure KNN ceramic. In addition, the enhanced stability of piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties is also observed in such a ceramic. These results show that such a new lead-free material system is a promising candidate for piezoelectric devices.

  2. NASA-DoD Lead-Free Electronics Project. DRAFT Joint Test Report

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    Kessel, Kurt

    2011-01-01

    The use of conventional tin-lead (SnPb) in circuit board manufacturing is under ever-increasing political scrutiny due to increasing regulations concerning lead. The "Restriction of Hazardous Substances" (RoHS) directive enacted by the European Union (EU) and a pact between the United States National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI), Europe's Soldertec at Tin Technology Ltd. and the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) are just two examples where worldwide legislative actions and partnerships/agreements are affecting the electronics industry. As a result, many global commercial-grade electronic component suppliers are initiating efforts to transition to lead-free (Pb-free) in order to retain their worldwide market. Pb-free components are likely to find their way into the inventory of aerospace or military assembly processes under current government acquisition reform initiatives. Inventories "contaminated" by Pb-free will result in increased risks associated with the manufacturing, product reliability, and subsequent repair of aerospace and military electronic systems. Although electronics for military and aerospace applications are not included in the RoHS legislation, engineers are beginning to find that the commercial industry's move towards RoHS compliance has affected their supply chain and changed their parts. Most parts suppliers plan to phase out their non-compliant, leaded production and many have already done so. As a result, the ability to find leaded components is getting harder and harder. Some buyers are now attempting to acquire the remaining SnPb inventory, if it's not already obsolete. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), depots, and support contractors have to be prepared to deal with an electronics supply chain that increasingly provides more and more parts with Pb-free finishes-some labeled no differently than their Pb counterparts-while at the same time providing the traditional Pb parts. The longer the transition period, the greater the likelihood of Pb-free parts inadvertently being mixed with Pb parts and ending up on what are supposed to be Pb systems. As a result, OEMs, depots, and support contractors need to take action now to either abate the influx of Pb-free parts, or accept it and deal with the likely interim consequences of reduced reliability due to a wide variety of matters, such as Pb contamination, high temperature incompatibility, and tin whiskering. Allowance of Pb-free components produces one of the greatest risks to the reliability of a weapon system. This is due to new and poorly understood failure mechanisms, as well as unknown long-term reliability. If the decision is made to consciously allow Pb-free solder and component finishes into SnPb electronics, additional effort (and cost) will be required to make the significant number of changes to drawings and task order procedures. This project is a follow-on effort to the Joint Council on Aging Aircraft/Joint Group on Pollution Prevention (JCAA/JG-PP) Pb-free Solder Project which was the first group to test the reliability of Pb-free solder joints against the requirements of the aerospace and military community.

  3. Domain-orientation-controlled potassium niobate family piezoelectric materials with hydrothermal powders.

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    Fujiuchi, Yukiko; Morita, Takeshi

    2014-10-01

    Materials of the potassium niobate family, as lead-free piezoelectric materials, are expected to be alternative materials to Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) because of their good piezoelectric properties, high Curie temperature, and so on. In particular, single-crystal potassium niobate is a promising ferroelectric material as a surface acoustic substrate and for functional optical effects. It is, however, well known that single crystals are difficult to fabricate because of the instability caused by temperature, external stress, and other factors. PMID:25265169

  4. Piezoresponse and ferroelectric properties of lead-free [Bi0.5(Na0.7K0.2Li0.1)0.5]TiO3 thin films by pulsed laser deposition

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    Wang, D. Y.; Lin, D. M.; Wong, K. S.; Kwok, K. W.; Dai, J. Y.; Chan, H. L. W.

    2008-06-01

    Polycrystalline lead-free piezoelectric [Bi0.5(Na0.7K0.2Li0.1)0.5]TiO3 (BNKLT) thin films were grown on Pt /Ti/SiO2/Si substrates using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). In this letter, we report the ferroelectric properties and piezoresponse of the PLD-produced BNKLT thin films. X-ray diffraction characterization revealed a good crystallinity and a pure perovskite structure in the films. The films exhibited a well-defined polarization hysteresis loop with a remnant polarization Pr of 13.9?C/cm2 and a coercive field Ec of 10.2MV/m. The domain structure and its thermal-driven evolution from the ferroelectric to nonferroelectric phase were observed by piezoresponse force microscopy. The results were consistent with the phase transition profile of BNKLT bulk ceramics. Typical butterfly-shaped piezoresponse loop was obtained and the effective piezoelectric coefficient d33,f of the BNKLT thin films was about 64pm/V.

  5. Effects of K4CuNb8O23 on phase structure and electrical properties of K0.5Na0.5NbO3-LiSbO3 lead-free piezoceramics

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    Liu, Yong; Chu, Ruiqing; Xu, Zhijun; Lv, Huiqin; Wu, Liming; Yang, Yizheng; Li, Guorong

    2012-07-01

    Dense K4CuNb8O23 (KCN) modified 0.948K0.5Na0.5NbO3-0.052LiSbO3 (KNNLS) ceramics were prepared by conventional solid state reaction method. The effect of addition of K4CuNb8O23 liquid phase sintering aid on the phase structure and electrical properties of ceramics was studied. Results showed that K4CuNb8O23 induced a perovskite structure transition from coexistence of orthorhombic and tetragonal phases to orthorhombic symmetry. The addition of K4CuNb8O23 promoted the sintering of KNNLS ceramics. In particular, the K4CuNb8O23 addition to the KNNLS greatly improved the mechanical quality factor Qm value. The ceramics with x=0.8 sintered at 1090 C possess the optimum properties (Qm=192, d33=135 pC/N, tan ?=0.024 and kp=0.357). These results indicate that the ceramic is a promising candidate for lead-free high-power piezoelectric devices, such as piezoelectric actuators, transformers and filter materials.

  6. The characterisation of lead-free thick-film resistors on different low temperature Co-fired ceramics substrates

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    Hrovat, Marko; CoE NAMASTE, Jamova Cesta 39, SI-1000 Ljubljana ; Kielbasinski, Konrad; Institute of Microelectronics and Optoelectronics, Warsaw University of Technology, Koszykowa 75, 00-662 Warsaw ; Makarovi?, Kostja; CoE NAMASTE, Jamova Cesta 39, SI-1000 Ljubljana ; Belavi?, Darko; CoE NAMASTE, Jamova Cesta 39, SI-1000 Ljubljana ; Jakubowska, Malgorzata; Faculty of Mechatronics, Warsaw University of Technology, ?w. Andrzeja Boboli 8, 02-525 Warsaw

    2012-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ? Lead free thick film resistors based on ruthenium oxide were developed. ? The compatibility of resistors with different LTCC substrates was evaluated. ? The interactions between resistors and glassy LTCC substrates were not detected. ? Electrical characteristics were comparable with commercial thick film resistors. -- Abstract: Lead-free thick-film resistors were synthesised and investigated. The thick-film resistor materials with nominal sheet resistivities from 50 ohm/sq. to 50 kohm/sq. were prepared using combinations of two lead-free glasses with reflow temperatures at 940 C and 1240 C, respectively, and two RuO{sub 2} powders (fine-grained and coarse-grained RuO{sub 2}). The thick-film resistors were printed and fired on alumina and on low temperature co-fired ceramics substrates and fired at 850 C and 950 C. The fired resistors were investigated by X-ray powder diffraction, by scanning electron microscopy and by energy dispersive X-ray analysis. The sheet resistivities, temperature coefficients of resistivity, gauge factors and noise indices were measured.

  7. Shear Strength of Eutectic Sn-Bi Lead-Free Solders After Corrosion Testing and Thermal Aging

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    Mostofizadeh, Milad; Pippola, Juha; Frisk, Laura

    2014-05-01

    Low-cost manufacturing in the electronics industry is becoming more demanding, particularly in the production of consumer electronics. Such manufacturing processes require reliable and low-cost lead-free solders. Among the low temperature lead-free solders, eutectic Sn-Bi solder has attracted a great deal of interest since it offers good reliability comparable to that of Sn-Pb solders. In this paper, the shear strength of eutectic 42Sn-58Bi (wt.%) lead-free solder was studied using combinations of environmental tests including thermal aging at 100 C, salt spray test, and a sequential combination of these tests. Microstructural studies on samples were performed at different time intervals of testing. To study the effect of salt spray and thermal aging on the mechanical reliability, shear testing was performed on the samples. Failure analysis including fractography on samples was conducted at different time intervals using a scanning electron microscope. Considerable corrosion was observed after the salt spray test. This was found to have a significant effect on the shear strength of the solder joints. Additionally, thermal aging was found to cause coarsening and to increase the thickness of intermetallic layers. This was also found to adversely affect the shear strength. The combination test was found to have the most significant effect, as the lowest shear strengths were seen after this testing.

  8. Piezoelectric cantilever sensors

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    Shih, Wan Y. (Inventor); Shih, Wei-Heng (Inventor); Shen, Zuyan (Inventor)

    2008-01-01

    A piezoelectric cantilever with a non-piezoelectric, or piezoelectric tip useful as mass and viscosity sensors. The change in the cantilever mass can be accurately quantified by monitoring a resonance frequency shift of the cantilever. For bio-detection, antibodies or other specific receptors of target antigens may be immobilized on the cantilever surface, preferably on the non-piezoelectric tip. For chemical detection, high surface-area selective absorbent materials are coated on the cantilever tip. Binding of the target antigens or analytes to the cantilever surface increases the cantilever mass. Detection of target antigens or analytes is achieved by monitoring the cantilever's resonance frequency and determining the resonance frequency shift that is due to the mass of the adsorbed target antigens on the cantilever surface. The use of a piezoelectric unimorph cantilever allows both electrical actuation and electrical sensing. Incorporating a non-piezoelectric tip (14) enhances the sensitivity of the sensor. In addition, the piezoelectric cantilever can withstand damping in highly viscous liquids and can be used as a viscosity sensor in wide viscosity range.

  9. Adaptive piezoelectric sensoriactuator

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    Clark, Jr., Robert L. (Inventor); Vipperman, Jeffrey S. (Inventor); Cole, Daniel G. (Inventor)

    1996-01-01

    An adaptive algorithm implemented in digital or analog form is used in conjunction with a voltage controlled amplifier to compensate for the feedthrough capacitance of piezoelectric sensoriactuator. The mechanical response of the piezoelectric sensoriactuator is resolved from the electrical response by adaptively altering the gain imposed on the electrical circuit used for compensation. For wideband, stochastic input disturbances, the feedthrough capacitance of the sensoriactuator can be identified on-line, providing a means of implementing direct-rate-feedback control in analog hardware. The device is capable of on-line system health monitoring since a quasi-stable dynamic capacitance is indicative of sustained health of the piezoelectric element.

  10. Piezoelectric composite materials

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    Kiraly, L. J. (inventor)

    1983-01-01

    A laminated structural devices has the ability to change shape, position and resonant frequency without using discrete motive components. The laminate may be a combination of layers of a piezoelectrically active, nonconductive matrix material. A power source selectively places various levels of charge in electrically conductive filaments imbedded in the respective layers to produce various configurations in a predetermined manner. The layers may be electrically conductive having imbedded piezoelectrically active filaments. A combination of layers of electrically conductive material may be laminated to layers of piezoelectrically active material.

  11. Energy collection via Piezoelectricity

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    Naveen Kumar, Ch

    2015-12-01

    In the present days, wireless data transmission techniques are commonly used in electronic devices. For powering them connection needs to be made to the power supply through wires else power may be supplied from batteries. Batteries require charging, replacement and other maintenance efforts. So, some alternative methods need to be developed to keep the batteries full time charged and to avoid the need of any consumable external energy source to charge the batteries. Mechanical energy harvesting utilizes piezoelectric components where deformations produced by different means are directly converted to electrical charge via piezoelectric effect. The proposed work in this research recommends Piezoelectricity as a alternate energy source. The motive is to obtain a pollution-free energy source and to utilize and optimize the energy being wasted. Current work also illustrates the working principle of piezoelectric crystal and various sources of vibration for the crystal.

  12. Laminated piezoelectric transformer

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    Vazquez Carazo, Alfredo (Inventor)

    2006-01-01

    A laminated piezoelectric transformer is provided using the longitudinal vibration modes for step-up voltage conversion applications. The input portions are polarized to deform in a longitudinal plane and are bonded to an output portion. The deformation of the input portions is mechanically coupled to the output portion, which deforms in the same longitudinal direction relative to the input portion. The output portion is polarized in the thickness direction relative its electrodes, and piezoelectrically generates a stepped-up output voltage.

  13. Piezoelectric energy harvesting solutions.

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    Cali, Renato; Rongala, Udaya Bhaskar; Camboni, Domenico; Milazzo, Mario; Stefanini, Cesare; de Petris, Gianluca; Oddo, Calogero Maria

    2014-01-01

    This paper reviews the state of the art in piezoelectric energy harvesting. It presents the basics of piezoelectricity and discusses materials choice. The work places emphasis on material operating modes and device configurations, from resonant to non-resonant devices and also to rotational solutions. The reviewed literature is compared based on power density and bandwidth. Lastly, the question of power conversion is addressed by reviewing various circuit solutions. PMID:24618725

  14. Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Solutions

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    Caliò, Renato; Rongala, Udaya Bhaskar; Camboni, Domenico; Milazzo, Mario; Stefanini, Cesare; de Petris, Gianluca; Oddo, Calogero Maria

    2014-01-01

    This paper reviews the state of the art in piezoelectric energy harvesting. It presents the basics of piezoelectricity and discusses materials choice. The work places emphasis on material operating modes and device configurations, from resonant to non-resonant devices and also to rotational solutions. The reviewed literature is compared based on power density and bandwidth. Lastly, the question of power conversion is addressed by reviewing various circuit solutions. PMID:24618725

  15. Piezoelectrically Enhanced Photocathodes

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    Beach, Robert A.; Nikzad, Shouleh; Bell, Lloyd Douglas; Strittmatter, Robert

    2011-01-01

    Doping of photocathodes with materials that have large piezoelectric coefficients has been proposed as an alternative means of increasing the desired photoemission of electrons. Treating cathode materials to increase emission of electrons is called "activation" in the art. It has been common practice to activate photocathodes by depositing thin layers of suitable metals (usually, cesium). Because cesium is unstable in air, fabrication of cesiated photocathodes and devices that contain them must be performed in sealed tubes under vacuum. It is difficult and costly to perform fabrication processes in enclosed, evacuated spaces. The proposed piezoelectrically enhanced photocathodes would have electron-emission properties similar to those of cesiated photocathodes but would be stable in air, and therefore could be fabricated more easily and at lower cost. Candidate photocathodes include nitrides of elements in column III of the periodic table . especially compounds of the general formula Al(x)Ga(1.x)N (where 0< or = x < or =.1). These compounds have high piezoelectric coefficients and are suitable for obtaining response to ultraviolet light. Fabrication of a photocathode according to the proposal would include inducement of strain in cathode layers during growth of the layers on a substrate. The strain would be induced by exploiting structural mismatches among the various constituent materials of the cathode. Because of the piezoelectric effect in this material, the strain would give rise to strong electric fields that, in turn, would give rise to a high concentration of charge near the surface. Examples of devices in which piezoelectrically enhanced photocathodes could be used include microchannel plates, electron- bombarded charge-coupled devices, image tubes, and night-vision goggles. Piezoelectrically enhanced photocathode materials could also be used in making highly efficient monolithic photodetectors. Highly efficient and stable piezoelectrically enhanced, ultraviolet-sensitive photocathodes and photodetectors could be fabricated by use of novel techniques for growing piezoelectrically enhanced layers, in conjunction with thinning and dopant-selective etching techniques.

  16. Acoustic metamaterials with piezoelectric resonant structures

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    Jin, Yabin; Bonello, Bernard; Pan, Yongdong

    2014-06-01

    A resonant structure of a hard-core coated by piezoelectric composite materials is proposed as an acoustic metamaterial (AM), in which a negative effective mass density and elastic modulus are simultaneously achieved. The double negativity, appearing within a certain range of the filling ratio, is numerically demonstrated by the switch of the electrical boundary from open to closed. The bandwidth of the negative effective elastic modulus is sensitive to the piezoelectric constant e33. The multi-unit AM offers the advantages of broadening the double-negativity domain and of reducing the primary frequency, while the cut-up frequency remains the same as that of the single-unit cell AM.

  17. Fabrication and Piezoelectric Property of Highly Textured CaBi2Nb2O9 Ceramics by Tape Casting

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    Chen, Huanbei; Fu, Fang; Zhai, Jiwei

    2011-05-01

    Textured high-Curie-point lead-free piezoelectric ceramics, CaBi2Nb2O9 (CBN), were prepared by the tape casting method. Highly textured ceramics with a single phase and 95% Lotgering factor were obtained by the templated grain growth (TGG) technique. The textured CBN ceramics had a higher piezoelectric constant (d33 = 17.8 pC/N) than their non textured counterparts (d33 = 6.2 pC/N) prepared by a conventional solid-state sintering process. Furthermore, they had excellent thermostable of piezoelectric properties from room temperature to near Curie temperature. This type of textured CBN ceramic that can be prepared using the low-cost and scalable tape casting technique should be a promising candidate for high-temperature piezoelectric applications.

  18. Effect of Heat Treatment Conditions on Properties of Lead-Free Bi2GeO5 Ferroelectric Glass Ceramics

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    Kantha, P.; Pengpat, K.; Rujijanagul, G.; Tunkasiri, T.; Eitssayeam, S.; Intatha, U.; Sirisoonthorn, S.

    2009-07-01

    Nowadays, lead-free ferroelectric materials have attracted much interest among materials scientists as a result of environmental concern. The bismuth germanate (Bi2GeO5) phase, one of the lead-free ferroelectric crystals, is of particular interest as its composition already contains good glass former (GeO2) and can be prepared by an alternative glass ceramic route. In this work, the conventional melt-quenching method was used to produce the parent glass with composition of 60 mol% BiO1.5:20 mol% GeO2:20 mol% BO1.5. The as-received glass pieces were subjected to the heat treatment schedule at various crystallization temperatures and dwell-times. The glass and glass ceramics samples were then investigated by XRD, Raman spectroscopy and their dielectric properties were also measured. The XRD and Raman spectroscopy showed that the crystallinity of the prepared glass ceramics depended very much on crystallization temperature and dwell-time. The larger dielectric constant and lower dielectric loss were obtained as crystallinity of the glass ceramics enhanced. The highest dielectric constant (?r) was found at 77 with a low dielectric loss of about 0.005.

  19. Room temperature nonlinear magnetoelectric effect in lead-free and Nb-doped AlFeO3 compositions

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    Ctica, Luiz F.; Santos, Guilherme M.; Freitas, Valdirlei F.; Coelho, Adelino A.; Pal, Madhuparna; Santos, Ivair A.; Garcia, Ducinei; Eiras, Jos A.; Guo, Ruyan; Bhalla, Amar S.

    2015-02-01

    It is still a challenging problem to obtain technologically useful materials displaying strong magnetoelectric coupling at room temperature. In the search for new effects and materials to achieve this kind of coupling, a nonlinear magnetoelectric effect was proposed in the magnetically disordered relaxor ferroelectric materials. In this context, the aluminum iron oxide (AlFeO3), a room temperature ferroelectric relaxor and magnetic spin glass compound, emerges as an attractive lead-free magnetoelectric material along with nonlinear magnetoelectric effects. In this work, static, dynamic, and temperature dependent ferroic and magnetoelectric properties in lead-free AlFeO3 and 2 at. % Nb-doped AlFeO3 multiferroic magnetoelectric compositions are studied. Pyroelectric and magnetic measurements show changes in ferroelectric and magnetic states close to each other (200 K). The magnetoelectric coefficient behavior as a function of Hbias suggests a room temperature nonlinear magnetoelectric coupling in both single-phase and Nb-doped AlFeO3-based ceramic compositions.

  20. Large negative thermal expansion in non-perovskite lead-free ferroelectric Sn2P2S6.

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    Rong, Yangchun; Li, Menglei; Chen, Jun; Zhou, Mei; Lin, Kun; Hu, Lei; Yuan, Wenxia; Duan, Wenhui; Deng, Jinxia; Xing, Xianran

    2016-02-17

    Functional materials showing both negative thermal expansion (NTE) and physical performance, such as ferroelectricity and magnetism, have been extensively explored in the past decade. However, among ferroelectrics a remarkable NTE was only found in perovskite-type PbTiO3-based compounds. In this work, a large NTE of -4.7 × 10(-5) K(-1) is obtained in the non-perovskite lead-free ferroelectric Sn2P2S6 from 243 K to TC (338 K). Structure refinements and first-principle calculations reveal the effects of the Sn(ii) 5s-S 3p interaction on spontaneous polarization and its correlation with NTE. Then the mechanism of spontaneous volume ferroelectrostriction (SVFS) is verified and it could well elucidate the nature of NTE in ferroelectric Sn2P2S6. This is the first case to demonstrate the unusual NTE behavior by SVFS in a non-perovskite lead-free ferroelectric material. PMID:26854264

  1. Room temperature nonlinear magnetoelectric effect in lead-free and Nb-doped AlFeO{sub 3} compositions

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    Cótica, Luiz F.; Santos, Guilherme M.; Santos, Ivair A.; Freitas, Valdirlei F.; Coelho, Adelino A.; Pal, Madhuparna; Guo, Ruyan; Bhalla, Amar S.; Garcia, Ducinei; Eiras, José A.

    2015-02-14

    It is still a challenging problem to obtain technologically useful materials displaying strong magnetoelectric coupling at room temperature. In the search for new effects and materials to achieve this kind of coupling, a nonlinear magnetoelectric effect was proposed in the magnetically disordered relaxor ferroelectric materials. In this context, the aluminum iron oxide (AlFeO{sub 3}), a room temperature ferroelectric relaxor and magnetic spin glass compound, emerges as an attractive lead-free magnetoelectric material along with nonlinear magnetoelectric effects. In this work, static, dynamic, and temperature dependent ferroic and magnetoelectric properties in lead-free AlFeO{sub 3} and 2 at. % Nb-doped AlFeO{sub 3} multiferroic magnetoelectric compositions are studied. Pyroelectric and magnetic measurements show changes in ferroelectric and magnetic states close to each other (∼200 K). The magnetoelectric coefficient behavior as a function of H{sub bias} suggests a room temperature nonlinear magnetoelectric coupling in both single-phase and Nb-doped AlFeO{sub 3}-based ceramic compositions.

  2. Evaluation of Lead Release in a Simulated Lead-Free Premise Plumbing System Using a Sequential Sampling Approach.

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    Ng, Ding-Quan; Lin, Yi-Pin

    2016-01-01

    In this pilot study, a modified sampling protocol was evaluated for the detection of lead contamination and locating the source of lead release in a simulated premise plumbing system with one-, three- and seven-day stagnation for a total period of 475 days. Copper pipes, stainless steel taps and brass fittings were used to assemble the "lead-free" system. Sequential sampling using 100 mL was used to detect lead contamination while that using 50 mL was used to locate the lead source. Elevated lead levels, far exceeding the World Health Organization (WHO) guideline value of 10 µg·L(-1), persisted for as long as five months in the system. "Lead-free" brass fittings were identified as the source of lead contamination. Physical disturbances, such as renovation works, could cause short-term spikes in lead release. Orthophosphate was able to suppress total lead levels below 10 µg·L(-1), but caused "blue water" problems. When orthophosphate addition was ceased, total lead levels began to spike within one week, implying that a continuous supply of orthophosphate was required to control total lead levels. Occasional total lead spikes were observed in one-day stagnation samples throughout the course of the experiments. PMID:26927154

  3. Piezoelectric Ceramics and Their Applications

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    Flinn, I.

    1975-01-01

    Describes the piezoelectric effect in ceramics and presents a quantitative representation of this effect. Explains the processes involved in the manufacture of piezoelectric ceramics, the materials used, and the situations in which they are applied. (GS)

  4. High temperature piezoelectric drill

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    Bao, Xiaoqi; Scott, James; Boudreau, Kate; Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Sherrit, Stewart; Badescu, Mircea; Shrout, Tom; Zhang, Shujun

    2009-03-01

    The current NASA Decadal mission planning effort has identified Venus as a significant scientific target for a surface in-situ sampling/analyzing mission. The Venus environment represents several extremes including high temperature (460C), high pressure (~9 MPa), and potentially corrosive (condensed sulfuric acid droplets that adhere to surfaces during entry) environments. This technology challenge requires new rock sampling tools for these extreme conditions. Piezoelectric materials can potentially operate over a wide temperature range. Single crystals, like LiNbO3, have a Curie temperature that is higher than 1000C and the piezoelectric ceramics Bismuth Titanate higher than 600C. A study of the feasibility of producing piezoelectric drills that can operate in the temperature range up to 500C was conducted. The study includes the high temperature properties investigations of engineering materials and piezoelectric ceramics with different formulas and doping. The drilling performances of a prototype Ultrasonic/Sonic Drill/Corer (USDC) using high temperate piezoelectric ceramics and single crystal were tested at temperature up to 500C. The detailed results of our study and a discussion of the future work on performance improvements are presented in this paper.

  5. High Temperature Piezoelectric Drill

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    Bao, Xiaoqi; Scott, James; Boudreau, Kate; Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Sherrit, Stewart; Badescu, Mircea; Shrout, Tom; Zhang, Shujun

    2009-01-01

    The current NASA Decadal mission planning effort has identified Venus as a significant scientific target for a surface in-situ sampling/analyzing mission. The Venus environment represents several extremes including high temperature (460 deg C), high pressure (9 MPa), and potentially corrosive (condensed sulfuric acid droplets that adhere to surfaces during entry) environments. This technology challenge requires new rock sampling tools for these extreme conditions. Piezoelectric materials can potentially operate over a wide temperature range. Single crystals, like LiNbO3, have a Curie temperature that is higher than 1000 deg C and the piezoelectric ceramics Bismuth Titanate higher than 600 deg C. A study of the feasibility of producing piezoelectric drills that can operate in the temperature range up to 500 deg C was conducted. The study includes the high temperature properties investigations of engineering materials and piezoelectric ceramics with different formulas and doping. The drilling performances of a prototype Ultrasonic/Sonic Drill/Corer (USDC) using high temperate piezoelectric ceramics and single crystal were tested at temperature up to 500 deg C. The detailed results of our study and a discussion of the future work on performance improvements are presented in this paper.

  6. Piezoelectric wave motor

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    Yerganian, Simon Scott (Lee's Summit, MO)

    2003-02-11

    A piezoelectric motor having a stator in which piezoelectric elements are contained in slots formed in the stator transverse to the desired wave motion. When an electric field is imposed on the elements, deformation of the elements imposes a force perpendicular to the sides of the slot, deforming the stator. Appropriate frequency and phase-shifting of the electric field will produce a wave in the stator and motion in a rotor. In a preferred aspect, the piezoelectric elements are configured so that deformation of the elements in the direction of an imposed electric field, generally referred to as the d.sub.33 direction, is utilized to produce wave motion in the stator. In a further aspect, the elements are compressed into the slots so as to minimize tensile stresses on the elements in use.

  7. Piezoelectric wave motor

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    Yerganian, Simon Scott (Lee's Summit, MO)

    2001-07-17

    A piezoelectric motor having a stator in which piezoelectric elements are contained in slots formed in the stator transverse to the desired wave motion. When an electric field is imposed on the elements, deformation of the elements imposes a force perpendicular to the sides of the slot, deforming the stator. Appropriate frequency and phase shifting of the electric field will produce a wave in the stator and motion in a rotor. In a preferred aspect, the piezoelectric elements are configured so that deformation of the elements in direction of an imposed electric field, generally referred to as the d.sub.33 direction, is utilized to produce wave motion in the stator. In a further aspect, the elements are compressed into the slots so as to minimize tensile stresses on the elements in use.

  8. Active Piezoelectric Diaphragms

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    Bryant, Robert G.; Effinger, Robert T., IV; Aranda, Isaiah, Jr.; Copeland, Ben M.; Covington, Ed W., III

    2002-01-01

    Several active piezoelectric diaphragms were fabricated by placing unelectroded piezoelectric disks between copper clad films patterned with Inter-Circulating Electrodes "ICE". When a voltage potential is applied to the electrodes, the result is radially distributed electric field that mechanically strains the piezo-ceramic along the Z-axis (perpendicular to the applied electric field), rather than the expected in-plane (XY-axis) direction. Unlike other out of plane piezoelectric actuators, which are benders, these Radial Field Diaphragms (RFDs) strain concentrically yet afford high displacements while maintaining a constant circumference. This paper covers the fabrication and characterization of these diaphragms as a function of poling field strength, ceramic diameter and line spacing, as well as the surface topography, the resulting strain field and displacement as a function of applied voltage ranging from DC to 10 Hz.

  9. Piezoelectricity of Heteropolar Nanotubes

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    Sai, Na; Mele, E. J.

    2003-03-01

    Heteropolar boron-nitride nanotube can have a macroscopic electric polarization that is controlled by the wrapping vectors of the tube and its structural deformations (Mele and Kral, PRL 88, 056803, 2002). We present a theoretical investigation of the piezoelectric effects that occur when BN sheets and nanotubes and are elastically deformed. The distortions include the uniaxial stretch, the compression and the torsional shear of these systems. The calculations were carried out using the non-orthorgonal tight-binding formalism as well as the first-principles density functional theory. We identify the effects of the ? and ? electrons on the piezoelectric response of the nanotube. We study the dependence of the piezoelectric response on the chiral angle of a nanotube and derive an analytical model for this behavior. Potential applications for the unique properties of nanotubes are discussed.

  10. Piezoelectric nonlinearity and frequency dispersion of the direct piezoelectric response of BiFeO3 ceramics

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    Rojac, Tadej; Bencan, Andreja; Drazic, Goran; Kosec, Marija; Damjanovic, Dragan

    2012-09-01

    We report on the frequency and stress dependence of the direct piezoelectric d33 coefficient in BiFeO3 ceramics. The measurements reveal considerable piezoelectric nonlinearity, i.e., dependence of d33 on the amplitude of the dynamic stress. The nonlinear response suggests a large irreversible contribution of non-180 domain walls to the piezoelectric response of the ferrite, which, at present measurement conditions, reached a maximum of 38% of the total measured d33. In agreement with this interpretation, both types of non-180 domain walls, characteristic for the rhombohedral BiFeO3, i.e., 71 and 109, were identified in the poled ceramics using transmission electron microscopy. In support to the link between nonlinearity and non-180 domain-wall contribution, we found a correlation between nonlinearity and processes leading to depinning of domain walls from defects, such as quenching from above the Curie temperature and high-temperature sintering. In addition, the nonlinear piezoelectric response of BiFeO3 showed a frequency dependence that is qualitatively different from that measured in other nonlinear ferroelectric ceramics, such as "soft" (donor-doped) Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT), i.e., in the case of the BiFeO3 large nonlinearities were observed only at low field frequencies (<0.1 Hz); possible origins of this dispersion are discussed. Finally, we show that, once released from pinning centers, the domain walls can contribute extensively to the electromechanical response of BiFeO3; in fact, the extrinsic domain-wall contribution is relatively as large as in Pb-based ferroelectric ceramics with morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) composition, such as PZT. This finding might be important in the search of new lead-free MPB compositions based on BiFeO3 as it suggests that such compositions might also exhibit large extrinsic domain-wall contribution to the piezoelectric response.

  11. Shape memory piezoelectric actuator

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    Morita, Takeshi; Kadota, Yoichi; Hosaka, Hiroshi

    2007-02-01

    The shape memory piezoelectric actuator can be operated using a pulsed voltage, so that small energy consumption and small voltage operation can be realized. To realize shape memory operation, the imprint electrical field was induced by treatment with a high electrical field of 3.5kV/mm in a 150C environment. The actuator had two stable positions that were dependent on the piezoelectric polarization and could be maintained without the use of an external electrical field. This shape memory effect indicated that the imprint electrical field contributes to other functional properties, such as a permittivity, optical refractive index, and mechanical compliance.

  12. Piezoelectric and pyroelectric polymers

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    Davis, G.T.

    1995-12-01

    Many polar polymers can be made to exhibit piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties by permanently aligning their dipoles in an electric field. The largest response is found in semi-crystalline polymers which exhibit a polar crystal phase which is amenable to reorientation in an applied electric field. The properties of poly(vinylidenefluoride), copolymers of vinyl idenefluoride and trifluoroethylene, nylon 7 and nylon 11 are compared. Polarization distribution across the thickness of such polymer films are discussed and novel techniques for the construction of piezoelectric bimorphs from the above copolymers are presented.

  13. Effects of metallic nanoparticle doped flux on the interfacial intermetallic compounds between lead-free solder ball and copper substrate

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    Sujan, G.K. Haseeb, A.S.M.A. Afifi, A.B.M.

    2014-11-15

    Lead free solders currently in use are prone to develop thick interfacial intermetallic compound layers with rough morphology which are detrimental to the long term solder joint reliability. A novel method has been developed to control the morphology and growth of intermetallic compound layers between lead-free Sn–3.0Ag–0.5Cu solder ball and copper substrate by doping a water soluble flux with metallic nanoparticles. Four types of metallic nanoparticles (nickel, cobalt, molybdenum and titanium) were used to investigate their effects on the wetting behavior and interfacial microstructural evaluations after reflow. Nanoparticles were dispersed manually with a water soluble flux and the resulting nanoparticle doped flux was placed on copper substrate. Lead-free Sn–3.0Ag–0.5Cu solder balls of diameter 0.45 mm were placed on top of the flux and were reflowed at a peak temperature of 240 °C for 45 s. Angle of contact, wetting area and interfacial microstructure were studied by optical microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. It was observed that the angle of contact increased and wetting area decreased with the addition of cobalt, molybdenum and titanium nanoparticles to flux. On the other hand, wettability improved with the addition of nickel nanoparticles. Cross-sectional micrographs revealed that both nickel and cobalt nanoparticle doping transformed the morphology of Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} from a typical scallop type to a planer one and reduced the intermetallic compound thickness under optimum condition. These effects were suggested to be related to in-situ interfacial alloying at the interface during reflow. The minimum amount of nanoparticles required to produce the planer morphology was found to be 0.1 wt.% for both nickel and cobalt. Molybdenum and titanium nanoparticles neither appear to undergo alloying during reflow nor have any influence at the solder/substrate interfacial reaction. Thus, doping of flux with appropriate metallic nanoparticles can be successfully used to control the morphology and growth of intermetallic compound layers at the solder/substrate interface which is expected to lead to better reliability of electronic devices. - Highlights: • A novel nanodoped flux method has been developed to control the growth of IMCs. • Ni doped flux improves the wettability, but Co, Mo and Ti deteriorate it. • Ni and Co doped flux gives planer IMC morphology through in-situ alloying effect. • 0.1 wt.% Ni and Co addition into flux gives the lowest interfacial IMC thickness. • Mo and Ti doped flux does not have any influence at the interfacial reaction.

  14. Development of lead free magnetoelectric laminates of Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-Tb0.3Dy0.7Fe1.95 for power generation

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    Prabahar, K.; Mirunalini, Josephine; Sowmya, N. Shara; Chelvane, J. Arout; Mahendiran, M.; Kamat, S. V.; Srinivas, A.

    2014-09-01

    Lead free magnetoelectric laminates has been prepared by sandwiching Sodium Bismuth Titanate (Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3) between two Tb0.3Dy0.7Fe1.95 (TDF) by epoxy bonding. The piezoelectric material Sodium Bismuth Titanate (Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3) has been prepared by conventional solid state double sintering method and the magnetostrictive material, Tb0.3Dy0.7Fe1.95 (TDF) by vacuum induction melting process. NBT showed a saturated ferroelectric hysteresis behavior with the values of Ps=22.24 ?C/cm2, Ec=41 kV/cm and Pr=27 ?C/cm2. The piezoelectric charge coefficient (d33) measured for NBT was 102 pC/N. Magnetization versus magnetic field measurements were performed in longitudinal (L) and transverse (T) modes of TDF specimen that showed ferromagnetic hysteresis behavior. The magnetostriction of 950 ppm at 4 kOe and static strain coefficient of 0.3710-6 kOe-1 at 1 kOe magnetic field were recorded for Tb0.3Dy0.7Fe1.95. The magnetoelectric output was measured in L and T modes for the different NBT thickness of 1.0, 1.5 and 2 mm with TDF thickness of 1.5 mm. The high magnetoelectric coefficient (?) was found to be 0.08 mV/cm Oe (L mode) and 0.13 mV/cm Oe (T mode) for the NBT/TDF laminates with 1.0 mm thick NBT.

  15. Reduced risk of acute poisoning in Australian cattle from used motor oils after introduction of lead-free petrol.

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    Burren, B G; Reichmann, K G; McKenzie, R A

    2010-06-01

    Lead (Pb) poisoning of cattle has been relatively common in Australia and sump oil has been identified as an important cause of Pb toxicity for cattle because they seem to have a tendency to drink it. Lead-free petrol has been available in Australia since 1975, so the aim of this study was to assess the current risk to cattle from drinking used automotive oils. Sump or gear box oil was collected from 56 vehicles being serviced. The low levels of Pb found suggest that the removal of leaded petrol from the Australian market as a public health measure has benefited cattle by eliminating the risk of acute poisoning from used engine oil. PMID:20553575

  16. Lead-free solder

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    Anderson, Iver E. (Ames, IA); Terpstra, Robert L. (Ames, IA)

    2001-05-15

    A Sn--Ag--Cu eutectic alloy is modified with one or more low level and low cost alloy additions to enhance high temperature microstructural stability and thermal-mechanical fatigue strength without decreasing solderability. Purposeful fourth or fifth element additions in the collective amount not exceeding about 1 weight % (wt. %) are added to Sn--Ag--Cu eutectic solder alloy based on the ternary eutectic Sn--4.7%Ag--1.7%Cu (wt. %) and are selected from the group consisting essentially of Ni, Fe, and like-acting elements as modifiers of the intermetallic interface between the solder and substrate to improve high temperature solder joint microstructural stability and solder joint thermal-mechanical fatigue strength.

  17. Mechanical confinement for improved energy storage density in BNT-BT-KNN lead-free ceramic capacitors

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    Chauhan, Aditya; Patel, Satyanarayan; Vaish, Rahul

    2014-08-15

    With the advent of modern power electronics, embedded circuits and non-conventional energy harvesting, the need for high performance capacitors is bound to become indispensible. The current state-of-art employs ferroelectric ceramics and linear dielectrics for solid state capacitance. However, lead-free ferroelectric ceramics propose to offer significant improvement in the field of electrical energy storage owing to their high discharge efficiency and energy storage density. In this regards, the authors have investigated the effects of compressive stress as a means of improving the energy storage density of lead-free ferroelectric ceramics. The energy storage density of 0.91(Bi{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5})TiO{sub 3}-0.07BaTiO{sub 3}-0.02(K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5})NbO{sub 3} ferroelectric bulk ceramic was analyzed as a function of varying levels of compressive stress and operational temperature .It was observed that a peak energy density of 387 mJ.cm{sup -3} was obtained at 100 MPa applied stress (25{sup o}C). While a maximum energy density of 568 mJ.cm{sup -3} was obtained for the same stress at 80{sup o}C. These values are indicative of a significant, 25% and 84%, improvement in the value of stored energy compared to an unloaded material. Additionally, material's discharge efficiency has also been discussed as a function of operational parameters. The observed phenomenon has been explained on the basis of field induced structural transition and competitive domain switching theory.

  18. Evaluation of Electrochemical Migration on Printed Circuit Boards with Lead-Free and Tin-Lead Solder

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    He, Xiaofei; Azarian, Michael H.; Pecht, Michael G.

    2011-09-01

    To evaluate the current leakage and electrochemical migration behavior on printed circuit boards with eutectic tin-lead and lead-free solder, IPC B-24 comb structures were exposed to 65°C and 88% relative humidity conditions under direct-current (DC) bias for over 1500 h. These boards were processed with either Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu solder or Sn-37Pb solder. In addition to solder alloy, board finish (organic solderability preservative versus lead-free hot air solder leveling), spacing (25 mil versus 12.5 mil), and voltage (40 V versus 5 V bias) were also assessed by using in situ measurements of surface insulation resistance (SIR) and energy-dispersive spectroscopy after testing. It was shown that an initial increase of SIR was caused by consumption of electroactive species on the surface, intermittent drops of SIR were caused by dendritic growth, and a long-term SIR decline was caused by electrodeposition of a metallic layer. The prolonged SIR decline of Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu boards was simulated by three-dimensional (3D) progressive and instantaneous nucleation models, whose predictions were compared with experimental data. Sn-37Pb boards exhibited comigration of Sn, Pb, and Cu, while Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu boards incurred comigration of Sn, Ag, and Cu. Among the migrated species, Sn always dominated and was observed as either a layer or in polyhedral deposits, Pb was the most common element found in the dendrites, Cu was a minor constituent, and Ag migrated only occasionally. Compared with solder alloy, board finishes played a secondary role in affecting SIR due to their complexation with or dissolution into the solder. The competing effect between electric field and spacing was also investigated.

  19. Mediating the contradiction of d33 and TC in potassium-sodium niobate lead-free piezoceramics.

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    Cheng, Xiaojing; Wu, Jiagang; Wang, Xiaopeng; Zhang, Binyu; Lou, Xiaojie; Wang, Xiangjian; Xiao, Dingquan; Zhu, Jianguo

    2013-11-13

    For potassium-sodium niobate, the piezoelectric constant (d33) was usually improved by sacrificing the Curie temperature (TC). In this work, a material system of 0.992(K0.46Na0.54)0.965Li0.035Nb(1-x)Sb(x)O3-0.008BiScO3 has been designed and prepared with the aim of achieving both a large d33 and a high TC at the same time. The chemical compositions are found to be homogeneously distributed in the ceramics. The introduction of Sc is found to be responsible for different grain sizes. The rhombohedral-tetragonal phase coexistence zone lies in the composition range of 0.02piezoelectric applications. PMID:24219128

  20. Phase transitions, relaxor behavior, and large strain response in LiNbO3-modified Bi0.5(Na0.80K0.20)0.5TiO3 lead-free piezoceramics

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    Hao, Jigong; Bai, Wangfeng; Li, Wei; Shen, Bo; Zhai, Jiwei

    2013-07-01

    The effect of LiNbO3 (LN) addition on the ferroelectric behavior and piezoelectric properties of Bi0.5(Na0.80K0.20)0.5TiO3 (BNKT20) lead-free piezoceramics were systematically investigated. Results showed that the LN substitution into BNKT20 induced a transition from coexistence of ferroelectric tetragonal and rhombohedral phases to relaxor pseudocubic phases, which is accompanied by the significant disruption of ferroelectric order and with the shift of the ferroelectric-relaxor transition temperature TF-R down to room temperature. Accordingly, a large accompanying normalized strain of 0.38% (corresponding to a large signal d33* of 475 pm/V) were obtained in BNKT20 with 2.5 mol. %LN addition near the phase boundary. Temperature-dependent measurements of both polarization and strain from room temperature to 120 C suggested that the origin of the large strain is due to a reversible field-induced ergodic relaxor-to-ferroelectric phase transformation. Moreover, an attractive property for application as high-temperature dielectrics was obtained in this system modified with 8 mol. %LN with a high permittivity of 1760 15% from room temperature up to 500 C, spanning a range of about 450 C.

  1. Electric field induced short range to long range structural ordering and its influence on the Eu+3 photoluminescence in the lead-free ferroelectric Na1/2Bi1/2TiO3

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    Kalaskar, Abhijeet; Rao, Badari Narayana; Thomas, Tiju; Ranjan, Rajeev

    2015-06-01

    Eu+3 was incorporated into the lattice of a lead-free ferroelectric Na1/2Bi1/2TiO3 (NBT) as per the nominal formula Na0.5Bi0.5-xEuxTiO3. This system was investigated with regard to the Eu+3 photoluminescence (PL) and structural behaviour as a function of composition and electric field. Electric field was found to irreversibly change the features in the PL spectra and also in the x-ray diffraction patterns below the critical composition x = 0.025. Detailed analysis revealed that below the critical composition, electric field irreversibly suppresses the structural heterogeneity inherent of the host matrix NBT and brings about a long range ferroelectric state with rhombohedral (R3c) distortion. It is shown that the structural disorder on the nano-scale opens a new channel for radiative transition which manifests as a new emission line branching off from the main 5D0?7F0 line along with a concomitant change in the relative intensity of the other crystal field induced Stark lines with different J values. The study suggests that Eu+3 luminescence can be used to probe the relative degree of field induced structural ordering in relaxor ferroelectrics and also in high performance piezoelectric alloys where electric field couples very strongly with the lattice and structural degrees of freedom.

  2. Lead-free epitaxial ferroelectric material integration on semiconducting (100) Nb-doped SrTiO3 for low-power non-volatile memory and efficient ultraviolet ray detection.

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    Kundu, Souvik; Clavel, Michael; Biswas, Pranab; Chen, Bo; Song, Hyun-Cheol; Kumar, Prashant; Halder, Nripendra N; Hudait, Mantu K; Banerji, Pallab; Sanghadasa, Mohan; Priya, Shashank

    2015-01-01

    We report lead-free ferroelectric based resistive switching non-volatile memory (NVM) devices with epitaxial (1-x)BaTiO3-xBiFeO3 (x?=?0.725) (BT-BFO) film integrated on semiconducting (100) Nb (0.7%) doped SrTiO3 (Nb:STO) substrates. The piezoelectric force microscopy (PFM) measurement at room temperature demonstrated ferroelectricity in the BT-BFO thin film. PFM results also reveal the repeatable polarization inversion by poling, manifesting its potential for read-write operation in NVM devices. The electroforming-free and ferroelectric polarization coupled electrical behaviour demonstrated excellent resistive switching with high retention time, cyclic endurance, and low set/reset voltages. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was utilized to determine the band alignment at the BT-BFO and Nb:STO heterojunction, and it exhibited staggered band alignment. This heterojunction is found to behave as an efficient ultraviolet photo-detector with low rise and fall time. The architecture also demonstrates half-wave rectification under low and high input signal frequencies, where the output distortion is minimal. The results provide avenue for an electrical switch that can regulate the pixels in low or high frequency images. Combined this work paves the pathway towards designing future generation low-power ferroelectric based microelectronic devices by merging both electrical and photovoltaic properties of BT-BFO materials. PMID:26202946

  3. Lead-free epitaxial ferroelectric material integration on semiconducting (100) Nb-doped SrTiO3 for low-power non-volatile memory and efficient ultraviolet ray detection

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    Kundu, Souvik; Clavel, Michael; Biswas, Pranab; Chen, Bo; Song, Hyun-Cheol; Kumar, Prashant; Halder, Nripendra N.; Hudait, Mantu K.; Banerji, Pallab; Sanghadasa, Mohan; Priya, Shashank

    2015-07-01

    We report lead-free ferroelectric based resistive switching non-volatile memory (NVM) devices with epitaxial (1-x)BaTiO3-xBiFeO3 (x = 0.725) (BT-BFO) film integrated on semiconducting (100) Nb (0.7%) doped SrTiO3 (Nb:STO) substrates. The piezoelectric force microscopy (PFM) measurement at room temperature demonstrated ferroelectricity in the BT-BFO thin film. PFM results also reveal the repeatable polarization inversion by poling, manifesting its potential for read-write operation in NVM devices. The electroforming-free and ferroelectric polarization coupled electrical behaviour demonstrated excellent resistive switching with high retention time, cyclic endurance, and low set/reset voltages. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was utilized to determine the band alignment at the BT-BFO and Nb:STO heterojunction, and it exhibited staggered band alignment. This heterojunction is found to behave as an efficient ultraviolet photo-detector with low rise and fall time. The architecture also demonstrates half-wave rectification under low and high input signal frequencies, where the output distortion is minimal. The results provide avenue for an electrical switch that can regulate the pixels in low or high frequency images. Combined this work paves the pathway towards designing future generation low-power ferroelectric based microelectronic devices by merging both electrical and photovoltaic properties of BT-BFO materials.

  4. Interface cracks in piezoelectric materials

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    Govorukha, V.; Kamlah, M.; Loboda, V.; Lapusta, Y.

    2016-02-01

    Due to their intrinsic electromechanical coupling behavior, piezoelectric materials are widely used in sensors, actuators and other modern technologies. It is well known that piezoelectric ceramics are very brittle and susceptible to fracture. In many cases, fracture occurs at interfaces as debonding and cracks. This leads to an undesired degradation of electrical and mechanical performance. Because of the practical and fundamental importance of the problem, interface cracks in piezoelectric materials have been actively studied in the last few decades. This review provides a comprehensive survey of recent works on cracks situated at the interface of two materials, at least one of which has piezoelectric or piezoelectromagnetic properties. Different electric boundary conditions along the crack faces are discussed. The oscillating and contact zone models for in-plane straight interface cracks between two dissimilar piezoelectric materials or between piezoelectric and non-piezoelectric ones are reviewed. Different peculiarities related to the investigation of interface cracks in piezoelectric materials for the anti-plane case, for functionally graded and thermopiezoelectric materials are presented. Papers related to magnetoelectroelastic bimaterials, to steady state motion of interface cracks in piezoelectric bimaterials and to circular arc-cracks at the interface of piezoelectric materials are reviewed, and various methods used to address these problems are discussed. The review concludes with an outlook on future research directions.

  5. Fatigue failure kinetics and structural changes in lead-free interconnects due to mechanical and thermal cycling

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    Fiedler, Brent Alan

    Environmental and human health concerns drove European parliament to mandate the Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) for electronics. This was enacted in July 2006 and has practically eliminated lead in solder interconnects. There is concern in the electronics packaging community because modern lead-free solder is rich in tin. Presently, near-eutectic tin-silver-copper solders are favored by industry. These solders are stiffer than the lead-tin near-eutectic alloys, have a higher melting temperature, fewer slip systems, and form intermetallic compounds (IMC) with Cu, Ni and Ag, each of which tend to have a negative effect on lifetime. In order to design more reliable interconnects, the experimental observation of cracking mechanisms is necessary for the correct application of existing theories. The goal of this research is to observe the failure modes resulting from mode II strain and to determine the damage mechanisms which describe fatigue failures in 95.5 Sn- 4.0 Ag - 0.5 Cu wt% (SAC405) lead-free solder interconnects. In this work the initiation sites and crack paths were characterized for SAC405 ball-grid array (BGA) interconnects with electroless-nickel immersion-gold (ENIG) pad-finish. The interconnects were arranged in a perimeter array and tested in fully assembled packages. Evaluation methods included monotonic and displacement controlled mechanical shear fatigue tests, and temperature cycling. The specimens were characterized using metallogaphy, including optical and electron microscopy as well as energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and precise real-time electrical resistance structural health monitoring (SHM). In mechanical shear fatigue tests, strain was applied by the substrates, simulating dissimilar coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE) between the board and chip-carrier. This type of strain caused cracks to initiate in the soft Sn-rich solder and grow near the interface between the solder and intermetallic compounds (IMC). The growth near the interface was found to be caused by dislocation pile-ups at the IMC when the plastic zone ahead of the crack tip reached this interface. In temperature cycling testing, strains arose within the interconnect due to CTE mismatch between the solder and IMC. The substrates had matched CTE for all specimens in this research. Because of this, all the temperature cycling cracks were observed at interfaces, generally between the solder and IMC. Additionally, real-time electrical resistance may be a useful non-destructive evaluation (NDE) tool for the empirical observation of fatigue cracking in ball-grid arrays (BGA) during both mechanical and temperature cycling tests.

  6. Improper ferroelectricity and piezoelectric responses in rhombohedral (A,A')B2O6 perovskite oxides

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    Young, Joshua; Rondinelli, James M.

    2014-05-01

    High-temperature electronic materials are in constant demand as the required operational range for various industries increases. Here we design (A,A')B2O6 perovskite oxides with [111] "rock salt" A-site cation order and predict them to be potential high-temperature piezoelectric materials. By selecting bulk perovskites which have a tendency towards only out-of-phase BO6 rotations, we avoid possible staggered ferroelectric to paraelectric phase transitions while also retaining noncentrosymmetric crystal structures necessary for ferro- and piezoelectricity. Using density functional theory calculations, we show that (La,Pr)Al2O6 and (Ce,Pr)Al2O6 display spontaneous polarizations in their polar ground state structures; we also compute the dielectric and piezoelectric constants for each phase. Additionally, we predict the critical phase transition temperatures for each material from first-principles to demonstrate that the piezoelectric responses, which are comparable to traditional lead-free piezoelectrics, should persist to high temperature. These features make the rock salt A-site-ordered aluminates candidates for high-temperature sensors, actuators, or other electronic devices.

  7. Piezoelectric Resonator with Two Layers

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    Stephanou, Philip J. (Inventor); Black, Justin P. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A piezoelectric resonator device includes: a top electrode layer with a patterned structure, a top piezoelectric layer adjacent to the top layer, a middle metal layer adjacent to the top piezoelectric layer opposite the top layer, a bottom piezoelectric layer adjacent to the middle layer opposite the top piezoelectric layer, and a bottom electrode layer with a patterned structure and adjacent to the bottom piezoelectric layer opposite the middle layer. The top layer includes a first plurality of electrodes inter-digitated with a second plurality of electrodes. A first one of the electrodes in the top layer and a first one of the electrodes in the bottom layer are coupled to a first contact, and a second one of the electrodes in the top layer and a second one of the electrodes in the bottom layer are coupled to a second contact.

  8. Piezoelectric step-motion actuator

    DOEpatents

    Mentesana; Charles P. (Leawood, KS)

    2006-10-10

    A step-motion actuator using piezoelectric material to launch a flight mass which, in turn, actuates a drive pawl to progressively engage and drive a toothed wheel or rod to accomplish stepped motion. Thus, the piezoelectric material converts electrical energy into kinetic energy of the mass, and the drive pawl and toothed wheel or rod convert the kinetic energy of the mass into the desired rotary or linear stepped motion. A compression frame may be secured about the piezoelectric element and adapted to pre-compress the piezoelectric material so as to reduce tensile loads thereon. A return spring may be used to return the mass to its resting position against the compression frame or piezoelectric material following launch. Alternative embodiment are possible, including an alternative first embodiment wherein two masses are launched in substantially different directions, and an alternative second embodiment wherein the mass is eliminated in favor of the piezoelectric material launching itself.

  9. Improved Piezoelectric Loudspeakers And Transducers

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    Regan, Curtis Randall; Jalink, Antony; Hellbaum, Richard F.; Rohrbach, Wayne W.

    1995-01-01

    Loudspeakers and related acoustic transducers of improved type feature both light weight and energy efficiency of piezoelectric transducers and mechanical coupling efficiency. Active component of transducer made from wafer of "rainbow" piezoelectric material, ceramic piezoelectric material chemically reduced on one face. Chemical treatment forms wafer into dishlike shallow section of sphere. Both faces then coated with electrically conductive surface layers serving as electrodes. Applications include high-fidelity loudspeakers, and underwater echo ranging devices.

  10. Piezoelectricity in protein amino acids

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    Lemanov, V. V.; Popov, S. N.; Pankova, G. A.

    2011-06-01

    The piezoelectric activity of protein amino acids and their compounds has been measured using the pulse method at a frequency of 10 MHz. It has been established that, at room temperature, the piezoelectric effect is not observed in ?-glycine (achiral amino acid) and protein amino acids of the L modification, namely, methionine, phenylalanine, and tryptophan. An assumption has been made that this phenomenon is associated with the enhanced damping of elastic vibrations excited in samples due to the piezoelectric effect.

  11. Black branes as piezoelectrics.

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    Armas, Jay; Gath, Jakob; Obers, Niels A

    2012-12-14

    We find a realization of linear electroelasticity theory in gravitational physics by uncovering a new response coefficient of charged black branes, exhibiting their piezoelectric behavior. Taking charged dilatonic black strings as an example and using the blackfold approach we measure their elastic and piezolectric moduli. We also use our results to draw predictions about the equilibrium condition of charged dilatonic black rings in dimensions higher than six. PMID:23368298

  12. Piezoelectrically enhanced photocathode

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    Beach, Robert A. (Inventor); Nikzad, Shouleh (Inventor); Strittmatter, Robert P. (Inventor); Bell, Lloyd Douglas (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    A photocathode, for generating electrons in response to incident photons in a photodetector, includes a base layer having a first lattice structure and an active layer having a second lattice structure and epitaxially formed on the base layer, the first and second lattice structures being sufficiently different to create a strain in the active layer with a corresponding piezoelectrically induced polarization field in the active layer, the active layer having a band gap energy corresponding to a desired photon energy.

  13. Compatibility of lead-free solders with lead containing surface finishes as a reliability issue in electronic assemblies

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    Vianco, P.; Rejent, J.; Artaki, I.; Ray, U.; Finley, D.; Jackson, A.

    1996-03-01

    Enhanced performance goals and environmental restrictions have heightened the consideration for use of alternative solders as replacements for the traditional tin-lead (Sn-Pb) eutectic and near-eutectic alloys. However, the implementation of non-Pb bearing surface finishes may lag behind solder alloy development. A study was performed which examined the effect(s) of Pb contamination on the performance of Sn-Ag-Bi and Sn-Ag-Cu-Sb lead-free solders by the controlled addition of 63Sn-37Pb solder at levels of 0.5 {minus} 8.0 wt.%. Thermal analysis and ring-in-plug shear strength studies were conducted on bulk solder properties. Circuit board prototype studies centered on the performance of 20I/O SOIC gull wing joints. Both alloys exhibited declines in their melting temperatures with greater Sn-Pb additions. The ring-in-plug shear strength of the Sn-Ag-Cu-Sb solder increased slightly with Sn-Pb levels while the Sn-Ag-Bi alloy experienced a strength loss. The mechanical behavior of the SOIC (Small Outline Integrated Circuit) Sn-Ag-Bi solder joints reproduced the strength levels were insensitive to 10,106 thermal cycles. The Sn-Ag-Cu-Sb solder showed a slight decrease in the gull wing joint strengths that was sensitive to the Pb content of the surface finish.

  14. Contact angle measurements of Sn-Ag and Sn-Cu lead-free solders on copper substrates

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    Arenas, Mario F.; Acoff, Viola L.

    2004-12-01

    In this study, the contact angles of four lead-free solders, namely, Sn-3.5Ag, Sn-3.5Ag-4.8Bi, Sn-3.8Ag-0.7Cu, and Sn-0.7Cu (wt.%), were measured on copper substrates at different temperatures. Measurements were performed using the sessile-drop method. Contact angles ranging from 30 to 40 after wetting under vacuum with no fluxes and between 10 and 30 with rosin mildly activated (RMA) and rosin activated (RA) fluxes were obtained. The Sn-3.5Ag-4.8Bi exhibited the lowest contact angles, indicating improved wettability with the addition of bismuth. For all soldering alloys, lower contact angles were observed using RMA flux. Intermetallics formed at the solder/Cu interface were identified as Cu6Sn5 adjacent to the solder and Cu3Sn adjacent to the copper substrate. The Cu3Sn intermetallic phase was generally not observed when RMA flux was used. The effect of temperature on contact angle was dependent on the type of flux used.

  15. Methodology for analyzing stress states during in-situ thermomechanical cycling in individual lead free solder joints using synchrotron radiation

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    Zhou, Bite; Bieler, Thomas R.; Lee , Tae-Kyu; Liu, Kuo-Chuan

    2010-07-22

    To examine how a lead-free solder joint deforms in a thermal cycling environment, both the elastic and plastic stress and strain behavior must be understood. Methods to identify evolution of the internal strain (stress) state during thermal cycling are described. A slice of a package containing a single row of solder joints was thermally cycled from 0 C to 100 C with a period of about 1 h with concurrent acquisition of transmission Laue patterns using synchrotron radiation. These results indicated that most joints are single crystals, with some being multicrystals with no more than a few Sn grain orientations. Laue patterns were analyzed to estimate local strains in different crystal directions at different temperatures during a thermal cycle. While the strains perpendicular to various crystal planes all vary in a similar way, the magnitude of strain varies. The specimens were subsequently given several hundred additional thermal cycles and measured again to assess changes in the crystal orientations. These results show that modest changes in crystal orientations occur during thermal cycling.

  16. Size Control and Characterization of Sn-Ag-Cu Lead-Free Nanosolders by a Chemical Reduction Process

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    Yung, K. C.; Law, C. M. T.; Lee, C. P.; Cheung, B.; Yue, T. M.

    2012-02-01

    Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu nanosolders were synthesized via a chemical reduction method. Polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) and sodium borohydride (NaBH4) were employed as surfactant and reducing agent, respectively. Ultraviolet-visible (UV-visible) absorption and x-ray diffraction patterns revealed that alloying had successfully taken place during the reduction process. Different amounts of PVP and NaBH4 additions influenced the nanosolder particle size. Under varying reaction temperatures and pH values, various ranges of nanosolder size were obtained. Optimized nanosolders were studied by differential scanning calorimetry to investigate the depression of the melting temperature, and were analyzed by transmission electron microscopy to measure actual particle sizes. The dependence of the particle size on the melting temperature was observed. The melting point was depressed to 204.4°C when the average diameter of the nanosolders was 20 nm. Although SnO2 was formed on the nanosolders, it could be cleaned by citric acid. These low-melting-temperature Sn-Ag-Cu nanosolders are candidates for use in lead-free interconnect applications.

  17. Effect of Carbon Nanotubes on the Shear Strength and Electrical Resistivity of a Lead-Free Solder

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    Nai, S. M. L.; Wei, J.; Gupta, M.

    2008-04-01

    In this study, the influence of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on the shear strength and electrical resistivity of 95.8Sn-3.5Ag-0.7Cu lead-free solder was investigated. Composite solders containing various weight percentages of CNTs were synthesized, and electrical resistivity results of the bulk composite solders revealed that the presence of CNTs did not degrade the electrical performance of such solders. Tests conducted on lap-shear solder joint samples showed an improvement in the shear strength of the composite solders. However, at higher amounts of CNT additions (0.04 wt.% and 0.07 wt.%), the strength improvement was only marginal compared to that of the monolithic solder joint. A comparison of yield stress and ultimate stress test results between the solder joint and bulk solder also showed good agreement. Furthermore, the presence of CNTs in the solder matrix had a minimal influence on the thickness of the interfacial intermetallic compound layer formed during soldering.

  18. (Na, Bi)TiO3 based lead-free ferroelectric thin films on Si substrate for pyroelectric infrared sensors

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    Akai, D.; Yoshita, R.; Ishida, M.

    2013-04-01

    In this study, we report ferroelectric and pyroelectric properties of (Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-BaTiO3 (NBT-BT) thin films on Si substrates using chemical solution deposition for the first time. The NBT-BT thin films deposited on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates have exhibited a typical hysteresis loop with remnant polarization of 5 μC/cm2 and coercive field of 80 kV/cm. Furthermore NBT-BT films showed pyroelectricity with pyroelectric coefficient of 0.6×10-8 C/cm2K. Monolithic-integration of Si electronics and lead-free ferroelectric NBT thin films has been archived using SiN passivation layer. It was previously believed that LSI processes could not incorporate any sodium-containing material which would cause characteristic degradation, such as threshold voltage shift. In this work, no threshold voltage shift in MOS characteristics was observed using this SiN layer. The SiN layer not only blocked diffusion from NBT chemistry, but also from crystallized NBT films during NBT formation process.

  19. Thermomechanical Fatigue Performance of Lead-Free Chip Scale Package Assemblies with Fast Cure and Reworkable Capillary Flow Underfills

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    Shi, Hongbin; Tian, Cuihua; Ueda, Toshitsugu

    2012-05-01

    In this paper, we present the results of temperature cycling test for full and partial capillary flow underfilled lead-free chip scale packages (CSPs), the tests were carried out on the basis of JEDEC standard. Two kinds of representative fast cure and reworkable underfill materials are used in this study, and CSPs without underfills were also tested for comparison. The test results show that the two underfill materials reduce the thermomechanical fatigue performance of CSP assemblies. The underfill with high Tg and storage modulus yielded better performance; indeed, the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) is also very critical to the thermomechanical fatigue performance, but its effects is not so obvious in this study owing to the similar CTEs of the underfills used. In addition, the negative effect of a partial underfill pattern is smaller than that of a full underfill pattern. Failure analysis shows that the dominant failure mode observed is solder cracking near the package and/or printed circuit board pads.

  20. On the Mutual Effect of Viscoplasticity and Interfacial Damage Progression in Interfacial Fracture of Lead-Free Solder Joints

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    Maleki, Milad; Cugnoni, Joel; Botsis, John

    2011-10-01

    The main goal of this paper is to shed light on the effect of strain rate and viscoplastic deformation of bulk solder on the interfacial failure of lead-free solder joints. For this purpose, interfacial damage evolution and mode I fracture behavior of the joint were evaluated experimentally by performing stable fracture tests at different strain rates employing an optimized tapered double cantilever beam (TDCB) design. The viscoplastic behavior of the solder was characterized in shear, and the constitutive parameters related to the Anand model were determined. A rate-independent cohesive zone damage model was identified to best simulate the interfacial damage progression in the TDCB tests by developing a three-dimensional (3D) finite-element (FE) model and considering the viscoplastic response of the bulk solder. The influence of strain rate on the load capability and failure mode of the joint was clarified by analyzing the experimental and simulation results. It was shown how, at the lower strain rates, the normal stress generated at the interface is limited by the significant creep relaxation developed in the bulk solder and thus is not sufficiently high to initiate interfacial damage, whereas at higher rates, a large amount of the external energy is dissipated into interfacial damage development.

  1. Piezoelectric wind turbine

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    Kishore, Ravi Anant; Priya, Shashank

    2013-03-01

    In past few years, there has been significant focus towards developing small scale renewable energy based power sources for powering wireless sensor nodes in remote locations such as highways and bridges to conduct continuous health monitoring. These prior efforts have led to the development of micro-scale solar modules, hydrogen fuel cells and various vibration based energy harvesters. However, the cost effectiveness, reliability, and practicality of these solutions remain a concern. Harvesting the wind energy using micro-to-small scale wind turbines can be an excellent solution in variety of outdoor scenarios provided they can operate at few miles per hour of wind speed. The conventional electromagnetic generator used in the wind mills always has some cogging torque which restricts their operation above certain cut-in wind speed. This study aims to develop a novel piezoelectric wind turbine that utilizes bimorph actuators for electro-mechanical energy conversion. This device utilizes a Savonius rotor that is connected to a disk having magnets at the periphery. The piezoelectric actuators arranged circumferentially around the disk also have magnets at the tip which interacts with the magnetic field of the rotating disk and produces cyclical deflection. The wind tunnel experiments were conducted between 2-12 mph of wind speeds to characterize and optimize the power output of the wind turbine. Further, testing was conducted in the open environment to quantify the response to random wind gusts. An attempt was made towards integration of the piezoelectric wind turbine with the wireless sensor node.

  2. Multimaterial piezoelectric fibres

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    Egusa, S.; Wang, Z.; Chocat, N.; Ruff, Z. M.; Stolyarov, A. M.; Shemuly, D.; Sorin, F.; Rakich, P. T.; Joannopoulos, J. D.; Fink, Y.

    2010-08-01

    Fibre materials span a broad range of applications ranging from simple textile yarns to complex modern fibre-optic communication systems. Throughout their history, a key premise has remained essentially unchanged: fibres are static devices, incapable of controllably changing their properties over a wide range of frequencies. A number of approaches to realizing time-dependent variations in fibres have emerged, including refractive index modulation, nonlinear optical mechanisms in silica glass fibres and electroactively modulated polymer fibres. These approaches have been limited primarily because of the inert nature of traditional glassy fibre materials. Here we report the composition of a phase internal to a composite fibre structure that is simultaneously crystalline and non-centrosymmetric. A ferroelectric polymer layer of 30?m thickness is spatially confined and electrically contacted by internal viscous electrodes and encapsulated in an insulating polymer cladding hundreds of micrometres in diameter. The structure is thermally drawn in its entirety from a macroscopic preform, yielding tens of metres of piezoelectric fibre. The fibres show a piezoelectric response and acoustic transduction from kilohertz to megahertz frequencies. A single-fibre electrically driven device containing a high-quality-factor Fabry-Perot optical resonator and a piezoelectric transducer is fabricated and measured.

  3. Nonlinear dielectric response in piezoelectric materials for underwater transducers

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    Sherlock, N. P.; Garten, L. M.; Zhang, S. J.; Shrout, T. R.; Meyer, R. J.

    2012-12-01

    SONAR transducers based on single crystal lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMNT) have demonstrated improvements over conventional lead zirconate titanate ceramics. Compositional modifications to PMNT have combined the high piezoelectric coefficient (d33 > 2000 pC/N) and electromechanical coupling factor (k33 > 0.90) with the low mechanical losses (QM > 1000) of "hard" piezoelectric ceramics. The dielectric losses of single crystal PMNT have not been investigated as extensively as the mechanical losses but may significantly affect the performance of a device when water loaded. In this work, nonlinearities in the dielectric permittivity and losses have been investigated as a function of applied electric field, measurement frequency, and temperature. It is shown that electromechanically "hard" single crystals offer greater stability of the dielectric properties while maintaining a high permittivity with respect to conventional lead zirconate titanate ceramics.

  4. Solid-state conversion of (Na1/2Bi1/2)TiO3-BaTiO3-(K1/2Na1/2)NbO3 single crystals and their piezoelectric properties

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    Park, Ji-Hoon; Lee, Ho-Yong; Kang, Suk-Joong L.

    2014-06-01

    Piezoelectric ceramic with a composition of (94 - x)(Na1/2Bi1/2)TiO3-6BaTiO3-x(K1/2Na1/2)NbO3 (NBT-BT-xKNN) is a promising lead-free piezoelectric material for actuator applications because of its giant electric-field-induced strains, which are comparable with that of soft Pb(ZrxTi1-x)O3 (PZT) ceramics. Using the solid-state single crystal growth method, we succeeded in fabricating usable single crystals of NBT-BT-3KNN (6 mm 6 mm 8 mm size) with a uniform chemical composition. The room temperature piezoelectric properties of ?001?, ?110?, and ?111? oriented single crystals were measured. Single crystals showed strong anisotropic strain characteristics. In particular, ?001? oriented single crystals had excellent piezoelectric properties with small hysteresis and a high strain of 0.57% at 7 kV/mm. In addition, the fabricated single crystals exhibited a high converse piezoelectric constant, Smax/Emax, of over 1000 pm/V at 4 kV/mm. These values are greater than those reported for any lead-containing and lead-free ceramics and comparable with those of lead-based single crystals. Our investigation demonstrates the solid-state conversion of lead-free single crystals and their practical usability in replacement of lead-based materials.

  5. Hybrid piezoelectric energy harvesting transducer system

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    Xu, Tian-Bing (Inventor); Jiang, Xiaoning (Inventor); Su, Ji (Inventor); Rehrig, Paul W. (Inventor); Hackenberger, Wesley S. (Inventor)

    2008-01-01

    A hybrid piezoelectric energy harvesting transducer system includes: (a) first and second symmetric, pre-curved piezoelectric elements mounted separately on a frame so that their concave major surfaces are positioned opposite to each other; and (b) a linear piezoelectric element mounted separately on the frame and positioned between the pre-curved piezoelectric elements. The pre-curved piezoelectric elements and the linear piezoelectric element are spaced from one another and communicate with energy harvesting circuitry having contact points on the frame. The hybrid piezoelectric energy harvesting transducer system has a higher electromechanical energy conversion efficiency than any known piezoelectric transducer.

  6. Structure, electrical properties of Bi(Fe, Co)O3-BaTiO3 piezoelectric ceramics with improved Curie temperature

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    Zhou, Changrong; Cen, Zhenyong; Yang, Huabin; Zhou, Qin; Li, Weizhou; Yuan, Changlai; Wang, Hua

    2013-02-01

    Dense (1-y)BiFe1-xCoxO3-yBaTiO3 (BFC-BTx, y=0.29, x=0-0.012) high-temperature lead-free ceramics were prepared by the conventional oxide-mixed method and the effects of BiCoO3 modification on microstructural, electrical properties and their Curie temperatures were investigated. The solid solutions show a single phase perovskite structure, and the content of BiCoO3 has a significant effect on the microstructure of ceramics. The BFC-BTx ceramics exhibit improved Curie temperature Tc, together with increased piezoelectric properties. In particular, x=0.6% BFC-BTx ceramics, with a Curie temperature, Tc, of ?488 C, show optimum piezoelectric properties of d33=167 pC/N, kp=0.32. The combination of good piezoelectric properties and high Tc makes these ceramics suitable for elevated temperature piezoelectric devices.

  7. Major contributor to the large piezoelectric response in (1 - x)Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3 - x(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 ceramics: Domain wall motion

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    Gao, Jinghui; Hu, Xinghao; Zhang, Le; Li, Fei; Zhang, Lixue; Wang, Yu; Hao, Yanshuang; Zhong, Lisheng; Ren, Xiaobing

    2014-06-01

    The piezoelectric activity of lead-free Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-x(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 (BZT-xBCT) ceramics has been investigated as a function of composition by using Rayleigh analysis under subswitching-electric-field in combination with large-electric-field strain measurement. The result shows that the intrinsic piezoelectric response exhibits peak values in the vicinity of composition-induced R (rhombohedral)-MPB (morphotropic phase boundary) and MPB-T (tetragonal) phase transitions, but being much less than total d33 value. On the other hand, the extrinsic piezoelectric response, especially the one associated with reversible domain wall motion, has been greatly enhanced in the phase instability regime. Our results indicate that the extrinsic piezoelectric activity is the major contributor to the high piezoelectricity in BZT-xBCT ceramics.

  8. Are lead-free hunting rifle bullets as effective at killing wildlife as conventional lead bullets? A comparison based on wound size and morphology.

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    Trinogga, Anna; Fritsch, Guido; Hofer, Heribert; Krone, Oliver

    2013-01-15

    Fragmentation of the lead core of conventional wildlife hunting rifle bullets causes contamination of the target with lead. The community of scavenger species which feed on carcasses or viscera discarded by hunters are regularly exposed to these lead fragments and may die by acute or chronic lead intoxication, as demonstrated for numerous species such as white-tailed eagles (Haliaeetus albicilla) where it is among the most important sources of mortality. Not only does hunting with conventional ammunition deposit lead in considerable quantities in the environment, it also significantly delays or threatens the recovery of endangered raptor populations. Although lead-free bullets might be considered a suitable alternative that addresses the source of these problems, serious reservations have been expressed as to their ability to quickly and effectively kill a hunted animal. To assess the suitability of lead-free projectiles for hunting practice, the wounding potential of conventional bullets was compared with lead-free bullets under real life hunting conditions. Wound dimensions were regarded as good markers of the projectiles' killing potential. Wound channels in 34 killed wild ungulates were evaluated using computed tomography and post-mortem macroscopical examination. Wound diameters caused by conventional bullets did not differ significantly to those created by lead-free bullets. Similarly, the size of the maximum cross-sectional area of the wound was similar for both bullet types. Injury patterns suggested that all animals died by exsanguination. This study demonstrates that lead-free bullets are equal to conventional hunting bullets in terms of killing effectiveness and thus equally meet the welfare requirements of killing wildlife as painlessly as possible. The widespread introduction and use of lead-free bullets should be encouraged as it prevents environmental contamination with a seriously toxic pollutant and contributes to the conservation of a wide variety of threatened or endangered raptors and other members of the guild of scavengers. PMID:23186634

  9. Structural, microstructural and thermal properties of lead-free bismuthsodiumbariumtitanate piezoceramics synthesized by mechanical alloying

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    Amini, Rasool; Ghazanfari, Mohammad Reza; Alizadeh, Morteza; Ardakani, Hamed Ahmadi; Ghaffari, Mohammad

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Mechano-synthesis of lead-free (Bi{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sub 0.94}Ba{sub 0.06}TiO{sub 3} piezoceramics with nanocrystalline/amorphous structure and homogeneous composition: partial transformation of constituents to BNBT, BNT and pyrochlore, amorphous phase formation, mechano-crystallization of the amorphous, pyrochlore-to-perovskite BNBT phase transformation during the process. Display Omitted Highlights: ? Perovskite BNBT powders with homogeneous composition were synthesized by MA. ? Partial transformation of constituents to BNBT, BNT and pyrochlore occurred by MA. ? Formation of an amorphous phase and afterwards its crystallization occurred by MA. ? Pyrochlore-to-perovskite BNBT phase transformation occurred after prolong milling. ? Polymorphic transformations of TiO{sub 2} act as the main alloying impediment during MA. -- Abstract: Bismuthsodiumbariumtitanate piezoceramics with a composition of (Bi{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sub 0.94}Ba{sub 0.06}TiO{sub 3} (BNBT) were prepared by mechanical alloying (MA). Structural analysis and phase identification were performed by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Microstructural studies and chemical composition homogeneity were performed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) coupled with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX). Furthermore, thermal properties of the as-milled powders were evaluated by thermogravimetry/differential thermal analysis (TG/DTA). During the initial milling, the constituents were transformed to the perovskite, pyrochlore, and BNT phases; in addition, partial amorphization of the structure appeared during the milling cycle. As MA progressed, transformation of pyrochlore-to-perovskite and crystallization of the amorphous phase occurred and also, the BNBT phase was significantly developed. It was found that the MA process has the ability to synthesize the BNBT powders with a submicron particle size, regular morphology, and uniform elemental distribution.

  10. Investigation Of The Effects Of Reflow Profile Parameters On Lead-free Solder Bump Volumes And Joint Integrity

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    Amalu, E. H.; Lui, Y. T.; Ekere, N. N.; Bhatti, R. S.; Takyi, G.

    2011-01-01

    The electronics manufacturing industry was quick to adopt and use the Surface Mount Technology (SMT) assembly technique on realization of its huge potentials in achieving smaller, lighter and low cost product implementations. Increasing global customer demand for miniaturized electronic products is a key driver in the design, development and wide application of high-density area array package format. Electronic components and their associated solder joints have reduced in size as the miniaturization trend in packaging continues to be challenged by printing through very small stencil apertures required for fine pitch flip-chip applications. At very narrow aperture sizes, solder paste rheology becomes crucial for consistent paste withdrawal. The deposition of consistent volume of solder from pad-to-pad is fundamental to minimizing surface mount assembly defects. This study investigates the relationship between volume of solder paste deposit (VSPD) and the volume of solder bump formed (VSBF) after reflow, and the effect of reflow profile parameters on lead-free solder bump formation and the associated solder joint integrity. The study uses a fractional factorial design (FFD) of 24-1 Ramp-Soak-Spike reflow profile, with all main effects and two-way interactions estimable to determine the optimal factorial combination. The results from the study show that the percentage change in the VSPD depends on the combination of the process parameters and reliability issues could become critical as the size of solder joints soldered on the same board assembly vary greatly. Mathematical models describe the relationships among VSPD, VSBF and theoretical volume of solder paste. Some factors have main effects across the volumes and a number of interactions exist among them. These results would be useful for R&D personnel in designing and implementing newer applications with finer-pitch interconnect.

  11. Facilitating NASA's Use of GEIA-STD-0005-1, Performance Standard for Aerospace and High Performance Electronic Systems Containing Lead-Free Solder

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    Plante, Jeannete

    2010-01-01

    GEIA-STD-0005-1 defines the objectives of, and requirements for, documenting processes that assure customers and regulatory agencies that AHP electronic systems containing lead-free solder, piece parts, and boards will satisfy the applicable requirements for performance, reliability, airworthiness, safety, and certify-ability throughout the specified life of performance. It communicates requirements for a Lead-Free Control Plan (LFCP) to assist suppliers in the development of their own Plans. The Plan documents the Plan Owner's (supplier's) processes, that assure their customer, and all other stakeholders that the Plan owner's products will continue to meet their requirements. The presentation reviews quality assurance requirements traceability and LFCP template instructions.

  12. Nanoscale mapping of heterogeneity of the polarization reversal in lead-free relaxor-ferroelectric ceramic composites

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    Gobeljic, D.; Shvartsman, V. V.; Belianinov, A.; Okatan, B.; Jesse, S.; Kalinin, S. V.; Groh, C.; Rödel, J.; Lupascu, D. C.

    2016-01-01

    Relaxor/ferroelectric ceramic/ceramic composites have shown to be promising in generating large electromechanical strain at moderate electric fields. Nonetheless, the mechanisms of polarization and strain coupling between grains of different nature in the composites remain unclear. To rationalize the coupling mechanisms we performed advanced piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) studies of 0.92BNT-0.06BT-0.02KNN/0.93BNT-0.07BT (ergodic/non-ergodic relaxor) composites. PFM is able to distinguish grains of different phases by characteristic domain patterns. Polarization switching has been probed locally, on a sub-grain scale. k-Means clustering analysis applied to arrays of local hysteresis loops reveals variations of polarization switching characteristics between the ergodic and non-ergodic relaxor grains. We report a different set of switching parameters for grains in the composites as opposed to the pure phase samples. Our results confirm ceramic/ceramic composites to be a viable approach to tailor the piezoelectric properties and optimize the macroscopic electromechanical characteristics.Relaxor/ferroelectric ceramic/ceramic composites have shown to be promising in generating large electromechanical strain at moderate electric fields. Nonetheless, the mechanisms of polarization and strain coupling between grains of different nature in the composites remain unclear. To rationalize the coupling mechanisms we performed advanced piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) studies of 0.92BNT-0.06BT-0.02KNN/0.93BNT-0.07BT (ergodic/non-ergodic relaxor) composites. PFM is able to distinguish grains of different phases by characteristic domain patterns. Polarization switching has been probed locally, on a sub-grain scale. k-Means clustering analysis applied to arrays of local hysteresis loops reveals variations of polarization switching characteristics between the ergodic and non-ergodic relaxor grains. We report a different set of switching parameters for grains in the composites as opposed to the pure phase samples. Our results confirm ceramic/ceramic composites to be a viable approach to tailor the piezoelectric properties and optimize the macroscopic electromechanical characteristics. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr05032d

  13. Development of lead-free copper alloy graphite castings. Annual report for the period January through December 1996

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    Rohatgi, P.K.

    1997-03-01

    Centrifugal casting of Copper alloys containing graphite particles established the feasibility of making hollow cylindrical castings. In theses castings, the graphite particles are segregated to the inner periphery making them well suited for bearing applications because of the lubricity of the graphite particles. The recovery of graphite is found to be around 90%. Chemical analysis shows that the average concentration of graphite particles near the inner periphery is 13 vol.% (3.5 wt.%) and 16.3 vol.% (4.54 wt.%) for castings made from melts originally containing 7 vol.% (2 wt.%) and 13 vol.% (3.5 wt. %) graphite particles, respectively. Hardness tests show that as the volume fraction of graphite particles increases, the hardness values in the graphite rich zone is found to be widely scattered. The results indicate that it is feasible to centrifugally cast copper alloys containing dispersed graphite particles to produce cylindrical components with graphite rich inner periphery for bearing and plumbing applications.

  14. Nanoscale mapping of heterogeneity of the polarization reversal in lead-free relaxor-ferroelectric ceramic composites.

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    Gobeljic, D; Shvartsman, V V; Belianinov, A; Okatan, B; Jesse, S; Kalinin, S V; Groh, C; Rdel, J; Lupascu, D C

    2016-01-21

    Relaxor/ferroelectric ceramic/ceramic composites have shown to be promising in generating large electromechanical strain at moderate electric fields. Nonetheless, the mechanisms of polarization and strain coupling between grains of different nature in the composites remain unclear. To rationalize the coupling mechanisms we performed advanced piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) studies of 0.92BNT-0.06BT-0.02KNN/0.93BNT-0.07BT (ergodic/non-ergodic relaxor) composites. PFM is able to distinguish grains of different phases by characteristic domain patterns. Polarization switching has been probed locally, on a sub-grain scale. k-Means clustering analysis applied to arrays of local hysteresis loops reveals variations of polarization switching characteristics between the ergodic and non-ergodic relaxor grains. We report a different set of switching parameters for grains in the composites as opposed to the pure phase samples. Our results confirm ceramic/ceramic composites to be a viable approach to tailor the piezoelectric properties and optimize the macroscopic electromechanical characteristics. PMID:26731664

  15. High-Temperature Piezoelectric Sensing

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    Jiang, Xiaoning; Kim, Kyungrim; Zhang, Shujun; Johnson, Joseph; Salazar, Giovanni

    2014-01-01

    Piezoelectric sensing is of increasing interest for high-temperature applications in aerospace, automotive, power plants and material processing due to its low cost, compact sensor size and simple signal conditioning, in comparison with other high-temperature sensing techniques. This paper presented an overview of high-temperature piezoelectric sensing techniques. Firstly, different types of high-temperature piezoelectric single crystals, electrode materials, and their pros and cons are discussed. Secondly, recent work on high-temperature piezoelectric sensors including accelerometer, surface acoustic wave sensor, ultrasound transducer, acoustic emission sensor, gas sensor, and pressure sensor for temperatures up to 1,250 °C were reviewed. Finally, discussions of existing challenges and future work for high-temperature piezoelectric sensing are presented. PMID:24361928

  16. A study on (K, Na) NbO3 based multilayer piezoelectric ceramics micro speaker

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    Gao, Renlong; Chu, Xiangcheng; Huan, Yu; Sun, Yiming; Liu, Jiayi; Wang, Xiaohui; Li, Longtu

    2014-10-01

    A flat panel micro speaker was fabricated from (K, Na) NbO3 (KNN)-based multilayer piezoelectric ceramics by a tape casting and cofiring process using Ag-Pd alloys as an inner electrode. The interface between ceramic and electrode was investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The acoustic response was characterized by a standard audio test system. We found that the micro speaker with dimensions of 23 × 27 × 0.6 mm3, using three layers of 30 μm thickness KNN-based ceramic, has a high average sound pressure level (SPL) of 87 dB, between 100 Hz-20 kHz under five voltage. This result was even better than that of lead zirconate titanate (PZT)-based ceramics under the same conditions. The experimental results show that the KNN-based multilayer ceramics could be used as lead free piezoelectric micro speakers.

  17. (100)-Textured KNN-based thick film with enhanced piezoelectric property for intravascular ultrasound imaging

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    Zhu, Benpeng; Zhang, Zhiqiang; Ma, Teng; Yang, Xiaofei; Li, Yongxiang; Shung, K. Kirk; Zhou, Qifa

    2015-04-01

    Using tape-casting technology, 35 ?m free-standing (100)-textured Li doped KNN (KNLN) thick film was prepared by employing NaNbO3 (NN) as template. It exhibited similar piezoelectric behavior to lead containing materials: a longitudinal piezoelectric coefficient (d33) of 150 pm/V and an electromechanical coupling coefficient (kt) of 0.44. Based on this thick film, a 52 MHz side-looking miniature transducer with a bandwidth of 61.5% at -6 dB was built for Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging. In comparison with 40 MHz PMN-PT single crystal transducer, the rabbit aorta image had better resolution and higher noise-to-signal ratio, indicating that lead-free (100)-textured KNLN thick film may be suitable for IVUS (>50 MHz) imaging.

  18. Giant strain and electric-field-induced phase transition in lead-free (Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-BaTiO3-(K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 single crystal

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    Chen, Chao; Zhao, Xiangyong; Wang, Yaojin; Zhang, Haiwu; Deng, Hao; Li, Xiaobing; Jiang, Xingan; Jiang, Xiangping; Luo, Haosu

    2016-01-01

    A lead-free single crystal 0.92(Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-0.06BaTiO3-0.02(K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 (NBT-6BT-2KNN) with dimension of ?35 mm 10 mm is grown by a precisely controlled top seeded solution growth method. The <001> oriented single crystals have excellent piezoelectric properties with a giant strain of 0.83% at 28 kV/cm. Application of an electric-field ?14 kV/cm leads to a phase transition from pseudocubic to coexistence of tetragonal and pseudocubic. A strong ferroelectric domain texture occurs during the phase transition. Furthermore, the variation of tetragonal phase fraction agrees well with the macroscopic strain curve, demonstrating that the induced tetragonal phase plays a critical role in the high strain property.

  19. Piezoelectric axial flow microvalve

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    Gemmen, Randall; Thornton, Jimmy; Vipperman, Jeffrey S.; Clark, William W.

    2007-01-09

    This invention is directed to a fuel cell operable with a quantity of fuel and a quantity of an oxidizer to produce electrical power, the fuel cell including a fuel cell body including a labyrinth system structured to permit the fuel and the oxidizer to flow therethrough; at least a first catalyst in fluid communication with the labyrinth; and at least a first microvalve operably disposed within at least a portion of the labyrinth. The microvalve utilizes a deflectable member operable upon the application of a voltage from a voltage source. The microvalve includes an elongated flow channel formed therein and extending substantially longitudinally between the first and second ends to permit substantially longitudinal flow of the fluid therethrough and between the first and second ends; and the deflectable member disposed on the valve body, the deflectable member including at least a first piezoelectric portion that is piezoelectrically operable to deflect the deflectable member between an open position and a closed position upon the application of a voltage, the deflectable member in the closed position being operable to resist the flow of the fluid through the flow channel.

  20. Radial Field Piezoelectric Diaphragms

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    Bryant, R. G.; Effinger, R. T., IV; Copeland, B. M., Jr.

    2002-01-01

    A series of active piezoelectric diaphragms were fabricated and patterned with several geometrically defined Inter-Circulating Electrodes "ICE" and Interdigitated Ring Electrodes "ICE". When a voltage potential is applied to the electrodes, the result is a radially distributed electric field that mechanically strains the piezoceramic along the Z-axis (perpendicular to the applied electric field). Unlike other piezoelectric bender actuators, these Radial Field Diaphragms (RFDs) strain concentrically yet afford high displacements (several times that of the equivalent Unimorph) while maintaining a constant circumference. One of the more intriguing aspects is that the radial strain field reverses itself along the radius of the RFD while the tangential strain remains relatively constant. The result is a Z-deflection that has a conical profile. This paper covers the fabrication and characterization of the 5 cm. (2 in.) diaphragms as a function of poling field strength, ceramic thickness, electrode type and line spacing, as well as the surface topography, the resulting strain field and displacement as a function of applied voltage at low frequencies. The unique features of these RFDs include the ability to be clamped about their perimeter with little or no change in displacement, the environmentally insulated packaging, and a highly repeatable fabrication process that uses commodity materials.

  1. Ferroelastic Characterization of Piezoelectrics

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    Fett, T.

    The elastic deformation behavior of an isotropic material is governed by Young's modulus Y and Poisson's ratio ?. Knowledge of the Young's modulus, for instance, is necessary to split the total deformation S i measured under load stress T i into elastic S {/i el} and "plastic" S {/i pl} strain contributions S_i = S_i^el + S_i^pl = {T_i over Y} + S_i^pl , where Y is not necessarily a constant, but may depend on the amount of nonelastic strains, as will be shown later. The methods for the determination of the Young's moduli, well-known from conventional ceramics and also applicable to unpoled piezoelectric materials, are much more complicated for nonisotropic materials due to the tensorial character of the modulus and the special electric boundary conditions [1]. The conditions of a constant electrical field, E z ? E 3 = const, or a constant dielectric displacement, D z ? E 3 = const, influence the elastic properties. This effect may be illustrated for a uniaxial stress state with T x ? T 1 ? 0 exclusively. In the case of a piezoelectric material, we are interested in the components D_3 = d_{31}T_1 + \\varepsilon_{33}^T E_3 .

  2. Shear piezoelectricity in bone at the nanoscale

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    Minary-Jolandan, Majid; Yu, Min-Feng

    2010-10-01

    Recent demonstration of shear piezoelectricity in an isolated collagen fibril, which is the origin of piezoelectricity in bone, necessitates investigation of shear piezoelectric behavior in bone at the nanoscale. Using high resolution lateral piezoresponse force microcopy (PFM), shear piezoelectricity in a cortical bone sample was studied at the nanoscale. Subfibrillar structure of individual collagen fibrils with a periodicity of 60-70 nm were revealed in PFM map, indicating the direct contribution of collagen fibrils to the shear piezoelectricity of bone.

  3. Design Requirements for Amorphous Piezoelectric Polymers

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    Ounaies, Z.; Young, J. A.; Harrison, J. S.

    1999-01-01

    An overview of the piezoelectric activity in amorphous piezoelectric polymers is presented. The criteria required to render a polymer piezoelectric are discussed. Although piezoelectricity is a coupling between mechanical and electrical properties, most research has concentrated on the electrical properties of potentially piezoelectric polymers. In this work, we present comparative mechanical data as a function of temperature and offer a summary of polarization and electromechanical properties for each of the polymers considered.

  4. Dielectric Properties of Piezoelectric Polyimides

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    Ounaies, Z.; Young, J. A.; Simpson, J. O.; Farmer, B. L.

    1997-01-01

    Molecular modeling and dielectric measurements are being used to identify mechanisms governing piezoelectric behavior in polyimides such as dipole orientation during poling, as well as degree of piezoelectricity achievable. Molecular modeling on polyimides containing pendant, polar nitrile (CN) groups has been completed to determine their remanent polarization. Experimental investigation of their dielectric properties evaluated as a function of temperature and frequency has substantiated numerical predictions. With this information in hand, we are then able to suggest changes in the molecular structures, which will then improve upon the piezoelectric response.

  5. Radiation tolerance of piezoelectric bulk single-crystal aluminum nitride

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    David A. Parks; Bernhard R. Tittmann

    2014-07-01

    For practical use in harsh radiation environments, we pose selection criteria for piezoelectric materials for nondestructive evaluation (NDE) and material characterization. Using these criteria, piezoelectric aluminum nitride is shown to be an excellent candidate. The results of tests on an aluminumnitride-based transducer operating in a nuclear reactor are also presented. We demonstrate the tolerance of single-crystal piezoelectric aluminum nitride after fast and thermal neutron fluences of 1.85 × 1018 neutron/cm2 and 5.8 × 1018 neutron/cm2, respectively, and a gamma dose of 26.8 MGy. The radiation hardness of AlN is most evident from the unaltered piezoelectric coefficient d33, which measured 5.5 pC/N after a fast and thermal neutron exposure in a nuclear reactor core for over 120 MWh, in agreement with the published literature value. The results offer potential for improving reactor safety and furthering the understanding of radiation effects on materials by enabling structural health monitoring and NDE in spite of the high levels of radiation and high temperatures, which are known to destroy typical commercial ultrasonic transducers.

  6. Aeroservoelastic DAP missile fin development. [directionally attached piezoelectric actuator

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    Barrett, Ron

    1993-01-01

    The development of an active aeroservoelastic missile fin using directionally attached piezoelectric (DAP) actuator elements is detailed. Several different types of actuator elements are examined, including piezoelectric polymers, piezoelectric fiber composites, and conventionally attached piezoelectric (CAP) and DAP elements. These actuator elements are bonded to the substrate of a torque plate. The root of the torque plate is attached to a fuselage hard point or folding pivot. The tip of the plate is bonded to an aerodynamic shell which undergoes a pitch change as the plate twists. The design procedures used on the plate are discussed. A comparison of the various actuator element shows that DAP elements provide the highest deflections with the highest torsional stiffness. A torque plate was constructed from 0.2032 mm thick DAP elements bonded to a 0.127 mm thick AISI 1010 steel substrate. The torque plate produced static twist deflections in excess of +/- 3 deg. An aerodynamic shell with a modified NACA 0012 profile was added to the torque plate. This fin was tested in a wind tunnel at speeds up to 50 ms/sec. The static deflection of the fin was predicted to within 6 percent of the experimental data.

  7. High piezoelectric properties of cement piezoelectric composites containing kaolin

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    Pan, Huang Hsing; Yang, Ruei-Hao; Cheng, Yu-Chieh

    2015-04-01

    To obtain high piezoelectric properties, PZT/cement composites with kaolin were fabricated and polarized by 1.5kV/mm electric field for 40 min, where lead zirconate titanate (PZT) inclusion with 50% by volume was used. After the polarization, piezoelectric properties of the composite were measured daily till 100 days. Results indicated that relative dielectric constant (?r) and piezoelectric strain constant (d33) increase with aging day, and approach to asymptotic values after 70 days. Temperature treatment to the composite is a dominate factor to enhance piezoelectric properties. The d33 and ?r values of PZT/cement composites treated at the ambient temperature (23?) were 57pC/N and 275 at the 70th aging day respectively, and then reached 106pC/N and 455 in turn with 150? treatment. The composite contains 4% kaolin having the highest value of d33=111pC/N and ?r=500 at 90 days because the porosity is the less than the others. Cement piezoelectric composites containing kaolin own the higher d33 and ?r value, compared with the other reported composites with 50% PZT. The porosity, the electromechanical coupling factor and impedance-frequency spectra of the cement piezoelectric composites were also discussed.

  8. Piezoelectric Rotary Tube Motor

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    Fisher, Charles D.; Badescu, Mircea; Braun, David F.; Culhane, Robert

    2011-01-01

    A custom rotary SQUIGGLE(Registered TradeMark) motor has been developed that sets new benchmarks for small motor size, high position resolution, and high torque without gear reduction. Its capabilities cannot be achieved with conventional electromagnetic motors. It consists of piezoelectric plates mounted on a square flexible tube. The plates are actuated via voltage waveforms 90 out of phase at the resonant frequency of the device to create rotary motion. The motors were incorporated into a two-axis postioner that was designed for fiber-fed spectroscopy for ground-based and space-based projects. The positioner enables large-scale celestial object surveys to take place in a practical amount of time.

  9. A piezoelectrically actuated ball valve

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    Erwin, L. R.; Schwartz, H. W.; Teitelbaum, B. R.

    1972-01-01

    Bimorph strip composed of two layers of poled piezoelectric ceramic material closes and opens valve. Strip performs like capacitator, allowing initial inrush of current when valve is energized and then only small leakage current flows as valve remains energized.

  10. Composition design and electrical properties in (1-y)(K0.40Na0.60)0.985Li0.015(Nb1-xSbx)O3-yBi0.5Na0.5ZrO3 lead-free ceramics

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    Yuan, Yuan; Wu, Jiagang; Tao, Hong; Lv, Xiang; Wang, Xiangjian; Lou, Xiaojie

    2015-02-01

    To realize the enhancement in piezoelectric activities, the composition-induced phase boundaries in (1-y)(K0.40Na0.60)0.985Li0.015(Nb1-xSbx)O3-yBi0.5Na0.5ZrO3 lead-free ceramics were designed and fabricated by the conventional solid-state method. We presented the evolutions of their phase structure, microstructure, and electrical properties with the change of Sb5+ and Bi0.5Na0.5ZrO3 contents. A rhombohedral-tetragonal phase boundary was successfully built in the composition region of 0.04 ? x ? 0.09 (y = 0.025) and 0.025 ? y ? 0.035 (x = 0.06), and then the desirable piezoelectric coefficients and bipolar strains (e.g., d33390 pC/N, kp0.45, Smax0.2%, and TC250 C) were simultaneously induced. We think that this may provide a direction of designing high-performance (K,Na)NbO3-based ceramics.

  11. Structural Origins of Silk Piezoelectricity.

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    Yucel, Tuna; Cebe, Peggy; Kaplan, David L

    2011-02-22

    Uniaxially oriented, piezoelectric silk films were prepared by a two-step method that involved: (1) air drying aqueous, regenerated silk fibroin solutions into films, and (2) drawing the silk films to a desired draw ratio. The utility of two different drawing techniques, zone drawing and water immersion drawing were investigated for processing the silk for piezoelectric studies. Silk films zone drawn to a ratio of ?= 2.7 displayed relatively high dynamic shear piezoelectric coefficients of d(14) = -1.5 pC/N, corresponding to over two orders of magnitude increase in d(14) due to film drawing. A strong correlation was observed between the increase in the silk II, ?-sheet content with increasing draw ratio measured by FTIR spectroscopy (C(?)? e(2.5) (?)), the concomitant increasing degree of orientation of ?-sheet crystals detected via WAXD (FWHM = 0.22 for ?= 2.7), and the improvement in silk piezoelectricity (d(14)? e(2.4) (?)). Water immersion drawing led to a predominantly silk I structure with a low degree of orientation (FWHM = 75) and a much weaker piezoelectric response compared to zone drawing. Similarly, increasing the ?-sheet crystallinity without inducing crystal alignment, e.g. by methanol treatment, did not result in a significant enhancement of silk piezoelectricity. Overall, a combination of a high degree of silk II, ?-sheet crystallinity and crystalline orientation are prerequisites for a strong piezoelectric effect in silk. Further understanding of the structural origins of silk piezoelectricity will provide important options for future biotechnological and biomedical applications of this protein. PMID:23335872

  12. Structural Origins of Silk Piezoelectricity

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    Yucel, Tuna; Cebe, Peggy

    2012-01-01

    Uniaxially oriented, piezoelectric silk films were prepared by a two-step method that involved: (1) air drying aqueous, regenerated silk fibroin solutions into films, and (2) drawing the silk films to a desired draw ratio. The utility of two different drawing techniques, zone drawing and water immersion drawing were investigated for processing the silk for piezoelectric studies. Silk films zone drawn to a ratio of ?= 2.7 displayed relatively high dynamic shear piezoelectric coefficients of d14 = ?1.5 pC/N, corresponding to over two orders of magnitude increase in d14 due to film drawing. A strong correlation was observed between the increase in the silk II, ?-sheet content with increasing draw ratio measured by FTIR spectroscopy (C?? e2.5 ?), the concomitant increasing degree of orientation of ?-sheet crystals detected via WAXD (FWHM = 0.22 for ?= 2.7), and the improvement in silk piezoelectricity (d14? e2.4 ?). Water immersion drawing led to a predominantly silk I structure with a low degree of orientation (FWHM = 75) and a much weaker piezoelectric response compared to zone drawing. Similarly, increasing the ?-sheet crystallinity without inducing crystal alignment, e.g. by methanol treatment, did not result in a significant enhancement of silk piezoelectricity. Overall, a combination of a high degree of silk II, ?-sheet crystallinity and crystalline orientation are prerequisites for a strong piezoelectric effect in silk. Further understanding of the structural origins of silk piezoelectricity will provide important options for future biotechnological and biomedical applications of this protein. PMID:23335872

  13. Characteristics of Multilayer Piezoelectric Actuator Made of High Q Material for Application to Ultrasonic Linear Motor

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    Funakubo, Tomoki; Tomikawa, Yoshiro

    2002-11-01

    Recently, we have developed a low voltage drive ultrasonic linear motor using a L1-F2 double mode stator vibrator made of multilayer piezoelectric actuators (MPAs). However, when the linear motor was continuously driven, the temperature rise of the stator vibrator was over 20C. This is mainly because the MPA used by us is made of a low Q piezoelectric material (soft material MPA), which is usually applied due to its large piezoelectric coupling coefficient. Therefore, in order to reduce heat generation of the MPA, we tried to apply a MPA made of high Q piezoelectric material (hard material MPA), which has been little applied to date. As a result, it is clarified that the temperature rise of the hard material MPA is far less than that of a soft material MPA and therefore the temperature rise of the stator vibrator using the hard material MPA is also far less than that of the stator vibrator using a soft material MPA. Additionally, in this paper, it is reported that performances of the ultrasonic linear motor composed of hard material MPA are superior in practical application.

  14. Giant Strains in Non-Textured (Bi1/2 Na1/2 )TiO3 -Based Lead-Free Ceramics.

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    Liu, Xiaoming; Tan, Xiaoli

    2016-01-01

    Giant electric-field-induced strain of 0.70%, corresponding to a d33 * value of 1400 pm V(-1) , is observed in a lead-free (Bi1/2 Na1/2 )TiO3 -based polycrystalline ceramic. This is comparable to the properties of single crystals. An in situ transmission electron microscopy study indicates that the excellent performance originates from phase transitions under the applied electric fields. PMID:26596685

  15. A study of the temperature dependence of the local ferroelectric properties of c-axis oriented Bi6Ti3Fe2O18 Aurivillius phase thin films: Illustrating the potential of a novel lead-free perovskite material for high density memory applications

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    Faraz, Ahmad; Deepak, Nitin; Schmidt, Michael; Pemble, Martyn E.; Keeney, Lynette

    2015-08-01

    The ability to control the growth, texture and orientation of self-nanostructured lead-free Aurivillius phase thin films can in principle, greatly improve their ferroelectric properties, since in these materials the polarization direction is dependent on crystallite orientation. Here, we report the growth of c-plane oriented Bi6Ti3Fe2O18 (B6TFO) functional oxide Aurivillius phase thin films on c-plane sapphire substrates by liquid injection chemical vapour deposition (LI-CVD). Microstructural analysis reveals that B6TFO thin films annealed at 850C are highly crystalline, well textured (Lotgering factor of 0.962) and single phase. Typical Aurivillius plate-like morphology with an average film thickness of 110nm and roughness 24nm was observed. The potential of B6TFO for use as a material in lead-free piezoelectric and ferroelectric data storage applications was explored by investigating local electromechanical (piezoelectric) and ferroelectric properties at the nano-scale. Vertical and lateral piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) reveals stronger in-plane polarization due to the controlled growth of the a-axis oriented grains lying in the plane of the B6TFO films. Switching spectroscopy PFM (SS-PFM) hysteresis loops obtained at higher temperatures (up to 200C) and at room temperature reveal a clear ferroelectric signature with only minor changes in piezoresponse observed with increasing temperature. Ferroelectric domain patterns were written at 200C using PFM lithography. Hysteresis loops generated inside the poled regions at room and higher temperatures show a significant increase in piezoresponse due to alignment of the c-axis polarization components under the external electric field. No observable change in written domain patterns was observed after 20hrs of PFM scanning at 200C, confirming that B6TFO retains polarization over this finite period of time. These studies demonstrate the potential of B6TFO thin films for use in piezoelectric applications at elevated temperatures and for use in non-volatile ferroelectric memory applications.

  16. Piezoelectric activity in Perovskite ferroelectric crystals.

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    Li, Fei; Wang, Linghang; Jin, Li; Lin, Dabin; Li, Jinglei; Li, Zhenrong; Xu, Zhuo; Zhang, Shujun

    2015-01-01

    Perovskite ferroelectrics (PFs) have been the dominant piezoelectric materials for various electromechanical applications, such as ultrasonic transducers, sensors, and actuators, to name a few. In this review article, the development of PF crystals is introduced, focusing on the crystal growth and piezoelectric activity. The critical factors responsible for the high piezoelectric activity of PFs (i.e., phase transition, monoclinic phase, domain size, relaxor component, dopants, and piezoelectric anisotropy) are surveyed and discussed. A general picture of the present understanding on the high piezoelectricity of PFs is described. At the end of this review, potential approaches to further improve the piezoelectricity of PFs are proposed. PMID:25585387

  17. A comparison on the emission of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and their corresponding carcinogenic potencies from a vehicle engine using leaded and lead-free gasoline.

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    Mi, H H; Lee, W J; Tsai, P J; Chen, C B

    2001-01-01

    Our objective in this study was to assess the effect of using two kinds of lead-free gasoline [including 92-lead-free gasoline (92-LFG) and 95-lead-free gasoline (95-LFG), rated according to their octane levels] to replace the use of premium leaded gasoline (PLG) on the emissions of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and their corresponding benzo[a]pyrene equivalent (BaP(eq)) amounts from the gasoline-powered engine. The results show that the three gasoline fuels originally contained similar total PAHs and total BaP(eq) contents; however, we found significant differences in the engine exhausts in both contents. The above results suggest that PAHs originally contained in the gasoline fuel did not affect the PAH emissions in the engine exhausts. The emission factors of both total PAHs and total BaP(eq) obtained from the three gasoline fuels shared the same trend: 95-LFG > PLG > 92-LFG. The above result suggests that when PLG was replaced by 95-LFG, the emissions would increase in both total PAHs and total BaP(eq), but when replaced by 92-LFG would lead to the decreased emissions of both contents. By taking emission factors and their corresponding annual gasoline consumption rates into account, we found that both total PAH and total BaP(eq) emissions increased from 1994 to 1999. However, the annual increasing rates in total BaP(eq) emissions were slightly higher than the corresponding increasing rates in total PAHs. PMID:11748037

  18. Final report of the key comparison CCQM-K88: Determination of lead in lead-free solder containing silver and copper

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    Hioki, Akiharu; Nonose, Naoko; Liandi, Ma; Jingbo, Chao; Liuxing, Feng; Chao, Wei; Haeng Cho, Kyung; Suh, Jung Ki; Min, Hyung Sik; Lim, Youngran; Recknagel, Sebastian; Koenig, Maren; Vogl, Jochen; Caciano de Sena, Rodrigo; dos Reis, Lindomar Augusto; Borinsky, Mónica; Puelles, Mabel; Hatamleh, Nadia; Acosta, Osvaldo; Turk, Gregory; Rabb, Savelas; Sturgeon, Ralph; Methven, Brad; Rienitz, Olaf; Jaehrling, Reinhard; Konopelko, L. A.; Kustikov, Yu A.; Kozyreva, S. B.; Korzh, A. A.

    2013-01-01

    The CCQM-K88 key comparison was organized by the Inorganic Analysis Working Group of CCQM to test the abilities of the national metrology institutes to measure the mass fraction of lead in lead-free solder containing silver and copper. National Metrology Institute of Japan (NMIJ), National Institute of Metrology of China (NIM) and Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS) acted as the coordinating laboratories. The participants used different measurement methods, though most of them used inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) or isotope-dilution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ID-ICP-MS). Accounting for relative expanded uncertainty, comparability of measurement results was successfully demonstrated by the participating NMIs for the measurement of the mass fraction of lead in lead-free solder at the level of 200 mg/kg. It is expected that metals at mass fractions greater than approximately 100 mg/kg in lead-free solder containing silver and copper can be determined by each participant using the same technique(s) employed for this key comparison to achieve similar uncertainties mentioned in the present report. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCQM, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA).

  19. (1 - x)(K0.48Na0.52)(Nb(0.95-y-z)Ta(z)Sb(y))O3-xBi0.5(Na0.82K0.18)0.5ZrO3 lead-free ceramics: composition dependence of the phase boundaries and electrical properties.

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    Lv, Xiang; Wu, Jiagang; Xiao, Dingquan; Tao, Hong; Yuan, Yuan; Zhu, Jianguo; Wang, Xiangjian; Lou, Xiaojie

    2015-03-14

    In this work, (1 - x)(K0.48Na0.52)(Nb(0.95-y-z)Ta(z)Sb(y))O3-xBi0.5(Na0.82K0.18)0.5ZrO3, {abbreviation: KNNST-BNKZ-x-y-z} lead-free piezoceramics were prepared by a conventional solid-state reaction method, and the composition dependence of their phase structures and electrical properties was systematically discussed. Doping with Sb(5+), Ta(5+), and BNKZ plays an important role on the phase boundaries as well as piezoelectric activity. A three-phase coexistence involving rhombohedral-orthorhombic-tetragonal (R-O-T) phases was observed in the ceramics with 0.0325 ? x ? 0.05, 0.035 ? x ? 0.065, 0.05 ? z ? 0.08, indicating that doping with BNKZ, Ta(5+), and Sb(5+) can induce the formation of such a phase boundary by simultaneously increasing TR-O and decreasing TO-T. Enhanced piezoelectric behavior was observed in the ceramics located in the composition region of the R-O-T phase boundary, and a high d33 value of 400 pC N(-1) can be attained by refining their compositions (e.g., x = 0.0325, y = 0.035, and z = 0.05), together with a high TC value of ?240 C. Of particular interest is that a large electric field-induced strain of 0.18% (Smax/Emax = 706 pm V(-1)) was also found in the ceramics with x = 0.0325, y = 0.035, and z = 0.05 under a low electric field of 2.5 kV mm(-1). As a result, the piezoelectric activity as well as the strain can be operated in the material system by refining x, y, and z content. PMID:25679361

  20. Synthesis and Properties of Pulse Electrodeposited Lead-Free Tin-Based Sn/ZrSiO4 Nanocomposite Coatings

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    Bhattacharya, Sumit; Sharma, Ashutosh; Das, Siddhartha; Das, Karabi

    2016-01-01

    The Sn-based ZrSiO4 nanocomposite coatings have been synthesized by pulse co-electrodeposition technique from an aqueous electrolyte containing SnCl22H2O, C6H17N3O7, Triton X, and varying amounts of nano-sized ZrSiO4 particles (0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 g/L). As-deposited films have been analyzed using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope equipped with an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer, and transmission electron microscope. The microhardness, wear as well as corrosion property of the coatings have been also evaluated. It is observed that the surface morphology of Sn-ZrSiO4 nanocomposite coatings is strongly dependent on the reinforcement concentration in the electrolyte, and the Sn-ZrSiO4 nanocomposite solder deposited from the electrolyte containing 25 g/L ZrSiO4 yields the highest hardness and the best wear and corrosion property among all the synthesized samples. The whisker growth propensity of the developed Sn-ZrSiO4 nanocomposites has also been examined after 90 days of aging at room temperature and reported here.

  1. Synthesis and Properties of Pulse Electrodeposited Lead-Free Tin-Based Sn/ZrSiO4 Nanocomposite Coatings

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    Bhattacharya, Sumit; Sharma, Ashutosh; Das, Siddhartha; Das, Karabi

    2016-03-01

    The Sn-based ZrSiO4 nanocomposite coatings have been synthesized by pulse co-electrodeposition technique from an aqueous electrolyte containing SnCl2·2H2O, C6H17N3O7, Triton X, and varying amounts of nano-sized ZrSiO4 particles (0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 g/L). As-deposited films have been analyzed using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope equipped with an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer, and transmission electron microscope. The microhardness, wear as well as corrosion property of the coatings have been also evaluated. It is observed that the surface morphology of Sn-ZrSiO4 nanocomposite coatings is strongly dependent on the reinforcement concentration in the electrolyte, and the Sn-ZrSiO4 nanocomposite solder deposited from the electrolyte containing 25 g/L ZrSiO4 yields the highest hardness and the best wear and corrosion property among all the synthesized samples. The whisker growth propensity of the developed Sn-ZrSiO4 nanocomposites has also been examined after 90 days of aging at room temperature and reported here.

  2. Piezoelectrically Initiated Pyrotechnic Igniter

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    Quince, Asia; Dutton, Maureen; Hicks, Robert; Burnham, Karen

    2013-01-01

    This innovation consists of a pyrotechnic initiator and piezoelectric initiation system. The device will be capable of being initiated mechanically; resisting initiation by EMF, RF, and EMI (electromagnetic field, radio frequency, and electromagnetic interference, respectively); and initiating in water environments and space environments. Current devices of this nature are initiated by the mechanical action of a firing pin against a primer. Primers historically are prone to failure. These failures are commonly known as misfires or hang-fires. In many cases, the primer shows the dent where the firing pin struck the primer, but the primer failed to fire. In devices such as "T" handles, which are commonly used to initiate the blowout of canopies, loss of function of the device may result in loss of crew. In devices such as flares or smoke generators, failure can result in failure to spot a downed pilot. The piezoelectrically initiated ignition system consists of a pyrotechnic device that plugs into a mechanical system (activator), which on activation, generates a high-voltage spark. The activator, when released, will strike a stack of electrically linked piezo crystals, generating a high-voltage, low-amperage current that is then conducted to the pyro-initiator. Within the initiator, an electrode releases a spark that passes through a pyrotechnic first-fire mixture, causing it to combust. The combustion of the first-fire initiates a primary pyrotechnic or explosive powder. If used in a "T" handle, the primary would ramp the speed of burn up to the speed of sound, generating a shock wave that would cause a high explosive to go "high order." In a flare or smoke generator, the secondary would produce the heat necessary to ignite the pyrotechnic mixture. The piezo activator subsystem is redundant in that a second stack of crystals would be struck at the same time with the same activation force, doubling the probability of a first strike spark generation. If the first activation fails to ignite, the device is capable of multiple attempts. Another unique aspect is in the design of the pyrotechnic device. There is an electrode that aids the generation of a directed spark and the use of a conductive matrix to support the first-fire material so that the spark will penetrate to the second electrode.

  3. High piezoelectricity due to multiphase coexistence in low-temperature sintered (Ba,Ca)(Ti,Sn)O3-CuOx ceramics

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    Zhou, Peng-Fei; Zhang, Bo-Ping; Zhao, Lei; Zhao, Xiao-Kun; Zhu, Li-Feng; Cheng, Li-Qian; Li, Jing-Feng

    2013-10-01

    Ultrahigh piezoelectric constant (d33 = 683 pC/N) and converse piezoelectric coefficient (dS/dE = 1257 pm/V) were observed in CuO-doped lead-free (Ba,Ca)(Ti,Sn)O3 ceramics at an optimal composition fabricated by a conventional sintering method at a low temperature 1250 C. Since all samples showed a pure perovskite structure with coexisting multiphases including cubic, tetragonal, orthorhombic, and rhombohedral phases around two converged triple points, a good compositional stability of high piezoelectricity along with a high d33 and dS/dE over 600 pC/N and 1000 pm/V was achieved within a wide compositional region (1.0 ? x ? 3.0) regardless of the CuO content (x).

  4. Cryogenic Piezoelectric Actuator

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    Jiang, Xiaoning; Cook, William B.; Hackenberger, Wesley S.

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, PMN-PT single crystal piezoelectric stack actuators and flextensional actuators were designed, prototyped and characterized for space optics applications. Single crystal stack actuators with footprint of 10 mm x10 mm and the height of 50 mm were assembled using 10 mm x10mm x0.15mm PMN-PT plates. These actuators showed stroke > 65 - 85 microns at 150 V at room temperature, and > 30 microns stroke at 77 K. Flextensional actuators with dimension of 10mm x 5 mm x 7.6 mm showed stroke of >50 microns at room temperature at driving voltage of 150 V. A flextensional stack actuator with dimension of 10 mm x 5 mm x 47 mm showed stroke of approx. 285 microns at 150 V at room temperature and > 100 microns at 77K under driving of 150 V should be expected. The large cryogenic stroke and high precision of these actuators are promising for cryogenic optics applications.

  5. Disc piezoelectric ceramic transformers.

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    Erhart, Jiri; P?lpn, Petr; Dole?ek, Roman; Psota, Pavel; Ldl, Vt

    2013-08-01

    In this contribution, we present our study on disc-shaped and homogeneously poled piezoelectric ceramic transformers working in planar-extensional vibration modes. Transformers are designed with electrodes divided into wedge, axisymmetrical ring-dot, moonie, smile, or yin-yang segments. Transformation ratio, efficiency, and input and output impedances were measured for low-power signals. Transformer efficiency and transformation ratio were measured as a function of frequency and impedance load in the secondary circuit. Optimum impedance for the maximum efficiency has been found. Maximum efficiency and no-load transformation ratio can reach almost 100% and 52 for the fundamental resonance of ring-dot transformers and 98% and 67 for the second resonance of 2-segment wedge transformers. Maximum efficiency was reached at optimum impedance, which is in the range from 500 ? to 10 k?, depending on the electrode pattern and size. Fundamental vibration mode and its overtones were further studied using frequency-modulated digital holographic interferometry and by the finite element method. Complementary information has been obtained by the infrared camera visualization of surface temperature profiles at higher driving power. PMID:25004532

  6. Bar piezoelectric ceramic transformers.

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    Erhart, Ji?; Pulpan, P?lpn; Rusin, Lubo

    2013-07-01

    Bar-shaped piezoelectric ceramic transformers (PTs) working in the longitudinal vibration mode (k31 mode) were studied. Two types of the transformer were designed--one with the electrode divided into two segments of different length, and one with the electrodes divided into three symmetrical segments. Parameters of studied transformers such as efficiency, transformation ratio, and input and output impedances were measured. An analytical model was developed for PT parameter calculation for both two- and three-segment PTs. Neither type of bar PT exhibited very high efficiency (maximum 72% for three-segment PT design) at a relatively high transformation ratio (it is 4 for two-segment PT and 2 for three-segment PT at the fundamental resonance mode). The optimum resistive loads were 20 and 10 k? for two- and three-segment PT designs for the fundamental resonance, respectively, and about one order of magnitude smaller for the higher overtone (i.e., 2 k? and 500 ?, respectively). The no-load transformation ratio was less than 27 (maximum for two-segment electrode PT design). The optimum input electrode aspect ratios (0.48 for three-segment PT and 0.63 for two-segment PT) were calculated numerically under no-load conditions. PMID:25004515

  7. Spectral gaps for periodic piezoelectric waveguides

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    Nazarov, Sergei A.; Taskinen, Jari

    2015-12-01

    We construct a family of periodic piezoelectric waveguides ? ? , depending on a small geometrical parameter, with the following property: as ? ? +0, the number of gaps in the essential spectrum of the piezoelectricity problem on ? ? grows unboundedly.

  8. Fluoropolymer and Aluminum Piezoelectric Reactives

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    Janesheski, Robert; Son, Steven; Groven, Lori

    2011-06-01

    The ability to sensitize a nanoaluminum/piezoelectric polymer composite has been studied using two fluoropolymer systems (THV220A and FC-2175). Fluoropolymers were chosen based on the presence of vinylidene fluoride (VDF) that is known to exhibit piezoelectric properties in certain phases. Reactive composite samples of the nanoaluminum/polymer were made into thin sheets and their ability to store energy and exhibit piezoelectric properties was measured. Also, initial drop weight impact tests were performed on the samples and results showed the piezoelectric energetic composites failed to ignite at a given impact energy. However, when a DC voltage was applied to the sample, the materials ignited at the previous impact energy indicating that the reactive composites may have been sensitized by the stored charge. The application of a DC voltage may also have an effect on the piezoelectric properties of the inorganic energetic composites. Further work is planned to investigate what parameters are inducing the sensitization of the material. A better understanding could lead to applications where switching or changing the sensitization of an energetic material is beneficial. This project was funded by the Department of the Air Force contract FA8651-10-M-0262 as a subcontract from Bennett Aerospace, Inc.

  9. Polymer Piezoelectric Transducers for Ultrasonic NDE

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    Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Xue, Tianji; Lih, Shyh-Shiuh

    1996-01-01

    Piezoelectric polymers are associated with a low noise and inherent damping that makes them very effective receivers as well as broadband transmitters for high frequencies tasks. This paper reviews polymer piezoelectric materials, the origin of their piezoelectric behavior and their applications to ultrasonic NDE.

  10. Note: Direct piezoelectric effect microscopy.

    PubMed

    Mori, T J A; Stamenov, P; Dorneles, L S

    2015-07-01

    An alternative method for investigating piezoelectric surfaces is suggested, exploiting the direct piezoeffect. The technique relies on acoustic (ultrasonic) excitation of the imaged surface and mapping of the resulting oscillatory electric potential. The main advantages arise from the spatial resolution of the conductive scanning probe microscopy in combination with the relatively large magnitude of the forward piezo signal Upf, which can be of the order of tens of mV even for non-ferroelectric piezoelectric materials. The potency of this experimental strategy is illustrated with measurements on well-crystallized quartz surfaces, where Upf ? 50 mV, for a piezoelectric coefficient of d33 = - 2.27? ?10(-12) m/V, and applied stress of about T3 ? 5.7 kPa. PMID:26233416

  11. Piezoelectric Driver for Incremental Motion

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    Bruman, Joseph R.

    1987-01-01

    Vibrating device containing two piezoelectric ceramic slabs acts as mechanical driver. Eventually substitutes for small continuous or stepping electric motors of slow to moderate speeds. Piezoelectric driver simple in construction, requires no precise dimensions, inexpensive to make, and needs no lubrication. Not damaged by stalling or overloads and safe for use in explosive atmospheres; Motion controllable in micron-size increments, and holds position when power turned off. Potential applications as positioner or mover. Used to position instrument pointers, antennas, or solar panels; to focus lenses; or operate tuners, recording instruments, or valves.

  12. Electrocaloric effect and luminescence properties of lanthanide doped (Na1/2Bi1/2)TiO3 lead free materials

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    Zannen, M.; Lahmar, A.; Asbani, B.; Khemakhem, H.; El Marssi, M.; Kutnjak, Z.; Es Souni, M.

    2015-07-01

    Polycrystalline lead-free Sodium Bismuth Titanate (NBT) ferroelectric ceramics doped with rare earth (RE) element are prepared using solid state reaction method. Optical, ferroelectric, and electrocaloric properties were investigated. The introduction of RE3+ ions in the NBT host lattice shows different light emissions over the wavelength range from visible to near infrared region. The ferroelectric P-E hysteresis loops exhibit an antiferroelectric-like character near room temperature indicating possible existence of a morphotropic phase boundary. The enhanced electrocaloric response was observed in a broad temperature range due to nearly merged phase transitions. Coexistence of optical and electrocaloric properties is very promising for photonics or optoelectronic device applications.

  13. Improved Thermoelectric Performance via Piezoelectric Interaction

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    Montgomery, David

    2015-03-01

    Presented are the initial findings of enhanced voltage output in a hybrid thermoelectric piezoelectric generator (TPEG). We constructed TPEG by integrating insulating layers of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) piezoelectric films between flexible thin film p-type and n-type thermoelectrics. The piezoelectric bound surface charge modifies the thermoelectric properties of the semiconductor electrodes which facilitates an increase in voltage. The TPEG voltage output has three contributions: traditional thermoelectric and piezoelectric terms, and a unique coupling term. A combined thermoelectric and piezoelectric model can be used to quantify the expected coupling voltage as a function of stress and thermal gradient. The fabrication, placement, and configuration of this interface allows for different device designs and affects overall performance. Under easily achievable stress and thermal gradient this new coupling effect can increase voltage output by 20%. Because of this piezoelectric modified thermoelectric effect these hybrid generators can out preform equivalent thermoelectric or piezoelectric generators.

  14. Method of Fabricating a Piezoelectric Composite Apparatus

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    Wilkie, W. Keats (Inventor); Bryant, Robert (Inventor); Fox, Robert L. (Inventor); Hellbaum, Richard F. (Inventor); High, James W. (Inventor); Jalink, Antony, Jr. (Inventor); Little, Bruce D. (Inventor); Mirick, Paul H. (Inventor)

    2003-01-01

    A method for fabricating a piezoelectric macro-fiber composite actuator comprises providing a piezoelectric material that has two sides and attaching one side upon an adhesive backing sheet. The method further comprises slicing the piezoelectric material to provide a plurality of piezoelectric fibers in juxtaposition. A conductive film is then adhesively bonded to the other side of the piezoelectric material, and the adhesive backing sheet is removed. The conductive film has first and second conductive patterns formed thereon which are electrically isolated from one another and in electrical contact with the piezoelectric material. The first and second conductive patterns of the conductive film each have a plurality of electrodes to form a pattern of interdigitated electrodes. A second film is then bonded to the other side of the piezoelectric material. The second film may have a pair of conductive patterns similar to the conductive patterns of the first film.

  15. Piezoelectric materials used in underwater acoustic transducers

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    Li, Huidong; Deng, Zhiqun; Carlson, Thomas J.

    2012-07-07

    Piezoelectric materials have been used in underwater acoustic transducers for nearly a century. In this paper, we reviewed four different types of piezoelectric materials: piezoelectric ceramics, single crystals, composites, and polymers, which are widely used in underwater acoustic transducers nowadays. Piezoelectric ceramics are the most dominant material type and are used as a single-phase material or one of the end members in composites. Piezoelectric single crystals offer outstanding electromechanical response but are limited by their manufacturing cost. Piezoelectric polymers provide excellent acoustic impedance matching and transducer fabrication flexibility although their piezoelectric properties are not as good as ceramics and single crystals. Composites combined the merits of ceramics and polymers and are receiving increased attention. The typical structure and electromechanical properties of each type of materials are introduced and discussed with respect to underwater acoustic transducer applications. Their advantages and disadvantages are summarized. Some of the critical design considerations when developing underwater acoustic transducers with these materials are also touched upon.

  16. Effect of Heat Treatment Conditions on Properties of Lead-Free Bi{sub 2}GeO{sub 5} Ferroelectric Glass Ceramics

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    Kantha, P.; Pengpat, K.; Rujijanagul, G.; Tunkasiri, T.; Eitssayeam, S.; Intatha, U.; Sirisoonthorn, S.

    2009-07-23

    Nowadays, lead-free ferroelectric materials have attracted much interest among materials scientists as a result of environmental concern. The bismuth germanate (Bi{sub 2}GeO{sub 5}) phase, one of the lead-free ferroelectric crystals, is of particular interest as its composition already contains good glass former (GeO{sub 2}) and can be prepared by an alternative glass ceramic route. In this work, the conventional melt-quenching method was used to produce the parent glass with composition of 60 mol% BiO{sub 1.5}:20 mol% GeO{sub 2}:20 mol% BO{sub 1.5}. The as-received glass pieces were subjected to the heat treatment schedule at various crystallization temperatures and dwell-times. The glass and glass ceramics samples were then investigated by XRD, Raman spectroscopy and their dielectric properties were also measured. The XRD and Raman spectroscopy showed that the crystallinity of the prepared glass ceramics depended very much on crystallization temperature and dwell-time. The larger dielectric constant and lower dielectric loss were obtained as crystallinity of the glass ceramics enhanced. The highest dielectric constant (epsilon{sub r}) was found at 77 with a low dielectric loss of about 0.005.

  17. Low electric-field driven ultrahigh electrostrains in Sb-substituted (Na,K)NbO{sub 3} lead-free ferroelectric ceramics

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    Fu, Jian; Zuo, Ruzhong E-mail: rzzuo@hotmail.com; Qi, He; Zhang, Chen; Li, Jingfeng; Li, Longtu

    2014-12-15

    Lead-free (Na{sub 0.52}K{sub 0.48})(Nb{sub 1−y}Sb{sub y})O{sub 3} (NKNS{sub y}) ferroelectric ceramics were reported to exhibit an ultrahigh electrostrain (dynamic d{sub 33}* (=S/E) of 800–1100 pm/V) in a relatively low driving electric field range (1–4 kV/mm). As evidenced by in-situ synchrotron x-ray diffraction and dielectric measurements, the mechanism of generating large strains was ascribed to both the low-field induced reversible rhombohedral-monoclinic phase transition (1–2 kV/mm) and the enhanced domain switching (2–4 kV/mm) owing to the normal to relaxor phase transformation, which contribute to ∼62% and ∼38% of the total strain, respectively. The results indicate that the NKNS{sub y} compositions would have excellent potentials for applications of lead-free actuator ceramics.

  18. Spectroscopic properties of Pr3+ and Er3+ ions in lead-free borate glasses modified by BaF2

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    Pisarska, Joanna; Pisarski, Wojciech A.; Dorosz, Dominik; Dorosz, Jan

    2015-09-01

    Lead-free oxyfluoride borate glasses singly doped with Pr3+ and Er3+ were prepared and next investigated using absorption and luminescence spectroscopy. In the studied glass system, barium oxide was substituted by BaF2. Two luminescence bands of Pr3+ located at visible spectral region are observed, which correspond to 3P0-3H4 (blue) and 1D2-3H4 (reddish orange) transitions, respectively. The luminescence bands due to 1D2-3H4 transition of Pr3+ are shifted to shorter wavelengths, when BaO was substituted by BaF2. Near-infrared luminescence spectra of Er3+ ions in lead-free borate glasses modified by BaF2 correspond to 4I13/2-4I15/2 transition. Their spectral linewidths increase with increasing BaF2 concentration. The changes in measured lifetimes of rare earth ions are well correlated with the bonding parameters calculated from the optical absorption spectra.

  19. Fluoropolymer and aluminum piezoelectric reactives

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    Janesheski, Robert S.; Groven, Lori J.; Son, Steven

    2012-03-01

    The ability to sensitize a nanoaluminum/piezoelectric polymer composite has been studied using two fluoropolymer systems (THV220A and FC-2175). Reactive composite samples of the nanoaluminum/polymer were made into thin sheets and their ability to store energy and exhibit piezoelectric properties was measured. Also, initial drop weight impact tests were performed on the samples and results showed the piezoelectric energetic composites failed to ignite at a given impact energy unless sensitized. When a DC voltage was applied to the sample, the materials ignited at the same impact energy where previous ignition failed. Results indicate that the reactive composites may have been sensitized by storing the applied charge. The application of a DC voltage may also have an effect on the piezoelectric properties of the energetic composites similar to the way poling techniques work. Further work is planned to investigate what parameters are inducing the sensitization of the material. A better understanding could lead to applications where switching or tuning the sensitization of an energetic material is beneficial.

  20. Cylindrical Piezoelectric Fiber Composite Actuators

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    Allison, Sidney G.; Shams, Qamar A.; Fox, Robert L.

    2008-01-01

    The use of piezoelectric devices has become widespread since Pierre and Jacques Curie discovered the piezoelectric effect in 1880. Examples of current applications of piezoelectric devices include ultrasonic transducers, micro-positioning devices, buzzers, strain sensors, and clocks. The invention of such lightweight, relatively inexpensive piezoceramic-fiber-composite actuators as macro fiber composite (MFC) actuators has made it possible to obtain strains and displacements greater than those that could be generated by prior actuators based on monolithic piezoceramic sheet materials. MFC actuators are flat, flexible actuators designed for bonding to structures to apply or detect strains. Bonding multiple layers of MFC actuators together could increase force capability, but not strain or displacement capability. Cylindrical piezoelectric fiber composite (CPFC) actuators have been invented as alternatives to MFC actuators for applications in which greater forces and/or strains or displacements may be required. In essence, a CPFC actuator is an MFC or other piezoceramic fiber composite actuator fabricated in a cylindrical instead of its conventional flat shape. Cylindrical is used here in the general sense, encompassing shapes that can have circular, elliptical, rectangular or other cross-sectional shapes in the planes perpendicular to their longitudinal axes.

  1. Piezoelectric measurement of laser power

    DOEpatents

    Deason, Vance A. (Idaho Falls, ID); Johnson, John A. (Idaho Falls, ID); Telschow, Kenneth L. (Idaho Falls, ID)

    1991-01-01

    A method for measuring the energy of individual laser pulses or a series of laser pulses by reading the output of a piezoelectric (PZ) transducer which has received a known fraction of the total laser pulse beam. An apparatus is disclosed that reduces the incident energy on the PZ transducer by means of a beam splitter placed in the beam of the laser pulses.

  2. Triple-scale analysis and fabrication of new biocompatible MgSiO3 piezoelectric thin films

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    Hwang, Hwisim; Uetsuji, Yasutomo; Katayama, Tsutao; Nakamachi, Eiji

    2010-04-01

    Recently, the lead free piezoelectric material, which should be used for medical devices, such as health monitoring system (HMS) and drug delivery system (DDS), is strongly required. In this study, we discovered a newly designed MgSiO3 thin film, as a biocompatible piezoelectric actuator, by using the first-principles calculation and process crystallography simulation algorithm. At first, crystal structure was calculated by using the first-principles density functional theory. Secondly, the best substrate for MgSiO3 was searched by using the process crystallography simulation. Next, MgSiO3 thin film was generated in our laboratory by using the RF magnetron sputtering apparatus. Finally, crystallographic orientation was obtained by using X-ray diffractometer and the piezoelectric property of thin film was measured by the ferroelectric measurement system. As a result, lattice parameters of MgSiO3 with tetragonal structure were obtained as a=b=0.3449nm and c=0.3538nm, and its aspect ratio was 1.026. Au(111) was chosen as the best substrate, on which MgSiO3 thin film with minimum total energy could be grown. Then, MgSiO3(111) was generated on Au(111)/SrTiO3(110) by using the RF magnetron sputtering apparatus. The piezoelectric strain constant d33 of MgSiO3 thin film generated at 400C was measured as 219.8pm/V and it was higher than one of the existing piezoelectric material BaTiO3. Consequently, we succeeded the generation of a new biocompatible MgSiO3 piezoelectric thin film, which can be applied to medical devices in the future.

  3. Enhancement of the electrical-field-induced strain in lead-free Bi0.5(Na,K)0.5TiO3-based piezoelectric ceramics: Role of the phase transition

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    Quyet, Nguyen Van; Bac, Luong Huu; Dung, Dang Duc

    2015-04-01

    In this work, a strong enhancement of the electric-field-induced strain in Bi0.5(Na,K)0.5TiO3-based ceramics was observed via lithium(Li) addition. The Li-added Bi0.5(Na,K)0.5TiO3-based ceramics exhibited a strain of 0.40% under an electric field of 6 kV/mm, which was almost twice the value without the Li dopant (0.21%). We obtained the highest S max/ E max value of 668 pm/V for 4-mol% Li addition, which was due to the phase transition from pseudocubic to rhombohedral symmetry and/or to the distorted tetragonal structure. We suggest that controlling the phase transition in ferroelectric materials is a way to enhance the electric-field-induced giant strain and that the phase transition from the non-polar phase to the polar phase results in a giant electric-fieldinduced strain, which overcomes the result due to the phase transition from the polar phase to the non-polar phase and/or the distorted structure. We expect our work to open new ways to enhance the electric-filed-induced giant strain to a value that is comparable to the value for Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT)-based ceramics.

  4. Dramatic influence of Dy3+ doping on strain and domain structure in lead-free piezoelectric 0.935(Na1/2Bi1/2)TiO3-0.065BaTiO3 ceramics

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    Li, C. Q.; Yao, Q. R.; Zhang, J. Z.; Hu, Z. G.; Wang, F. F.; Liu, A. Y.; Shi, W. Z.; Chu, J. H.

    2015-12-01

    An electric-field induced giant strain response and doping level dependent domain structural variations have been studied in the dysprosium (Dy3+)-modified 0.935(Na1/2Bi1/2)TiO3-0.065BaTiO3(xDy : NBBT) ceramics with the doping levels of 0%, 0.5%, 1%, and 2%. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy analyses not only demonstrates the change in ionic configurations induced by Dy3+ doping, but also shows the local crystal symmetry for x ≥ 0.5% doping levels to deviate from the idealized cubic structure. Piezoresponse force microscopy measurement exhibits the presence of an intermediate phase with orthorhombic symmetry at the critical Dy3+ doping level of 2%. Moreover, at this doping level, a giant recoverable nonlinear strain of ˜0.44% can be observed with high normalized strain (Smax/Emax) of 728 pm/V. At the same applied field, the strain exhibits a 175% increase than that of NBBT ceramic. Such a large strain stems from the varying coherence lengths of polar nanoregions (PNRs) and an unusual reversible 90° domain switching caused by the symmetry conforming property of point defects, where the restoring force is provided by unswitchable defects. The mechanism reveals a new possibility to achieve large electric-field strain effect for a wide range of ferroelectric systems, which can lead to applications in novel "on-off" actuators.

  5. Virus-based piezoelectric energy generation

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    Lee, Byung Yang; Zhang, Jinxing; Zueger, Chris; Chung, Woo-Jae; Yoo, So Young; Wang, Eddie; Meyer, Joel; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy; Lee, Seung-Wuk

    2012-06-01

    Piezoelectric materials can convert mechanical energy into electrical energy, and piezoelectric devices made of a variety of inorganic materials and organic polymers have been demonstrated. However, synthesizing such materials often requires toxic starting compounds, harsh conditions and/or complex procedures. Previously, it was shown that hierarchically organized natural materials such as bones, collagen fibrils and peptide nanotubes can display piezoelectric properties. Here, we demonstrate that the piezoelectric and liquid-crystalline properties of M13 bacteriophage (phage) can be used to generate electrical energy. Using piezoresponse force microscopy, we characterize the structure-dependent piezoelectric properties of the phage at the molecular level. We then show that self-assembled thin films of phage can exhibit piezoelectric strengths of up to 7.8 pm V-1. We also demonstrate that it is possible to modulate the dipole strength of the phage, hence tuning the piezoelectric response, by genetically engineering the major coat proteins of the phage. Finally, we develop a phage-based piezoelectric generator that produces up to 6 nA of current and 400 mV of potential and use it to operate a liquid-crystal display. Because biotechnology techniques enable large-scale production of genetically modified phages, phage-based piezoelectric materials potentially offer a simple and environmentally friendly approach to piezoelectric energy generation.

  6. Relaxorlike dielectric dynamics in the lead-free K0.5Na0.5NbO3-SrZrO3 ceramic system

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    Bobnar, Vid; Holc, Janez; Hrovat, Marko; Kosec, Marija

    2007-04-01

    We have detected a typical relaxor/glasslike dielectric response in the derived lead-free (1-x)K0.5Na0.5NbO3-(x)SrZrO3 ceramic system. In the compositional range 0.10?x?0.33, where solid solubility was observed, the system exhibits a broad dispersive dielectric maximum, a Vogel-Fulcher temperature dependence of the characteristic relaxation frequency, and a paraelectric-to-glass crossover in the temperature dependence of the dielectric nonlinearity. As the relatively high values of the dielectric constant, exceeding 5000 in the x =0.15 compound, are only weakly dependent on the frequency in the range of 20 Hz-1 MHz, and, furthermore, the history-dependent effects play only a minor role in comparison to some widely used lead-based relaxors, this environmentally friendly system seems to be very promising for a variety of applications.

  7. Giant electrocaloric effect in lead-free Ba0.94Ca0.06Ti1-xSnxO3 ceramics with tunable Curie temperature

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    Wang, Xiangjian; Tian, Fang; Zhao, Chunlin; Wu, Jiagang; Liu, Yang; Dkhil, Brahim; Zhang, Ming; Gao, Zhipeng; Lou, Xiaojie

    2015-12-01

    Electrocaloric effect in lead-free Ba0.94Ca0.06Ti1-xSnxO3 ceramics is studied using an indirect method. The Ba0.94Ca0.06Ti0.875Sn0.125O3 ceramic located near a multi-phase point shows best electrocaloric performance, which provides further experimental evidence for optimizing electrocaloric properties through constructing multiphase coexistence. Giant electrocaloric efficiency (0.4 K mm/kV) is achieved in this ceramic at about room temperature at a low electric field of 6 kV/cm. While large electrocaloric temperature (0.63 K) is obtained by further enhancing electric field (20 kV/cm), a decrease in electrocaloric efficiency (0.32 K mm/kV) is simultaneously observed, which is attributed to phase transition from first-order to more diffusive second-order under higher electric field.

  8. Microstructure and Sn crystal orientation evolution in Sn-3.5Ag lead-free solders in high temperature packaging applications

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    Zhou, Bite; Muralidharan, Govindarajan; Kurumaddali, Nalini Kanth; Parish, Chad M; Leslie, Dr Scott; Bieler, T. R.

    2014-01-01

    Understanding the reliability of eutectic Sn-3.5Ag lead-free solders in high temperature packaging applications is of significant interest in power electronics for the next generation electric grid. Large area (2.5mm 2.5mm) Sn-3.5Ag solder joints between silicon dies and direct bonded copper substrates were thermally cycled between 5 C and 200 C. Sn crystal orientation and microstructure evolution during thermal cycling were characterized by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) in scanning electron microscope (SEM). Comparisons are made between observed initial texture and microstructure and its evolution during thermal cycling. Gradual lattice rotation and grain boundary misorientation evolution suggested the continuous recrystallization mechanism. Recrystallization behavior was correlated with dislocation slip activities.

  9. First-principles-based effective Hamiltonian simulations of bulks and films made of lead-free Ba(Zr,Ti)O3 relaxor ferroelectrics

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    Prosandeev, Sergey; Wang, Dawei; Akbarzadeh, A. R.; Bellaiche, L.

    2015-06-01

    A review of the recent development and application of a first-principles-derived effective Hamiltonian technique to the study of lead-free Ba(Zr,Ti)O3 (BZT) relaxor ferroelectrics is provided. In addition to the computation and analysis of macroscopic properties (such as different types of dielectric responses and electric polarization) and their connections to previous published works, particular emphasis is given to microscopic insights arising from this atomistic technique. These include (i) the numerically-found determination of the physical origin of the relaxor behavior in BZT; and (ii) the prediction of polar nanoregions and the evolution of their morphology as a response to temperature, electric fields and epitaxial misfit strain. Other striking phenomena that were predicted in BZT compounds, such as Fano resonance and field-driven percolation, are also documented and discussed. Finally, a brief perspective of possible remaining computational studies to be conducted in relaxor ferroelectrics, in order to further understand them, is attempted.

  10. Piezoelectric Power Requirements for Active Vibration Control

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    Brennan, Matthew C.; McGowan, Anna-Maria Rivas

    1997-01-01

    This paper presents a method for predicting the power consumption of piezoelectric actuators utilized for active vibration control. Analytical developments and experimental tests show that the maximum power required to control a structure using surface-bonded piezoelectric actuators is independent of the dynamics between the piezoelectric actuator and the host structure. The results demonstrate that for a perfectly-controlled system, the power consumption is a function of the quantity and type of piezoelectric actuators and the voltage and frequency of the control law output signal. Furthermore, as control effectiveness decreases, the power consumption of the piezoelectric actuators decreases. In addition, experimental results revealed a non-linear behavior in the material properties of piezoelectric actuators. The material non- linearity displayed a significant increase in capacitance with an increase in excitation voltage. Tests show that if the non-linearity of the capacitance was accounted for, a conservative estimate of the power can easily be determined.

  11. Piezoelectric cantilevers optimization for vibration energy harvesting

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    Cao, Junyi; Zhou, Shengxi; Ren, Xiaolong; Cao, Binggang

    2012-04-01

    Vibration-based piezoelectric energy harvesters through the conversion of vibration energy to electrical energy has gained increasing attention over the past decade because of the reduced power requirements of small electronic components, especially in industrial condition monitoring applications where sensors may be embedded in machines. The structure parameters of cantilevered piezoelectric energy harvesters are of importance to maximize the output power in accordance with the characteristics of the ambient vibrations. Therefore, a piezoelectric cantilevers optimization method using finite element analysis and SPICE is proposed. This paper models piezoelectric cantilever using Hamilton principle and extracts the vibration modal parameters to establish the circuit model in SPICE. The numerical analysis is addressed to study the effect of parameters. Finally, the optimization analysis and experiment are carried out. The results verify that the optimized cantilevered piezoelectric energy harvesters can produce a 56V peak open-circuit voltage, and that the proposed method is suitable for optimization design of piezoelectric energy harvester.

  12. Piezoelectric cantilevers optimization for vibration energy harvesting

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    Cao, Junyi; Zhou, Shengxi; Ren, Xiaolong; Cao, Binggang

    2011-11-01

    Vibration-based piezoelectric energy harvesters through the conversion of vibration energy to electrical energy has gained increasing attention over the past decade because of the reduced power requirements of small electronic components, especially in industrial condition monitoring applications where sensors may be embedded in machines. The structure parameters of cantilevered piezoelectric energy harvesters are of importance to maximize the output power in accordance with the characteristics of the ambient vibrations. Therefore, a piezoelectric cantilevers optimization method using finite element analysis and SPICE is proposed. This paper models piezoelectric cantilever using Hamilton principle and extracts the vibration modal parameters to establish the circuit model in SPICE. The numerical analysis is addressed to study the effect of parameters. Finally, the optimization analysis and experiment are carried out. The results verify that the optimized cantilevered piezoelectric energy harvesters can produce a 56V peak open-circuit voltage, and that the proposed method is suitable for optimization design of piezoelectric energy harvester.

  13. Microstructure-property interactions in piezoelectric composites

    SciTech Connect

    Yu, N.

    1995-12-31

    Piezoelectric composites have recently attracted extensive attention in view of their wide applications to smart sensors and actuators. A micromechanics model is developed to predict the coupled electro-thermo-elastic properties of a broad class of two-phase piezoelectric composites. The composites are modeled as infinite piezoelectric solids containing periodically distributed piezoelectric inhomogeneities with arbitrary shape. The elastic, thermal, and electric fields within such periodic composites can be expressed in Fourier series. The interactions between inhomogeneities are thus accounted for in an explicit and direct manner. By using Eshelby`s equivalent inclusion method, analytic estimates for the overall elastic, piezoelectric, dielectric and thermal properties of a broad class of piezoelectric composites are obtained. Important microstructural variables, such as the properties and shape of inhomogeneity, are studied. The results agree very well with experimental data and are also compared with those obtained by existing micromechanics models, such as self-consistent method and Mori-Tanaka method.

  14. A comparative study of piezoelectric unimorph and multilayer actuators as stiffness sensors via contact resonance

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    Fu, Ji; Li, Fa-Xin

    2015-12-01

    Piezoelectric bar-shaped resonators were proposed to act as hardness sensors in the 1960s and stiffness sensors in the 1990s based on the contact impedance method. In this work, we point out that both multilayer and unimorph (or bimorph) piezoelectric actuators could act as stiffness/modulus sensors based on the principle of mechanical contact resonance. First, the practical design and the performance of a piezoelectric unimorph actuator-based stiffness sensor were presented. Then the working principle of piezoelectric multilayer actuator-based stiffness sensors was given and verified by numerical investigation. It was found that for these two types of resonance-based sensors, the shift of the resonance frequency due to contact is always positive, which is different from that of the contact impedance method. Further comparative sensitivity study indicated that the unimorph actuator-based stiffness sensor is very suitable for measurement on soft materials, whereas the multilayer actuator-based sensor is more suitable for hard materials.

  15. Piezoelectric circular ring flexural transducers.

    PubMed

    Aronov, Boris S

    2013-08-01

    An analytical treatment of the piezoelectric ceramic complete ring transducer undergoing flexural vibrations is presented. Conditions for the electromechanical excitation of the flexural vibrations are discussed and it is shown that the fundamental mode of the flexural vibration of a complete ring can be considered as sufficiently dominant over a broad frequency range. Hence, the one-dimensional equivalent electromechanical circuit representation of the transducer is applicable and all the parameters of the equivalent circuit are determined. Possibilities to optimize the effective coupling coefficient of the transducer by changing the extent of the electrodes on the piezoelectric body are considered. It is shown that for effective operation of the flexural ring transducer as a low frequency hydroacoustic projector the opposing quadrants (or three quadrants in case of a planar array configuration) have to be covered with baffles. The radiation impedance and directional factors of the transducers with baffles are considered. Limitations of the acoustical power radiated by the transducers are discussed. PMID:23927101

  16. Additional Drive Circuitry for Piezoelectric Screw Motors

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    Smythe, Robert; Palmer, Dean; Gursel, Yekta; Reder, Leonard; Savedra, Raymond

    2004-01-01

    Modules of additional drive circuitry have been developed to enhance the functionality of a family of commercially available positioning motors (Picomotor . or equivalent) that provide linear motion controllable, in principle, to within increments .30 nm. A motor of this type includes a piezoelectric actuator that turns a screw. Unlike traditional piezoelectrically actuated mechanisms, a motor of this type does not rely on the piezoelectric transducer to hold position: the screw does not turn except when the drive signal is applied to the actuator.

  17. Piezoelectric field in strained GaAs.

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    Chow, Weng Wah; Wieczorek, Sebastian Maciej

    2005-11-01

    This report describes an investigation of the piezoelectric field in strained bulk GaAs. The bound charge distribution is calculated and suitable electrode configurations are proposed for (1) uniaxial and (2) biaxial strain. The screening of the piezoelectric field is studied for different impurity concentrations and sample lengths. Electric current due to the piezoelectric field is calculated for the cases of (1) fixed strain and (2) strain varying in time at a constant rate.

  18. A Piezoelectric Cryogenic Heat Switch

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    Jahromi, Amir E.; Sullivan, Dan F.

    2014-01-01

    We have measured the thermal conductance of a mechanical heat switch actuated by a piezoelectric positioner, the PZHS (PieZo electric Heat Switch), at cryogenic temperatures. The thermal conductance of the PZHS was measured between 4 K and 10 K, and on/off conductance ratios greater than 100 were achieved when the positioner applied its maximum force of 8 N. We discuss the advantages of using this system in cryogenic applications, and estimate the ultimate performance of an optimized PZHS.

  19. Microstructural studies of nanocrystalline barium zirconium titanate (BZT) for piezoelectric applications

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    Jamil, Nor Huwaida Janil @; Izzuddin, Izura; Zainuddin, Zalita; Jumali, Mohammad Hafizuddin Haji

    2015-09-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric ceramics based on barium titanate (BaTiO3) with substitution of Zr4+ were prepared using sol-gel method. The Ba(ZrxTi1-x)O3, (BZT) powders with x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3 were pressed into pellets and sintered at 1250 C for 2 h. Focusing on the effect of Zr4+ substitutions into BaTiO3 perovskite system, the phase transition and microstructural properties of BZT ceramics were studied using XRD, SEM and EDX spectroscopy. All X-ray diffractograms were fitted using Pawley refinement model. The XRD diffractograms revealed the progressive phase transition from tetragonal to cubic phase as Zr content increased. The crystallite exhibited decreasing trend and was supported by shrinkage in grain size. The EDX analysis confirmed the successful substitution of Ti4+ with Zr4+ in BaTiO3 crystal.

  20. Ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of Ba(Ti0.89Sn0.11)O3 thin films prepared by sol-gel method

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    Zhu, Zhaowang; Guo, Xinli; Wang, Zengmei; Yuan, Guoliang; Wang, Yiping; Cai, Zhonglan; Chen, Liufang; Chen, Jian; Zhang, Yao; Liu, Zhiguo

    2015-10-01

    We developed a new type of lead-free ferroelectric film: Ba(Ti0.89Sn0.11)O3 (BTS) with a chemical constituent at its quasi-quadruple point in the phase diagram of BaTiO3-xBaSnO3. The BTS film was prepared on Pt(1 1 1)/Ti/SiO2/Si(1 0 0) substrate by means of the sol-gel method. The results show that the as-prepared BTS thin film has a perovskite structure with preferred (1 1 0) orientation; a highly converse piezoelectric coefficient of d33 ∼135 pm/V; and dielectric permittivity and dielectric loss of ∼2000 and ∼0.04, respectively, indicating that this new type of lead-free BTS film can probably be used to replace the conventional BaSrTiO3 and PbZrTiO3 films.

  1. Polarization and Characterization of Piezoelectric Polymers

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    Bodiford, Hollie N.

    1995-01-01

    Piezoelectric materials exhibit an electrical response, such as voltage or charge, in reaction to a mechanical stimuli. The mechanical stimuli can be force, pressure, light, or heat. Therefore, these materials are excellent sensors for various properties. The major disadvantage of state of the art piezoelectric polymers is their lack of utility at elevated temperatures. The objective of this research is to study the feasibility of inducing piezoelectricity in high performance polymer systems. The three aspects of the research include experimental poling, characterization of the capacitance, and demonstration of the use of a piezoelectric polymer as a speaker.

  2. Piezoelectric transformer structural modeling--a review.

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    Yang, Jiashi

    2007-06-01

    A review on piezoelectric transformer structural modeling is presented. The operating principle and the basic behavior of piezoelectric transformers as governed by the linear theory of piezoelectricity are shown by a simple, theoretical analysis on a Rosen transformer based on extensional modes of a nonhomogeneous ceramic rod. Various transformers are classified according to their structural shapes, operating modes, and voltage transforming capability. Theoretical and numerical modeling results from the theory of piezoelectricity are reviewed. More advances modeling on thermal and nonlinear effects also are discussed. The article contains 167 references. PMID:17571814

  3. Magnetoelectric properties of lead-free Ni0.93Co0.02Mn0.05Fe1.95O4-Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 multiferroic composites synthesized by spark plasma sintering

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    Ramana Mudinepalli, Venkata; Song, S.-H.; Li, J.-Q.; Murty, B. S.

    2015-07-01

    Lead-free multiferroic ceramic composites of x Ni0.93Co0.02Mn0.05Fe1.95O4-(1-x) Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (x NCMF-(1-x) NBT, where x=0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5 mol fraction) were synthesized by spark plasma sintering (SPS) in conjunction with high-energy ball milling. The phases, dielectric, piezoelectric, ferroelectric, magnetic and magnetoelectric properties of the composites were analyzed. The composites were composed of a mixture of spinel and perovskite phases. All the composite samples exhibited both apparent ferroelectric and ferromagnetic characteristics as well as considerable magnetoelectric (ME) effects. The maximum value of the ME voltage coefficient of the composites was quite high, being up to ~670 mV cm-1 Oe-1 for the 0.5 NCMF-0.5 NBT composite. Overall, the synthesized composites were promising in terms of electrical, magnetic and magnetoelectric properties, indicating that the SPS is a promising method of fabricating ME composite materials.

  4. Vibration energy harvesting using piezoelectric unimorph cantilevers with unequal piezoelectric and nonpiezoelectric lengths

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    Gao, Xiaotong; Shih, Wei-Heng; Shih, Wan Y.

    2010-01-01

    We have examined a piezoelectric unimorph cantilever (PUC) with unequal piezoelectric and nonpiezoelectric lengths for vibration energy harvesting theoretically by extending the analysis of a PUC with equal piezoelectric and nonpiezoelectric lengths. The theoretical approach was validated by experiments. A case study showed that for a fixed vibration frequency, the maximum open-circuit induced voltage which was important for charge storage for later use occurred with a PUC that had a nonpiezoelectric-to-piezoelectric length ratio greater than unity, whereas the maximum power when the PUC was connected to a resistor for immediate power consumption occurred at a unity nonpiezoelectric-to-piezoelectric length ratio. PMID:21200444

  5. Theoretical and experimental research on the influence of multiple piezoelectric effects on physical parameters of piezoelectric actuator

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    Shi, Liping; Zhou, Haimin; Huang, Jie; Tan, Jiliang

    2015-04-01

    Compared with the traditional actuator of machinery and electricity, the piezoelectric actuator has the advantages of a compact structure, small volume, no mechanical friction, athermancy and no electromagnetic interference. Therefore, it has high application value in the fields of MEMS, bioengineering, medical science and so on. This article draws conclusions from the influence of multiple piezoelectric effects on the physical parameters (dielectric coefficient, equivalent capacity, energy conversion and piezoelectric coefficient) of piezoelectric actuators. These data from theoretical and experimental research show the following: (1) The rate between the dielectric coefficient of piezoelectric in mechanical freedom and clamping is obtained from the secondary direct piezoelectric effect, which enhances the dielectric property, increases the dielectric coefficient and decreases the coefficient of dielectric isolation; (2) Under external field, En ( ex ) = E 1 , exterior stress T = 0, that is to say, under the boundary condition of mechanical freedom, piezoelectric can store electric energy and elasticity, which obtains power density, elastic density and an electromechanical coupling factor; (3) According to the piezoelectric strain Si ( 1 ) , piezoelectric displacement Dm ( 2 ) and piezoelectric strain Si ( 3 ) of multiple piezoelectric effects, when the dielectric coefficient of the first converse piezoelectric effect ɛ33 is 1326 and the dielectric coefficient of the secondary direct piezoelectric effect increases to 3336, the dielectric coefficient of the ceramic chip increases. When the piezoelectric coefficient of the first converse piezoelectric effect d33 is 595 and the piezoelectric coefficient of the secondary direct piezoelectric effect decreases to 240, the piezoelectric coefficient of the ceramic chip will decrease. It is of major significance both in the applications and in basic theory to research the influence of multiple piezoelectric effects on the physical parameters of piezoelectric actuators. On the one hand, this can further increase the control precision of piezoelectric actuators. On the other hand, it can be applied to research on the physical parameters and self-sensing actuators, like piezoelectric quartz and piezoelectric ceramic self-sensing actuators, which will be of great service for MEMS.

  6. LC Circuits for Diagnosing Embedded Piezoelectric Devices

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    Chattin, Richard L.; Fox, Robert Lee; Moses, Robert W.; Shams, Qamar A.

    2005-01-01

    A recently invented method of nonintrusively detecting faults in piezoelectric devices involves measurement of the resonance frequencies of inductor capacitor (LC) resonant circuits. The method is intended especially to enable diagnosis of piezoelectric sensors, actuators, and sensor/actuators that are embedded in structures and/or are components of multilayer composite material structures.

  7. High Temperature, High Power Piezoelectric Composite Transducers

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    Lee, Hyeong Jae; Zhang, Shujun; Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Sherrit, StewarT.

    2014-01-01

    Piezoelectric composites are a class of functional materials consisting of piezoelectric active materials and non-piezoelectric passive polymers, mechanically attached together to form different connectivities. These composites have several advantages compared to conventional piezoelectric ceramics and polymers, including improved electromechanical properties, mechanical flexibility and the ability to tailor properties by using several different connectivity patterns. These advantages have led to the improvement of overall transducer performance, such as transducer sensitivity and bandwidth, resulting in rapid implementation of piezoelectric composites in medical imaging ultrasounds and other acoustic transducers. Recently, new piezoelectric composite transducers have been developed with optimized composite components that have improved thermal stability and mechanical quality factors, making them promising candidates for high temperature, high power transducer applications, such as therapeutic ultrasound, high power ultrasonic wirebonding, high temperature non-destructive testing, and downhole energy harvesting. This paper will present recent developments of piezoelectric composite technology for high temperature and high power applications. The concerns and limitations of using piezoelectric composites will also be discussed, and the expected future research directions will be outlined. PMID:25111242

  8. High temperature, high power piezoelectric composite transducers.

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    Lee, Hyeong Jae; Zhang, Shujun; Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Sherrit, Stewart

    2014-01-01

    Piezoelectric composites are a class of functional materials consisting of piezoelectric active materials and non-piezoelectric passive polymers, mechanically attached together to form different connectivities. These composites have several advantages compared to conventional piezoelectric ceramics and polymers, including improved electromechanical properties, mechanical flexibility and the ability to tailor properties by using several different connectivity patterns. These advantages have led to the improvement of overall transducer performance, such as transducer sensitivity and bandwidth, resulting in rapid implementation of piezoelectric composites in medical imaging ultrasounds and other acoustic transducers. Recently, new piezoelectric composite transducers have been developed with optimized composite components that have improved thermal stability and mechanical quality factors, making them promising candidates for high temperature, high power transducer applications, such as therapeutic ultrasound, high power ultrasonic wirebonding, high temperature non-destructive testing, and downhole energy harvesting. This paper will present recent developments of piezoelectric composite technology for high temperature and high power applications. The concerns and limitations of using piezoelectric composites will also be discussed, and the expected future research directions will be outlined. PMID:25111242

  9. Piezoelectric energy harvesting through shear mode operation

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    Malakooti, Mohammad H.; Sodano, Henry A.

    2015-05-01

    Piezoelectric materials are excellent candidates for use in energy harvesting applications due to their high electromechanical coupling properties that enable them to convert input mechanical energy into useful electric power. The electromechanical coupling coefficient of the piezoelectric material is one of the most significant parameters affecting energy conversion and is dependent on the piezoelectric mode of operation. In most piezoceramics, the d15 piezoelectric shear coefficient is the highest coefficient compared to the commonly used axial and transverse modes that utilize the d33 and the d31 piezoelectric strain coefficients. However, complicated electroding methods and challenges in evaluating the performance of energy harvesting devices operating in the shear mode have slowed research in this area. The shear deformation of a piezoelectric layer can be induced in a vibrating sandwich beam with a piezoelectric core. Here, a model based on Timoshenko beam theory is developed to predict the electric power output from a cantilever piezoelectric sandwich beam under base excitations. It is shown that the energy harvester operating in the shear mode is able to generate ∼50% more power compared to the transverse mode for a numerical case study. Reduced models of both shear and transverse energy harvesters are obtained to determine the optimal load resistance in the system and perform an efficiency comparison between two models with fixed and adaptive resistances.

  10. Development of High Performance Piezoelectric Polyimides

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    Simpson, Joycelyn O.; St.Clair, Terry L.; Welch, Sharon S.

    1996-01-01

    In this work a series of polyimides are investigated which exhibit a strong piezoelectric response and polarization stability at temperatures in excess of 100 C. This work was motivated by the need to develop piezoelectric sensors suitable for use in high temperature aerospace applications.

  11. Experiments to Demonstrate Piezoelectric and Pyroelectric Effects

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    Erhart, Jir

    2013-01-01

    Piezoelectric and pyroelectric materials are used in many current applications. The purpose of this paper is to explain the basic properties of pyroelectric and piezoelectric effects and demonstrate them in simple experiments. Pyroelectricity is presented on lead zirconium titanate (PZT) ceramics as an electric charge generated by the temperature

  12. Experiments to Demonstrate Piezoelectric and Pyroelectric Effects

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    Erhart, Jirí

    2013-01-01

    Piezoelectric and pyroelectric materials are used in many current applications. The purpose of this paper is to explain the basic properties of pyroelectric and piezoelectric effects and demonstrate them in simple experiments. Pyroelectricity is presented on lead zirconium titanate (PZT) ceramics as an electric charge generated by the temperature…

  13. Piezoelectric properties and applications of PZT nanofibers

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    Zhang, Guitao

    1D piezoelectric nano structures, such as nanofibers, nanowires, nanobelts, etc., attracted great research interest recently. Because of their active properties which can transform mechanical energy into electrical energy, or vice versa, nano piezoelectric materials become building blocks for novel nanoelectronics and nanosensors. Pursuing higher piezoelectric response is the main driving force for developing nano piezoelectric materials. Several different theories have predicted a positive size effect that the piezoelectric property would be enhanced by reducing the feature size. But until now, there is no strong experimental proof due to difficulties in measurement of nanoscale material's piezoelectric constant. In this thesis, a resonant Piezo Force Microscopy (PFM) method was employed to accurately measure the piezoelectric deformation of Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) nanofibers. During the experiment, the AFM probe was brought into contact with piezoelectric samples and worked at the first resonant mode. AC voltages with a DC offset were applied to the PZT nanofibers. A lock-in amplifier was used to pick up the sample's deformation signal at the resonant frequency. By using this method, small piezoelectric deformation was detected. Further, influences from electrostatic force and testing equipment can be eliminated by a special calibration process. With this technique, piezoelectric constant d33 of PZT nanofibers with diameters ranging from 9 nm to 270 nm were measured. The results showed that the d33 ranged from 65 pm/V to 380 pm/V depending on diameters of nanofibers. A positive size effect was observed. Next, PZT nanofiber polarization was studied using AFM lithography method. Piezoelectric domain switching process and piezoelectric property enhancement phenomena were observed. After fully polarization, the piezoelectric constant d33 can achieve 721.4 pm/V, which was significantly higher than that of PZT bulk material (~220 pm/V), PZT thin film (~60 to 130 pm/V) and PZT micro fibers (~260 pm/V). Feature size as well as the substrate constraint showed a great influence on the polarization of these PZT nanofibers. Finally, applications of PZT nanofibers for making MEMS actuators, leaf generators, and ultrasound transducers were demonstrated. These devices showed the vast application potentials of the PZT nanofibers that have great piezoelectric property and excellent mechanical property.

  14. Multistage Force Amplification of Piezoelectric Stacks

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    Xu, Tian-Bing (Inventor); Siochi, Emilie J. (Inventor); Zuo, Lei (Inventor); Jiang, Xiaoning (Inventor); Kang, Jin Ho (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    Embodiments of the disclosure include an apparatus and methods for using a piezoelectric device, that includes an outer flextensional casing, a first cell and a last cell serially coupled to each other and coupled to the outer flextensional casing such that each cell having a flextensional cell structure and each cell receives an input force and provides an output force that is amplified based on the input force. The apparatus further includes a piezoelectric stack coupled to each cell such that the piezoelectric stack of each cell provides piezoelectric energy based on the output force for each cell. Further, the last cell receives an input force that is the output force from the first cell and the last cell provides an output apparatus force In addition, the piezoelectric energy harvested is based on the output apparatus force. Moreover, the apparatus provides displacement based on the output apparatus force.

  15. Flutter suppression via piezoelectric actuation

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    Heeg, Jennifer

    1991-01-01

    Experimental flutter results obtained from wind tunnel tests of a two degree of freedom wind tunnel model are presented for the open and closed loop systems. The wind tunnel model is a two degree of freedom system which is actuated by piezoelectric plates configured as bimorphs. The model design was based on finite element structural analyses and flutter analyses. A control law was designed based on a discrete system model; gain feedback of strain measurements was utilized in the control task. The results show a 21 pct. increase in the flutter speed.

  16. A piezoelectric cryogenic heat switch.

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    Jahromi, Amir E; Sullivan, Dan F

    2014-06-01

    We have measured the thermal conductance of a mechanical heat switch actuated by a piezoelectric positioner, the PZHS (PieZo electric Heat Switch), at cryogenic temperatures. The thermal conductance of the PZHS was measured between 4 K and 10 K, and on/off conductance ratios of about 100-200 at lowest and highest measures temperature were achieved when the positioner applied its maximum force of 8 N, respectively. We discuss the advantages of using this system in cryogenic applications, and estimate the ultimate performance of an ideal PZHS. PMID:24985863

  17. Low pressure piezoelectric valve design

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    Bernard, Y.; Razek, A.

    2012-06-01

    In this paper a ball-type valve actuated by a piezoelectric bender is studied. In this valve different parameters are adjustable allowing different operational aspects. The design procedure is economic and easy to test. Some models are developed to allow an optimization of the structure for special requirements. A prototype has been manufactured to verify the models. The measurement procedure is exposed. This design does not allow high tank pressure but, on this basis, a structure where the pressure locks the ball (reverse structure) is possible.

  18. Preparation and dielectric properties of the lead-free BaFe1/2Nb1/2O3 ceramics obtained from mechanically triggered powder

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    Bochenek, Dariusz; Niemiec, Przemys?aw; Szafraniak-Wiza, Izabela; Adamczyk, Ma?gorzata; Skulski, Ryszard

    2015-10-01

    In the paper the influence of mechanical activation of the powder on the final dielectric properties lead-free Ba(Fe1/2Nb1/2)O3 (BFN) ceramic was examined. The BFN ceramics were obtained by 3-steps route. Firstly, the substrates were pre-homogenized in a planetary ball mill. Than, the powder was activated in vibratory mill (the shaker type SPEX 8000 Mixer Mill) for different duration between 25 h and 100 h. The influence of the milling time on the BFN powder was monitored by X-ray diffraction. The diffraction data confirmed that the milling process of the starting components is accompanied by partial synthesis of the BFN materials. The longer of the high-energy milling duration the powders results in increasing the amount of amorphous/nanocrystalline content. The mechanically activated materials were sintered in order to obtain the ceramic samples. During this temperature treatment the final crystallisation of the powder appeared what was confirmed by XRD studies. The performed dielectric measurements have revealed the reduction of the dielectric loss of the BFN ceramics compared to materials obtained by classic methods.

  19. Bipolar electro-caloric effect in SrxBa(1-x)Nb2O6 lead-free ferroelectric single crystal

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    Bhaumik, Indranil; Ganesamoorthy, S.; Bhatt, R.; Karnal, A. K.; Gupta, P. K.; Takekawa, S.; Kitamura, K.

    2014-08-01

    Here we report the anomalous electro-caloric effect (ECE) observed in lead-free SrxBa(1-x)Nb2O6 (x=0.50 , 0.61 and 0.75) ferroelectric single crystals. Temperature-dependent hysteresis measurement revealed that the spontaneous polarization of SrxBa(1-x)Nb2O6 single crystals with all the compositions under investigation decreases with a decrease in the temperature below the temperature of the dielectric maxima (T_{\\max}) . As a consequence, these crystals exhibited negative electro-caloric effect at lower temperature along with the usual positive ECE above T_{\\max} . The EC coefficient (\\xi) obtained near T_{\\max} is 0.21, 0.43 and 0.28 K mm/kV for x=0.50 , 0.61 and 0.75 samples, respectively. The maximum values of \\xi in the negative ECE region are -1.4, -0.81 and -0.44\\ \\text{K mm/kV} for 50SBN, 61SBN and 75SBN, respectively.

  20. Effect of Li2CO3 addition on the structural, optical, ferroelectric, and electric-field-induced strain of lead-free BNKT-based ceramics

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    van Quyet, Nguyen; Huu Bac, Luong; Odkhuu, Dorj; Duc Dung, Dang

    2015-10-01

    In this work, we reported the effect of Li2CO3 addition on the structural, optical, ferroelectric properties and electric-field-induced strain of Bi0.5(Na,K)0.5TiO3 (BNKT) solid solution with CaZrO3 ceramics. Both rhombohedral and tetragonal structures were distorted after adding Lithium (Li). The band gap values decreased from 2.91 to 2.69 eV for 5 mol% Li-addition. The maximum polarization and remanent polarization decreased from 49.66 ?C/cm2 to 27.11 ?C/cm2 and from 22.93 ?C/cm2 to 5.35 ?C/cm2 for un-doped and 5 mol% Li- addition BNKT ceramics, respectively. The maximum Smax/Emax value was 567 pm/V at 2 mol% Li2CO3 access. We expected this work will help to understand the role of A-site dopant in lead-free ferroelectric BNKT materials.

  1. Phase transitions and electrical behavior of lead-free (K{sub 0.50}Na{sub 0.50})NbO{sub 3} thin film

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    Wu Jiagang; Wang, John

    2009-09-15

    Lead-free (K{sub 0.50}Na{sub 0.50})NbO{sub 3} (KNN) thin films with a high degree of (100) preferred orientation were deposited on the SrRuO{sub 3}-buffered SrTiO{sub 3}(100) substrate by off-axis radio frequency magnetron sputtering. They possess lower phase transition temperatures (T{sub o-t}approx120 deg. C and T{sub c}approx310 deg. C), as compared to those of KNN bulk ceramic (T{sub o-t}approx190 deg. C and T{sub c}approx400 deg. C). They also demonstrate enhanced ferroelectric behavior (e.g., 2P{sub r}=24.1 muc/cm{sup 2}) and fatigue endurance, together with a lower dielectric loss (tan deltaapprox0.017) and a lower leakage current, as compared to the bulk ceramic counterpart. Oxygen vacancies are shown to be involved in the conduction of the KNN thin film.

  2. Relaxor nature in lead-free Sr{sub 5}LaTi{sub 3}Nb{sub 7}O{sub 30} tetragonal tungsten bronze ceramics

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    Li Zhu, Xiao; Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering, Centre for Research in Ceramics and Composite Materials, CICECO, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro ; Li, Kun; Qiang Liu, Xiao; Ming Chen, Xiang; Asif Rafiq, Muhammad

    2013-09-28

    Lead-free tetragonal tungsten bronze Sr{sub 5}LaTi{sub 3}Nb{sub 7}O{sub 30} ceramics were prepared and the correlation of the relaxor nature and crystal structure was studied using dielectric spectroscopy and powder X-ray diffraction. Three dielectric relaxations were observed below the deviation temperature T{sub D}∼ 330 K. Relaxation I and II followed the Vogel-Fulcher law with the freezing temperatures of 189 K and ∼90 K. Low temperature relaxation III, which was first observed in filled tungsten bronze, followed well the Arrhenius law. Dielectric response becomes static below 50 K. Polarization-field (P-E) hysteresis loops were evaluated from 183 K to 298 K. P{sub r} value of 0.41μC/cm{sup 2} was observed at 183 K. Deviation of lattice parameter c from the linear contraction and increasing of tetragonality (c/a ratio) were observed below T{sub D}, reflecting the structure change during the formation of polar nanoregions and the following freezing process. Opposite tendency was observed below 100 K for all the lattice parameters, corresponding to relaxation III. Generally, the main dielectric relaxation I and II were attributed to flipping and breathing of polar nanoregions along c axis, while the concerted rotations of the oxygen octahedra in the ab plane were suggested as the origin of relaxation III.

  3. Board-Level Solder Joint Reliability of Edge- and Corner-Bonded Lead-Free Chip Scale Package Assemblies Subjected to Thermal Cycling

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    Shi, Hongbin; Tian, Cuihua; Ueda, Toshitsugu

    2012-04-01

    In this paper, we present the results of thermal cycling test for edge- and corner-bonded lead-free chip scale packages (CSPs), which was carried out on the basis of the IPC-9701 test standard. Six materials were used in this study: four edge-bond adhesives and two corner-bond adhesives. These adhesives were compared with CSPs with full capillary flow underfill (FCFU) and without adhesives. The thermal cycling test results show that corner-bond adhesive has comparable solder joint reliability performance with CSP without adhesive, and is better than edge-bond adhesive, followed by CSPs with FCFU. In addition, the adhesives with a low coefficient of thermal expansion, a high glass transition temperature and a intermediate storage modulus yielded good performance. Results of detailed failure analysis indicate that the dominant failure mode is solder bulk fatigue cracking near package and/or printed circuit board (PCB) pads, and that the location of critical solder joints change from die edges to package corners with the introduction of adhesives.

  4. The effect of Ag content on the formation of Ag3Sn plates in Sn-Ag-Cu lead-free solder

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    Chiang, Huann-Wu; Chang, Kenndy; Chen, Jun-Yuan

    2006-12-01

    The formation of Ag3Sn plates in the Sn-Ag-Cu lead-free solder joints for two different Ag content solder balls was investigated in wafer level chip scale packages (WLCSPs). After an appropriate surface mount technology reflow process on a printed circuit board, samples were subjected to 150C high-temperature storage (HTS), 1,000 h aging, or 1,000 cycles thermal cycling test (TCT). Sequentially, the cross-sectional analysis was scrutinized using a scanning electron microscope/energy dispersive spectrometer (SEM/EDX) to observe the metallurgical evolution of the amount of the Ag3Sn plates at the interface and the solder bulk itself. Pull and shear tests were also performed on samples. It was found that the interfacial intermetallic compound (IMC) thickness, the overall IMC area, and the numbers of Ag3Sn plates increase with increasing HTS and TCT cycles. The amount of large Ag3Sn plates found in the Sn-4.0Ag-0.5 Cu solder balls is much greater than that found in the Sn-2.6Ag-0.5Cu solder balls; however, no significant difference was found in the joint strength between two different Ag content solder joints.

  5. First-principles-based effective Hamiltonian simulations of bulks and films made of lead-free Ba(Zr,Ti)O3 relaxor ferroelectrics.

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    Prosandeev, Sergey; Wang, Dawei; Akbarzadeh, A R; Bellaiche, L

    2015-06-10

    A review of the recent development and application of a first-principles-derived effective Hamiltonian technique to the study of lead-free Ba(Zr,Ti)O3 (BZT) relaxor ferroelectrics is provided. In addition to the computation and analysis of macroscopic properties (such as different types of dielectric responses and electric polarization) and their connections to previous published works, particular emphasis is given to microscopic insights arising from this atomistic technique. These include (i) the numerically-found determination of the physical origin of the relaxor behavior in BZT; and (ii) the prediction of polar nanoregions and the evolution of their morphology as a response to temperature, electric fields and epitaxial misfit strain. Other striking phenomena that were predicted in BZT compounds, such as Fano resonance and field-driven percolation, are also documented and discussed. Finally, a brief perspective of possible remaining computational studies to be conducted in relaxor ferroelectrics, in order to further understand them, is attempted. PMID:25985266

  6. PD control for vibration attenuation in Hoop truss structure based on a novel piezoelectric bending actuator

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    Luo, Yajun; Xu, Minglong; Yan, Bo; Zhang, Xinong

    2015-03-01

    With increasing of the geometry of various space structures, they easily bring low-frequency, longtime and more bending modal responses. Therefore, it is necessary to suppress effectually the vibration responses above. Adaptive structure design is a common method using the piezoelectric material. However, the conventional piezoelectric actuators hardly control effectually these responses owing to the inadequate actuated performance. This paper first introduces the design of a new dual-stack piezoelectric actuator, which has the bidirectional (can act in both push and pull directions) actuated advantage, using a pair of matching piezoelectric stacks within the actuator house. Two stacks are integrated in a mechanically opposing configuration and are electrically operated out of phase. Further, we design the piezoelectric bending actuator using two dual-stack piezoelectric actuators and a fixed device, and then a five-meter hoop truss can use it to perform the active vibration control. Here the truss is mainly applied to simulate a large hoop mesh antenna. Then, we set up the active control system based on the PD algorithm and build the simulation model by the Matlab/Simulink platform. The simulation results point out the PBA can produce enough actuated moment to suppress effectually the first-order modal response of the hoop truss. Finally, we perform three experiments including one uncontrolled case and two PD controlled cases. The two control cases mainly consider whether the driving voltages are offset or not. The experimental results of both control cases are in accordance with the better simulated analysis. The control ratios of the decay time of the first-order modal response are up to more than 30 percent in the simulations and experiments. That is, this bending actuator has good application foreground in controlling the bending modes of the spacecrafts with a larger size.

  7. Using Diffusion Bonding in Making Piezoelectric Actuators

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    Sager, Frank E.

    2003-01-01

    A technique for the fabrication of piezoelectric actuators that generate acceptably large forces and deflections at relatively low applied voltages involves the stacking and diffusion bonding of multiple thin piezoelectric layers coated with film electrodes. The present technique stands in contrast to an older technique in which the layers are bonded chemically, by use of urethane or epoxy agents. The older chemical-bonding technique entails several disadvantages, including the following: It is difficult to apply the bonding agents to the piezoelectric layers. It is difficult to position the layers accurately and without making mistakes. There is a problem of disposal of hazardous urethane and epoxy wastes. The urethane and epoxy agents are nonpiezoelectric materials. As such, they contribute to the thickness of a piezoelectric laminate without contributing to its performance; conversely, for a given total thickness, the performance of the laminate is below that of a unitary piezoelectric plate of the same thickness. The figure depicts some aspects of the fabrication of a laminated piezoelectric actuator by the present diffusion- bonding technique. First, stock sheets of the piezoelectric material are inspected and tested. Next, the hole pattern shown in the figure is punched into the sheets. Alternatively, if the piezoelectric material is not a polymer, then the holes are punched in thermoplastic films. Then both faces of each punched piezoelectric sheet or thermoplastic film are coated with a silver-ink electrode material by use of a silkscreen printer. The electrode and hole patterns are designed for minimal complexity and minimal waste of material. After a final electrical test, all the coated piezoelectric layers (or piezoelectric layers and coated thermoplastic films) are stacked in an alignment jig, which, in turn, is placed in a curved press for the diffusion-bonding process. In this process, the stack is pressed and heated at a specified curing temperature and pressure for a specified curing time. The pressure, temperature, and time depend on the piezoelectric material selected. At the end of the diffusion-bonding process, the resulting laminated piezoelectric actuator is tested to verify the adequacy of the mechanical output as a function of an applied DC voltage.

  8. Biocompatible nanogenerators through high piezoelectric coefficient 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 nanowires for in-vivo applications.

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    Yuan, Miaomiao; Cheng, Li; Xu, Qi; Wu, Weiwei; Bai, Suo; Gu, Long; Wang, Zhe; Lu, Jun; Li, Huanping; Qin, Yong; Jing, Tao; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2014-11-26

    Lead-free BZT-BCT (0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3) nanowires with a high piezoelectric coefficient are synthesized and nanogenerators (NGs) composed of them are successfully developed. The studied in vitro and in vivo biocompatibility of the NGs shows great potential for their application as in vivo power sources. PMID:25257019

  9. Steerable Adaptive Bullet (StAB) piezoelectric flight control system

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    Barrett, Ron; Barnhart, Ryan; Bramlette, Richard

    2012-04-01

    This paper outlines a new class of piezoelectric flight control actuators which are specifically intended for use in guided hard-launched munitions from under 5.56mm to 40mm in caliber. In March of 2011, US Pat. 7,898,153 was issued, describing this new class of actuators, how they are mounted, laminated, energized and used to control the flight of a wide variety of munitions. This paper is the technical conference paper companion to the Patent. A Low Net Passive Stiffness (LNPS) Post Buckled Precompressed (PBP) piezoelectric actuator element for a 0.40 caliber body, 0.50 caliber round was built and tested. Aerodynamic modeling of the flight control actuator showed that canard deflections of just +/-1 are more than sufficient to provide full flight control against 99% atmospherics to 2km of range while maintaining just 10cm of dispersion with lethal energy pressure levels upon terminal contact. Supersonic wind tunnel testing was conducted as well as a sweep of axial compression. The LNPS/PBP configuration exhibited an amplification factor of 3.8 while maintaining equivalent corner frequencies in excess of 100 Hz and deflection levels of +/-1. The paper concludes with a fabrication and assembly cost analysis on a mass production scale.

  10. Handbook of hard coatings

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    Bunshah, R.; Weissmantel, C.

    2000-07-01

    This book discusses the hard coatings classified as tribologically hard, which are wear resistant and low friction. Three sections discuss tribological properties and new developments. With the development of modern technology in the areas of optical, optoelectronic, and defense related applications, the traditional term hard coatings can be extended. Thus, a system which operates satisfactorily, in a given environment can be said to be hard with respect to that environment. Many hard coatings are ceramic compounds such as oxides, carbides, nitrides, ceramic alloys, cements, diamonds and cubic nitride.

  11. Solid-state conversion of (94-x)(Na1/2Bi1/2)TiO3-6BaTiO3-x(K1/2Na1/2)NbO3 single crystals and their enhanced converse piezoelectric properties

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    Park, Ji-Hoon; Kang, Suk-Joong L.

    2016-01-01

    (94-x)(Na1/2Bi1/2)TiO3-6BaTiO3-x(K1/2Na1/2)NbO3 (NBT-6BT-xKNN) piezoelectric ceramics have notable potential for replacing lead containing piezoelectric ceramics in actuator applications due to their exceptionally large strain. However, a high electric field for producing a large strain and a large hysteresis are critical issues that should be resolved for practical actuator applications. In an attempt to address these issues and optimize the piezoelectric performance, we fabricated NBT-6BT-xKNN (x = 0 - 5) piezoelectric single crystals with a size of 8 x 8x 10 mm by the solid-state single crystal growth method and systematically measured their electrical properties. With increased addition of KNN to replace NBT, the ferroelectricity and piezoelectricity of the fabricated [001] NBT-6BT-xKNN single crystals decreased, but their unipolar strain and hysteresis were considerably improved. For NBT-6BT-5KNN single crystals, the largest maximum strain (Smax) was 0.57% at 6 kV/mm, showing a converse piezoelectric constant (Smax/Emax) of 950 pm/V, and their hysteresis in the unipolar S-E curve was 12% at 6kV/mm, which would be appropriate for some actuator applications. Our results demonstrate the applicability of the produced single crystals as lead-free piezoelectric actuator components.

  12. Direct observation of intrinsic piezoelectricity of Pb(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} by time-resolved x-ray diffraction measurement using single-crystalline films

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    Fujisawa, Takashi; Ehara, Yoshitaka; Yasui, Shintaro; Kamo, Takafumi; Funakubo, Hiroshi; Yamada, Tomoaki; Sakata, Osami

    2014-07-07

    Lead zirconate titanate, Pb(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} or PZT, is one of the most widely investigated ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials due to its superior properties. However, the intrinsic properties of PZT have not been directly measured due to the lack of fabrication of single crystals even though a basic understanding of intrinsic properties has been of interest developing lead-free piezoelectric materials. We demonstrated the direct observation of the intrinsic piezoelectric property by means of the detection of electric-field induced crystal lattice distortion of thick Pb(Zr{sub 0.35}Ti{sub 0.65})O{sub 3} single-crystalline films with single polar-axis orientation and negligible residual strain using the time-resolved X-ray diffraction (XRD) together with the polarization response. Consequently, the effective converse piezoelectric response was experimentally revealed; hence, the electrostrictive coefficient, which is the conversion coefficient between the electrical and mechanical response, was determined. The obtained effective electrostrictive coefficient was 5.2–6.3 × 10{sup −2} m{sup 4}/C{sup 2}, which agrees with theoretical prediction.

  13. Local structure of the lead-free relaxor ferroelectric ( Kx Na1-x )0.5 Bi0.5 Ti O3

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    Shuvaeva, V. A.; Zekria, D.; Glazer, A. M.; Jiang, Q.; Weber, S. M.; Bhattacharya, P.; Thomas, P. A.

    2005-05-01

    The local environment of Bi and Ti atoms in the lead-free relaxor ferroelectric solid-solution (KxNa1-x)0.5Bi0.5TiO3 has been studied as a function of K concentration and as a function of temperature for the x=0 end member by x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS). It is found that the local environment of Bi is much more distorted than that determined from conventional diffraction experiments. The shortest Bi-O distances are determined to be 2.22 , and are 0.3 shorter than those calculated from the crystallographic data. Several possible models of the Bi coordination environment, which are consistent with the XAFS data and provide bond-valence sums for Bi that are closer to the theoretical values, are proposed. The Ti displacement from the center of the oxygen octahedron increases with K concentration while the shortest Bi-O distance shows no compositional dependence. In K0.5Bi0.5TiO3 the value of the Ti displacement is determined to be 0.18 . The changes of the macroscopic symmetry at the phase transition points in Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 do not lead to changes of the radial atomic distribution around Ti, which is well off-center over the whole temperature range up to and including the paraelectric cubic phase. The results can be explained by assuming the presence of structural disorder.

  14. Effect of Zn and Sb Additions on the Impression Creep Behavior of Lead-Free Sn-3.5Ag Solder Alloy

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    Pourmajidian, M.; Mahmudi, R.; Geranmayeh, A. R.; Hashemizadeh, S.; Gorgannejad, S.

    2016-01-01

    The effect of separate additions of 1.5 wt.% Zn and 1.5 wt.% Sb on the creep behavior of Sn-3.5 wt.% Ag lead-free solder alloy was investigated by impression testing. The tests were carried out under constant punching stresses in the range of 60-120 MPa and at temperatures in the range of 298-370 K. Both of the ternary alloys showed creep resistances higher than that of the eutectic binary Sn-3.5Ag alloy. The superior creep resistance of the ternary Sn-3.5Ag-1.5Sb alloy is attributed to the strong solid solutioning effect of antimony in the tin matrix, while the formation of AgZn particles and refinement of the Ag3Sn precipitates account for the higher creep resistance of the Sn-3.5Ag-1.5Zn alloy. The average stress exponents of 8.2, 8.5, and 8.6 and activation energies of 47.4 kJ mol-1, 45.3 kJ mol-1, , and 43.3 kJ mol-1 were obtained for Sn-3.5Ag, Sn-3.5Ag-1.5Zn, and Sn-3.5Ag-1.5Sb, respectively. These activation energies are close to 46 kJ mol-1 for dislocation pipe diffusion of tin. This, together with the stress exponents of 8.2-8.6, suggests that dislocation climb controlled by dislocation pipe diffusion is the predominant creep mechanism in these alloys.

  15. Nucleation and Growth of Cu-Al Intermetallics in Al-Modified Sn-Cu and Sn-Ag-Cu Lead-Free Solder Alloys

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    Reeve, Kathlene N.; Anderson, Iver E.; Handwerker, Carol A.

    2015-03-01

    Lead-free solder alloys Sn-Cu (SC) and Sn-Ag-Cu (SAC) are widely used by the microelectronics industry, but enhanced control of the microstructure is needed to improve solder performance. For such control, nucleation and stability of Cu-Al intermetallic compound (IMC) solidification catalysts were investigated by variation of the Cu (0.7-3.0 wt.%) and Al (0.0-0.4 wt.%) content of SC + Al and SAC + Al alloys, and of SAC + Al ball-grid array (BGA) solder joints. All of the Al-modified alloys produced Cu-Al IMC particles with different morphologies and phases (occasionally non-equilibrium phases). A trend of increasing Cu-Al IMC volume fraction with increasing Al content was established. Because of solidification of non-equilibrium phases in wire alloy structures, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) experiments revealed delayed, non-equilibrium melting at high temperatures related to quenched-in Cu-Al phases; a final liquidus of 960-1200°C was recorded. During cooling from 1200°C, the DSC samples had the solidification behavior expected from thermodynamic equilibrium calculations. Solidification of the ternary alloys commenced with formation of ternary β and Cu-Al δ phases at 450-550°C; this was followed by β-Sn, and, finally, Cu6Sn5 and Cu-Al γ1. Because of the presence of the retained, high-temperature phases in the alloys, particle size and volume fraction of the room temperature Cu-Al IMC phases were observed to increase when the alloy casting temperature was reduced from 1200°C to 800°C, even though both temperatures are above the calculated liquidus temperature of the alloys. Preliminary electron backscatter diffraction results seemed to show Sn grain refinement in the SAC + Al BGA alloy.

  16. Multilayered Piezoelectric Transformers for Small Power Supplies

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    Endow, Tsutomu; Hirose, Seiji

    2003-09-01

    In this paper, new piezoelectric transformers for AC-DC converters and DC-DC converters are presented. These piezoelectric transformers operate in a higher vibration mode. They were designed to be multilayered in the thickness direction to achieve high-power operation. First, we performed the simulation for designing a transformer using finite element method (FEM) analysis, and calculated its size using Vin=100 V, Vout=10 V, Pout=20 W, and an efficiency η of more than 90%. Second, we simulated some electrode patterns of a multilayered piezoelectric transformer. We investigated experimentally the transformers manufactured using the simulation results, and the highest efficiency of 93.7% was obtained.

  17. Subnanosecond piezoelectric x-ray switch

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    Grigoriev, Alexei; Do, Dal-Hyun; Kim, Dong Min; Eom, Chang-Beom; Evans, Paul G.; Adams, Bernhard; Dufresne, Eric M.

    2006-07-10

    We report an ultrafast piezoelectric switch for synchrotron x rays. A thin epitaxial film of piezoelectric Pb(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} works as a diffractive optical switch at frequencies from dc to >1 GHz. The broad frequency range allows single bunches of synchrotron x rays to be selected in an arbitrary sequence. The piezoelectric effect introduces mechanical strains of a fraction of 1% in the Pb(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} film, which can be used for blocking or passing diffracted x rays.

  18. A traveling wave piezoelectric beam robot

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    Hariri, H.; Bernard, Y.; Razek, A.

    2014-02-01

    In this paper, the operation principles of a traveling wave piezoelectric beam robot are presented. A prototype consisting of an aluminum beam structure, with two non-collocated piezoelectric patches bonded on its surface, was fabricated and tested to demonstrate the generation of a traveling wave on the beam based on the one mode excitation and the two mode excitation operation principles for propulsion. A numerical model was developed and used to study and optimize the generated motion of the piezoelectric beam robot. Experimental characterization of the robot for the two types of operation has been carried out, a comparison between them is made and results are given in this paper.

  19. Highly piezoelectric Biocompatible and Soft Composite Fibers

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    Jakli, Antal; Morvan, Jason; Buyuktanir, Ebru; West, John

    2012-02-01

    We report the fabrication of highly piezoelectric biocompatible soft fibers containing Barium Titanate (BT) ferroelectric ceramic particles dispersed in electrospun poly lactic acid (PLA). These fibers form mats that have two orders of magnitude larger piezoelectric constant per weight than single crystal barium titanate films. We demonstrate that the observed super-piezoelectricity results from the electrospinning induced polar alignment of the ferroelectric particles and the increased surface area compared to single crystal films. Due to the biocompatibility of PLA that encases the ferroelectric particles, these mats can be applied even in biological applications such as bio-sensors, artificial muscles and energy harvesting devices.

  20. Highly piezoelectric biocompatible and soft composite fibers

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    Morvan, J.; Buyuktanir, E.; West, J. L.; Jkli, A.

    2012-02-01

    We report the fabrication of highly piezoelectric biocompatible soft fibers containing barium titanate ferroelectric ceramic particles dispersed in electrospun poly lactic acid (PLA). These fibers form mats that have two orders of magnitude larger piezoelectric constant per weight than single crystal barium titanate films. We propose that the observed apparent piezoelectricity results from the electrospinning induced polar alignment of the ferroelectric particles that pole the fibers similar to ferroelectret polymer foams that are poled by corona discharge. Due to the biocompatibility of PLA that encases the ferroelectric particles, these mats can be used in biological applications such as bio-sensors, artificial muscles, and energy harvesting devices.

  1. Miniature Piezoelectric Macro-Mass Balance

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    Sherrit, Stewart; Trebi-Ollennu, Ashitey; Bonitz, Robert G.; Bar-Cohen, Yoseph

    2010-01-01

    Mass balances usually use a strain gauge that requires an impedance measurement and is susceptible to noise and thermal drift. A piezoelectric balance can be used to measure mass directly by monitoring the voltage developed across the piezoelectric balance, which is linear with weight or it can be used in resonance to produce a frequency change proportional to the mass change (see figure). The piezoelectric actuator/balance is swept in frequency through its fundamental resonance. If a small mass is added to the balance, the resonance frequency shifts down in proportion to the mass. By monitoring the frequency shift, the mass can be determined. This design allows for two independent measurements of mass. Additionally, more than one sample can be verified because this invention allows for each sample to be transported away from the measuring device upon completion of the measurement, if required. A piezoelectric actuator, or many piezoelectric actuators, was placed between the collection plate of the sampling system and the support structure. As the sample mass is added to the plate, the piezoelectrics are stressed, causing them to produce a voltage that is proportional to the mass and acceleration. In addition, a change in mass delta m produces a change in the resonance frequency with delta f proportional to delta m. In a microgravity environment, the spacecraft could be accelerated to produce a force on the piezoelectric actuator that would produce a voltage proportional to the mass and acceleration. Alternatively, the acceleration could be used to force the mass on the plate, and the inertial effects of the mass on the plate would produce a shift in the resonance frequency with the change in frequency related to the mass change. Three prototypes of the mass balance mechanism were developed. These macro-mass balances each consist of a solid base and an APA 60 Cedrat flextensional piezoelectric actuator supporting a measuring plate. A similar structure with 3 APA 120 Cedrat flextensional piezoelectric actuators spaced equidistantly at 120 degrees supporting the plate and a softer macro balance with an APA 150 actuator/sensor were developed. These flextensional actuators were chosen because they increase the sensitivity of the actuator to stress, allow the piezoelectric to be pre-stressed, and the piezoelectric element is a stacked multilayer actuator, which has a considerably lower input impedance than a monolithic element that allows for common instruments (e.g., input impedance of 10 megohms) to measure the voltage without rapidly discharging the charge/voltage on the piezoelectric actuator.

  2. Array of piezoelectric energy harvesters

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    Lien, I. C.; Shu, Y. C.

    2011-03-01

    This article analyzes the electrical behavior of an array of piezoelectric energy harvesters endowed with several interfacing circuits, including the standard AC/DC circuit and parallel/series SSHI (synchronized switch harvesting on inductor) circuits. The harvesters are classified according to the connection to a single or multiple rectifiers. The analytic estimates of harvested power are derived explicitly for different cases. The results show that DC power output changes from the power-boosting mode to the wideband mode according to various degrees of differences in the parameters of harvesters. In particular, the system with multiple rectifiers exhibits more bandwidth improvement than that with a single rectifier. Finally, it is shown that the electrical performance of an SSHI array system enjoys both power boosting and bandwidth improvement.

  3. Piezoelectric and Semiconducting Coupled Nanogenerators

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    Wang, Zhong L. (Inventor); Song, Jinhui (Inventor); Wang, Xudong (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    An electrical generator includes a substrate, a semiconductor piezoelectric structure having a first end and an opposite second end disposed adjacent to the substrate, a first conductive contact and a second conductive contact. The structure bends when a force is applied adjacent to the first end, thereby causing an electrical potential difference to exist between a first side and a second side of the structure. The first conductive contact is in electrical communication with the first end and includes a material that creates a Schottky barrier between a portion of the first end of the structure and the first conductive contact. The first conductive contact is also disposed relative to the structure in a position so that the Schottky barrier is forward biased when the structure is deformed, thereby allowing current to flow from the first conductive contact into the first end.

  4. Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting From Flutter

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    Norouzi, Soroush

    With the increasing need for alternative sources of energy, a great deal of attention is drawn to harvesting energy from ambient vibration. These vibrations may be caused by fluid forces acting upon a structure. When a flexible structure is subject to a fluid flow, it loses stability at a certain flow velocity and starts to vibrate. This self-induced motion is called flutter where energy is continuously transferred from the fluid to the structure. In this study a piezoelectric film sensor is used as a fluttering object, to convert the motion to electrical energy, and the energy harvesting capacity of the proposed concept is investigated. An experimental setup, composed of data acquisition methods, is designed and the findings are validated by original test data. The results are also compared to similar literature and it is concluded that the proposed energy harvesting technique meets the requirements of the intended application.

  5. Investigation of piezoelectric crystals, langatate

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    Chou, Mitch Ming-Chi

    2000-08-01

    Piezoelectric materials are widely used in sensor, clock, oscillators, and surface acoustic wave (SAW) filter. Recently, Langasite (La 3Ga5SiO14 or LGS), as well as its isomorph Langatate (La3Ga5.5Ta0.5O14 or LGT), and Langanite (La3Ga5.5Nb0.5O14 or LGN) have attracted more attention as a new piezoelectric material. This thesis includes two main topics. The first part is the volume and surface defect study of LGT single crystal. A complete process, including impurity analysis, X-ray diffraction pattern, Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM), is presented. STEM image simulation is used to compare the experimental result. The volume defect is identified as a low angle grain boundary and a physical model is given to explain the formation mechanism. Electron beam induced current (EBIC) technique is performed to study the effect of the volume defect on the electron beam. Disordered structure is also discussed in the thesis. By using the similar process, the surface defect region is composed of two nearly perpendicular dislocation network Voids and fractures are found inside the surface defect, and will cut the defect region into the different blocks with its own orientation. The second part is to measure the acoustic velocity and elastic constant of LGT, LGN, and LGS crystals. A newly developed method, called sweeping frequency technique by using HP network analyzer is carried out to measure the acoustic velocity, and their temperature dependence (-50°C to 150°C). Based on the velocities, the elastic constant can be extracted.

  6. Evaluation of the piezoelectric properties and voltage generation of flexible zinc oxide thin films

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    Laurenti, M.; Stassi, S.; Lorenzoni, M.; Fontana, M.; Canavese, G.; Cauda, V.; Pirri, C. F.

    2015-05-01

    Local piezoresponse and piezoelectric output voltage were evaluated on ZnO thin films deposited by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering on hard Si/Ti/Au and flexible Cu-coated polyimide substrates. Three different thicknesses of ZnO films were studied (285 nm, 710 nm, and 1380 nm), focusing on characteristics like crystallinity, grain size, surface roughness, and morphology. Independent of the nature of the metal layer and the substrate, our results show that thicker films presented a higher level of crystallinity and a preferential orientation along the c-axis direction, as well as a lower density of grain boundaries and larger crystal sizes. The improvement of the crystalline structure of the material directly enhances its piezoelectric properties, as confirmed by the local characterizations performed by piezoresponse force microscopy and by the evaluation of the output voltage generation under the application of a periodical mechanical deformation on the whole film. In particular, the highest value of the d33 coefficient obtained (8 pm V-1) and the highest generated output voltage (0.746 V) belong to the thickest films on hard and flexible substrates, respectively. These results envision the use of ZnO thin films—particularly on flexible substrates—as conformable, reliable, and efficient active materials for use in nanosensing, actuation, and piezoelectric nanogenerators.

  7. Thermally Stable Piezoelectric and Pyroelectric Polymers

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    Simpson, Joycelyn O.; St. Clair, Terry L.

    2006-01-01

    A class of thermally stable piezoelectric and pyroelectric polymers, and an improved method of making them, have been invented. These polymers can be used as substrates for a wide variety of electromechanical transducers, sensors, and actuators.

  8. Computational homogenization of fibrous piezoelectric materials

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    Maruccio, Claudio; De Lorenzis, Laura; Persano, Luana; Pisignano, Dario

    2015-05-01

    Flexible piezoelectric devices made of polymeric materials are widely used for micro- and nano-electro-mechanical systems. In particular, numerous recent applications concern energy harvesting. Due to the importance of computational modeling to understand the influence that microscale geometry and constitutive variables exert on the macroscopic behavior, a numerical approach is developed here for multiscale and multiphysics modeling of thin piezoelectric sheets made of aligned arrays of polymeric nanofibers, manufactured by electrospinning. At the microscale, the representative volume element consists in piezoelectric polymeric nanofibers, assumed to feature a piezoelastic behavior and subjected to electromechanical contact constraints. The latter are incorporated into the virtual work equations by formulating suitable electric, mechanical and coupling potentials and the constraints are enforced by using the penalty method. From the solution of the micro-scale boundary value problem, a suitable scale transition procedure leads to identifying the performance of a macroscopic thin piezoelectric shell element.

  9. Ultrasonic Linear Motor Using Multilayer Piezoelectric Actuators

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    Funakubo, Tomoki; Tsubata, Toshiharu; Taniguchi, Yoshihisa; Kumei, Kazuhiro; Fujimura, Takanao; Abe, Chikara

    1995-05-01

    In order to lower operating voltage and improve the lifetime of an ultrasonic linear motor, we have developed an ultrasonic oscillator with multilayer piezoelectric actuators. Multilayer piezoelectric actuators are operable at low voltage. However, the tensile strength of the multilayer piezoelectric actuator is small. Therefore, the multilayer piezoelectric actuators are build within an elastic body to lower the tensile stress with a compressive preload. Elliptical oscillations are generated by synthesizing two degenerated modes, a first longitudinal mode and a second flexural mode, with ?/2 phase difference. As a result of estimating the characteristics of the ultrasonic linear motor with the ultrasonic oscillator, the operating voltage of 10 Vp-p, maximum thrust force of 8 N and lifetime of over 5000 hours have been obtained.

  10. Piezoelectric energy harvesting from raised crosswalk devices

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    Ticali, Dario; Denaro, Mario; Barracco, Alessandro; Guerrieri, Marco

    2015-03-01

    This paper presents the main characteristics of an experimental energy harvesting device that can be used to recover energy from the vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The use of a piezoelectric bender devices leads to a innovative approach to Henergy Harvesting. The study focuses on the definition and specification of a mechanical configuration able to transfer the vibration from the main box to the piezoelectric transducer. The piezoelectric devices tested is the commonly used monolithic piezoceramic material lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT). The experimental results estimate the efficiency of this device tested and identify the feasibility of their use in real world applications. The results presented in this paper show the potential of piezoelectric materials for use in power harvesting applications.

  11. NMR and optical studies of piezoelectric polymers

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    Schmidt, V.H.; Tuthill, G.F.

    1993-01-01

    Progress is reported in several areas dealing with piezoelectric (electroactive) polymers (mostly vinylidene fluoride, trifluoroethylene, copolymers, PVF[sub 2]) and liquid crystals. Optical studies, neutron scattering, NMR, thermal, theory and modeling were done.

  12. Polarization Stability of Amorphous Piezoelectric Polyimides

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    Park, C.; Ounaies, Z.; Su, J.; Smith, J. G., Jr.; Harrison, J. S.

    2000-01-01

    Amorphous polyimides containing polar functional groups have been synthesized and investigated for potential use as high temperature piezoelectric sensors. The thermal stability of the piezoelectric effect of one polyimide was evaluated as a function of various curing and poling conditions under dynamic and static thermal stimuli. First, the polymer samples were thermally cycled under strain by systematically increasing the maximum temperature from 50 C to 200 C while the piezoelectric strain coefficient was being measured. Second, the samples were isothermally aged at an elevated temperature in air, and the isothermal decay of the remanent polarization was measured at room temperature as a function of time. Both conventional and corona poling methods were evaluated. This material exhibited good thermal stability of the piezoelectric properties up to 100 C.

  13. Harvesting Raindrop Energy with Piezoelectrics: a Review

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    Wong, Chin-Hong; Dahari, Zuraini; Abd Manaf, Asrulnizam; Miskam, Muhammad Azman

    2015-01-01

    Harvesting vibration energy from piezoelectric material impacted by raindrops has proved to be a promising approach for future applications. A piezoelectric harvester has interesting advantages such as simple structure, easy fabrication, reduced number of components, and direct conversion of vibrations to electrical charge. Extensive research has been carried out and is still underway to explore this technique for practical applications. This review provides a comprehensive picture of global research and development of raindrop energy harvesting using piezoelectric material to enable researchers to determine the direction of further investigation. The work published so far in this area is reviewed and summarized with relevant suggestions for future work. In addition, a brief experiment was carried out to investigate the suitable piezoelectric structure for raindrop energy harvesting. Results showed that the bridge structure generated a higher voltage compared with the cantilever structure.

  14. Studying insect motion with piezoelectric sensors

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    Mika, Bartosz; Lee, Hyungoo; González, Jorge M.; Vinson, S. Bradleigh; Liang, Hong

    2007-04-01

    Piezoelectric materials have been widely used in applications such as transducers, acoustic components, as well as motion, pressure and airborne sensors. Because of the material's biocompatibility and flexibility, we have been able to apply small piezoelectric sensors, made of PVDF, to cockroaches. We built a laboratory test system to study the piezoelectric properties of a bending sensor. The tested motion was compared with that of the sensor attached to a cockroach. Surface characterization and finite element analysis revealed the effects of microstructure on piezoelectric response. The sensor attachment enables us to monitor the insects' locomotion and study their behaviors. The applications of engineering materials to insects opens the door to innovating approaches to integrating biological, mechanical and electrical systems.

  15. Numerical homogenization techniques applied to piezoelectric composites.

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    Lenglet, Eve; Hladky-Hennion, Anne-Christine; Debus, Jean-Claude

    2003-02-01

    With the recent availability of piezoelectric fibers, the design and the analysis of piezoelectric composites needs new modeling tools. Therefore, a numerical homogenization technique has been developed, based on the ATILA finite element code, that combines two techniques: one relying upon the representative volume element (RVE) the other relying upon the wave propagation (WP). The combination of the two methods allows the whole tensor of the homogenized properties of the piezoelectric composite to be found. Considering a fiber embedded in epoxy, the numerical results are compared to the results obtained using previous analytical models, thus validating the models. Even if the method is presented in a particular case, its extension to any piezoelectric composite is straightforward. PMID:12597177

  16. Ordering of hard particles between hard walls

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    Chrzanowska, A.; Teixeira, P. I. C.; Ehrentraut, H.; Cleaver, D. J.

    2001-05-01

    The structure of a fluid of hard Gaussian overlap particles of elongation ? = 5, confined between two hard walls, has been calculated from density-functional theory and Monte Carlo simulations. By using the exact expression for the excluded volume kernel (Velasco E and Mederos L 1998 J. Chem. Phys. 109 2361) and solving the appropriate Euler-Lagrange equation entirely numerically, we have been able to extend our theoretical predictions into the nematic phase, which had up till now remained relatively unexplored due to the high computational cost. Simulation reveals a rich adsorption behaviour with increasing bulk density, which is described semi-quantitatively by the theory without any adjustable parameters.

  17. Ormosils of high hardness

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    Iwamoto, Takashi; Mackenzie, J.D.

    1994-12-31

    Organically modified silicates (ormosils) of high hardness were prepared by the reactions of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) aided by ultrasonic irradiation. The mechanisms leading to the hard ormosil formation were investigated by liquid state {sup 29}Si NMR spectroscopy. PDMS chains were found to be broken into shorter chains and/or 4-membered siloxane rings during the reaction and finally, all PDMS chains were chemically incorporated as short chains into silica networks. Vickers hardnesses of the hard ormosils were measured and compared with those of the hardest transparent plastics. Whereas the hardest transparent plastics have Vickers hardness values of less than 25 kg/mm{sup 2}, the hard ormosils have Vickers hardnesses tip to higher than 150 kg/mm{sup 2}. A theoretical model was developed for the calculation of Vickers hardnesses of the hard ormosils and agreed well with experimental results. Predictions based on this theory indicate that even harder ormosils can be made when Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, ZrO{sub 2} and TiO{sub 2} are substituted for SiO{sub 2}. Results based on these new ormosils are also presented.

  18. Improved Multiple-DOF SAW Piezoelectric Motors

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    Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Bao, Xiaoqi; Hull, Anthony; Wright, John

    2003-01-01

    Surface-acoustic-wave (SAW) piezoelectric motors of a proposed type would be capable of operating in multiple degrees of freedom (DOFs) simultaneously and would be amenable to integration into diverse structures and mechanisms. These motors would be compact and structurally simple and would not contain bearings or lead screws. One example of a particularly useful motor of this type would be a two-dimensional- translation stage. Another such example would be a self-actuated spherical joint that could be made to undergo controlled, simultaneous rotations about two orthogonal axes: Such a motor could serve as a mechanism for aiming an "eyeball" camera or as a compact transducer in, and an integral part of, a joint in a robot arm. The multiple-DOF SAW piezoelectric motors as now proposed would be successors to the ones reported in "Multiple-DOF Surface-Acoustic-Wave Piezoelectric Motors" (NPO-20735), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 24, No. 12 (December 2000), page 5b. The basic principle of operation of a multiple-DOF SAW piezoelectric motor is a straightforward extension of that of single-DOF SAW piezoelectric motors, which have been reported in several previous NASA Tech Briefs articles: For example, in the case of a linear SAW piezoelectric motor, piezoelectric transducers at opposite ends of a stator excite surface acoustic waves that travel along the surface of the stator. An object (denoted the slider) is pressed against the stator with sufficient pressure (in practice .300 MPa) that it remains in frictional contact with the stator at all times. The slider rides the crests of the waves and is thereby made to move along the surface of the stator. The direction of motion (forward or backward) is controlled by selecting the relative phase of waves generated by the two piezoelectric transducers. The speed increases with the amplitude of the waves and thus with the magnitude of the voltage applied to the transducers.

  19. Distributed structural control using multilayered piezoelectric actuators

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    Cudney, Harley H.; Inman, Daniel J.; Oshman, Yaakov

    1990-01-01

    A method of segmenting piezoelectric sensors and actuators is proposed which can preclude the currently experienced cancelation of sensor signals, or the reduction of actuator effectiveness, due to the integration of the property undergoing measurement or control. The segmentation method is demonstrated by a model developed for beam structures, to which multiple layers of piezoelectric materials are attached. A numerical study is undertaken of increasing active and passive damping of a beam using the segmented sensors and actuators over unsegmented sensors and actuators.

  20. In situ health monitoring of piezoelectric sensors

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    Jensen, Scott L. (Inventor); Drouant, George J. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    An in situ health monitoring apparatus may include an exciter circuit that applies a pulse to a piezoelectric transducer and a data processing system that determines the piezoelectric transducer's dynamic response to the first pulse. The dynamic response can be used to evaluate the operating range, health, and as-mounted resonance frequency of the transducer, as well as the strength of a coupling between the transducer and a structure and the health of the structure.

  1. Highly stretchable piezoelectric-pyroelectric hybrid nanogenerator.

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    Lee, Ju-Hyuck; Lee, Keun Young; Gupta, Manoj Kumar; Kim, Tae Yun; Lee, Dae-Yeong; Oh, Junho; Ryu, Changkook; Yoo, Won Jong; Kang, Chong-Yun; Yoon, Seok-Jin; Yoo, Ji-Beom; Kim, Sang-Woo

    2014-02-01

    A highly stretchable hybrid nanogenerator has been developed using a micro-patterned piezoelectric polymer P(VDF-TrFE), PDMS-CNT composite, and graphene nanosheets. Mechanical and thermal energies are simultaneously harvested from a single cell of the device. The hybrid nanogenerator exhibits high robustness behavior even after 30% stretching and generates very stable piezoelectric and pyroelectric power outputs due to micro-pattern designing. PMID:24167082

  2. A nanoscale piezoelectric transformer for low-voltage transistors.

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    Agarwal, Sapan; Yablonovitch, Eli

    2014-11-12

    A novel piezoelectric voltage transformer for low-voltage transistors is proposed. Placing a piezoelectric transformer on the gate of a field-effect transistor results in the piezoelectric transformer field-effect transistor that can switch at significantly lower voltages than a conventional transistor. The piezoelectric transformer operates by using one piezoelectric to squeeze another piezoelectric to generate a higher output voltage than the input voltage. Multiple piezoelectrics can be used to squeeze a single piezoelectric layer to generate an even higher voltage amplification. Coupled electrical and mechanical modeling in COMSOL predicts a 12.5 voltage amplification for a six-layer piezoelectric transformer. This would lead to more than a 150 reduction in the power needed for communications. PMID:25343519

  3. Strategy for stabilization of the antiferroelectric phase (Pbma) over the metastable ferroelectric phase (P21ma) to establish double loop hysteresis in lead-free (1-x)NaNbO3-xSrZrO3 solid solution

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    Guo, Hanzheng; Shimizu, Hiroyuki; Mizuno, Youichi; Randall, Clive A.

    2015-06-01

    A new lead-free antiferroelectric solid solution system, (1-x)NaNbO3-xSrZrO3, was rationalized through noting the crystal chemistry trend, of decreasing the tolerance factor and an increase in the average electronegativity of the system. The SrZrO3 doping was found to effectively stabilize the antiferroelectric (P) phase in NaNbO3 without changing its crystal symmetry. Preliminary electron diffraction and polarization measurements were presented which verified the enhanced antiferroelectricity. In view of our recent report of another lead-free antiferroelectric system (1-x)NaNbO3-xCaZrO3 [H. Shimizu et al. "Lead-free antiferroelectric: xCaZrO3 - (1-x)NaNbO3 system (0 ? x ? 0.10)," Dalton Trans. (published online)], the present results point to a general strategy of utilizing tolerance factor to develop a broad family of new lead-free antiferroelectrics with double polarization hysteresis loops. We also speculate on a broad family of possible solid solutions that could be identified and tested for this important type of dielectric.

  4. Observation of 2.45 MeV neutrons correlated with natural atmospheric lightning discharges by Lead-Free Gulmarg Neutron Monitor

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    Ishtiaq, P. M.; Mufti, S.; Darzi, M. A.; Mir, T. A.; Shah, G. N.

    2016-01-01

    The first experimental evidence of detecting the neutrons correlated with the natural atmospheric lightning discharges (NALD) was obtained with Lead-Free Gulmarg Neutron Monitor (LFGNM) operating at High Altitude Research Laboratory, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India, and was reported in the year 1985. The neutron observations still continue with LFGNM. However, the current configuration of LFGNM is the upgraded version of the system used earlier to record neutron bursts (in the recording period of 320 μs in four successive electronic gates of 80 μs each) supposedly originating from an NALD. In the current system the neutron recording time period/interval has been extended to 1260 μs with 63 successive gates of 20 μs each. The system also simultaneously records the differential times—maximum up to 14—between the consecutive strokes of a multistroke lightning flash. The distance between an NALD channel and LFGNM setup is determined empirically by making use of the time delay (td)/time of flight (TOF) measurement of the first detected neutron subsequent to the sensing of the electrostatic field variation caused by the initiation of an NALD in the ambient atmosphere of the LFGNM setup. Assuming a priori incident energy as 2.45 MeV of the detected neutrons supposedly generated due to the fusion of deuterium ions in the lightning discharge channel leads to quantifying the neutron emission flux if the NALD channel distance with respect to the LFGNM setup is established. In this paper we discuss the experiment and the time profiles of several of a large number of the major neutron burst events recorded with LFGNM in association with NALDs. Moreover, a rare and an extraordinary neutron burst event, in terms of its associated "td/TOF" of first detected neutron after triggering, recorded by this system is specifically discussed. In this event, the recorded TOF of 14 μs of the escaping neutron detected by the system immediately after getting triggered by the NALD that struck a nearby tree found located just around 300 m (physically measured) away from the detector position indicates the energy of the detected neutron ɛn ≈2.45 MeV. In the light of this only event, we, therefore, cautiously suggest deuteron-deuteron fusion reaction, 2H(2H,n)3He, as one of the possible mechanisms of the neutron generation correlated with an NALD. Nonetheless, the observations so far have reconfirmed production of neutrons in an NALD.

  5. Dielectric loss against piezoelectric power harvesting

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    Liang, Junrui; Shu-Hung Chung, Henry; Liao, Wei-Hsin

    2014-09-01

    Piezoelectricity is one of the most popular electromechanical transduction mechanisms for constructing kinetic energy harvesting systems. When a standard energy harvesting (SEH) interface circuit, i.e., bridge rectifier plus filter capacitor, is utilized for collecting piezoelectric power, the previous literature showed that the power conversion can be well predicted without much consideration for the effect of dielectric loss. Yet, as the conversion power gets higher by adopting power-boosting interface circuits, such as synchronized switch harvesting on inductor (SSHI), the neglect of dielectric loss might give rise to deviation in harvested power estimation. Given the continuous progress on power-boosting interface circuits, the role of dielectric loss in practical piezoelectric energy harvesting (PEH) systems should receive attention with better evaluation. Based on the integrated equivalent impedance network model, this fast track communication provides a comprehensive study on the susceptibility of harvested power in PEH systems under different conditions. It shows that, dielectric loss always counteracts piezoelectric power harvesting by causing charge leakage across piezoelectric capacitance. In particular, taking corresponding ideal lossless cases as references, the counteractive effect might be aggravated under one of the five conditions: larger dielectric loss tangent, lower vibration frequency, further away from resonance, weaker electromechanical coupling, or using power-boosting interface circuit. These relationships are valuable for the study of PEH systems, as they not only help explain the role of dielectric loss in piezoelectric power harvesting, but also add complementary insights for material, structure, excitation, and circuit considerations towards holistic evaluation and design for practical PEH systems.

  6. Switching of morphotropic phase boundary and large strain response in lead-free ternary (Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-(K0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-(K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 system

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    Hao, Jigong; Shen, Bo; Zhai, Jiwei; Liu, Chunze; Li, Xiaolong; Gao, Xingyu

    2013-03-01

    In this work, we report the phase diagram of lead-free ternary (1 - y)[(1 - x)(Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-x(Bi0.5K0.5)TiO3]-y(K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 (BNT-BKT-KNN) system and study the switching characteristics of the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB). The addition of KNN intrinsically changes the structural nature of the system with the shift of MPB from MPB(I) between ferroelectric rhombohedral and ferroelectric tetragonal phases to MPB(II) between ferroelectric rhombohedral and relaxor pseudocubic phases. As the MPB(I) switches to MPB(II), large piezoelectric response with d33 150pC/N that obtained for BNT-0.20BKT near MPB(I) almost disappears. Instead, a significant jump of electric-filed-induced strain S up to 0.32%-0.46% (Smax/Emax = 400-575 pm/V) is achieved near MPB(II) due to the shift of the ferroelectric-relaxor transition temperature TF-R down to room temperature. In this study, giant strain 0.46% occurs in a very narrow region in the BNT-BKT-KNN system with x = 0.20, y = 0.01, which lies on an underlying tricritical triple point of a rhombohedral (R), tetragonal (T), and pseudocubic (Pc) phases. In-situ high-energy X-ray scattering experiments with external electric field reveal an initial electric-field-induced distortion from the Pc structure for the MPB(II) compositions, while those with single R phase shows no such distortion, which suggests that the large strain achieved near the MPB(II) is likely to be induced by the electric-field-induced structure distortion due to its relative instability structure. We believe that the discovery of a compositional line in the pseudo-ternary system, where the strain response is consistently derivable, should be useful for designing high-performance piezoelectric materials in other BNT-based systems by searching MPBs.

  7. Modeling of multilayered piezoelectric transducers with ultrasonic welding application

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    Gney, Murat; Eskinat, Esref

    2007-04-01

    Mechanical components of sandwiched piezoelectric transducers are modeled using one-dimensional wave transmission and piezoelectric equations. Using the impedance method, resonance frequencies, stress and displacement distributions along the multilayered piezoelectric transducers of different dimensions and materials are obtained. The calculated resonance frequencies and the impedances are experimentally verified. For ultrasonic welding of plastics, the effect of the parts to be welded on the resonance frequency of the whole system is investigated regarding both material damping and piezoelectric losses. Using the methods developed, several piezoelectric transducers are analysed for different designs. The obtained results can be used to better understand the qualitative relations between the design variables of ultrasonic piezoelectric transducers.

  8. Session: Hard Rock Penetration

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    Tennyson, George P. Jr.; Dunn, James C.; Drumheller, Douglas S.; Glowka, David A.; Lysne, Peter

    1992-01-01

    This session at the Geothermal Energy Program Review X: Geothermal Energy and the Utility Market consisted of five presentations: ''Hard Rock Penetration - Summary'' by George P. Tennyson, Jr.; ''Overview - Hard Rock Penetration'' by James C. Dunn; ''An Overview of Acoustic Telemetry'' by Douglas S. Drumheller; ''Lost Circulation Technology Development Status'' by David A. Glowka; ''Downhole Memory-Logging Tools'' by Peter Lysne.

  9. Hardness Tester for Polyur

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    Hauser, D. L.; Buras, D. F.; Corbin, J. M.

    1987-01-01

    Rubber-hardness tester modified for use on rigid polyurethane foam. Provides objective basis for evaluation of improvements in foam manufacturing and inspection. Typical acceptance criterion requires minimum hardness reading of 80 on modified tester. With adequate correlation tests, modified tester used to measure indirectly tensile and compressive strengths of foam.

  10. Design and characterization of piezoelectric ultrasonic motors

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    Yener, Serra

    This thesis presents modeling and prototype fabrication and characterization of new types of piezoelectric ultrasonic micromotors. Our approach in designing these piezoelectric motors was: (i) to simplify the structure including the poling configuration of piezoelectric elements used in the stator and (ii) to reduce the number of components in order to decrease the cost and enhance the driving reliability. There are two different types of piezoelectric motors designed throughout this research. The first of these designs consists of a metal tube, on which two piezoelectric ceramic plates poled in thickness direction, were bonded. Two orthogonal bending modes of the hollow cylinder were superimposed resulting in a rotational vibration. Since the structure and poling configuration of the active piezoelectric elements used in the stator are simple, this motor structure is very suitable for miniaturization. Moreover, a single driving source can excite two bending modes at the same time, thus generate a wobble motion. Three types of prototypes are included in this design. The piezoelectric stator structure is the same for all. However, the dimensions of the motors are reduced by almost 50 percent. Starting with a 10 mm long stator, we reached to 4 mm in the last prototype. The initial diameter was 2.4 mm, which was reduced to 1.6 mm. In the final design, the rotor part of the motor was changed resulting in the reduction in the number of components. In terms of driving circuit, a single driving source was enough to run the motors and a conventional switching power supply type resonant L-C circuit was used. A simple motor structure with a simple driving circuit were combined successfully and fabricated inexpensively. The second design is a shear type piezoelectric linear motor. The behavior of a single rectangular piezoelectric shear plate was analyzed and after optimizing the dimensions and the mode characteristics, a prototype was fabricated. The prototype consists of one layer of ceramic and a brass teeth-like layer bonded on it. The displacement was amplified with the metal layer, the teeth of which were placed on the points of in-phase motion. The targeted application area is paper-feeding mechanism. In terms of application areas for the first design, a gas valve system and a micro vehicle were constructed. In addition, a new optical coherence tomography endoscope by utilizing the piezoelectric micromotor was designed. Finally, the prototype motor was integrated inside the camera of a cell phone to drive the zoom mechanism.

  11. The hard metal diseases

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    Cugell, D.W. )

    1992-06-01

    Hard metal is a mixture of tungsten carbide and cobalt, to which small amounts of other metals may be added. It is widely used for industrial purposes whenever extreme hardness and high temperature resistance are needed, such as for cutting tools, oil well drilling bits, and jet engine exhaust ports. Cobalt is the component of hard metal that can be a health hazard. Respiratory diseases occur in workers exposed to cobalt--either in the production of hard metal, from machining hard metal parts, or from other sources. Adverse pulmonary reactions include asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and interstitial fibrosis. A peculiar, almost unique form of lung fibrosis, giant cell interstitial pneumonia, is closely linked with cobalt exposure.66 references.

  12. Piezoelectric microcantilever serum protein detector

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    Capobianco, Joseph A.

    The development of a serum protein detector will provide opportunities for better screening of at-risk cancer patients, tighter surveillance of disease recurrence and better monitoring of treatment. An integrated system that can process clinical samples for a number of different types of biomarkers would be a useful tool in the early detection of cancer. Also, screening biomarkers such as antibodies in serum would provide clinicians with information regarding the patient's response to treatment. Therefore, the goal of this study is to develop a sensor which can be used for rapid, all-electrical, real-time, label-fee, in-situ, specific quantification of cancer markers, e.g., human epidermal receptor 2 (Her2) or antibodies, in serum. To achieve this end, piezoelectric microcantilever sensors (PEMS) were constructed using an 8 mum thick lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) freestanding film as the piezoelectric layer. The desired limit of detection is on the order of pg/mL. In order to achieve this goal the higher frequency lateral extension modes were used. Also, as the driving and sensing of the PEMS is electrical, the PEMS must be insulated in a manner that allows it to function in aqueous solutions. The insulation layer must also be compatible with standardized bioconjugation techniques. Finally, detection of both cancer antigens and antibodies in serum was carried out, and the results were compared to a standard commercialized protocol. PEMS have demonstrated the capability of detecting Her2 at a concentration of 5 pg/mL in diluted human serum (1:40) in less than 1 hour. The approach can be easily translated into the clinical setting because the sensitivity is more than sufficient for monitoring prognosis of breast cancer patients. In addition to Her2 detection, antibodies in serum were assayed in order to demonstrate the feasibility of monitoring the immune response for antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) in patients on antibody therapies such as Herceptin and Cetuximab. The PEMS displayed a limit of detection of 100 fg/mL, which was 100 times lower than the current methods of protein detection in serum, such as ELISA. Furthermore, the sensitivity of the PEMS device allows it to be capable of determining the dissociation constant, K d, of selective receptors such as antibodies. Using the dose response trials of Her2, Kd has been deduced for H3 scFv, and Herceptin, a commercial antibody specific for Her2.

  13. Model of a Piezoelectric Transducer

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    Goodenow, Debra

    2004-01-01

    It's difficult to control liquid and gas in propellant tanks in zero gravity. A possible a design would utilize acoustic liquid manipulation (ALM) technology which uses ultrasonic beams conducted through a liquid and solid media, to push gas bubbles in the liquid to desirable locations. We can propel and control the bubble with acoustic radiation pressure by aiming the acoustic waves on the bubble s surface. This allows us to design a so called smart tank in which the ALM devices transfer the gas to the outer wall of the tank and isolating the liquid in the center. Because the heat transfer rate of a gas is lower of that of the liquid it would substantially decrease boil off and provide of for a longer storage life. The ALM beam is composed of little wavelets which are individual waves that constructively interfere with each other to produce a single, combined acoustic wave front. This is accomplished by using a set of synchronized ultrasound transducers arranged in an array. A slight phase offset of these elements allows us to focus and steer the beam. The device that we are using to produce the acoustic beam is called the piezoelectric transducer. This device converts electrical energy to mechanical energy, which appears in the form of acoustic energy. Therefore the behavior of the device is dependent on both the mechanical characteristics, such as its density, cross-sectional area, and its electrical characteristics, such as, electric flux permittivity and coupling factor. These devices can also be set up in a number of modes which are determined by the way the piezoelectric device is arranged, and the shape of the transducer. For this application we are using the longitudinal or thickness mode for our operation. The transducer also vibrates in the lateral mode, and one of the goals of my project is to decrease the amount of energy lost to the lateral mode. To model the behavior of the transducers I will be using Pspice, electric circuit modeling tool, to determine the transducer's electrical characteristics at the frequency of interest. This will also help me determine the characteristics of an impedance matching network to operate the transducer at its optimum efficiency. For this I will use ABMs (analog behavioral modeling) to model dependent current and voltage sources that represent the transducer. I have also been working on the Labview control software for the phased array used to control the bubbles, and will begin testing on that before the end of my internship.

  14. Continuous cross-over from ferroelectric to relaxor state and piezoelectric properties of BaTiO{sub 3}-BaZrO{sub 3}-CaTiO{sub 3} single crystals

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    Benabdallah, F.; Veber, P. Prakasam, M.; Viraphong, O.; Maglione, M.; Shimamura, K.

    2014-04-14

    Optimal properties like piezoelectricity can be found in polarizable materials for which the structure changes sharply under small composition variations in the vicinity of their morphotropic phase boundary or the triple point in their isobaric temperature-composition phase diagram. In the latter, lead-free (Ba{sub 0.850}Ca{sub 0.150})(Ti{sub 0.900}Zr{sub 0.100})O{sub 3} ceramics exhibit outstanding piezoelectric coefficients. For the first time, we report the growth of piezoelectric lead-free single crystals in the BaTiO{sub 3}-BaZrO{sub 3}-CaTiO{sub 3} pseudo-ternary system. The stoichiometry control in the CaO-BaO-TiO{sub 2}-ZrO{sub 2} solid solution led to single crystals with various compositions ranging from (Ba{sub 0.857}Ca{sub 0.143})(Ti{sub 0.928}Zr{sub 0.072})O{sub 3} to (Ba{sub 0.953}Ca{sub 0.047})(Ti{sub 0.427}Zr{sub 0.573})O{sub 3}. We evidenced a continuous cross-over from a ferroelectric state at high titanium content to a relaxor one on increasing the zirconium content. Such a property tuning is rather seldom observed in lead-free ferroelectrics and confirms what was already reported for ceramics. Single crystal with (Ba{sub 0.838}Ca{sub 0.162})(Ti{sub 0.854}Zr{sub 0.146})O{sub 3} composition, which has been grown and oriented along [001] crystallographic direction, displayed electromechanical coefficients d{sub 31} and k{sub 31} of 93 pC.N{sup ?1} and 0.18, respectively, near the room temperature (T?=?305?K)

  15. Continuous cross-over from ferroelectric to relaxor state and piezoelectric properties of BaTiO3-BaZrO3-CaTiO3 single crystals

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    Benabdallah, F.; Veber, P.; Prakasam, M.; Viraphong, O.; Shimamura, K.; Maglione, M.

    2014-04-01

    Optimal properties like piezoelectricity can be found in polarizable materials for which the structure changes sharply under small composition variations in the vicinity of their morphotropic phase boundary or the triple point in their isobaric temperature-composition phase diagram. In the latter, lead-free (Ba0.850Ca0.150)(Ti0.900Zr0.100)O3 ceramics exhibit outstanding piezoelectric coefficients. For the first time, we report the growth of piezoelectric lead-free single crystals in the BaTiO3-BaZrO3-CaTiO3 pseudo-ternary system. The stoichiometry control in the CaO-BaO-TiO2-ZrO2 solid solution led to single crystals with various compositions ranging from (Ba0.857Ca0.143)(Ti0.928Zr0.072)O3 to (Ba0.953Ca0.047)(Ti0.427Zr0.573)O3. We evidenced a continuous cross-over from a ferroelectric state at high titanium content to a relaxor one on increasing the zirconium content. Such a property tuning is rather seldom observed in lead-free ferroelectrics and confirms what was already reported for ceramics. Single crystal with (Ba0.838Ca0.162)(Ti0.854Zr0.146)O3 composition, which has been grown and oriented along [001] crystallographic direction, displayed electromechanical coefficients d31 and k31 of 93 pC.N-1 and 0.18, respectively, near the room temperature (T = 305 K).

  16. Narcotics detection using piezoelectric ringing

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    Rayner, Timothy J.; Magnuson, Erik E.; West, Rebecca; Lyndquist, R.

    1997-02-01

    Piezo-electric ringing (PER) has been demonstrated to be an effective means of scanning cargo for the presence of hidden narcotics. The PER signal is characteristic of certain types of crystallized material, such as cocaine hydrochloride. However, the PER signal cannot be used to conclusively identify all types of narcotic material, as the signal is not unique. For the purposes of cargo scanning, the PER technique is therefore most effective when used in combination with quadrupole resonance analysis (QRA). PER shares the same methodology as QRA technology, and can therefore be very easily and inexpensively integrated into existing QRA detectors. PER can be used as a pre-scanning technique before the QRA scan is applied and, because the PER scan is of a very short duration, can effectively offset some of the throughput limitations of standard QRA narcotics detectors. Following is a discussion of a PER detector developed by Quantum Manetics under contract to United States Customs. Design philosophy and performance are discussed, supported by results from recent tests conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and U.S. Customs.

  17. Multilayer Piezoelectric Stack Actuator Characterization

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    Sherrit, Stewart; Jones, Christopher M.; Aldrich, Jack B.; Blodget, Chad; Bao, Xioaqi; Badescu, Mircea; Bar-Cohen, Yoseph

    2008-01-01

    Future NASA missions are increasingly seeking to use actuators for precision positioning to accuracies of the order of fractions of a nanometer. For this purpose, multilayer piezoelectric stacks are being considered as actuators for driving these precision mechanisms. In this study, sets of commercial PZT stacks were tested in various AC and DC conditions at both nominal and extreme temperatures and voltages. AC signal testing included impedance, capacitance and dielectric loss factor of each actuator as a function of the small-signal driving sinusoidal frequency, and the ambient temperature. DC signal testing includes leakage current and displacement as a function of the applied DC voltage. The applied DC voltage was increased to over eight times the manufacturers' specifications to investigate the correlation between leakage current and breakdown voltage. Resonance characterization as a function of temperature was done over a temperature range of -180C to +200C which generally exceeded the manufacturers' specifications. In order to study the lifetime performance of these stacks, five actuators from one manufacturer were driven by a 60volt, 2 kHz sine-wave for ten billion cycles. The tests were performed using a Lab-View controlled automated data acquisition system that monitored the waveform of the stack electrical current and voltage. The measurements included the displacement, impedance, capacitance and leakage current and the analysis of the experimental results will be presented.

  18. Multimodal piezoelectric wind energy harvesters

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    Ovejas, V. J.; Cuadras, A.

    2011-08-01

    We investigated energy harvesting from wind to electrical power using piezoelectric films. Commercial films with different areas (from 3 to 30 cm2) and thicknesses (40-64 m) were used. The generated energy was rectified through a diode bridge and delivered to a storage capacitor. Two different wind flows were investigated: laminar flow from a wind tunnel and turbulent flow from a dryer using three different setups and two wind incidences (parallel and normal). Piezofilms oscillating in wind flows were recorded using video cameras and electrical signals monitored with an oscilloscope. They were found to be stressed by travelling waves of different frequencies induced by wind turbulences. We propose a simple model based on sinusoidal current generators working at different frequencies. We studied the geometrical dependence of the piezofilm on the power generation. Power generation was found to be of the order of 0.2 W for these particular sensors. Guidelines to significantly improve power generation are provided, taking into account a convenient geometrical design to match the piezofilm resonance frequency to the vortex generation frequency.

  19. A multiaxial piezoelectric energy harvester

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    Mousselmal, H. D.; Cottinet, P. J.; Quiquerez, L.; Remaki, B.; Petit, L.

    2013-04-01

    An important limitation in the classical energy harvesters based on cantilever beam structure is its monodirectional sensibility. The external excitation must generate an orthogonal acceleration from the beam plane to induced flexural deformation. If the direction of the excitation deviates from this privileged direction, the harvester output power is drastically reduced. This point is obviously very restrictive in the case of an arbitrary excitation direction induced for example by human body movements or vehicles vibrations. In order to overcome this issue of the conventional resonant cantilever configuration with seismic mass, a multidirectional harvester is introduced here by the authors. The multidirectional ability relies on the exploitation of 3 degenerate structural vibration modes where each of them is induced by the corresponding component of the acceleration vector. This specific structure has been already used for 3 axis accelerometers but the approach is here totally revisited because the final functional goal is different. This paper presents the principle and the design considerations of such multidirectional piezoelectric energy harvester. A finite element model has been used for the harvester optimisation. It has been shown that the seismic mass is a relevant parameter for the modes tuning because the resonant frequency of the 1st exploited flexural mode directly depends on the mass whereas the resonance frequency of the 2nd flexural mode depends on its moment of inertia. A simplified centimetric prototype limited to a two orthogonal direction sensibility has permitted to valid the theoretical approach.

  20. High-Fidelity Piezoelectric Audio Device

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    Woodward, Stanley E.; Fox, Robert L.; Bryant, Robert G.

    2003-01-01

    ModalMax is a very innovative means of harnessing the vibration of a piezoelectric actuator to produce an energy efficient low-profile device with high-bandwidth high-fidelity audio response. The piezoelectric audio device outperforms many commercially available speakers made using speaker cones. The piezoelectric device weighs substantially less (4 g) than the speaker cones which use magnets (10 g). ModalMax devices have extreme fabrication simplicity. The entire audio device is fabricated by lamination. The simplicity of the design lends itself to lower cost. The piezoelectric audio device can be used without its acoustic chambers and thereby resulting in a very low thickness of 0.023 in. (0.58 mm). The piezoelectric audio device can be completely encapsulated, which makes it very attractive for use in wet environments. Encapsulation does not significantly alter the audio response. Its small size (see Figure 1) is applicable to many consumer electronic products, such as pagers, portable radios, headphones, laptop computers, computer monitors, toys, and electronic games. The audio device can also be used in automobile or aircraft sound systems.

  1. Twisting and bending of pretwisted piezoelectric plates

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    Onipede, Oladipo, Jr.

    1999-07-01

    The blades of helicopter rotors and turbine blades can be modeled as pretwisted beams/plates or shells. The angle of pretwist can affect the performance of these turbo-machinery systems. Being able to actively change the angle of pretwist even moderately can enhance or optimize these systems for various modes of operation. To actively change the angle of pretwist, a torque has to be introduced to the pretwist member that will cause it to either increase or decrease the existing pretwist angle of the blade. By building piezoelectric layers into the blade/plate and applying a controlled voltage the shape and or position of the cross- section can be changed. Due to the coupling of both bending modes and the extensional and torsional modes in pretwisted members a piezoelectric materials that can induce extension in the plate can also be used to twist or bend the shape of the plate. In this study a cantilevered pretwisted plates bonded to two piezoelectric layers on the outside is modeled using 3D linear elastic finite element approach with the pretwist built into the formulation. The static response of the pretwisted plate to a uniform voltage applied to the piezoelectric layers is investigated. Twisting and bending of the plate is accomplished through coupling of the bending modes and extensional-torsional coupling. The piezoelectric layer itself is not isotropic and so introduces additional coupling into the system.

  2. Energy harvesting wireless piezoelectric resonant force sensor

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    Ahmadi, Mehdi

    The piezoelectric energy harvester has become a new powering option for some low-power electronic devices such as MEMS (Micro Electrical Mechanical System) sensors. Piezoelectric materials can collect the ambient vibrations energy and convert it to electrical energy. This thesis is intended to demonstrate the behavior of a piezoelectric energy harvester system at elevated temperature from room temperature up to 82C, and compares the system's performance using different piezoelectric materials. The systems are structured with a Lead Magnesium Niobate-Lead Titanate (PMN-PT) single crystal patch bonded to an aluminum cantilever beam, Lead Indium Niobate-Lead Magnesium Niobate-Lead Titanate (PIN-PMN-PT) single crystal patch bonded to an aluminum cantilever beam and a bimorph cantilever beam which is made of Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT). The results of this experimental study show the effects of the temperature on the operation frequency and output power of the piezoelectric energy harvesting system. The harvested electrical energy has been stored in storage circuits including a battery. Then, the stored energy has been used to power up the other part of the system, a wireless resonator force sensor, which uses frequency conversion techniques to convert the sensor's ultrasonic signal to a microwave signal in order to transmit the signal wirelessly.

  3. Ultrasonic wave propagation in multilayered piezoelectric substrates

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    Chien, H.T.; Sheen, S.H.; Raptis, A.C.

    1994-04-11

    Due to the increasing demand for higher operating frequency, lower attenuation, and stronger piezoelectricity, use of the layered structure has become necessary. Theoretical studies are carried out for ultrasonic waves propagating in the multilayered piezoelectric substrates. Each layer processes up to as low as monoclinic symmetry with various thickness and orientation. A plane acoustic wave is assumed to be incident, at varied frequency and incidence angle, from a fluid upon a multilayered substrate. Simple analytical expressions for the reflection and transmission coefficients are derived from which all propagation characteristics are identified. Such expressions contain, as a by-product, the secular equation for the propagation of free harmonic waves on the multilayered piezoelectric substrates. Solutions are obtained for the individual layers which relate the field variables at the upper layer surfaces. The response of the total system proceeds by satisfying appropriate interfacial conditions across the layers. Based on the boundary conditions, two cases, {open_quotes}shorted{close_quotes} and {open_quotes}free{close_quotes}, are derived from which a so-called piezoelectric coupling factor is calculated to show the piezoelectric efficiency. Our results are rather general and show that the phase velocity is a function of frequency, layer thickness, and orientation.

  4. Piezoelectric Energy Harvester for Batteryless Switch Devices

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    Kim, Min-Soo; Lee, Sung-Chan; Kim, Sin-Woong; Jeong, Soon-Jong; Kim, In-Sung; Song, Jaesung

    2013-10-01

    This study investigated a piezoelectric energy-harvesting system for a mechanical switch device. Piezoelectric ceramics of 0.4Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.25PbZrO3-0.35PbTiO3 were prepared by using a conventional solid-state reaction method. Li2O, Bi2O3, and CuO additions were used as sintering aids to develop piezoelectric ceramics for low-temperature sintering. Multilayer piezoelectric ceramics with 10103 mm3 sizes and with Ag-Pd inner electrodes were manufactured by using the conventional tape-casting method with the prepared powder. A prototype of a piezoelectric batteryless switch device using the multilayer ceramics was produced. It showed an output peak-to-peak voltage of 3.8 V and an output power per strike of 18 W. The performance of the device was good enough for practical use.

  5. Direct Piezoelectricity of Soft Composite Electrospun Fibers

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    Varga, Michael; Morvan, Jason; Diorio, Nick; Buyuktanir, Ebru; Harden, John; West, John; Jakli, Antal

    2013-03-01

    Recently soft fiber mats electrospun from solutions of Barium Titanate (BT) ferroelectric ceramics particles and poly lactic acid (PLA) were found to have large (d33 1nm/V) converse piezoelectric signals offering a myriad of applications ranging from active implants to smart textiles. Here we report direct piezoelectric measurements (electric signals due to mechanical stress) of the BT/PLA composite fiber mats at various BT concentrations. A testing apparatus was designed and constructed solely for these measurements involving AC stresses provided by a speaker in 10Hz-10kHz frequency range. The piezoelectric constant d33 ~1nC/N was found to be in agreement with the prior converse piezoelectric measurements. The largest signals were obtained with 6% BT/PLA composites, probably because the BT particles at higher concentrations could not be dispersed homogeneously. Importantly the direct piezoelectric signal is large enough to power a small LCD by simply pressing a 0.2mm thick 2 cm2 area mat by a finger. We expect to use these mats in active Braille cells and in liquid crystal writing tablets.

  6. Piezoelectric biosensor with a ladder polymer substrate coating

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    Renschler, Clifford L.; White, Christine A.; Carter, Robert M.

    1998-01-01

    A piezoelectric biosensor substrate useful for immobilizing biomolecules in an oriented manner on the surface of a piezoelectric sensor has a ladder polymer of polyacrylonitrile. To make the substrate, a solution of an organic polymer, preferably polyacrylonitrile, is applied to the surface of a piezoelectric sensor. The organic polymer is modifying by heating the polymer in a controlled fashion in air such that a ladder polymer is produced which, in turn, forms the attachment point for the biomolecules comprising the piezoelectric biosensor.

  7. Energy Harvesting From Low Frequency Applications Using Piezoelectric Materials

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    Li, Huidong; Tian, Chuan; Deng, Zhiqun

    2014-11-06

    This paper reviewed the state of research on piezoelectric energy harvesters. Various types of harvester configurations, piezoelectric materials, and techniques used to improve the mechanical-to-electrical energy conversion efficiency were discussed. Most of the piezoelectric energy harvesters studied today have focused on scavenging mechanical energy from vibration sources due to their abundance in both natural and industrial environments. Cantilever beams have been the most studied structure for piezoelectric energy harvester to date because of the high responsiveness to small vibrations.

  8. Organizing Your Hard Disk.

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    Stocker, H. Robert; Hilton, Thomas S. E.

    1991-01-01

    Suggests strategies that make hard disk organization easy and efficient, such as making, changing, and removing directories; grouping files by subject; naming files effectively; backing up efficiently; and using PATH. (JOW)

  9. Characterization of a Piezoelectric Buzzer Using a Michelson Interferometer

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    Lloyd, S.; Paetkau, M.

    2010-01-01

    A piezoelectric material generates an electric potential across its surface when subjected to mechanical stress; conversely, the inverse piezoelectric effect describes the expansion or contraction of the material when subjected to some applied voltage. Piezoelectric materials are used in devices such as doorbell buzzers, barbeque igniters, and…

  10. Cooperativity in the enhanced piezoelectric response of polymer nanowires.

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    Persano, Luana; Dagdeviren, Canan; Maruccio, Claudio; De Lorenzis, Laura; Pisignano, Dario

    2014-12-01

    Multilayered, aligned arrays of organic nanowires show unique advantages in their piezoelectric response. Here, the cooperative, electromechanical mechanism at the base of the enhanced response of aligned arrays of piezoelectric nanostructures in mutual contact is unveiled. An enhancement of the piezoelectric voltage by two orders of magnitude compared with individual nanofibers is demonstrated in the arrays. PMID:25355372

  11. Low-power piezoelectric micro-machined valve

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    Gianchandani, Yogesh B. (Inventor); Nellis, Gregory Francis (Inventor); Klein, Sanford A. (Inventor); Park, John Moon (Inventor); Evans, Allan Thomas (Inventor); Taylor, Ryan (Inventor); Brosten, Tyler R. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A piezoelectric microvalve employs a valve element formed of hermetically sealed and opposed plates flexed together by a cross axis piezoelectric element. Large flow modulation with small piezoelectric actuator displacement is obtained by perimeter augmentation of the valve seat which dramatically increases the change in valve flow area for small deflections.

  12. Characterization of a Piezoelectric Buzzer Using a Michelson Interferometer

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    Lloyd, S.; Paetkau, M.

    2010-01-01

    A piezoelectric material generates an electric potential across its surface when subjected to mechanical stress; conversely, the inverse piezoelectric effect describes the expansion or contraction of the material when subjected to some applied voltage. Piezoelectric materials are used in devices such as doorbell buzzers, barbeque igniters, and

  13. A novel method for the identification of inorganic and organic gunshot residue particles of lead-free ammunitions from the hands of shooters using scanning laser ablation-ICPMS and Raman micro-spectroscopy.

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    Abrego, Zuriñe; Grijalba, Nagore; Unceta, Nora; Maguregui, Maite; Sanchez, Alicia; Fernández-Isla, Alberto; Goicolea, M Aranzazu; Barrio, Ramón J

    2014-12-01

    A method based on scanning laser ablation and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (SLA-ICPMS) and Raman micro-spectroscopy for the detection and identification of compounds consistent with gunshot residue particles (GSR) has been developed. The method has been applied to the characterization of particles resulting from the discharge of firearms using lead-free ammunition. Modified tape lifts were used to collect the inorganic and organic residues from skin surfaces in a single sample. Using SLA-ICPMS, aggregates related to the composition of the ammunition, such as Cu-Zn-Sn, Zr-Sr, Cu-Zn, Al-Ti, or Al-Sr-Zr were detected, but this composition is only consistent with GSR from lead-free ammunitions. Additional evidence was provided by micro-Raman spectroscopy, which identified the characteristic organic groups of the particles as centralite, diphenylamine or their nitrated derivatives, which are indicative of GSR. PMID:25303642

  14. Reciprocity failure in piezoelectric polymer composite

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    Faust, D.; Lakes, R. S.

    2015-08-01

    Reciprocity principles, which entail equivalent outcome on exchange of cause and effect, are widely used and accepted. We present a piezoelectric composite system designed so that reciprocity does not hold; sensitivity is substantially enhanced. Reciprocity failure is observed in which the piezoelectric direct effect (stress causes polarization) sensitivity {d}{kij}d is unequal to the converse effect (electric field causes deformation) sensitivity {d}{kij}c. The piezoelectric polymer PVDF under isothermal conditions on a polymer substrate obeys reciprocity. Reciprocity failure occurs when a bumpy contact condition causes stress gradients. Reciprocity failure with strong frequency dependence occurs in the presence of thermal flux that is modulated by force: a non-equilibrium condition. Non-reciprocal effects give rise to a maximum enhancement of a factor of five in sensitivity.

  15. Green piezoelectric for autonomous smart textile

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    Lemaire, E.; Borsa, C. J.; Briand, D.

    2015-12-01

    In this work, the fabrication of Rochelle salt based piezoelectric textiles are shown. Structures composed of fibers and Rochelle salt are easily produced using green processes. Both manufacturing and the material itself are really efficient in terms of environmental impact, considering the fabrication processes and the material resources involved. Additionally Rochelle salt is biocompatible. In this green paradigm, active sensing or actuating textiles are developed. Thus processing method and piezoelectric properties have been studied: (1) pure crystals are used as acoustic actuator, (2) fabrication of the textile-based composite is detailed, (3) converse effective d33 is evaluated and compared to lead zirconate titanate ceramic. The utility of textile-based piezoelectric merits its use in a wide array of applications.

  16. Ciliae-based actuator with piezoelectric excitation

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    Pott, Peter P.; Carrasco, Alvaro; Schlaak, Helmut F.

    2012-06-01

    Small actuators based on the inverse piezoelectric effect are successfully deployed in commercial applications. Usually, ultrasonic motors are used. Based on resonance effects these motors provide a pronounced nonlinearity at low speeds and thus put high demands on the control algorithm. In contrast, piezoelectric stepping motors are mechanically complex and provide only low speeds. The contribution at hand describes a proposed design for a new piezoelectric motor based on cilia friction that can be manufactured at low costs. The cilia are made from uniaxial carbon-fibre reinforced plastics. The derived CFRP-brushes are pressed perpendicularly to the rotor surface to produce force or torque. First experiments prove the feasibility of the concept. A net pushing force of 500 mN is achieved.

  17. Wave energy harvesting by piezoelectric flexible plates

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    Shoele, Kourosh

    2013-11-01

    The ocean tidal currents and waves are very attractive sources of energy for extraction due to their vast availability and very low environmental impacts. Among different technologies, the harvesting of flow energy through the flapping of flexible plates has recently gained attentions. The sustained oscillation of a flexible plate is the result of a fluid-structure interaction occurrence, mainly from two different situations. In the first case, the oscillation is from the fluttering instability of the plate. In the second case, the unsteady flow is presented in the incoming flow either from the oscillatory sources such as surface waves. The mechanical energy is then converted to electricity using piezoelectric patches connected to the plate. In this paper, we discuss the novel approach to extract the wave energy using piezoelectric plates and discuss how parameters of the piezoelectric plate can be adjusted to increase the amount of energy that can be extracted from the current and free-surface waves.

  18. Cantilever piezoelectric energy harvester with multiple cavities

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    Srinivasulu Raju, S.; Umapathy, M.; Uma, G.

    2015-11-01

    Energy harvesting employing piezoelectric materials in mechanical structures such as cantilever beams, plates, diaphragms, etc, has been an emerging area of research in recent years. The research in this area is also focused on structural tailoring to improve the harvested power from the energy harvesters. Towards this aim, this paper presents a method for improving the harvested power from a cantilever piezoelectric energy harvester by introducing multiple rectangular cavities. A generalized model for a piezoelectric energy harvester with multiple rectangular cavities at a single section and two sections is developed. A method is suggested to optimize the thickness of the cavities and the number of cavities required to generate a higher output voltage for a given cantilever beam structure. The performance of the optimized energy harvesters is evaluated analytically and through experimentation. The simulation and experimental results show that the performance of the energy harvester can be increased with multiple cavities compared to the harvester with a single cavity.

  19. Pulsed DC magnetron sputtered piezoelectric thin film aluminum nitride - Technology and piezoelectric properties

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    Stoeckel, C.; Kaufmann, C.; Hahn, R.; Schulze, R.; Billep, D.; Gessner, T.

    2014-07-01

    Pulsed DC magnetron sputtered aluminum nitride (AlN) thin films are prepared on several seed layers and at different sputtering conditions. The piezoelectric c-axis (002) orientation of the AlN is analyzed with X-ray diffraction method. The transverse piezoelectric coefficient d31 is determined with a Laser-Doppler-Vibrometer at cantilevers and membranes by analytical calculations and finite element method. Additionally, thin film AlN on bulk silicon is used to characterize the longitudinal piezoelectric charge coefficient d33.

  20. Pulsed DC magnetron sputtered piezoelectric thin film aluminum nitride Technology and piezoelectric properties

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    Stoeckel, C. Kaufmann, C.; Hahn, R.; Schulze, R.; Billep, D.; Gessner, T.

    2014-07-21

    Pulsed DC magnetron sputtered aluminum nitride (AlN) thin films are prepared on several seed layers and at different sputtering conditions. The piezoelectric c-axis (002) orientation of the AlN is analyzed with X-ray diffraction method. The transverse piezoelectric coefficient d{sub 31} is determined with a Laser-Doppler-Vibrometer at cantilevers and membranes by analytical calculations and finite element method. Additionally, thin film AlN on bulk silicon is used to characterize the longitudinal piezoelectric charge coefficient d{sub 33}.