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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. KNNNTK 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)NbO?-based lead-free piezoelectric ceramic was successfully densified. It exhibited an enhanced electromechanical coupling factor of k?=0.52, a piezoelectric constant d??=252 pC/N, and a frequency constant N?=3170 Hz m because of the incorporation of an elaborate secondary phase composed primarily of KTiNbO?. The ceramic's nominal composition was 0.92K?.??Na?.??Ca?.??Li?.??Nb?.??O?0.047K?.??Ti?.??Nb?.??O?0.023BaZrO? 0.0017Co?O?0.002Fe?O?0.005ZnO, abbreviated herein as KNNNTK composite. The KNNNTK 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 (TEMEDS) 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 K?(Ti,Nb,Co,Zn)?O?? or CoZnTiO? 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 KNNNTK 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 KNNNTK composite ceramic's piezoelectric characteristics.

  3. Lead-free piezoelectric ceramics and thin films.

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    Safari, Ahmad; Abazari, Maryam

    2010-10-01

    Recent progress in lead-free piezoelectric ceramics and thin films with special emphasis on alkaline niobatebased and bismuth sodium titanate-based systems is reviewed concisely. Modifications of potassium sodium niobate (KNN) ceramics are presented and subsequent improvements in the electrical properties are summarized. Special attention is devoted to the phase diagram of the KNN system when a solid solution is formed with other perovskite niobates and titanates. Impact of A-site and B-site dopants on the electromechanical properties of KNN ceramics are distinguished in view of transition temperatures. It is shown that the addition of most A-site and B-site dopants reduces the transition temperatures and improves the piezoactivity at room temperature. This is attributed to the shift of polymorphic transition from tetragonal to orthorhombic phase in the vicinity of room temperature. In contrast, formation of a solid solution of KNN with 18 mol% AgNbO? revealed a significant enhancement of properties without a notable change in the transition temperatures. Also, a bismuth sodium titanate (BNT) composition is introduced with particular emphasis on its binary and ternary derivatives. Moderate piezoelectric properties reported at the morphotropic phase boundaries, formed in BNT-based solid solutions are also represented. Advances on thin films based on these two compositions are evaluated and challenges involved with development of stoichiometric thin films with low leakage current are discussed. PMID:20889401

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

    2010-01-01

    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 (K0.5Na0.5)0.97Li0.03(Nb0.9 Ta0.1)O3 (abbreviated as KNLNT-0.03/0.10) was fabricated and characterized. The material was found to have a clamped dielectric constant ?33S = ?0 = 890, piezoelectric coefficient d33 = 245 pC/N, electromechanical coupling factor kt = 0.42 and Curie temperature Tc > 300 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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 today's sensor and actuator technologies. However, most commercially available piezoelectric materials, e.g., Pb [Zr(x)Ti(1-x)] O(3) (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 BaTiO(3), Na(0.5)Bi(0.5)TiO(3), K(0.5)Bi(0.5)TiO(3), Na(0.5)K(0.5)NbO(3), 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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?m 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

  12. 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.

  13. Lead-free piezoelectric KNN-BZ-BNT films with a vertical morphotropic phase boundary

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    Chen, Wen; Zhao, Jinyan; Wang, Lingyan; Ren, Wei; Liu, Ming

    2015-07-01

    The lead-free piezoelectric 0.915K0.5Na0.5NbO3-0.075BaZrO3-0.01Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 (0.915KNN-0.075BZ-0.01BNT) films were prepared by a chemical solution deposition method. The films possess a pure rhomobohedral perovskite phase and a dense surface without crack. The temperature-dependent dielectric properties of the specimens manifest that only phase transition from ferroelectric to paraelectric phase occurred and the Curie temperature is 217 oC. The temperature stability of ferroelectric phase was also supported by the stable piezoelectric properties of the films. These results suggest that the slope of the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) for the solid solution formed with the KNN and BZ in the films should be vertical. The voltage-induced polarization switching, and a distinct piezo-response suggested that the 0.915 KNN-0.075BZ-0.01BNT films show good piezoelectric properties.

  14. Dielectric and piezoelectric properties of sodium lithium niobate Na1-xLixNbO3 lead free ferroelectric ceramics

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    Cao, Wenwu

    by the high temperature shrinkage instrument. Structural phases were characterized by X-ray diffraction using Electric TH2817). Piezoelectric constant d33 was measured by a quasi-static d # Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2007 Abstract High density sodium lithium niobate lead free ce

  15. 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.

  16. Novel lead-free piezoelectric ceramics in the solid solution (1-x) bismuth iron oxide-barium titanate

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    Leontsev, Serhiy

    Piezoelectric materials are widely used in many areas of science and technology due to their electromechanical properties. The transformation of mechanical energy into electrical signals and vice versa based on the piezoelectric effect has led to the development of sensor devices and piezoelectric actuators used in accelerometers, pressure and vibration meters, micropositioning devices, ultrasound generators, motors etc. The most technologically important piezoelectric material is lead zirconate titanate PbZrO3-PbTiO3 (PZT), however, the commercial manufacture and application of PZT as a lead-based material represent serious health hazards. The need to reduce environmental contamination by lead-based substances has created the current drive to develop alternative lead-free piezoelectric materials. The present work describes a detailed investigation of the novel multifunctional ceramic material in a solid solution of bismuth iron oxide and barium titanate (1-x)BiFeO 3-xBaTiO3 (BFBT) with an emphasis on the room temperature piezoelectric properties and structural study. BFBT ceramics were prepared via the metal oxide solid-state preparation route. Addition of manganese oxide MnO2 increased the DC resistance by one to five orders of magnitude allowing high-field poling and piezoelectric strain measurements in Mn-modified BFBT ceramics. Piezoelectric d33 coefficients of 116 pC/N (low-field, Berlincourt) and 326 pC/N (effective, high-field) are reported for the compositions with x=0.25 and 0.33 respectively. Piezoelectric measurements using the Rayleigh law under applied large DC electric field indicated an increased low-field piezoelectric d33 coefficient to 150 pC/N (x=0.33). The DC bias is believed to stabilize the ferroclectric domain structure leading to stronger intrinsic and extrinsic contributions to the piezoelectric response in BFBT. Bright field TEM imaging confirmed formation of macroscopic domains following high field poling from initially frustrated domain state indicating the ability to induce long-range polarization order in BFBT ceramics. It is believed that the results of this work will contribute to the development of a family of lead-free piezoelectric materials based on BiFeO3-BaTiO3 system. KEYWORDS: Bismuth ferrite, Barium titanate, Lead-free, Piezoelectric ceramics, Crystal Structure

  17. 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; Lpez-Jurez, Rigoberto; Rojas-Hernandez, Rocio E; Del Campo, Adolfo; Razo-Prez, Neftal; 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Preparation and Characterization of Lead-free Piezoelectric Ceramics Qiang Chen1,a

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    Volinsky, Alex A.

    -pressing technique as well as spark plasma sintering have been used to obtain high densities [2], but such processing a chenqiang30sf@163.com, b jxli65@ustb.edu.cn (corresponding author) Keywords: Sintering; Piezoelectric of sintering temperature on the structure, density and electrical properties of KNL-NTS ceramics were

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. High temperature ultrasonic gas flow sensor based on lead free piezoelectric material

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    Krsmanovic, Dalibor

    2011-11-08

    -based route assisted with inverse microemulsion process to well-dispersed Bi4Ti3O12 nanocrystals. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 2010. 12(5): J. Hou, Y. Qu, R. Vaish, K.B.R. Varma, D. Krsmanovic, and R.V. Kumar, Crystallographic Evolution, Dielectric... , and Piezoelectric Properties of Bi4Ti3O12:W/Cr Ceramics. Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 2010. 93(5): J. Hou, R. Vaish, Y. Qu, D. Krsmanovic, K.B.R. Varma, and R.V. Kumar, Dielectric, pyroelectric and ferroelectric properties of Bi4Ti2.98Nb0.01Ta0.01O...

  5. Enhanced Piezoelectric Properties and Tunability of Lead-Free Ceramics Prepared by High-Energy Ball Milling

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    Mahesh, M. L. V.; Bhanuprasad, V. V.; James, A. R.

    2013-12-01

    Zirconium-doped barium titanate Ba(Zr0.15Ti0.85)O3 lead-free ceramics (hereinafter referred to as BZT) were synthesized using the solid-state reaction method by adopting the high-energy ball milling technique. Nanosized BZT powders resulted from high-energy ball milling, which in turn enhanced the dielectric and piezoelectric properties of the ceramics. A single-phase perovskite structure free from secondary phase peaks was observed for sintered BZT samples, and a relative density of 94% of the theoretical density was achieved. The electric-field-induced polarization-current data indicate the ferroelectric nature of the samples. Unipolar strain as high as 0.12% was realized for the ceramics sintered at 1350C, indicating their potential for use in actuator applications. Very high tunability of >70% for these ceramics is also reported.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Phase transition behavior and high piezoelectric properties in lead-free BaTiO3CaTiO3BaHfO3 ceramics

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    Cao, Wenwu

    piezoelectric coefficient d33 = 410 pC/N, and electrome- chanical coupling factor kp = 0.47, and a relative high composition shows enhanced properties with dielectric constant er = 2889 (at room temperature, 1 kHz), highPhase transition behavior and high piezoelectric properties in lead-free BaTiO3CaTiO3BaHfO3

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3:ZnO lead-free piezoelectric composites with deferred thermal depolarization

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    Zhang, Ji; Pan, Zhao; Nie, Peng-Xiao; Cui, Yu-Shuang; Yang, Bin; Chen, Jun; Zhang, Shan-Tao

    2015-06-01

    Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 (BNT) is among the most promising lead-free piezoelectric candidates. However, depolarization of BNT is a longstanding obstacle for practical applications. Here, we report that piezoelectric composites of Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3:xZnO (BNT:xZnO, where x is the mole ratio of ZnO to BNT) have deferred thermal depolarization. With increasing x from 0 to 0.4, the observed depolarization temperature (Td) tends to be deferred near x = 0.3, as confirmed by temperature dependent dielectric, ferroelectric, and piezoelectric measurements. As the result, the piezoelectric properties of the composites can be well maintained even after the poled composites are annealed at 125 C. It is proposed that the charges stemming from ZnO can be orderly distributed to form a local field, which can keep the poling state of BNT, thus suppress the depolarization, even after the external poling filed is removed. These results may pave the way for applications of BNT-based piezoceramics and significantly improve our understanding of the depolarization mechanism by optimizing the performance of lead-free piezoelectrics.

  12. 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.

  13. Effect of elemental diffusion on temperature coefficient of piezoelectric properties in KNN-based lead-free composites

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    Hong, Soon Hyung

    candidate owing to their excellent piezoelectric properties and high Curie temperature (TC) [114]. HoweverLETTER Effect of elemental diffusion on temperature coefficient of piezoelectric properties in KNN of temperature in KNN- based ceramics. As seen in Fig. 1a, high temperature coefficient of piezoelectric

  14. Temperature Dependence of Creep and Hardness of Sn-Ag-Cu Lead-Free Solder

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    Han, Y. D.; Jing, H. Y.; Nai, S. M. L.; Xu, L. Y.; Tan, C. M.; Wei, J.

    2010-02-01

    The creep behavior and hardness of Sn-3.5Ag-0.7Cu solder were studied using Berkovich depth-sensing indentation at temperatures of 25C to 125C. Assuming a power-law relationship between the creep strain rate and stress, an activation energy of 40 kJ/mol and stress exponents of 7.4, 5.5, and 3.7 at 25C, 75C, and 125C, respectively, were obtained. The results revealed that, with increasing temperature, the creep penetration and steady-state creep strain rate increased whereas the stress exponent decreased. The stress exponent and activation energy results also suggested that the creep mechanism is dislocation climb, assisted by diffusion through dislocation cores in Sn. Furthermore, the hardness results exhibited a decreasing trend with increasing temperature, which is attributed to softening at high temperature.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Fabrication and characterization of Na0.5K0.5NbO3-CuNb2O6 lead-free step-down piezoelectric transformers

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    Yang, Ming-Ru; Chu, Sheng-Yuan; Chan, I.-Hao; Huang, Sheng-Kai

    2011-08-01

    Lead-free (Na0.5K0.5)NbO3 (NKN) ceramics doped with 1 mol% CuNb2O6 (01CN) ceramics were prepared using the conventional mixed oxide method at a sintering temperature of 1075 C. NKN + 1 mol% CuTa2O6 (NKN-01CN) ceramics sintered at 1075 C exhibit excellent "hard" piezoelectric properties of kp = 40%, kt = 45%, and k33 = 57%, with ferroelectric property Ec = 23 kV/cm. The mechanical quality factor (Qm) is extraordinarily high (1933) and the temperature stability is excellent (Temperature coefficient of frequency (TCF) = -154 ppm/C). The piezoelectric transformer (PT) was fabricated on NKN-01CN lead-free substrates, and the electrical characteristics were investigated. The devices were simplified into an equivalent circuit and analyzed using the MATLAB software package. The simulation results matched the experimental results. By reversing the input and the output, the step-down PT can be easily fabricated using a simple disk-type structure. A maximum efficiency of 93% with a voltage gain of 0.12 was measured, which was in good agreement with the simulation results (a maximum efficiency of 98.7% with a voltage gain of 0.13) for the step-down mode.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Combinatorial discovery of a lead-free morphotropic phase boundary in a thin-film piezoelectric perovskite

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    Rubloff, Gary W.

    perovskite S. Fujino,1,a M. Murakami,1 V. Anbusathaiah,2 S.-H. Lim,1 V. Nagarajan,2 C. J. Fennie,3 M. Wuttig with a simple perovskite structure using the combinatorial thin film strategy. The boundary is a rhombohedral at approximately Bi0.86Sm0.14FeO3 with dielectric constant and out-of-plane piezoelectric coefficient comparable

  3. 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 (25100 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.

  4. 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 ?A, respectively, under repeated human finger impact. It has been demonstrated that the output volume power density of 10.8 ?W 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

  5. 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.

  6. Lead-free BNBT-6 piezoelectric ceramic fibre/epoxy 1-3 composites for ultrasonic transducer applications

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    Wang, D. Y.; Li, K.; Chan, H. L. W.

    2005-04-01

    Barium-modified bismuth sodium titanate, 0.94 (Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-0.06BaTiO3 (BNBT-6), fine-scale piezoelectric fibres were fabricated using a viscous suspension spinning process (VSSP). The sintered BNBT-6 fibres with diameters of 300 ?m were fabricated into 1-3 composites with fibre volume fraction vf of 0.2-0.5. Piezoelectric and dielectric properties of the 1-3 composites were measured. The electromechanical coupling coefficient kt of a vf=0.40 composite is 0.52. Properties of the VSSP fibres were calculated using the measured properties of the 1-3 composites. A vf=0.40 composite was thinned down to 213-?m thickness and constructed into an ultrasonic transducer. The pulse-echo response, bandwidth and insertion loss of the transducers were studied. The VSSP fibre composite transducer with vf=0.40 has a centre frequency of 7 MHz with a bandwidth of 88%. The good performance indicated that the BNBT-6/epoxy 1-3 fibre composite transducer has potential for medical imaging applications.

  7. 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.

  8. 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, ?-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 1075C 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.

  9. Giant strain with ultra-low hysteresis and high temperature stability in grain oriented lead-free K???Bi???TiO?-BaTiO?-Na???Bi???TiO? 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 (K???Bi???TiO?-BaTiO?-xNa???Bi???TiO? (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 (d?? ~ 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Fabrication and Characterization of (100),(001)-Oriented Reduction-Resistant Lead-Free Piezoelectric (Ba,Ca)TiO3 Ceramics Using Platelike Seed Crystals

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    Ichikawa, Hiroki; Sakamoto, Wataru; Akiyama, Yoshikazu; Maiwa, Hiroshi; Moriya, Makoto; Yogo, Toshinobu

    2013-09-01

    The preparation of reduction-resistant (Ba,Ca)TiO3 ceramics as lead-free piezoelectric materials was studied. To improve their electrical properties, (100),(001)-oriented (Ba0.85Ca0.15)TiO3 ceramics were fabricated by the reactive templated grain growth method using a mixture of platelike CaTiO3 and BaTiO3 particles. The platelike CaTiO3 and BaTiO3 particles were prepared through a topochemical microcrystal conversion process using CaBi4Ti4O15 and BaBi4Ti4O15 plate-like precursor crystals. The 100 orientation degree of the grain-oriented (Ba0.85Ca0.15)TiO3 ceramics was 92%, as estimated by Lotgering's equation. In addition, 1 mol % Ba excess and 1 mol % Mn-doped (Ba0.85Ca0.15)TiO3 sintered bodies, which were sintered at 1350 C in an Ar flow containing H2 (0.3%), had sufficient resistivity to allow the characterization of electrical properties. The ferroelectric and field-induced strain properties of the (Ba0.85Ca0.15)TiO3 ceramics, sintered in the reducing atmosphere, were markedly improved as a result of fabricating grain-oriented samples. The field-induced strain coefficient (estimated from the slope of the unipolar strain loop) of the nonreducible (100),(001)-oriented (Ba0.85Ca0.15)TiO3 ceramics reached 570 pm/V, which was higher than that of polycrystals (260 pm/V) with no preferential orientation.

  12. 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).

  13. Giant strain with ultra-low hysteresis and high temperature stability in grain oriented lead-free K???Bi???TiO?-BaTiO?-Na???Bi???TiO? 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 (K???Bi???TiO?-BaTiO?-xNa???Bi???TiO? (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 (d?? ~ 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 piezoelectricmorematerials.less

  14. 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 ? of 1.27-1.40 ms and a large quantum yield ? 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Fabrication of lead-free (Na{sub 0.82}K{sub 0.18}){sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} piezoelectric nanofiber by electrospinning

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    Chen, Y.Q.; Zheng, X.J.; Feng, X.; Dai, S.H.; Zhang, D.Z.

    2010-06-15

    (Na{sub 0.82}K{sub 0.18}){sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} nanofibers were synthesized by sol-gel process and electrospinning. Scanning electron microscopy was used to verify that the diameters and lengths are in the range of 150-600 nm and several hundreds of micrometer. Perovskite structure and grain size (20-70 nm) were verified by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The high effective piezoelectric coefficient d{sub 33} (96 pm/V) was measured by scanning force microscopy. It may be attributed to easily tilting the polar vector of domain for an electric field and the increase in the number of possible spontaneous polarization direction near the rhombohedral-tetragonal morphotropic phase boundary. The research shows that there are potentional applications for (Na{sub 0.82}K{sub 0.18}){sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} nanofiber in nanoscale lead-free piezoelectric devices.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. Structural crossover from nonmodulated to long-period modulated tetragonal phase and anomalous change in ferroelectric properties in the lead-free piezoelectric N a1 /2B i1 /2Ti O3-BaTi O3

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    Rao, Badari Narayana; Khatua, Dipak Kumar; Garg, Rohini; Senyshyn, Anatoliy; Ranjan, Rajeev

    2015-06-01

    The highly complex structure-property interrelationship in the lead-free piezoelectric (x )N a1 /2B i1 /2Ti O3- (1 -x ) BaTi O3 is a subject of considerable contemporary debate. Using comprehensive x-ray, neutron diffraction, dielectric, and ferroelectric studies, we have shown the existence of a new criticality in this system at x =0.80 , i.e., well within the conventional tetragonal phase field. This criticality manifests as a nonmonotonic variation of the tetragonality and coercivity and is shown to be associated with a crossover from a nonmodulated tetragonal phase (for x <0.8 ) to a long-period modulated tetragonal phase (for x >0.80 ). It is shown that the stabilization of long-period modulation introduces a characteristic depolarization temperature in the system. While differing qualitatively from the two-phase model often suggested for the critical compositions of this system, our results support the view with regard to the tendency in perovskites to stabilize long-period modulated structures as a result of complex interplay of antiferrodistortive modes [Bellaiche and Iniguez, Phys. Rev. B 88, 014104 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevB.88.014104; Prosandeev, Wang, Ren, Iniguez, ands Bellaiche, Adv. Funct. Mater. 23, 234 (2013), 10.1002/adfm.201201467].

  13. 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.

  14. Dielectric and piezoelectric properties of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} doped (Bi{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sub 0.94}Ba{sub 0.06}TiO{sub 3} lead-free piezoelectric ceramics

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    Zhou Changrong Liu Xinyu; Li Weizhou; Yuan Changlai

    2009-04-02

    Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} doped lead-free piezoelectric ceramics (Bi{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sub 0.94}Ba{sub 0.06}TiO{sub 3} (0-0.7 wt%) were synthesized by the conventional solid state reaction method, and the effect of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition on the structure and electrical properties was investigated. X-ray diffraction shows that Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} diffuses into the lattice of (Bi{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sub 0.94}Ba{sub 0.06}TiO{sub 3} to form a solid solution with a pure perovskite structure. The temperature dependence of dielectric constant of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} doped samples under various frequencies indicates obvious relaxor characteristics different from typical relaxor ferroelectric and the mechanism of the relaxor behavior was discussed. The optimum piezoelectric properties of piezoelectric constant d{sub 33} = 137 pC/N and the electromechanical coupling factor k{sub p} = 0.30 are obtained at 0.5% and 0.1% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition, respectively.

  15. 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)BNTxBZH, 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)BNTxBZH 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??C/cm{sup 2}, 43.5??C/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.

  16. Effect of composition on electrical properties of lead-free Bi0.5(Na0.80K0.20)0.5TiO3-(Ba0.98Nd0.02)TiO3 piezoelectric ceramics

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    Jaita, Pharatree; Watcharapasorn, Anucha; Jiansirisomboon, Sukanda

    2013-07-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric ceramics with the composition of (1-x)Bi0.5(Na0.80K0.20)0.5TiO3-x(Ba0.98Nd0.02)TiO3 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 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 (?r = 1716, tan? = 0.0701, Tc = 327 C, and d33 = 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. Effects of K content on the dielectric, piezoelectric, and ferroelectric properties of 0.95(K{sub x}Na{sub 1-x})NbO{sub 3}-0.05LiSbO{sub 3} lead-free ceramics

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    Wu Jiagang; Xiao Dingquan; Zhu Jianguo; Yu Ping; Wang Yuanyu

    2008-01-15

    The effects of K content on the dielectric, piezoelectric, and ferroelectric properties of 0.95(K{sub x}Na{sub 1-x})NbO{sub 3}-0.05LiSbO{sub 3} (0.95K{sub x}NN-0.05LS) (x=0.25-0.75) lead-free piezoelectric ceramics prepared by conventional solid-state sintering were studied. The experimental results show that the dielectric, piezoelectric, and ferroelectric properties strongly depend on K content in the 0.95K{sub x}NN-0.05LS ceramics. The 0.95K{sub x}NN-0.05LS (x=0.40) ceramics exhibit enhanced electrical properties (d{sub 33}{approx_equal}280 pC/N; k{sub p}{approx_equal}49.4%; T{sub c}{approx}364 deg. C; T{sub o-t}=25 deg. C; {epsilon}{sub r}{approx_equal}1463; tan {delta}{approx_equal}2.3%; P{sub r}{approx}30.8 {mu}C/cm{sup 2}; E{sub c}{approx}14.0 kV/cm). The enhanced electrical properties of 0.95K{sub x}NN-0.05LS (x=0.40) ceramics are attributed to the polymorphic phase transition near room temperature. These results show that 0.95K{sub x}NN-0.05LS (x=0.40) ceramic is a promising lead-free piezoelectric material.

  20. 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.

  1. Lead-free primary explosives

    DOEpatents

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  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. 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.

  7. 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 120260?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 ? 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 510?nm were revealed by high-resolution transmission electron microscope. The normal piezoelectric coefficient d{sub 33} exhibits a rapid increase at E?=?1520?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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. Lead-free electric matches.

    SciTech Connect

    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. 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

  14. Nonlinear coefficients in lead-free CuO-(K,Na)NbO3 transducers

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    Liu, Yaoyang; Morita, Takeshi

    2015-07-01

    Hard piezoelectric materials usually require to be driven at a high vibration level. However, piezoelectrics under high stress show significant nonlinear behavior, which should be taken as one of the criteria. In this study, nonlinearity in lead-free CuO-(K,Na)NbO3 (CuO-KNN) transducers was investigated. In the burst-mode measurement, the transducers began free vibration after being excited by a burst voltage. The velocity decay rate and resonance frequency obtained from the velocity-time curve show high dependence on velocity amplitude. On the other hand, in the measured admittance curves at high voltage, around the resonant frequency, the values are not consecutive (jumping phenomenon); also, a hysteresis appears between the upward and downward sweeps, indicating the existence of nonlinearity. A model containing the nonlinear terms was proposed and adopted for fitting the admittance curves. From the curve fitting, the nonlinear coefficients and force factor of the CuO-KNN transducers could be determined and compared with those of Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 transducers.

  15. 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.

  16. Nanoscale oxygen octahedral tilting in 0.90(Bi{sub 1/2}Na{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3}-0.05(Bi{sub 1/2}K{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3}-0.05BaTiO{sub 3} lead-free perovskite piezoelectric ceramics

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    Tai, Cheuk W.; Lereah, Y.

    2009-08-10

    The oxygen octahedral tilted domains in 0.90(Bi{sub 1/2}Na{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3}-0.5(Bi{sub 1/2}K{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3}-0.5BaTiO{sub 3} lead-free perovskite piezoelectric ceramic have been studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Selected-area electron diffraction patterns shows the (1/2)ooo and (1/2)ooe reflections, indicating the presence of antiphase (a{sup -}a{sup -}a{sup -}) and in-phase (a{sup o}a{sup o}c{sup +}) octahedral tilting, respectively. The morphology and distributions of these tilted domains are shown in the centered dark-field images. Further, the Bragg-filtered high-resolution TEM image reveals that the size of the in-phase tilted domains varies from 1 to 8 nm across. The ceramic contains the mixture of nontilted and variants of the antiphase and in-phase tilted domains.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Comparative study of 2mol% Li- and Mn-substituted lead-free potassium sodium niobate ceramics

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    Dahiya, Asha; Thakur, O. P.; Juneja, J. K.; Singh, Sangeeta; Dipti

    2014-12-01

    The effect of Li and Mn substitution on the dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of lead free K0.5Na0.5NbO3 (KNN) was investigated. Samples were prepared using a conventional solid state reaction method. The sintering temperature for all the samples was 1050C. The optimum doping concentration for the enhancement of different properties without the introduction of any other co-dopants such as Ti, Sb, and La was investigated. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed that all the samples crystallize in a single phase perovskite structure. The dielectric properties were investigated as a function of temperature and applied electric field frequency. Compared with Li-substituted KNN (KLNN), Mn-substituted KNN (KMNN) exhibited a higher dielectric constant ? max (i.e., 4840) at its critical transition temperature T c (i.e., 421C) along with a lower value of tangent loss at 10 kHz and greater values of saturation polarisation P s (i.e., 20.14 ?C/cm2) and remnant polarisation P r (i.e., 15.48 ?C/cm2). The piezoelectric constant ( d 33) of KMNN was 178 pC/N, which is comparable to that of lead-based hard ceramics. The results presented herein suggest that B-site or Mn substitution at the optimum concentration results in good enhancement of different properties required for materials used in memory devices and other applications.

  1. Lead-free bearing alloys for engine applications

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    Ratke, Lorenz; gren, John; Ludwig, Andreas; Tonn, Babette; Grnsy, Lszl; Mathiesen, Ragnvald; Arnberg, Lars; Anger, Gerd; Reifenhuser, Bernd; Lauer, Michael; Garen, Rune; Gust, Edgar

    2005-10-01

    Recent developments to reduce the fuel consumption, emission and air pollution, size and weight of engines for automotive, truck, ship propulsion and electrical power generation lead to temperature and load conditions within the engines that cannot be borne by conventional bearings. Presently, only costly multilayer bearings with electroplated or sputtered surface coatings can cope with the load/speed combinations required. Ecological considerations in recent years led to a ban by the European Commission on the use of lead in cars a problem for the standard bronze-lead bearing material. This MAP project is therefore developing an aluminium-based lead-free bearing material with sufficient hardness, wear and friction properties and good corrosion resistance. Only alloys made of components immiscible in the molten state can meet the demanding requirements. Space experimentation plays a crucial role in optimising the cast microstructure for such applications.

  2. 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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    Cao, Wenwu

    and low dielectric loss (d33 360 pC/N, d31 113 pC/N, d15 162 pC/N, k33 0.720, kt 0.540, and tan, high Curie temperature, and relatively good piezoelectric properties.1,2 Among these NBT-based solid- position of x 0.06 0.07.68 It has been reported that the piezoelectric constant d33 of In2O3 doped 0

  3. 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.

  4. Phase transitions and the piezoelectricity around morphotropic phase boundary in Ba(Zr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8})O{sub 3}-x(Ba{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3})TiO{sub 3} lead-free solid solution

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    Zhang, Le; Zhang, Ming; Wang, Liang; Zhou, Chao; Zhang, Zhen; Yao, Yonggang; Zhang, Lixue; Xue, Dezhen E-mail: xlou03@mail.xjtu.edu.cn Lou, Xiaojie E-mail: xlou03@mail.xjtu.edu.cn; Ren, Xiaobing E-mail: xlou03@mail.xjtu.edu.cn

    2014-10-20

    In this paper, two displacive phase transitions around the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) in 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) ceramics were detected by inspecting two anomalies of the Raman Ti{sup 4+}-O{sup 2?} longitudinal optical mode (?725?cm{sup ?1}). Further, permittivity and X-ray diffraction results demonstrated these two phase transitions originate from tetragonal (T) to rhombohedral (R) through an intermediate orthorhombic (O) phase. Importantly, we found that the maximum piezoelectric response (d{sub 33}?=?545pC/N) was achieved at the boundary between the T and O phase, indicating that the giant piezoelectricity of BZT-xBCT may mainly stem from the T-O phase boundary due to easier polarization rotation and larger lattice softening.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

    2012-09-21

    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 KNbO(3) ferroelectric nanorods (~1 ?m length) with piezoelectric coefficient (d(33) ~ 55 pm V (-1)). A flexible piezoelectric nanogenerator is mainly composed of KNbO(3)-poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) composite sandwiched by Au/Cr-coated polymer substrates. We deposit a thin poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) layer between the KNbO(3)-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 KNbO(3)-PDMS composite device shows a nearly frequency-independent dielectric constant (~3.2) and low dielectric loss (<0.006) for the frequency range of 10(2)-10(5) 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. PMID:22922486

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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%).

  13. 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.

  14. NASA-DoD Lead-Free Electronics Project

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

    2014-08-01

    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. PMID:24967905

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Ferroelectric and octahedral tilt twin disorder and the lead-free piezoelectric, sodium potassium niobate system

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    Schiemer, Jason; Withers, Ray L.; Liu, Yun; Yi, Zhiguo

    2012-11-15

    Using electron diffraction, trends in the local structural behaviour of the K{sub x}Na{sub 1-x}NbO{sub 3} (KNN x) 'solid solution' system are investigated and interpreted using an order/disorder based theoretical framework. At room temperature, electron diffraction shows a single plane of transverse polarised, diffuse intensity perpendicular to [0 1 0]{sub p} Low-Asterisk (p for parent sub-structure) across the entire phase diagram, indicative of ferroelectric disorder along the [0 1 0]{sub p} direction co-existing with long range ferroelectric order along the orthogonal [1 0 0]{sub p} and [0 0 1]{sub p} directions. An additional characteristic pattern of diffuse scattering is also observed, involving rods of diffuse intensity running along the [1 0 0]{sub p}* and [0 0 1]{sub p}* directions of the perovskite sub-structure and indicative of octahedral tilt disorder about the [1 0 0]{sub p} and [0 0 1]{sub p} axes co-existing with long range ordered octahedral tilting around the [0 1 0]{sub p} direction. A possible crystal chemical explanation for the existence of this latter octahedral tilt disorder is explored through bond valence sum calculations. The possible influence of both types of disorder on the previously refined, room temperature space group/s and average crystal structure/s is examined. - Graphical abstract: [-3,0.-1]p zone axis EDP of K{sub 0.46}Na{sub 0.54}NbO{sub 3} indexed according to both the relevant Pcm21 space groups (no subscripts) and the parent perovskite subcell (denoted by a subscript p). Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Characterises ferroelectric and octahedral tilt disorder in the KNN solid solution. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Discusses the possible driving forces for this disorder. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Discusses the implications of this disorder for physical properties. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Discusses the effects of this disorder on powder diffraction data.

  5. 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

  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. 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 Eu3+, Pr3+ and Er3+ ions were examined as a function of BaF2 concentration and several spectroscopic parameters for rare earths were determined. The ratio of integrated luminescence intensity of the 5D0 ? 7F2 transition to that of the 5D0 ? 7F1 transition of Eu3+ decrease significantly with increasing BaF2 content. The absorption (Er3+) and emission (Pr3+) 'hypersensitive transitions' of rare earths are shifted in direction to shorter wavelengths with increasing BaF2 content in glass composition. Emission spectra and their decays corresponding to the main 4I13/2 ? 4I15/2 laser transition of Er3+ were also analyzed. Quite long-lived NIR luminescence of Er3+ is observed for lead-free glass samples with low BaF2 concentration.

  8. Fano resonance and dipolar relaxation in lead-free relaxors.

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    Wang, D; Hlinka, J; Bokov, A A; Ye, Z-G; Ondrejkovic, P; Petzelt, J; Bellaiche, L

    2014-01-01

    Fano resonance is a phenomenon in which a discrete state interferes with a continuum of states and has been observed in many areas of science. Here, we report on the prediction of a Fano resonance in ferroelectric relaxors, whose properties are poorly understood: an ab initio molecular dynamic scheme reveals such resonance between the bare optical phonon mode of the Zr sublattice (the discrete state) and the bare optical phonon mode of the Ti sublattice (the continuum of states) in disordered lead-free Ba(Zr,Ti)O3. The microscopic origins of the discrete state and continuum of states are discussed in the context of relaxor properties. Furthermore, our simulations suggest that the T* characteristic temperature of relaxor is related to a hardening of the vibrational frequencies associated with fluctuation of the Ti sublattice. Finally, a terahertz relaxation mode reflecting reorientations of Ti dipoles and showing a thermally activated behaviour is predicted, in agreement with previous experiments. PMID:25369904

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. Study of Lead Free Ferroelectric Films for New Solar Cells

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    Fasquelle, D.; Mascot, M.; Carru, J. C.; Hikam, M.; Iriani, Y.; Soegijono, B.

    2009-09-14

    We report on the deposition by a sol-gel process of Ba{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}TiO{sub 3} and Ba{sub 0.9}Sr{sub 0.1}TiO{sub 3} films on platinum coated silicon substrates. X-Ray diffraction patterns show that the films are (111) preferentially oriented. The surface morphology is smooth, without cracks and the grain size is about 50 nm as determined by AFM and SEM. The dielectric constant measured from 10{sup 2} to 10{sup 6} Hz decreases slightly and is around 400 at 10{sup 4} Hz. The losses are constant in a first approximation for a 1.5 {mu}m thick BST(80/20) film with a value of 0.03 at 10 kHz. The existence of an hysteresis cycle attests that the films, whatever their thickness, are in a ferroelectric state. Pyroelectric coefficients have been determined and the best figure of merit obtained on BST(90/10) at 293 K and 10 kHz is of 149 {mu}C/m{sup 3}/K. The best dielectric and pyroelectric properties (tg{delta} = 0.006 at 1 MHz, tunability = 30%, {gamma} = 340 {mu}C/m{sup 2}/K) were obtained on the 400 nm BST(90/10) film. Work is in progress to characterize the piezoelectric and photovoltaic properties of our BST films.

  17. Effect of lead-free solder joint's size and configuration on mechanical properties, microstructure, and aging kinetics

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    Tashtoush, Tariq H.

    The properties of Lead-Free solder joints continue to change over a very long time while in service. The assessment of long-term service life of electronics packages invariably misses the effect of solder joint size and configuration, and may thus end up to be seriously misleading. One of the goals of the present research is to develop a fundamental understanding of the effects of solder joint size on the mechanical properties of microstructure and aging kinetics. This understanding will help in the assessment of the reliability of Lead-Free solder joints. For this purpose, two different room temperature properties, namely, shear strength and micro-hardness, are studied and the microstructure is also evaluated to find the correlation between them. These properties are measured before and after aging for different lengths of time at different temperatures. Five common Lead-Free alloys are selected for the present study, which are SAC105, SAC205, SAC305, SnCu and SnAg. The study also addresses effects of solder joint size by focusing on 20 mil (508?m) and 30 mil (760?m) diameter solder spheres reflowed onto solder mask defined OSP coated Cu pads with a typical manufacturing Lead-Free reflow profile. Isothermal aging is conducted for up to 500 hours at temperatures of 70, 100, and 125C. As expected, the resulting room temperature properties decrease with aging time, and at a faster rate for higher aging temperatures. The acceleration factors that are extracted for the evolution of each property are different for the selected alloy and joint sizes.

  18. 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.

  19. Lead-free KNbO ferroelectric nanorod based flexible nanogenerators and capacitors

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    Wang, Zhong L.

    Lead-free KNbO 3 ferroelectric nanorod based flexible nanogenerators and capacitors This article.1088/0957-4484/23/37/375401 Lead-free KNbO3 ferroelectric nanorod based flexible nanogenerators and capacitors Jong Hoon Jung1 as well as high-k capacitor applications by performing electrical poling and further optimizing the device

  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. Simplified determination of nonlinear coefficients in piezoelectric transducers

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    Liu, Yaoyang; Morita, Takeshi

    2015-10-01

    Hard-type piezoelectric materials usually need to be driven under high power operation. However, in this occasion the piezoelectrics show significant nonlinear behavior, which affects various properties and should be taken as one extra criterion. In previous studies, the nonlinear phenomena in piezoelectric transducers were investigated and a nonlinear model was proposed to describe the nonlinear phenomena. Curve fitting of admittance curves yielded the nonlinear level of the piezoelectric transducers. In this study, on the basis of the nonlinear model a simplified method was proposed to replace the curve fitting; for hard-type piezoelectric transducers the results obtained from two methods show consistence with each other. With the determined nonlinear coefficients, we analyzed the high power properties of hard-type piezoelectric transducers. The conventional method for calculating quality factor was improved and demonstrated to be efficient. The energy density of high power piezoelectrics was also discussed.

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

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    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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

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

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    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.

  6. Response of intergrown microstructure to an electric field and its consequences in the lead-free piezoelectric bismuth sodium titanate

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    Liu Yun; Noren, Lasse; Studer, Andrew J.; Withers, Ray L.; Guo Yiping; Li Yongxiang; Yang Hui; Wang Jian

    2012-03-15

    We investigate the R3c average structure and micro-structure of the ceramic Bi{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} (BNT) in situ under applied electric fields using diffraction techniques. Electron diffraction implies the presence of significant octahedral tilt twin disorder, corresponding to the existence of a fine scale intergrown microstructural (IGMS) 'phase' within the R3c rhombohedral average structure matrix. A careful neutron refinement suggests not only that the off-centre displacements of the cations relative to the oxygens in the R3c regions increases systematically on application of an electric field but also that the phase fraction of the IGMS regions increases systematically. The latter change in phase fraction on application of the electric field enhances the polar displacement of the cations relative to the oxygen anions and affects the overall strain response. These IGMS regions form local polar nano regions that are not correlated with one another, resulting in polarisation relaxation and strain behaviour observed in BNT-containing materials. - Graphical abstract: The intergrown microstructure at very fine scales within the R3c rhombohedral phase matrix of BNT, originating from octahedral tilt twinning disorder, will increase with respect to an external field. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The existence of an intergrown microstructural 'phase' within the average structure matrix. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This phase fraction of the intergrown microstructural regions changes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Such regions form local polar nano regions that are not correlated with one another.

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

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    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.

  8. 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, Ren 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

  9. 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 1150C 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.

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

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    Dixon, George P. (Alexandria, VA); Martin, Joe A. (Espanola, NM); Thompson, Don (Ridgecrest, CA)

    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.

  11. Mechanical Characterization of Lead-Free Sn-Ag-Cu Solder Joints by High-Temperature Nanoindentation

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    Lotfian, S.; Molina-Aldareguia, J. M.; Yazzie, K. E.; Llorca, J.; Chawla, N.

    2013-06-01

    The reliability of Pb-free solder joints is controlled by their microstructural constituents. Therefore, knowledge of the solder microconstituents' mechanical properties as a function of temperature is required. Sn-Ag-Cu lead-free solder alloy contains three phases: a Sn-rich phase, and the intermetallic compounds (IMCs) Cu6Sn5 and Ag3Sn. Typically, the Sn-rich phase is surrounded by a eutectic mixture of ?-Sn, Cu6Sn5, and Ag3Sn. In this paper, we report on the Young's modulus and hardness of the Cu6Sn5 and Cu3Sn IMCs, the ?-Sn phase, and the eutectic compound, as measured by nanoindentation at elevated temperatures. For both the ?-Sn phase and the eutectic compound, the hardness and Young's modulus exhibited strong temperature dependence. In the case of the intermetallics, this temperature dependence is observed for Cu6Sn5, but the mechanical properties of Cu3Sn are more stable up to 200C.

  12. Semiconductor/relaxor 0-3 type composites without thermal depolarization in Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-based lead-free piezoceramics

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    Zhang, Ji; Pan, Zhao; Guo, Fei-Fei; Liu, Wen-Chao; Ning, Huanpo; Chen, Y. B.; Lu, Ming-Hui; Yang, Bin; Chen, Jun; Zhang, Shan-Tao; Xing, Xianran; Rdel, Jrgen; Cao, Wenwu; Chen, Yan-Feng

    2015-03-01

    Commercial lead-based piezoelectric materials raised worldwide environmental concerns in the past decade. Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-based solid solution is among the most promising lead-free piezoelectric candidates; however, depolarization of these solid solutions is a longstanding obstacle for their practical applications. Here we use a strategy to defer the thermal depolarization, even render depolarization-free Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-based 0-3-type composites. This is achieved by introducing semiconducting ZnO particles into the relaxor ferroelectric 0.94Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-0.06BaTiO3 matrix. The depolarization temperature increases with increasing ZnO concentration until depolarization disappears at 30 mol% ZnO. The semiconducting nature of ZnO provides charges to partially compensate the ferroelectric depolarization field. These results not only pave the way for applications of Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-based piezoceramics, but also have great impact on the understanding of the mechanism of depolarization so as to provide a new design to optimize the performance of lead-free piezoelectrics.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Concurrent electromigration and creep in lead-free solder Matt Pharr,1

    E-print Network

    Suo, Zhigang

    Concurrent electromigration and creep in lead-free solder Matt Pharr,1 Kejie Zhao,1 Zhigang Suo,1,a online 28 October 2011) When electric current flows in a solder bump, electromigration generates stress electromigra- tion in solder bumps is much smaller than in any other com- ponents.1 Electromigration can cause

  16. Intermetallic Growth Studies on Sn-Ag-Cu Lead-Free Solder Joints

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    Zhou, Wei

    Intermetallic Growth Studies on Sn-Ag-Cu Lead-Free Solder Joints JOHN H.L. PANG,1,2 LUHUA XU,1 X (IMC) growth behavior plays an important role in solder joint reliability of electronic packaging solders and nickel/gold (Ni/Au) surface finish on BGA solder joint specimen is reported. Digital imaging

  17. The Influence of Sn Orientation on the Electromigration of Idealized Lead-free Interconnects

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    Linares, Xioranny

    2015-01-01

    solder joints, has made them susceptible to electromigration damage, which poses a major reliabilityreliability of new electronic devices by studying electromigration phenomena in new lead free solder joints.solders are being replaced by Pb-free solders in electronic devices, the reliability of solder joints

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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.

  1. 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% ...

  2. Thick lead-free ferroelectric films with high Curie temperatures through nanocomposite-

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    Eom, Chang Beom

    Thick lead-free ferroelectric films with high Curie temperatures through nanocomposite- induced alternative, BaTiO3, is non-toxic and has excellent ferro- electric properties, but its Curie temperature of 130 88888C is too low to be practical3 . Strain has been used to enhance the Curie temperature of Ba

  3. Fracture Behavior and Characterization of Lead-Free Brass Alloys for Machining Applications

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    Toulfatzis, Anagnostis I.; Pantazopoulos, George A.; Paipetis, Alkiviadis S.

    2014-09-01

    The stricter environmental, health, and safety regulations address the harmful effects of lead and provide the driving force for the development of lead-free brass alloys. Conventional leaded brass rods are widely used in several manufacturing sectors (i.e., fabrication of hydraulic components, fittings, valves, etc.) due to their superior workability in extrusion and drawing as well as their superior machinability. As machinability performance involves shear and dynamic fracture processes evolved under high strain-rate conditions, the understanding of the mechanical behavior/microstructure interaction is critical in order to successfully tailor candidate lead-free alloys for improved machinability without compromising the reliability of manufactured components. In this work, the mechanical behavior under static and dynamic loading of three lead-free brass alloys (CW510L-CW511L-C27450) in comparison to a conventional leaded brass alloy (CW614N) was studied. The fractographic evaluation of the texture of conjugate fracture surfaces was performed to identify the involved fracture mechanisms and their relation to the alloy microstructure. It was shown that the CW510L lead-free brass alloy is a potential candidate in replacing conventional CW614N leaded brass, combining high tensile strength and fracture toughness, due to the prevalence of the ?-intermetallic phase in the alloy microstructure.

  4. Lead-free halide perovskite solar cells with high photocurrents realized through vacancy modulation.

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    Kumar, Mulmudi Hemant; Dharani, Sabba; Leong, Wei Lin; Boix, Pablo P; Prabhakar, Rajiv Ramanujam; Baikie, Tom; Shi, Chen; Ding, Hong; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy; Asta, Mark; Graetzel, Michael; Mhaisalkar, Subodh G; Mathews, Nripan

    2014-11-01

    Lead free perovskite solar cells based on a CsSnI3 light absorber with a spectral response from 950 nm is demonstrated. The high photocurrents noted in the system are a consequence of SnF2 addition which reduces defect concentrations and hence the background charge carrier density. PMID:25212785

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  7. 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.

  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. Influence of 0.03 wt.% Carbon Black Addition on the Performance of Sn-3.5Ag Lead-Free Solder

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    Van Son, Phung; Fujitsuka, Akira; Ohshima, Ken-Ichi

    2012-07-01

    In an effort to improve the performance of lead-free solder, Sn-3.5 wt.%Ag (Sn-3.5Ag) solder alloy with 0.03 wt.% carbon black was prepared under high pressure (5.5 GPa) and high temperature (1200C). We have investigated the microstructure, melting behavior, and mechanical properties of the alloy using x-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Vickers hardness testing, tensile testing, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The melting point was found to be unchanged, while the hardness and the tensile strength increased with the addition of carbon black. SEM images showed that the average thickness of the intermetallic compound (IMC) layer decreased with the addition of carbon black, indicating improvement in solder joint reliability.

  10. Proceedings of the 2007 Aging Aircraft Conference Cost Model for Assessing the Transition to Lead-Free Electronics

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    Sandborn, Peter

    Proceedings of the 2007 Aging Aircraft Conference Cost Model for Assessing the Transition to Lead the cost ramifications of the transition from tin- lead to lead-free electronic parts. All tin-lead, all lead-free and mixed assembly approaches are considered. The model makes basic assumptions of a fixed

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

    PubMed

    Bah, Micka; Giovannelli, Fabien; Schoenstein, Frederic; Brosseau, Christophe; Deschamps, Jean-Robert; Dorvaux, Frdric; 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 ?33,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

  12. 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.

  13. Evaluation of Diffusion Barrier Between Lead-Free Solder Systems and Thermoelectric Materials

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    Lin, T. Y.; Liao, C. N.; Wu, Albert T.

    2012-01-01

    The intermetallic compound SnTe rapidly formed at interfaces between p-type bismuth telluride (Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3) thermoelectric materials and lead-free solders. The intermetallic compound influences the mechanical properties of the joints and the reliability of the thermoelectric modules. Various lead-free solder alloys, Sn-3.5Ag, Sn-3Ag-0.5Cu, Sn-0.7Cu, and Sn-2.5Ag-2Ni, were used to investigate the interfacial reactions. The results thus obtained show that Ag and Cu preferentially diffused into the Te-rich phase in Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3, so layers of Ag-Te and Cu-Te compounds could not form an effective diffusion barrier. Electroless nickel-phosphorus was plated at the interfaces to serve as a diffusion barrier, and the (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 compound formed instead of SnTe. Furthermore, the intermetallic compound NiTe formed between nickel- phosphorus and Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 and also served as a diffusion barrier. A plot of thickness as a function of annealing time yielded the growth kinetics of the intermetallic compounds in the thermoelectric material systems. The activation energy for the growth of the NiTe intermetallic compound is 111 kJ/mol.

  14. Evaluation of Bulk Mechanical Properties of Selected Lead-Free Solders in Tension and in Shear

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    Devaki Rani, S.; Murthy, G. S.

    2013-08-01

    Lead-free solders are fast emerging as better alternatives to Sn-Pb solders. The reliability of a soldered joint to withstand imposed stresses in an assembly is decided by its mechanical properties. The present work is about the investigation of tensile and shear properties of four binary eutectic alloys Sn-3.5Ag, Sn-58Bi, Sn-0.7Cu, Sn-9Zn and a ternary alloy Sn-57Bi-1.3Zn in comparison with conventional Sn-38Pb alloy. It is observed that the lead-free solders have better mechanical properties than the latter. SEM studies of tensile and shear fracture show ductile dimples circular in tension and parabolic in shear modes supporting the mechanical behavior of the alloys investigated. Eutectic alloys Sn-Ag, Sn-Zn, and Sn-Cu form potential substitutes for Sn-Pb for electronic interconnects exposed to high temperatures, while Sn-Bi and Sn-Bi-Zn are attractive alternatives in addressing the need of lower processing temperatures in printed circuit boards and other applications.

  15. Current Problems and Possible Solutions in High-Temperature Lead-Free Soldering

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    Kroupa, Ales; Andersson, Dag; Hoo, Nick; Pearce, Jeremy; Watson, Andrew; Dinsdale, Alan; Mucklejohn, Stuart

    2012-05-01

    The substitution of lead in the electronics industry is one of the key issues in the current drive towards ecological manufacturing. Legislation has already banned the use of lead in solders for mainstream applications ( T M ? 220 C), but the use of lead in the solders for high-temperature applications (>85% lead, T M ? 250-350 C) is still exempt in RoHS2. The search for proper substitutes has been ongoing among solder manufacturers only for a decade without finding a viable low cost alternative and is the subject of intensive research. This article tries to map the current situation in the field of high-temperature lead-free soldering, presenting a short review of current legislation, requirements for substitute alloys, and finally it describes some existing solutions both in the field of promising new materials and new technologies. Currently, there is no drop-in replacement for lead-containing solders and therefore both the new materials and the new technologies may be viable solutions for production of reliable lead-free joints for high-temperature applications.

  16. Study on Dynamic Failure Model of Lead-Free Solders Using Shpb Techniques

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    Niu, Xiaoyan; Yuan, Guozheng; Li, Zhigang; Shu, Xuefeng

    The dynamic compressive properties of 96.3Sn3Ag0.7Cu and 99.3Sn0.7Cu solders were studied by means of a split Hopkinson pressure bar at strain rates ranging from 500 to 2000 s-1. Tests were conducted at room temperature and under uniaxial compressive conditions. Eutectic SnPb solders were used as the reference. From the data of tests, it was found that yield strength and flow stress increased remarkably with the increase of strain rate. On logarithmic scales, the yield strength increased linearly with strain rate. These lead-free solders revealed certain visco-plastic behavior and strain rate sensitivity, which predicted using Johnson-Cook material model. Related parameters in the model were determined from the experiment. Compared with the typical Pb-containing solder Sn63Pb37, these lead-free solders showed some fine properties and could substitute some Pb-containing solder alloys in microelectronic components packaging and interconnects.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Lead-free solid-state organic-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells

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    Hao, Feng; Stoumpos, Constantinos C.; Cao, Duyen Hanh; Chang, Robert P. H.; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.

    2014-06-01

    Lead-free solution-processed solid-state photovoltaic devices based on methylammonium tin iodide (CH3NH3SnI3) perovskite semiconductor as the light harvester are reported. Featuring an optical bandgap of 1.3 eV, the CH3NH3SnI3 perovskite material can be incorporated into devices with the organic hole-transport layer spiro-OMeTAD and show an absorption onset at 950 nm, which is significantly redshifted compared with the benchmark CH3NH3PbI3 counterpart (1.55 eV). Bandgap engineering was implemented by chemical substitution in the form of CH3NH3SnI3-xBrx solid solutions, which can be controllably tuned to cover much of the visible spectrum, thus enabling the realization of lead-free solar cells with an initial power conversion efficiency of 5.73% under simulated full sunlight. Further efficiency enhancements are expected following optimization and a better fundamental understanding of the internal electron dynamics and corresponding interfacial engineering. The reported CH3NH3SnI3-xBrx perovskite solar cells represent a step towards the realization of low-cost, environmentally friendly solid-state solar cells.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Piezoelectric Ultrasonic Micromotors

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    Flynn, Anita M.

    1995-06-01

    This report describes development of micro-fabricated piezoelectric ultrasonic motors and bulk-ceramic piezoelectric ultrasonic motors. Ultrasonic motors offer the advantage of low speed, high torque operation without ...

  3. 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.

  4. Piezoelectric drive circuit

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    Treu, Jr., Charles A. (Raymore, MO)

    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.

  5. "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.

  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. Bonding nature of rare-earth-containing lead-free solders

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    Ramirez, Ainissa G.; Mavoori, Hareesh; Jin, Sungho

    2002-01-01

    The ability of rare-earth-containing lead-free solders to wet and bond to silica was investigated. Small additions of Lu (0.5-2 wt. %) added to eutectic Sn-Ag or Au-Sn solder render it directly solderable to a silicon oxide surface. The bonding is attributed to the migration of the rare-earth element to the solder-silica interface for chemical reaction and the creation of an interfacial layer that contains a rare-earth oxide. It was found that additions of rare-earth materials did not significantly modify the solidification microstructure or the melting point. Such oxide-bondable solders can be useful for assembly of various optical communication devices.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Accepted for publication Microelectronics Reliability February 1, 2014 Assessing the value of a lead-free solder control plan using cost-

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    Sandborn, Peter

    of a lead-free solder control plan using cost- based FMEA Edwin Lilliea , Peter Sandborna , David Humphreyb of lead-free solder for the assembly of electronic systems in critical applications that previously used tin-lead solder. A case study of the lead-free implementation of a power supply demonstrates

  15. 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.

  16. The elastic and piezoelectric properties of tungsten bronze ferroelectric crystals ,,Sr0.7Ba0.3...2NaNb5O15 and ,,Sr0.3Ba0.7...2NaNb5O15

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    Cao, Wenwu

    perovskite structure ferro- electrics due to their superior dielectric, piezoelectric, pyro- electric that these single crystals have larger dielectric constant and good piezoelectric property compared to other known lead-free perovskite ferroelectric crystals. The measurements show that the SBNN70 has larger

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Mechanical Properties of Lead-Free Solder Joints Under High-Speed Shear Impact Loading

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    Nguyen, Van Luong; Kim, Ho-Kyung

    2014-09-01

    In this study we expanded on recently reported research by using a modified miniature Charpy impact-testing system to investigate the shear deformation behavior of Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu lead-free solder joints at high strain rates ranging from 1.1 103 s-1 to 5.5 103 s-1. The experimental results revealed that the maximum shear strength of the solder joint decreased with increasing load speed in the ranges tested in this study. For solder joints tested at a shear speed exceeding 1 m/s, corresponding to an approximate strain rate that exceeds 1950 s-1, the brittle fracture mode is the main failure mode, whereas lower strain rates result in a ductile-to-brittle transition in the fracture surfaces of solder joints. In addition, the mode II stress intensity factor (K II) used to evaluate the fracture toughness (K C) of an interfacial intermetallic compound layer between Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu solder and the toughness of copper substrate was found to decrease from 1.63 MPa m0.5 to 0.97 MPa m0.5 in the speed range tested here.

  1. Mechanical Properties of Lead-Free Solder Joints Under High-Speed Shear Impact Loading

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    Nguyen, Van Luong; Kim, Ho-Kyung

    2014-11-01

    In this study we expanded on recently reported research by using a modified miniature Charpy impact-testing system to investigate the shear deformation behavior of Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu lead-free solder joints at high strain rates ranging from 1.1 103 s-1 to 5.5 103 s-1. The experimental results revealed that the maximum shear strength of the solder joint decreased with increasing load speed in the ranges tested in this study. For solder joints tested at a shear speed exceeding 1 m/s, corresponding to an approximate strain rate that exceeds 1950 s-1, the brittle fracture mode is the main failure mode, whereas lower strain rates result in a ductile-to-brittle transition in the fracture surfaces of solder joints. In addition, the mode II stress intensity factor ( K II) used to evaluate the fracture toughness ( K C) of an interfacial intermetallic compound layer between Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu solder and the toughness of copper substrate was found to decrease from 1.63 MPa m0.5 to 0.97 MPa m0.5 in the speed range tested here.

  2. 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.

  3. Improved design of piezoelectric micro-actuators for HDD

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    Lau, Gih Keong; Du, Hejun

    2002-11-01

    This paper presents a design of piezoelectric micro-actuator with improved stroke sensitivity and adequate level of lateral resonant frequency for hard disk drive (HDD) application. The improved design employed active piezoelectric elements in push-pull configuration, and two flexural serpentines with inverse-T slits in between them. Instead of adopting conventional design of physical hinge, the two flexural serpentines allow flexural rotations of load beam about an artificial hinge at larger magnification factors. The present design also allows easy adjustment between stroke sensitivity and lateral resonant frequency, which are conflicting with each other, through placement of piezoelectric elements.

  4. 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.

  5. The Measurement of Thermal Conductivity Variation with Temperature for Sn-Based Lead-Free Binary Solders

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    Demir, Mustafa; Aksz, Sezen; ztrk, Esra; Mara?l?, Necmettin

    2014-10-01

    The variations of thermal conductivity with temperature in the Sn-based lead-free binary solders, Sn-10 wt pct X (X = Ag, In, Bi, Cu, Sb, Zn), were measured by using the linear heat flow apparatus. The thermal conductivities of Sn-based lead-free solders at their melting temperature were obtained from graphs of thermal conductivity variation with temperature. The variations of electrical conductivity with temperature for same solders were also determined from the Wiedemann-Franz (W-F) equation by using the measured values of thermal conductivity.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Microstructure Characterization Of Lead-Free Solders Depending On Alloy Composition

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    Panchenko, Iuliana; Mueller, Maik; Wolter, Klaus-Juergen

    2010-11-01

    Fatigue and crack nucleation in solder joints is basically associated with changes in the microstructure. Therefore the microstructure evolution of SnAgCu solder joints during solidification and subsequent application is an important subject for reliability investigations and physics of failure analysis. The scope of this study is a systematic overview of the as-cast microstructures in small sized lead-free SnAgCu solder spheres after solidification. A total of 32 alloy compositions have been investigated with varying Ag content from 0 to 5 wt.% and varying Cu content from 0 to 1.2 wt.%. The solder spheres had a diameter of approx. 270 ?m and were all manufactured under the similar conditions. Subsequent cross-sectioning was carried out in order to analyze the microstructure by optical and electron microscopy as well as Electron Backscatter Diffraction and Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy. The results allow a comprehensive overview of the dependence of the as-cast microstructure on the solder composition. It is shown that strong changes in microstructure can be caused by small changes in solder composition. In addition, a solidification phenomenon known as cyclic twinning has been found in the samples. Three different microstructures related to that phenomenon will be presented and detailed characterizations of these structures are given in this study. These microstructures differ in their appearance by solidification morphology, phase distribution as well as grain structure and can be described as follows: 1. large dentritic areas of different grain orientations which are characterized by approx. 60 twin boundaries; 2. areas of small ?-Sn cells with approx. 60 twin relation and larger intermetallic precipitates; 3. large grains consisting of a ?-Sn matrix with very fine intermetallic precipitates and high angle grain boundaries between adjacent grains.

  9. 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.

  10. New (1 - x)K0.45Na0.55Nb0.96Sb0.04O3-xBi0.5Na0.5HfO3 lead-free ceramics: Phase boundary and their electrical properties

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    Tao, Hong; Wu, Jiagang; Zheng, Ting; Wang, Xiangjian; Lou, Xiaojie

    2015-07-01

    Here, we reported a high unipolar strain and large piezoelectricity in new (1 - x)K0.45Na0.55Nb0.96Sb0.04O3-xBi0.5Na0.5HfO3 ceramics. The rhombohedral-tetragonal (R-T) phase boundary was constructed in the ceramics with 0.03 < x ? 0.05, which shows a large d33 value of 419 pC/N. More importantly, a high unipolar strain of 0.31% was observed due to the multiphase coexistence. In addition, the piezoelectricity of the ceramics could be effectively enhanced if their compositions are located at the phase boundaries region, where a very low electric field of 1.2 kV/mm can readily rotate the R/T domains. We also noticed that the deviation from phase boundary induced by applying an external electric field results in the deterioration of piezoelectricity after the "second-poling" method. We believe that as a potassium-sodium-niobate based material, the ceramics developed in this work may find practical applications in lead-free piezoelectric devices such as actuators and fuel injectors in the future owing to the significant enhancement in their piezoelectricity as well as strain.

  11. Piezoelectric Materials for Nonlinear Energy Harvesting Generators

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    Neiss, S.; Goldschmidtboeing, F.; Kroener, M.; Woias, P.

    2013-12-01

    Nonlinear piezoelectric energy harvesting generators can provide a large bandwidth combined with a good resonant power output. In an experimental study, the influence of the piezoceramic material on these two parameters is investigated. The results prove hard piezoceramics to be better suited as converting element compared to soft piezoceramics. Their improved mechanical quality compensates for their low piezo-mechanical coupling leading to both, a larger bandwidth and a higher power output of the generator.

  12. 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.

  13. Wide Compositional Range In Situ Electric Field Investigations on Lead-Free Ba (Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-x (Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 Piezoceramic

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    Zakhozheva, M.; Schmitt, L. A.; Acosta, M.; Guo, H.; Jo, W.; Schierholz, R.; Kleebe, H.-J.; Tan, X.

    2015-06-01

    The evolution of ferroelectric domains in the lead-free Ba (Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-x (Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 (abbreviated as BZT -x BCT ) piezoelectric ceramic is investigated in situ under an applied electric field using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Poling-induced, reversible, transformation from a multidomain to a single-domain state is monitored for a large variety of compositions. For all studied materials, this transformation occurs with the appearance of an intermediate nanodomain state at moderate poling fields. According to our results, under high poling fields, a single-domain state vanishes and multiple domains reappear within the grains. Upon further cycling, switching between two different multidomain states occurs. For all BZT -x BCT compositions that we investigate, no sign of the electric-field-induced structural changes is detected using the selected area electron-diffraction (SAED) patterns, which are devoid of the reflection splitting or any detectable changes during electrical poling. The extrinsic contribution to the piezoelectric properties is found to dominate in the BZT -x BCT piezoceramic.

  14. 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.

  15. Multiscale Modeling of Mechanical Shock Behavior of Environmentally-Benign Lead-Free Solders in Electronic Packaging

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    Fei, Huiyang

    With the increasing focus on developing environmentally benign electronic packages, lead-free solder alloys have received a great deal of attention. Mishandling of packages, during manufacture, assembly, or by the user may cause failure of solder joint. A fundamental understanding of the behavior of lead-free solders under mechanical shock conditions is lacking. Reliable experimental and numerical analyses of lead-free solder joints in the intermediate strain rate regime need to be investigated. This dissertation mainly focuses on exploring the mechanical shock behavior of lead-free tin-rich solder alloys via multiscale modeling and numerical simulations. First, the macroscopic stress/strain behaviors of three bulk lead-free tin-rich solders were tested over a range of strain rates from 0.001/s to 30/s. Finite element analysis was conducted to determine appropriate specimen geometry that could reach a homogeneous stress/strain field and a relatively high strain rate. A novel self-consistent true stress correction method is developed to compensate the inaccuracy caused by the triaxial stress state at the post-necking stage. Then the material property of micron-scale intermetallic was examined by microcompression test. The accuracy of this measure is systematically validated by finite element analysis, and empirical adjustments are provided. Moreover, the interfacial property of the solder/intermetallic interface is investigated, and a continuum traction-separation law of this interface is developed from an atomistic-based cohesive element method. The macroscopic stress/strain relation and microstructural properties are combined together to form a multiscale material behavior via a stochastic approach for both solder and intermetallic. As a result, solder is modeled by porous plasticity with random voids, and intermetallic is characterized as brittle material with random vulnerable region. Thereafter, the porous plasticity fracture of the solders and the brittle fracture of the intermetallics are coupled together in one finite element model. Finally, this study yields a multiscale model to understand and predict the mechanical shock behavior of lead-free tin-rich solder joints. Different fracture patterns are observed for various strain rates and/or intermetallic thicknesses. The predictions have a good agreement with the theory and experiments.

  16. 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.

  17. Cite this: CrystEngComm, 2013, 15, Large size lead-free (Na,K)(Nb,Ta)O3 piezoelectric single

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    Cao, Wenwu

    to ceramic form of materials due to the difficulty in growing large size crystals. Single crystals nature. Many methods have been adopted to grow KNN-based single crystals. Solid state crystal growth (SSCG) process was employed to grow crystals of 14 mm in size,16,17 but the crystals were porous

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. University of California, Irvine Environmental Health and Safety www.ehs.uci.edu Questions Call: (949) 824-6200 Version 1.0 Lead Free UCI

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    : (949) 824-6200 Version 1.0 Lead Free UCI Autoclave Tape - Get the Lead Out Environmental Health risks of lead pollution, and Replace lead containing autoclave tape with lead-free autoclave tape for FREE. Autoclave tape used in some laboratories may contain levels of lead that exceed the hazardous

  6. Advances in Fine Pitch Lead Free Assembly Process Ravi Doraiswami, Sandeep Sankararaman,Woopoung Kim, Jmg Li, Zhuqing Zhang, Piyush Gupta, Kensuke Nakanishi',

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    Swaminathan, Madhavan

    Advances in Fine Pitch Lead Free Assembly Process Ravi Doraiswami, Sandeep Sankararaman for selecting high electrical performance 100 micron pitch lead free solder bumping process. This is achieved subjected to thermal cychg (air to ai). This evaluation leads to the selection of the hest pad contigumtion

  7. Optimization of the piezoelectric response of 0-3 composites: a modeling approach

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    Chambion, B.; Goujon, L.; Badie, L.; Mugnier, Y.; Barthod, C.; Galez, C.; Wiebel, S.; Venet, C.

    2011-11-01

    Finite element modeling is used in this study to optimize the electromechanical behavior of 0-3 composites according to the material properties of their constituents. Our modeling approach considers an 'extended' 2D representative volume element (RVE) with randomly dispersed piezoelectric particles. A variable distribution of their polarization axes is also implemented because a full periodic arrangement of fillers and a unique poling orientation are unrealistic in practice. Comparisons with a simpler RVE and with an analytical model based on the Mori-Tanaka approach are performed as a function of the particle concentration for the elastic, dielectric and piezoelectric homogenized properties. An optimization of the piezoelectric response of 0-3 composites according to material considerations is then computed, allowing it to be shown that the piezoelectric strain coefficient is not the only relevant parameter and that lead-free piezoelectric fillers such as LiNbO3 and ZnO are competitive alternatives. Finally, the piezoelectric responses of 0-3 composites with different filler arrangements are quantitatively compared to 1-3 composites and to the corresponding bulk material.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Design of optimized piezoelectric HDD-sliders

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    Nakasone, Paulo H.; Yoo, Jeonghoon; Silva, Emilio C. N.

    2010-04-01

    As storage data density in hard-disk drives (HDDs) increases for constant or miniaturizing sizes, precision positioning of HDD heads becomes a more relevant issue to ensure enormous amounts of data to be properly written and read. Since the traditional single-stage voice coil motor (VCM) cannot satisfy the positioning requirement of high-density tracks per inch (TPI) HDDs, dual-stage servo systems have been proposed to overcome this matter, by using VCMs to coarsely move the HDD head while piezoelectric actuators provides fine and fast positioning. Thus, the aim of this work is to apply topology optimization method (TOM) to design novel piezoelectric HDD heads, by finding optimal placement of base-plate and piezoelectric material to high precision positioning HDD heads. Topology optimization method is a structural optimization technique that combines the finite element method (FEM) with optimization algorithms. The laminated finite element employs the MITC (mixed interpolation of tensorial components) formulation to provide accurate and reliable results. The topology optimization uses a rational approximation of material properties to vary the material properties between 'void' and 'filled' portions. The design problem consists in generating optimal structures that provide maximal displacements, appropriate structural stiffness and resonance phenomena avoidance. The requirements are achieved by applying formulations to maximize displacements, minimize structural compliance and maximize resonance frequencies. This paper presents the implementation of the algorithms and show results to confirm the feasibility of this approach.

  16. Tuning and parameter optimization of a digital integral controller for uniform droplet spray applications using lead-free tin-copper solder

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    De Castro, Eloisa M

    2009-01-01

    The advent of legislation restricting the use of lead in electronics requires innovation and refinement in processes for creating lead-free solder spheres for wafer bumping and other surface mount technology. Operation ...

  17. 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 Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu 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 Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu 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.

  18. Acceleration of osteogenesis by using barium titanate piezoelectric ceramic as an implant material

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    Furuya, K.; Morita, Y.; Tanaka, K.; Katayama, T.; Nakamachi, E.

    2011-04-01

    As bone has piezoelectric properties, it is expected that activity of bone cells and bone formation can be accelerated by applying piezoelectric ceramics to implants. Since lead ions, included in ordinary piezoelectric ceramics, are harmful, a barium titanate (BTO) ceramic, which is a lead-free piezoelectric ceramic, was used in this study. The purpose of this study was to investigate piezoelectric effects of surface charge of BTO on cell differentiation under dynamic loading in vitro. Rat bone marrow cells seeded on surfaces of BTO ceramics were cultured in culture medium supplemented with dexamethasone, ?-glycerophosphate and ascorbic acid while a dynamic load was applied to the BTO ceramics. After 10 days of cultivation, the cell layer and synthesized matrix on the BTO surfaces were scraped off, and then DNA content, alkaline phosphtase (ALP) activity and calcium content were measured, to evaluate osteogenic differentiation. ALP activity on the charged BTO surface was slightly higher than that on the non-charged BTO surface. The amount of calcium on the charged BTO surface was also higher than that on the non-charged BTO surface. These results showed that the electric charged BTO surface accelerated osteogenesis.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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 65C 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.

  2. Emission factors for gases and particle-bound substances produced by firing lead-free small-caliber ammunition.

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    Wingfors, H; Svensson, K; Hgglund, L; Hedenstierna, S; Magnusson, R

    2014-01-01

    Lead-free ammunition is becoming increasingly popular because of the environmental and human health issues associated with the use of leaded ammunition. However, there is a lack of data on the emissions produced by firing such ammunition. We report emission factors for toxic gases and particle-bound compounds produced by firing lead-free ammunition in a test chamber. Carbon monoxide, ammonia, and hydrogen cyanide levels within the chamber were analysed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, while total suspended particles and respirable particles were determined gravimetrically. The metal content of the particulate emissions was determined and the associated organic compounds were characterized in detail using a method based on thermal desorption coupled to gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. The particulate matter (?30 mg/round) consisted primarily of metals such as Cu, Zn, and Fe along with soot arising from incomplete combustion. Nitrogen-containing heterocyclic aromatic compounds such as carbazole, quinolone, and phenazine were responsible for some of the 25 most significant chromatographic peaks, together with PAHs, diphenylamine, and phthalates. Emission factors were determined for PAHs and oxygenated PAHs; the latter were less abundant in the gun smoke particles than in domestic dust and diesel combustion smoke. This may be due to the oxygen-deficient conditions that occur when the gun is fired. By using an electrical low pressure impactor, it was demonstrated that more than 90% of the particles produced immediately after firing the weapon had diameters of less than 30 nm, and so most of the gun smoke particles belonged to the nanoparticle regime. PMID:24188168

  3. Structure, dielectric tunability, thermal stability and diffuse phase transition behavior of lead free BZT-BCT ceramic capacitors

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    Sreenivas Puli, Venkata; Pradhan, Dhiren K.; Prez, W.; Katiyar, R. S.

    2013-03-01

    This paper reports the development of a lead free {Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3}(1-x){(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3}x - x=0.10, 0.15 and 0.20 - BZT-BCT ceramic solid solution system prepared using a solid-state reaction technique. The evolution of the Raman spectra with temperature was used to study the variation of the basic phase transition of BaTiO3 in these compositions. The phase transition temperature on heating was found to decrease to 310 K, 300 K, and 300 K, respectively, with increasing Ca content on BCT end and decreasing Zr content on BZT end of lead free pseudobinary ferroelectric BZT-BCT system. Tetragonal and rhombohedral phase coexistence is observed at room temperature from X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra. Rhombohedral phase is identified between the 83 K and 273 K from temperature dependent Raman studies. Raman results are in excellent agreement with those obtained from temperature dependent dielectric measurements. Bulk ceramic BZT-BCT materials have shown interesting temperature dependent dielectric properties and as well as higher values of room temperature dielectric constant 7800, 8400, 5200, dielectric tunability 82%, figure of merit (FOM) 93.71 % with low dielectric loss (tan ?) 0.015 to 0.024 and good thermal stability at high sintering temperature (1600 C); they might be one of the strong candidates for dielectric tunable capacitor applications in an environmentally protective atmosphere.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

    PubMed

    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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Lead-free solder

    DOEpatents

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. High Temperature Piezoelectric Drill

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    Bao, Xiaoqi; Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Sherrit, Stewart; Badescu, Mircea; Shrout, Tom

    2012-01-01

    Venus is one of the planets in the solar systems that are considered for potential future exploration missions. It has extreme environment where the average temperature is 460 deg C and its ambient pressure is about 90 atm. Since the existing actuation technology cannot maintain functionality under the harsh conditions of Venus, it is a challenge to perform sampling and other tasks that require the use of moving parts. Specifically, the currently available electromagnetic actuators are limited in their ability to produce sufficiently high stroke, torque, or force. In contrast, advances in developing electro-mechanical materials (such as piezoelectric and electrostrictive) have enabled potential actuation capabilities that can be used to support such missions. Taking advantage of these materials, we developed a piezoelectric actuated drill that operates at the temperature range up to 500 deg C and the mechanism is based on the Ultrasonic/Sonic Drill/Corer (USDC) configuration. The detailed results of our study are presented in this paper

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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 ?m 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.

  19. Microstructure and In Situ Observations of Undercooling for Nucleation of [beta]-Sn Relevant to Lead-Free Solder Alloys

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    Elmer, John W.; Specht, Eliot D.; Kumar, Mukul

    2010-03-16

    Difficult nucleation of {beta}-Sn during solidification of tin and tin-based lead-free solder alloys can result in high degrees of undercooling of the liquid prior to solidification. The undercooling can produce solder joints with large grains, anisotropic behavior, and undesirable mechanical properties. This paper describes our examination of the amount of undercooling of tin on both graphite (non-wetting) and copper (wetting) surfaces using in situ x-ray diffraction. The microstructure was further characterized by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and electron backscattering diffraction imaging microscopy. Undercoolings as high as 61 C were observed for Sn solidified on graphite, while lower undercoolings, up to 30 C, were observed for Sn solidified on copper. The microstructure of the high purity Sn sample solidified on graphite showed very few grains in the cross-section, while the commercially pure Sn sample solidified with only one grain and was twinned. Tin solidified on copper contained significant amounts of copper in the tin, intermetallic phase formation at the interface, and a eutectic microstructure.

  20. Microstructure and in situ observation of undercooling for nucleation of b-Sn relevant to lead-free solder alloys

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    Elmer, J. W.; Specht, Eliot D; Kumar, Mukul

    2010-01-01

    Difficult nucleation of b-Sn during solidification of tin and tin-based lead-free solder alloys can result in high degrees of undercooling of the liquid prior to solidification. The undercooling can produce solder joints with large grains, anisotropic behavior, and undesirable mechanical properties. This paper describes our examination of the amount of undercooling of tin on both graphite (non-wetting) and copper (wetting) surfaces using in situ x-ray diffraction. The microstructure was further characterized by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and electron backscattering diffraction imaging microscopy. Undercoolings as high as 61C were observed for Sn solidified on graphite, while lower undercoolings, up to 30C, were observed for Sn solidified on copper. The microstructure of the high purity Sn sample solidified on graphite showed very few grains in the cross-section, while the commercially pure Sn sample solidified with only one grain and was twinned. Tin solidified on copper contained significant amounts of copper in the tin, intermetallic phase formation at the interface, and a eutectic microstructure.

  1. 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.

  2. Crystal Plasticity Finite-Element Analysis of Deformation Behavior in Multiple-Grained Lead-Free Solder Joints

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    Darbandi, P.; Bieler, T. R.; Pourboghrat, F.; Lee, Tae-kyu

    2013-02-01

    The elastic and plastic anisotropy of the tin phase in a Pb-free tin-based solder joint has a very important effect on the reliability of solder joints. The crystal plasticity finite-element (CPFE) method takes into account the effect of anisotropy, and it can be used to solve crystal mechanical deformation problems under complicated external and internal boundary conditions imposed by inter- and intragrain micromechanical interactions. In this study, experimental lap-shear test results from the literature are used to calibrate the CPFE model. The spatial neighbor orientation relationships of the crystals were assessed by studying four different sets of orientations using a very simple model to establish a basis for further development of the model. Average shear strain and Schmid factor analyses were applied to study the activity of slip systems. Further optimization of model parameters using comparisons with experiments will be needed to identify more suitable rules for stress evolution among the 10 slip systems in Sn. By suppression of some of the slip systems the CPFE model is able to simulate heterogeneous deformation phenomena that are similar to those observed in experiments. This work establishes a basis for an incremental model development strategy based upon experiments, modeling, and comparative analysis to establish model parameters that could predict the slip processes that lead to damage evolution in lead-free solder joints.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 204.4C 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.

  5. Effect of Interfacial Reactions on the Reliability of Lead-Free Assemblies after Board Level Drop Tests

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    Xia, Yanghua; Lu, Chuanyan; Xie, Xiaoming

    2007-09-01

    The reliability of lead-free electronic assemblies after board level drop tests was investigated. Thin small outline package (TSOP) components with 42 FeNi alloy leads were reflow soldered on FR4 printed circuit boards (PCBs) with Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu (wt%) solder. The effects of different PCB finishes [organic solderability preservative (OSP) and electroless nickel immersion gold (ENIG)], multiple reflow (once and three times), and isothermal aging (500 h at 125C after one time reflow) were studied. The ENIG finish showed better performance than its OSP counterparts. With the OSP finish, solder joints reflowed three times showed obvious improvement compared to those of the sample reflowed once, while aging led to apparent degradation. The results showed that intermetallic compound (IMC) types, IMC microstructure and solder microstructure compete with each other, all playing very important roles in the solder joint lifetime. The results also showed that it is important to specify adequate conditions for a given reliability assessment program, to allow meaningful comparison between results of different investigators.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Visible and infrared transparency in lead-free bulk BaTiO(3) and SrTiO(3) nanoceramics.

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    Liu, Jing; Shen, Zhijian; Yao, Wenlong; Zhao, Yonghao; Mukherjee, Amiya K

    2010-02-19

    Multifunctional transparent ferroelectric ceramics have widespread applications in electro-optical devices. Unfortunately, almost all currently used electro-optical ceramics contain a high lead concentration. In this work, via coupling of spark plasma sintering with high pressure, we have successfully synthesized bulk lead-free transparent nanostructured BaTiO(3) (abbreviated as BTO) and SrTiO(3) (STO) ceramics with excellent optical transparency in both visible and infrared wavelength ranges. This success highlights potential ingenious avenues to search for lead-free electro-optical ceramics. PMID:20081287

  10. High-Temperature Piezoelectric Sensing

    PubMed Central

    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

  11. Size effects of lead-free solder joint thickness under shear creep based on micro-electrical-resistance strain

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    Jiang, Li; Zhang, Guiying; Zhou, Jieming

    2008-08-01

    Single shear lap creep specimens with a 1 mm2 cross sectional area between thin copper strips were developed and fabricated using a lead-free solder (Sn-3.5Ag) to quantify their electrical resistance. The electrical-resistance strain of solder joints with different thicknesses (0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, 0.25, 0.30, 0.40, 0.50 mm) were measured by a tailor-made in situ micro-electrical-resistance measurement. The results showed that the solder joints with 0.25 mm thickness yielded a minimum electrical-resistance strain and the longest creep life. Thicker solder joints produced a larger electrical-resistance strain and a shorter lifetime if the thickness >0.25 mm. In contrast, thinner solder joints produced a larger electrical-resistance strain and a shorter lifetime if the thickness <0.25 mm. A quantificational relationship between the electrical-resistance strain and the solder joint thickness was obtained according to the experimental data. On the other hand, solder joints with different thicknesses (corresponding to those used in the experiment) were studied by the finite element method (FEM). The results showed that the creep strain of solder joints was the lowest with 0.25 mm thickness, and the creep strain increased with the increment in the thickness if the thickness >0.25 mm but decreased with the increment in the thickness if the thickness <0.25 mm. The quantificational relationship between the creep strain and solder joints thickness was obtained according to the data of FEM. Finally, the quantificational relationship between the creep strain and the electrical-resistance strain was obtained by combining the experimental data and the FEM data.

  12. 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.

  13. 2011201120112011 2011 Symposium on Piezoelectricity, Acoustic waves, and Device Application

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    Chen, Baoquan

    of Piezoelectric Devices; Oscillators and Filters; Ultrasound Imaging, drug delivery and Therapy; (, ) Kirk; MEMS/NEMS/Nano Piezoelectric Devices; Piezoelectric Materials; Ultrasonics; Manufacturing Technology

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Piezoelectric axial flow microvalve

    DOEpatents

    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.

  17. Piezoelectric trace vapor calibrator

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    Verkouteren, R. Michael; Gillen, Greg; Taylor, David W.

    2006-08-15

    The design and performance of a vapor generator for calibration and testing of trace chemical sensors are described. The device utilizes piezoelectric ink-jet nozzles to dispense and vaporize precisely known amounts of analyte solutions as monodisperse droplets onto a hot ceramic surface, where the generated vapors are mixed with air before exiting the device. Injected droplets are monitored by microscope with strobed illumination, and the reproducibility of droplet volumes is optimized by adjustment of piezoelectric wave form parameters. Complete vaporization of the droplets occurs only across a 10 deg. C window within the transition boiling regime of the solvent, and the minimum and maximum rates of trace analyte that may be injected and evaporated are determined by thermodynamic principles and empirical observations of droplet formation and stability. By varying solution concentrations, droplet injection rates, air flow, and the number of active nozzles, the system is designed to deliver--on demand--continuous vapor concentrations across more than six orders of magnitude (nominally 290 fg/l to 1.05 {mu}g/l). Vapor pulses containing femtogram to microgram quantities of analyte may also be generated. Calibrated ranges of three explosive vapors at ng/l levels were generated by the device and directly measured by ion mobility spectrometry (IMS). These data demonstrate expected linear trends within the limited working range of the IMS detector and also exhibit subtle nonlinear behavior from the IMS measurement process.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Lead-free In{sub 2}O{sub 3}-doped (Bi{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sub 0.93}Ba{sub 0.07}TiO{sub 3} ceramics synthesized by direct reaction sintering

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    Zhou Taosheng; Huang Rongxia; Shang Xunzhong; Peng Fei; Guo Jianyong; Chai Liying; Gu Haoshuang; He Yunbin

    2007-04-30

    Lead-free (Bi{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sub 0.93}Ba{sub 0.07}TiO{sub 3}-x wt %In{sub 2}O{sub 3} ceramics synthesized by direct reaction sintering have been studied. X-ray diffraction reveals that all (Bi{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sub 0.93}Ba{sub 0.07}TiO{sub 3}-x wt %In{sub 2}O{sub 3} ceramics are of a perovskite structure with coexistence of rhombohedral and tetragonal phases. It is found that the direct reaction sintering promotes growing of ceramic grains while doping of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} contributes to inhibit and homogenize the grain growth, as shown by scanning electron microscopy. The ceramics show excellent piezoelectric and dielectric properties with thickness electromechanical coupling factor k{sub t}=0.503, piezoelectric constant d{sub 33}=205 pC/N, dielectric constant {epsilon}{sub 33}{sup T}/{epsilon}{sub 0}=1046, and loss tangent tan {delta}=0.036.

  5. A study of piezoelectric properties of (Ba0.85Ca0.15)(Zr0.9Ti0.1)O3 ceramics synthesized by sol-gel process

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    Praveen, J. Paul; Kumar, Kranti; James Raju, C. K.; Das, Dibakar

    2013-06-01

    Lead free piezoelectric ceramics 'Barium calcium zirconium titanate (Ba0.85Ca0.15)(Zr0.9Ti0.1)O3 have been prepared by sol-gel synthesis method. The structure and piezoelectric properties were investigated for the given BCZT system. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) studies confirmed the formation of single phase BCZT nanoparticles (<50nm). The calcined and compacted powders sintered at 1550C resulted in a complete perovskite structure. BCZT sample showed a high remnant polarization of 11.55 ?C/cm2 and a low coercive field (Ec) of 0.166 kV/cm. A high piezoelectric co-efficient of d33490 pC/N was obtained for the electrically poled sample. The study of microstructure on its piezoelectric properties of BCZT ceramics is discussed in this paper.

  6. Piezoelectric MEMS for energy harvesting

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    Kim, Sang-Gook

    Piezoelectric microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) have been proven to be an attractive technology for harvesting small magnitudes of energy from ambient vibrations. This technology promises to eliminate the need for ...

  7. Micromachined Piezoelectric Microspeaker

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    Yi, Seung Hwan; Kim, Eun Sok

    2005-06-01

    A diaphragm-based piezoelectric microspeaker is fabricated on a heavily compressive silicon-nitride film, and is compared to commercial speakers. The largest sound pressure level (SPL) produced by the fabricated microspeaker is 92 dB (when measured 2 mm away from the microspeaker in open field) at around 3 kHz for 6 Vpeak-to-peak input. The microspeaker produces a comparable sound output as a commercial piezo-ceramic and electro-dynamic speaker used in current cellular phones. The keys to this success are as follows: (1) the usage of a diaphragm that has a very high compressive residual stress, high enough to cause the diaphragm to be wrinkled and (2) the usage of high quality ZnO film deposited by two-step deposition technique.

  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. 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).

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Shear piezoelectricity of optically active polysuccinimides

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    Tanimoto, Kazuhiro; Saihara, Shota; Adachi, Yu; Harada, Yuhei; Shiomi, Yuki; Tajitsu, Yoshiro

    2015-10-01

    Optically active crystalline polymers have shear piezoelectricity owing to their asymmetric crystal structure. In this study, to explore a novel shear piezoelectric polymer, we have focused on an imide ring structure and synthesized optically active polysuccinimides (PSIs), the minimum structure of optically active polyimides. As a result, optically active PSIs were obtained, and we observed that oriented optically active PSI films show shear piezoelectricity. Furthermore, both optical purity and molecular weight are significant factors in piezoelectric performance. This is the first report of the shear piezoelectricity of optically active polyimides, and we identify herein a novel category of a shear piezoelectric polymer.

  14. Characterization of organic gunshot residues in lead-free ammunition using a new sample collection device for liquid chromatography-quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

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    Benito, Sandra; Abrego, Zurie; Snchez, Alicia; Unceta, Nora; Goicolea, M Aranzazu; Barrio, Ramn J

    2015-01-01

    The identification of characteristic organic gunshot residues (OGSR) provides conclusive evidence in the elucidation of elemental profiles when lead-free ammunition is fired. OGSR also prevents false negatives. Toward this aim, a quick and efficient method based on liquid chromatography-quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LC-QTOF) was developed to detect and identify 18 gunpowder additives in gunshot residues (GSR). The unequivocal identification of target analytes was assured by using MS/MS mode. Swabs were compared with home-modified tape lift supports covered with a PTFE layer to determine the better sampling technique. The modified tape lift provided better extraction recoveries and enabled the analysis of inorganic and organic GSR simultaneously. The developed method was applied to the analysis of GSR from four different lead-free ammunitions. Diphenylamine and its nitrated degradation products and centralites were identified in all samples, providing strong evidence of GSR. PMID:25481775

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Modeling and Driving Piezoelectric Resonant Blade Elements

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    and in particular to the group that utilize the piezoelectric effect to generate motion such as motors and actuatorsModeling and Driving Piezoelectric Resonant Blade Elements Sam Ben-Yaakov* and Natan Krihely Power@ee.bgu.ac.il ; Website: http://www.ee.bgu.ac.il/~pel Abstract-- Piezoelectric Resonant Blade elements (PRB) are useful

  1. Note: Direct piezoelectric effect microscopy.

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    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

  2. Note: Direct piezoelectric effect microscopy

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    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Piezoresistive and piezoelectric MEMS strain sensors for vibration detection

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    Kon, Stanley; Oldham, Kenn; Horowitz, Roberto

    2007-04-01

    Both piezoresistive and piezoelectric materials are commonly used to detect strain caused by structural vibrations in macro-scale structures. With the increasing complexity and miniaturization of modern mechanical systems such as hard disk drive suspensions, it is imperative to explore the performance of these strain sensors when their dimensions must shrink along with those of the host structures. The miniaturized strain sensors must remain as small as possible so as to minimum their effect on structure dynamics, yet still have acceptable sensing resolution. The performances of two types of novel micro-scale strain gage for installation on stainless steel parts are compared in this paper. Micro-fabrication processes have been developed to build polycrystalline silicon piezoresistive strain sensors on a silicon substrate, which are later bonded to a steel substrate for testing. Piezoresistor geometries are optimized to effectively increase the gage factor of piezoresistive sensors while reducing sensor size. The advantage and disadvantage of these piezoresistors are compared to those of piezoelectric sensors. Experimental results reveal that the MEMS piezoelectric sensors are able to achieve a better resolution than piezoresistors, while piezoresistors can be built in much smaller areas. Both types of the MEMS strain sensors are capable of high sensitivity measurements, subject to differing constraints.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Piezoelectric measurement of laser power

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    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.

  12. Modeling NDT piezoelectric ultrasonic transmitters.

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    San Emeterio, J L; Ramos, A; Sanz, P T; Ruz, A; Azbaid, A

    2004-04-01

    Ultrasonic NDT applications are frequently based on the spike excitation of piezoelectric transducers by means of efficient pulsers which usually include a power switching device (e.g. SCR or MOS-FET) and some rectifier components. In this paper we present an approximate frequency domain electro-acoustic model for pulsed piezoelectric ultrasonic transmitters which, by integrating partial models of the different stages (driving electronics, tuning/matching networks and broadband piezoelectric transducer), allows the computation of the emission transfer function and output force temporal waveform. An approximate frequency domain model is used for the evaluation of the electrical driving pulse from the spike generator. Tuning circuits, interconnecting cable and mechanical impedance matching layers are modeled by means of transmission lines and the classical quadripole approach. The KLM model is used for the piezoelectric transducer. In addition, a PSPICE scheme is used for an alternative simulation of the broadband driving spike, including the accurate evaluation of non-linear driving effects. Several examples illustrate the capabilities of the specifically developed software. PMID:15047298

  13. Circuit for Driving Piezoelectric Transducers

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    Randall, David P.; Chapsky, Jacob

    2009-01-01

    The figure schematically depicts an oscillator circuit for driving a piezoelectric transducer to excite vibrations in a mechanical structure. The circuit was designed and built to satisfy application-specific requirements to drive a selected one of 16 such transducers at a regulated amplitude and frequency chosen to optimize the amount of work performed by the transducer and to compensate for both (1) temporal variations of the resonance frequency and damping time of each transducer and (2) initially unknown differences among the resonance frequencies and damping times of different transducers. In other words, the circuit is designed to adjust itself to optimize the performance of whichever transducer is selected at any given time. The basic design concept may be adaptable to other applications that involve the use of piezoelectric transducers in ultrasonic cleaners and other apparatuses in which high-frequency mechanical drives are utilized. This circuit includes three resistor-capacitor networks that, together with the selected piezoelectric transducer, constitute a band-pass filter having a peak response at a frequency of about 2 kHz, which is approximately the resonance frequency of the piezoelectric transducers. Gain for generating oscillations is provided by a power hybrid operational amplifier (U1). A junction field-effect transistor (Q1) in combination with a resistor (R4) is used as a voltage-variable resistor to control the magnitude of the oscillation. The voltage-variable resistor is part of a feedback control loop: Part of the output of the oscillator is rectified and filtered for use as a slow negative feedback to the gate of Q1 to keep the output amplitude constant. The response of this control loop is much slower than 2 kHz and, therefore, does not introduce significant distortion of the oscillator output, which is a fairly clean sine wave. The positive AC feedback needed to sustain oscillations is derived from sampling the current through the piezoelectric transducer. This positive AC feedback, in combination with the slow feedback to the voltage-variable resistors, causes the overall loop gain to be just large enough to keep the oscillator running. The positive feedback loop includes two 16-channel multiplexers, which are not shown in the figure. One multiplexer is used to select the desired piezoelectric transducer. The other multiplexer, which is provided for use in the event that there are significant differences among the damping times of the 16 piezoelectric transducers, facilitates changing the value of one of the resistors in the positive-feedback loop to accommodate the damping time of the selected transducer.

  14. Size effects in tin-based lead-free solder joints: Kinetics of bond formation and mechanical characteristics

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    Abdelhadi, Ousama Mohamed Omer

    Continuous miniaturization of microelectronic interconnects demands smaller joints with comparable microstructural and structural sizes. As the size of joints become smaller, the volume of intermetallics (IMCs) becomes comparable with the joint size. As a result, the kinetics of bond formation changes and the types and thicknesses of IMC phases that form within the constrained region of the bond varies. This dissertation focuses on investigating combination effects of process parameters and size on kinetics of bond formation, resulting microstructure and the mechanical properties of joints that are formed under structurally constrained conditions. An experiment is designed where several process parameters such as time of bonding, temperature, and pressure, and bond thickness as structural chracteristic, are varied at multiple levels. The experiment is then implemented on the process. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) is then utilized to determine the bond thickness, IMC phases and their thicknesses, and morphology of the bonds. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) is used to determine the grain size in different regions, including the bulk solder, and different IMC phases. Physics-based analytical models have been developed for growth kinetics of IMC compounds and are verified using the experimental results. Nanoindentation is used to determine the mechanical behavior of IMC phases in joints in different scales. Four-point bending notched multilayer specimen and four-point bending technique were used to determine fracture toughness of the bonds containing IMCs. Analytical modeling of peeling and shear stresses and fracture toughness in tri-layer four-point bend specimen containing intermetallic layer was developed and was verified and validated using finite element simulation and experimental results. The experiment is used in conjunction with the model to calculate and verify the fracture toughness of Cu6Sn5 IMC materials. As expected two different IMC phases, ?-phase (Cu6Sn 5) and epsilon-phase (Cu3Sn), were found in almost all the cases regardless of the process parameters and size levels. The physics-based analytical model was successfully able to capture the governing mechanisms of IMC growth: chemical reaction controlled and diffusion-controlled. Examination of microstructures of solder joints of different sizes revealed the size of the solder joint has no effect on the type of IMCs formed during the process. Joint size, however, affected the thickness of IMC layers significantly. IMC layers formed in the solder joints of smaller sizes were found to be thicker than those in the solder joints of larger sizes. The growth rate constants and activation energies of Cu3Sn IMC layer were also reported and related to joint thickness. In an effort to optimize the EBSD imaging in the multi-layer configuration, an improved specimen preparation technique and optimum software parameters were determined. Nanoindentation results show that size effects play a major role on the mechanical properties of micro-scale solder joints. Smaller joints show higher Young's modulus, hardness, and yield strength and lower work hardening exponents comparing to thicker joints. To obtain the stress concentration factors in a multilayer specimen with IMC layer as bonding material, a four-point bending notched configuration was used. The analytical solutions developed for peeling and shear stresses in notched structure were used to evaluate the stresses at IMC interface layers. Results were in good agreement with the finite-element simulation. The values of interfacial stresses were utilized in obtaining fracture toughness of the IMC material. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  15. 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.

  16. Assessment of the effects of the Japanese shift to lead-free solders and its impact on material substitution and environmental emissions by a dynamic material flow analysis.

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    Fuse, Masaaki; Tsunemi, Kiyotaka

    2012-11-01

    Lead-free electronics has been extensively studied, whereas their adoption by society and their impact on material substitution and environmental emissions are not well understood. Through a material flow analysis (MFA), this paper explores the life cycle flows for solder-containing metals in Japan, which leads the world in the shift to lead-free solders in electronics. The results indicate that the shift has been progressing rapidly for a decade, and that substitutes for lead in solders, which include silver and copper, are still in the early life cycle stages. The results also show, however, that such substitution slows down during the late life cycle stages owing to long electronic product lifespans. This deceleration of material substitution in the solder life cycle may not only preclude a reduction in lead emissions to air but also accelerate an increase in silver emissions to air and water. As an effective measure against ongoing lead emissions, our scenario analysis suggests an aggressive recycling program for printed circuit boards that utilizes an existing recycling scheme. PMID:22964401

  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 8001100?pm/V) in a relatively low driving electric field range (14?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 (12?kV/mm) and the enhanced domain switching (24?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. 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.

  20. Effects of Silver and Antimony Content in Lead-Free High-Temperature Solders of Bi-Ag and Bi-Sb on Copper Substrate

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    Nahavandi, M.; Hanim, M. A. Azmah; Ismarrubie, Z. N.; Hajalilou, A.; Rohaizuan, R.; Fadzli, M. Z. Shahrul

    2014-02-01

    Replacing high-temperature leaded solders with lead-free alternatives is an important issue in the electronics industry. This study investigates the viability of lead-free Bi-Ag and Bi-Sb solder alloys, ranging in composition from 1.5 to 5 wt.% Ag and Sb. The effects of melting point, wetting angle, microstructure, and morphology were analysed by differential scanning calorimetry, optical microscopy, and scanning electron microscope-energy dispersive x-ray analysis. The results showed that all tested alloys had suitable melting temperatures, ranging from 271 to 276C. The wetting angle increased by raising the Sb content, but, in contrast, by increasing the wt.% of Ag, the wetting angle decreased. A Cu-rich phase was present in all Bi-Ag alloys, The Cu-rich phase was also present in decreasing amounts with increasing Sb, but, with 5Sb, there was no Cu-rich phase, and a Cu3Sb intermetallic compound was present in the interface and as precipitates in the solder. Grooving along Cu grain boundaries was observed at the interface for the rest of the alloys.

  1. Lead-free Ba0.8Ca0.2(ZrxTi1-x)O3 ceramics with large electrocaloric effect

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    Asbani, B.; Dellis, J.-L.; Lahmar, A.; Courty, M.; Amjoud, M.; Gagou, Y.; Djellab, K.; Mezzane, D.; Kutnjak, Z.; El Marssi, M.

    2015-01-01

    The electrocaloric effect was investigated in lead-free Zr doped Ba0.8Ca0.2(ZrxTi1-x)O3 (BCTZ) ceramics synthesized by a conventional sintering process. Room-temperature x-ray diffraction analysis showed that the tetragonal structure is obtained in BCTZ for x ? 0.08 and a pseudo cubic phase for x > 0.08. The dielectric spectroscopy and calorimetry revealed that the Curie temperature decreases as a consequence of Zr doping and that the BCTZ exhibits a first order ferroelectric phase transition. The electrocaloric effect was determined by the calculation of the electrocaloric change of temperature (?T) using the Maxwell relation based on the P-E hysteresis loops measured at different temperatures. A large electrocaloric responsivity ?T/?E = 0.34 10-6 Km/V was found for x = 0.04, which significantly exceeds of values found so far in other lead-free electrocaloric materials.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 7.8pmV(-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 6nA of current and 400mV 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. PMID:22581406

  4. Metastable monoclinic and orthorhombic phases and electric field induced irreversible phase transformation at room temperature in the lead-free classical ferroelectric BaTiO3

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    Kalyani, Ajay Kumar; Khatua, Dipak Kumar; Loukya, B.; Datta, Ranjan; Fitch, Andy N.; Senyshyn, Anatoliy; Ranjan, Rajeev

    2015-03-01

    For decades it has been a well-known fact that among the few ferroelectric compounds in the perovskite family, namely, BaTiO3, KNbO3, PbTiO3, and Na1 /2Bi1 /2TiO3 , the dielectric and piezoelectric properties of BaTiO3 are considerably higher than the others in polycrystalline form at room temperature. Further, similar to ferroelectric alloys exhibiting morphotropic phase boundary, single crystals of BaTiO3 exhibit anomalously large piezoelectric response when poled away from the direction of spontaneous polarization at room temperature. These anomalous features in BaTiO3 remained unexplained so far from the structural standpoint. In this work, we have used high-resolution synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction, atomic resolution aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy, in conjunction with a powder poling technique, to reveal that at 300 K (i) the equilibrium state of BaTiO3 is characterized by coexistence of metastable monoclinic Pm and orthorhombic (Amm2) phases along with the tetragonal phase, and (ii) strong electric field switches the polarization direction from the [001] direction towards the [101] direction. These results suggest that BaTiO3 at room temperature is within an instability regime, and that this instability is the fundamental factor responsible for the anomalous dielectric and piezoelectric properties of BaTiO3 as compared to the other homologous ferroelectric perovskite compounds at room temperature. Pure BaTiO3 at room temperature is therefore more akin to lead-based ferroelectric alloys close to the morphotropic phase boundary where polarization rotation and field induced ferroelectric-ferroelectric phase transformations play a fundamental role in influencing the dielectric and piezoelectric behavior.

  5. Damping and electromechanical energy losses in the piezoelectric polymer PVDF

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    Damping and electromechanical energy losses in the piezoelectric polymer PVDF Aleksandra M) is a piezoelectric polymer that has been used in many applications including microphones, transducers, sensors reserved. Keywords: Polyvinylidene fluoride; PVDF; Piezoelectric polymer; Electromechanical properties

  6. Acoustoelectric Harmonic Generation in a Photoconductive Piezoelectric Semiconductor

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    Acoustoelectric Harmonic Generation in a Photoconductive Piezoelectric Semiconductor W. Arthur, R. Piezoelectric semiconductors can exhibit harmonic generation because of interactions between the acoustic conductivity at further distances. Keywords: Acoustoelectric n, Piezoelectric semiconductor, Photoconductivity

  7. Fundamental study of mechanical energy harvesting using piezoelectric nanostructures

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    Wang, Xudong

    piezoelectricity generated on the NW side surfaces. Perturbation theory and finite elements method have beenFundamental study of mechanical energy harvesting using piezoelectric nanostructures Chengliang Sun efficiency of piezoelectric nanostructures, including rectangular nanowires NWs , hexagonal NWs, and two

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Morphotropic phase boundary and electric properties in (1-x)Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-xBiCoO3 lead-free piezoelectric ceramics

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    Cao, Wenwu

    of Physics. Related Articles Structural diversity of the (Na1-xKx)0.5Bi0.5TiO3 perovskite at the morphotropic frequency of dielectric relaxation associated with domain-wall motion in Sb5+- modified (K,Na)NbO3-basedC/N, and 0.45, respectively. The low temperature humps of relative dielectric constant, which is indicative

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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; Kurumadalli, Kanth; Parish, Chad M.; Leslie, Scott; Bieler, Thomas 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 (2.5 mm 2.5 mm) Sn-3.5Ag solder joints between silicon dies and direct bonded copper substrates were thermally cycled between 5C and 200C. Sn crystal orientation and microstructure evolution during thermal cycling were characterized by electron backscatter diffraction in the scanning electron microscope. Comparisons were made between the observed initial texture and microstructure and its evolution during thermal cycling. Gradual lattice rotation and grain boundary misorientation evolution observed due to thermal cycling suggested a continuous recrystallization mechanism. Recrystallization behavior was correlated with dislocation slip activities.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

    2010-12-01

    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

  20. 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 ?33 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Piezoelectric diaphragm for vibration energy harvesting.

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    Minazara, E; Vasic, D; Costa, F; Poulin, G

    2006-12-22

    This paper presents a technique of electric energy generation using a mechanically excited unimorph piezoelectric membrane transducer. The electrical characteristics of the piezoelectric power generator are investigated under dynamic conditions. The electromechanical model of the generator is presented and used to predict its electrical performances. The experiments was performed with a piezoelectric actuator (shaker) moving a macroscopic 25 mm diameter piezoelectric membrane. A power of 0.65 mW was generated at the resonance frequency (1.71 kHz) across a 5.6 kOmega optimal resistor and for a 80 N force. A special electronic circuit has been conceived in order to increase the power harvested by the piezoelectric transducer. This electrical converter applies the SSHI (synchronized switch harvesting on inductor) technique, and leads to remarkable results: under the same actuation conditions the generated power reaches 1.7 mW, which is sufficient to supply a large range of low consumption sensors. PMID:16814837

  5. 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.

  6. Enhanced piezoelectricity in broad composition range and the temperature dependence research of (Ba1-xCax)(Ti0.95Sn0.05)O3 piezoceramics

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    Chen, Mingli; Xu, Zhijun; Chu, Ruiqing; Qiu, Hong; Li, Min; Liu, Yong; Shao, Lin; Ma, Shuai; Ji, Wanbin; Li, Wei; Gong, Shuwen; Li, Guorong

    2014-01-01

    BaTiO3-based (Ba1-xCax)(Ti0.95Sn0.05)O3 (x=0-0.07) lead-free piezoceramics were fabricated by a conventional solid state reaction technique. The phase structure and electrical properties of the as-prepared ceramics were researched. The temperature (TO-T) of the orthorhombic-tetragonal phase transition dielectric peak shifts toward lower temperature with increasing Ca content and the Curie temperature (TC) almost does not shift. At room temperature, the polymorphic phase transition (PPT) from the orthorhombic phase to tetragonal phase is jointly identified by the ?r-T curves and XRD patterns. The piezoelectricity of the ceramics is enhanced due to the polymorphic phase transition and the best piezoelectricity is obtained at x=0.02 with d33=464 pC/N and kp=43.1%. The piezoelectricity is enhanced in the broad composition range x=0.01-0.06 with d33>400 pC/N and kp>41% which is beneficial for the industrial production. The temperature aging properties of piezoelectric constant d33, planar electromechanical coupling factor kp, the elastic compliance constant S11E and the radial frequency constant Nd are also researched.

  7. 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 5.26.3??10{sup ?2} m{sup 4}/C{sup 2}, which agrees with theoretical prediction.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Tunable nonlinear piezoelectric vibration harvester

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    Neiss, S.; Goldschmidtboeing, F.; Kroener, M.; Woias, P.

    2014-11-01

    Nonlinear piezoelectric energy harvesting generators can provide a large bandwidth combined with a good resonant power output. However, the frequency response is characterized by a strong hysteresis making a technical use difficult if the hysteresis cannot be compensated. We propose a tuning mechanism that allows both, a compensation of the hysteresis as well as maintaining the optimal work point. The compensation algorithm can reduce the hysteresis to a minimum of only 1.5 Hz and maintain a high energy oscillation in a large frequency window between 53.3 Hz and 74.5 Hz.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Characterization of Stress-Strain Response of Lead-Free Solder Joints Using a Digital Image Correlation Technique and Finite-Element Modeling

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    Khatibi, G.; Lederer, M.; Byrne, E.; Kotas, A. Betzwar; Weiss, B.; Ipser, H.

    2013-02-01

    The stress-strain response of miniaturized Sn-Ag-Cu (SAC) lead-free solder joints in the thickness range of 80 ?m to about 1.1 mm was studied. A high-resolution three-dimensional (3D) digital image correlation system was used for in situ measurement of displacement and strain fields in the solder joints during tensile testing. These measurements showed that the localization of plastic strain and stress buildup occurs mainly at the interface of the solder. With increasing solder gap thickness the size of the plastically deformed zone in the solder increases, resulting in transformation of a brittle interfacial fracture to a ductile fracture within the bulk of the solder. The experimental deformation plots of solder joints and strain-rate-dependent tensile tests on bulk solder material were used to establish a new constitutive material model for the solder. This strain-rate- and pressure-dependent material model was implemented in ABAQUS through the user subroutine CREEP. In agreement with the experiments, the finite-element method simulation revealed a pronounced thickness effect leading to higher tensile strength of thinner solder joints.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. The structure and optical properties of lead-free transparent KNLTN-La0.01 ceramics prepared by conventional sintering technique

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    Yang, W. L.; Xiu, H. J.; Xiong, Y. L.; Wang, J.; Yuan, C. X.; Wei, J.; Zhou, Z. X.

    2014-12-01

    (Na0.52K0.44Li0.04)0.97La0.01Ta0.20Nb0.80O3 (KNLTN-La0.01) lead-free subtransparent ceramics was prepared by a conventional sintering technique. The structure and the optical properties of the ceramics were investigated. The room temperature crystallographic indexing revealed the ABO3 perovskite type, tetragonal phase and P4mm point group in the ceramics. The surface and fractured surface SEM micrographs showed a dense microstructure with few micropores in KNLTN-La0.01 ceramics, which was obviously better than for the pure KNLTN ceramics. The refractive indexes of the films were investigated by an ellipsometer and the results show that the KNLTN-La0.01 subtransparent ceramics reveals significant wavelength dependent dispersion. The refractive index ranges from 2.14 to 2.06 with the wavelength increase from 380 nm to 900 nm. The dispersive behavior was analyzed by three parameters of Cauchy dispersion model and the values of the parameters A, B and C are 2.06100.0005, 0.00540.0003 and 0.000690.00004, respectively.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  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 0.41?C/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. Dielectric and piezoelectric properties of CeO2-added nonstoichiometric (Na0.5K0.5)0.97(Nb0.96Sb0.04)O3 ceramics for piezoelectric energy harvesting device applications.

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    Oh, Youngkwang; Noh, Jungrae; Yoo, Juhyun; Kang, Jinhee; Hwang, Larkhoon; Hong, Jaeil

    2011-09-01

    In this study, nonstoichiometric (Na(0.5)K(0.5))(0.97)(Nb(0.96)Sb(0.04))O(3) ceramics were fabricated and their dielectric and piezoelectric properties were investigated according to the CeO(2) addition. In this ceramic composition, CeO(2) addition improved sinterability, electromechanical coupling factor k(p), mechanical quality factor Q(m), piezoelectric constant d(33), and g(33). At the sintering temperature of 1100C, for the 0.2wt% CeO(2) added specimen, the optimum values of density = 4.359 g/cm(3), k(p) = 0.443, Q(m) = 588, ?(r) = 444, d(33) = 159 pC/N, and g(33) = 35 10(-3) Vm/N, were obtained. A piezoelectric energy harvesting device using 0.2 wt% CeO(2)- added lead-free (K(0.5)Na(0.5))(0.97)(Nb(0.96)Sb(0.04))O(3) ceramics and a rectifying circuit for energy harvesting were fabricated and their electrical characteristics were investigated. Under an external vibration acceleration of 0.7 g, when the mass, the frequency of vibration generator, and matching load resistance were 2.4 g, 70 Hz, and 721 ?, respectively, output voltage and power of piezoelectric harvesting device indicated the optimum values of 24.6 mV(rms) and 0.839 ?W, respectively-suitable for application as the electric power source of a ubiquitous sensor network (USN) sensor node. PMID:21937318

  4. 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.

  5. The nonlinear piezoelectric tuned vibration absorber

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    Soltani, P.; Kerschen, G.

    2015-07-01

    This paper proposes a piezoelectric vibration absorber, termed the nonlinear piezoelectric tuned vibration absorber (NPTVA), for the mitigation of nonlinear resonances of mechanical systems. The new feature of the NPTVA is that its nonlinear restoring force is designed according to a principle of similarity, i.e., the NPTVA should be an electrical analog of the nonlinear host system. Analytical formulas for the NPTVA parameters are derived using the homotopy perturbation method. Doing so, a nonlinear generalization of Den Hartogs equal-peak tuning rule is developed for piezoelectric vibration absorbers.

  6. 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.

  7. Relation of the external mechanical stress to the properties of piezoelectric materials for energy harvesting

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    Jeong, Soon-Jong; Kim, Min-Soo; Lee, Dae-Su; Song, Jae-Sung; Cho, Kyung-Ho

    2013-12-01

    We investigated the piezoelectric properties and the generation of voltage and power under the mechanical compressive loads for three types of piezoelectric ceramics 0.2Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.8Pb(Zr0.475Ti0.525)O3 (soft-PZT), 0.1Pb(Mg1/3Sb2/3)O3- 0.9Pb(Zr0.475Ti0.525)O3 (hard-PZT) and [0.675Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.35PbTiO3]+5 wt% BaTiO3 (textured-PMNT). The piezoelectric d 33 coefficients of all specimens increased with increasing compressive load. The generated voltage and power showed a linear relation and square relation to the applied stress, respectively. These results were larger than those calculated using the simple piezoelectric equation due to the non-linear characteristics of the ceramics, so they were evaluated with a simple model based on a non-linear relation.

  8. 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

    2015-05-29

    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. PMID:25943118

  9. 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 filmsparticularly on flexible substratesas conformable, reliable, and efficient active materials for use in nanosensing, actuation, and piezoelectric nanogenerators.

  10. 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.

  11. 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 960-1200C was recorded. During cooling from 1200C, the DSC samples had the solidification behavior expected from thermodynamic equilibrium calculations. Solidification of the ternary alloys commenced with formation of ternary ? and Cu-Al ? phases at 450-550C; this was followed by ?-Sn, and, finally, Cu6Sn5 and Cu-Al ?1. 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 1200C to 800C, 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Measuring droplet impact with piezoelectric film

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    Basahi, Jalal M. Al-Badry M.

    1993-01-01

    acquisition system (a computer with two high speed boards). Eight piezoelectric films were calibrated in the laboratory. Each film was calibrated by releasing various water droplet sizes from different heights. The signal output of film was then related...

  15. Studying insect motion with piezoelectric sensors

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    Mika, Bartosz; Lee, Hyungoo; Gonzlez, 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.

  16. Piezoelectric nanoparticle-polymer composite foams.

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    McCall, William R; Kim, Kanguk; Heath, Cory; La Pierre, Gina; Sirbuly, Donald J

    2014-11-26

    Piezoelectric polymer composite foams are synthesized using different sugar-templating strategies. By incorporating sugar grains directly into polydimethylsiloxane mixtures containing barium titanate nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes, followed by removal of the sugar after polymer curing, highly compliant materials with excellent piezoelectric properties can be fabricated. Porosities and elasticity are tuned by simply adjusting the sugar/polymer mass ratio which gave an upper bound on the porosity of 73% and a lower bound on the elastic coefficient of 32 kPa. The electrical performance of the foams showed a direct relationship between porosity and the piezoelectric outputs, giving piezoelectric coefficient values of ?112 pC/N and a power output of ?18 mW/cm3 under a load of 10 N for the highest porosity samples. These novel materials should find exciting use in a variety of applications including energy scavenging platforms, biosensors, and acoustic actuators. PMID:25353687

  17. Piezoelectric MEMS resonator characterization and filter design

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    Kang, Joung-Mo, 1978-

    2004-01-01

    This thesis presents modeling and first measurements of a new piezoelectric MEMS resonator developed at Draper Laboratory. In addition, some simple filter designs incorporating the resonator with predicted performance ...

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Free vibration of piezoelectric annular plate.

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    Wang, Yun; Xu, Rong-Qiao; Ding, Hao-Jiang

    2003-01-01

    General solutions for coupled three dimensional equations of piezoelectric media were used in this work to obtain some analytical solutions for free vibration of piezoelectric annular plates. These solutions not only satisfy the governing equations at every point in the concerned region but also satisfy the prescribed boundary conditions at every point on the boundaries. Therefore, they are three-dimensional exact. Numerical results are finally tabulated. PMID:12861611

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. BOOKSHELF Hard Disk Drive

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    Benmei, Chen

    BOOKSHELF Hard Disk Drive Servo Systems, 2nd edition by B.M. CHEN, T.H. LEE, K. PENG, and V- widths ever higher as higher frequency disturbances become relevant. THE BOOK Hard Disk Drive Servo I of Hard Disk Drive Servo Systems briefly discusses the history of hard drive control and the disk

  8. 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.

  9. Ball Grid Array (BGA) using lead-free or lead-rich solder materials is widely used as Second Level Interconnects (SLI) in mounting packaged components to the printed circuit board (PCB). The

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    Ball Grid Array (BGA) using lead-free or lead-rich solder materials is widely used as Second Level of these solder joints is of significant importance to the performance of microelectronics components and systems. Product design/form-factor, solder material, manufacturing process, use condition, as well as

  10. With the increasing focus on developing environmentally benign electronic packages, lead-free solder alloys have received a great deal of attention. Mishandling of packages, during manufacture, assembly, or by the user may

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    With the increasing focus on developing environmentally benign electronic packages, lead-Free Solders in Electronic Packaging Huiyang Fei Advisors: Prof. Hanqing Jiang Prof. Nikhilesh Chawla June 30-free solder alloys have received a great deal of attention. Mishandling of packages, during manufacture

  11. 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.

  12. Speed limitations of optical switching using a piezoelectric transducer

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    Wang, Chuan-Sheng

    1994-01-01

    Optical switching in interferometers using piezoelectric elements is investigated. Complete switching requires that the piezoelectric element induce enough mechanical motion to produce a 7r-radian phase shift in one arm of the interferometer...

  13. INVESTIGATION OF FERROELECTRICITY AND PIEZOELECTRICITY IN FERROELECTRIC THIN FILM CAPACITORS

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    Evans, Paul G.

    INVESTIGATION OF FERROELECTRICITY AND PIEZOELECTRICITY IN FERROELECTRIC THIN FILM CAPACITORS USING that the longitudinal piezoelectric coefficient (d33) in Pb(Zr0.45Ti0.55)O3 thin film capacitors was 53 pm V-1 . However

  14. 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.

  15. Piezoelectric biosensor with a ladder polymer substrate coating

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    Renschler, Clifford L. (Tijeras, NM); White, Christine A. (Albuquerque, NM); Carter, Robert M. (New Orleans, LA)

    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.

  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. Synthesis and Properties of [Bi0.5(Na1-xAgx)0.5]1-yBayTiO3 Piezoelectric Ceramics

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    Wu, Lang; Xiao, Ding-Quan; Lin, Dun-Min; Zhu, Jian-Guo; Yu, Ping

    2005-12-01

    A new group of ABO3-type lead-free piezoelectric ceramics, [Bi0.5(Na1-xAgx)0.5]1-yBayTiO3, was developed, and the corresponding invention patent was submitted. The ceramics were synthesized by the conventional ceramic sintering technique using electronic grade raw materials, and the preparation techniques are very stable and convenient. The crystalline phase, microstructure and electric properties of the ceramics were also investigated. All the ceramics have high densities of about 5.70-5.84 g/cm3, which are more than 95% of the theoretical values. This system provides high piezoelectric performances: d33=168 pC/N, kp=0.31 when x=0.06, y=0.06. Moreover, the samples doped with a moderate amount of Mn could increase the mechanical quality factor Qm and reduce the dielectric loss \\mathop{tg}? simultaneously. The temperature dependence of piezoelectric properties measured show that at up to 180C, d33 can still remain 126 pC/N for [Bi0.5(Na0.96Ag0.04)0.5]0.90Ba0.10TiO3 ceramics, which has a d33 of 137 pC/N at room temperature.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  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. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Simultaneous liquid viscosity and density determination with piezoelectric unimorph cantilevers

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    Aksay, Ilhan A.

    Simultaneous liquid viscosity and density determination with piezoelectric unimorph cantilevers Wan a piezoelectric unimorph cantilever as a liquid viscosity-and-density sensor. The fabricated piezoelectric mass and the damping coefficient of the liquid, we show that for a given liquid density and viscosity

  5. 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.

  6. Rapid Communications Strong piezoelectricity in individual GaN nanowires

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    Espinosa, Horacio D.

    Rapid Communications Strong piezoelectricity in individual GaN nanowires Majid Minary@northwestern.edu (Received 12 July 2011; accepted 15 September 2011) Abstract GaN nanowires are promising building blocks piezoelectricity in individual single-crystal GaN nanowires revealed by direct measurement of the piezoelectric

  7. Increasing the Sensitivity of Piezoelectric Microphone: Optimizing Support Material

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    Petta, Jason

    , 08544 Introduction: The piezoelectric effect generated by PVDF films forms the basis of a piezoelectricIncreasing the Sensitivity of Piezoelectric Microphone: Optimizing Support Material Michelle Alber Up: Uniform pressure from sound waves cause the PVDF to generate charges, which accumulate across

  8. Piezoelectric Nanogenerators Based on Zinc Oxide Nanowire Arrays

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    Wang, Zhong L.

    generation. The efficiency of the NW-based piezoelectric power generator is estimated to be 17 to 30#12;Piezoelectric Nanogenerators Based on Zinc Oxide Nanowire Arrays Zhong Lin Wang1 of piezoelectric zinc oxide nanowire (NW) arrays. The aligned NWs are deflected with a conductive atomic force

  9. Production of Dry Powder Clots Using Piezoelectric Drop Generator

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    Budker, Dmitry

    Production of Dry Powder Clots Using Piezoelectric Drop Generator Valeriy V. Yashchuka) Department that piezoelectrically driven, squeeze mode, tubular reservoir liquid drop generation, originally developed as a "drop applied to the piezoelectric disk, one can eject of powder clots of a stable size, comparable

  10. Power generation with laterally packaged piezoelectric fine wires

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    Wang, Zhong L.

    Power generation with laterally packaged piezoelectric fine wires Rusen Yang1 , Yong Qin1 , Liming8 . Previously reported nanowire generators911 were based on vertically aligned piezoelectric nanowires we report a flexible power generator that is based on cyclic stretchingreleasing of a piezoelectric

  11. 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.

  12. 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}.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Rockwell Hardness Measurement of

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    Colton, Jonathan S.

    960-5 Rockwell Hardness Measurement of Metallic Materials Samuel R. Low NISTrecommended p r a c t i c e g u i d e Special Publication 960-5 #12;i Rockwell Hardness Measurement of Metallic Materials: (202) 5122250 Mail: Stop SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-0001 #12;N FOREWORD The Rockwell hardness test

  17. Design, fabrication, and properties of 2-2 connectivity cement/polymer based piezoelectric composites with varied piezoelectric phase distribution

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    Dongyu, Xu; Xin, Cheng; Shifeng, Huang; Banerjee, Sourav

    2014-12-28

    The laminated 2-2 connectivity cement/polymer based piezoelectric composites with varied piezoelectric phase distribution were fabricated by employing Lead Zirconium Titanate ceramic as active phase, and mixture of cement powder, epoxy resin, and hardener as matrix phase with a mass proportion of 4:4:1. The dielectric, piezoelectric, and electromechanical coupling properties of the composites were studied. The composites with large total volume fraction of piezoelectric phase have large piezoelectric strain constant and relative permittivity, and the piezoelectric and dielectric properties of the composites are independent of the dimensional variations of the piezoelectric ceramic layer. The composites with small total volume fraction of piezoelectric phase have large piezoelectric voltage constant, but also large dielectric loss. The composite with gradually increased dimension of piezoelectric ceramic layer has the smallest dielectric loss, and that with the gradually increased dimension of matrix layer has the largest piezoelectric voltage constant. The novel piezoelectric composites show potential applications in fabricating ultrasonic transducers with varied surface vibration amplitude of the transducer.

  18. Design, fabrication, and properties of 2-2 connectivity cement/polymer based piezoelectric composites with varied piezoelectric phase distribution

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    Dongyu, Xu; Xin, Cheng; Banerjee, Sourav; Shifeng, Huang

    2014-01-01

    The laminated 2-2 connectivity cement/polymer based piezoelectric composites with varied piezoelectric phase distribution were fabricated by employing Lead Zirconium Titanate ceramic as active phase, and mixture of cement powder, epoxy resin, and hardener as matrix phase with a mass proportion of 4:4:1. The dielectric, piezoelectric, and electromechanical coupling properties of the composites were studied. The composites with large total volume fraction of piezoelectric phase have large piezoelectric strain constant and relative permittivity, and the piezoelectric and dielectric properties of the composites are independent of the dimensional variations of the piezoelectric ceramic layer. The composites with small total volume fraction of piezoelectric phase have large piezoelectric voltage constant, but also large dielectric loss. The composite with gradually increased dimension of piezoelectric ceramic layer has the smallest dielectric loss, and that with the gradually increased dimension of matrix layer has the largest piezoelectric voltage constant. The novel piezoelectric composites show potential applications in fabricating ultrasonic transducers with varied surface vibration amplitude of the transducer. PMID:25565725

  19. Design, fabrication, and properties of 2-2 connectivity cement/polymer based piezoelectric composites with varied piezoelectric phase distribution

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    Dongyu, Xu; Xin, Cheng; Banerjee, Sourav; Shifeng, Huang

    2014-12-01

    The laminated 2-2 connectivity cement/polymer based piezoelectric composites with varied piezoelectric phase distribution were fabricated by employing Lead Zirconium Titanate ceramic as active phase, and mixture of cement powder, epoxy resin, and hardener as matrix phase with a mass proportion of 4:4:1. The dielectric, piezoelectric, and electromechanical coupling properties of the composites were studied. The composites with large total volume fraction of piezoelectric phase have large piezoelectric strain constant and relative permittivity, and the piezoelectric and dielectric properties of the composites are independent of the dimensional variations of the piezoelectric ceramic layer. The composites with small total volume fraction of piezoelectric phase have large piezoelectric voltage constant, but also large dielectric loss. The composite with gradually increased dimension of piezoelectric ceramic layer has the smallest dielectric loss, and that with the gradually increased dimension of matrix layer has the largest piezoelectric voltage constant. The novel piezoelectric composites show potential applications in fabricating ultrasonic transducers with varied surface vibration amplitude of the transducer.

  20. Wear of hard materials by hard particles

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    Hawk, Jeffrey A.

    2003-10-01

    Hard materials, such as WC-Co, boron carbide, titanium diboride and composite carbide made up of Mo2C and WC, have been tested in abrasion and erosion conditions. These hard materials showed negligible wear in abrasion against SiC particles and erosion using Al2O3 particles. The WC-Co materials have the highest wear rate of these hard materials and a very different material removal mechanism. Wear mechanisms for these materials were different for each material with the overall wear rate controlled by binder composition and content and material grain size.

  1. 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, Zurie; Grijalba, Nagore; Unceta, Nora; Maguregui, Maite; Sanchez, Alicia; Fernndez-Isla, Alberto; Goicolea, M Aranzazu; Barrio, Ramn 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

  2. Radial-Electric-Field Piezoelectric Diaphragm Pumps

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    Bryant, Robert G.; Working, Dennis C.; Mossi, Karla; Castro, Nicholas D.; Mane, Pooma

    2009-01-01

    In a recently invented class of piezoelectric diaphragm pumps, the electrode patterns on the piezoelectric diaphragms are configured so that the electric fields in the diaphragms have symmetrical radial (along-the-surface) components in addition to through-the-thickness components. Previously, it was accepted in the piezoelectric-transducer art that in order to produce the out-of-plane bending displacement of a diaphragm needed for pumping, one must make the electric field asymmetrical through the thickness, typically by means of electrodes placed on only one side of the piezoelectric material. In the present invention, electrodes are placed on both sides and patterned so as to produce substantial radial as well as through-the-thickness components. Moreover, unlike in the prior art, the electric field can be symmetrical through the thickness. Tests have shown in a given diaphragm that an electrode configuration according to this invention produces more displacement than does a conventional one-sided electrode pattern. The invention admits of numerous variations characterized by various degrees of complexity. Figure 1 is a simplified depiction of a basic version. As in other piezoelectric diaphragm pumps of similar basic design, the prime mover is a piezoelectric diaphragm. Application of a suitable voltage to the electrodes on the diaphragm causes it to undergo out-of-plane bending. The bending displacement pushes a fluid out of, or pulls the fluid into, a chamber bounded partly by the diaphragm. Also as in other diaphragm pumps in general, check valves ensure that the fluid flows only in through one port and only out through another port.

  3. Methods and instrumentation for piezoelectric motors

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    Drevniok, B.; Paul, W. M. P.; Hairsine, K. R.; McLean, A. B.

    2012-03-01

    Because of their compact form factor and rigidity, piezoelectric motors are used in scanning probe microscopes that operate at low temperature and high magnetic field. Here we present detailed information to facilitate the assembly, operation, and characterization of inertial motors. Specifically, a model of the motor is developed and used to identify different regions of operation. Drive electronics with high slew rate and large output current are described and a step-by-step procedure for assembling piezoelectric shear stacks is detailed. Additionally, a novel reflective object sensor is described and used to characterize a Pan-style inertial motor that was designed and assembled using the concepts presented in this paper.

  4. Constitutive Modeling of Piezoelectric Polymer Composites

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    Odegard, Gregory M.; Gates, Tom (Technical Monitor)

    2003-01-01

    A new modeling approach is proposed for predicting the bulk electromechanical properties of piezoelectric composites. The proposed model offers the same level of convenience as the well-known Mori-Tanaka method. In addition, it is shown to yield predicted properties that are, in most cases, more accurate or equally as accurate as the Mori-Tanaka scheme. In particular, the proposed method is used to determine the electromechanical properties of four piezoelectric polymer composite materials as a function of inclusion volume fraction. The predicted properties are compared to those calculated using the Mori-Tanaka and finite element methods.

  5. Energy harvesting of fluttering piezoelectric flags

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    Doare, Olivier; Michelin, Sebastien; Chen, Jiawan; Xia, Yifan

    2012-11-01

    The energy harvesting from a flutter instability of a plate equipped with adjacent pairs of piezoelectric elements shunted with independent resistive circuits is considered. When the length of the piezoelectric elements is low compared to the typical wavelengths of bending deformations, governing equations are derived in the form of continuous coupled fluid-solid-electrical equations. These equations are used to perform a linear stability analysis of the coupled system, and a parametric study of the efficiency of the energy transfer from the fluid-solid system to the electrical system addressing both linear and nonlinear dynamics.

  6. Telescoping cylindrical piezoelectric fiber composite actuator assemblies

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    Allison, Sidney G. (Inventor); Shams, Qamar A. (Inventor); Fox, Robert L. (Inventor); Fox, legal representative, Christopher L. (Inventor); Fox Chattin, legal representative, Melanie L. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A telescoping actuator assembly includes a plurality of cylindrical actuators in a concentric arrangement. Each cylindrical actuator is at least one piezoelectric fiber composite actuator having a plurality of piezoelectric fibers extending parallel to one another and to the concentric arrangement's longitudinal axis. Each cylindrical actuator is coupled to concentrically-adjacent ones of the cylindrical actuators such that the plurality of cylindrical actuators can experience telescopic movement. An electrical energy source coupled to the cylindrical actuators applies actuation energy thereto to generate the telescopic movement.

  7. Thermal model for piezoelectric transducers (L).

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    Butler, John L; Butler, Alexander L; Butler, Stephen C

    2012-10-01

    A lumped parameter equivalent circuit basis for calculating and allocating heat power sources in a transducer is presented along with experimental results. The simple model allows heat power calculations at resonance based on readily attainable parameters for transducers with uniform fields. Measured and finite element analysis of steady state thermal results are compared for the monopole mode of the single crystal driven modal transducer projector. The model serves as a physical and computational aid in the evaluation of piezoelectric transducer heating and may be used for evaluating highly coupled single crystal as well as ceramic piezoelectric transducers. PMID:23039410

  8. Nanogenerator comprising piezoelectric semiconducting nanostructures and Schottky conductive contacts

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    Wang, Zhong L. (Inventor); Wang, Xudong (Inventor); Song, Jinhui (Inventor); Zhou, Jun (Inventor); He, Jr-Hau (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A semiconducting device includes a substrate, a piezoelectric wire, a structure, a first electrode and a second electrode. The piezoelectric wire has a first end and an opposite second end and is disposed on the substrate. The structure causes the piezoelectric wire to bend in a predetermined manner between the first end and the second end so that the piezoelectric wire enters a first semiconducting state. The first electrode is coupled to the first end and the second electrode is coupled to the second end so that when the piezoelectric wire is in the first semiconducting state, an electrical characteristic will be exhibited between the first electrode and the second electrode.

  9. 1708 IEEE SENSORS JOURNAL, VOL. 13, NO. 5, MAY 2013 Integration of Thin Film Strain Sensors Into Hard

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    Horowitz, Roberto

    of piezoelectric thin-film sensing technology by incorporating ZnO strain sensors into a hard disk drive (HDD) and deploying the sensors in a high-sample-rate feedback controller to suppress vibrations. First, thin-film ZnO. The associate editor coordinating the review of this paper and approving it for publication was Prof. Kiseon Kim

  10. Small-scale piezoelectric devices: Pyroelectric contributions to the piezoelectric response

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    Wooldridge, Jenny; Blackburn, John F.; McCartney, Neil L.; Stewart, Mark; Weaver, Paul; Cain, Markys G.

    2010-05-01

    The recent trend in miniaturization of piezoelectrically active devices is driving research on size effects of these functional materials under reduced length scales. In this paper, we measure and model the generation of charge in thin piezoelectric structures under sinusoidal hydrostatic pressure and show how the subsequent thermally induced pyroelectric effect dominates the response in the smallest samples. We calculate the temperature profiles through the lead zirconate titanate structures, and determine the pyroelectric coefficient in these materials to be p'=0.280.02 mC m-2 K-1. The analysis of the piezoelectric and pyroelectric charge response described in this paper has significant impact on the design and fundamental functional behavior of small-scale piezoelectric devices.

  11. Numerical simulation of piezoelectric effect of bone under ultrasound irradiation

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    Hosokawa, Atsushi

    2015-07-01

    The piezoelectric effect of bone under ultrasound irradiation was numerically simulated using an elastic finite-difference time-domain method with piezoelectric constitutive equations (PE-FDTD method). First, to demonstrate the validity of the PE-FDTD method, the ultrasound propagation in piezoelectric ceramics was simulated and then compared with the experimental results. The simulated and experimental waveforms propagating through the ceramics were in good agreement. Next, the piezoelectric effect of human cortical bone on the ultrasound propagation was investigated by PE-FDTD simulation. The simulated result showed that the difference between the waveforms propagating through the bone without and with piezoelectricity was negligible. Finally, the spatial distributions of the electric fields in a human femur induced by ultrasound irradiation were simulated. The electric fields were changed by a bone fracture, which depended on piezoelectric anisotropy. In conclusion, the PE-FDTD method is considered to be useful for investigating the piezoelectric effect of bone.

  12. Investigation of the piezoelectric charge coefficient d33 of thick-film piezoelectric ceramics by varying poling and repoling conditions

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    Radzi, Muhamad Haffiz Mohd; Leong, Kok Swee

    2015-05-01

    Piezoelectric ceramics are commonly used in various sensing applications. In this paper, the effect of poling and repoling conditions on thick-film piezoelectric ceramics were investigated. The piezoelectric charge coefficient of the piezoelectric ceramics were measured with varying poling conditions, where the effect of changing poling temperature and electrical field on the d33 were analyzed. This was followed by investigating on the effect high applied electrical fields results in repolarization the alignment of the piezoelectric domain in the opposite direction. The temperature and electrical field dependence polarization of the thick-film piezoelectric ceramics were varied near to its Curie temperature between 50C to 250C and at a range of electrical field from 20 V (400 kV/mm) up to 200 V (4 MV/mm). It was found that the piezoelectric properties increases with increasing the poling electric field and poling temperature significantly. The maximum values of piezoelectric coefficient were obtained for the piezoelectric ceramics poled at the Curie temperature with high electric fields for 15 minutes. The aging behavior of the piezoelectric ceramics shows that piezoelectric charge coefficient d33 depends on the poling and repoling conditions.

  13. Piezoelectric Nanoparticle-Polymer Composite Materials

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    McCall, William Ray

    Herein we demonstrate that efficient piezoelectric nanoparticle-polymer composite materials can be synthesized and fabricated into complex microstructures using sugar-templating methods or optical printing techniques. Stretchable foams with excellent tunable piezoelectric properties are created by incorporating sugar grains directly into polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) mixtures containing barium titanate (BaTiO3 -- BTO) nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes (CNTs), followed by removal of the sugar after polymer curing. Porosities and elasticity are tuned by simply adjusting the sugar/polymer mass ratio and the electrical performance of the foams showed a direct relationship between porosity and the piezoelectric outputs. User defined 2D and 3D optically printed piezoelectric microstructures are also fabricated by incorporating BTO nanoparticles into photoliable polymer solutions such as polyethylene glycol diacrylate (PEGDA) and exposing to digital optical masks that can be dynamically altered. Mechanical-to-electrical conversion efficiency of the optically printed composite is enhanced by chemically altering the surface of the BTO nanoparticles with acrylate groups which form direct covalent linkages with the polymer matrix under light exposure. Both of these novel materials should find exciting uses in a variety of applications including energy scavenging platforms, nano- and microelectromechanical systems (NEMS/MEMS), sensors, and acoustic actuators.

  14. Asymptotic modeling of linearly piezoelectric slender rods

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    Weller, Thibaut; Licht, Christian

    2008-07-01

    The piezoelectric thin plate modeling already derived by the authors is extended to rod-like structures. Two models corresponding to sensor or actuator behavior are obtained. The conditions of existence of non-local terms in the limit models are discussed. To cite this article: T. Weller, C. Licht, C. R. Mecanique 336 (2008).

  15. Non-bonded piezoelectric ultrasonic transducer

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    Eoff, James M. (Arvada, CO)

    1985-01-01

    A mechanically assembled non-bonded ultrasonic transducer includes a substrate, a piezoelectric film, a wetting agent, a thin metal electrode, and a lens held in intimate contact by a mechanical clamp. No epoxy or glue is used in the assembly of this device.

  16. Piezoelectric power generation for civil infrastructure systems

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    Erturk, A.; Inman, D. J.

    2011-04-01

    Civil infrastructure systems (CIS) employ various small electronic components ranging from temperature and humidity sensors used in buildings to acoustics emission sensors used for damage detection in bridges. Other than solar energy that has already found several applications in CIS; moving loads, surface strain fluctuations, and wind energy available in the vicinity of CIS constitute important sources of energy that can be converted into electricity. This paper focuses on low power generation from these energy sources using piezoelectric transduction. Moving loads caused by travelling vehicles can be used for exciting piezoceramics located on the road. Structural vibrations resulting from various sources such as support motions and interaction of CIS with the surrounding fluid may yield local surface strain fluctuations. Wind energy is available not only due to regular atmospheric flow but also due to the motion of vehicles travelling at relatively high speeds. This paper investigates and formulates (1) the electromechanical moving load problem for slender bridges with a piezoelectric cantilever and with embedded piezoceramics, (2) the problem of piezoelectric power generation from surface strain fluctuations using a piezoceramic patch, and (3) piezoelectric energy harvesting from wind excitation through aeroelastic flutter.

  17. Miniature piezoelectric triaxial accelerometer measures cranial accelerations

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    Deboo, G. J.; Rogallo, V. L.

    1966-01-01

    Tiny triaxial accelerometer whose sensing elements are piezoelectric ceramic beams measures human cranial accelerations when a subject is exposed to a centrifuge or other simulators of g environments. This device could be considered for application in dental, medical, and automotive safety research.

  18. Zeroshift of piezoelectric accelerometers in pyroshock measurements

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    Chu, Anthony

    1987-01-01

    Zeroshift, a common measurement error in piezoelectric shock accelerometry, is any spurious output baseline shift which occurs after a pyroshock event. All components of the shock measurement system are analyzed for sources of zeroshift, and preventive practices are presented to aid in equipment selection, setup, and operation.

  19. Power Electronics Design Choice for Piezoelectric Microrobots

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    California at Berkeley, University of

    is a satisfactory driving voltage. In fact, autonomous microrobots utilizing piezoelectric stack actuators have been high voltage amplifier and drive scheme capable of driving a variety of microrobots. II. AUTONOMOUS drive voltages required for adequate force and displacement. This especially limits the ability

  20. Designing Piezoelectric Films for Micro Electromechanical Systems

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    Trolier-McKinstry, Susan; Griggio, Flavio; Yaeger, Charles; Jousse, Pierre; Zhao, Dalong; Bharadwaja, Srowthi; Jackson, Thomas N; Jesse, Stephen; Kalinin, Sergei V; Wasa, Kiyotaka

    2011-01-01

    Piezoelectric thin films are of increasing interest in low-voltage micro electromechanical systems for sensing, actuation, and energy harvesting. They also serve as model systems to study fundamental behavior in piezoelectrics. Next-generation technologies such as ultrasound pill cameras, flexible ultrasound arrays, and energy harvesting systems for unattended wireless sensors will all benefit from improvements in the piezoelectric properties of the films. This paper describes tailoring the composition, microstructure, orientation of thin films, and substrate choice to optimize the response. It is shown that increases in the grain size of lead-based perovskite films from 75 to 300 nm results in 40 and 20% increases in the permittivity and piezoelectric coefficients, respectively. This is accompanied by an increase in the nonlinearity in the response. Band excitation piezoresponse force microscopy was used to interrogate the nonlinearity locally. It was found that chemical solution-derived PbZr(0.52)Ti(0.48)O(3) thin films show clusters of larger nonlinear response embedded in a more weakly nonlinear matrix. The scale of the clusters significantly exceeds that of the grain size, suggesting that collective motion of many domain walls contributes to the observed Rayleigh behavior in these films. Finally, it is shown that it is possible to increase the energy-harvesting figure of merit through appropriate materials choice, strong imprint, and composite connectivity patterns.

  1. Piezoelectric nanoribbons for monitoring cellular deformations

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    Purohit, Prashant

    Piezoelectric nanoribbons for monitoring cellular deformations Thanh D. Nguyen1 , Nikhil Deshmukh2 cellular forces agree with a theoretical model in 15 which depolarization caused by an applied voltage a silicone elastomer and measure mechanical defor- 20 mations on a cow lung that mimic respiration

  2. Flow energy piezoelectric bimorph nozzle harvester

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    Sherrit, Stewart; Lee, Hyeong Jae; Walkemeyer, Phillip; Hasenoehrl, Jennifer; Hall, Jeffrey L.; Colonius, Tim; Tosi, Luis Phillipe; Arrazola, Alvaro; Kim, Namhyo; Sun, Kai; Corbett, Gary

    2014-04-01

    There is a need for a long-life power generation scheme that could be used downhole in an oil well to produce 1 Watt average power. There are a variety of existing or proposed energy harvesting schemes that could be used in this environment but each of these has its own limitations. The vibrating piezoelectric structure is in principle capable of operating for very long lifetimes (decades) thereby possibly overcoming a principle limitation of existing technology based on rotating turbo-machinery. In order to determine the feasibility of using piezoelectrics to produce suitable flow energy harvesting, we surveyed experimentally a variety of nozzle configurations that could be used to excite a vibrating piezoelectric structure in such a way as to enable conversion of flow energy into useful amounts of electrical power. These included reed structures, spring mass-structures, drag and lift bluff bodies and a variety of nozzles with varying flow profiles. Although not an exhaustive survey we identified a spline nozzle/piezoelectric bimorph system that experimentally produced up to 3.4 mW per bimorph. This paper will discuss these results and present our initial analyses of the device using dimensional analysis and constitutive electromechanical modeling. The analysis suggests that an order-of-magnitude improvement in power generation from the current design is possible.

  3. Instrument For Simulation Of Piezoelectric Transducers

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    Mcnichol, Randal S.

    1996-01-01

    Electronic instrument designed to simulate dynamic output of integrated-circuit piezoelectric acceleration or pressure transducer. Operates in conjunction with external signal-conditioning circuit, generating square-wave signal of known amplitude for use in calibrating signal-conditioning circuit. Instrument also useful as special-purpose square-wave generator in other applications.

  4. Lead-Free Solder Binary Alloys: X-Ray Studies of BiSn Oleg Shpyrko1, Alexei Grigoriev1, Diego Pontoni1, Peter Pershan1, Ben Ocko2, Moshe Deutsch3, Binhua Lin4, Mati Meron4, Tim Graber4, Jeff Gebhardt4

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    Grigoriev, Alexei

    Lead-Free Solder Binary Alloys: X-Ray Studies of BiSn Oleg Shpyrko1, Alexei Grigoriev1, Diego-Ilan University, Israel, 4Argonne National Lab, Argonne, IL Summary Studies of Pb-free solders such as Bi under contract W-31- 109-ENG-38 ..\\..\\Corel\\Dielectrics.jpg Abstract Lead-Free Solders: Of great

  5. Planar Rotary Piezoelectric Motor Using Ultrasonic Horns

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    Sherrit, Stewart; Bao, Xiaoqi; Badescu, Mircea; Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Geiyer, Daniel; Ostlund, Patrick N.; Allen, Phillip

    2011-01-01

    A motor involves a simple design that can be embedded into a plate structure by incorporating ultrasonic horn actuators into the plate. The piezoelectric material that is integrated into the horns is pre-stressed with flexures. Piezoelectric actuators are attractive for their ability to generate precision high strokes, torques, and forces while operating under relatively harsh conditions (temperatures at single-digit K to as high as 1,273 K). Electromagnetic motors (EM) typically have high rotational speed and low torque. In order to produce a useful torque, these motors are geared down to reduce the speed and increase the torque. This gearing adds mass and reduces the efficiency of the EM. Piezoelectric motors can be designed with high torques and lower speeds directly without the need for gears. Designs were developed for producing rotary motion based on the Barth concept of an ultrasonic horn driving a rotor. This idea was extended to a linear motor design by having the horns drive a slider. The unique feature of these motors is that they can be designed in a monolithic planar structure. The design is a unidirectional motor, which is driven by eight horn actuators, that rotates in the clockwise direction. There are two sets of flexures. The flexures around the piezoelectric material are pre-stress flexures and they pre-load the piezoelectric disks to maintain their being operated under compression when electric field is applied. The other set of flexures is a mounting flexure that attaches to the horn at the nodal point and can be designed to generate a normal force between the horn tip and the rotor so that to first order it operates independently and compensates for the wear between the horn and the rotor.

  6. Simulating Hard Rigid Bodies

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    De Michele, Cristiano

    2009-01-01

    Several physical systems in condensed matter have been modeled approximating their constituent particles as hard objects. In fact, the hard spheres model has been one of the cornerstones of the computational and theoretical description in condensed matter. The next level of description is to consider particles as rigid objects of generic shape enriching enormously the possible phenomenology. This kind of modeling will be interesting in all the situations in which steric effect plays a relevant role. These include biology, soft matter, granular material and molecular systems. Nevertheless, except for the case of hard spheres systems, there are no general recipes for event-driven Molecular Dynamics simulations of hard rigid bodies. Two similar algorithms for calculating the distance between two convex hard rigid bodies and the contact time of two colliding hard rigid bodies solving non-linear set of equations will be described. Building on these two methods, an event-driven molecular dynamics algorithm for simu...

  7. Dog-Bone Horns for Piezoelectric Ultrasonic/Sonic Actuators

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    Sherrit, Stewart; Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Chang, Zensheu; Bao, Xiaoqi

    2007-01-01

    A shape reminiscent of a dog bone has been found to be superior to other shapes for mechanical-amplification horns that are components of piezoelectrically driven actuators used in a series of related devices denoted generally as ultrasonic/sonic drill/corers (USDCs). The first of these devices was reported in Ultrasonic/Sonic Drill/Corers With Integrated Sensors (NPO-20856), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 25, No. 1 (January 2001), page 38. The dog-bone shape was conceived especially for use in a more recent device in the series, denoted an ultrasonic/ sonic gopher, that was described in Ultrasonic/Sonic Mechanisms for Drilling and Coring (NPO-30291), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 27, No. 9 (September 2003), page 65. The figure shows an example of a dog-bone-shaped horn and other components of an ultrasonic gopher. Prerequisite to a meaningful description of this development is an unavoidably lengthy recapitulation of the principle of operation of a USDC and, more specifically, of the ultrasonic/sonic gopher as described previously in NASA Tech Briefs. The ultrasonic actuator includes a stack of piezoelectric rings, the horn, a metal backing, and a bolt that connects the aforementioned parts and provides compressive pre-strain to the piezoelectric stack to prevent breakage of the rings during extension. The stack of piezoelectric rings is excited at the resonance frequency of the overall ultrasonic actuator. Through mechanical amplification by the horn, the displacement in the ultrasonic vibration reaches tens of microns at the tip of the horn. The horn hammers an object that is denoted the free mass because it is free to move longitudinally over a limited distance between hard stops: The free mass bounces back and forth between the ultrasonic horn and a tool bit (a drill bit or a corer). Because the longitudinal speed of the free mass is smaller than the longitudinal speed of vibration of the tip of the horn, contact between the free mass and the horn tip usually occurs at a phase of the vibration favorable to transfer of momentum from the horn to the free mass. Therefore, the free mass picks up momentum and is accelerated back to the tool bit. Upon impact of the free mass on the tool bit, momentum is transferred to the tool bit. The impacts of the free mass on the tool bit repeat at a sonic frequency that can range from tens of hertz to about 1 kHz. The shock waves caused by the impacts of the free mass propagate to the interface between the tool bit and the medium (typically, rock, ice, or other brittle material) to be drilled or cored. The medium becomes fractured when its ultimate strain is exceeded at the medium/tool-bit interface. This concludes the description of the principle of operation.

  8. Lead-free and lead-based ABO3 perovskite relaxors with mixed-valence A-site and B-site disorder: Comparative neutron scattering structural study of (Na1/2Bi1/2)TiO3 and Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3

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    Ge, Wenwei; Devreugd, Christopher P.; Phelan, D.; Zhang, Qinhui; Ahart, Muhtar; Li, Jiefang; Luo, Haosu; Boatner, Lynn A.; Viehland, Dwight; Gehring, Peter M.

    2013-11-01

    We report the results of neutron elastic-scattering measurements made between -250 C and 620 C on the lead-free relaxor (Na1/2Bi1/2)TiO3 (NBT). Strong, anisotropic, elastic diffuse scattering intensity decorates the (100), (110), (111), (200), (210), and (220) Bragg peaks at room temperature. The wave-vector dependence of this diffuse scattering is compared to that in the lead-based relaxor Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 (PMN) to determine if any features might be common to relaxors. Prominent ridges in the elastic diffuse scattering intensity contours that extend along ?110? are seen that exhibit the same zone dependence as those observed in PMN and other lead-based relaxors. These ridges disappear gradually on heating above the cubic-to-tetragonal phase transition temperature TCT = 523 C, which is also near the temperature at which the dielectric permittivity begins to deviate from Curie-Weiss behavior. We thus identify the ?110?-oriented ridges as a relaxor-specific property. The diffuse scattering contours also display narrower ridges oriented along ?100? that are consistent with the x-ray results of Kreisel [Phys. Rev. BPRBMDO1098-012110.1103/PhysRevB.68.014113 68, 014113 (2003)]; these vanish near 320 C, indicating that they have a different physical origin. The ?100?-oriented ridges are not observed in PMN. We observe no equivalent relaxor-specific elastic diffuse scattering from the homovalent relaxor analogues K0.95Li0.05TiO3 (A-site disordered) and KTa0.95Nb0.05O3 (B-site disordered). This suggests that the ?110?-oriented diffuse scattering ridges are correlated with the presence of strong random electric fields and invites a reassessment of what defines the relaxor phase. We find that doping NBT with 5.6% BaTiO3, a composition close to the morphotropic phase boundary with enhanced piezoelectric properties, increases the room-temperature correlation length along [110] from 40 to 60 while doubling the associated integrated diffuse scattering. Similar behavior was reported by Matsuura [Phys. Rev. BPRBMDO1098-012110.1103/PhysRevB.74.144107 74, 144107 (2006)] for morphotropic compositions of PMN doped with PbTiO3. Finally, we comment on the recent observation of monoclinicity in NBT at room temperature by placing a strict bound on the strength of the () superlattice reflection associated with the Cc space group based on the atomic coordinates published in the x-ray study by Aksel [Appl. Phys. Lett.APPLAB0003-695110.1063/1.3573826 98, 152901 (2011)] for NBT. We show that a skin effect, analogous to that reported in the relaxors PZN-xPT and PMN-xPT, can reconcile our neutron single-crystal data with the x-ray powder data of Aksel [Appl. Phys. Lett.APPLAB0003-695110.1063/1.3573826 98, 152901 (2011)]. Our finding of a skin effect in a lead-free, A-site disordered, heterovalent relaxor supports the idea that it arises in the presence of strong random electric fields.

  9. Lead-free and lead-based ABO3 perovskite relaxors with mixed-valence A-site and B-site disorder: A comparative neutron scattering structural study of (Na1/2Bi1/2)TiO3 and Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3

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    Ge, Wenwei; Devreugd, Christopher; Phelan, Daniel; Zhang, Qinjui; Muhtar, Aheart; Li, Jiefang; Luo, Haosu; Boatner, Lynn A; Viehland, Dwight; Gehring, P. M.

    2013-01-01

    We report the results of neutron elastic scattering measurements between -250oC and 620oC on the lead-free relaxor Na1/2Bi1/2TiO3 (NBT). Strong, anisotropic, elastic diffuse scattering intensity decorates the (100), (110), (111), (200), (220), and (210) Bragg peaks at room temperature. The wavevector dependence of this diffuse scattering is compared to that in the lead-based relaxor PbMg1/3Nb2/3O3 (PMN) to determine if any features might be common to relaxors. Prominent ridges in the elastic diffuse scattering intensity contours that extend along <110> are seen that exhibit the same zone dependence as those observed in PMN and other lead-based relaxors. These ridges disappear gradually on heating above the cubic-to-tetragonal phase transition temperature TCT = 523oC, which is also near the temperature at which the dielectric permittivity begins to deviate from Curie-Weiss behavior. We thus identify the <110>-oriented ridges as a relaxor-specific property. The diffuse scattering contours also display narrower ridges oriented along <100> that are consistent with the x-ray results of Kreisel et al. (2003); these vanish below 320oC indicating that they have a different physical origin. The <100>-oriented ridges are not observed in PMN. We observe no equivalent relaxor-specific elastic diffuse scattering from the homovalent relaxor analogues K0.95Li0.05TiO3 (A-site disordered) and KTa0.95Nb0.05O3 (B-site disordered). This suggests that the <110>-oriented diffuse scattering ridges are correlated with the presence of strong random electric fields and invites a reassessment of what defines the relaxor phase. We find that doping NBT with 5.6% BaTiO3, a composition close to the morphotropic phase boundary with enhanced piezoelectric properties, increases the room temperature correlation length along [1 1 0] from 40 to 60 while doubling the associated integrated diffuse scattering. Similar behavior was reported by Matsuura et al. (2006) for compositions of PMN doped with PbTiO3. Finally, we comment on the recent observation of monoclinicity in NBT at room temperature by placing a strict bound on the strength of the ( ) superlattice reflection associated with the Cc space group based on the atomic coordinates published in the x-ray study by Aksel et al. (2011) for NBT. We argue that a skin effect, analogous to that reported in the relaxors PZN and PMN-10%PT, can reconcile our single-crystal data with the powder data of Aksel et al. We believe this represents the first evidence of the relaxor skin effect in a lead-free relaxor.

  10. Structural, mechanical and piezoelectric properties of polycrystalline AlN films sputtered on titanium bottom electrodes

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    P?tru, M.; Isac, L.; Cunha, L.; Martins, P.; Lanceros-Mendez, S.; Oncioiu, G.; Cristea, D.; Munteanu, D.

    2015-11-01

    Polycrystalline AlN coatings were deposited on Ti-electrode films by reactive magnetron sputtering. During the deposition, processing parameters such as the reactive gas pressure and time of deposition have been varied. The purpose was to obtain an optimized AlN/Ti system coating with suitable properties for applications such as piezoelectric sensors, which could monitor the wear rate and the remaining coating life of a specific part. The chemical composition, the structure, and the morphology of the multilayered films were investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy techniques, respectively. These measurements showed the formation of highly (1 0 1), (1 0 2) and (1 0 3) oriented AlN films with piezoelectric and mechanical properties suitable for the desired purpose. A densification of the AlN coating was also observed, caused by lower nitrogen pressures, which has led to an improvement of the crystallinity along with an increase of hardness. The coating stability at high temperatures was also examined. Consequently, an improvement of the piezoelectric properties of the AlN films was observed, inferred from the enhancement of c-axis (0 0 2) orientation after annealing. Furthermore, the mechanical characteristics (hardness and Young's modulus) were significantly improved after heat treatment. These two parameters decrease rapidly with the increase of the indentation depth, approaching constant values close to those of the substrate after annealing. Thus, thermal annealing promotes not only the rearrangement of Al-N network, but also a surface hardening of the film, caused by a nitriding process of unsaturated Al atoms.

  11. Diaphragm Pump With Resonant Piezoelectric Drive

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    Izenson, Michael G.; Kline-Schoder, Robert J.; Shimko, Martin A.

    2007-01-01

    A diaphragm pump driven by a piezoelectric actuator is undergoing development. This pump is intended to be a prototype of lightweight, highly reliable pumps for circulating cooling liquids in protective garments and high-power electronic circuits, and perhaps for some medical applications. The pump would be highly reliable because it would contain no sliding seals or bearings that could wear, the only parts subject to wear would be two check valves, and the diaphragm and other flexing parts could be designed, by use of proven methods, for extremely long life. Because the pump would be capable of a large volumetric flow rate and would have only a small dead volume, its operation would not be disrupted by ingestion of gas, and it could be started reliably under all conditions. The prior art includes a number piezoelectrically actuated diaphragm pumps. Because of the smallness of the motions of piezoelectric actuators (typical maximum strains only about 0.001), the volumetric flow rates of those pumps are much too small for typical cooling applications. In the pump now undergoing development, mechanical resonance would be utilized to amplify the motion generated by the piezoelectric actuator and thereby multiply the volumetric flow rate. The prime mover in this pump would be a stack of piezoelectric ceramic actuators, one end of which would be connected to a spring that would be part of a spring-and-mass resonator structure. The mass part of the resonator structure would include the pump diaphragm (see Figure 1). Contraction of the spring would draw the diaphragm to the left, causing the volume of the fluid chamber to increase and thereby causing fluid to flow into the chamber. Subsequent expansion of the spring would push the diaphragm to the right, causing the volume of the fluid chamber to decrease, and thereby expelling fluid from the chamber. The fluid would enter and leave the chamber through check valves. The piezoelectric stack would be driven electrically to make it oscillate at the resonance frequency of the spring and- mass structure. This frequency could be made high enough (of the order of 400 Hz) that the masses of all components could be made conveniently small. The resonance would amplify the relatively small motion of the piezoelectric stack (a stroke of the order of 10 m) to a diaphragm stroke of the order of 0.5 mm. The exact amplification factor would depend on the rate of damping of oscillations; this, in turn, would depend on details of design and operation, including (but not limited to) the desired pressure rise and volumetric flow rate. In order to obtain resonance with large displacement, the damping rate must be low enough that the energy imparted to the pumped fluid on each stroke is much less than the kinetic and potential energy exchanged between the mass and spring during each cycle of oscillation. To minimize the power demand of the pump, a highly efficient drive circuit would be used to excite the piezoelectric stack. This circuit (see Figure 2) would amount to a special-purpose regenerative, switching power supply that would operate in a power-source mode during the part of an oscillation cycle when the excitation waveform was positive and in a power-recovery mode during the part of the cycle when the excitation waveform was negative. The circuit would include a voltage-boosting dc-to-dc converter that would convert between a supply potential of 24 Vdc and the high voltage needed to drive the piezoelectric stack. Because of the power-recovery feature, the circuit would consume little power. It should be possible to build the circuit as a compact unit, using readily available components.

  12. Using piezoelectric sensors for ultrasonic pulse velocity measurements in concrete

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    Kee, Seong-Hoon; Zhu, Jinying

    2013-11-01

    The ultrasonic pulse velocity (UPV) test has been a widely used non-destructive testing method for concrete structures. However, the conventional UPV test has limitations in consistency of results and applicability in hard-to-access regions of structures. The authors explore the feasibility of embedded piezoelectric (PZT) sensors for ultrasonic measurements in concrete structures. Two PZT sensors were embedded in a reinforced concrete specimen. One sensor worked as an actuator driven by an ultrasonic pulse-receiver, and another sensor worked as a receiver. A series of ultrasonic tests were conducted to investigate the performance of the embedded sensors in crack-free concrete and concrete specimens having a surface-breaking crack under various external loadings. Signals measured by the embedded sensors show a broad bandwidth with a centre frequency around 80 kHz, and very good coherence in the frequency range from 30 to 180 kHz. Furthermore, experimental variability in ultrasonic pulse velocity and attenuation is substantially reduced compared to previously reported values from conventional UPV equipment. Findings from this study demonstrate that the embedded sensors have great potential as a low-cost solution for ultrasonic transducers for health monitoring of concrete in structures.

  13. Engineering domain configurations for enhanced piezoelectricity in barium titanate single crystals

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    Li, Jiangyu

    Engineering domain configurations for enhanced piezoelectricity in barium titanate single crystals piezoelectric responses of barium titanate single crystals under different crystallographic orientations, and use it to explain the ultrahigh piezoelectric response recently observed in a 270 cut barium titanate

  14. Invited Paper Shape Control of Composite Material Plates Using Piezoelectric Actuators

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    Invited Paper Shape Control of Composite Material Plates Using Piezoelectric Actuators Brij N control of composite material plates using piezoelectric actuators. A finite element formulation of spacecraft reflectors. Keywords: composite material plates, piezoelectric actuators, shape control

  15. Effect of material uncertainties on dynamic analysis of piezoelectric fans

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    Srivastava, Swapnil; Yadav, Shubham Kumar; Mukherjee, Sujoy

    2015-04-01

    A piezofan is a resonant device that uses a piezoceramic material to induce oscillations in a cantilever beam. In this study, lumped-mass modelling is used to analyze a piezoelectric fan. Uncertainties are associated with the piezoelectric structures due to several reasons such as variation during manufacturing process, temperature, presence of adhesive layer between the piezoelectric actuator/sensor and the shim stock etc. Presence of uncertainty in the piezoelectric materials can influence the dynamic behavior of the piezoelectric fan such as natural frequency, tip deflection etc. Moreover, these quantities will also affect the performance parameters of the piezoelectric fan. Uncertainty analysis is performed using classical Monte Carlo Simulation (MCS). It is found that the propagation of uncertainty causes significant deviations from the baseline deterministic predictions, which also affect the achievable performance of the piezofan. The numerical results in this paper provide useful bounds on several performance parameters of the cooling fan and will enhance confidence in the design process.

  16. Structure-Property Study of Piezoelectricity in Polyimides

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    Ounaies, Zoubeida; Park, Cheol; Harrison, Joycelyn S.; Smith, Joseph G.; Hinkley, Jeffrey

    1999-01-01

    High performance piezoelectric polymers are of interest to NASA as they may be useful for a variety of sensor applications. Over the past few years research on piezoelectric polymers has led to the development of promising high temperature piezoelectric responses in some novel polyimides. In this study, a series of polyimides have been studied with systematic variations in the diamine monomers that comprise the polyimide while holding the dianhydride constant. The effect of structural changes, including variations in the nature and concentration of dipolar groups, on the remanent polarization and piezoelectric coefficient is examined. Fundamental structure-piezoelectric property insight will enable the molecular design of polymers possessing distinct improvements over state-of-the-art piezoelectric polymers including enhanced polarization, polarization stability at elevated temperatures, and improved processability.

  17. Anomalous piezoelectricity in two-dimensional graphene nitride nanosheets.

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    Zelisko, Matthew; Hanlumyuang, Yuranan; Yang, Shubin; Liu, Yuanming; Lei, Chihou; Li, Jiangyu; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Sharma, Pradeep

    2014-01-01

    Piezoelectricity is a unique property of materials that permits the conversion of mechanical stimuli into electrical and vice versa. On the basis of crystal symmetry considerations, pristine carbon nitride (C3N4) in its various forms is non-piezoelectric. Here we find clear evidence via piezoresponse force microscopy and quantum mechanical calculations that both atomically thin and layered graphitic carbon nitride, or graphene nitride, nanosheets exhibit anomalous piezoelectricity. Insights from ab inito calculations indicate that the emergence of piezoelectricity in this material is due to the fact that a stable phase of graphene nitride nanosheet is riddled with regularly spaced triangular holes. These non-centrosymmetric pores, and the universal presence of flexoelectricity in all dielectrics, lead to the manifestation of the apparent and experimentally verified piezoelectric response. Quantitatively, an e11 piezoelectric coefficient of 0.758 C m(-2) is predicted for C3N4 superlattice, significantly larger than that of the commonly compared ?-quartz. PMID:24969955

  18. Piezoelectric effects and electromechanical theories at the nanoscale.

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    Zhang, Jin; Wang, Chengyuan; Bowen, Chris

    2014-11-21

    Considerable effort has been made to study the piezoelectric effect on the nanoscale, which serves as a physical basis for a wide range of smart nanodevices and nanoelectronics. This paper reviews recent progress in the research on the piezoelectric properties and electromechanical effects of piezoelectric nanomaterials (PNs). The review begins with an introduction to existing PNs which exhibit a diverse range of atomic structures and configurations. The nanoscale measurement of their effective piezoelectric coefficients (EPCs) is summarised with an emphasis on the major factors determining the piezoelectric properties of PNs. The paper concludes with a review of the electromechanical theories that are able to capture the small-scale effects on PNs, which include the surface piezoelectricity, flexoelectricity and Eringen's nonlocal theory. In contrast to the classical theories, two types of EPCs are defined, which were found to be size-dependent and loading condition-selective. PMID:25315991

  19. Nonlinear kinematics for piezoelectricity in ALEGRA-EMMA.

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    Mitchell, John Anthony; Fuller, Timothy Jesse

    2013-09-01

    This report develops and documents nonlinear kinematic relations needed to implement piezoelectric constitutive models in ALEGRA-EMMA [5], where calculations involving large displacements and rotations are routine. Kinematic relationships are established using Gauss's law and Faraday's law; this presentation on kinematics goes beyond piezoelectric materials and is applicable to all dielectric materials. The report then turns to practical details of implementing piezoelectric models in an application code where material principal axes are rarely aligned with user defined problem coordinate axes. This portion of the report is somewhat pedagogical but is necessary in order to establish documentation for the piezoelectric implementation in ALEGRA-EMMA. This involves transforming elastic, piezoelectric, and permittivity moduli from material principal axes to problem coordinate axes. The report concludes with an overview of the piezoelectric implementation in ALEGRA-EMMA and small verification examples.

  20. Piezoelectric resonators based on self-assembled diphenylalanine microtubes

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    Bosne, E. D.; Heredia, A.; Kopyl, S.; Karpinsky, D. V.; Pinto, A. G.; Kholkin, A. L.

    2013-02-01

    Piezoelectric actuation has been widely used in microelectromechanical devices including resonance-based biosensors, mass detectors, resonators, etc. These were mainly produced by micromachining of Si and deposited inorganic piezoelectrics based on metal oxides or perovskite-type materials which have to be further functionalized in order to be used in biological applications. In this work, we demonstrate piezoelectrically driven micromechanical resonators based on individual self-assembled diphenylalanine microtubes with strong intrinsic piezoelectric effect. Tubes of different diameters and lengths were grown from the solution and assembled on a rigid support. The conducting tip of the commercial atomic force microscope was then used to both excite vibrations and study resonance behavior. Efficient piezoelectric actuation at the fundamental resonance frequency ?2.7 MHz was achieved with a quality factor of 114 for a microtube of 277 ?m long. A possibility of using piezoelectric dipeptides for biosensor applications is discussed.

  1. Vibration Analysis of Composite Laminate Plate Excited by Piezoelectric Actuators

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    Her, Shiuh-Chuan; Lin, Chi-Sheng

    2013-01-01

    Piezoelectric materials can be used as actuators for the active vibration control of smart structural systems. In this work, piezoelectric patches are surface bonded to a composite laminate plate and used as vibration actuators. A static analysis based on the piezoelectricity and elasticity is conducted to evaluate the loads induced by the piezoelectric actuators to the host structure. The loads are then employed to develop the vibration response of a simply supported laminate rectangular plate excited by piezoelectric patches subjected to time harmonic voltages. An analytical solution of the vibration response of a simply supported laminate rectangular plate under time harmonic electrical loading is obtained and compared with finite element results to validate the present approach. The effects of location and exciting frequency of piezoelectric actuators on the vibration response of the laminate plate are investigated through a parametric study. Numerical results show that modes can be selectively excited, leading to structural vibration control. PMID:23529121

  2. A material rigidity effect of a bimorph piezoelectric actuator

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    Lee, Dong-chan; Yun, Deok-won; Han, Chang-soo

    2007-08-01

    This paper presents the numerical modeling of a piezoelectric actuator used to avoid the limitation of the lock-in region in a ring resonator. Ring resonators have proved suitable for use as inertial sensors for navigation, guidance and attitude controls. However, their accuracy has been limited by the lock-in region due to frequency coupling between two counter-propagating waves at low rotation rates. This coupling introduces no phase difference, and no angular increment is detected. The problem can be overcome by mechanically dithering the ring resonator. Mechanically, the vibro-elastic bimorph piezoelectric actuator has been used as a control but is influenced by piezoelectric rigidity effects. To more accurately predict the dithering frequency of a mechanical dither, numerical modeling of a piezoelectric actuator includes the piezoelectric rigidity effect of the actuator, which occurs in both the static and dynamic behaviors of composite plates having piezoelectric layers symmetrically bonded to the top and bottom surfaces.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Interaction between a piezoelectric screw dislocation and a finite crack with surface piezoelectricity

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    Wang, Xu; Xu, Yang

    2015-09-01

    We analytically investigate the contribution of surface piezoelectricity to the interaction between a piezoelectric screw dislocation and a finite crack in a hexagonal piezoelectric solid. The piezoelectric screw dislocation suffers jumps in the displacement and in the electric potential across the slip plane, and meanwhile it is subjected to a line force and a line charge at its core. The original boundary value problem is reduced to two sets of coupled first-order Cauchy singular integro-differential equations by considering a distribution of line dislocations, electric-potential-dislocations, line forces and line charges on the crack. By using a diagonalization method, the two sets of equations are decoupled into four independent singular integro-differential equations, each of which can be numerically solved by means of the collocation method. Our analysis reveals that in general the stresses, strains, electric displacements and electric fields exhibit both the weak logarithmic and the strong square root singularities at the two crack tips. The image force acting on the piezoelectric screw dislocation due to its interaction with the finite crack is calculated.

  6. Effect of shunted piezoelectric control for tuning piezoelectric power harvesting system responsesanalytical techniques

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    Lumentut, M. F.; Howard, I. M.

    2015-10-01

    This paper presents new analytical modelling of shunt circuit control responses for tuning electromechanical piezoelectric vibration power harvesting structures with proof mass offset. For this combination, the dynamic closed-form boundary value equations reduced from strong form variational principles were developed using the extended Hamiltonian principle to formulate the new coupled orthonormalized electromechanical power harvesting equations showing combinations of the mechanical system (dynamical behaviour of piezoelectric structure), electromechanical system (electrical piezoelectric response) and electrical system (tuning and harvesting circuits). The reduced equations can be further formulated to give the complete forms of new electromechanical multi-mode frequency response functions and the time waveform of the standard AC-DC circuit interface. The proposed technique can demonstrate self-adaptive harvesting response capabilities for tuning the frequency band and the power amplitude of the harvesting devices. The self-adaptive tuning strategies are demonstrated by modelling the shunt circuit behaviour of the piezoelectric control layer in order to optimize the harvesting piezoelectric layer during operation under input base excitation. In such situations, with proper tuning parameters the system performance can be substantially improved. Moreover, the validation of the closed-form technique is also provided by developing the Ritz method-based weak form analytical approach giving similar results. Finally, the parametric analytical studies have been explored to identify direct and relevant contributions for vibration power harvesting behaviours.

  7. Room temperature electro-caloric effect in lead-free Ba(Zr0.1Ti0.9)1-xSnxO3 (x=0, x=0.075) ceramics

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    Kaddoussi, H.; Gagou, Y.; Lahmar, A.; Belhadi, J.; Allouche, B.; Dellis, J.-L.; Courty, M.; Khemakhem, H.; El Marssi, M.

    2015-01-01

    Electrocaloric effect of lead-free Ba(Zr0.1Ti0.9)1-xSnxO3 (x=0 and x=0.075) ceramics is investigated. In the composition x=0, the electrocaloric strength (?) was about 0.23 K mm/kV at Curie temperature. The incorporation of a small amount of tin (Sn) ions in the matrix of Ba(Zr0.1Ti0.9)O3 was found to decrease the Curie temperature TC toward room temperature while the value of the electrocaloric strength remained practically unchanged (?=0.22 K mm/kV).

  8. 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.

  9. Polarization and Piezoelectric Properties of a Nitrile Substituted Polyimide

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    Simpson, Joycelyn; Ounaies, Zoubeida; Fay, Catharine

    1997-01-01

    This research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of a piezoelectric (beta-CN)- APB/ODPA polyimide. The remanent polarization and piezoelectric d(sub 31) and g(sub 33) coefficients are reported to assess the effect of synthesis variations. Each of the materials exhibits a level of piezoelectricity which increases with temperature. The remanent polarization is retained at temperatures close to the glass transition temperature of the polyimide.

  10. Scaling effects for piezoelectric energy harvesters

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    Zhu, D.; Beeby, S. P.

    2015-05-01

    This paper presents a fundamental investigation into scaling effects for the mechanical properties and electrical output power of piezoelectric vibration energy harvesters. The mechanical properties investigated in this paper include resonant frequency of the harvester and its frequency tunability, which is essential for the harvester to operate efficiently under broadband excitations. Electrical output power studied includes cases when the harvester is excited under both constant vibration acceleration and constant vibration amplitude. The energy harvester analysed in this paper is based on a cantilever structure, which is typical of most vibration energy harvesters. Both detailed mathematical derivation and simulation are presented. Furthermore, various piezoelectric materials used in MEMS and non-MEMS harvesters are also considered in the scaling analysis.

  11. Piezoelectric Nanoparticle-Assisted Wireless Neuronal Stimulation.

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    Marino, Attilio; Arai, Satoshi; Hou, Yanyan; Sinibaldi, Edoardo; Pellegrino, Mario; Chang, Young-Tae; Mazzolai, Barbara; Mattoli, Virgilio; Suzuki, Madoka; Ciofani, Gianni

    2015-07-28

    Tetragonal barium titanate nanoparticles (BTNPs) have been exploited as nanotransducers owing to their piezoelectric properties, in order to provide indirect electrical stimulation to SH-SY5Y neuron-like cells. Following application of ultrasounds to cells treated with BTNPs, fluorescence imaging of ion dynamics revealed that the synergic stimulation is able to elicit a significant cellular response in terms of calcium and sodium fluxes; moreover, tests with appropriate blockers demonstrated that voltage-gated membrane channels are activated. The hypothesis of piezoelectric stimulation of neuron-like cells was supported by lack of cellular response in the presence of cubic nonpiezoelectric BTNPs, and further corroborated by a simple electroelastic model of a BTNP subjected to ultrasounds, according to which the generated voltage is compatible with the values required for the activation of voltage-sensitive channels. PMID:26168074

  12. Wave propagation in a piezoelectric layer

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    Ramos, R.R.; Otero, J.A.

    1997-06-01

    The dispersion relations of oscillation modes in a piezoelectric slab with hexagonal symmetry are given, considering the slab infinite with respect to the axes x{sub 1} and x{sub 2} with the six-order symmetry axis perpendicular to the x{sub 1}{endash}x{sub 2} plane. Four types of modes are identified: two of them are transversal horizontal and the other two are associated to electrostatic potential waves which determine the longitudinal and flexural modes. The secular equations for these modes are given and numerical results for the piezoelectric transducer ceramic slab are obtained and compared to experimental results with a very good agreement. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  13. Elastomer degradation sensor using a piezoelectric material

    DOEpatents

    Olness, Dolores U. (Livermore, CA); Hirschfeld, deceased, Tomas B. (late of Livermore, CA)

    1990-01-01

    A method and apparatus for monitoring the degradation of elastomeric materials is provided. Piezoelectric oscillators are placed in contact with the elastomeric material so that a forced harmonic oscillator with damping is formed. The piezoelectric material is connected to an oscillator circuit,. A parameter such as the resonant frequency, amplitude or Q value of the oscillating system is related to the elasticity of the elastomeric material. Degradation of the elastomeric material causes changes in its elasticity which, in turn, causes the resonant frequency, amplitude or Q of the oscillator to change. These changes are monitored with a peak height monitor, frequency counter, Q-meter, spectrum analyzer, or other measurement circuit. Elasticity of elastomers can be monitored in situ, using miniaturized sensors.

  14. Cantilevered probe detector with piezoelectric element

    DOEpatents

    Adams, Jesse D; Sulchek, Todd A; Feigin, Stuart C

    2014-04-29

    A disclosed chemical detection system for detecting a target material, such as an explosive material, can include a cantilevered probe, a probe heater coupled to the cantilevered probe, and a piezoelectric element disposed on the cantilevered probe. The piezoelectric element can be configured as a detector and/or an actuator. Detection can include, for example, detecting a movement of the cantilevered probe or a property of the cantilevered probe. The movement or a change in the property of the cantilevered probe can occur, for example, by adsorption of the target material, desorption of the target material, reaction of the target material and/or phase change of the target material. Examples of detectable movements and properties include temperature shifts, impedance shifts, and resonant frequency shifts of the cantilevered probe. The overall chemical detection system can be incorporated, for example, into a handheld explosive material detection system.

  15. Cantilevered probe detector with piezoelectric element

    DOEpatents

    Adams, Jesse D. (Reno, NV); Sulchek, Todd A. (Oakland, CA); Feigin, Stuart C. (Reno, NV)

    2012-07-10

    A disclosed chemical detection system for detecting a target material, such as an explosive material, can include a cantilevered probe, a probe heater coupled to the cantilevered probe, and a piezoelectric element disposed on the cantilevered probe. The piezoelectric element can be configured as a detector and/or an actuator. Detection can include, for example, detecting a movement of the cantilevered probe or a property of the cantilevered probe. The movement or a change in the property of the cantilevered probe can occur, for example, by adsorption of the target material, desorption of the target material, reaction of the target material and/or phase change of the target material. Examples of detectable movements and properties include temperature shifts, impedance shifts, and resonant frequency shifts of the cantilevered probe. The overall chemical detection system can be incorporated, for example, into a handheld explosive material detection system.

  16. Cantilevered probe detector with piezoelectric element

    DOEpatents

    Adams, Jesse D.; Sulchek, Todd A.; Feigin, Stuart C.

    2010-04-06

    A disclosed chemical detection system for detecting a target material, such as an explosive material, can include a cantilevered probe, a probe heater coupled to the cantilevered probe, and a piezoelectric element disposed on the cantilevered probe. The piezoelectric element can be configured as a detector and/or an actuator. Detection can include, for example, detecting a movement of the cantilevered probe or a property of the cantilevered probe. The movement or a change in the property of the cantilevered probe can occur, for example, by adsorption of the target material, desorption of the target material, reaction of the target material and/or phase change of the target material. Examples of detectable movements and properties include temperature shifts, impedance shifts, and resonant frequency shifts of the cantilevered probe. The overall chemical detection system can be incorporated, for example, into a handheld explosive material detection system.

  17. Cantilevered probe detector with piezoelectric element

    DOEpatents

    Adams, Jesse D; Sulchek, Todd A; Feigin, Stuart C

    2013-04-30

    A disclosed chemical detection system for detecting a target material, such as an explosive material, can include a cantilevered probe, a probe heater coupled to the cantilevered probe, and a piezoelectric element disposed on the cantilevered probe. The piezoelectric element can be configured as a detector and/or an actuator. Detection can include, for example, detecting a movement of the cantilevered probe or a property of the cantilevered probe. The movement or a change in the property of the cantilevered probe can occur, for example, by adsorption of the target material, desorption of the target material, reaction of the target material and/or phase change of the target material. Examples of detectable movements and properties include temperature shifts, impedance shifts, and resonant frequency shifts of the cantilevered probe. The overall chemical detection system can be incorporated, for example, into a handheld explosive material detection system.

  18. Energy Harvesting Using PVDF Piezoelectric Nanofabric

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    Shafii, Chakameh Shafii

    Energy harvesting using piezoelectric nanomaterial provides an opportunity for advancement towards self-powered electronics. The fabrication complexities and limited power output of these nano/micro generators have hindered these advancements thus far. This thesis presents a fabrication technique with electrospinning using a grounded cylinder as the collector. This method addresses the difficulties with the production and scalability of the nanogenerators. The non-aligned nanofibers are woven into a textile form onto the cylindrical drum that can be easily removed. The electrical poling and mechanical stretching induced by the electric field and the drum rotation increase the concentration of the piezoelectric beta phase in the PVDF nanofabric. The nanofabric is placed between two layers of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) that have interdigitated electrodes painted on them with silver paint. Applying continuous load onto the flexible PVDF nanofabric at 35Hz produces a peak voltage of 320 mV and maximum power of 2200 pW/(cm2) .

  19. Thermally Stable, Piezoelectric and Pyroelectric Polymeric Substrates

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    Simpson, Joycely O. (Inventor); St.Clair, Terry L. (Inventor)

    1999-01-01

    A thermally stable, piezoelectric and pyroelectric polymeric substrate was prepared. This thermally stable, piezoelectric and pyroelectric polymeric substrate may be used to prepare electromechanical transducers, thermomechanical transducers, accelerometers. acoustic sensors, infrared sensors, pressure sensors, vibration sensors, impact sensors, in-situ temperature sensors, in-situ stress/strain sensors, micro actuators, switches, adjustable fresnel lenses, speakers, tactile sensors. weather sensors, micro positioners, ultrasonic devices, power generators, tunable reflectors, microphones, and hydrophones. The process for preparing these polymeric substrates includes: providing a polymeric substrate having a softening temperature greater than 1000 C; depositing a metal electrode material onto the polymer film; attaching a plurality of electrical leads to the metal electrode coated polymeric substrate; heating the metal electrode coated polymeric substrate in a low dielectric medium; applying a voltage to the heated metal electrode coated polymeric substrate to induce polarization; and cooling the polarized metal electrode coated polymeric electrode while maintaining a constant voltage.

  20. Piezoelectric and related properties of hydrated collagen.

    PubMed Central

    Fukada, E; Ueda, H; Rinaldi, R

    1976-01-01

    Two piezoelectric constants (polarization per unit stress, d=d'-id'', and polarization per unit strain, e=e'-ie''), the elastic constant, and dielectric constant are determined for oriented collagen at different hydration levels at 10 Hz from -150 to 50 degrees C. With no hydration (approximately 0% H2O), d' increases slightly with higher temperatures, while e' decreases slightly. Near 11 wt% H2O, both d' and e' increase then decrease around 0 degrees C, and is probably caused by an increase of the dielectric constant and the ionic conductivity in the nonpiezoelectric phase. Hydration greater than 25 wt%, d' and e' decrease above -50 degrees C which is considered to be due to a greater ionic conductivity surrounding the piezoelectric phase. PMID:938730

  1. Piezoelectric film load cell robot collision detector

    DOEpatents

    Lembke, J.R.

    1989-04-18

    A piezoelectric load cell which can be utilized for detecting collisions and obstruction of a robot arm end effector includes a force sensing element of metallized polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) film. The piezoelectric film sensing element and a resilient support pad are clamped in compression between upper and lower plates. The lower plate has a central recess in its upper face for supporting the support pad and sensing element, while the upper plate has a corresponding central projection formed on its lower face for bearing on the sensing element and support pad. The upper and lower plates are doweled together for concentric alignment and screwed together. The upper and lower plates are also adapted for mounting between the robot arm wrist and end effector. 3 figs.

  2. Piezoelectric film load cell robot collision detector

    DOEpatents

    Lembke, John R. (Overland Park, KS)

    1989-04-18

    A piezoelectric load cell which can be utilized for detecting collisions and obstruction of a robot arm end effector includes a force sensing element of metallized polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) film. The piezoelectric film sensing element and a resilient support pad are clamped in compression between upper and lower plates. The lower plate has a central recess in its upper face for supporting the support pad and sensing element, while the upper plate has a corresponding central projection formed on its lower face for bearing on the sensing element and support pad. The upper and lower plates are dowelled together for concentric alignment and screwed together. The upper and lower plates are also adapted for mounting between the robot arm wrist and end effector.

  3. Piezoelectric film load cell robot collision detector

    DOEpatents

    Lembke, J.R.

    1988-03-15

    A piezoelectric load cell which can be utilized for detecting collisions and obstruction of a robot arm end effector includes a force sensing element of metallized polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) film. The piezoelectric film sensing element and a resilient support pad are clamped in compression between upper and lower plates. The lower plate has a central recess in its upper face for supporting the support pad and sensing element, while the upper plate has a corresponding central projection formed on its lower face for bearing on the sensing element and support pad. The upper and lower plates are dowelled together for concentric alignment and screwed together. The upper and lower plates are also adapted for mounting between the robot arm wrist and end effector. 3 figs.

  4. Voltage generation of piezoelectric cantilevers by laser heating.

    PubMed

    Hsieh, Chun-Yi; Liu, Wei-Hung; Chen, Yang-Fang; Shih, Wan Y; Gao, Xiaotong; Shih, Wei-Heng

    2012-11-15

    Converting ambient thermal energy into electricity is of great interest in harvesting energy from the environment. Piezoelectric cantilevers have previously been shown to be an effective biosensor and a tool for elasticity mapping. Here we show that a single piezoelectric (lead-zirconate titanate (PZT)) layer cantilever can be used to convert heat to electricity through pyroelectric effect. Furthermore, piezoelectric-metal (PZT-Ti) bi-layer cantilever showed an enhanced induced voltage over the single PZT layer alone due to the additional piezoelectric effect. This type of device can be a way for converting heat energy into electricity. PMID:23258941

  5. Piezoelectric films for high frequency ultrasonic transducers in biomedical applications

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    Zhou, Qifa; Lau, Sienting; Wu, Dawei; Shung, K. Kirk

    2011-01-01

    Piezoelectric films have recently attracted considerable attention in the development of various sensor and actuator devices such as nonvolatile memories, tunable microwave circuits and ultrasound transducers. In this paper, an overview of the state of art in piezoelectric films for high frequency transducer applications is presented. Firstly, the basic principles of piezoelectric materials and design considerations for ultrasound transducers will be introduced. Following the review, the current status of the piezoelectric films and recent progress in the development of high frequency ultrasonic transducers will be discussed. Then details for preparation and structure of the materials derived from piezoelectric thick film technologies will be described. Both chemical and physical methods are included in the discussion, namely, the solgel approach, aerosol technology and hydrothermal method. The electric and piezoelectric properties of the piezoelectric films, which are very important for transducer applications, such as permittivity and electromechanical coupling factor, are also addressed. Finally, the recent developments in the high frequency transducers and arrays with piezoelectric ZnO and PZT thick film using MEMS technology are presented. In addition, current problems and further direction of the piezoelectric films for very high frequency ultrasound application (up to GHz) are also discussed. PMID:21720451

  6. Energy harvesting from low frequency applications using piezoelectric materials

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    Li, Huidong; Tian, Chuan; Deng, Z. Daniel

    2014-12-15

    In an effort to eliminate the replacement of the batteries of electronic devices that are difficult or impractical to service once deployed, harvesting energy from mechanical vibrations or impacts using piezoelectric materials has been researched over the last several decades. However, a majority of these applications have very low input frequencies. This presents a challenge for the researchers to optimize the energy output of piezoelectric energy harvesters, due to the relatively high elastic moduli of piezoelectric materials used to date. This paper reviews the current state of research on piezoelectric energy harvesting devices for low frequency (0100?Hz) applications and the methods that have been developed to improve the power outputs of the piezoelectric energy harvesters. Various key aspects that contribute to the overall performance of a piezoelectric energy harvester are discussed, including geometries of the piezoelectric element, types of piezoelectric material used, techniques employed to match the resonance frequency of the piezoelectric element to input frequency of the host structure, and electronic circuits specifically designed for energy harvesters.

  7. Multi-scale Modeling for Piezoelectric Composite Materials

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    Qian Zhang; Xingye Yue

    2014-02-17

    In this paper, we focus on multi-scale modeling and simulation of piezoelectric composite materials. A multi-scale model for piezoelectric composite materials under the framework of Heterogeneous Multi-scale Method(HMM) is proposed. For materials with periodic microstructure, macroscopic model is derived from microscopic model of piezoelectric composite material by asymptotic expansion. Convergence analysis under the framework of homogenization theory is carried out. Moreover, error estimate between HMM solutions and homogenization solutions is derived. A 3-D numerical example of 1-3 type piezoelectric composite materials is employed to verify the error estimate.

  8. Electrospinning of continuous piezoelectric yarns for composite application

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    Lagoudas, Natasha C.; Ounaies, Zoubeida

    2008-03-01

    The focus of this research is to electrospin continuous yarns of piezoelectric nanofibers. Incorporating piezoelectric polymer fibers in traditional composites can add sensing and actuation capabilities, which creates a wide array of potential applications. To process nanofibers with piezoelectric properties, we are pursuing the electrospinning of poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) in DMAc. A method of electrospinning on water is used to form the continuous fibers, which are then tested using DSC, XRD, and microscopy. Through this technique, we see evidence that the non-polar ?-phase of PVDF is converted to the polar ?-phase, which is responsible for its piezoelectric behavior.

  9. Voltage generation of piezoelectric cantilevers by laser heating

    PubMed Central

    Hsieh, Chun-Yi; Liu, Wei-Hung; Chen, Yang-Fang; Shih, Wan Y.; Gao, Xiaotong; Shih, Wei-Heng

    2012-01-01

    Converting ambient thermal energy into electricity is of great interest in harvesting energy from the environment. Piezoelectric cantilevers have previously been shown to be an effective biosensor and a tool for elasticity mapping. Here we show that a single piezoelectric (lead-zirconate titanate (PZT)) layer cantilever can be used to convert heat to electricity through pyroelectric effect. Furthermore, piezoelectric-metal (PZT-Ti) bi-layer cantilever showed an enhanced induced voltage over the single PZT layer alone due to the additional piezoelectric effect. This type of device can be a way for converting heat energy into electricity. PMID:23258941

  10. Piezoelectric biosensor with a ladder polymer substrate coating

    DOEpatents

    Renschler, C.L.; White, C.A.; Carter, R.M.

    1998-09-29

    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. 3 figs.

  11. Piezoelectric films for high frequency ultrasonic transducers in biomedical applications.

    PubMed

    Zhou, Qifa; Lau, Sienting; Wu, Dawei; Shung, K Kirk

    2011-02-01

    Piezoelectric films have recently attracted considerable attention in the development of various sensor and actuator devices such as nonvolatile memories, tunable microwave circuits and ultrasound transducers. In this paper, an overview of the state of art in piezoelectric films for high frequency transducer applications is presented. Firstly, the basic principles of piezoelectric materials and design considerations for ultrasound transducers will be introduced. Following the review, the current status of the piezoelectric films and recent progress in the development of high frequency ultrasonic transducers will be discussed. Then details for preparation and structure of the materials derived from piezoelectric thick film technologies will be described. Both chemical and physical methods are included in the discussion, namely, the sol-gel approach, aerosol technology and hydrothermal method. The electric and piezoelectric properties of the piezoelectric films, which are very important for transducer applications, such as permittivity and electromechanical coupling factor, are also addressed. Finally, the recent developments in the high frequency transducers and arrays with piezoelectric ZnO and PZT thick film using MEMS technology are presented. In addition, current problems and further direction of the piezoelectric films for very high frequency ultrasound application (up to GHz) are also discussed. PMID:21720451

  12. Distributed piezoelectric sensor/actuator design for dynamic measurement/control of distributed parameter systems: A piezoelectric finite element approach

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    Tzou, H. S.; Tseng, C. I.

    1990-04-01

    Advanced structures with integrated self-monitoring and control capabilities are becoming very important due to the rapid development of "intelligent" mechanical systems and space structures. Since the structures are distributed and flexible in nature, distributed dynamic measurement and active vibration suppression are of importance to their performance. In this paper, a new structure (shell or plate) containing an integrated distributed piezoelectric sensor and actuator is proposed. The distributed piezoelectric sensing layer monitors the structural oscillation due to the direct piezoelectric effect and the distributed actuator layer suppresses the oscillation via the converse piezoelectric effect. For modeling flexibility and versatility, a new piezoelectric finite element with internal degrees of freedom is derived. The performance of a plate model with distributed piezoelectric sensor/actuator is evaluated. Applications to distributed dynamic measurement and control of the advanced structures are also demonstrated.

  13. Piezoelectric properties of aligned collagen membranes.

    PubMed

    Denning, D; Paukshto, M V; Habelitz, S; Rodriguez, B J

    2014-02-01

    Electromechanical coupling, a phenomenon present in collagenous materials, may influence cell-extracellular matrix interactions. Here, electromechanical coupling has been investigated via piezoresponse force microscopy in transparent and opaque membranes consisting of helical-like arrays of aligned type I collagen fibrils self-assembled from acidic solution. Using atomic force microscopy, the transparent membrane was determined to contain fibrils having an average diameter of 76 14 nm, whereas the opaque membrane comprised fibrils with an average diameter of 391 99 nm. As the acidity of the membranes must be neutralized before they can serve as cell culture substrates, the structure and piezoelectric properties of the membranes were measured under ambient conditions before and after the neutralization process. A crimp structure (1.59 0.37 m in width) perpendicular to the fibril alignment became apparent in the transparent membrane when the pH was adjusted from acidic (pH = 2.5) to neutral (pH = 7) conditions. In addition, a 1.35-fold increase was observed in the amplitude of the shear piezoelectricity of the transparent membrane. The structure and piezoelectric properties of the opaque membrane were not significantly affected by the neutralization process. The results highlight the presence of an additional translational order in the transparent membrane in the direction perpendicular to the fibril alignment. The piezoelectric response of both membrane types was found to be an order of magnitude lower than that of collagen fibrils in rat tail tendon. This reduced response is attributed to less-ordered molecular assembly than is present in D-periodic collagen fibrils, as evidenced by the absence of D-periodicity in the membranes. PMID:24030958

  14. Piezoelectric cantilevers energy harvesting in MEMS technique

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    Shang, Yingqi; Qiu, Chengjun; Liu, Hongmei; Chen, Xiaojie; Qu, Wei; Dou, Yanwei

    2011-11-01

    Piezoelectric cantilevers energy harvesting made by micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) technology can scavenge power from low-level ambient vibration sources. The developed cantilevers energy harvesting are featured with resonate frequency and power output in microwatt level, which is sufficient to the self-supportive sensors for in-service integrity monitoring of large social and environmental infrastructures at remote locations. In this paper, piezoelectric energy harvesting based on thick-film piezoelectric cantilevers is investigated to resonate at specific frequencies of an external vibration energy source, which creating electrical energy via the piezoelectric effect. Our cantilever device has a multiple structure with a proof mass added to the end. The thick film lead zirconate titanate Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) coated on the top of Au/Cr/SiO2/Si substrates by sol-gel-spin method. The thickness of the PZT membrane was up to 2?m and the cantilevers substrates thickness 50?m, wideness 1.5mm, length 4mm. The Au/Ti top electrode is patterned on top of the sol-gel-spin coated PZT thick film in order to employ the d31 mode. The prototype energy generator has a measured performance of 0.74?W effective electrical power, and 4.93 DC output voltages to resistance load. The effect of proof mass, beam shape and damping on the power generating performance are modeled to provide a design guideline for maximum power harvesting from environmentally available low frequency vibrations. A multiple structure cantilever is designed to achieve compactness, low resonant frequency and minimum damping coefficient, simultaneously. This device is promising to support networks of ultra-low-power sensor.

  15. Piezoelectric cantilevers energy harvesting in MEMS technique

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    Shang, Yingqi; Qiu, Chengjun; Liu, Hongmei; Chen, Xiaojie; Qu, Wei; Dou, Yanwei

    2012-04-01

    Piezoelectric cantilevers energy harvesting made by micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) technology can scavenge power from low-level ambient vibration sources. The developed cantilevers energy harvesting are featured with resonate frequency and power output in microwatt level, which is sufficient to the self-supportive sensors for in-service integrity monitoring of large social and environmental infrastructures at remote locations. In this paper, piezoelectric energy harvesting based on thick-film piezoelectric cantilevers is investigated to resonate at specific frequencies of an external vibration energy source, which creating electrical energy via the piezoelectric effect. Our cantilever device has a multiple structure with a proof mass added to the end. The thick film lead zirconate titanate Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) coated on the top of Au/Cr/SiO2/Si substrates by sol-gel-spin method. The thickness of the PZT membrane was up to 2?m and the cantilevers substrates thickness 50?m, wideness 1.5mm, length 4mm. The Au/Ti top electrode is patterned on top of the sol-gel-spin coated PZT thick film in order to employ the d31 mode. The prototype energy generator has a measured performance of 0.74?W effective electrical power, and 4.93 DC output voltages to resistance load. The effect of proof mass, beam shape and damping on the power generating performance are modeled to provide a design guideline for maximum power harvesting from environmentally available low frequency vibrations. A multiple structure cantilever is designed to achieve compactness, low resonant frequency and minimum damping coefficient, simultaneously. This device is promising to support networks of ultra-low-power sensor.

  16. Variable pulse width piezoelectric ultrasonic transducer driver

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    Martin, R.

    1983-11-01

    Requirements of ceramic piezoelectric ultrasonic transducer drive circuits are discussed in the light of today's advanced nondestructive testing techniques. A new drive circuit based upon power MOSFET devices, which overcomes many of the shortcomings of capacitor discharge circuits, is described. This new driving technique enables transducers of a wide range of resonant frequencies to be driven from a simple drive unit. It also enables transducer characteristics to be optimized for particular applications by control of the drive pulse shape.

  17. Frequency modulation drive for a piezoelectric motor

    DOEpatents

    Mittas, Anthony (Albuquerque, NM)

    2001-01-01

    A piezoelectric motor has peak performance at a specific frequency f.sub.1 that may vary over a range of frequencies. A drive system is disclosed for operating such a motor at peak performance without feedback. The drive system consists of the motor and an ac source connected to power the motor, the ac source repeatedly generating a frequency over a range from f.sub.1 -.DELTA.x to f.sub.1 +.DELTA.y.

  18. Energy harvesting with piezoelectric applied on shoes

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    Camilloni, Enrico; Carloni, Mirko; Giammarini, Marco; Conti, Massimo

    2013-05-01

    In the last few years the continuous demand of energy saving has brought continuous research on low-power devices, energy storage and new sources of energy. Energy harvesting is an interesting solution that captures the energy from the environment that would otherwise be wasted. This work presents an electric-mechanical model of a piezoelectric transducer in a cantilever configuration. The model has been characterized measuring the acceleration and the open circuit voltage of a piezoelectric cantilever subjected to a sinusoidal force with different values frequency and subject to an impulsive force. The model has been used to identify the optimal position in which the piezoelectric cantilever has to be placed on a shoe in order to obtain the maximum energy while walking or running. As a second step we designed the DC-DC converter with an hysteresis comparator. The circuit is able to give energy to switch on a microprocessor for the amount of time long enough to capture and store the information required. The complete system has been implemented, installed on a shoe and used in a 10 Km running competition.

  19. Piezoelectrically Actuated Shutter for High Vacuum

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    Thompson, Robert; Klose, Gerhard

    2003-01-01

    A piezoelectrically actuated shutter is undergoing development for use in experiments on laser cooling of atoms. The shutter is required to be compatible with ultrahigh vacuum [pressure of 10(exp -9) torr (.1.3 x 10(exp -7) Pa) or less] and to be capable of performing reliably in the vacuum for at least one year. In operation, the shutter would enable the collection and launch of successive samples of cold atoms and would enable the interrogation of the immediately preceding sample while preventing disturbance of the atoms of that sample by light from the collection region. A major constraint is imposed on the design and operation of the shutter by a requirement that it not generate a magnetic field large enough to perturb an atomic clock. An electromagnetically actuated shutter could satisfy all requirements except this one. Hence, it was decided to use piezoelectric instead of electromagnetic actuation. The shutter (see figure) includes two commercial piezoelectrically driven flexure stages that produce a travel of 0.5 mm. Levers mechanically amplify the travel to the required level of 1 cm. Problems that remained to be addressed at the time of reporting the information for this article included lifetime testing and correction of a tendency for shutter blades to bounce open.

  20. Structural, ferroelectric and magnetic study of lead free (Na0.5Bi0.5)1-xLaxTi0.988Fe0.012O3 (x=0,0.01,0.03,0.05) ceramic

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    Parmar, Kusum; Sharma, Anshu; Sharma, Hakikat; Negi, N. S.

    2015-05-01

    Lead free (Na0.5Bi0.5)1-xLaxTi0.988Fe0.012O3 ceramic having compositions (x=0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05) has been prepared by sol gel method using citric acid. Structural analysis has been done by X-ray diffraction and FTIR measurements. XRD patterns have been confirmed perovskite structure for all samples. FTIR absorption band at around 630 cm-1 is observed for all samples which confirm perovskite phase formation in samples. With increasing La concentration, shifting in XRD peaks and FTIR absorption bands is observed which suggests incorporation of La on A-site in prepared (Na0.5Bi0.5)1-xLaxTi0.988Fe0.012O3 samples. Effect of La substitution on Ferroelectric (Polarization vs. Electric field) and Magnetic (Magnetization vs. Magnetic field) properties have been studied at room temperature. All samples exhibit weak ferromagnetic order and also possess ferroelectric behavior which provides new insight to lead free single phase multiferroic materials.