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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Elastic constants measured from acoustic wave velocities in barium titanate piezoelectric ceramics

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    Ogawa, Toshio; Ikegaya, Taiki

    2015-01-01

    The longitudinal and transverse wave velocities in barium titanate (BT) ceramics sintered at different firing temperatures were measured using an ultrasonic precision thickness gauge with high-frequency pulse generation to evaluate elastic constants, such as Young’s modulus and Poisson’s ratio. With increasing firing temperature, the longitudinal and transverse wave velocities increased; as a result, Young’s modulus increased because of BT ceramics being mechanically hard. Poisson’s ratio after DC poling, however, was almost independent of the firing temperature. It was confirmed that there was an important factor for generating piezoelectricity regarding changes in Young’s modulus and Poisson’s ratio after DC poling compared with those before DC poling, that is, lowering Young’s modulus and increasing Poisson’s ratio. Furthermore, the modulus of rigidity and bulk modulus increased with the firing temperature because of the increase in ceramic bulk density. The modulus of rigidity decreased and the bulk modulus increased during DC poling because of domain alignment.

  4. Effects of porosity on dielectric and piezoelectric properties of porous lead zirconate titanate ceramics

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    Yang, An-Kun; Wang, Chang-An; Guo, Rui; Huang, Yong

    2011-04-01

    We report porous lead zirconate titanate ceramics fabricated by tert-butyl alcohol-based gel-casting process which show a very high thickness electromechanical coupling coefficient (0.77), high hydrostatic figure of merit (9594×10-15 m2/N), and low acoustic impedance (3.7 Mrayls). We show that the porosity effectively affects the performance of the samples in two ways: (1) a higher porosity simplifies the resonance behavior, leading to more efficient energy transduction; (2) its replacement of active ceramic phase leads to low relative permittivity, high hydrostatic figure of merit, and low acoustic impedance. It was confirmed the properties could be tailored by controlling the porosity.

  5. Lead zirconate titanate ceramics

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    Walker, B.E. Jr.

    1986-12-02

    This patent describes a lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezoelectric ceramic composition which, based on total composition weight, consists essentially of a solid solution of lead zirconate and lead titanate in a PbZrO/sub 3/:PbTiO/sub 3/ ratio from about 0.505:0.495 to about 0.54:0.46; a halide salt selected from the group consisting of fluorides and chlorides of alkali metal and alkaline earth elements and mixtures thereof except for francium and radium in an amount from about 0.5 to 2 weight percent; and an oxide selected from the group consisting of magnesium, barium, scandium, aluminum, lanthanum, praesodynium, neodymium, samarium, and mixtures thereof in an amount from about 0.5 to about 6 weight percent, the relative amount of oxide being from about 1 to about 4 times that of the halide.

  6. Fabrication and characterization of thick-film piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate ceramic resonators by tape-casting.

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    Qin, Lifeng; Sun, Yingying; Wang, Qing-Ming; Zhong, Youliang; Ou, Ming; Jiang, Zhishui; Tian, Wei

    2012-12-01

    In this paper, thick-film piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic resonators with thicknesses down to tens of micrometers have been fabricated by tape-casting processing. PZT ceramic resonators with composition near the morphotropic phase boundary and with different dopants added were prepared for piezoelectric transducer applications. Material property characterization for these thick-film PZT resonators is essential for device design and applications. For the property characterization, a recently developed normalized electrical impedance spectrum method was used to determine the electromechanical coefficient and the complex piezoelectric, elastic, and dielectric coefficients from the electrical measurement of resonators using thick films. In this work, nine PZT thick-film resonators have been fabricated and characterized, and two different types of resonators, namely thickness longitudinal and transverse modes, were used for material property characterization. The results were compared with those determined by the IEEE standard method, and they agreed well. It was found that depending on the PZT formulation and dopants, the relative permittivities ?(T)(33)/?(0) measured at 2 kHz for these thick-films are in the range of 1527 to 4829, piezoelectric stress constants (e(33) in the range of 15 to 26 C/m(2), piezoelectric strain constants (d(31)) in the range of -169 × 10(-12) C/N to -314 × 10(-12) C/N, electromechanical coupling coefficients (k(t)) in the range of 0.48 to 0.53, and k(31) in the range of 0.35 to 0.38. The characterization results shows tape-casting processing can be used to fabricate high-quality PZT thick-film resonators, and the extracted material constants can be used to for device design and application. PMID:23221230

  7. 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

  8. Field-enhanced piezoelectric deformation during the high temperature/low temperature rhombohedral (FERh/FERL) phase transformation for tin modified lead zirconate titanate ceramics

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    Yang, Pin; Moore, Roger H.; Burns, George R.

    2002-06-01

    An unusual field-enhanced piezoelectric deformation near the FERH/FERL structural phase transformation was observed in a tin modified lead zirconate titanate solid solution. In addition to the typical field-induced domain reorientation and the piezoelectric strain, this additional field-enhanced deformation only observed near the phase transformation increases linearly with external electric field strength. A 78% increase in field-enhanced strain was observed at a field strength of 32 kV/cm. Comparison of the dielectric susceptibility at low and high field conditions suggests that the observed unusual behavior is created by a field-induced lattice softening during the structural phase transformation. Experimental observations on the field-induced softening phenomena are reported.

  9. 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

  10. Piezoelectric thick bismuth titanate/lead zirconate titanate composite film transducers for smart NDE of metals

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    Kobayashi, M.; Jen, C.-K.

    2004-08-01

    Thick film piezoelectric ceramic sensors have been successfully deposited on different metallic substrates with different shapes by a sol-gel spray technique. The ball-milled bismuth titanate fine powders were dispersed into PZT solution to achieve the gel. The films with desired thickness up to 200 µm have been obtained through the multilayer coating approach. These thick films were also effectively coated onto thin sheet metals of thickness down to 25 µm. Self-support films with flat and shell geometries were made. Piezoelectricity was achieved using the corona discharge poling method. The area of the top silver paste electrode was also optimized. The center frequencies of ultrasonic signals generated by these films ranged from 3.6 to 30 MHz and their bandwidth was broad as well. The ultrasonic signals generated and received by these ultrasonic transducers (UTs) operated in the pulse/echo mode had a signal to noise ratio more than 30 dB. The main advantages of such sensors are that they (1) do not need couplant, (2) can serve as piezoelectric and UT, (3) can be coated onto curved surfaces and (4) can operate up to 440 °C. The capability of these thick film UTs for non-destructive evaluation of materials at 440 °C has been demonstrated.

  11. Effect of dielectrophoretic structuring on piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties of lead titanate-epoxy composites

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    Khanbareh, H.; van der Zwaag, S.; Groen, W. A.

    2014-10-01

    Functional granular composites of lead titanate particles in an epoxy matrix prepared by dielectrophoresis show enhanced dielectric, piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties compared to 0-3 composites for different ceramic volume content from 10% to 50%. Two structuring parameters, the interparticle distance and the percentage of 1-3 connectivity are used based on the Bowen model and the mixed connectivity model respectively. The degree of structuring calculated according to both models correlate well with the increase in piezoelectric and pyroelectric sensitivities of the composites. Higher sensitivity of the electroactive properties are observed at higher ceramic volume fractions. The effect of electrical conductivity of the matrix on the pyroelectric responsivity of the composites has been demonstrated to be a key parameter in governing the pyroelectric properties of the composites.

  12. 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.

  13. Strain engineering of piezoelectric properties of strontium titanate F. Sun H. Khassaf S. P. Alpay

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    Alpay, S. Pamir

    Strain engineering of piezoelectric properties of strontium titanate thin films F. Sun · H. Khassaf properties of (001) strontium titanate (SrTiO3, STO) epi- taxial thin films on pseudo-cubic (001) substrates

  14. Piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties of conductive polyethylene oxide-lead titanate composites

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    Khanbareh, H.; van der Zwaag, S.; Groen, W. A.

    2015-04-01

    Polymer-ceramic composites with pyroelectric sensitivity are presented as promising candidates for sensing applications. Selection of the appropriate ceramic filler and the polymer matrix is one of the key parameters in the development of optimized materials for specific applications. In this work lead-titanate (PT) ceramic particulate is incorporated into a polymer matrix, polyethylene oxide (PEO) with a relatively high electrical conductivity to develop sensitive and at the same time flexible composites. PT particles are dispersed in PEO at varying volume fractions, and composite materials are cast in the form of films to measure their dielectric, piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties. From these data the piezoelectric voltage coefficients as well as pyroelctric figures of merit of the composite films have been determined. In order to determine the effect of electrical conductivity of the polymer matrix on the poling efficiency and the final properties, a poling study has been performed. Improving the electrical conductivity of the polymer phase enhances the poling process significantly. It is found that both the piezoelectric and the pyroelectric figures of merit increase with concentration of PT. PT-PEO composites show superior pyroelectric sensitivity compared to other composites with less conductive polymer matrices.

  15. Piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties of lead titanate-polyethylene oxide composites

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    Khanbareh, H.; van der Zwaag, S.; Groen, W. A.

    2014-11-01

    Polymer-ceramic composites with pyroelectric sensitivity are presented as promising candidates for infrared detection. Selection of the appropriate ceramic filler and the polymer matrix is one of the key parameters in the development of optimized materials for specific applications. In this work lead-titanate (PT) ceramic is incorporated into a flexible polymer matrix, polyethylene oxide (PEO) with relatively high electrical conductivity to develop sensitive and at the same time flexible composites. PT particles are dispersed in PEO at varying volume fractions, and composite materials cast in the form of films for the measurements. The dielectric, piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties are measured. From these data the piezoelectric voltage coefficients as well as pyroelctric figures of merit of the composite films have been determined and values were compared with that of PT-epoxy composites in order to determine the effect of electrical conductivity of the polymer matrix on the poling efficiency and the final properties. It is found that, in general, both the piezoelectric and the pyroelectric figures of merit increase with concentration of PT; however, it is at the expense of mechanical flexibility of the material. Moreover PT-PEO composites show superior pyroelectric sensitivity compared to PT-Epoxy composites. Improving the electrical conductivity of the polymer phase enhances the poling process significantly.

  16. The enhanced and optimal piezoelectric coefficients in single crystalline barium titanate with engineered domain configurations

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    Li, Jiangyu

    The enhanced and optimal piezoelectric coefficients in single crystalline barium titanate the effective electromechanical moduli of tetragonal barium titanate poled along 111 direction, where that poling along 111 direction does not lead to the optimal domain configuration, since barium titanate poled

  17. Microwave assisted synthesis and characterization of barium titanate nanoparticles for multi layered ceramic capacitor applications.

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    Thirumalai, Sundararajan; Shanmugavel, Balasivanandha Prabu

    2011-01-01

    Barium titanate is a common ferroelectric electro-ceramic material having high dielectric constant, with photorefractive effect and piezoelectric properties. In this research work, nano-scale barium titanate powders were synthesized by microwave assisted mechano-chemical route. Suitable precursors were ball milled for 20 hours. TGA studies were performed to study the thermal stability of the powders. The powders were characterized by XRD, SEM and EDX Analysis. Microwave and Conventional heating were performed at 1000 degrees C. The overall heating schedule was reduced by 8 hours in microwave heating thereby reducing the energy and time requirement. The nano-scale, impurity-free and defect-free microstructure was clearly evident from the SEM micrograph and EDX patterns. LCR meter was used to measure the dielectric constant and dielectric loss values at various frequencies. Microwave heated powders showed superior dielectric constant value with low dielectric loss which is highly essential for the fabrication of Multi Layered Ceramic Capacitors. PMID:24427875

  18. High-Temperature Piezoelectric Ceramic Developed

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    Sayir, Ali; Farmer, Serene C.; Dynys, Frederick W.

    2005-01-01

    Active combustion control of spatial and temporal variations in the local fuel-to-air ratio is of considerable interest for suppressing combustion instabilities in lean gas turbine combustors and, thereby, achieving lower NOx levels. The actuator for fuel modulation in gas turbine combustors must meet several requirements: (1) bandwidth capability of 1000 Hz, (2) operating temperature compatible with the fuel temperature, which is in the vicinity of 400 F, (3) stroke of approximately 4 mils (100 m), and (4) force of 300 lb-force. Piezoelectric actuators offer the fastest response time (microsecond time constants) and can generate forces in excess of 2000 lb-force. The state-of-the-art piezoceramic material in industry today is Pb(Zr,Ti)O3, called PZT. This class of piezoelectric ceramic is currently used in diesel fuel injectors and in the development of high-response fuel modulation valves. PZT materials are generally limited to operating temperatures of 250 F, which is 150 F lower than the desired operating temperature for gas turbine combustor fuel-modulation injection valves. Thus, there is a clear need to increase the operating temperature range of piezoceramic devices for active combustion control in gas turbine engines.

  19. An in vitro study of electrically active hydroxyapatite-barium titanate ceramics using Saos-2 cells.

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    Baxter, Frances R; Turner, Irene G; Bowen, Christopher R; Gittings, Jonathan P; Chaudhuri, Julian B

    2009-08-01

    Electrically active ceramics are of interest as bone graft substitute materials. This study investigated the ferroelectric properties of hydroxyapatite-barium titanate (HABT) composites and the behaviour of osteoblast-like cells seeded on their surfaces. A piezoelectric coefficient (d(33)) of 57.8 pCN(-1) was observed in HABT discs prepared for cell culture. The attachment, proliferation, viability, morphology and metabolic activity of cells cultured on unpoled HABT were comparable to those observed on commercially available hydroxyapatite at all time points. No indication of the cytotoxicity of HABT was detected. At one day after seeding, cell attachment was modified on both the positive and negative surfaces of poled HABT. After longer incubations, all parameters observed were comparable on poled and unpoled ceramics. The results indicate that HABT ceramics are biocompatible in the short term in vitro and that further investigation of cell responses to these materials under mechanical load and at longer incubation times is warranted. PMID:19308338

  20. 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 pC·N-1) than traditional piezoelectric ceramics (131 pC·N-1). On this basis therefore, a strategy for the future study and development of lead-free KNN-based piezoelectric glass ceramics is proposed.

  1. Development of a stress sensor based on the piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate for impact stress measurement

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    Liu, Yiming; Xu, Bin; Li, Lifei; Li, Bing

    2011-11-01

    The measurement of stress of concrete structures under impact loading and other strong dynamic loadings is crucial for the monitoring of health and damage detection. Due to its main advantages including availability, extremely high rigidity, high natural frequency, wide measuring range, high stability, high reproducibility, high linearity and wide operating temperature range, piezoelectric (Lead Zirconate Titanate, PZT) ceramic materials has been a widely used smart material for both sensing and actuation for monitoring and control in engineering structures. In this paper, a kind of stress sensor based on piezoelectric ceramics for impact stress measuring of concrete structures is developed. Because the PZT is fragile, in order to employ it for the health monitoring of concrete structures, special handling and treatment should be taken to protect the PZT and to make it survive and work properly in concrete. The commercially available PZT patch with lead wires is first applied with an insulation coating to prevent water and moisture damage, and then is packaged by jacketing it by two small precasted cylinder concrete blocks with enough strength to form a smart aggregate (SA). The employed PZT patch has a dimension of 10mm x 10mm x 0.3mm. In order to calibrate the PZT based stress sensor for impact stress measuring, a dropping hammer was designed and calibration test on the sensitivity of the proposed transducer was carried out with an industry charge amplifier. The voltage output of the stress sensor and the impact force under different free falling heights and impact mass were recorded with a high sampling rate data acquisition system. Based on the test measurements, the sensibility of the PZT based stress sensor was determined. Results show that the output of the PZT based stress sensor is proportional to the stress level and the repeatability of the measurement is very good. The self-made piezoelectric stress sensor can be easily embedded in concrete and provide reliable stress sensing under dynamic loadings.

  2. Development of a stress sensor based on the piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate for impact stress measurement

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    Liu, Yiming; Xu, Bin; Li, Lifei; Li, Bing

    2012-04-01

    The measurement of stress of concrete structures under impact loading and other strong dynamic loadings is crucial for the monitoring of health and damage detection. Due to its main advantages including availability, extremely high rigidity, high natural frequency, wide measuring range, high stability, high reproducibility, high linearity and wide operating temperature range, piezoelectric (Lead Zirconate Titanate, PZT) ceramic materials has been a widely used smart material for both sensing and actuation for monitoring and control in engineering structures. In this paper, a kind of stress sensor based on piezoelectric ceramics for impact stress measuring of concrete structures is developed. Because the PZT is fragile, in order to employ it for the health monitoring of concrete structures, special handling and treatment should be taken to protect the PZT and to make it survive and work properly in concrete. The commercially available PZT patch with lead wires is first applied with an insulation coating to prevent water and moisture damage, and then is packaged by jacketing it by two small precasted cylinder concrete blocks with enough strength to form a smart aggregate (SA). The employed PZT patch has a dimension of 10mm x 10mm x 0.3mm. In order to calibrate the PZT based stress sensor for impact stress measuring, a dropping hammer was designed and calibration test on the sensitivity of the proposed transducer was carried out with an industry charge amplifier. The voltage output of the stress sensor and the impact force under different free falling heights and impact mass were recorded with a high sampling rate data acquisition system. Based on the test measurements, the sensibility of the PZT based stress sensor was determined. Results show that the output of the PZT based stress sensor is proportional to the stress level and the repeatability of the measurement is very good. The self-made piezoelectric stress sensor can be easily embedded in concrete and provide reliable stress sensing under dynamic loadings.

  3. 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 50°C to 250°C 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.

  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.

    2014-10-21

    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 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 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 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. Field-induced strain behavior for potassium sodium bismuth titanate ceramics.

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    Carroll, James F; Payne, David A; Noguchi, Yuji; Miyayama, Masaru

    2007-12-01

    Data are reported for the dielectric, piezoelectric, electrostrictive, and ferroelectric properties of potassium-substituted sodium bismuth titanate, [(K(x)Na(1-x))(0.5)Bi(0.5)]TiO3. For the morphotropic phase boundary composition x = 0.2, relaxor-type behavior was observed at room temperature with piezoelectric (effective d(333) = 325 x 10(-12) m/V) and ferroelectric properties (P(R) = 25 microC/cm(2), E(C) = 30 kV/cm). A transition to a relatively frequency-independent, diffuse phase transformation region occurred with increasing temperature, with no remanent strain or coercive field. Above the transition temperature, the field-induced strain was consistent with contributions from electrostriction and field induced piezoelectricity (M(3333) = 1.9 x 10(-16) m2/V2 and d333 = 81 x 10(-12) m/V at 100 degrees C). Information is given for the temperature dependence of properties, e.g., 0.14% strain induced at 50 kV/cm at 200 degrees C. Higher potassium content x = 0.6 stabilized the ferroelectric piezoelectric region to temperatures above 200 degrees C, with a relatively stable d(333) = 150-145 x 10-12 m/V between 25 degrees C and 200 degrees C. Pb-free KNBT ceramics appear competitive with PZT, especially for higher temperature electromechanical applications. PMID:18276548

  6. 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 188°C. 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

  7. Large effective-strain piezoelectric actuators using nested cellular architecture with exponential strain amplification mechanisms

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    Ueda, Jun

    Design and analysis of piezoelectric actuators having over 20% effective strain using an exponential strain amplification mechanism are presented in this paper. Piezoelectric ceramic material, such as lead zirconate titanate ...

  8. Research on micro-displacement driving technology based on piezoelectric ceramic

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    Hu, Bo; Tang, Xiaoping; Hu, Song; Yan, Wei; Hu, Zhicheng

    2012-10-01

    Piezoelectric ceramic driving power is one critical technology of achieving the piezoelectric ceramic nano-precision positioning, which has been widely used in precision manufacturing, optical instruments, aerospace and other fields. In this paper, piezoelectric ceramic driving power will be summarized on micro-displacement driving technical development and research. The domestic and overseas piezoelectric-driven ways will be compared and control model algorithms will be discussed. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of piezoelectric ceramic driving power in a different driving and control model, and then show the scope of application of driving power.

  9. 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 1350°C, indicating their potential for use in actuator applications. Very high tunability of >70% for these ceramics is also reported.

  10. Dielectric behavior of barium modified strontium bismuth titanate ceramic

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    Nayak, P.; Badapanda, T.; Anwar, S.; Panigrahi, S.

    2014-04-24

    Barium Modified Strontium Bismuth Titanate(SBT) ceramic with general formula Sr1?xBaxBi4Ti4O15 is prepared by solid state reaction route. The structural analysis of the ceramics was done by X-ray diffraction technique. The X-ray patterns show that all the compositions are of single phase with orthorhombic structure. The temperature dependent dielectric behavior shows that the transition temperature decreases with Ba content but the maximum dielectric constant increases. The decreases of the transition with increase in Ba{sup 2+} ion, may be due to the decrease of orthorhombicity by the incorporation of Ba{sup 2+} ion in SBT lattice.

  11. Strontium doped lead zirconate titanate ceramics: study of calcination and sintering process to improve piezo effect.

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    Khalid, Muhammad; Shoaib, Muhammad; Khan, Amir Azam

    2011-06-01

    Perovskite crystal structure is found in many ionic solids like CaTiO3, BaTiO3 and Lead Zirconate Titanates (PZT). In this structure off-center position of cations in oxygen octahedral causes polarization and produces direct and indirect piezoelectric responses in ceramic materials that are suitable for many ultrasonic applications. In the present study 9% Sr doped PZT ceramics were prepared and their dielectric and piezoelectric properties measured. X ray Diffraction (XRD) analysis of calcined powders demonstrated a decrease in the PbO content during the calcination stage at 850 degrees C. This was counterbalanced by adding excess PbO at the time of preparation of mixtures. Sintering was carried out at 1200 degrees C for 2 hours in lead rich atmosphere. The properties achieved were Dielectric Constant (K) = 1440, Tangent Loss (Tan delta) = 0.0062, Charge Coefficient (d33) = 335 pC/N and density = 7.55 g/cm3. SEM analysis of sintered samples demonstrated that grain size was 2-3 microm with clean grain boundaries and no large size porosity observed. XRD analysis of sintered pellets exhibited that material prepared was free of any precipitated phase usually harmful for the piezo effect. PMID:21770202

  12. Intrinsic and Extrinsic Size Effects in Fine-Grained Morphotropic-Phase-Boundary Lead Zirconate Titanate Ceramics

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    Cao, Wenwu

    Titanate Ceramics Clive A. Randall,* Namchul Kim, John-Paul Kucera,* Wenwu Cao, and Thomas R. Shrout The processing, electromechanical properties, and micro- structure of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics over

  13. Unfolding grain size effects in barium titanate ferroelectric ceramics.

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    Tan, Yongqiang; Zhang, Jialiang; Wu, Yanqing; Wang, Chunlei; Koval, Vladimir; Shi, Baogui; Ye, Haitao; McKinnon, Ruth; Viola, Giuseppe; Yan, Haixue

    2015-01-01

    Grain size effects on the physical properties of polycrystalline ferroelectrics have been extensively studied for decades; however there are still major controversies regarding the dependence of the piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties on the grain size. Dense BaTiO3 ceramics with different grain sizes were fabricated by either conventional sintering or spark plasma sintering using micro- and nano-sized powders. The results show that the grain size effect on the dielectric permittivity is nearly independent of the sintering method and starting powder used. A peak in the permittivity is observed in all the ceramics with a grain size near 1??m and can be attributed to a maximum domain wall density and mobility. The piezoelectric coefficient d33 and remnant polarization Pr show diverse grain size effects depending on the particle size of the starting powder and sintering temperature. This suggests that besides domain wall density, other factors such as back fields and point defects, which influence the domain wall mobility, could be responsible for the different grain size dependence observed in the dielectric and piezoelectric/ferroelectric properties. In cases where point defects are not the dominant contributor, the piezoelectric constant d33 and the remnant polarization Pr increase with increasing grain size. PMID:25951408

  14. Unfolding grain size effects in barium titanate ferroelectric ceramics

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    Tan, Yongqiang; Zhang, Jialiang; Wu, Yanqing; Wang, Chunlei; Koval, Vladimir; Shi, Baogui; Ye, Haitao; McKinnon, Ruth; Viola, Giuseppe; Yan, Haixue

    2015-01-01

    Grain size effects on the physical properties of polycrystalline ferroelectrics have been extensively studied for decades; however there are still major controversies regarding the dependence of the piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties on the grain size. Dense BaTiO3 ceramics with different grain sizes were fabricated by either conventional sintering or spark plasma sintering using micro- and nano-sized powders. The results show that the grain size effect on the dielectric permittivity is nearly independent of the sintering method and starting powder used. A peak in the permittivity is observed in all the ceramics with a grain size near 1??m and can be attributed to a maximum domain wall density and mobility. The piezoelectric coefficient d33 and remnant polarization Pr show diverse grain size effects depending on the particle size of the starting powder and sintering temperature. This suggests that besides domain wall density, other factors such as back fields and point defects, which influence the domain wall mobility, could be responsible for the different grain size dependence observed in the dielectric and piezoelectric/ferroelectric properties. In cases where point defects are not the dominant contributor, the piezoelectric constant d33 and the remnant polarization Pr increase with increasing grain size. PMID:25951408

  15. 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.

  16. Energy harvesting performance of piezoelectric ceramic and polymer nanowires.

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    Crossley, Sam; Kar-Narayan, Sohini

    2015-08-28

    Energy harvesting from ubiquitous ambient vibrations is attractive for autonomous small-power applications and thus considerable research is focused on piezoelectric materials as they permit direct inter-conversion of mechanical and electrical energy. Nanogenerators (NGs) based on piezoelectric nanowires are particularly attractive due to their sensitivity to small-scale vibrations and may possess superior mechanical-to-electrical conversion efficiency when compared to bulk or thin-film devices of the same material. However, candidate piezoelectric nanowires have hitherto been predominantly analyzed in terms of NG output (i.e. output voltage, output current and output power density). Surprisingly, the corresponding dynamical properties of the NG, including details of how the nanowires are mechanically driven and its impact on performance, have been largely neglected. Here we investigate all realizable NG driving contexts separately involving inertial displacement, applied stress T and applied strain S, highlighting the effect of driving mechanism and frequency on NG performance in each case. We argue that, in the majority of cases, the intrinsic high resonance frequencies of piezoelectric nanowires (?tens of MHz) present no barrier to high levels of NG performance even at frequencies far below resonance (<1 kHz) typically characteristic of ambient vibrations. In this context, we introduce vibrational energy harvesting (VEH) coefficients ?S and ?T, based on intrinsic materials properties, for comparing piezoelectric NG performance under strain-driven and stress-driven conditions respectively. These figures of merit permit, for the first time, a general comparison of piezoelectric nanowires for NG applications that takes into account the nature of the mechanical excitation. We thus investigate the energy harvesting performance of prototypical piezoelectric ceramic and polymer nanowires. We find that even though ceramic and polymer nanowires have been found, in certain cases, to have similar energy conversion efficiencies, ceramics are more promising in strain-driven NGs while polymers are more promising for stress-driven NGs. Our work offers a viable means of comparing NG materials and devices on a like-for-like basis that may be useful for designing and optimizing nanoscale piezoelectric energy harvesters for specific applications. PMID:26234477

  17. Energy harvesting performance of piezoelectric ceramic and polymer nanowires

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    Crossley, Sam; Kar-Narayan, Sohini

    2015-08-01

    Energy harvesting from ubiquitous ambient vibrations is attractive for autonomous small-power applications and thus considerable research is focused on piezoelectric materials as they permit direct inter-conversion of mechanical and electrical energy. Nanogenerators (NGs) based on piezoelectric nanowires are particularly attractive due to their sensitivity to small-scale vibrations and may possess superior mechanical-to-electrical conversion efficiency when compared to bulk or thin-film devices of the same material. However, candidate piezoelectric nanowires have hitherto been predominantly analyzed in terms of NG output (i.e. output voltage, output current and output power density). Surprisingly, the corresponding dynamical properties of the NG, including details of how the nanowires are mechanically driven and its impact on performance, have been largely neglected. Here we investigate all realizable NG driving contexts separately involving inertial displacement, applied stress T and applied strain S, highlighting the effect of driving mechanism and frequency on NG performance in each case. We argue that, in the majority of cases, the intrinsic high resonance frequencies of piezoelectric nanowires (?tens of MHz) present no barrier to high levels of NG performance even at frequencies far below resonance (<1 kHz) typically characteristic of ambient vibrations. In this context, we introduce vibrational energy harvesting (VEH) coefficients ?S and ?T, based on intrinsic materials properties, for comparing piezoelectric NG performance under strain-driven and stress-driven conditions respectively. These figures of merit permit, for the first time, a general comparison of piezoelectric nanowires for NG applications that takes into account the nature of the mechanical excitation. We thus investigate the energy harvesting performance of prototypical piezoelectric ceramic and polymer nanowires. We find that even though ceramic and polymer nanowires have been found, in certain cases, to have similar energy conversion efficiencies, ceramics are more promising in strain-driven NGs while polymers are more promising for stress-driven NGs. Our work offers a viable means of comparing NG materials and devices on a like-for-like basis that may be useful for designing and optimizing nanoscale piezoelectric energy harvesters for specific applications.

  18. 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.

  19. Residual ferroelectricity, piezoelectricity, and flexoelectricity in barium strontium titanate tunable dielectrics

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    Garten, Lauren M.

    Loss reduction is critical to the development of Ba 1-xSrxTiO3 (BST) thin film tunable microwave dielectrics. This work addresses mechanisms of loss and performance of Ba1-xSr xTiO3, such as residual ferroelectricity, enhanced flexocoupling, and dc electric field induced piezoelectricity. The presence of residual ferroelectricity --a persistent ferroelectric response above the global phase transition temperature, adds a contribution to dielectric loss from either motion of domain walls or the boundaries of micropolar regions, degrading the tunable performance over a wide frequency range. Rayleigh behavior as a function of temperature was used to track the ferroelectric behavior of BST materials through the ferroelectric to paraelectric transition temperature. The irreversible Rayleigh parameter serve as a metric for the presence of ferroelectricity because this response is dependent on the presence of domain walls, cluster boundaries or phase boundaries. Chemical solution deposited Ba0.7Sr0.3TiO3 films, with relative tunabilities of 86% over 250kV/cm at 100kHz, demonstrated residual ferroelectricity at least 65°C above the ostensible paraelectric transition temperature. The Rayleigh behavior was further corroborated with second harmonic generation, polarization-electric field hysteresis loops and the frequency dependence of the Rayleigh response. The temperature extent of residual ferroelectricity in sputtered and chemical solution deposited films and bulk ceramics was investigated as a function of chemical inhomogeneity on the A-site using electron energy loss spectroscopy. All samples showed some residual ferroelectricity, where the temperature extent was a function of the sample processing. The application of AC electric field for residual ferroelectric measurements of these samples lead to a 100% increase in loss for ac fields exceeding 10kV/cm at room temperature. The presence of residual ferroelectricity in BST also correlates to the increased flexoelectric response in these materials. Residual ferroelectricity is observed in barium strontium titanate ceramics 30°C above the global phase transition temperature, in the same temperature range in which anomalously large flexoelectric coefficients are reported. The application of a strain gradient in this temperature range was shown to lead to strain gradient-induced poling, or flexoelectric poling, enhancing the flexoelectric response. Flexoelectric poling was observed by the development of a remanent polarization in flexoelectric measurements upon the removal of the applied strain gradient. Additionally, an induced d33 piezoelectric response was observed in samples after the removal of the applied strain gradient, indicating that the polarization was realigned during flexoelectric measurements. Flexoelectric poling lead to the production of an internal bias of 9 kV/m. It is concluded that residual ferroelectric response considerably enhances the observed flexoelectric response. In order to investigate the effects of dc electric field induced piezoelectricity, metrology was designed, developed and calibrated for the measurement of the e31,f piezoelectric coefficient as a function of applied electric field and strain. This allowed for direct measurements of the field-induced piezoelectric response for Ba0.7Sr0.3TiO3 (70:30) and Ba 0.6Sr0.4TiO3 (60:40) thin films on MgO and silicon. The relative dielectric tunabilities for the 70:30 and 60:40 composition on MgO were 83% and 70% respectively, with a dielectric loss of 0.011 and 0.004 at 100 kHz respectively. A linear increase in induced piezoelectricity with field to --3.0 C/m2 and --1.5 C/m2 at 110 kV/cm was observed in 60:40 BST on MgO and 70:30 BST on Si. Large and hysteretic piezoelectric and tuning responses were observed in the 70:30 BST thin films on MgO. This was consistent with the irreversible Rayleigh behavior, indicating a ferroelectric contribution to the piezoelectric and dielectric response 40°C above the global paraelectric transition temperature. This information should enable advancements in tunable

  20. Micro-motion exposure method based on PZT piezoelectric ceramics

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    Sun, Wenjun; Zhang, Mei-heng; Meng, Zhong

    2009-07-01

    There mainly is laser digital photofinishing technique and digital photofinishing technique based on LCD consisting of TFT and LCOS in the digital photofinishing field at the present time. The former have a good many merit such as wide color gamut, high processing rate, large output size and high brightness, but his cost is very high, his maintain technique being comparatively complex, that result in difficult use for people. The utilization ratio of the latter is low because of lower resolution and lower aperture ratio for LCD, but the digital photofinishing based on LCD have lower cost and higher utilization ration, being suitable for people's current standard of living. Considering above mentioned problem, a micro-motion exposure method based on PZT piezoelectric ceramics used in digital image photofinishing is presented. The two-dimension micro-motion exposure system consisting of PZT piezoelectric ceramics, LCD panel, polarizing film and spring strip is designed. By means of PZT piezoelectric ceramics the LCD panel is removed about the one half of the pixel size of the LCD panel for four times from the original place, at the same time imaging system is exposed four times at the printing paper. The software is used to control the time synchronization, the exposure time and motion range of the LCD panel. The system has advantages such as shorter response time than 0.1seconds, lesser motion error than 0.01 microns, high stability and repeatability. Experimental results show that the proposed micro-motion exposure method improve the picture brightness and enlarge output size, at the meantime reducing the cost of the system.

  1. Measurement of Micro Vibration of Car by Piezoelectric Ceramics

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    Kurihara, Yosuke; Masuyama, Kosuke; Nakamura, Testuo; Bamba, Takeshi; Watanabe, Kajiro

    Recently, there are various accidents and crimes related to the car. In some cases, the accidents and the crimes can be prevented if it is possible to detect a human who is in the car. For example, we can prevent a baby who is left in a car under the hot weather from dehydration or death occurred by heat inside disease. In another case, it is estimated that the United States currently has as many as 12 million illegal immigrants. In order to prevent further influx of illegal immigrants, the police are physically searching incoming vehicles at national boundaries aiming at finding those who are hiding inside. However, the physical inspections require much manpower cost and time. An inspection method to see inside the vehicles through X-ray images has also been used for this end. But the cost and the installation places are the problems of the large-scale X-ray system. Proposed in this paper is a piezoelectric ceramic system to handily measure the micro vibrations of motor vehicles. And applying the algorithm of Support Vector Machine (SVM), the existence of human body inside vehicles can be detected. The experiment was carried out using four types of vehicles: a mini car; an auto mobile; a van; and a truck weighing 1.5 tons. As the results, the correct determination ratio was 91.2% for the experiment with the piezoelectric ceramic under the front wheels and 97.0% under the rear wheels, when the vehicle used for the examination had also been used together with other three types of vehicles to obtain SVM training data. When the vehicle used for the examination had not been used together with the other three to obtain SVM training data, on the other hand, the correct determination ratio was 93.7% for the experiment with the piezoelectric ceramic under the front wheels and 95.7% under the rear wheels.

  2. Deformation in lead zirconate titanate ceramics under large signal electric field loading measured by digital image correlation

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    Chen, Di; Kamlah, Marc

    2015-11-01

    Digital image correlation, a noncontact and nondestructive method, was employed to monitor the deformation of lead zirconate titanate piezoelectric ceramics. This method is based on imaging a speckle pattern on the specimen surface during the test and subsequently correlating each image of the deformed pattern to that in the reference state. In our work, both longitudinal and transverse strains were calculated from imaging a bulk sample under a ±2 kV/mm electric field. Compared with linear variable displacement transducer data, the results from this correlation method were validated. At the same time, based on this optical technique, different strain-electric field butterfly loops can be drawn from correspondingly selected regions of interest. Combined with contour plots of strain on the surface of the sample, the deformation of bulk ceramic sample under uniaxial electric field loading without any mechanical constraints is proven to be highly homogenous under macro-observing scale.

  3. 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.

  4. Multiscale energy release rates in fracture of piezoelectric ceramics

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    Gao, Huajian; Fulton, Chandler C.; Zhang, Tong-Yi; Tong, Pin; Barnett, David M.

    1997-06-01

    The reliable use of piezoelectric ceramics as actuators in smart structures hinges on a fundamental understanding of the fracture process in these materials. However, despite the success of fracture mechanics theories in explaining the cracking behavior of a wide range of engineering materials, the extension of these accepted criteria to piezoelectrics fails to predict even qualitatively their response to combined electrical and mechanical loads. A new fracture criterion is presented here, in which a multiscale point of view is adopted in order to account for a zone of combined mechanical brittleness and electrical ductility near the crack tip. As a starting point for the investigations, we assume that the region of electrical nonlinearity is confined to aline segment ahead of the crack, analogous to the Dugdatle zone of plasticity in metals. This mathematical simplification represents the physical situation in which a distribution of excess electric dipoles is aligned on a finite segment in an otherwise linear piezoelectric solid. By applying this model to both insulated and conducting cracks subjected to far-field loading, we obtain local-scale energy release rates whose dependence on applied tractions and electric fields agrees with the trends observed experimentally. One important feature of the analytical expressions for crack driving force is that they are independent of the strength and size of the nonlinear zone.

  5. Mechanical characterization of sintered piezo-electric ceramic material using scanning acoustic microscope.

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    Habib, A; Shelke, A; Vogel, M; Pietsch, U; Jiang, Xin; Kundu, T

    2012-12-01

    Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) is a piezo-electric ceramic material that needs to be characterized for its potential use in microelectronics. Energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) is conducted to determine the chemical composition of the PZT ceramics. The scanning electron microscope (SEM) is performed to study the surface morphology, grain structure and grain boundaries. The SEM image helps us to understand the surface wave propagation and scattering phenomena by the PZT and the reason for its anisotropy and inhomogeneity due to the grain structure. In this paper scanning acoustic microscopy at 100 MHz excitation frequency is conducted for determining mechanical properties of PZT. Earlier works reported only the longitudinal wave speed in PZT while in this paper longitudinal, shear and surface acoustic wave speeds of sintered PZT are measured from its acoustic material signature (AMS) curves, also known as V(z) curves. AMS or V(z) curve is the variation of the output voltage as a function of the distance between the acoustic lens focal point and the reflecting surface. The average velocities of longitudinal, shear and surface acoustic waves in a PZT specimen are determined from its V(z) curve generated at 100 MHz excitation frequency and found to be over 5000 m/s, over 3000 m/s and between 2500 and 3000 m/s, respectively. From these velocities all elastic constants of the specimen are obtained. PMID:22989949

  6. Tunability and relaxor properties of ferroelectric barium stannate titanate ceramics

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    Lu, S. G.; Xu, Z. K.; Chen, Haydn

    2004-11-01

    Barium stannate titanate [Ba(SnxTi1-x)O3, x =0.1, 0.2, 0.3, and 0.4] ceramics were prepared using a conventional solid-state reaction process. Their dielectric properties were measured under direct current bias fields ranging from 0to2.5kV/cm. A transformation from normal to relaxor ferroelectrics was observed when x ?0.3. Broken long-range order or "dirty" ferroelectric domains and nanodomains were observed in Ba(Sn0.1Ti0.9)O3 and Ba(Sn0.4Ti0.6)O3 by transmission electron microscopy, respectively. Voltage driven tunability was found to decrease with increasing Sn content. The change from normal ferroelectric into relaxor ferroelectric had a negative impact on the tunability value of the materials.

  7. Converse mode piezoelectric coefficient for lead zirconate titanate thin film with interdigitated electrode

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    Chidambaram, N.; Balma, D.; Nigon, R.; Mazzalai, A.; Matloub, R.; Sandu, C. S.; Muralt, P.

    2015-04-01

    The use of interdigitated electrodes (IDEs) in conjunction with ferroelectric thin films shows many attractive features for piezoelectric MEMS applications. In this work, growth of {1?0?0}-textured lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin films was achieved on insulating MgO buffered, oxidized silicon substrates. IDEs were fabricated by lift-off techniques and cantilevers were formed by dicing. The deflection upon application of a sweeping voltage was measured as large signal response in parallel to the ferroelectric polarization (PV loop). Likewise, the small signal piezoelectric response was measured in parallel to the capacitance-voltage (CV) measurement. In this way, a complete picture of the ferroelectric-piezoelectric element was obtained. From the deflection, the in-plane piezoelectric stress in the PZT thin film was derived and, from this, the effective piezoelectric coefficients. For the latter, two types were defined: an engineering type corresponding to the average value along the IDE, which can directly be compared to coefficient of a parallel plate electrode (PPE) capacitor and a second one that approximately yields the idealized coefficient governing between the electrode fingers. The IDE structures were experimentally compared with PPE structures of identical film thickness. The resulting coefficients were of opposite sign, as expected. In spite of a much better polarization loop, the IDE device showed a lower average piezoelectric stress. The estimated peak value between the fingers was about the same as in the PPE device, corresponding to about 20 C m-2. Nevertheless, the result is very promising for cases where compressive piezoelectric stresses are required and for preventing cracking due to large piezoelectric tensile stresses in PPE systems.

  8. Experiments to Demonstrate Piezoelectric and Pyroelectric Effects

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    Erhart, Jirí

    2013-01-01

    Piezoelectric and pyroelectric materials are used in many current applications. The purpose of this paper is to explain the basic properties of pyroelectric and piezoelectric effects and demonstrate them in simple experiments. Pyroelectricity is presented on lead zirconium titanate (PZT) ceramics as an electric charge generated by the temperature…

  9. Three-dimensional ceramic molding process based on microstereolithography for the production of piezoelectric energy harvesters

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    Maruo, Shoji; Sugiyama, Kenji; Daicho, Yuya; Monri, Kensaku

    2014-03-01

    A three-dimensional (3-D) molding process using a master polymer mold produced by microstereolithography has been developed for the production of piezoelectric ceramic elements. In this method, ceramic slurry is injected into a 3-D polymer mold via a centrifugal casting process. The polymer master mold is thermally decomposed so that complex 3-D piezoelectric ceramic elements can be produced. As an example of 3-D piezoelectric ceramic elements, we produced a spiral piezoelectric element that can convert multidirectional loads into a voltage. It was confirmed that a prototype of the spiral piezoelectric element could generate a voltage by applying a load in both parallel and lateral directions in relation to the helical axis. The power output of 123 pW was obtained by applying the maximum load of 2.8N at 2 Hz along the helical axis. In addition, to improve the performance of power generation, we utilized a two-step sintering process to obtain dense piezoelectric elements. As a result, we obtained a sintering body with relative density of 92.8%. Piezoelectric constant d31 of the sintered body attained to -40.0 pC/N. Furthermore we analyzed the open-circuit voltage of the spiral piezoelectric element using COMSOL multiphysics. As a result, it was found that use of patterned electrodes according to the surface potential distribution of the spiral piezoelectric element had a potential to provide high output voltage that was 20 times larger than that of uniform electrodes.

  10. 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 1550°C 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 d33˜490 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.

  11. Overview of NASA Langley's Piezoelectric Ceramic Packaging Technology and Applications

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    Bryant, Robert G.

    2007-01-01

    Over the past decade, NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) has developed several actuator packaging concepts designed to enhance the performance of commercial electroactive ceramics. NASA LaRC focused on properly designed actuator and sensor packaging for the following reasons, increased durability, protect the working material from the environment, allow for proper mechanical and electrical contact, afford "ready to use" mechanisms that are scalable, and develop fabrication methodology applicable to any active material of the same physical class. It is more cost effective to enhance or tailor the performance of existing systems, through innovative packaging, than to develop, test and manufacture new materials. This approach led to the development of several solid state actuators that include THUNDER, the Macrofiber Composite or (MFC) and the Radial Field Diaphragm or (RFD). All these actuators are fabricated using standard materials and processes derived from earlier concepts. NASA s fabrication and packaging technology as yielded, piezoelectric actuators and sensors that are easy to implement, reliable, consistent in properties, and of lower cost to manufacture in quantity, than their predecessors (as evidenced by their continued commercial availability.) These piezoelectric actuators have helped foster new research and development in areas involving computational modeling, actuator specific refinements, and engineering system redesign which led to new applications for piezo-based devices that replace traditional systems currently in use.

  12. Conformable amplified lead zirconate titanate sensors with enhanced piezoelectric response for cutaneous pressure monitoring

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    Dagdeviren, Canan; Su, Yewang; Joe, Pauline; Yona, Raissa; Liu, Yuhao; Kim, Yun-Soung; Huang, Yongan; Damadoran, Anoop R.; Xia, Jing; Martin, Lane W.; Huang, Yonggang; Rogers, John A.

    2014-08-01

    The ability to measure subtle changes in arterial pressure using devices mounted on the skin can be valuable for monitoring vital signs in emergency care, detecting the early onset of cardiovascular disease and continuously assessing health status. Conventional technologies are well suited for use in traditional clinical settings, but cannot be easily adapted for sustained use during daily activities. Here we introduce a conformal device that avoids these limitations. Ultrathin inorganic piezoelectric and semiconductor materials on elastomer substrates enable amplified, low hysteresis measurements of pressure on the skin, with high levels of sensitivity (~0.005?Pa) and fast response times (~0.1?ms). Experimental and theoretical studies reveal enhanced piezoelectric responses in lead zirconate titanate that follow from integration on soft supports as well as engineering behaviours of the associated devices. Calibrated measurements of pressure variations of blood flow in near-surface arteries demonstrate capabilities for measuring radial artery augmentation index and pulse pressure velocity.

  13. Measurement of incident position of hypervelocity particles on piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate detector

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    Takechi, Seiji; Onishi, Toshiyuki; Minami, Shigeyuki; Miyachi, Takashi; Fujii, Masayuki; Hasebe, Nobuyuki; Nogami, Ken-ichi; Ohashi, Hideo; Sasaki, Sho; Shibata, Hiromi; Iwai, Takeo; Grün, Eberhard; Srama, Ralf; Okada, Nagaya

    2008-04-01

    A cosmic dust detector for use onboard a satellite is currently being developed by using piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT). The characteristics of the PZT detector have been studied by bombarding it with hypervelocity iron (Fe) particles supplied by a Van de Graaff accelerator. One central electrode and four peripheral electrodes were placed on the front surface of the PZT detector to measure the impact positions of the incident Fe particles. It was demonstrated that the point of impact on the PZT detector could be identified by using information on the time at which the first peak of the output signal obtained from each electrode appeared.

  14. Processing of Fine-Scale Piezoelectric Ceramic/Polymer Composites for Sensors and Actuators

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    Janas, V. F.; Safari, A.

    1996-01-01

    The objective of the research effort at Rutgers is the development of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic/polymer composites with different designs for transducer applications including hydrophones, biomedical imaging, non-destructive testing, and air imaging. In this review, methods for processing both large area and multifunctional ceramic/polymer composites for acoustic transducers were discussed.

  15. Structure and properties of sodium bismuth titanate ferroelectric ceramics

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    Aksel, Elena

    Piezoelectric materials are commonly used in sensor and actuator technologies due to their unique ability to couple electrical and mechanical displacements. Applications of piezoelectric materials range from diesel engine fuel injectors, sonar, ultrasound, and nanopositioners in scanning microscopes. Changing environmental regulations and policies have led to a recent surge in the research of lead-free piezoelectric materials. One such system currently under investigation is sodium bismuth titanate (Na0.5Bi0.5 TiO3) or NBT. It has recently been investigated with the addition of chemical modifiers as well as part of various solid solutions with other compounds. However, research into the structure and properties of NBT is still in its infancy. The aim of this dissertation was to develop a comprehensive understanding of the crystal structure and property relationships in NBT. First, the formation of the NBT phase during solid state processing was examined using in situ X-ray diffraction. It was determined that NBT forms through a particle conversion mechanism of the Bi2O 3 particle. The average and local room temperature structure of calcined and sintered NBT were examined using both high resolution synchrotron X-ray diffraction and neutron diffraction techniques. It was determined that the room temperature average structure of this material is best modeled using the monoclinic Cc space group rather than the previously accepted rhombohedral R3c space group. A combined high resolution XRD and neutron diffraction Rietveld refinement provided refined lattice parameters, atomic positions, and displacement parameters. The departure of the local structure of NBT from the average structure was examined through the Pair Distribution Function analysis. It was determined that Na+ and Bi3+, which share the A-site, have differing bonding environments with their surrounding O2- ions. In order to understand the origin of the piezoelectric depolarization behavior of NBT, crystal structure refinements were undertaken at elevated temperatures. It was determined that a fraction of the material is present in short range regions and could not be described using the average Cc structure. It was therefore modeled using the prototype cubic phase of the Pm3¯m space group. It was proposed that thermal depoling in NBT occurs due to the loss of long-range ferroelectric order along with a decreasing volume fraction of the major Cc phase and the associated percolation of a nanoscale disordered phase. Finally, effect of a donor ( La•A , where A denotes the A-site) and an acceptor ( Fe/B , where B denotes the B-site) chemical modification on the temperature dependent structure and properties was explored. It was shown that La substitution decreased the depolarization temperature with an associated higher fraction of the Pm3¯m phase, while Fe modification led to an increase in the depolarization temperature and a decrease in the fraction of the Pm3¯m phase. The correlation between the changes in depolarization temperature and the Pm3¯ m phase fraction supports the hypothesis that the local scale disordered portion of the material influences the depolarization of NBT.

  16. A piezoelectric active mirror suspension system embedded into low-temperature cofired ceramic.

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    Sobocinski, Maciej; Leinonen, Mikko; Juuti, Jari; Jantunen, Heli

    2012-09-01

    Low-temperature cofired ceramic (LTCC) has proven to be a cost-effective, flexible technology for producing complicated structures such as sensors, actuators, and microsystems. This paper presents a piezoelectric active mirror suspension system embedded into LTCC. In the structure, the LTCC was used as a package, for the passive layers of piezoelectric monomorphs, as support for the mirrors, and as a substrate for the conductors. The active mirror structure, 17 mm in diameter, was made by compiling 20 LTCC layers using common LTCC processing techniques. Each sample contained a laser-micromachined bulk lead zirconate titanate (PZT) structure which formed a monomorph with the LTCC during the firing process. A mirror substrate (diameter 4 mm) was mounted in the middle of the monomorph arms for evaluation of the positioning performance, where each of the three arms had independent signal electrodes and a common ground electrode. Electrical and electromechanical properties were investigated with an LCR meter, network analyzer, and laser vibrometer for the different arms and the mirror. The active mirror structure exhibited more than 1 ?m dc displacement for mirror leveling and also allowed small changes in mirror angle up to 0.06°. The first bending resonance frequency of the structure with the mirror was detected at 11.31 kHz with 4.0 ?m displacement; 13.02 kHz and 2.7 ?m were obtained without the mirror. The structure exhibited characteristics feasible for further utilization in tunable Fabry-Perot filter applications, allowing the mounting of active mirrors on both sides with distance and angle control. PMID:23007772

  17. 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.

  18. Highly piezoelectric biocompatible and soft composite fibers

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    Morvan, J.; Buyuktanir, E.; West, J. L.; Jákli, 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.

  19. Comparison of several methods to characterise the high frequency behaviour of piezoelectric ceramics for transducer applications

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    Tran-Huu-Hue; Levassort; Felix; Damjanovic; Wolny; Lethiecq

    2000-03-01

    Thickness mode resonances in commercial piezoelectric ceramics have been characterised as a function of frequency by two methods. The first is based on a fit on the electrical impedance for the fundamental and the overtones. This method has been applied to a large number of PZT ceramic samples and frequency dependence for all the parameters is investigated, in particular for the piezoelectric coefficient e33. The second is based on the measurement of the mechanical displacement at the centre of the surface of a PZT ceramic disk. With a modified KLM scheme, this displacement is modelled. The dielectric, elastic and piezoelectric parameters are extracted and compared for the fundamental and the third overtone. The results are found to be in good agreement. PMID:10829662

  20. Piezoelectric and Dielectric Performance of Poled Lead Zirconate Titanate Subjected to Electric Cyclic Fatigue

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    Wang, Hong; Matsunaga, Tadashi; Lin, Hua-Tay; Mottern, Alexander M; Wereszczak, Andrew A

    2012-01-01

    Poled lead zirconate titanate (PZT) material as a single-layer plate was tested using piezodilatometer under electric cyclic loading in both unipolar and bipolar modes. Their responses were evaluated using unipolar and bipolar measurements on the same setup. Mechanical strain and charge density or polarization loops exhibited various variations when the material was cycled to more than 10^8 cycles. Important quantities including loop amplitude, hysteresis, switchable polarization, coercive field have been characterized accordingly under corresponding measurement conditions. At the same time, offset polarization and bias electric field of the material were observed to be changed and the trend was found to be related to the measurement condition also. Finally, the piezoelectric and dielectric coefficients were analyzed and their implications to the application of interest have been discussed.

  1. Vibration Characteristics of Piezoelectric Lead Zirconate Titanate by Fluid Flow in Intravascular Oxygenator

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    Kim, Gi?Beum; Hong, Chul?Un; Kwon, Tae?Kyu

    2006-04-01

    In this paper, we describe the enhancement in oxygen transfer rate in hollow-fiber-membrane (HFM) modules using a plumbum piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) actuator and a piezoelectric poly vinylidene fluoride (PVDF) sensor. We developed a vibrating intravascular lung assist device (VIVLAD) for patients having chronic respiratory problems and performed experiments on hydrodynamic flow through a bundle of sinusoidal vibrating hollow fibers. These modules were used to provide some insight into how wall vibrations might enhance the performance of an intravascular lung assist device. The experimental design and procedure are then applied to the fabrication of a device used to assess the effectiveness of membrane vibrations. The test section was a cylindrical duct with an inner diameter of 30 mm. The flow rate was controlled by a pump and monitored by a built-in flowmeter. The vibration apparatus was composed of a piezovibrator, a function generator, and a power amplifier. The direction of vibration was radial to the fluid flow. Gas flow rates of up to 6 L/min through 120-cm-long hollow fibers were achieved by exciting the piezovibrator. The time and frequency responses of PVDF sensors were investigated through various frequencies in VIVLAD. In these devices, the flow of blood and the source of oxygen were separated by a semipermeable membrane that allows oxygen and carbon dioxide to diffuse into and out of the fluid, respectively. Results of the experiments have shown that a vibrating intravascular lung assist device performs effectively.

  2. Phase transition and high dielectric constant of bulk dense nanograin barium titanate ceramics

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    Wang Xiaohui; Deng Xiangyun; Wen Hai; Li Longtu

    2006-10-16

    Barium titanate (BTO) ceramics with an average grain size of 8 nm were fabricated and studied. The temperature dependent Raman spectra revealed successive transitions from rhombohedral to orthorhombic, tetragonal, and cubic as the temperature increased from 87 to 673 K. Local piezoresponse force measurements indicated that the ceramics had switchable polarization at room temperature. Dielectric measurements showed a broad ferroelectric-to-paraelectric phase transition with a maximum permittivity of 1800 at 390 K. All these results suggest that ferroelectricity could remain in BTO ceramics with grain size as small as 8 nm in diameter.

  3. Study of methods for automated crack inspection of electrically poled piezoelectric ceramics.

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    Yang, Pin; Hwang, Stephen C.; Jokiel, Bernhard, Jr.; Burns, George Robert

    2004-06-01

    The goal of this project was to identify a viable, non-destructive methodology for the detection of cracks in electrically poled piezoelectric ceramics used in neutron generator power supply units. The following methods were investigated: Impedance Spectroscopy, Scanning Acoustic Microscopy, Lock-in Thermography, Photo-acoustic Microscopy, and Scanned Vicinal Light. In addition to the exploration of these techniques for crack detection, special consideration was given to the feasibility of integrating these approaches to the Automatic Visual Inspection System (AVIS) that was developed for mapping defects such as chips, pits and voids in piezoelectric ceramic components. Scanned Vicinal Light was shown to be the most effective method of automatically detecting and quantifying cracks in ceramic components. This method is also very effective for crack detection in other translucent ceramics.

  4. EXAFS and XANES analysis of plutonium and cerium edges from titanate ceramics for fissile materials disposal.

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    Fortner, J. A.; Kropf, A. J.; Bakel, A. J.; Hash, M. C.; Aase, S. B.; Buck, E. C.; Chamerlain, D. B.

    1999-11-16

    We report x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectra from the plutonium L{sub III} edge and XANES from the cerium L{sub II} edge in prototype titanate ceramic hosts. The titanate ceramics studied are based upon the hafnium-pyrochlore and zirconolite mineral structures and will serve as an immobilization host for surplus fissile materials, containing as much as 10 weight % fissile plutonium and 20 weight % (natural or depleted) uranium. Three ceramic formulations were studied: one employed cerium as a ''surrogate'' element, replacing both plutonium and uranium in the ceramic matrix, another formulation contained plutonium in a ''baseline'' ceramic formulation, and a third contained plutonium in a formulation representing a high-impurity plutonium stream. The cerium XANES from the surrogate ceramic clearly indicates a mixed III-IV oxidation state for the cerium. In contrast, XANES analysis of the two plutonium-bearing ceramics shows that the plutonium is present almost entirely as Pu(IV) and occupies the calcium site in the zirconolite and pyrochlore phases. The plutonium EXAFS real-space structure shows a strong second-shell peak, clearly distinct from that of PuO{sub 2}, with remarkably little difference in the plutonium crystal chemistry indicated between the baseline and high-impurity formulations.

  5. Titan

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    Owen, Tobias; Gautier, Daniel; Raulin, Francois; Scattergood, Thomas

    1992-01-01

    The following topics are discussed with respect to Titan: observations of the atmosphere; laboratory simulations and theoretical models of Titan's atmosphere; endpoints of atmospheric chemistry - aerosols and oceans; exobiology; and the next steps in understanding Titan.

  6. Simulation and calculation of the piezoelectric modulus of a lead zirconate-titanate thin film in a test microstructure

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    Amelichev, V. V.; Saikin, D. A.; Roshchin, V. M.; Silibin, M. V.

    2010-12-15

    Results of simulation of stresses in the test structure of a silicon beam and analytical calculation of piezoelectric modulus d{sub 31} of a lead zirconate-titanate (PZT) thin film arranged in the region of an elastic element are presented. The characteristics of the sensitive element of acceleration are calculated based on a PZT thin film with an inertial mass made of silicon.

  7. Influence of sample size on ultrasonic phase velocity measurements in piezoelectric ceramics

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    Cao, Wenwu

    dimensions are much smaller than the transducer. The accuracy of the ultrasonic data is very criticalInfluence of sample size on ultrasonic phase velocity measurements in piezoelectric ceramics Rui requirements is that the sample area should be much larger than the size of the transducer so that plane wave

  8. 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

  9. Composition-Driven Phase Boundary and Piezoelectricity in Potassium-Sodium Niobate-Based Ceramics.

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

    2015-09-16

    The piezoelectricity of (K,Na)NbO3 ceramics strongly depends on the phase boundary types as well as the doped compositions. Here, we systematically studied the relationships between the compositions and phase boundary types in (K,Na) (Nb,Sb)O3-Bi0.5Na0.5AO3 (KNNS-BNA, A=Hf, Zr, Ti, Sn) ceramics; then their piezoelectricity can be readily modified. Their phase boundary types are determined by the doped elements. A rhombohedral-tetragonal (R-T) phase boundary can be driven in the compositions range of 0.035?BNH?0.040 and 0.035?BNZ?0.045; an orthorhombic-tetragonal (O-T) phase boundary is formed in the composition range of 0.005?BNT?0.02; and a pure O phase can be only observed regardless of BNS content (?0.01). In addition, the phase boundary types strongly affect their corresponding piezoelectricities. A larger d33 (?440-450 pC/N) and a higher d33* (?742-834 pm/V) can be attained in KNNS-BNA (A=Zr and Hf) ceramics due to the involvement of R-T phase boundary, and unfortunately KNNS-BNA (A=Sn and Ti) ceramics possess a relatively poor piezoelectricity (d33?200 and d33*<600 pm/V) due to the involvement of other phase structures (O-T or O). In addition, the underlying physical mechanisms for the relationships between piezoelectricity and phase boundary types were also discussed. We believe that comprehensive research can design more excellent ceramic systems concerning potassium-sodium niobate. PMID:26302094

  10. Effect of Reoriented Nanodomains on Crystal Structure and Piezoelectric Properties of Polycrystalline Ferroelectric Ceramics

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    Fan, Qiaolan; Zeng, Weidong; Zhou, Changrong; Cen, Zhenyong; Yuan, Changlai; Xiao, Jianrong; Ma, Jiafeng

    2015-10-01

    It has been widely accepted that electric fields induce a reversible structural phase transition and thus yield giant piezoelectric responses in ferroelectric ceramics. Based on detailed measurements of polycrystalline (Li0.5Nd0.5)2+-modified 0.95Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-0.05BaTiO3 ceramics, we demonstrate in this study that coherent diffraction from nanodomains in ferroelectric ceramics masks the real crystal structure. The observed electric-field-induced phase transformation behavior is a consequence of relaxor-to-ferroelectric transformation caused by changes in the coherence length of the nanodomains. A driving mechanism of the structure-property relationship in which high piezoelectric properties originate from correlated ordering of nanodomains during poling is proposed.

  11. Transverse piezoelectric coefficient measurement of flexible lead zirconate titanate thin films

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    Dufay, T.; Guiffard, B.; Thomas, J.-C.; Seveno, R.

    2015-05-01

    Highly flexible lead zirconate titanate, Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT), thin films have been realized by modified sol-gel process. The transverse piezoelectric coefficient d31 was determined from the tip displacement of bending-mode actuators made of PZT cantilever deposited onto bare or RuO2 coated aluminium substrate (16 ?m thick). The influence of the thickness of ruthenium dioxide RuO2 and PZT layers was investigated for Pb(Zr0.57Ti0.43)O3. The modification of Zr/Ti ratio from 40/60 to 60/40 was done for 3 ?m thick PZT thin films onto aluminium (Al) and Al/RuO2 substrates. A laser vibrometer was used to measure the beam displacement under controlled electric field. The experimental results were fitted in order to find the piezoelectric coefficient. Very large tip deflections of about 1 mm under low voltage (˜8 V) were measured for every cantilevers at the resonance frequency (˜180 Hz). For a given Zr/Ti ratio of 58/42, it was found that the addition of a 40 nm thick RuO2 interfacial layer between the aluminium substrate and the PZT layer induces a remarkable increase of the d31 coefficient by a factor of 2.7, thus corresponding to a maximal d31 value of 33 pC/N. These results make the recently developed PZT/Al thin films very attractive for both low frequency bending mode actuating applications and vibrating energy harvesting.

  12. Realization of face-shear piezoelectric coefficient d36 in PZT ceramics via ferroelastic domain engineering

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    Miao, Hongchen; Li, Faxin

    2015-09-01

    The piezoelectric face-shear ( d36 ) mode may be the most useful shear mode in piezoelectrics, while currently this mode can only exist in single crystals of specific point groups and cut directions. Theoretically, the d36 coefficient vanishes in piezoelectric ceramics because of its transversally isotropic symmetry. In this work, we modified the symmetry of poled PZT ceramics from transversally isotropic to orthogonal through ferroelastic domain switching by applying a high lateral stress along the "2" direction and holding the stress for several hours. After removing the compression, the piezoelectric coefficient d31 is found much larger than d32 . Then, by cutting the compressed sample along the Z x t ±45 ° direction, we realized d36 coefficients up to 206 pC/N , which is measured by using a modified d33 meter. The obtained large d36 coefficients in PZT ceramics could be very promising for face-shear mode resonators and shear horizontal wave generation in nondestructive testing.

  13. 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

  14. Effect of samarium doping on the dielectric behavior of barium zircomium titanate ceramic

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    Badapanda, T.; Sarangi, S.; Behera, B.; Anwar, S.; Sinha, T. P.

    2014-04-24

    Samarium doped Barium Zirconium Titanate ceramic with general formula Ba{sub 1?x}Sm{sub 2x/3}Zr{sub 0.05}Ti{sub 0.95}O{sub 3} [x=0.0,0.01,0.02,0.03,0.04] has been prepared by high energy ball milling. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns confirmed that these ceramics have a single phase with perovskite-type upto x?0.03 and a small secondary phase exist at x=0.04. The temperature dependent dielectric study shows a ferroelectric phase transition and transition temperature decreases with an increase in the Samarium content.

  15. High Quality Factor Silicon Cantilever Transduced by Piezoelectric Lead Zirconate Titanate Film for Mass Sensing Applications

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    Lu, Jian; Ikehara, Tsuyoshi; Zhang, Yi; Mihara, Takashi; Itoh, Toshihiro; Maeda, Ryutaro

    2007-12-01

    In this paper, we present a single-crystal silicon cantilever integrated with piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) film as both an actuator and a sensor for resonant-based mass sensing applications. The pattern size of the PZT film was restricted to the fixed end of the cantilever to suppress intrinsic energy loss from the PZT film and multi layered structure. The energy dissipation mechanism of the cantilever was discussed. The mechanical quality factor (Q-factor) and sensitivity dependence on the cantilever’s geometry were investigated. It was found that the Q-factor and sensitivity of the cantilever can be markedly improved by partially covering the cantilever with the PZT film. Under atmospheric pressure, excellent Q-factor of 808 was achieved by a 30-?m-wide 100-?m-long cantilever at fundamental resonant mode. Under reduced pressure, the proposed cantilever exhibits Q-factor several times greater than that of our previous reported fully PZT-covered cantilever. Moreover, high-mode vibration was successfully demonstrated using the proposed structure for the pursuit of higher mass-detection sensitivity.

  16. Properties of PZT-Based Piezoelectric Ceramics Between -150 and 250 C

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    Hooker, Matthew W.

    1998-01-01

    The properties of three PZT-based piezoelectric ceramics and one PLZT electrostrictive ceramic were measured as a function of temperature. In this work, the dielectric, ferroelectric polarization versus electric field, and piezoelectric properties of PZT-4, PZT-5A, PZT-5H, and PLZT-9/65/35 were measured over a temperature range of -150 to 250 C. In addition to these measurements, the relative thermal expansion of each composition was measured from 25 to 600 C and the modulus of rupture of each material was measured at room temperature. This report describes the experimental results and compares and contrasts the properties of these materials with respect to their applicability to intelligent aerospace systems.

  17. Evaluation of Piezoelectric Ceramic Substrates for Ultrasonic Bulk Wave Filters and Resonators Using Pulse Interference Method

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    Kitamura, Takeshi; Kadota, Michio; Kasanami, Toru; Kushibiki, Jun-ichi; Chubachi, Noriyoshi

    1994-05-01

    In recent years, market demand has creared a need for high reproducibility in the frequency characteristics of piezoelectric ceramic filters and resonators that use the thickness extension mode. In order to increase this reproducibility, it is necessary mainly to improve accuracy in controlling the substrate thickness, and to reduce variations in elastic properties of substrate materials prior to the completion of products. The pulse interference method using longitudinal waves has been applied to the evaluation of piezoelectric ceramic substrates. A good correlation has been obtained between the interference frequencies, measured with this method, of substrates immediately after polishing and the frequency characteristics of completed products. It has been shown that this method is extremely useful for improving productivity of ultrasonic bulk-wave filters and resonators whose frequency characteristics directly depend upon the longitudinal wave velocities of substrate materials and their thicknesses.

  18. Novel 0.50(Bi1-xLax)FeO3-0.35PbTiO3-0.15Bi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3 Piezoelectric Ceramics for High Temperature High Frequency Filters

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    Hou, Xianbo; Yu, Jian

    2013-06-01

    Perovskite-structured 0.50(Bi1-xLax)FeO3-0.35PbTiO3-0.15Bi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3 ceramics with x = 0.0-0.2 were fabricated with traditional solid state reaction method. Their crystallographic structure, dielectric and piezoelectric properties were investigated with various La contents. It was observed that a structural phase transition undergoes from tetragonal to coexistent tetragonal and rhombohedral phase when x?0.05 and that the tetragonality of c/a ratio and Curie temperature decrease but piezoelectric properties increase with increasing La content. The enhanced piezoelectric performance with La substitution was attributed to the lattice structural changes from the tetragonal phase into the coexistent tetragonal and rhombohedral phase accompanying with tetragonality decreasing. For the Pb0.35Bi0.625La0.025(Ti0.425Zn0.075Fe0.5)O3 ceramics closely at the structural phase boundary poled at 140 °C with 5 kV/mm DC electric field, a good piezoelectric property of d33 = 43 pC/N, ?33T/?0 = 367 and TC = 497 °C was obtained, which is comparable with the commercial Matsushita lead titanate (MLT) piezoelectric ceramics with d33 = 51 pC/N, ?33T/?0 = 170 and TC = 495 °C and much promising for application in the fields of high temperature high frequency piezoelectric ceramic filters.

  19. Structural and electrical characteristics of dysprosium-doped barium stannate titanate ceramics

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    Wang, Shijie; Tan, Tai Aik; Lai, Man On; Lu, Li

    2010-03-15

    Effects of dysprosium (Dy) amphoteric doping on the structural, dielectric and electric properties of barium stannate titanate (BTS) ceramics have been studied. X-ray diffraction analyses reveal that all Dy-doped BTS ceramics exhibit cubic perovskite structure until to 1 mol%. Dy doping at the A site shows lower solubility than that at the B site. SEM surface morphologies display that the Dy B site doping is beneficial for the compact and homogeneous grain distribution. The dielectric constant and loss tangent are reduced with increase of the doping levels. Impedance spectroscopy investigation demonstrates that all samples are insulating at room temperature. Doping alters the full resistive regions of pure BTS ceramics to Doped BTS with insulating grain boundaries and semiconducting bulk regions, but the doping contents has little effect on changing the electric structures.

  20. Optimum placement of piezoelectric ceramic modules for vibration suppression of highly constrained structures

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    Belloli, Alberto; Ermanni, Paolo

    2007-10-01

    The vibration suppression efficiency of so-called shunted piezoelectric systems is decisively influenced by the number, shape, dimensions and position of the piezoelectric ceramic elements integrated into the structure. This paper presents a procedure based on evolutionary algorithms for optimum placement of piezoelectric ceramic modules on highly constrained lightweight structures. The optimization loop includes the CAD software CATIA V5, the FE package ANSYS and DynOPS, a proprietary software tool able to connect the Evolving Object library with any simulation software that can be started in batch mode. A user-defined piezoelectric shell element is integrated into ANSYS 9.0. The generalized electromechanical coupling coefficient is used as the optimization objective. Position, dimensions, orientation, embedding location in the composite lay-up and wiring of customized patches are determined for optimum vibration suppression under consideration of operational and manufacturing constraints, such as added mass, maximum strain and requirements on the control circuit. A rear wing of a racing car is investigated as the test object for complex, highly constrained geometries.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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 (460°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°C and the piezoelectric ceramics Bismuth Titanate higher than 600°C. A study of the feasibility of producing piezoelectric drills that can operate in the temperature range up to 500°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°C. The detailed results of our study and a discussion of the future work on performance improvements are presented in this paper.

  4. Low-temperature dielectric relaxations in Y-doped strontium titanate ceramics

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    Tkach, Alexander; Vilarinho, Paula M.; Almeida, Abílio

    2015-03-01

    The structural and low-frequency dielectric properties of Y-doped strontium titanate ceramics prepared by the conventional mixed oxide method are investigated. The lattice parameter is found to decrease linearly in the Sr1 - 1.5xYxTiO3 system, confirming the incorporation of Y onto the Sr site of perovskite lattice of strontium titanate up to the solid solubility limit below x = 0.05. The real and imaginary parts of the dielectric permittivity of Sr1 - 1.5xYxTiO3 ceramics exhibit a relaxation between 100?Hz and 1?MHz in the temperature range 10-40?K, slightly shifting to higher temperatures with increasing Y content. Such dielectric behavior, yielding real part of the dielectric permittivity up to 35?000, is attributed to the relaxation of individual dipoles formed by off-center displacement of Y3+ ions on Sr sites in a highly polarizable lattice of strontium titanate. The other dielectric relaxation observed in Sr1 - 1.5xYxTiO3 from 125 to 300?K is attributed to the oxygen vacancy related mechanisms.

  5. Wafer-scale fabrication of self-actuated piezoelectric nanoelectromechanical resonators based on lead zirconate titanate (PZT)

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    Dezest, D.; Thomas, O.; Mathieu, F.; Mazenq, L.; Soyer, C.; Costecalde, J.; Remiens, D.; Deü, J. F.; Nicu, L.

    2015-03-01

    In this paper we report an unprecedented level of integration of self-actuated nanoelectromechanical system (NEMS) resonators based on a 150?nm thick lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin film at the wafer-scale. A top-down approach combining ultraviolet (UV) lithography with other standard planar processing technologies allows us to achieve high-throughput manufacturing. Multilayer stack cantilevers with different geometries have been implemented with measured fundamental resonant frequencies in the megahertz range and Q-factor values ranging from ~130 in air up to ~900 in a vacuum at room temperature. A refined finite element model taking into account the exact configuration of the piezoelectric stack is proposed and demonstrates the importance of considering the dependence of the beam’s cross-section upon the axial coordinate. We extensively investigate both experimentally and theoretically the transduction efficiency of the implemented piezoelectric layer and report for the first time at this integration level a piezoelectric constant of {{d}31}=15 ?fm?V-1. Finally, we discuss the current limitations to achieve piezoelectric detection.

  6. Structural, Electrical, and Optical Behavior of Strontium Bismuth Titanate Ceramic

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    Nayak, Priyambada; Badapanda, Tanmaya; Pattanayak, Ranjit; Mishra, Avinna; Anwar, Shahid; Sahoo, Pratap; Panigrahi, Simanchalo

    2014-04-01

    In this report, we present the structural, electrical, and optical study of layer-structured SrBi4Ti4O15 (SBT) ceramic prepared by solid-state reaction route. The X-ray diffraction and Rietveld refinement studies show a single-phase orthorhombic structure with space group A21am. The scanning electron micrograph shows plate-like grains. The various Raman peaks originated due to the TiO6 octahedron confirm the orthorhombic structure. The temperature-dependent dielectric study shows a normal ferroelectric phase transition with a transition temperature at 813 K (540 °C). Impedance studies show a non-Debye-type relaxation and relaxation frequency shift to higher side with increase in temperature. The Nyquist plot shows overlapping semicircles which results the existence of both for grain and grain boundary effect in SBT ceramic. The frequency-dependent AC conductivity at different temperatures indicates that the conduction process is thermally activated and the spectra follow the universal power law. The variation of DC conductivity confirms that the SBT ceramic exhibits negative temperature coefficient of resistance behavior. The Ferroelectric behavior is studied by hysteresis loop. The optical band gap is found to be 2.93 eV from the UV-Visible spectroscopy study. The room-temperature photoluminescence study shows a strong red emission.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. The long-term corrosion behavior of titanate ceramics for Pu disposition : rate-controlling processes.

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    Bakel, A. J.; Mertz, C. J.; Hash, M. C.; Chamberlain, D. C.

    1999-12-02

    The corrosion behavior of a titanate ceramic was investigated with the aim of describing the rate-controlling process or processes. These titanate ceramics are similar to SYNROC and are proposed as immobilization materials for surplus Pu. The corrosion behavior was described with results from MCC-I and PCT-B static dissolution tests. Three important observations were made: (a) Ca is released at a constant rate [6x10{sup -5}g/(m{sup 2} day)] in PCT-B tests for up to two years, (b) all of the test leachates are oversaturated with respect to rutile and anatase, and (c) the release rates for Pu and Gd increase with time (up to two years) in PCT-B tests. The first observation suggests that the ceramics continue to corrode at a low rate for at least 2 years in PCT-B tests. The second observation shows that the rate of the corrosion reaction is not affected by the concentration of Ti in solution, suggesting that the approach to saturation with respect to either rutile or anatase is not a rate-limiting process. The third observation shows that the rate of Pu and Gd release increases with time in these tests. While this observation cannot be fully explained at this point, two possible explanations, alteration phase formation and grain boundary corrosion, are forwarded.

  11. Loss phenomenology and the methodology to derive loss factors in piezoelectric ceramics

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    Zhuang, Yuan

    The key factor for the miniaturization of piezoelectric devices is the power density, which is limited by the heat generation or internal losses. With accelerating the commercialization of piezoelectric actuators and transducers, it becomes more and more significant to clarify the loss phenomenology, reduce the hysteresis losses, and increase the mechanical quality factor to enhance the efficiency and performance. There are three loss components for piezoelectric vibrators, i.e., dielectric, elastic and piezoelectric losses. These loss factors are related with mechanical quality factors, which are the figure of merit of the material or device in the sense of efficiency. In order to obtain the mechanical quality factor Qm, IEEE standard provided the measurement method using the resonance and antiresonance frequencies. However, this characterization assumes that the Q value at resonance is equal to the one at antiresonance all the time, which is not consistent with experiment results. For practical materials there is sometimes a big difference between the mechanical quality factors of the resonance (QA) and the antiresonance (QB), and in most cases higher QB can be observed. Therefore, in recent several years we are focusing on a new resonance AC drive methodology to measure the admittance curve accurately around both the resonance and antiresonance peaks for piezoelectric materials, from which QA and QB can be derived by the 3dB method. Various piezoelectric materials were characterized with this technique. Further, the equations were derived showing the relations between quality factors and loss factors by the complex analysis of the admittance/ impedance expressions for specific piezoelectric vibrators. Using QA, Q B, and the electromechanical coupling factor k, we can obtain three types of loss factors precisely. Among various vibration modes of piezoelectric vibrators, we focus on k31, kt, k33, k p, and k15 modes, which cover all the 20 parameters of the ferroelectric material with infinitymm/6mm crystal symmetry, i.e. piezoelectric ceramic. Plus some other derivations using the fundamental correlations, 20 loss factors can be obtained for all parameters. Using this technique the piezoelectric loss factor is confirmed to be comparable to dielectric and elastic losses and it is the factor that determines whether QB is larger than QA, though it was previously neglected by most researchers. After getting the full loss matrices, the loss anisotropy was accordingly discussed, and the extensive loss factor was verified to be smaller than the intensive one. This methodology is an essential supplement to the current IEEE standard on piezoelectric characterization. The simplicity and accuracy of this technique are very attractive, and hopefully this proposal will be widely accepted as a standard in the piezoelectric community in the future. The inclusion of three loss factors is important for the admittance analysis and thermal simulation of piezoelectric devices in the "finite element method" software. Furthermore, taking into account the piezoelectric loss in addition to the dielectric and elastic ones, a new domain dynamic model will be established. Our phenomenological solution can be directly applied for the high power characterization methodology to clarify various materials' loss performances, and a principle for preparing high power density piezoelectric materials will be developed in the future.

  12. Enhanced dielectric properties of doped barium titanate ceramics

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    Kumar Patel, Piyush; Rani, Jyoti; Adhlakha, Nidhi; Singh, Hemant; Yadav, K. L.

    2013-04-01

    Polycrystalline Ba1-xLax[Ti0.5(Fe0.5Nb0.5)0.5]1-x/4O3 [BT-LFN] ceramics with x=0, 0.02, 0.04 and 0.06 were prepared by the solid-state reaction method. The ceramics were subsequently examined at room temperature by X-ray diffraction to identify the phase. The structures of La doped samples were found to be mixed phases of tetragonal and rhombohedral structure. The variations of dielectric constant with temperature are very broad over a wide temperature range. We found the dielectric constant ˜3200 at room temperature and ˜10,000 at 350 °C for 6 mol% La-doped compositions at 1 kHz frequency. The hysteresis loop was observed having remnant polarization of 7.5 ?C/cm2 at room temperature for 6 mol% La-doped sample. Complex impedance analysis was used to estimate its electrical conductivity as well as its corresponding activation energies.

  13. 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.

  14. Titan

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    Müller-Wodarg, Ingo; Griffith, Caitlin A.; Lellouch, Emmanuel; Cravens, Thomas E.

    2014-03-01

    Introduction I. C. F. Müller-Wodarg, C. A. Griffith, E. Lellouch and T. E. Cravens; Prologue 1: the genesis of Cassini-Huygens W.-H. Ip, T. Owen and D. Gautier; Prologue 2: building a space flight instrument: a P.I.'s perspective M. Tomasko; 1. The origin and evolution of Titan G. Tobie, J. I. Lunine, J. Monteux, O. Mousis and F. Nimmo; 2. Titan's surface geology O. Aharonson, A. G. Hayes, P. O. Hayne, R. M. Lopes, A. Lucas and J. T. Perron; 3. Thermal structure of Titan's troposphere and middle atmosphere F. M. Flasar, R. K. Achterberg and P. J. Schinder; 4. The general circulation of Titan's lower and middle atmosphere S. Lebonnois, F. M. Flasar, T. Tokano and C. E. Newman; 5. The composition of Titan's atmosphere B. Bézard, R. V. Yelle and C. A. Nixon; 6. Storms, clouds, and weather C. A. Griffith, S. Rafkin, P. Rannou and C. P. McKay; 7. Chemistry of Titan's atmosphere V. Vuitton, O. Dutuit, M. A. Smith and N. Balucani; 8. Titan's haze R. West, P. Lavvas, C. Anderson and H. Imanaka; 9. Titan's upper atmosphere: thermal structure, dynamics, and energetics R. V. Yelle and I. C. F. Müller-Wodarg; 10. Titan's upper atmosphere/exosphere, escape processes, and rates D. F. Strobel and J. Cui; 11. Titan's ionosphere M. Galand, A. J. Coates, T. E. Cravens and J.-E. Wahlund; 12. Titan's magnetospheric and plasma environment J.-E. Wahlund, R. Modolo, C. Bertucci and A. J. Coates.

  15. Structural, microstructural and impedance spectroscopy study of functional ferroelectric ceramic materials based on barium titanate

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    Garbarz-Glos, B.; Bak, W.; Antonova, M.; Pawlik, M.

    2013-12-01

    The differences between the physical properties of barium titanate BaTiO3 and newly obtained BaHfxTi1-xO3 were identified. These ceramics were prepared by solid-phase reaction from simple oxides and carbonates using the conventional method. The structure and morphology of investigated samples were characterised by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The application of impedance spectroscopy made possible to characterize of these materials in the terms of electrical properties.

  16. Investigation of high Curie temperature (1-x)BiSc{sub 1-y}Fe{sub y}O{sub 3}-xPbTiO{sub 3} piezoelectric ceramics

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    Sterianou, I.; Sinclair, D. C.; Reaney, I. M.; Comyn, T. P.; Bell, A. J.

    2009-10-15

    Ceramics around the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) in the (1-x)BiSc{sub 1-y}Fe{sub y}O{sub 3}-xPbTiO{sub 3} solid solution were fabricated. For y=0.5, ceramics were single phase, and piezoelectric coefficients (d{sub 33}) and electromechanical coupling coefficients (k{sub p}) for MPB compositions were 300 pC/N and 0.49, respectively; a level of piezoelectric activity similar to that of hard, lead zirconate titanate compositions but with T{sub C}approx60 deg. C higher at approx440 deg. C. For ceramics with y>=0.7, dielectric measurements in combination with diffraction contrast transmission electron microscopy revealed the existence of two ferroelectric phases for most PbTiO{sub 3} contents studied. The presence of two ferroelectric phases was associated with a decrease in piezoelectric activity and although raw materials costs for y=0.7 and 0.8 with respect to y=0 were significantly lower (less Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and T{sub C} greater (approx500 deg. C), d{sub 33} (approx100 pC/N) and k{sub p} (0.18) were too low to be commercially useful for actuator applications.

  17. 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.

  18. Structures of 90{degrees} domain walls in ferroelectric barium titanate ceramics

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    Normand, L.; Thorel, A.; Kilaas, R.

    1995-03-01

    Ferroelectric domain walls in tetragonal ferroelectric barium titanate ceramics are studied by means of electron microscopy. SEM and TEM observations are consistent with domain configuration already proposed. Conventional TEM measurements on SADP agree very well with twin-related model currently admitted for ferroelectric domains. In spite of the very small lattice parameter variation during cooling (involving a small spontaneous strain) of BaTiO{sub 3} ceramics, displacements of specific features associated with atomic column positions are measured across domain walls on high resolution images. Using a dedicated image analysis software, these displacements are calculated with a high precision. 2D vector-maps of the atomic displacements show different kinds of atomistic structure for different domain walls.

  19. X-ray diffraction study of crystalline barium titanate ceramics

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    Zali, Nurazila Mat; Mahmood, Che Seman; Mohamad, Siti Mariam; Foo, Choo Thye; Murshidi, Julie Adrianny

    2014-02-12

    In this study, BaTiO{sub 3} ceramics have been prepared via solid-state reaction method. The powders were calcined for 2 hours at different temperatures ranging from 600°C to 1200°C. Using X-ray diffraction with a Rietveld analysis, the phase formation and crystal structure of the BaTiO{sub 3} powders were studied. Change in crystallite size and tetragonality as a function of calcination temperature were also discussed. It has been found that the formation of pure perovskite phase of BaTiO{sub 3} began at calcination condition of 1000 °C for 2 hours. The crystal structure of BaTiO{sub 3} formed is in the tetragonal structure. The second phases of BaCO{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2} existed with calcination temperature below 1000 °C. Purity, crystallite size and tetragonality of BaTiO{sub 3} powders were found to increase with increasing calcination temperature.

  20. Fabrication and modeling of bismuth titanate-PZT ceramic transducers for high temperature applications

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    Reinhardt, B.; Searfass, C.; Cyphers, R.; Sinding, K.; Pheil, C.; Tittmann, B.

    2013-01-01

    Utilization of a spray-on deposition technique of ferroelectric bismuth titanate (Bi4Ti3O12) composites has a competitive advantage to standard ultrasonic transducers. These can conform to curved surfaces, can operate at high temperature (Curie-Weiss temperature 685 °C) and are mechanically well-coupled to a substrate. However, an issue with many high temperature transducers such as bismuth titanate ceramics is that they have relatively low transduction efficiency, i.e. d33 is about 12-14 pC/F in Bi4Ti3O12 versus 650 pC/F in PZT-5H. It is a common conception that high-temperature capability comes at the cost of electro-mechanical coupling. It will be shown that the high temperature capability of bismuth-titanate-PZT composite transducers using the spray-on deposition technique previously developed, improves the electro-mechanical coupling while maintaining the high temperature performance and mechanical coupling. This material could provide advantages in harsh environments where high signal-to-noise ratios are needed.

  1. Effect of Yttrium Doping in Barium Zirconium Titanate Ceramics: A Structural, Impedance, and Modulus Spectroscopy Study

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    Badapanda, Tanmaya; Cavalcante, Laécio Santos; da Luz, Geraldo Eduardo; Batista, Nouga Cardoso; Anwar, Shahid; Longo, Elson

    2013-09-01

    In the current article, we studied the effect of yttrium [Y3+] ions' substitution on the structure and electric behavior of barium zirconate titanate (BZT) ceramics with a general formula [Ba1- x Y2 x/3](Zr0.25Ti0.75)O3 (BYZT) with [ x = 0, 0.025, and 0.05] which were prepared by the solid-state reaction method. X-ray diffraction patterns indicate that these ceramics have a single phase with a perovskite-type cubic structure. Rietveld refinement data confirmed [BaO12], [ZrO6], [TiO6], and [YO6] clusters in the cubic lattice. The Y3+ ions' effects on the electric conductivity behavior of BZT ceramics as a function of temperature and frequency are described, which are based on impedance spectroscopy analyses. The complex impedance plots display a double semicircle which highlights the influences of grain and grain boundary on the ceramics. Impedance analyses showed that the resistance decreased with the increasing temperature and resulted in a negative temperature coefficient of the resistance property in all compositions. Modulus plots represent a non-Debye-type dielectric relaxation which is related to the grain and grain boundary as well as temperature-dependent electric relaxation phenomenon and an enhancement in the mobility barrier by Y3+ ions. Moreover, the electric conductivity increases with the replacement of Ba2+ by Y3+ ions may be due to the rise in oxygen vacancies.

  2. Defect properties of cobalt-doped hexagonal barium titanate ceramics

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    Langhammer, H. T.; Böttcher, R.; Müller, T.; Walther, T.; Ebbinghaus, S. G.

    2015-07-01

    X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) powder spectra (9 and 34?GHz) and the magnetic susceptibility of BaTiO3 + 0.04 BaO + x/2 Co2O3 (0.001 ? x ? 0.02) ceramics were studied to investigate the incorporation of Co ions in the BaTiO3 lattice and their valence states as well as the development of the hexagonal phase (6H modification) in dependence on doping level x and sintering temperature Ts. At Ts = 1400?°C the 6H modification begins to occur at a nominal Co concentration x of about 0.001 and for x > 0.005 the samples are completely hexagonal at room temperature. Two different EPR spectra were observed in the 6H modification of BaTiO3, which were both assigned to paramagnetic Co2+ ions located at the two crystallographically non-equivalent Ti sites in 6H-BaTiO3. The EPR g tensor values as well as the molar paramagnetic susceptibility, measured in the temperature range 5?K-300?K at a magnetic field of 9?T, were analyzed in the framework of the ligand field theory using the program CONCORD. The combination of EPR and magnetic measurements reveals that in air-sintered 6H BaTiO3, the incorporated Co occurs as a mixture of paramagnetic Co2+ and diamagnetic Co3+ ions, whereas in samples annealed in reducing atmosphere the majority of Co is in the divalent state. The occurrence of Co4+ can be excluded for all investigated samples. The sample color caused by Co2+ and Co3+ ions is beige/light yellow and dark grey/black, respectively. The majority of the Co2+ ions substitutes Ti in the exclusively corner-sharing oxygen octahedra possessing nearly cubic symmetry. The corresponding ligand field parameter B04(3) amounts to about -28?000?cm-1 (Wybourne notation, 10Dq ? 20?000?cm-1). In the reduced samples nearly 5% of the detected Co2+ ions occupy the Ti site in the face-sharing oxygen octahedra, which are significantly trigonally distorted. The negative sign of the obtained ligand field parameter B02 ? -7300?cm-1 reflects a compression of this octahedron in direction of the hexagonal c-axis.

  3. Defect properties of cobalt-doped hexagonal barium titanate ceramics.

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    Langhammer, H T; Böttcher, R; Müller, T; Walther, T; Ebbinghaus, S G

    2015-07-29

    X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) powder spectra (9 and 34?GHz) and the magnetic susceptibility of BaTiO3 + 0.04 BaO + x/2 Co2O3 (0.001 ? x ? 0.02) ceramics were studied to investigate the incorporation of Co ions in the BaTiO3 lattice and their valence states as well as the development of the hexagonal phase (6H modification) in dependence on doping level x and sintering temperature Ts. At Ts = 1400?°C the 6H modification begins to occur at a nominal Co concentration x of about 0.001 and for x > 0.005 the samples are completely hexagonal at room temperature. Two different EPR spectra were observed in the 6H modification of BaTiO3, which were both assigned to paramagnetic Co(2+) ions located at the two crystallographically non-equivalent Ti sites in 6H-BaTiO3. The EPR g tensor values as well as the molar paramagnetic susceptibility, measured in the temperature range 5?K-300?K at a magnetic field of 9?T, were analyzed in the framework of the ligand field theory using the program CONCORD. The combination of EPR and magnetic measurements reveals that in air-sintered 6H BaTiO3, the incorporated Co occurs as a mixture of paramagnetic Co(2+) and diamagnetic Co(3+) ions, whereas in samples annealed in reducing atmosphere the majority of Co is in the divalent state. The occurrence of Co(4+) can be excluded for all investigated samples. The sample color caused by Co(2+) and Co(3+) ions is beige/light yellow and dark grey/black, respectively. The majority of the Co(2+) ions substitutes Ti in the exclusively corner-sharing oxygen octahedra possessing nearly cubic symmetry. The corresponding ligand field parameter [Formula: see text] amounts to about -28?000?cm(-1) (Wybourne notation, 10Dq ? 20?000?cm(-1)). In the reduced samples nearly 5% of the detected Co(2+) ions occupy the Ti site in the face-sharing oxygen octahedra, which are significantly trigonally distorted. The negative sign of the obtained ligand field parameter [Formula: see text] ? -7300?cm(-1) reflects a compression of this octahedron in direction of the hexagonal c-axis. PMID:26154400

  4. The piezoelectric effect in Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 ceramics

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    Roleder, K.; Franke, I.; Glazer, A. M.; Thomas, P. A.; Miga, S.; Suchanicz, J.

    2002-06-01

    Piezoelectric properties of Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 ceramics have been investigated over a broad temperature range using a resonance technique. The thermal behaviours of the piezoelectric tensor coefficients d31, d33 and d15 confirm that there is a distinct phase transformation at 200 °C. For the first time it has been found that a piezoelectric signal connected with the tensor component d33 is observed up to 280 °C. This corresponds to earlier neutron and x-ray diffraction data on the point of transition from rhombohedral to tetragonal symmetry.

  5. Titan!

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    Matson, Dennis L.

    2010-05-01

    Cassini-Huygens achieved Saturnian orbit on July 1, 2004. The first order of business was the safe delivery of the Huygens atmospheric probe to Titan that took place on January 14, 2005. Huygens descended under parachute obtaining observations all the way down to a safe landing. It revealed Titan for the first time. Stunning are the similarities between Titan and the Earth. Viewing the lakes and seas, the fluvial terrain, the sand dunes and other features through the hazy, nitrogen atmosphere, brings to mind the geological processes that created analogous features on the Earth. On Titan frozen water plays the geological role of rock; liquid methane takes the role of terrestrial water. The atmospheres of both Earth and Titan are predominately nitrogen gas. Titan's atmosphere contains 1.5% methane and no oxygen. The surface pressure on Titan is 1.5 times the Earth's. There are aerosol layers and clouds that come and go. Now, as Saturn proceeds along its solar orbit, the seasons are changing. The effects upon the transport of methane are starting to be seen. A large lake in the South Polar Region seems to be filling more as winter onsets. Will the size and number of the lakes in the South grow during winter? Will the northern lakes and seas diminish or dry up as northern summer progresses? How will the atmospheric circulation change? Much work remains not only for Cassini but also for future missions. Titan has many different environments to explore. These require more capable instruments and in situ probes. This work was conducted at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  6. Roles of Li and Ta in Pb-free piezoelectric (Na,K)NbO3 ceramics

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    Sung, Y. S.

    2014-10-01

    Piezoelectric coefficient (d33) of (Na,K)NbO3 (NKN) is enhanced not only at its morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) composition but also enhanced at its polymorphic phase transition (PPT) temperature between orthorhombic and tetragonal phases (TO-T). Thus, for NKN-based ceramics, even higher d33 could be obtained if both MPB and PPT are simultaneously optimized. This temperature as well as composition dependence of piezoelectric properties of NKN-based ceramics requires a systematic approach that differentiates factors for MPB and PPT. In this paper, the roles of Li and Ta known to affect d33 and TO-T were identified in relation with lattice parameters.

  7. A Piezoelectric PZT Ceramic Mulitlayer Stack for Energy Harvesting Under Dynamic Forces

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    Xu, Tian-Bing; Siochi, Emilie J.; Kang, Jin Ho; Zuo, Lei; Zhou, Wanlu; Tang, Xiudong; Jiang, Xiaoning

    2011-01-01

    Piezoelectric energy harvesting transducers (PEHTs) are commonly used in motion/vibration energy scavenging devices. To date, most researchers have focused on energy harvesting at narrow bandwidths around the mechanical resonance frequency, and most piezoelectric harvesting devices reported in the literature have very low effective piezoelectric coefficient (d(sub eff)) (< 10(exp 4) pC/N). For instance, more than 80% of PEHT related papers are on transverse "31" mode cantilever beam type PEHTs (CBPEHTs) having piezoelectric coefficients of about 100 pC/N. The level of harvested electrical power for CBPEHTs is on the order of microW even at resonance mode. In order to harvest more electrical energy across broader bandwidth, high effective piezoelectric coefficient structures are needed. In this study, we investigate a "33" longitudinal mode, piezoelectric PZT ceramic multilayer stack (PZT-Stack) with high effective piezoelectric coefficient for high-performance PEHTs. The PZT-Stack is composed of 300 layers of 0.1 mm thick PZT plates, with overall dimensions of 32.4 mm X 7.0 mm X 7.0 mm. Experiments were carried out with dynamic forces in a broad bandwidth ranging from 0.5 Hz to 25 kHz. The measured results show that the effective piezoelectric coefficient of the PZT-stack is about 1 X 10(exp 5) pC/N at off-resonance frequencies and 1.39 X 10(exp 6) pC/N at resonance, which is order of magnitude larger than that of traditional PEHTs. The effective piezoelectric coefficients (d(sub eff)) do not change significantly with applied dynamic forces having root mean square (RMS) values ranging from 1 N to 40 N. In resonance mode, 231 mW of electrical power was harvested at 2479 Hz with a dynamic force of 11.6 N(sub rms), and 7.6 mW of electrical power was generated at a frequency of 2114 Hz with 1 N(sub rms) dynamic force. In off-resonance mode, an electrical power of 18.7 mW was obtained at 680 Hz with a 40 N(sub rms) dynamic force. A theoretical model of energy harvesting for the PZT-Stack is established. The modeled results matched well with experimental measurements. This study demonstrated that high effective piezoelectric coefficient structures enable PEHTs to harvest more electrical energy from mechanical vibrations or motions, suggesting an effective design for high-performance low-footprint PEHTs with potential applications in military, aerospace, and portable electronics. In addition, this study provides a route for using piezoelectric multilayer stacks for active or semi-active adaptive control to damp, harvest or transform unwanted dynamic vibrations into useful electrical energy.

  8. A circular array transducer for photoacoustic imaging by using piezoelectric single crystal lead magnesium niobate-lead zirconate titanate

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    Cao, Yonggang; Ha, Kanglyeol; Kim, Moojoon; Kang, Hyunwook; Oh, Jung-Hwan; Kim, Jungsoon

    2015-07-01

    The ultrasound transducers of which center frequencies are lower than 10 MHz are commonly used in low frequency photoacoustic (PA) imaging systems. However, the improvement of their sensitivity is still needed to detect weak PA signals. In this study, a circular array transducer was constructed by using 120 needle hydrophones made of piezoelectric single crystal lead magnesium niobate-lead zirconate titanate (PMN-PZT). The needle hydrophone was designed to have high sensitivity and wide bandwidth through the Krimtholz-Leedom-Matthaei (KLM) simulation of receiving impulse response. The sensitivity of the fabricated PMN-PZT hydrophone was compared with a commercial poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) needle hydrophone. The usefulness of the circular array transducer was demonstrated by applying it to a PA system for obtaining images.

  9. Microstructures, dielectric, and piezoelectric properties of W/Cr co-doped Bi4Ti3O12 ceramics

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    Chen, Yu; Liang, Dayun; Wang, Qingyuan; Zhu, Jianguo

    2014-08-01

    W/Cr co-doped Bi4Ti3O12 (BTWC) ceramics {Bi4Ti3-xWxO12 + x + 0.2 wt. % Cr2O3 (x = 0-0.1)} with a high piezoelectricity were prepared by a conventional ceramic process, and effects of W/Cr dopant on the microstructures, dielectric, and piezoelectric properties of ceramics were explored. It is found that W6+ modified the grain morphology and size of ceramics, promoting the forming of the regular schistose grains with a size of ˜10 ?m in the ceramic at x = 0.05. BTWC ceramics showed a continuous decrease in Tc and a gradual increase in ?r with the increasing W doping content. While the hard-doping of Cr2O3 decreased, the TK? and tan ? of ceramics available. All the ceramics keep the nature of first-order transition and displacive ferroelectrics. The d33 and kp of BTWC ceramics were remarkably improved by the soft-doping of W6+. Excellent electrical properties (e.g., Tc = 638 °C, ?r = 146, tan ? = 0.56%, TK? (500 °C) = 1.30 × 10-3/ °C, ? (500 °C) = 4.08 × 10-5 s, d33 = 28 pC/N, and kp = 6.17%) have been achieved in Bi4Ti2.95W0.05O12.05 + 0.2 wt. % Cr2O3 ceramic. Such a material can be a promising candidate for high-temperature piezoelectric applications.

  10. 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.

  11. High temperature dielectric relaxation anomaly of Y³? and Mn²? doped barium strontium titanate ceramics

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    Yan, Shiguang; Mao, Chaoliang E-mail: xldong@mail.sic.ac.cn; Wang, Genshui; Yao, Chunhua; Cao, Fei; Dong, Xianlin E-mail: xldong@mail.sic.ac.cn

    2014-10-14

    Relaxation like dielectric anomaly is observed in Y³? and Mn²? doped barium strontium titanate ceramics when the temperature is over 450 K. Apart from the conventional dielectric relaxation analysis method with Debye or modified Debye equations, which is hard to give exact temperature dependence of the relaxation process, dielectric response in the form of complex impedance, assisted with Cole-Cole impedance model corrected equivalent circuits, is adopted to solve this problem and chase the polarization mechanism in this paper. Through this method, an excellent description to temperature dependence of the dielectric relaxation anomaly and its dominated factors are achieved. Further analysis reveals that the exponential decay of the Cole distribution parameter n with temperature is confirmed to be induced by the microscopic lattice distortion due to ions doping and the interaction between the defects. At last, a clear sight to polarization mechanism containing both the intrinsic dipolar polarization and extrinsic distributed oxygen vacancies hopping response under different temperature is obtained.

  12. High temperature dielectric relaxation anomaly of Y3+ and Mn2+ doped barium strontium titanate ceramics

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    Yan, Shiguang; Mao, Chaoliang; Wang, Genshui; Yao, Chunhua; Cao, Fei; Dong, Xianlin

    2014-10-01

    Relaxation like dielectric anomaly is observed in Y3+ and Mn2+ doped barium strontium titanate ceramics when the temperature is over 450 K. Apart from the conventional dielectric relaxation analysis method with Debye or modified Debye equations, which is hard to give exact temperature dependence of the relaxation process, dielectric response in the form of complex impedance, assisted with Cole-Cole impedance model corrected equivalent circuits, is adopted to solve this problem and chase the polarization mechanism in this paper. Through this method, an excellent description to temperature dependence of the dielectric relaxation anomaly and its dominated factors are achieved. Further analysis reveals that the exponential decay of the Cole distribution parameter n with temperature is confirmed to be induced by the microscopic lattice distortion due to ions doping and the interaction between the defects. At last, a clear sight to polarization mechanism containing both the intrinsic dipolar polarization and extrinsic distributed oxygen vacancies hopping response under different temperature is obtained.

  13. Ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of high temperature (Bi,La)FeO3-Bi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3-PbTiO3 ceramics at rhombohedral/tetragonal coexistent phase

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    Zhang, Linlin; Hou, Xianbo; Yu, Jian

    2015-08-01

    In this article, some high Curie temperature ferroelectric piezoceramics of perovskite-structured BiFeO3-Bi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3-PbTiO3 (BF-BZT-PT) solid solutions were prepared using fine-ball milling and solid state reaction method. X-ray diffraction measurements exhibited those BF-BZT-PT ceramics being crystallized in rhombohedral/tetragonal coexistent phase while scanning electron microscopy showed their microstructure grain size about 200 nm. It was found that the ferroelectric Curie temperature increases up to 630 °C with increasing BF content in those BF-BZT-PT ceramics and that their ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties were strongly dependent on compositions and sintering temperature. A good combination of ferroelectric and piezoelectric property of remanent polarization Pr = 18 µC/cm2, coercive field Ec = 64 kV/cm, piezoelectric constant d33 = 41 pC/N, dielectric constant \\varepsilon 33\\text{T}/\\varepsilon 0 = 258, loss tan ? = 0.023, and Curie temperature TC = 582 °C was obtained for 0.59BF-0.15BZT-0.26PT ceramics sintered at 780 °C for 10 h and poled under 8.4 kV/mm at 120 °C for 20 min. In comparison with tetragonal 0.50BF-0.15BZT-0.35PT ceramics reported previously by the author group, rhombohedral/tetragonal-coexistent-phased 0.59BF-0.15BZT-0.26PT ceramics exhibited a higher piezoresponse, and contemporarily, La-substitution was found playing the same role of enhancing piezoresponse and reducing Curie temperature. Of most interest, a good piezoelectric property of d33 = 24 pC/N, ?r = 217, tan ? = 0.020, and TC = 630 °C was obtained for 0.66BF-0.15BZT-0.19PT ceramics prepared by two-step sintering with 850-750 °C for 10 h and poled under 9.0 kV/mm at 120 °C for 20 min, which is better than that of commercial K-15 bismuth titanate ceramics with d33 = 18 pC/N, \\varepsilon 33\\text{T}/\\varepsilon 0 = 140, tan ? = 0.03, and TC ˜ 620 °C. Like the case of Pb(Zr,Ti)O3, BF-BZT-PT perovskites are becoming important to design high temperature high performance ferroelectric piezoceramics through adjusting composition and crystallographic structure.

  14. Blocking effect of crystal–glass interface in lanthanum doped barium strontium titanate glass–ceramics

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    Wang, Xiangrong; Zhang, Yong; Baturin, Ivan; Liang, Tongxiang

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: The blocking effect of the crystal–glass interface on the carrier transport behavior in the lanthanum doped barium strontium titanate glass–ceramics: preparation and characterization. - Highlights: • La{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition promotes the crystallization of the major crystalline phase. • The Z? and M? peaks exist a significant mismatch for 0.5 mol% La{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition. • The Z? and M? peaks separate obviously for 1.0 mol% La{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition. • Crystallite impedance decreases while crystal–glass interface impedance increases. • La{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition increases blocking factor of the crystal–glass interface. - Abstract: The microstructures and dielectric properties in La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-doped barium strontium titanate glass–ceramics have been investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and impedance spectroscopy. SEM analysis indicated that La{sub 2}O{sub 3} additive decreases the average crystallite size. Impedance spectroscopy revealed that the positions of Z? and M? peaks are close for undoped samples. When La{sub 2}O{sub 3} concentration is 0.5 mol%, the Z? and M? peaks show a significant mismatch. Furthermore, these peaks separate obviously for 1.0 mol% La{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition. With increasing La{sub 2}O{sub 3} concentration, the contribution of the crystallite impedance becomes smaller, while the contribution of the crystal–glass interface impedance becomes larger. More interestingly, it was found that La{sub 2}O{sub 3} additive increases blocking factor of the crystal–glass interface in the temperature range of 250–450 °C. This may be attributed to a decrease of activation energy of the crystallite and an increase of the crystal–glass interface area.

  15. Dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of La-modified PCT ceramics

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    Singh, Sarabjit; Thakur, O. P.; Prakash, Chandra; Raina, K. K.

    2005-12-01

    Polycrystalline samples of lanthanum-modified PCT ceramics with composition Pb 0.76-3x/2La xCa 0.24Mn 0.02Ti 0.98O 3 (PLCT); x=0-0.08 (in steps of 0.02) were prepared by using conventional dry ceramic technique. Samples were sintered at 1150 °C. X-ray analysis confirmed the formation of single-phase compound with tetragonal crystal structure. Dielectric properties were studied in detail as a function of frequency and temperature. From temperature variation of dielectric constant, Curie temperature ( Tc) was determined. Discussion on hysteresis behaviour for all the samples at room temperature is presented. Dielectric constant at room temperature shows an increasing trend and Curie temperature shows decreasing trend with the increase in lanthanum in PCT ceramics. Curie temperature determined from thermal expansion behaviour of sintered samples was found to be in good agreement with that determined from dielectric studies. Piezoelectric properties show a significant improvement with lanthanum substitution.

  16. 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.

  17. Effects of thickness on the piezoelectric and dielectric properties of lead zirconate titanate thin films

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    Sottos, Nancy R.

    orientation were measured by a laser Doppler heterodyne interferometer. The weak-field dielectric constants Ferroelectric ceramics have been employed extensively in a variety of sensors and actuators including strain gauges, pressure transducers, and accelerometers. Bulk ferroelectric ceramic sensors have certain

  18. Dielectric, piezoelectric, and pyroelectric properties of lead zirconate-lead zinc niobate ceramics

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    Takenaka, T. ); Bhalla, A.S.; Cross, L.E. . Materials Research Lab.); Sakata, K. . Faculty of Science and Technology)

    1989-06-01

    This paper reports on piezoelectric and pyroelectric ceramics consisting of antiferroelectric lead zirconate (PZ) and relaxor ferroelectric lead zinc niobate (PZN) studied from an application viewpoint of the field-induced antiferroelectric-to-ferroelectric phase transition. An antiferroelectric-to-ferroelectric phase transition. An antiferroelectric-ferroelectric phase boundary exists in PbZr{sub x}(Zn{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3}){sub 1 {minus} x}O{sub 3}(PZZN-1000x) close to x = 0.93 to 0.94 at room temperature. A new ferroelectric rhombohedral phase change, F{alpha}-F'{alpha} at low temperature is found and studied by the temperature dependence of the pyroelectric coefficient. Electrical poling in these ceramics is easy, and the coercive field E{sub c} {approx} 8 to 10 kV/cm is rather low. Samples with compositions in the range PZZN-86 to PZZN-92 have a large electromechanical coupling constant, k (k, and k {sub 15} {approx} 50% to 60%), and a low dielectric constant, {epsilon}{sub s}, ({epsilon}{sup T}{sub 33}/{epsilon}{sub 0} = 260 to 320, {epsilon}{sup T}{sub 11} {epsilon}{sub 0} = 380). PZZN ceramics appear to be potential candidates for high-frequency ultrasonic transducers used in the thickness shear mode. The pyroelectric figure of merit (F{sub v}) of these ceramics is comparable to the values published for the PZT-based or PbTiO{sub 3}-based materials.

  19. Depolarization field effect on dielectric and piezoelectric properties of particulate ferroelectric ceramic-polymer composites

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    Ma, Fengde D.; Wang, Yu U.

    2015-03-01

    The effects of depolarization field on the dielectric and piezoelectric properties of ferroelectric ceramic particle-filled polymer-matrix composites are investigated at the underlying domain level. Phase field modeling and simulation reveals that the macroscopic properties of the composites are dominated by depolarization field effect, which depends on the arrangement and alignment rather than the size or internal grain structure of the ferroelectric particulates. It is found that 0-3 particulate composites with random dispersion of ferroelectric particles behave essentially like linear dielectric rather than ferroelectric materials, and domain-level analysis reveals the physical mechanism for lack of domain switching or hysteresis as attributed to strong depolarization effect. Thus, without effective reduction or elimination of the depolarization field, the composites cannot benefit from the functional fillers regardless of their superior properties. In order to exhibit the desired ferroelectric behaviors, it necessitates continuous ferroelectric phase connectivity in the composites.

  20. An in situ diffraction study of domain wall motion contributions to the frequency dispersion of the piezoelectric coefficient in lead zirconate titanate

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    Seshadri, Shruti B.; Prewitt, Anderson D.; Jones, Jacob L.; Studer, Andrew J.; Damjanovic, Dragan

    2013-01-28

    The contribution of non-180 Degree-Sign domain wall displacement to the frequency dependence of the longitudinal piezoelectric coefficient has been determined experimentally in lead zirconate titanate using time-resolved, in situ neutron diffraction. Under subcoercive electric fields of low frequencies, approximately 3% to 4% of the volume fraction of non-180 Degree-Sign domains parallel to the field experienced polarization reorientation. This subtle non-180 Degree-Sign domain wall motion directly contributes to 64% to 75% of the magnitude of the piezoelectric coefficient. Moreover, part of the 33 pm/V decrease in piezoelectric coefficient across 2 orders of magnitude in frequency is quantitatively attributed to non-180 Degree-Sign domain wall motion effects.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Optimization of poling parameters of mechanically processed PLZT 8/60/40 ceramics based on dielectric and piezoelectric studies

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    Kumar, Ajeet; Bhanu Prasad, V. V.; James Raju, K. C.; James, A. R.

    2015-11-01

    Ultra high strain (Pb0.92La0.08)(Zr0.60Ti0.40)O3 (PLZT 8/60/40) piezoelectric ceramics were synthesized by high energy ball milling method to study the relation between poling conditions (poling electric fields, times and temperatures) and electrical properties. The ceramics were structurally investigated and with the help of ferroelectric P- E hysteresis loop, coercive field was determined. This study deals with the identification of optimum poling conditions and their effect on the piezoelectric and dielectric properties mechanically synthesized PLZT 8/60/40 ceramics. Different combinations of poling parameters were used to measure the values of dielectric constant, dielectric loss, piezoelectric charge ( d 33) and electromechanical coupling coefficients ( k p). These values show that a ferroelectric material can be poled at ˜5 kV/cm (<0.5 E c ), contrary to common practice of poling far above the coercive field. The effect of aging on the electrical properties was also studied for ceramics poled at 0.6 E c and 3 E c . With the help of this study, poling electric field as well as another two important poling parameters, viz poling temperature and poling time, were optimized. Optimum poling temperature was found to be in the range of 75 °C to 125 °C with optimal poling time of 30 min. Additionally the effect of ceramic sample thickness on the said properties was also studied. The maximum d 33 and k p values for PLZT ceramics was found to be ˜715 pC/N and ˜77%, respectively.

  4. The Effects of Piezoelectric Ceramic Dissipation Factor on the Performance of Ultrasonic Transducers

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    DeAngelis, D. A.; Schulze, G. W.

    The dissipation factor (DF) is an important material property of piezoceramics that governs the amount of self-heating under resonant conditions; it essentially quantifies a particular material type for either an actuator or resonator application: high DF materials with typically higher output (d33) are better for actuators, whereas low DF materials with typically lower d33 are better for resonators. Transducer designers must often compromise between mechanical output and DF in the selection of piezoceramics for power ultrasonic applications, and abnormally high DF is one of the main causes of production stoppages. In theory DF is simply the current/voltage phase deviation from an ideal capacitor at 90° (a.k.a. tan(?) or dielectric loss). Abnormally high DF is typically caused by moisture absorption due to poor ceramic porosity, which causes voltage leakage effects; e.g., seen in transducer production when setting piezo stack preload. Corresponding large increases in capacitance can also be associated with poor porosity, which is counterintuitive unless there is moisture absorption or electrode wicking. This research investigates the mechanisms for abnormally high DF in peizoceramics, and its corresponding effect on transducer performance. It investigates if DF is only affected by the bulk dielectric properties of the piezoceramics (e.g. porosity), or is also influenced by non-uniform electric field effects from electrode wicking. It explores if higher DF ceramics can affect transducer displacement/current gain stability via moisture expulsion at higher drive levels. The investigation focuses solely on the common PZT8 piezoelectric material used with welding transducers for semiconductor wire bonding. Transducers are built with both normal DF peizoceramics, and those with abnormally high DF ceramics which caused production stoppages. Several metrics are investigated such as impedance, displacement gain and capacitance. The experimental and theoretical research methods include Bode plots, SEM cross-sections, Archimedes method, equivalent circuits, laser vibrometry and finite element analysis.

  5. Label Free Detection of White Spot Syndrome Virus Using Lead Magnesium Niobate-Lead Titanate Piezoelectric Microcantilever Sensors

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    Capobianco, Joseph; Shih, Wei-Heng; Leu, Jiann-Horng; Lo, Grace Chu-Fang; Shih, Wan Y.

    2011-01-01

    We have investigated rapid, label free detection of white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) using the first longitudinal extension resonance peak of five lead-magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) piezoelectric microcantilever sensors (PEMS) 1050-700 ?m long and 850-485 ?m wide constructed from 8 ?m thick PMN-PT freestanding films. The PMN-PT PEMS were encapsulated with a 3-mercaptopropltrimethoxysilane (MPS) insulation layer and further coated with anti-VP28 and anti-VP664 antibodies to target the WSSV virions and nucleocapsids, respectively. By inserting the antibody-coated PEMS in a flowing virion or nucleocapsid suspension, label-free detection of the virions and nucleocapsids were respectively achieved by monitoring the PEMS resonance frequency shift. We showed that positive label-free detection of both the virion and the nucleocapsid could be achieved at a concentration of 100 virions (nucleocapsids)/ml or 10 virions (nucleocapsids)/100?l, comparable to the detection sensitivity of polymerase chain reaction (PCR). However, in contrast to PCR, PEMS detection was label-free, in-situ and rapid (less than 30 min), potentially requiring minimal or no sample preparation. PMID:20863681

  6. Detection of indentation induced Fe-to-Afe phase transformation in lead zirconate titanate.

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    Baddorf, Arthur P.; Shin, Junsoo; Gogotsi, Yury G.; Buchheit, Thomas Edward; Watson, Chad Samuel; Kalinin, Sergei; Juliano, Thomas F.

    2005-08-01

    Instrumented indentation was combined with microscopy and spectroscopy analysis to investigate the local mechanically induced ferroelectric to anti-ferroelectric phase transformation of niobium-modified lead zirconate titanate 95/5. Indentation experiments to a depth of 2 {micro}m were performed using a Berkovich pyramidal three-sided diamond tip. Subsequent Raman spectroscopy and piezoelectric force microscopy revealed that indentation locally induced the ferroelectric to antiferroelectric phase transformation. Piezoelectric force microscopy demonstrated the ability to map the individual phases within and near indented regions on the niobium-modified lead zirconate titanate ceramics.

  7. Dielectric and Ferroelectric Behavior of Bismuth-Doped Barium Titanate Ceramic Prepared by Microwave Sintering

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    Mahapatra, A.; Parida, S.; Sarangi, S.; Badapanda, T.

    2015-08-01

    Bismuth-doped barium titanate ceramics with the general formula Ba1- x Bi2 x/3TiO3 ( x = 0.0, 0.01, 0.025, 0.05) have been prepared by the solid state reaction technique. The phase formation and structural property of all compositions have been studied by x-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern and Rietveld refinement. XRD pattern reports the single phase tetragonal crystal system with space group of P4mm. All compositions have been sintered at 1100°C in a microwave furnace for 30 min. The variation of dielectric constant with respect to temperature and frequency was studied and it was found that the dielectric constant decreases whereas transition temperature increased with the increase in Bi content. The diffusivity parameter was calculated by the modified Curie-Weiss law and the diffusivity increased with the increase in Bi content. The ferroelectric property was studied by the P-E hysteresis loop and it was observed that the saturation polarization decreased, but the coercive field increased with Bi content. The optical band gap was calculated from UV-Visible spectroscopy and found to decrease with Bi content.

  8. Dielectric properties of low temperature nano engineered yttrium copper titanate ceramic

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    Sharma, Sunita; Singh, M. M.; Mandal, K. D.; Singh, Narsingh B.

    2015-05-01

    The complex perovskite ACu3Ti4O12 (A = Ca, Bi2/3, Y2/3) which possess high dielectric constant could be promising candidates to replace relaxors as dielectrics in DRAM, MLCCs and other memory devices. Their smaller capacitive components lead to miniaturization of electronic devices with efficient performance. Yttrium Copper Titanate (Y2/3Cu3Ti4O12) nano-ceramic is structurally analogous to CaCu3Ti4O12. XRD of Y2/3Cu3Ti4O12 shows the presence of all normal peaks of CaCu3Ti4O12. SEM micrograph exhibits the presence of bimodal grains of size ranging from 1-2 ?m. Bright field TEM image clearly displays nano-crystalline particle which is supported by presence of a few clear rings in the corresponding selected area electron diffraction pattern. It exhibits high dielectric constant (?'= 8434) at room temperature and 100 Hz frequency with characteristic relaxation peaks.

  9. Bright upconversion luminescence and increased Tc in CaBi2Ta2O9:Er high temperature piezoelectric ceramics

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    Peng, Dengfeng; Wang, Xusheng; Xu, Chaonan; Yao, Xi; Lin, Jian; Sun, Tiantuo

    2012-05-01

    Er3+ doped CaBi2Ta2O9 (CBT) bismuth layered-structure high temperature piezoelectric ceramics were synthesized by the traditional solid state method. The upconversion (UC) emission properties of Er3+ doped CBT ceramics were investigated as a function of Er3+ concentration and incident pump power. A bright green upconverted emission was obtained under excitation 980 nm at room temperature. The observed strong green and weak red emission bands corresponded to the transitions from 4S3/2 and 4F9/2 to 4I15/2, respectively. The dependence of UC emission intensity on pumping power indicated that a three-photon process was involved in UC emissions. Studies of dielectric with temperature have also been carried out. Introduction of Er increased the Curie temperature of CBT, thus, making this ceramic suitable for sensor applications at higher temperatures. Because of its strong up-converted emission and increased Tc, the multifunctional high temperature piezoelectric ceramic may be useful in high temperature sensor, fluorescence thermometry, and optical-electro integration applications.

  10. Ferroelectric, piezoelectric, and dielectric properties of BiScO3-PbTiO3-Pb(Cd1/3Nb2/3)O3 ternary high temperature piezoelectric ceramics

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    Zhao, Tian-Long; Chen, Jianguo; Wang, Chun-Ming; Yu, Yang; Dong, Shuxiang

    2013-07-01

    (0.95-x)BiScO3-xPbTiO3-0.05Pb(Cd1/3Nb2/3)O3 (BS-xPT-PCN) high temperature piezoelectric ceramics near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) have been synthesized by traditional solid-state reaction methods. The microstructural morphology, phase structure, and electrical properties of BS-xPT-PCN ceramics were investigated in detail. X-ray diffraction analysis indicated BS-xPT-PCN ceramics have a pure perovskite structure. The coexistence of rhombohedral and tetragonal phases at MPB composition enhanced the polarizability by the coupling between two dynamically equivalent energy states, resulting in the improved piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties at MPB vicinity. The BS-xPT-PCN (x = 0.60) ceramics possess the optimal piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties with d33 = 505pC/N, kp = 55.9%, kt = 36.5%, strain = 0.23% (under the electric field 37.5 kV/cm), and Pr = 39.7 ?C/cm2. High temperature dielectric behaviors showed diffuse phase transition in BS-xPT-PCN ceramics. The Curie temperature Tc was found to increase from 371 °C to 414 °C with x increasing from 0.58 to 0.62. All these results together with the good thermal stabilities make the BS-xPT-PCN ceramics promising candidates for high temperature piezoelectric applications.

  11. Dielectric and piezoelectric properties of the KNN ceramic compound doped with Li, La and Ta

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    Fuentes, J.; Portelles, J.; Durruthy-Rodríguez, M. D.; H'Mok, H.; Raymond, O.; Heiras, J.; Cruz, M. P.; Siqueiros, J. M.

    2015-02-01

    With the purpose of improving the dielectric and piezoelectric properties of (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 (KNN), a multiple doping strategy was tested in this research. Piezoceramics with composition [(K0.5Na0.5)0.94Li0.06]0.97La0.01(Nb0.9Ta0.1)O3 were prepared by the traditional ceramic method. The calcined powders were sintered in their own atmosphere at 1,100 °C for 1.0, 1.5 and 2.5 h. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the Li+, La3+ and Ta5+ cations diffuse into the KNN structure to form a perovskite-structured solid solution. For 1 h sintering time, a dominant orthorhombic phase is obtained, whereas for the longer times, the dominant phase was tetragonal. The presence of a tetragonal tungsten-bronze minority second phase is confirmed. Scanning electron micrographs show rectangular-shaped grains with a mean size of 1.1 ± 0.2 ?m. The existence of pores and traces of a liquid phase favoring grain growth and homogeneity is also observed. Experimental results show an enhancement of the permittivity associated with the enlargement of the c parameter of the cell that increases with sintering time. Li+ incorporation into the structure is made evident by its transition temperature at 400 °C different from those of KNNLaTi (81-110 °C) and KNNLaTa (340 °C). An analysis of the phase transition of the samples indicates a normal rather than a diffuse transition. The electromechanical parameters k p, Q m, ? p, s 11, d 31 and g 31 are determined and compared to those of commercial PZT ceramics.

  12. Effect of Excess Lead and Bismuth Content on the Electrical Properties of High-Temperature Bismuth Scandium Lead Titanate Ceramics

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    Sehirlioglu, Alp; Sayir, Ali

    2008-01-01

    Aeronautic and aerospace applications require piezoelectric materials that can operate at high temperatures. The air-breathing aeronautic engines can use piezoelectric actuators for active combustion control for fuel modulation to mitigate thermo-acoustic instabilities and/or gas flow control to improve efficiency. The principal challenge for the insertion of piezoelectric materials is their limitation for upper use temperature and this limitation is due low Curie temperature and increasing conductivity. We investigated processing, microstructure and property relationship of (1-x)BiScO3-(x)PbTiO3 (BS-PT) composition as a promising high temperature piezoelectric. The effect of excess Pb and Bi and their partitioning in grain boundaries were studied using impedance spectroscopy, ferroelectric, and piezoelectric measurement techniques. Excess Pb addition increased the grain boundary conduction and the grain boundary area (average grain size was 24.8 m, and 1.3 m for compositions with 0at.% and 5at.% excess Pb, respectively) resulting in ceramics with higher AC conductivity (tan d= 0.9 and 1.7 for 0at.% and 5at.% excess Pb at 350 C and at 10kHz) that were not resistive enough to pole. Excess Bi addition increased the resistivity (rho= 4.1x10(exp 10) Omega cm and 19.6 x10(exp 10) Omega.cm for compositions with 0at.% and 5at.% excess Bi, respectively), improved poling, and increased the piezoelectric coefficient from 137 to 197 pC/N for 5at.% excess Bi addition. In addition, loss tangent decreased more than one order of magnitude at elevated temperatures (greater than 300 C). For all compositions the activation energy of the conducting species was similar (approximately equal to 0.35-0.40 eV) and indicated electronic conduction.

  13. Role of substrate on the dielectric and piezoelectric behavior of epitaxial lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate relaxor thin films

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    Alpay, S. Pamir

    Role of substrate on the dielectric and piezoelectric behavior of epitaxial lead magnesium niobate piezoelectric coefficients (d33) lead magnesium niobate Pb Mg1/3Nb2/3 O3 PMN and lead magnesium niobate

  14. Elastic, piezoelectric, and dielectric characterization of modified BiScO3-PbTiO3 ceramics.

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    Zhang, Shujun; Alberta, Edward F; Eitel, Richard E; Randall, Clive A; Shrout, Thomas R

    2005-11-01

    The perovskite solid solution system (1-x)BiScO3-(x)PbTiO3 represents an interesting new family of high-temperature piezoelectric materials. Compositions near the morphotropic phase boundary (x approximately 0.64) have been reported to have high Curie temperatures (Tc > 450 degrees C) and good piezoelectric coefficients (d33 approximately 460 pC/N). In this work, manganese additions were used to improve the high-temperature electrical resistivity and RC time constant of compositions near the morphotropic phase boundary. The addition of manganese was found to shift Tc to slightly lower temperatures (442 degrees C and 456 degrees C for x = 0.64 and x = 0.66, respectively). The piezoelectric activities of the modified materials were found to be reduced slightly due to the hardening effect of manganese; however, the temperature stability and resistivity of the modified materials were significantly enhanced. In this paper we present, for the first time, a complete set of materials constants, including the elastic (sij, cij), piezoelectric (dij, eij, gij, hij), dielectric (epsilonij, betaij), and electromechanical (kij) coefficients and compare them to both unmodified 0.36BiScO3-0.64PbTiO3 and PZT5A ceramics. PMID:16422427

  15. Hydrogen diffusion in Lead Zirconate Titanate and Barium Titanate

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    Alvine, Kyle J.; Vijayakumar, M.; Bowden, Mark E.; Schemer-Kohrn, Alan L.; Pitman, Stan G.

    2012-08-28

    Hydrogen is a potential clean-burning, next-generation fuel for vehicle and stationary power. Unfortunately, hydrogen is also well known to have serious materials compatibility issues in metals, polymers, and ceramics. Piezoelectric actuator materials proposed for low-cost, high efficiency high-pressure hydrogen internal combustion engines (HICE) are known to degrade rapidly in hydrogen. This limits their potential use and poses challenges for HICE. Hydrogen-induced degradation of piezoelectrics is also an issue for low-pressure hydrogen passivation in ferroelectric random access memory. Currently, there is a lack of data in the literature on hydrogen species diffusion in piezoelectrics in the temperature range appropriate for the HICE as charged via a gaseous route. We present 1HNMR quantification of the local hydrogen species diffusion within lead zirconate titanate and barium titanate on samples charged by exposure to high-pressure gaseous hydrogen ?32?MPa. Results are discussed in context of theoretically predicted interstitial hydrogen lattice sites and aqueous charging experiments from existing literature.

  16. The extrinsic nature of nonlinear behavior observed in lead zirconate titanate ferroelectric ceramic

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    Cao, Wenwu

    to include the nonlinear contributions. With only 90" wall vibration being considered, the theory leadsThe extrinsic nature of nonlinear behavior observed in lead zirconate titanate ferroelectric February 1991) The nonlinear electric and electromechanical responses of lead zirconate titanate Pb

  17. 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 0.04ceramics near the MPB exhibit a strong compositional dependence, and good piezoelectric 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.

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 960°C. The crystalline structure of the ceramics is transformed from rhombohedral to tetragonal symmetry with increasing the amount of SmCoO3. A morphotropic phase boundary of rhombohedral and tetragonal phases is formed at x = 0.01-0.04. A small amount of SmCoO3 is shown to improve the ferroelectric, piezoelectric and magnetoelectric properties of the ceramics. For the ceramics with x = 0.01-0.03, enhanced resistivity (R ˜ 1.2 × 109 ? 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.

  20. Strontium Titanate DC Electric Field Switchable and Tunable Bulk Acoustic Wave Solidly Mounted Resonator

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    York, Robert A.

    Strontium Titanate DC Electric Field Switchable and Tunable Bulk Acoustic Wave Solidly Mounted Abstract - A voltage switchable/tunable strontium titanate solidly mounted BAW resonator was implemented films, piezoelectric resonators. I. INTRODUCTION Strontium titanate (STO) and barium strontium titanate

  1. Effects of poling termination and aging process on piezoelectric properties of Mn-doped BaTi0.96Zr0.04O3 ceramics

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    Murakami, Shunsuke; Watanabe, Takayuki; Suzuki, Tatsuya; Matsuda, Takanori; Miura, Kaoru

    2015-10-01

    The effects of poling termination and aging process on the piezoelectric properties at room temperature of 1 mol % Mn-doped Ba(Ti0.96Zr0.04)O3 ceramics with orthorhombic structure have been investigated. It is expected that the substitution of accepter Mn into the Ti0.96Zr0.04 site will result in a defect dipole with an oxygen vacancy and generate an internal field (Ed) in 1 mol % Mn-doped Ba(Ti0.96Zr0.04)O3 ceramics. In order to investigate the effect of the rearrangement of defect dipoles on the piezoelectric properties, the following two investigations have been performed. One is on the relationship between the piezoelectric properties and the change in the poling-termination temperature (TP) around the orthorhombic-tetragonal temperature (TOT). The result shows that piezoelectric properties are related to spontaneous polarizations, and that the rearrangement of defect dipoles is small. The other is on the influence of aging treatment at 70 °C for 24 h on the piezoelectric properties. Above TOT, the piezoelectric properties are almost the same, independent of the TP of the specimen. This result suggests that the change in piezoelectric properties is due to a change in the domain in spontaneous polarizations and that the rearrangement of defect dipoles is also small. The result of domain observation reflection electron microscopy supports the rearrangement of spontaneous polarizations during the aging process.

  2. Microstructure, dielectric and piezoelectric properties of (Pb1-xSrx)Nb1.96Ti0.05O6 ceramics

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    Yuan, Jing-jing; Chen, Xiao-ming; Zhou, Jian-ping; Liu, Peng

    2014-09-01

    (Pb1-xSrx)Nb1.96Ti0.05O6 with 2 wt% excess PbO (x = 0, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08) piezoelectric ceramics with high Curie temperature were fabricated via the conventional solid state reaction method. Effects of Sr2+ amount on crystallite structure, microstructure, dielectric and piezoelectric properties were studied. The substitution of Sr2+ ions for Pb2+ ions is effective to lower sintering temperatures. X-ray diffraction patterns indicate that all ceramics form the single orthorhombic ferroelectric phase. The doping of Sr2+ ions facilitates improving densification of the ceramics. Grain size and lattice parameters of the ceramics vary with the change of the Sr2+ contents. Both Curie temperature and maximum dielectric constant change with increasing the Sr2+ amounts. The dielectric constant data were also studied using the Curie-Weiss law and modified Curie-Weiss law. The ceramic with x = 0.04 possesses excellent piezoelectric and dielectric properties, presenting a high potential to be used in high-temperature applications as piezoelectric transducers.

  3. Enhanced temperature stability in <111> textured tetragonal Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 piezoelectric ceramics

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    Yan, Yongke; Yang, Lijuan; Zhou, Yuan; Cho, Kyung-Hoon; Heo, Jin S.; Priya, Shashank

    2015-09-01

    Two different templates (<001> Ba6Ti17O40 and <111> BaTiO3) were used for synthesizing <111> textured tetragonal 0.6Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.4PbTiO3(PMN-40PT) ceramics. It was found that a texture degree of 95% along <111> direction can be achieved by using only 1 vol. % <111> BaTiO3 template due to its high chemical stability in the PMN-40PT matrix. The textured PMN-40PT ceramics with tetragonal structure exhibited an excellent temperature stability of piezoelectric properties due to the absence of intermediate phase transitions between room temperature and the Curie temperature. Unlike the single crystal counterpart, the effect of <111> grain orientation in the textured PMN-40PT ceramic on enhancing the macroscopic piezoelectric response was not significant in spite of its giant local piezoresponse. We provide detailed discussions on the nature of piezoelectric response in the <111> textured tetragonal PMN-40PT ceramic with "3T" engineered domain configuration and resultant strategy to realize high performance piezoelectric ceramics.

  4. Enhanced High Temperature Piezoelectrics Based on BiScO3-PbTiO3 Ceramics

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    Sehirlioglu, Alp; Sayir, Ali; Dynys, Fred

    2009-01-01

    High-temperature piezoelectrics are a key technology for aeronautics and aerospace applications such as fuel modulation to increase the engine efficiency and decrease emissions. The principal challenge for the insertion of piezoelectric materials is the limitation on upper use temperature which is due to low Curie-Temperature (TC) and increasing electrical conductivity. BiScO3-PbTiO3 (BS-PT) system is a promising candidate for improving the operating temperature for piezoelectric actuators due to its high TC (greater than 400 C). Bi2O3 was shown to be a good sintering aid for liquid phase sintering resulting in reduced grain size and increased resistivity. Zr doped and liquid phase sintered BS-PT ceramics exhibited saturated and square hysteresis loops with enhanced remenant polarization (37 microC per square centimeter) and coercive field (14 kV/cm). BS-PT doped with Mn showed enhanced field induced strain (0.27% at 50kV/cm). All the numbers indicated in parenthesis were collected at 100 C.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 180°C, 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.

  7. Ferroelectric, piezoelectric, and dielectric properties of BiScO{sub 3}-PbTiO{sub 3}-Pb(Cd{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3} ternary high temperature piezoelectric ceramics

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    Zhao Tianlong; Chen Jianguo; Dong Shuxiang; Wang Chunming; Yu Yang

    2013-07-14

    (0.95-x)BiScO{sub 3}-xPbTiO{sub 3}-0.05Pb(Cd{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3} (BS-xPT-PCN) high temperature piezoelectric ceramics near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) have been synthesized by traditional solid-state reaction methods. The microstructural morphology, phase structure, and electrical properties of BS-xPT-PCN ceramics were investigated in detail. X-ray diffraction analysis indicated BS-xPT-PCN ceramics have a pure perovskite structure. The coexistence of rhombohedral and tetragonal phases at MPB composition enhanced the polarizability by the coupling between two dynamically equivalent energy states, resulting in the improved piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties at MPB vicinity. The BS-xPT-PCN (x = 0.60) ceramics possess the optimal piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties with d{sub 33} = 505pC/N, k{sub p} = 55.9%, k{sub t} = 36.5%, strain = 0.23% (under the electric field 37.5 kV/cm), and P{sub r} = 39.7 {mu}C/cm{sup 2}. High temperature dielectric behaviors showed diffuse phase transition in BS-xPT-PCN ceramics. The Curie temperature T{sub c} was found to increase from 371 Degree-Sign C to 414 Degree-Sign C with x increasing from 0.58 to 0.62. All these results together with the good thermal stabilities make the BS-xPT-PCN ceramics promising candidates for high temperature piezoelectric applications.

  8. Piezoelectric activity of relaxor-PbTiO3 based single crystals and polycrystalline ceramics at cryogenic temperatures: Intrinsic and extrinsic contributions

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    Li, Fei; Zhang, Shujun; Xu, Zhuo; Wei, Xiaoyong; Luo, Jun; Shrout, Thomas R.

    2010-01-01

    The piezoelectric activity in [001] poled Pb(In1?2Nb1?2)O3–Pb(Mg1?3Nb2?3)O3–PbTiO3 crystals was investigated as a function of composition and temperature. The level of intrinsic and?or extrinsic contribution to the total piezoelectric activity was analyzed using Rayleigh method. The results revealed that though 95% of the observed piezoelectric activity in rhombohedral crystals was intrinsic (lattice), the properties decreased significantly with decreasing temperature. At ?150 °C, the piezoelectric response decreased by 40%–55% for the compositions close to a morphotropic phase boundary (rhombohedral-monoclinic or monoclinic-tetragonal), while decreasing only 20%–30% for the compositions in the rhombohedral region. The piezoelectric properties of Pb(Mg1?3Nb2?3)O3–PbTiO3 polycrystalline ceramics were found to decrease by 75%, showing both intrinsic and extrinsic contributions play important role in the reduction in piezoelectricity at cryogenic temperatures for ceramics. PMID:20531980

  9. Grain growth kinetics and electrical properties of lanthanum modified lead zirconate titanate (9/65/35) based ferroelectric ceramics

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    Roca, R. Alvarez; Guerrero, F.; Botero, E. R.; Garcia, D.; Eiras, J. A.; Guerra, J. D. S.

    2009-01-01

    The influence of the microstructural characteristics on the dielectric and electrical properties has been investigated for Nd{sup 3+} doped lanthanum modified lead zirconate titanate ferroelectric ceramics, obtained by the conventional solid-state reaction method, by taking into account different sintering conditions. The grain growth mechanism has been investigated and a cubic-type grain growth law was observed for samples with grain size varying from 1.00 up to 2.35 {mu}m. The porosity and grain size dependences of the phase transition parameters, such as the maximum dielectric permittivity and its corresponding temperature ({epsilon}{sub m} and T{sub m}, respectively) were also investigated. The ac conductivity analyses followed the universal Jonscher law. The behavior of the frequency exponent (s) was analyzed through the correlated barrier hopping model. Both ac and dc conductivity results have been correlated with the observed microstructural features.

  10. Soft-mode dynamics in micrograin and nanograin ceramics of strontium titanate observed by hyper-Raman scattering

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    Hehlen, B.; Al-Zein, A.; Bogicevic, C.; Gemeiner, P.; Kiat, J.-M.

    2013-01-01

    The low-frequency vibrations of micro- and nanograin ceramics of strontium titanate are investigated by hyper-Raman spectroscopy. The combination of a confocal optical microscope with an ultranarrow Notch filter enabled an accurate spectroscopy on both the Stokes and anti-Stokes side down to about 8 cm-1. A splitting of the soft mode into Eu- and A2u-symmetry vibrations is clearly observed in the micrograin sample. The peculiar temperature dependence of ?A2u2-?Eu2 emphasizes a nonlinear coupling between the square of the TiO6 tilting angle and the spontaneous strain c/a-1. In addition, the very different temperature behavior of the linewidth of the two soft components is assigned to the growth of a disorder anisotropy on cooling, probably on the titanium site.

  11. Accurate Characterization And Modeling of Piezoelectric And Electrostrictive Ceramics And Single Crystals

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    Mukherjee, Binu

    2008-07-29

    The continuing need for large actuation and a continually increasing variety of applications has seen the use of piezoelectric materials under a growing range of conditions. These include large applied AC fields, DC bias fields, applied stresses as well as a wider range of frequencies and temperatures. Under these conditions the behaviour of the materials becomes non-linear and is not described well by the small signal parameters supplied by material manufacturers. It is therefore necessary to know and understand the behaviour of piezoelectric materials under these conditions. This presentation reviews the work that has been carried out at the Laboratory for Ferroelectric Materials in the Royal Military College of Canada where we have been studying the non-linear properties of piezoelectric and electrostrictive materials by observing their strain, dielectric and elastic behaviour under the various conditions mentioned above.

  12. 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 O–T 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.

  13. Development of piezoelectric skin friction force vector transducer for a hypersonic wind tunnel

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    Kahng, S. K.

    1972-01-01

    A surface shear force transducer for use in impulse type hypersonic tunnels is described. Sensors are constructed of lead zirconate titanate composition piezoelectric ceramic materials. The diameter of the sensing diaphragm is 0.75 inches and overall transducer dimensions are 1.0 inch diameter and 0.625 inch height. Analysis of the tranducer is made to help design criteria and fabrication techniques. Discussions on design and fabrication techniques are presented as well as performance of transducers delivered.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. The field induced e{sub 31,f} piezoelectric and Rayleigh response in barium strontium titanate thin films

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    Garten, L. M. Trolier-McKinstry, S.

    2014-09-29

    The electric field induced e{sub 31,f} piezoelectric response and tunability of Ba{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3} (70:30) and Ba{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}TiO{sub 3} (60:40) thin films on MgO and silicon was measured. The relative dielectric tunabilities for the 70:30 and 60:40 compositions on MgO were 83% and 70%, respectively, with a dielectric loss of less than 0.011 and 0.004 at 100?kHz. A linear increase in induced piezoelectricity to ?3.0?C/m{sup 2} and ?1.5?C/m{sup 2} at 110?kV/cm was observed in Ba{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}TiO{sub 3} on MgO and Ba{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3} on Si. Hysteresis in the piezoelectric and dielectric response of the 70:30 composition films was consistent with the positive irreversible dielectric Rayleigh coefficient. Both indicate a ferroelectric contribution to the piezoelectric and dielectric response over 40–80?°C above the global paraelectric transition temperature.

  18. Fundamental limitation to the magnitude of piezoelectric response of (001)pc textured K0.5Na0.5NbO3 ceramic

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    Gupta, Shashaank; Belianinov, Alex; Okatan, Mahmut B; Jesse, Stephen; Kalinin, Sergei V; Priya, Shashaank

    2014-01-01

    (001)pc textured K0.5Na0.5NbO3 (KNN) ceramic was found to exhibit a 65% improvement in the longitudinal piezoelectric response as compared to its random counterpart. Piezoresponse force microscopy study revealed the existence of larger 180 and non-180 domains for textured ceramic as compared to that of the random ceramic. Improvement in piezoresponse by the development of (001)pc texture is discussed in terms of the crystallographic nature of KNN and domain morphology. A comparative analysis performed with a rhombohedral composition suggested that the improvement in longitudinal piezoresponse of polycrystalline ceramics by the development of (001)pc texture is limited by the crystal structure.

  19. Evaluation of polarization of embedded piezoelectrics by the thermal wave method.

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    Suchaneck, Gunnar; Eydam, Agnes; Hu, Wenguo; Kranz, Burkhart; Drossel, Welf-Guntram; Gerlach, Gerald

    2012-09-01

    This work demonstrates the benefit of the thermal wave method for the evaluation of the polarization state of embedded piezoelectrics. Two types of samples were investigated: A low-temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCC)/lead zirconate titanate (PZT) sensor-actuator and a macro-fiber composite (MFC) actuator. At modulation frequencies below 10 Hz, the pyroelectric response was governed by thermal losses to the embedding layers. Here, the sample behavior was described by a harmonically heated piezoelectric plate exhibiting heat losses to the environment characterized by a single thermal relaxation time. PMID:23007766

  20. 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).

  1. Application of gel-casting to the fabrication of 1-3 piezoelectric ceramic-polymer composites for high-frequency ultrasound devices

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    García-Gancedo, L.; Olhero, S. M.; Alves, F. J.; Ferreira, J. M. F.; Demoré, C. E. M.; Cochran, S.; Button, T. W.

    2012-12-01

    A modified gel-casting technique was used to fabricate a 1-3 piezoelectric ceramic/polymer composite substrate formed by irregular-shaped pillar arrays of small dimensions and kerfs. This technique involves the polymerization of aqueous piezoelectric (PZT) suspensions with added water-soluble epoxy resin and polyamine-based hardener that lead to high strength, high density and resilient ceramic bodies. Soft micromoulding was used to shape the ceramic segments, and micropillars with lateral features down to 4 µm and height-to-width aspect ratios of ˜10 were achieved. The composite exhibited a clear thickness resonance mode at approximately 70 MHz and a keff ˜ 0.51, demonstrating that the ceramic micropillars possess good electrical properties. Furthermore, gel-casting allows the fabrication of ceramic structures with non-conventional shapes; hence, device design is not limited by the standard fabrication methods. This is of particular benefit for high-frequency transducers where the critical design dimensions are reduced.

  2. Evaluation of electromechanical coupling parameters of piezoelectric materials by using piezoelectric cantilever with coplanar electrode structure in quasi-stasis.

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    Zheng, Xuejun; Zhu, Yuankun; Liu, Xun; Liu, Jing; Zhang, Yong; Chen, Jianguo

    2014-02-01

    Based on Timoshenko beam theory, a principle model is proposed to establish the relationship between electric charge and excitation acceleration, and in quasi-stasis we apply the direct piezoelectric effect of multilayer cantilever with coplanar electrode structure to evaluate the piezoelectric strain coefficient d15 and electromechanical coupling coefficient k15. They are measured as 678 pC/N and 0.74 for the commercial piezoelectric ceramic lead zirconate titanate (PZT-51) bulk specimen and 656 pC/N and 0.63 for the lead magnesium niobate (PMN) bulk specimen, and they are in agreement with the calibration and simulation values. The maximum of relative errors is less than 4.2%, so the proposed method is reliable and convenient. PMID:24474142

  3. 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.

  4. 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 1100°C, 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) V·m/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

  5. Piezoelectric and dielectric properties of Sn-doped (Na0.5K0.5)NbO3 ceramics processed under low oxygen partial pressure atmosphere

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    Kobayashi, Keisuke; Doshida, Yutaka; Mizuno, Youichi; Randall, Clive A.

    2014-01-01

    Sn-doped (Na0.5K0.5)NbO3 (Sn-NKN) ceramics fired under various oxygen partial pressure (pO2) conditions have been investigated and discussed in terms of bulk piezoelectric and dielectric properties. X-ray diffraction measurements and Rayleigh analysis indicate that the substitution site of the Sn cations depend on the pO2 atmosphere in the firing process. For pO2 higher than 1.0 × 10-10 atm, Sn cations mainly substitute as Sn4+ at the B-site of perovskite NKN, whereas Sn2+ A-site substitution is favored under a low-pO2 atmosphere. Low-pO2 fired Sn-NKN ceramics exhibit higher relative permittivity, Curie temperature, and piezoelectric coefficient (d33). Sn2+ at A-site acts as a donor and reduces the p-type carrier concentrations that result from an electronic compensation of metal vacancies created through the high volatility of Na and K suboxides. The higher piezoelectricity and resistivity in low-pO2 fired Sn-NKN ceramics make this material suitable for base-metal cofired devices such as Ni-inner-electrode multilayer capacitors and actuators.

  6. 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.

  7. Selective substitution and tetragonality by Co-doping of dysprosium and thulium on dielectric properties of barium titanate ceramics

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    Kim, Jungdae; Kim, Dowan; Kim, Jinseong; Kim, Yong-Nam; Hui, K. N.; Lee, Heesoo

    2011-06-01

    Barium titanate (BaTiO3) ceramics co-doped with rare-earth elements were investigated in terms of selective substitution and tetragonality. The dielectrics were designed by addition of various Dy2O3 and Tm2O3 contents, for a total of 1 mol. % concentration, and analyzed in a temperature range from -55°C to 150°C. The dielectric constant of the 0.7 mol. % Dy2O3 and the 0.3 mol. % Tm2O3 co-doped BaTiO3 was 2250, which was about 27% higher than those of specimens doped with 1 mol. % Tm2O3 and 1 mol. % Dy2O3 at room temperature. The tendency of dielectric properties was verified through the changes of lattice parameters and binding energy. The substitution of Dy3+ led to a decrease of tetragonality and grain growth; however, amphoteric substitution caused by the co-doping of Dy2O3 and Tm2O3 compensated for those adverse effects. It can be concluded that the improvement of dielectric properties originated from the increase of the site substitution rate of Dy3+ and Tm3+ ions according to the ionic size the in rare-earth doped BaTiO3 system.

  8. 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.

  9. Combinatorial bulk ceramic magnetoelectric composite libraries of strontium hexaferrite and barium titanate.

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    Pullar, Robert C

    2012-07-01

    Bulk ceramic combinatorial libraries were produced via a novel, high-throughput (HT) process, in the form of polycrystalline strips with a gradient composition along the length of the library. Step gradient ceramic composite libraries with 10 mol % steps of SrFe12O19-BaTiO3 (SrM-BT) were made and characterized using HT methods, as a proof of principle of the combinatorial bulk ceramic process, and sintered via HT thermal processing. It was found that the SrM-BT libraries sintered at 1175 °C had the optimum morphology and density. The compositional, electrical and magnetic properties of this library were analyzed, and it was found that the SrM and BT phases did not react and remained discrete. The combinatorial synthesis method produced a relatively linear variation in composition. The magnetization of the library followed the measured compositions very well, as did the low frequency permittivity values of most compositions in the library. However, with high SrM content of ?80 mol %, the samples became increasingly conductive, and no reliable dielectric measurements could be made. Such conductivity would also greatly inhibit any ferroelectricity and magnetoelectric coupling with these composites with high levels of the SrM hexagonal ferrite. PMID:22676556

  10. Enhanced piezoelectric performance of (0.98-x)Bi(Sc3/4In1/4)O3-xPbTiO3-0.02Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3 ternary high temperature piezoelectric ceramics

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    Chen, Jianguo; Zhao, Tianlong; Cheng, Jinrong; Dong, Shuxiang

    2013-04-01

    (0.98-x)Bi(Sc3/4In1/4)O3-xPbTiO3-0.02Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3 (BSI-PT-PZN) high temperature piezoelectric ceramics were prepared by traditional solid-state reaction method. Combining X-ray diffraction results with piezoelectric data, it was found that the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) occurred at x = 0.575. The piezoelectric constant d33, curie temperature Tc, and electromechanical coupling factor kp of BIS-PT-PZN ceramics with MPB composition were 427 pC/N, 412 °C, and 0.51, respectively. Furthermore, the strain of BIS-PT-PZN ceramics reached up to 0.25% under the electric field of 40 kV/cm. Temperature-dependent electromechanical coupling coefficient for MPB composition was stable from room temperature up to 350 °C. The piezoelectric properties of BIS-PT-PZN ceramics were comparable to that of 0.36BiScO3-0.64PbTiO3 (BS-PT) ceramics, and the piezoelectric constant d33 of BIS-PT-PZN ceramics was about twice that of our previous reported 0.4Bi(Sc3/4In1/4)O3-0.6PbTiO3 (BSI-PT) ceramics. The reduction in the expensive Sc2O3 content and comparable piezoelectric properties with BS-PT ceramics indicated that BIS-PT-PZN ceramics were promising for commercial applications as high temperature actuators and sensors.

  11. Enhanced piezoelectric performance of (0.98-x)Bi(Sc{sub 3/4}In{sub 1/4})O{sub 3}-xPbTiO{sub 3}-0.02Pb(Zn{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3} ternary high temperature piezoelectric ceramics

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    Chen Jianguo; Zhao Tianlong; Cheng Jinrong; Dong Shuxiang

    2013-04-14

    (0.98-x)Bi(Sc{sub 3/4}In{sub 1/4})O{sub 3}-xPbTiO{sub 3}-0.02Pb(Zn{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3} (BSI-PT-PZN) high temperature piezoelectric ceramics were prepared by traditional solid-state reaction method. Combining X-ray diffraction results with piezoelectric data, it was found that the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) occurred at x = 0.575. The piezoelectric constant d{sub 33}, curie temperature T{sub c}, and electromechanical coupling factor k{sub p} of BIS-PT-PZN ceramics with MPB composition were 427 pC/N, 412 Degree-Sign C, and 0.51, respectively. Furthermore, the strain of BIS-PT-PZN ceramics reached up to 0.25% under the electric field of 40 kV/cm. Temperature-dependent electromechanical coupling coefficient for MPB composition was stable from room temperature up to 350 Degree-Sign C. The piezoelectric properties of BIS-PT-PZN ceramics were comparable to that of 0.36BiScO{sub 3}-0.64PbTiO{sub 3} (BS-PT) ceramics, and the piezoelectric constant d{sub 33} of BIS-PT-PZN ceramics was about twice that of our previous reported 0.4Bi(Sc{sub 3/4}In{sub 1/4})O{sub 3}-0.6PbTiO{sub 3} (BSI-PT) ceramics. The reduction in the expensive Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} content and comparable piezoelectric properties with BS-PT ceramics indicated that BIS-PT-PZN ceramics were promising for commercial applications as high temperature actuators and sensors.

  12. 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

  13. Bright upconversion luminescence and increased Tc in CaBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9}:Er high temperature piezoelectric ceramics

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    Peng Dengfeng; Wang Xusheng; Yao Xi; Xu Chaonan; Lin Jian; Sun Tiantuo

    2012-05-15

    Er{sup 3+} doped CaBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} (CBT) bismuth layered-structure high temperature piezoelectric ceramics were synthesized by the traditional solid state method. The upconversion (UC) emission properties of Er{sup 3+} doped CBT ceramics were investigated as a function of Er{sup 3+} concentration and incident pump power. A bright green upconverted emission was obtained under excitation 980 nm at room temperature. The observed strong green and weak red emission bands corresponded to the transitions from {sup 4}S{sub 3/2} and {sup 4}F{sub 9/2} to {sup 4}I{sub 15/2}, respectively. The dependence of UC emission intensity on pumping power indicated that a three-photon process was involved in UC emissions. Studies of dielectric with temperature have also been carried out. Introduction of Er increased the Curie temperature of CBT, thus, making this ceramic suitable for sensor applications at higher temperatures. Because of its strong up-converted emission and increased Tc, the multifunctional high temperature piezoelectric ceramic may be useful in high temperature sensor, fluorescence thermometry, and optical-electro integration applications.

  14. 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.

  15. Enhanced flexoelectricity through residual ferroelectricity in barium strontium titanate

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    Garten, Lauren M. Trolier-McKinstry, Susan

    2015-03-07

    Residual ferroelectricity is observed in barium strontium titanate ceramics over 30?°C above the global phase transition temperature, in the same temperature range in which anomalously large flexoelectric coefficients are reported. The application of a strain gradient leads to strain gradient-induced poling or flexoelectric poling. This was observed by the development of a remanent polarization in flexoelectric measurements, an induced d{sub 33} piezoelectric response even after the strain gradient was removed, and the production of an internal bias of 9?kV m{sup ?1}. It is concluded that residual ferroelectric response considerably enhances the observed flexoelectric response.

  16. Polar nanodomains and local ferroelectric phenomena in relaxor lead lanthanum zirconate titanate ceramics

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    Shvartsman, V.V.; Kholkin, A.L.; Orlova, A.; Kiselev, D.; Bogomolov, A.A.; Sternberg, A.

    2005-05-16

    Transparent Pb{sub 0.9125}La{sub 0.0975}(Zr{sub 0.65}Ti{sub 0.35}){sub 0.976}O{sub 3} ceramics (conventionally abbreviated as PLZT 9.75/65/35) is a typical relaxor characterized by the absence of the ferroelectric order at the macroscopic scale. In this letter, we report on the observation of complex polar structures on the surface of this material via piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM). The irregular polarization patterns are associated with the formation of a glassy state, where random electric fields destroy the long-range ferroelectric order. The measure of the disorder, the correlation length of {approx}50 nm, was directly deduced from the PFM images. Local poling of relaxor ceramics resulted in the formation of a stable micron-size domain that could be continuously switched under varying dc bias (local relaxor-ferroelectric phase transition). Fractal analysis was applied to analyze the origin of local order in PLZT.

  17. In situ transmission electron microscopy study of the electric field-induced transformation of incommensurate modulations in a Sn-modified lead zirconate titanate ceramic

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    He, H.; Tan, X.

    2004-10-01

    Electric field-induced transformation of incommensurate modulations in a Sn-modified lead zirconate titanate ceramic was investigated with an electric field in situ transmission electron microscopy technique. It is found that the spacing between the (1/x){110} satellite spots and the fundamental reflections do not change with external electric field, indicating that the modulation wavelength stays constant under applied field. The intensity of these satellites starts to decrease when the field level reaches a critical value. Further increase in the field strength eventually leads to the complete disappearance of the satellite reflections. In addition, the 1/2 {111}-type superlattice reflections showed no response to electrical stimuli.

  18. Microstructural evolution and macroscopic property relationship in antiferroelectric lead lanthanum stannate zirconate titanate ceramics

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    Chan, Wai-Hung; Xu, Z.; Zhang, Yong; Hung, T. F.; Chen, Haydn

    2003-10-01

    The antiferroelectric (AFE) Pb0.97La0.02(Zr0.60Sn0.30Ti0.10)O3 ceramic has a composition near the morphotropic phase boundary that separates the AFE from the ferroelectric (FE) phase. Its structural changes as well as macroscopic properties were investigated over a temperature range of -180-300 °C using transmission electron microscopy, dielectric spectroscopy, and Sawyer-Tower polarization measurements. The previously reported tetragonal AFE phase is shown to be an incommensurate orthorhombic phase and it exhibits a sequence of phase transformations on heating from the incommensurate AFE to a multicell cubic, then to a simple cubic phase. This microstructural evolution with temperature is consistent with the corresponding macroscopic dielectric and AFE behaviors. The temperature dependence of the AFE-FE switching field is closely associated with the corresponding temperature dependence of the incommensurate modulation wavelength.

  19. Residual stress relief due to fatigue in tetragonal lead zirconate titanate ceramics

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    Hall, D. A.; Mori, T.; Comyn, T. P.; Ringgaard, E.; Wright, J. P.

    2013-07-01

    High energy synchrotron XRD was employed to determine the lattice strain ?{111} and diffraction peak intensity ratio R{200} in tetragonal PZT ceramics, both in the virgin poled state and after a bipolar fatigue experiment. It was shown that the occurrence of microstructural damage during fatigue was accompanied by a reduction in the gradient of the ?{111}-cos2 ? plot, indicating a reduction in the level of residual stress due to poling. In contrast, the fraction of oriented 90° ferroelectric domains, quantified in terms of R{200}, was not affected significantly by fatigue. The change in residual stress due to fatigue is interpreted in terms of a change in the average elastic stiffness of the polycrystalline matrix due to the presence of inter-granular microcracks.

  20. Residual stress relief due to fatigue in tetragonal lead zirconate titanate ceramics

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    Hall, D. A.; Mori, T.; Comyn, T. P.; Ringgaard, E.; Wright, J. P.

    2013-07-14

    High energy synchrotron XRD was employed to determine the lattice strain {epsilon}{l_brace}111{r_brace}and diffraction peak intensity ratio R{l_brace}200{r_brace}in tetragonal PZT ceramics, both in the virgin poled state and after a bipolar fatigue experiment. It was shown that the occurrence of microstructural damage during fatigue was accompanied by a reduction in the gradient of the {epsilon}{l_brace}111{r_brace}-cos{sup 2} {psi} plot, indicating a reduction in the level of residual stress due to poling. In contrast, the fraction of oriented 90 Degree-Sign ferroelectric domains, quantified in terms of R{l_brace}200{r_brace}, was not affected significantly by fatigue. The change in residual stress due to fatigue is interpreted in terms of a change in the average elastic stiffness of the polycrystalline matrix due to the presence of inter-granular microcracks.

  1. Comparison of the properties of tonpilz transducers fabricated with 001 fiber-textured lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate ceramic and single crystals.

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    Brosnan, Kristen H; Messing, Gary L; Markley, Douglas C; Meyer, Richard J

    2009-11-01

    Tonpilz transducers are fabricated from 001 fiber-textured 0.72Pb(Mg(1/3)Nb(2/3))O(3)-0.28PbTiO(3) (PMN-28PT) ceramics, obtained by the templated grain growth process, and PMN-28PT ceramic and Bridgman grown single crystals of the same composition. In-water characterization of single element transducers shows higher source levels, higher in-water coupling, and more usable bandwidth for the 81 vol % textured PMN-28PT device than for the ceramic PMN-28PT element. The 81 vol % textured PMN-28PT tonpilz element measured under large signals shows linearity in sound pressure levels up to 0.23 MV/m drive field but undergoes a phase transition due to a lowered transition temperature from the SrTiO(3) template particles. Although the textured ceramic performs well in this application, it could be further improved with compositional tailoring to raise the transition temperature and better processing to improve the texture quality. With these improvements textured piezoelectric ceramics will be viable options for medical ultrasound, actuators, and sonar applications because of their ease of processing, compositional homogeneity, and potentially lower cost than single crystal. PMID:19894807

  2. The application of high permittivity piezoelectric ceramics to 2D array transducers for medical imaging.

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    Felix, N; Tran-Huu-Hue, L P; Walker, L; Millar, C; Lethiecq, M

    2000-03-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) array transducers have become of great interest in the last few years, in view of real-time volumetric ultrasonic imaging. The electrical matching between the high electrical impedance of elements and the standard cables and electronics is one of the key issues in 2D array design. The use of high-permittivity ceramics such as PNNZT either in bulk configuration or in 1-3 piezocomposites decreases the electrical impedance. In this paper, bulk samples of PNNZT and PZT ceramics are characterised, and results are compared. 2D array elements are then manufactured and their electrical impedances measured. Theoretical predictions of homogenisation models for 1-3 piezocomposites allow the simulation of the electroacoustic behaviour of 2D array elements. Results for both piezocomposite and bulk materials can be obtained. Calculations of the input impedance, the sensitivity and the bandwidth of the different configurations are compared and discussed. These results demonstrate the advantages of the PNNZT compositions over standard PZT. PMID:10829643

  3. Direct strain energy harvesting in automobile tires using piezoelectric PZT-polymer composites

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    van den Ende, D. A.; van de Wiel, H. J.; Groen, W. A.; van der Zwaag, S.

    2012-01-01

    Direct piezoelectric strain energy harvesting can be used to power wireless autonomous sensors in environments where low frequency, high strains are present, such as in automobile tires during operation. However, these high strains place stringent demands on the materials with respect to mechanical failure or depolarization, especially at elevated temperatures. In this work, three kinds of ceramic-polymer composite piezoelectric materials were evaluated and compared against state-of-the-art piezoelectric materials. The new composites are unstructured and structured composites containing granular lead zirconate titanate (PZT) particles or PZT fibers in a polyurethane matrix. The composites were used to build energy harvesting patches which were attached to a tire and tested under simulated rolling conditions. The energy density of the piezoelectric ceramic-polymer composite materials is initially not as high as that of the reference materials (a macro-fiber composite and a polyvinylidene fluoride polymer). However, the area normalized power output of the composites after temperature and strain cycling is comparable to that of the reference devices because the piezoelectric ceramic-polymer composites did not degrade during operation.

  4. Processing Techniques Developed to Fabricate Lanthanum Titanate Piezoceramic Material for High-Temperature Smart Structures

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    Goldsby, Jon C.; Farmer, Serene C.; Sayir, Ali

    2004-01-01

    Piezoelectric ceramic materials are potential candidates for use as actuators and sensors in intelligent gas turbine engines. For piezoceramics to be applied in gas turbine engines, they will have to be able to function in temperatures ranging from 1000 to 2500 F. However, the maximum use temperature for state-of-the-art piezoceramic materials is on the order of 300 to 400 F. Research activities have been initiated to develop high-temperature piezoceramic materials for gas turbine engine applications. Lanthanum titanate has been shown to have high-temperature piezoelectric properties with Curie temperatures of T(sub c) = 1500 C and use temperatures greater than 1000 C. However, the fabrication of lanthanum titanate poses serious challenges because of the very high sintering temperatures required for densification. Two different techniques have been developed at the NASA Glenn Research Center to fabricate dense lanthanum titanate piezoceramic material. In one approach, lower sintering temperatures were achieved by adding yttrium oxide to commercially available lanthanum titanate powder. Addition of only 0.1 mol% yttrium oxide lowered the sintering temperature by as much as 300 C, to just 1100 C, and dense lanthanum titanate was produced by pressure-assisted sintering. The second approach utilized the same commercially available powders but used an innovative sintering approach called differential sintering, which did not require any additive.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Phase diagrams, dielectric response, and piezoelectric properties of epitaxial ultrathin (001) lead zirconate titanate films under anisotropic misfit strains

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    Qiu, Q. Y.; Alpay, S. P.; Nagarajan, V.

    2010-06-01

    We develop a nonlinear thermodynamic model to predict the phase stability of ultrathin epitaxial (001)-oriented ferroelectric PbZr1-xTixO3 (PZT) films with x =1.0, 0.9, 0.8, and 0.7 on substrates which induce anisotropic in-plane strains. The theoretical formalism incorporates the relaxation by misfit dislocations at the film deposition temperature, the possibility of formation of ferroelectric polydomain structures, and the effect of the internal electric field that is generated due to incomplete charge screening at the film-electrode interfaces and the termination of the ferroelectric layer. This analysis allows the development of misfit strain phase diagrams that provide the regions of stability of monodomain and polydomain structures at a given temperature, film thickness, and composition. It is shown that the range of stability for rotational monodomain phase is markedly increased in comparison to the same ferroelectric films on isotropic substrates. Furthermore, the model finds a strong similarity between ultrathin PbTiO3 and relatively thicker PZT films in terms of phase stability. The combinations of the in-plane misfit strains that yield a phase transition sequence that results in a polarization rotation from the c-phase (polarization parallel to the [001] direction in the film) to the r-phase, and eventually to an in-plane polarization parallel to the [110] direction (the aa-phase) is determined to be the path with the most attractive dielectric and piezoelectric coefficients resulting in enhancements of 10 to 100 times in the dielectric permittivity and piezoresponse compared to bulk tetragonal ferroelectrics of the same PZT composition.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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 1075°C and their structures and microstructures examined using X-ray diffraction, micro-Raman scattering and scanning electron microscopy. MnO doping reduced the rhombohedral distortion of the unit cell. The dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of selected undoped and MnO-doped samples were measured. Both undoped and MnO-doped samples displayed relaxor-type behavior. MnO doping reduced the conductivity of the samples, which exhibit a well-defined activation energy of 1.21 eV. Undoped samples have strain vs. electric field properties comparable to those reported in the literature.

  12. Dielectric, piezoelectric, and ferroelectric properties of grain-orientated Bi{sub 3.25}La{sub 0.75}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} ceramics

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    Liu Jing; Shen Zhijian; Yan Haixue; Reece, Michael J.; Kan Yanmei; Wang Peiling

    2007-11-15

    By dynamic forging during Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS), grain-orientated ferroelectric Bi{sub 3.25}La{sub 0.75}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} (BLT) ceramics were prepared. Their ferroelectric, piezoelectric, and dielectric properties are anisotropic. The textured ceramics parallel and perpendicular to the shear flow directions have similar thermal depoling behaviors. The d{sub 33} piezoelectric coefficient of BLT ceramics gradually reduces up to 350 deg. C; it then drops rapidly. The broadness of the dielectric constant and loss peaks and the existence of d{sub 33} above the permittivity peak, T{sub m}, show that the BLT ceramic has relaxor-like behavior.

  13. Thickness vibrations of a piezoelectric plate with dissipation.

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    Lee, Peter C Y; Liu, Ninghui; Ballato, Arthur

    2004-01-01

    The three-dimensional (3-D) equations of linear piezoelectricity with quasi-electrostatic approximation are extended to include losses attributed to the acoustic viscosity and electrical conductivity. These equations are used to investigate effects of dissipation on the propagation of plane waves in an infinite solid and forced thickness vibrations in an infinite piezoelectric plate with general symmetry. For a harmonic plane wave propagating in an arbitrary direction in an unbounded solid, the complex eigenvalue problem is solved from which the effective elastic stiffness, viscosity, and conductivity are computed. For the forced thickness vibrations of an infinite plate, the complex coupling factor K*, input admittance Y are derived and an explicit, approximate expression for K* is obtained in terms of material properties. Effects of the viscosity and conductivity on the resonance frequency, modes, admittance, attenuation coefficient, dynamic time constant, coupling factor, and quality factor are calculated and examined for quartz and ceramic barium titanate plates. PMID:14995016

  14. Ultra-flexible Piezoelectric Devices Integrated with Heart to Harvest the Biomechanical Energy.

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    Lu, Bingwei; Chen, Ying; Ou, Dapeng; Chen, Hang; Diao, Liwei; Zhang, Wei; Zheng, Jun; Ma, Weiguo; Sun, Lizhong; Feng, Xue

    2015-01-01

    Power supply for medical implantable devices (i.e. pacemaker) always challenges not only the surgery but also the battery technology. Here, we report a strategy for energy harvesting from the heart motion by using ultra-flexible piezoelectric device based on lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics that has most excellent piezoelectricity in commercial materials, without any burden or damage to hearts. Experimental swine are selected for in vivo test with different settings, i.e. opened chest, close chest and awake from anesthesia, to simulate the scenario of application in body due to their hearts similar to human. The results show the peak-to-peak voltage can reach as high as 3?V when the ultra-flexible piezoelectric device is fixed from left ventricular apex to right ventricle. This demonstrates the possibility and feasibility of fully using the biomechanical energy from heart motion in human body for sustainably driving implantable devices. PMID:26538375

  15. Ultra-flexible Piezoelectric Devices Integrated with Heart to Harvest the Biomechanical Energy

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    Lu, Bingwei; Chen, Ying; Ou, Dapeng; Chen, Hang; Diao, Liwei; Zhang, Wei; Zheng, Jun; Ma, Weiguo; Sun, Lizhong; Feng, Xue

    2015-01-01

    Power supply for medical implantable devices (i.e. pacemaker) always challenges not only the surgery but also the battery technology. Here, we report a strategy for energy harvesting from the heart motion by using ultra-flexible piezoelectric device based on lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics that has most excellent piezoelectricity in commercial materials, without any burden or damage to hearts. Experimental swine are selected for in vivo test with different settings, i.e. opened chest, close chest and awake from anesthesia, to simulate the scenario of application in body due to their hearts similar to human. The results show the peak-to-peak voltage can reach as high as 3?V when the ultra-flexible piezoelectric device is fixed from left ventricular apex to right ventricle. This demonstrates the possibility and feasibility of fully using the biomechanical energy from heart motion in human body for sustainably driving implantable devices. PMID:26538375

  16. Ultra-flexible Piezoelectric Devices Integrated with Heart to Harvest the Biomechanical Energy

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    Lu, Bingwei; Chen, Ying; Ou, Dapeng; Chen, Hang; Diao, Liwei; Zhang, Wei; Zheng, Jun; Ma, Weiguo; Sun, Lizhong; Feng, Xue

    2015-11-01

    Power supply for medical implantable devices (i.e. pacemaker) always challenges not only the surgery but also the battery technology. Here, we report a strategy for energy harvesting from the heart motion by using ultra-flexible piezoelectric device based on lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics that has most excellent piezoelectricity in commercial materials, without any burden or damage to hearts. Experimental swine are selected for in vivo test with different settings, i.e. opened chest, close chest and awake from anesthesia, to simulate the scenario of application in body due to their hearts similar to human. The results show the peak-to-peak voltage can reach as high as 3?V when the ultra-flexible piezoelectric device is fixed from left ventricular apex to right ventricle. This demonstrates the possibility and feasibility of fully using the biomechanical energy from heart motion in human body for sustainably driving implantable devices.

  17. Effect of material constants on power output in piezoelectric vibration-based generators.

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    Takeda, Hiroaki; Mihara, Kensuke; Yoshimura, Tomohiro; Hoshina, Takuya; Tsurumi, Takaaki

    2011-09-01

    A possible power output estimation based on material constants in piezoelectric vibration-based generators is proposed. A modified equivalent circuit model of the generator was built and was validated by the measurement results in the generator fabricated using potassium sodium niobate-based and lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics. Subsequently, generators with the same structure using other PZT-based and bismuth-layered structure ferroelectrics ceramics were fabricated and tested. The power outputs of these generators were expressed as a linear functions of the term composed of electromechanical coupling coefficients k(sys)(2) and mechanical quality factors Q*(m) of the generator. The relationship between device constants (k(sys)(2) and Q*(m)) and material constants (k(31)(2) and Q(m)) was clarified. Estimation of the power output using material constants is demonstrated and the appropriate piezoelectric material for the generator is suggested. PMID:21937317

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. Effects of sintering aid CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} on piezoelectric and dielectric properties of sodium potassium niobate ceramics

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    Yang, Song-Ling; Tsai, Cheng-Che; Hong, Cheng-Shong; Chu, Sheng-Yuan; Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology and Research Center for Energy Technology and Strategy, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan, ROC

    2012-04-15

    Graphical abstract: NKN ceramics with a sintering aid CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} (CT) doping increased the mechanical quality factor (Q{sub m}) and electromechanical coupling factor (k{sub p}). Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A new sintering aid CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} was developed to dope into NKN ceramics. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Dense NKN ceramics were obtained as CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} compound doping. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We find the soluble limit of CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} compound incorporated into NKN ceramics. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The maximum Q{sub m} and k{sub p} values were more than 1500 and 42%, respectively. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} compound is a better sintering aid compared with K{sub 5.3}Cu{sub 1.3}Ta{sub 10}O{sub 29}. -- Abstract: In this study, the effects of a sintering aid CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} (CT) on (Na{sub 0.5}K{sub 0.5})NbO{sub 3} (NKN) ceramics were investigated. The diffracted angles in XRD profiles decreased because the Nb-sites were replaced by Cu and Ta ions, causing the expansion of lattice volume. SEM images showed smaller grain sizes at a low concentration of CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6}, and grain sizes increased as the concentration of CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} doping increased because of a liquid phase formed. When CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} dopants were doped into NKN ceramics, the T{sub O-T} and T{sub c} phase transitions decreased because the replacement of Ta{sup 5+} ions in the B-site. A high bulk density (4.595 g/cm{sup 3}) and electromechanical coupling factor (k{sub p}, k{sub t}) were enhanced when CT dopants were doped into NKN ceramics. Moreover, the mechanical quality factor (Q{sub m}) also increased from 67 to 1550. NKN ceramics with sintering aid CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} doping showed excellent piezoelectric properties: k{sub p}: 42.5%; k{sub t}: 49.1%; Q{sub m}: 1550; and d{sub 33}: 96 pC/N.

  2. 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.

  3. Microstructural variations and their influence on the performance of solid oxide fuel cells based on yttrium-substituted strontium titanate ceramic anodes

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    Ma, Qianli; Iwanschitz, Boris; Dashjav, Enkhtsetseg; Baumann, Stefan; Sebold, Doris; Arul Raj, Irudayam; Mai, Andreas; Tietz, Frank

    2015-04-01

    Donor-substituted strontium titanates have been widely recognised as alternative anode materials to the state-of-the-art Ni/YSZ cermets in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Electrolyte-supported SOFCs based on Y0.07Sr0.895TiO3 ceramic anodes with different microstructural designs were prepared. Ni or Ni with Ce0.8Gd0.2O1.9 (CGO) was infiltrated onto the pore walls within the ceramic anode framework as an electrocatalyst for anode reactions. Performances and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements of the cells were analysed in detail to observe the influence of low ionic conductivity of Y0.07Sr0.895TiO3 to cell performance, to understand how to control the degradation of the cells, and to obtain a possible mechanism for the anode processes. The anode design containing both functional and current collecting layers with sufficient Ni-CGO infiltration is favourable for high power output and low performance degradation.

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

  5. Light-intensity-induced characterization of elastic constants and d33 piezoelectric coefficient of PLZT single fiber based transducers.

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    Kozielski, Lucjan; Erhart, Jiri; Clemens, Frank Jörg

    2013-01-01

    Enhanced functionality of electro-optic devices by implementing piezoelectric micro fibers into their construction is proposed. Lanthanum-modified lead zirconate titanate (PLZT) ceramics are known to exhibit high light transparency, desirable electro-optic properties and fast response. In this study PLZT fibers with a diameter of around 300 microns were produced by a thermoplastic processing method and their light-induced impedance and piezoelectric coefficient were investigated at relatively low light intensity (below 50 mW/cm2). The authors experimentally proved higher performance of light controlled microfiber transducers in comparison to their bulk form. The advantage of the high surface area to volume ratio is shown to be an excellent technique to design high quality light sensors by using fibrous materials. The UV absorption induced change in elastic constants of 3% and 4% for the piezoelectric coefficient d(33). PMID:23403643

  6. Improved ferroelectric/piezoelectric properties and bright green/UC red emission in (Li,Ho)-doped CaBi4Ti4O15 multifunctional ceramics with excellent temperature stability and superior water-resistance performance.

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    Xiao, Ping; Guo, Yongquan; Tian, Mijie; Zheng, Qiaoji; Jiang, Na; Wu, Xiaochun; Xia, Zhiguo; Lin, Dunmin

    2015-10-21

    Multifunctional materials based on rare earth ion doped ferro/piezoelectrics have attracted considerable attention in recent years. In this work, new lead-free multifunctional ceramics of Ca1-x(LiHo)x/2Bi4Ti4O15 were prepared by a conventional solid-state reaction method. The great multi-improvement in ferroelectricity/piezoelectricity, down/up-conversion luminescence and temperature stability of the multifunctional properties is induced by the partial substitution of (Li0.5Ho0.5)(2+) for Ca(2+) ions in CaBi4Ti4O15. All the ceramics possess a bismuth-layer structure, and the crystal structure of the ceramics is changed from a four layered bismuth-layer structure to a three-layered structure with the level of (Li0.5Ho0.5)(2+) increasing. The ceramic with x = 0.1 exhibits simultaneously, high resistivity (R = 4.51 × 10(11)? cm), good piezoelectricity (d33 = 10.2 pC N(-1)), high Curie temperature (TC = 814 °C), strong ferroelectricity (Pr = 9.03 ?C cm(-2)) and enhanced luminescence. These behaviours are greatly associated with the contribution of (Li0.5Ho0.5)(2+) in the ceramics. Under the excitation of 451 nm light, the ceramic with x = 0.1 exhibits a strong green emission peak centered at 545 nm, corresponding to the transition of the (5)S2?(5)I8 level in Ho(3+) ions, while a strong red up-conversion emission band located at 660 nm is observed under the near-infrared excitation of 980 nm at room temperature, arising from the transition of (5)F5?(5)I8 levels in Ho(3+) ions. Surprisingly, the excellent temperature stability of ferroelectricity/piezoelectricity/luminescence and superior water-resistance behaviors of piezoelectricity/luminescence are also obtained in the ceramic with x = 0.1. Our study suggests that the present ceramics may have potential applications in advanced multifunctional devices at high temperature. PMID:26387782

  7. Optical amplification in disordered electrooptic Tm{sup 3+} and Ho{sup 3+} codoped lanthanum-modified lead zirconate titanate ceramics and study of spectroscopy and communication between cations

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    Zhao, Hua; Zhang, Kun; Xu, Long; Sun, Fankui; Zhang, Jingwen; Chen, Xuesheng; Li, Kewen K.

    2014-02-21

    Rare earth doped electro-optic (EO) ceramics of lanthanum-modified lead zirconate titanate (PLZT) are promising in building multifunctional optical devices, by taking advantage of both EO effect and optical activity. In this work, the combination of the measured spectra of absorption and photoluminescence, the fluorescent decay, the calculated Judd-Ofelt parameters, and measured single pass gain in Tm{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+} codoped PLZT ceramics have marked them out as promising gain media in building electrically controllable lasers/optical amplifiers and other multifunctional devices. Optical energy storage was also observed in the optical amplification dynamics.

  8. Effects of SmCoO3 on the microstructure and piezoelectric properties of (Bi0.5Na0.5)0.94Ba0.06TiO3 ceramics

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    Shao, Lin; Chu, Ruiqing; Xu, Zhijun; Liu, Yong; Chen, Mingli; Zhao, Jianli; Li, Guorong

    2013-01-01

    (Bi0.5Na0.5)0.94Ba0.06TiO3 (abbreviated to BNBT6) ceramics doped with 0-0.6 mol.% SmCoO3 were synthesized by the conventional solid-state reaction method, and the effect of SmCoO3 addition on the dielectric and piezoelectric properties was investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns show that SmCoO3 diffuses into the lattice of the BNBT6 ceramics to form a solid solution with a pure perovskite structure. SEM images indicate that the addition of SmCoO3 caused a remarkably promoted grain growth. Our results reveal that both the piezoelectric and electromechanical properties of BNBT6 ceramics could be greatly improved by certain amount of SmCoO3 substitutions. At room temperature, the BNBT6 ceramics doped with 0.4 mol.% SmCoO3 exhibit the optimum properties with high piezoelectric constant (d33=144 pC/N), high planar coupling factor (kp=29.1%), and high mechanical quality factor (Qm=219).

  9. Dielectric, Piezoelectric Properties and Field-Induced Large Strain of Bi(Zn0.5Ti0.5)O3-Modified Morphotropic Phase Boundary Bi0.5(Na0.82K0.18)0.5TiO3 Piezoelectric Ceramics

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    Ullah, Aman; Ahn, Chang Won; Kim, Ill Won

    2012-09-01

    In this study, the effects of Bi(Zn0.5Ti0.5)O3 (BZT) on the structure, dielectric, ferroelectric, and piezoelectric properties of morphotropic phase boundary Bi0.5(Na0.82K0.18)0.5TiO3 (BNKT18) piezoelectric ceramics were investigated. In the composition range studied, X-ray diffraction results revealed the coexistence of rhombohedral and tetragonal phases. It was found that BZT content decreased the depolarization temperature (Td) of BNKT18-BZT ceramics, and the degree of diffuseness of the phase transition became more obvious with increasing BZT content. The addition of a small amount of BZT improved the piezoelectric properties, with the maximum piezoelectric constant (d33=166 pC/N) and electromechanical coupling factor (kp=31.7%) obtained at x=0.03. However, at a high concentration of BZT, the remanent polarization and piezoelectric constant d33 were drastically decreased, and a pronounced enhancement in electric field-induced strain was observed, with a peak of ˜0.27% at x=0.07, which corresponds to a normalized strain, Smax/Emax, of ˜385 pm/V.

  10. 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

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

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

    2015-10-21

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

  12. Grain size effect on phase transition behavior and electrical properties of (Bi1/2K1/2)TiO3 piezoelectric ceramics

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    Hagiwara, Manabu; Fujihara, Shinobu

    2015-10-01

    Dense and phase-pure (Bi1/2K1/2)TiO3 (BKT) ceramics with various grain sizes from 0.18 to 1.01 µm were prepared by conventional sintering of a hydrothermally synthesized fine powder. The decrease in grain size resulted in the reductions in tetragonality, remanent polarization, and the piezoelectric d33 coefficient, whereas the room-temperature dielectric permittivity slightly increased with decreasing grain size. The measurement of the temperature dependence of permittivity revealed that BKT exhibited the spontaneous relaxor-to-normal ferroelectric (R-nFE) phase transition. It was also found that the maximum permittivity was decreased and the R-nFE transition was inhibited by the reduction in grain size. In this paper, on the basis of the observed grain-size-dependent phase transition behaviors, microstructural models are proposed for both coarse- and fine-grained BKT ceramics, and the mechanism underlying the grain size effect on the electrical properties is discussed.

  13. Design and modeling of a PZT thin film based piezoelectric micromachined ultrasonic transducer (PMUT)

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    Smyth, Katherine Marie

    2012-01-01

    The design and modelling framework for a piezoelectric micromachined ultrasonic transducer (PMUT) based on the piezoelectric thin film deposition of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) is defined. Through high frequency vibration ...

  14. Aging in the relaxor and ferroelectric state of Fe-doped (1-x)(Bi{sub 1/2}Na{sub 1/2})TiO?-xBaTiO? piezoelectric ceramics

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    Sapper, Eva; Dittmer, Robert; Rödel, Jürgen; Damjanovic, Dragan; Erdem, Emre; Keeble, David J.; Jo, Wook; Granzow, Torsten

    2014-09-14

    Aging of piezoelectric properties was investigated in lead-free (1–x)(Bi{sub 1/2}Na{sub 1/2})TiO?-xBaTiO? doped with 1at.% Fe. The relaxor character of the un-poled material prevents macroscopic aging effects, while in the field-induced ferroelectric phase aging phenomena are similar to those found in lead zirconate titanate or barium titanate. Most prominent aging effects are the development of an internal bias field and the decrease of switchable polarization. These effects are temperature activated, and can be explained in the framework of defect complex reorientation. This picture is further supported by electron paramagnetic resonance spectra indicating the existence of (Fe{sub Ti}´-V{sub O}{sup ••}){sup •} defect complexes in the Fe-doped material.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. ceramics

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    Liu, G.; Liu, X. Q.; Chen, X. M.

    2014-09-01

    The dielectric properties of Sm1.5Sr0.5NiO4- ? ceramics with different concentrations of oxygen vacancies were characterized. The ceramics with lower concentration of oxygen vacancies were prepared by directly sintering the sol-gel derived powders in air, while the higher one could be obtained by annealing the as-sintered ceramics in the flow of nitrogen. The post-densification annealing in the flow of nitrogen decreased the dielectric constant at low temperature and increased it at high temperature, while the dielectric loss increased in overall temperature range. The activation energy of low-temperature dielectric relaxation decreased with increasing the concentration of oxygen vacancies, and so did that of bulk electrical resistances although the values of resistances increased, while the activation energy of electrical resistances for grain boundary increased though the values of resistances decreased. The giant dielectric response in the as-sintered Sm1.5Sr0.5NiO4- ? ceramics should be mainly attributed to the small polaronic hopping process, while that of annealed ceramics should be directly linked to the oxygen vacancies.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Intrinsic and coupling-induced elastic nonlinearity of lanthanum-doped lead magnesium niobatelead titanate electrostrictive ceramic

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    Cao, Wenwu

    nonlinearity parameter e that includes both the intrinsic and the electromechanical coupling generated elastic electrostrictive ceramic has been investigated by using ultrasonic second-harmonic generation technique and field in the experiment is shown in Fig. 1. A 5 MHz toneburst signal from a function generator is amplified by a power

  1. Ferroelectric, dielectric and piezoelectric properties of Sr{sub 0.6}(BiNa){sub 0.2}Bi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} ceramics

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    Fang, Pinyang Xi, Zengzhe; Long, Wei; Li, Xiaojuan

    2013-11-15

    Graphical abstract: The oxygen vacancy was confirmed by the left figure and the role of oxygen vacancy on the piezoelectric properties was discussed. - Highlights: • The d{sub 33}, ? and T{sub c} were found to be 22 pC/N, ? ? 10{sup 6} ? cm and 586 °C. • The electromechanical properties: k{sub p} ? 5.0%, k{sub t} ? 8.7% and Q{sub m} ? 651. • The oxygen vacancy is responsible for electrical properties at high temperature. - Abstract: Aurivillius-type ceramic, Sr{sub 0.6}(BiNa){sub 0.2}Bi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} (SBNBN), was synthesized by using conventional solid-state processing. Phase structure and microstructural morphology were confirmed by X-ray diffraction analyses (XRD) and the scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Dielectric, piezoelectric and electromechanical properties of the SBNBN ceramic were investigated in detail. Curie temperature (T{sub c}), piezoelectric coefficient (d{sub 33}), electromechanical coupling coefficient k{sub p}, k{sub t} and quality factor Q{sub m} of the SBNBN ceramic were found to be 586.5 °C, 22 pC/N, 5.0%, 8.7% and 651, respectively. In addition, the reasons for varieties of the resistivity and dielectric properties at high temperature were also discussed.

  2. 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.

  3. Piezoelectric and mechanical properties of fatigue resistant, self-healing PZT-ionomer composites

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    James, N. K.; Lafont, U.; van der Zwaag, S.; Groen, W. A.

    2014-05-01

    Piezoelectric ceramic-polymer composites with 0-3 connectivity were fabricated using lead zirconium titanate (PZT) powder dispersed in an ionomer (Zn ionomer) and its reference ethylene methacrylic acid copolymer (EMAA) polymer matrix. The PZT-Zn ionomer and PZT-EMAA composites were prepared by melt extrusion followed by hot pressing. The effects of poling conditions such as temperature, time and electric field on the piezoelectric properties of the composites were investigated. The experimentally observed piezoelectric charge coefficient and dielectric constant of the composites were compared with theoretical models. The results show that PZT-Zn ionomer composites have better piezoelectric properties compared to PZT-EMAA composites. The static and fatigue properties of the composites were investigated. The PZT-Zn ionomer composites were found to have excellent fatigue resistance even at strain levels of 4%. Due to the self-healing capabilities of the ionomer matrix, the loss of piezoelectric properties after high strain tensile cyclic loading could be partially recovered by thermal healing.

  4. Origin of the large piezoelectric activity in (1 -x ) Ba (Z r0.2T i0.8)O3-x (B a0.7C a0.3) Ti O3 ceramics

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    Acosta, Matias; Khakpash, Nasser; Someya, Takumi; Novak, Nikola; Jo, Wook; Nagata, Hajime; Rossetti, George A.; Rödel, Jürgen

    2015-03-01

    The diffusionless pseudobinary phase diagram, monodomain properties, and free energy of (1 -x ) Ba (Z r0.2T i0.8)O3-x (B a0.7C a0.3) Ti O3 are computed for comparison with experimental results. Specifically, the variation of the spontaneous polarization, anisotropy energy, and free energy with respect to temperature, composition, and polarization direction are discussed relative to the results of resonant piezoelectric measurements performed over a wide compositional range as a function of temperature. The phase angle, relative permittivity, piezoelectric and coupling coefficients, and elastic compliances were used to investigate relations between the computed and measured pseudobinary phase diagrams and the measured piezoelectric and elastic properties. It was found that d33 values along the orthorhombic to tetragonal phase boundary are ˜30 % higher than those both along the rhombohedral to orthorhombic phase boundary and in the region where phases converge. It is shown that the reduction in anisotropy energy in these regions of the phase diagram is by itself insufficient to explain the measured properties. The highest small signal piezoelectric activity is found along the orthorhombic to tetragonal phase boundary due to a combination of reduced anisotropy energy, high remanent/spontaneous polarization, and increased elastic softening. The combined computed and experimental results are used to demonstrate that the interdependent behavior of these properties should be considered in the design of engineered piezoelectric ceramics.

  5. Effect of A-site La3+ modified on dielectric and energy storage properties in lead zironate stannate titanate ceramics

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    Zhuo, Fangping; Li, Qiang; Li, Yuanyuan; Gao, Jinghan; Yan, Qingfeng; Zhang, Yiling; Chu, Xiangcheng; Cao, Wenwu

    2014-12-01

    (Pb1-1.5xLax)(Zr0.66Sn0.23Ti0.11)O3 (PLZST) ceramics with different lanthanum (La3+) content (x = 0-6%) were prepared by conventional solid state reaction process, and exhibited excellent electrical properties with high switching field from AFE to FE phase and electric breakdown strength. The maximum dielectric constant (?m) and its corresponding temperature (Tm) decreased with La3+ doping and a phase transition from rhombohedral ferroelectric (FE) to tetragonal antiferroelectric (AFE) state was found at 2% La3+ doping. At room temperature, a maximum energy density of 1.47 J cm-3 was obtained for x = 4%. In addition, electric-field-dependent energy storage properties of PLZST (x = 4%) ceramics have been investigated, which could be ascribed to the AFE-FE phase transition associated with the increase of strain.

  6. Pyrochlore-rich titanate ceramics for the immobilization of plutonium: redox effects on phase equilibria in cerium- and thorium- substituted analogs

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    Ryerson, F J; Ebbinghaus, B

    2000-05-25

    Three compositions representing plutonium-free analogs of a proposed Ca-Ti-Gd-Hf-U-PU oxide ceramic for the immobilization of plutonium were equilibrated at 1 atm, 1350 C over a range of oxygen fugacities between air and that equivalent to the iron-wuestite buffer. The cerium analog replaces Pu on a mole-per-mole basic with Ce; the thorium analog replaces Pu with Th. A third material has 10 wt% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} added to the cerium analog to encourage the formation of a Hf-analog of, CaHfTi{sub 2}O{sub 7}, zirconolite, which is referred to as hafnolite. The predominant phase produced in each formulation under all conditions is pyrochlore, A{sub 2}T{sub 2}O{sub 7}, where the T site is filled by Ti, and Ca, the lanthanides, Hf, U and Pu are accommodated on the A-site. Other lanthanide and uranium-bearing phases encountered include brannerite (UTi{sub 2}O{sub 6}), hafnolite (CaHfTi{sub 2}O{sub 7}), perovskite (CaTiO{sub 3}) and a calcium-lanthanide aluminotitanate with nominal stoichiometry (Ca,Ln)Ti{sub 2}Al{sub 9}O{sub 19}, where Ln is a lanthanide. The phase compositions show progressive shifts with decreasing oxygen fugacity. All of the phases observed have previously been identified in titanate-based high-level radioactive waste ceramics and demonstrate the flexibility of these ceramics to variations in processing parameters. The main variation is an increase in the uranium concentrations of pyrochlore and brannerite which must be accommodated by variations in modal abundance. Pyrochlore compositions are consistent with existing spectroscopic data suggesting that uranium is predominantly pentavalent in samples synthesized in air. A simple model based on ideal stoichiometry suggests the U{sup +4}/{Sigma}U varies linearly with log fO{sub 2} and that all of the uranium is quadravalent at the iron-wuestite buffer.

  7. 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.

  8. Hole conduction and electro-mechanical properties of Na0.5Bi2.5Ta2O9-based piezoelectric ceramics with the Li+/Ce3+/Sc3+ modification

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    Long, Changbai; Fan, Huiqing; Wu, Yun; Li, Yinghong

    2014-08-01

    Na0.5Bi2.5Ta2O9-based piezoelectric ceramics, Na0.5-xBi0.5-xLixCexBi2Ta2-xScxO9-x (NBTO-x, x = 0-0.05), were synthesized by using a solid-state reaction process, and their electro-mechanical properties and electrical conduction behaviors were investigated in detail. The Li+/Ce3+/Sc3+ modification improved the electro-mechanical properties of the ceramics effectively, whereas further N2 or O2 annealing led to no obvious increase in piezoelectric coefficient (d33). The composition x = 0.03 ceramic with high temperature stability had a Curie point (Tc) of 784 °C and a d33 of 25.8 pC/N, and its electromechanical coupling factors, kp and kt, were 11.8% and 20.7%, respectively. Variable-atmosphere (air, O2 and N2) impedance data suggested that the NBTO-x ceramics were mainly p-type materials contributing from the bulk response, and the conducting species were holes (h•). Therefore, lower bulk resistivity (?) and lower activation energy (Ea) were associated with the treatment with higher PO2 (oxygen partial pressure). In addition, the O2 atmosphere had stronger impact on the conductivity of the pure NBTO than those of the acceptor NBTO-x, and the grain and grain boundary contributed to its resistivity together.

  9. Superior piezoelectric composite films: taking advantage of carbon nanomaterials.

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    Saber, Nasser; Araby, Sherif; Meng, Qingshi; Hsu, Hung-Yao; Yan, Cheng; Azari, Sara; Lee, Sang-Heon; Xu, Yanan; Ma, Jun; Yu, Sirong

    2014-01-31

    Piezoelectric composites comprising an active phase of ferroelectric ceramic and a polymer matrix have recently found numerous sensory applications. However, it remains a major challenge to further improve their electromechanical response for advanced applications such as precision control and monitoring systems. We here investigated the incorporation of graphene platelets (GnPs) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs), each with various weight fractions, into PZT (lead zirconate titanate)/epoxy composites to produce three-phase nanocomposites. The nanocomposite films show markedly improved piezoelectric coefficients and electromechanical responses (50%) besides an enhancement of ~200% in stiffness. The carbon nanomaterials strengthened the impact of electric field on the PZT particles by appropriately raising the electrical conductivity of the epoxy. GnPs have been proved to be far more promising in improving the poling behavior and dynamic response than MWNTs. The superior dynamic sensitivity of GnP-reinforced composite may be caused by the GnPs' high load transfer efficiency arising from their two-dimensional geometry and good compatibility with the matrix. The reduced acoustic impedance mismatch resulting from the improved thermal conductance may also contribute to the higher sensitivity of GnP-reinforced composite. This research pointed out the potential of employing GnPs to develop highly sensitive piezoelectric composites for sensing applications. PMID:24398819

  10. Superior piezoelectric composite films: taking advantage of carbon nanomaterials

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    Saber, Nasser; Araby, Sherif; Meng, Qingshi; Hsu, Hung-Yao; Yan, Cheng; Azari, Sara; Lee, Sang-Heon; Xu, Yanan; Ma, Jun; Yu, Sirong

    2014-01-01

    Piezoelectric composites comprising an active phase of ferroelectric ceramic and a polymer matrix have recently found numerous sensory applications. However, it remains a major challenge to further improve their electromechanical response for advanced applications such as precision control and monitoring systems. We here investigated the incorporation of graphene platelets (GnPs) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs), each with various weight fractions, into PZT (lead zirconate titanate)/epoxy composites to produce three-phase nanocomposites. The nanocomposite films show markedly improved piezoelectric coefficients and electromechanical responses (50%) besides an enhancement of ˜200% in stiffness. The carbon nanomaterials strengthened the impact of electric field on the PZT particles by appropriately raising the electrical conductivity of the epoxy. GnPs have been proved to be far more promising in improving the poling behavior and dynamic response than MWNTs. The superior dynamic sensitivity of GnP-reinforced composite may be caused by the GnPs’ high load transfer efficiency arising from their two-dimensional geometry and good compatibility with the matrix. The reduced acoustic impedance mismatch resulting from the improved thermal conductance may also contribute to the higher sensitivity of GnP-reinforced composite. This research pointed out the potential of employing GnPs to develop highly sensitive piezoelectric composites for sensing applications.

  11. 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.

  12. Raman, dielectric and variable range hopping nature of Gd2O3-doped K0.5N0.5NbO3 piezoelectric ceramics

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    Peddigari, Mahesh; Dobbidi, Pamu

    2015-10-01

    (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 (KNN) + x wt% Gd2O3 (x = 0 -1.5) ceramics have been prepared by conventional solid state reaction method. The effect of Gd2O3 on the structural, microstructural and dielectric properties of KNN ceramics were studied systematically. The effect of Gd2O3 on phase transformation from orthorhombic to psuedocubic structure is explained interms of changes in the internal vibration modes of NbO6 octahedra. The Raman intensity of the stretching mode v1 enhanced and shifted toward higher wavenumber with Gd2O3 concentration, which is attributed to the increase in polarizability and change in the O-Nb-O bond angles. Microstructural analysis revealed that the grain size of the KNN ceramics decreases from 2.26 ± 1.07 ?m to 0.35 ± 0.13 ?m and becomes homogenous with an increase in Gd2O3 concentration. The frequency dependent dielectric spectra are analyzed by using Havriliak-Negami function. The fitted symmetry parameter and relaxation time (?) are found to be 0.914 and 8.78 × 10-10 ± 5.5 × 10-11 s, respectively for the sample doped with x = 1.0. The addition of Gd2O3 to the KNN shifted the polymorphic phase transition orthorhombic to tetragonal transition temperature (TO-T) from 199oC to 85oC with enhanced dielectric permittivity (?' = 1139 at 1 MHz). The sample with x = 1.0, shown a high dielectric permittivity (?' = 879) and low dielectric loss (<5%) in the broad temperature range (-140oC - 150oC) with the Curie temperature 307 oC can have the potential for high temperature piezoelectric and tunable RF circuit applications. The temperature dependent AC-conductivity follows the variable range hopping conduction mechanism by obtaining the slope -0.25 from the ln[ln(?ac)] versus ln(T) graph in the temperature range of 133 K-308 K. The effect of Gd2O3 on the Mott's parameters such as density of states (N(EF)), hopping length (RH), and hopping energy (WH) have been discussed.

  13. Array lead zirconate titanate?glass piezoelectric microcantilevers for real-time detection of Bacillus anthracis with 10 spores?ml sensitivity and 1?1000 selectivity in bacterial mixtures

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    McGovern, John-Paul; Shih, Wei-Heng; Rest, Richard F.; Purohit, Mitali; Mattiucci, Mark; Pourrezaei, Kambiz; Onaral, Banu; Shih, Wan Y.

    2009-01-01

    An array of three identical piezoelectric microcantilever sensors (PEMSs) consisting of a lead zirconate titanate layer bonded to a glass layer was fabricated and examined for simultaneous, in situ, real-time, all-electrical detection of Bacillus anthracis (BA) spores in an aqueous suspension using the first longitudinal extension mode of resonance. With anti-BA antibody immobilized on the sensor surfaces all three PEMS exhibited identical BA detection resonance frequency shifts at all tested concentrations, 10–107 spores?ml with a standard deviation of less than 10%. The detection concentration limit of 10 spores?ml was about two orders of magnitude lower than would be permitted by flexural peaks. In blinded-sample testing, the array PEMS detected BA in three samples containing BA: (1) 3.3×103 spores?ml, (2) a mixture of 3.3×103 spores?ml and 3.3×105S. aureus (SA) and P. aeruginosa (PA) per ml, and (3) a mixture of 3.3×103 spores?ml with 3.3×106 SA+PA?ml. There was no response to a sample containing only 3.3×106 SA+PA?ml. These results illustrate the sensitivity, specificity, reusability, and reliability of array PEMS for in situ, real-time detection of BA spores. PMID:20059167

  14. Array lead zirconate titanate/glass piezoelectric microcantilevers for real-time detection of Bacillus anthracis with 10 spores/ml sensitivity and 1/1000 selectivity in bacterial mixtures

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    McGovern, John-Paul; Shih, Wei-Heng; Rest, Richard F.; Purohit, Mitali; Mattiucci, Mark; Pourrezaei, Kambiz; Onaral, Banu; Shih, Wan Y.

    2009-12-01

    An array of three identical piezoelectric microcantilever sensors (PEMSs) consisting of a lead zirconate titanate layer bonded to a glass layer was fabricated and examined for simultaneous, in situ, real-time, all-electrical detection of Bacillus anthracis (BA) spores in an aqueous suspension using the first longitudinal extension mode of resonance. With anti-BA antibody immobilized on the sensor surfaces all three PEMS exhibited identical BA detection resonance frequency shifts at all tested concentrations, 10-107 spores/ml with a standard deviation of less than 10%. The detection concentration limit of 10 spores/ml was about two orders of magnitude lower than would be permitted by flexural peaks. In blinded-sample testing, the array PEMS detected BA in three samples containing BA: (1) 3.3×103 spores/ml, (2) a mixture of 3.3×103 spores/ml and 3.3×105 S. aureus (SA) and P. aeruginosa (PA) per ml, and (3) a mixture of 3.3×103 spores/ml with 3.3×106 SA+PA/ml. There was no response to a sample containing only 3.3×106 SA+PA/ml. These results illustrate the sensitivity, specificity, reusability, and reliability of array PEMS for in situ, real-time detection of BA spores.

  15. Low-cost (0.1BiYbO3-0.9PbTiO3)-PbZrO3-xMn high Curie temperature piezoelectric ceramics with improved high-temperature performance

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    Wang, Yunli; Cai, Kai; Shao, Tianmin; Zhao, Qian; Guo, Dong

    2015-04-01

    Here, we report the structure and performance of a low-cost high Curie temperature (TC) Mn-doped ternary BiYbO3-Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (BY-PZT-xMn) perovskite piezoelectric ceramic system. The partial substitution of Mn for the A-site Pb, B-site Ti and Zr of the ternary system enhanced both the piezoelectric coefficient and the mechanical quality factor, indicating that the variable valence element induced combinatory soft and hard doped characteristics. The improved electrical performance was found to be related to the improved density and homogeneity, and a correlation between the piezoelectricity and the grain size was also observed. More importantly, a Mn doping level of less than 0.8 mol. % also obviously enhanced the thermal stability of the samples, as reflected by the higher TC and depolarization temperature (Td) measured via both in situ Berlincourt method and annealing experiments, and a correlation between TC and tetragonality of BY-PZT-xMn system was observed. The sample with 0.8 mol. % Mn showed a remarkable overall performance with a d33 of 246 pC/N and a TC around 400 °C, which is expected to be promising for high temperature piezoelectric device applications.

  16. Influence of Mixing Condition and Nonstoichiometry on Piezoelectric Properties of (K, Na, Pb)NbO3 Ceramics

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    Tashiro, Shinjiro; Nagata, Kunihiro

    2004-09-01

    To obtain a uniform mixture of raw material powders including K2CO3 and Na2CO3, the raw material powders were ball-milled in a mixture of water and methanol (first-stage mixing). After the first-stage mixing, the dried powders were mixed again by ball-milling in acetone (second-stage mixing). Samples were fabricated using the two mixing methods, one-stage mixing and two-stage mixing. In the material composition formula, (Pb0.03K0.47Nax)Nb0.994O3, the composition was changed from A-site rich to B-site rich by reducing Na content in steps of 0.01 from x=0.50. The change in the piezoelectric properties of these samples was measured. As the B-site ion concentration exceeds A-site ion concentration, the crystal structure changed from pseudocubic to orthorhombic. The electromechanical coupling factor and remanent polarization of the samples increased in accordance with the change in crystal structure. The defect structure having A-site vacancies due to a B-site-rich composition is effective in inducing ferroelectricity.

  17. Giant energy density in [001]-textured Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbZrO3-PbTiO3 piezoelectric ceramics

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    Yan, Yongke; Cho, Kyung-Hoon; Maurya, Deepam; Kumar, Amit; Kalinin, Sergei V; Khachaturyan, Armen; Priya, Shashank

    2013-01-01

    Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) based compositions have been challenging to texture or grow in a single crystal form due to the incongruent melting point of ZrO2. Here we demonstrate the method for achieving 90% textured PZT-based ceramics and further show that it can provide highest known energy density in piezoelectric materials through enhancement of piezoelectric charge and voltage coefficients (d and g). Our method provides more than 5 increase in the ratio d(textured)/d(random). A giant magnitude of d g coefficient with value of 59 000 10 15 m2 N 1 (comparable to that of the single crystal counterpart and 359% higher than that of the best commercial compositions) was obtained.

  18. Electric properties and phase transition behavior in lead lanthanum zirconate stannate titanate ceramics with low zirconate content

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    Zeng, Tao; Lou, Qi-Wei; Chen, Xue-Feng; Zhang, Hong-Ling; Dong, Xian-Lin; Wang, Gen-Shui

    2015-11-01

    The phase transitions, dielectric properties, and polarization versus electric field (P–E) hysteresis loops of Pb0.97La0.02(Zr0.42Sn0.58?xTix)O3 (0.13? x ?0.18) (PLZST) bulk ceramics were systematically investigated. This study exhibited a sequence of phase transitions by analyzing the change of the P–E hysteresis loops with increasing temperature. The antiferroelectric (AFE) to ferroelectric (FE) phase boundary of PLZST with the Zr content of 0.42 was found to locate at the Ti content between 0.14 and 0.15. This work is aimed to improve the ternary phase diagram of lanthanum-doped PZST with the Zr content of 0.42 and will be a good reference for seeking high energy storage density in the PLZST system with low-Zr content. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51202273, 11204304, and 11304334) and the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, China (Grant No. 14DZ2261000).

  19. X-band EPR studies of ferroelectric lead titanate (PT), piezoelectric lead magnesium niobate (PMN), and PMN/PT powders at 10 and 85 K

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    Huang, J.; Fitzgerald, J.J.; Chasteen, N.D.

    1998-12-01

    X-band EPR spectra of lead titanate (PT) and lead magnesium niobate (PMN) powders prepared by different synthetic methods and a PMN/PT powder of the composition 0.9 PMN/01 PT were obtained at 85 and 10 K. Several EPR signals due to adventitious Fe{sup 3+} ion impurities, a signal due to the Ti{sup 3+} ion, and a signal due to the Pb{sup 3+} ion are observed for PT, PMN, and PMN/PT powders. The EPR signals observed at g = 2.0 and 6.0 are assigned to Fe{sup 3+} ions in the B-sites of the perovskite lattice structure of lad titanate with axial symmetry. The EPR signals observed at g = 1.99 and 4.25 are assigned to Fe{sup 3+} ions in the B-sites of the perovskite lattice structure of PMN and 0.9 PMN/0.1 PT materials with cubic and rhombic symmetries, respectively. The sharp EPR signal observed at g = 1.94 is assigned to Ti{sup 3=} ion for PT and 0.9 PMN/0.1 PT powders. In addition, a broader EPR signal at g = 2.28--2.30 for PMN obtained by the molten salt method is assigned to axial Pb{sup 3+} ion sites in this PMN material. EPR results obtained here for the e{sup 3+} ions in the B-sites of the PMN materials, in particular, suggest that both cubic and rhombic symmetry sites corresponding to a range of Nb(OMg){sub x}(ONb){sub 6{minus}x} site configurations exist in the PMN. These EPR results indicate that PMN likely exists with partial B-site cation (Mg/Nb) ordering in the perovskite lattice structure.

  20. Design and calibration of a piezoelectric actuator for interferometric applications

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    Bruno, Luigi; Poggialini, Andrea; Felice, Giuseppina

    2007-12-01

    The present work reports a possible solution for a low-cost piezoelectric actuator available for interferometric applications. In the paper the design, the assembly and the calibration of the actuator are described in detail. The solution adopted consists of a machined stainless steel case deformed by three low-voltage multilayer plumbum zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic blocks. In the proposed arrangement a three degree of freedom device is obtained, by which a translation and two rotations can be performed. The PZTs are driven by a supply voltage provided by a 16 bit D/A converter directly connected to the parallel port of a personal computer which guarantees a very accurate output. This voltage is applied on each ceramic by means of a variable resistor, by which it is possible to adjust the maximum driving voltage for the single block. This electrical solution allows to match up the strokes of the ceramics in order to obtain a straight expansion of the whole actuator. After the mechanical and electrical set-up of the actuator, a static calibration was carried out by inserting it along one arm of a Michelson speckle interferometer. The calibration procedure had emphasized the hysteresis loop and the non-linearity of the electromechanical behaviour of the actuator.

  1. 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.

  2. Viscoelectroelastic behavior of heterogeneous piezoelectric solids JiangYu Lia)

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    Li, Jiangyu

    been observed in bone,14 and in piezoelectric ceramic/polymer matrix composites.15­17 In bone matrix and obtain closed form expressions for the effective complex electroelastic moduli. Numerical and relaxation in polycrystalline ceramics due to motion of 90° domain walls.9­12 Complex piezoelectric con

  3. Microstructure and piezoelectric properties of 0.95(Na{sub 0.5}K{sub 0.5})NbO{sub 3}-0.05BaTiO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Park, Hwi-Yeol; Ahn, Cheol-Woo; Song, Hyun-Cheol; Lee, Jong-Heun; Nahm, Sahn; Uchino, Kenji; Lee, Hyeung-Gyu; Lee, Hwack-Joo

    2006-08-07

    For 0.95(Na{sub 0.5}K{sub 0.5})NbO{sub 3}-0.05BaTiO{sub 3} (0.95NKN-0.05BT) ceramics sintered at 1040-1075 deg. C, abnormal grain growth occurred but the grain size decreased when the sintering temperature exceeded 1075 deg. C. The dielectric constant ({epsilon}{sub 3}{sup T}/{epsilon}{sub 3}), electromechanical coupling factor (k{sub p}), and piezoelectric constant (d{sub 33}) were considerably increased with increasing relative density and grain size. Evaporation of Na{sub 2}O deteriorated the piezoelectric properties by decreasing the resistivity. To minimize Na{sub 2}O evaporation, specimens were muffled with 0.95NKN-0.05BT powders during the sintering. Improved piezoelectric properties of d{sub 33}=225 pC/N, k{sub p}=36%, and {epsilon}{sub 3}{sup T}/{epsilon}{sub 3}=1058 were obtained for specimen sintered at 1060 deg. C for 2 h with muffling.

  4. High Temperature Piezoelectric Ceramics Based on xPbTiO3-(1-x)Bi(Sc1/2Me1/4Ti1/4)O3 (Me = Zn, Mg) Ternary Perovskites

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    Ansell, Troy Y.; Nikkel, Jason; Cann, David P.; Sehirlioglu, Alp

    2012-10-01

    Polycrystalline xPbTiO3-(1-x)Bi(Sc1/2Me1/4Ti1/4)O3 (PT-BS-BMeT) ceramics, where Me = Mg (M) or Zn (Z), were studied for development of high temperature piezoelectrics. Ceramics were processed using standard mixed oxide procedure at various temperatures. X-ray diffraction at room temperature revealed that the tetragonality of PT-BS-BZT decreased as PbTiO3 content decreased from x = 0.90 to 0.60 and tetragonality of PT-BS-BMT decreased as PbTiO3 content decreased from x = 0.60 to 0.40. A transition was observed in PT-BS-BMT within compositions x = 0.42-0.50. Dielectric properties revealed permittivites up to ?r?20000 and transition temperatures up to 540 °C. Hysteresis measurements showed full saturation below 50 mol % PbTiO3 content with remanent polarization of Pr = 32.8 µC/cm2 and coercive field of 23.0 kV/cm. Converse piezoelectric coefficients (d33*) calculated from unipolar strain measurements revealed values between 240 and 313 pm/V. Depolarization temperatures were measured between 320 and 390 °C.

  5. Piezoelectric Properties of Fine-Grained Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-Pb(Zr,Ti)O3-Bi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3 Quaternary Solid Solution Ceramics

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    Yue, Ruifang; Hou, Xianbo; He, Wenze; Yu, Jian

    2013-06-01

    On the basis of solid state reaction eutectic behavior between Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PMN-PZT) and metastable perovskite-type Bi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3 (BZT), perovskite-structured PMN-PZT-BZT quaternary solid solution piezoceramics with various compositions were experimentally demonstrated with an intrinsic low sintering temperature in the windows of 950-1050 °C. These fine-grained densified PMN-PZT-BZT ceramics were able to be poled sufficiently at room temperature through polarization-electric field hysteresis loop measurement, different from normal poling treatment with DC bias field at high temperature, which will simplify future device processing of monolithic multilayer piezoceramic transducers. A typical piezoelectric property of dielectric constant ?33T/?0 = 3471, piezoelectric constant d33 = 480 pC/N, planar coupling coefficient kp = 0.41, thickness coupling coefficient kt = 0.50, mechanical quality factor Qm = 68 and relaxor ferroelectric phase transition temperature Tm = 167 °C at 1 MHz was obtained for the fine-grained densified Pb0.96Sr0.04(Mg1/3Nb2/3)0.37Zr0.24Ti0.39O3+3%Bi(Zn0.5Ti0.5)O3+2%NiO ceramics sintered at 1020 °C, which is much promising to manufacture monolithic multilayer piezoelectric transducers with Ag95/Pd5 as inner electrode material.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. Enhanced high-temperature piezoelectric properties of traditional Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 ceramics by a small amount substitution of KNbO3

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    Pan, Zhao; Chen, Jun; Fan, Longlong; Rong, Yangchun; Zheng, Shaoying; Liu, Laijun; Fang, Liang; Xing, Xianran

    2014-12-01

    Crystal structure, piezoelectric, and dielectric properties were investigated on the (1-x)Pb(Zr0.54Ti0.46)O3-xKNbO3 system. The piezoelectric properties have been significantly improved by substituting a small amount of KNbO3. In the morphotropic phase boundary (x = 0.015), the compound not only shows enhanced piezoelectric coefficient d33 = 450 pC/N, which is two times larger than that of unmodified Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (d33 = 223 pC/N), but also the Curie temperature (TC = ˜380 °C) is still well maintained at a high level. This phenomenon challenges our general knowledge that in piezoelectric materials the Curie temperature and piezoelectric properties are mutually contradictory. It should be noted that a giant total strain as high as 0.73% is also observed. The high thermal depoling temperature more than 300 °C combined with the excellent piezoelectric properties suggest it as a potential candidate for high temperature actuators and sensors applications.

  13. Effects of SrZrO3 addition on piezoelectric properties of Bi0.5(Na0.8K0.2)0.5TiO3 ceramic

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    Iida, Daiki; Ogawa, Hirotaka; Kan, Akinori; Takahashi, Susumu; Moriyama, Tohru

    2015-10-01

    (1 - x)Bi0.5(Na0.8K0.2)0.5TiO3-xSrZrO3 [(1 - x)BNKT-xSZ] ceramics were synthesized by conventional solid-state reaction methods, and their ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties were investigated in this study. The X-ray powder diffraction profiles of the ceramics showed a single phase in the composition range of 0-0.07 the formation of morphotropic phase boundary between rhombohedral and tetragonal phases was suggested at compositions lower than x = 0.01. From the temperature dependence of dielectric properties, both the depolarization temperature and transition temperature from a rhombohedral phase to a tetragonal phase decreased, depending on the composition x. A pinched polarization-electric field (P-E) hysteresis loop was obtained for x = 0.005, suggesting the coexistence of ferroelectric and antiferroelectric phases. The remanent polarization and coercive field of the ceramics decreased with increasing composition x, whereas d33 improved from 116 to 191 pC/N in the composition range of 0-0.005.

  14. 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

  15. 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 82°C, 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.

  16. Perovskite ceramic nanoparticles in polymer composites for augmenting bone tissue regeneration.

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    Bagchi, Amrit; Meka, Sai Rama Krishna; Rao, Badari Narayana; Chatterjee, Kaushik

    2014-12-01

    There is increasing interest in the use of nanoparticles as fillers in polymer matrices to develop biomaterials which mimic the mechanical, chemical and electrical properties of bone tissue for orthopaedic applications. The objective of this study was to prepare poly(?-caprolactone) (PCL) nanocomposites incorporating three different perovskite ceramic nanoparticles, namely, calcium titanate (CT), strontium titanate (ST) and barium titanate (BT). The tensile strength and modulus of the composites increased with the addition of nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscopy indicated that dispersion of the nanoparticles scaled with the density of the ceramics, which in turn played an important role in determining the enhancement in mechanical properties of the composite. Dielectric spectroscopy revealed improved permittivity and reduced losses in the composites when compared to neat PCL. Nanofibrous scaffolds were fabricated via electrospinning. Induction coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy indicated the release of small quantities of Ca(+2), Sr(+2), Ba(+2) ions from the scaffolds. Piezo-force microscopy revealed that BT nanoparticles imparted piezoelectric properties to the scaffolds. In vitro studies revealed that all composites support osteoblast proliferation. Expression of osteogenic genes was enhanced on the nanocomposites in the following order: PCL/CT > PCL/ST > PCL/BT > PCL. This study demonstrates that the use of perovskite nanoparticles could be a promising technique to engineer better polymeric scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. PMID:25379989

  17. Perovskite ceramic nanoparticles in polymer composites for augmenting bone tissue regeneration

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    Bagchi, Amrit; Rama Krishna Meka, Sai; Narayana Rao, Badari; Chatterjee, Kaushik

    2014-12-01

    There is increasing interest in the use of nanoparticles as fillers in polymer matrices to develop biomaterials which mimic the mechanical, chemical and electrical properties of bone tissue for orthopaedic applications. The objective of this study was to prepare poly(?-caprolactone) (PCL) nanocomposites incorporating three different perovskite ceramic nanoparticles, namely, calcium titanate (CT), strontium titanate (ST) and barium titanate (BT). The tensile strength and modulus of the composites increased with the addition of nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscopy indicated that dispersion of the nanoparticles scaled with the density of the ceramics, which in turn played an important role in determining the enhancement in mechanical properties of the composite. Dielectric spectroscopy revealed improved permittivity and reduced losses in the composites when compared to neat PCL. Nanofibrous scaffolds were fabricated via electrospinning. Induction coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy indicated the release of small quantities of Ca+2, Sr+2, Ba+2 ions from the scaffolds. Piezo-force microscopy revealed that BT nanoparticles imparted piezoelectric properties to the scaffolds. In vitro studies revealed that all composites support osteoblast proliferation. Expression of osteogenic genes was enhanced on the nanocomposites in the following order: PCL/CT > PCL/ST > PCL/BT > PCL. This study demonstrates that the use of perovskite nanoparticles could be a promising technique to engineer better polymeric scaffolds for bone tissue engineering.

  18. Structure and ferroelectric studies of (Ba{sub 0.85}Ca{sub 0.15})(Ti{sub 0.9}Zr{sub 0.1})O{sub 3} piezoelectric ceramics

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    Venkata Ramana, E.; Mahajan, A.; Graça, M.P.F.; Mendiratta, S.K.; Monteiro, J.M.; Valente, M.A.

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • (Ba{sub 0.85}Ca{sub 0.15})(Ti{sub 0.9}Zr{sub 0.1})O{sub 3} (BCTZO) ceramic was synthesized by the ceramic method. • In situ XRD and Raman spectra showed the phase transition of BCTZO around 360 K. • The ceramics showed a tunability of 82% at 40 kV cm{sup ?1} electric field. • BCTZO exhibited good quality factor of 111 at microwave frequencies. • Piezoforce microscopy studies indicated the switchability of ferroelectric domains. - Abstract: We have synthesized and studied the structural and ferroelectric properties of lead-free 0.5(Ba{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3})TiO{sub 3}–0.5Ba(Zr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8})O{sub 3} ceramics in the temperature region of its ferroelectric transition. The synthesized material showed high dielectric constant, low loss and good pyroelectric figure of merit. From the temperature dependent X-ray diffraction measurements, we determined the tricritical point to be in the temperature range of 303–400 K. The dielectric measurements indicate a diffuse ferroelectric phase transition (DPT) around 360 K in agreement with the X-ray measurements. We studied the evolution of Raman spectra with temperature to understand the nature of phase transition in BaTiO{sub 3} (BTO) and the BCTZO. The results indicates that the transition of ferroelectric–paraelectric state is not sharp as in the case of BTO and the polar state persists through the paraelectric state. In general, our study indicates that there are ferroelectric domains of nanometer size beyond the commonly defined transition temperature. The observation of local piezoelectric hysteresis loop indicated the existence of intrinsic ferroelectric property of the ceramic at the nanoscale. The ceramics exhibited electric field tunable dielectric properties with a tunability of 82% at an applied DC field of 40 kV cm{sup ?1}, low dielectric loss of 0.001 and room temperature pyroelectric coefficient of 6 × 10{sup ?8} C cm{sup ?2} K{sup ?1} and the detectivity of 1.9 × 10{sup ?8} C cm{sup ?1} J{sup ?1}; larger than those reported for other BaTiO{sub 3}-based materials. Overall, our results indicate that BCTZO ceramics with coexistence of rhombohedral–tetragonal phases is a promising candidate for lead-free ferroelectric applications.

  19. 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.

  20. The effect of stress on the dielectric properties of barium strontium titanate thin films

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    Suo, Zhigang

    The effect of stress on the dielectric properties of barium strontium titanate thin films T. M Barium strontium titanate thin films are being developed as capacitors in dynamic random access memories to their large permittivities, barium strontium titan- ate BST bulk ceramics have long been used to make high

  1. Power harvesting using PZT ceramics embedded in orthopedic implants.

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    Chen, Hong; Liu, Ming; Jia, Chen; Wang, Zihua

    2009-09-01

    Battery lifetime has been the stumbling block for many power-critical or maintenance-free real-time embedded applications, such as wireless sensors and orthopedic implants. Thus a piezoelectric material that could convert human motion into electrical energy provides a very attractive solution for clinical implants. In this work, we analyze the power generation characteristics of stiff lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics and the equivalent circuit through extensive experiments. Our experimental framework allows us to explore many important design considerations of such a PZT-based power generator. Overall we can achieve a PZT element volume of 0.5 x 0.5 x 1.8 cm, which is considerably smaller than the results reported so far. Finally, we outline the application of our PZT elements in a total knee replacement (TKR) implant. PMID:19812004

  2. 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.

  3. Voltage generation of piezoelectric cantilevers by laser heating.

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    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

  4. Voltage generation of piezoelectric cantilevers by laser heating

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    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

  5. Titan's Astrobiology

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    Raulin, F.; McKay, C.; Lunine, J.; Owen, T.

    This chapter describes the aspects of Saturn's moon Titan of astrobiological interest. Titan's prebiotic-like chemistry is reviewed, from the high atomosphere to the surface and subsurface, using the Cassini-Huygens data, with the help of theoretical modeling and experimental simulations. Similarities with and differences from the environment of the pre-biotic Earth are presented, and the lessons to be learned for Earth's organic chemical evolution on the prebiotic Earth discussed. The question of habitability and life on and in Titan is then considered, including the possibility of an exotic type of life that might exist in the liquid methane/ ethane lakes. Finally, the relation between Titan and the destiny of life on Earth is discussed.

  6. Titan Karst

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    Malaska, M. J.; Mitchell, K. L.; Hodyss, R.; Nerenberg, P. S.; Hayes, A. G.

    2015-10-01

    The morphological evidence, theoretical calculations, and laboratory simulation are all consistent with the concept that karst could be a viable explanation for the features and closed depressions observed on Titan.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Self-powered wireless sensor system using MEMS piezoelectric micro power generator (PMPG)

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    Xia, YuXin, M.B.A. Sloan School of Management.

    2006-01-01

    A thin-film lead zirconate titanate, Pb(Zr,Ti)03, MEMS Piezoelectric Micro Power Generator (PMPG) has been integrated with a commercial wireless sensor node (Telos), to demonstrate a self-powered RF temperature sensor ...

  11. Piezoelectric Driver for Incremental Motion

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    Bruman, Joseph R.

    1987-01-01

    Vibrating device containing two piezoelectric ceramic slabs acts as mechanical driver. Eventually substitutes for small continuous or stepping electric motors of slow to moderate speeds. Piezoelectric driver simple in construction, requires no precise dimensions, inexpensive to make, and needs no lubrication. Not damaged by stalling or overloads and safe for use in explosive atmospheres; Motion controllable in micron-size increments, and holds position when power turned off. Potential applications as positioner or mover. Used to position instrument pointers, antennas, or solar panels; to focus lenses; or operate tuners, recording instruments, or valves.

  12. Piezoelectric properties and thermal stability of Ca0.92(Li,Ce)0.04Bi2Nb2- x W x O9 high-temperature ceramics

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    Wang, Yadan; Wu, Jiagang; Peng, Zhihang; Chen, Qiang; Xin, Deqiong; Xiao, Dingquan; Zhu, Jianguo

    2015-04-01

    Ca0.92(Li,Ce)0.04Bi2Nb2- x W x O9 ( x = 0.01-0.06) high-temperature piezoceramics were prepared by a conventional solid-state sintered method, and effects of W content on their piezoelectric properties were studied. All samples possess a pure Aurivillius-type structure, showing that Li, Ce, and W dopants have well diffused into the CaBi2Nb2O9 lattice to form a solid solution. The doping with W slightly decreases the Curie temperature ( T C) of the ceramics. In addition, the excellent electrical properties (e.g., d 33 ~ 16.1 pC/N, k p ~ 9.58 %, Q m ~ 4,767) and a high Curie temperature (e.g., T c ~ 925 °C) are simultaneously obtained in the ceramics with x = 0.04, together with an enhanced thermal stability of <900 °C. As a result, the investigated material system provides the promising potential applications in ultra-high-temperature environments.

  13. 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

  14. Characterizing Titan's Upper Atmosphere Using the Titan

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    Johnson, Robert E.

    Characterizing Titan's Upper Atmosphere Using the Titan Global Ionosphere-Thermosphere Model Jared the Thermosphere · We model the upper atmosphere from 500 km up to 1500 km. · Use the Titan Global Ionosphere, Titan (and now Jupiter and Saturn). ­ Details in Ridley et al. [2006], Bell et al. [2010a, 2010b

  15. Piezoelectric bimorph-based scanner in the tip-scan mode for high speed atomic force microscope.

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    Zhao, Jianyong; Gong, Weitao; Cai, Wei; Shang, Guangyi

    2013-08-01

    A piezoelectric bimorph-based scanner operating in tip-scan mode for high speed atomic force microscope (AFM) is first presented. The free end of the bimorph is used for fixing an AFM cantilever probe and the other one is mounted on the AFM head. The sample is placed on the top of a piezoelectric tube scanner. High speed scan is performed with the bimorph that vibrates at the resonant frequency, while slow scanning is carried out by the tube scanner. The design and performance of the scanner is discussed and given in detailed. Combined with a commercially available data acquisition system, a high speed AFM has been built successfully. By real-time observing the deformation of the pores on the surface of a commercial piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT-5) ceramics under electric field, the dynamic imaging capability of the AFM is demonstrated. The results show that the notable advantage of the AFM is that dynamic process of the sample with large dimensions can be easily investigated. In addition, this design could provide a way to study a sample in real time under the given experimental condition, such as under an external electric field, on a heating stage, or in a liquid cell. PMID:24007072

  16. High-pressure hydrogen materials compatibility of piezoelectric films

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    Alvine, K. J.; Shutthanandan, V.; Bennett, W. D.; Bonham, C. C.; Skorski, D.; Pitman, S. G.; Dahl, M. E.; Henager, C. H.

    2010-11-01

    Hydrogen is well known for materials compatibility issues, including blistering and embrittlement in metals, which are challenges for its use as the next-generation "green" fuel. Beyond metals, hydrogen also degrades piezoelectric materials used as actuators used in direct injection hydrogen internal combustion engines. We present the materials compatibility studies of piezoelectric films in high-pressure hydrogen environments. Absorption of high-pressure hydrogen and composition changes were studied with an elastic recoil detection analysis and Rutherford back-scattering spectrometry in lead zirconate titanate and barium titanate thin films. Hydrogen surface degradation in the form of blistering and Pb mixing was also observed.

  17. DOI: 10.1002/adma.200601162 Nanowire Piezoelectric Nanogenerators on Plastic Substrates as

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    Wang, Zhong L.

    current generation. This is the principle behind piezoelectric nanogenerators. The ceramicDOI: 10.1002/adma.200601162 Nanowire Piezoelectric Nanogenerators on Plastic Substrates as Flexible a power source, such as electrochemical cells[8] or piezoelectric,[9] thermoelectric,[10] and pyroelectric

  18. Analysis of microstructural elds in heterogeneous piezoelectric solids

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    Li, Jiangyu

    ®elds. The general theory is applicable to both polycrystalline ceramics as well as matrix-based composites. After the general development, the theory is applied to multiphase matrix-based piezoelectric composites ®bers are often embedded in a polymer matrix to form a piezoelectric composite. At this scale

  19. Evaluation of the Long-Term Performance of Titanate Ceramics for Immobilization of Excess Weapons Plutonium: Results from Pressurized Unsaturated Flow and Single Pass Flow-Through Testing

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    BP McGrail; HT Schaef; JP Icenhower; PF Martin; RD Orr; VL Legore

    1999-09-13

    This report summarizes our findings from pressurized unsaturated flow (PUF) and single-pass flow-through (SPFT) experiments to date. Results from the PUF test of a Pu-bearing ceramic with enclosing surrogate high-level waste glass show that the glass reacts rapidly to alteration products. Glass reaction causes variations in the solution pH in contact with the ceramic materials. We also document variable concentrations of Pu in solution, primarily in colloidal form, which appear to be related to secular variations in solution composition. The apparent dissolution rate of the ceramic waste form, based on Ba concentrations in the effluent, is estimated at {le} 10{sup {minus}5} g/(m{sup 2} {center_dot} d). Pu-bearing colloids were recovered in the size range of 0.2 to 2 {micro}m, but it is not clear that such entities would be transported in a system that is not advective-flow dominated. Results from SPFT experiments give information on the corrosion resistance of two surrogate Pu-ceramics (Ce-pyrochlore and Ce-zirconolite) at 90 C over a pH range of 2 to 12. The two ceramics were doped with minor quantities ({approximately}0.1 mass%) of MoO{sub 3}, so that concentrations of Mo in the effluent solution could be used to monitor the reaction behavior of the materials. The data obtained thus far from experiments with durations up to 150 d do not conclusively prove that the solid-aqueous solution systems have reached steady-state conditions. Therefore, the dissolution mechanism cannot be determined. Apparent dissolution rates of the two ceramic materials based on Ce, Gd, and Mo concentrations in the effluent solutions from the SPFT are nearly identical and vary between 1.1 to 8.5 x 10{sup {minus}4} g/(m{sup 2} {center_dot} d). In addition, the data reveal a slightly amphoteric dissolution behavior, with a minimum apparent rate at pH = 7 to 8, over the pH range examined. Results from two related ceramic samples suggest that radiation damage can have a measurable effect on the dissolution of titanium-based ceramics. The rare earth pyrochlores, Gd{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} and Lu{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}, are being studied as part of the DOE Environmental Management Science Program, and the results are germane to this study. The corrosion resistances of both heavy-ion bombarded and pristine (non-bombarded) specimens are being examined with the SPFT test. Initial data indicate that the dissolution rate may increase by a factor of 3 times or more when these materials become amorphous from radiation damage.

  20. Strain engineered barium strontium titanate for tunable thin film resonators

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    Khassaf, H.; Khakpash, N.; Sun, F.; Sbrockey, N. M.; Tompa, G. S.; Kalkur, T. S.; Alpay, S. P.

    2014-05-01

    Piezoelectric properties of epitaxial (001) barium strontium titanate (BST) films are computed as functions of composition, misfit strain, and temperature using a non-linear thermodynamic model. Results show that through adjusting in-plane strains, a highly adaptive rhombohedral ferroelectric phase can be stabilized at room temperature with outstanding piezoelectric response exceeding those of lead based piezoceramics. Furthermore, by adjusting the composition and the in-plane misfit, an electrically tunable piezoelectric response can be obtained in the paraelectric state. These findings indicate that strain engineered BST films can be utilized in the development of electrically tunable and switchable surface and bulk acoustic wave resonators.

  1. Strain engineered barium strontium titanate for tunable thin film resonators

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    Khassaf, H.; Khakpash, N.; Sun, F.; Sbrockey, N. M.; Tompa, G. S.; Kalkur, T. S.; Alpay, S. P.

    2014-05-19

    Piezoelectric properties of epitaxial (001) barium strontium titanate (BST) films are computed as functions of composition, misfit strain, and temperature using a non-linear thermodynamic model. Results show that through adjusting in-plane strains, a highly adaptive rhombohedral ferroelectric phase can be stabilized at room temperature with outstanding piezoelectric response exceeding those of lead based piezoceramics. Furthermore, by adjusting the composition and the in-plane misfit, an electrically tunable piezoelectric response can be obtained in the paraelectric state. These findings indicate that strain engineered BST films can be utilized in the development of electrically tunable and switchable surface and bulk acoustic wave resonators.

  2. Study of Thermo-Electro-Mechnical Coupling in Functionally Graded Metal-Ceramic Composites 

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    Doshi, Sukanya 1988-

    2012-12-10

    Piezoelectric actuators have been developed in various forms ranging from discrete layered composites to functionally graded composites. These composite actuators are usually made up of differentially poled piezoelectric ceramics. This study...

  3. FABRICATION AND TESTING OF MICROWAVE SINTERED SOL-GEL SPRAY-ON BISMUTH TITANATE-LITHIUM NIOBATE BASED PIEZOELECTRIC COMPOSITE FOR USE AS A HIGH TEMPERATURE (>500 deg. C) ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCER

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    Searfass, C. T.; Baba, A.; Tittmann, B. R.; Agrawal, D. K.

    2010-02-22

    Bismuth titanate-lithium niobate based ultrasonic transducers have been fabricated using a sol-gel spray-on deposition technique. These transducers were then tested to determine their potential as high temperature ultrasonic transducers. Fabricated transducers were capable of operating to 1000 deg. C in pulse-echo mode; however, the exposure to such extreme temperatures appears to be destructive to the transducers.

  4. 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'=0.28±0.02 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.

  5. Design Parameters of a Miniaturized Piezoelectric Underwater Acoustic Transmitter

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    Li, Huidong; Deng, Zhiqun; Yuan, Yong; Carlson, Thomas J.

    2012-07-02

    The Juvenile Salmon Acoustic Telemetry System (JSATS) project supported by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, has yielded the smallest acoustic fish tag transmitter commercially available to date. In order to study even smaller fish populations and make the transmitter injectable by needles, the JSATS acoustic micro transmitter needs to be further downsized. As part of the transmitter downsizing effort some of the design parameters of the lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic tube transducer in the transmitter were studied, including the type of PZT, the backing material, the necessary drive voltage, the transmitting bandwidth and the length of the transducer. It was found that, to satisfy the 156-dB source level requirement of JSATS, a square wave with a 10-volt amplitude is required to drive 'soft' PZT transducers. PZT-5H demonstrated the best source level performance. For Navy types I and II, 16 volts or 18 volts were needed. Ethylene-propylene-diene monomer (EPDM) closed-cell foam was found to be the backing material providing the highest source level. The effect of tube length on the source level is also demonstrated in this paper, providing quantitative information for downsizing of small piezoelectric transmitters.

  6. 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

  7. Overview of multilayer ceramic actuator program at C-MET

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    Raghu, N.; Kumar, V.; Dayas, K. R.; Rao, I. C.

    2003-10-01

    One of the major programs being undertaken in our unit is, development of actuator materials and conversion of these materials into multilayer actuator devices. In order to achieve this objective, development of piezoelectric and electrostrictive materials are also being attempted. A simple and novel chemical precipitation route has been adopted for the synthesis of nano-actuator materials. Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) powder, free of agglomerates, phase pure, good chemical homogeneity and of 50 - 75 nm size has been synthesized. Synthesis of nano Ba(Sn,Ti)O3 which shows linear, nearly hysteresis free strain curve is also discussed. Phase pure electrostrictive Lead Magnesium Niobate-Lead Titanate (PMN-PT) powder with a dielectric constant of 25,000 and a Tc of 38°C was prepared through double-step process. C-MET has state of the art facility for multilayer (ML) ceramic processing. These Nano-PZT powders have been converted into 50 micron green tapes through tape casting technique. Characteristics of these synthesized materials and the fabrication of ML actuators there from are presented.

  8. High Temperature, High Power Piezoelectric Composite Transducers

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    Lee, Hyeong Jae; Zhang, Shujun; Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Sherrit, StewarT.

    2014-01-01

    Piezoelectric composites are a class of functional materials consisting of piezoelectric active materials and non-piezoelectric passive polymers, mechanically attached together to form different connectivities. These composites have several advantages compared to conventional piezoelectric ceramics and polymers, including improved electromechanical properties, mechanical flexibility and the ability to tailor properties by using several different connectivity patterns. These advantages have led to the improvement of overall transducer performance, such as transducer sensitivity and bandwidth, resulting in rapid implementation of piezoelectric composites in medical imaging ultrasounds and other acoustic transducers. Recently, new piezoelectric composite transducers have been developed with optimized composite components that have improved thermal stability and mechanical quality factors, making them promising candidates for high temperature, high power transducer applications, such as therapeutic ultrasound, high power ultrasonic wirebonding, high temperature non-destructive testing, and downhole energy harvesting. This paper will present recent developments of piezoelectric composite technology for high temperature and high power applications. The concerns and limitations of using piezoelectric composites will also be discussed, and the expected future research directions will be outlined. PMID:25111242

  9. Local piezoelectric behavior in PZT-based thin films for ultrasound transducers

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    Griggio, Flavio

    Piezoelectric microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are currently used in inkjet printers and precision resonators; numerous additional applications are being investigated for sensors, low-voltage actuators, and transducers. This work was aimed at improving piezoelectric MEMS by taking two approaches: 1) identifying factors affecting the piezoelectric response of ferroelectric thin films and 2) demonstrating integration of these films into a high frequency array transducer. It was found that there are several key factors influencing the piezoelectric response of thin films for a given material composition. First, large grain size improves the piezoelectric response. This was demonstrated using chemical solution deposited lead nickel niobate -- lead zirconate titanate (0.3)Pb(Ni 0.33Nb0.67)O3 - (0.7)Pb(Zr0.45Ti 0.55O3), (PNN-PZT) ferroelectric thin films. It was shown that this composition allows greater microstructural control than does PZT. Dielectric permittivities ranging from 1350 to 1520 and a transverse piezoelectric coefficient e31,f as high as -- 9.7 C/m 2 were observed for films of about 0.25 mum in thickness. The permittivity and piezoelectric response as well as extrinsic contributions to the dielectric constant increased by 14 and 12 % respectively for samples with grain sizes ranging from 110 to 270 nm. A second factor influencing the piezoelectric response is film composition with respect to the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB). The composition dependence of the dielectric and piezoelectric nonlinearities was characterized in epitaxially grown (0.3)Pb(Ni0.33Nb0.67)O3-(0.7)Pb(Zr xTi1-xO3) thin films deposited on SrTiO 3 to minimize the influence of large-angle grain boundaries. Tetragonal, MPB and rhombohedral films were prepared by changing the Zr/Ti ratio. The largest dielectric and piezoelectric nonlinearities were observed for the rhombohedral sample; this resulted from a higher domain wall mobility due to a smaller ferroelectric distortion and superior crystal quality. Thirdly, changes in the mechanical boundary conditions experienced by a ferroelectric thin film were found to influence both the properties and the length scale for correlated motion of domain walls. Microfabrication was employed to release the PZT films from the Si substrate. Nonlinear piezoelectric maps, by band excitation piezoforce microscopy, showed formation of clusters of higher nonlinear activities of similar size for clamped PZT films with different microstructures. However PZT films that had been released from the Si substrate showed a distinct increase in the correlation length associated with coupled domain wall motion, suggesting that the local mechanical boundary conditions, more than microstructure or composition govern the domain wall dynamics. Release of both the local and the global stress states in films produced dielectric nonlinearities comparable to those of bulk ceramics. The second research direction was targeted at demonstrating the functionality of a one dimensional transducer array. A diaphragm geometry was used for the transducer arrays in order to benefit from the unimorph-type displacement of the PZT-SiO2 layers. For this purpose, the PZT and remaining films in the stack were patterned using reactive ion etching and partially released from the underlying silicon substrate by XeF2 etching from the top. Admittance measurements on the fabricated structures showed resonance frequencies at ˜40 MHz for a 80 mum diameter-wide diaphragms with a PZT thickness of 1.74 mum. In-water transmit and receive functionalities were demonstrated. A bandwidth on receive of 80 % centered at 40 MHz was determined during pitch-mode tests.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Simulation of electromechanical responses of ferroelectric ceramics driven by alternating compressive stress and static electric field

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    Chow, Simon Ching-kin; Lo Vengcheong

    2008-11-15

    The effect of static electric field on mechanical and dielectric properties of a lead zirconate titanate (PbZr{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x}O{sub 3}) piezoceramic sample driven by an alternating compressive stress has been experimentally investigated by Zhou et al.[J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 88, 867 (2005)]. Numerical simulation for this experimental result using two-dimensional four-state Potts model is presented in this article. Upon polarization switching, the dipole in the perovskite cell undergoes 90 deg. rotation, which is in turn associated with the switching of ferroelastic strain state. Consequently, the stress-strain relation and hence the mechanical stiffness are strongly influenced by the magnitude of the dc bias. Optimal mechanical and piezoelectric responses can be obtained by the suitable selection of biasing field.

  13. Bulk Crystal Growth of Piezoelectric PMN-PT Crystals Using Gradient Freeze Technique for Improved SHM Sensors

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    Aggarwal, Mohan D.; Kochary, F.; Penn, Benjamin G.; Miller, Jim

    2007-01-01

    There has been a growing interest in recent years in lead based perovskite ferroelectric and relaxor ferroelectric solid solutions because of their excellent dielectric, piezoelectric and electrostrictive properties that make them very attractive for various sensing, actuating and structural health monitoring (SHM) applications. We are interested in the development of highly sensitive and efficient PMN-PT sensors based on large single crystals for the structural health monitoring of composite materials that may be used in future spacecrafts. Highly sensitive sensors are needed for detection of defects in these materials because they often tend to fail by distributed and interacting damage modes and much of the damage occurs beneath the top surface of the laminate and not detectable by visual inspection. Research is being carried out for various combinations of solid solutions for PMN-PT piezoelectric materials and bigger size crystals are being sought for improved sensor applications. Single crystals of this material are of interest for sensor applications because of their high piezoelectric coefficient (d33 greater than 1700 pC/N) and electromechanical coefficients (k33 greater than 0.90). For comparison, the commonly used piezoelectric ceramic lead zirconate titanate (PZT) has a d33 of about 600 pC/N and electromechanical coefficients k33 of about 0.75. At the present time, these piezoelectric relaxor crystals are grown by high temperature flux growth method and the size of these crystals are rather small (3x4x5 mm(exp 3). In the present paper, we have attempted to grow bulk single crystals of PMN-PT in a 2 inch diameter platinum crucible and successfully grown a large size crystal of 67%PMN-33%PT using the vertical gradient freeze technique with no flux. Piezoelectric properties of the grown crystals are investigated. PMN-PT plates show excellent piezoelectric properties. Samples were poled under an applied electric field of 5 kV/cm. Dielectric properties at a frequency of 1 kHz are examined. The grown PMN-PT crystals show typical relaxor dielectric properties. Additionally, the thermal properties of the sample are tested. The results are in good agreement with those found in the literature and some are reported for the first time.

  14. Pyroelectric response mechanism of barium strontium titanate ceramics in dielectric bolometer mode: The underlying essence of the enhancing effect of direct current bias field

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    Mao, Chaoliang; Cao, Sheng; Yan, Shiguang; Yao, Chunhua; Cao, Fei; Wang, Genshui; Dong, Xianlin; Hu, Xu; Yang, Chunli

    2013-06-17

    Pyroelectric response mechanism of Ba{sub 0.70}Sr{sub 0.30}TiO{sub 3} ceramics under dielectric bolometer (DB) mode was investigated by dielectric and pyroelectric properties measurement. The variations of total, intrinsic, and induced pyroelectric coefficients (p{sub tot}, p{sub int}, p{sub ind}) with temperatures and bias fields were analyzed. p{sub int} plays the dominant role to p{sub tot} through most of the temperature range and p{sub ind} will be slightly higher than p{sub int} above T{sub 0}. The essence of the enhancing effect of DC bias field on pyroelectric coefficient can be attributed to the high value of p{sub int}. This mechanism is useful for the pyroelectric materials (DB mode) applications.

  15. PLZT block data composers operated in differential phase mode. [lanthanum-modified lead zirconate titanate ceramic device for digital holographic memory

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    Drake, M. D.; Klingler, D. E.

    1973-01-01

    The use of PLZT ceramics with the 7/65/35 composition in block data composer (BDC) input devices for holographic memory systems has previously been described for operation in the strain biased, scattering, and edge effect modes. A new and promising mode of BDC operation is the differential phase mode in which each element of a matrix array BDC acts as a phase modulator. The phase modulation results from a phase difference in the optical path length between the electrically poled and depoled states of the PLZT. It is shown that a PLZT BDC can be used as a matrix-type phase modulator to record and process digital data by the differential phase mode in a holographic recording/processing system with readout contrast ratios of between 10:1 and 15:1. The differential phase mode has the advantages that strain bias is not required and that the thickness and strain variations in the PLZT are cancelled out.

  16. Process for Making a Ceramic Composition for Immobilization of Actinides

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    Ebbinghaus, Bartley B.; Van Konynenburg, Richard A.; Vance, Eric R.; Stewart, Martin W.; Walls, Philip A.; Brummond, William Allen; Armantrout, Guy A.; Curtis, Paul G.; Hobson, Beverly F.; Farmer, Joseph; Herman, Connie Cicero; Herman, David Thomas

    1999-06-22

    Disclosed is a process for making a ceramic composition for the immobilization of actinides, particularly uranium and plutonium. The ceramic is a titanate material comprising pyrochlore, brannerite and rutile. The process comprises oxidizing the actinides, milling the oxides to a powder, blending them with ceramic precursors, cold pressing the blend and sintering the pressed material.

  17. Process for making a ceramic composition for immobilization of actinides

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    Ebbinghaus, Bartley B. (Livermore, CA); Van Konynenburg, Richard A. (Livermore, CA); Vance, Eric R. (Kirrawee, AU); Stewart, Martin W. (Barden Ridge, AU); Walls, Philip A. (Cronulla, AU); Brummond, William Allen (Livermore, CA); Armantrout, Guy A. (Livermore, CA); Herman, Connie Cicero (Pleasanton, CA); Hobson, Beverly F. (Livermore, CA); Herman, David Thomas (Pleasanton, CA); Curtis, Paul G. (Tracy, CA); Farmer, Joseph (Tracy, CA)

    2001-01-01

    Disclosed is a process for making a ceramic composition for the immobilization of actinides, particularly uranium and plutonium. The ceramic is a titanate material comprising pyrochlore, brannerite and rutile. The process comprises oxidizing the actinides, milling the oxides to a powder, blending them with ceramic precursors, cold pressing the blend and sintering the pressed material.

  18. 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.

  19. 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 1,080°C to 1,120°C. 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 1,080°C to 1,120°C, the bulk density increased with increasing sintering temperature and showed a maximum value at a sintering temperature of 1,090°C. 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 1,090°C for 4 h. PMID:22221445

  20. Radial Field Piezoelectric Diaphragms

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    Bryant, R. G.; Effinger, R. T., IV; Copeland, B. M., Jr.

    2002-01-01

    A series of active piezoelectric diaphragms were fabricated and patterned with several geometrically defined Inter-Circulating Electrodes "ICE" and Interdigitated Ring Electrodes "ICE". When a voltage potential is applied to the electrodes, the result is a radially distributed electric field that mechanically strains the piezoceramic along the Z-axis (perpendicular to the applied electric field). Unlike other piezoelectric bender actuators, these Radial Field Diaphragms (RFDs) strain concentrically yet afford high displacements (several times that of the equivalent Unimorph) while maintaining a constant circumference. One of the more intriguing aspects is that the radial strain field reverses itself along the radius of the RFD while the tangential strain remains relatively constant. The result is a Z-deflection that has a conical profile. This paper covers the fabrication and characterization of the 5 cm. (2 in.) diaphragms as a function of poling field strength, ceramic thickness, electrode type and line spacing, as well as the surface topography, the resulting strain field and displacement as a function of applied voltage at low frequencies. The unique features of these RFDs include the ability to be clamped about their perimeter with little or no change in displacement, the environmentally insulated packaging, and a highly repeatable fabrication process that uses commodity materials.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Abstract--Piezoelectricity is an ability of some materials to generate an electric potential in response to applied mechanical

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    Ha, Dong S.

    Abstract--Piezoelectricity is an ability of some materials to generate an electric potential, PZT ceramics I. INTRODUCTION Piezoelectricity is an ability to generate an electric potential that demonstrate the direct piezoelectric effect, which is the generation of electricity upon applied mechanical

  4. Spectral Maps of Titan’s Surface

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    Griffith, Caitlin Ann; Penteado, Paulo; Turner, Jake D.; Khamsi, Tymon; Montiel, Nicholas J.

    2015-11-01

    Titan’s surface can be observed most clearly at 7 spectral regions that lie in between the strong methane bands in Titan’s spectrum. Within these ”windows”, between 0.8 to 5 microns, the surface is nonetheless obscured by methane and haze, the latter of which is optically thick at lower wavelengths. Studies of Titan’s surface must eliminate the effects of atmospheric extinction, which particularly at high latitudes, are not well constrained. A more general challenge in the study of planetary surfaces is the extraction of subtle spectral features from a large quantity of low-resolution data, which have dominant spectral trends, upon which lesser trends reside. This characteristic (a dominant spectral trend) is seen in Titan’s data: images at all 7 wavelengths appear essentially the same, with the bright terrain relatively bright at all wavelengths and vise versa. The question arises as to how to discern and map the smaller and orthogonal spectral trends of Titan’s surface in order to investigate the composition. Towards this goal we have constructed spectral maps of Titan’s surface by minimizing the covariance matrix of the I/F values (and separately the surface albedo) at the 7 window wavelengths. This application of the Principal Components Analyses (PCA) yields the orthogonal spectral trends based on the variance of the I/F values, and, separately, the surface albedos derived from radiative transfer models. Here we will present some of the interesting spectral trends detected through the application of this method to small sections of Titan’s surface.

  5. Diffuse phase transition in Li{sub 0.12}Na{sub 0.88}NbO{sub 3} piezoelectric ceramics

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    Mitra, Supratim; Kulkarni, Ajit R.; Prakash, Om

    2013-02-05

    The morphotropic phase boundary composition viz. lithium sodium niobate, Li{sub 0.12}Na{sub 0.88}NbO{sub 3}, (LNN-12) was prepared by conventional solid state reaction and sintering route. The temperature dependent permittivity response near transition temperature showed a diffused phase transition (DPT). The degree of diffuseness, {gamma}, using the modified Curie-Weiss law, was found to be 1.92, indicative of almost-complete diffuse phase transition. The planar coupling constant k{sub p}, and mechanical quality factor Q{sub m}, measured by resonance-antiresonance method, were 0.17 and 413 respectively. These parameter values make LNN-12 ceramic an attractive candidate for transducers applications.

  6. Photovoltaic effect in ferroelectric ceramics

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    Epstein, D. J.; Linz, A.; Jenssen, H. P.

    1982-01-01

    The ceramic structure was simulated in a form that is more tractable to correlation between experiment and theory. Single crystals (of barium titanate) were fabricated in a simple corrugated structure in which the pedestals of the corrugation simulated the grain while the intervening cuts could be filled with materials simulating the grain boundaries. The observed photovoltages were extremely small (100 mv).

  7. Structure, dielectric and piezoelectric properties of K0.5Na0.5NbO3-Bi0.5(Na0.7K0.2Li0.1)0.5TiO3 ceramics

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    Lin, Dunmin; Huang, Damin; Zheng, Qiaoji

    2013-07-01

    (1-x)K0.5Na0.5NbO3-xBi0.5(Na0.7K0.2Li0.1)0.5TiO3+1 mol% MnO2 lead-free ceramics were prepared by an ordinary sintering method and their structure, dielectric and piezoelectric properties were investigated. A K0.5Na0.5NbO3-based solid solution with perovskite structure is formed after the addition of Bi0.5(Na0.7K0.2Li0.1)0.5TiO3 to K0.5Na0.5NbO3. A small amount of Bi0.5(Na0.7K0.2Li0.1)0.5TiO3 retards the grain growth, induces a diffuse phase transition at TC, decreases Curie temperature and weakens the ferroelectricity of the ceramics. The ferroelectric orthorhombic-ferroelectric tetragonal phase at TO-T is shifted to low temperature after the addition of (Na0.7K0.2Li0.1)0.5TiO3, leading to the formation of the coexistence of orthorhombic and tetragonal phases near room temperature at 0.015piezoelectric properties are obtained in the ceramics situated near the coexistence zone of two phases. The ceramic with x=0.030 possesses the relatively high TC of 372 °C and large d33 of 183 pC/N.

  8. 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

  9. Titanic: A Statistical Exploration.

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    Takis, Sandra L.

    1999-01-01

    Uses the available data about the Titanic's passengers to interest students in exploring categorical data and the chi-square distribution. Describes activities incorporated into a statistics class and gives additional resources for collecting information about the Titanic. (ASK)

  10. Revisiting the blocking force test on ferroelectric ceramics using high energy x-ray diffraction

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    Daniel, L.; Hall, D. A.; Koruza, J.; Webber, K. G.; King, A.; Withers, P. J.

    2015-05-01

    The blocking force test is a standard test to characterise the properties of piezoelectric actuators. The aim of this study is to understand the various contributions to the macroscopic behaviour observed during this experiment that involves the intrinsic piezoelectric effect, ferroelectric domain switching, and internal stress development. For this purpose, a high energy diffraction experiment is performed in-situ during a blocking force test on a tetragonal lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic (Pb0.98Ba0.01(Zr0.51Ti0.49)0.98Nb0.02O3). It is shown that the usual macroscopic linear interpretation of the test can also be performed at the single crystal scale, allowing the identification of local apparent piezoelectric and elastic properties. It is also shown that despite this apparent linearity, the blocking force test involves significant non-linear behaviour mostly due to domain switching under electric field and stress. Although affecting a limited volume fraction of the material, domain switching is responsible for a large part of the macroscopic strain and explains the high level of inter- and intra-granular stresses observed during the course of the experiment. The study shows that if apparent piezoelectric and elastic properties can be identified for PZT single crystals from blocking stress curves, they may be very different from the actual properties of polycrystalline materials due to the multiplicity of the physical mechanisms involved. These apparent properties can be used for macroscopic modelling purposes but should be considered with caution if a local analysis is aimed at.

  11. Revisiting the blocking force test on ferroelectric ceramics using high energy x-ray diffraction

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    Daniel, L.; Hall, D. A.; Withers, P. J.; Koruza, J.; Webber, K. G.; King, A.

    2015-05-07

    The blocking force test is a standard test to characterise the properties of piezoelectric actuators. The aim of this study is to understand the various contributions to the macroscopic behaviour observed during this experiment that involves the intrinsic piezoelectric effect, ferroelectric domain switching, and internal stress development. For this purpose, a high energy diffraction experiment is performed in-situ during a blocking force test on a tetragonal lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic (Pb{sub 0.98}Ba{sub 0.01}(Zr{sub 0.51}Ti{sub 0.49}){sub 0.98}Nb{sub 0.02}O{sub 3}). It is shown that the usual macroscopic linear interpretation of the test can also be performed at the single crystal scale, allowing the identification of local apparent piezoelectric and elastic properties. It is also shown that despite this apparent linearity, the blocking force test involves significant non-linear behaviour mostly due to domain switching under electric field and stress. Although affecting a limited volume fraction of the material, domain switching is responsible for a large part of the macroscopic strain and explains the high level of inter- and intra-granular stresses observed during the course of the experiment. The study shows that if apparent piezoelectric and elastic properties can be identified for PZT single crystals from blocking stress curves, they may be very different from the actual properties of polycrystalline materials due to the multiplicity of the physical mechanisms involved. These apparent properties can be used for macroscopic modelling purposes but should be considered with caution if a local analysis is aimed at.

  12. Theoretical modeling, experiments and optimization of piezoelectric multimorph

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    Lee, Seung-Yop; Ko, Byeongsik; Yang, Woosung

    2005-12-01

    This paper deals with the static and dynamic electromechanical responses of piezoelectric layered structures (multimorphs). Based on the Bernoulli-Euler plate model including the dynamics of piezoelectric, electrode and substrate layers, we obtain the natural frequencies, maximum displacement and resultant force of a symmetric cantilevered multimorph. The proposed theoretical model is verified by experiments using a 20-layered PZT (plumbum-zirconate-titanate) multimorph, and it is compared to the conventional bimorph model. Experimental results agree with the analytical predictions on the natural frequencies and vertical displacement. With the analytical solution for multimorph, we investigate the effects of the layer number and the layer thickness on natural frequency, maximum deflection and output force. It is found that there exists an optimum number of piezoelectric layers to maximize the transverse deflection. There also exists a specific value of the thickness ratio between piezoelectric and structure layers to maximize both the tip deflection and force.

  13. First principles investigations of structural, elastic, dielectric and piezoelectric properties of { Ba,Sr,Pb } TiO3, { Ba,Sr,Pb } ZrO3 and { Ba,Sr,Pb } { Zr,Ti } O3 ceramics

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    Akgenc, Berna; Tasseven, Cetin; Cagin, Tahir

    2015-03-01

    We use first-principle density-functional study of structural, anisotropic mechanical, dielectric and piezoelectric properties of {Ba,Sr,Pb}TiO3, {Ba,Sr,Pb}ZrO3 and {Ba,Sr,Pb}{Zr,Ti}O3 alloys in cubic perovskite structures at zero temperature. Because there is significant interest in finding new piezoelectrics that do not contain toxic elements such as lead. In this study, we compare piezoelectric response of those alloys to synthesize outstanding piezoelectric materials. In perovskite structures, the spontaneous polarization is due to enormous values of Born effective charges computed by linear response within density functional perturbation theory, which are much larger than predicted nominal charge. We deeply investigated the effects of composition, order and site defects structure on piezoelectric constants.

  14. Tides in Titan

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    Rappaport, Nicole J.

    1997-01-01

    Tides raised in Titan by Saturn give rise to a static and a periodic deformation; both will be measured with Doppler tracking during the CASSINI Tour of the Saturnian System. The latter deformation is due to the significant eccentricity of Titan's orbit and has a frequency equal to the orbital angular velocity of Titan.

  15. 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.

  16. Titan Haze

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    Anderson, Carrie M.; West, Robert; Lavvas, Panayotis

    2011-01-01

    The Titan haze exerts a dominating influence on surface visibility and atmospheric radiative heating at optical and near-infrared wavelengths and our desire to understand surface composition and atmospheric dynamics provides a strong motivation to study the properties of the haze. Prior to the Cassini/Huygens missions the haze was known to be global in extent, with a hemispheric contrast asymmetry, with a complicated structure in the polar vortex region poleward of about 55 deg latitude, and with a distinct layer near 370 km altitude outside of the polar vortex at the time of the Voyager 2 flyby. The haze particles measured by the Pioneer and Voyager spacecraft were both highly polarizing and strongly forward scattering, a combination that seems to require an aggregation of small (several tens of nm radius) primary particles. These same properties were seen in the Cassini orbiter and Huygens Probe data. The most extensive set of optical measurements were made inside the atmosphere by the Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer (DISR) instrument on the Huygens Probe. At the probe location as determined by the DISR measurements the average haze particle contained about 3000 primary particles whose radius is about 40 nm. Three distinct vertical regions were seen in the DISR data with differing particle properties. Refractive indices of the particles in the main haze layer resemble those reported by Khare et al. between O.3S and about 0.7 micron but are more absorbing than the Khare et al. results between 0.7 micron and the long-wavelength limit of the DISR spectra at 1.6 micron. These and other results are described by Tomasko et al., and a broader summary of results was given by Tomasko and West,. New data continue to stream in from the Cassini spacecraft. New data analyses and new laboratory and model results continue to move the field forward. Titan's 'detached' haze layer suffered a dramatic drop in altitude near equinox in 2009 with implications for the circulation and seasonal change in the stratosphere. The book chapter associated with this talk will also present new material on thermal-infrared data analysis and on new developments in laboratory work and haze microphysical modeling.

  17. Effects of PbO-B2O3 Glass Doping on the Sintering Temperature and Piezoelectric Properties of 0.35Pb (Ni1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.65Pb(Zr0.41Ti0.59)O3 Ceramics

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    Yi, Jinqiao; Shen, Meng; Liu, Sisi; Jiang, Shenglin

    2015-12-01

    0.35Pb(Ni1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.65Pb(Zr0.41Ti0.59)O3 (PNN-PZT) ceramics doped with 0.5PbO-0.5B2O3 glass have been synthesized by the conventional solid-state sintering technique. The effects of 0.5PbO-0.5B2O3 glass on the sintering temperature and piezoelectric properties of PNN-PZT ceramics were studied. The results indicated that the sintering temperature of PNN-PZT was significantly reduced due to the incorporation of 0.5PbO-0.5B2O3 glass dopant. When the content of 0.5PbO-0.5B2O3 glass was 0.5 wt.%, the sintering temperature of PNN-PZT was observed to reduce from above 1200°C to 920°C while the samples maintained high density (7.91 g/cm3), excellent piezoelectric constant ( d 33 = 479 pC/N), large electromechanical coupling coefficient ( K p = 0.55), and relatively low electromechanical quality factor ( Q m = 79). Moreover, large dielectric constant ( ? 33 T / ? 0 = 2904) and low dielectric loss (tan ? = 0.0166) were obtained in this work.

  18. Phase coexistence and high electrical properties in (K{sub x}Na{sub 0.96-x}Li{sub 0.04})(Nb{sub 0.85}Ta{sub 0.15})O{sub 3} piezoelectric ceramics

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    Chang Yunfei; Yang Zupei; Ma Difei; Liu Zonghuai; Wang Zenglin

    2009-03-01

    (K{sub x}Na{sub 0.96-x}Li{sub 0.04})(Nb{sub 0.85}Ta{sub 0.15})O{sub 3} lead-free piezoelectric ceramics were produced by conventional solid-state reaction method. The effects of K/Na ratio on the phase transitional behavior, Raman spectrum, microstructure, and dielectric, piezoelectric, and ferroelectric properties of the ceramics have been investigated. The phase structure of the ceramics undergoes a transition from orthorhombic to tetragonal phase with increasing x. A double-degenerate symmetric O-Nb-O stretching vibration v{sub 1} and a triply degenerate symmetric O-Nb-O bending vibration v{sub 5} are detected as relatively strong scattering in the Raman spectra. The peak shifts of v{sub 5} and v{sub 1} modes all have a discontinuity with x between 0.42 and 0.46, which may suggest the coexistence of orthorhombic and tetragonal phases in this range. Properly modifying x reduces the sintering temperature, promotes the grain growth behavior, and improves the density of the ceramics. The polymorphic phase transition (at T{sub o-t}) is shifted to near room temperature by increasing x to 0.44 (K/Na ratio of about 0.85:1), and the coexistence of orthorhombic and tetragonal phases in the ceramics at x=0.44 results in the optimized electrical properties (d{sub 33}=291 pC/N, k{sub p}=0.54, {epsilon}{sub r}=1167, tan {delta}=0.018, T{sub o-t}=35 deg. C, T{sub C}=351 deg. C, P{sub r}=27.65 {mu}C/cm{sup 2}, and E{sub c}=8.63 kV/cm). The results show that the equal K/Na ratio is not an essential condition in obtaining optimized electrical properties in (K{sub x}Na{sub 0.96-x}Li{sub 0.04})(Nb{sub 0.85}Ta{sub 0.15})O{sub 3} ceramics.

  19. Interior of Titan

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    Stevenson, David J.

    1992-01-01

    General principles of Titan formation and evolution are addressed. Attention is focused on the volatile reservoir (defined as all constituents more volatile than water) of Titan's interior. Volatile poor models, in which Titan is like Granymede or Callisto with a thin (observed) volatile veneer are discussed and discarded. Volatile rich models in which the present Titan consists of a methane clathrate shell overlying a deep water ammonia ocean and solid ammonia hydrate are discussed. Titan has a central core of rock which is about one half of the total mass, and a superficial hydrocarbon 'ocean' stored in subsurface caverns and pore space.

  20. ULTRASENSITIVE HIGH-TEMPERATURE SELECTIVE GAS DETECTION USING PIEZOELECTRIC MICROCANTILEVERS

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    Wan Y. Shih; Tejas Patil; Qiang Zhao; Yi-Shi Chiu; Wei-Heng Shih

    2004-03-05

    We have obtained very promising results in the Phase I study. Specifically, for temperature effects, we have established that piezoelectric cantilever sensors could retain their resonance peak strength at high temperatures, i.e., the Q values of the resonance peaks remained above 10 even when the temperature was very close to the Curie temperature. This confirms that a piezoelectric cantilever sensor can be used as a sensor up to its Curie temperature. Furthermore, we have shown that the mass detection sensitivity remained unchanged at different temperatures. For selective gas detection, we have demonstrated selective NH{sub 3} detection using piezoelectric cantilever sensors coated with mesoporous SiO{sub 2}. For high-temperature sensor materials development, we have achieved highly oriented Sr-doped lead titanate thin films that possessed superior dielectric and ferroelectric properties. Such highly oriented films can be microfabricated into high-performance piezoelectric microcantilever sensors that can be used up to 490 C. We have accomplished the goal of Phase I study in exploring the various aspects of a high-temperature gas sensor. We propose to continue the study in Phase II to develop a sensor that is suitable for high-temperature applications using piezoelectrics with a high Curie temperature and by controlling the effects of temperature. The lead titanate based thin film developed in Phase I is good for applications up to 490 C. In phase II, we will develop lithium niobate thin film based cantilevers for applications up to 1000 C.

  1. An exact analysis of a rectangular plate piezoelectric generator.

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    Yang, Jiashi; Chen, Ziguang; Hu, Yuantai

    2007-01-01

    We study thickness-twist vibration of a finite, piezoelectric plate of polarized ceramics or 6-mm crystals driven by surface mechanical loads. An exact solution from the three-dimensional equations of piezoelectricity is obtained. The plate is properly electroded and connected to a circuit such that an electric output is generated. The structure analyzed represents a piezoelectric generator for converting mechanical energy to electrical energy. Analytical expressions for the output voltage, current, power, efficiency, and power density are given. The basic behaviors of the generator are shown by numerical results. PMID:17225813

  2. 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

  3. VOLTAGE-TUNABLE PIEZOELECTRICALLY-TRANSDUCED SINGLE-CRYSTAL SILICON RESONATORS ON SOI SUBSTRATE

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    Ayazi, Farrokh

    VOLTAGE-TUNABLE PIEZOELECTRICALLY-TRANSDUCED SINGLE-CRYSTAL SILICON RESONATORS ON SOI SUBSTRATE) resonators that are piezoelectrically actuated and sensed, and have voltage-tunable center frequencies blocks for on-chip integrated filter and frequency references to replace bulky, off-chip ceramic and SAW

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Dielectric and piezoelectric properties of S001< fiber-textured 0.675Pb,,Mg13Nb23...O3 0.325PbTiO3 ceramics

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    Messing, Gary L.

    Dielectric and piezoelectric properties of S001 to the application of the domain engineering concept for perovskite ferroelectrics which have a rhombohedral a high degree of grain orien- tation texture possess directionally dependent dielectric, pyroelectric

  7. Effects of electric field and biaxial flexure on the failure of poled lead zirconate titanate.

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    Wang, Hong; Wereszczak, Andrew A

    2008-12-01

    Reliable design of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezo stack actuators demands that several issues, including electromechanical coupling and ceramic strength-size scaling, be scrutinized. This study addresses those through the use of ball-on-ring (BoR) biaxial flexure strength tests of a PZT piezoelectric material that is concurrently subjected to an electric field. The Weibull strength distributions and fracture surfaces were examined. The mechanical failures were further analyzed in terms of internal stress, energy release rate, and domain-switching toughening. Both the sign and the magnitude of an electric field had a significant effect on the strength of poled PZT within the tested range. A surface flaw type with an average depth of around 18 microm was identified to be the strength limiter and responsible for the failure of the tested PZT under both mechanical and electromechanical loadings. With a value of 0.74 MPa.m(1/2) in the absence of electric field, the fracture toughness of the poled PZT was affected by an applied electric field just as the strength was affected. These results and observations have the potential to serve probabilistic reliability analysis and design optimization of multilayer PZT piezo actuators. PMID:19126481

  8. 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.

  9. Piezoelectricity and local structural distortions in (Na{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}){sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}TiO{sub 3}-Bi{sub 12}TiO{sub 20} flexoelectric-type polar ceramics

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    Wang, L. H.; Zhao, M. L.; Wang, C. L.; Wang, J.; Kuai, W. J.; Tao, X. T.

    2012-08-06

    We have previously described sintered Na{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3}-Bi{sub 12}TiO{sub 20} composites as flexoelectric-type polar ceramics because they have a net macroscopic flexoelectric polarization. Here, we report on the universal existence of the macroscopic flexoelectric polarization in the (Na{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}){sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}TiO{sub 3}-Bi{sub 12}TiO{sub 20} system, in which enhanced piezoelectricity is observed. By combining Raman spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques, we have identified the local flexoelectric polarization as distorted BiO{sub 5} polyhedra and TiO{sub 6} octahedra in the SrTiO{sub 3}-Bi{sub 12}TiO{sub 20} ceramic. The macroscopic polarization may be due to the partial alignment of these distorted units located within the grain boundary amorphous phases. Bi{sub 12}TiO{sub 20} could have an important role in these flexoelectric-type polar ceramics.

  10. Subterahertz excitations and magnetoelectric effects in hexaferrite-piezoelectric bilayers

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    Ustinov, Alexey B.; Srinivasan, G.

    2008-10-01

    A frequency-agile hexaferrite-piezoelectric composite for potential device applications at subterahertz frequencies is studied. The bilayer is composed of aluminum substituted barium hexagonal ferrite (BaAl2Fe10O19) and lead zirconate titanate (PZT). A dc electric field applied to PZT results in mechanical deformation of the ferrite, leading to a frequency shift in ferromagnetic resonance. The bilayer demonstrates magnetoelectric interaction coefficient of about 0.37Oecm/kV.

  11. Damage detection monitoring applications in self-healing concrete structures using embedded piezoelectric transducers and recovery

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    Karaiskos, G.; Tsangouri, E.; Aggelis, D. G.; Deraemaeker, A.; Van Hemelrijck, D.

    2015-07-01

    The ageing, operational and ambient loadings have a great impact in the operational and maintenance cost of concrete structures. Their service life prolongation is of utmost importance and this can be efficiently achieved by using reliable and low-cost monitoring and self-healing techniques. In the present study, the ultrasonic pulse velocity (UPV) method using embedded small-size and low-cost piezoelectric PZT (lead zirconate titanate) ceramic transducers in concrete with self-healing properties is implemented for monitoring not only the setting and hardening phases of concrete since casting time, but also for the detection of damage initiation, propagation and recovery of integrity after healing. A couple of small-scale notched unreinforced concrete beams are subjected to mode-I fracture through three-point bending tests. After a 24-hour healing agent curing period, the beams are reloaded using the same loading scenario. The results demonstrate the excellent performance of the proposed monitoring technique during the hydration, damage generation and recovery periods.

  12. Temperature dependence of a PZT piezoelectric sensor for Mercury Dust Monitor up to 150 °C

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    Iwai, Takeo

    We have been developing a cosmic dust detector for BepiColombo Mercury exploration mission, called Mercury Dust Monitor (MDM). The MDM uses piezoelectric sensors made of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics for estimation of dust flux and momentum of incident particles. The PZT sensors of MDM, installed on the surface of a side panel of the MMO without a sunshade, will be exposed to severe heat influx from the sun. The sensors are expected to reach their maximum temperature of 167 ° C at perihelion. Since the MDM is not just a dust counter but a particle analyzer, the dependence of the impact signals on temperature is essential to deduce quantitative information on the incident particles from the signals. We have carried out experiments on the temperature dependence of impact signals between room temperature and 150 ° C. A halogen lamp heater is used for heating of a disk PZT sensor in a vacuum chamber at the end of a beam line from the electrostatic accelerator at Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (MPI-K). A linear correlation between the output amplitude voltage of the first oscillation and the momentum of accelerated particles remains even at 150 ° C, and, more importantly, there is no clear difference in the slopes of the linear correlation for room temperature and 150 ° C. This result is quite preferable because it should make the practical data analysis from the MDM easy.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. "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.

  16. Titan Saturn System Mission

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    Reh, Kim R.

    2009-01-01

    Titan is a high priority for exploration, as recommended by NASA's 2006 Solar System Exploration (SSE) Roadmap. NASA's 2003 National Research Council (NRC) Decadal Survey and ESA's Cosmic Vision Program Themes. Recent revolutionary Cassini-Huygens discoveries have dramatically escalated interest in Titan as the next scientific target in the outer solar system. This study demonstrates that an exciting Titan Saturn System Mission (TSSM) that explores two worlds of intense astrobiological interest can be initiated now as a single NASA/ESA collaboration.

  17. Piezoelectric micromachined microphones with out-of-plane directivity

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    Kim, Donghwan; Hewa-Kasakarage, Nishshanka N.; Kuntzman, Michael L.; Kirk, Karen D.; Yoon, Sang H.; Hall, Neal A.

    2013-07-01

    Piezoelectric microphones with out-of-plane directivity are introduced. Structures are comprised of circular diaphragms suspended on compliant circumferential springs and open to ambient at front and back sides. The springs contain thin piezoelectric films for integrated piezoelectric readout. Prototypes are presented in which diaphragm and springs are etched into a 10-?m-thick epitaxial Si layer with 800-nm-thick lead-zirconate-titanate films on the spring surface. Directivity and frequency response measurement confirm anticipated device functionality. A discussion of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) merits of the approach is presented, concluding that up to 20-dB SNR improvements may be possible beyond what is achievable with present state-of-the-art commercial microphones.

  18. Development of a micromachined piezoelectric microphone for aeroacoustics applications.

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    Horowitz, Stephen; Nishida, Toshikazu; Cattafesta, Louis; Sheplak, Mark

    2007-12-01

    This paper describes the design, fabrication, and characterization of a bulk-micromachined piezoelectric microphone for aeroacoustic applications. Microphone design was accomplished through a combination of piezoelectric composite plate theory and lumped element modeling. The device consists of a 1.80-mm-diam, 3-microm-thick, silicon diaphragm with a 267-nm-thick ring of piezoelectric material placed near the boundary of the diaphragm to maximize sensitivity. The microphone was fabricated by combining a sol-gel lead zirconate-titanate deposition process on a silicon-on-insulator wafer with deep-reactive ion etching for the diaphragm release. Experimental characterization indicates a sensitivity of 1.66 microVPa, dynamic range greater than six orders of magnitude (35.7-169 dB, re 20 microPa), a capacitance of 10.8 nF, and a resonant frequency of 59.0 kHz. PMID:18247752

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

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

    2015-12-01

    Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics are the dominant piezoelectric elements for non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and ultrasonic transducers devices. However, the presence of lead content may impose the scientific community to develop lead-free ceramics, concerning human health and environmental safety. During the past ten years, many contributions have highlighted the potential properties of complex compositions like LiNbO3, LiTaO3 and LiSbO3 in the lead-free (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 KNN system. In this context, for the first time, the practical applications and the effectiveness of simply undoped (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 (KNN) ceramics are investigated. KNN powder is prepared by conventional solid state mixed oxide route. Ceramics of this material are prepared using conventional sintering (CS) and spark plasma sintering (SPS). Thickness coupling factor kt of 44-46%, planar coupling factor kp of 29-45%, relative permittivity at constant strain ?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

  20. Phosphorus chemistry on Titan

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    Pasek, Matthew A.; Mousis, Olivier; Lunine, Jonathan I.

    2011-04-01

    Phosphorus is a key element in biology and acts in many critical biochemical functions. The chemistry of phosphorus in the outer Solar System has not yet been quantified, hence the astrobiological relevance of phosphorus to possible life on places like Titan is unconstrained. We evaluate phosphorus chemistry on Titan using a combination of modeling and laboratory techniques. We show that phosphorus chemistry on Titan consists of exogenous phosphates and reduced oxidation state phosphorus compounds, and accretionary phosphine. Accretionary phosphorus is shown to be delivered primarily by rocks and ices in the saturnian sub-nebula, and heating during accretion concentrates phosphine in the crust of Titan. The exogenous compounds are capable of performing biologically-relevant chemistry, however they are active only in environments with substantial liquid water, either pure, or as a mixture with NH 3 or nitrile compounds. In contrast, we show that phosphine is soluble in methane and ethane on Titan's surface, hence phosphine likely participates in the hydrocarbon cycle on Titan. The lack of mobility of phosphate compounds on Titan's surface suggests that if life is present on Titan, it must have a fundamentally different biochemistry than does terrestrial life.

  1. Registration of ‘Titan’ Peanut

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    Titan’ (Reg. no. CV- , PI ) virginia-type peanut (Arachis hypogaea L. subsp. hypogaea var. hypogaea), developed and tested as VT 9506083-3 by the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, was released in May 2010. In Virginia, Titan was tested from 1997 to 2005 at several locations thr...

  2. Clash of the Titans

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    Subramaniam, Karthigeyan

    2010-01-01

    WebQuests and the 5E learning cycle are titans of the science classroom. These popular inquiry-based strategies are most often used as separate entities, but the author has discovered that using a combined WebQuest and 5E learning cycle format taps into the inherent power and potential of both strategies. In the lesson, "Clash of the Titans,"…

  3. Titan's Exotic Weather

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    Griffith, Caitlin A.

    2006-09-01

    Images of Titan, taken during the joint NASA and European Space Agency Cassini-Huygens mission, invoke a feeling of familiarity: washes wind downhill to damp lakebeds; massive cumuli form and quickly dissipate, suggestive of rain; and dark oval regions resemble lakes. These features arise from Titan's unique similarity with Earth: both cycle liquid between their surfaces and atmospheres, but in Titan's cool atmosphere it is methane that exists as a gas, liquid, and ice. While Titan enticingly resembles Earth, its atmosphere is 10 times thicker, so that its radiative time constant near the surface exceeds a Titan year, and prohibits large thermal gradients and seasonal surface temperature variations exceeding 3K. Titan also lacks oceans - central to Earth's climate - and instead stores much of its condensible in its atmosphere. As a result, Titan's weather differs remarkably from Earth's. Evidence for this difference appears in the location of Titan's large clouds, which frequent a narrow band at 40S latitude and a region within 30 latitude of the S. Pole. Ground-based and Cassini observations, combined with thermodynamic considerations, indicate that we are seeing large convective cloud systems. Detailed cloud models and general circulation models further suggest that these are severe rain storms, which will migrate with the change in season. Outside these migrating "gypsy" cloud bands, the atmosphere appears to be calm, humid and thus frequented by thin stratiform clouds. An intriguingly alien environment is predicted. Yet, the combined effects of Titan's patchy wet surface, atmospheric tides, possible ice volcanoes, and detailed seasonal variations remain unclear as we have witnessed only one season so far. This talk will review observations of Titan's lower atmosphere and modeling efforts to explain the observations, and explore the questions that still elude us.

  4. APPLIED PHYSICS REVIEWS--FOCUSED REVIEW Multiferroic magnetoelectric composites: Historical perspective, status,

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    Srinivasan, Gopalan

    effect is generated as a product property of a magnetostrictive and a piezoelectric substance.e., composites of a ferrite and piezoelectric ceramics e.g., lead zirconate titanate , b magnetic metals/alloys e.g., Terfenol-D and Metglas and piezoelectric ceramics, and c Terfenol-D and piezoelectric ceramics and polymer

  5. 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.

  6. The evolution of the Titan rocket - Titan I to Titan II

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    Adams, Laurence J.

    1990-10-01

    The Titan I and Titan II rockets are described. The designs of the stages, test stands, and basing systems are considered, and the developmental history of each rocket is briefly recapitulated. The ways in which Titan II represents an evolution from Titan I are pointed out.

  7. Aerosol growth in Titan’s ionosphere

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    Lavvas, Panayotis; Yelle, Roger V.; Koskinen, Tommi; Bazin, Axel; Vuitton, Véronique; Vigren, Erik; Galand, Marina; Wellbrock, Anne; Coates, Andrew J.; Wahlund, Jan-Erik; Crary, Frank J.; Snowden, Darci

    2013-01-01

    Photochemically produced aerosols are common among the atmospheres of our solar system and beyond. Observations and models have shown that photochemical aerosols have direct consequences on atmospheric properties as well as important astrobiological ramifications, but the mechanisms involved in their formation remain unclear. Here we show that the formation of aerosols in Titan’s upper atmosphere is directly related to ion processes, and we provide a complete interpretation of observed mass spectra by the Cassini instruments from small to large masses. Because all planetary atmospheres possess ionospheres, we anticipate that the mechanisms identified here will be efficient in other environments as well, modulated by the chemical complexity of each atmosphere. PMID:23382231

  8. Design and analysis of a piezoelectric material based touch screen with additional pressure and its acceleration measurement functions

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    Chu, Xiang-Cheng; Liu, Jia-Yi; Gao, Ren-Long; Chang, Jie; Li, Long-Tu

    2013-12-01

    Touch screens are becoming more and more prevalent in everyday environments due to their convenience and humanized operation. In this paper, a piezoelectric material based touch screen is developed and investigated. Piezoelectric ceramics arrayed under the touch panel at the edges or corners are used as tactile sensors to measure the touch positioning point similarly to conventional touch screens. However, additional touch pressure and its acceleration performance can also be obtained to obtain a higher-level human-machine interface. The piezoelectric ceramics can also be added to a traditional touch screen structure, or they can be used independently to construct a novel touch screen with a high light transmittance approach to a transparent glass. The piezoelectric ceramics were processed from PZT piezoelectric ceramic powder into a round or rectangular shape. According to the varied touch position and physical press strength of a finger, or even a gloved hand or fingernail, the piezoelectric tactile sensors will have different output voltage responses. By calculating the ratio of different piezoelectric tactile sensors’ responses and summing up all piezoelectric tactile sensors’ output voltages, the touch point position, touch pressure and touch force acceleration can be detected. A prototype of such a touch screen is manufactured and its position accuracy, touch pressure and response speed are measured in detail. The experimental results show that the prototype has many advantages such as high light transmittance, low energy cost and high durability.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Generating characteristics of an eye-shaped piezoelectric harvester

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    Ha, Yong-Woo; Jeong, Seong-Su; Kim, Na-Lee; Cheon, Seong-Kyu; Park, Tae-Gone; Song, Jae-Sung

    2014-07-01

    In this paper, a newly designed piezoelectric harvester which generates electricity by using tensions on the device is proposed. The device is named as an eye-shaped harvester. The eye-shaped harvester consists of a rectangular ceramic and two elastic body plates are attached to each surface of the ceramic. If tensions are given at both ends of the elastic body, the tensions are changed to pressures on the ceramic through a form change of the elastic body and the piezoelectric effect occurs at the ceramic to generate electricity. Because of the structure of this eye-shaped generator if can be easily in various places where tensions existing. This harvester has a relatively high durability, because the forces are not directly applied to the ceramic. The dependences of the generating output characteristics of the eye-shaped piezoelectric harvester on the ceramic size and at the materials of the elastic body were studied. The resonance and the output characteristics of the generator were analyzed by using a finite-elementmethod program. Generators were fabricated on the basis of the analytical results and were attached to a frequency-controllable vibrator to measure the output characteristics. Also, the experimental results were compared with the simulated results. The output voltages of the generator were increase when ceramic is width was decreased. When the ceramic's length was decreased found to, the resonance frequency of the generator was decreased. For different materials of the elastic body, the highest voltage was obtained at the lowest resonance frequency when brass was used.

  12. Measurement of effective piezoelectric coefficients of PZT thin films for energy harvesting application with interdigitated electrodes.

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    Chidambaram, Nachiappan; Mazzalai, Andrea; Muralt, Paul

    2012-08-01

    Interdigitated electrode (IDE) systems with lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin films play an increasingly important role for two reasons: first, such a configuration generates higher voltages than parallel plate capacitor-type electrode (PPE) structures, and second, the application of an electric field leads to a compressive stress component in addition to the overall stress state, unlike a PPE structure, which results in tensile stress component. Because ceramics tend to crack at relatively moderate tensile stresses, this means that IDEs have a lower risk of cracking than PPEs. For these reasons, IDE systems are ideal for energy harvesting of vibration energy, and for actuators. Systematic investigations of PZT films with IDE systems have not yet been undertaken. In this work, we present results on the evaluation of the in-plane piezoelectric coefficients with IDE systems. Additionally, we also propose a simple and measurable figure of merit (FOM) to analyze and evaluate the relevant piezoelectric parameter for harvesting efficiency without the need to fabricate the energy harvesting device. Idealized effective coefficients e(IDE) and h(IDE) are derived, showing its composite nature with about one-third contribution of the transverse effect, and about two-thirds contribution of the longitudinal effect in the case of a PZT film deposited on a (100)-oriented silicon wafer with the in-plane electric field along one of the <011> Si directions. Randomly oriented 1-?m-thick PZT 53/47 film deposited by a sol-gel technique, was evaluated and yielded an effective coefficient e(IDE) of 15 C·m(-2). Our FOM is the product between effective e and h coefficient representing twice the electrical energy density stored in the piezoelectric film per unit strain deformation (both for IDE and PPE systems). Assuming homogeneous fields between the fingers, and neglecting the contribution from below the electrode fingers, the FOM for IDE structures with larger electrode gap is derived to be twice as large as for PPE structures, for PZT-5H properties. The experiments yielded an FOM of the IDE structures of 1.25 × 10(10) J/m(3) and 14 mV/? strain. PMID:22899110

  13. Titan's organic chemistry

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    Sagan, C.; Thompson, W. R.; Khare, B. N.

    1985-01-01

    Voyager discovered nine simple organic molecules in the atmosphere of Titan. Complex organic solids, called tholins, produced by irradiation of the simulated Titanian atmosphere, are consistent with measured properties of Titan from ultraviolet to microwave frequencies and are the likely main constituents of the observed red aerosols. The tholins contain many of the organic building blocks central to life on earth. At least 100-m, and possibly kms thicknesses of complex organics have been produced on Titan during the age of the solar system, and may exist today as submarine deposits beneath an extensive ocean of simple hydrocarbons.

  14. Functionalization of layered titanates.

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    Ide, Yusuke; Sadakane, Masahiro; Sano, Tsuneji; Ogawa, Makoto

    2014-03-01

    This review article describes the synthesis, modification, and function of lepidocrocite-type layered titanate (A(x)Ti(2-y)M(y)O4, A: A, interlayer cation; M, metal or vacancy). Due to the compositional variation, which affects cation exchange, semiconducting and swelling properties, lepidocrocite-type layered titanates have attracted increasing attention in solid-state materials chemistry. The immobilization of functional units has been done to improve the properties as well as to impart additional functions. Here, we highlight recent developments of hybrid materials derived from the intercalation of inorganic and organic cations, organic functional groups, and nanoparticles into lepidocrocite-type layered titanates. PMID:24745207

  15. Titan's thick haze layer

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1980-01-01

    Titan's thick haze layer is shown in this enhanced Voyager 1 image taken Nov. 12, 1980 at a distance of 435,000 kilometers (270,000 miles). Voyager images of Saturn's largest moon show Titan completely enveloped by haze that merges with a darker 'hood' or cloud layer over the north pole. Such a mantle is not present at the south pole. At Voyager's closest approach to Titan on Nov. 11, 1980, spacecraft instruments found that the moon has a substantial atmosphere, far denser than that of Mars and possibly denser than Earth's. The Voyager Project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

  16. Centrifugal Jet Spinning for Highly Efficient and Large-scale Fabrication of Barium Titanate Nanofibers

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    Ren, Liyun; Kotha, Shiva P.

    2014-01-01

    The centrifugal jet spinning (CJS) method has been developed to enable large-scale synthesis of barium titanate nanofibers. Barium titanate nanofibers with fiber diameters down to 50 nm and grain sizes around 25 nm were prepared with CJS by spinning a sol-gel solution of barium titanate and poly(vinylpyrrolidone) with subsequent heat treatment at 850 °C. XRD and FTIR analysis demonstrated high purity and tetragonal perovskite structured barium titanate nanofibers. SEM and TEM images confirm the continuous high aspect ratio structure of barium titanate nanofibers after heat treatment. It is demonstrated that the CJS technique offers a highly efficient method for large-scale fabrication of ceramic nanofibers at production rates of up to 0.3 gram/minute. PMID:24563566

  17. 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.}

  18. The TITAN reversed-field-pinch fusion reactor study

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    Not Available

    1990-01-01

    This report discusses the following topics: overview of titan-2 design; titan-2 fusion-power-core engineering; titan-2 divertor engineering; titan-2 tritium systems; titan-2 safety design and radioactive-waste disposal; and titan-2 maintenance procedures.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Titan Photochemistry 1974- 2014

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    Strobel, D. F.

    2014-04-01

    It has been 40 years since I published the first paper on Titan photochemistry (Strobel, Icarus, 21, 466- 470, 1974) and pointed out the fundamental difference between the giant planets and Titan. Namely, that unlike the giant planets, light constituents, principally H and H2, can readily escape from the atmosphere of Titan leading to irreversible loss of CH4 from photolysis and a requirement for replenishment by outgassing to maintain a stable presence in the atmosphere on timescales exceeding 50 MY. Since then we have had the Voyager Mission and now the on-going Cassini Huygens Mission plus ground-based telescope observations all contributing to our knowledge about the fascinating photochemical processes on Titan. The talk will finish with an analysis of where we are in our understanding and the outstanding issues that still need to be resolved.

  2. Titan's Lower Atmosphere

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    Griffith, Caitlin Ann

    2007-09-01

    Saturn's largest moon, Titan, sports an atmosphere 10 times thicker than Earth's. Like Earth, the moon's atmosphere is N2 based and possesses a rich organic chemistry. In addition, similar to the terrestrial hydrological cycle, Titan has a methane cycle, with methane clouds, rain and seas. Presently, there is a revolution in our understanding of the moon, as data flows in and is analyzed from the NASA and ESA Cassini-Huygens mission. For example, seas were detected only this year. Here I will discuss the evolution of our understanding of Titan's atmosphere, its composition, chemistry, dynamics and origin. Current open questions will also be presented. Studies of Titan's atmosphere began and evolved to the present state in less time than that of a single scientist's career. This short interlude of activity demonstrates the rigors of the scientific method, and raises enticing questions about the workings and evolution of an atmosphere.

  3. Titan Casts Revealing Shadow

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    2004-05-01

    A rare celestial event was captured by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory as Titan -- Saturn's largest moon and the only moon in the Solar System with a thick atmosphere -- crossed in front of the X-ray bright Crab Nebula. The X-ray shadow cast by Titan allowed astronomers to make the first X-ray measurement of the extent of its atmosphere. On January 5, 2003, Titan transited the Crab Nebula, the remnant of a supernova explosion that was observed to occur in the year 1054. Although Saturn and Titan pass within a few degrees of the Crab Nebula every 30 years, they rarely pass directly in front of it. "This may have been the first transit of the Crab Nebula by Titan since the birth of the Crab Nebula," said Koji Mori of Pennsylvania State University in University Park, and lead author on an Astrophysical Journal paper describing these results. "The next similar conjunction will take place in the year 2267, so this was truly a once in a lifetime event." Animation of Titan's Shadow on Crab Nebula Animation of Titan's Shadow on Crab Nebula Chandra's observation revealed that the diameter of the X-ray shadow cast by Titan was larger than the diameter of its solid surface. The difference in diameters gives a measurement of about 550 miles (880 kilometers) for the height of the X-ray absorbing region of Titan's atmosphere. The extent of the upper atmosphere is consistent with, or slightly (10-15%) larger, than that implied by Voyager I observations made at radio, infrared, and ultraviolet wavelengths in 1980. "Saturn was about 5% closer to the Sun in 2003, so increased solar heating of Titan may account for some of this atmospheric expansion," said Hiroshi Tsunemi of Osaka University in Japan, one of the coauthors on the paper. The X-ray brightness and extent of the Crab Nebula made it possible to study the tiny X-ray shadow cast by Titan during its transit. By using Chandra to precisely track Titan's position, astronomers were able to measure a shadow one arcsecond in diameter, which corresponds to the size of a dime as viewed from about two and a half miles. Illustration of Crab, Titan's Shadow and Chandra Illustration of Crab, Titan's Shadow and Chandra Unlike almost all of Chandra's images which are made by focusing X-ray emission from cosmic sources, Titan's X-ray shadow image was produced in a manner similar to a medical X-ray. That is, an X-ray source (the Crab Nebula) is used to make a shadow image (Titan and its atmosphere) that is recorded on film (Chandra's ACIS detector). Titan's atmosphere, which is about 95% nitrogen and 5% methane, has a pressure near the surface that is one and a half times the Earth's sea level pressure. Voyager I spacecraft measured the structure of Titan's atmosphere at heights below about 300 miles (500 kilometers), and above 600 miles (1000 kilometers). Until the Chandra observations, however, no measurements existed at heights in the range between 300 and 600 miles. Understanding the extent of Titan's atmosphere is important for the planners of the Cassini-Huygens mission. The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft will reach Saturn in July of this year to begin a four-year tour of Saturn, its rings and its moons. The tour will include close flybys of Titan that will take Cassini as close as 600 miles, and the launching of the Huygens probe that will land on Titan's surface. Chandra's X-ray Shadow of Titan Chandra's X-ray Shadow of Titan "If Titan's atmosphere has really expanded, the trajectory may have to be changed." said Tsunemi. The paper on these results has been accepted and is expected to appear in a June 2004 issue of The Astrophysical Journal. Other members of the research team were Haroyoski Katayama (Osaka University), David Burrows and Gordon Garmine (Penn State University), and Albert Metzger (JPL). Chandra observed Titan from 9:04 to 18:46 UT on January 5, 2003, using its Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer instrument. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., manages the Chandra program for the Office of Space Science, NASA Headquarters,

  4. Raising the Titanic.

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    Baker, Romona

    1990-01-01

    Described is an activity in which groups of students investigate engineering principles by writing a feasibility study to raise the luxury liner, Titanic. The problem statement and directions, and suggestions for problem solutions are included. (CW)

  5. ORNL debuts Titan supercomputer

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    detail," said James Hack, director of ORNL's National Center for Computational Sciences. "The work through the process for final system acceptance. The lion's share of access to Titan in the coming. . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Service anniversaries . . . . . .3 Benefits. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Tennessee Science

  6. Dielectric and ferroelectric analysis of nanoparticle/nanocrystalline barium titanate and PLZT.

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    DiAntonio, Christopher Brian; Yang, Pin; Chavez, Tom P.; Winter, Michael R.; Monson, Todd C.; Roesler, Alexander William

    2010-07-01

    Attractive for numerous technological applications, ferroelectronic oxides constitute an important class of multifunctional compounds. Intense experimental efforts have been made recently in synthesizing, processing and understanding ferroelectric nanostructures. This work will present the systematic characterization and optimization of barium titanate and lead lanthanum zirconate titanate nanoparticle based ceramics. The nanoparticles have been synthesized using several solution and pH-based synthesis processing routes and employed to fabricate polycrystalline ceramic and nanocomposite based components. The dielectric and ferroelectric properties of these various components have been gauged by impedance analysis and electromechanical response and will be discussed.

  7. Titan's Ammonia Feature

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    Smythe, W.; Nelson, R.; Boryta, M.; Choukroun, M.

    2011-01-01

    NH3 has long been considered an important component in the formation and evolution of the outer planet satellites. NH3 is particularly important for Titan, since it may serve as the reservoir for atmospheric nitrogen. A brightening seen on Titan starting in 2004 may arise from a transient low-lying fog or surface coating of ammonia. The spectral shape suggests the ammonia is anhydrous, a molecule that hydrates quickly in the presence of water.

  8. Large Flexoelectric Anisotropy in Paraelectric Barium Titanate.

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    Narvaez, Jackeline; Saremi, Sahar; Hong, Jiawang; Stengel, Massimiliano; Catalan, Gustau

    2015-07-17

    The bending-induced polarization of barium titanate single crystals has been measured with an aim to elucidate the origin of the large difference between theoretically predicted and experimentally measured flexoelectricity in this material. The results indicate that part of the difference is due to polar regions (short-range order) that exist above T(C) and up to T*?200-225?°C. Above T*, however, the flexovoltage coefficient still shows an unexpectedly large anisotropy for a cubic material, with (001)-oriented crystals displaying 10 times more flexoelectricity than (111)-oriented crystals. Theoretical analysis shows that this anisotropy cannot be a bulk property, and we therefore interpret it as indirect evidence for the theoretically predicted but experimentally elusive contribution of surface piezoelectricity to macroscopic bending-induced polarization. PMID:26230825

  9. Dielectric measurements of selected ceramics at microwave frequencies

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    Dahiya, J. N.; Templeton, C. K.

    1994-01-01

    Dielectric measurements of strontium titanate and lead titanate zirconate ceramics are conducted at microwave frequencies using a cylindrical resonant cavity in the TE(sub 011) mode. The perturbations of the electric field are recorded in terms of the frequency shift and Q-changes of the cavity signal. Slater's perturbation equations are used to calculate e' and e" of the dielectric constant as a function of temperature and frequency.

  10. ALMA observations of Titan

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    Moreno, Raphael; Lellouch, Emmanuel; Vinatier, Sandrine; Gurwell, Mark A.; Lara, Luisa M.; Moullet, Arielle; Hidayat, Taufiq

    2014-11-01

    We report submm observations of Titan performed with the ALMA interferometer from our cycle 0 data, centered around the rotational frequencies of HCN(4-3) and HNC(4-3), i.e. 354 and 362 GHz. The most extended configuration of the array in cycle 0 yielded disk-resolved emission spectra of Titan with an angular resolution of 0.54x0.42 arcsec. Titan’s angular surface diameter was 0.77 arcsec. Data were acquired in June-August 2012 near the greatest eastern and western elongations of Titan at a spectral resolution of 122 kHz (?/d ? = 3.10^6).We have obtained maps of several nitriles present in Titan’ stratosphere: HCN, HC3N, CH3CN, HNC, DCN, and obtain the detection of the isotopes CH3C13N and HCCC15N as well as line spectroscopic detection of C2H5CN.This is a work in progress, maps of nitriles will be presented

  11. Fundamental understanding of wave generation and reception using d(36) type piezoelectric transducers.

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    Zhou, Wensong; Li, Hui; Yuan, Fuh-Gwo

    2015-03-01

    A new piezoelectric wafer made from a PMN-PT single crystal with dominant piezoelectric coefficient d36 is proposed to generate and detect guided waves on isotropic plates. The in-plane shear coupled with electric field arising from the piezoelectric coefficient is not usually present for conventional piezoelectric wafers, such as lead zirconate titanate (PZT). The direct piezoelectric effect of coefficient d36 indicates that under external in-plane shear stress the charge is induced on a face perpendicular to the poled z-direction. On thin plates, this type of piezoelectric wafer will generate shear horizontal (SH) waves in two orthogonal wave propagation directions as well as two Lamb wave modes in other wave propagation directions. Finite element analyses are employed to explore the wave disturbance in terms of time-varying displacements excited by the d36 wafer in different directions of wave propagation to understand all the guided wave modes accurately. Experiments are conducted to examine the voltage responses received by this type of wafer, and also investigate results of tuning frequency and effects of d31 piezoelectric coefficient, which is intentionally ignored in the finite element analysis. All results demonstrate the main features and utility of proposed d36 piezoelectric wafer for guided wave generation and detection in structural health monitoring. PMID:25465107

  12. Spectral Characteristics of Titan's Surface

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    Griffith, Caitlin A.; Turner, Jake D.; Penteado, Paulo; Khamsi, Tymon B.; Soderblom, Jason M.

    2014-11-01

    Cassini/Huygens and ground-based measurements of Titan reveal an eroded surface, with lakes, dunes, and sinuous washes. These features, coupled with measurements of clouds and rain, indicate the transfer of methane between Titan’s surface and atmosphere. The presence of methane-damp lowlands suggests further that the atmospheric methane (which is continually depleted through photolysis) may be supplied by sub-surface reservoirs. The byproducts of methane photolysis condense onto the surface, leaving layers of organic sediments that record Titan’s past atmospheres.Thus knowledge of the source and history of Titan's atmosphere requires measurements of the large scale compositional makeup of Titan's surface, which is shrouded by a thick and hazy atmosphere. Towards this goal, we analyzed roughly 100,000 spectra recorded by Cassini’s Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS). Our study is confined to the latitude region (20S—20N) surrounding the landing site of the Huygens probe (at 10S, 192W), which supplied only measurement of the vertical profiles of the methane abundance and haze scattering characteristics. VIMS near-IR spectral images indicate subtle latitudinal and temporal variations in the haze characteristics in the tropics. We constrain these small changes with full radiative transfer analyses of each of the thousands of VIMS spectra, which were recorded of different terrains and at different lighting conditions. The resulting models of Titan’s atmosphere as a function of latitude and year indicate the seasonal migration of Titan’s tropical haze and enable the derivation of Titan’s surface albedo at 8 near-IR wavelength regions where Titan’s atmosphere is transparent enough to allow visibility to the surface. The resultant maps of Titan’s surface indicate a number of terrain types with distinct spectral characteristics that are suggestive of atmospheric and surficial processes, including the deposition of organic material, erosion of sediments and potential sources of methane.

  13. Dynamic response of a piezoelectric flapping wing

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    Kumar, Alok; Khandwekar, Gaurang; Venkatesh, S.; Mahapatra, D. R.; Dutta, S.

    2015-03-01

    Piezo-composite membranes have advantages over motorized flapping where frequencies are high and certain coupling between bending and twisting is useful to generate lift and forward flight. We draw examples of fruit fly and bumble bee. Wings with Piezo ceramic PZT coating are realized. The passive mechanical response of the wing is characterized experimentally and validated using finite element simulation. Piezoelectric actuation with uniform electrode coating is characterized and optimal frequencies for flapping are identified. The experimental data are used in an empirical model and advanced ratio for a flapping insect like condition for various angular orientations is estimated.

  14. Laser tuners using circular piezoelectric benders

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    Mcelroy, J. H.; Thompson, P. E.; Walker, H. E.; Johnson, E. H.; Radecki, D. J.; Reynolds, R. S.

    1975-01-01

    The paper presents the results of an experimental evaluation of a new type of piezoelectric ceramic device designed for use as a laser mirror tuner. Thin plates made from various materials were assembled into a circular bimorph configuration and tested for linearity of movement, maximum travel, and resonant frequency for varying conditions of clamping torque and mirror loading values. Most of the devices tested could accept mirror diameters up to approximately 1.3 cm and maintain a resonant frequency above 2 kHz. Typical mirror translation without measurable tilt was plus or minus 20 micrometers or greater for applied voltages of less than plus or minus 300 V.

  15. Optimization of Piezoelectric Electrical Generators Powered by Random Vibrations

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    Lefeuvre, E; Richard, C; Petit, L; Guyomar, D

    2007-01-01

    This paper compares the performances of a vibrationpowered electrical generators using PZT piezoelectric ceramic associated to two different power conditioning circuits. A new approach of the piezoelectric power conversion based on a nonlinear voltage processing is presented and implemented with a particular power conditioning circuit topology. Theoretical predictions and experimental results show that the nonlinear processing technique may increase the power harvested by a factor up to 4 compared to the Standard optimization technique. Properties of this new technique are analyzed in particular in the case of broadband, random vibrations, and compared to those of the Standard interface.

  16. Uniaxial Compression Experiments on Lead Zirconate Titanate 95/5-2Nb Ceramic: Evidence for an Orientation-Dependent, ''Maximum Compressive Stress'' Criterion for Onset of the Ferroelectric - Antiferroelectric Polymorphic Transformation

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    Zeuch, D.H.; Montgomery, S.T.; Holcomb, D.J.

    1999-07-26

    Some time ago we presented evidence that, under nonhydrostatic loading, the F{sub R1} {r_arrow} A{sub O} polymorphic transformation of unpoled PZT 95/5-2Nb (PNZT) ceramic began when the maximum compressive stress equaled the hydro-static pressure at which the transformation otherwise took place. Recently we showed that this simple criterion did not apply to nonhydrostatically compressed, poled ceramic. However, unpoled ceramic is isotropic, whereas poled ceramic has a preferred crystallographic orientation and is mechanically anisotropic. If we further assume that the transformation depends not only on the magnitude of the compressive stress, but also its orientation relative to some feature(s) of PNZT's crystallography, then these disparate results can be qualitatively resolved. It has long been known that this transformation can be triggered in uniaxial compression. Our modified hypothesis makes two predictions for transformation of unpoled polycrystals under uniaxial stress: (i) the transformation should begin when the maximum compressive stress, {sigma}{sub 1}, equals the hydrostatic pressure for transformation, and (ii) a steadily increasing axial stress should be required to drive the transformation.

  17. Structural ceramics

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    Wachtman, J.B. Jr.

    1989-01-01

    The present work discusses opportunities for application of structural ceramics in heat engines, industrial-wear parts, prosthetics and bearings; conceptual and detailed design principles for structural ceramics; the processing, consolidation, and properties of members of the SiC family of structural ceramics; and the silicon nitride and sialon families of hot-pressed, sintered, and reaction-bonded, structural ceramics. Also discussed are partially-stabilized zirconia and zirconia-toughened ceramics for structural applications, the processing methods and mechanisms of fiber-reinforcement in ceramic-matrix fiber-reinforced composites, and the tribological properties of structural ceramics.

  18. Experimental Study of Relationships between Ultrasonic Attenuation and Dispersion for Ceramic Matrix Composite

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    Naumenko, A. A.; Shcherbinin, S. A.; Makariev, D. I.; Rybyanets, A. N.

    In this paper an experimental study of different ceramic matrix composites with high elastic losses and dispersion (porous piezoceramics, composites ceramics/crystals) were carried out. Complex sets of elastic, dielectric, and piezoelectric parameters of the porous piezoceramics and ceramic matrix piezocomposites were determined by the impedance spectroscopy method using Piezoelectric Resonance Analysis software. Microstructure of polished and chipped surfaces of composite samples was observed with the optical and scanning electron microcopies. Experimental frequency dependencies of attenuation coefficients and ultrasonic velocities for different ceramic matrix composites were compared with the theoretical results obtained using general Kramers-Kronig relations between the ultrasonic attenuation and dispersion.

  19. Synthesis and structural characterization of Ce-doped bismuth titanate

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    Pavlovic, Nikolina Srdic, Vladimir V.

    2009-04-02

    Ce-modified bismuth titanate nanopowders Bi{sub 4-x}Ce{sub x}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} (x {<=} 1) have been synthesized using a coprecipitation method. DTA/TG, FTIR, XRD, SEM/EDS and BET methods were used in order to investigate the effect of Ce-substitution on the structure, morphology and sinterability of the obtained powders. The phase structure investigation revealed that after calcinations at 600 deg. C powder without Ce addition exhibited pure bismuth titanate phase; however, powders with Ce (x = 0.25, 0.5 and 0.75) had bismuth titanate pyrochlore phase as the second phase. The strongest effect of Ce addition on the structure was noted for the powder with the highest amount of Ce (x = 1) having a cubic pyrochlore structure. The presence of pure pyrochlore phase was explained by its stabilization due to the incorporation of cerium ions in titanate structure. Ce-modified bismuth titanate ceramic had a density over 95% of theoretical density and the fracture in transgranular manner most probably due to preferable distribution of Ce in boundary region.

  20. Radiation damage and nanocrystal formation in uranium-niobium titanates

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    Lian, J.; Wang, S. X.; Wang, L. M.; Ewing, R. C.

    2001-07-01

    Two uranium-niobium titanates, U 2.25Nb 1.90Ti 0.32O 9.8 and Nb 2.75U 1.20Ti 0.36O 10, formed during the synthesis of brannnerite (UTi 2O 6), a minor phase in titanate-based ceramics investigated for plutonium immobilization. These uranium titanates were subjected to 800 keV Kr 2+ irradiation from 30 to 973 K. The critical amorphization dose of the U-rich and Nb-rich titanates at room temperature were 4.72×10 17 and 5×10 17 ions/ m2, respectively. At elevated temperature, the critical amorphization dose increases due to dynamic thermal annealing. The critical amorphization temperature for both Nb-rich and U-rich titanates is ˜933 K under a 800 keV Kr 2+ irradiation. Above the critical amorphization temperature, nanocrystals with an average size of ˜15 nm were observed. The formation of nanocrystals is due to epitaxial recrystallization. At higher temperatures, an ion irradiation-induced nucleation-growth mechanism also contributes to the formation of nanocrystals.

  1. Effect of Pb(Fe{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2})O{sub 3} modification on dielectric and piezoelectric properties of Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-PbZr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48}O{sub 3} ceramics

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    Luo, Nengneng; Li, Qiang; Xia, Zhiguo

    2011-09-15

    Highlights: {yields} 10 mol% PFN modified PMN-PZT relaxor ferroelectric ceramics were prepared by the conventional solid-state mixed-oxide technique, and their structure, dielectric and piezoelectric properties were studied. {yields} At the frequency of 1 kHz, the maximum dielectric constant at room temperature ({epsilon}{sub r}) was 3519 and maximum dielectric constant ({epsilon}{sub m}) was 20,475, corresponding to the (0.9 - x)PMN-0.1PFN-xPZT ceramic composition of x = 0.8. While the sample with composition of x = 0.3 possessed the maximum dielectric relaxor factor of {gamma} = 1.94. The Curie temperature T{sub c} could be higher than 300 {sup o}C around morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) area which is much higher than some other system. {yields} The largest d{sub 33} could be as high as 318 pC/N when x = 0.9. And the maximum remnant polarization P{sub r} was 28.3 {mu}C/cm{sup 2} at x = 0.4. -- Abstract: 10 mol% Pb(Fe{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2})O{sub 3} (PFN) modified Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-PbZr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48}O{sub 3} (PMN-PZT) relaxor ferroelectric ceramics with compositions of (0.9 - x)PMN-0.1PFN-xPZT (x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.7, 0.8 and 0.9) were prepared. X-ray diffraction investigations indicated that as-prepared ceramics were of pure perovskite phase and the sample with composition of x = 0.8 was close to morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) between rhombohedral and tetragonal phase. Dielectric properties of the as-prepared ceramics were measured, and the Curie temperature (T{sub c}) increased sharply with increasing PZT content and could be higher than 300 {sup o}C around morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) area. At 1 kHz, the sample with composition of x = 0.1 had the largest room temperature dielectric constant {epsilon}{sub r} = 3519 and maximum dielectric constant {epsilon}{sub m} = 20,475 at T{sub m}, while the sample with composition of x = 0.3 possessed the maximum dielectric relaxor factor of {gamma} = 1.94. The largest d{sub 33} = 318 pC/N could be obtained from as-prepared ceramics at x = 0.9. The maximum remnant polarization (P{sub r} = 28.3 {mu}C/cm{sup 2}) was obtained from as-prepared ceramics at x = 0.4.

  2. Studies on Structural and Dielectric Properties of ABi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15} (A Ba, Sr and Pb) Ceramics

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    Reddy, T. Gopal; Kumar, B. Rajesh; Rao, T. Subba

    2010-12-01

    Bismuth Titanate based electroceramics of layered perovskite structures are technologically important materials for high temperature piezoelectric and ferroelectric applications, due to their high Curie temperature (675 deg. C), Stable piezoelectric response and excellent dielectric properties. The compounds ABi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15} (A = Ba, Sr and Pb) belongs to Aurivillius family (n = 4) in which BaBi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15} crystallizes in tetragonal I4/mmm space group, Sr Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15} and PbBi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15} crystallizes in orthorhombic space group A2{sub 1}am. In the present work ABi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15} (A = Ba, Sr and Pb) ceramic samples are prepared through the solid state reaction by conventional mixed oxides by calcination at high temperature. Dielectric constant ({epsilon}'{sub r}) and Dielectric Loss (D) for all the compositions as a function of temperature measured from frequencies 100 Hz to 100 KHz using a HIOKI 3532-50 LCR meter. The dielectric constant increases gradually with an increase in temperature up to transition temperature (T{sub c,} K) and then decreases.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. ALMA observations of Titan

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    Moreno, R.; Lellouch, E.; Vinatier, S.; Gurwell, M.; Moullet, A.; Lara, L. M.; Hidayat, T.

    2014-04-01

    We report submm observations of Titan performed with the ALMA interferometer centered at the rotational frequencies of HCN(4-3) and HNC(4-3), i.e. 354 and 362 GHz. The most extended configuration of the array in cycle 0 yielded diskresolved emission spectra of Titan with an angular resolution of 0.54x0.42 arcsec. Titan's angular surface diameter was 0.77 arcsec. Data were acquired in June-August 2012 near the greatest eastern and western elongations of Titan at a spectral resolution of 122 kHz (?/d ? = 3106). We have obtained maps of several nitriles present in Titan' stratosphere: HCN, HC3N, CH3CN, HNC and other weak lines (isotopes, vibrationally excited lines, …). A detailed study of the relative line intensities and FWHM is ongoing. With the combination of all these detected rotational lines, we expect to constrain the spatial and vertical distribution of these species and to derive the HNC/HCN ratio as well as isotopic ratios. Moreover, Doppler lineshift measurements will enable us to constrain the zonal wind flow in the upper atmosphere. This analysis will be presented, as well as a comparison with vertical profiles expected from photochemical models.

  6. Structural description of the macroscopic piezo- and ferroelectric properties of lead zirconate titanate.

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    Hinterstein, M; Rouquette, J; Haines, J; Papet, Ph; Knapp, M; Glaum, J; Fuess, H

    2011-08-12

    An in situ structural description of the origin of the ferroelectric properties as a function of the applied electric field E was obtained by synchrotron x-ray diffraction. A setup was used to average the effects of the preferred orientation induced by the strong piezoelectric strain and solve in situ the crystal structure as a function of the applied electric field. Hence, we were able to describe the microscopic origin of the macroscopic ferro- and piezoelectric properties of the most widely used ferroelectric material, lead zirconate titanate. PMID:21902430

  7. Model of piezoelectric self powered supply for wearable devices

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    Meddad, M.; Eddiai, A.; Chérif, A.; Hajjaji, A.; Boughaleb, Y.

    2014-07-01

    With the development in a few latter years, of micros electromechanical technology (MEMS), the demand in wearable electronics and in cordless detectors is more and more important. These wearable devices have needed more of autonomy and independence in energy. Materials piezoelectric (often called intelligent materials) can be employed like mechanisms to convert the mechanical energy, due to vibration usually ambient, in energy electric. This one can be stored and used in place of conventional battery which presents certain disadvantages such as lasted limited life as well as congestion. In this article, one presents a power analytical model generated by a smart structure of type PZT that can be used as supply energy for electronic device. This model allows the determination of suitable sizes and vibration levels of piezoelectric material for to generate an optimal energy supply for a mobile phone. Two types of vibration mode have been compared as a function of characteristics and piezoelectric ceramic sizes.

  8. JOINT RIGIDITY ASSESSMENT WITH PIEZOELECTRIC WAFERS AND ACOUSTIC WAVES

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    Montoya, Angela C.; Maji, Arup K.

    2010-02-22

    There has been an interest in the development of rapid deployment satellites. In a modular satellite design, different panels of specific functions can be pre-manufactured. The satellite can then be assembled and tested just prior to deployment. Traditional vibration testing is time-consuming and expensive. An alternative test method to evaluate the connection between two plates will be proposed. The method investigated and described employs piezoelectric wafers to induce and sense lamb waves in two aluminum plates, which were joined by steel brackets to form an 'L-Style' joint. Lamb wave behavior and piezoelectric material properties will be discussed; the experimental setup and results will be presented. A set of 4 piezoelectric ceramic wafers were used alternately as source and sensor. The energy transmitted was shown to correlate with a mechanical assessment of the joint, demonstrating that this method of testing is a feasible and reliable way to inspect the rigidity of joints.

  9. Electrical Properties and Power Considerations of a Piezoelectric Actuator

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    Jordan, T.; Ounaies, Z.; Tripp, J.; Tcheng, P.

    1999-01-01

    This paper assesses the electrical characteristics of piezoelectric wafers for use in aeronautical applications such as active noise control in aircraft. Determination of capacitive behavior and power consumption is necessary to optimize the system configuration and to design efficient driving electronics. Empirical relations are developed from experimental data to predict the capacitance and loss tangent of a PZT5A ceramic as nonlinear functions of both applied peak voltage and driving frequency. Power consumed by the PZT is the rate of energy required to excite the piezoelectric system along with power dissipated due to dielectric loss and mechanical and structural damping. Overall power consumption is thus quantified as a function of peak applied voltage and driving frequency. It was demonstrated that by incorporating the variation of capacitance and power loss with voltage and frequency, satisfactory estimates of power requirements can be obtained. These relations allow general guidelines in selection and application of piezoelectric actuators and driving electronics for active control applications.

  10. Optimum shape control of flexible beams by piezo-electric actuators

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    Baz, A.; Poh, S.

    1987-01-01

    The utilization of piezoelectric actuators in controlling the static deformation and shape of flexible beams is examined. An optimum design procedure is presented to enable the selection of the optimal location, thickness and excitation voltage of the piezoelectric actuators in a way that would minimize the deflection of the beam to which these actuators are bonded. Numerical examples are presented to illustrate the application of the developed optimization procedure in minimizing structural deformation of beams using ceramic and polymeric piezoelectric actuators bonded to the beams with a typical bonding agent. The obtained results emphasize the importance of the devised rational produce in designing beam-actuator systems with minimal elastic distortions.

  11. Piezoelectric energy harvesting solutions.

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

    2014-01-01

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Solutions

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

    2014-01-01

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

  15. PZT Thin Film Piezoelectric Traveling Wave Motor

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    Shen, Dexin; Zhang, Baoan; Yang, Genqing; Jiao, Jiwei; Lu, Jianguo; Wang, Weiyuan

    1995-01-01

    With the development of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), its various applications are attracting more and more attention. Among MEMS, micro motors, electrostatic and electromagnetic, are the typical and important ones. As an alternative approach, the piezoelectric traveling wave micro motor, based on thin film material and integrated circuit technologies, circumvents many of the drawbacks of the above mentioned two types of motors and displays distinct advantages. In this paper we report on a lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) piezoelectric thin film traveling wave motor. The PZT film with a thickness of 150 micrometers and a diameter of 8 mm was first deposited onto a metal substrate as the stator material. Then, eight sections were patterned to form the stator electrodes. The rotor had an 8 kHz frequency power supply. The rotation speed of the motor is 100 rpm. The relationship of the friction between the stator and the rotor and the structure of the rotor on rotation were also studied.

  16. Flying by Titan

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    Pelletier, Frederic J.; Antreasian, Peter G.; Ardalan, Shadan M.; Criddle, Kevin E.; Ionasescu, Rodica; Jacobson, Robert A.; Jones, Jeremy B.; Parcher, Daniel W.; Roth, Duane C.; Thompson, Paul F.; Vaughan, Andrew T.

    2008-01-01

    The Cassini spacecraft encounters the massive Titan about once every month. These encounters are essential to the mission as Titan is the only satellite of Saturn that can provide enough gravity assist to shape the orbit tour and allow outstanding science for many years. From a navigation point of view, these encounters provide many challenges, in particular those that fly close enough to the surface for the atmospheric drag to perturb the orbit. This paper discusses the dynamics models developed to successfully navigate Cassini and determine its trajectory. This includes the moon's gravity pull with its second degree zonal harmonics J2, the attitude thrust control perturbations and the acceleration of drag.

  17. Titan's Winter Polar Vortex

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    Flasar, F.M.; Achterberg, R.K.; Schinder, P.J.

    2008-01-01

    Titan's atmosphere has provided an interesting study in contrasts and similarities with Earth's. While both have N$_2$ as the dominant constituent and comparable surface pressures $\\sim1$ bar, Titan's next most abundant molecule is CH$_4$, not O$_2$, and the dissociative breakup of CH$_4$ and N$_2$ by sunlight and electron impact leads to a suite of hydrocarbons and nitriles, and ultimately the photochemical smog that enshrouds the moon. In addition, with a 15.95-day period, Titan is a slow rotator compared to Earth. While the mean zonal terrestrial winds are geostrophic, Titan's are mostly cyclostrophic, whipping around the moon in as little as 1 day. Despite the different dynamical regime, Titan's winter stratosphere exhibits several characteristics that should be familiar to terrestrial meteorologists. The cold winter pole near the 1 -mbar level is circumscribed by strong winds (up to 190 m/s) that act as a barrier to mixing with airmasses at lower latitudes. There is evidence of enhancement of several organic species over the winter pole, indicating subsidence. The adiabatic heating associated with this subsidence gives rise to a warm anomaly at the 0.01-mbar level, raising the stratopause two scale heights above its location at equatorial latitudes. Condensate ices have been detected in Titan's lower stratosphere within the winter polar vortex from infrared spectra. Although not always unambiguously identified, their spatial distribution exhibits a sharp gradient, decreasing precipitously across the vortex away from the winter pole. The interesting question of whether there is important heterogeneous chemistry occurring within the polar vortex, analogous to that occurring in the terrestrial polar stratospheric clouds in the ozone holes, has not been addressed. The breakup of Titan's winter polar vortex has not yet been observed. On Earth, the polar vortex is nonlinearly disrupted by interaction with large-amplitude planetary waves. Large-scale waves have not been identified in Titan's atmosphere, so the decay of its polar vortex may be more gradual than on Earth. Observations from an extended Cassini mission into late northern spring should provide critical data indicating whether the vortex goes away with a bang or just fades away.

  18. Piezoelectric ribbons printed onto rubber for flexible energy conversion.

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    Qi, Yi; Jafferis, Noah T; Lyons, Kenneth; Lee, Christine M; Ahmad, Habib; McAlpine, Michael C

    2010-02-10

    The development of a method for integrating highly efficient energy conversion materials onto stretchable, biocompatible rubbers could yield breakthroughs in implantable or wearable energy harvesting systems. Being electromechanically coupled, piezoelectric crystals represent a particularly interesting subset of smart materials that function as sensors/actuators, bioMEMS devices, and energy converters. Yet, the crystallization of these materials generally requires high temperatures for maximally efficient performance, rendering them incompatible with temperature-sensitive plastics and rubbers. Here, we overcome these limitations by presenting a scalable and parallel process for transferring crystalline piezoelectric nanothick ribbons of lead zirconate titanate from host substrates onto flexible rubbers over macroscopic areas. Fundamental characterization of the ribbons by piezo-force microscopy indicates that their electromechanical energy conversion metrics are among the highest reported on a flexible medium. The excellent performance of the piezo-ribbon assemblies coupled with stretchable, biocompatible rubber may enable a host of exciting avenues in fundamental research and novel applications. PMID:20102189

  19. Piezoelectric characterization of ejecta from shocked tin surfaces

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    Vogan, W. S.; Anderson, W. W.; Grover, M.; Hammerberg, J. E.; King, N. S. P.; Lamoreaux, S. K.; Macrum, G.; Morley, K. B.; Rigg, P. A.; Stevens, G. D.; Turley, W. D.; Veeser, L. R.; Buttler, W. T.

    2005-12-01

    Using piezoelectric diagnostics, we have measured densities and velocities of ejected particulate as well as "free-surface velocities" of bulk tin targets shock loaded with high explosive. The targets had finely grooved, machined finishes ranging from 10 to 250?in. Two types of piezoelectric sensor ("piezopins"), lithium niobate and lead zirconate titanate, were compared for durability and repeatability; in addition, some piezopins were "shielded" with foam and metal foil in order to mitigate premature failure of the pins in high ejecta regimes. These experiments address questions about ejecta production at a given shock pressure as a function of surface finish; piezopin results are compared with those from complementary diagnostics such as x-ray radiography and time-resolved optical transmission techniques. The mass ejection shows a marked dependence on groove characteristics and cannot be described by a groove defect theory alone.

  20. Large displacement vertical translational actuator based on piezoelectric thin films

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    Qiu, Zhen; Pulskamp, Jeffrey S; Lin, Xianke; Rhee, Choong-Ho; Wang, Thomas; Polcawich, Ronald G; Oldham, Kenn

    2014-01-01

    A novel vertical translational microactuator based on thin-film piezoelectric actuation is presented, using a set of four compound bend-up/bend-down unimorphs to produce translational motion of a moving platform or stage. The actuation material is a chemical-solution deposited lead–zirconate–titanate (PZT) thin film. Prototype designs have shown as much as 120 ?m of static displacement, with 80–90 ?m displacements being typical, using four 920 ?m long by 70 ?m legs. Analytical models are presented that accurately describe nonlinear behavior in both static and dynamic operation of prototype stages when the dependence of piezoelectric coefficients on voltage is known. Resonance of the system is observed at a frequency of 200 Hz. The large displacement and high bandwidth of the actuators at low-voltage and low-power levels should make them useful to a variety of optical applications, including endoscopic microscopy. PMID:25506130

  1. Exploratory Study of the Acoustic Performance of Piezoelectric Actuators

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    SantaMaria, O. S.; Thurlow, E. M.; Jones, M. G.

    1989-01-01

    The proposed ducted fan engine has prompted the need for increasingly lightweight and efficient noise control devices. Exploratory tests at the NASA Langley Research Center were conducted to evaluate three piezoelectric specimens as possible control transducers: a Polyvinylidene Flouride (PVDF) piezofilm sample and two composite samples of Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) rods embedded in fiberglass. The tests measured the acoustic output efficiency and evaluated the noise control characteristics when interacting with a primary sound source. The results showed that a PZT sample could diminish the reflected acoustic waves. However, the PZT acoustic output must increase by several orders of magnitude to qualify as a control transducer for the ducted fan engine.

  2. Two-Photon Lithography of 3D Nanocomposite Piezoelectric Scaffolds for Cell Stimulation.

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    Marino, Attilio; Barsotti, Jonathan; de Vito, Giuseppe; Filippeschi, Carlo; Mazzolai, Barbara; Piazza, Vincenzo; Labardi, Massimiliano; Mattoli, Virgilio; Ciofani, Gianni

    2015-11-25

    In this letter, we report on the fabrication, the characterization, and the in vitro testing of structures suitable for cell culturing, prepared through two-photon polymerization of a nanocomposite resist. More in details, commercially available Ormocomp has been doped with piezoelectric barium titanate nanoparticles, and bioinspired 3D structures resembling trabeculae of sponge bone have been fabricated. After an extensive characterization, preliminary in vitro testing demonstrated that both the topographical and the piezoelectric cues of these scaffolds are able to enhance the differentiation process of human SaOS-2 cells. PMID:26548588

  3. Enhanced dielectric and piezoelectric properties of xBaZrO3-(12x)BaTiO3 Liang Dong,1,2

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    Lakes, Roderic

    (d33 ¼ 420pC/N, d31 ¼ À138pC/N, and kp ¼ 49%) comparable to PZT-5 A is achieved at a composition of x for piezoelectricity. Pure BaTiO3 has lower piezoelectric sensi- tivity (d33 % 200pC/N) than lead titanate zirconate is shifted to lower temperature. Although this is a drawback for high temperature applications, the increased

  4. Aluminum Nitride Thin Films on Titanium for Piezoelectric MEMS Applications Seth Boeshore, Emily Parker, Vanni Lughi, Noel C. MacDonald

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    MacDonald, Noel C.

    Aluminum Nitride Thin Films on Titanium for Piezoelectric MEMS Applications Seth Boeshore, Emily Parker, Vanni Lughi, Noel C. MacDonald University of California, Santa Barbara Highly­textured aluminum, biocompatibility, and high fracture toughness. As a piezoelectric ceramic, aluminum nitride is compatible

  5. Structural Ceramics Database

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    SRD 30 NIST Structural Ceramics Database (Web, free access)   The NIST Structural Ceramics Database (WebSCD) provides evaluated materials property data for a wide range of advanced ceramics known variously as structural ceramics, engineering ceramics, and fine ceramics.

  6. 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.

  7. On Ceramics.

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    School Arts, 1982

    1982-01-01

    Presents four ceramics activities for secondary-level art classes. Included are directions for primitive kiln construction and glaze making. Two ceramics design activities are described in which students make bizarrely-shaped lidded jars, feet, and footwear. (AM)

  8. Time-Resolved, Electric-Field-Induced Domain Switching and Strain in Ferroelectric Ceramics and Crystals

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    Jones, Jacob L.; Nino, Juan C.; Pramanick, Abhijit; Daniels, John E.

    Ferroelectric materials are used in a variety of applications including diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound, sonar, vibration and displacement sensors, and non-volatile random access memory. The electromechanical response in ferroelectric materials is comprised of both intrinsic (piezoelectric lattice strain) and extrinsic (e.g., domain wall motion) components that are expressed as characteristic changes in the diffraction pattern. By applying slow, step-wise changes in the electric field, prior quasi-dynamic diffraction measurements have demonstrated both lattice strains and non-180 ? domain switching at fields exceeding the macroscopically defined coercive field. However, the loading conditions which most replicate real device operation involve dynamic actuation with sub-coercive, cyclic electric fields. At these operating conditions, extrinsic irreversibilities lead to hysteresis, frequency dispersion and nonlinearity of macroscopic properties. Observation of strain and domain switching at these cyclic loading conditions is an area in which we have reported recent advances using stroboscopic techniques. This chapter highlights the electric-field-induced lattice strain and kinetics of domain switching in a number of materials including technologically-relevant lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics and relaxor single crystals. An outlook on the continuing use of time-resolved diffraction techniques in the characterization of ferroelectric materials is also discussed.

  9. Tailoring the structure and piezoelectric properties of BiFeO3-(K0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-PbTiO3 ceramics for high temperature applications

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    Bennett, J.; Bell, A. J.; Stevenson, T. J.; Comyn, T. P.

    2013-10-01

    There is a growing requirement for piezoelectric materials and systems which can operate in extreme environments, for example, oil & gas, and aerospace. Here, we present the high temperature BiFeO3-K0.5Bi0.5TiO3-PbTiO3 (BF-KBT-PT) polycrystalline perovskite system. X-ray diffraction, impedance analysis, and Berlincourt measurements reveal a large region of phase coexistence, which can be tailored to optimise performance; Tc and the tetragonal spontaneous strain correlate strongly with the PbTiO3 concentration. The highest temperature composition has a d33 of 140 pmV-1 with a Tc = 542 °C, occupying previously unchartered territory on the classical d33-TC plot.

  10. Structural Ceramics

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    1986-01-01

    This publication is a compilation of abstracts and slides of papers presented at the NASA Lewis Structural Ceramics Workshop. Collectively, these papers depict the scope of NASA Lewis' structural ceramics program. The technical areas include monolithic SiC and Si3N4 development, ceramic matrix composites, tribology, design methodology, nondestructive evaluation (NDE), fracture mechanics, and corrosion.

  11. Fundamental study of hydrothermally synthesized lead zirconate titanate polycrystals deposited on a Ti substrate during nucleation

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    Abe, Toshinobu; Ozeki, Seiya; Kuribayashi Kurosawa, Minoru; Takeuchi, Shinichi

    2015-07-01

    We previously fabricated a piezoelectric transducer from a lead zirconate titanate (PZT) polycrystalline film deposited on a Ti substrate by a hydrothermal synthesis method. However, the hydrothermal synthesis required a long deposition time to achieve the necessary film thickness. In this study, we confirmed that the thickness of the PZT polycrystalline film increased when the solution was stirred at 245 rpm during synthesis, and that the optimum deposition time was 5 h.

  12. Propane on Titan

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    H. G. Roe; T. K. Greathouse; M. J. Richter; J. H. Lacy

    2003-09-23

    We present the first observations of propane (C$_3$H$_8$) on Titan that unambiguously resolve propane features from other numerous stratospheric emissions. This is accomplished using a $R=\\lambda/\\delta\\lambda\\approx10^5$ spectrometer (TEXES) to observe propane's $\

  13. The lakes of Titan

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    Stofan, E.R.; Elachi, C.; Lunine, J.I.; Lorenz, R.D.; Stiles, B.; Mitchell, K.L.; Ostro, S.; Soderblom, L.; Wood, C.; Zebker, H.; Wall, S.; Janssen, M.; Kirk, R.; Lopes, R.; Paganelli, F.; Radebaugh, J.; Wye, L.; Anderson, Y.; Allison, M.; Boehmer, R.; Callahan, P.; Encrenaz, P.; Flamini, E.; Francescetti, G.; Gim, Y.; Hamilton, G.; Hensley, S.; Johnson, W.T.K.; Kelleher, K.; Muhleman, D.; Paillou, P.; Picardi, G.; Posa, F.; Roth, L.; Seu, R.; Shaffer, S.; Vetrella, S.; West, R.

    2007-01-01

    The surface of Saturn's haze-shrouded moon Titan has long been proposed to have oceans or lakes, on the basis of the stability of liquid methane at the surface. Initial visible and radar imaging failed to find any evidence of an ocean, although abundant evidence was found that flowing liquids have existed on the surface. Here we provide definitive evidence for the presence of lakes on the surface of Titan, obtained during the Cassini Radar flyby of Titan on 22 July 2006 (T16). The radar imaging polewards of 70?? north shows more than 75 circular to irregular radar-dark patches, in a region where liquid methane and ethane are expected to be abundant and stable on the surface. The radar-dark patches are interpreted as lakes on the basis of their very low radar reflectivity and morphological similarities to lakes, including associated channels and location in topographic depressions. Some of the lakes do not completely fill the depressions in which they lie, and apparently dry depressions are present. We interpret this to indicate that lakes are present in a number of states, including partly dry and liquid-filled. These northern-hemisphere lakes constitute the strongest evidence yet that a condensable-liquid hydrological cycle is active in Titan's surface and atmosphere, in which the lakes are filled through rainfall and/or intersection with the subsurface 'liquid methane' table. ??2007 Nature Publishing Group.

  14. Future Titan Mission Studies

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    Kakuda, R.; Spilker, T.; Baines, K.; Lorenz, R.

    Exploration of Titan will remain a solar system science priority even (or especially) after Cassini. Not only does Titan offer an array of meteorological, oceanographical and geological phenomena richer than anywhere except Earth, but Titan's importance as an astrobiological target with a rich organic inventory has been long recognized. In-situ surface chemistry studies, meteorological and seismological monitoring and high-resolution geomorphological investigations are beyond Cassini's capabilities. Concepts for future missions involve a mobile airborne platform able to access sur- face materials at a number of locations, and an orbiter for communications support and survey observations. Detailed studies at JPL have evaluated mission options in- cluding a lander or a blimp (airship) supported by an orbiter, with launch in the 2010- 2015 timeframe, allowing early Cassini results to refine the mission science goals and implementation strategies. After a 10 year cruise and aerocapture, the mission would provide an enormous bounty of data from a 1-3 year tour of Titan. International col- laboration would broaden the scope of the mission and would build on the successful Cassini-Huygens experience.

  15. Sinking with the Titanic

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    Bagnoli, Franco

    2015-03-01

    In the Titanic movie, when the rear part of the ship is about to sink, Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) says to Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) to get ready to swim, because the sinking body will suck them into the abysses. Is this sucking phenomenon really happening? And, if so, why?

  16. The lakes of Titan

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    Stofan, E. R.; Elachi, C.; Lunine, J. I.; Lorenz, R. D.; Stiles, B.; Mitchell, K. L.; Ostro, S.; Soderblom, L.; Wood, C.; Zebker, H.; Wall, S.; Janssen, M.; Kirk, R.; Lopes, R.; Paganelli, F.; Radebaugh, J.; Wye, L.; Anderson, Y.; Allison, M.; Boehmer, R.; Callahan, P.; Encrenaz, P.; Flamini, E.; Francescetti, G.; Gim, Y.; Hamilton, G.; Hensley, S.; Johnson, W. T. K.; Kelleher, K.; Muhleman, D.; Paillou, P.; Picardi, G.; Posa, F.; Roth, L.; Seu, R.; Shaffer, S.; Vetrella, S.; West, R.

    2007-01-01

    The surface of Saturn's haze-shrouded moon Titan has long been proposed to have oceans or lakes, on the basis of the stability of liquid methane at the surface. Initial visible and radar imaging failed to find any evidence of an ocean, although abundant evidence was found that flowing liquids have existed on the surface. Here we provide definitive evidence for the presence of lakes on the surface of Titan, obtained during the Cassini Radar flyby of Titan on 22 July 2006 (T16). The radar imaging polewards of 70° north shows more than 75 circular to irregular radar-dark patches, in a region where liquid methane and ethane are expected to be abundant and stable on the surface. The radar-dark patches are interpreted as lakes on the basis of their very low radar reflectivity and morphological similarities to lakes, including associated channels and location in topographic depressions. Some of the lakes do not completely fill the depressions in which they lie, and apparently dry depressions are present. We interpret this to indicate that lakes are present in a number of states, including partly dry and liquid-filled. These northern-hemisphere lakes constitute the strongest evidence yet that a condensable-liquid hydrological cycle is active in Titan's surface and atmosphere, in which the lakes are filled through rainfall and/or intersection with the subsurface `liquid methane' table.

  17. Frozen Hydrocarbon Ponds on Titan: Implications for Titan’s Lakes and Seas

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    Soderblom, Jason M.; Barnes, Jason W.; Brown, Robert H.; Hayes, Alexander G.; Perry, Jason E.; Soderblom, Laurence A.; Turtle, Elizabeth P.

    2014-11-01

    Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) observations have detected widespread darkening of Titan’s surface believed to be the result of rainfall: in 2005 at Arrakis Planitia, near Titan’s south pole (Turtle et al., 2009, GRL 36, L02204), and in 2009 in Titan’s tropics (Turtle et al., 2011, Science 331, 1414-1417). Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) and ISS observations revealed that, following the tropics storm, the albedo of the wetted surfaces increased, beyond even their original albedo, then slowly faded back to a pre-rain brightness over ~10 months (Barnes et al., 2013, Planet. Sci. 2, 1). Herein we report on combined analysis of Cassini VIMS, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), and ISS observations of Arrakis Planitia acquired in the years following the 2005 precipitation event. The low-albedo surface (observed in 2005 ISS images) correlates with local topography (inferred from 2008 SAR data), consistent with a liquid that has pooled on the surface. Like the equatorial event, the low-albedo surface at Arrakis Planitia is observed in VIMS data acquired from 2007 to 2009 to increase in albedo. Unlike the tropics event, however, four years after the initial precipitation event (more than 2 years after the increased albedo was first observed), these south-polar regions were still bright compared to their pre-precipitation albedo. The combined results support the hypothesis that hydrocarbons rained onto Titan’s surface and subsequently froze. Furthermore, because Titan's lakes and seas are almost certainly liquid, our results imply that some mechanism is preventing Titan's lakes and seas from freezing - one obvious hypothesis is that Titan’s lakes and seas differ in composition from Titan’s presumed methane-rich rain (likely the result of the concentration of minor constituents).

  18. Novel High-Voltage, High-Power Piezoelectric Transformer Developed and Demonstrated for Space Communications Applications

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    Carazo, Alfredo V.; Wintucky, Edwin G.

    2004-01-01

    Improvements in individual piezoelectric transformer (PT) performance and the combination of these PTs in a unique modular topology under a Phase I contract with the NASA Glenn Research Center have enabled for the first time the simultaneous achievement of both high voltage and high power at much higher levels than previously obtained with any PT. Feasibility was demonstrated by a prototype transformer (called a Tap-Soner), which is shown in the preceding photograph as part of a direct-current to direct-current (dc-dc) converter having two outputs rated at 1.5 kV/5 W and 4.5 kV/20 W. The power density of 3.5 W/cm3 is significantly lower than for magnetic transformers with the same voltage and power output. This development, which is being done under a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract by Face Electronics, LC (Norfolk, VA), is based on improvements in the materials and design of Face's basic patented Transoner-T3 PT, shown in the left in the following figure. The T3 PT is most simply described as a resonant multilayer transducer where electrical energy at the input section is efficiently mechanically coupled to the output section, which then vibrates in a fundamental longitudinal mode to generate a high gain in voltage. The piezoelectric material used is a modified lead-zirconium-titanate-based ceramic. One of the significant improvements in PT design was the incorporation of a symmetrical double input layer, shown on the right in the following figure, which eliminated the lossy bending vibration modes characteristic of a single input layer. The performance of the improved PT was optimized to 1.5 kV/5 W. The next step was devising a way to combine the individual PTs in a modular circuit topology needed to achieve the desired high voltage and power output. Since the optimum performance of the individual PT occurs at resonance, the most efficient operation of the modular transformer was achieved by using a separate drive circuit for each PT. The output section consists of a separate output rectifier for each PT connected in series.

  19. Hydrocarbon Trapping in Titan Surface Materials

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    Cable, M. L.; Vu, T.; Choukroun, M.; Markus, C.; Hodyss, R.; Beauchamp, P.

    2014-02-01

    Benzene is found on Titan and is probably one of the most abundant evaporites to form around Titan lakes. We discovered trapping of ethane in crystalline benzene at 90 K, suggesting evaporite basins could act as hydrocarbon reservoirs on Titan.

  20. Titanic Weather Forecasting

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    2004-04-01

    New Detailed VLT Images of Saturn's Largest Moon Optimizing space missions Titan, the largest moon of Saturn was discovered by Dutch astronomer Christian Huygens in 1655 and certainly deserves its name. With a diameter of no less than 5,150 km, it is larger than Mercury and twice as large as Pluto. It is unique in having a hazy atmosphere of nitrogen, methane and oily hydrocarbons. Although it was explored in some detail by the NASA Voyager missions, many aspects of the atmosphere and surface still remain unknown. Thus, the existence of seasonal or diurnal phenomena, the presence of clouds, the surface composition and topography are still under debate. There have even been speculations that some kind of primitive life (now possibly extinct) may be found on Titan. Titan is the main target of the NASA/ESA Cassini/Huygens mission, launched in 1997 and scheduled to arrive at Saturn on July 1, 2004. The ESA Huygens probe is designed to enter the atmosphere of Titan, and to descend by parachute to the surface. Ground-based observations are essential to optimize the return of this space mission, because they will complement the information gained from space and add confidence to the interpretation of the data. Hence, the advent of the adaptive optics system NAOS-CONICA (NACO) [1] in combination with ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile now offers a unique opportunity to study the resolved disc of Titan with high sensitivity and increased spatial resolution. Adaptive Optics (AO) systems work by means of a computer-controlled deformable mirror that counteracts the image distortion induced by atmospheric turbulence. It is based on real-time optical corrections computed from image data obtained by a special camera at very high speed, many hundreds of times each second (see e.g. ESO Press Release 25/01 , ESO PR Photos 04a-c/02, ESO PR Photos 19a-c/02, ESO PR Photos 21a-c/02, ESO Press Release 17/02, and ESO Press Release 26/03 for earlier NACO images, and ESO Press Release 11/03 for MACAO-VLTI results.) The southern smile ESO PR Photo 08a/04 ESO PR Photo 08a/04 Images of Titan on November 20, 25 and 26, 2002 Through Five Filters (VLT YEPUN + NACO) [Preview - JPEG: 522 x 400 pix - 40k] [Normal - JPEG: 1043 x 800 pix - 340k] [Hires - JPEG: 2875 x 2205 pix - 1.2M] Caption: ESO PR Photo 08a/04 shows Titan (apparent visual magnitude 8.05, apparent diameter 0.87 arcsec) as observed with the NAOS/CONICA instrument at VLT Yepun (Paranal Observatory, Chile) on November 20, 25 and 26, 2003, between 6.00 UT and 9.00 UT. The median seeing values were 1.1 arcsec and 1.5 arcsec respectively for the 20th and 25th. Deconvoluted ("sharpened") images of Titan are shown through 5 different narrow-band filters - they allow to probe in some detail structures at different altitudes and on the surface. Depending on the filter, the integration time varies from 10 to 100 seconds. While Titan shows its leading hemisphere (i.e. the one observed when Titan moves towards us) on Nov. 20, the trailing side (i.e the one we see when Titan moves away from us in its course around Saturn) - which displays less bright surface features - is observed on the last two dates. ESO PR Photo 08b/04 ESO PR Photo 08b/04 Titan Observed Through Nine Different Filters on November 26, 2002 [Preview - JPEG: 480 x 400 pix - 36k] [Normal - JPEG: 960 x 800 pix - 284k] Caption: ESO PR Photo 08b/04: Images of Titan taken on November 26, 2002 through nine different filters to probe different altitudes, ranging from the stratosphere to the surface. On this night, a stable "seeing" (image quality before adaptive optics correction) of 0.9 arcsec allowed the astronomers to attain the diffraction limit of the telescope (0.032 arcsec resolution). Due to these good observing conditions, Titan's trailing hemisphere was observed with contrasts of about 40%, allowing the detection of several bright features on this surface region, once thought to be quite dark and featureless. ESO PR Photo 08c/04 ESO PR Photo 08c/04 Titan Surface Projections [Previ

  1. Poly(gamma-benzyl alpha, L glutamic acid)-based piezoelectric films & microfibers

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    Farrar, Dawnielle

    Piezoelectric materials in use today are often made of ceramic crystals. Although most ceramics offer high piezoelectricity, they are brittle and require expensive processing conditions. For applications where flexibility is required in addition to high piezoelectric activity, polymers are a very attractive alternative. An ideal piezoelectric material is the one where the piezoelectricity and mechanical properties can be altered individually so that the mechanical stiffness of the material can be varied for particular applications or tuned to match that of the surroundings (e.g. air or water) for increased transduction sensitivity. This is typically achieved by production of composite materials containing piezoelectric and matrix components. Here, we present new composite films and microfibers based on the biopolymer, poly(gamma-benzyl alpha,L-glutamate) (PBLG) and discuss their fabrication and piezoelectric properties. Fabrication of PBLG films and fibers was made possible by PBLG's extreme solubility in organic solvents. By simultaneous poling and curing of PBLG/methylmethacrylate (MMA) mixture solutions via corona charging, we fabricated a flexible composite film [80% PBLG and 20% Poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA)] with approximately 20% of the PBLG molecules oriented normal to the film surface. This PBLG film exhibited high piezoelectricity (d33 = 20 pC/N), and its Young's modulus was 1 GPa. However, significant amount of MMA evaporated during the corona charging process that precluded the fabrication of films with pre-determined PBLG-PMMA composition. We also fabricated thick composite disk (thickness: 3 cm) by breakdown charging and thermal polymerization of PBLG/PMMA mixture solution, a process that does not allow MMA evaporation. The composite disk exhibited low piezoelectricity (d33 ˜ 3 pC/N) due to low PBLG content (< 30%); however, its mechanical characteristics were similar to those of PMMA, indicating that the piezoelectricity and mechanical strength are independently related to the two polymer components of the composite disk. By electrospinning PBLG/dichloromethane (DCM) solutions under potentials of -(12˜15) kV, we produced piezoelectric microfibers (diameter: 100 nm) with nearly all of the PBLG dipoles oriented along the fiber axis, evidenced by x-ray diffraction. The PBLG fibers showed high piezoelectricity (d 33 = 32 pC/N), and an elastic modulus of 570 MPa. Both the piezoelectric film and fiber systems can be fabricated directly from solution in a mould or on a substrate. Due to the versatility in the fabrication process and the high piezoelectricity, these materials show great promise as transducer materials for loud speakers, microphones, and/or energy harvesting devices.

  2. Titanates and Titanate-Metal Compounds in Biological Contexts

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    Chen, Yen-Wei; Drury, Jeanie L.; Chung, Whasun Oh; Hobbs, David T.; Wataha, John C.

    2015-01-01

    Metal ions are notorious environmental contaminants, some causing toxicity at exquisitely low (ppm-level) concentrations. Yet, the redox properties of metal ions make them attractive candidates for bio-therapeutics. Titanates are insoluble particulate compounds of titanium and oxygen with crystalline surfaces that bind metal ions; these compounds offer a means to scavenge metal ions in environmental contexts or deliver them in therapeutic contexts while limiting systemic exposure and toxicity. In either application, the toxicological properties of titanates are crucial. To date, the accurate measurement of the in vitro toxicity of titanates has been complicated by their particulate nature, which interferes with many assays that are optical density (OD)-dependent, and at present, little to no in vivo titanate toxicity data exist. Compatibility data garnered thus far for native titanates in vitro are inconsistent and lacking in mechanistic understanding. These data suggest that native titanates have little toxicity toward several oral and skin bacteria species, but do suppress mammalian cell metabolism in a cells-pecific manner. Titanate compounds bind several types of metal ions, including some common environmental toxins, and enhance delivery to bacteria or cells. Substantial work remains to address the practical applicability of titanates. Nevertheless, titanates have promise to serve as novel vehicles for metal-based therapeutics or as a new class of metal scavengers for environmental applications. PMID:26430701

  3. 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.

  4. Dielectric spectroscopy of Dy{sub 2}O{sub 3} doped (K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5})NbO{sub 3} piezoelectric ceramics

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    Mahesh, P. Subhash, T. Pamu, D.

    2014-04-24

    We report the dielectric properties of (K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5})NbO{sub 3} ceramics doped with x wt% of Dy{sub 2}O{sub 3} (x= 0.0-1.5 wt%) using the broadband dielectric spectroscopy. The X-ray diffraction studies showed the formation of perovskite structure signifying that Dy{sub 2}O{sub 3} diffuse into the KNN lattice. Samples doped with x > 0.5 wt% exhibit smaller grain size and lower relative densities. The dielectric properties of KNN ceramics doped with Dy{sub 2}O{sub 3} are enhanced by increasing the Dy{sup 3+} content; among the compositions studied, x = 0.5 wt% exhibited the highest dielectric constant and lowest loss at 1MHz over the temperature range of 30°C to 400°C. All the samples exhibit maximum dielectric constant at the Curie temperature (? 326°C) and a small peak in the dielectric constant at around 165°C is due to a structural phase transition.

  5. An investigation of aluminum titanate-spinel composites behavior in radiation

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    Cevikbas, G.; Tugrul, A. B.; Onen, U.; Boyraz, T.; Buyuk, B.

    2015-03-01

    In the present work, the radiation attenuation properties of Aluminum titanate (Al2TiO5)-Spinel (MgAl2O4) ceramics composites were investigated. Al2TiO5-MgAl2O4 ceramics composites which have different Al2TiO5 percentages (0%, 5% and 10%) were produced and performed against gamma sources. Cs-137 and Co-60 were used as gamma radiation sources. Transmission technique was used in the experiments. The linear and mass attenuation coefficients of the samples were carried out for gamma radiation sources. The experimental results were compared with the theoretical mass attenuation coefficients which were calculated by using XCOM computer code. Increasing Al2TiO5 percentage in the Aluminum titanate/ Spinel ceramics composites causes the higher linear and mass attenuation coefficients of the composites against Cs-137 and Co-60 gamma radioisotopes. Therefore Also theoretical mass attenuation coefficients are compatible with the experimental results. In conclusion, increasing the Aluminum titanate ratio in the Al2TiO5-MgAl2O4 ceramics composites increases the gamma shielding property of the Al2TiO5-MgAl2O4 ceramics for nuclear shielding applications.

  6. New potassium-sodium niobate ceramics with a giant d33.

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

    2014-05-14

    For potassium-sodium niobate, poor piezoelectric properties always perplex most researchers, and then it becomes important to attain a giant piezoelectricity. Here we reported a giant piezoelectric constant in (1-x)(K0.48Na0.52)(Nb0.95Sb0.05)O3-xBi0.5Ag0.5ZrO3 lead-free ceramics. The rhombohedral-tetragonal phase boundary was shown in the ceramics with 0.04ceramic with x=0.0425 possesses a giant d33 of ?490 pC/N. We also discussed the physical mechanisms of enhanced piezoelectricity. As a result, such a research can benefit the sustainable development of (K,Na)NbO3 materials. PMID:24784228

  7. Piezoelectric wave motor

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

    2001-07-17

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

  8. Stratospheric Ices in Titan's Atmosphere

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    Barth, E. L.

    2015-10-01

    Observations from Cassini, Voyager, and groundbased data point to the condensation of trace species in Titan's atmosphere, including HCN, C2H5CN, HC3N, C2H2, C2H6, and C4N2. These and a dozen other species have now been added to the Titan CARMA microphysics model, which shows condensation occurring between about 60 and 100 km in Titan's atmosphere. Results on condensation altitudes as well as particle size will be presented, and implications for the optical properties of Titan's stratospheric aerosol particles will be discussed.

  9. Core-shell grain structures and ferroelectric properties of Na0.5K0.5NbO3-LiTaO3-BiScO3 piezoelectric ceramics.

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    Zhu, Fangyuan; Ward, Michael B; Li, Jing-Feng; Milne, Steven J

    2015-09-01

    Legislation arising from health and environmental concerns has intensified research into finding suitable alternatives to lead-based piezoceramics. Recently, solid solutions based on sodium potassium niobate (K,Na)NbO3 (KNN) have become one of the globally-important lead-free counterparts, due to their favourable dielectric and piezoelectric properties. This data article provides information on the ferroelectric properties and core-shell grain structures for the system, (1-y)[(1-x)Na0.5K0.5NbO3 - xLiTaO3] - yBiScO3 (x=0-0.1, y=0.02, abbreviated as KNN-xLT-2BS). We show elemental analysis with aid of TEM spot-EDX to identify three-type grain-types in the KNN-LT-BS ternary system. Melting behaviour has been assessed using a tube furnace with build-in camera. Details for the ferroelectric properties and core-shell chemical segregation are illustrated. PMID:26217758

  10. Core–shell grain structures and ferroelectric properties of Na0.5K0.5NbO3–LiTaO3–BiScO3 piezoelectric ceramics

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    Zhu, Fangyuan; Ward, Michael B.; Li, Jing-Feng; Milne, Steven J.

    2015-01-01

    Legislation arising from health and environmental concerns has intensified research into finding suitable alternatives to lead-based piezoceramics. Recently, solid solutions based on sodium potassium niobate (K,Na)NbO3 (KNN) have become one of the globally-important lead-free counterparts, due to their favourable dielectric and piezoelectric properties. This data article provides information on the ferroelectric properties and core–shell grain structures for the system, (1?y)[(1?x)Na0.5K0.5NbO3 – xLiTaO3] – yBiScO3 (x=0–0.1, y=0.02, abbreviated as KNN–xLT–2BS). We show elemental analysis with aid of TEM spot-EDX to identify three-type grain-types in the KNN–LT–BS ternary system. Melting behaviour has been assessed using a tube furnace with build-in camera. Details for the ferroelectric properties and core–shell chemical segregation are illustrated. PMID:26217758

  11. 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.

  12. Full Piezoelectric Multilayer-Stacked Hybrid Actuation/Transduction Systems

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    Su, Ji; Jiang, Xiaoning; Zu, Tian-Bing

    2011-01-01

    The Stacked HYBATS (Hybrid Actuation/Transduction system) demonstrates significantly enhanced electromechanical performance by using the cooperative contributions of the electromechanical responses of multilayer, stacked negative strain components and positive strain components. Both experimental and theoretical studies indicate that, for Stacked HYBATS, the displacement is over three times that of a same-sized conventional flextensional actuator/transducer. The coupled resonance mode between positive strain and negative strain components of Stacked HYBATS is much stronger than the resonance of a single element actuation only when the effective lengths of the two kinds of elements match each other. Compared with the previously invented hybrid actuation system (HYBAS), the multilayer Stacked HYBATS can be designed to provide high mechanical load capability, low voltage driving, and a highly effective piezoelectric constant. The negative strain component will contract, and the positive strain component will expand in the length directions when an electric field is applied on the device. The interaction between the two elements makes an enhanced motion along the Z direction for Stacked-HYBATS. In order to dominate the dynamic length of Stacked-HYBATS by the negative strain component, the area of the cross-section for the negative strain component will be much larger than the total cross-section areas of the two positive strain components. The transverse strain is negative and longitudinal strain positive in inorganic materials, such as ceramics/single crystals. Different piezoelectric multilayer stack configurations can make a piezoelectric ceramic/single-crystal multilayer stack exhibit negative strain or positive strain at a certain direction without increasing the applied voltage. The difference of this innovation from the HYBAS is that all the elements can be made from one-of-a-kind materials. Stacked HYBATS can provide an extremely effective piezoelectric constant at both resonance and off resonance frequencies. The effective piezoelectric constant can be alternated by varying the size of each component, the degree of the pre-curvature of the positive strain components, the thickness of each layer in the multilayer stacks, and the piezoelectric constant of the material used. Because all of the elements are piezoelectric components, Stacked HYBATS can serve as projector and receiver for underwater detection. The performance of this innovation can be enhanced by improving the piezoelectric properties.

  13. Improvement of low-frequency characteristics of piezoelectric speakers based on acoustic diaphragms.

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    Kim, Hye Jin; Yang, Woo Seok; No, Kwangsoo

    2012-09-01

    The vibrational characteristics of 3 types of the acoustic diaphragms are investigated to enhance the output acoustic performance of the piezoelectric ceramic speaker in a low-frequency range. In other to achieve both a higher output sound pressure level and wider frequency range of the piezoelectric speaker, we have proposed a rubber/resin bi-layer acoustic diaphragm. The theoretical square-root dependence of the fundamental resonant frequency on the thickness and Young's modulus of the acoustic diaphragm was verified by finite-element analysis simulation and laser scanning vibrometer measurement. The simulated resonant frequencies for each diaphragm correspond well to the measured results. From the simulated and measured resonant frequency results, it is found that the fundamental resonant frequency of the piezoelectric ceramic speaker can be designed by adjusting the thickness ratio of the rubber/resin bi-layer acoustic diaphragm. Compared with a commercial piezoelectric speaker, the fabricated piezoelectric ceramic speaker with the rubber/resin bi-layer diaphragm has at least 10 dB higher sound pressures in the low-frequency range of less than 1 kHz. PMID:23007777

  14. Organic chemistry on Titan

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    Chang, S.; Scattergood, T.; Aronowitz, S.; Flores, J.

    1979-01-01

    Features taken from various models of Titan's atmosphere are combined in a working composite model that provides environmental constraints within which different pathways for organic chemical synthesis are determined. Experimental results and theoretical modeling suggest that the organic chemistry of the satellite is dominated by two processes: photochemistry and energetic particle bombardment. Photochemical reactions of CH4 in the upper atmosphere can account for the presence of C2 hydrocarbons. Reactions initiated at various levels of the atmosphere by cosmic rays, Saturn 'wind', and solar wind particle bombardment of a CH4-N2 atmospheric mixture can account for the UV-visible absorbing stratospheric haze, the reddish appearance of the satellite, and some of the C2 hydrocarbons. In the lower atmosphere photochemical processes will be important if surface temperatures are sufficiently high for gaseous NH3 to exist. It is concluded that the surface of Titan may contain ancient or recent organic matter (or both) produced in the atmosphere.

  15. Titanic exploration with GIS

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    Kerski, J.J.

    2004-01-01

    To help teachers and students investigate one of the world's most famous historical events using the geographic perspective and GIS tools and methods, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) created a set of educational lessons based on the RMS Titanic's April 1912 sailing. With these lessons, student researchers can learn about latitude and longitude, map projections, ocean currents, databases, maps, and images through the analysis of the route, warnings, sinking, rescue, and eventual discovery of the submerged ocean liner in 1985. They can also consider the human and physical aspects of the maiden voyage in the North Atlantic Ocean at a variety of scales, from global to regional to local. Likewise, their investigations can reveal how the sinking of the Titanic affected future shipping routes.

  16. RADAR Reveals Titan Topography

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    Kirk, R. L.; Callahan, P.; Seu, R.; Lorenz, R. D.; Paganelli, F.; Lopes, R.; Elachi, C.

    2005-01-01

    The Cassini Titan RADAR Mapper is a K(sub u)-band (13.78 GHz, lambda = 2.17 cm) linear polarized RADAR instrument capable of operating in synthetic aperture (SAR), scatterometer, altimeter and radiometer modes. During the first targeted flyby of Titan on 26 October, 2004 (referred to as Ta) observations were made in all modes. Evidence for topographic relief based on the Ta altimetry and SAR data are presented here. Additional SAR and altimetry observations are planned for the T3 encounter on 15 February, 2005, but have not been carried out at this writing. Results from the T3 encounter relevant to topography will be included in our presentation. Data obtained in the Ta encounter include a SAR image swath

  17. Crystalline titanate catalyst supports

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    Anthony, Rayford G. (Bryan, TX); Dosch, Robert G. (Albuquerque, NM)

    1993-01-01

    A series of new crystalline titanates (CT) are shown to have considerable potential as catalyst supports. For Pd supported catalyst, the catalytic activity for pyrene hydrogenation was substantially different depending on the type of CT, and one was substantially more active than Pd on hydrous titanium oxide (HTO). For 1-hexene hydrogenation the activities of the new CTs were approximately the same as for the hydrous metal oxide supports.

  18. Crystalline titanate catalyst supports

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    Anthony, R.G.; Dosch, R.G.

    1993-01-05

    A series of new crystalline titanates (CT) are shown to have considerable potential as catalyst supports. For Pd supported catalyst, the catalytic activity for pyrene hydrogenation was substantially different depending on the type of CT, and one was substantially more active than Pd on hydrous titanium oxide (HTO). For 1-hexene hydrogenation the activities of the new CTs were approximately the same as for the hydrous metal oxide supports.

  19. Landscape Evolution of Titan

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    Moore, Jeffrey

    2012-01-01

    Titan may have acquired its massive atmosphere relatively recently in solar system history. The warming sun may have been key to generating Titan's atmosphere over time, starting from a thin atmosphere with condensed surface volatiles like Triton, with increased luminosity releasing methane, and then large amounts of nitrogen (perhaps suddenly), into the atmosphere. This thick atmosphere, initially with much more methane than at present, resulted in global fluvial erosion that has over time retreated towards the poles with the removal of methane from the atmosphere. Basement rock, as manifested by bright, rough, ridges, scarps, crenulated blocks, or aligned massifs, mostly appears within 30 degrees of the equator. This landscape was intensely eroded by fluvial processes as evidenced by numerous valley systems, fan-like depositional features and regularly-spaced ridges (crenulated terrain). Much of this bedrock landscape, however, is mantled by dunes, suggesting that fluvial erosion no longer dominates in equatorial regions. High midlatitude regions on Titan exhibit dissected sedimentary plains at a number of localities, suggesting deposition (perhaps by sediment eroded from equatorial regions) followed by erosion. The polar regions are mainly dominated by deposits of fluvial and lacustrine sediment. Fluvial processes are active in polar areas as evidenced by alkane lakes and occasional cloud cover.

  20. The Lakes of Titan

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    Lunine, J.; Stofan, E.; Elachi, C.; Lorenz, R.; Stiles, B.; Mitchell, K. L.; Ostro, S.; Soderblom, L.; Wood, C.; Zebker, H.; Wall, S.; Janssen, M.; Kirk, R.; Lopes, R.; Paganelli, F.; Radebaugh, J.; Wye, L.; Callahan, P.; Anderson, Y.; Allison, M.; Boehmer, R.; Encrenaz, P.; Flamini, E.; Franceschetti, G.; Gim, Y.; Hamilton, G.; Hensely, S.; Johnson, W. T.; Kelleher, K.; Muhleman, D.; Paillou, P.; Picardi, G.; Posa, F.; Roth, L.; Seu, R.; Shaffer, S.; Vetrella, S.; West, R.; Orosei, R.

    2006-12-01

    The Cassini Radar flyby of Saturn's moon Titan on 22 July 2006 (T16) provides compelling evidence for the presence of liquid lakes on the surface of Titan. The radar images polewards of 70°N show over 75 circular to irregular radar dark patches from 3 km to over 170 km across, in a region where liquid methane and ethane are expected to be abundant and stable on the surface. Some patches are uniformly dark in appearance, with no measureable echo, while others vary in brightness. We interpret these as lakes based on their very low radar reflectivity and morphological similarities to lakes, including associated channels, location in topographic depressions and multiple shorelines. Lakes appear in a number of apparent states, including fully drained, partially dry and liquid-filled. These northern hemisphere lakes constitute the strongest evidence yet that a condensable-liquid hydrological cycle is active in Titan's surface and atmosphere, in which the lakes are filled through rainfall and/or intersection with the subsurface `liquid methane' table.

  1. Ceramic Processing

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    EWSUK,KEVIN G.

    1999-11-24

    Ceramics represent a unique class of materials that are distinguished from common metals and plastics by their: (1) high hardness, stiffness, and good wear properties (i.e., abrasion resistance); (2) ability to withstand high temperatures (i.e., refractoriness); (3) chemical durability; and (4) electrical properties that allow them to be electrical insulators, semiconductors, or ionic conductors. Ceramics can be broken down into two general categories, traditional and advanced ceramics. Traditional ceramics include common household products such as clay pots, tiles, pipe, and bricks, porcelain china, sinks, and electrical insulators, and thermally insulating refractory bricks for ovens and fireplaces. Advanced ceramics, also referred to as ''high-tech'' ceramics, include products such as spark plug bodies, piston rings, catalyst supports, and water pump seals for automobiles, thermally insulating tiles for the space shuttle, sodium vapor lamp tubes in streetlights, and the capacitors, resistors, transducers, and varistors in the solid-state electronics we use daily. The major differences between traditional and advanced ceramics are in the processing tolerances and cost. Traditional ceramics are manufactured with inexpensive raw materials, are relatively tolerant of minor process deviations, and are relatively inexpensive. Advanced ceramics are typically made with more refined raw materials and processing to optimize a given property or combination of properties (e.g., mechanical, electrical, dielectric, optical, thermal, physical, and/or magnetic) for a given application. Advanced ceramics generally have improved performance and reliability over traditional ceramics, but are typically more expensive. Additionally, advanced ceramics are typically more sensitive to the chemical and physical defects present in the starting raw materials, or those that are introduced during manufacturing.

  2. Ceramic burner

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    Laux, W.; Hebel, R.; Artelt, P.; Esfeld, G.; Jacob, A.

    1981-03-31

    Improvements in the mixing body and supporting structure of a molded-ceramic-brick burner enable the burner to withstand the vibrations induced during its operation. Designed for the combustion chambers of air heaters, the burner has a mixing body composed of layers of shaped ceramic bricks that interlock and are held together vertically by a ceramic holding bar. The mixing body is shaped like a mushroom - the upper layers have a larger radius than the lower ones.

  3. Mass detection sensitivity of piezoelectric cantilevers with a nonpiezoelectric extension

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    Shen Zuyan; Shih, Wan Y.; Shih, W.-H.

    2006-06-15

    A piezoelectric cantilever (PEC) is a transverse transducer consisting of a piezoelectric layer, e.g., lead zirconate titanate (PZT), bonded to a nonpiezoelectric layer, e.g., stainless steel, which has a uniform cross section throughout the length. A PEC with a thin nonpiezoelectric extension, on the other hand, has two distinctive sections each with its own thickness and transverse mass-density and elastic-modulus profiles. A piezoelectric cantilever with a nonpiezoelectric extension has been increasingly used as an in situ biosensor that has the advantage of dipping only the nonpiezoelectric extension part in an aqueous solution without electrically insulating the piezoelectric section. In this study, we examined both experimentally and theoretically the effect of the thin nonpiezoelectric extension, in particular, its length ratio to the piezoelectric part on the vibration wave form and mass detection sensitivity of a PEC. We showed that the nonpiezoelectric extension caused substantial distortion to the vibration wave form. Due to the wave form distortion, the mass detection sensitivity of a PEC with a nonpiezoelectric extension can be higher than that of a PEC of the same length without a nonpiezoelectric extension. Using PECs consisting of a 0.25 mm thick PZT layer and a 0.07 mm thick stainless steel of various lengths, l{sub 1}, and a 0.07 mm thick nonpiezoelectric stainless steel extension of various lengths, l{sub 2}, we showed that for any l{sub 1}, the maximum mass detection sensitivities of first, second, and third modes occurred at l{sub 2}/l{sub 1}=0.6, 0.28, and 0.16 and the maximum values were, respectively, 1.42, 3.9, and 6.7 times the mass detection sensitivity of a PEC of the same l{sub 1} without a nonpiezoelectric extension.

  4. Titan's Methane Cycle is Closed

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    Hofgartner, J. D.; Lunine, J. I.

    2013-12-01

    Doppler tracking of the Cassini spacecraft determined a polar moment of inertia for Titan of 0.34 (Iess et al., 2010, Science, 327, 1367). Assuming hydrostatic equilibrium, one interpretation is that Titan's silicate core is partially hydrated (Castillo-Rogez and Lunine, 2010, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L20205). These authors point out that for the core to have avoided complete thermal dehydration to the present day, at least 30% of the potassium content of Titan must have leached into an overlying water ocean by the end of the core overturn. We calculate that for probable ammonia compositions of Titan's ocean (compositions with greater than 1% ammonia by weight), that this amount of potassium leaching is achievable via the substitution of ammonium for potassium during the hydration epoch. Formation of a hydrous core early in Titan's history by serpentinization results in the loss of one hydrogen molecule for every hydrating water molecule. We calculate that complete serpentinization of Titan's core corresponds to the release of more than enough hydrogen to reconstitute all of the methane atoms photolyzed throughout Titan's history. Insertion of molecular hydrogen by double occupancy into crustal clathrates provides a storage medium and an opportunity for ethane to be converted back to methane slowly over time--potentially completing a cycle that extends the lifetime of methane in Titan's surface atmosphere system by factors of several to an order of magnitude over the photochemically-calculated lifetime.

  5. Synthesis of nanosized sodium titanates

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    Hobbs, David T.; Taylor-Pashow, Kathryn M. L.; Elvington, Mark C.

    2015-09-29

    Methods directed to the synthesis and peroxide-modification of nanosized monosodium titanate are described. Methods include combination of reactants at a low concentration to a solution including a nonionic surfactant. The nanosized monosodium titanate can exhibit high selectivity for sorbing various metallic ions.

  6. Optimum vibration control of flexible beams by piezo-electric actuators

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    Baz, A.; Poh, S.

    1987-01-01

    The utilization of piezoelectric actuators in controlling the structural vibrations of flexible beams is examined. A Modified Independent Modal Space Control (MIMSC) method is devised to enable the selection of the optimal location, control gains and excitation voltage of the piezoelectric actuators in a way that would minimize the amplitudes of vibrations of beams to which these actuators are bonded, as well as the input control energy necessary to suppress these vibrations. The developed method accounts for the effects that the piezoelectric actuators have on changing the elastic and inertial properties of the flexible beams. Numerical examples are presented to illustrate the application of the developed MIMSC method in minimizing the structural vibrations of beams of different materials when subjected to different loading and end conditions using ceramic or polymeric piezoelectric actuators. The obtained results emphasize the importance of the devised method in designing more realistic active control systems for flexible beams, in particular, and large flexible structures in general.

  7. Optimum vibration control of flexible beams by piezo-electric actuators

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    Baz, A.; Poh, S.; Studer, P.

    1988-01-01

    The utilization of piezoelectric actuators in controlling the structural vibrations of flexible beams is examined. A Modified Independent Modal Space Control (MIMSC) method is devised to enable the selection of the optimal location, control gains and excitation voltage of the piezoelectric actuators in a way that would minimize the amplitudes of vibrations of beams to which these actuators are bonded, as well as the input control energy necessary to suppress these vibrations. The developed method accounts for the effects that the piezoelectric actuators have on changing the elastic and inertial properties of the flexible beams. Numerical examples are presented to illustrate the application of the developed MIMSC method in minimizing the structural vibrations of beams of different materials when subjected to different loading and end conditions using ceramic or polymeric piezoelectric actuators. The obtained results emphasize the importance of the devised method in designing more realistic active control systems for flexible beams, in particular, and large flexible structures in general.

  8. Torsional wave propagation in a circular plate of piezoelectric radial phononic crystals

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    Shu, Haisheng; Zhao, Lei; Shi, Xiaona; Liu, Wei; Shi, Dongyan; Kong, Fankai

    2015-11-01

    Piezoelectric rings are periodically introduced and inserted in a base plate along the radial direction, forming a one-dimensional circular plate of piezoelectric radial phononic crystals (CPPRPC). The transfer matrix of the torsional wave between adjacent units is derived in cylindrical coordinates. Then, by introducing Lyapunov exponents, the phenomenon of the torsional wave band gap is analyzed with consideration of outer control. Furthermore, the effects of some factors, namely, radial span ratio, inner radius of the plate, open-circuit, and short-circuit statuses of the piezoelectric ceramics, on the torsional wave band gap are also discussed in detail. The results show that the distinct band gaps are obtained for torsional waves propagating in CPPRPC. Together with the outer control gain, structural and piezoelectric parameters have significant effects on the band gaps. In particular, middle-low frequency band gaps can be effectively obtained by rationally varying the outer active control gain.

  9. Generating the characteristics of a modified unimorph-type piezoelectric harvester

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    Jeong, Seong-Su; Park, Tae-Gone

    2014-07-01

    Recently, research on energy harvesting system with piezoelectric ceramics has been conducted. To compensate for the problem of low generating power compared to other energy harvesters, many researchers have studied piezoelectric harvesters in order to obtain high output. In this paper, four kinds of unimorph based piezoelectric harvesters are proposed, and their generating characteristics are studied. The piezoelectric harvesters have three, four, six, and eight unimorph arms, respectively, and the arms are symmetrically arranged from one central point. The centrosymmetric structure of the harvesters guarantees more stable and multiplied generation compared to a cantilever-type harvester because the arms of the former harvester resonate at the same frequency. The resonance frequency, the output voltage, the displacement, and the stress characteristics of the generator were analyzed by using a finite element method (FEM) program. Harvesters were fabricated on the basis of the analysis results. Experimental results were compared with simulated results. Also, the efficiency of each model was verified.

  10. Use of piezoelectric actuators in active vibration control of rotating machinery

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    Lin, Reng Rong; Palazzolo, Alan B.; Kascak, Albert F.; Montague, Gerald

    1990-01-01

    Theoretical and test results for the development of piezoelectric-actuator-based active vibration control (AVC) are presented. The evolution of this technology starts with an ideal model of the actuator and progresses to a more sophisticated model where the pushers force the squirrel cage ball bearing supports of a rotating shaft. The piezoelectric pushers consist of a stack of piezoelectric ceramic disks that are arranged on top of one another and connected in parallel electrically. This model consists of a prescribed displacement that is proportional to the input voltage and a spring that represents the stiffness of the stack of piezoelectric disks. System tests were carried out to stabilize the AVC system, verify its effectiveness in controlling vibration, and confirm the theory presented.

  11. Piezoelectric Actuator/Sensor Technology at Rockwell

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    Neurgaonkar, Ratnakar R.

    1996-01-01

    We describe the state-of-the art of piezoelectric materials based on perovskite and tungsten bronze families for sensor, actuator and smart structure applications. The microstructural defects in these materials have been eliminated to a large extent and the resulting materials exhibit exceedingly high performance for various applications. The performance of Rockwell actuators/sensors is at least 3 times better than commercially available products. These high performance actuators are being incorporated into various applications including, DOD, NASA and commercial. The multilayer actuator stacks fabricated from our piezoceramics are advantageous for sensing and high capacitance applications. In this presentation, we will describe the use of our high performance piezo-ceramics for actuators and sensors, including multilayer stacks and composite structures.

  12. [Ceramic posts].

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    Mainjot, Amélie; Legros, Caroline; Vanheusden, Alain

    2006-01-01

    As a result of ceramics and all-ceram technologies development esthetic inlay core and abutments flooded the market. Their tooth-colored appearance enhances restoration biomimetism principally on the marginal gingiva area. This article reviews indications and types of cores designed for natural teeth and implants. PMID:17432533

  13. Ceramic Methyltrioxorhenium

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    Herrmann, R; Eickerling, G; Helbig, C; Hauf, C; Miller, R; Mayr, F; Krug von Nidda, H A; Scheidt, E W; Scherer, W; Herrmann, Rudolf; Troester, Klaus; Eickerling, Georg; Helbig, Christian; Hauf, Christoph; Miller, Robert; Mayr, Franz; Nidda, Hans-Albrecht Krug von; Scheidt, Ernst-Wilhelm; Scherer, Wolfgang

    2006-01-01

    The metal oxide polymeric methyltrioxorhenium [(CH3)xReO3] is an unique epresentative of a layered inherent conducting organometallic polymer which adopts the structural motifs of classical perovskites in two dimensions (2D) in form of methyl-deficient, corner-sharing ReO5(CH3) octahedra. In order to improve the characteristics of polymeric methyltrioxorhenium with respect to its physical properties and potential usage as an inherentconducting polymer we tried to optimise the synthetic routes of polymeric modifications of 1 to obtain a sintered ceramic material, denoted ceramic MTO. Ceramic MTO formed in a solvent-free synthesis via auto-polymerisation and subsequent sintering processing displays clearly different mechanical and physical properties from polymeric MTO synthesised in aqueous solution. Ceramic MTO is shown to display activated Re-C and Re=O bonds relative to MTO. These electronic and structural characteristics of ceramic MTO are also reflected by a different chemical reactivity compared with its...

  14. Data-glove-based fuzzy control of piezoelectric forceps actuator

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    Susanto, Ken; Yang, Bingen

    2004-07-01

    This paper discusses a novel concept idea of utilizing smart structure in biomedical, minimum invasive surgery (MIS), MEMS manufacturing assembly line and also as a miniature robotic gripper system. The proposed prototype of a miniature piezoelectric forceps actuator (PFA) is composed of two symmetric slightly curved composite beams which each bonded with piezoelectric ceramic layer. The PFA is an innovative forceps actuator that comes with a data glove. The data glove is simply a custom-made glove with two embedded resistance-bending sensors located on thumb and index fingers. Any users can control opening and closing of the PFA by just wearing the data glove. A thin curved beam theory bonded with piezoelectric ceramic will be derived based on Hamilton's principle and its deflection behavior will be simulated based on distributed transfer function method (DTFM). A feasibility study of simulation open loop data glove-based fuzzy logic controller allows the user to open and close the PFA remotely. The bending movement of the thumb and index finger will be formulated in a table of rules based to produce the necessary output controller gain to control the PFA.

  15. Enhanced dielectric properties from barium strontium titanate films with strontium titanate buffer layers

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    Alpay, S. Pamir

    Enhanced dielectric properties from barium strontium titanate films with strontium titanate buffer in their PE state. One of the leading material candidates for tunable materials is barium strontium titanate

  16. Titan's atmosphere from DISR

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    West, Robert

    This abstract distills information about Titan's atmosphere described in detail in a paper by M. G. Tomasko, L. Doose, S. Engel, L. E. Dafoe, R. West, M. Lemmon, E. Karkoschka and C. See, ‘A model of Titan's aerosols based on measurements made inside the atmosphere', Planetary and Space Sciences, in press, 2008. The Descent Imager Spectral Radiometer (DISR) observed Titan's sky and surface during the descent of the Huygens Probe in January, 2005. Measurements were made over the altitude range 160 Km to the surface near latitude -10 degrees. The DISR instrument package included several components to measure the radiation state as a function of altitude. These include upward and downward-looking visible and near-infrared spectrometers covering the wavelength range 450 to 1600 nm, an ultraviolet photometer, a solar aureole camera with polarizers, and a sun sensor. Measurements were made at a variety of azimuthal angles relative to the sun azimuth. Due to unanticipated behavior of the probe (reverse spin and high-amplitude, chaotic tip and tilt) the retrieval process has required more effort than was planned and the total science return is less than expected. Nevertheless the data yielded unsurpassed and unique information which constrain the optical and physical properties of the photochemical haze aerosols and condensate particles. The principal findings are (1) between 80 Km and 160 Km the photochemical haze is well mixed with the gas with a scale height of about 65 Km, (2) between 80 Km and the surface the particle optical depth is a linear function of altitude with a break in slope near 30 Km altitude, (3) optical properties of the haze do not depend much on altitude above 80 Km although more recent work by Tomasko and colleagues suggest a gradient in the stratosphere; below 80 Km there are changes in optical behavior which suggest that condensation plays a role, (4) the data confirm previous results which proposed a particle structure of aggregates of small monomers, but the DISR data indicate somewhat smaller monomer radius ( 0.05 micro meters) and many more total monomers ( 3000) in the average particle, and (5) above 80 Km altitude particle refractive indices are similar to what is expected from laboratory measurements for tholin (Khare, B. N., Sagan, C., Arakawa, E. T., Suits, F., Calcott, T. A., Williams, M. W., ‘Optical constants of organic tholins produced in a simulated Titanian atmosphere: from X-ray to microwave frequencies', Icarus 60, 127-137, 1984) but below 80 Km there is less absorption suggesting that condensates play a role. The analyses of DISR data also led to a revision of near-infrared methane absorption coefficients under Titan conditions (M. G. Tomasko, B. Bézard , L. Doose, S. Engel, and E. Karkoschka, e ‘Measurements of Methane Absorption by the Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer (DISR) During its Descent through Titan's Atmosphere', Planetary and Space Sciences, in press, 2008) and to a much-improved determination of the radiation budget which is important for dynamics and climate studies (M. G. Tomasko, B. Bézard , L. Doose, S. Engel, E. Karkoschka and S. e Vinatier, ‘Heat Balance in Titan's Atmosphere', Planetary and Space Sciences, in press, 2008).

  17. Piezoelectricity above the Curie temperature? Combining flexoelectricity and functional grading to enable high-temperature electromechanical coupling

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    Mbarki, R.; Baccam, N.; Dayal, Kaushik; Sharma, P.

    2014-03-01

    Most technologically relevant ferroelectrics typically lose piezoelectricity above the Curie temperature. This limits their use to relatively low temperatures. In this Letter, exploiting a combination of flexoelectricity and simple functional grading, we propose a strategy for high-temperature electromechanical coupling in a standard thin film configuration. We use continuum modeling to quantitatively demonstrate the possibility of achieving apparent piezoelectric materials with large and temperature-stable electromechanical coupling across a wide temperature range that extends significantly above the Curie temperature. With Barium and Strontium Titanate, as example materials, a significant electromechanical coupling that is potentially temperature-stable up to 900 °C is possible.

  18. Piezoelectricity above the Curie temperature? Combining flexoelectricity and functional grading to enable high-temperature electromechanical coupling

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    Mbarki, R.; Baccam, N.; Dayal, Kaushik; Sharma, P.

    2014-03-24

    Most technologically relevant ferroelectrics typically lose piezoelectricity above the Curie temperature. This limits their use to relatively low temperatures. In this Letter, exploiting a combination of flexoelectricity and simple functional grading, we propose a strategy for high-temperature electromechanical coupling in a standard thin film configuration. We use continuum modeling to quantitatively demonstrate the possibility of achieving apparent piezoelectric materials with large and temperature-stable electromechanical coupling across a wide temperature range that extends significantly above the Curie temperature. With Barium and Strontium Titanate, as example materials, a significant electromechanical coupling that is potentially temperature-stable up to 900?°C is possible.

  19. A very promising piezoelectric property of Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} thin films. II: Birefringence and piezoelectricity

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    Audier, M.; Chenevier, B.; Roussel, H.; Vincent, L.; Pena, A.

    2011-08-15

    Birefringent and piezoelectric properties of Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} ceramic thin films of monoclinic and trigonal structures were analyzed. The birefringence, observed by reflected polarized light microscopy, yields information on thin film microstructures, crystal shapes and sizes and on crystallographic orientations of grains of trigonal structure. Such an information was considered for investigating piezoelectric properties by laser Doppler vibrometry and by piezoresponse force microscopy. The vibration velocity was measured by applying an oscillating electric field between electrodes on both sides of a Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} film deposited on a Si substrate which was pasted on an isolating mica sheet. In this case, it is shown that the vibration velocity results were not only from a converse piezoelectric effect, proportional to the voltage, but also from the Coulomb force, proportional to the square of the voltage. A huge piezoelectric strain effect, up to 7.6%, is found in the case of Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} of trigonal structure. From an estimation of the electrical field through the Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} thin film, this strain likely corresponds to a very high longitudinal coefficient d{sub 33} of several thousand picometers. Results obtained by piezoresponse force microscopy show that trigonal grains exhibit a polarization at zero field, which is probably due to stress caused expansion in the transition monoclinic-trigonal, presented in a previous article (part I). - Graphical abstract: Image of cross-polarized optical microscopy showing grains of trigonal structure embedded in the monoclinic phase (on the left); (a) mounting of the sample for Laser Doppler Vibrometry, sample constituted of several layers and its equivalent electrical circuit; (b) longitudinal displacements due to converse piezoelectric and Coulomb effects and corresponding piezoelectric strain-U{sub app.}. hystereses. Highlights: > A new Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} trigonal phase is shown to be birefringent and piezoelectric. > This phase is related to a reversible transition with a monoclinic phase. > The piezoelectricity of this trigonal phase is of several thousands of pm/V. > It is compared to piezoelectricity of the monoclinic phase of several tens of pm/V.

  20. Zinc titanate sorbents

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    Gupta, Raghubir P. (Durham, NC); Gangwal, Santosh K. (Durham, NC); Jain, Suresh C. (Germantown, MD)

    1998-01-01

    The present invention provides a zinc titanate sorbent material useful in desulfurization applications. The zinc titanate material is in the form of generally spherical particles of substantially uniform chemical distribution. The sorbent material is capable of absorbing sulfur compounds from a gaseous feed in an amount of at least about 15 weight percent based on the weight of the sorbent. The sorbent material is prepared by a process including: (a) forming a zinc oxide/titanium dioxide dry blend, (b) preparing a substantially uniform aqueous slurry comprising the zinc oxide/titanium dioxide dry blend, organic binder, and at least about 1 weight percent inorganic binder based on the solids weight of the slurry, (c) spray drying the slurry to produce substantially spherical particles, and (d) calcining the particles at a temperature of between about 750.degree. C. to about 950.degree. C. The dry blend is formed by mixing between about 0.5 to about 2 parts zinc oxide having a median particle size of less than about 0.5 .mu., and about 1 part titanium dioxide having a median particle size of less than about 1 .mu.. The slurry contains substantially no free silica and may be prepared by the process including (1) preparing an aqueous solution of organic binder, (2) adding the dry blend to the aqueous solution of organic binder, and (3) adding the inorganic binder to the solution of organic binder, and blend. Additional reagents, such as a surfactant, may also be incorporated into the sorbent material. The present invention also provides a process for desulfurizing a gaseous stream. The process includes passing a gaseous stream through a reactor containing an attrition resistant zinc titanate sorbent material of the present invention.

  1. Zinc titanate sorbents

    DOEpatents

    Gupta, R.P.; Gangwal, S.K.; Jain, S.C.

    1998-02-03

    The present invention provides a zinc titanate sorbent material useful in desulfurization applications. The zinc titanate material is in the form of generally spherical particles of substantially uniform chemical distribution. The sorbent material is capable of absorbing sulfur compounds from a gaseous feed in an amount of at least about 15 weight percent based on the weight of the sorbent. The sorbent material is prepared by a process including: (a) forming a zinc oxide/titanium dioxide dry blend, (b) preparing a substantially uniform aqueous slurry comprising the zinc oxide/titanium dioxide dry blend, organic binder, and at least about 1 weight percent inorganic binder based on the solids weight of the slurry, (c) spray drying the slurry to produce substantially spherical particles, and (d) calcining the particles at a temperature of between about 750 to about 950 C. The dry blend is formed by mixing between about 0.5 to about 2 parts zinc oxide having a median particle size of less than about 0.5 microns, and about 1 part titanium dioxide having a median particle size of less than about 1 micron. The slurry contains substantially no free silica and may be prepared by the process including (1) preparing an aqueous solution of organic binder, (2) adding the dry blend to the aqueous solution of organic binder, and (3) adding the inorganic binder to the solution of organic binder, and blend. Additional reagents, such as a surfactant, may also be incorporated into the sorbent material. The present invention also provides a process for desulfurizing a gaseous stream. The process includes passing a gaseous stream through a reactor containing an attrition resistant zinc titanate sorbent material of the present invention.

  2. 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.

  3. Piezoelectric step-motion actuator

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    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.

  4. Structural control by the use of piezoelectric active members

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    Fanson, J. L.; Chen, J.-C.

    1987-01-01

    Large Space Structures (LSS) exhibit characteristics which make the LSS control problem different form other control problems. LSS will most likely exhibit low frequency, densely spaced and lightly damped modes. In theory, the number of these modes is infinite. Because these structures are flexible, Vibration Suppression (VS) is an important aspect of LSS operation. In terms of VS, the control actuators should be as low mass as possible, have infinite bandwidth, and be electrically powered. It is proposed that actuators be built into the structure as dual purpose structural elements. A piezoelectric active member is proposed for the control of LSS. Such a device would consist of a piezoelectric actuator and sensor for measuring strain, and screwjack actuator in series for use in quasi-static shape control. An experiment simulates an active member using piezoelectric ceramic thin sheet material on a thin, uniform cantilever beam. The feasibility of using the piezoelectric materials for VS on LSS was demonstrated. Positive positive feedback as a VS control strategy was implemented. Multi-mode VS was achieved with dramatic reduction in dynamic response.

  5. Preparation of Lead Zirconate Titanate (Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3) by Homogeneous Precipitation and Calcination

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    Tas, A. Cuneyt

    Preparation of Lead Zirconate Titanate (Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3) by Homogeneous Precipitation-ray spectroscopy (EDXS). I. Introduction LEAD ZIRCONATE TITANATE (PbZrxTi1-xO3) ceramics are of great technological, and TiO2). However, because of intermediate reactions which lead to the formation of PbTiO3 (PT) and Pb

  6. 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

  7. Integration of bulk piezoelectric materials into microsystems

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    Aktakka, Ethem Erkan

    Bulk piezoelectric ceramics, compared to deposited piezoelectric thin-films, provide greater electromechanical coupling and charge capacity, which are highly desirable in many MEMS applications. In this thesis, a technology platform is developed for wafer-level integration of bulk piezoelectric substrates on silicon, with a final film thickness of 5-100microm. The characterized processes include reliable low-temperature (200°C) AuIn diffusion bonding and parylene bonding of bulk-PZT on silicon, wafer-level lapping of bulk-PZT with high-uniformity (+/-0.5microm), and low-damage micro-machining of PZT films via dicing-saw patterning, laser ablation, and wet-etching. Preservation of ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties is confirmed with hysteresis and piezo-response measurements. The introduced technology offers higher material quality and unique advantages in fabrication flexibility over existing piezoelectric film deposition methods. In order to confirm the preserved bulk properties in the final film, diaphragm and cantilever beam actuators operating in the transverse-mode are designed, fabricated and tested. The diaphragm structure and electrode shapes/sizes are optimized for maximum deflection through finite-element simulations. During tests of fabricated devices, greater than 12microm PP displacement is obtained by actuation of a 1mm2 diaphragm at 111kHz with <7mW power consumption. The close match between test data and simulation results suggests that the piezoelectric properties of bulk-PZT5A are mostly preserved without any necessity of repolarization. Three generations of resonant vibration energy harvesters are designed, simulated and fabricated to demonstrate the competitive performance of the new fabrication process over traditional piezoelectric deposition systems. An unpackaged PZT/Si unimorph harvester with 27mm3 active device volume produces up to 205microW at 1.5g/154Hz. The prototypes have achieved the highest figure-of-merits (normalized-power-density x bandwidth) amongst previously reported inertial energy harvesters. The fabricated energy harvester is utilized to create an autonomous energy generation platform in 0.3cm3 by system-level integration of a 50-80% efficient power management IC, which incorporates a supply-independent bias circuitry, an active diode for low-dropout rectification, a bias-flip system for higher efficiency, and a trickle battery charger. The overall system does not require a pre-charged battery, and has power consumption of <1microW in active-mode (measured) and <5pA in sleep-mode (simulated). Under lg vibration at 155Hz, a 70mF ultra-capacitor is charged from OV to 1.85V in 50 minutes.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Radiation Damange Effects in Candidate Titanates for Plutonium Disposition: Pyrochlore.

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    Strachan, Denis M.; Scheele, Randall D.; Buck, Edgar C.; Kozelisky, Anne E.; Sell, Rachel L.; Elovich, Robert J.; Buchmiller, William C.

    2005-10-15

    Laboratory experiments were conducted to verify certain assumptions as to the swelling, chemical durability, and microcracking that might occur in a waste-form ceramic as 239Pu decays. To study to effects of 239Pu decay, 238Pu, a short-lived isotope, was incorporated into a pyrochlore-rich baseline titanate – one that is formulated for pyrochlore as the dominant phase. The self-irradiation with 238Pu provided information on damage to the crystal structures of the phases in the ceramic as well as changes in dimensions, densities, and chemical durability. Overall, the pyrochlore baseline material appears to be a viable material for the immobilization of weapons-ready Pu. The physical and chemical properties of this material are not adversely affected by the material becoming amorphous from radiation-induced damage.

  11. Barium titanate nanocomposite capacitor FY09 year end report.

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    Stevens, Tyler E.; DiAntonio, Christopher Brian; Yang, Pin; Chavez, Tom P.; Winter, Michael R.; Monson, Todd C.; Roesler, Alexander William; Fellows, Benjamin D.

    2009-11-01

    This late start RTBF project started the development of barium titanate (BTO)/glass nanocomposite capacitors for future and emerging energy storage applications. The long term goal of this work is to decrease the size, weight, and cost of ceramic capacitors while increasing their reliability. Ceramic-based nanocomposites have the potential to yield materials with enhanced permittivity, breakdown strength (BDS), and reduced strain, which can increase the energy density of capacitors and increase their shot life. Composites of BTO in glass will limit grain growth during device fabrication (preserving nanoparticle grain size and enhanced properties), resulting in devices with improved density, permittivity, BDS, and shot life. BTO will eliminate the issues associated with Pb toxicity and volatility as well as the variation in energy storage vs. temperature of PZT based devices. During the last six months of FY09 this work focused on developing syntheses for BTO nanoparticles and firing profiles for sintering BTO/glass composite capacitors.

  12. Touchdown on Titan

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    Morring, Frank, Jr.

    2004-01-01

    Europe's Huygens probe is on target for a Dec. 25 separation from the Cassini Saturn orbiter that has carried it like a baby for more than seven years. The probe will spend three weeks coasting to a plunge into Titan's thick atmosphere on the morning of Jan. 14. If all goes as planned, the 349-kg. Huygens will spend more than 2 hr. descending by parachute to the mysterious surface of the planet-sized moon, and hopefully devote yet more time to broadcasting data after it lands. Before the day is over, Huygens is programmed to beam about 30 megabytes of data - including some 1,100 images-back to Earth through Cassini, a trip that will take some 75 min. to complete over the 1- billion-km. distance that separates the two planets. Within that data should be answers to questions that date back to 1655, when Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens found the moon with a homemade telescope and named it for the family of giants the ancient Greeks believed once ruled the earth. In the Solar System, there is no other world like Titan, with a nitrogen and methane atmospheric and a cold, hidden surface darker than Earth under the full Moon.

  13. Efficient Driving of Piezoelectric Transducers Using a Biaxial Driving Technique

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    2015-01-01

    Efficient driving of piezoelectric materials is desirable when operating transducers for biomedical applications such as high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) or ultrasound imaging. More efficient operation reduces the electric power required to produce the desired bioeffect or contrast. Our preliminary work [Cole et al. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter. 2014;26(13):135901.] suggested that driving transducers by applying orthogonal electric fields can significantly reduce the coercivity that opposes ferroelectric switching. We present here the experimental validation of this biaxial driving technique using piezoelectric ceramics typically used in HIFU. A set of narrow-band transducers was fabricated with two sets of electrodes placed in an orthogonal configuration (following the propagation and the lateral mode). The geometry of the ceramic was chosen to have a resonance frequency similar for the propagation and the lateral mode. The average (± s.d.) resonance frequency of the samples was 465.1 (± 1.5) kHz. Experiments were conducted in which each pair of electrodes was driven independently and measurements of effective acoustic power were obtained using the radiation force method. The efficiency (acoustic/electric power) of the biaxial driving method was compared to the results obtained when driving the ceramic using electrodes placed only in the pole direction. Our results indicate that the biaxial method increases efficiency from 50% to 125% relative to the using a single electric field. PMID:26418550

  14. The piezoelectric response of nanotwinned BaTiO3.

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    Hlinka, J; Ondrejkovic, P; Marton, P

    2009-03-11

    The piezoelectric properties of tetragonal BaTiO(3) crystals with a very high density of 90 degrees twin domain boundaries are analyzed in the framework of the Ginzburg-Landau-Devonshire theory. Computer simulations predict a considerable enhancement of piezoelectric coefficients for domain thicknesses below 50 nm. This enhancement is much larger than the effect of the domain wall broadening mechanism of Rao and Wang (2007 Appl. Phys. Lett. 90 041915), but it is still a too weak effect to explain the domain density enhancement observed in the experiments of Wada and Tsurumi (2004 Br. Ceram. Trans. 103 93). The phenomenon observed here should nevertheless manifest in materials with nanoscopic domains, such as relaxor ferroelectrics and artificial ferroelectric nanostructures. PMID:19417537

  15. Piezoelectric Ignition of Nanocomposite Energetic Materials

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    Eric Collins; Michelle Pantoya; Andreas A. Neuber; Michael Daniels; Daniel Prentice

    2014-01-01

    Piezoelectric initiators are a unique form of ignition for energetic material because the current and voltage are tied together by impact loading on the crystal. This study examines the ignition response of an energetic composite composed of aluminum and molybdenum trioxide nanopowders to the arc generated from a lead zirconate and lead titanate piezocrystal. The mechanical stimuli used to activate the piezocrystal varied to assess ignition voltage, power, and delay time of aluminum–molybdenum trioxide for a range of bulk powder densities. Results show a high dielectric strength leads to faster ignition times because of the higher voltage delivered to the energetic. Ignition delay is under 0.4 ms, which is faster than observed with thermal or shock ignition. Electric ignition of composite energetic materials is a strong function of interparticle connectivity, and thus the role of bulk density on electrostatic discharge ignition sensitivity is a focus of this study. Results show that the ignition delay times are dependent on the powder bulk density with an optimum bulk density of 50%. Packing fractions and electrical conductivity were analyzed and aid in explaining the resulting ignition behavior as a function of bulk density.

  16. Upconversion luminescence, ferroelectrics and piezoelectrics of Er Doped SrBi4Ti4O15

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    Peng, Dengfeng; Zou, Hua; Xu, Chaonan; Wang, Xusheng; Yao, Xi; Lin, Jian; Sun, Tiantuo

    2012-12-01

    Er3+ doped SrBi4Ti4O15 (SBT) bismuth layered-structure ferroelectric ceramics were synthesized by the traditional solid-state method, and their upconversion photoluminescent (UC) properties were investigated as a function of Er3+ concentration and incident pump power. Green (555 nm) and red (670 nm) emission bands were obtained under 980 nm excitation at room temperature, which corresponded to the radiative transitions from 4S3/2, and 4F9/2 to 4I15/2, respectively. The emission color of the samples could be changed with moderating the doping concentrations. The dependence of UC intensity on pumping power indicated a two-photon emission process. Studies on dielectric properties indicated that the introduction of Er increased the ferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition temperature (Tc) of SBT, thus making this ceramic suitable for piezoelectric sensor applications at higher temperatures. Piezoelectric measurement showed that the doped SBT had a relative higher piezoelectric constant d33 compared with the non-doped ceramics. The thermal annealing behaviors of the doped sample revealed a stable piezoelectric property. The doped SBT showed bright UC emission while simultaneously having increased Tc and d33. As a multifunctional material, Er doped SBT ferroelectric oxide showed great potential in application of sensor, future optical-electro integration and coupling devices.

  17. The TITAN reversed-field-pinch fusion reactor study

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    Not Available

    1990-01-01

    This report discusses research on the titan-1 fusion power core. The major topics covered are: titan-1 fusion-power-core engineering; titan-1 divertor engineering; titan-1 tritium systems; titan-1 safety design and radioactive-waste disposal; and titan-1 maintenance procedures.

  18. Titan's greenhouse and antigreenhouse effects

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    Mckay, Christopher P.; Pollack, James B.; Courtin, Regis

    1992-01-01

    Thermal mechanisms active in Titan's atmosphere are discussed in a brief review of data obtained during the Voyager I flyby in 1980. Particular attention is given to the greenhouse effect (GHE) produced by atmospheric H2, N2, and CH4; this GHE is stronger than that on earth, with CH4 and H2 playing roles similar to those of H2O and CO2 on earth. Also active on Titan is an antigreenhouse effect, in which dark-brown and orange organic aerosols block incoming solar light while allowing IR radiation from the Titan surface to escape. The combination of GHE and anti-GHE leads to a surface temperature about 12 C higher than it would be if Titan had no atmosphere.

  19. Seasonal Changes in Titan's Meteorology

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    Turtle, E. P.; DelGenio, A. D.; Barbara, J. M.; Perry, J. E.; Schaller, E. L.; McEwen, A. S.; West, R. A.; Ray, T. L.

    2011-01-01

    The Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem has observed Titan for 1/4 Titan year, and we report here the first evidence of seasonal shifts in preferred locations of tropospheric methane clouds. South \\polar convective cloud activity, common in late southern summer, has become rare. North \\polar and northern mid \\latitude clouds appeared during the approach to the northern spring equinox in August 2009. Recent observations have shown extensive cloud systems at low latitudes. In contrast, southern mid \\latitude and subtropical clouds have appeared sporadically throughout the mission, exhibiting little seasonality to date. These differences in behavior suggest that Titan s clouds, and thus its general circulation, are influenced by both the rapid temperature response of a low \\thermal \\inertia surface and the much longer radiative timescale of Titan s cold thick troposphere. North \\polar clouds are often seen near lakes and seas, suggesting that local increases in methane concentration and/or lifting generated by surface roughness gradients may promote cloud formation. Citation

  20. Ices in Titan's Lower Stratosphere

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    Anderson, Carrie

    2010-01-01

    Analyses of Cassini CIRS far-infrared limb spectra of Titan at 15N, 15S, and 58S reveal a broad emission feature between 70 and 270/cm, restricted to altitudes between 60 and 100 km. This emission feature is chemically different from Titan's photochemical aerosol, which has an emission feature peak around 145 cm-1. The shape of the observed broad emission feature resembles a mixture of the solid component of the two most abundant nitrites in Titan's stratosphere, that of HCN and HC3N. Following the saturation vapor pressure vertical profiles of HCN and HC3N, the 60 to 100 km altitude range corresponds closely to the vertical location where these nitriles are expected to condense out and form small, suspended ice particles. This is the first time ices in Titan's stratosphere have been identified at latitudes south of 50N. Results and physical implications will be discussed.

  1. Fluctus and Virgae of Titan

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    Wood, C. A.; Stofan, E. R.; Paganelli, F.; Lorenz, R. D.

    2009-03-01

    Fluctus are bright flows on Titan with lobate margins and linear sources. If they are volcanic features they are evidence for tectonic control. Shiwanni Virgae is dune material that diverts around obstacles. They are not tectonic.

  2. Bismuth iron titanate pyrochlores: Thermostability, structure and properties

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    Piir, I.V.; Koroleva, M.S.; Ryabkov, Yu.I.; Korolev, D.A.; Chezhina, N.V.; Semenov, V.G.; Panchuk, V.V.

    2013-08-15

    Iron containing bismuth titanates with pyrochlore structure Bi{sub 1.6}Fe{sub x}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7??}, where 0.08?x?0.4, were obtained by ceramic procedure. The results of bough pycnometric density of the pyrochlores and of X-ray powder diffraction structure refinement points to the preference for iron atoms to occupy the Bi{sup 3+}-sites. Electric and magnetic properties were studied for single phase pyrochlores based on bismuth titanates. The magnetic ordering was studied by the methods of Mössbauer spectroscopy and magnetic susceptibility. - Graphical abstract: The ideal crystal structure of pyrochlore A{sub 2}B{sub 2}O{sub 6}O' (A—Bi{sup 3+}, Fe{sup 3+}; B—Ti{sup 4+}, Fe{sup 3+}). Highlights: • Bismuth titanate pyrochlores stable over a wide temperature range were obtained. • The distribution of Fe{sup 3+} over various sites was determined. • The obtained systems were characterized by magnetic susceptibility, Mössbauer spectroscopy and conductivity.

  3. From Titan's chemistry and exobiology to Titan's astrobiology

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    Raulin, François

    2015-04-01

    When the IDS proposal « Titan's chemistry and exobiology » was submitted to ESA 25 years ago, in the frame of what will become the Cassini-Huygens mission, Titan was already seen as a quite interesting planetary object in the solar system for Exobiology. Several organic compounds of prebiotic interest were identified in its atmosphere, which was thus was expected to be chemically very active, especially in term of organic processes. Atmospheric aerosols seemed to play a key role in this chemistry. Moreover, the presence of an internal aqueous ocean, compatible with life was suspected. A few years later, when astrobiology was (re)invented, Titan became one of the most interesting planetary target for this new (but very similar to exobiology) field. With the Cassini-Huygens mission, the exo/astrobiological interest of Titan has become more and more important. However, the mission has been providing a vision of Titan quite different from what it was supposed. Its atmospheric organic chemistry is very complex and starts in much higher zones than it was believed before, involving high molecular weight species in the ionosphere. Titan's surface appears to be far from homogeneous: instead of been covered by a global methane-ethane ocean, it is very diversified, with dunes, lakes, bright and dark areas, impact and volcanic craters with potential cryovolcanic activity. These various geological areas are continuously feeded by atmospheric aerosols, which represent an important step in the complexity of Titan's organic chemistry, but probably not the final one. Indeed, after being deposited on the surface, in the potential cryovolvanic zones, these particles may react with water ice and form compounds of exo/astrobiological interest, such as amino acids, purine and pyrimidine bases. Moreover, The Cassini-Huygens data strongly support the potential presence of an internal water ocean, which becomes less and less hypothetical and of great interest for exobiology. These various exobiological aspects of Titan, revealed from Cassini-Huygens observations, especially from the data of the Huygens instruments, coupled to laboratory works, both experimental simulations and modeling, will be quickely reviewed and summarized. References : Raulin, F. (2008), Astrobiology and habitability of Titan, Space Science Reviews 135 (1-4), 37-48 ; Raulin, F. et al. (2012), Prebiotic-like chemistry on Titan. Chemical Society Reviews. 41, 5380-5393 Acknowledgement: Supports from the European Space Agency (ESA) and the French Space Agency (CNES) is deeply acknowledged.

  4. High-Temperature Piezoelectric Sensing

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    Jiang, Xiaoning; Kim, Kyungrim; Zhang, Shujun; Johnson, Joseph; Salazar, Giovanni

    2014-01-01

    Piezoelectric sensing is of increasing interest for high-temperature applications in aerospace, automotive, power plants and material processing due to its low cost, compact sensor size and simple signal conditioning, in comparison with other high-temperature sensing techniques. This paper presented an overview of high-temperature piezoelectric sensing techniques. Firstly, different types of high-temperature piezoelectric single crystals, electrode materials, and their pros and cons are discussed. Secondly, recent work on high-temperature piezoelectric sensors including accelerometer, surface acoustic wave sensor, ultrasound transducer, acoustic emission sensor, gas sensor, and pressure sensor for temperatures up to 1,250 °C were reviewed. Finally, discussions of existing challenges and future work for high-temperature piezoelectric sensing are presented. PMID:24361928

  5. Life on Titan

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    Potashko, Oleksandr

    Volcanoes engender life on heavenly bodies; they are pacemakers of life. All planets during their period of formation pass through volcanism hence - all planets and their satellites pass through the life. Tracks of life If we want to find tracks of life - most promising places are places with volcanic activity, current or past. In the case of just-in-time volcanic activity we have 100% probability to find a life. Therefore the most perspective “search for life” are Enceladus, Io and comets, further would be Venus, Jupiter’s satellites, Saturn’s satellites and first of all - Titan. Titan has atmosphere. It might be result of high volcanic activity - from one side, from other side atmosphere is a necessary condition development life from procaryota to eucaryota. Existence of a planet means that all its elements after hydrogen formed just there inside a planet. The forming of the elements leads to the formation of mineral and organic substances and further to the organic life. Development of the life depends upon many factors, e.g. the distance from star/s. The intensity of the processes of the element formation is inversely to the distance from the star. Therefore we may suppose that the intensity of the life in Mercury was very high. Hence we may detect tracks of life in Mercury, particularly near volcanoes. The distance from the star is only one parameter and now Titan looks very active - mainly due to interior reason. Its atmosphere compounds are analogous to comet tail compounds. Their collation may lead to interesting result as progress occurs at one of them. Volcanic activity is as a source of life origin as well a reason for a death of life. It depends upon the thickness of planet crust. In the case of small thickness of a crust the probability is high that volcanoes may destroy a life on a planet - like Noachian deluge. Destroying of the life under volcano influences doesn’t lead to full dead. As result we would have periodic Noachian deluge or nuclear winter. These events are known as extinctions or ice ages. The crust of a planet of the Earth group is formed at the outer edge of the body. The planets after asteroid belt like Jupiter or Saturn probably form their “crusts” in the centre of the body. Due to we may see internal kitchen of element forming in detail. This processes lead to the organic life, which we may detect at the atmospheres of Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto. But their satellites look like earth planet group - with outer crust. Huygens considered that God's wisdom and providence is clearest in the creation of life, and Earth holds no privileged position in the heavens that life must be universal. “Huygens” helps find life on Titan

  6. Compliant Electrode and Composite Material for Piezoelectric Wind and Mechanical Energy Conversions

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    Chen, Bin (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    A thin film device for harvesting energy from wind. The thin film device includes one or more layers of a compliant piezoelectric material formed from a composite of a polymer and an inorganic material, such as a ceramic. Electrodes are disposed on a first side and a second side of the piezoelectric material. The electrodes are formed from a compliant material, such as carbon nanotubes or graphene. The thin film device exhibits improved resistance to structural fatigue upon application of large strains and repeated cyclic loadings.

  7. TITAN Overview 1 TITAN: A NextGeneration Infrastructure for Integrating

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    California at Berkeley, University of

    TITAN Overview 1 TITAN: A Next­Generation Infrastructure for Integrating Computing and communication infrastructure a new type of computing system, called Titan. This computing system comprises be examined on­line at URL http://www.cs/projects/titan/index.html In this report we outline the progress

  8. Nondetection of Titan lightning radio emissions with Cassini/RPWS after 35 close Titan flybys

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    Gurnett, Donald A.

    Nondetection of Titan lightning radio emissions with Cassini/RPWS after 35 close Titan flybys G on the nondetection of radio emissions associated with possible lightning flashes in Titan's atmosphere by the Cassini/RPWS (Radio and Plasma Wave Science) instrument. A valid proof for Titan lightning would be the detection

  9. An experimental investigation of lead zirconate titanate--epoxy-multi-walled carbon nanotube bulk and flexible thick film composites

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    Banerjee, Sankha

    Piezoelectric sensors and actuators are needed for a wide range of applications from physiological measurement to industrial monitoring systems. Sensors that can be easily integrated with the host, while maintaining high sensitivity and reliability over a wide range of frequencies are not readily feasible and economical with homogenous piezoelectric materials. It is well known that two-phase piezoelectric-epoxy composites offer several benefits over their single phase counterparts, as the properties of the constituent phases combine to improve the range of applicability. However, the piezoelectric properties of these materials suffer from the electrically insulating properties of the epoxy matrix. The electrical properties of the matrix may be enhanced by including electrically conducting inclusions however, less is known about the mechanisms that drive the changes in these properties. Hence, this experimental investigation of sensor materials builds on the previous work in two-phase piezoelectric composites, where the aims are to understand the roles that specific fabrication parameters and inclusion composition play in determining the piezoelectric and dielectric performance the aforementioned composites. The materials under investigation will be comprised of Lead Zirconate Titanate, Epofix Cold-Setting Embedding Resin and multi-walled carbon nanotubes, i.e. the piezoelectric, epoxy and electrical inclusions respectively. Our work suggests that inclusion of MWCNTs enhances the piezoelectric and dielectric properties with increasing volume fraction below the percolation threshold. This work seeks to understand how the processing parameters: poling temperature, poling type and particle distribution influence the contact resistance, space charge double layer at the piezoelectric and conductor interfaces and electric field intensity at the piezoelectric boundary, which all ultimately dictate the piezoelectric and dielectric performance of the composite materials. Conventional solid oxide mixing, spin coating and deposition techniques will be used to fabricate the bulk and thick films. The piezoelectric and dielectric performance will be determined from the measurement of the piezoelectric strain coefficients, d33 and d31, dielectric constant, impedance and dielectric spectrum, dielectric loss tangent, and capacitance. These measurements will be correlated with inclusion size, shape, distribution, and surface morphology observations obtained from the scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM).

  10. 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

  11. Titan, Weird Chemistry, and Weird Life

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    Benner, S. A.; Kim, H.-J.

    2010-04-01

    Some hypothesize that life arises with high probability in complex chemical systems. Titan's methane and ammonia-water liquids are accessible to test this. Laboratory work is developing possible metabolisms and genetic systems in Titans.

  12. The Load Capability of Piezoelectric Single Crystal Actuators

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    Xu, Tian-Bing; Su, Ji; Jiang, Xiaoning; Rehrig, Paul W.; Hackenberger, Wesley S.

    2007-01-01

    Piezoelectric lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) single crystal is one of the most promising materials for electromechanical device applications due to its high electrical field induced strain and high electromechanical coupling factor. PMN-PT single crystal-based multilayer stack actuators and multilayer stack-based flextensional actuators have exhibited high stroke and high displacement-voltage ratios. The actuation capabilities of these two actuators were evaluated using a newly developed method based upon a laser vibrometer system under various loading conditions. The measured displacements as a function of mechanical loads at different driving voltages indicate that the displacement response of the actuators is approximately constant under broad ranges of mechanical load. The load capabilities of these PMN-PT single crystal-based actuators and the advantages of the capability for applications will be discussed.

  13. The Load Capability of Piezoelectric Single Crystal Actuators

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    Xu, Tian-Bing; Su, Ji; Jiang, Xiaoning; Rehrig, Paul W.; Hackenberger, Wesley S.

    2006-01-01

    Piezoelectric lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) single crystal is one of the most promising materials for electromechanical device applications due to its high electrical field induced strain and high electromechanical coupling factor. PMN-PT single crystal-based multilayer stack actuators and multilayer stack-based flextensional actuators have exhibited high stroke and high displacement-voltage ratios. The actuation capabilities of these two actuators were evaluated using a newly developed method based upon a laser vibrometer system under various loading conditions. The measured displacements as a function of mechanical loads at different driving voltages indicate that the displacement response of the actuators is approximately constant under broad ranges of mechanical load. The load capabilities of these PMN-PT single crystal-based actuators and the advantages of the capability for applications will be discussed.

  14. Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Using PZT Bimorphs and Multilayered Stacks

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    Panda, Prasanta Kumar; Sahoo, Benudhar; Chandraiah, M.; Raghavan, Sreekumari; Manoj, Bindu; Ramakrishna, J.; Kiran, P.

    2015-11-01

    Piezoelectric materials have a unique ability to interchange electrical and mechanical energy. This property allows the absorption of mechanical energy such as ambient vibration and its transformation into electrical energy. The electrical energy generated can be used to power low-power electronic devices. In the present study, energy harvesting by lead zirconate titanate (PZT) multilayer (ML) stacks and bimorphs is presented. The devices were fabricated by a tape casting technique and were poled at 2 kV/mm for 30 min immersed in a silicone oil bath maintained at 60°C. The energy harvesting characteristics of the fabricated devices were measured in a suitably assembled test setup. The output voltage obtained from the PZT bimorphs and ML stacks was 450 mV and 125 mV, respectively. The higher output voltage from the bimorph is due to its low capacitance.

  15. Self power generating piezoelectric elements applied to switching circuits

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    Imai, T.; Fujimoto, S.; Ichiki, M.

    2014-11-01

    In this study, we focused on lead zirconate titanate (PZT) as a power generating piezoelectric element. Niobium was added to each of the PZT elements to improve their power generation characteristics. The purpose of the study was to develop a high-efficiency PZT generator element that utilizes the vibration loads in the support members of a structure. We have previously reported the power generation characteristics of laminated PZT elements under vibration loads. Effect of vibration load, vibration frequency and number of PZT layers on generation characteristics of PZT elements was evaluated in the vibration test. We evaluate the power generation of laminated PZT elements and present the results of an experiment using a switching circuit as a load circuit in order to confirm the suitability of the laminated PZT element as a power source.

  16. The Surface Composition of Titan

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    Clark, R. N.; Pearson, N.; Brown, R. H.; Cruikshank, D. P.; Barnes, J. W.; Jaumann, R.; Soderblom, L. A.; Griffith, C. A.; Rodriguez, S.; Le Mouelic, S.; Lunine, J.; Sotin, C.; Baines, K. H.; Buratti, B. J.; Nicholson, P. D.; Nelson, R.; Stephan, K.

    2011-12-01

    Determining the surface composition of Titan has been inhibited by the lack of spectral properties of potential compounds. We have measured the 0.35 to 5-micron spectral reflectance of a wide range of compounds that might be relevant to Titan and trends are now coming to light with possible spectral matches for classes of materials. While some compounds have been identified and mapped on Titan's surface, such as liquid ethane + methane lakes and benzene, the compounds responsible for the main spectral properties have remained elusive (Clark et al, JGR 2010). Titan's surface is seen in the near infrared in only a few spectral windows, near 0.94, 1.1, 1.3, 1.6, 2.0, 2.68-2.78, and 4.9-5.1 microns in the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) spectral range. At shorter wavelengths, UV absorption in the spectra of Titan's haze constrains the surface composition because haze particles settle onto Titan's surface. The average apparent reflectance in the IR windows generally decreases with increasing wavelength except for the 2.7 and 5-micron windows which are at similar levels. The decrease has led researchers to infer a number of compounds responsible for the observed decreasing spectral shape; the most common being water ice. But ice is incompatible with the 2.78/2.68 micron I/F ratio. Many organic compounds have absorptions that are not seen in spectra of Titan, eliminating them as possible major components at the surface, including many polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) previously thought to be compatible with parts of Titan's spectrum. We find that ring compounds similar to benzene rings, but with some C-H bonds replaced by NH have a closer match to Titan's overall spectrum and can explain the relative intensities observed in the spectral windows, including the 2.68 and 2.78-micron double window, the low 3-5 micron reflectance, and increased absorption near 2.1-microns. Key among these compounds that show general properties that match Titan are Cytosine (C4H5N3O), Uracil (C4H4N2O2), Guanine (C5H5N5O), and Adenine (C5H5N5). These compounds are the four nucleobases in the nucleic acid of RNA. If these compounds can be confirmed to be on Titan, their formation pathways may have implications for the formation of life. Other compounds that match features in Titan's spectra include the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) coronene, consisting of 6 benzene rings. Coronene is also a naturally occurring mineral on Earth, known as karpatite. Combinations of coronene, phenanthene (C14H12), pentacene (C22H14), indole (C8H7N), Cytosine, Uracil, Guanine, and Adenine match the overall spectral structure of Titan spectra. Indole, Cytosine, and Uracil, have 1.5-micron bands that can explain the feature observed in DISR spectra of Titan's surface. These compounds can also help explain the pyrolysis results from the Huygens probe.

  17. Asymmetric electrode design for significant performance enhancement of piezoelectric P(VDF-TrFE) polymer microcantilevers

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    Oh, Sharon Roslyn; Yao, Kui; Zhang, Lei; Eng Hock Tay, Francis

    2015-04-01

    A concept of utilizing asymmetric electrode structures for significantly enhancing the performance of piezoelectric polymer microelectromechanical systems is proposed. Piezoelectric poly(vinyl difluoride-trifluoroethylene) (P(VDF-TrFE)) polymer micro unimorph cantilevers with different thicknesses of the top and bottom metallic electrodes are designed and investigated. Both the analytical calculations and finite element simulations show that a large shift of the neutral axis away from the center of the active piezoelectric P(VDF-TrFE) layer can be realized by the adoption of top and bottom metallic electrodes with different thicknesses. The neutral axis shift due to the asymmetric electrode thicknesses is greater for piezoelectric polymer materials due to the lower Young’s moduli. It was shown that superior performance could even be achievable with a softer P(VDF-TrFE) cantilever with asymmetric electrode thicknesses over a cantilever using a piezoelectric ceramic layer with a much stronger piezoelectric effect. The feasibility of fabricating the P(VDF-TrFE) polymer micro cantilevers with asymmetric electrode thicknesses was demonstrated with a surface micromachining process.

  18. Development of Piezoelectric Thin Film Resonator and Its Impact on Future Wireless Communication Systems

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    Satoh, Yoshio; Nishihara, Tokihiro; Yokoyama, Tsuyoshi; Ueda, Masanori; Miyashita, Tsutomu

    2005-05-01

    The bulk acoustic wave filter composed of piezoelectric thin film resonators has many features superior to those of other small filters such as a surface acoustic wave (SAW) filter and a ceramic filter. As it has no fine structure in its electrode design, it has a high Q factor that leads to low-loss and sharp-cut off characteristics and a high power durability particularly in the high-frequency range. Furthermore, it has the potentiality of integrated devices on a Si substrate. In this paper, we review the recent developments of piezoelectric thin film resonator filters in the world, including our development for mobile communication applications. After describing the feature and history of the piezoelectric thin film resonator filters, our technologies are introduced in focusing on the resonator structures, the piezoelectric thin film and electrode film materials, the cavity structures, the filter structure and its design rules and characteristics, comparing with SAW filters. The competition and coexistence between the piezoelectric thin film resonator filters and the SAW filters are also described. In this paper, we describe the development of a piezoelectric thin film resonator from the standpoint of researchers who have a long experience of SAW filter development.

  19. Piezoelectric motor development at AlliedSignal Inc., Kansas City Division

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    Pressly, R.B.; Mentesana, C.P.

    1994-11-01

    The Kansas City Division of AlliedSignal Inc. has been investigating the fabrication and use of piezoelectric motors in mechanisms for United States Department of Energy (DOE) weapons applications for about four years. These motors exhibit advantages over solenoids and other electromagnetic actuators. Prototype processes have been developed for complete fabrication of motors from stock materials, including abrasive machining of piezoelectric ceramics and more traditional machining of other motor components, electrode plating and sputtering, electric poling, cleaning, bonding and assembly. Drive circuits have been fabricated and motor controls are being developed. Laboratory facilities have been established for electrical/mechanical testing and evaluation of piezo materials and completed motors. Recent project efforts have focused on the potential of piezoelectric devices for commercial and industrial use. A broad range of various motor types and application areas has been identified, primarily in Japan. The Japanese have been developing piezo motors for many years and have more recently begun commercialization. Piezoelectric motor and actuator technology is emerging in the United States and quickly gaining in commercial interest. The Kansas City Division is continuing development of piezoelectric motors and actuators for defense applications while supporting and participating in the commercialization of piezoelectric devices with private industry through various technology transfer and cooperative development initiatives.

  20. 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.