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Sample records for titanate piezoelectric ceramics

  1. Enhanced piezoelectric property of porous lead zirconate titanate ceramics with one dimensional ordered pore structure

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    Guo Rui; Wang Changan; Yang Ankun; Fu Juntao

    2010-12-15

    Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics with one dimensional ordered pore structure (1-3 type porous PZT ceramics) were fabricated in this study. The special structure not only enhanced the piezoelectric and dielectric properties effectively but also further decreased the acoustic impedance. All samples exhibited excellent piezoelectric properties despite high porosities. The d{sub 33} value was 608 pC /N (remained 88% that of dense PZT) when the porosity was up to 68.7%. The d{sub 33} value was 690 pC /N (same as dense PZT) when the porosity was 41.7%. The lowest acoustic impedance (Z) reached 1.3 MRayls. These results are promising for improving performance in hydrophones applications.

  2. The effect of low-fluence neutron irradiation on silver-electroded lead-zirconate-titanate piezoelectric ceramics

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    Broomfield, G. H.

    1980-06-01

    The properties of several different versions of near equi-molar proportioned lead-zirconate-titanate ceramic piezoelectric plates were measured after irradiation for up to 48 h in an MTR hollow fuel element. The irradiation temperature was 180 50C and the maximum fluences 3.5 10 19 thermal and 1.4 10 19 fission neutrons/cm 2. The irradiation decreased the capacitance, increased the thickness-mode resonant frequencies and decreased the elevated temperature electromechanical coupling in all of the samples tested. The effects are considered to be due to a change in the electrode bonding and a reduction in the polarisation of the ceramic.

  3. 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 (959410-15 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.

  4. 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

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

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    Yang Ankun; Wang Changan; Guo Rui; Huang Yong

    2011-04-11

    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 (9594x10{sup -15} m{sup 2}/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.

  6. Processing and properties of bismuth sodium titanate-based piezoelectric ceramics for transducer applications

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    Herabut, Aree

    1997-11-01

    Piezoelectric ceramics have been key materials for transducer applications. Most practical materials are developed from the binary and ternary systems of lead-based perovskite piezoceramics. The main drawbacks of these lead-based materials include processing of PbO and, also, PbO evaporation during sintering, leading to a serious pollution problem. The toxicity and volatility of lead oxide are critical environmental issues which cannot be overlooked. Through the concept of Smolenskii, it is possible to replace Pb with elements having similar electron configuration and still obtain a material exhibiting similar behavior in spontaneous polarization. The Bisb{0.5}Nasb{0.5}TiOsb3 (BNT) composition has a perovskite structure and presents ferroelectric behavior with a Curie temperature of 320spC. However, the random displacement between the Nasp+ and Bisp{3+} ions at elevated temperature results in the abnormal dielectric permittivity and loss as functions of temperature and frequency. Additionally, the high coercive field of this BNT composition (Esbc = 70 kV/cm) leads to a difficulty in successful poling. In this research, the structure-processing-properties relations of BNT and solid solutions of BNT with Pbsb{0.75}Casb{0.25}TiOsb3 were assessed. Based on the flexibility of the perovskite structure in allowing an incorporation of various cation sizes, isovalent and aliovalent substitutions were utilized in the compositional modification of BNT. These modified BNT compositions were formulated by the conventional mixed oxide method, following optimized powder processing, specimen fabrication, and sintering procedures. Two kinds of distortion from the ideal perovskite structure, the packing and off-center effects, were expected to be involved in this modification. A series of the modified BNT piezoceramics encompassing various dielectric and piezoelectric properties was prepared by the addition of three rare-earth ions, Lasp{3+}, Ndsp{3+}, and Smsp{3+}, and a pentavalent ion, Nbsp{5+}. These modified BNT compositions were calcined in the range of 800-900spC for 2-5 hrs and then sintered at 1050-1200spC for 1-4 hrs. Conventional poling was performed at 50spC with an applied field of 40-70 kV/cm for 5 minutes. A composition of the BNT with 0.5 at% La yielded a K value of 515, ksb{t} of 45%, dsb{33} of 100 pC/N, dsb{h} of 65 pC/N and ksb{t}/ksb{p} of 3.5, which is considerable promising for transducer applications.

  7. Domain wall motion effect on the anelastic behavior in lead zirconate titanate piezoelectric ceramics

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    Bourim, El Mostafa; Tanaka, Hidehiko; Gabbay, Maurice; Fantozzi, Gilbert; Cheng, Bo Lin

    2002-05-01

    Three undoped lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics were prepared with compositions close to the morphotropic phase boundary: Pb(Zr0.50Ti0.50)O3, Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3, and Pb(Zr0.54Ti0.46)O3. Internal friction Q-1 and shear modulus G were measured versus temperature from 20 C to 500 C. Experiments were performed on an inverted torsional pendulum at low frequencies (0.1, 0.3, and 1 Hz). The ferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition results in a peak (P1) of Q-1 correlated with a sharp minimum M1 of G. Moreover the Q-1(T) curves show two relaxation peaks called R1 and R2 respectively, correlated with two shear modulus anomalies called A1 and A2 on the G(T) curves. The main features of the transition P1 peak are studied, they suggest that its behavior is similar to the internal friction peaks associated with martensitic transformation. The relaxation peak, R1 and R2 are both attributed to motion of domain walls (DWs), and can be analyzed by thermal activated process described by Arrhenius law. The R2 peak is demonstrated to be due to the interaction of domain walls and oxygen vacancies because it depends on oxygen vacancy concentration and electrical polarization. However, the R1 peak is more complex; its height is found to be increased as stress amplitude and heating rate increase. It seems that the R1 peak is influenced by three mechanisms: (i) relaxation due to DW-point defects interaction, (ii) variation of domain wall density, and (iii) domain wall depinning from point defect clusters.

  8. Piezoelectric Ceramics and Their Applications

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    Flinn, I.

    1975-01-01

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

  9. Effect of uniaxial stress on the large-signal electromechanical properties of electrostrictive and piezoelectric lead magnesium niobate lead titanate ceramics

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    Viehland, D.; Li, Jie-Fang; McLaughlin, E.; Powers, J.; Janus, R.; Robinson, H.

    2004-02-01

    The electromechanical performance characteristics of electrostrictive 0.9 Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.1 PbTiO3 and piezoelectric 0.7 Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.3 PbTiO3 ceramics have been investigated under uniaxial stress (?). The results demonstrate that the large-signal electromechanical properties of electrostrictive ceramics are decreased with increasing ?, whereas those of the piezoelectric are increased but accompanied by significantly increased hysteretic losses.

  10. Disc piezoelectric ceramic transformers.

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    Erhart, Jiri; P?lpn, Petr; Dole?ek, Roman; Psota, Pavel; Ldl, Vt

    2013-08-01

    In this contribution, we present our study on disc-shaped and homogeneously poled piezoelectric ceramic transformers working in planar-extensional vibration modes. Transformers are designed with electrodes divided into wedge, axisymmetrical ring-dot, moonie, smile, or yin-yang segments. Transformation ratio, efficiency, and input and output impedances were measured for low-power signals. Transformer efficiency and transformation ratio were measured as a function of frequency and impedance load in the secondary circuit. Optimum impedance for the maximum efficiency has been found. Maximum efficiency and no-load transformation ratio can reach almost 100% and 52 for the fundamental resonance of ring-dot transformers and 98% and 67 for the second resonance of 2-segment wedge transformers. Maximum efficiency was reached at optimum impedance, which is in the range from 500 ? to 10 k?, depending on the electrode pattern and size. Fundamental vibration mode and its overtones were further studied using frequency-modulated digital holographic interferometry and by the finite element method. Complementary information has been obtained by the infrared camera visualization of surface temperature profiles at higher driving power. PMID:25004532

  11. Bar piezoelectric ceramic transformers.

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    Erhart, Ji?; Pulpan, P?lpn; Rusin, Lubo

    2013-07-01

    Bar-shaped piezoelectric ceramic transformers (PTs) working in the longitudinal vibration mode (k31 mode) were studied. Two types of the transformer were designed--one with the electrode divided into two segments of different length, and one with the electrodes divided into three symmetrical segments. Parameters of studied transformers such as efficiency, transformation ratio, and input and output impedances were measured. An analytical model was developed for PT parameter calculation for both two- and three-segment PTs. Neither type of bar PT exhibited very high efficiency (maximum 72% for three-segment PT design) at a relatively high transformation ratio (it is 4 for two-segment PT and 2 for three-segment PT at the fundamental resonance mode). The optimum resistive loads were 20 and 10 k? for two- and three-segment PT designs for the fundamental resonance, respectively, and about one order of magnitude smaller for the higher overtone (i.e., 2 k? and 500 ?, respectively). The no-load transformation ratio was less than 27 (maximum for two-segment electrode PT design). The optimum input electrode aspect ratios (0.48 for three-segment PT and 0.63 for two-segment PT) were calculated numerically under no-load conditions. PMID:25004515

  12. Electromechanical properties of A-site (LiCe)-modified sodium bismuth titanate (Na{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 4.5}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15}) piezoelectric ceramics at elevated temperature

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    Wang Chunming; Wang Jinfeng; Zhang Shujun; Shrout, Thomas R.

    2009-05-01

    The Aurivillius-type bismuth layer-structured (NaBi){sub 0.46}(LiCe){sub 0.04}Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15} (NBT-LiCe) piezoelectric ceramics were synthesized using conventional solid-state processing. Phase analysis was performed by x-ray diffraction and microstructural morphology was assessed by scanning electron microscopy. The dielectric, piezoelectric, ferroelectric, and electromechanical properties of NBT-LiCe ceramics were investigated. The piezoelectric activities were found to be significantly enhanced compared to NBT ceramics, which can be attributed to the lattice distortion and the presence of bismuth vacancies. The dielectric and electromechanical properties of NBT-LiCe ceramics at elevated temperature were investigated in detail. The excellent piezoelectric, dielectric, and electromechanical properties, coupled with high Curie temperature (T{sub c}=660 deg. C), demonstrated that the NBT-LiCe ceramics are the promising candidates for high temperature applications.

  13. Compact pulse forming line using barium titanate ceramic material

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    Kumar Sharma, Surender; Deb, P.; Shukla, R.; Prabaharan, T.; Shyam, A.

    2011-11-01

    Ceramic material has very high relative permittivity, so compact pulse forming line can be made using these materials. Barium titanate (BaTiO3) has a relative permittivity of 1200 so it is used for making compact pulse forming line (PFL). Barium titanate also has piezoelectric effects so it cracks during high voltages discharges due to stresses developed in it. Barium titanate is mixed with rubber which absorbs the piezoelectric stresses when the PFL is charged and regain its original shape after the discharge. A composite mixture of barium titanate with the neoprene rubber is prepared. The relative permittivity of the composite mixture is measured to be 85. A coaxial pulse forming line of inner diameter 120 mm, outer diameter 240 mm, and length 350 mm is made and the composite mixture of barium titanate and neoprene rubber is filled between the inner and outer cylinders. The PFL is charged up to 120 kV and discharged into 5 ? load. The voltage pulse of 70 kV, 21 ns is measured across the load. The conventional PFL is made up of oil or plastics dielectrics with the relative permittivity of 2-10 [D. R. Linde, CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 90th ed. (CRC, 2009); Xia et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 79, 086113 (2008); Yang et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 81, 43303 (2010)], which increases the length of PFL. We have reported the compactness in length achieved due to increase in relative permittivity of composite mixture by adding barium titanate in neoprene rubber.

  14. Compact pulse forming line using barium titanate ceramic material.

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    Kumar Sharma, Surender; Deb, P; Shukla, R; Prabaharan, T; Shyam, A

    2011-11-01

    Ceramic material has very high relative permittivity, so compact pulse forming line can be made using these materials. Barium titanate (BaTiO(3)) has a relative permittivity of 1200 so it is used for making compact pulse forming line (PFL). Barium titanate also has piezoelectric effects so it cracks during high voltages discharges due to stresses developed in it. Barium titanate is mixed with rubber which absorbs the piezoelectric stresses when the PFL is charged and regain its original shape after the discharge. A composite mixture of barium titanate with the neoprene rubber is prepared. The relative permittivity of the composite mixture is measured to be 85. A coaxial pulse forming line of inner diameter 120 mm, outer diameter 240 mm, and length 350 mm is made and the composite mixture of barium titanate and neoprene rubber is filled between the inner and outer cylinders. The PFL is charged up to 120 kV and discharged into 5 ? load. The voltage pulse of 70 kV, 21 ns is measured across the load. The conventional PFL is made up of oil or plastics dielectrics with the relative permittivity of 2-10 [D. R. Linde, CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 90th ed. (CRC, 2009); Xia et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 79, 086113 (2008); Yang et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 81, 43303 (2010)], which increases the length of PFL. We have reported the compactness in length achieved due to increase in relative permittivity of composite mixture by adding barium titanate in neoprene rubber. PMID:22129008

  15. A study on (K, Na) NbO3 based multilayer piezoelectric ceramics micro speaker

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    Gao, Renlong; Chu, Xiangcheng; Huan, Yu; Sun, Yiming; Liu, Jiayi; Wang, Xiaohui; Li, Longtu

    2014-10-01

    A flat panel micro speaker was fabricated from (K, Na) NbO3 (KNN)-based multilayer piezoelectric ceramics by a tape casting and cofiring process using Ag-Pd alloys as an inner electrode. The interface between ceramic and electrode was investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The acoustic response was characterized by a standard audio test system. We found that the micro speaker with dimensions of 23 × 27 × 0.6 mm3, using three layers of 30 μm thickness KNN-based ceramic, has a high average sound pressure level (SPL) of 87 dB, between 100 Hz-20 kHz under five voltage. This result was even better than that of lead zirconate titanate (PZT)-based ceramics under the same conditions. The experimental results show that the KNN-based multilayer ceramics could be used as lead free piezoelectric micro speakers.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties of ferroelectric glass-ceramics

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    Wu, Mian-Xue; Zhu, Pei-nan

    1985-05-01

    In this paper we report the ferroelectric glass-ceramics possessing both piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties. The properties can be comparable to those of corresponding ceramics or single crystals.

  19. Microstructural studies of nanocrystalline barium zirconium titanate (BZT) for piezoelectric applications

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    Jamil, Nor Huwaida Janil @; Izzuddin, Izura; Zainuddin, Zalita; Jumali, Mohammad Hafizuddin Haji

    2015-09-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric ceramics based on barium titanate (BaTiO3) with substitution of Zr4+ were prepared using sol-gel method. The Ba(ZrxTi1-x)O3, (BZT) powders with x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3 were pressed into pellets and sintered at 1250 C for 2 h. Focusing on the effect of Zr4+ substitutions into BaTiO3 perovskite system, the phase transition and microstructural properties of BZT ceramics were studied using XRD, SEM and EDX spectroscopy. All X-ray diffractograms were fitted using Pawley refinement model. The XRD diffractograms revealed the progressive phase transition from tetragonal to cubic phase as Zr content increased. The crystallite exhibited decreasing trend and was supported by shrinkage in grain size. The EDX analysis confirmed the successful substitution of Ti4+ with Zr4+ in BaTiO3 crystal.

  20. Nonlinear piezoelectric behavior of ceramic bending mode actuators under strong electric fields

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    Wang, Qing-Ming; Zhang, Qiming; Xu, Baomin; Liu, Ruibin; Cross, L. Eric

    1999-09-01

    The nonlinear electromechanical behavior of cantilevered piezoelectric ceramic bimorph, unimorph, and reduced and internally biased oxide wafer actuators is studied in a wide electric field and frequency range. It is found that under quasistatic condition, linear relationships between actuator tip displacement-electric field, and blocking force-electric field are only valid under weak field driving. With increasing the driving field, electromechanical nonlinearity begins to contribute significantly to the actuator performance because of ferroelectric hysteresis behavior associated with piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT)-type ceramic materials. The bending resonance frequencies of all these actuators vary with the magnitude of the electric field. The decrease of resonance frequency with electric field is explained by the increase of elastic compliance of PZT ceramic due to elastic nonlinearity. Mechanical quality factors of the actuators also depend on the magnitude of electric field strength. No significant temperature increase is observed when actuators are driven near resonance frequency under high electric field.

  1. Origin of high piezoelectric activity in perovskite ferroelectric ceramics

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    Zeng, Weidong; Zhou, Xiujuan; Chen, Jun; Liao, Jiayi; Zhou, Changrong; Cen, Zhenyong; Yang, Tao; Yang, Huabin; Zhou, Qin; Chen, Guohua; Yuan, Changlai

    2014-06-01

    Dense (1-x)(Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-xBaTiO3 (BNT-BTx%, x = 3, 5, 6, and 7) ceramics exhibit large piezoelectricity for electrical poling below coercive fields. In particular, the piezoelectric activity and permittivity frequency dispersion have been found to be closely related. The significantly increased piezoelectric constant and sharply decreased permittivity frequency dispersion are observed to occur for poled ceramics under the critical poling electrical fields. These results suggest that the high piezoelectric response stems from poling electrical fields-induced-ordered nanodomains.

  2. High-frequency electromechanical properties of piezoelectric ceramic/polymer composites in broadband applications

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    Bowen, L. J.; Gururaja, T. R.

    1980-11-01

    Composites of piezoelectric ceramic (lead zirconate titanate) rods aligned in an epoxy resin matrix have been evaluated for broadband transducer applications. The rods are driven at their longitudinal mode resonance frequency and bandwidth is increased by fabricating the composite in a wedge configuration. The passband can be tailored as required by altering the surface profile of the device, and in principle bandwidths of almost 100 percent are possible. The attenuation properties of the polymer phase are of prime importance in mechanically decoupling adjacent piezoelectric elements. Acoustic signal attenuation in the polymer is accomplished by the series combination of acoustic impedence mismatch and classical transmission line attenuation. Experimental and theoretical considerations suggest the mechanical Q of the polymer is so low that the active elements are insignificantly damped. As a corollary, linear theory is not reliable for the prediction of dynamic mechanical properties of piezoelectric composites.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Characterization of porous piezoelectric ceramics: The length expander case

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    Gomez Alvarez-Arenas, T.E.; Montero de Espinosa, F.

    1997-12-01

    Porous piezoelectric ceramics and 0{endash}3/3{endash}3 connectivity piezoelectric composites are normally characterized following the Standards on Piezoelectricity. Nevertheless, these materials are not homogeneous and losses are significant. New constitutive and wave equations have been obtained recently for these kind of materials. The objective of this paper is to derive new definitions for the electromechanical coupling coefficients and a suitable characterization procedure according to the new constitutive and wave equations previously mentioned. In particular, the case of the length expander bar mode is analyzed in detail. The study of resonant elements requires the use of suitable boundary conditions. In this case the boundary conditions are borrowed from the theory of poroelasticity and extended for a piezoelectric material. Finally the procedure is applied to characterize a commercial porous piezoelectric ceramic. {copyright} {ital 1997 Acoustical Society of America.}

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

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

    2015-06-01

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

  8. Detection of cancer biomarkers by piezoelectric biosensor using PZT ceramic resonator as the transducer.

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    Su, Li; Zou, Lan; Fong, Chi-Chun; Wong, Wing-Leung; Wei, Fan; Wong, Kwok-Yin; Wu, Rudolf S S; Yang, Mengsu

    2013-08-15

    A novel piezoelectric biosensor using lead titanate zirconate (PZT) ceramic resonator as transducer was developed for label-free, cost-effective, and direct detection of cancer biomarkers. We designed a dual sensing scheme where two ceramic resonators were connected in parallel, in which one resonator was used as the sensing unit and the other as the control unit, in order to minimize environment influences including temperature fluctuation and to achieve the required frequency stability for biosensing applications. Detection of selected cancer biomarkers, such as prostate specific antigen (PSA) and ?-fetoprotein (AFP) was carried out to evaluate the performance of the biosensor. The device showed high sensitivity (0.25 ng/ml) and fast detection (within 30 min) with small amount of sample (1 ?l), which is compatible to that required by clinical measurements. The results also showed that the ceramic resonator-based piezoelectric biosensor platform could be utilized with different chemical interfaces, and the miniaturized size of the ceramic resonators makes it suitable for fabricating sensor arrays for multiplex detection. PMID:23542085

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

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    Radzi, Muhamad Haffiz Mohd; Leong, Kok Swee

    2015-05-01

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

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

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    Takenaka, Tadashi; Nagata, Hajime; Hiruma, Yuji

    2008-05-01

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

  11. Characterization of Hard Piezoelectric Lead-Free Ceramics

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

    2010-01-01

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

  12. 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.

  13. Dielectric behavior of barium modified strontium bismuth titanate ceramic

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

    2014-04-01

    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 Ba2+ ion, may be due to the decrease of orthorhombicity by the incorporation of Ba2+ ion in SBT lattice.

  14. 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.

  15. Apodization process of piezoelectric ceramics for ultrasound transducers

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    Duarte, Mauricio G.; Nantes Button, Vera L. d. S.; Maia, Joaquim M.; Costa, Eduardo T.; Oliveira, Eduardo J. V.

    2003-05-01

    The objective of this work was to optimize the process of apodization of piezoelectric ceramic discs, looking for the better relationship between oil bath temperature and time of electrical field application. The apodization was performed to reduce the diffraction in the acoustic field generated by ultrasonic transducers. We used 12.7mm diameter and 1mm thickness PZT-5A discs. The apodization field (2kV/mm thickness) has been shaped by a 5mm radius spherical electrode throughout the apodization processes we have used. The apodized ceramic discs which showed electromechanical coupling coefficient value, for the thickness mode of vibration, equal or larger than 0.37, were considered well apodized. We used initial oil bath temperatures from 120C to 250C and the electric field was applied for periods of at least 2 minutes to up to 4 hours. The results showed that if the poling electric field was applied to the piezoelectric ceramic even before the oil was heated, we obtained larger piezoelectric coupling coefficients; in higher temperatures (250C) this was not necessary. We concluded that using higher temperatures (250C) it was possible to reduce the apodization process, with satisfactory results, from 4-5 hours to 2 minutes. Ultrasound transducers were built with apodized ceramics and their acoustic fields showed larger depth of field relative to non apodized ones.

  16. 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

  17. 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 μm 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

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. KNN–NTK composite lead-free piezoelectric ceramic

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

    2014-10-21

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

  1. 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.

  2. Three-degree-of-freedom ultrasonic motor using a 5-mm-diameter piezoelectric ceramic tube.

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    Mingsen Guo; Junhui Hu; Hua Zhu; Chunsheng Zhao; Shuxiang Dong

    2013-07-01

    A small three-degree-of-freedom ultrasonic motor has been developed using a simple piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT)-tube stator (OD 5 mm, ID 3 mm, length 15 mm). The stator drives a ball-rotor into rotational motion around one of three orthogonal (x-, y-, and z-) axes by combing the first longitudinal and second bending vibration modes. A motor prototype was fabricated and characterized; its performance was superior to those of previous motors made with a PZT ceramic/metal composite stator of comparable size. The method for further improving the performance was discussed. The motor can be further miniaturized and it has potential to be applied to medical microrobots, endoscopes or micro laparoscopic devices, and cell manipulation devices. PMID:25004511

  3. 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.

  4. 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 65C 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 30C 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 40C above the global paraelectric transition temperature. This information should enable advancements in tunable

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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. PMID:26628144

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Electrical properties of lanthanum doped barium titanate ceramics

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    Vijatovic Petrovic, M.M.; Bobic, J.D.; Ramoska, T.; Banys, J.; Stojanovic, B.D.

    2011-10-15

    Pure and lanthanum doped barium titanate (BT) ceramics were prepared by sintering pellets at 1300 deg. C for 8 h, obtained from nanopowders synthesized by the polymeric precursor method. XRD results showed formation of a tetragonal structure. The presence of dopants changed the tetragonal structure to pseudo-cubic. The polygonal grain size was reduced up to 300 nm with addition of lanthanum as a donor dopant. Determined dielectric properties revealed that lanthanum modified BT ceramics possessed a diffused ferroelectric character in comparison with pure BT that is a classical ferroelectric material. In doped BT phase transition temperatures were shifted to lower temperatures and dielectric constant values were much higher than in pure BT. A modified Currie Weiss law was used to explore the connection between the doping level and degree of diffuseness of phase transitions. Impedance spectroscopy measurements were carried out at different temperatures in order to investigate electrical resistivity of materials and appearance of a PTCR effect. - Highlights: {yields} Pure and lanthanum doped BaTiO{sub 3} were prepared by polymeric precursors method. {yields} Change of structure from tetragonal to pseudo-cubic. {yields} Lanthanum as a donor dopant influenced on change of ferro-para phase transition. {yields} The diffuseness factor indicated the formation of diffuse ferroelectric material. {yields} Lanthanum affected on PTCR effect appearance in BT ceramics.

  11. Aligned porous barium titanate/hydroxyapatite composites with high piezoelectric coefficients for bone tissue engineering.

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    Zhang, Yan; Chen, Liangjian; Zeng, Jing; Zhou, Kechao; Zhang, Dou

    2014-06-01

    It was proposed that the piezoelectric effect played an important physiological role in bone growth, remodelling and fracture healing. An aligned porous piezoelectric composite scaffold was fabricated by freeze casting hydroxyapatite/barium titanate (HA/BT) suspensions. The highest compressive strength and lowest porosity of 14.5MPa and 57.4% with the best parallelism of the pore channels were achieved in the HA10/BT90 composite. HA30/BT70 and HA10/BT90 composites exhibited piezoelectric coefficient d33 of 1.2 and 2.8pC/N, respectively, both of which were higher than the piezoelectric coefficient of natural bone. Increase of the solid loading of the suspension and solidification velocity led to the improvement of piezoelectric coefficient d33. Meanwhile, double-templates resulted in the coexistence of lamellar pores and aligned macro-pores, exhibiting the ability to produce an oriented long-range ordered architecture. The manipulation flexibility of this method indicated the potential for customized needs in the application of bone substitute. An MTT assay indicated that the obtained scaffolds had no cytotoxic effects on L929 cells. PMID:24863210

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

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

    2014-03-01

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. Production of Synroc ceramics from titanate gel microspheres

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    Sizgek, E.; Bartlett, J.R.; Woolfrey, J.L.; Vance, E.R.

    1994-12-31

    Synroc is a multi-component titanate ceramic, designed to immobilise High Level Waste (HLW) from nuclear fuel reprocessing plants. Synroc precursor powders have been previously produced by various methods, such as oxide and alkoxide-hydrolysis routes. However, various technological aspects of HLW processing make the use of free-flowing, dust-free, highly sinterable precursor powders desirable. Such powders have been produced by spray-drying colloidal precursors, yielding microspherical particles with controlled porosity. These particles were readily impregnated with 20 wt% simulated high-level nuclear waste solutions, calcined at 1023 K and subsequently hot-pressed to produce dense Synroc monoliths. This paper discusses the preparation and fabrication of Synroc monoliths from the microspheres and their physical properties. The resulting microstructures and leaching characteristics of the Synroc monoliths are also presented.

  16. Enhancing Piezoelectric Performance of CaBi2Nb2O9 Ceramics Through Microstructure Control

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    Chen, Huanbei; Zhai, Jiwei

    2012-08-01

    Calcium bismuth niobate (CaBi2Nb2O9, CBN) is a high-Curie-temperature ( T C) piezoelectric material with relatively poor piezoelectric performance. Attempts were made to enhance the piezoelectric and direct-current (DC) resistive properties of CBN ceramics by increasing their density and controlling their microstructural texture, which were achieved by combining the templated grain growth and hot pressing methods. The modified CBN ceramics with 97.5% relative density and 90.5% Lotgering factor had much higher piezoelectric constant ( d 33 = 20 pC/N) than those prepared by the normal sintering process ( d 33 = 6 pC/N). High-temperature alternating-current (AC) impedance spectroscopy of the CBN ceramics was measured by using an impedance/gain-phase analyzer. Their electrical resistivity was approximately 6.5 104 ? cm at 600C. Therefore, CBN ceramics can be used for high-temperature piezoelectric applications.

  17. Experiments to Demonstrate Piezoelectric and Pyroelectric Effects

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    Erhart, Jir

    2013-01-01

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

  18. 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…

  19. Piezoelectric and Ferromagnetic Properties of PMN-PFN Ferroelectromagnetic Ceramics

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    Portelles, Jorge; Siqueiros, Jess M.; Font, Reynaldo

    2001-03-01

    The induced piezoelectricity and magnetic properties of the (1-x)Pb(Mg_1/3Nb_2/3)O_3-xPb(Fe_1/2Nb_1/2)O_3, ((1-x)PMN-xPFN, x= 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 1) ferroelectromagnetic ceramics have been investigated. The effect of the variation of Fe content on the electromechanical properties of the ceramic is analyzed observing that the electromechanical efficiency decreases when either the applied external electric field is increased or the concentration of the ferroactive Fe cation is decreased. The dependence of the magnetic characteristics such as the specific magnetization (?) and magnetic susceptibility (\\chi) were investigated using thermo-magnetic analysis. The magnetic behavior obeys a weak ferromagnetism law. A regular decrease of the ? and \\chi values as the amount of Fe in the (1-x)PMN-xPFN is decreased is observed. A study of the influence of the Fe cations on the dielectric and magnetic properties is used to analyze the coupling between the ferroelectric and the antiferromagnetic order in the ceramic.

  20. Porosity Dependence of Piezoelectric Properties for Porous Potassium Niobate System Ceramics

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    Wada, S.; Mase, Y.; Shimizu, S.; Maeda, K.; Fujii, I.; Nakashima, K.; Pulpan, P.; Miyajima, N.

    2011-10-01

    Porous potassium niobate (KNbO3, KN) system ceramics were prepared by a conventional sintering method using carbon black (CB) nanoparticles. First, KN nanoparticles with a size of 100 nm was mixed with CB nanoparticles and binder using ball milling with ethanol. The mixture was dried, and pressed into pellets using uniaxial pressing. After binder burnout, these ceramics was sintered in air. Their piezoelectric properties were measured and discussed a relationship between porosity and piezoelectric properties. As the results, with increasing porosity, piezoelectric g33 constant increased significantly, which suggested that porous ceramics were effective for stress sensor application.

  1. Sound transmission control through rectangular plate by using piezoelectric ceramics as actuators and sensors

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    Akishita, Sadao; Mitani, Yu-Ichiro; Miyaguchi, Hiroshi

    1994-05-01

    This paper describes the active control of sound transmission through a clamped rectangular plate by using piezoelectric ceramics as actuators and sensors. Optimal use of the piezoelectric ceramic actuator is investigated theoretically by using the transfer function from incident sound pressure to radiated sound pressure and the first order approximated damping ratio. By applying direct velocity feedback control by five pieces of the actuators, substantial reduction of peak level at eigen mode frequency is obtained below the frequency range of about 1500 Hz. The use of piezoelectric ceramics as actuators and as sensors fails in the direct velocity feedback control experiment, but has potential for the direct position feedback control experiment.

  2. Detection of high-energy heavy ions using piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate

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    Takechi, Seiji; Morinaga, Shin-ya; Kurozumi, Atsuma; Miyachi, Takashi; Fujii, Masayuki; Hasebe, Nobuyuki; Shibata, Hiromi; Murakami, Takeshi; Uchihori, Yukio; Okada, Nagaya

    2009-04-15

    The characteristics of a radiation detector fabricated with stacks of piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) elements were studied by irradiating it with a 400 MeV/n xenon (Xe) beam for various beam pulse durations. This detector is referred to as the multilayered detector (MD). To understand the production mechanism behind the output voltage obtained from the MD, measurement of the spatial distribution of the output signals generated in the MD was attempted. It was found that the amplitude observed was dependent on the number of Xe ions per unit time and the amount of ionization loss energy of Xe ions in PZT.

  3. 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; Gruen, Eberhard; Srama, Ralf; Okada, Nagaya

    2008-04-15

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. Characterization of Piezoelectric Lead Zirconate Titanate from the Viewpoint of Transducer and Power Generator Properties

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    Ichiki, Masaaki; Ashida, Katsura; Kitahara, Tokio

    2002-11-01

    Mechanical, electrical and transducer properties of piezoelectrics are estimated using a newly proposed method. Transducer properties of piezoelectrics, i.e., power generation and energy conversion properties, are useful for application to power microelectromechanical system (MEMS) devices. Electrical and mechanical properties of piezoelectrics could be estimated from the viewpoint of application to electronic devices using a trial measuring apparatus. The electromechanical coupling constant is estimated to be 0.53 in the case of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) using the same apparatus under short- and open-circuit conditions. The electromechanical coupling constant is calculated from the mechanical properties, i.e., two kinds of Youngs modulus. On the other hand, the output peak power of PZT transducers is determined to be approximately 3 ?W, which is the product of a 1.8 V voltage and a 1.7 ?A current, in the case of 40 N input applied load. Since output voltage and current exhibit linear relationships with applied load, the output electrical power is equal to the square of the applied load. This shows that piezoelectrics attached to the sole could realize mW electrical power through the efficient use of total human weight.

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

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

    2007-02-01

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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 Pm3m 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 ( LaA , 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 Pm3m phase, while Fe modification led to an increase in the depolarization temperature and a decrease in the fraction of the Pm3m 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

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

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    Ishii, Keisuke; Tashiro, Shinjiro

    2015-10-01

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

  12. Using Piezoelectric Ceramics for Dust Mitigation of Space Suits

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    Angel, Heather K.

    2004-01-01

    The particles that make up moon dust and Mars soil can be hazardous to an astronaut s health if not handled properly. In the near future, while exploring outer space, astronauts plan to wander the surfaces of unknown planets. During these explorations, dust and soil will cling to their space suits and become imbedded in the fabric. The astronauts will track moon dust and mars soil back into their living quarters. This not only will create a mess with millions of tiny air-born particles floating around, but will also be dangerous in the case that the fine particles are breathed in and become trapped in an astronaut s lungs. research center are investigating ways to remove these particles from space suits. This problem is very difficult due to the nature of the particles: They are extremely small and have jagged edges which can easily latch onto the fibers of the fabric. For the past summer, I have been involved in researching the potential problems, investigating ways to remove the particles, and conducting experiments to validate the techniques. The current technique under investigation uses piezoelectric ceramics imbedded in the fabric that vibrate and shake the particles free. The particles will be left on the planet s surface or collected a vacuum to be disposed of later. The ceramics vibrate when connected to an AC voltage supply and create a small scale motion similar to what people use at the beach to shake sand off of a beach towel. Because the particles are so small, similar to volcanic ash, caution must be taken to make sure that this technique does not further inbed them in the fabric and make removal more difficult. Only a very precise range of frequency and voltage will produce a suitable vibration. My summer project involved many experiments to determine the correct range. Analysis involved hands on experience with oscilloscopes, amplifiers, piezoelectrics, a high speed camera, microscopes and computers. perfect this technology. Someday, vibration to remove dust may a vital component to the space exploration program. In order to mitigate this problem, engineers and scientists at the NASA-Glenn Further research and experiments are planned to better understand and ultimately

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

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

    2014-10-01

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Intelligent motion control for linear piezoelectric ceramic motor drive.

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    Wai, Rong-Jong; Lee, Jeng-Dao

    2004-10-01

    Since the dynamic characteristics of a linear piezoelectric ceramic motor (LPCM) are highly nonlinear and time varying, it is difficult to design a suitable motor drive and position controller that realizes accurate position control at all time. This study investigates a double-inductance double-capacitance (LLCC) resonant driving circuit and a sliding-mode fuzzy-neural-network control (SMFNNC) system for the motion control of an LPCM. First, the motor structure and LLCC driving circuit of an LPCM are introduced. The LLCC resonant inverter is designed to operate at an optimal switching frequency such that the output voltage will not be influenced by the variation of quality factor. Moreover, a SMFNNC system is designed to achieve favorable tracking performance without precise dynamic models being controlled. All adaptive learning algorithms in the SMFNNC system are derived in the sense of Lyapunov stability analysis, so that system-tracking stability can be guaranteed in the closed-loop system. The effectiveness of the proposed driving circuit and control system is verified by experimental results. PMID:15503505

  17. Cement-based piezoelectric ceramic composites for sensor applications in civil engineering

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    Dong, Biqin

    The objectives of this thesis are to develop and apply a new smart composite for the sensing and actuation application of civil engineering. Piezoelectric ceramic powder is incorporated into cement-based composite to achieve the sensing and actuation capability. The research investigates microstructure, polarization and aging, material properties and performance of cement-based piezoelectric ceramic composites both theoretically and experimentally. A hydrogen bonding is found at the interface of piezoelectric ceramic powder and cement phase by IR (Infrared Ray), XPS (X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy) and SIMS (Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy). It largely affects the material properties of composites. A simple first order model is introduced to explain the poling mechanism of composites and the dependency of polarization is discussed using electromechanical coupling coefficient kt. The mechanisms acting on the aging effect is explored in detail. Dielectrical, piezoelectric and mechanical properties of the cement-based piezoelectric ceramic composites are studied by experiment and theoretical calculation based on modified cube model (n=1) with chemical bonding . A complex circuit model is proposed to explain the unique feature of impedance spectra and the instinct of high-loss of cement-based piezoelectric ceramic composite. The sensing ability of cement-based piezoelectric ceramic composite has been evaluated by using step wave, sine wave, and random wave. It shows that the output of the composite can reflects the nature and characteristics of mechanical input. The work in this thesis opens a new direction for the current actuation/sensing technology in civil engineering. The materials and techniques, developed in this work, have a great potential in application of health monitoring of buildings and infrastructures.

  18. 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.

  19. Lead zirconate titanate thin films directly on copper electrodes for ferroelectric, dielectric and piezoelectric applications

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    Kingon, Angus I.; Srinivasan, Sudarsan

    2005-03-01

    Replacement of noble metal electrodes by base metals significantly lowers the cost of ferroelectric, piezoelectric and dielectric devices. Here, we demonstrate that it is possible to process lead zirconate (Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3, or PZT) thin films directly on base metal copper foils. We explore the impact of the oxygen partial pressure during processing, and demonstrate that high-quality films and interfaces can be achieved through control of the oxygen partial pressure within a narrow window predicted by thermodynamic stability considerations. This demonstration has broad implications, opening up the possibility of the use of low-cost, high-conductivity copper electrodes for a range of Pb-based perovskite materials, including PZT films in embedded printed circuit board applications for capacitors, varactors and sensors; multilayer PZT piezoelectric stacks; and multilayer dielectric and electrostrictive devices based on lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate. We also point out that the capacitors do not fatigue on repeated switching, unlike those with Pt noble metal electrodes. Instead, they appear to be fatigue-resistant, like capacitors with oxide electrodes. This may have implications for ferroelectric non-volatile memories.

  20. Highly piezoelectric Biocompatible and Soft Composite Fibers

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    Jakli, Antal; Morvan, Jason; Buyuktanir, Ebru; West, John

    2012-02-01

    We report the fabrication of highly piezoelectric biocompatible soft fibers containing Barium Titanate (BT) ferroelectric ceramic particles dispersed in electrospun poly lactic acid (PLA). These fibers form mats that have two orders of magnitude larger piezoelectric constant per weight than single crystal barium titanate films. We demonstrate that the observed super-piezoelectricity results from the electrospinning induced polar alignment of the ferroelectric particles and the increased surface area compared to single crystal films. Due to the biocompatibility of PLA that encases the ferroelectric particles, these mats can be applied even in biological applications such as bio-sensors, artificial muscles and energy harvesting devices.

  1. Highly piezoelectric biocompatible and soft composite fibers

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    Morvan, J.; Buyuktanir, E.; West, J. L.; Jkli, A.

    2012-02-01

    We report the fabrication of highly piezoelectric biocompatible soft fibers containing barium titanate ferroelectric ceramic particles dispersed in electrospun poly lactic acid (PLA). These fibers form mats that have two orders of magnitude larger piezoelectric constant per weight than single crystal barium titanate films. We propose that the observed apparent piezoelectricity results from the electrospinning induced polar alignment of the ferroelectric particles that pole the fibers similar to ferroelectret polymer foams that are poled by corona discharge. Due to the biocompatibility of PLA that encases the ferroelectric particles, these mats can be used in biological applications such as bio-sensors, artificial muscles, and energy harvesting devices.

  2. Shear-Mode Piezoelectric Properties of KNbO3-Based Ferroelectric Ceramics

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    Hikita, Kouhei; Hiruma, Yuji; Nagata, Hajime; Takenaka, Tadashi

    2009-07-01

    Potassium niobate, KNbO3, (KN)-based ceramics were prepared by a modified conventional ceramic fabrication process to characterize their piezoelectric properties. The KN-MnCO3 0.1 wt % (KN-Mn0.1) ceramic used in this study showed a high density ratio >96% and a high resistivity, ?, of about 1013 ?cm without deliquescent properties. The shear mode of the KN-Mn0.1 ceramic showed excellent resonance and antiresonance characteristics with tiny spurious peaks upon optimization of the sample dimensions. The electromechanical coupling factor, k15, and piezoelectric strain constant, d15, of KN-Mn0.1 showed relatively large values of 0.55 and 207 pC/N, respectively. The shear-mode vibration of KN-based ceramics appears to be a very promising candidate for actuators and high-power applications.

  3. 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.

  4. Nanoscale mapping of electromechanical response in ionic conductive ceramics with piezoelectric inclusions

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    Seol, Daehee; Seo, Hosung; Jesse, Stephen; Kim, Yunseok

    2015-08-01

    Electromechanical (EM) response in ion conductive ceramics with piezoelectric inclusions was spatially explored using strain-based atomic force microscopy. Since the sample is composed of two dominant phases of ionic and piezoelectric phases, it allows us to explore two different EM responses of electrically induced ionic response and piezoresponse over the same surface. Furthermore, EM response of the ionic phase, i.e., electrochemical strain, was quantitatively investigated from the comparison with that of the piezoelectric phase, i.e., piezoresponse. These results could provide additional information on the EM properties, including the electrochemical strain at nanoscale.

  5. Nonlinear piezoelectricity in PZT ceramics for generating ultrasonic phase conjugate waves

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    Yamamoto; Kokubo; Sakai; Takagi

    2000-03-01

    We have succeeded in the generation of acoustic phase conjugate waves with nonlinear PZT piezoelectric ceramics and applied them to ultrasonic imaging systems. Our aim is to make a phase conjugator with 100% efficiency. For this purpose, it is important to clarify the mechanism of acoustic phase conjugation through nonlinear piezoelectricity. The process is explained by the parametric interaction via the third-order nonlinear piezoelectricity between the incident acoustic wave at angular frequency omega and the pump electric field at 2 omega. We solved the coupling equations including the third-ordered nonlinear piezoelectricity and theoretically derived the amplitude efficiency of the acoustic phase conjugation. We compared the efficiencies between the theoretical and experimental values for PZT ceramics with eight different compositions. Pb[(Zn1/3Nb2/3)(1 - x)Tix]O3 (X = 0.09, PZNT91/9) piezoelectric single crystals have been investigated for high-performance ultrasonic transducer application, because these have large piezoelectric constants, high electrical-mechanical coupling factors and high dielectric constants. We found that they have third-order nonlinear piezoelectric constants much larger than PZT and are hopeful that the material as a phase conjugator has over 100% efficiency. PMID:10829782

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

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

    2004-11-01

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

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

    2015-05-28

    Highly flexible lead zirconate titanate, Pb(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} (PZT), thin films have been realized by modified sol-gel process. The transverse piezoelectric coefficient d{sub 31} was determined from the tip displacement of bending-mode actuators made of PZT cantilever deposited onto bare or RuO{sub 2} coated aluminium substrate (16 μm thick). The influence of the thickness of ruthenium dioxide RuO{sub 2} and PZT layers was investigated for Pb(Zr{sub 0.57}Ti{sub 0.43})O{sub 3}. The modification of Zr/Ti ratio from 40/60 to 60/40 was done for 3 μm thick PZT thin films onto aluminium (Al) and Al/RuO{sub 2} 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 RuO{sub 2} interfacial layer between the aluminium substrate and the PZT layer induces a remarkable increase of the d{sub 31} coefficient by a factor of 2.7, thus corresponding to a maximal d{sub 31} 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.

  10. 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 μm 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 μm 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.

  11. 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 cantilevers 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.

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. TECHNICAL NOTE: Dielectric and piezoelectric properties of piezoelectric ceramic sulphoaluminate cement composites

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    Cheng, Xin; Huang, Shifeng; Chang, Jun; Lu, Lingchao; Liu, Futian; Ye, Zengmao; Wang, Shoude

    2005-10-01

    Using cement as the matrix of piezoelectric smart composites can solve the problem of mismatch of smart composites and concrete structure in civil engineering. 0 3 cement based piezoelectric composites were fabricated by a compression technique using PMN and sulphoaluminate cement as raw materials. The influence of the PMN content on the dielectric and piezoelectric properties of the composites was investigated. The temperature dependence of the dielectric properties of the composites was discussed in detail. The results indicate that the dielectric constants are almost constant in the temperature range from -30 to 50 C, which shows excellent dielectric temperature stability. With increasing PMN content, the piezoelectric and dielectric properties of the composites increase. The theoretical values of the dielectric constants show good agreement with the experimental values for the composites.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

    2014-04-01

    Samarium doped Barium Zirconium Titanate ceramic with general formula Ba1-xSm2x/3Zr0.05Ti0.95O3 [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.

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

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

    2009-03-01

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

  19. 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.

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

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    Chen, Huanbei; Fu, Fang; Zhai, Jiwei

    2011-05-01

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

  1. Piezoelectric micromotor using a metal-ceramic composite structure.

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    Koc, B; Bouchilloux, P; Uchino, K

    2000-01-01

    This paper presents a new piezoelectric micromotor design, in which a uniformly electroded piezoelectric ring bonded to a metal ring is used as the stator. Four inward arms at the inner circumference of the metal ring transfer radial displacements into tangential displacements. The rotor ends in a truncated cone shape and touches the tips of the arms. A rotation takes place by exciting coupled modes of the stator element, such as a radial mode and a second bending mode of the arms. The behavior of the free stator was analyzed using the ATILA finite element software. Torque vs. speed relationship was measured from the transient speed change with a motor load. A starting torque of 17 microNm was obtained at 20 Vrms. The main features of this motor are low cost and easy assembly because of a simple structure and small number of components. PMID:18238616

  2. 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.

  3. A procedure for the efficient selection of piezoelectric ceramics constituting high-power ultrasonic transducers.

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    Chacn, D; Rodrguez-Corral, G; Gaete-Garretn, L; Riera-Franco de Sarabia, E; Gallego-Jurez, J A

    2006-12-22

    The most characteristic narrow-band transducer structure for high-power ultrasonic applications is the well known piezoelectric sandwich which is reminiscent of the Langevin transducer. Such structure is generally used jointly with other components in the construction of industrial high-power transducers. One of the main objectives in the design and construction of such high-power transducers is to minimize energy losses. To that purpose the selection of the piezoelectric ceramic rings forming the sandwich requires clear and specific criteria. This paper deals with a numerical and experimental procedure for the accurate selection of the piezoelectric rings constituting high-power transducers, based on the analysis of the mechanical Q, the frequency and the resonance curve. The procedure was experimentally checked by constructing and characterizing several transducer structures. PMID:16797649

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Enhanced piezoelectric performance of composite sol-gel thick films evaluated using piezoresponse force microscopy

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    Liu, Yuanming; Lam, Kwok Ho; Kirk Shung, K.; Li, Jiangyu; Zhou, Qifa

    2013-05-01

    Conventional composite sol-gel method has been modified to enhance the piezoelectric performance of ceramic thick films. Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) and lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) thick films were fabricated using the modified sol-gel method for ultrasonic transducer applications. In this work, piezoresponse force microscopy was employed to evaluate the piezoelectric characteristics of PZT and PMN-PT composite sol-gel thick films. The images of the piezoelectric response and the strain-electric field hysteresis loop behavior were measured. The effective piezoelectric coefficient (d33,eff) of the films was determined from the measured loop data. It was found that the effective local piezoelectric coefficient of both PZT and PMN-PT composite films is comparable to that of their bulk ceramics. The promising results suggest that the modified composite sol-gel method is a promising way to prepare the high-quality, crack-free ceramic thick films.

  7. Enhanced piezoelectric performance of composite sol-gel thick films evaluated using piezoresponse force microscopy.

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    Liu, Yuanming; Lam, Kwok Ho; Kirk Shung, K; Li, Jiangyu; Zhou, Qifa

    2013-05-14

    Conventional composite sol-gel method has been modified to enhance the piezoelectric performance of ceramic thick films. Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) and lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) thick films were fabricated using the modified sol-gel method for ultrasonic transducer applications. In this work, piezoresponse force microscopy was employed to evaluate the piezoelectric characteristics of PZT and PMN-PT composite sol-gel thick films. The images of the piezoelectric response and the strain-electric field hysteresis loop behavior were measured. The effective piezoelectric coefficient (d33,eff) of the films was determined from the measured loop data. It was found that the effective local piezoelectric coefficient of both PZT and PMN-PT composite films is comparable to that of their bulk ceramics. The promising results suggest that the modified composite sol-gel method is a promising way to prepare the high-quality, crack-free ceramic thick films. PMID:23798771

  8. Enhanced piezoelectric performance of composite sol-gel thick films evaluated using piezoresponse force microscopy

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    Liu, Yuanming; Lam, Kwok Ho; Kirk Shung, K.; Li, Jiangyu; Zhou, Qifa

    2013-01-01

    Conventional composite sol-gel method has been modified to enhance the piezoelectric performance of ceramic thick films. Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) and lead magnesium niobatelead titanate (PMN-PT) thick films were fabricated using the modified sol-gel method for ultrasonic transducer applications. In this work, piezoresponse force microscopy was employed to evaluate the piezoelectric characteristics of PZT and PMN-PT composite sol-gel thick films. The images of the piezoelectric response and the strain-electric field hysteresis loop behavior were measured. The effective piezoelectric coefficient (d33,eff) of the films was determined from the measured loop data. It was found that the effective local piezoelectric coefficient of both PZT and PMN-PT composite films is comparable to that of their bulk ceramics. The promising results suggest that the modified composite sol-gel method is a promising way to prepare the high-quality, crack-free ceramic thick films. PMID:23798771

  9. High temperature piezoelectric drill

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

    2009-03-01

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

  10. High Temperature Piezoelectric Drill

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

    2009-01-01

    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.

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

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

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  17. Research on key technique of microscopy three-dimensional image reconstruction based on piezoelectric ceramics

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    Wang, Jianhua; Xiao, Zexin

    2011-11-01

    Due to the limited depth of focus of microscope objective, a series of images taken from different sections and directions are needed to reconstruct 3D microscopy image. In this paper, we present a novel method which utilizes piezoelectric actuator, high magnification microscopy system without mirror and single CCD to observe micro-objects and reconstruct its three-dimensional image. Inverse piezoelectric effect of piezoelectric ceramics have some superior characteristics, such as high positioning resolution, high positioning accuracy, etc. And piezoelectric actuator possess the advantage of small-size, strong-power and easy- to-integrated as well. Based on these points, we designed a 360 rotation and tilt positioning platform. In this platform, Piezoelectric actuator is employed to ensure the positioning accuracy at axis-Z direction. At the same time, Motion of 360 rotation and tilt can be controlled precisely using stepping motor controlling technology. Furthermore, finite element methods (FEM) analyze software--ANSYS is used to analyze the rigidity, stress and structure optimization of the platform. This rotation and tilt mechanical positioning platform can help the single CCD to get clear, complete-view two dimensional images. This method paves the way for three-dimensional reconstruction of micro objects. Experiments demonstrate that this 360 rotation and tilt positioning stage is structure-simple and high-accurate. It can be widely used in micro-structure observing and three-dimensional image reconstruction among mechanics, materials and biology, etc.

  18. Piezoelectric, dielectric, and ferroelectric properties of 0-3 ceramic/cement composites

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    Xin, Cheng; Shifeng, Huang; Jun, Chang; Zongjin, Li

    2007-05-01

    The sulphoaluminate cement and a piezoelectric ceramic, 0.08Pb(Li1/4Nb3/4)O3.0.47PbTiO3.0.45PbZrO3[P(LN)ZT], were used to fabricate 0-3 cement based piezoelectric composites. The piezoelectric, dielectric, and ferroelectric properties of the composites were mainly investigated. The results indicate that the piezoelectric strain factor d33 increases as the P(LN)ZT volume fraction increases, which follows the cube model well. The dielectric constant ?x and dielectric loss tan ? show similar trends with the d33. In the frequency range of 40-100 kHz, the dielectric constants of the composites decrease sharply, which is mainly attributed to interfacial polarization in the composite. Above 200 kHz, the cement-based piezoelectric composites exhibit good dielectric-frequency stability. Hysteresis measurements indicate that the composites exhibit typical ferroelectric hysteresis loops at room temperature. The remanent polarization Pr and the coercive field Ec of the composites increase as the P(LN)ZT volume fraction increases. Meanwhile, the remnant polarizations Pr shows little asymmetric characterization.

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

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    Dongyu, Xu; Xin, Cheng; 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.

  20. 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.

  1. High-field dielectric and piezoelectric performance of soft lead zirconate titanate piezoceramics under combined electromechanical loading

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    Zhou, Dayu; Kamlah, Marc

    2004-12-01

    Piezoelectric actuators normally have complicated structures and work under severe loading conditions, e.g., high driving electric field and significant compressive preload. This study is focused on the experimental investigation of the electromechanical properties of a commercial soft lead zirconate titanate material under loading conditions simulating the in-service environment of high-strain actuators. The polarization and strain responses were first measured under a constant-stress preload. A significant enhancement of the dielectric and piezoelectric performance is observed within a small prestress range. At much higher preload levels, the predominant mechanical depolarization effect makes the material exhibits hardly any piezoeffect. In the other two series of tests, the specimen was subjected to cyclic mechanical load with different mean stresses and amplitudes. When the stress is applied in-phase with electrical loading, the polarization and strain outputs are found to monotonically decrease with an increase in stress amplitude, until mechanical loading completely impedes the piezoelectric response. An inverse effect occurs for the out-of-phase electromechanical loading tests, in which the polarization and strain outputs increase with increasing stress amplitude. In general, the enhanced polarization and strain responses are accompanied by an unfavorable increased hysteresis and, consequently, increased energy loss. An attempt has been made to explain the experimental findings by simultaneously taking into account the effects of dielectric response, elastic deformation, irreversible domain switching, and piezoeffects.

  2. Titan

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    Coustenis, A.; Murdin, P.

    2000-11-01

    Titan, SATURN's largest satellite, is a distant world: far away from the Sun and its close, warm TERRESTRIAL PLANETS. A fair distance from Saturn, too. Seen from Titan, at more than a million kilometers away, Saturn looks like a big yellowish ball, permanently girdled by an icy hoop. The Sun's disk is hard to see at a distance of close to one billion five hundred kilometers, more than nine times ...

  3. 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

    2014-02-01

    In this study, BaTiO3 ceramics have been prepared via solid-state reaction method. The powders were calcined for 2 hours at different temperatures ranging from 600C to 1200C. Using X-ray diffraction with a Rietveld analysis, the phase formation and crystal structure of the BaTiO3 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 BaTiO3 began at calcination condition of 1000 C for 2 hours. The crystal structure of BaTiO3 formed is in the tetragonal structure. The second phases of BaCO3 and TiO2 existed with calcination temperature below 1000 C. Purity, crystallite size and tetragonality of BaTiO3 powders were found to increase with increasing calcination temperature.

  4. Photoassisted water decomposition by ferroelectric lead zirconate titanate ceramics with anomalous photovoltaic effects

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    Inoue, Y.; Sato, K.; Sato, K.; Miyama, H.

    1986-06-19

    Ferroelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics with the polarization vector defined perpendicular to surface were employed, with and without Pt deposition, as photocatalysts for water decomposition under conditions in which either the positive or negative polar surface was irradiated with Xe light. The activity of H/sub 2/ formation was 10-40 times higher for the positive than for the negative polar surface. It was shown that PZT is a useful photocatalyst and the activity differences between the oppositely polarized surfaces are associated with the inherent anomalous photovoltaic effects of the ferroelectrics.

  5. Structural contribution to the ferroelectric fatigue in lead zirconate titanate ceramics

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    Hinterstein, M.; Rouquette, J.; Haines, J.; Papet, Ph.; Glaum, J.; Knapp, M.; Eckert, J.; Hoffman, M.

    2014-09-01

    Many ferroelectric devices are based on doped lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics with compositions near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB), at which the relevant material's properties approach their maximum. Based on a synchrotron x-ray diffraction study of MPB PZT, bulk fatigue is unambiguously found to arise from a less effective field induced tetragonal-to-monoclinic transformation, at which the degradation of the polarization flipping is detected by a less intense and more diffuse anomaly in the atomic displacement parameter of lead. The time dependence of the ferroelectric response on a structural level down to 250 ?s confirms this interpretation in the time scale of the piezolectric strain response.

  6. Simultaneous measurement of electro-optical and converse-piezoelectric coefficients of PMN-PT ceramics.

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    Xiao, Pingping; Wang, Xianping; Sun, Jingjing; Huang, Meizhen; Chen, Xianfeng; Cao, Zhuangqi

    2012-06-18

    A new scheme is proposed to measure the electro-optical (EO) and converse-piezoelectric (CPE) coefficients of the PMN-PT ceramics simultaneously, in which the PMN-PT ceramics acts as the guiding layer of a symmetrical metal-cladding waveguide. As the applied electric field exerts on the waveguide, the effective refractive index (RI) (or synchronous angle) can be effectively tuned from a selected mode to another adjacent mode owing to the high sensitivity and the small spacing of the ultra-high order modes. Subsequently, a correlation between EO and CPE coefficients is established. With this correlation and the measurement of the effective RI change to the applied voltage, the quadratic EO and CPE coefficients of PMN-PT ceramics are obtained simultaneously. The obtained results are further checked by fitting the variations of effective RI to a quadratic function. Our measurement method can be extended to a wide range of other materials. PMID:22714448

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Luminescence of transparent glass ceramics containing Er3+ and Yb3+ zirconate-titanate nanocrystals

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    Skoptsov, N. A.; Denisov, I. A.; Malyarevich, A. M.; Yumashev, K. V.; Dymshits, O. S.; Zhilin, A. A.; Alekseeva, I. P.

    2011-11-01

    Luminescence regularities have been studied in new erbium/ytterbium materials based on glasses and glass ceramics of a magnesium-aluminosilicate system containing nanoscale erbium/ytterbium zirconate titanate crystals with the pyrochlore structure. Lifetimes of Yb3+ and Er3+ ions in the 2 F5/2 state and in the 4I11/2 and 4I13/2 states, respectively, and the efficiency of Yb3+ → Er3+ energy transfer have been evaluated. The identified spectral-luminescent characteristics of the studied glasses and glass ceramics co-doped with erbium and ytterbium ions show that these materials are promising media for producing laser generation in the spectral range around 1.5 μm.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Study of the characteristics of a piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate radiation detector using a pulsed xenon source

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    Miyachi, Takashi; Fujii, Masayuki; Hasebe, Nobuyuki; Okudaira, Osamu; Takechi, Seiji; Kurozumi, Atsuma; Morinaga, Shinya; Uno, Takefumi; Shibata, Hiromi; Kobayashi, Masanori; Murakami, Takeshi; Uchihori, Yukio; Okada, Nagaya

    2010-05-15

    The detector characteristics of piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) were studied by directly irradiating a multilayered PZT detector with 400 MeV/n xenon ions. An extracted beam was processed with a rotating slit. Thus, passed through {approx}10{sup 3} xenon ions were available for 50 to 250 {mu}s. The effect of polarization on the output signal was discussed, and the optimal electrode configuration was determined. The output signal appeared as an isolated pulse whose amplitude was qualitatively understood by the Bethe-Bloch formula. However, the calculated and the observed values differed depending on the rotation speed of the slit. A process that can explain the differences is presented here. The output signal appearing beyond the range of 400 MeV/n xenon ion beam was discussed. The sensitivity was compared with that obtained with hypervelocity collision of dust.

  14. Investigation of the additive induced doping effects in gelcast soft lead zirconate titanate ceramics

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    Guo Dong; Cai Kai; Li Longtu; Gui Zhilun

    2009-09-01

    Due to the high sensitivity of the electrical properties of electronic ceramics to various factors, knowledge about the possible influence of the processing procedure on their electrical performance is critical for applying a new technique to the fabrication of the materials. In this study, various electrical parameters, complex impedance spectra, ferroelectric hysteresis loops, and microstructures of soft lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics formed by the gelcasting technique from suspensions with various dispersants were investigated in comparison with those of the conventional dry pressed ones. We found that the sodium ion, which is the main cation in many commercial surfactants, exhibited obvious hard doping effects; thus causing deteriorated performance of the gelcast PZT ceramics. While a certain impurity ion introduced by a dispersant was also found to induce soft doping characteristics and improve the electrical performance of the materials. The results suggest that the doping effects of the metal ions or impurities introduced by the dispersants, or other additives, should be generally considered for applying a wet processing technique to forming multicomponent electronic ceramics.

  15. 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.

  16. Photoluminescence, ferroelectric, dielectric and piezoelectric properties of Er-doped BNT-BT multifunctional ceramics

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    Lau, Chi Man; Xu, Xiao Wu; Kwok, K. W.

    2015-05-01

    0.93(Bi0.5-x/0.93Erx/0.93Na0.5)TiO3-0.07BaTiO3 photoluminescent ceramics have been prepared by a conventional ceramic fabrication technique and their photoluminescence, ferroelectric, dielectric and piezoelectric properties have been studied. Under an excitation of 980 nm, the ceramics exhibit visible up-conversion luminescent emissions at 532 nm (green), 540 nm (green) and 600 nm (red), as well as broadband down-conversion luminescent emissions in near-infrared (1.44-1.66 ?m) and mid-infrared (2.62-2.84 ?m) regions. The quenching concentration for the ceramics is high, about 6%, and both the visible and invisible emissions are very strong. Among the emissions, the photoluminescence intensity of the red emission band increases most significantly by more than 47 times as the Er-concentration increases from 0.005 to 0.07. As a result, the Commission Internationale de L'Eclairage chromaticity coordinates shift from (0.29, 0.69) to (0.49, 0.50), and the emission color changes from green to yellowish green. Owing to the establishment of a dynamic circulatory energy process at high Er-concentrations, the photoluminescence intensity of the mid-infrared emission increases significantly by more than 4 times at the expense of the near-infrared emission. Together with the good ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties, the ceramics should be promising candidates for multifunctional optoelectronic applications.

  17. 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

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

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    Langhammer, H. T.; Bttcher, R.; Mller, 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.

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

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    Marandian-Hagh, Nader

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

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

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

    2005-11-01

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

  1. 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.

  2. Effect of Mn-acceptor dopant on dielectric and piezoelectric responses of lead lanthanum zirconate titanate piezoceramics

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    Perez-Delfin, E.; Garca, J. E.; Ochoa, D. A.; Prez, R.; Guerrero, F.; Eiras, J. A.

    2011-08-01

    Dielectric and direct piezoelectric responses in non-doped and Mn-doped Pb0.91La0.09(Zr0.65,Ti0.35)O3 ceramics are experimentally studied. The permittivity and the direct piezoelectric coefficient were measured by applying an ac electric field or a mechanical stress, respectively. The results show that the dielectric response is mainly due to an extrinsic contribution at room temperature. A notable reduction in room temperature dielectric losses by Mn-doping is verified. The temperature of the minimum of the losses depends on the Mn-content, enabling the Pb0.91La0.09(Zr0.65,Ti0.35)O3 properties to be tuned from soft to hard. A significant stabilization of the dielectric and piezoelectric responses, related to domain wall motion reduction, is confirmed in Mn-doped materials, so these materials become good candidates for transducer applications. The correlation between the dielectric constant and dielectric losses is discussed in terms of the Rayleigh model. Results show that Mn-doped PLZT response does not fit this model. This fact could be explained by taking into account the nature of the defects created by manganese addition. These complex defects act as pinning centers, and the reversible movement of domain walls provide a significant contribution to the response of these materials.

  3. 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.

  4. Preparation and characterization of Grain-Oriented Barium Titanate Ceramics Using Electrophoresis Deposition Method under A High Magnetic Field

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    Kita, T.; Kondo, S.; Takei, T.; Kumada, N.; Nakashima, K.; Fujii, I.; Wada, S.; Suzuki, T. S.; Uchikoshi, T.; Sakka, Y.; Miwa, Y.; Kawada, S.; Kimura, M.

    2011-10-01

    Barium titanate (BaTiO3) grain-oriented ceramics were prepared using electrophoresis deposition (EPD) method under high magnetic field of 12 T. First, BaTiO3 nanoparticles with high c/a ratio of 1.008 and size of 84 nm were prepared by two-step thermal decomposition method with barium titanyl oxalate nanoparticles. Using the BaTiO3 slurry, BaTiO3 nanoparticle accumulations were prepared by EPD method under high magnetic field. After binder burnout, the accumulations were sintered and BaTiO3 grain-oriented ceramics were prepared. Moreover, dielectric properties of their ceramics were investigated

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. High temperature dielectric relaxation anomaly of Y? and Mn? 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 Y? and Mn? 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.

  8. Effect of Nd3+ concentration quenching in highly doped lead lanthanum zirconate titanate transparent ferroelectric ceramics

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    de Camargo, A. S. S.; Jacinto, C.; Nunes, L. A. O.; Catunda, T.; Garcia, D.; Botero, . R.; Eiras, J. A.

    2007-03-01

    The concentration dependence of the fluorescence quantum efficiency in Nd3+ doped lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT), transparent ceramics, is presented. The total emission decay of the emitting level F3/24 is close to exponential, even for high Nd3+ concentration Nt, due to the very low probability of the cross relaxation energy transfer processes among ions. Owing to this low probability, it was inferred that Nd:PLZT presents lower concentration quenching than other laser materials as Nd:YAG. The figure of merit ?Nt, where ? is the fluorescence quantum efficiency, presents a maximum around 6.0wt% Nd2O3, indicating the good prospects of concentrated samples for miniaturization of the laser medium (microchip laser).

  9. Internal Friction and Dielectric Measurements in Lead Zirconate Titanate Ferroelectric Ceramics

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    Bourim, El Mostafa; Tanaka, Hidehiko; Gabbay, Maurice; Fantozzi, Gilbert

    2000-09-01

    Elastic modulus (Youngs modulus M and shear modulus G) and internal friction Q-1 are measured as a function of temperature from {-}180{\\degC} to 500C in undoped lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ferroelectric ceramics in the range of kHz and low frequencies (0.1 to 1 Hz). New phase transition temperatures at the morphotropic zone at low temperatures are determined from the elastic modulus minimum. Permittivity \\varepsilon and dielectric loss \\tan(?) are measured in the frequency range of 20 Hz to 10 kHz. Both mechanical and electrical measurements allow the observation of relaxation peaks in the ferroelectric phase. The Arrhenius plots of all these results show that it is possible to investigate these relaxation processes using both experimental techniques.

  10. Pressure-temperature phase diagram for a tin modified lead zirconate titanate ceramic.

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    Grubbs, Robert K.; DiAntonio, Christopher Brian; Yang, Pin; Roesler, Alexander William; Montgomery, Stephen Tedford; Moore, Roger Howard

    2010-06-01

    Structural phase transformations between ferroelectric (FE), antiferroelectric (AFE), and paraelectric (FE) phases are frequently observed in the zirconia-rich phase region on the lead zirconate-titanate (PZT) phase diagram. Since the free energy difference among these phases is small, phase transformation can be easily induced by temperature, pressure and electric field. These induced transformation characteristics have been used for many practical applications. This study focuses on a hydrostatic pressure induced FE-to-AFE phase transformation in a tin modified PZT ceramic (PSZT). The relative phase stability between FE and AFE phases is determined by the dielectric permittivity measurement as a function of temperature from -60 C to 125 C. A pressure-temperature phase diagram for the PSZT system will be presented.

  11. 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.

  12. Blocking effect of crystalglass interface in lanthanum doped barium strontium titanate glassceramics

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

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: The blocking effect of the crystalglass interface on the carrier transport behavior in the lanthanum doped barium strontium titanate glassceramics: 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 crystalglass interface impedance increases. La{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition increases blocking factor of the crystalglass interface. - Abstract: The microstructures and dielectric properties in La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-doped barium strontium titanate glassceramics 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 crystalglass interface impedance becomes larger. More interestingly, it was found that La{sub 2}O{sub 3} additive increases blocking factor of the crystalglass interface in the temperature range of 250450 C. This may be attributed to a decrease of activation energy of the crystallite and an increase of the crystalglass interface area.

  13. Dust detector using piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate with current-to-voltage converting amplifier for functional advancement

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    Kobayashi, Masanori; Miyachi, Takashi; Hattori, Maki; Sugita, Seiji; Takechi, Seiji; Okada, Nagaya

    2013-03-01

    This paper describes the concept of a dust monitor using lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics with a large detection area. Its potential as a dust detector is experimentally demonstrated. The dust monitor has a small volume compared to an impact ionization detector with the same detection area, due to the PZT sensor. The PZT sensor, as a traditional device for the in-situ observation of hypervelocity dust particles, has been used for momentum measurement. The hypervelocity impact signals of PZT sensors are typically read by charge-sensitive amplifiers. Instead, we suggest a new method that a current-to-voltage converting amplifier is useful for interpreting the impact signal of a PZT sensor arising from dust particles down to 0.5 ?m in radius. We propose that datasets of dust impacts can be obtained with a higher statistical accuracy, if the new method is applied to instruments on forthcoming interplanetary-space-cruising spacecrafts.

  14. 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.

  15. 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 C/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.

  16. 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.

  17. Piezoelectric paper fabricated via nanostructured barium titanate functionalization of wood cellulose fibers.

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    Mahadeva, Suresha K; Walus, Konrad; Stoeber, Boris

    2014-05-28

    We have successfully developed hybrid piezoelectric paper through fiber functionalization that involves anchoring nanostructured BaTiO3 into a stable matrix with wood cellulose fibers prior to the process of making paper sheets. This is realized by alternating immersion of wood fibers in a solution of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) PDDA (+), followed by poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) PSS (-), and once again in PDDA (+), resulting in the creation of a positively charged surface on the wood fibers. The treated wood fibers are then immersed in a BaTiO3 suspension, resulting in the attachment of BaTiO3 nanoparticles to the wood fibers due to a strong electrostatic interaction. Zeta potential measurements, X-ray diffraction, and microscopic and spectroscopic analysis imply successful functionalization of wood fibers with BaTiO3 nanoparticles without altering the hydrogen bonding and crystal structure of the wood fibers. The paper has the largest piezoelectric coefficient, d33 = 4.8 0.4 pC N(-1), at the highest nanoparticle loading of 48 wt % BaTiO3. This newly developed piezoelectric hybrid paper is promising as a low-cost substrate to build sensing devices. PMID:24766163

  18. 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.

  19. Study of influence of fuel on dielectric and ferroelectric properties of bismuth titanate ceramics synthesized using solution based combustion technique

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    Subohi, Oroosa; Kumar, G. S.; Malik, M. M.; Kurchania, Rajnish

    2015-03-01

    The effect of fuel characteristics on the processing and properties of bismuth titanate (BIT) ceramics obtained by solution combustion route using different fuels are reported in this paper. Dextrose, urea and glycine were used as fuel in this study. The obtained bismuth titanate ceramics were characterized by using XRD, SEM at different stages of sample preparation. It was observed that BIT obtained by using dextrose as fuel shows higher dielectric constant and higher remnant polarization due to smaller grain size and lesser c-axis growth as compared to the samples with urea and glycine as fuel. The electrical behavior of the samples with respect to temperature and frequency was also investigated to understand relaxation phenomenon.

  20. 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

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

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

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

  2. 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.

  3. Analysis of axially polarized piezoelectric ceramic cylindrical shells of finite length with internal losses

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    Ebenezer, D. D.; Abraham, Pushpa

    2002-11-01

    A thin shell analytical model of axially polarized piezoelectric ceramic cylinders with internal losses is presented. The Flugge assumptions for strain-displacement relations, Hamilton's principle extended to piezoelectric shells, and the assumption that electric potential has a quadratic variation between the curved surfaces, are used to derive displacement-potential relations that are similar to equations of motion of elastic shells. A solution, with 12 coefficients, to these relations is then derived. The coefficients are complex when the shell has internal losses and are determined by using three mechanical and three electrical boundary conditions at each end--on the flat surfaces. Computed values of input electrical admittance are presented for shells with and without internal losses, and for thin shells as well as shells with wall thickness comparable to the length. They are also compared with results obtained using the finite element program--ATILA. It is shown that the analytical values of resonance frequencies, the maximum value of input electrical conductance, and the maximum and minimum values of input electrical susceptance of thin shells are in excellent agreement with finite element results. The dependence of the maxima and minima in the complex input electrical admittance on the dimensions of the shell is inferred from the numerical results. copyright 2002 Acoustical Society of America.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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(δ) 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.

  7. Preparation and characterization of yBiGaO(3)-(1-x-y)BiScO(3)-xPbTiO(3) piezoelectric ceramics.

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    Jiang, Yihang; Qin, Baoquan; Chen, Yi; Huang, Wei; Zhao, Yi; Jiang, Yuzhi; Xiao, Dingquan; Zhu, Jianguo

    2007-12-01

    The ternary system of yBiGaO(3)-(1-x-y)BiScO(3)-xPbTiO(3) (BGS-PT) ceramics was prepared by using conventional mixing oxide processing. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the BGS-PT ceramics showed the perovskite structure. The Curie temperature (TC) of BGSPT ceramics was found to increase with increasing BiGaO3 content. However, a larger BiGaO3 content led to sharply decreased piezoelectric properties, and the secondary phase was formed in the BGS-PT system. BGS-PT ceramics with x = 0.56, y = 0.19 showed a high Curie temperature T(C) and a large piezoelectric constant d(33) of 501??C and 152 pC/N, respectively. The high T(C) of BGS-PT ceramics with usable piezoelectric properties suggests future high-temperature applications. PMID:18276546

  8. Theoretical and experimental investigation of traveling wave propagation on a several- millimeter-long cylindrical pipe driven by piezoelectric ceramic tubes.

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    Sun, Dongming; Wang, Sheng; Hata, Seiichi; Sakurai, Junpei; Shimokohbe, Akira

    2010-07-01

    A novel method is presented for investigation of the traveling wave propagation generated on a thin film pipe with a short length of several millimeters. As a bridge to connect two piezoelectric ceramic (lead zirconate titanate, PZT) tubes, a thin-film metallic glass (TFMG) pipe is fabricated by a new technique of rotating magnetron sputtering. The vibrator combines the vibration of the axial mode of the PZT tube and the radial mode of the TFMG pipe. Theoretical analyses of the TFMG pipe and PZT tube, with a comparison of the finite element modeling, clarify the vibration characteristics so that the proper geometrical sizes, suitable boundary conditions, and driving voltage signals are designed. In the experiment, the designed vibrator was fabricated and the vibration characteristics were measured by a laser Doppler vibrometer system. The pure traveling wave propagation obtained theoretically and experimentally demonstrates the validity of this work. This study shows a new way to achieve a pure traveling wave on a short cylindrical pipe driven by PZT tubes. PMID:20639154

  9. 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.

  10. Miniature cryogenic valves for a Titan Lake sampling system

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    Sherrit, Stewart; Zimmerman, Wayne; Takano, Nobuyuki; Avellar, Louisa

    2014-04-01

    The Cassini mission has revealed Titan to be one of the most Earthlike worlds in the Solar System complete with many of the same surface features including lakes, river channels, basins, and dunes. But unlike Earth, the materials and fluids on Titan are composed of cryogenic organic compounds with lakes of liquid methane and ethane. One of the potential mission concepts to explore Titan is to land a floating platform on one of the Titan Lakes and determine the local lake chemistry. In order to accomplish this within the expected mass volume and power budgets there is a need to pursue the development for a low power lightweight cryogenic valves which can be used along with vacuum lines to sample lake liquid and to distribute to various instruments aboard the Lander. To meet this need we have initiated the development of low power cryogenic valves and actuators based on a single crystal piezoelectric flextensional stacks produced by TRS ceramics Inc. Since the origin of such high electromechanical properties of Relaxor-PT single crystals is due to the polarization rotation effect, (i.e., intrinsic contributions), the strain per volt decrease at cryogenic temperatures is much lower than in standard Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) ceramics. This makes them promising candidates for cryogenic actuators with regards to the stroke for a given voltage. This paper will present our Titan Lake Sampling and Sample Handling system design and the development of small cryogenic piezoelectric valves developed to meet the system specifications.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Evaluation of domain wall motion in lead zirconate titanate ceramics by nonlinear response measurements

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    Garca, J. E.; Prez, R.; Ochoa, D. A.; Albareda, A.; Lente, M. H.; Eiras, J. A.

    2008-03-01

    Nonlinear response of pure and doped Pb(Zr1-xTix)O3 ceramics, with different compositions, has been analyzed in order to evaluate the domain wall motion in these materials. The study of dielectric and converse piezoelectric response shows a clear dependence of the domain wall mobility on the ferroelectric phase. Large lattice distortion in tetragonal samples produces a low mobility of the ferroelectric-ferroelastic domain walls. The influence of the type of defects on the nonlinear response has been explored. The results show that the relative increase of the domain walls mobility in donor-doped materials is greater than the decrease in acceptor-doped materials due to the pinning produced by complex defects. Rayleigh law has been used to evaluate the irreversible contribution of the domain walls movement to the nonlinear dielectric response. The analysis reveals that in presence of oxygen vacancies, the dielectric response cannot be attributed exclusively to the contribution of the irreversible domain wall motion. Furthermore, dielectric constant perpendicular to poling direction has been measured in rhombohedral donor-doped and acceptor-doped samples. The nonlinear response in the perpendicular direction is higher than in the poling direction, and this effect can be enlarged by the presence of complex defects. Dielectric nonlinear response has also been measured at different frequencies in rhombohedral donor-doped sample. A logarithmic dependence on frequency has been observed, which can be explained by the pinning effect on the ferroelectric domain walls by randomly distributed defects.

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

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

    2014-02-01

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

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

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

    2014-09-01

    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.

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

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    Fuentes, J.; Portelles, J.; Durruthy-Rodrguez, 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Adaptive hybrid control for linear piezoelectric ceramic motor drive using diagonal recurrent CMAC network.

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    Wai, Rong-Jong; Lin, Chih-Min; Peng, Ya-Fu

    2004-11-01

    This paper presents an adaptive hybrid control system using a diagonal recurrent cerebellar-model-articulation-computer (DRCMAC) network to control a linear piezoelectric ceramic motor (LPCM) driven by a two-inductance two-capacitance (LLCC) resonant inverter. Since the dynamic characteristics and motor parameters of the LPCM are highly nonlinear and time varying, an adaptive hybrid control system is therefore designed based on a hypothetical dynamic model to achieve high-precision position control. The architecture of DRCMAC network is a modified model of a cerebellar-model-articulation-computer (CMAC) network to attain a small number of receptive-fields. The novel idea of this study is that it employs the concept of diagonal recurrent neural network (DRNN) in order to capture the system dynamics and convert the static CMAC into a dynamic one. This adaptive hybrid control system is composed of two parts. One is a DRCMAC network controller that is used to mimic a conventional computed torque control law due to unknown system dynamics, and the other is a compensated controller with bound estimation algorithm that is utilized to recover the residual approximation error for guaranteeing the stable characteristic. The effectiveness of the proposed driving circuit and control system is verified with hardware experiments under the occurrence of uncertainties. In addition, the advantages of the proposed control scheme are indicated in comparison with a traditional integral-proportional (IP) position control system. PMID:15565776

  1. Design of a self-adaptive fuzzy PID controller for piezoelectric ceramics micro-displacement system

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    Zhang, Shuang; Zhong, Yuning; Xu, Zhongbao

    2008-12-01

    In order to improve control precision of the piezoelectric ceramics (PZT) micro-displacement system, a self-adaptive fuzzy Proportional Integration Differential (PID) controller is designed based on the traditional digital PID controller combining with fuzzy control. The arithmetic gives a fuzzy control rule table with the fuzzy control rule and fuzzy reasoning, through this table, the PID parameters can be adjusted online in real time control. Furthermore, the automatic selective control is achieved according to the change of the error. The controller combines the good dynamic capability of the fuzzy control and the high stable precision of the PID control, adopts the method of using fuzzy control and PID control in different segments of time. In the initial and middle stage of the transition process of system, that is, when the error is larger than the value, fuzzy control is used to adjust control variable. It makes full use of the fast response of the fuzzy control. And when the error is smaller than the value, the system is about to be in the steady state, PID control is adopted to eliminate static error. The problems of PZT existing in the field of precise positioning are overcome. The results of the experiments prove that the project is correct and practicable.

  2. Recurrent fuzzy neural network control for piezoelectric ceramic linear ultrasonic motor drive.

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    Lin, F J; Wai, R J; Shyu, K K; Liu, T M

    2001-07-01

    In this study, a recurrent fuzzy neural network (RFNN) controller is proposed to control a piezoelectric ceramic linear ultrasonic motor (LUSM) drive system to track periodic reference trajectories with robust control performance. First, the structure and operating principle of the LUSM are described in detail. Second, because the dynamic characteristics of the LUSM are nonlinear and the precise dynamic model is difficult to obtain, a RFNN is proposed to control the position of the moving table of the LUSM to achieve high precision position control with robustness. The back propagation algorithm is used to train the RFNN on-line. Moreover, to guarantee the convergence of tracking error for periodic commands tracking, analytical methods based on a discrete-type Lyapunov function are proposed to determine the varied learning rates of the RFNN. Then, the RFNN is implemented in a PC-based computer control system, and the LUSM is driven by a unipolar switching full bridge voltage source inverter using LC resonant technique. Finally, the effectiveness of the RFNN-controlled LUSM drive system is demonstrated by some experimental results. Accurate tracking response and superior dynamic performance can be obtained because of the powerful on-line learning capability of the RFNN controller. Furthermore, the RFNN control system is robust with regard to parameter variations and external disturbances. PMID:11477782

  3. 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.

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

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

    2015-05-01

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

  5. Thermal lens and Auger upconversion losses' effect on the efficiency of Nd3+-doped lead lanthanum zirconate titanate transparent ceramics

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    de Camargo, Andrea S. S.; Jacinto, Carlos; Catunda, Tomaz; Nunes, Luiz Antonio De O.; Garcia, Ducinei; Eiras, Jos Antonio

    2006-10-01

    A thorough investigation of optical losses for the 1064nm emission in Nd3+-doped lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) transparent ceramics is presented. Thermal lens experiments were carried out to evaluate thermo-optical properties and the fluorescence quantum efficiency of the emitting level 4F3/2. Excited-state absorption losses were measured in the emitting wavelength region, and the Auger upconversion energy transfer parameter ? was calculated. By using ?, the pump-intensity dependence of the optical gain at 1064nm, the fluorescence quantum efficiency, and the generation of heat in the ceramic were simulated for a high 803nm pump-power regime. Since the radiative and nonradiative losses in Nd:PLZT were verified to be considerably lower than in various commercial laser crystals and glasses, it is suggested that this material might become an interesting alternative for high-power laser emission.

  6. Electrical field dependence of thermo-optical parameters in transparent lead lanthanum zirconated titanate ceramic: Thermal lens measurements

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    Falcao, E. A.; Eiras, J. A.; Garcia, D.; Pereira, J. R. D.; Santos, I. A.; Rohling, J. H.; Medina, A. N.; Baesso, M. L.

    2011-12-01

    In this work, thermal lens spectroscopy was used to analyze the thermo-optical properties of the transparent ceramic lead lanthanum zirconated titanate or PLZT 10/65/35 as a function of the external electric field, from 0 to 1200 kV/m. The results show that when increasing the electrical field in the sample, the temperature coefficient of optical path length presented parallel and perpendicular components. For the parallel component, the electrical field makes this parameter alternate from positive to negative and from negative to positive and so on. This behavior as a function of an external electric field may be useful in the development of electro-optical devices with this transparent ceramic.

  7. Problems with cryogenic operation of piezoelectric bending elements

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    Duffield, C.L.; Moreland, J.; Fickett, F.R.

    1986-05-01

    Piezoelectric bimorphs constructed from lead titanate-zirconate (PZT) ceramic bonded to a brass sheet have been tested at cryogenic temperatures to determine their suitability for use in a low-temperature micropositioner. Experimental data are presented on bimorph sensitivity (displacement per volt) as a function of the number of temperature cycles. Results indicate that bimorphs of this type cannot be calibrated because of irreversible changes in the bending characteristics that occur while cycling from room temperature to 4 K.

  8. 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

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

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

    2013-02-01

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

  10. Structure evolution and piezoelectric properties across the morphotropic phase boundary of Sm-substituted BiFeO3 ceramics

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    Shi, Xin Xin; Liu, Xiao Qiang; Chen, Xiang Ming

    2016-02-01

    The evolution of structure, ferroelectric, and piezoelectric properties in Bi1-xSmxFe0.99Ti0.01O3 ceramics was extensively investigated within the entire morphotropic phase boundary region with 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.20. A sequential phase transition of R3c-Pna21-Pbnm with increasing Sm content was revealed by Rietveld refinement of the X-ray diffraction data together with the macroscopic ferroelectric measurements. Both ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties showed a great enhancement in the vicinity of the R3c/Pna21 (polar-to-polar) phase boundary, which should be caused by the field-induced phase transition between these two phases. Such field-induced phase transition might be essentially accompanied by a change of magnetic state, which indicated a way of controlling magnetism by means of electric field.

  11. The impact of brannerite on the release of plutonium and gadolinium during the corrosion of zirconolite-rich titanate ceramics

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    Chamberlain, D. B.; Hash, M. C.; Basco, J. K.; Bakel, A. J.; Metz, C. J.; Wolf, S. F.; Buck, E. C.; Nole, M. K.

    2000-03-14

    Titanate ceramics have been selected as the preferred waste form for the immobilization of excess plutonium. Corrosion tests are underway to try to understand the long-term behavior of this material. In this paper, results from PCT-B static dissolution tests are used to provide an explanation of the observed corrosion behavior of a zirconolite-based ceramic. Two important observations are made. First, Ca is released at a constant rate [7 x 10{sup {minus}5} g/(m{sup 2} day)] in PCT-B tests for up to two years. Second, 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 two years in PCT-B tests. The second observation suggests that the release rates of Pu and Gd are controlled by some process or processes that do not affect the release rate of other elements. Evidence indicates that this is due to the preferential dissolution of brannerite from the ceramic.

  12. Green piezoelectric for autonomous smart textile

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    Lemaire, E.; Borsa, C. J.; Briand, D.

    2015-12-01

    In this work, the fabrication of Rochelle salt based piezoelectric textiles are shown. Structures composed of fibers and Rochelle salt are easily produced using green processes. Both manufacturing and the material itself are really efficient in terms of environmental impact, considering the fabrication processes and the material resources involved. Additionally Rochelle salt is biocompatible. In this green paradigm, active sensing or actuating textiles are developed. Thus processing method and piezoelectric properties have been studied: (1) pure crystals are used as acoustic actuator, (2) fabrication of the textile-based composite is detailed, (3) converse effective d33 is evaluated and compared to lead zirconate titanate ceramic. The utility of textile-based piezoelectric merits its use in a wide array of applications.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

  17. 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.

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

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

    2011-12-01

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

  19. 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.

  20. Label-free detection of endocrine disrupting chemicals by integrating a competitive binding assay with a piezoelectric ceramic resonator.

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    Hu, Liang-sheng; Fong, Chi-Chun; Zou, Lan; Wong, Wing-Leung; Wong, Kwok-Yin; Wu, Rudolf S S; Yang, Mengsu

    2014-03-15

    A piezoelectric biosensor for detection of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) was developed by incorporating chemical/biochemical recognition elements on the ceramic resonator surface for competitive binding assays. A facile electrodeposition was employed to modify the sensor surface with Au nanoparticles, which increased the surface area and enhanced the binding capacity of the immobilized probes. Thiol-labeled long chain hydrocarbon with bisphenol A (BPA) as head group was synthesized and self-assembled on the Au nanoparticle surface as the sensing probes, which showed a linear response upon the binding of estrogen receptor (ER-?) ranging from 1 to 30 nM. Detection of estrone, 17?-estradiol and BPA was achieved by integrating a competitive binding assay with the piezoelectric sensor. In this detection scheme, different concentrations of EDCs were incubated with 30 nM of ER-?, and the un-bounded ER-? in the solution was captured by the probes immobilized on the ceramic resonator, which resulted in the frequency changes for different EDCs. The biosensor assay exhibited a linear response to EDCs with a low detection limit of 2.4-2.9 nM (S/N=3), and required only a small volume of sample (1.5 l) with the assay time of 2h. The performance of the biosensor assay was also evaluated for rapid and facile determination of EDCs of environmental relevant concentrations in drinking water and seawater, and the recovery rate was in the range between 94.7% and 109.8%. PMID:24201004

  1. Effects of Fe2O3 Additive on the Structure and Piezoelectric Properties of PZT-PFW-PMN Ceramics

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    Zong, Ximei; Yang, Zupei

    2015-01-01

    Quaternary piezoelectric ceramics 0.90Pb0.95Sr0.05(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3-0.03Pb(Fe2/3W1/3)O3-0.07Pb(Mn1/3Nb2/3)O3 (PZT-PFW-PMN) + 0.2 wt.% CeO2 + x wt.% Fe2O3 ( x = 0.0 to 0.20) were prepared by the conventional solid-state method. The effects of Fe2O3 addition on the structure and electrical properties of the system were systematically investigated. The results revealed that the phase structure of all samples was tetragonal phase and the piezoelectric and dielectric properties were significantly promoted with increasing Fe2O3 addition. The coercive field E C and internal bias field E i were found to increase with increasing Fe2O3 content. As a result, addition of 0.05 wt.% Fe2O3 for this system resulted in excellent electrical properties, with the following parameter values: Q m = 1839, K p = 0.61, d 33 = 382 pC/N, ? r = 1823, tan ? = 0.0054, P r = 19.26 ?C/cm2, E C = 13.28 kV/cm, and E i = 0.76 kV/cm. The results indicate that the Fe2O3-modified PZT-PFW-PMN ceramics exhibited favorable properties and could be good candidates for use in high-power piezoelectric transformer applications.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Nd3+-doped lead lanthanum zirconate titanate transparent ferroelectric ceramic as a laser material: Energy transfer and stimulated emission

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    de Camargo, A. S. S.; Botero, . R.; Garcia, D.; Eiras, J. A.; Nunes, L. A. O.

    2005-04-01

    An investigation of the spectroscopic characteristics of high optical quality Nd3+-doped lead lanthanum zirconate titanate transparent ferroelectric ceramics was done to evaluate its potentiality as a near-infrared laser active host. Nonradiative losses that could compromise laser action were quantified in terms of the Judd-Ofelt theory, the Dexter model for ion-ion energy transfer and by measuring excited state absorptions. It was verified that under low power 0.8?m diode pumping, ion-ion energy transfers are negligible and the system presents ? =0.87. Stimulated emission was observed at 1.06?m (?SE=3.510-20cm2) with no influence of ESA transitions.

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

    2009-01-01

    The influence of the microstructural characteristics on the dielectric and electrical properties has been investigated for Nd3+ 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 ?m. The porosity and grain size dependences of the phase transition parameters, such as the maximum dielectric permittivity and its corresponding temperature (?m and Tm, 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.

  6. In situ neutron diffraction studies of a commercial, soft lead zirconate titanate ceramic: response to electric fields and mechanical stress

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    Pramanick, Abhijit; Prewitt, Anderson D.; Cottrell, Michelle A.; Lee, Wayne; Studer, Andrew J.; An, Ke; Hubbard, Camden R.; Jones, Jacob L.

    2010-06-01

    Structural changes in commercial lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics (EC-65) under the application of electric fields and mechanical stress were measured using neutron diffraction instruments at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The structural changes during electric-field application were measured on the WOMBAT beamline at ANSTO and include non-180° domain switching, lattice strains and field-induced phase transformations. Using time-resolved data acquisition capabilities, lattice strains were measured under cyclic electric fields at times as short as 30 μs. Structural changes including the (002) and (200) lattice strains and non-180° domain switching were measured during uniaxial mechanical compression on the NRSF2 instrument at ORNL. Contraction of the crystallographic polarization axis, (002), and reorientation of non-180° domains occur at lowest stresses, followed by (200) elastic strains at higher stresses.

  7. 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.

  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)O3Pb(Mg1?3Nb2?3)O3PbTiO3 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)O3PbTiO3 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. Unique Piezoelectric Properties of the Monoclinic Phase in Pb (Zr ,Ti )O3 Ceramics: Large Lattice Strain and Negligible Domain Switching

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    Fan, Longlong; Chen, Jun; Ren, Yang; Pan, Zhao; Zhang, Linxing; Xing, Xianran

    2016-01-01

    The origin of the excellent piezoelectric properties at the morphotropic phase boundary is generally attributed to the existence of a monoclinic phase in various piezoelectric systems. However, there exist no experimental studies that reveal the role of the monoclinic phase in the piezoelectric behavior in phase-pure ceramics. In this work, a single monoclinic phase has been identified in Pb (Zr ,Ti )O3 ceramics at room temperature by in situ high-energy synchrotron x-ray diffraction, and its response to electric field has been characterized for the first time. Unique piezoelectric properties of the monoclinic phase in terms of large intrinsic lattice strain and negligible domain switching have been observed. The extensional strain constant d33 and the transverse strain constant d31 are calculated to be 520 and -200 pm /V , respectively. These large piezoelectric coefficients are mainly due to the large intrinsic lattice strain, with very little extrinsic contribution from domain switching. The unique properties of the monoclinic phase provide new insights into the mechanisms responsible for the piezoelectric properties at the morphotropic phase boundary.

  10. Unique Piezoelectric Properties of the Monoclinic Phase in Pb(Zr,Ti)O_{3} Ceramics: Large Lattice Strain and Negligible Domain Switching.

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    Fan, Longlong; Chen, Jun; Ren, Yang; Pan, Zhao; Zhang, Linxing; Xing, Xianran

    2016-01-15

    The origin of the excellent piezoelectric properties at the morphotropic phase boundary is generally attributed to the existence of a monoclinic phase in various piezoelectric systems. However, there exist no experimental studies that reveal the role of the monoclinic phase in the piezoelectric behavior in phase-pure ceramics. In this work, a single monoclinic phase has been identified in Pb(Zr,Ti)O_{3} ceramics at room temperature by insitu high-energy synchrotron x-ray diffraction, and its response to electric field has been characterized for the first time. Unique piezoelectric properties of the monoclinic phase in terms of large intrinsic lattice strain and negligible domain switching have been observed. The extensional strain constant d_{33} and the transverse strain constant d_{31} are calculated to be 520 and -200??pm/V, respectively. These large piezoelectric coefficients are mainly due to the large intrinsic lattice strain, with very little extrinsic contribution from domain switching. The unique properties of the monoclinic phase provide new insights into the mechanisms responsible for the piezoelectric properties at the morphotropic phase boundary. PMID:26824565

  11. Microstructure and electrical properties in W/Nb co-doped Aurivillius phase Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} piezoelectric ceramics

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    Peng, Zhihang; Chen, Qiang; Chen, Yu; Xiao, Dingquan; Zhu, Jianguo

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: W/Nb codoped BIT ceramics were prepared by the mixed oxides route. High nd{sup 0} electronic configuration of W/Nb reduces the lattice distortion and T{sub C}. Oxygen vacancy is responsible for dielectric relaxation and DC conduction process. W/Nb additives significantly enhanced the piezoelectric coefficient d{sub 33} value. BWNb-10 ceramics possessed large remnant polarization and a wide sintering window. - Abstract: Aurivillius-type Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3-x}W{sub x/2}Nb{sub x/2}O{sub 12} ceramics were prepared by a conventional solid-state sintering method. The XRD patterns demonstrated that all compositions were a single three layered crystalline structure, involving a reduction of lattice distortion with an increase in W/Nb doping level. The electrical properties including dielectric, electrical conduction and piezoelectric properties were tailored by W/Nb additives. The Curie-temperature decreased, whereas the electrical resistivity drastically increased with introduction of W/Nb donor dopants. As a result, a high electric field can be applied during the poling process. The Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 2.9}W{sub 0.05}Nb{sub 0.05}O{sub 12} ceramics exhibited optimum piezoelectric coefficient (d{sub 33} ?22.8 pC/N), large remnant polarization (2P{sub r} ?26.8 ?C/cm{sup 2} @ 200 C) together with a high Curie temperature (T{sub C} ?635 C). Furthermore, this composition possessed a wide sintering window with outstanding piezoelectric properties. These parameters indicate that Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 2.9}W{sub 0.05}Nb{sub 0.05}O{sub 12}-based ceramic is a promising candidate for high temperature piezoelectric applications.

  12. Piezoelectric and Mechanical Properties of BaBi4Ti4O15/Ba4Ti13O30 Ceramics

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    Nakai, Yasuhiro; Fukuoka, Shuichi

    1999-09-01

    This article presents the piezoelectric and mechanical properties of bismuth layer-structured ferroelectrics (BLSF)-based BaBi4Ti4O15 ceramics incorporating Ba4Ti13O30. The ceramic compositions, (1-x)BaBi4Ti4O15 xBa4Ti13O30 with x=0 100 vol%, are obtained through solid-state reaction processes. The dielectric constant, ?33T/?0, decreases exponentially from 220 to 97 with increasing x from 0 to 66 vol%. The electromechanical coupling factor, k33, decreases from 15 to 7% with increasing x from 0 to 66 vol%. The fracture toughness, KIC, and flexural strength, ?, of the compositions with x?39 vol% are almost identical to those of Ba4Ti13O30. At x?39 vol%, KIC and ? are nearly 15 and 30% larger than those of BaBi4Ti4O15, respectively. Ba4Ti13O30 particles dispersed uniformly in the ceramics are capable of carrying an applied load effectively and lead to further improvements of the mechanical properties.

  13. 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 4080?C above the global paraelectric transition temperature.

  14. 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.

  15. Dielectric and ferroelectric properties of Al2O3 containing lead titanate based glass-ceramics

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    Rahangdale, V. U.; Gala, D. K.; Acharya, R. M.; Deshpande, V. K.

    2014-04-01

    Glass Samples were prepared by conventional melt quenching technique. These glass samples were converted to glass-ceramics by following two stage heat treatment schedule. The density, dielectric constant and volume fraction of PbTiO3 in glass-ceramic samples have been observed to increase with Al2O3 addition. The observed increase in the above properties has been attributed to formation of tetragonal PbTiO3 phase in the glass-ceramics. All the glassceramic samples exhibited the ferroelectric hysteresis loop. The value of remnant polarization was observed to increase with Al2O3 addition. The enhancement in the values of remnant polarization may be attributed to increase in the volume fraction of PbTiO3 phase in glass-ceramics.

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

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

    2014-03-17

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

  17. 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.

  18. Modeling of piezoelectric ceramic vibrators including thermal effects. Part IV. Development and experimental evaluation of a bond graph model of the thickness vibrator

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    Moon, W.; Busch-Vishniac, I.J.

    1997-03-01

    This article develops a model of the piezoelectric ceramic vibrator which includes thermal energy exchange on an equal footing with the electrical and mechanical energy. By use of an isentropically linear model for the material and the bond graph models for a piezoelectric thickness vibrator and heat conduction previously developed by the authors, a thermodynamically complete model is developed. For a simple case, the predicted results from the developed model are compared with the results from experiments. Predictions are found to compare very favorably with these measurements. {copyright} {ital 1997 Acoustical Society of America.}

  19. Strong piezoelectric anisotropy d15/d33 in ?111? textured Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 ceramics

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    Yan, Yongke; Priya, Shashank

    2015-08-01

    The shear mode piezoelectric properties of Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PMN-PZT) ceramic with 72% ?111? texture were investigated. The piezoelectric anisotropic factor d15/d33 was as high as 8.5 in ?111? textured ceramic as compared to 2.0 in random counterpart. The high d15/d33 indicates the "rotator" ferroelectric characteristics of PMN-PZT system and suggests that the large shear piezoelectric response contributes towards the high longitudinal piezoelectric response (d33) in non-polar direction (d33 = 1100 pC/N in ?001? textured ceramic vs. d33 = 112 pC/N in ?111? textured ceramic).

  20. Effects of high energy x ray and proton irradiation on lead zirconate titanate thin films' dielectric and piezoelectric response

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    Bastani, Y.; Cortes-Pena, A. Y.; Wilson, A. D.; Gerardin, S.; Bagatin, M.; Paccagnella, A.; Bassiri-Gharb, N.; School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332

    2013-05-13

    The effects of irradiation by X rays and protons on the dielectric and piezoelectric response of highly (100)-textured polycrystalline Pb(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x})O{sub 3} (PZT) thin films have been studied. Low-field dielectric permittivity, remanent polarization, and piezoelectric d{sub 33,f} response all degraded with exposure to radiation, for doses higher than 300 krad. At first approximation, the degradation increased at higher radiation doses, and was stronger in samples exposed to X rays, compared to the proton-irradiated ones. Nonlinear and high-field dielectric characterization suggest a radiation-induced reduction of the extrinsic contributions to the response, attributed to increased pinning of the domain walls by the radiation-induced point defects.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Dielectric properties of rare earth (Sm and La) substituted lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics

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    Dipti, Singh, Sangeeta; Juneja, J. K.; Raina, K. K.; Prakash, Chandra

    2013-06-01

    In the present paper, we are reporting the studies on dielectric properties of Lanthanum (La) and Samarium (Sm) substituted Lead Zirconate Titanate with compositional formula Pb(1.02-x)SmxZr0.55Ti0.45O3 and Pb(1.02-x)LaxZr0.55Ti0.45O3 with x = 0.00, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03. The materials were synthesized by solid state reaction route. XRD analysis shows that all the samples be in single phase with tetragonal structure. Dielectric properties were studied as a function of temperature.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. High piezoelectricity due to multiphase coexistence in low-temperature sintered (Ba,Ca)(Ti,Sn)O3-CuOx ceramics

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    Zhou, Peng-Fei; Zhang, Bo-Ping; Zhao, Lei; Zhao, Xiao-Kun; Zhu, Li-Feng; Cheng, Li-Qian; Li, Jing-Feng

    2013-10-01

    Ultrahigh piezoelectric constant (d33 = 683 pC/N) and converse piezoelectric coefficient (dS/dE = 1257 pm/V) were observed in CuO-doped lead-free (Ba,Ca)(Ti,Sn)O3 ceramics at an optimal composition fabricated by a conventional sintering method at a low temperature 1250 C. Since all samples showed a pure perovskite structure with coexisting multiphases including cubic, tetragonal, orthorhombic, and rhombohedral phases around two converged triple points, a good compositional stability of high piezoelectricity along with a high d33 and dS/dE over 600 pC/N and 1000 pm/V was achieved within a wide compositional region (1.0 ? x ? 3.0) regardless of the CuO content (x).

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

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

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    Garca-Gancedo, L.; Olhero, S. M.; Alves, F. J.; Ferreira, J. M. F.; Demor, 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 m 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.

  12. 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.

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

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

    2015-05-01

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. Efficient Algorithm Using a Broadband Approach to Determine the Complex Constants of Piezoelectric Ceramics

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    Buiochi, F.; Kiyono, C. Y.; Perz, N.; Adamowski, J. C.; Silva, E. C. N.

    A new systematic and efficient algorithm to obtain the ten complex constants of piezoelectric materials belonging to the 6 mm symmetry class was developed. A finite element method routine was implemented in Matlab using eight-node axisymmetric elements. The algorithm raises the electrical conductance and resistance curves and calculates the quadratic difference between the experimental and numerical curves. Finally, to minimize the difference, an optimization algorithm based on the "Method of Moving Asymptotes" (MMA) is used. The algorithm is able to adjust the curves over a wide frequency range obtaining the real and imaginary parts of the material properties simultaneously.

  17. 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.

  18. Robust polarization and strain behavior of Sm-modified BiFeO3 piezoelectric ceramics.

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    Walker, Julian; Budic, Bojan; Bryant, Peter; Kurusingal, Valsala; Sorrell, Charles C; Bencan, Andreja; Rojac, Tadej; Valanoor, Nagarajan

    2015-01-01

    The route to phase-pure BiFeO3 (BFO) ceramics with excellent ferroelectric and electromechanical properties is severely impeded by difficulties associated with the perovskite phase stability during synthesis. This has meant that dopants and solid solutions with BFO have been investigated as a means of not only improving the functional properties, but also of improving the perovskite phase formation of BFO-based ceramics. The present work focuses on Sm-modified BFO ceramics of composition Bi0.88Sm0.12FeO3. The polarization and strain behaviors were investigated as a function of the phase composition, microstructure, and chemical composition. Addition of Sm reduces the susceptibility of the BFO perovskite to phase degradation by Si impurities. Si was observed to react into Sm-rich grains dispersed within the microstructure, with no large increases in the amount of bismuth-parasitic phases, namely Bi25FeO39 and Bi2Fe4O9. These as-prepared ceramics exhibited robust polarization behavior showing maximum remnant polarizations of ~40 to 50 μC/cm(2). The electric-fieldinduced strain showed an appreciable stability in terms of the driving field frequency with maximum peak-to-peak strains of ~0.3% and a coercive field of ~130 kV/cm. PMID:25585392

  19. 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

  20. Grain size effects on dielectric properties of barium strontium titanate composite ceramics

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    Zhang, Qiwei; Zhai, Jiwei; Shen, Bo; Zhang, Haijun; Yao, Xi

    2013-03-15

    Graphical abstract: The tunability (T) and quality factor (Q) were found to be strongly dependent on the grain sizes. With increasing the grain size, the tunability significantly decreased. In contrary, the quality factor (Q) at microwave frequencies increased with increasing grain size. A moderate tunability while maintaining a high Q value is still realizable for composite ceramics when grain sizes were controlled to a suitable region A (from 6.5 to 15.0 ?m). Highlights: ? The tunability (T) and quality factor (Q) were found to be strongly dependent on the grain sizes. ? With increasing the grain size, the tunability significantly decreased, while the quality factor Q at microwave frequencies increased. ? A moderate tunability while maintaining a high Q value is realizable for composites with grain sizes from about 6.5 to 15.0 ?m. - Abstract: Ba{sub 0.4}Sr{sub 0.6}TiO{sub 3}Mg{sub 2}TiO{sub 4} composite ceramics with different grain sizes were prepared by three sintering methods. The dielectric constant dependences of temperature and frequency showed an increased degree of diffuseness of the Curie peaks as the grain sizes decreased. The tunability (T) and quality factor (Q) were found to be strongly dependent on the grain sizes. The tunability significantly decreased with increasing the grain size. In contrary, the quality factor (Q) at microwave frequencies increased with increasing grain size. A moderate tunability while maintaining a high Q value is still realizable for composite ceramics with grain sizes from about 6.5 to 15.0 ?m.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Effect of orthorhombic distortion on dielectric and piezoelectric properties of CaBi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15} ceramics

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    Tanwar, Amit; Sreenivas, K.; Gupta, Vinay

    2009-04-15

    High temperature bismuth layered piezoelectric and ferroelectric ceramics of CaBi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15} (CBT) have been prepared using the solid state route. The formation of single phase material with orthorhombic structure was verified from x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The orthorhombic distortion present in the CBT ceramic sintered at 1200 deg. C was found to be maximum. A sharp phase transition from ferroelectric to paraelectric was observed in the temperature dependent dielectric studies of all CBT ceramics. The Curie's temperature (T{sub c}=790 deg. C) was found to be independent of measured frequency. The behavior of ac conductivity as a function of frequency (100 Hz-1 MHz) at low temperatures (<500 deg. C) follows the power law and is attributed to hopping conduction. The presence of large orthorhombic distortion in the CBT ceramic sintered at 1200 deg. C results in high dielectric constant, low dielectric loss, and high piezoelectric coefficient (d{sub 33}). The observed results indicate the important role of orthorhombic distortion in determining the improved property of multicomponent ferroelectric material.

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

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

    2015-06-07

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

  6. Structural and optical properties of chromium-doped hexagonal barium titanate ceramics

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    Langhammer, H. T.; Mller, T.; Bttcher, R.; Abicht, H.-P.

    2008-02-01

    The influence of chromium on the crystallographic phase and the microstructure of ceramics with the nominal composition BaTiO3+0.04BaO+xCr2O3 (0<=x<=0.025) was investigated by systematic studies of x-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). At Cr concentrations <=0.1 mol% a hexagonal phase appears (room temperature). For nominal concentrations >=1.0 mol% the material is 100% hexagonal and its microstructure exhibits exaggerated, plate-like grains with a mean grain size >=100 m (sintering temperature 1400 C). In the hexagonal phase the EPR-active CrTi3+ ions substitute both for Ti(1) (corner-sharing octahedron) and Ti(2) (face-sharing octahedron) sites. In air-sintered ceramics chromium is incorporated with valence states 3+ and 4+, whereas for reduced samples the valence state 3+ predominates. Optical transmission both of air-sintered and reduced samples doped with nominally 5.0 mol% Cr was measured in the visible light region. The absorption spectra exhibit distinct absorption bands. Their assignment to chromium defects with different valence states is discussed. The Jahn-Teller distortion caused by the electron configuration d2 (CrTi4+) is proposed as the driving force for the high-temperature phase transition cubic \\to hexagonal.

  7. Influence of a silver epoxy dopant on the performance of broken piezoelectric ceramic transducer based on an analytical model

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    Abdulhamed Mohammed, Arshed; Haris, Sallehuddin Mohamed; Zaki Nuawi, Mohd

    2014-04-01

    Over the past decade, an unprecedented increase in the types of, the methods of using, and the demand for piezoelectric ceramic transducers (PCTs) has been observed in the market. These factors increase the probability of PCTs being subjected to breakage. Therefore, this study proposes a simple, low-cost procedure which uses available components to repair and reinstall five broken PCTs and then tests them as emitters and receivers in bulk and surface wave detection. An SM211 PCT with a 7.2 MHz frequency, a high damping and electromechanical coupling coefficient, and two silver electrodes were selected for the experiment. A Mason circuit was used for the procedure, the Laplace transform was used as a mathematical analysis method, and MATLAB was the technical computing language used to model the new transfer function for this type of PCT. This study proved that silver electrodes are a significant load on PCTs, particularly at high frequencies. Very good identity correlations between this mathematical and the experimental responses of the standard PCT were obtained. Later this mathematical model was used to prove the explanations provided by this research. The response of the standard PCT was compared with that of the samples of PCT that have been repaired (SPCTR). Through this comparison, many conclusions were obtained, and several recommendations were made, which can be taken advantage of by people who are interested in this field of research. Such recommendations include analyzing the response of SPCTR and explaining the types of ultrasonic tests in which SPCTR can be used.

  8. Study of piezoelectric transducers in smart structure applications

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    Lam, Kwok Ho

    To develop a novel smart material in civil engineering applications, cement-based 1-3 composites have been fabricated and characterized. The feasibility of the embedded 1-3 composite transducers in structural monitoring applications have been demonstrated in this project. In the present work, piezoelectric ceramic discs and fibres were fabricated and used as the active phases of the 1-3 composites. Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic discs were fabricated using a conventional dry pressing method. All the parameters of PZT ceramics have been evaluated by a resonance technique. Crack-free PZT ceramic fibres were fabricated using a simple powder mixing method. The microstructural and electrical characterizations show that performance of the ceramic fibres can be comparable to that of the corresponding bulk ceramics. To study the piezoceramic/cement 1-3 composites, the properties of cement have been studied as a function of water content. The elastic properties of cement with different water/cement ratios were characterized using the ultrasonic immersion method. It was found that the cement paste with water/cement ratio of 0.5 is relatively "soft" to be used as the passive phase of a 1-3 composite. When comparing with the ceramics, the acoustic impedance of cement is much closer to that of concrete. Piezoelectric PZT/cement 1-3 composites with a wide range of the ceramic volume fraction (?= 0.25--0.77) have been fabricated successfully using a dice-and-fill technique. Piezoelectric properties of the 1-3 composites were determined by a resonance technique. The characterization showed that the high piezoelectric characteristics of ceramics were maintained and the effective acoustic impedance of composites was reduced as expected. Even the phase matrix is the cement paste, the thickness electromechanical coupling coefficient kt of the 1-3 composites can be enhanced effectively which approaches to the k33 coefficient of the ceramics. The 1-3 composites were found to have reasonable piezoelectric properties that agree quite well with a theoretical modelling. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  9. 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.

  10. Reactive sintering of plutonium-bearing titanates.

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    Hash, M. C.

    1999-06-24

    Titanate ceramics are being developed for the immobilization of weapons-grade plutonium. These multi-phase ceramics are intended to be both corrosion and proliferation resistant. Reactive sintering techniques were refined to reproducibly provide titanate ceramics for further characterization and testing. Plutonium-bearing pyrochlore-rich composites were consolidated to greater than 90% of their theoretical density.

  11. Unexpected dielectric response in lead zirconate titanate ceramics: The role of ferroelectric domain wall pinning effects

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    Garcia, J. E.; Gomis, V.; Perez, R.; Albareda, A.; Eiras, J. A.

    2007-07-01

    Temperature dependent dielectric response has been measured in Pb(Zr1-xTix)O3 ceramics. Samples of different compositions (x =0.40, 0.47, and 0.60), pure and doped with Nb-or Fe, were studied at temperatures between 15 and 700K and in the frequency range from 100Hzto1MHz. Unexpected dielectric behavior has been found around room temperature. Anomalous temperature dependent permittivity is observed in pure and Fe-doped samples but not in Nb-doped samples. The anomaly appears related to the presence of oxygen vacancies but not on the sample crystallographic phase. The authors suggest that the anomaly may be a manifestation of the domain wall pinning effect.

  12. Features of phase transitions in lanthanum-modified lead zirconate titanate ferroelectric ceramics

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    Peliz-Barranco, A.; Mendoza, M. E.; Caldern-Piar, F.; Garca-Zaldvar, O.; Lpez-Noda, R.; de los Santos-Guerra, J.; Eiras, J. Antonio

    2007-12-01

    The dielectric behavior and the ferroelectric properties (hysteresis loops) of Pb 0.94La 0.06(Zr 0.80Ti 0.20) 0.985O 3 ferroelectric ceramics are analyzed considering the coexistence of the ferroelectric (FE) and the antiferroelectric (AFE) phases. The x-ray diffraction patterns and polarized light microscopy results reveal that FE and AFE ordering coexist. The dielectric analysis suggests two phase transitions. The first around 75 ?C, which is associatted to a ferroelectric (rhombohedral)-antiferroelectric (orthorhombic) phase transition; the second around 120 ?C, associated with an antiferroelectric (orthorhombic)-paraelectric (cubic) phase transition. The temperature dependence of hysteresis loops shows a double-loop-like behavior for temperatures above 75 ?C, showing a typical characteristic of an induced ferroelectric-antiferroelectric transformation.

  13. 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.

  14. Structural and spectroscopic properties of rare-earth (Nd3+, Er3+, and Yb3+) doped transparent lead lanthanum zirconate titanate ceramics

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    de Camargo, Andrea S. S.; de O. Nunes, Luiz Antonio; Santos, Ivair A.; Garcia, Ducinei; Eiras, Jos Antonio

    2004-02-01

    This work presents the structural and spectroscopic characterization of transparent lead lanthanum zirconate titanate ceramics doped with Nd3+, Er3+, or Yb3+ ions. High optical quality samples presenting the perovskite structure were prepared through a mixed oxides method followed by conventional sintering or uniaxial hot pressing. Absorption and luminescence spectra were measured, and radiative emission parameters were calculated for Nd3+- and Er3+-doped samples. The results indicate the potential of these polycrystalline host-ion combinations for the construction of diode-pumped lasers in the near-infrared region.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. Influence of Zr4+ doping on structural and electrical properties of SrBi4Ti4O15 ceramic

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

    2015-06-01

    This article reports a systematic study of doping effects on the structural and electrical properties of layer structured strontium bismuth titanate ceramic. In this study monophasic SrBi4Ti4-xZrxO15 with x=0.00, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, 0.25 ceramics were synthesized from the solid-state reaction route. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the Zr-modified SBT ceramics have a pure four-layer Aurivillius phase structure. Dielectric properties revealed that the diffuseness of phase transition increases where as corresponding permittivity value decrease with increasing Zr content. Piezoelectric properties of SBTZ ceramics were improved by the modification of Zirconium ion. Moreover, the reason behind for improvement of piezoelectric properties of modified SBTZ ceramics was also discussed.

  19. Wireless energy transmission through a sealed wall using the acoustic-electric interaction of piezoelectric ceramics

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    Hu, Hongping; Xue, Huan; Hu, Yuantai; Chen, Xuedong

    2009-07-01

    We propose a system to transmit and store electric energy by using transmitting element, a chargeable battery, and a rectifier together with a dc-dc converter to connect the two components as an integrated system. The transmitting element is modeled by two piezoelectric transducers. One is as the driving transducer for generating acoustic wave; the other is as the receiving transducer for converting the acoustic energy into electric energy. A dc-dc converter employed in the storage circuit is to match the optimal output voltage of the receiving transducer with the battery voltage for efficient charging. A synchronized switch harvesting on inductor (SSHI) in parallel with the receiving transducer is introduced to artificially extend the closed circuit interval of the rectifier. This analysis extends a previous one by considering that influence of wall thickness which always exists in the application. The characteristics of the energy-transmitting element are studied. Performance of the energy-transmitting element is optimized by synthetic adjusting parameters of the element, and carefully choosing input frequency of electric source.

  20. 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.

  1. Sound velocity variation as function of polarization state in Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) Ceramics

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    Essolaani, W.; Farhat, N.

    2012-02-01

    There are several ultrasonic techniques to measure the sound velocity, for example, the pulse-echo method. In such method, the size of transducer used to measure the sound velocity must be in the same order of the sample size. If not, the incompatibility of sizes becomes an error source of the sound velocity measurement. In this work, the Laser Induced Pressure Pulse (LIPP) method is used as ultrasonic method. This method has been very useful for studying the spatial distribution of charges and polarization in dielectrics. We take advantage of the fact that the method allows the sound velocity measurement, to study its variation as function of polarization state in (PZT) ceramics. In a sample with a known thickness e, the sound velocity ν is deduced from the measurement of the transit time T. The sound velocity depends on the elastic constants which in turn they depend on poling conditions. Thus, the variation of the sound velocity is related to the direction and the amplitude of the polarization.

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

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

    2014-09-01

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

  3. Ferroelectric and glassy states in La-modified lead zirconate titanate ceramics: A general picture

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    El Marssi, M.; Farhi, R.; Dellis, J.-L.; Glinchuk, M. D.; Seguin, L.; Viehland, D.

    1998-05-01

    Raman scattering, pyroelectric current, and dielectric susceptibility measurements have been carried out on a series of tetragonal and rhombohedral-structured Pb1-xLax(ZryTi1-y)1-x/4O3 (PLZT) ceramics, under zero-field heating after zero-field cooling (ZFH/ZFC) and zero-field heating after field-cooling (ZFH/FC) conditions. The results have been shown to be in good agreement with previous transmission electron microscopy observations. A dependence of the Raman spectra on light polarization (i.e., Raman selection rules or RSR), which are known to be a characteristic property of single crystals, has been observed in the PLZT compositions 9/65/35, 12/65/35, 6/40/60, and 12/40/60 illuminated with a 2 ?m wide laser spot (i.e., micro-Raman). The texture which has been observed by x-ray diffraction on 6/40/60 is discussed in conjunction with the Raman results. The combined data of Raman scattering experiments and electrical measurements, together with electromechanical and ferroelectric properties, are explained in terms of competing random fields. Furthermore, the disappearance of RSR in the ZFH/FC conditions for the ferroelectric relaxor PLZT 9/65/35 has given evidence for the existence of domains and grain boundaries in the field cooled conditions. Similar Raman spectra were found for the ferroelectric PLZT composition 5/65/35 in zero-field conditions. The occurrence of RSR in PLZT x/65/35 for x>8 (i.e., for only relaxor states with average cubic symmetry) are interpreted as resulting from second-order scattering effects. This supports a model of a cluster glass with short-range-ordered polar clusters rather than a multidomain state (i.e., a multitude of small ferroelectric domains) in these relaxor systems.

  4. 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.

  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. 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.

  7. Modeling of material properties of piezoelectric ceramics taking into account damage development under static compression

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    Mizuno, M.; Nishikata, T.; Okayasu, M.

    2013-10-01

    We have carried out static compression tests in the poling direction for PZT ceramics and evaluated the material properties by measuring the resonance and anti-resonance frequencies and electrostatic capacity at regular intervals. Then the variation in the material properties up to fracture was clarified. Also, the development of internal damage was also clarified quantitatively by evaluating a damage variable on the basis of the continuum damage mechanics. The damage variable was calculated from the ratio of the elastic coefficient to its initial value. In the present paper, the development of internal damage was formulated as an evolution equation of the damage variable. In the formulation, a threshold stress leading to the onset of damage was considered. Moreover, the variation in material properties was related to the damage variable and formulated as material functions of the damage variable. The development of internal damage and the variation in material properties were simulated by the equations proposed in the present paper and the validity of the equations was verified by comparing the predictions with experimental results.

  8. Enhanced active piezoelectric 0-3 nanocomposites fabricated through electrospun nanowires

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    Feenstra, Joel; Sodano, Henry A.

    2008-06-15

    The use of monolithic piezoceramic materials in sensing and actuation applications has become quite common over the past decade. However, these materials have several properties that limit their application in practical systems. These materials are very brittle due to the ceramic nature of the monolithic material, making them vulnerable to accidental breakage during handling and bonding procedures. In addition, they have very poor ability to conform to curved surfaces and result in large add-on mass associated with using a typically lead-based ceramic. These limitations have motivated the development of alternative methods of applying the piezoceramic material, including piezoceramic fiber composites and piezoelectric 0-3 composites (also known as piezoelectric paint). Piezoelectric paint is desirable because it can be spayed or painted on and can be used with abnormal surfaces. However, the piezoelectric paint developed in prior studies has resulted in low coupling, limiting its application. In order to increase the coupling of the piezoelectric paint, this effort has investigated the use of piezoelectric nanowires rather than spherical piezoelectric particle, which are difficult to strain when embedded in a polymer matrix. The piezoceramic wires were electrospun from a barium titanate (BaTiO{sub 3}) sol gel to produce fibers with 500-1000 nm diameters and subsequently calcinated to acquire perovskite BaTiO{sub 3}. An active nanocomposite paint was formed using the resulting piezoelectric wires and was compared to the same paint with piezoelectric nanoparticles. The results show that the piezoceramic wires produce 0-3 nanocomposites with as high as 300% increase in electromechanical coupling.

  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. Enhanced piezoelectricity and high temperature poling effect in (1-x)Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-xPbTiO{sub 3} ceramics via an ethylene glycol route

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    Tailor, H. N.; Ye, Z.-G.

    2010-05-15

    A solution chemical method utilizing ethylene glycol as solvent has been developed to prepare the ceramics of (1-x)Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-xPbTiO{sub 3}[(1-x)PMN-xPT] from a precursor powder that can be pressed and fired in one step to produce high quality ceramics with excellent piezoelectric properties. The ceramics reach a relative density of up to 97% of the theoretical value after direct calcinations. This high density is achieved without the need of additional sintering after calcination which is usually required in conventional solid state syntheses to produce ceramics. The ceramics exhibit a unipolar piezoelectric coefficient d{sub 33} of 848 pC/N, which is one of the highest values for any unmodified/untextured binary systems reported to date. Since the piezoelectric properties depend on composition and electric field, the effect of poling conditions was investigated. A critical temperature limit has been found, above which poling can dramatically impair the piezoelectric properties due to a field-induced increase in the monoclinic phase component around the morphotropic phase boundary.

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

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

    2015-05-01

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

  13. 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

  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

    2015-11-01

    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.

  16. 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.

  17. Temperature dependence and quantum efficiency of ultrabroad NIR photoluminescence from Ni2+ centers in nanocrystalline Ba-Al titanate glass ceramics.

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    Gao, Guojun; Peng, Mingying; Wondraczek, Lothar

    2012-04-01

    Ultrabroad near-infrared (NIR) photoluminescence from Ni2+-centers in nanocrystalline Ba-Al titanate glass ceramics was studied by temperature-dependent static and dynamic photoluminescence spectroscopy in the regime of 10 to 300 K. Photoluminescence covers the spectral range of about 1100 nm to >1600 nm with a typical bandwidth (FWHM) greater than 300 nm. For UV-LED excitation at 352 nm, an internal quantum efficiency of 65% is obtained. The excited state lifetime ? at room temperature is 39 ?s. The stimulated emission cross section ?(em) is 8.510(-20) cm2, resulting in a practical figure of merit, ?(em) * ?, of 3.310(-24) cm2 s at room temperature. These properties suggest suitability as a broadband gain medium for tunable lasers and optical amplifiers. PMID:22466183

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Influence of combined external stress and electric field on electric properties of 0.5% Fe-doped lead zirconate titanate ceramics

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    Suchanicz, J.; Kim-Ngan, N.-T. H.; Konieczny, K.; Jankowska-Sumara, I.; Sitko, D.; Goc-Jaglo, D.; Balogh, A. G.

    2009-11-01

    Influence of uniaxial pressure (0-1000 bars) applied parallel to or perpendicularly to the ac or dc electric field (in one-dimensional or two-dimensional manner) on dielectric and ferroelectric properties of hard lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics were investigated. The experimental results revealed that applying uniaxial pressure leads to a reduction in the peak intensity of the electric permittivity (epsilon), of the frequency dispersion as well as of the dielectric hysteresis. Moreover, with increasing pressure the peak intensity of epsilon becomes diffused and shifts to a higher temperature. It was also found that simultaneous application of uniaxial pressure and electric field (perpendicular to each other) in the poling process improves the ferroelectric properties. This indeed indicates new possibility for poling materials with a high coercive field and/or high electric conductivity. The effects of uniaxial load are weaker than that obtained for soft PZT ceramics. It was concluded that applying uniaxial pressure induces similar effects as increasing the Ti ion concentration in PZT system. The obtained results were interpreted through Cochran soft mode and domain switching processes under applying of pressure.

  2. Mechanical and dielectric characterization of lead zirconate titanate(PZT)/polyurethane(PU) thin film composite for energy harvesting

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    Aboubakr, S.; Rguiti, M.; Hajjaji, A.; Eddiai, A.; Courtois, C.; d'Astorg, S.

    2014-04-01

    The Lead Zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic is known by its piezoelectric feature, but also by its stiffness, the use of a composite based on a polyurethane (PU) matrix charged by a piezoelectric material, enable to generate a large deformation of the material, therefore harvesting more energy. This new material will provide a competitive alternative and low cost manufacturing technology of autonomous systems (smart clothes, car seat, boat sail, flag ...). A thin film of the PZT/PU composite was prepared using up to 80 vol. % of ceramic. Due to the dielectric nature of the PZT, inclusions of this one in a PU matrix raises the permittivity of the composite, on other hand this latter seems to decline at high frequencies.

  3. 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 Jrg

    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

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

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

    2015-03-11

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

  5. 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.

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

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

    2012-07-01

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

  8. A piezoelectrically actuated ball valve

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    Erwin, L. R.; Schwartz, H. W.; Teitelbaum, B. R.

    1972-01-01

    Bimorph strip composed of two layers of poled piezoelectric ceramic material closes and opens valve. Strip performs like capacitator, allowing initial inrush of current when valve is energized and then only small leakage current flows as valve remains energized.

  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. 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).

  11. Improved Piezoelectric Loudspeakers And Transducers

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

    1995-01-01

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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 m 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.

  15. 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; Rdel, Jrgen; Damjanovic, Dragan; Erdem, Emre; Keeble, David J.; Jo, Wook; Granzow, Torsten

    2014-09-14

    Aging of piezoelectric properties was investigated in lead-free (1x)(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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

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

    2008-07-15

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

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Aging of piezoelectric properties in Pb(MgNb)O3-Pb(ZrTi)O3 multilayer ceramic actuators

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    Koh, Jung-Hyuk; Jeong, Soon-Jong; Ha, Mun-Su; Song, Jae-Sung

    2004-07-01

    Aging characteristics of 0.2(PbMg1/3Nb2/3O3)-0.8(PbZr0.475Ti0.525O3) multilayer ceramic actuators have been investigated by applying rectified ac bias. Multilayer ceramic actuators 555 mm3 in size were fabricated by tape-casting methods. X-ray diffraction analyses were performed to compare crystalline structures and lattice parameters. Effective electromechanical coupling coefficient keff and pseudopiezoelectric constant d33 were calculated and discussed. Different rectified ac electric biases were applied to the actuators to investigate aging behavior in the multilayer ceramic actuators. The aging dependencies of cycles and electric fields were simulated and fitted to the linear logarithmic stretched exponential law.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  7. 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.; Rdel, Jrgen

    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.

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  9. Piezoelectric properties of nonstoichiometric Sr{sub 1-x}Bi{sub 2+2x/3}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} ceramics

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    Jain, Rajni; Chauhan, Arun Kumar Singh; Gupta, Vinay; Sreenivas, K.

    2005-06-15

    The effect of poling on the structural, dielectric, and piezoelectric properties has been investigated for sol-gel-derived strontium bismuth tantalate (SBT) [Sr{sub 1-x}Bi{sub 2+2x/3}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9}] ceramics with x=0.0,0.15,0.30,0.45. The dielectric and ferroelectric properties are found to improve with increase in x up to 0.3. Beyond x>0.3 the properties are found to degrade due to the limited solid solubility and the presence of a mixed phase of bismuth tantalate (BiTaO{sub 4}) is detected with x=0.45. Poling treatment reduces the dielectric dispersion and dielectric loss in the frequency range (0.1-100 kHz). The resonance and antiresonance frequencies increase with increase in x (x=0-0.30), and the corresponding minimum impedance decreases. The measured coupling coefficients (k{sub p}) are small (0.0967-0.1) for x=0-0.30, and the electromechanical quality factor (Q{sub m}=915) is a maximum for the Sr{sub 0.7}Bi{sub 2.2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} composition (x=0.30). The estimated piezoelectric charge coefficient (d{sub 31}) and piezoelectric voltage coefficient (g{sub 31}) are 5.2 pC/N and 5.8x10{sup -3} V m/N, respectively. The positive values of d{sub 31} and g{sub 31} and the low dielectric permittivity of SBT yield a high value for the hydrostatic coefficients, despite the low charge coefficient of d{sub 33}=24 pC/N. The maximum values of charge coefficient (d{sub h}=34 pC/N) and voltage coefficient (g{sub h}=39x10{sup -3} V m/N) are obtained for Sr{sub 0.7}Bi{sub 2.2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} composition, and the estimated hydrostatic figure of merit (d{sub h}g{sub h}x10{sup -15}=1215 m{sup 2}/N) is high.

  10. Titan Meteorology

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    Mitchell, Jonathan

    2012-04-01

    Titans methane clouds have received much attention since they were first discovered spectroscopically (Griffith et al. 1998). Titan's seasons evolve slowly, and there is growing evidence of a seasonal response in the regions of methane cloud formation (e.g. Rodriguez et al. 2009). A complete, three-dimensional view of Titans clouds is possible through the determination of cloud-top heights from Cassini images (e.g., dmkovics et al. 2010). Even though Titans surface is warmed by very little sunlight, we now know Titans methane clouds are convective, evolving through tens of kilometers of altitude on timescales of hours to days with dynamics similar to clouds that appear on Earth (Porco et al. 2005). Cassini ISS has also shown evidence of rain storms on Titan that produce surface accumulation of methane (Turtle et al. 2009). Most recently, Cassini has revealed a 1000-km-scale, arrow-shaped cloud at the equator followed by changes that appear to be evidence of surface precipitation (Turtle et al. 2011b). Individual convective towers simulated with high fidelity indicate that surface convergence of methane humidity and dynamic lifting are required to trigger deep, precipitating convection (e.g. Barth & Rafkin 2010). The global expanses of these cloud outbursts, the evidence for surface precipitation, and the requirement of dynamic convergence and lifting at the surface to trigger deep convection motivate an analysis of storm formation in the context of Titans global circulation. I will review our current understanding of Titans methane meteorology using Cassini and ground-based observations and, in particular, global circulation model simulations of Titans methane cycle. When compared with cloud observations, our simulations indicate an essential role for planetary-scale atmospheric waves in organizing convective storms on large scales (Mitchell et al. 2011). I will end with predictions of Titans weather during the upcoming northern hemisphere summer.

  11. Performance of tonpilz transducers with segmented piezoelectric stacks using materials with high electromechanical coupling coefficient.

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    Thompson, Stephen C; Meyer, Richard J; Markley, Douglas C

    2014-01-01

    Tonpilz acoustic transducers for use underwater often include a stack of piezoelectric material pieces polarized along the length of the stack and having alternating polarity. The pieces are interspersed with electrodes, bonded together, and electrically connected in parallel. The stack is normally much shorter than a quarter wavelength at the fundamental resonance frequency so that the mechanical behavior of the transducer is not affected by the segmentation. When the transducer bandwidth is less than a half octave, as has conventionally been the case, for example, with lead zirconate titanate (PZT) material, stack segmentation has no significant effect on the mechanical behavior of the device in its normal operating band near the fundamental resonance. However, when a high coupling coefficient material such as lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) is used to achieve a wider bandwidth with the tonpilz, the performance difference between a segmented stack and a similar piezoelectric section with electrodes only at the two ends can be significant. This paper investigates the effects of stack segmentation on the performance of wideband underwater tonpilz acoustic transducers. Included is a discussion of a particular tonpilz transducer design using single crystal piezoelectric material with high coupling coefficient compared with a similar design using more traditional PZT ceramics. PMID:24437755

  12. 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) 3.3103 spores/ml, (2) a mixture of 3.3103 spores/ml and 3.3105 S. aureus (SA) and P. aeruginosa (PA) per ml, and (3) a mixture of 3.3103 spores/ml with 3.3106 SA+PA/ml. There was no response to a sample containing only 3.3106 SA+PA/ml. These results illustrate the sensitivity, specificity, reusability, and reliability of array PEMS for in situ, real-time detection of BA spores.

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Theoretical and experimental research on the influence of multiple piezoelectric effects on physical parameters of piezoelectric actuator

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    Shi, Liping; Zhou, Haimin; Huang, Jie; Tan, Jiliang

    2015-04-01

    Compared with the traditional actuator of machinery and electricity, the piezoelectric actuator has the advantages of a compact structure, small volume, no mechanical friction, athermancy and no electromagnetic interference. Therefore, it has high application value in the fields of MEMS, bioengineering, medical science and so on. This article draws conclusions from the influence of multiple piezoelectric effects on the physical parameters (dielectric coefficient, equivalent capacity, energy conversion and piezoelectric coefficient) of piezoelectric actuators. These data from theoretical and experimental research show the following: (1) The rate between the dielectric coefficient of piezoelectric in mechanical freedom and clamping is obtained from the secondary direct piezoelectric effect, which enhances the dielectric property, increases the dielectric coefficient and decreases the coefficient of dielectric isolation; (2) Under external field, En ( ex ) = E 1 , exterior stress T = 0, that is to say, under the boundary condition of mechanical freedom, piezoelectric can store electric energy and elasticity, which obtains power density, elastic density and an electromechanical coupling factor; (3) According to the piezoelectric strain Si ( 1 ) , piezoelectric displacement Dm ( 2 ) and piezoelectric strain Si ( 3 ) of multiple piezoelectric effects, when the dielectric coefficient of the first converse piezoelectric effect ɛ33 is 1326 and the dielectric coefficient of the secondary direct piezoelectric effect increases to 3336, the dielectric coefficient of the ceramic chip increases. When the piezoelectric coefficient of the first converse piezoelectric effect d33 is 595 and the piezoelectric coefficient of the secondary direct piezoelectric effect decreases to 240, the piezoelectric coefficient of the ceramic chip will decrease. It is of major significance both in the applications and in basic theory to research the influence of multiple piezoelectric effects on the physical parameters of piezoelectric actuators. On the one hand, this can further increase the control precision of piezoelectric actuators. On the other hand, it can be applied to research on the physical parameters and self-sensing actuators, like piezoelectric quartz and piezoelectric ceramic self-sensing actuators, which will be of great service for MEMS.

  17. A novel high-k Y5V barium titanate ceramics co-doped with lanthanum and cerium

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    Lu, Da-Yong; Sun, Xiu-Yun; Toda, Masayuki

    2007-04-01

    Structural, dielectric, and ferroelectric properties of a novel high-k Y5V (Ba1-xLax)(Ti1-x/4-yCey)O3 ceramics (where x=0.03 and y=0.05, denoted by BL3TC5) with the highest Y5V dielectric response (??>10 000) among rare-earth-doped BaTiO3 ceramics to date are investigated in detail using SEM, TEM, XRD, DSC, EPR, Raman spectroscopy (RS), temperature and frequency, electric field dependences of dielectric permittivity (??), and temperature and electric field dependences of ferroelectric hysteresis loops. The BL3TC5 diffusion of ferroelectric phase transition occurs around dielectric peak temperatures (Tm) near a room temperature characteristic of dielectric thermal relaxation. Powder XRD data and defect complex model were given. Relaxor behavior associated with an order/disorder model and formation of a solid solution were discussed. The EPR results provided the evidence of Ti vacancies as compensating for lattice defects. High-k relaxor nature of BL3TC5 is characterized by an average cubic structure with long-range lattice disordering and local polar ordering; a slow change of the ?? (T) and Pr(T) curves around Tm; no phase transition observed by DSC; and a broad, red-shifted A1 (TO2) Raman phonon mode at 251 cm-1 accompanying the disappearance of the silent mode at 305 cm-1 and a clear anti-resonance effect at 126 cm-1 at room temperature.

  18. Modeling of piezoelectric ceramic vibrators including thermal effects. Part III. Bond graph model for one-dimensional heat conduction

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    Moon, W.; Busch-Vishniac, I.J.

    1997-03-01

    A new bond graph model for conduction heat transfer is developed, and applied to thermal energy balance in the piezoelectric thickness vibrator. In formulation of the heat conduction model, the mechanical and electrical effects are included. Hence, it can be directly applied to the temperature-dependent thickness vibrator. For the purpose of evaluation of the new method, one-dimensional heat conduction excluding other variable effects is compared with the results of the analytic solutions in simple cases. The simulation illustrates the validity and the accuracy of the model. Although the model is applied to the one-dimensional case only, the method can be easily used for general heat conduction problems. {copyright} {ital 1997 Acoustical Society of America.}

  19. A high temperature piezoelectric ceramic: (1-x)(Bi0.9La0.1)FeO(3-x)PbTiO3 crystalline solutions.

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    Chen, Jianguo; Qi, Yufa; Shi, Guiyang; Yu, Shengwen; Cheng, Jinrong

    2009-09-01

    (1-x)(Bi(0.9)La(0.1))FeO(3-x)PbTiO(3) (BLF-PT) crystalline solutions for x = 0.35, 0.37, 0.4, 0.43 and 0.45 have been prepared by the solid-state reaction method. The X-ray diffraction analysis shows that BLF-PT has a single perovskite phase with mixed tetragonal and rhombohedral phases between x = 0.4 and 0.43. The Curie temperature of BLF-PT for x = 0.4 attains 460 degrees C, which is about 80 degrees C higher than that of hard Pb(Zr,Ti)O(3) ceramics. The remnant polarization and piezoelectric constant of BLF-PT for x = 0.4 reach 38 microC/cm(2) and 112 pC/N, respectively. The planar coupling factor k(p) of BLF-PT for x = 0.4 remains stable at temperature increases of up to 360 degrees C. The impedance spectroscopy study reveals that the high temperature conduction of BLF-PT may be attributed to the motion of oxygen vacancies within the material. Our results indicate that BLF-PT is a promising candidate for high temperature applications. PMID:19811982

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

  1. 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 μm to 0.35 ± 0.13 μm 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 (τ) 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 (ɛ' = 1139 at 1 MHz). The sample with x = 1.0, shown a high dielectric permittivity (ɛ' = 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(ρac)] 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.

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

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    Li, Fei; Jin, Li; Guo, Runping

    2014-12-01

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

  3. Abnormal electronic transition variations of lanthanum-modified lead zironate stannate titanate ceramics near morphotropic phase boundary: A spectroscopic evidence

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    Chen, X.; Jiang, K.; Hu, Z. G.; Chu, J. H.; Chen, X. F.; Wang, G. S.; Dong, X. L.

    2012-07-02

    The structure-related optical response of (Pb{sub 1-1.5x}La{sub x})(Zr{sub 0.42}Sn{sub 0.40}Ti{sub 0.18})O{sub 3} (100x/42/40/18) ceramics with different compositions has been investigated. Based on x-ray diffraction, the phase transition from rhombohedral to tetragonal structure is revealed between compositions of x = 2.6% and 2.8% near morphotropic phase boundary (MPB). Correspondingly, abnormal spectral response in the photon energy from 1.4 to 6.1 eV is observed near MPB. Furthermore, the blue shift of the two critical points related parameters, which is obtained from fitting the reflectance spectra, indicates that the variation of electronic band structure near MPB is responsible for the anomalous behavior.

  4. Solid state NMR as a new approach for the structural characterization of rare-earth doped lead lanthanum zirconate titanate laser ceramics

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    Mohr, Daniel; de Camargo, Andrea S. S.; Schneider, Jos F.; Queiroz, Thiago B.; Eckert, Hellmut; Botero, riton R.; Garcia, Ducinei; Eiras, Jos A.

    2008-10-01

    To facilitate the design of laser host materials with optimized emission properties, detailed structural information at the atomic level is essential, regarding the local bonding environment of the active ions (distribution over distinct lattice sites) and their extent of local clustering as well as their population distribution over separate micro- or nanophases. The present study explores the potential of solid state NMR spectroscopy to provide such understanding for rare-earth doped lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) ceramics. As the NMR signals of the paramagnetic dopant species cannot be observed directly, two complementary approaches are utilized: (1) direct observation of diamagnetic mimics using 45Sc NMR and (2) study of the paramagnetic interaction of the constituent host lattice nuclei with the rare-earth dopant, using 207Pb NMR lineshape analysis. 45Sc MAS NMR spectra of scandium-doped PLZT samples unambiguously reveal scandium to be six-coordinated, suggesting that this rare-earth ion substitutes in the B site. Static 207Pb spin echo NMR spectra of a series of Tm-doped PLZT samples reveal a clear influence of paramagnetic rare-earth dopant concentration on the NMR lineshape. In the latter case high-fidelity spectra can be obtained by spin echo mapping under systematic incrementation of the excitation frequency, benefiting from the signal-to-noise enhancement afforded by spin echo train Fourier transforms. Consistent with XRD data, the 207Pb NMR lineshape analysis suggests that statistical incorporation into the PLZT lattice occurs at dopant levels of up to 1 wt.% Tm 3+, while at higher levels the solubility limit is reached.

  5. Interface cracks in piezoelectric materials

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

    2016-02-01

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

  6. High-Temperature Piezoelectrics with Large Piezoelectric Coefficients

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    Shinekumar, K.; Dutta, Soma

    2015-02-01

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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).

  10. Effect of Al2O3 nanocrystals on the structural and electrical studies of lithium titanate phosphate glass ceramic matrix

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    Krishna Kishore Reddy, Ch.; Rao, R. Balaji; Ramana Reddy, M. V.

    2013-08-01

    A series of lithium phosphate glass ceramics dispersed with Al2O3 nanocrystals were synthesized via high energy ball milling technique. The milling of Al2O3 powder at room temperature for different milling times is 0, 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 h. The mean particle size distribution was measured using the Scherrer formula for a half width of the diffraction peaks vary from micrometers to ˜24 nm for the milling time at 40 h. The details of compositions chosen for the present study of investigation are given in the general formula: (100-x) [0.4Li2O-0.1TiO2-0.6P2O5]+x 40 h ball milled Al2O3 (where x=0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 mol% ) and labeled as LTPAx (where x is the mole% of 40 h ball milled Al2O3). The average crystallite size of Al2O3 nanoparticles was measured to be 22 nm by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images, which is in good agreement with the crystallite size calculated from X-ray diffraction (XRD) (24 nm) measurements using Scherrer's formula. The frequency dependent conductivity was explained in the light of conducting nanocrystalline phases such as AlPO4, LiTi2(PO4)3, LiAl2P3O7 precipitated in the LTPA samples.

  11. Effects of Copper Doping on Dielectric and A.C. Conductivity in Layered Sodium Tri-Titanate Ceramic

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    Shripal; Dwivedi, Shailja; Singh, Rakesh; Tandon, R. P.

    2013-09-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra of 0.01, 0.1 and 1.0 molar percentage (mp) of CuO doped derivatives of layered Na2Ti3O7 ceramic have been reported. The results show that copper substitutes as Cu2+ at Ti4+ octahedral sites. From the dependence of loss tangent (tan ?) and the relative permittivity (??) on temperature and frequency, it is concluded that all the derivatives are of polar nature. The relaxation peaks at lower temperatures have been attributed to the presence of different types of dipoles, whereas peaks in the higher temperature region indicate possible ferroelectric phase transition. The dependence of conductivity on temperature show that electron hopping (polaron) conduction exists in a wide span of temperature range. However, the associated interlayer ionic conduction exists in a small temperature range. Interlayer alkali ion hopping mechanism of conduction has been proposed toward higher temperatures. The conductivity versus frequency plots reveal that the polaron conduction plays a prominent role toward the lower temperature side that diminishes with the rise in temperature. The most probable relaxation times for 0.01 and 0.1 mp CuO doped derivatives are almost same but it records an increased value for 1.0 mp doped material. This again attributes to the possible change in the symmetry of copper environment.

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

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    Im, In-Ho; Chung, Kwang-Hyun

    2014-12-01

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

  13. An Experimental Study on the Effect of Temperature on Piezoelectric Sensors for Impedance-Based Structural Health Monitoring

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    Baptista, Fabricio G.; Budoya, Danilo E.; de Almeida, Vinicius A. D.; Ulson, Jose Alfredo C.

    2014-01-01

    The electromechanical impedance (EMI) technique is considered to be one of the most promising methods for developing structural health monitoring (SHM) systems. This technique is simple to implement and uses small and inexpensive piezoelectric sensors. However, practical problems have hindered its application to real-world structures, and temperature effects have been cited in the literature as critical problems. In this paper, we present an experimental study of the effect of temperature on the electrical impedance of the piezoelectric sensors used in the EMI technique. We used 5H PZT (lead zirconate titanate) ceramic sensors, which are commonly used in the EMI technique. The experimental results showed that the temperature effects were strongly frequency-dependent, which may motivate future research in the SHM field. PMID:24434878

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Variation of Piezoelectric properties and mechanisms across the relaxor-like/Ferroelectric continuum in BiFeO3- (K0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-PbTiO3 ceramics.

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    Bennett, James; Shrout, Thomas R; Zhang, Shujun; Owston, Heather E; Stevenson, Tim J; Esat, Faye; Bell, Andrew J; Comyn, T P

    2015-01-01

    1- x - y)BiFeO3-x(K0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-yPbTiO3 (BFKBT- PT) piezoelectric ceramics were investigated across the compositional space and contrasted against the xBiFeO3- (1-x)(K0.5Bi0.5)TiO3 (BF-KBT) system, whereby a range of relaxor-like/ferroelectric behavior was observed. Structural and piezoelectric properties were closely related to the PbTiO3 concentration; below a critical concentration, relaxor-like behavior was identified. The mechanisms governing the piezoelectric behavior were investigated with structural, electrical, and imaging techniques. X-ray diffraction established that longrange non-centrosymmetric crystallographic order was evident above a critical PbTiO3 concentration, y > 0.1125. Commensurate with the structural analysis, electric-field-induced strain responses showed electrostrictive behavior in the PbTiO3-reduced compositions, with increased piezoelectric switching in PbTiO3-rich compositions. Positive-up-negative-down (PUND) analysis was used to confirm electric-field-induced polarization measurements, elucidating that the addition of PbTiO3 increased the switchable polarization and ferroelectric ordering. Piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) of the BF-KBT-PT system exhibited typical domain patterns above a critical PbTiO3 threshold, with no ferroelectric domains observed in the BF-KBT system in the pseudocubic region. Doping of BiFeO3-PbTiO3 has been unsuccessful in the search for hightemperature materials that offer satisfactory piezoelectric properties; however, this system demonstrates that the partial substitution of alternative end-members can be an effective method. The partial substitution of PbTiO3 into BF-KBT enables long-range non-centrosymmetric crystallographic order, resulting in increased polar order and TC, compared with the pseudocubic region. The search for novel high-temperature piezoelectric ceramics can therefore exploit the accommodating nature of the perovskite family, which allows significant variance in chemical and physical characters in the exploration of new solid-solutions. PMID:25585388

  17. Enhanced magnetoelectric effects in composite of piezoelectric ceramics, rare-earth iron alloys, and shape-optimized nanocrystalline alloys.

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    Zhang, Jitao; Li, Ping; Wen, Yumei; He, Wei; Yang, Aichao; Lu, Caijiang

    2014-03-01

    An enhancement for magnetoelectric (ME) effects is studied in a three-phase ME architecture consisting of two magnetostrictive Terfenol-D (Tb(0.3)Dy(0.7)Fe(1.92)) plates, a piezoelectric PZT (Pb(Zr,Ti)O3) plate, and a pair of shape-optimized FeCuNbSiB nanocrystalline alloys. By modifying the conventional shape of the magnetic flux concentrator, the shape-optimized flux concentrator has an improved effective permeability (?(eff)) due to the shape-induced demagnetizing effect at its end surface. The flux concentrator concentrates and amplifies the external magnetic flux into Terfenol-D plate by means of changing its internal flux concentrating manner. Consequently, more flux lines can be uniformly concentrated into Terfenol-D plates. The effective piezomagnetic coefficients (d(33m)) of Terfenol-D plate and the ME voltage coefficients (?(ME)) can be further improved under a lower magnetic bias field. The dynamic magneto-elastic properties and the effective magnetic induction of Terfenol-D are taken into account to derive the enhanced effective ME voltage coefficients (?(ME,eff)), the consistency of experimental results and theoretical analyses verifies this enhancement. The experimental results demonstrate that the maximum d(33m) in our proposed architecture achieves 22.48?nm/A under a bias of 114 Oe. The maximum ?(ME) in the bias magnetic range 0-900 Oe reaches 84.73 mV/Oe under the low frequency of 1 kHz, and 2.996 V/Oe under the resonance frequency of 102.3 kHz, respectively. It exhibits a 1.43 times larger piezomagnetic coefficient and a 1.87 times higher ME voltage coefficient under a smaller magnetic bias of 82 Oe than those of a conventional Terfenol-D/PZT/Terfenol-D composite. These shape-induced magnetoelectric behaviors provide the possibility of using this ME architecture in ultra-sensitive magnetic sensors. PMID:24689597

  18. Enhanced magnetoelectric effects in composite of piezoelectric ceramics, rare-earth iron alloys, and shape-optimized nanocrystalline alloys

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    Zhang, Jitao; Li, Ping; Wen, Yumei; He, Wei; Yang, Aichao; Lu, Caijiang

    2014-03-01

    An enhancement for magnetoelectric (ME) effects is studied in a three-phase ME architecture consisting of two magnetostrictive Terfenol-D (Tb0.3Dy0.7Fe1.92) plates, a piezoelectric PZT (Pb(Zr,Ti)O3) plate, and a pair of shape-optimized FeCuNbSiB nanocrystalline alloys. By modifying the conventional shape of the magnetic flux concentrator, the shape-optimized flux concentrator has an improved effective permeability (?eff) due to the shape-induced demagnetizing effect at its end surface. The flux concentrator concentrates and amplifies the external magnetic flux into Terfenol-D plate by means of changing its internal flux concentrating manner. Consequently, more flux lines can be uniformly concentrated into Terfenol-D plates. The effective piezomagnetic coefficients (d33m) of Terfenol-D plate and the ME voltage coefficients (?ME) can be further improved under a lower magnetic bias field. The dynamic magneto-elastic properties and the effective magnetic induction of Terfenol-D are taken into account to derive the enhanced effective ME voltage coefficients (?ME,eff), the consistency of experimental results and theoretical analyses verifies this enhancement. The experimental results demonstrate that the maximum d33m in our proposed architecture achieves 22.48 nm/A under a bias of 114 Oe. The maximum ?ME in the bias magnetic range 0-900 Oe reaches 84.73 mV/Oe under the low frequency of 1 kHz, and 2.996 V/Oe under the resonance frequency of 102.3 kHz, respectively. It exhibits a 1.43 times larger piezomagnetic coefficient and a 1.87 times higher ME voltage coefficient under a smaller magnetic bias of 82 Oe than those of a conventional Terfenol-D/PZT/Terfenol-D composite. These shape-induced magnetoelectric behaviors provide the possibility of using this ME architecture in ultra-sensitive magnetic sensors.

  19. Low-Temperature Sintering of (Bi,Na)0.83Ba0.17TiO3-0.2 wt % CuO Piezoelectric Ceramics from Nanopowders

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    Lv, Junhua; Karaki, Tomoaki; Adachi, Masatoshi

    2011-01-01

    Using (Bi0.5Na0.5)0.83Ba0.17TiO3 nanopowders synthesized by an oxalate precursor route, 0.2-wt %-CuO-doped ceramics can be sintered at a low temperature of 880 °C. The shrinkage rate is 16.5%, the relative density Dr is 98%, the relative dielectric constant ɛT33/ɛ0 (1 kHz) is 705, the loss tan δ (1 kHz) is 2.50%, the electromechanical coupling factor kp is 13.6%, and the piezoelectric charge coefficient d33 is 105 pC/N.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  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 C/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. 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.

  6. 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.

  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. F-center mechanism of long-term relaxation in lead zirconate-titanate-based piezoelectric ceramics. 1. After-heating relaxation

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    Ishchuk, V. M.; Kuzenko, D. V.

    2015-12-01

    Results of experimental investigation of relaxation aging processes in Pb(Zr,Ti)O3-based solid solutions after termination of external actions are presented. Heating, DC electric field, uniaxial pressure and some of their combinations were taken as external actions. In the main part of the present paper, we use heating as external action. The said processes are long-time one and are described by the logarithmic function of time. Reversible and nonreversible relaxation processes take place depending on the action intensity. The relaxation rate depends on the action intensity also, and the said dependence has nonlinear and nonmonotonic form if external action leads to domain disordering. The oxygen vacancies-based model for description of the long-time relaxation processes is suggested. The model takes into account oxygen vacancies on the samples surface ends, their conversion into F+- and F0-centers under external effects (due to the liberation of the pyroelectric charge) and subsequent relaxation of these centers into the simple oxygen vacancies after the actions termination. The initial samples state is electroneutrality one. F-center formation leads to the violation of the original samples electroneutrality, and generates DC electric field into the sample. Relaxation of F-centers is accompanied by decreasing of electric field, induced by them, and dielectric constant relaxation as consequent effect.

  9. 2.8 and 1.55 ?m emission from diode-pumped Er3+-doped and Yb3+ co-doped lead lanthanum zirconate titanate transparent ferroelectric ceramic

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    de Camargo, A. S. S.; Botero, . R.; Andreeta, . R. M.; Garcia, D.; Eiras, J. A.; Nunes, L. A. O.

    2005-06-01

    This work reports the observation of intense emissions at 2.8 and 1.55?m from optical quality diode-pumped Er3+-doped lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) transparent ferroelectric ceramic. Radiative properties were calculated using the Judd Ofelt theory, and the respective values of ? =0.09 and ? =0.94 were obtained. The effect of ytterbium co-doping the PLZT: Er3+ samples was investigated in an attempt to increase intensities. It was found that Yb3+?Er3+ energy transfer processes, that favor Er3+ upconversion, are detrimental to the efficiency of midinfrared emissions. Even so, the advantageous spectroscopic characteristics of PLZT: Er3+ associated with its excellent thermal and mechanical properties, indicate it is a potential cost-effective laser active media.

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

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

    2015-05-21

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

  11. Piezoelectric transformer structural modeling--a review.

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    Yang, Jiashi

    2007-06-01

    A review on piezoelectric transformer structural modeling is presented. The operating principle and the basic behavior of piezoelectric transformers as governed by the linear theory of piezoelectricity are shown by a simple, theoretical analysis on a Rosen transformer based on extensional modes of a nonhomogeneous ceramic rod. Various transformers are classified according to their structural shapes, operating modes, and voltage transforming capability. Theoretical and numerical modeling results from the theory of piezoelectricity are reviewed. More advances modeling on thermal and nonlinear effects also are discussed. The article contains 167 references. PMID:17571814

  12. Energy harvesting wireless piezoelectric resonant force sensor

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    Ahmadi, Mehdi

    The piezoelectric energy harvester has become a new powering option for some low-power electronic devices such as MEMS (Micro Electrical Mechanical System) sensors. Piezoelectric materials can collect the ambient vibrations energy and convert it to electrical energy. This thesis is intended to demonstrate the behavior of a piezoelectric energy harvester system at elevated temperature from room temperature up to 82C, and compares the system's performance using different piezoelectric materials. The systems are structured with a Lead Magnesium Niobate-Lead Titanate (PMN-PT) single crystal patch bonded to an aluminum cantilever beam, Lead Indium Niobate-Lead Magnesium Niobate-Lead Titanate (PIN-PMN-PT) single crystal patch bonded to an aluminum cantilever beam and a bimorph cantilever beam which is made of Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT). The results of this experimental study show the effects of the temperature on the operation frequency and output power of the piezoelectric energy harvesting system. The harvested electrical energy has been stored in storage circuits including a battery. Then, the stored energy has been used to power up the other part of the system, a wireless resonator force sensor, which uses frequency conversion techniques to convert the sensor's ultrasonic signal to a microwave signal in order to transmit the signal wirelessly.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

    PubMed

    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

  16. 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.

  17. Amplifying transmission and compact suspension for a low-profile, large-displacement piezoelectric actuator

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    Domke, J F; Rhee, C-H; Liu, Z; Wang, T D; Oldham, K R

    2012-01-01

    A low-profile, piezoelectrically-driven microactuator is presented that achieves very large stroke lengths within size constraints suitable for certain endoscopic microscopy applications. The actuator utilizes a transmission consisting of lever arm and chevron-beam structures to amplify high-force, low-displacement motion of a ceramic lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) brick into large displacement of a translational platform. For 120 V input, a full range of 486 ?m of motion is achieved, with natural frequency greater than 500 Hz. This corresponds to an anticipated In addition, the lateral translational platform is supported by a redesign of common folded silicon flexures to provide large transverse and vertical stiffness when the width of the actuator is limited. PMID:23180908

  18. Amplifying transmission and compact suspension for a low-profile, large-displacement piezoelectric actuator.

    PubMed

    Domke, J F; Rhee, C-H; Liu, Z; Wang, T D; Oldham, K R

    2011-06-01

    A low-profile, piezoelectrically-driven microactuator is presented that achieves very large stroke lengths within size constraints suitable for certain endoscopic microscopy applications. The actuator utilizes a transmission consisting of lever arm and chevron-beam structures to amplify high-force, low-displacement motion of a ceramic lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) brick into large displacement of a translational platform. For 120 V input, a full range of 486 ?m of motion is achieved, with natural frequency greater than 500 Hz. This corresponds to an anticipated In addition, the lateral translational platform is supported by a redesign of common folded silicon flexures to provide large transverse and vertical stiffness when the width of the actuator is limited. PMID:23180908

  19. Amplifying transmission and compact suspension for a low-profile, large-displacement piezoelectric actuator

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    Domke, J. F.; Rhee, C.-H.; Liu, Z.; Wang, T. D.; Oldham, K. R.

    2011-06-01

    A low-profile, piezoelectrically driven microactuator is presented that achieves very large stroke lengths within size constraints suitable for certain endoscopic microscopy applications. The actuator utilizes a transmission consisting of lever arm and chevron-beam structures to amplify high-force, low-displacement motion of a ceramic lead-zirconate-titanate brick into large displacement of a translational platform. For 120 V input, a full range of 486 m of motion is achieved, with natural frequency greater than 500 Hz. This corresponds to the anticipated value found analytically and by simulation. In addition, the lateral translational platform is supported by a redesign of common folded silicon flexures to provide large transverse and vertical stiffness when the width of the actuator is limited.

  20. 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.; Graa, 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 303400 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 ferroelectricparaelectric 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 rhombohedraltetragonal phases is a promising candidate for lead-free ferroelectric applications.

  1. Design and fabrication of piezoelectric nanocomposite structures for microdevice applications

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    Palevicius, Arvydas; Ponelyte, Sigita; Guobiene, Asta; Prosycevas, Igoris; Puiso, Judita; Sakalys, Rokas

    2013-10-01

    We present a new group of piezoelectric nanocomposite thin films based on integrating piezoelectric material poly(vinylidene fluoride) and nanoparticles of barium titanate in a matrix of an organic polymer poly(methyl methacrylate). Implementation of piezoelectric properties in designed new nanocomposites allows us not only to increase the sensitivity and functionality of the overall system, where this material is used, but also to expand the application fields in sensing and actuating systems. Results implied that new nanostructures fabricated by nanoimprint lithography exhibit good piezoelectric, surface, and mechanical properties and allow independent control of tribological properties. Formed nanocomposite systems were integrated in designing optical components employed in medicine for sensing applications.

  2. 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

  3. Voltage generation of piezoelectric cantilevers by laser heating.

    PubMed

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

    2012-11-15

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

  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

    2012-11-01

    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.

  5. 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(ɛ-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.

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

    PubMed

    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

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

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

    2014-03-01

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Effects of Fe2O3 addition on the piezoelectric and the dielectric properties of 0.99Pb(Zr0.53Ti0.47)O3-0.01Bi(Y1- x Fe x )O3 ceramics for energy-harvesting devices

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    Mahmud, Iqbal; Ur, Soon-Chul; Yoon, Man-Soon

    2014-07-01

    The 0.99Pb(Zr0.53Ti0.47)O3-0.01Bi(Y1- x Fe x )O3 [PZT-BYF(x)] (x = 0.0 - 0.6) piezoelectric ceramics have been synthesized by using a modified conventional solid-state method. Initially, the perovskite Pb(Zr0.53Ti0.47)O3 (PZT) and the cubic-phase Bi(Y1- x Fe x )O3 [BYF(x)] were presynthesized and mixed to prepare PZT-BYF(x) ceramic composites. The effects of BYF(x) addition on the phase formation, microstructure, and piezoelectric/dielectric properties were measured as functions of sintering temperature. In addition to these measurements, the piezoelectric voltage constant ( g 33) and the piezoelectric transduction coefficient ( d 33 × g 33) were measured in order to evaluate the essential criteria for an energy-harvesting material. For all the specimens, X-ray diffraction analyses showed a complete solid solution with co-existing tetragonal and rhombohedral perovskite phases. All the ceramics exhibited denser and finer microstructures, which produced a high relative density of ≥ 98%. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observations revealed that BYF(x) addition enhanced the sintering density through the formation of a liquid phase. The doping with BYF(x) in the PZT system was found to be effective for maintaining a high Curie temperature of around 377-390 °C. With increasing content of Fe2O3 in the BYF(x) system, the piezoelectric and the dielectric properties were significantly improved. At a sintering temperature of 1170 °C, the piezoelectric and the dielectric properties of PZT-BYF(x) ceramics showed desirable values; this resulted in a significantly higher transduction coefficient. The compositions of PZTBYF(0.1), PZT-BYF(0.2), and PZT-BYF(0.3) showed a considerably lower ɛ 33 T value, but higher d 33 and k p values. Therefore, within the concentration limit of x = 0.1 to 0.3 moles of Fe2O3, the g 33 and the d 33 × g 33 values were improved significantly ( g 33 > 53 × 10-3 Vm/N and d 33 × g 33 > 20000 m2/N). The maximum transduction coefficient of 20167 × 10-15 m2/N was obtained from the composition of PZT-BYF(0.3). The high values of g 33 and d 33 × g 33 make these piezoelectric ceramics potential candidates for applications in energy-harvesting devices.

  11. 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.

  12. Piezoelectric energy harvesting from raised crosswalk devices

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    Ticali, Dario; Denaro, Mario; Barracco, Alessandro; Guerrieri, Marco

    2015-03-01

    This paper presents the main characteristics of an experimental energy harvesting device that can be used to recover energy from the vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The use of a piezoelectric bender devices leads to a innovative approach to Henergy Harvesting. The study focuses on the definition and specification of a mechanical configuration able to transfer the vibration from the main box to the piezoelectric transducer. The piezoelectric devices tested is the commonly used monolithic piezoceramic material lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT). The experimental results estimate the efficiency of this device tested and identify the feasibility of their use in real world applications. The results presented in this paper show the potential of piezoelectric materials for use in power harvesting applications.

  13. High Dielectric, Piezoelectric, Upconversion Photoluminescence and Low-Temperature Sensing Properties in Ba0.7Sr0.3TiO3-BaZr0.2Ti0.8O3:Ho/Yb Ceramics

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    Zuo, Qianghui; Luo, Laihui; Yao, Yongjie

    2016-02-01

    In the present work, we have synthesized pure and Ho/Yb-co-doped 0.5Ba0.7Sr0.3TiO3-0.5BaZr0.2Ti0.8O3 ceramics using a solid-state reaction technique. The prepared pure 0.5Ba0.7Sr0.3TiO3-0.5BaZr0.2Ti0.8O3 ceramics were found in the morphotropic phase boundary region, and exhibit high piezoelectric and dielectric properties. Under a 980-nm excitation, strong green, red and near-infrared (NIR) upconversion (UC) photoluminescence is observed in Ho/Yb-co-doped samples. It is found that the color of UC emission could be tuned by changing the concentration of sensitizer Yb ions in the host matrix. Furthermore, optical temperature sensing properties based on the green and NIR UC emissions of BSZT:0.005Ho/0.01Yb were investigated. Fluorescence intensity ratio (FIR) between green (5F4,5S2) ? 5I8 and NIR (5F4,5S2) ? 5I7 UC emissions of Ho ions was studied as a function of temperature in the range of 78 K-373 K, and a maximum sensitivity 0.0206 K-1 at 97 K was obtained.

  14. Piezoelectric Film.

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    Garrison, Steve

    1992-01-01

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

  15. 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.

  16. High Pressure Hydrogen Materials Compatibility of Piezoelectric Films

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    Alvine, Kyle J.; Shutthanandan, V.; Bennett, Wendy D.; Bonham, Charles C.; Skorski, Daniel C.; Pitman, Stan G.; Dahl, Michael E.; Henager, Charles H.

    2010-12-02

    Abstract: Hydrogen is being considered as a next-generation clean burning fuel. However, hydrogen has well known materials issues, including blistering and embrittlement in metals. Piezoelectric materials are used as actuators in hydrogen fuel technology. We present studies of materials compatibility of piezoelectric films in a high pressure hydrogen environment. Absorption of high pressure hydrogen was studied with Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis (ERDA) and Rutherford Back Scattering (RBS) in lead zirconate titanate (PZT) and barium titanate (BTO) thin films. Hydrogen surface degradation in the form of blistering and Pb mixing was also observed.

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

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

    2007-12-01

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

  18. Characterization of Piezoelectric PDMS-Nanoparticle Composites

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    Borsa, C. J.; Mionic Ebersold, M.; Bowen, P.; Farine, P.-A.; Briand, D.

    2015-12-01

    In this work, the novel fabrication and characterization of elastomeric piezoelectric nanocomposites are explored. Fabrication methods explored herein utilize ball milled barium titanate powder dispersions, along with double walled carbon nanotubes which are dispersed in toluene though the use of an ultrasonic probe. Test devices are then constructed with electrodes made from evaporated gold on polyimide foils and protective dielectrics of pristine PDMS. Two different device construction methods are explored utilizing both direct contact bonding and plasma bonding of the active composite layers to the dielectric/electrode. Test samples are evaluated through the use of a dedicated Berlincourt type piezoelectric d33 meter.

  19. Large piezoelectricity in Pb-free 0.96(K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sub 0.95}Li{sub 0.05}Nb{sub 0.93}Sb{sub 0.07}O{sub 3}−0.04BaZrO{sub 3} ceramic: A perspective from microstructure

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    Gao, Jinghui Li, Huiying; Zhong, Lisheng; Li, Shengtao; Hao, Yanshuang; Ren, Shuai Fang, Minxia; Ren, Xiaobing; Kimoto, Takayoshi; Wang, Yu

    2015-02-28

    We employ transmission electron microscopy to explore the reason for large piezoelectricity (d{sub 33}≈400pC/N) in a Pb-free 0.96(K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sub 0.95}Li{sub 0.05}Nb{sub 0.93}Sb{sub 0.07}O{sub 3} −0.04BaZrO{sub 3} ceramic from microstructure. The result shows that the high piezoelectricity corresponds to a miniaturized nanodomain configuration in a domain hierarchy. The nanodomains disappear on heating accompanied by a reduction in d{sub 33} value. Further convergent beam electron diffraction study reveals a coexistence of tetragonal and orthorhombic phase, which indicates that large piezoelectricity of KNLNS{sub 0.07}-BZ may stem from easy polarization rotation due to low polarization anisotropy on the tetragonal-orthorhombic phase boundary.

  20. 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

  1. Piezoelectric Energy Harvester for Batteryless Switch Devices

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    Kim, Min-Soo; Lee, Sung-Chan; Kim, Sin-Woong; Jeong, Soon-Jong; Kim, In-Sung; Song, Jaesung

    2013-10-01

    This study investigated a piezoelectric energy-harvesting system for a mechanical switch device. Piezoelectric ceramics of 0.4Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.25PbZrO3-0.35PbTiO3 were prepared by using a conventional solid-state reaction method. Li2O, Bi2O3, and CuO additions were used as sintering aids to develop piezoelectric ceramics for low-temperature sintering. Multilayer piezoelectric ceramics with 10103 mm3 sizes and with Ag-Pd inner electrodes were manufactured by using the conventional tape-casting method with the prepared powder. A prototype of a piezoelectric batteryless switch device using the multilayer ceramics was produced. It showed an output peak-to-peak voltage of 3.8 V and an output power per strike of 18 W. The performance of the device was good enough for practical use.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Theoretical and experimental investigations of thickness- stretch modes in 1-3 piezoelectric composites

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    Yang, Z. T.; Zeng, D. P.; He, M.; Wang, H.

    2015-12-01

    Bulk piezoelectric ceramics operating in thickness-stretch (TSt) modes have been widely used in acoustic-related devices. However, the fundamental TSt waves are always coupled with other modes, and the occurrence of these spurious modes in bulk piezoelectric ceramics affects its performance. To suppress the spurious modes, 1-3 piezoelectric composites are promising candidates. However, theoretical modeling of multiphase ceramic composite objects is very complex. In this study, a 1-3 piezoelectric composite sample and a bulk piezoelectric sample are fabricated. The electrical impedance of these two samples are compared. A simple analytical TSt vibration mode from the three dimensional equations of linear piezoelectricity is used to model the performance of 1-3 piezoelectric composites. The theoretical results agree well with the experimental results.

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

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

    2010-05-01

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

  6. Piezoelectric properties and applications of PZT nanofibers

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    Zhang, Guitao

    1D piezoelectric nano structures, such as nanofibers, nanowires, nanobelts, etc., attracted great research interest recently. Because of their active properties which can transform mechanical energy into electrical energy, or vice versa, nano piezoelectric materials become building blocks for novel nanoelectronics and nanosensors. Pursuing higher piezoelectric response is the main driving force for developing nano piezoelectric materials. Several different theories have predicted a positive size effect that the piezoelectric property would be enhanced by reducing the feature size. But until now, there is no strong experimental proof due to difficulties in measurement of nanoscale material's piezoelectric constant. In this thesis, a resonant Piezo Force Microscopy (PFM) method was employed to accurately measure the piezoelectric deformation of Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) nanofibers. During the experiment, the AFM probe was brought into contact with piezoelectric samples and worked at the first resonant mode. AC voltages with a DC offset were applied to the PZT nanofibers. A lock-in amplifier was used to pick up the sample's deformation signal at the resonant frequency. By using this method, small piezoelectric deformation was detected. Further, influences from electrostatic force and testing equipment can be eliminated by a special calibration process. With this technique, piezoelectric constant d33 of PZT nanofibers with diameters ranging from 9 nm to 270 nm were measured. The results showed that the d33 ranged from 65 pm/V to 380 pm/V depending on diameters of nanofibers. A positive size effect was observed. Next, PZT nanofiber polarization was studied using AFM lithography method. Piezoelectric domain switching process and piezoelectric property enhancement phenomena were observed. After fully polarization, the piezoelectric constant d33 can achieve 721.4 pm/V, which was significantly higher than that of PZT bulk material (~220 pm/V), PZT thin film (~60 to 130 pm/V) and PZT micro fibers (~260 pm/V). Feature size as well as the substrate constraint showed a great influence on the polarization of these PZT nanofibers. Finally, applications of PZT nanofibers for making MEMS actuators, leaf generators, and ultrasound transducers were demonstrated. These devices showed the vast application potentials of the PZT nanofibers that have great piezoelectric property and excellent mechanical property.

  7. 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.

  8. Evaluation of piezoelectric paints as vibration and acoustic emission sensors

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    Egusa, Shigenori; Iwasawa, Naozumi

    1994-12-31

    Piezoelectric paints were prepared using lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic powder as a pigment and epoxy resin as a binder. The obtained paints were coated on aluminum test specimens, and were cured at room temperature or at 150 C, thus forming the paint films having thicknesses of 25 to 300 {micro}m and a PZT volume fraction of 53%. These films were then poled at room temperature, and were evaluated with regard to the sensitivities as vibration and acoustic emission sensors in the frequency ranges of 0--25 Hz and 0--1.2 MHz, respectively. The paint film sensitivity obtained under a given poling field depends on the film thickness, the cure temperature, and the PZT/epoxy composition in the pigment paste (an intermediary product of the final paint). A good correlation is found between the sensitivity and the electrical conductivity for all the paint films studied, thus indicating that the actual poling field acting on the PZT particles dispersed in epoxy resin is determined by the electrical conductivity of the paint film.

  9. Processing and characterization of piezoelectric 0-3 PZT/LCT/PA composites

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    Babu, I.; van den Ende, D. A.; de With, G.

    2010-10-01

    PZT/LCT/PA (lead zirconate titanate Pb(Zr1-xTix)O3/Liquid crystalline thermosets/polyamide) composites of 0-3 connectivity were fabricated by hot-pressing. Commercially available PZT powder was calcined at different temperatures for the optimization of the composite properties. The phase transition during calcination of the powder was studied by x-ray diffraction and the particle size by light scattering and scanning electron microscopy. The relative permittivity ?r, piezoelectric charge constant d33, conductivity ? and elastic modulus E of the composites were found to increase with increasing ceramic volume fraction phiv. The obtained d33 and g33 values of this newly developed PZT/LCT/PA composite with 50 vol% PZT using a low poling voltage of 60 kV cm-1 and poling time of 30 min are 42 pC N-1 and 65 mV m N-1, respectively, which are high values for this volume fraction in comparison with the other 0-3 composites reported. Good agreement was found between the experimental data of relative permittivity and piezoelectric constants with several theoretical models (Jayasundere, Yamada and Lichtenecker) of 0-3 composites. In order to assess the correlation of the experimental data with the theoretical models, the experimental data obtained from PZT/PA composites were also included.

  10. Temperature dependence of the complex effective piezoelectric coefficient of ferroelectric 0-3 composites

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    Wong, C. K.; Poon, Y. M.; Shin, F. G.

    2002-09-01

    Temperature dependence of the complex effective piezoelectric coefficient d31* for a ferroelectric 0-3 composite of small ceramic volume fraction has been studied. Theoretical predictions are based on our previously derived explicit expression of d31 for a dilute dispersion of spherical particles in a continuous matrix [C. K. Wong, Y. M. Poon, and F. G. Shin, Ferroelectrics 264, 39 (2001); J. Appl. Phys. 90, 4690 (2001)]. Comparison is made with the well-known Furukawa's model and their experimental measurements on a lead zirconate titanate (PZT)/epoxy composite with 13 vol % PZT [T. Furukawa, K. Fujino, and E. Fukada, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 15, 2119 (1976)], covering a wide temperature range from -140 to +140 degC. The real part and the imaginary part of the effective piezoelectric coefficient for the composite are investigated separately. Predictions for the real part of d31* agree well with the observed values for temperatures larger than 60 degC, but are larger than the observed values for lower temperatures, while predictions for the imaginary part of d31* give fairly good agreement with the experimental data throughout the temperature range.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. The influence of different additives and the mode of their addition on the sintering behavior and the properties of semiconducting barium titanate ceramics

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    Völtzke, Dieter; Abicht, Hans-Peter

    1998-01-01

    The influence of different additives (TiO 2, TiO 2/SiO 2, CaO/TiO 2/SiO 2, 2BaO/TiO 2/2SiO 2) and the mode of their incorporation (spray drying: series 1; mixed-oxide method: series 2) on the sintering behavior and the microstructural and electrical properties of n-doped BaTiO 3 ceramics has been investigated. The incorporation of the additives from their aqueous solution by spray drying produces a homogeneous distribution of the additive in the BaTiO 3 matrix powder by coating the BaTiO 3 particles. This homogeneous distribution significantly lowers the activation energy for the densification process compared with that of the powders of series 2. Dynamic and isothermal dilatometric measurements revealed that the sintering process is considered as a classical solid phase sintering followed by recrystallization of the BaTiO 3 matrix particles by a eutectic melt. The densification process is dominated by sliding processes. These sliding processes are caused by the amorphous layer of the additive and by the defect-rich grain boundary layers of the BaTiO 3 grains generated intermediately by diffusion processes and reactions of the matrix material with the additive forming the secondary phases Ba 2TiSi 2O 8 and Ba 4Ti 13O 30, respectively. In series 1, ceramics with a homogeneous microstructure and useful electrical properties (e.g. low resistivity at room temperature) were already produced at a sintering temperature of 1280°C (with SiO 2-containing additives) due to the homogeneous distribution of the additive. The ceramics of series 2 sintered at the same temperature could only be obtained in poor quality. At higher sintering temperatures the differences between the two series vanished.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. Miniature piezoelectric triaxial accelerometer measures cranial accelerations

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

    1966-01-01

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

  18. 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.

  19. Effect on the grain size of single-mode microwave sintered NiCuZn ferrite and zinc titanate dielectric resonator ceramics.

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    Sirugudu, Roopas Kiran; Vemuri, Rama Krishna Murthy; Venkatachalam, Subramanian; Gopalakrishnan, Anisha; Budaraju, Srinivasa Murty

    2011-01-01

    Microwave sintering of materials significantly depends on dielectric, magnetic and conductive Losses. Samples with high dielectric and magnetic loss such as ferrites could be sintered easily. But low dielectric loss material such as dielectric resonators (paraelectrics) finds difficulty in generation of heat during microwave interaction. Microwave sintering of materials of these two classes helps in understanding the variation in dielectric and magnetic characteristics with respect to the change in grain size. High-energy ball milled Ni0.6Cu0.2Zn0.2Fe1.98O4-delta and ZnTiO3 are sintered in conventional and microwave methods and characterized for respective dielectric and magnetic characteristics. The grain size variation with higher copper content is also observed with conventional and microwave sintering. The grain size in microwave sintered Ni0.6Cu0.2Zn0.2Fe1.98O4-delta is found to be much small and uniform in comparison with conventional sintered sample. However, the grain size of microwave sintered sample is almost equal to that of conventional sintered sample of Ni0.3Cu0.5Zn0.2Fe1.98O4-delta. In contrast to these high dielectric and magnetic loss ferrites, the paraelectric materials are observed to sinter in presence of microwaves. Although microwave sintered zinc titanate sample showed finer and uniform grains with respect to conventional samples, the dielectric characteristics of microwave sintered sample are found to be less than that of conventional sample. Low dielectric constant is attributed to the low density. Smaller grain size is found to be responsible for low quality factor and the presence of small percentage of TiO2 is observed to achieve the temperature stable resonant frequency. PMID:24427876

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Ferroelastic Characterization of Piezoelectrics

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    Fett, T.

    The elastic deformation behavior of an isotropic material is governed by Young's modulus Y and Poisson's ratio ?. Knowledge of the Young's modulus, for instance, is necessary to split the total deformation S i measured under load stress T i into elastic S {/i el} and "plastic" S {/i pl} strain contributions S_i = S_i^el + S_i^pl = {T_i over Y} + S_i^pl , where Y is not necessarily a constant, but may depend on the amount of nonelastic strains, as will be shown later. The methods for the determination of the Young's moduli, well-known from conventional ceramics and also applicable to unpoled piezoelectric materials, are much more complicated for nonisotropic materials due to the tensorial character of the modulus and the special electric boundary conditions [1]. The conditions of a constant electrical field, E z ? E 3 = const, or a constant dielectric displacement, D z ? E 3 = const, influence the elastic properties. This effect may be illustrated for a uniaxial stress state with T x ? T 1 ? 0 exclusively. In the case of a piezoelectric material, we are interested in the components D_3 = d_{31}T_1 + \\varepsilon_{33}^T E_3 .

  3. 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.

  4. Enhancing the operational range of piezoelectric actuators by uniaxial compressive preloading

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    Koruza, Jurij; Franzbach, Daniel J.; Schader, Florian; Rojas, Virginia; Webber, Kyle G.

    2015-06-01

    The influence of the uniaxial preload on the off-resonance actuation performance of piezoelectric ceramics was investigated for compressive preload values up to  -80 MPa. The study was performed on soft-type lead zirconate titanate (PZT), being the most widely used piezoelectric material. The samples were analysed using the proportional loading method, which enables the simultaneous application of electrical and mechanical loads, thereby mimicking the real operation conditions over the full stress-strain range. An increase of the blocking stress and the longitudinal piezoelectric stress coefficient was observed for all the applied preload values. The optimum properties, a blocking stress of  -56 MPa and a free strain of 0.23%, were obtained at a preload value of  -40 MPa and electric field of 2 kV mm  -  1. This represents an increase of 16% and 20%, respectively, as compared to the values obtained at the smallest preload. In addition, the maximum work output was increased by about 28%. Finally, the results obtained at the lowest preload of  -4 MPa using the proportional loading method were compared to the operational ranges determined by other methods. The comparison revealed large discrepancies between the methods, originating from the different order of the application of electrical and mechanical fields and the inherent nonlinearity of ferroelectric materials. This discrepancy results in decreased actuator performance due to impedance mismatching, demonstrating the need for accurate determination of the actuator’s operational range.

  5. 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.

  6. Effects of O + irradiation on infrared sensing characteristics of modified PZT ceramic

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    Batra, A. K.; Guggilla, Padmaja; Aggarwal, Mohan; Lal, R. B.

    2006-05-01

    Perovskite ceramics of modified lead zirconate-titanate (PZT) type have been extensively studied because of their excellent dielectric, electro-optical, piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties. Oxygen ions with 200 keV energy and doses of 1.0 × 10 16 ions/cm 2 were irradiated onto a commercially available modified PZT sample having good pyroelectric properties for use in infrared detectors. Its response was studied in terms of dielectric and pyroelectric properties before and after irradiation; a decrease in dielectric constants ( ɛ', ɛ″) and pyroelectric coefficient is observed. Results are explained on the basis of structural defects such as oxygen vacancies, radiation-induced charges trapped at structural defects and domain dynamics. The material figure-of-merits for their use in infrared sensing devices are calculated and compared with un-irradiated sample.

  7. 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.

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

  9. Piezoelectric circular ring flexural transducers.

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    Aronov, Boris S

    2013-08-01

    An analytical treatment of the piezoelectric ceramic complete ring transducer undergoing flexural vibrations is presented. Conditions for the electromechanical excitation of the flexural vibrations are discussed and it is shown that the fundamental mode of the flexural vibration of a complete ring can be considered as sufficiently dominant over a broad frequency range. Hence, the one-dimensional equivalent electromechanical circuit representation of the transducer is applicable and all the parameters of the equivalent circuit are determined. Possibilities to optimize the effective coupling coefficient of the transducer by changing the extent of the electrodes on the piezoelectric body are considered. It is shown that for effective operation of the flexural ring transducer as a low frequency hydroacoustic projector the opposing quadrants (or three quadrants in case of a planar array configuration) have to be covered with baffles. The radiation impedance and directional factors of the transducers with baffles are considered. Limitations of the acoustical power radiated by the transducers are discussed. PMID:23927101

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

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    Jeon, Yu Hong

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

  11. 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)

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  16. 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.

  17. Rotational piezoelectric wind energy harvesting using impact-induced resonance

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    Yang, Ying; Shen, Qinlong; Jin, Jiamei; Wang, Yiping; Qian, Wangjie; Yuan, Dewang

    2014-08-01

    To improve the output power of a rotational piezoelectric wind energy harvester, impact-induced resonance is proposed to enable effective excitation of the piezoelectric cantilevers' vibration modes and obtain optimum deformation, which enhances the mechanical/electrical energy transformation. The impact force is introduced by forming a piezoelectric bimorph cantilever polygon that is fixed at the circumference of the rotating fan's internal surface. Elastic balls are placed inside the polygon. When wind rotates the device, the balls strike the piezoelectric cantilevers, and thus electricity is generated by the piezoelectric effect. The impact point is carefully chosen to use the first bending mode as much as possible, and thus maximize the harvesting efficiency. The design enables each bimorph to be struck in a similar area and every bimorph is struck in that area at different moments. As a result, a relatively stable output frequency can be obtained. The output frequency can also be changed by choosing different bimorph dimensions, which will also make the device simpler and the costs lower. A prototype piezoelectric energy harvester consisting of twelve piezoelectric cantilevers was constructed. The piezoelectric cantilevers were made from phosphor bronze, the lead zirconium titanate (PZT)-based bimorph cantilever had dimensions of 47 mm 20 mm 0.5 mm, and the elastic balls were made from steel with a diameter of 10 mm. The optimal DC output power was 613 ?W across the 20 k? resistor at a rotation speed of 200 r/min with an inscribed circle diameter of 31 mm.

  18. Hydrogen Species Motion in Piezoelectrics: A Quasi-Elastic Neutron Scattering Study

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    Alvine, Kyle J.; Tyagi, Madhu; Brown, Craig; Udovic, Terrence J.; Jenkins, T. J.; Pitman, Stan G.

    2012-03-05

    Hydrogen is known to damage or degrade piezoelectric materials, at low pressure for ferroelectric random access memory applications, and at high pressure for hydrogen powered vehicle applications. The piezoelectric degradation is in part governed by the motion of hydrogen species within the piezoelectric materials. We present here Quasi-Elastic Neutron Scattering (QENS) measurements of the local hydrogen species motion within lead zirconate titanate (PZT) and barium titanate (BTO) on samples charged by gaseous exposure to high-pressure gaseous hydrogen {approx}17 MPa. Filter Analyzed Neutron Spectroscopy (FANS) studies of the hydrogen enhanced vibrational modes are presented as well. Results are discussed in context of theoretically predicted interstitial hydrogen lattice sites and compared to comparable bulk diffusion studies of hydrogen diffusion in lead zirconate titanate.

  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. Intensive Titan exploration begins.

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    Mahaffy PR

    2005-05-13

    The Cassini Orbiter spacecraft first skimmed through the tenuous upper atmosphere of Titan on 26 October 2004. This moon of Saturn is unique in our solar system, with a dense nitrogen atmosphere that is cold enough in places to rain methane, the feedstock for the atmospheric chemistry that produces hydrocarbons, nitrile compounds, and Titan's orange haze. The data returned from this flyby supply new information on the magnetic field and plasma environment around Titan, expose new facets of the dynamics and chemistry of Titan's atmosphere, and provide the first glimpses of what appears to be a complex, fluid-processed, geologically young Titan surface.

  1. Intensive Titan exploration begins.

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    Mahaffy, Paul R

    2005-05-13

    The Cassini Orbiter spacecraft first skimmed through the tenuous upper atmosphere of Titan on 26 October 2004. This moon of Saturn is unique in our solar system, with a dense nitrogen atmosphere that is cold enough in places to rain methane, the feedstock for the atmospheric chemistry that produces hydrocarbons, nitrile compounds, and Titan's orange haze. The data returned from this flyby supply new information on the magnetic field and plasma environment around Titan, expose new facets of the dynamics and chemistry of Titan's atmosphere, and provide the first glimpses of what appears to be a complex, fluid-processed, geologically young Titan surface. PMID:15890870

  2. Intensive Titan exploration begins

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    Mahaffy, Paul R.

    2005-01-01

    The Cassini Orbiter spacecraft first skimmed through the tenuous upper atmosphere of Titan on 26 October 2004. This moon of Saturn is unique in our solar system, with a dense nitrogen atmosphere that is cold enough in places to rain methane, the feedstock for the atmospheric chemistry that produces hydrocarbons, nitrile compounds, and Titan's orange haze. The data returned from this flyby supply new information on the magnetic field and plasma environment around Titan, expose new facets of the dynamics and chemistry of Titan's atmosphere, and provide the first glimpses of what appears to be a complex, fluid-processed, geologically young Titan surface.

  3. 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.

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

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

    2005-05-15

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

  5. Analytical analysis of a beam flexural-mode piezoelectric actuator for deformable mirrors

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    Wang, Hairen

    2015-10-01

    A beam flexural-mode piezoelectric bimorph actuator is analyzed based on linear piezoelectricity, and the performance of the actuator is studied. The beam bimorph piezoelectric actuator (BBPA), which is a sandwich compound consisting of a lower and an upper piezoelectric ceramic surface layer and a middle layer made of metal, is driven to flexural deformation. The statistical analytical solution and dynamical solutions from the three-dimensional equations of linear piezoelectricity are derived, and the dependence of the performance upon the physical parameters of the BBPA is evaluated. Numerical results illustrate the strengthened performance achieved by adjusting the geometrical and material parameters of the BBPA.

  6. Plasma-sprayed lead zirconate titanate-glass composites

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    Sherrit, S.; Savin, C.R.; Wiederick, H.D.; Mukherjee, B.K. . Dept. of Physics); Prasad, S.E. )

    1994-07-01

    A plasma-spray process was used to produce piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT)-glass composite thick films. The films were found to have the same crystal structure as the PZT (Navy-type V) and lead-based glass starting powder mixture. The films showed good adhesion to stainless steel and silver-coated glass slides and poor adhesion to aluminum substrates. The dielectric constant of the films varied between 58 and 20 with dissipations between 0.019 and 0.032. The films were poled, and their piezoelectric charge coefficient, d[sub 33], was 1.1 pC/N.

  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. 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).

  9. A ceramic composite thermal insulation

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    1967-01-01

    Ceramic composite thermal insulation comprised of alumina-silica fibers, pigmentary potassium titanate, and asbestos fibers, bonded with a colloidal silica sol has improved insulating capabilities to both radiant and convective heat. Gelation of the colloidal silica sol prevents binder migration.

  10. 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.

  11. Design and characterization of piezoelectric ultrasonic motors

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    Yener, Serra

    This thesis presents modeling and prototype fabrication and characterization of new types of piezoelectric ultrasonic micromotors. Our approach in designing these piezoelectric motors was: (i) to simplify the structure including the poling configuration of piezoelectric elements used in the stator and (ii) to reduce the number of components in order to decrease the cost and enhance the driving reliability. There are two different types of piezoelectric motors designed throughout this research. The first of these designs consists of a metal tube, on which two piezoelectric ceramic plates poled in thickness direction, were bonded. Two orthogonal bending modes of the hollow cylinder were superimposed resulting in a rotational vibration. Since the structure and poling configuration of the active piezoelectric elements used in the stator are simple, this motor structure is very suitable for miniaturization. Moreover, a single driving source can excite two bending modes at the same time, thus generate a wobble motion. Three types of prototypes are included in this design. The piezoelectric stator structure is the same for all. However, the dimensions of the motors are reduced by almost 50 percent. Starting with a 10 mm long stator, we reached to 4 mm in the last prototype. The initial diameter was 2.4 mm, which was reduced to 1.6 mm. In the final design, the rotor part of the motor was changed resulting in the reduction in the number of components. In terms of driving circuit, a single driving source was enough to run the motors and a conventional switching power supply type resonant L-C circuit was used. A simple motor structure with a simple driving circuit were combined successfully and fabricated inexpensively. The second design is a shear type piezoelectric linear motor. The behavior of a single rectangular piezoelectric shear plate was analyzed and after optimizing the dimensions and the mode characteristics, a prototype was fabricated. The prototype consists of one layer of ceramic and a brass teeth-like layer bonded on it. The displacement was amplified with the metal layer, the teeth of which were placed on the points of in-phase motion. The targeted application area is paper-feeding mechanism. In terms of application areas for the first design, a gas valve system and a micro vehicle were constructed. In addition, a new optical coherence tomography endoscope by utilizing the piezoelectric micromotor was designed. Finally, the prototype motor was integrated inside the camera of a cell phone to drive the zoom mechanism.

  12. Quantitative comparison between the degree of domain orientation and nonlinear properties of a PZT ceramic during electrical and mechanical loading

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    Marsilius, Mie; Granzow, Torsten; Jones, Jacob L.

    2011-10-26

    The macroscopic electromechanical coupling properties of ferroelectric polycrystals are composed of linear and nonlinear contributions. The nonlinear contribution is typically associated with the extrinsic effects related to the creation and motion of domain walls. To quantitatively compare the macroscopic nonlinear properties of a lead zirconate titanate ceramic and the degree of domain orientation, in-situ neutron and high-energy x-ray diffraction experiments are performed and they provide the domain orientation density as a function of the external electric field and mechanical compression. Furthermore, the macroscopic strain under the application of external electrical and mechanical loads is measured and the nonlinear strain is calculated by means of the linear intrinsic piezoelectric effect and the linear intrinsic elasticity. The domain orientation density and the nonlinear strain show the same dependence on the external load. The scaling factor that relates to the two values is constant and is the same for both electrical and mechanical loadings.

  13. From Titans tholins to Titans aerosols: Isotopic study and chemical evolution at Titans surface

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    Nguyen, Mai-Julie; Raulin, Franois; Coll, Patrice; Derenne, Sylvie; Szopa, Cyril; Cernogora, Guy; Isral, Guy; Bernard, Jean-Michel

    2008-07-01

    In the present work, we focused on the possible isotopic fractionation of carbon during the processes involved in the formation of Titans tholins. We present the first results obtained on the 12C/13C isotopic ratios measured on Titans tholins synthesized in laboratory with cold plasma discharges. Measurements of isotopic ratio 12C/13C, done both on tholins and on the initial gas mixture (N2:CH4 (98:2)) used to produce them, do not show any evident deficit or enrichment in 13C relatively to 12C in the synthesized tholins, compared to the initial gas mixture. This observation allows to go further in the analyses of the ACP experiment data, including part of the Cassini Huygens mission. We also focused on the chemical evolution of the aerosols at Titan surface by studying species coming from acid hydrolysis treatment of Titans tholins. Preliminary results show a wide diversity of chemical families, going from carboxylic acids to amino acids. Advanced studies could bring at short-term clues on the still unidentified mixture that induces the decrease of the reflectivity as measure by the DISR instrument [Tomasko, M.G., Archinal, B., Becker, T., Bzard, B., Bushroe, M., Combes, M., Cook, D., Coustenis, A., de Bergh, C., Dafoe, L.E., Doose, L., Dout, S., Eibl, A., Engel, S., Gliem, F., Grieger, B., Holso, K., Howington-Kraus, E., Karkoschka, E., Keller, H.U., Kirk, R., Kramm, R., Kppers, M., Lanagan, P., Lellouch, E., Lemmon, M., Lunine, J., McFarlane, E., Moores, J., Prout, G.M., Rizk, B., Rosiek, M., Rueffer, P., Schrder, S.E., Schmitt, B., See, C., Smith, P., Soderblom, L., Thomas, N., West, R. Rain, winds and haze during the Huygens probes descent to Titans surface. Nature 438(7069), 765 778, 2005]. At longer-term it could allow to better understand the possible chemical evolution of the Titans aerosols after falling down at the surface when brought into contact with water.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. Titan: an exogenic world?

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    Moore, Jeffrey M.; Pappalardo, Robert T.; Howard, Alan D.; Schenk, Paul M.

    2010-04-01

    Titan's may be a world whose landscape is shaped by exogenic processes, with a relatively inactive interior and minor or negligible endogenic activity. Those landforms on Titan that are unambiguously identifiable can all be explained by exogenic processes (aeolian, fluvial, impact cratering, and mass wasting). Previous suggestions of endogenically produced cryovolcanic constructs and flows have been, without exception, lack conclusive diagnostic evidence. Minor tectonic activity could be driven by global thermal evolution or external forcing, rather than by active interior processes. A geologically quiescent interior is consistent with geophysical inferences. Titan might be most akin to Callisto with weather. We do not aim to disprove the existence of any and all endogenic activity on Titan, but instead to inject a necessary level of caution into the discussion. The hypothesis of Titan as a predominantly exogenic world can be tested through additional Cassini observations and analyses of putative cryovolcanic features, geophysical and thermal modeling of Titan's interior evolution, modeling of icy satellite landscape evolution that is shaped by exogenic processes alone, and consideration of possible means for replenishing Titan's atmospheric methane that do not rely on cryovolcanism. If Titan displays regions of degraded ancient cratered terrain (such as may be the case in Xanadu around 90°W), then this would have significant implications for Titan's history. Martian fluvially degraded cratered terrain still exhibits craters because fluvial activity largely ceased soon after the curtailment of heavy bombardment. For Titan to have such terrains and ongoing fluvial activity would imply at least three possible explanations: (1) alkane fluvial erosion on Titan is extremely inefficient relative to that by water on the Earth and Mars, or (2) fluvial erosion very rarely occurs on some regions on Titan; or (3) it has started raining on Titan only in geologically recent times.

  18. 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 ( ɛ 33 T / ɛ 0 = 2904) and low dielectric loss (tan δ = 0.0166) were obtained in this work.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Strong ultrasonic microwaves in ferroelectric ceramics.

    PubMed

    Arlt, G

    1998-01-01

    It is well known that ferroelectric materials have piezoelectric properties which allow the transformation of electrical signals into mechanical signals and vice versa. The transducer action normally is restricted to frequencies up to the mechanical resonance frequency of the sample. There are, however, two mechanisms which allow transducer action in ferroelectric ceramics at much higher frequencies: one is the normal piezoelectric effect in a ferroelectric ceramic in which the crystallites have periodic domain structures, the other is a domain wall effect in which ferroelastic domain walls in a periodic domain structure are powerful shear wave emitters. Both mechanisms give rise to extensive dielectric losses in ceramics at microwave frequencies. PMID:18244152

  2. 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.

  3. Evaluation of Mechanical Losses in Piezoelectric Plates using Genetic algorithm

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    Arnold, F. J.; Gonalves, M. S.; Massaro, F. R.; Martins, P. S.

    Numerical methods are used for the characterization of piezoelectric ceramics. A procedure based on genetic algorithm is applied to find the physical coefficients and mechanical losses. The coefficients are estimated from a minimum scoring of cost function. Electric impedances are calculated from Mason's model including mechanical losses constant and dependent on frequency as a linear function. The results show that the electric impedance percentage error in the investigated interval of frequencies decreases when mechanical losses depending on frequency are inserted in the model. A more accurate characterization of the piezoelectric ceramics mechanical losses should be considered as frequency dependent.

  4. [Study on the performance of piezoelectric micro pump for insulin injection].

    PubMed

    Zhang, Zhijing; Wang, Wei; Chen, Xinyuan

    2015-01-01

    In terms of performance of piezoelectric micro pump, this paper explores the piezoelectric ceramic plate in different wave driven micro pump flow rate. The conclusion is that the square wave voltage gets the biggest micro pump velocity. The velocity and pressure of the micro pump is almost linear relationship, and having nothing to do with the different inner diameter pipes. The piezoelectric micro pump's stability is not good and exists attenuation. PMID:26027300

  5. 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.

  6. Challenges and New Trends for Piezoelectric Actuators

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    Sehirlioglu, Alp

    2008-01-01

    BiScO3-PbTiO3 ceramics with TC greater than 400 C has been successfully processed. Despite the increase in TC, excess Pb addition increases both the bulk conductivity and the grain boundary contribution to conductivity at elevated temperatures. Conductivity at elevated temperatures, that limits the operating temperature for actuators, has been greatly reduced by excess Bi additions. Excess Bi doping improves poling conditions resulting in enhanced piezoelectric coefficient (d(sub 33) = 408 pC/N).

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Future Titan Missions

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    Waite, J. H.; Coustenis, A.; Lorenz, R.; Lunine, J.; Stofan, E.

    2012-04-01

    New discoveries about Titan from the Cassini-Huygens mission have led to a broad range of mission class studies for future missions, ranging from NASA Discovery class to International Flagship class. Three consistent science themes emerge and serve as a framework for discussing the various mission concepts: Goal A: Explore Titan, an Earth-Like System - How does Titan function as a system? How are the similarities and differences with Earth, and other solar system bodies, a result of the interplay of the geology, hydrology, meteorology, and aeronomy present in the Titan system?; Goal B: Examine Titan’s Organic Inventory—A Path to Prebiological Molecules - What is the complexity of Titan’s organic chemistry in the atmosphere, within its lakes, on its surface, and in its putative subsurface water ocean and how does this inventory differ from known abiotic organic material in meteorites and therefore contribute to our understanding of the origin of life in the Solar System?; and Goal C: Explore Enceladus and Saturn’s magnetosphere—clues to Titan’s origin and evolution - What is the exchange of energy and material with the Saturn magnetosphere and solar wind? What is the source of geysers on Enceladus? Does complex chemistry occur in the geyser source? Within this scientific framework the presentation will overview the Titan Explorer, Titan AND Enceladus Mission, Titan Saturn System Mission, Titan Mare Explorer, and Titan Submersible. Future timelines and plans will be discussed.

  10. Piezoelectric ultrasonic motors

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    Wallaschek, J.

    1994-12-31

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

  11. Effects of Electric Field and Biaxial Flexure on the Failure of Poled Lead Zirconate Titanate

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    Wang, Hong; Wereszczak, Andrew A

    2008-01-01

    Reliable design of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezo stack actuators demands that a number of 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 a depth of ~18 m was identified to be the strength limiter and responsible for the failure of the tested PZT under both mechanical and electromechanical loadings. With ~0.74 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.

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

    PubMed

    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

  13. Low temperature synthesis of stoichiometric and homogeneous lead zirconate titanate powder by oxalate and hydroxide coprecipitation

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    Guiffard, B.; Troccaz, M.

    1998-12-01

    A wet procedure to prepare stoichiometric and homogeneous PZT powder (Pb(Zr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48})O{sub 3}) is described. Starting reagents are tetra-n-butyl zirconate, titanate, and lead acetate. The synthesis is based upon the coprecipitation of metal hydroxides Pb(OH){sub 2}, ZrO(OH){sub 2}, TiO(OH){sub 2} and lead oxalate PbC{sub 2}O{sub 4} in the pH range 9--10. Monophasic and sub-micrometer-sized PZT powder was obtained by calcination of the mixture of hydroxides and oxalate at 700 C. The study shows that highly tetragonal PZT phase appeared after heating at 500 C only. No intermediate phase such as PbTiO{sub 3} was detected. The presence of two different lead precursors in the precipitate--Pb(OH){sub 2} and PbC{sub 2}O{sub 4}--involved this low-temperature PZT formation without intermediate mixed oxide. Dense and compositionally homogeneous PZT ceramics were obtained by sintering the calcined powder at 1200 C. These samples exhibited good dielectric and piezoelectric properties.

  14. 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.

  15. Piezoelectric drive circuit

    DOEpatents

    Treu, Jr., Charles A.

    1999-08-31

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

  16. "Mighty Worm" Piezoelectric Actuator

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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.

  17. 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.

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

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    Ustinov, Alexey B.; Srinivasan, G.

    2008-10-06

    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 (BaAl{sub 2}Fe{sub 10}O{sub 19}) 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 0.37 Oe cm/kV.

  19. Characterization of lead zirconate titanate microwires using digital image correlation

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    Malakooti, Mohammad H.; Miller, Alexander T.; Sodano, Henry A.

    2015-04-01

    Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) microwires with applications in sensors, actuators, and energy harvesters are produced using hydrothermal synthesis. The synthesized microwires are relatively large with an average length of about 450 microns and an average width of 4 microns. Each of these individual PZT microwires can be integrated in smart systems as an active phase or be used as an independent smart material. In this paper, the synthesis procedure and characterization of these large microwires is demonstrated. The converse piezoelectric properties of the microwires are measured using digital image correlation after clamping and adding electrodes at each end of the microwire. It has been shown in the literature that digital image correlation can be used as a precise tool for rapid characterization of piezoelectric materials. Here, it is demonstrated that this technique can be applied to characterize the actual response of piezoelectric materials at the micron scale.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Registration of Titan Peanut

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    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...

  3. 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,"

  4. Fracture Toughness Enhancements in Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Ceramic Matrix Composites

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    Hurst, Janet

    2003-01-01

    Determine whether benefits may be derived from the addition of nanotubes to ceramic matrix composites for the high temperature /structural applications that are of interest to NASA. These include - coating, fuel sell, "smart" engine components, sensors, piezoelectrics, etc.

  5. Chemical and structural effects on the high-temperature mechanical behavior of (1?x)(Na{sub 1/2}Bi{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3}-xBaTiO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Deluca, Marco; Picht, Gunnar; Hoffmann, Michael J.; Rechtenbach, Annett; Tpfer, Jrg; Schader, Florian H.; Webber, Kyle G.

    2015-04-07

    Bismuth sodium titanatebarium titanate [(1?x)(Na{sub 1/2}Bi{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3}-xBaTiO{sub 3}, NBT-100xBT] is one of the most well studied lead-free piezoelectric materials due in large part to the high field-induced strain attainable in compositions near the morphotropic phase boundary (x = 0.06). The BaTiO{sub 3}-rich side of the phase diagram, however, has not yet been as comprehensively studied, although it might be important for piezoelectric and positive temperature coefficient ceramic applications. In this work, we present a thorough study of BaTiO{sub 3}-rich NBT-100xBT by ferroelastic measurements, dielectric permittivity, X-ray diffraction, and Raman spectroscopy. We show that the high-temperature mechanical behavior, i.e., above the Curie temperature, T{sub C}, is influenced by local disorder, which appears also in pure BT. On the other hand, in NBT-100xBT (x?

  6. Chemical and structural effects on the high-temperature mechanical behavior of (1-x)(Na1/2Bi1/2)TiO3-xBaTiO3 ceramics

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    Deluca, Marco; Picht, Gunnar; Hoffmann, Michael J.; Rechtenbach, Annett; Tpfer, Jrg; Schader, Florian H.; Webber, Kyle G.

    2015-04-01

    Bismuth sodium titanate-barium titanate [(1-x)(Na1/2Bi1/2)TiO3-xBaTiO3, NBT-100xBT] is one of the most well studied lead-free piezoelectric materials due in large part to the high field-induced strain attainable in compositions near the morphotropic phase boundary (x = 0.06). The BaTiO3-rich side of the phase diagram, however, has not yet been as comprehensively studied, although it might be important for piezoelectric and positive temperature coefficient ceramic applications. In this work, we present a thorough study of BaTiO3-rich NBT-100xBT by ferroelastic measurements, dielectric permittivity, X-ray diffraction, and Raman spectroscopy. We show that the high-temperature mechanical behavior, i.e., above the Curie temperature, TC, is influenced by local disorder, which appears also in pure BT. On the other hand, in NBT-100xBT (x < 1.0), lattice distortion, i.e., tetragonality, increases, and this impacts both the mechanical and dielectric properties. This increase in lattice distortion upon chemical substitution is counterintuitive by merely reasoning on the ionic size, and is due to the change in the A-O bond character induced by the Bi3+ electron lone pair, as indicated by Raman spectroscopy.

  7. The magnetoelectric effect in the ring shape magnetostrictive-piezoelectric structures

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    Filippov, D. A.; Laletin, V. M.; Radchenko, G. S.

    2015-08-01

    We have theoretically and experimentally studied the direct magnetoelectric (ME) effect in ring structures made of volume ferrite-piezoelectric composites based on lead zirconate titanate and nickel ferrite. Analytical expressions for the ME voltage coefficient are obtained by jointly solving elastodynamic and electrostatic equations. Results of theoretical calculations and experimental measurements for various geometric parameters of the ring structures are presented.

  8. 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-μm-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.

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

    PubMed

    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

  10. Processing science of barium titanate

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    Aygun, Seymen Murat

    Barium titanate and barium strontium titanate thin films were deposited on base metal foils via chemical solution deposition and radio frequency magnetron sputtering. The films were processed at elevated temperatures for densification and crystallization. Two unifying research goals underpin all experiments: (1) To improve our fundamental understanding of complex oxide processing science, and (2) to translate those improvements into materials with superior structural and electrical properties. The relationships linking dielectric response, grain size, and thermal budget for sputtered barium strontium titanate were illustrated. (Ba 0.6Sr0.4)TiO3 films were sputtered on nickel foils at temperatures ranging between 100-400C. After the top electrode deposition, the films were co-fired at 900C for densification and crystallization. The dielectric properties were observed to improve with increasing sputter temperature reaching a permittivity of 1800, a tunability of 10:1, and a loss tangent of less than 0.015 for the sample sputtered at 400C. The data can be understood using a brick wall model incorporating a high permittivity grain interior with low permittivity grain boundary. However, this high permittivity value was achieved at a grain size of 80 nm, which is typically associated with strong suppression of the dielectric response. These results clearly show that conventional models that parameterize permittivity with crystal diameter or film thickness alone are insufficiently sophisticated. Better models are needed that incorporate the influence of microstructure and crystal structure. This thesis next explores the ability to tune microstructure and properties of chemically solution deposited BaTiO3 thin films by modulation of heat treatment thermal profiles and firing atmosphere composition. Barium titanate films were deposited on copper foils using hybrid-chelate chemistries. An in-situ gas analysis process was developed to probe the organic removal and the barium titanate phase formation. The exhaust gases emitted during the firing of barium titanate films were monitored using a residual gas analyzer (RGA) to investigate the effects of ramp rate and oxygen partial pressure. The dielectric properties including capacitor yield were correlated to the RGA data and microstructure. This information was used to tailor a thermal profile to obtain the optimum dielectric response. A ramp rate of 20C/min and a pO2 of 10-13 atm resulted in a permittivity of 1500, a loss tangent of 0.035 and a 90% capacitor yield in 0.5 mm dot capacitors. Yield values above 90% represent a significant advantage over preexisting reports and can be attributed to an improved ability to control final porosity. Finally, the dramatic enhancement in film density was demonstrated by understanding the processing science relationships between organic removal, crystallization, and densification in chemical solution deposition. The in situ gas analysis was used to develop an each-layer-fired approach that provides for effective organic removal, thus pore elimination, larger grain sizes, and superior densification. The combination of large grain size and high density enabled reproducing bulk-like dielectric properties in a thin film. A room temperature permittivity of 3000, a 5 muF/cm2 capacitance density, and a dielectric tunability of 15:1 were achieved. By combining the data sets generated in this thesis with those of comparable literature reports, we were able to broadly rationalize scaling effects in polycrystalline thin films. We show that the same models successfully applied to bulk ceramic systems are appropriate for thin films, and that models involving parasitic interfacial layers are not needed. Developing better models for scaling effects were made possible solely by advancing our ability to synthesize materials thus eliminating artifacts and extrinsic effects.

  11. Agglomeration behavior of solid nickel on polycrystalline barium titanate

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    Weil, K Scott; Mast, Eric S; Sprenkle, Vince

    2007-11-01

    This letter describes the phenomenon that takes place between nickel/barium titanate couples when heated under conditions employed in multilayer ceramic capacitor manufacturing practice: a 4hr, 1300°C isothermal anneal in 1% H2 – 99% N2. Dense, sputtered nickel films were observed to dewet the titanate and agglomerate into discrete or interconnected islands via a solid-state process. Up to a critical film thickness value of ~1.4 μm, the degree of agglomeration was found to display an exponential dependence on the thickness of the original nickel film.

  12. Consideration of impedance matching techniques for efficient piezoelectric energy harvesting.

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    Kim, Hyeoungwoo; Priya, Shashank; Stephanou, Harry; Uchino, Kenji

    2007-09-01

    This study investigates multiple levels of impedance-matching methods for piezoelectric energy harvesting in order to enhance the conversion of mechanical to electrical energy. First, the transduction rate was improved by using a high piezoelectric voltage constant (g) ceramic material having a magnitude of g33 = 40 x 10(-3) V m/N. Second, a transducer structure, cymbal, was optimized and fabricated to match the mechanical impedance of vibration source to that of the piezoelectric transducer. The cymbal transducer was found to exhibit approximately 40 times higher effective strain coefficient than the piezoelectric ceramics. Third, the electrical impedance matching for the energy harvesting circuit was considered to allow the transfer of generated power to a storage media. It was found that, by using the 10-layer ceramics instead of the single layer, the output current can be increased by 10 times, and the output load can be reduced by 40 times. Furthermore, by using the multilayer ceramics the output power was found to increase by 100%. A direct current (DC)-DC buck converter was fabricated to transfer the accumulated electrical energy in a capacitor to a lower output load. The converter was optimized such that it required less than 5 mW for operation. PMID:17941391

  13. The astrobiology of Titan

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    Raulin, F.; Coll, P.; Cabane, M.; Hebrard, E.; Israel, G.; Nguyen, M.-J.; Szopa, C.; Gpcos Team

    Largest satellite of Saturn and the only satellite in the solar system having a dense atmosphere, Titan is one of the key planetary bodies for astrobiological studies, due to several aspects: Its analogies with planet Earth, in spite of much lower temperatures, The Cassini-Huygens data have largely confirmed the many analogies between Titan and our own planet. Both have similar vertical temperature profiles, (although much colder, of course, on Titan). Both have condensable and non condensable greenhouse gases in their atmosphere. Both are geologically very active. Furthermore, the data also suggest strongly the presence of a methane cycle on Titan analogous to the water cycle on Earth. The presence of an active organic chemistry, involving several of the key compounds of prebiotic chemistry. The recent data obtained from the Huygens instruments show that the organic matter in Titan low atmosphere (stratosphere and troposphere) is mainly concentrated in the aerosol particles. Because of the vertical temperature profile in this part of the atmosphere, most of the volatile organics are probably mainly condensed on the aerosol particles. The nucleus of these particles seems to be made of complex macromolecular organic matter, well mimicked in the laboratory by the "Titan's tholins". Now, laboratory tholins are known to release many organic compounds of biological interest, such as amino acids and purine and pyrimidine bases, when they are in contact with liquid water. Such hydrolysis may have occurred on the surface of Titan, in the bodies of liquid water which episodically may form on Titan's surface from meteoritic and cometary impacts. The formation of biologically interesting compounds may also occur in the deep water ocean, from the hydrolysis of complex organic material included in the chrondritic matter accreted during the formation of Titan. The possible emergence and persistence of Life on Titan 1 All ingredients which seems necessary for Life are present on Titan : • liquid water : permanently as a deep sub-surface ocean, and even episodically on the surface, • organic matter : in the internal structure, from chondritic materials, and in the atmosphere and on the surface, from the atmospheric organic chemistry • and energy : in the atmosphere (solar UV photons, energetic electrons from Saturn magnetosphere and cosmic rays) and, probably, in the environment of the sub-surface ocean (radioactive nuclei in the deep interior and tidal energy dissipation) as also supported by the likely presence of cryovolcanism on the surface Thus, it cannot be excluded that life may have emerged on or in Titan. In spite of the extreme conditions in this environment life may have been able to adapt and to persist. Many data are still expected from the Cassini-Huygens mission and future astrobiological exploration mission of Titan are now under consideration. Nevertheless, Titan already looks like another word, with an active prebiotic-like chemistry, but in the absence of permanent liquid water, on the surface: a natural laboratory for prebiotic-like chemistry. References. Fortes, A.D. (2000), `Exobiological implications of a possible ammonia-water ocean inside Titan', Icarus 146, 444-452 Raulin, F. (2005), `Exo-Astrobiological Aspects of Europa and Titan: From Observations to Speculations', Space Science Review 116 (1-2), 471-496. Nature, (2005), `The Huygens probe on Titan', 8 News & Views, Articles and Letters 438, 756-802 Schulze-Makuch, D., and Grinspoon D.H. (2005), `Biologically enhanced energy and carbon cycling on Titan?',Astrobiology 5, 560-567. 2

  14. Temperature dependence of the intrinsic and extrinsic contributions in BiFeO3-(K0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-PbTiO3 piezoelectric ceramics

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    Bennett, J.; Shrout, T. R.; Zhang, S. J.; Mandal, P.; Bell, A. J.; Stevenson, T. J.; Comyn, T. P.

    2014-09-01

    This contribution focuses on the use of modified Rayleigh law as a technique for determining the intrinsic and extrinsic (reversible/irreversible) contributions to the piezoelectric effect up to 150 C across a broad compositional space, augmenting previous understanding of the BiFeO3-(K0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-PbTiO3 system. At room temperature, a mechanistic explanation of the correlation between crystal symmetry, i.e., tetragonal spontaneous strain, xs, and the Rayleigh relations using Landau theory is provided. The intrinsic response was found to be heavily dependent upon the tetragonal xs, whereby an optimisation between polarization and permittivity was elucidated, leading to enhanced piezoelectric charge coefficients. A c/a ratio of 1.041 was identified at which the room temperature intrinsic and extrinsic effects were at a maximum; a dinit of 183 10-12 m/V and Rayleigh coefficient of 59 10-18 m2/V2 were measured, resulting in the largest piezoelectric charge coefficients. The piezoelectric charge coefficient d33, intrinsic and extrinsic contributions of these materials were all found to increase up to 150 C while adhering to the Rayleigh model. The reversible extrinsic component of the total reversible response, dinit, was calculated to be relatively minor, 4.9% at room temperature, increasing to 12.1% at 150 C, signifying its increasing influence to the piezoelectric effect, as domain wall motion is thermally activated. Hence, the phenomenological interpretation provided here may be used as a roadmap to elucidate the origins of the temperature dependence of the piezoelectric effect.

  15. Resonance enhancement of piezoelectric, dielectric, and magnetoelectric characteristics of inhomogeneous multiferroics in alternating electric field

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    Radchenko, G. S.

    2008-11-01

    A resonance piezoelectric effect in a multilayer ceramic composite has been studied. Expressions for the effective dielectric permittivity and piezoelectric coefficient of the layered composite are obtained. It is shown that, in the vicinity of the piezoelectric resonance frequency, the effective response of the composite to an external action can be significantly enhanced. The behavior of the ferromagnet-piezoelectric composite is described with allowance for spatial oscillations of the electric and magnetic field. Transversal piezomodulus, magnetoelectric susceptibility, and dielectric permittivity of layered multiferroics are considered.

  16. A high-temperature double-mode piezoelectric ultrasonic linear motor

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    Li, Xiaotian; Chen, Jianguo; Chen, Zhijiang; Dong, Shuxiang

    2012-08-01

    A miniature piezoelectric ultrasonic linear motor (piezoelectric vibrator sizes: 4.7 13.5 2 mm3) has been studied for precise actuation at 200 C high-temperature. This piezoelectric linear motor was made of (1-x)BiScO3-xPbTiO3 piezoelectric ceramic with a high curie temperature (428 C) and it was operated in first longitudinal and the second bending double-mode. Our experimental results showed that the linear motor moves smoothly at the temperature as high as 200 C with a driving force of 0.35 N and a speed up to 42 mm/s.

  17. Titan's thick haze layer

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    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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

  1. Design, Manufacturing and Characterization of Functionally Graded Flextensional Piezoelectric Actuators

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    Amigo, R. C. R.; Vatanabe, S. L.; Silva, E. C. N.

    2013-03-01

    Previous works have been shown several advantages in using Functionally Graded Materials (FGMs) for the performance of flextensional devices, such as reduction of stress concentrations and gains in reliability. In this work, the FGM concept is explored in the design of graded devices by using the Topology Optimization Method (TOM), in order to determine optimal topologies and gradations of the coupled structures of piezoactuators. The graded pieces are manufactured by using the Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) technique and are bonded to piezoelectric ceramics. The graded actuators are then tested by using a modular vibrometer system for measuring output displacements, in order to validate the numerical simulations. The technological path developed here represents the initial step toward the manufacturing of an integral piezoelectric device, constituted by piezoelectric and non-piezoelectric materials without bonding layers.

  2. Development of fine scale PZT ceramic fiber/polymer shell composite transducers

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    Livneh, S.S.; Janas, V.F.; Safari, A.

    1995-07-01

    The relic processing technique was used to fabricate fine-scale piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic fiber/polymer shell composites. In this technique sacrificial activated carbon fabrics were soaked in a PZT precursor solution, dried, and heat treated to form piezoceramic relics. Relics were embedded with polymer, which was allowed to cure, and the resulting composites were polished, electroded, and poled. Different facets of the composite-forming process were examined: structural modifications, soaking, firing, and polymer impregnation. The physical and electromechanical properties of the unique resulting composite were evaluated. Optimized PZT shell composites with 39 vol% ceramic exhibited the following property values: K{approximately}200, tan {delta} {approximately} 5.5%, d{sub 33} {approximately} 290 pC/N, d{sub h} {approximately} 100 pC/N, d{sub h}g{sub h} {approximately} 6000 {times} 10 {sup {minus}15} m{sup 2}/N, k{sub p} {approximately} 0.19, and k{sub t} {approximately} 0.28.

  3. The albedo of Titan

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    Podolak, M.; Giver, L.

    1978-01-01

    It is shown that a two-layer model of Titan's atmosphere is required in order to match laboratory data on methane absorption to ground-based IR observations of Titan. An excellent fit to the observations is obtained with a model where the dust in Titan's atmosphere is confined to a region containing 50 m-am of methane and located above an atmosphere with 1.95 km-am of methane, with the amount of dust being the value required for an extinction optical depth of 5 at 0.5 micron. The surface reflectivity required by this model is about 40% to 50%, which is typical for both dirty snow and clouds. The possibility is discussed of distinguishing between two scenarios for the observed surface of Titan (a true surface or just cloud tops) on the basis of limb-darkening curves obtained at many wavelengths with an orbiting telescope or a flyby mission.

  4. The greenhouse of Titan.

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    Sagan, C.

    1973-01-01

    Analysis of non-gray radiative equilibrium and gray convective equilibrium on Titan suggests that a massive molecular-hydrogen greenhouse effect may be responsible for the disagreement between the observed IR temperatures and the equilibrium temperature of an atmosphereless Titan. Calculations of convection indicate a probable minimum optical depth of 14 which corresponds to a molecular hydrogen shell of substantial thickness with total pressures of about 0.1 bar. It is suggested that there is an equilibrium between outgassing and blow-off on the one hand and accretion from the protons trapped in a hypothetical Saturnian magnetic field on the other, in the present atmosphere of Titan. It is believed that an outgassing equivalent to the volatilization of a few kilometers of subsurface ice is required to maintain the present blow-off rate without compensation for all geological time. The presence of an extensive hydrogen corona around Titan is postulated, with surface temperatures up to 200 K.

  5. 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.

  6. 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, Washington. Northrop Grumman of Redondo Beach, Calif., formerly TRW, Inc., was the prime development contractor for the observatory. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory controls science and flight operations from the Chandra X-ray Center in Cambridge, Mass. Additional information and images are available at: http://chandra.harvard.edu and http://chandra.nasa.gov

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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,"…

  10. 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

  11. Ceramic capacitors and dielectric compositions

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    Wheeler, J. M.

    1985-06-25

    A dielectric composition, particular suitable for the manufacture of ceramic capacitors, comprising non-stoichiometric lead magnesium niobate, non-stoichiometric lead iron niobate and one or more oxide additives, which may be chosen from the group comprising silica, managanese dioxide, ceric oxide, lanthanum oxide, zinc oxide, alumina, tungsten oxide, nickel oxide, cobalt oxide and cuprous oxide. The compositions can be fired at temperatures between 980/sup 0/ and 1075/sup 0/ C., so that in the case of multilayer ceramic capacitors high silver content internal electrodes can be used and, in cases where three or more of the oxide additives are employed, higher dielectric constants, for example 10600 to 16800, of the fired ceramics than conventional ceramics can be achieved, thus permitting capacitor device size reduction. Additions of lead titanate may also be made to the dielectric compositions.

  12. Is Titan Partially Differentiated?

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    Mitri, G.; Pappalardo, R. T.; Stevenson, D. J.

    2009-12-01

    The recent measurement of the gravity coefficients from the Radio Doppler data of the Cassini spacecraft has improved our knowledge of the interior structure of Titan (Rappaport et al. 2008 AGU, P21A-1343). The measured gravity field of Titan is dominated by near hydrostatic quadrupole components. We have used the measured gravitational coefficients, thermal models and the hydrostatic equilibrium theory to derive Titan's interior structure. The axial moment of inertia gives us an indication of the degree of the interior differentiation. The inferred axial moment of inertia, calculated using the quadrupole gravitational coefficients and the Radau-Darwin approximation, indicates that Titan is partially differentiated. If Titan is partially differentiated then the interior must avoid melting of the ice during its evolution. This suggests a relatively late formation of Titan to avoid the presence of short-lived radioisotopes (Al-26). This also suggests the onset of convection after accretion to efficiently remove the heat from the interior. The outer layer is likely composed mainly of water in solid phase. Thermal modeling indicates that water could be present also in liquid phase forming a subsurface ocean between an outer ice I shell and a high pressure ice layer. Acknowledgments: This work was conducted at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  13. 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.

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

  15. 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-μm-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/μ strain. PMID:22899110

  16. Witnessing Springtime on Titan

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    Kohler, Susanna

    2016-02-01

    Have you ever wondered what springtime is like on Saturns largest moon, Titan? A team of researchers has analyzed a decade of data from the Cassini spacecraft to determine how Titans gradual progression through seasons has affected its temperatures.Observing the Saturn SystemThough Titan orbits Saturn once every ~16 days, it is Saturns ~30-year march around the Sun that sets Titans seasons: each traditional season on Titan spans roughly 7.5 years. Thus, when the Cassini spacecraft first arrived at Saturn in 2004 to study the giant planet and its ring system and moons, Titans northern hemisphere was in early winter. A decade later, the season in the northern hemisphere had advanced to late spring.A team scientists led by Donald Jennings (Goddard Space Flight Center) has now used data from the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) on board Cassini to analyze the evolution of Titans surface temperature between 2004 and 2014.Changing of SeasonsSurface brightness temperatures (with errors) on Titan are shown in blue for five time periods between 2004 and 2014. The location of maximum temperature migrates from 19S to 16N over the decade. Two climate models are also shown in green (high thermal inertia) and red (low thermal inertia). [Jennings et al. 2016]CIRS uses the decreased opacity of Titans atmosphere at 19 m to detect infrared emission from Titans surface at this wavelength. From this data, Jennings and collaborators determine Titans surface temperature for five time intervals between 2004 and 2014. They bin the data into 10 latitude bins that span from the south pole (90S) to the north pole (90N).The authors find that the maximum temperature on the moon stays stable over the ten-year period at 94 K, or a chilly -240F). But as time passes, the latitude with the warmest temperature shifts from 19S to 16N, marking the transition from early winter to late spring. Over the decade of monitoring, the surface temperature near the south pole decreased by ~2 K, and that near the north pole increased by ~1 K.Climate ModelingThough Titans overall temperature trend is expected, the rate of change of its surface temperature doesnt quite match theoretical climate models: the northern hemisphere lags slightly behind the predicted temperature curve. The authors speculate that this may be due to the effects of seas in Titans northern hemisphere. Seas of hydrocarbons (e.g., methane) are thought to account for ~10% of the moons surface area at latitudes of 5590N. Since the seas have a higher thermal inertia than land, this could explain why temperatures in Titans northern hemisphere lag behind the models predictions.The authors hope to gain additional data in the future, as CIRS has another two years of operation planned before the Cassini mission ends. This time span will take us all the way up to Titans northern summer solstice; it will be exciting to see what more we can learn from this data!CitationD. E. Jennings et al 2016 ApJ 816 L17. doi:10.3847/2041-8205/816/1/L17

  17. 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.

  18. 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 Titans 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 Titans 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 Cassinis Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS). Our study is confined to the latitude region (20S20N) 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 Titans atmosphere as a function of latitude and year indicate the seasonal migration of Titans tropical haze and enable the derivation of Titans surface albedo at 8 near-IR wavelength regions where Titans atmosphere is transparent enough to allow visibility to the surface. The resultant maps of Titans 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.}