Temperature Dependent Electrical Fatigue On Bulk Piezoceramics | 30521
Journal of Material Sciences & Engineering
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Piezoelectric materials such as lead zirconate titanate (PZT) are a class of smart materials, which are widely used in sensors
and actuators applications (e.g. aerospace, automotive and high-positioning systems etc.), due to its high electromechanical
coupling. In these applications, piezoceramics may be subjected to various environments and continuous operation under
complex loading conditions, which may lead to nonlinear behavior and degradation of material properties. Literature about
fatigue in PZT material shows a strong dependence on the applied electric field and number of cycles. The performance of PZT
also dependent on temperature, hence a proper understanding of the material performance under electrical fatigue for various
ambient temperatures is necessary. In this study the commercially available PZT (PIC 151 from PI Ceramics Corporation) with
10 mm diameter and 1 mm thickness samples are used. The fatigue on these samples is examined under continuous operation
of bipolar cyclic electric field (±2kV/mm, 50Hz) and is exposed to an elevated thermal environment (500C, 750C and 1000C)
up to 106 cycles. An experimental setup is developed to analyze the fatigue performance and to investigate the deterioration of
material properties (dielectric permittivity and piezoelectric co-efficient). The output parameter such as remnant polarization,
the amplitude of strain and coercive electric field from the fatigue results are analyzed. These fatigue results will be useful for
material, device design using piezoceramics.
Y Mohan is a Research scholar In Department of Applied Mechanics with a specialization of Solid Mechanics at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai,
India. He had worked as a senior project assistant in National institute of ocean technology in a topic of Mechanical properties and FE modelling on syntactic foams
for a period of 6 months. He did his Bachelors in Engineering with a specialization in Mechanical engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India in 2012. His
current fields of interest are fatigue, damage mechanics, smart composites and material characterization of coupled-field problems.
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