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Resonant frequency of a polyvinylidene flouride piezoelectric bimorph: the effect of surrounding fluid
Author(s): Behrouz Abedian; Michael Cundari
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Paper Abstract

This work presents experimental and theoretical results on the dynamic behavior of piezoelectric cantilever bimorph in the presence of surrounding air. The bimorph is composed of a pair of piezoelectric sheets bonded by a uniform elastic layer of adhesive in the center. The transverse motion of the bimorph is generated by a sequential application of two opposing electric fields on the piezoelectric sheets. Theoretically, the tip deflection and the natural frequency of the bimorph are obtained making use of an energy balance technique. The fluid in modeled as inviscid and incompressible whose motion induces locally additional mass in the transverse direction. An expression for the kinetic energy of the system is derived based on this additional mass from which the natural frequency of the combined system is obtained. Tests were performed on the piezoelectric bimorphs with similar geometries and varying adhesive thickness in a vacuum chamber. The air pressure in the chamber was varied from 10 kPa to one atmosphere. Good agreements between the theoretical predictions and the observed values were obtained. This study could have applications in the use of piezoelectric materials for fluid property measurements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 1993
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 1916, Smart Structures and Materials 1993: Smart Materials, (23 July 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.148486
Show Author Affiliations
Behrouz Abedian, Tufts Univ. (United States)
Michael Cundari, Tufts Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1916:
Smart Structures and Materials 1993: Smart Materials
Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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