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Equations for the control of the flexural vibrations of composite plates by partially electroded piezoelectric actuators
Author(s): Harry F. Tiersten
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Paper Abstract

A system of 2D equations for the flexural vibrations of symmetric composite plates with both unelectroded and electroded portions of piezoelectric actuators attached to the top and bottom surfaces is obtained. The resulting system of equations is applied in the analysis of the cylindrical bending of a composite plate caused by voltages applied to partially electroded piezoelectric actuators. It is shown that no shearing stress is transferred across the interfaces between the electroded portions of the actuators and the composite plate and that an exponentially decaying shearing stress is transferred across the interfaces in the unelectroded regions of the actuators. The resulting finite shearing stress shows that when the electrodes end a short distance from the edge of the actuator, the undesirable singular shearing stress distribution that exists when the electrodes extend to the edge of the actuator is eliminated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 February 1995
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 2427, Active Materials and Smart Structures, (2 February 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.200928
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Harry F. Tiersten, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2427:
Active Materials and Smart Structures
Gary L. Anderson; Dimitris C. Lagoudas, Editor(s)

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