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Fracture behavior of ferroelectric ceramics
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Paper Abstract

Piezoelectric actuators are key components in many smart structures applications. Long term reliability of these actuators becomes increasingly important as research makes the transition to commercial applications. Fracture toughness is a material parameter that measures a material's resistance to crack propagation. This is perhaps, one of the most important parameters for reliable device design. This paper reviews recent work by the authors on fracture behavior of ferroelectric ceramics. Vickers indentation data were used to determine the fracture toughness of a coarse and a fine grained PZT and two compositions of PLZT. R-curve data were obtained for two compositions of PLZT. The R-curve data presented here were generated using four point bend specimens with controlled surface flaws. The R-curve results compare favorably with the Vickers indentation data. A comparison of the R-curves for a ferroelectric composition of PLZT and a quadratic electrostrictive composition of PLZT demonstrate the contribution of domain reorientation to the toughening process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 1999
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3667, Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Mathematics and Control in Smart Structures, (4 June 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.350069
Show Author Affiliations
Wei Chen, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Doru Constantin Lupascu, Darmstadt Univ. of Technology (Germany)
Christopher S. Lynch, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3667:
Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Mathematics and Control in Smart Structures
Vasundara V. Varadan, Editor(s)

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