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Durability properties of piezoelectric stack actuators under combined electromechanical loading
Author(s): Milan Mitrovic; Gregory Paul Carman; Friedrich K. Straub
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents result on electro-thermo-mechanical behavior of piezoelectric materials for use in actuator applications with an emphasis on durability performance. The objective of this study was to compare the performance of different commercially available actuator systems and to determine the properties necessary for design of such actuator systems. Basic piezoelectric properties of five stack actuators were determined as a function of mechanical preload and temperature. Changes in these properties during ferroelectric fatigue up to 107 cycles were determined from strain-field relations after specified number of fatigue cycles. Experimental results indicate strong dependence of piezoelectric properties and power requirements on mechanical loading conditions. Results indicate that the optimum operating conditions can be determined that will improve actuation capabilities of piezoelectric stack actuators. That is, strain output was found to increase by 60 percent for some actuators upon the application of certain compressive prestress. Results of fatigue tests indicate negligible degradation in strain output for some stack actuators even when operated under mechanical preload that cause large displacements through domain wall motion. Similar trends in strain output and current degradation curves suggest that material degradation can be indirectly inferred from simply measuring the current being dissipated by the material. Finally, temperature rise of PZT stacks due to self-heating into account when designing actuator systems, since temperature changes were found to significantly influence both strain output and power required to drive piezoelectric stack actuators.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 June 2000
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 3992, Smart Structures and Materials 2000: Active Materials: Behavior and Mechanics, (14 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.388206
Show Author Affiliations
Milan Mitrovic, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Gregory Paul Carman, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Friedrich K. Straub, Boeing Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3992:
Smart Structures and Materials 2000: Active Materials: Behavior and Mechanics
Christopher S. Lynch, Editor(s)

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