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Nonlinear behavior of polycrystalline piezoceramics
Author(s): Yevgeniy Fotinich; Gregory Paul Carman
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Paper Abstract

Piezoelectric materials exhibit nonlinear behavior when subjected to large electric or mechanical loads. This strong nonlinear material behavior is induced by localized polarization switching at the domain level. In this paper, a finite element code in conjunction with a polarization switching criterion is described to model the nonlinear behavior in piezoceramics. Each element represents a single domain with a tetragonal structure. The nonlinearity is introduced in the behavior of each element by allowing it to undergo 180 degrees and 90 degrees polarization switchings. In order to simulate the real piezoceramic, which possesses a polycrystalline nature, material is modeled as a mixture of crystallites each oriented in some random direction. The mode is used to generate the dielectric and strain response of the material, i.e. hysteresis and butterfly loop. The model output is compared with experimental dat, and reasonable agreement is achieved. Behavior of the material under compressive stress, which does not cause full polarization switching, is studied to investigate the influence of compressive stress on the strain output. It is observed that strain output. It is observed that strain output of a preloaded block of piezoceramic increases for moderate electric fields but decreases for small and large electric fields.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 June 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3992, Smart Structures and Materials 2000: Active Materials: Behavior and Mechanics, (14 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.388216
Show Author Affiliations
Yevgeniy Fotinich, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Gregory Paul Carman, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (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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