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Flexible PZT-Polymer Laminated Composite Electromechanical Sensors and Actuators

Min, Zheng (2016) Flexible PZT-Polymer Laminated Composite Electromechanical Sensors and Actuators. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Piezoelectric multilayer composite is widely used in piezoelectric devices which can offer a lot of benefits for applications of sensors and actuators. This kind of composite consists of several piezoelectric layers and several polymer layers connected in laminated composite structure in which both the piezoelectric and the polymer layers are continuous in two dimensions. In this thesis, lead zirconium titanate (PZT) film with thickness under 100um is chosen as the piezoelectric layers due to its relatively high piezoelectric charge constant, high electromechanical coupling effect and good mechanical flexibility. Five layers composite with two layers of PZT and three layers of polymer have been analyzed and developed for applications of two different structures of sensors and actuators including cantilever beam and doubly clamped beam. The static constitutive equations in matrix form for each structure under different excitations have been established analytically for theoretical analysis and characterization of the devices. Several dimensions of the polarizations of PZT element in doubly clamped beam are discussed for optimizing the electromechanical coupling performance. The dynamic admittance matrix which relates harmonic external excitations to their response parameters is also derived for cantilever beam. Several experiments have been conducted to partially verify the theoretical model. A cantilever beam actuator is fabricated and studied experimentally to verify the electromechanical coupling properties under harmonic external voltage under different frequencies. Two vibration sensors with proof masses with different structures are designed and tested as accelerometers.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Min, ZhengZHM10@pitt.eduZHM100000-0003-1553-1878
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorWang, Qing-Mingqiw4@pitt.eduQIW4
Committee MemberSmolinski, Patrickpatsmol@pitt.eduPATSMOL
Committee MemberSlaughter, Williamwss@pitt.eduWSS
Date: 25 January 2016
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 24 November 2015
Approval Date: 25 January 2016
Submission Date: 2 December 2015
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 145
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Swanson School of Engineering > Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: PZT Polymer Composite Sensor Actuator
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2016 16:57
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:31


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