The electrocaloric effect (ECE) in (1 - x)BaZr0.18Ti0.82O3-(x)BaSn0.11Ti0.89O3(BZT18-BST11, 0.1 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) ceramics is investigated near room temperature using a calorimetry method. The ceramics exhibit relaxor-like ferroelectric characteristics and by merging phases, a large electrocaloric (EC) response is observed in the system. The largest entropy change is 4.8 Jkg-1 K-1 (along with a temperature change of 3.5 K), which is induced under an electric field of 10 MV m-1 for the 0.8 BaZr0.18 Ti0.82O3 -0.2 BaSn0.11Ti0.89O3 ceramics. This result reveals that the coexistence of multiple phases improves the ECE of the ceramics, which provides an effective route to achieve a large EC response using a small electric field. This article is part of the themed issue 'Taking the temperature of phase transitions in cool materials'.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences|
|State||Published - Aug 13 2016|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)