Piezoelectric responses in poly(vinylidene fluoride/hexafluoropropylene) copolymers

Bret Neese, Yong Wang, Baojin Chu, Kailiang Ren, Sheng Liu, Q. M. Zhang, Cheng Huang, James West

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    The authors show that a high transverse piezoelectric response with both high piezoelectric d31 (d31 =43.1 pmV) and electromechanical coupling k31 coefficients (k31 =0.187), much higher than those in the piezoelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride) and poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) copolymers, can be obtained in poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) [P(VDF-HFP)] 10 wt % copolymers under quasistatic condition. Furthermore, the copolymers also display a higher d31 coefficient compared to the d33 coefficient, which seems to be unusual compared with most other piezopolymers. The experimental data suggest that the origin of the unusual piezoelectric response in these P(VDF-HFP) copolymers originates from a reversible change between a poled α -like structure and Β -like structure. The phase change nature also results in a large frequency dispersion of the piezoelectric response and a smaller d31 (=20.5 pmV) at 50 kHz.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number242917
    JournalApplied Physics Letters
    Issue number24
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 22 2007


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    • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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