Shear response of lead zirconate titanate piezoceramics

V. Mueller, Q. M. Zhang

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    The piezoelectric shear strain S5 of several commercial lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezoceramics was evaluated under the nonresonant condition in a sinusoidal ac-field E1(t) applied perpendicular to the poling direction. Results obtained on donor doped (soft PZT) and acceptor doped (hard PZT) ceramics are compared. At fields sufficiently below the limiting field Elim necessary to electrically depole the sample, we find a linear, nonhysteretic relationship between S5 and the polarization P1. In soft PZT ceramics, the effective piezoelectric shear coefficient d15=S5/E1 shows a pronounced ac-field dependence which was fitted according to d15(E1) = dlin[1 + (dnlE1)α] with α≈1.2. The results indicate that irreversible motion of non-180° walls causes the nonlinearity of PZT and the contribution of 180° walls to the linear and nonlinear coefficients is negligible. The analysis of the relationship between linear and nonlinear coefficients obtained at different ceramic systems suggests that there exists another extrinsic contribution to the permittivity in PZT which may not be attributed to domain wall motion but may be responsible to the dielectric dispersion at microwave frequencies.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)3754-3761
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Applied Physics
    Issue number7
    StatePublished - 1998

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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