Effective Medium Theories and Effective Electromechanical Coupling Factors for Piezoelectric Composites

Marco Avellaneda, Tamara Olson

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Abstract

Two examples of piezoelectricity in composite materials are studied. The first con sists of a laminate of a homogeneous piezoelectric reinforced with a non-piezoelectric material, e.g., a metal. The effective piezoelectric response tensor is computed, as well as the effective elec tromechanical coupling factors, which measure the efficiency in converting electricity into mechanical work and vice versa. The second example consists of an isotropic polycrystalline material. Here, we study the influence of the piezoelectric coupling at the grain level on the effective permittivities via an effective medium approximation. The results are compared with experimental data and with predictions of other effective medium theories. We also give a theorem which provides an absolute upper bound on the effective electromechanical coupling factor for arbitrary piezoelec tric composites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-88
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering

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