Accession Number : ADA310986

Title :   Materials for Adaptive Structural Acoustic Control. Volume 4.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 1 Feb 95-31 Jan 96,

Corporate Author : PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV UNIVERSITY PARK MATERIALS RESEARCH LAB

Personal Author(s) : Cross, L. E.

PDF Url : ADA310986

Report Date : 13 MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 137

Abstract : This report documents work carried forward over the fourth year of a five year ONR sponsored University Research Initiative (URI) entitled 'Materials for Adaptive Structural Acoustic Control.' The program has continued to underpin the development of new electroceramic, single crystal and composite materials combinations for both the sensing and actuation functions in adaptive structures. For the lead based perovskite structure relaxer ferroelectric electrostrictors, new experimental and theoretical studies have underscored the critical role of nano-scale heterogeneity on either A or B sites of the ABO(3) in promoting dispersive dielectric response and the very strong opposing role of elastic stress and electrostrictive coupling in suppressing polarization fluctuations. Most important for practical application is the regimen where, under high electric field nano-polar regions begin to amalgamate into ferroelectric macro-domains with very mobile walls lead to unusually large extrinsic piezoelectric coefficients. The program has explored a range of new relaxer:ferroelectric solid solutions which exhibit morphotropic phase boundaries between rhombohedral and tetragonal ferroelectric phases. Some of these compositions are much more tractable than PZT to grow in single crystal form. A major surprise is the very strong enhancement of the piezoelectric d(33) and d(31) in the crystal over that in the corresponding ceramic, and the massive anisotropy for different orientations and directions of poling. Optical studies suggest that the unusual effects reside largely in the extrinsic (domain controlled) response and we speculate about the mobility of walls in metastable phases, however further studies are required.

Descriptors :   *FERROELECTRIC MATERIALS, *PIEZOELECTRIC TRANSDUCERS, STRESSES, COUPLING(INTERACTION), POLARIZATION, MOBILITY, EXPERIMENTAL DATA, ADAPTIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS, LAMINATES, ELASTIC PROPERTIES, DIELECTRICS, SINGLE CRYSTALS, ANISOTROPY, ACTUATORS, SOLID SOLUTIONS, ELECTROSTRICTION, ACTUATION, PEROVSKITES.

Subject Categories : Ceramics, Refractories and Glass

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE