A new method to increase the magnetoelectric voltage coefficients of Metglas/PVDF laminate composites

Zhao Fang, Shengguo Lu, Ninad Mokhariwale, Mario El Tachchi, Qiming Zhang

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The magnetic flux density inside a Metglas sheet is much higher than that of the applied external magnetic field due to its high magnetic permeability, which is known as the magnetic flux concentration effect. Magnetic flux concentration of Metglas as a function of its sheet aspect ratio (width/length) was investigated for Metglas/Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) laminar composites. Both the simulations and experimental results suggest that the magnetic flux concentration effect is markedly enhanced when the aspect ratio of a Metglas sheet is reduced. Consequently the magnetostriction of Metglas and the magnetoelectric (ME) voltage coefficients of the laminar composites are enhanced. The ME voltage coefficient for a laminar composite with a 1 mm wide and 30 mm long Metglas sheet (25 μm thick) is 21.46 V/cm·Oe, which is much higher than those reported earlier in similar laminar composites without making use of the flux concentration effect. The results demonstrate an effective means to significantly enhance the sensitivity of the magnetostrictive/piezoelectric composites as weak magnetic field sensors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMultiferroic and Ferroelectric Materials
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2010
Event2009 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Nov 30 2009Dec 4 2009

Publication series

NameMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0272-9172


Other2009 MRS Fall Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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