Metal–Ceramic Composite Actuators

Yutaka Sugawara, Katsuhiko Onitsuka, Shoko Yoshikawa, Qichang Xu, Robert E. Newnham, Kenji Uchino

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A new type of actuator composed of metal (brass) end caps and piezoelectric ceramics has been developed as a displacement transducer. Shallow cavities positioned between the metal caps and the central ceramic disk convert and amplify the radial displacement of the piezoelectric ceramic into a large axial motion of the metal end caps. Large d33 coefficients exceeding 2500 pC/N are obtained with the composite actuators. The behavior of the electrically induced strain with geometric variables, such as the thickness of the metal end caps, and with pressing force and driving frequency has been evaluated. Sizeable strains are obtained with both PZT (piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate) and PMN (electrostrictive lead magnesium niobate) ceramics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)996-998
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry


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