Model development for high performance piezoelectric polymers

Ralph C. Smith, Zoubeida Ounaies

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This paper addresses the development of nonlinear constitutive models for high performance piezoelectric polymers. Dielectric hysteresis and saturation nonlinearities are inherent to these compounds with the severity of the effects exacerbated by the high drive levels required for a number of current applications. The constitutive models are constructed in two steps. In the first, Debye principles are employed to model certain thermodynamic mechanisms. Losses are then incorporated through electrostatic energy principles. The properties of the resulting model are illustrated through comparison with quasistatic and low frequency PVDF data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-222
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
EventElectronactive Polymers and Rapid Prototyping - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Nov 26 2001Nov 30 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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