Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 46, Issue 13, pp 4517–4523 | Cite as

Processing and electromechanical properties of lanthanum-doped Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 extruded piezoelectric fibres

  • F. ClemensEmail author
  • T. Comyn
  • J. Heiber
  • F. Nobre
  • A. C. E. Dent
  • C. R. Bowen


This article describes the processing and characterisation of lanthanum-doped lead zirconate titanate (PLZT)-based ferroelectric fibres for composite transducer applications. X-ray diffraction of the extruded and sintered fibres indicated some lead loss during sintering; however, the fibres exhibited low porosity (1.54%), high maximum piezoelectric strain (4041 ppm) and relatively low coercive field (0.77 kV/mm). The low coercive field of the lanthanum-doped fibres may be advantageous in terms of facilitating polarization of the fibres in composite architectures.


Coercive Field Electromechanical Property Interdigitated Electrode Fibre Cross Section Lead Loss 



A.C.E. Dent would like to acknowledge support from Great Western Research (GWR).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Clemens
    • 1
    Email author
  • T. Comyn
    • 2
  • J. Heiber
    • 1
  • F. Nobre
    • 1
  • A. C. E. Dent
    • 3
  • C. R. Bowen
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory for High Performance CeramicsEmpa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and TechnologyDuebendorfSwitzerland
  2. 2.Institute for Materials ResearchUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  3. 3.Department of Mechanical Engineering, Materials Research CentreUniversity of BathBathUK

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