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Strain Mechanisms in Lead-Free Ferroelectrics for Actuators


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Matias Acosta
    Pages 1-5
  3. Matias Acosta
    Pages 7-42
  4. Matias Acosta
    Pages 65-75
  5. Matias Acosta
    Pages 77-149
  6. Matias Acosta
    Pages 151-154
  7. Matias Acosta
    Pages 155-157
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 159-181

About this book


This book addresses and analyzes the mechanisms responsible for functionality of two technologically relevant materials, giving emphasis on the relationship between structural transitions and electromechanical properties. The author investigates the atomic crystal structure and microstructure by means of thermal analysis, as well as diffraction and microscopy techniques. Electric field-, temperature- and frequency-dependent electromechanical properties are also described. Apart from this correlation between structure and properties, characterization was also performed to bridge between basic research and optimization of application-oriented parameters required for technological implementation. The author proposes guidelines to the reader in order to engineer functional properties in other piezoelectric systems, as well as in other similar functional materials with the perovskite structure.


Lead-free piezoceramics Physical mechaniscms Functional properties Structural transitions Electromechanical properties Atomic crystal structure Microscopy techniques Phase boundaries

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Materials and GeoscienceTechnische Universität DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany

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