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Design and Modeling of High Power Density Acoustic Transducer Materials for Autonomous Undersea Vehicles
by Heitmann, Adam Arthur, Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2012, 220; 3533977
Abstract (Summary)

Advances in piezocrystal transducer materials technology has opened new avenues to impact the size, weight, and power consumption of sonar systems for deployment in autonomous undersea vehicles (AUVs). Although piezocrystals exhibit exceptional electromechanical properties, they have low ferroelectric Curie temperatures, small electrical coercivities, and exhibit temperature, electrical field, and/or stress induced phase transitions between ferroelectric phases with differing electromechanical properties. New piezocrystal materials are required that can provide the compositional tailoring capability needed to increase the Curie temperature and coercive field, ameliorate the deleterious effects of ferroelectric-ferroelectric phase transitions, and enable property optimization for specific transducer applications. Currently, new piezocrystal systems and compositions are selected almost exclusively by empirical 'make and measure' approaches guided by past experiences. These empirical processes can be time and labor intensive and as a result there exists only limited predictive capability for finding new piezocrystal compositions even in known piezocrystal systems. In this study we seek to develop a comprehensive phenomenological theory and a unified parameterization scheme applicable to binary and ternary ferroelectric solid solution systems in order to enable the accelerated development and characterization of new piezocrystal systems for optimized transducer performance. A modified form of the classical Ginzburg-Landau-Devonshire theory of weak first-order transitions is applied to perovskite-structured ferroelectric systems based on the ternary oxide compounds, barium titanate and lead titanate, which places special emphasis on the role played by the crystallographic anisotropy of polarization. It is shown that the theory produces excellent qualitative agreement with the experimentally measured phase diagram topologies, crystal lattice parameters, and electromechanical properties of ferroelectric solid solutions based on barium titanate and lead titanate. From the computed binary solid solution phase diagrams, the theory is extended to ternary systems. The ternary solid solutions of PMN-PZT and PZN-PZT are explored, electromechanical properties of targeted compositions for use in next generation acoustic transducers are computed, and the predictive capability of the theory is established. In addition, thermal and electromechanical properties are measured for several compositions adjacent to the morphotropic boundary in the ferroelectric solid solution PZN-PT and used to verify the core assumptions of the theory.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rossetti, George A., Jr.
Commitee: Alpay, S. Pamir, Carter, C. Barry, Rossetti, George A.
School: University of Connecticut
Department: Chemical, Material, and Biomolecular Engineering
School Location: United States -- Connecticut
Source: DAI-B 74/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Automotive engineering, Theoretical physics, Materials science, Acoustics
Keywords: Acoustic transducer materials, Autonomous undersea vehicles, Ferroelectrics, Monoclinic phases, Phase transitions, Polar anisotropy
Publication Number: 3533977
ISBN: 978-1-267-79557-1
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