A study of the effects of vibration on the electric power generation properties of lead zirconate titanate piezoelectric ceramic

Mitsuhiro Okayasu, Daisuke Sato, Yuki Sato, Masashi Konno, Tetsuro Shiraishi

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To better understand how the electric power generated from PZT piezoelectric ceramics is affected by mechanical loading conditions the power generation was examined during cyclic loading under various loading conditions. The electric power generation was continuously examined using a monitoring system that we have recently developed. This system revealed that the electric power increased with increase of the applied load but then decreased when the applied load exceeded a certain level. In addition, greater electric power was generated with a simple beam configuration compared with a cantilevered beam. The change of electric power generation was directly related to the stress direction; high stress in the tetragonal structure parallel to the c-axis gave rise to high electric power generation. On the other hand, material failure, including domain switching and crack generation, caused a reduction of the electric power generated. Based upon our experimental data, suitable loading conditions to give high piezoelectric energy generation have been clarified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4445-4451
Number of pages7
JournalCeramics International
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2012



  • Electric power generation
  • Failure mechanism
  • Lead zirconate titanate ceramic
  • Piezoelectric ceramic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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