Solid freeform fabrication of piezoelectric sensors and actuators

Ahmad Safari, M. Allahverdi, E. K. Akdogan

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The last two decades have witnessed the proliferation piezoelectric composite transducers for an array of sensor and actuator applications. In this article, a concise summary of the major methods used in composite making, with special emphasis on Solid Freeform Fabrication (SFF), is provided. Fused Deposition of Ceramics (FDC) and Sanders Prototyping (SP) are two SFF techniques that have been utilized to make a variety of novel piezocomposites with connectivity patterns including (1-3), (3-2), (3-1), (2-2) and (3-3). The FDC technique has also been used to prototype a number of actuators such as tube arrays, spiral, oval, telescoping, and monomorph multi-material bending actuators. It has been demonstrated that SFF technology is a viable option for fabricating piezocomposite sensors and actuators with intricate geometry, unorthodox internal architecture, and complex symmetry. The salient aspects of processing of such composite sensors and actuators are summarized, and structure-processing-property relations are elaborated on.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFrontiers of Ferroelectricity
Subtitle of host publicationA Special Issue of the Journal of Materials Science
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)038738037X, 9780387380377
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Chemistry(all)

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