Nonlinear actuation of smart composites using a coupled piezoelectric-mechanical model

R. P. Thornburgh, Aditi Chattopadhyay

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A completely coupled piezoelectric-mechanical theory which includes nonlinear piezoelectric effects has been developed for composite plates with embedded or surface bonded actuators and sensors. A higher-order laminate theory is used to describe the displacement field in order to accurately capture the effects of transverse shear in moderately thick laminates. The coupling between the piezoelectric effect and the mechanical response allows for the mutual influence of multiple actuators and the transformation of energy between the electrical and the mechanical fields. A new fourth-order distribution of electric potential is used to develop an electrical model that is completely compatible with the assumed higher-order strain field. The behavior of actuators subjected to large electric fields is captured using the nonlinear piezoelectric-mechanical coupling terms. The resulting model shows good correlation with available experimental data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)743-749
Number of pages7
JournalSmart Materials and Structures
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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