Piezoelectric materials are among the ‘invisible’ materials that are widespread around us.
Consumer products, automotive electronics, medical technology, and industrial systems are but a few areas where piezoelectric components are indispensable.
The ability of piezoelectric materials to convert mechanical energy into electric energy and vice versa makes their use abundant.
This book is directed towards a basic understanding of the piezoelectric effect and its use for a wide variety of applications.
An Introduction to Piezoelectric Materials and Applications provides:
– general modelling tools to understand and describe the behaviour of piezoelectric materials and components
– an overview of piezoelectric materials, piezoelectric ceramic components, piezoelectric thin films and the manufacturing thereof
– an introduction to the use of piezoelectric components in four distinct application fields: a) sensors, b) generators and energy harvesters, c) actuators and motors, and d) acoustic transducers
– an overview of measurement techniques and practical tips and tricks for the use of piezoelectric components
This highly illustrated book is indispensable for students and engineers who would like to be introduced into the fascinating
world of piezoelectric materials and the broad scope of electromechanical transducers in which piezoelectric components are successfully applied.
About the Authors
Jan Holterman got acquainted with piezoelectric materials and components during his PhD research at the University of Twente, The Netherlands, into active vibration control using smart materials. He successfully applied integrated piezoelectric actuators and sensors for active damping within microlithography machines and he has been involved in various piezoelectric application projects and patents. Currently he is with imotec b.v., a mechatronic engineering company in Hengelo, The Netherlands, with a specialization in engineering piezoelectric applications.
Pim Groen got involved in perovskites and ceramics during his study in Solid State Chemistry at Leiden University. He joined Philips Research in Eindhoven in 1987 and did his PhD in the field of cuprate superconductors, again perovskite related structures, in 1990. At Philips Research he worked on a variety of inorganic materials and ceramics for electronic and lighting applications and later in Aachen (Germany) on electronic ceramics, including piezoelectric ceramics.
In 2002 he changed position to Morgan Electroceramics to continue his work on piezoelectric ceramics. Currently he is working at Holst Centre as program manager and is also working at the University of Delft in the group Novel Aerospace Materials (NOVAM) starting new activities in the field of Smart Materials & Sensor