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Effective dielectric and elastic constants of piezoelectric polycrystals

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2 Author(s)
Olson, Tamara ; Department of Mechanical Engineering, Yale University, Box 2157, Yale Station, New Haven, Connecticut 06520 ; Avellaneda, M.

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The effective dielectric constant, bulk modulus, and shear modulus of isotropic polycrystals with piezoelectric grains are studied using an effective medium approximation (EMA) and generalized Hashin–Shtrikman bounds. The EMA determines self‐consistently the electromechanical interaction of grains with the surrounding composite. Numerical values for the moduli are computed for barium titanate and compared with available experimental data, as well as with classical estimates for the moduli. Further assessment of the EMA is made by computing numerical values of the effective moduli for ideal polycrystals, based on numerical data for crystals with strong piezoelectric coupling and comparing the resulting values with classical estimates. Similar comparisons are made for the generalized Hashin–Shtrikman bounds. On ‘‘ideal’’ polycrystals the gap between the upper and lower bounds can be 30% narrower than the corresponding gap if piezoelectric coupling is neglected.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:71 ,  Issue: 9 )