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The effects of excess PbO addition and composition variation on the processing and properties of tape cast PLZT RAINBOW actuators

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1 Author(s)
Dausch, D.E. ; Nat. Res. Council, NASA Langley Res. Center, Hampton, VA, USA

High-displacement RAINBOW actuators were fabricated from tape cast PLZT 7/65/35 and 9/65/35 ceramics which were hatched with 0 to 5% excess PbO by weight. Fired densities of the starting ceramics were maximized with 3% excess PbO. It was found that the electromechanical characteristics of the RAINBOWs were more dependent on grain size than density. Actuator displacements of the 9/65/35 composition were enhanced by static loading, while 7/65/35 exhibited decreased displacements with load

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Applications of Ferroelectrics, 1996. ISAF '96., Proceedings of the Tenth IEEE International Symposium on  (Volume:2 )

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18-21 Aug 1996

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