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Electromechanical properties of the relaxor ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene-chlorofluoroethylene) [P(VDF-TrFE-CFE)] terpolymer blended with a small amount of poly(vinylidene fluoride-chlorotrifluoroethylene) [P(VDF-CTFE)] copolymer, which possesses a much higher elastic modulus than that of the neat terpolymer, were investigated. It was observed that the presence of small amount of P(VDF-CTFE) does not affect the microstructure of the crystalline phase. However, the uniaxially stretched blended films show a slight increase in the crystallinity and increased or similar induced polarization at high electric fields compared with the neat terpolymer, likely caused by the interface effect. Consequently, for blends with P(VDF-CTFE) less than 5 wt%, the transverse strains S1 along the stretching direction for uniaxially stretched blended films are nearly the same as those of neat P(VDF-TrFE-CFE), whereas the elastic modulus along the S1-direction increases with the P(VDF-CTFE) content. As a result, the blended films exhibit a higher elastic energy density and electromechanical coupling factor k31 compared with the neat terpolymer.
Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:60 , Issue: 3 )
Date of Publication: March 2013