Journal of Electroceramics

, Volume 21, Issue 1–4, pp 724–728 | Cite as

Study of piezoelectric fibre/cement 1–3 composites

  • K. H. LamEmail author
  • H. L. W. Chan


To improve the compatibility between the sensor material and civil engineering structural material, a new functional cement-based composite for smart structure applications has been studied. Piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) fibres, fabricated using a slurry method, are embedded in a cement matrix to form PZT/cement 1–3 composites. By incorporating PZT fibres into the cement matrix, composites with low PZT volume fractions ranging from 0.05 to 0.22 have been fabricated. The 1–3 composites have good piezoelectric properties that agree quite well with theoretical modeling. The thickness electromechanical coupling coefficient of the composites could reach ∼0.5 even for low volume fraction of PZT. These composites have potential to be used as sensors in civil structure health monitoring systems.


PZT Cement 1–3 Composites 



This work was supported by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council and by the Centre for Smart Materials of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Physics and Materials Research CentreThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHunghom, Hong KongChina

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