Sensing and Imaging

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Modeling and Enhancement of Piezoelectric Accelerometer Relative Sensitivity

  • Salima Khaoula Reguieg
  • Zine GhemariEmail author
  • Tarak Benslimane
  • Salah Saad
Original Paper


The piezoelectric accelerometer is an electronic instrument based on the direct effect of the piezoelectric material, this device is widely used in the industries to monitor and detect defects of rotating machines in an early stage. In this paper, a thorough study of the piezoelectric accelerometer is carried out to understand its design and operation principle. A mathematical model of the accelerometer is developed based on Newton motion law then a new relative sensitivity equation in function of measurement error is extracted. This new equation has allowed a significant reduction in the measurement error, a maximum improvement in the precision and an optimization of the piezoelectric accelerometer relative sensitivity by the appropriate choice of damping rate. These improvements have optimized the accelerometer parameters and performances.


Model Error Measurement Sensitivity Accelerometer 

List of Symbols


The relative frequency


The natural frequency


The damping rate


The mass


The damping factor


The elasticity coefficient


The absolute motion


The relative vibratory motion


The mechanical sensitivity


The acceleration


The measurement error


The electric charge


The sensitivity


The accelerometer internal impedance


The insulation resistance


The electrical sensitivity


Relative sensitivity



The authors like to thank the Algerian general direction of research (DGRSDT) for their financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Salima Khaoula Reguieg
    • 1
  • Zine Ghemari
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tarak Benslimane
    • 1
  • Salah Saad
    • 2
  1. 1.Electrical Engineering DepartmentMohamed Boudiaf University of M’silaM’silaAlgeria
  2. 2.University of Badji MokhtarAnnabaAlgeria

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