Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 9, Issue 10, pp 1602–1608 | Cite as

The direct piezoelectric effect in extruded polyethylene

  • R. W. Greaves
  • E. P. Fowler
  • A. Goodings
  • D. R. Lamb


It has been shown that the direct piezoelectric effect occurs in low density, extruded polyethylene cable insulators and a piezoelectric d constant typical for such samples has been evaluated. Heat-treatment of the polyethylene, and oil absorption into it, both reduced the level of charge output. A probable mechanism for the piezoelectric effect in these polyethylene samples is given.


Polymer Polyethylene Probable Mechanism Piezoelectric Effect Polyethylene Sample 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. W. Greaves
    • 1
  • E. P. Fowler
    • 1
  • A. Goodings
    • 1
  • D. R. Lamb
    • 2
  1. 1.WinfrithA.E.E.DorchesterUK
  2. 2.Department of ElectronicsThe UniversitySouthamptonUK

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