Evolution and Future of a Technology

  • Walter Heywang
  • Karl Lubitz
  • Wolfram Wersing

Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 114)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Basics and Materials

    1. L. E. Cross, W. Heywang
      Pages 1-5
    2. W. Wersing, W. Heywang, H. Beige, H. Thomann
      Pages 37-87
    3. G. Helke, K. Lubitz
      Pages 89-130
    4. L. E. Cross
      Pages 131-155
    5. S. Bauer, F. Bauer
      Pages 157-177
  3. Applications and Innovations

    1. W. Wersing, K. Lubitz
      Pages 181-198
    2. W. Wersing, R. Lerch
      Pages 199-221
    3. K. Uchino
      Pages 257-277
    4. S. Arnold, P. Pertsch, K. Spanner
      Pages 279-297
    5. R. Mock, K. Lubitz
      Pages 299-310
  4. Characterisation Methods

    1. M. J. Hoffmann, H. Kungl, R. Theissmann, S. Wagner
      Pages 403-421
    2. W. Wersing
      Pages 423-444
  5. Multiscale Modelling

  6. The Future

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 571-582

About this book


Discovered in 1880, piezoelectric materials play a key role in an innovative market of several billions of dollars. Recent advances in applications derive from new materials and their development, as well as to new market requirements. With the exception of quartz, ferroelectric materials are used for they offer both high efficiency and sufficient versatility to meet adequately the multidimensional requirements for application. Consequently, strong emphasis is placed on tailoring materials and technology, whether one deals with single crystals, ceramics or plastic materials. Tailoring requires a basic understanding of both physical principles and technical possibilities and limitations. This report elucidates these developments by a broad spectrum of examples, comprising ultrasound in medicine and defence industry, frequency control, signal processing by SAW-devices, sensors, actuators, including novel valves for modern motor management. It delivers a mutual fertilization of technology push and market pull that should be of interest not only to materials scientists or engineers but also to managers who dedicate themselves to a sound future-oriented R&D policy.


Motor Sensor basics ceramics crystal development diffraction electricity microelectromechanical system (MEMS) microscopy modeling polymer structural analysis ultrasonic imaging ultrasound

Authors and affiliations

  • Walter Heywang
    • 1
  • Karl Lubitz
    • 2
  • Wolfram Wersing
    • 3
  1. 1.GrasbrunnGermany
  2. 2.OttobrunnGermany
  3. 3.BergenGermany

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