Electromechanical Models of Ferroelectric Materials

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Part of the CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 581)

Abstract

Models of the electromechanical behaviour of ferroelectric materials are reviewed. Starting from the constitutive relationships for piezoelectrics and estimates of the response of piezoelectric composites, the development of models is traced from the macro-scale through to the micro-scale. Derivations of models based on extensions of classical plasticity and crystal plasticity theory are given, following the literature, and example applications of these models are shown. The formation of domain patterns is discussed and minimum energy methods based on the concept of compatibility are used to derive typical domain patterns for tetragonal and rhombohedral ferroelectrics. Methods for modelling the evolution of domain patterns are described. Finally the outlook for future directions in modelling of ferroelectrics is discussed.

Notes

Acknowledgements

Thanks are due to Nien-Ti Tsou for preparing and allowing the use of figures showing domain patterns, as well as for many helpful and informative discussions.

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  1. 1.Department of Engineering ScienceUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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