REVIEW ARTICLES: Inelastic Microstructures

Effective Behavior of Piezoelectric Composites

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Biao Wang

Research Laboratory of Composite Materials, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China

Appl. Mech. Rev 47(1S), S112-S121 (Jan 01, 1994) doi:10.1115/1.3122806 History: Online April 29, 2009


In this paper, general relations between the overall properties of piezoelectric composites and the properties of their constituents are derived. Based on the solution for an ellipsoidal inclusion in a piezoelectric material developed by Wang (Int. J. Solids and Structures, 29 , 293, 1992), it is found that the coupled elastic and electric field inside a spheroidal inclusion in a transversely isotropic, piezoelectric matrix can be expressed in terms of a system of the linear algebraic equations which contains only some simple integrals. These internal fields are then used to obtain the effective constants of a piezoelectric composite.

Copyright © 1994 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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