Mechanical failure dependence on the electrical history of lead zirconate titanate thin films

Kathlin Coleman, Maximilian Ritter, Raul Bermejo, S. Trolier-McKinstry

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Piezoelectric micromechanical systems (piezoMEMS) are often subjected to harsh mechanical and electrical loads during operation. This study evaluates the effects of the electrical history of a lead zirconate titanate (PZT) layer on the electro-mechanical response and structural limits of multilayer stacks. Electro-mechanical characterization was performed under biaxial bending employing the Ball-on-three Balls (B3B) test on virgin, poled, and DC biased (80 kV/cm) samples. No significant effect on the characteristic strength or Weibull modulus of the stack was observed. However, the crack initiation stress was highest for the virgin samples (σ 0 ∼ 485 ± 30 MPa); this decreased for both poled samples (σ 0 ∼ 410 ± 30 MPa), and samples measured under 80 kV/cm (σ 0 ∼ 433 ± 30 MPa). in situ ε r and loss tangent measurements suggested electromechanical loading conditions can destabilize the domain structure. Overall, the electrical history and electromechanical loading conditions can reduce the PZT film's fracture resistance.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2465-2471
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the European Ceramic Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

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  • Ferroelectric properties (c)
  • Fracture (c)
  • Mechanical properties (c)
  • PZT (d)
  • Piezoelectric properties (c)

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