A free standing cantilever beam consisting of a support structural material (polysilicon/silicon nitride), a piezoelectric PZT ceramic layer, and metal electrode layers has been analyzed. Beam theory and finite element analysis were used to model the electric field induced deflections of this structure, and provided information as to how material choices influenced actuator function. Both support material and PZT thicknesses varied from 0-1.0 μm, and bulk piezoelectric coefficients and elastic moduli were assumed. The beam theory uses known (or assumed) material properties to predict actuator responses. Conversely, if device responses can be measured, material properties may be inferred from the theory. For a PZT thickness of 0.3 μm, a core layer thickness of 0.13 μm was found to maximize displacement. Also, the force output was found to be more dependent on the core thickness than that of the PZT. This information can then be used to predict the response of a more complex microactuator.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1995|
|Event||Proceedings of the 1994 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, USA|
Duration: Nov 28 1994 → Nov 30 1994