An alternate approach for fabricating PZT/polymer composites with 2-2 connectivity with fine scales is described. Thin (less than or equal to 20 micrometers) sintered PZT plates and sheets of a thermoplastic polymer film (less than or equal to 10 micrometers) were bonded together via thermal processing. Stack sintering of tape cast PZT generated the necessary PZT plates, while tape cast polymers were used to control the thermoplastic thickness. Composite blocks were cut to required dimensions for linear arrays, electroded, and poled. Electromechanical properties were measured to evaluate the composites. The significance of this fabrication technique is that it is able to generate 2-2 structures at a scale level unachievable by conventional dice-and-fill fabrication methods.

Meeting Name

9th IEEE International Symposium on Applications of Ferroelectrics, 1994


Materials Science and Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

10 Mum; 2-2 Connectivity PZT/Thermoplastic Composites; 20 Mum; PZT; PZT/Polymer Composites; PbZrO3TiO3; Composite Blocks; Composite Materials; Dielectric Polarisation; Electroded Arrays; Electromechanical Properties; Fabrication; Fine Scale; Heat Treatment; High Frequency Linear Arrays; Lead Compounds; Linear Arrays; Piezoceramics; Piezoelectric Transducers; Poled Arrays; Polymer Films; Sintered PZT Plates; Sintering; Stack Sintering; Tape Cast PZT; Tape Cast Polymers; Thermal Processing; Thermoplastic Polymer Film; Ultrasonic Transducer Arrays

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

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Final Version

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© 1994 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), All rights reserved.

Publication Date

01 Jan 1994