3 years ago

Nano-actuator concepts based on ferroelectric switching.

John E. Huber, Chad M. Landis, Ananya Renuka Balakrishna

The concept of a nano-actuator that uses ferroelectric switching to generate enhanced displacements is explored using a phase-field model. The actuator has a ground state in the absence of applied electric field that consists of polarized domains oriented to form a flux closure. When electric field is applied, the polarization reorients through ferroelectric switching and produces strain. The device is mechanically biased by a substrate and returns to the ground state when electric field is removed, giving a repeatable actuation cycle. The mechanical strains which accompany ferroelectric switching are several times greater than the strains attained due to the piezoelectric effect alone. We also demonstrate a second design of actuator in which the displacements are further increased by the bending of a ferroelectric beam. Phase-field modelling is used to track the evolution of domain patterns in the devices during the actuation cycle, and to study the design parameters so as to enhance the achievable actuation strains.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1711.01641

DOI: arXiv:1711.01641v1

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