Piezoelectric transducers are, by nature, electromechanical devices. Methods historically used to characterize these transducers involve both electrical and mechanical measurements. The purpose of this paper is to propose a technique to characterize piezoids which will require electrical measurements only. Thus, characterization can be accomplished through the use of readily available calibrated electrical test equipment. This technique is based upon the assumption that some insight into the dynamic behavior of a piezoid can be implied by inspection of the transducer's static material properties. A necessary condition for the validity of the proposed technique is established. This test procedure is utilized in the design/test process of a piezoelectric accelerometer.
Martin, Robert J.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Heron, Patrick L., "Electrical Testing of Piezoelectric Transducers Applied to Accelerometer Design" (1987). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 5092.