Lead-free piezoelectric ceramic coatings fabricated by thermal spray process

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Lead-free piezoelectric ceramic coatings fabricated by thermal spray process
Lead-free piezoelectric ceramic coatings fabricated by thermal spray process
Journal Title:
IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control
Publication Date:
04 September 2017
K. Yao, S. Chen, K. Guo, C. K. I. Tan, M. S. Mirshekarloo and F. E. H. Tay, "Lead-Free Piezoelectric Ceramic Coatings Fabricated by Thermal Spray Process," in IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, vol. 64, no. 11, pp. 1758-1765, Nov. 2017, doi: 10.1109/TUFFC.2017.2748154.
The paper starts from a review on the progress in fabrication of piezoelectric ceramic coatings by thermal spray method. For our experimental work, two types of lead-free piezoelectric ceramic coatings, including potassium sodium niobate (KNN)-based and bismuth sodium titanate (BNT)-based, are fabricated by thermal spray process, and their structure, morphology and piezoelectric properties are characterized. Our obtained lead-free ceramic coatings exhibit single phase of perovskite structure, relatively dense morphology, and competitive piezoelectric coefficients. The mechanism of forming the piezoelectric perovskite crystalline phase by thermal spray involving melting-recrystallization process is analyzed in comparison to that of ceramic synthesis through solid state reaction. Suppression of volatile loss and decomposition at high temperature due to the extremely high melting and cooling rate in the thermal spray process, and the impact on the resulting structure are discussed. Significant advantages of the thermal spray method over alternative processing methods for forming piezoelectric ceramic coatings are summarized. The combination of environmentally friendly lead-free compositions and the scalable thermal spray processing method will promote more applications of piezoelectric ceramic coatings for producing distributive sensors and transducers, and forming advanced smart structures and systems.
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This project is partially supported by Singapore Maritime Institute under the Asset Integrity & Risk Management (AIM) R&D Programme, Project ID: SMI-2015-OF-01, and IMRE/15-9P1115.
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