High Performance Multilayer Actuators: Templated Crystal Growth

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 35661
Amount: $98,750.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1997
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Trs Ceramics, Inc.
2820 E. College Avenue, Suite, J, State College, PA, 16801
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Wesley Hackenberger
 (814) 238-7485
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Research Institution
This SBIR Phase I program will address the fabrication and testing of pseudo single crystal relaxor ferroelectrics (PMN:PT) for high performance electromechanical actuators. In collaboration with Innovation Powder Technology, Inc. the crystallographic orientation of solid state grown PMN:PT will be controlled using hydrothermally synthesized perovskite PbTiO3. The use of large 5-10 micron platelets will offer the ability of in-situ templated crystal growth in monolithic and multilayer structures at the electrode interface. High performance actuators with E-field induced strains >>0.2%, high energy density, etc. are anticipated. The above process offers the ability to fabricate relatively large area, complex structures (>>1cm2) using established low-cost manufacturing concepts. The Phase I research will provide a basis for further templated crystal growth of a host of piezoelectric materials using PMN:PT and PZT platelets.

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