Expanded Operating Domain Piezoelectric Single Crystals

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$1,487,870.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N00014-07-C-0858
Solitcitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Number:
2006.
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2007
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
N064-034-0154
Solicitation Topic Code:
N06-T034
Small Business Information
TRS CERAMICS, INC.
2820 East College Avenue, State College, PA, 16801-6801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
782683007
Principal Investigator
 Jun Luo
 Research scientist
 (814) 238-7485
 jun@trstechnologies.com
Business Contact
 Wesley Hackenberge
Title: President
Phone: (814) 238-7485
Email: wes@trstechnologies.com
Research Institution
 MRI AT PENN STATE UNIV.
 Shujun Zhang
 259 Materials Research Lab
University Park, PA, 16802-
 (814) 863-2639
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Single crystal relaxor ferroelectrics, PMN-PT, have shown great promise for broad bandwidth sonar transducers. However, the benefits of PMN-PT are somewhat counterbalanced by its maximum temperature limitation (~80 to 95°C), low coercive field (~2kV/cm) and low mechanical quality factor (60-80) for compact, high power and high duty cycle applications. The new crystal compositions with expanded operating temperature ranges are highly desired for such applications. The Phase I results suggest that PMN-PT can stabilize the perovskite phase of the crystal melt when it consists of high temperature capable binary compounds. The resulting PMN-PT based ternary compounds have significantly increased phase transition temperature and coercive field and growth conditions very similar to pure PMN-PT. In phase II, TRS proposes to grow large-size, PMN-PT-based ternary relaxor piezoelectric crystals with optimized compositions to further expand operating temperature ranges. By applying the well-established Bridgman process, not only will the cost and time for developing these new materials be dramatically reduced, but also the manufacturability of these materials will be insured. The goal is to elevate phase transition temperature to 125oC -150 oC, coercive field to 5kV/cm and mechanical Q to over 150.

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