Piezoelectric Single Crystal Property Assessment for Cost-Effective Optimized Naval SONAR Transducers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-M-0197
Agency Tracking Number: N111-076-1654
Amount: $79,969.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N111-076
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
TRS Ceramics, Inc.
2820 East College Avenue, State College, PA, -
DUNS: 782683007
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jun Luo
 Research Scientist
 (814) 238-7485
Business Contact
 Wesley Hackenberger
Title: President
Phone: (814) 238-7485
Email: wes@trstechnologies.com
Research Institution
The advanced relaxor-PT piezoelectric crystals, Mn:PIN-PMN-PT (manganese doped Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3), were initially developed by TRS and immediately attracted broad attention for the next generation of high power SONAR transducers due to their greatly improved electromechanical"hardness"(low mechanical loss) with well-maintained, extremely high electromechanical coupling coefficient. To fully evaluate the performance of Mn:PIN-PMN-PT crystals under the operating conditions in high power SONAR transducers, TRS Technologies, Inc. in collaboration with the Pennsylvania State University propose to systematically study the linear and nonlinear behaviors under broad ranges of mechanical stress, electric field and operating temperature. In the phase I program, the large signal, quasistatic measurement under variable stress, temperature and electric field is proposed as a main method of characterization, as it was proved to be effective to disclose the critical properties for SONAR transducer design; however, some preliminary dynamic measurements will be conducted as well. The characteristic internal bias observed in poled Mn:PIN-PMN-PT crystals will be studied to seek the possibility of eliminating the external DC bias in crystal transducer designs; meanwhile, the long term stability and reliability of Mn:PIN-PMN-PT crystals in a high power operating environment will be examined by fatigue and accelerated aging tests.

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