Delayed fracture of lead zirconate titanate ferroelectric ceramics under sustained electric field

Wang, Y.; Chu, W. Y.; Gao, K. W.; Su, Y. J.; Qiao, L. J.
March 2003
Applied Physics Letters;3/10/2003, Vol. 82 Issue 10, p1583
Academic Journal
In this letter, we report on delayed fracture of lead zirconate titanate ceramics with a Zr/Ti ratio of 52/48(PZT-5) ferroelectric ceramics in silicon oil under sustained electric field, and that in silicon oil or moist atmosphere under sustained mechanical load. The experimental results show that sustained electric fields may cause delayed fracture of PZT-5 ceramics and there is a threshold field for the delayed fracture. The threshold electric field is less than one third of the critical electric field to cause instant fracture and is also half of the coercive field of the PZT-5 ceramics.


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