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Effect of Microstructure on Lifetime Performance of Barium Titanate Ceramics Under DC and AC Electric Fields

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Jay Shieh

National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

Paper No. SMASIS2010-3722, pp. 161-167; 7 pages
  • ASME 2010 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems
  • ASME 2010 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, Volume 1
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, September 28–October 1, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4415-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3886-0
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Bulk barium titanate (BaTiO3 ) ceramic specimens with bimodal microstructures are prepared and their dielectric and fatigue strengths are investigated under an alternating current (AC) electric field and a direct current (DC) electric field. It is found that under AC electrical loading, both the dielectric and fatigue strengths decrease with increasing amount of coarse abnormal grains. The scatter of the AC fatigue strength is characterized with the Weibull statistics. The extent of scatter of the AC fatigue strength data correlates strongly with the size distribution of the coarse grains. Such correlation is resulted from the presence of intrinsic defects within the microstructure. For DC electrical loading, the time to failure of the specimens with coarse abnormal grains is significantly shorter than the lifetimes of the specimens with only small normal grains. It is found that under a DC electric field of 6 MVm−1 , the BaTiO3 specimens would fail within 200 h when abnormal grains are present in the microstructure. However, the lifetimes of the specimens containing abnormal grains vary significantly from one to another. The Weibull statistical analysis indicates that the amount of abnormal grains has little influence on the lifetime performance of bulk BaTiO3 ceramics under large DC electric fields. In most of the failed BaTiO3 specimens under DC electrical loading, regardless of their lifetimes, large through-thickness round holes with recrystallization features are present. A mixed failure mode consisting of avalanche and thermal breakdowns is proposed for the failed specimens.

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