To minimize the power consumption of the piezoelectric micropumps utilized in the microfluidics field, suitable models are required to enable the optimization of the lead zirconate titanate (PZT) actuator driving circuits. The recent research shows that the electromechanical parameters of piezoelectric materials can be obtained from Butterworth Van-Dyke (BVD) model. The current study presents a novel time-domain measurement technique for extracting the parameters of a BVD electrical model describing a PZT actuator of the micropump excited by a square pulse with a relatively high voltage and low frequency. The validity of the BVD model is evaluated by using MATLAB software to solve the ordinary differential equations of the electrical model and then comparing the numerical results obtained for the current response of the PZT actuator with the experimentally-observed results. The BVD model has been found to be valid for this specific application of piezo actuators. A good agreement is observed between the two sets of result, and thus the validity of the BVD model and the proposed time-domain measurement technique is confirmed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Materials Chemistry