This study investigated the correlation of sintering effects on piezoelectric properties of Nb modified lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezoceramics produced by the conventional solid reaction sintering. Samples were prepared at a composition Zr/Ti=53/47, contiguous to a morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) for 1 mol% Nb2O5. Replacement of Ti +4 by Nb+5 in such perovskite type solid solutions was accomplished by the creation of cation vacancies. These created vacancies seemed to facilitate material transport and benefit sintering. Calcined at 850 °C/2 h and sintered at 1250 °C/2 h, the PZT ceramics yielded a minimum value of the mechanical quality factor (Qm) 50, and exhibited a maximum electromechanical coupling factor κp 0.62, in accordance with the relationship between the mechanical quality factor and electromechanical coupling factor. In addition, during the sintering process a piezoelectric charge constant at d33 was found to be of 385 pC/N. It was noted that the fundamental resonance frequency was around 200 kHz, which was suitable for piezoelectric nebulizer (fluid atomizer), ultrasonic cleaning transducer applications.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Materials Chemistry