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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Lewis F. Brown


Piezoelectric materials have become very important in the production of transducers for ultrasound and other applications. Virtually all piezo electric film development and production work requires accurate electromechanical characterization of the material since its production has many variables that lead to different material/transducer performance. In order to design transducers that perform to desired specifications, the material characteristics must be accurately known. At the time this project was started, a piece of piezoelectric film could be characterized in twenty to thirty minutes with an interactive routine on a 486DX33-class personal computer. Atochem North America., a major manufacturer of piezoelectric polymer materials and transducers, considered this to be unacceptably long and funded this project to address that problem. The purpose of the project was to develop a high-speed technique for the precise characterization of the electromechanical properties of piezoelectric polymers.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Piezoelectric materials -- Electric properties -- Data processing
Piezoelectric materials -- Mechanical properties -- Data processing




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