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Sintering and Electrical Properties of Lead-Free Na0.5K0.5NbO3 Piezoelectric Ceramics

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Lead-free Na0.5K0.5NbO3 (NKN) piezoelectric ceramics were fairly well densified at a relatively low temperature under atmospheric conditions. A relative density of 96%–99% can be achieved by either using high-energy attrition milling or adding 1 mol% oxide additives. It is suggested that ultra-fine starting powders by active milling or oxygen vacancies and even liquid phases from B-site oxide additives mainly lead to improved sintering. Not only were dielectric properties influenced by oxide additives, such as the Curie temperature (Tc) and dielectric loss (D), but also the ferroelectricity was modified. A relatively large remanent polarization was produced, ranging from 16 C/cm2 for pure NKN to 23 C/cm2 for ZnO-added NKN samples. The following dielectric and piezoelectric properties were obtained: relative permittivity T33/0=570–650, planar mode electromechanical coupling factor, kp=32%–44%, and piezoelectric strain constant, d33=92–117 pC/N.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Institute of Materials Science, University of Technology, D-64287 Darmstadt, Germany 2: State Key Lab of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China

Publication date: June 1, 2006

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