Love wave propagation in functionally graded piezoelectric material layer

Ningbo University, Ning-po, Zhejiang Sheng, China
Ultrasonics (Impact Factor: 1.94). 04/2007; 46(1):13-22. DOI: 10.1016/j.ultras.2006.09.004
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An exact approach is used to investigate Love waves in functionally graded piezoelectric material (FGPM) layer bonded to a semi-infinite homogeneous solid. The piezoelectric material is polarized in z-axis direction and the material properties change gradually with the thickness of the layer. We here assume that all material properties of the piezoelectric layer have the same exponential function distribution along the x-axis direction. The analytical solutions of dispersion relations are obtained for electrically open or short circuit conditions. The effects of the gradient variation of material constants on the phase velocity, the group velocity, and the coupled electromechanical factor are discussed in detail. The displacement, electric potential, and stress distributions along thickness of the graded layer are calculated and plotted. Numerical examples indicate that appropriate gradient distributing of the material properties make Love waves to propagate along the surface of the piezoelectric layer, or a bigger electromechanical coupling factor can be obtained, which is in favor of acquiring a better performance in surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices.

    • "SH surface acoustic waves (Love and Bleustein–Gulyaev type) may also be used to study spatial profiles changes in mechanical properties (e.g., modulus of elasticity and density) of the Functionally Graded Material (FGM) [14] [15] [16] [17]. These materials are heterogeneous media, in which the mechanical parameters are functions of the distance from the surface into the bulk of the material. "
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    ABSTRACT: This paper presents a theoretical study of the propagation behavior of ultrasonic Love waves in nonhomogeneous functionally graded elastic materials, which is a vital problem in the mechanics of solids. The elastic properties (shear modulus) of a semi-infinite elastic half-space vary monotonically with the depth (distance from the surface of the material). The Direct Sturm-Liouville Problem that describes the propagation of Love waves in nonhomogeneous elastic functionally graded materials is formulated and solved by using two methods: i.e., (1) Finite Difference Method, and (2) Haskell-Thompson Transfer Matrix Method. The dispersion curves of phase and group velocity of surface Love waves in inhomogeneous elastic graded materials are evaluated. The integral formula for the group velocity of Love waves in nonhomogeneous elastic graded materials has been established. The effect of elastic non-homogeneities on the dispersion curves of Love waves is discussed. Two Love wave waveguide structures are analyzed: (1) a nonhomogeneous elastic surface layer deposited on a homogeneous elastic substrate, and (2) a semi-infinite nonhomogeneous elastic half-space. Obtained in this work, the phase and group velocity dispersion curves of Love waves propagating in the considered nonhomogeneous elastic waveguides have not previously been reported in the scientific literature. The results of this paper may give a deeper insight into the nature of Love waves propagation in elastic nonhomogeneous functionally graded materials, and can provide theoretical guidance for the design and optimization of Love wave based devices.
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    • "As piezoelectric nanofilms which are nanosized in thickness and possess piezoelectric properties are often attached to a substrate of different physical properties in performances, surface effects on the propagation of elastic waves in the layered structures consisting of a piezoelectric nanofilm and a half-space elastic substrate are vital for the functions of piezoelectric nanofilms. Transverse shear waves in the above structures are referred as Love waves and have been extensively studied when surface effects are neglected [24] [25] [26] [27] [28] [29] [30] [31] [32]. To the author's knowledge, however, research on the Love waves propagation with surface effects has not yet reported in literature. "
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    • "layered structure. The effects of functionally graded properties, dissipation, and viscosity on Love wave propagation in piezoelectric structures have been systematically studied by DU and co-workers [6] [7] [8] [9] . LU and HE [10] analyzed the properties of Love waves in layered piezoelectric structures. "
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