Piezoelectric Transducer

in this lecture, we are going to learn about the Piezoelectric Transducer, the derivation of induced voltage by the piezoelectric effect, the expression for voltage sensitivity, and the properties of the Piezoelectric Transducer, and the last, we will discuss the application of the Piezo Electric Transducer. So let’s discuss the definition of Piezo Electric Transducer.

Piezoelectric Transducer

  • This type of transducer works on the principle of the “piezoelectric effect”.
  • A piezoelectric transducer crystal is one in which an electric voltage is developed across a certain surface when dimensions are changed by applying mechanical force. The potential is produced by the displacement of charges. This effect is reversible i.e. conversely if a variable voltage is applied to the proper axis of the crystal, it will change the dimensions of the crystal, thereby deforming it. This effect is known as the “piezoelectric effect”.
  • The materials that exhibit a significant and useful piezoelectric effect are divided into two categories:
  1. Natural Group: Quartz and Rochelle salt are examples.
  2. Synthetic Group: Lithium sulfate and ethylene diamine tartrate belong to this group.
  • The piezoelectric effect can be made to respond to mechanical deformations of the material in many modes. This mode can be thickness expansion, transverse expansion, thickness-shear, and face shear.

Expression for Voltage sensitivity of Piezoelectric Transducer

piezoelectric transducer
  • Mechanical deformation generates a charge and this charge appears as a voltage across the electrodes.
  • Charge Induces, Q \propto F ,

\Rightarrow Q= d\; \times \;F …… Eq. 1

where d is the charge sensitivity of crystal.

  • Force (F) cause a change in thickness (t) of crystal = \frac{AE}{t}. \Delta t
  • Young’s Modulus = E=\frac{S}{\epsilon}

E=\frac{F}{A}. \frac{t}{\Delta t}

  • From Equation.1,

Q=d \;AE\times \left ( \frac{\Delta t}{t}\right )

\because Capacitance of crystal in between electrodes= CP

C_P=\frac{\epsilon_0 \epsilon_r A}{t}

where t is the thickness of crystal and A is the area of crystal =W \times l

  • \therefore Voltage induce at output is E0 so,

E_0=\frac{Q}{C_P}=\frac{d \times F}{\frac{\epsilon_0 \epsilon_r A}{t}}

E=\frac{dAE \left ( \frac{\Delta t}{t}\right ) \times t }{\epsilon_0 \epsilon_r A}=\frac{dE \Delta t}{\epsilon_0 \epsilon_r}= \frac{d}{\epsilon_0 \epsilon_r}. \left ( \frac{F}{A}\right )t

\boxed{E_0= g\; t \;p }


g=\frac{d}{\epsilon_0 \epsilon_r}= Voltage sensitivity of crystal (Vm/N)

P= stress or pressure applied=\frac{F}{A}(N/m2)

Now, g= \frac{E_0}{t \times p}= \frac{E_0/t}{p}= \frac{Electric\; field}{Stress}

\boxed{g= \frac{\epsilon}{p}}

Also, \boxed{Charge \; sensitivity (d) = g \epsilon_0 \epsilon_r}

Equivalent Circuit of Piezoelectric Transducer

equivalent circuit of piezoelectric transducer

The source is a charge generator. The value of the charge is Q= d \times F. The charge generated is across the crystal’s capacitance, Cp, and its leakage resistance is Rp. The charge generator can be replaced by an equivalent voltage source having a voltage of,

\boxed{E_0=\frac{Q}{C_p}=\frac{d \times F}{C_p}}

Properties of Piezoelectric Crystal

  • The desirable properties of piezoelectric material are stability, high output insensitivity to temperature and humidity, and the ability to be formed into the most desirable shape. Quartz is the most stable piezoelectric material and its output is quite small.
  • Rochelle salt provides the highest output but it can be worked over a limited humidity range and has to be protected against moisture. The highest temperature is limited to 45oC.
  • Barium titanate has the advantage that it can be formed into a variety of shapes and sizes since it is polycrystalline. It has also a higher dielectric constant.
  • Natural crystals possess the advantages that they have higher mechanical and thermal stability, can withstand higher stresses have low leakage volume resistivity and have a good frequency response.
  • The synthetic material, in general, has a higher voltage sensitivity.

Uses of Piezoelectric materials and Transducers

  • Quartz is commonly used for stabilizing electronic oscillators because of its stability. The use of piezoelectric transducer elements is confirmed primarily by dynamic measurements.
  • The voltage developed by applications of strain is not held under static conditions. Hence, the elements are primarily used in the measurement of such quantities as surface roughness and in accelerometers and vibration pickups.
  • Ultrasonic generator elements also use barium titanate, a piezoelectric material. Such elements are used in industrial cleansing apparatus and also in underwater detection systems known as “SONAR“.

Frequently Asked Questions on Piezoelectric Transducer

  1. What is a piezoelectric transducer used for?

    Answer: Piezoelectric transducers are a type of electroacoustic transducer that convert the electrical charges produced by some forms of solid materials into energy. The word “piezoelectric” literally means electricity caused by pressure.

  2. What is the principle of a piezoelectric transducer?

    Answer: The main principle of a piezoelectric transducer is that a force, when applied on the quartz crystal, produces electric charges on the crystal surface.

  3. What are the advantages of a piezoelectric transducer?

    Answer: There are some advantages of the piezoelectric transducer which are given below: The piezoelectric transducer has a good frequency response. It is small in size. It is easy to handle because of its small dimension.

  4. What material is a piezoelectric transducer?

    Answer: A Piezoelectric transducer uses Quartz crystals, Rochelle salt, Barium titanate, etc. It is a device that uses the piezoelectric effect to calculate changes in acceleration, friction, strain, temperature, or force by translating this energy into an electrical charge.

  5. What can be measured using a piezoelectric transducer?

    Answer: A piezoelectric transducer is used for measuring non-electrical quantities such as vibration, acceleration, pressure, and the intensity of sound.

  6. The piezoelectric transducer is used for measuring….

    Answer: A piezoelectric transducer is used for measuring non-electrical quantities such as vibration, acceleration, pressure, and the intensity of sound.

Hello friends, my name is Trupal Bhavsar, I am the Writer and Founder of this blog. I am Electronics Engineer(2014 pass out), Currently working as Junior Telecom Officer(B.S.N.L.) also I do Project Development, PCB designing and Teaching of Electronics Subjects.

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