Exact analysis of multi-layer piezoelectric/composite cantilevers

Z. F. Shi, H. J. Xiang, B. F. Spencer

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Both multi-layer piezoelectric cantilevers and multi-layer piezoelectric composite cantilevers are studied based on 2D linear theory of elasticity and piezoelectricity. Both the piezoelectric coefficient and the thickness for different layers are taken as variables. As opposed to traditional investigations based on the elementary theory of elasticity, the present investigation gives exact solutions for the variation of these parameters by introducing several recurrence formulae. The solutions obtained in the present paper are compared with numerical results and the results obtained by other investigators; good agreement is found.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number034
Pages (from-to)1447-1458
Number of pages12
JournalSmart Materials and Structures
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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