Fatigue Damage Gradients in Cycled Piezoelectrics.
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For PZT samples cycled under a bipolar field the degree of fatigue damage, measured as a reduction in 90° domain switching, observed in the center is less than near the electrode’s outer edge. Electromechanical damage that initially forms near the surfaces of the sample apparently shields the center of the sample from damage. This occurs across a range of crystal orientations.
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Reduced degree of fatigue observed in the center of samples cycled under a bipolar field. Electromechanical damage that initial forms at the center of the sample and move inward shield the center part of the sample thus it experiences a lower field and is fatigued less. This occurs across a range of Alpha angles.