Multi-grain analysis versus self-consistent estimates of ferroelectric polycrystals

Anja Haug, John E. Huber, Patrick R. Onck, Erik Van der Giessen*

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Ferroelectrics are polycrystalline materials consisting of intragranular regions with different polarization directions, called domains. The domains can be switched into different states by the application of an electric field or mechanical stress. We study the influence of grain-to-grain interactions on the overall and local switching behavior. The behavior inside each grain is represented by the micromechanics model of Huber et al. [1999. A constitutive model for ferroelectric polycrystals. J. Mech. Phys. Solids 47 (8), 1663-1697]. The predictions of a self-consistent model of the polycrystal response are compared with those of a multi-grain model in which grains are represented individually. In one flavor of the multi-grain model, each grain is represented by a single finite element, while in the other the fields inside each grain are captured in more detail through a fine discretization. Different electrical and mechanical loading situations are investigated. It is found that the overall response is only mildly dependent on the accuracy with which grain-to-grain interactions are captured, while the distribution of grain-average stresses is quite sensitive to the resolution of the intragranular fields. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)648-665
Aantal pagina's18
TijdschriftJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
StatusPublished - mrt.-2007

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