Questions tagged [piezoelectricity]

A physical effect that translates mechanical stress to generated voltage. It is a reciprocal effect, so the application of voltage can induce stress/strain. Used for speakers/microphones, load cells to measure weigh and most commonly in strikers for igniting BBQ's and lighters. A common material the exhibits this effect is quartz.

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The Piezoelectric Effect on Natural Quartz Crystals

Background I have recently started doing a lot of research on the piezoelectric effect with the hopes of gaining a better understanding of the topic. When I can I like to do experiments on top of ...
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Driving piezo scanner tubes using the driven internal electrode configuration

I'm planning on doing a project involving a piezo tube scanner (PTS). The PTS will be used for 3 axis manipulation of a sharp needle. PiezoDrive has a few scanners and some info on how to use them. ...
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Is it possible to drive a power piezoelectric in lower frequency than its own frequency?

I am driving a piezo transducer simply by an inductor series with piezo. the resonant frequency of the piezo is about 40KHz and I designed a 20KHz transducer. I'm giving a pulse voltage (using a class ...
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What happens when DC is applied to a piezo crystal?

I've heard that when an alternating current is passed through a piezo crystal it vibrates. But what happens if a direct current is passed through the crystal? I'm assuming depending on the direction ...
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Do active PZT audio buzzers (with built-in driver) create dangerous spikes on power supply?

I am planning to add a active piezo element audio buzzer with built-in driver (BESTAR BPT-14X or LOUDITY LD-BZEL-PB04-1408 ) to my recent quite complex MCU project. These buzzers come with built in ...
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Why does the output voltage after full bridge drop so many?

recently I am researching the piezoelectric transducer (PET), which can convert the mechanical energy into electricity. And I found a strange phenomenon. I used the 10MΩ probe of oscilloscope to ...
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How to drive a piezo transducer

thank you for taking your time to read, im hoping someone can help me out! I am looking to drive a piezo transducer at its resonant frequency(20khz) to generate sound waves. I am doing an application ...
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Basic of a charged piezo : pC/G, mV/G, Signal analysis

This is the first time I use a High impedance piezo sensor and the problems went pretty quickly. Here is the piezo I used : Manufacturer part number : PKGS-00GXP1-R Rating : 0.35pC/G (+/- 15%) ...
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Piezoelectric dilemma!

I am a high school student and have no experience with piezoelectricity but I’m working on a piezoelectric shoe. My plan, initially, was to connect piezoelectric transducers in parallel and solder ...
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Can I charge a lipo battery using piezoeletric energy harvesting?

I use a 9V 800mAh lipo Okcell battery to power my ESP8266 ESP-01 with a voltage regulator to change it to 3.3V. I use the ESP to detect the voltage peak from a piezoelectric when someone is running to ...
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SMD piezo solution for pressure/vibration sensors

I've been working with piezo discs for simple applications (i.e. detecting touch/knock, where different levels of intensity can be read). For large production, stripping wires and hand soldering ...
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Do Piezoelectric Transducers/Hydrophones have single ended or differential output

I am trying to figure out if a piezoelectric hydrophone I am using has a differential or single ended output. The datasheet does not say if the device's output is single ended or differential, but it ...
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Piezoelectric showing strange, slowly fluctuating periodic background noise

We are trying to detect mice's licking using a piezoelectric attached to a metal spout tube that delivers water. It's kind of working in the sense that we can detect licking, but it suffers from ...
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Very confused regarding parallel resistors limiting current

I'm an electronics noob trying to understand this Arduino circuit below. Having very cursory knowledge of electronics, I'm extremely confused by this statement I took from the Arduino Knock example: ...
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What is equivalent of C0 in mechanical system?

In this picture write all their equivalent Body in mechanical system and electrical circuit for a piezoelectric. What is equivalent of C0 in mechanical system?
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What is the relation between resonance frequency and piezoelectric charge coefficient?

We know that the maximum power is lost at the resonant frequency,where the impedance is minimal. On the other hand, when the impedance is minimized, the charge coefficient is maximized. In resonance ...
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Piezo electric water vaporizer [closed]

I'm interested in a module that I've seen today and is a cold water vaporizer. I turns water to steam without heating it. Anyways this module needs kind of oscillating circuit to work properly and ...
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uC-adjustable harmonic oscillator circuit @100W

I'm looking for a circuit that performs a harmonic oscillation while its resonance frequency can be controlled with a microcontroller (preferably via an analog signal). The circuit has to drive a set ...
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Smart tires idea: How to measure electrical output of piezo arrays? [closed]

I had an idea where you take piezoelectric material and insert it into/on tires (or tire sleeve), suspension components, bushings etc of automobiles and then store the electric energy generated to ...
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When oscillating a piezo, should I use AC or DC square wave?

I have several piezoelectric stacks that I am trying to get to shake/oscillate. An example of what I mean by piezoelectric stack is something like Thorlabs PA3CEW. The drive voltage is specified as ...
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Is it possible to measure impact force using Flexible PVDF Piezoelectric Film?

If it is possible , should i use integrator circuit first to hold the signal then follow it by other signal processing signals (amplification and noise filtering ) ? , knowing that i tried to connect ...
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Is it possible to power a MCU with a button press / touch? [closed]

I hope to use a piezoelectric button to harvest and produce a sufficient energy burst to power ON and bootup a MSP430 for a few ms enough to update a simple data structure (e.g. two integers stored in ...
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Should a piezoelectric sensor be modeled as a voltage or current source?

I know that one can do source transformation between current and voltage source. But take a DC power supply, and we usually model it as a voltage source because the voltage is constant even the load ...
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Read data from strain-gauge Labjack, Arduino

I am working on a project where we have to record breathing data. For that we ordered a LabJack U3-LV along a with an amplifier (datasheet) and a belt which is some kind of strain gauge I think. We ...
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quartz crystal oscillator applied voltage

I know that in quartz watches a quartz crystal is used to keep time by counting it's vibrations, caused by the voltage applied to it. I don't understand if this voltage is DC or AC: If DC is used, ...
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How can I change a DC current to a 1.7/2.4 MHz AC current for piezoelectric device

I would like to start by saying my experience in electronics is very limited and I will include pictures of everything. I am, however, trying to assemble a device which puts a current through a ...
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Replacing a magnetic speaker with a non-magnetic one

I need to mount a speaker next to a magnetic compass. Any suggestions? I have a becker radio which comes with a traditional 4 ohm moving coil magnetic speaker. Due to space limitations I don't really ...
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Charge Measurement for Piezoelectric Sensor

I want to measure the charge displaced by a force acting on a piezoelectric sensor. The problem is I don't know the sensor so I have no idea how big the current generated by the sensor may be nor what ...
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Help identify a water level sensor in humidifier

I have this ultrasonic humidifier that looks like this: It has a piezoelectric transducer that produces the vapor. It also has a sensor that turns it off when the water runs out. The unit now just ...
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Bypassing refrigerator door alarm piezoelectric buzzer

My appliances keep beeping at me. How can I deactivate or bypass this refrigerator door alarm buzzer without affecting the rest of the circuit? I thought I could just cut/connect the wires at the ...
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What actually is the load capacitance of a quartz crystal?

I'm having hard time understanding the principles of piezoelectric crystal oscillators. I've found this picture: I understand that "load capacitance" is something you have to connect to a crystal. I ...
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How can I limit the voltage of a circuit so that it is always between 8 and 15 volts?

I am currently working on a project in which I am using piezoelectric material to charge a battery. The voltage output of the piezoelectric material is variable depending on how much mechanical energy ...
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Thin plate piezoelectric transducer glued to flat surface in shear mode

I want to glue a piezo plate looking like in the image below such that the wide surface of the plate gets glued onto a flat surface. The image is part of the datasheet from here. If I apply an AC ...
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How can a signal itself have a high impedance?

Observation: Recently I worked with a piezoelectric sensor and read that the sensor itself has a high impedance. Because of this, an op amp of high impedance was required to amplify the signal. ...
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Piezo impact detection

I'm creating a Nerf gun target with Arduino for my little brother. To detect the impact I was thinking about using piezo's. They would be located on the back of the targets (alimunium plates that do ...
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A sensor which can measure the vibration of a material

I am planning on making a musical instrument where I require the conversion of vibration of a material to voltage. The idea is to make a percussion instrument where I hit a plate made of a certain ...
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Anomolous behaviour when taking ADC readings

I'm using ADC on my STM32F407 to read the signals coming from a piezoelectric sensor. I have written my code in such a way that if input crosses a certain threshold, it starts sampling and storing it ...
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GaN & SiC piezoelectricity problematic?

I read that galium nitride and silicon carbide are piezo materials.Does this cause some problems? I can imagine that unwanted piezoelectricity directly in the circuit path would cause some kind of ...
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Sensor to check if door is locked [closed]

I’m taking a subject of entrepreneurship and we have to present an idea to put in the market. My group thought about a keychain with a little light that warns us if we locked our front door or forgot. ...
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Can I develop constant force (pressure) from piezoelectric crystal?

Can I develop constant force (pressure) from piezoelectric crystal applying constant voltage?
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Is it possible to create a voltage divider without resistors?

I'm prototyping a chromatic guitar tuner with an Arduino DUE and a piezoelectric sensor. I was trying to amplify the sensor's signal and connect it to the Arduino's ADC pin. So I referred TI's ...
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7MHz Transducer Measuring Doppler Shift

I am currently messing around with a project I thought would be fun but am having some issues. My goal is to use a signal generator to send a wave through my 7MHz (Steminc) piezo s-configuration ...
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TrackPoint a.k.a pointing stick 2-axis force sensor

I have an application that would benefit from a sensitive two-axis force or bending torque measurement very much like what a pointing stick (a.k.a. TrackPoint) used to do in a ThinkPad, apparently ...
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Piezoelectric effect in cables?

I am using a very sensitive transimpedance amplifier on a 3m long cable to a photodiode. Signal levels are about 70 nA - 700 nA. Bumping into the cable causes a large voltage spike on the output of ...
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What technology exists that could activate a small circuit upon high acceleration/impact?

The circuit will fit inside a 12 gauge shotgun shell, be fired from it (with less gunpowder), and will have DC batteries. I'm wanting to conserve battery life until the shot is fired. When fired, I ...
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Parallel coupling of piezoelectric

I'm trying to couple multiple piezoelectric discs as parallel to get electrical energy through vibration. using LTC3588 rectifier , which way is correct: wiring all piezo parallel,then connect output ...
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Electrical power in piezoelectric transducer

This question is from the book Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging: Inside Out By Thomas L. Szabo, regarding the power flowing into the piezoelectric ultrasound transducers. In chapter 5 (transducers) page-...
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Help with modelling a piezo

I'm using the Van Dyke model from this article and I'm a bit lost on a few things. Since the only nodes I can physically connect to are the ends, can I assume that I am limited to the voltage across ...
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Driving piezoelectric crystals, low to high or matched impedance?

When designing an interface between a fixed frequency RF generator and a piezoelectric crystal, should the aim be to match the load impedance to the source impedance (for maximum power transfer). Or ...
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Make high voltage spark travel further?

Okay, so I have this piezoelectric barbecue igniter so that I can make a remote igniter. The problem is that if I add a length of wire the spark becomes very small. Is there any way to make the spark ...