Modelling of piezoelectrically actuated bistable composites

Peter F Giddings, H Alicia Kim, Aki I T Salo, Christopher R Bowen

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Bistable asymmetric composites with piezoelectric actuators that induce 'snap-through' from one stable state to another are candidate smart materials for shape-change (morphing) applications. This paper combines a homogenised piezoelectric model of a Macro Fibre Composite with a bistable asymmetric laminate model. Both predicted shape and snap-through voltage of a piezo-actuated [0/90]T laminate compare favourably with experimental results.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1261-1263
Number of pages3
JournalMaterials Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2011


  • bistable
  • actuator
  • modelling
  • composite


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