Experimental and theoretical study of vibrations of a cantilevered beam using a ZnO piezoelectric sensor

B. R. Jooste, H. J. Viljoen, S. L. Rohde, N. F.J. Van Rensburg

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Piezoelectric sensors can measure vibrations of solid structures very accurately. A model of a cantilevered beam, with a ZnO film on one side is presented. Both viscous and internal damping are considered. The output of the sensor is modeled and matched with experimental results by adjusting the damping parameters. A theoretical formulation for damage is introduced. Experimental results for a damaged beam confirm the shift in frequencies to lower values. The model is used to identify the extent of the damage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)714-719
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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