Document Type : Research Article


Materials Science Division, CSIR - National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore, 560037, India


Piezoelectric polymer-ceramic composite materials are promising candidate for transducer application because of their inherent capability of combining the favourable properties of both ceramic and polymer materials. Present work discusses the dielectric properties of such composite films developed from two piezoelectric materials viz. Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) as a matrix and Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) as filler in PVDF. PVDF-PZT composite films were prepared by solvent casting method followed by hot pressing for better packing and connectivity of ceramic phase in the composite and hence improved piezoelectric properties in the material. The dielectric parameters of these films are evaluated by the measurement of dielectric constants (ε¢ and ε¢¢), intrinsic impedance, capacitance and dielectric loss, etc. as function of frequency at room temperature. The temperature dependence of the dielectric properties is studied as well from 40˚C to 75˚C. It was found that dielectric properties like permittivity and capacitance were quite stable in the frequency range 100 Hz-100 kHz. A variation of 20 to 50% in dielectric properties was observed, for increase in temperature with respect to room temperature, which may be accounted to pyroelectric behaviour of material. 


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