|Piezoelectric Constitutive Equation|
Piezoelectricity is described mathematically within a material's constitutive equation,
which defines how the piezoelectric material's stress (T),
charge-density displacement (D),
and electric field (E) interact.
The piezoelectric constitutive law (in Strain-Charge form) is:
|The matrix d contains the piezoelectric coefficients for the material, and it appears twice in the constitutive equation (the superscript t stands for matrix-transpose).|
The four state variables
can be rearranged to give an additional 3 forms for a piezoelectric constitutive equation.
Instead of the coupling matrix
d, they contain the coupling matrices
It is possible to transform piezo constitutive data in one form to another form.
Why are these transformations important? A leading motivation is that vendors typically publish material data for d and g, whereas certain finite element codes require piezo data entered as e.
To view the 4 piezoelectric constitutive equations and their mutual transformations, visit the Constitutive Transform page.