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FEA Modeling of PZT Material

Question asked by David Grigg on Feb 14, 2018
Latest reply on Feb 14, 2018 by David Grigg


Is there a better way to model PZT material expansion in SolidWorks FEA rather than simply applying a bulk temperature to the material?

I have an assembly where a PZT expands and translates, so simply replacing the PZT element with boundary conditions at the 2 faces is difficult, at best.  My only current fall back to is simply apply a bulk temperature to the PZT element to get the expected expansion displacement and then analyze the stresses around the end faces.  Is there are more proper way to do this?

Thank you in advanced.