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Graphic element Research > Growth > Research projects > Previous projects > New Products and Materials > A new range of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) multilayer microactuators
Graphic element A new range of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) multilayer microactuators
     
 
New microactuators are composed of very thin ceramic layers allowing them to operate at low voltages (10 volts), at increased speeds and on the same circuits as other devices.
 

Microactuators are used to convert electrical energy into mechanical energy (and vice-versa) in a variety of microsystems. This can mean moving micromirrors for scanning lasers, driving cutting tools for microsurgical applications and operating micropumps and valves for microanalysis or microfluidic systems. Microactuator production is a highly competitive area, with the US and Japan occupying leading roles.

This project aimed to develop a new range of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) multilayer microactuators. The new devices are composed of very thin ceramic layers allowing them to operate at low voltages (10 volts), at increased speeds and on the same circuits as other devices.

Furthermore, their manufacture is extremely environmentally friendly.
Partners included three companies, a research institute and two universities. The new components are now in production and are being distributed mainly on the European market. Customers include manufactures of ink jet printers, deformable mirrors, fuel injector valves and many other items.

Cordis RCN: 14268
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