Piezoelectric Ceramic Transformer for Power Supply Operating in Thickness Extensional Vibration Mode

Osamu OHNISHI  Yasuhiro SASAKI  Toshiyuki ZAITSU  Hiromi KISHIE  Takeshi INOUE  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E77-A   No.12   pp.2098-2105
Publication Date: 1994/12/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Ultrasonics
piezoelectric,  ceramic,  transformer,  thickness extensional vibration,  DC-DC converter,  high frequency switching,  power supply,  

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This paper presents a new sort of multilayer piezoelectric ceramic transformer for switching regulated power supplies. This piezoelectric transformer operates in the second thickness extensional vibration mode. Its resonant frequency is higher than 1 MHz. First, numerical simulation was implemented using a distributed constant electromechanical equivalent circuit method. It was calculated that this piezoelectric transformer, which has higher than 200 mechanical quality factor Qm, could work with higher than 90% efficiency and in more than 20-W/cm3 high power density. Second, a trially fabricated transformer, which is 15 mm long, 15 mm wide and 2.2 mm thick, was examined. Modified PbTiO3 family ceramics were used for the piezoelectric transformer material, because of the large anisotropy between electromechanical coupling factors kt and kp. Obtained results indicate that the piezoelectric transformer has good resonant characteristics, with little spurious vibration, and exhibits 16-W/cm3 power density with high efficiency at 2 MHz. Moreover, a switching regulated power supply, applying the piezoelectric ceramic transformer, was built and examined.