APC INTERNATIONAL: Custom Bimorph Solutions
Recent developments in the piezo industry have reportedly left many companies searching for alternative solutions to custom bimorphs and materials that are no longer available.
Recent developments in the piezo industry have reportedly left many companies searching for alternative solutions to custom bimorphs and materials that are no longer available. APC International manufactures standard and custom bimorphs, in series or parallel configurations, for many applications, including:
- Vibration sensors
- Flow sensors
- Energy harvesting
- High temperature (200°C+)
According to APC, materials that are well-suited for these applications include APC 850 and APC 855 (Navy Type II and VI respectively) for most general applications, and APC 840 material (Navy Type I) in select custom applications. APC manufactures bimorphs with or without a variety of shim materials in the center of the bimorph. The inclusion of a shim in the center of the bimorph can enhance motion, increase strength and (in certain applications and material combinations) act as a center electrode.
Requirements for custom bimorphs vary, but most can be summarized as one or more of the following characteristics:
- Specific operating temperature ranges
- Required displacement or movement
- Physical size restrictions
- Blocking force
- Duty cycle requirements
- Total life cycle
For more information, visit www.apcinternational.com.