Nonlinear dielectric properties of random paraelectric-dielectric composites

V. Myroshnychenko, S. Smirnov, P.M.M. Jose, C. Brosseau, J. Förstner, Acta Materialia 203 (2020) 116432.

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The challenge of designing new tunable nonlinear dielectric materials with tailored properties has attracted an increasing amount of interest recently. Herein, we study the effective nonlinear dielectric response of a stochastic paraelectric-dielectric composite consisting of equilibrium distributions of circular and partially penetrable disks (or parallel, infinitely long, identical, partially penetrable, circular cylinders) of a dielectric phase randomly dispersed in a continuous matrix of a paraelectric phase. The random microstructures were generated using the Metropolis Monte Carlo algorithm. The evaluation of the effective permittivity and tunability were carried out by employing either a Landau thermodynamic model or its Johnson’s approximation to describe the field-dependent permittivity of the paraelectric phase and solving continuum-electrostatics equations using finite element calculations. We reveal that the percolation threshold in this composite governs the critical behavior of the effective permittivity and tunability. For microstructures below the percolation threshold, our simulations demonstrate a strong nonlinear behaviour of the field-dependent effective permittivity and very high tunability that increases as a function of dielectric phase concentration. Above the percolation threshold, the effective permittivity shows the tendency to linearization and the tunability dramatically drops down. The highly reduced permittivity and extraordinarily high tunability are obtained for the composites with dielectric impenetrable disks at high concentrations, in which the triggering of the percolation transition is avoided. The reported results cast light on distinct nonlinear behaviour of 2D and 3D stochastic composites and can guide the design of novel composites with the controlled morphology and tailored permittivity and tunability.
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Myroshnychenko V, Smirnov S, Jose PMM, Brosseau C, Förstner J. Nonlinear dielectric properties of random paraelectric-dielectric composites. Acta Materialia. 2020;203:116432. doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2020.10.051
Myroshnychenko, V., Smirnov, S., Jose, P. M. M., Brosseau, C., & Förstner, J. (2020). Nonlinear dielectric properties of random paraelectric-dielectric composites. Acta Materialia, 203, 116432. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actamat.2020.10.051
@article{Myroshnychenko_Smirnov_Jose_Brosseau_Förstner_2020, title={Nonlinear dielectric properties of random paraelectric-dielectric composites}, volume={203}, DOI={10.1016/j.actamat.2020.10.051}, journal={Acta Materialia}, author={Myroshnychenko, Viktor and Smirnov, Stanislav and Jose, Pious Mathews Mulavarickal and Brosseau, Christian and Förstner, Jens}, year={2020}, pages={116432} }
Myroshnychenko, Viktor, Stanislav Smirnov, Pious Mathews Mulavarickal Jose, Christian Brosseau, and Jens Förstner. “Nonlinear Dielectric Properties of Random Paraelectric-Dielectric Composites.” Acta Materialia 203 (2020): 116432. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actamat.2020.10.051.
V. Myroshnychenko, S. Smirnov, P. M. M. Jose, C. Brosseau, and J. Förstner, “Nonlinear dielectric properties of random paraelectric-dielectric composites,” Acta Materialia, vol. 203, p. 116432, 2020.
Myroshnychenko, Viktor, et al. “Nonlinear Dielectric Properties of Random Paraelectric-Dielectric Composites.” Acta Materialia, vol. 203, 2020, p. 116432, doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2020.10.051.
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