HELP WITH PIEZOELECTRIC EXPERIMENTS?

Hi, I am a researcher and I am interested in the piezoelectric qualities of certain materials, specifically quartz or bone and wondered whether anyone had experience of passing sound through quartz/crystals/animal bones? Is it possible to use one of those material to carry sound? I know that glass windows can be used as large bone conducting speakers, just wondering if anyone has any experience of this? I haven't done any hands on experiments myself as I am still at the research stage. Any advice would be appreciated and a big help! Thanks

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What is a piezoelectric crystal? Answered

I kind of know what it is, but i need a professional (Professer? Kiteman, my hero! LoL...) awnser. I know it is some form of crystal that when pressure is applied, positive (ions?) form at one side, and negative at the other. Also, how does a piezoelectrical ignitor work? What crystal does it use?

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Piezoelectricity Experiments. Help Needed!

I'm currently experimenting with piezoelectricity.And at the moment my experiment is limited to just a few piezo sparkers extracted from cigarette lighters.The sparker works with observable voltage spike on my multimeter. No voltage spike however when I use the tiny crystal (the size of a zippo flint) taken out from the sparker.I was trying to replicate this experiment (without the oscilloscope):Piezoelectric Rochelle SaltAnother thing, Would continuous vibration produce continuous voltage?It is known that piezo crystals produce high voltage, yet very low current. What are the options to increase the current? Would winding un-insulated copper wire around it (or any kind of contact with conductive metal) increase the current? Apart from lighter, what other surplus sources of piezoelectric crystals (i.e. quartz, PZT, Rochelle)? Can the crystal in RC toys, radios be used to generate electricity? Although there is the option to grow my own Rochelle salt, I'm not looking into it at the moment since it's going to take quite a while to grow.Thanks in advance!

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How can I construct a piezoelectric generator using cheap materials??

Hello! I am asking this because I need help in making my research project for my fourth year in high school. The concept of my research is to harvest energy from people stepping on something similar to stairs. after harvesting the energy, I plan on storing it in a pair of AA NiMH batteries for future storage, but I am still not sure on how I will go about this. As a high school student, I don't have any advance knowledge on making generators like you brilliant people do.  Please help me. Thank you!

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why people are not harvesting energy through roads by using piezoelectric systems Answered

Even though in israel and us this type of roads are tested and said that roads can supply energy why people are not having a power plant by connecting it to piezoelectric which are under road and supply to people 

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anyone suggest me where i can get the details of mathematical modelling of piezoelectric generator?

I want to do a project based on the power generation of piezoelectric devices such as piezoelectric stacks and disc. so i have to made an mathematical modelling of it. when i search for it i getting only the basic principles. can anyone suggest me how to use them to prepare my model and where i can get more details about it.

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Are there any alternatives to piezoelectric transducers?

I saw a post about an energy-generating device on shoes which generates electricity when walking. Piezoelectric transducers were used to generate energy but not enough to charge the battery full or even half full. Are there alternatives to Piezoelectric transducers that generates more energy than piezo? Thanks.

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How do you use a piezoelectric ceramic to light an LED?

I have a small, round  piezoelectric ceramic sensor made from PZT (Lead Zirconate Titanate) material that I would like to try out to see how much mechanical force I need to apply to light a 5mm LED. The piezo ceramic has already been soldered with two wires (negative and positive). Nevertheless, I am completely new to creating circuits that involve a piezo ceramic. As a result, I have no idea whatsoever on how to properly connect the piezoelectric ceramic to the LED as to light it up. I have connected the two together before and applied force on the ceramic to see if it created some sort of charge, yet nothing occurred.      

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There are several types of smart materials but only a few have instructables.

Does anyone have any knowledge of piezoelectrics, shape memory alloys/polymers, or self-healing materials?

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smoke detector piezoelectric transducer hack?

I'm thinking of building a basement water leak detector like this: http://www.mrroot.net/2009/10/water-detection-circuit/ I wanted to hook it up to something loud like a smoke detector. Is it possible to take adapt the piezoelectric transducer circuit with the water sensor? Any guides. Thanks

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How to design a piezoelectric speaker with high impedance at 30 - 150 watt?

I'm looking for a guide on how to build and measure a piezoelectric speaker with regular impedance 4ohm , 8ohm , 16ohm , with watts from 30 up to 150watts rms , the purpose use is for amplifiers such as hifi amps , guitar tube amps , also i want to know if it possible and how to make a high impedance piezoelectric speaker above the 1kohm for a OTL Tube Amps , to solve the problem instead using many tubes to lower the high impedance , to use a piezoelectric design that has the high impedance for example 4000ohm in this case no need for output transformer or too much of tubes, plugging the tubes directly to a piezoelectric speaker , the size of the speaker it may be bigger than a regular piezoelectric element due to the high impedance and adding other material for resonance , anyone can help? please :)

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How can i make a voltage or charge amplifier for a piezoelectric sensor ? what do i need to know ?

I use the sensor to sense the transverse vibration of beam .http://www.mide.com/pdfs/quickpack-actuator-sensor-datasheet.pdf http://www.mide.com/pdfs/quickpack_specs_piezo_properties.pdf

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ENERGY FROM PIEZOELECTRIC DISCS:HOW TO CONNECT THEM IN SERIES WITH RECTIFIER REGULATOR AND BATTERY? HOW TO STORE ENERGY?

HI GUYS I need  your help with our project. our project is entitled energy gathered from doormats using piezoelectric discs. We're having some problem with connecting the discs in series with the regulator, rectifier and battery. we're already running out of time so it would be a big help if anyone would reply with any suggestion or any literature/link/articles/guide... thank you!

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Electric Ukelele & Viola, Violin or Octave Violin Build

I am searching for inexpensive means to create aesthetically pleasing electric stringed instruments. I started this project when I started playing viola years after I was forced to quit private lessons. I discovered the F-f-fiddle on openfab.com which is a super rad 3d printed electric violin but since I do not have access to any 3D printer in the tiny town which I reside in, I sent the files to an online 3D printing business and they quoted me at least $500 just for the Fffiddle body! I didn't even bother to ask for a quote on the electric ukelele which I want to print & build so badly as well. I am interested in this project so that I can possibly help low income public school students in creating their own instruments to inspire them to take up an instrument and show them how much fun it can be to create something by yourself rather than buy. I am especially interested in acrylic plastic/lucite/celluloid, resins, exotic wood, recycled plastics, plastic injection molding, piezo pickups, and any other interesting materials that could be incorporated into these projects. I have been studying luthier tools, supplies, etc, along with design/fabrication of lucite/acrylic stringed instruments, furniture and other home goods. 3D printing/scanning, vintage celluloid guitar finishes, pre amps, recycling plastic bottles, landfill harmonic instruments, leather, pearl inlay, metallic finishes, enameling kilns, metal smithing, hand engraving & everything in between. I have been a mixed media artist for nearly my entire life and my father was a jeweler. I am going to find a way to create some functional and beautiful instruments no matter how long it takes me to narrow down the right combination of materials and how to make them, model them, mold them, dye them, etc! The photos attached are simply inspirational photos which I have collected over the past 6-8 months. Many of them are possibly patented, licensed, etc and I do NOT want to simply RIP OFF any of these photos! Please email me at svbacklund@gmail.com if you believe you could help me with my low income student instruments program or leads on 3d printing grants for public schools or anything else that may help me on my latest project or contact me directly via my instructables question here. I especially am interested in creating an electric violin which incorporates both classical and contemporary design. Any advice? Could you help?

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generate electricity on application of wt without piezoelectric materials?

A mat which generates electricity when people walk over it. it should be of normal ground leb=vel with no extra height and no smart materials being used.

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I wonder if i can get enough energy from the piezoelectricity to charge a Mobile phone ?

Hey everyone :) my name is Basel , and Im a 16 years old guy , and im thinking of using piezoelectricity to charge an original mobile phone , and i want to know if i can do that , and if i can get enough energy ? im sorry because of my weak language because im an arab :D please help me :)

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Is it possible to use Piezoelectric sensors to measure weight, like a hypersensitive set of scales?

If Piezo is not appropriate in this case, which would be the best technology / method of weighing to use? I want to create a a hypersensitive set of scales which read up to 1 kg of total weight. But I want to create it as flat and flexible as possible. The footprint would be roughly 115 x 55 mm and be used to measure the weights of small foods for the prupose dieting, can anyone help me?

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Does anyone have a simple circuit for driving a piezoelectric actuator?

I've searched the web and found a bunch of theoretical stuff, but nothing that says here's a schematic and use these parts.

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Where can i get piezo transducer? Answered

I am doing a project. i need this for my project. i would be very thankful to the person who hep me.

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hello all, i wanna charge a batttery by a regular pulse of a small current value how do i calculate the charge time

What are the effects if used a current amplifer, the charging is through Piezoelectric effect. waiting for ur responces.

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Is it possible to make a wearable Heart Beat Sound amplifier?

This is for my final project for one of my university papers and what I want to do is to make a object that can amplify or create the sound of the heart and can either worn on the hand or the neck like a necklace, as a form of communication and/or self expression. Visual aesthetics are important for this one so ideally, if its possible Id like to make this wearable object portable and super simple since I'm an amateur when it comes to anything electrical like this! I did see another question on this site which was practically the same as mine, amplifying the sound of the heart beat for a project and one of the comments mentioned using piezoelectric elements to pick up the movement of the veins and therefore create a sound through an amp and a speaker. This would be perfect for my project even though its not the exact sound of the heart but its doable, except connecting it to an amp etc isn't exactly small or compact enough for it to be wearable.  (Here's the web address to the other question I mentioned above: https://www.instructables.com/answers/How-do-I-connect-a-stethoscope-to-a-speaker-How-/)  So...is there any other way to use piezoelectric elements to pick up the movement of the veins and output it somehow preferably through sound, but representing it visually through LED lights could also be an option, but again, how do you make this inexpensive, wearable and simple to make?? Any suggestions anyone?? Thanks :) 

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Laser perimeter trip

I’ve seen several configurations of a laser perimeter alarm design, however, I don’t want a piezoelectric buzzer going off. I want a message or alert sent to my smartphone. Bluetooth tech I feel would have distance limitations so I’m learning more towards a secure WiFi link. Any ideas along this line or if someone has already done this and I couldn’t find it?!

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I need a circuit diagram for a simple piezoelectric audio buzzer and led light flasher in one handy circuit board?

 Hi, I am trying to build a simple circuit that has a piezo electric buzzer and an led light flasher that runs on a 9V battery. The idea is that, this circuit is a wearable (a necklace prototype) that acts as an alert system - the circuit needs to be compact. All I want for it to do is, with the flip of a switch, the buzzer sounds and the LED light flashes. I am a beginner when it comes to building circuits. Can some one please provide me with a circuit diagram? Thanks for your help!

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Does Voltage Or Current Kill Electronics? Answered

I've heard it a million times "It's the amps that kill".  But what if we are talking about electronics?  Would something that is 1.5 volts at an amp affect an electronic device? What if I had something at 10 kV, but virtually no current, like a piezoelectric ignitor?  (Maybe both of these examples would, I'm not sure,  but which is more likely?) Just wondering if someone can tell me whether it is mainly the volts or amps that fry electronics. And also how this happens. Does the high voltage short circuit things? Or is it the current that would overheat the small little circuits inside? I'm thinking that both are possible, but I'd like to know which is more likely to kill electronics, voltage or amperage?

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How would I make a sensor sense motion coming at me from behind while I'm moving forward?

I'm trying to make a small sensor that would detect a large object coming at me from behind at about 60mph while I'm moving forward at around 7mph. What kind of sensor would I use? I looked up the different types and I found Passive/active infrared, optic-based, piezoelectric, and ultrasonic. I tried to figure it out myself and my best guess is ultrasonic? Like what cars use to detect deer, they use "ultrasonic airflow sensors". Ideally the sensor would beep and get louder or faster as the object approaches. Would I use an arduino? I'm very new at this :/ Thanks for any help!

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