Magnetoelectric effect of three-phase core-shell-matrix particulate multiferroic composites

Hsin-Yi Kuo*, Tzu Sheng Wu

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This paper studies the magnetoelectricity of a core-shell-matrix three-phase particulate composite made of piezoelectric (PE) and piezomagnetic (PM) phases. We propose a micromechanical model, the two-level recursive scheme in conjunction with Mori-Tanaka's method, to investigate the effective magnetoelectric coupling coefficients of the composite. We compare this micromechanical solution with those predicted by finite element analysis, which provides the benchmark results for a periodic array of inclusions. Both the magnitudes and trends between them are in good agreement. Based on this micromechanical approach, we show that, for the case of PE/PM/PM (core/shell/matrix) multiferroic composite, with a coating appropriate for the inhomogeneity, the effective magnetoelectric coupling can be enhanced many-fold as compared to the noncoated counterpart. Further, useful design principles are proposed for engineering magnetoelectric composites.

Original languageEnglish
Article number054915
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2012

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