The aim of the present study is to develop models of active laminated plates containing monolithic piezopolymer sensor layers and a new type of actuator layers made of Piezoelectric Functionally Graded (PFG) material, which is a mixture of piezoceramics and polymer or epoxy matrix. The electromechanical properties of the PFG layers can be tailored varying continuously the piezoceramic volume fraction across the thickness during the manufacturing process. The analysis and numerical simulations are focused on the relationship between the material compositional gradient and electromechanical properties and also dynamic responses of the structure obtained. Three types of functions, which describe the volume fraction distribution of constituents, are considered: exponential, parabolic and sigmoid. The effective properties of the PFG material, i.e. the Young’s modulus and piezoelectric coefficient gradations, are determined using to the rule of mixtures. A constant velocity feedback algorithm is used for the active damping of transverse plate vibration. The dynamic analysis concerns steady-state behavior of rectangular symmetrically laminated plates and is based on hypothesis of the classical plate theory. The numerical simulations are performed to recognize the influence of the applied pattern of the piezoceramic fraction distribution and its parameters on the gradient of elastic and piezoelectric properties within the PFG actuators and, as the final result, the active plate structural response presented in terms of amplitude-frequency characteristics. The changes in both the natural frequencies and resonant amplitudes are compared and the influence of the piezoceramic gradation on the control system operational effectiveness is also indicated and discussed.

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