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Title: Acoustic levitation of a large solid sphere

Abstract

We demonstrate that acoustic levitation can levitate spherical objects much larger than the acoustic wavelength in air. The acoustic levitation of an expanded polystyrene sphere of 50 mm in diameter, corresponding to 3.6 times the wavelength, is achieved by using three 25 kHz ultrasonic transducers arranged in a tripod fashion. In this configuration, a standing wave is created between the transducers and the sphere. The axial acoustic radiation force generated by each transducer on the sphere was modeled numerically as a function of the distance between the sphere and the transducer. The theoretical acoustic radiation force was verified experimentally in a setup consisting of an electronic scale and an ultrasonic transducer mounted on a motorized linear stage. The comparison between the numerical and experimental acoustic radiation forces presents a good agreement.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo, São Paulo 05508-090 (Brazil)
  2. School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS (United Kingdom)
  3. Department of Mechatronics and Mechanical Systems Engineering, Escola Politécnica, University of São Paulo, São Paulo 05508-030 (Brazil)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22594454
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 109; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: (c) 2016 Author(s); Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; 75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; ACOUSTICS; AIR; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; DISTANCE; KHZ RANGE 01-100; LEVITATION; POLYSTYRENE; SPHERES; SPHERICAL CONFIGURATION; STANDING WAVES; TRANSDUCERS; WAVELENGTHS

Citation Formats

Andrade, Marco A. B., E-mail: marcobrizzotti@gmail.com, Bernassau, Anne L., and Adamowski, Julio C. Acoustic levitation of a large solid sphere. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1063/1.4959862.
Andrade, Marco A. B., E-mail: marcobrizzotti@gmail.com, Bernassau, Anne L., & Adamowski, Julio C. Acoustic levitation of a large solid sphere. United States. doi:10.1063/1.4959862.
Andrade, Marco A. B., E-mail: marcobrizzotti@gmail.com, Bernassau, Anne L., and Adamowski, Julio C. Mon . "Acoustic levitation of a large solid sphere". United States. doi:10.1063/1.4959862.
@article{osti_22594454,
title = {Acoustic levitation of a large solid sphere},
author = {Andrade, Marco A. B., E-mail: marcobrizzotti@gmail.com and Bernassau, Anne L. and Adamowski, Julio C.},
abstractNote = {We demonstrate that acoustic levitation can levitate spherical objects much larger than the acoustic wavelength in air. The acoustic levitation of an expanded polystyrene sphere of 50 mm in diameter, corresponding to 3.6 times the wavelength, is achieved by using three 25 kHz ultrasonic transducers arranged in a tripod fashion. In this configuration, a standing wave is created between the transducers and the sphere. The axial acoustic radiation force generated by each transducer on the sphere was modeled numerically as a function of the distance between the sphere and the transducer. The theoretical acoustic radiation force was verified experimentally in a setup consisting of an electronic scale and an ultrasonic transducer mounted on a motorized linear stage. The comparison between the numerical and experimental acoustic radiation forces presents a good agreement.},
doi = {10.1063/1.4959862},
journal = {Applied Physics Letters},
number = 4,
volume = 109,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon Jul 25 00:00:00 EDT 2016},
month = {Mon Jul 25 00:00:00 EDT 2016}
}