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Title: Radial modes of laterally stiffened piezoelectric disc transducers for ultrasonic collimated beam generation

Here, we numerically investigate the resonance and vibration characteristics of radial modes of laterally stiffened piezoelectric disc transducers. Lateral stiffening is modeled using a spring and vibration characteristics of the piezo-disc are investigated with increasing lateral stiffness. It is found that the resonant frequency response of the radial modes follows an asymptotic behavior approaching that of a clamped disc with increasing lateral stiffness. The radial mode vibration pattern of the discs is also found to be affected by lateral stiffness. While the vibration pattern of a free disc corresponds to a Bessel function, laterally stiffened discs show edge-effects where they depart from the Bessel-like behavior. In addition, a fully clamped piezo-disc is found to have an extra side-lobe when compared to a free disc. Ultrasonic beam profiles generated from radial modes of laterally stiffened discs are numerically investigated. It is found that the free piezo-disc generates a Bessel beam that has multiple side-lobes. Increasing the lateral stiffness results in a significant reduction of side-lobes in the beam profile. This technique of generating a collimated beam with side-lobe reduction finds significant applications in imaging through concrete, drilling mud, and other highly attenuating materials.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0165-2125
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Wave Motion
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Wave Motion; Journal ID: ISSN 0165-2125
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Country of Publication:
United States
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; Energy Sciences; Radial modes; Collimated beam; Ultrasonics
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