Paper Title:

Designing a Hollow Langevin Transducer for Ultrasonic Coring

Periodical Applied Mechanics and Materials (Volumes 24 - 25)
Main Theme Advances in Experimental Mechanics VII
Edited by R.A.W. Mines and J.M. Dulieu-Barton
Pages 65-70
DOI 10.4028/
Citation P. Harkness et al., 2010, Applied Mechanics and Materials, 24-25, 65
Online since June 2010
Authors P. Harkness, Andrea Cardoni, J. Russell, Margaret Lucas
Keywords Bolted Langevin Transducer, Effect of Preload, Response Function
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A number of architectures for a hollow Langevin ultrasonic transducer are proposed and evaluated. One of these is optimised by finite element modelling and is then manufactured and analysed experimentally. The preload on the transducer ceramics is increased and the effect on the performance is measured. At maximum preload the results of an experimental modal analysis are used to determine the natural frequency and response of both the operating longitudinal mode and unwanted bending modes. The performance of the hollow transducer is compared to a solid commercial transducer containing the same volume of piezoceramic material. The efficiency is shown to be comparable. Higher ultrasonic displacement amplitudes are achieved with the hollow transducer although a lower Q-factor is found.