Applications of Power Ultrasonics in Engineering
Applications of power ultrasonics in engineering are growing and now encompass a wide variety of industrial processes and medical procedures. In the field of power ultrasonics, ultrasonic vibrations are used to effect a physical change in a medium. However, the mechanism by which a process can benefit from power ultrasonics is not common for all applications and can include one or more of such diverse mechanisms as acoustic cavitation, heating, microfracture, surface agitation and chemical reactions. This paper presents two applications of power ultrasonics involving some of these different characteristics by concentrating on two case studies involving material failure (ultrasonic cutting) and acoustic cavitation (bacterial inactivation).
J.M. Dulieu-Barton, J.D. Lord and R.J. Greene
M. Lucas et al., "Applications of Power Ultrasonics in Engineering", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 13-14, pp. 11-20, 2008