Dynamics characterisation of cymbal transducers for power ultrasonics applications

Feeney, A. , Bejarano, F. and Lucas, M. (2016) Dynamics characterisation of cymbal transducers for power ultrasonics applications. Physics Procedia, 87, pp. 29-34. (doi: 10.1016/j.phpro.2016.12.006)

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A class V cymbal flextensional transducer is composed of a piezoceramic disc sandwiched between two cymbal-shaped shell end-caps. Depending on the type of piezoceramic, there exists a maximum voltage that can be reached without depolarisation, but also, at higher voltage levels, amplitude saturation can occur. In addition, there is a restriction imposed by the mechanical strength of the bonding agent. The effects of input voltage level on the vibration response of two cymbal transducers are studied. The first cymbal transducer has a standard configuration of end-caps bonded to a piezoceramic disc, whereas the second cymbal transducer is a modified design which includes a metal ring to improve the mechanical coupling with the end-caps, to enable the transducer to operate at higher voltages, thereby generating higher displacement amplitudes. This would allow the transducer to be suitable for power ultrasonics applications. Furthermore, the input voltages to each transducer are increased incrementally to determine the linearity in the dynamic responses. Through a combination of numerical modelling and experiments, it is shown how the improved mechanical coupling in the modified cymbal transducer allows higher vibration amplitudes to be reached.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Feeney, Dr Andrew and Lucas, Professor Margaret and Bejarano, Mr Fernando
Authors: Feeney, A., Bejarano, F., and Lucas, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Physics Procedia
Published Online:27 December 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V.
First Published:First published in Physics Procedia 87: 29-34
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
5006112008-12 Doctoral Training GrantMary GoodmanEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/P50418X/1VPO VICE PRINCIPAL RESEARCH & ENTERPRISE