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Time-Dependent Study of Pressure Waves Generated by Square Array MEMS Ultrasound Transducers

M. A. G. Suijlen [1], R. J. Woltjer [1],
[1] Novioscan, Nijmegen, Netherlands

For non-imaging wearable ultrasound applications Novioscan is developing piezoelectric MEMS transducers. These transducers consist of a large array of micromechanical silicon membranes with piezoelectrically actuated regions to generate an out-of-plane displacement causing a pressure wave in the adjacent medium. For a typical application of echo sounding in a human body such transducers operate ...

COMSOL Multiphysics® Simulation of Ultrasonic Energy in Cleaning Tanks - new

L. Zhong[1]
[1]Seagate Technology, Bloomington, MN, USA

Ultrasonic based cleaning process, widely used in various industries, mainly utilizes the cavitation effect to achieve contamination removal. For a given set of ultrasonic tank parameters, such as cleaning fluid, temperature, frequency etc, the cavitation effect is largely impacted by the amount of ultrasonic energy. Determining optimal ultrasonic energy level often becomes the key to the ...

Vibro-Acoustic Analysis of Motorcycle Engine Under Combustion Load - new

U. Mohite[1], N. Bhatia[1]
[1]Mahindra Two Wheelers Ltd., Pune, Maharashtra, India

Noise radiated from automotive engine is gaining significance in order to meet regulations concerning noise levels and to fulfill customer demands of quiet products. In IC engines, combustion pressure is one of the major excitations which is transmitted through powertrain to the casings and radiates noise. Structural and acoustical modeling and simulation methods can be used to predict and ...

Orientation of Piezoelectric Crystals and Acoustic Wave Propagation

G. Zhang[1]
[1]Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

Surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices are commonly used as wireless filters, resonators, and sensors. The confinement of acoustic energy near the surface of a piezoelectric substrate in a SAW sensor makes it highly sensitive for discerning surface perturbation. As sensors, SAW devices have the potential to provide a high-performance sensing platform with capabilities of remote and high-temperature ...

Modeling and Experimental Verification of the Power Transfer and Thermal Characteristics of Piezoelectric Transformers Subjected to Combined Mechanical and Electrical Loading

S. Tuncdemir[1], W.M. Bradley[2]
[1]Solid State Ceramics, Williamsport, PA, USA
[2]QorTek, Williamsport, PA, USA

A piezoelectric transformer allows purely mechanical transfer and scaling of electrical energy via simultaneous utilization of both the direct and converse piezoelectric effects. This mechanical energy transfer enables a wide range of functional differences from typical magnetic-based electrical power transformers. Comparing to their electromagnetic counterparts, piezoelectric transformers are ...

Flow Focusing Droplet Generation Using Linear Vibration - new

A. Salari[1], C. Dalton[1]
[1]Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada

Flow focusing microchannels are widely used in droplet generation mechanisms. In this paper, the effect of linear vibration on the flow pattern in a flow focusing structure and the corresponding formed droplets were numerically investigated using COMSOL Multiphysics® software. The results showed that vibration can be very effective on droplet formation, if the governing parameters such as ...

Acoustic Streaming of a Sharp Edge

M. Ovchinnikov[1]
[1]Alcon Research Ltd., Lake Forest, CA, USA

Anomalous acoustic streaming is observed from sharp edges of vibrating solid bodies in fluids. The streaming velocities can be orders of magnitude higher than expected from the Rayleigh streaming at similar amplitudes of vibrations. Acoustic velocity of a fluid relative to a solid body diverges at a sharp edge giving rise to a localized time-independent body force acting on the fluid. The ...

Quartz Transducer Modeling for Development of BAW Resonators

L.B.M. Silva[1], E.J.P. Santos[1]
[1]Laboratory for Devices and Nanostructures, Electronics and Systems Department, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, PE, Brasil

Transducer optimization is a key aspect for successful development and deployment of advanced sensors, especially when designing 3D structures for harsh environments. For piezoelectric transducers, plate thickness determines the operating frequency of the resonator, which is frequently tuned in the shear thickness vibration mode. Quartz has been the material of choice for the fabrication of ...

Harmonic Simulation of Viscoelastic Polymer Microcantilever for Electrostrictive Energy Harvesters

N. Alcheikh[1], C. Ayela[1], I. Dufour[1]
[1]Univ. Bordeaux, IMS Lab, Pessac, France.

Electrostrictive polymers have been of significant interest over the last years for energy harvesting. Principle is based on the conversion of a mechanical deformation into electricity. The stored energy basically depends on the mechanical strain induced into an electrostrictive polymer by the mechanical resonant vibration of a microcantilever supporting the electrostrictive layer. In this work, ...

Design and Simulation of an Orbiting Piezoelectric MEMS Gyroscope Based on Detection of Phase-Shift Signals - new

S. Gorelick[1], J. R. Dekker[1], B. Guo[1], H. Rimminen[1]
[1] VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland

The feasibility of phase-sensitive detection of angular-rates using bi-directional orbiting piezoresonators suspended by thick annular springs with thin-film aluminium nitride piezoactuators on top of them was investigated. The ring-shaped flexures are more suitable for supporting the orbiting motion due to their angle-dependent spring constant. The response of the orbiting resonators to ...