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An Analysis of Laminated Piezoelectric Infinite Plate for Broadband Biomedical Ultrasound Transducer Design

[+] Author Affiliations
Daniel H. Cortes, Sam M. Mukdadi

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Paper No. IMECE2007-42289, pp. 337-340; 4 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 2: Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering
  • Seattle, Washington, USA, November 11–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4296-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3812-9
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


This work investigates the use of frequency spectrum analysis of waveguide propagation in multi-layered anisotropic piezoelectric transducers. A semi-analytical finite-element analysis (SAFE) is used to model the transducer as a piezoelectric infinite plate. Dispersion curves, group velocities and displacement frequency spectra can be obtained for any multilayered piezoelectric plate. Stress-free boundary conditions were assumed for all analyses. Results for open and closed circuit boundary conditions were analyzed. Zero-Group-Velocity (ZGV) frequencies of high-order waveguide modes were observed to provide multi-resonant displacement frequency spectrum. Comparison of numerical and experimental results shows a good agreement between peak and off-peak values of the displacement spectrum. Results showed that optimization of layered structure may provide an efficient means for generating multi-thickness (ZGV) waveguide modes, thus increasing the bandwidth of harmonic ultrasound transducers for contrast imaging.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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