A large aperture lens-less line-focus transducer for materials characterization is described. The transducer design is based on a time-domain Green?s function formalism, which also yields good theoretical corroboration of the experimental results. The transducer construction is readily achieved by conforming commercial polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) film to a cylindrical (convex) surface, followed by casting a tungsten-powder-loaded epoxy resin backing material into an attached housing. This transducer can be used to characterize sample material properties by simultaneously measuring surface wave speeds and bulk wave transit times, from which the thickness and anisotropy may be deduced.
Pub Type: Journals
material characterization, Ultrasonic transducer, Ultrasonics