Therapeutic array transducer element using coresonance between hemispherical piezoceramic shell and water sphere: Effect of load masses of support and electric contact

Kenji Otsu, Shin Yoshizawa, Shin Ichiro Umemura

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Abstract

For therapeutic ultrasound array transducers, it is necessary to reduce the electrical impedance of their elements so that the transducer can produce high ultrasonic power at a relatively low drive voltage. For this purpose, a new concept of a breathing-mode piezoceramic transducer element has been proposed. Numerical simulation showed its low electric impedance as well as good acoustical coupling between the concave hemispherical piezoceramic shell, with a diameter on the order of a wavelength in water, and the volume of a water sphere half enclosed by the shell. In the preparation of a prototype transducer, the effect of additional load masses of the flange supporting the shell and the electric contact for driving the element was numerically analyzed in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Article number07GF24
JournalJapanese journal of applied physics
Volume51
Issue number7 PART2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jul 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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