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The effects of focused transducer geometry and sample size on the measurement of ultrasonic transmission properties

Atkins, T.J., Humphrey, V.F., Duck, F.A. and Tooley, M.A. (2011) The effects of focused transducer geometry and sample size on the measurement of ultrasonic transmission properties Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 279, (1), p. 12024. (doi:10.1088/1742-6596/279/1/012024).

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The response of two coaxially aligned weakly focused ultrasonic transducers, typical of those employed for measuring the attenuation of small samples using the immersion method, has been investigated. The effects of the sample size on transmission measurements have been analyzed by integrating the sound pressure distribution functions of the radiator and receiver over different limits to determine the size of the region that contributes to the system response. The results enable the errors introduced into measurements of attenuation to be estimated as a function of sample size. A theoretical expression has been used to examine how the transducer separation affects the receiver output. The calculations are compared with an experimental study of the axial response of three unpaired transducers in water. The separation of each transducer pair giving the maximum response was determined, and compared with the field characteristics of the individual transducers. The optimum transducer separation, for accurate estimation of sample properties, was found to fall between the sum of the focal distances and the sum of the geometric focal lengths as this reduced diffraction errors.

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Published date: 2011


Local EPrints ID: 189299
ISSN: 1742-6588
PURE UUID: 30f62a46-fd5a-4b37-979b-c055293864e4
ORCID for V.F. Humphrey: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 01 Jun 2011 15:24
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:40

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Author: T.J. Atkins
Author: V.F. Humphrey ORCID iD
Author: F.A. Duck
Author: M.A. Tooley

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