Ultrasonic Transducers

1st Edition

Materials and Design for Sensors, Actuators and Medical Applications

Editors: K Nakamura
Hardcover ISBN: 9781845699895
eBook ISBN: 9780857096302
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 23rd August 2012
Page Count: 722
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Part I: Materials and design of ultrasonic transducers

Chapter 1: Piezoelectricity and basic configurations for piezoelectric ultrasonic transducers


1.1 Introduction

1.2 The piezoelectric effect

1.3 Piezoelectric materials

1.4 Piezoelectric transducers

1.5 Summary, future trends and sources of further information

Chapter 2: Electromagnetic acoustic transducers


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Physical principles

2.3 Lorentz-force-type transducers

2.4 Magnetostriction-type transducers

2.5 Conclusion

Chapter 3: Piezoelectric ceramics for transducers


3.1 The history of piezoelectrics

3.2 Piezoelectric materials: present status

Chapter 4: Thin-film PZT-based transducers


4.1 Introduction

4.2 PZT deposition using the hydrothermal process

4.3 Applications using the bending and longitudinal vibration of the d31 effect

4.4 Thickness-mode vibration, d33

4.5 Epitaxial film

4.6 Conclusions

Chapter 5: High-Curie-temperature piezoelectric single crystals of the Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3–Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3–PbTiO3 ternary system


5.1 Introduction

5.2 PIMNT ceramics

5.3 PIMNT single crystals grown by the flux method

5.4 PIMNT single crystals grown by the Bridgman method

5.5 Recent research into PIMNT single crystals and their applications

5.6 Future prospects and tasks

5.7 Conclusions

Part II: Modelling and characterisation of ultrasonic transducers

Chapter 6: Modelling ultrasonic-transducer performance: one-dimensional models


6.1 Introduction

6.2 Transducer performance expressed through the wave equatio


Ultrasonic transducers are key components in sensors for distance, flow and level measurement as well as in power, biomedical and other applications of ultrasound. Ultrasonic transducers reviews recent research in the design and application of this important technology.

Part one provides an overview of materials and design of ultrasonic transducers. Piezoelectricity and basic configurations are explored in depth, along with electromagnetic acoustic transducers, and the use of ceramics, thin film and single crystals in ultrasonic transducers. Part two goes on to investigate modelling and characterisation, with performance modelling, electrical evaluation, laser Doppler vibrometry and optical visualisation all considered in detail. Applications of ultrasonic transducers are the focus of part three, beginning with a review of surface acoustic wave devices and air-borne ultrasound transducers, and going on to consider ultrasonic transducers for use at high temperature and in flaw detection systems, power, biomedical and micro-scale ultrasonics, therapeutic ultrasound devices, piezoelectric and fibre optic hydrophones, and ultrasonic motors are also described.

With its distinguished editor and expert team of international contributors,Ultrasonic transducers is an authoritative review of key developments for engineers and materials scientists involved in this area of technology as well as in its applications in sectors as diverse as electronics, wireless communication and medical diagnostics.

Key Features

  • Reviews recent research in the design and application of ultrasonic transducers
  • Provides an overview of the materials and design of ultrasonic transducers, with an in-depth exploration of piezoelectricity and basic configurations
  • Investigates modelling and characterisation, applications of ultrasonic transducers, and ultrasonic transducers for use at high temperature and in flaw detection systems


Engineers and materials scientists in the electronic component industry; Engineers working with transducers; Material scientists working with piezoelectric materials and looking for an overview of their use in ultrasonic transducers; Those working in specific application areas, such as the development of ultrasonic medical treatments; Students studying specialized courses or with a project involving ultrasonic transducers


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About the Editors

K Nakamura Editor

Kentaro Nakamura is a Professor in the Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Precision and Intelligence Laboratory, Japan. He has published extensively on a variety of aspects of ultrasonic devices and equipment as well as measurement engineering.

Affiliations and Expertise

Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan