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Sample records for ultrasonic pulse transmission

  1. Experiments in Pulsed Ultrasonics

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Palmer, S. B.; Forster, G. A.

    1970-01-01

    Describes and apparatus designed to generate and detect pulsed ultrasonics in solids and liquids over the frequency range 1-20 MHz. Experiments are suggested for velocity of sound, elastic constant and ultrasonic attenuation measurements on various materials over a wide temperature range. The equipment should be useful for demonstration purposes.

  2. Pulsed ultrasonic stir welding system

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Ding, R. Jeffrey (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    An ultrasonic stir welding system includes a welding head assembly having a plate and a rod passing through the plate. The rod is rotatable about a longitudinal axis thereof. During a welding operation, ultrasonic pulses are applied to the rod as it rotates about its longitudinal axis. The ultrasonic pulses are applied in such a way that they propagate parallel to the longitudinal axis of the rod.

  3. Pulsed ultrasonic stir welding method

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Ding, R. Jeffrey (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A method of performing ultrasonic stir welding uses a welding head assembly to include a plate and a rod passing through the plate. The rod is rotatable about a longitudinal axis thereof. In the method, the rod is rotated about its longitudinal axis during a welding operation. During the welding operation, a series of on-off ultrasonic pulses are applied to the rod such that they propagate parallel to the rod's longitudinal axis. At least a pulse rate associated with the on-off ultrasonic pulses is controlled.

  4. A Pulse Generator Based on an Arduino Platform for Ultrasonic Applications

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Acevedo, Pedro; Vzquez, Mnica; Durn, Joel; Petrearce, Rodolfo

    The objective of this work is to use the Arduino platform as an ultrasonic pulse generator to excite PVDF ultrasonic arrays in transmission. An experimental setup was implemented using a through-transmission configuration to evaluate the performance of the generator.

  5. Ultrasonic unipolar pulse/echo instrument

    DOEpatents

    Hughes, Michael S. (Ames, IA); Hsu, David K. (Ames, IA); Thompson, Donald O. (Ames, IA); Wormley, Samuel J. (Ames, IA)

    1993-01-01

    An ultrasonic unipolar pulse/echo instrument uses active switches and a timing and drive circuitry to control electrical energy to a transducer, the discharging of the transducer, and the opening of an electrical pathway to the receiving circuitry for the returning echoes. The active switches utilize MOSFET devices along with decoupling circuitry to insure the preservation of the unipolar nature of the pulses, insure fast transition times, and maintain broad band width and time resolution. A housing contains the various circuitry and switches and allows connection to a power supply and a movable ultrasonic transducer. The circuitry maintains low impedance input to the transducer during transmitting cycles, and high impedance between the transducer and the receiving circuit during receive cycles to maintain the unipolar pulse shape. A unipolar pulse is valuable for nondestructive evaluation, a prime use for the present instrument.

  6. Ultrasonic unipolar pulse/echo instrument

    DOEpatents

    Hughes, M.J.; Hsu, D.K.; Thompson, D.O.; Wormley, S.J.

    1993-04-06

    An ultrasonic unipolar pulse/echo instrument uses active switches and a timing and drive circuitry to control electrical energy to a transducer, the discharging of the transducer, and the opening of an electrical pathway to the receiving circuitry for the returning echoes. The active switches utilize MOSFET devices along with decoupling circuitry to insure the preservation of the unipolar nature of the pulses, insure fast transition times, and maintain broad band width and time resolution. A housing contains the various circuitry and switches and allows connection to a power supply and a movable ultrasonic transducer. The circuitry maintains low impedance input to the transducer during transmitting cycles, and high impedance between the transducer and the receiving circuit during receive cycles to maintain the unipolar pulse shape. A unipolar pulse is valuable for nondestructive evaluation, a prime use for the present instrument.

  7. Method and means of transmitting and receiving broad-band unipolar, ultrasonic pulses for ultrasonic inspection

    DOEpatents

    Thompson, Donald O. (Ames, IA); Hsu, David K. (Ames, IA)

    1993-12-14

    The invention includes a means and method for transmitting and receiving broadband, unipolar, ultrasonic pulses for ultrasonic inspection. The method comprises generating a generally unipolar ultrasonic stress pulse from a low impedance voltage pulse transmitter along a low impedance electrical pathway to an ultrasonic transducer, and receiving the reflected echo of the pulse by the transducer, converting it to a voltage signal, and passing it through a high impedance electrical pathway to an output. The means utilizes electrical components according to the method. The means and method allow a single transducer to be used in a pulse/echo mode, and facilitates alternatingly transmitting and receiving the broadband, unipolar, ultrasonic pulses.

  8. Method and means of transmitting and receiving broad-band unipolar, ultrasonic pulses for ultrasonic inspection

    DOEpatents

    Thompson, D.O.; Hsu, D.K.

    1993-12-14

    The invention includes a means and method for transmitting and receiving broadband, unipolar, ultrasonic pulses for ultrasonic inspection. The method comprises generating a generally unipolar ultrasonic stress pulse from a low impedance voltage pulse transmitter along a low impedance electrical pathway to an ultrasonic transducer, and receiving the reflected echo of the pulse by the transducer, converting it to a voltage signal, and passing it through a high impedance electrical pathway to an output. The means utilizes electrical components according to the method. The means and method allow a single transducer to be used in a pulse/echo mode, and facilitates alternatingly transmitting and receiving the broadband, unipolar, ultrasonic pulses. 25 figures.

  9. Pulse shaping with transmission lines

    DOEpatents

    Wilcox, R.B.

    1985-08-15

    A method and apparatus for forming shaped voltage pulses uses passive reflection from a transmission line with nonuniform impedance. The impedance of the reflecting line varies with length in accordance with the desired pulse shape. A high voltage input pulse is transmitted to the reflecting line. A reflected pulse is produced having the desired shape and is transmitted by pulse removal means to a load. Light activated photoconductive switches made of silicon can be utilized. The pulse shaper can be used to drive a Pockels cell to produce shaped optical pulses.

  10. Pulse shaping with transmission lines

    DOEpatents

    Wilcox, Russell B. (Oakland, CA)

    1987-01-01

    A method and apparatus for forming shaped voltage pulses uses passive reflection from a transmission line with nonuniform impedance. The impedance of the reflecting line varies with length in accordance with the desired pulse shape. A high voltage input pulse is transmitted to the reflecting line. A reflected pulse is produced having the desired shape and is transmitted by pulse removal means to a load. Light activated photoconductive switches made of silicon can be utilized. The pulse shaper can be used to drive a Pockels cell to produce shaped optical pulses.

  11. Wireless power transmission using ultrasonic guided waves

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kural, A.; Pullin, R.; Featherston, C.; Paget, C.; Holford, K.

    2011-07-01

    The unavailability of suitable power supply at desired locations is currently an important obstacle in the development of distributed, wireless sensor networks for applications such as structural health monitoring of aircraft. Proposed solutions range from improved batteries to energy harvesting from vibration, temperature gradients and other sources. A novel approach is being investigated at Cardiff University School of Engineering in cooperation with Airbus. It aims to utilise ultrasonic guided Lamb waves to transmit energy through the aircraft skin. A vibration generator is to be placed in a location where electricity supply is readily available. Ultrasonic waves generated by this device will travel through the aircraft structure to a receiver in a remote wireless sensor node. The receiver will convert the mechanical vibration of the ultrasonic waves back to electricity, which will be used to power the sensor node. This paper describes the measurement and modelling of the interference pattern which emerges when Lamb waves are transmitted continuously as in this power transmission application. The discovered features of the pattern, such as a large signal amplitude variation and a relatively high frequency, are presented and their importance for the development of a power transmission system is discussed.

  12. Variable pulse width piezoelectric ultrasonic transducer driver

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Martin, R.

    1983-11-01

    Requirements of ceramic piezoelectric ultrasonic transducer drive circuits are discussed in the light of today's advanced nondestructive testing techniques. A new drive circuit based upon power MOSFET devices, which overcomes many of the shortcomings of capacitor discharge circuits, is described. This new driving technique enables transducers of a wide range of resonant frequencies to be driven from a simple drive unit. It also enables transducer characteristics to be optimized for particular applications by control of the drive pulse shape.

  13. Coiled transmission line pulse generators

    DOEpatents

    McDonald, Kenneth Fox

    2010-11-09

    Methods and apparatus are provided for fabricating and constructing solid dielectric "Coiled Transmission Line" pulse generators in radial or axial coiled geometries. The pour and cure fabrication process enables a wide variety of geometries and form factors. The volume between the conductors is filled with liquid blends of monomers, polymers, oligomers, and/or cross-linkers and dielectric powders; and then cured to form high field strength and high dielectric constant solid dielectric transmission lines that intrinsically produce ideal rectangular high voltage pulses when charged and switched into matched impedance loads. Voltage levels may be increased by Marx and/or Blumlein principles incorporating spark gap or, preferentially, solid state switches (such as optically triggered thyristors) which produce reliable, high repetition rate operation. Moreover, these Marxed pulse generators can be DC charged and do not require additional pulse forming circuitry, pulse forming lines, transformers, or an a high voltage spark gap output switch. The apparatus accommodates a wide range of voltages, impedances, pulse durations, pulse repetition rates, and duty cycles. The resulting mobile or flight platform friendly cylindrical geometric configuration is much more compact, light-weight, and robust than conventional linear geometries, or pulse generators constructed from conventional components. Installing additional circuitry may accommodate optional pulse shape improvements. The Coiled Transmission Lines can also be connected in parallel to decrease the impedance, or in series to increase the pulse length.

  14. Medical tomograph system using ultrasonic transmission

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Heyser, Richard C. (Inventor); Nathan, Robert (Inventor)

    1978-01-01

    Ultrasonic energy transmission in rectilinear array scanning patterns of soft tissue provides projection density values of the tissue which are recorded as a function of scanning position and angular relationship, .theta., of the subject with a fixed coordinate system. A plurality of rectilinear scan arrays in the same plane for different angular relationships .theta..sub.1 . . . .theta..sub.n thus recorded are superimposed. The superimposition of intensity values thus yields a tomographic image of an internal section of the tissue in the scanning plane.

  15. Portable apparatus with CRT display for nondestructive testing of concrete by the ultrasonic pulse method

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Manta, G.; Gurau, Y.; Nica, P.; Facacaru, I.

    1974-01-01

    The development of methods for the nondestructive study of concrete structures is discussed. The nondestructive test procedure is based on the method of ultrasonic pulse transmission through the material. The measurements indicate that the elastic properties of concrete or other heterogeneous materials are a function of the rate of ultrasonic propagation. Diagrams of the test equipment are provided. Mathematical models are included to support the theoretical aspects.

  16. Inline Ultrasonic Rheometry by Pulsed Doppler

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    Pfund, David M.; Greenwood, Margaret S.; Bamberger, Judith A.; Pappas, Richard A.

    2006-12-22

    This will be a discussion of the non-invasive determination of the viscosity of a non-Newtonian fluid in laminar pipe flow over the range of shear rates present in the pipe. The procedure used requires knowledge of the flow profile in and the pressure drop along a long straight run of pipe. The profile is determined by using a pulsed ultrasonic Doppler velocimeter. This approach is ideal for making non-invasive, real-time measurements for monitoring and control. Rheograms of a shear thinning, thixotropic gel will be presented. The operating parameters and limitations of the Doppler-based instrument will be discussed. The most significant limitation is velocity gradient broadening of the Doppler spectra near the walls of the pipe. This limitation can be significant for strongly shear thinning fluids (depending also on the ratio of beam to pipe diameter and the transducer's insertion angle).

  17. High current pulse transmission cable

    SciTech Connect

    Parsons, W.M.

    1990-09-28

    This invention is comprised of a transmission cable for carrying high current pulses in which an even numbered plurality of electrical conductors surrounds a central ground conductor. Each electrical conductor is connected so that it at any instant in time it will carry current of opposite polarity to the polarity carried by adjacent conductors. This arrangement cancels practically all of the external fields generated by current in the conductors.

  18. Prediction of concrete compression strength using ultrasonic pulse velocity

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Azreen, M. N.; Pauzi, I. M.; Nasharuddin, I.; Haniza, M. M.; Akasyah, J.; Karsono, A. D.; Lei, V. Yen

    2016-01-01

    The relationship of ultrasonic stress waves transmitted along direct and indirect paths in concrete samples was investigated. Tests were conducted on plain concrete slabs from different grades of 15, 25, 30, 40 and Ultrahigh Performance Concrete that have dimensions of 750mm x 150mm x 150 mm. Direct ultrasonic pulse velocity tests were conducted between the top and the bottom surfaces of the concrete samples and indirect tests were conducted along the surface. A test procedure to determine indirect wave velocities was refined by defining the spacing of the transducers which are 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300, 350, 400, 450 mm. The correlation was established between direct and indirect UPV measurements via statistical analysis. From the analysis, it can be concluded that direct UPV has higher value than indirect UPV value by 16.5 % due to position of transducers. The compression strength of the concretes was studied to be compared with the direct and indirect transmission, with direct transmission method showed a good correlation with compression strength.

  19. Capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducer design for high power transmission.

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    Bayram, Baris; Oralkan, Omer; Ergun, A Sanli; Haeggstrm, Edward; Yaralioglu, Goksen G; Khuri-Yakub, Butrus T

    2005-02-01

    Capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducers (cMUTs) were developed to meet the demands of the ultrasonic industry. To achieve maximum efficiency, the conventional operation of the cMUT requires a bias voltage close to the collapse voltage. Total acoustic output pressure is limited by the efficiency of the cMUT and the maximum-allowed pulse voltage on the membrane. In this paper, we propose the collapse-snapback operation of the cMUT: the membrane is collapsed onto the substrate in the collapsing cycle, and released in the snapback cycle. The collapse-snapback operation overcomes the above-mentioned limitations of the conventional operation. The collapse-snapback operation utilizes a larger range of membrane deflection profiles (both collapsed and released profiles) and generates higher acoustic output pressures. The static finite element calculations were performed to design cMUTs with specific collapse and snapback voltages by changing the electrode parameters (radius (re), position (de), and thickness (te)). These designs were refined for optimum average displacement per cycle. An electrode radius greater than 60% of the membrane radius significantly improved the displacement per volt. Moderately thick membranes (te approximately 0.2 microm) were preferred, as thicker membranes reduced the displacement per volt. Under proper bias conditions, the collapse-snapback operation, designed for high-power transmission, allowed the application of pulse voltages larger than the difference of collapse and snapback voltages. Dynamic finite element calculations of an infinite cMUT array on the substrate loaded with acoustic fluid medium were performed to determine the dynamic response of the cMUT. Commercially available FEM packages ANSYS and LS-DYNA were used for static and dynamic calculations, respectively. The cMUTs were fabricated for optimal performance in the collapse-snapback operation. The transmit experiments were performed on a 2-D cMUT array using a calibrated hydrophone. Taking into account the attenuation and diffraction losses, the pressure on the cMUT surface was extracted. The cMUT generated 0.47 MPa (6 kPa/V) and 1.04 MPa (11 kPa/V) in the conventional and collapse-snapback operations, respectively. Therefore, collapse-snapback operation of the cMUTs was superior for high-power transmission. PMID:15801320

  20. 21 CFR 892.1560 - Ultrasonic pulsed echo imaging system.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Ultrasonic pulsed echo imaging system. 892.1560 Section 892.1560 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES... pulsed sound beam into body tissue to determine the depth or location of the tissue interfaces and...

  1. 21 CFR 892.1560 - Ultrasonic pulsed echo imaging system.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Ultrasonic pulsed echo imaging system. 892.1560 Section 892.1560 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES... pulsed sound beam into body tissue to determine the depth or location of the tissue interfaces and...

  2. 21 CFR 892.1560 - Ultrasonic pulsed echo imaging system.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Ultrasonic pulsed echo imaging system. 892.1560 Section 892.1560 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES... pulsed sound beam into body tissue to determine the depth or location of the tissue interfaces and...

  3. 21 CFR 892.1560 - Ultrasonic pulsed echo imaging system.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Ultrasonic pulsed echo imaging system. 892.1560 Section 892.1560 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES... pulsed sound beam into body tissue to determine the depth or location of the tissue interfaces and...

  4. 21 CFR 892.1560 - Ultrasonic pulsed echo imaging system.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Ultrasonic pulsed echo imaging system. 892.1560 Section 892.1560 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES... pulsed sound beam into body tissue to determine the depth or location of the tissue interfaces and...

  5. Correlation established between heat transfer and ultrasonic transmission properties of copper braze bonds

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Dinovi, R. A.

    1967-01-01

    Measuring and correlating the thermal conductivity and ultrasonic transmission of seven hot-brazed-bonded copper plates established a relationship between heat transfer and ultrasonic transmission properties of the bonds. This relationship permits the prediction of heat transfer characteristics from ultrasonic transmission tests.

  6. Resonant ultrasonic wireless power transmission for bio-implants

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lee, Sung Q.; Youm, Woosub; Hwang, Gunn; Moon, Kee S.; Ozturk, Yusuf

    2014-03-01

    In this paper, we present the ultrasonic wireless power transmission system as part of a brain-machine interface (BMI) system in development to supply the required electric power. Making a small-size implantable BMI, it is essential to design a low power unit with a rechargeable battery. The ultrasonic power transmission system has two piezoelectric transducers, facing each other between skin tissues converting electrical energy to mechanical vibrational energy or vice versa. Ultrasound is free from the electromagnetic coupling effect and medical frequency band limitations which making it a promising candidate for implantable purposes. In this paper, we present the design of piezoelectric composite transducer, the rectifier circuit, and rechargeable battery that all packaged in biocompatible titanium can. An initial prototype device was built for demonstration purpose. The early experimental results demonstrate the prototype device can reach 50% of energy transmission efficiency in a water medium at 20mm distance and 18% in animal skin tissue at 18mm distance, respectively.

  7. 21 CFR 892.1550 - Ultrasonic pulsed doppler imaging system.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Ultrasonic pulsed doppler imaging system. 892.1550 Section 892.1550 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES... determine stationary body tissue characteristics, such as depth or location of tissue interfaces or...

  8. 21 CFR 892.1550 - Ultrasonic pulsed doppler imaging system.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Ultrasonic pulsed doppler imaging system. 892.1550 Section 892.1550 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES... determine stationary body tissue characteristics, such as depth or location of tissue interfaces or...

  9. 21 CFR 892.1550 - Ultrasonic pulsed doppler imaging system.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Ultrasonic pulsed doppler imaging system. 892.1550 Section 892.1550 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES... determine stationary body tissue characteristics, such as depth or location of tissue interfaces or...

  10. 21 CFR 892.1550 - Ultrasonic pulsed doppler imaging system.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Ultrasonic pulsed doppler imaging system. 892.1550 Section 892.1550 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES... determine stationary body tissue characteristics, such as depth or location of tissue interfaces or...

  11. 21 CFR 892.1550 - Ultrasonic pulsed doppler imaging system.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Ultrasonic pulsed doppler imaging system. 892.1550 Section 892.1550 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES... determine stationary body tissue characteristics, such as depth or location of tissue interfaces or...

  12. Evaluation of a pulsed ultrasonic Doppler flowmeter

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Wells, M. K.

    1973-01-01

    The in vivo application of the pulsed ultrasound Doppler velocity meter (PUDVM) for measuring arterial velocity waveforms is reported. In particular, the performance of the PUDVM is compared with a hot film anemometer of proven accuracy.

  13. Axisymmetric free surface waves and droplets caused by ultrasonic pulses

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chung, Hyuck; Phillips, William Rc

    2003-11-01

    The numerical simulation of the deformation of a liquid free surface owing to ultrasonic beams is considered. Specifically, when an ultrasonic pulse of sufficient intensity is focused near the surface of water, the resulting acoustic pressure deforms the surface and may force a droplet to be ejected. It has been shown that a simple boundary integral equation method for inviscid incompressible fluid can, with reasonable accuracy, model the deformation of the water surface when the initial velocity potential on the surface is given. Here the method is used to compute the surface deformation when a series of pulses are applied. In this case, the reflected waves from the deformed surface must, as the time progresses, be taken into account. The velocity field near the surface is also considered. This research is part of a study of the lung damage caused by ultrasonic imaging. It has been observed in animal experiments that a focused ultrasonic beam can cause lung lesions. Since the animal flesh is mostly water and the lung is filled with air, a simple model of the interaction features an incompressible fluid with a free surface with small surface tension. Two regimes are observed: one a stationary solitary wave, the second a droplet emission.

  14. Axisymmetric free surface waves and droplets caused by ultrasonic pulses

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tjan, Kuan-Khoon; Phillips, William R. C.

    2004-11-01

    The numerical simulation of the deformation of a liquid free surface owing to ultrasonic beams is considered. Specifically, when an ultrasonic pulse of sufficient intensity is focused near the surface of water, the resulting acoustic pressure deforms the surface and may force a droplet to be ejected. It has been shown that a simple boundary integral equation method for inviscid incompressible fluid can, with reasonable accuracy, model the deformation of the water surface when the initial velocity potential on the surface is given. Here the method is used to compute the surface deformation when a series of pulses are applied. The velocity field near the surface is also considered. This research is part of a study of the lung damage caused by ultrasonic imaging. It has been observed in animal experiments that a focused ultrasonic beam can cause lung lesions. Since the animal flesh is mostly water and the lung is filled with air, a simple model of the interaction features an incompressible fluid with a free surface with small surface tension. Two regimes are observed: one a stationary solitary wave, the second a droplet emission.

  15. Coded pulse excitation for ultrasonic strain imaging.

    PubMed

    Liu, Jie; Insana, Michael F

    2005-02-01

    Decorrelation strain noise can be significantly reduced in low echo-signal-to-noise (eSNR) conditions using coded excitation. Large time-bandwidth-product (>30) pulses are transmitted into tissue mimicking phantoms with 2.5-mm diameter inclusions that mimic the elastic properties of breast lesions. We observed a 5-10 dB improvement in eSNR that led to a doubling of the depth of focus for strain images with no reduction of spatial resolution. In high eSNR conditions, coded excitation permits the use of higher carrier frequencies and shorter correlation windows to improve the attainable spatial resolution for strain relative to that obtained with conventional short pulses. This paper summarizes comparative studies of strain imaging in noise-limited conditions obtained by short pulses and four common aperiodic codes (chirp, Barker, suboptimal, and Golay) as a function of attenuation, eSNR and applied strain. Imaging performance is quantified using SNR for displacement (SNRd), local modulation transfer function (LMTF), and contrast-to-noise ratio for strain (CNRepsilon). We found that chirp and Golay codes are the most robust for imaging soft tissue deformation using matched filter decoding. Their superior performance is obtained by balancing the need for low-range lobes, large eSNR improvement, and short-code duration. PMID:15801311

  16. Coded Pulse Excitation for Ultrasonic Strain Imaging

    PubMed Central

    Liu, Jie; Insana, Michael F.

    2009-01-01

    Decorrelation strain noise can be significantly reduced in low echo-signal-to-noise (eSNR) conditions using coded excitation. Large time-bandwidth-product (>30) pulses are transmitted into tissue mimicking phantoms with 2.5-mm diameter inclusions that mimic the elastic properties of breast lesions. We observed a 5–10 dB improvement in eSNR that led to a doubling of the depth of focus for strain images with no reduction of spatial resolution. In high eSNR conditions, coded excitation permits the use of higher carrier frequencies and shorter correlation windows to improve the attainable spatial resolution for strain relative to that obtained with conventional short pulses. This paper summarizes comparative studies of strain imaging in noise-limited conditions obtained by short pulses and four common aperiodic codes (chirp, Barker, suboptimal, and Golay) as a function of attenuation, eSNR and applied strain. Imaging performance is quantified using SNR for displacement (SNRd), local modulation transfer function (LMTF), and contrast-to-noise ratio for strain (CNRϵ). We found that chirp and Golay codes are the most robust for imaging soft tissue deformation using matched filter decoding. Their superior performance is obtained by balancing the need for low-range lobes, large eSNR improvement, and short-code duration. PMID:15801311

  17. Layered material characterization using ultrasonic transmission. An inverse estimation methodology.

    PubMed

    Messineo, María G; Rus, Guillermo; Eliçabe, Guillermo E; Frontini, Gloria L

    2016-02-01

    This paper presents an inverse methodology with the aim to characterize a layered material through the identification of acoustical and mechanical properties of its layers. The framework to accomplish this objective is provided by the Inverse Problems (IPs) theory. Material characterization refers to the detection and localization of discontinuities, as well as to the identification of physical properties, in order to predict the material behaviour. In this particular case, the IP is solved in the form of a parameter estimation problem, in which the goal is the estimation of the characteristic acoustic impedance, transit time, and attenuation of each layer. These parameters are directly related to relevant material properties, such as the speed of sound, density, elastic modulus and elastic energy dissipation constants. The IP solution is obtained by minimizing a cost functional formulated as the least squares error between the waveform calculated using an equivalent model, and the measured waveform obtained from ultrasonic transmission tests. The applied methodology allowed the accurate estimation of the desired parameters in materials composed of up to three layers. As a second contribution, a power law frequency dependence of the wave attenuation was identified for several homogeneous materials, based on the same ultrasonic transmission experiments. PMID:26456278

  18. Evaluation of correlation between physical properties and ultrasonic pulse velocity of fired clay samples.

    PubMed

    zkan, ?lker; Yayla, Zeliha

    2016-03-01

    The aim of this study is to establish a correlation between physical properties and ultrasonic pulse velocity of clay samples fired at elevated temperatures. Brick-making clay and pottery clay were studied for this purpose. The physical properties of clay samples were assessed after firing pressed clay samples separately at temperatures of 850, 900, 950, 1000, 1050 and 1100C. A commercial ultrasonic testing instrument (Proceq Pundit Lab) was used to evaluate the ultrasonic pulse velocity measurements for each fired clay sample as a function of temperature. It was observed that there became a relationship between physical properties and ultrasonic pulse velocities of the samples. The results showed that in consequence of increasing densification of the samples, the differences between the ultrasonic pulse velocities were higher with increasing temperature. These findings may facilitate the use of ultrasonic pulse velocity for the estimation of physical properties of fired clay samples. PMID:26725032

  19. Ultrasonic pulsed phase locked loop interferometer for bolt load measurements

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Allison, S. G.; Clendenin, C. G.

    The pulsed phase-locked-loop bolt monitor (P2L2) that uses ultrasonic waves to measure bolt preload with accuracies ranging from 1 to 3 percent (depending on the specific bolt) is described. To remeasure bolt load after installation, a thermal calibration factor compensates for bolt temperature changes, and a standard reference block allows correction for acoustic phase errors due to measurement equipment configuration such as utilization of a different transducer, couplant, or cable. Some examples of critical applications including Space Shuttle landing-gear wheels and NASA wind-tunnel fan blades are discussed.

  20. Simulation of ultrasonic pulse propagation through the abdominal wall.

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    Mast, T D; Hinkelman, L M; Orr, M J; Sparrow, V W; Waag, R C

    1997-08-01

    Ultrasonic pulse propagation through the abdominal wall has been simulated using a model for two-dimensional propagation through anatomically realistic tissue cross sections. The time-domain equations for wave propagation in a medium of variable sound speed and density were discretized to obtain a set of coupled finite-difference equations. These difference equations were solved numerically using a two-step MacCormack scheme that is fourth-order accurate in space and second-order accurate in time. The inhomogeneous tissue of the abdominal wall was represented by two-dimensional matrices of sound speed and density values. These values were determined by processing scanned images of abdominal wall cross sections stained to identify connective tissue, muscle, and fat, each of which was assumed to have a constant sound speed and density. The computational configuration was chosen to simulate that of wavefront distortion measurements performed on the same specimens. Qualitative agreement was found between those measurements and the results of the present computations, indicating that the computational model correctly depicts the salient characteristics of ultrasonic wavefront distortion in vivo. However, quantitative agreement was limited by the two-dimensionality of the computation and the absence of detailed tissue microstructure. Calculations performed using an asymptotic straight-ray approximation showed good agreement with time-shift aberrations predicted by the full-wave method, but did not explain the amplitude fluctuations and waveform distortion found in the experiments and the full-wave calculations. Visualization of computed wave propagation within tissue cross sections suggests that amplitude fluctuations and waveform distortion observed in ultrasonic propagation through the abdominal wall are associated with scattering from internal inhomogeneities such as septa within the subcutaneous fat. These observations, as well as statistical analysis of computed and observed amplitude fluctuations, suggest that weak fluctuation models do not fully describe ultrasonic wavefront distortion caused by the abdominal wall. PMID:9265762

  1. Pulse transmission transceiver architecture for low power communications

    DOEpatents

    Dress, Jr., William B.; Smith, Stephen F.

    2003-08-05

    Systems and methods for pulse-transmission low-power communication modes are disclosed. A method of pulse transmission communications includes: generating a modulated pulse signal waveform; transforming said modulated pulse signal waveform into at least one higher-order derivative waveform; and transmitting said at least one higher-order derivative waveform as an emitted pulse. The systems and methods significantly reduce lower-frequency emissions from pulse transmission spread-spectrum communication modes, which reduces potentially harmful interference to existing radio frequency services and users and also simultaneously permit transmission of multiple data bits by utilizing specific pulse shapes.

  2. Fundamental Study of Smart IC Card System Using Ultrasonic Information Transmission

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    Suzuki, Shin?nosuke; Ishihara, Manabu; Katane, Tamotsu; Saito, Osami; Kobayashi, Kazuto

    2006-05-01

    In this study, we propose a new type of smart IC card using ultrasonic information transmission. Ultrasonic transmission is safe for the human body and does not cause malfunctioning of electronic equipments. In addition, information transmission using ultrasonic can prevent skimming to utilize ultrasonic characteristics that have a large attenuation in air and a sharp directivity. Our study deals with an experimental model system for preliminary development and the analysis of its results. To minimize the power consumption of the card, the system does not need carrier waves to transmit information from the card to the card-reader/writer (R/W), because base band signal is transmitted directly. For the results of the prototype experiment, a transmission speed of 115.2 kbps is obtained at less than 1 mm distance. The proposed ultrasonic IC card system can have various practical applications in which secret information is absolutely kept.

  3. Local SAR in parallel transmission pulse design.

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    Lee, Joonsung; Gebhardt, Matthias; Wald, Lawrence L; Adalsteinsson, Elfar

    2012-06-01

    The management of local and global power deposition in human subjects (specific absorption rate, SAR) is a fundamental constraint to the application of parallel transmission (pTx) systems. Even though the pTx and single channel have to meet the same SAR requirements, the complex behavior of the spatial distribution of local SAR for transmission arrays poses problems that are not encountered in conventional single-channel systems and places additional requirements on pTx radio frequency pulse design. We propose a pTx pulse design method which builds on recent work to capture the spatial distribution of local SAR in numerical tissue models in a compressed parameterization in order to incorporate local SAR constraints within computation times that accommodate pTx pulse design during an in vivo magnetic resonance imaging scan. Additionally, the algorithm yields a protocol-specific ultimate peak in local SAR, which is shown to bound the achievable peak local SAR for a given excitation profile fidelity. The performance of the approach was demonstrated using a numerical human head model and a 7 Tesla eight-channel transmit array. The method reduced peak local 10 g SAR by 14-66% for slice-selective pTx excitations and 2D selective pTx excitations compared to a pTx pulse design constrained only by global SAR. The primary tradeoff incurred for reducing peak local SAR was an increase in global SAR, up to 34% for the evaluated examples, which is favorable in cases where local SAR constraints dominate the pulse applications. PMID:22083594

  4. Through-transmission ultrasonics for on-line sensing and control of thermoplastic fusion bonding processes

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    Tackitt, Kirk David

    The focus of this work is to develop Through-Transmission Ultrasonics (TTU) as a process monitoring technique for non-intrusive, on-line control of thermoplastic fusion bonding. A model is developed to predict the TTU amplitude of a fusion bond by joining the theory of ultrasonic wave propagation through multilayered structures with a model for the evolution of intimate contact at the material interfaces. A new approach, the Averaged Transmission Model (ATM), is developed for treating the effects of imperfect contact at the bond interface. This approach is based upon statistical averaging of the transmission coefficients for the various sound paths between source and receiver. The extension of the model for an arbitrary number of rough interfaces is derived. The temperature dependence of sound velocity and ultrasonic attenuation of the materials are important properties. Experimental techniques based on both pulse-echo and laser ultrasonics in through-transmission mode were developed to characterize these properties at temperatures approaching 330°C. Validation of the ATM was accomplished by comparison of model predictions for PEEK polymer and PEEK/AS4 composites to data from resistance welding experiments. These studies were conducted in three phases. Phase one explored the TTU response to temperature at a fixed degree of intimate contact. Model results correlated well to experimental measurements. In phase two, interface structure was controlled to determine the effect of variable contact on the TTU amplitude at a fixed temperature. Model predictions were compared to TTU measurements for both single and dual interface cases with favorable results. In the phase three, model predictions were compared to results of a post-process TTU inspection of isothermally processed resistance welds. Model results were in agreement with experimental over a wide range of processing times. Hertzian contact theory was used to modify the initial degree of contact resulting from consolidation pressure. Strength development in the third-phase welds was determined to be intimate contact controlled, establishing a direct relationship between TTU amplitudes and strength. A near-linear relationship was found, demonstrating the potential for on-line, non-intrusive monitoring of weld strength.

  5. Experimental study of underwater transmission characteristics of high-frequency 30 MHz polyurea ultrasonic transducer.

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    Nakazawa, Marie; Aoyagi, Takahiro; Tabaru, Masaya; Nakamura, Kentaro; Ueha, Sadayuki

    2014-02-01

    In this paper, we present the transmission characteristics of a polyurea ultrasonic transducer operating in water. In this study, we used a polyurea transducer with fundamental resonance at approximately 30 MHz. Firstly, acoustic pressure radiated from the transducer was measured using a hydrophone, which has a diameter of 0.2 mm. The transmission characteristics such as relative bandwidth, pulse width, and acoustic sensitivity were calculated from the experimental results. The results of the experiment showed a relative bandwidth of 50% and a pulse width of 0.061 μs. The acoustic sensitivity was 0.60 kPa/V with good linearity, where the correlation coefficient R in the fitting calculation was 0.996. A maximum pressure of 13.1 kPa was observed when the transducer was excited at a zero-to-peak voltage of 21 V. Moreover, we experimentally verified the results. The results of the pulse/echo experiment showed that the estimated diameters of the copper wires were 458 and 726 μm, where the differences between the actual and measured values were 15% and 4%, respectively. Acoustic streaming was also observed so that a particle velocity map was estimated by particle image velocimetry (PIV). The sound pressure calculated from the particle velocity obtained by PIV showed good agreement with the acoustic pressure measured using the hydrophone, where the differences between the calculated and measured values were 12-19%. PMID:24035608

  6. Monitoring of concrete structures using the ultrasonic pulse velocity method

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    Karaiskos, G.; Deraemaeker, A.; Aggelis, D. G.; Van Hemelrijck, D.

    2015-11-01

    Concrete is the material most produced by humanity. Its popularity is mainly based on its low production cost and great structural design flexibility. Its operational and ambient loadings including environmental effects have a great impact in the performance and overall cost of concrete structures. Thus, the quality control, the structural assessment, the maintenance and the reliable prolongation of the operational service life of the existing concrete structures have become a major issue. In the recent years, non-destructive testing (NDT) is becoming increasingly essential for reliable and affordable quality control and integrity assessment not only during the construction of new concrete structures, but also for the existing ones. Choosing the right inspection technique is always followed by a compromise between its performance and cost. In the present paper, the ultrasonic pulse velocity (UPV) method, which is the most well known and widely accepted ultrasonic concrete NDT method, is thoroughly reviewed and compared with other well-established NDT approaches. Their principles, inherent limitations and reliability are reviewed. In addition, while the majority of the current UPV techniques are based on the use of piezoelectric transducers held on the surface of the concrete, special attention is paid to a very promising technique using low-cost and aggregate-size piezoelectric transducers embedded in the material. That technique has been evaluated based on a series of parameters, such as the ease of use, cost, reliability and performance.

  7. Pulse transmission receiver with higher-order time derivative pulse correlator

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    Dress, Jr., William B.; Smith, Stephen F.

    2003-09-16

    Systems and methods for pulse-transmission low-power communication modes are disclosed. A pulse transmission receiver includes: a higher-order time derivative pulse correlator; a demodulation decoder coupled to the higher-order time derivative pulse correlator; a clock coupled to the demodulation decoder; and a pseudorandom polynomial generator coupled to both the higher-order time derivative pulse correlator and the clock. The systems and methods significantly reduce lower-frequency emissions from pulse transmission spread-spectrum communication modes, which reduces potentially harmful interference to existing radio frequency services and users and also simultaneously permit transmission of multiple data bits by utilizing specific pulse shapes.

  8. Air-coupled ultrasonic through-transmission thickness measurements of steel plates.

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    Waag, Grunde; Hoff, Lars; Norli, Petter

    2015-02-01

    Non-destructive ultrasonic testing of steel structures provide valuable information in e.g. inspection of pipes, ships and offshore structures. In many practical applications, contact measurements are cumbersome or not possible, and air-coupled ultrasound can provide a solution. This paper presents air-coupled ultrasonic through-transmission measurements on a steel plate with thicknesses 10.15 mm; 10.0 mm; 9.8 mm. Ultrasound pulses were transmitted from a piezoelectric transducer at normal incidence, through the steel plate, and were received at the opposite side. The S1, A2 and A3 modes of the plate are excited, with resonance frequencies that depend on the material properties and the thickness of the plate. The results show that the resonances could be clearly identified after transmission through the steel plate, and that the frequencies of the resonances could be used to distinguish between the three plate thicknesses. The S1-mode resonance was observed to be shifted 10% down compared to a simple plane wave half-wave resonance model, while the A2 and S2 modes were found approximately at the corresponding plane-wave resonance frequencies. A model based on the angular spectrum method was used to predict the response of the through-transmission setup. This model included the finite aperture of the transmitter and receiver, and compressional and shear waves in the solid. The model predicts the frequencies of the observed modes of the plate to within 1%, including the down-shift of the S1-mode. PMID:25257299

  9. Pulse transmission transmitter including a higher order time derivate filter

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    Dress, Jr., William B.; Smith, Stephen F.

    2003-09-23

    Systems and methods for pulse-transmission low-power communication modes are disclosed. A pulse transmission transmitter includes: a clock; a pseudorandom polynomial generator coupled to the clock, the pseudorandom polynomial generator having a polynomial load input; an exclusive-OR gate coupled to the pseudorandom polynomial generator, the exclusive-OR gate having a serial data input; a programmable delay circuit coupled to both the clock and the exclusive-OR gate; a pulse generator coupled to the programmable delay circuit; and a higher order time derivative filter coupled to the pulse generator. The systems and methods significantly reduce lower-frequency emissions from pulse transmission spread-spectrum communication modes, which reduces potentially harmful interference to existing radio frequency services and users and also simultaneously permit transmission of multiple data bits by utilizing specific pulse shapes.

  10. Fundamental Development of Ultrasonic Information Transmission System for Wearable Devices

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    Suzuki, Shin-nosuke; Ishihara, Manabu; Kobayashi, Yukio; Katane, Tamotsu; Saito, Osami; Kobayashi, Kazuto

    2009-07-01

    A wearable device is an electronic device miniaturized to a wearable size with computing and wireless communication functions. In this study, we have applied a communication system using ultrasonic waves to a wearable device. Ultrasonic waves are safe for the human body and do not cause the malfunction of electronic equipment. In addition, communication using ultrasonic waves is effective for preventing skimming because ultrasonic waves can transmit through the human body and have a large attenuation in air. Wearable devices can also be used in areas where electromagnetic waves are limited. We have developed an experimental prototype device. The prototype contains a one-chip microcomputer used to verify the size and battery consumption of the wearable device. As a result, the developed prototype realized bidirectional communication with a suitable device size and power consumption. The communication speed corresponds to 250 kbps. This value is equivalent to that of a conventional IC card system using electromagnetic waves. With this proposed system, we can achive various practical applications that can maintain absolute privacy while transmitting information through the human body.

  11. Transmission Oscillator Ultrasonic Spectrometer (TOUS): A new research instrument

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    Heyman, J. S.; Stone, F. D.; Conradi, M. S.; Miller, J. G.

    1975-01-01

    TOUS is capable for measuring very small changes in acoustic attenuation and phase velocity. Its high sensitivity to small changes in ultrasonic absorption results in part from operation under marginal conditions. In spite of high sensitivity, TOUS system is relatively simple, inexpensive, and compact.

  12. Detection of cystic structures using pulsed ultrasonically induced resonant cavitation

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    Bar-Cohen, Yoseph (Inventor); Kovach, John S. (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    Apparatus and method for early detection of cystic structures indicative of ovarian and breast cancers uses ultrasonic wave energy at a unique resonance frequency for inducing cavitation in cystic fluid characteristic of cystic structures in the ovaries associated with ovarian cancer, and in cystic structures in the breast associated with breast cancer. Induced cavitation bubbles in the cystic fluid implode, creating implosion waves which are detected by ultrasonic receiving transducers attached to the abdomen of the patient. Triangulation of the ultrasonic receiving transducers enables the received signals to be processed and analyzed to identify the location and structure of the cyst.

  13. Prediction of ultrasonic pulse velocity for enhanced peat bricks using adaptive neuro-fuzzy methodology.

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    Motamedi, Shervin; Roy, Chandrabhushan; Shamshirband, Shahaboddin; Hashim, Roslan; Petković, Dalibor; Song, Ki-Il

    2015-08-01

    Ultrasonic pulse velocity is affected by defects in material structure. This study applied soft computing techniques to predict the ultrasonic pulse velocity for various peats and cement content mixtures for several curing periods. First, this investigation constructed a process to simulate the ultrasonic pulse velocity with adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system. Then, an ANFIS network with neurons was developed. The input and output layers consisted of four and one neurons, respectively. The four inputs were cement, peat, sand content (%) and curing period (days). The simulation results showed efficient performance of the proposed system. The ANFIS and experimental results were compared through the coefficient of determination and root-mean-square error. In conclusion, use of ANFIS network enhances prediction and generation of strength. The simulation results confirmed the effectiveness of the suggested strategies. PMID:25957464

  14. Method of estimating tissue attenuation using wideband ultrasonic pulse and apparatus for use therein

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    Flax, S.W.

    1986-11-11

    This patent describes a method of estimating tissue attenuation of ultrasound energy comprising the steps of: transmitting a wide band ultrasonic pulse into the tissue, the pulse having a frequency spectrum with a center frequency, detecting the pulse as reflected by the tissue, estimating decay of a measure of amplitude of the reflected pulse between two levels in the tissue to approximate the slope of the decay, estimating center frequency of the reflected pulse between the two levels, and obtaining tissue attenuation from the approximated slope of a measure of amplitude and the center frequency.

  15. Gas ultrasonic flow rate measurement through genetic-ant colony optimization based on the ultrasonic pulse received signal model

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    Hou, Huirang; Zheng, Dandan; Nie, Laixiao

    2015-04-01

    For gas ultrasonic flowmeters, the signals received by ultrasonic sensors are susceptible to noise interference. If signals are mingled with noise, a large error in flow measurement can be caused by triggering mistakenly using the traditional double-threshold method. To solve this problem, genetic-ant colony optimization (GACO) based on the ultrasonic pulse received signal model is proposed. Furthermore, in consideration of the real-time performance of the flow measurement system, the improvement of processing only the first three cycles of the received signals rather than the whole signal is proposed. Simulation results show that the GACO algorithm has the best estimation accuracy and ant-noise ability compared with the genetic algorithm, ant colony optimization, double-threshold and enveloped zero-crossing. Local convergence doesn’t appear with the GACO algorithm until -10 dB. For the GACO algorithm, the converging accuracy and converging speed and the amount of computation are further improved when using the first three cycles (called GACO-3cycles). Experimental results involving actual received signals show that the accuracy of single-gas ultrasonic flow rate measurement can reach 0.5% with GACO-3 cycles, which is better than with the double-threshold method.

  16. Superluminal pulse transmission through a phase-conjugating mirror

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    Blaauboer, M.; Kozhekin, A. E.; Kofman, A. G.; Kurizki, G.; Lenstra, D.; Lodder, A.

    1998-03-01

    We theoretically analyze wave packet transmission through a phase-conjugating mirror and show that the transmission of a suitably chosen input pulse is superluminal, i.e. the peak of the pulse emerges from the mirror before the time it takes to travel the same distance in vacuum. This pulse reshaping effect can be attributed directly to the dispersion relation in the nonlinear medium constituting the mirror. Thus, for the first time a connection is laid between optical phase conjugation and superluminal behavior. In view of its additional amplifying ability, a phase-conjugating mirror is a most promising candidate for an experimental observation of tachyonic signatures.

  17. Pulse transmission receiver with higher-order time derivative pulse generator

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    Dress, Jr., William B.; Smith, Stephen F.

    2003-08-12

    Systems and methods for pulse-transmission low-power communication modes are disclosed. A pulse transmission receiver includes: a front-end amplification/processing circuit; a synchronization circuit coupled to the front-end amplification/processing circuit; a clock coupled to the synchronization circuit; a trigger signal generator coupled to the clock; and at least one higher-order time derivative pulse generator coupled to the trigger signal generator. The systems and methods significantly reduce lower-frequency emissions from pulse transmission spread-spectrum communication modes, which reduces potentially harmful interference to existing radio frequency services and users and also simultaneously permit transmission of multiple data bits by utilizing specific pulse shapes.

  18. Compressive strength evaluation of structural lightweight concrete by non-destructive ultrasonic pulse velocity method.

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    Bogas, J Alexandre; Gomes, M Glria; Gomes, Augusto

    2013-07-01

    In this paper the compressive strength of a wide range of structural lightweight aggregate concrete mixes is evaluated by the non-destructive ultrasonic pulse velocity method. This study involves about 84 different compositions tested between 3 and 180 days for compressive strengths ranging from about 30 to 80 MPa. The influence of several factors on the relation between the ultrasonic pulse velocity and compressive strength is examined. These factors include the cement type and content, amount of water, type of admixture, initial wetting conditions, type and volume of aggregate and the partial replacement of normal weight coarse and fine aggregates by lightweight aggregates. It is found that lightweight and normal weight concretes are affected differently by mix design parameters. In addition, the prediction of the concrete's compressive strength by means of the non-destructive ultrasonic pulse velocity test is studied. Based on the dependence of the ultrasonic pulse velocity on the density and elasticity of concrete, a simplified expression is proposed to estimate the compressive strength, regardless the type of concrete and its composition. More than 200 results for different types of aggregates and concrete compositions were analyzed and high correlation coefficients were obtained. PMID:23351273

  19. Precision pulse-timing instrumentation for ultrasonic nondestructive testing

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    Duncan, M.G.

    1990-08-31

    A new, pulse-timing discriminator and B-scan time-to-pulse-height converter have been developed for the inspection of production parts. The discriminator is easy to operate and features automatic echo gating and automatic pulse polarity discrimination. This instrument combines the noise-blanking advantages of threshold discrimination with the echo-timing precision of zero-crossing discrimination to improve measurement accuracy by a factor of two over the best precious techniques. When used with the discriminator, the B-scan unit allows detection of flaws at depths less than one-fourth those obtainable with commercially available instruments. 3 refs., 20 figs., 2 tabs.

  20. Development of Polygonal Buffer Rods for Ultrasonic Pulse-Echo Measurements

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    Foudzi, F. M.; Ihara, I.

    2014-06-01

    In ultrasonic pulse-echo measurement with a long buffer rod (waveguide), it is required to prevent the generation of spurious echoes (often called trailing echoes) accompanying with a main echo in the buffer rod. In this work, new method to prevent such trailing echoes in the rod is proposed and the effectiveness of the method has been demonstrated experimentally and numerically. In the method the cross-sectional shape of the rod perpendicular to the axial direction is a polygon having sides any one of which is not parallel to any of the other sides, so that trailing echoes are hardly generated during the propagation of pulsed ultrasonic wave in the rod. Three-dimensional numerical simulations based on a finite different method are performed to examine the behaviours of ultrasonic pulse-echoes including trailing echoes for several types of buffer rods having different cross-sectional shapes such as a circle, triangle, square, pentagon, hexagon and heptagon. Based on the results, experiments with several buffer rods are carried out at frequency 5 MHz. It has been found that heptagon may be the suitable shape for effectively eliminating trailing echoes and improving the signal-to-noise ratio of the measured pulse-echo.

  1. Inspection of high-attenuation and high-noise materials using ultrasonic pulse compression technique

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    Jeong, P.

    1996-12-31

    Within a highly attenuating material, it is often difficult to identify relevant target signals due to the system`s white noise that is elevated by high gain settings on a conventional ultrasonic system. Ultrasonic pulse compression technique resolves such problem. The ultrasonic pulse compression technique permits an ultrasonic system to operate with long transmitted pulses for an increased detection range, but without sacrificing the depth resolution by signal correlation. The data contains 2048 points sampled at 40 nsec interval using 256 bits long and 100 nsec wide (single bit) Golay codes. Typical pulse compression systems transmit random or pseudorandom codes such as Barker code, maximal-length sequence, and linear FM chirp. And the configuration of such systems varies depending upon the type of code and its generation and processing methodology. However, such systems suffer from inherent limitation, called self noise or range sidelobes when finite integration time limits are used to approximate the signal correlation. To reduce the self noise to a tolerable level, Center for NDE, Iowa State University, has implemented a set of complementary binary codes, known as Golay codes, into a laboratory prototype pulse compression system. Golay code is a set of complementary series of the same length, each has its own auto-correlation having one main response, but the relative polarities are opposite except the main peak. So, if these two correlation results are added, the main response doubles and all others cancel. These characteristics of the Golay codes allow us to obtain a correlated signal of an enhanced SNR without the range sidelobe that is normally produced in other random or pseudorandom codes.

  2. Method and apparatus for characterizing reflected ultrasonic pulses

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    Yost, William T. (Inventor); Cantrell, John H., Jr. (Inventor)

    1991-01-01

    The invention is a method of and apparatus for characterizing the amplitudes of a sequence of reflected pulses R1, R2, and R3 by converting them into corresponding electric signals E1, E2, and E3 to substantially the same value during each sequence thereby restoring the reflected pulses R1, R2, and R3 to their initial reflection values by timing means, an exponential generator, and a time gain compensator. Envelope and baseline reject circuits permit the display and accurate location of the time spaced sequence of electric signals having substantially the same amplitude on a measurement scale on a suitable video display or oscilloscope.

  3. Correlation between compressive strength and ultrasonic pulse velocity of high strength concrete incorporating chopped basalt fibre

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    Shafiq, Nasir; Fadhilnuruddin, Muhd; Elshekh, Ali Elheber Ahmed; Fathi, Ahmed

    2015-07-01

    Ultrasonic pulse velocity (UPV), is considered as the most important test for non-destructive techniques that are used to evaluate the mechanical characteristics of high strength concrete (HSC). The relationship between the compressive strength of HSC containing chopped basalt fibre stands (CBSF) and UPV was investigated. The concrete specimens were prepared using a different ratio of CBSF as internal strengthening materials. The compressive strength measurements were conducted at the sample ages of 3, 7, 28, 56 and 90 days; whilst, the ultrasonic pulse velocity was measured at 28 days. The result of HSC's compressive strength with the chopped basalt fibre did not show any improvement; instead, it was decreased. The UPV of the chopped basalt fibre reinforced concrete has been found to be less than that of the control mix for each addition ratio of the basalt fibre. A relationship plot is gained between the cube compressive strength for HSC and UPV with various amounts of chopped basalt fibres.

  4. Measurement of the Intensity of Sonoluminescence, Subharmonic Generation and Sound Emission Using Pulsed Ultrasonic Technique

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    Johri, Gajendra Kumar; Singh, Deepa; Johri, Manoj; Saxena, Saumya; Iernetti, Glauco; Dezhkunov, Nikolai; Yoshino, Katsumi

    2002-08-01

    The measurement of the intensity of sonoluminescence, subharmonic generation and sound emission with different pulse parameters is reported using a new method of stimulating the acoustic cavitation effect at high frequency (700 kHz) with a low-frequency (20 kHz) ultrasonic field. It is found that stimulation enhances the intensity of sonoluminescence and subharmonic generation at reduced threshold transducer voltage and inverse pulse duty ratio, while sound emission is oppositely affected. The bi-frequency effect arises due to space-time interaction. This work contributes to the understanding of the mechanism of light emission and nonlinear behavior of bubble dynamics.

  5. Nano features of Al/Au ultrasonic bond interface observed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy

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    Ji Hongjun; Li Mingyu Kim, Jong-Myung; Kim, Dae-Won; Wang Chunqing

    2008-10-15

    Nano-scale interfacial details of ultrasonic AlSi1 wire wedge bonding to a Au/Ni/Cu pad were investigated using high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The intermetallic phase Au{sub 8}Al{sub 3} formed locally due to diffusion and reaction activated by ultrasound at the Al/Au bond interface. Multilayer sub-interfaces roughly parallel to the wire/pad interface were observed among this phase, and interdiffusional features near the Au pad resembled interference patterns, alternately dark and bright bars. Solid-state diffusion theory cannot be used to explain why such a thick compound formed within milliseconds at room temperature. The major formation of metallurgical bonds was attributed to ultrasonic cyclic vibration.

  6. Pulsed Power for a Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscope

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    dehope, w j; browning, n; campbell, g; cook, e; king, w; lagrange, t; reed, b; stuart, b; Shuttlesworth, R; Pyke, B

    2009-06-25

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has converted a commercial 200kV transmission electron microscope (TEM) into an ultrafast, nanoscale diagnostic tool for material science studies. The resulting Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscope (DTEM) has provided a unique tool for the study of material phase transitions, reaction front analyses, and other studies in the fields of chemistry, materials science, and biology. The TEM's thermionic electron emission source was replaced with a fast photocathode and a laser beam path was provided for ultraviolet surface illumination. The resulting photoelectron beam gives downstream images of 2 and 20 ns exposure times at 100 and 10 nm spatial resolution. A separate laser, used as a pump pulse, is used to heat, ignite, or shock samples while the photocathode electron pulses, carefully time-synchronized with the pump, function as probe in fast transient studies. The device functions in both imaging and diffraction modes. A laser upgrade is underway to make arbitrary cathode pulse trains of variable pulse width of 10-1000 ns. Along with a fast e-beam deflection scheme, a 'movie mode' capability will be added to this unique diagnostic tool. This talk will review conventional electron microscopy and its limitations, discuss the development and capabilities of DTEM, in particularly addressing the prime and pulsed power considerations in the design and fabrication of the DTEM, and conclude with the presentation of a deflector and solid-state pulser design for Movie-Mode DTEM.

  7. Pulse propagation in composite tubes for ultrasonic evaluation

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    Kohl, Thomas W.; Datta, Subhendu K.; Shah, Arvind

    1990-01-01

    Recent revelations about potential EVA times predicted for inspection of large space structures make it clear that any reductions of this time by methods of inspection which may be efficiently implemented remotely are extremely desirable. The work undertaken is the study of detailed 3-D dynamics of the components of the truss assembly (truss tubes and joints) in order to be able to implement an ultrasonic inspection system which may be remotely operated to detect potential problems in the truss assembly such as material degradation or delamination in the truss tubes. Application may also be made to problems of impact response of the truss structure. We report here on the modeling of dynamics of finite composite tubes with dimensions consistent with those of space station tubes. Numerical modeling reported here may be applied to tubes with uniaxial or angle-ply laminae and arbitrary ply lay-ups. For specified time varying tube end conditions, the complete 3-D dynamic response at any position within the tube may be determined first in the frequency domain using a wave propagation based finite element method and the time response is then obtained using a fast Fourier transform. As an application of the method to the problem of material degradation, we consider the alteration in the axial strain time response to changes in material arrival of the elastic waves. In order to demonstrate the 3-D capability of the numerical method, results showing the extent of circumferential/longitudinal motion coupling for different numbers of lamina in 'specially orthotropic' tubes are presented. Decreased coupling for increasing numbers of plies is shown. The capability of capturing this coupling is being investigated as a potential tool for characterizing delamination. The work presented here will be supplemented with modeling of truss joints, integration of the joint and tube models, defect characterization and experimental verification of the modeling procedures.

  8. Plasma absorption evidence via chirped pulse spectral transmission measurements

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    Jedrkiewicz, Ottavia; Minardi, Stefano; Couairon, Arnaud; Jukna, Vytautas; Selva, Marco; Di Trapani, Paolo

    2015-06-08

    This work aims at highlighting the plasma generation dynamics and absorption when a Bessel beam propagates in glass. We developed a simple diagnostics allowing us to retrieve clear indications of the formation of the plasma in the material, thanks to transmission measurements in the angular and wavelength domains. This technique featured by the use of a single chirped pulse having the role of pump and probe simultaneously leads to results showing the plasma nonlinear absorption effect on the trailing part of the pulse, thanks to the spectral-temporal correspondence in the measured signal, which is also confirmed by numerical simulations.

  9. Envelope pulsed ultrasonic distance measurement system based upon amplitude modulation and phase modulation

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    Huang, Y. P.; Wang, J. S.; Huang, K. N.; Ho, C. T.; Huang, J. D.; Young, M. S.

    2007-06-01

    A novel microcomputer-based ultrasonic distance measurement system is presented. This study proposes an efficient algorithm which combines both the amplitude modulation (AM) and the phase modulation (PM) of the pulse-echo technique. The proposed system can reduce error caused by inertia delay and amplitude attenuation effect when using the AM and PM envelope square wave form (APESW). The APESW ultrasonic driving wave form causes a phase inversion phenomenon in the relative wave form of the receiver. The phase inversion phenomenon sufficiently identifies the "measurement pulse" in the received wave forms, which can be used for accurate time-of-flight (TOF) measurement. In addition, combining a countertechnique to compute the phase shifts of the last cycle for TOF, the presented system can obtain distance resolution of 0.1% of the wavelength corresponding to the 40kHz frequency of the ultrasonic wave. The standard uncertainty of the proposed distance measurement system is found to be 0.2mm at a range of 50-500mm. The APESW signal generator and phase detector of this measuring system are designed on a complex programmable logic device, which is used to govern the TOF measurement and send the data to a personal computer for distance calibration and examination. The main advantages of this APESW system are high resolution, low cost, narrow bandwidth requirement, and ease of implementation.

  10. Envelope pulsed ultrasonic distance measurement system based upon amplitude modulation and phase modulation.

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    Huang, Y P; Wang, J S; Huang, K N; Ho, C T; Huang, J D; Young, M S

    2007-06-01

    A novel microcomputer-based ultrasonic distance measurement system is presented. This study proposes an efficient algorithm which combines both the amplitude modulation (AM) and the phase modulation (PM) of the pulse-echo technique. The proposed system can reduce error caused by inertia delay and amplitude attenuation effect when using the AM and PM envelope square wave form (APESW). The APESW ultrasonic driving wave form causes a phase inversion phenomenon in the relative wave form of the receiver. The phase inversion phenomenon sufficiently identifies the "measurement pulse" in the received wave forms, which can be used for accurate time-of-flight (TOF) measurement. In addition, combining a countertechnique to compute the phase shifts of the last cycle for TOF, the presented system can obtain distance resolution of 0.1% of the wavelength corresponding to the 40 kHz frequency of the ultrasonic wave. The standard uncertainty of the proposed distance measurement system is found to be 0.2 mm at a range of 50-500 mm. The APESW signal generator and phase detector of this measuring system are designed on a complex programmable logic device, which is used to govern the TOF measurement and send the data to a personal computer for distance calibration and examination. The main advantages of this APESW system are high resolution, low cost, narrow bandwidth requirement, and ease of implementation. PMID:17614634

  11. Atomic library optimization for pulse ultrasonic sparse signal decomposition and reconstruction

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    Song, Shoupeng; Li, Yingxue; Dogandžić, Aleksandar

    2016-02-01

    Compressive sampling of pulse ultrasonic NDE signals could bring significant savings in the data acquisition process. Sparse representation of these signals using an atomic library is key to their interpretation and reconstruction from compressive samples. However, the obstacles to practical applicability of such representations are: large size of the atomic library and computational complexity of the sparse decomposition and reconstruction. To help solve these problems, we develop a method for optimizing the ranges of parameters of traditional Gabor-atom library to match a real pulse ultrasonic signal in terms of correlation. As a result of atomic-library optimization, the number of the atoms is greatly reduced. Numerical simulations compare the proposed approach with the traditional method. Simulation results show that both the time efficiency and signal reconstruction energy error are superior to the traditional one even with small-scale atomic library. The performance of the proposed method is also explored under different noise levels. Finally, we apply the proposed method to real pipeline ultrasonic testing data, and the results indicate that our reduced atomic library outperforms the traditional library.

  12. Envelope pulsed ultrasonic distance measurement system based upon amplitude modulation and phase modulation

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    Huang, Y. P.; Wang, J. S.; Huang, K. N.; Ho, C. T.; Huang, J. D.; Young, M. S.

    2007-06-15

    A novel microcomputer-based ultrasonic distance measurement system is presented. This study proposes an efficient algorithm which combines both the amplitude modulation (AM) and the phase modulation (PM) of the pulse-echo technique. The proposed system can reduce error caused by inertia delay and amplitude attenuation effect when using the AM and PM envelope square wave form (APESW). The APESW ultrasonic driving wave form causes a phase inversion phenomenon in the relative wave form of the receiver. The phase inversion phenomenon sufficiently identifies the ''measurement pulse'' in the received wave forms, which can be used for accurate time-of-flight (TOF) measurement. In addition, combining a countertechnique to compute the phase shifts of the last cycle for TOF, the presented system can obtain distance resolution of 0.1% of the wavelength corresponding to the 40 kHz frequency of the ultrasonic wave. The standard uncertainty of the proposed distance measurement system is found to be 0.2 mm at a range of 50-500 mm. The APESW signal generator and phase detector of this measuring system are designed on a complex programmable logic device, which is used to govern the TOF measurement and send the data to a personal computer for distance calibration and examination. The main advantages of this APESW system are high resolution, low cost, narrow bandwidth requirement, and ease of implementation.

  13. Transmission of ultrasonic waves at oblique incidence to composite laminates with spring-type interlayer interfaces.

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    Ishii, Yosuke; Biwa, Shiro

    2015-11-01

    The transmission characteristics of ultrasonic waves at oblique incidence to composite laminates are analyzed theoretically by the stiffness matrix method. The analysis takes into account the presence of thin resin-rich regions between adjacent plies as spring-type interfaces with normal and shear stiffnesses. The amplitude transmission coefficient of longitudinal wave through a unidirectional laminate immersed in water is shown to be significantly influenced by the frequency, the interlayer interfacial stiffnesses, and the incident angle. Using Floquet's theorem, the dispersion relation of the infinitely extended laminate structure is calculated and compared to the transmission coefficient of laminates of finite thickness. This reveals that the ranges of frequency and interfacial stiffnesses where the Floquet waves lie in the band-gaps agree well with those where the transmission coefficient of the finite layered structure is relatively small, indicating that the band-gaps appear even in the laminate with a finite number of plies. The amplitude transmission coefficient for an 11-ply carbon-epoxy unidirectional composite laminate is experimentally obtained for various frequencies and incident angles. The low-transmission zones observed in the experimental results, which are due to the critical angle of the quasi-longitudinal wave and the Bragg reflection, are shown to be favorably compared with the theory. PMID:26627756

  14. Note: fast double pulse system using transmission line characteristic of the pulse forming line.

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    Sharma, Surender Kumar; Deb, P; Sharma, Archana; Shyam, A

    2012-11-01

    A fast double pulse system is designed and developed using the transmission line characteristic of the pulse forming line to generate two flat top rectangular pulses with extremely short interpulse repetition interval. The helical pulse forming line (HPFL) is used to generate longer duration rectangular pulses in smaller length. The HPFL inner conductor is made up of 13 turns of SS-304 strip, 39.5 mm wide and 0.5 mm thick wounded on the 168 mm delrin cylinder. The impedance of the HPFL is 22 Ω. The 2 turns at the input side of the HPFL are wounded with ethylene propylene rubber tape on the strip. The HPFL is charged to 180 kV in 4 μs and discharges into a matched load through a spark switch. It generates two flat top rectangular pulses of 90 kV, 100 ns duration with the 30 ns interval between the pulses. The system can be used as fast double pulse source for repetitive pulsed power loads. PMID:23206115

  15. Note: Fast double pulse system using transmission line characteristic of the pulse forming line

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    Sharma, Surender Kumar; Deb, P.; Sharma, Archana; Shyam, A.

    2012-11-01

    A fast double pulse system is designed and developed using the transmission line characteristic of the pulse forming line to generate two flat top rectangular pulses with extremely short interpulse repetition interval. The helical pulse forming line (HPFL) is used to generate longer duration rectangular pulses in smaller length. The HPFL inner conductor is made up of 13 turns of SS-304 strip, 39.5 mm wide and 0.5 mm thick wounded on the 168 mm delrin cylinder. The impedance of the HPFL is 22 Ω. The 2 turns at the input side of the HPFL are wounded with ethylene propylene rubber tape on the strip. The HPFL is charged to 180 kV in 4 μs and discharges into a matched load through a spark switch. It generates two flat top rectangular pulses of 90 kV, 100 ns duration with the 30 ns interval between the pulses. The system can be used as fast double pulse source for repetitive pulsed power loads.

  16. The maturity characterization of orange fruit by using high frequency ultrasonic echo pulse method

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    Aboudaoud, I.; Faiz, B.; Aassif, E.; Moudden, A.; Izbaim, D.; Abassi, D.; Malainine, M.; Azergui, M.

    2012-12-01

    In this present work, we develop a new ultrasonic echo pulse method in order to study the feasibility of maturity assessment of orange fruit. This study concerns two varieties of orange (Navel and Mandarin) which are the most harvested in the region of Souss-Massa-Dr?a in Morocco. We worked in the range of high frequencies by the means of a focusing transducer with 20MHz as a central frequency. By taking into account the strong attenuation of the ultrasounds in the texture of fruits and vegetables, we limited our study only to the external layer of orange peel. This control is based mainly on the measure of the ultrasonic parameters eventually velocity and attenuation in order to check the aptitude of this technique to detect the maturity degree of the fruit without passing by penetrometric and biochemical measurements which are generally destructives but the mostly correlated with human perception concerning the firmness of the fruit.

  17. Analysis of Doppler Effect on the Pulse Compression of Different Codes Emitted by an Ultrasonic LPS

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    Paredes, José A.; Aguilera, Teodoro; Álvarez, Fernando J.; Lozano, Jesús; Morera, Jorge

    2011-01-01

    This work analyses the effect of the receiver movement on the detection by pulse compression of different families of codes characterizing the emissions of an Ultrasonic Local Positioning System. Three families of codes have been compared: Kasami, Complementary Sets of Sequences and Loosely Synchronous, considering in all cases three different lengths close to 64, 256 and 1,024 bits. This comparison is first carried out by using a system model in order to obtain a set of results that are then experimentally validated with the help of an electric slider that provides radial speeds up to 2 m/s. The performance of the codes under analysis has been characterized by means of the auto-correlation and cross-correlation bounds. The results derived from this study should be of interest to anyone performing matched filtering of ultrasonic signals with a moving emitter/receiver. PMID:22346670

  18. Constant frequency pulsed phase-locked-loop instrument for measurement of ultrasonic velocity

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    Yost, William T.; Cantrell, John H.; Kushnick, Peter W.

    1991-01-01

    A new instrument based on a constant-frequency pulsed phase-locked-loop (CFPPLL) concept has been developed to accurately measure the ultrasonic wave velocity in liquids and changes in ultrasonic wave velocity in solids and liquids. An analysis of the system shows that it is immune to many of the frequency-dependent effects that plague other techniques. Measurements of the sound velocity in ultrapure water are used to confirm the analysis. The results are in excellent agreement with values from the literature, and establish that the CFPPLL provides a reliable, accurate way to measure velocities, as well as for monitoring small changes in velocity without the sensitivity to frequency-dependent phase shifts common to other measurement systems. The estimated sensitivity to phase changes is better than a few parts in 10 to the 7th.

  19. Ultrasonics

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    Leonard, B. E.; Gardner, C. G.

    1973-01-01

    Ultrasonic testing is discussed as a primary means of nondestructive evaluation of subsurface flaws. The advantages and disadvantages are listed. The elementary principles, basic components of test units, scan modes, resonance testing, detection of fatigue cracks, monitoring fatigue crack growth, and determination of residual stress are discussed.

  20. In situ ultrasonic examination of the intense pulsed neutron source (IPNS) enriched uranium target assembly

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    Bohringer, D.E. . Intense Pulsed Neutron Source Program); Kupperman, D.S. . Materials and Components Technology Div.); Bailey, J.L.; Knox, A.E. )

    1991-11-01

    This paper discusses the Intense Pulsed Neutron Source (IPNS) at Argonne National Laboratory one of the nation's largest and most powerful sources of pulsed neutron beams for the study of atomic and molecular structures in solids and liquids. Due to large grains, preferred crystal orientation, and high neutron flux levels, irradiation growth of the enriched uranium target is a major factor in limiting the useful lifetime of the target assembly. Since predicting growth is difficult, in situ ultrasonic pulse-echo techniques are being used to periodically monitor the growth of the target assembly. Several tests have confirmed that irradiation growth of the target can be tracked and measured to an accuracy of 100 {mu}m.

  1. Optimisation of Pulsed Ultrasonic Velocimetry system and transducer technology for industrial applications.

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    Kotz, Reinhardt; Wiklund, Johan; Haldenwang, Rainer

    2013-02-01

    Pulsed Ultrasonic Velocimetry, commonly referred to as Ultrasonic Velocity Profiling (UVP) in research and engineering applications, is both a method and a device to measure an instantaneous one-dimensional velocity profile in opaque fluids along a measurement axis by using Doppler echography. Studies have suggested that the accuracy of the measured velocity gradient close to wall interfaces need to be improved. The reason for this is due to distortion caused by cavities situated in front of ultrasonic transducers, measurement volumes overlapping wall interfaces, refraction of the ultrasonic wave as well as sound velocity variations (Doppler angle changes). In order to increase the accuracy of velocity data close to wall interfaces and solve previous problems a specially designed delay line transducer was acoustically characterised and evaluated. Velocity profiles measured using the delay line transducer, were initially distorted due to the effect of finite sample volume characteristics and propagation through the delay line material boundary layers. These negative effects were overcome by measuring physical properties of the ultrasonic beam and implementing a newly developed deconvolution procedure. Furthermore, custom velocity estimation algorithms were developed, which improved the time resolution and penetration depth of the UVP system. The optimised UVP system was evaluated and compared to standard transducers in three different straight pipes (inner diameters of 16, 22.5 and 52.8mm). Velocity data obtained using the optimised UVP system showed significant improvement close to wall interfaces where the velocity gradients are high. The new transducer technology and signal processing techniques reduced previously mentioned problems and are now more suitable for industrial process monitoring and control. PMID:23062698

  2. Multi-wave ultrasonic Doppler method for measuring high flow-rates using staggered pulse intervals

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    Muramatsu, Ei; Murakawa, Hideki; Sugimoto, Katsumi; Asano, Hitoshi; Takenaka, Nobuyuki; Furuichi, Noriyuki

    2016-02-01

    The ultrasonic pulsed Doppler method (UDM) can obtain a velocity profile along the path of an ultrasonic beam. However, the UDM measurement volume is relatively large and it is known that the measurement volume affects the measurement accuracy. In this study, the effect of the measurement volume on velocity and flow rate measurements is analytically and experimentally evaluated. The velocities measured using UDM are considered to be ensemble-averaged values over the measurement volume in order to analyze the velocity error due to the measurement volume, while the flow rates are calculated from the integration of the velocity profile across the pipe. The analytical results show that the channel width, i.e. the spatial resolution along the ultrasonic beam axis, rather than the ultrasonic beam diameter, strongly influences the flow rate measurement. To improve the accuracy of the flow rate, a novel method using a multi-wave ultrasonic transducer consisting of two piezo-electric elements with different basic frequencies is proposed to minimize the size of the measurement volume in the near-wall region of a pipe flow. The velocity profiles in the near-wall region are measured using an 8 MHz sensor with a small diameter, while those far from the transducer are measured using a hollow 2 MHz sensor in the multi-wave transducer. The applicability of the multi-wave transducer was experimentally investigated using the water flow-rate calibration facility at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). As a result, the errors in the flow rate were found to be below  ‑1%, while the multi-wave method is shown to be particularly effective for measuring higher flow rates in a large-diameter pipe.

  3. Vacuum transmission lines for pulse sharpening and diagnostics applications

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    Di Capua, M.S.; Goerz, D.A.; Freytag, E.K.

    1987-06-01

    We investigated the propagation of MV electrical pulses along coaxial transmission lines (TL) in vacuum with network simulations and experiments. One goal was to establish how well a 3 m-long TL would sharpen the output pulse of a relativistic electron beam accelerator. Sharpening occurs as the cathode of the TL emits electrons and the current flow forces the TL into magnetic cut-off. The other goal was to determine how well field emission must be suppressed in a TL to avoid distortion of a propagating pulse. Simulations predict a four-fold risetime improvement (8 ns to 2 ns) through magnetic insulation in a TL with an electrical length (10 ns) comparable to the risetime of the input pulse. In the laboratory we have shown a five-fold improvement (15 to 3 ns) with a velvet covered 3-m line and a 7.5 fold improvement (2 ns) when a vacuum flashover switch was incorporated between the first third and the last two thirds of the TL. Simple arguments and TL simulations suggest that even a small fraction (1 or 2%) of Child-Langmuir (CL) space charge limited emission will distort a propagating voltage pulse. This result is of particular importance when the TL is part of a voltage diagnostic system.

  4. Reflection and transmission of guided ultrasonic plate waves by vertical stiffeners.

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    Reusser, Ricky S; Holland, Stephen D; Chimenti, D E; Roberts, Ron A

    2014-07-01

    Ultrasonic guided waves are very useful for structural health monitoring. They have the potential to interrogate and detect damage in a structure over a large area with few transducers. Guided plate modes (Lamb waves) are used and proposed for damage detection at a distance in semi-monococque structures such as airplane fuselages and spacecraft structures. The interaction of guided plate waves with stiffening members such as ribs, stringers, or the integral stiffeners used in spacecraft structures limits the distance over which structural health monitoring non-destructive evaluation systems can detect damage. This paper develops a simple explanatory model for the scattering of low-order ultrasonic Lamb waves crossing a stiffening device. The model illuminates the underlying mechanics of waves crossing a stiffener. The model shows that stop-bands for transmission of S(0) (longitudinal pressure) waves across a stiffener line up with flexural resonances of the stiffener. It also demonstrates why transmission of A(0) (flexural) waves is more complicated and harder to predict. The model is shown to agree well with both boundary element method calculations and experimental measurements. PMID:24993204

  5. Application of laser generated ultrasonic pulses in diagnostics of residual stresses in welds

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    Ivochkin, A. Yu.; Karabutov, A. A.; Pelivanov, I. M.; Lyamshev, M. L.; Rohadgi, U. M.; Subudhi, M.

    2006-01-01

    The laser optoacoustic method is applied for nondestructive evaluation of residual stresses in metals. Theoretical background establishes the acoustoelasticity relationships between applied biaxial stresses and deviations of the longitudinal wave velocity in solids. The experimental technique bases on laser thermoptical excitation of nanosecond ultrasonic pulses on the surface of samples under study and their backward mode piezodetection with a high temporal resolution. The samples, produced from stainless steel, had thickness from 1.67 mm to 8.87 mm. Welds are made up by means of electronic beam overheating of the samples with different intensities of the beam. Plane distributions of relative longitudinal wave velocity deviations, produced by stresses, were obtained.

  6. Exploring diffusion of ultrasonically consolidated aluminum and copper films through scanning and transmission electron microscopy

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    Sietins, Jennifer Mueller

    Ultrasonic consolidation (UC) is a promising manufacturing method for metal matrix composite pre-preg tapes or foils that utilizes a layer build-up technique. The process involves three main variables: applied load, oscillation amplitude, and rolling speed. A main advantage of this process is the ability to manufacture multi-material parts at lower processing temperatures compared to other metal matrix composites processes. A major disadvantage, however, is a lack of understanding of diffusion during the ultrasonic consolidation process, which is expected to affect the microstructure, bond quality, and strength within the interface region. The role of diffusion during the low temperature, short duration ultrasonic consolidation process was explored. First, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) x-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS) was used to measure concentration profiles of ultrasonically consolidated high purity aluminum and copper through which the interdiffusion coefficients were calculated. It was found that the experimental accelerating voltage had a significant impact on the measurement of the concentration profiles, and associated interdiffusion coefficients, due to the interaction volume interference. The effect of the interaction volume on the concentration profiles was confirmed through Monte Carlo simulations of electron trajectories, and the error due the interaction volume was quantified. The results showed the diffusion distance was too small for accurate measurements with SEM XEDS even at low accelerating voltages. To significantly reduce the error due to the interaction volume, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) samples were prepared using a focused ion beam (FIB) to ensure a uniform thickness. The TEM XEDS concentration profile and images revealed intermetallic phase transformations that occurred during the welding process. TEM images also showed dislocation pile-up located at the subgrain/bulk aluminum interface. This microstructural feature supports continuous dynamic recrystallization of grains through the rearrangement of dislocations. The apparent interdiffusion coefficient closely matched the bulk diffusion concentration profile for the times and temperatures of the ultrasonically consolidated sample. Support for bulk diffusion was independently found through calculating the minimum critical temperature for bulk diffusion dominance over grain boundary diffusion for the grain sizes measured.

  7. Physical and electrical characteristics of NiFe thin films using ultrasonic assisted pulse electrodeposition

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    Asa Deepthi, K.; Balachandran, R.; Ong, B. H.; Tan, K. B.; Wong, H. Y.; Yow, H. K.; Srimala, S.

    2016-01-01

    Nickel iron (NiFe) thin films were prepared on the copper substrate by ultrasonic assisted pulse electrodeposition under galvanostatic mode. Careful control of the thin films deposition is essential as the electrical properties of the films could be greatly affected, particularly if low quality films are produced. The preparation of NiFe/Cu thin films was aimed to reduce the grain size of NiFe particles, surface roughness and electrical resistivity of the copper substrates. Various parameters were systematically studied including current magnitude, deposition time and ultrasonic bath temperature. The optimized conditions to obtain NiFe permalloy, which subsequently applied to all investigated samples, were found at a current magnitude of 70 mA deposited for a duration of 2 min under ultrasonic bath temperature of 27 °C. The composition of NiFe permalloy was as close as Ni 80.71% and Fe 19.29% and the surface roughness was reduced from 12.76 nm to 2.25 nm. The films electrical resistivity was decreased nearly sevenfold from an initial value of 67.32 μΩ cm to 9.46 μΩ cm.

  8. Spark ultrasonic transducer

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    Hoop, J. M.

    1972-01-01

    Nondestructive testing by spark transducer induces ultrasonic pulses in materials without physical contact. High power pulse generator connected to step up transformer produces sparking between two tungsten rods and ultrasonic energy pulses in test samples placed between rods.

  9. Assessment of strength properties of cemented paste backfill by ultrasonic pulse velocity test.

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    Y?lmaz, Tekin; Ercikdi, Bayram; Karaman, Kadir; Kleki, Gkhan

    2014-07-01

    Ultrasonic pulse velocity (UPV) test is one of the most popular non-destructive techniques used in the assessment of the mechanical properties of concrete or rock materials. In this study, the effects of binder type/dosage, water to cement ratio (w/c) and fines content (<20 ?m) of the tailings on ultrasonic pulse velocity (UPV) of cemented paste backfill (CPB) samples were investigated and correlated with the corresponding unconfined compressive strength (UCS) data. A total of 96 CPB samples prepared at different mixture properties were subjected to the UPV and UCS tests at 7, 14, 28 and 56-days of curing periods. UPV and UCS of CPB samples of ordinary Portland cement (CEM I 42.5 R) and sulphate resistant cement (SRC 32.5) initially increased rapidly, but, slowed down after 14 days. However, UPV and UCS of CPB samples of the blast furnace slag cement (CEM III/A 42.5 N) steadily increased between 7 and 56 days. Increasing binder dosage or reducing w/c ratio and fines content (<20 ?m) increased the UCS and UPV of CPB samples. UPV was found to be particularly sensitive to fines content. UCS data were correlated with the corresponding UPV data. A linear relation appeared to exist between the UCS and UPV of CPB samples. These findings have demonstrated that the UPV test can be reliably used for the estimation of the strength of CPB samples. PMID:24602334

  10. Waveguide piezoelectric micromachined ultrasonic transducer array for short-range pulse-echo imaging

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    Lu, Y.; Tang, H.; Wang, Q.; Fung, S.; Tsai, J. M.; Daneman, M.; Boser, B. E.; Horsley, D. A.

    2015-05-01

    This paper presents an 8 × 24 element, 100 μm-pitch, 20 MHz ultrasound imager based on a piezoelectric micromachined ultrasonic transducer (PMUT) array having integrated acoustic waveguides. The 70 μm diameter, 220 μm long waveguides function both to direct acoustic waves and to confine acoustic energy, and also to provide mechanical protection for the PMUT array used for surface-imaging applications such as an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. The imager consists of a PMUT array bonded with a CMOS ASIC using wafer-level conductive eutectic bonding. This construction allows each PMUT in the array to have a dedicated front-end receive amplifier, which together with on-chip analog multiplexing enables individual pixel read-out with high signal-to-noise ratio through minimized parasitic capacitance between the PMUT and the front-end amplifier. Finite element method simulations demonstrate that the waveguides preserve the pressure amplitude of acoustic pulses over distances of 600 μm. Moreover, the waveguide design demonstrated here enables pixel-by-pixel readout of the ultrasound image due to improved directivity of the PMUT by directing acoustic waves and creating a pressure field with greater spatial uniformity at the end of the waveguide. Pulse-echo imaging experiments conducted using a one-dimensional steel grating demonstrate the array's ability to form a two-dimensional image of a target.

  11. Stress wave attenuation in thin structures by ultrasonic through-transmission

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    Lee, S. S.; Williams, J. H., Jr.

    1980-01-01

    The steady state amplitude of the output of an ultrasonic through transmission measurement is analyzed and the result is given in closed form. Provided that the product of the input and output transduction ratios; the specimen-transducer reflection coefficient; the specimen-transducer phase shift parameter; and the material phase velocity are known, this analysis gives a means for determining the through-thickness attenuation of an individual thin sample. Multiple stress wave reflections are taken into account and so signal echoes do not represent a difficulty. An example is presented for a graphite fiber epoxy composite (Hercules AS/3501-6). A direct method for continuous or intermittent monitoring of through thickness attenuation of plate structures which may be subject to service structural degradation is provided.

  12. Stress-wave attenuation in thin structures by ultrasonic through-transmission

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    Lee, S. S.; Williams, J. H., Jr.

    1980-01-01

    The steady-state amplitude of the output of an ultrasonic through-transmission measurement is analyzed and the result is given in closed form. Provided that the product of the input and output transduction ratios, the specimen-transducer reflection coefficient, the specimen-transducer phase-shift parameter, and the material phase velocity are known, this analysis gives a means for determining the through-thickness attenuation of an individual thin sample. Multiple stress-wave reflections are taken into account, and so signal echoes do not represent a difficulty. An example is presented for a graphite fiber epoxy composite (Hercules AS/3501-6). Thus, the technique provides a direct method for continuous or intermittent monitoring of through-thickness attenuation of plate structures which may be subject to service structural degradation.

  13. Ultrasonic ranging and data telemetry system

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    Brashear, Hugh R. (Farragut, TN); Blair, Michael S. (Knoxville, TN); Phelps, James E. (Knoxville, TN); Bauer, Martin L. (Oak Ridge, TN); Nowlin, Charles H. (Oak Ridge, TN)

    1990-01-01

    An ultrasonic ranging and data telemetry system determines a surveyor's position and automatically links it with other simultaneously taken survey data. An ultrasonic and radio frequency (rf) transmitter are carried by the surveyor in a backpack. The surveyor's position is determined by calculations that use the measured transmission times of an airborne ultrasonic pulse transmitted from the backpack to two or more prepositioned ultrasonic transceivers. Once a second, rf communications are used both to synchronize the ultrasonic pulse transmission-time measurements and to transmit other simultaneously taken survey data. The rf communications are interpreted by a portable receiver and microcomputer which are brought to the property site. A video display attached to the computer provides real-time visual monitoring of the survey progress and site coverage.

  14. Development of an ultrasonic pulse-echo (UPE) technique for aircraft icing studies

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    Liu, Yang; Hu, Hui; Chen, Wen-Li; Bond, Leonard J.

    2014-02-18

    Aircraft operating in some cold weather conditions face the risk of icing. Icing poses a threat to flight safety and its management is expensive. Removing light frost on a clear day from a medium-size business jet can cost $300, heavy wet snow removal can cost $3,000 and removal of accumulated frozen/freezing rain can cost close to $10,000. Understanding conditions that lead to severe icing events is important and challenging. When an aircraft or rotorcraft flies in a cold climate, some of the super cooled droplets impinging on exposed aircraft surfaces may flow along the surface prior to freezing and give various forms and shapes of ice. The runback behavior of a water film on an aircraft affects the morphology of ice accretion and the rate of formation. In this study, we report the recent progress to develop an Ultrasonic Pulse-Echo (UPE) technique to provide real-time thickness distribution measurements of surface water flows driven by boundary layer airflows for aircraft icing studies. A series of initial experimental investigations are conducted in an ice wind tunnel employing an array of ultrasonic transducers placed underneath the surface of a flat plate. The water runback behavior on the plate is evaluated by measuring the thickness profile variation of the water film along the surface by using the UPE technique under various wind speed and flow rate conditions.

  15. Development of an ultrasonic pulse-echo (UPE) technique for aircraft icing studies

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    Liu, Yang; Chen, Wen-Li; Bond, Leonard J.; Hu, Hui

    2014-02-01

    Aircraft operating in some cold weather conditions face the risk of icing. Icing poses a threat to flight safety and its management is expensive. Removing light frost on a clear day from a medium-size business jet can cost 300, heavy wet snow removal can cost 3,000 and removal of accumulated frozen/freezing rain can cost close to 10,000. Understanding conditions that lead to severe icing events is important and challenging. When an aircraft or rotorcraft flies in a cold climate, some of the super cooled droplets impinging on exposed aircraft surfaces may flow along the surface prior to freezing and give various forms and shapes of ice. The runback behavior of a water film on an aircraft affects the morphology of ice accretion and the rate of formation. In this study, we report the recent progress to develop an Ultrasonic Pulse-Echo (UPE) technique to provide real-time thickness distribution measurements of surface water flows driven by boundary layer airflows for aircraft icing studies. A series of initial experimental investigations are conducted in an ice wind tunnel employing an array of ultrasonic transducers placed underneath the surface of a flat plate. The water runback behavior on the plate is evaluated by measuring the thickness profile variation of the water film along the surface by using the UPE technique under various wind speed and flow rate conditions.

  16. Detection of Arterial Wall Boundaries Using an Echo Model Composed of Multiple Ultrasonic Pulses

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    Ibrahim, Nabilah; Hasegawa, Hideyuki; Kanai, Hiroshi

    2013-07-01

    The assessment of the intima-media thickness (IMT) of the carotid arterial wall, which is the most frequently used indicator to diagnose atherosclerosis by ultrasound, involves the measurement of the lumen-intima boundary (LIB) and media-adventitia boundary (MAB). In this study, using the mean squared error (MSE) method and by applying the template matching technique, an adaptive model of an ultrasonic echo, which is obtained from an ultrasonic pulse measured with a hydrophone, was fitted with the measured in vivo RF echo to estimate the boundaries of the carotid arterial wall. In the present study, the frequency and phase of the adaptive model were considered to improve the accuracy in the determination of the LIB and MAB. For a 7.5-mm-long short segment of the carotid artery in the longitudinal direction, the average IMTs estimated by the improved technique and the previous method were 502+/-61 and 558+/-120 m, respectively, showing a decrease in the standard deviation by the proposed method. Moreover, the result obtained by the improved technique presented only 0.4% difference between the automatically detected boundary and the manually detected boundary, which is smaller than that obtained by the previous method (10.7% difference). These results verified that the boundary detected by the improved technique was more accurate than that detected by the previous method.

  17. Ultrasonic pulse echography for bubbles traveling in the proximity of a wall

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    Park, Hyun Jin; Tasaka, Yuji; Murai, Yuichi

    2015-12-01

    The behavior of a bubbly two-phase flow in the vicinity of a wall affects heat, mass, and momentum transfer; therefore, there is great interest in developing a quantitative technique to monitor this behavior. Herein we propose a new method based on ultrasound echo signal processing that it feasible for industrial applications where the boundary layer is modified by traveling bubbles. By introducing time-resolved direct waveform analysis at 100 MHz, we have succeeded in the spatio-temporal detection of bubble surfaces at echographic profiling frequencies in the range of 15–20 kHz. Unlike conventional approaches, which use short pulses, a relatively long pulse length is applied to allow ultrasound Doppler velocimetry in the liquid phase. Examination of the horizontal bubbly two-phase turbulent channel flows demonstrated the feasibility of this method; spatio-temporal echography of moving bubble surfaces is successfully achieved as the bubbles travel on length scales smaller than the spatial ultrasonic pulse length near the wall. The applicable range of parameters (e.g. bubble size and shape, and flow speed) was determined by 3D numerical analysis of the wave equation and its application to bubbles flowing beneath a flat-bottom model ship.

  18. Pulse-echo ultrasonic imaging method for eliminating sample thickness variation effects

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    Roth, Don J. (Inventor)

    1995-01-01

    A pulse-echo, immersion method for ultrasonic evaluation of a material is discussed. It accounts for and eliminates nonlevelness in the equipment set-up and sample thickness variation effects employs a single transducer, automatic scanning and digital imaging to obtain an image of a property of the material, such as pore fraction. The nonlevelness and thickness variation effects are accounted for by pre-scan adjusments of the time window to insure that the echoes received at each scan point are gated in the center of the window. This information is input into the scan file so that, during the automatic scanning for the material evaluation, each received echo is centered in its time window. A cross-correlation function calculates the velocity at each scan point, which is then proportionalized to a color or grey scale and displayed on a video screen.

  19. Pulse-Echo Ultrasonic Imaging Method for Eliminating Sample Thickness Variation Effects

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    Roth, Don J. (Inventor)

    1997-01-01

    A pulse-echo, immersion method for ultrasonic evaluation of a material which accounts for and eliminates nonlevelness in the equipment set-up and sample thickness variation effects employs a single transducer and automatic scanning and digital imaging to obtain an image of a property of the material, such as pore fraction. The nonlevelness and thickness variation effects are accounted for by pre-scan adjustments of the time window to insure that the echoes received at each scan point are gated in the center of the window. This information is input into the scan file so that, during the automatic scanning for the material evaluation, each received echo is centered in its time window. A cross-correlation function calculates the velocity at each scan point, which is then proportionalized to a color or grey scale and displayed on a video screen.

  20. Hydraulic Fracture Propagation through Preexisting Discontinuity Monitored by Acoustic Emission and Ultrasonic Transmission

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    Stanchits, S.; Lund, J.; Surdi, A.; Edelman, E.; Whitney, N.; Eldredge, R.; Suarez-Rivera, R.

    2011-12-01

    Hydraulic fracturing is critical to enhance hydrocarbon production from ultra-low permeability unconventional reservoirs, and is the common completion methodology for tight formations around the world. Unfortunately, these reservoirs are often highly heterogeneous and their heterogeneity imparts a degree of geometrical complexity in hydraulic fractures that is poorly understood. Fracture complexity (e.g. branching) results in higher surface area and could be beneficial to production provided it remains conductive. Understanding the sources and consequences of fracture complexity is thus of high importance to completion and production operations. In this study we postulate that textural complexity in tight heterogeneous formations induces fracture complexity, and that the main sources of textural complexity are associated with veins, bed boundaries, lithologic contacts, and geologic interfaces. We thus study the effect of interfaces on hydraulic fracture propagation under laboratory conditions by Acoustic Emission (AE) and Ultrasonic Transmission (UT) monitoring techniques. The experiments were conducted on low permeability sandstone blocks of 279 x 279 x 381 mm length with saw cut discontinuities oriented orthogonally to the expected direction of fracture propagation. The rock is loaded in a poly-axial test frame to representative effective in-situ stress conditions of normal and deviatoric stress. Hydraulic fracturing was initiated by injection of silicon oil into a borehole drilled off center from the block. Acoustic emission (AE) events were continuously monitored during testing using nineteen P-wave sensors. Additional sensors were installed to periodically monitor ultrasonic transmission (UT) along various directions oblique and perpendicular to the fracture and the interface. The AE and UT data were recorded using a Vallen AMSY-6 system, with 16-bit amplitude resolution and 5 MHz sampling rate. Detailed analysis of AE localizations allowed us to identify various stages of hydraulic fracturing, including fracture initiation, fracture interaction with the preexisting interface, fracture propagation and fracture closing. Observed variations in UT amplitudes and velocities, during fracture propagation, were related to fracture propagation, as well as to the penetration of fracturing fluid to the conductive interface. Analysis of the combined AE and UT data provides additional insight into the fracturing process and significantly improved our understanding of the dynamics of hydraulic fracture propagation. Detailed post-test 3D mapping of the final fracture allowed us to make an independent comparison of actual fracture and the fracture monitored by the AE and UT measurements. This comparison is essential for validating the interpretation of microseismic monitoring during hydraulic fracturing in the lab and in the field.

  1. Multiband tissue classification for ultrasonic transmission tomography using spectral profile detection

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    Jeong, Jeong-Won; Kim, Tae-Seong; Shin, Dae-Chul; Do, Synho; Marmarelis, Vasilis Z.

    2004-04-01

    Recently it was shown that soft tissue can be differentiated with spectral unmixing and detection methods that utilize multi-band information obtained from a High-Resolution Ultrasonic Transmission Tomography (HUTT) system. In this study, we focus on tissue differentiation using the spectral target detection method based on Constrained Energy Minimization (CEM). We have developed a new tissue differentiation method called "CEM filter bank". Statistical inference on the output of each CEM filter of a filter bank is used to make a decision based on the maximum statistical significance rather than the magnitude of each CEM filter output. We validate this method through 3-D inter/intra-phantom soft tissue classification where target profiles obtained from an arbitrary single slice are used for differentiation in multiple tomographic slices. Also spectral coherence between target and object profiles of an identical tissue at different slices and phantoms is evaluated by conventional cross-correlation analysis. The performance of the proposed classifier is assessed using Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) analysis. Finally we apply our method to classify tiny structures inside a beef kidney such as Styrofoam balls (~1mm), chicken tissue (~5mm), and vessel-duct structures.

  2. Noninvasive and localized neuronal delivery using short ultrasonic pulses and microbubbles

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    Choi, James J.; Selert, Kirsten; Vlachos, Fotios; Wong, Anna; Konofagou, Elisa E.

    2011-01-01

    Focused ultrasound activation of systemically administered microbubbles is a noninvasive and localized drug delivery method that can increase vascular permeability to large molecular agents. Yet the range of acoustic parameters responsible for drug delivery remains unknown, and, thus, enhancing the delivery characteristics without compromising safety has proven to be difficult. We propose a new basis for ultrasonic pulse design in drug delivery through the blood–brain barrier (BBB) that uses principles of probability of occurrence and spatial distribution of cavitation in contrast to the conventionally applied magnitude of cavitation. The efficacy of using extremely short (2.3 μs) pulses was evaluated in 27 distinct acoustic parameter sets at low peak-rarefactional pressures (0.51 MPa or lower). The left hippocampus and lateral thalamus were noninvasively sonicated after administration of Definity microbubbles. Disruption of the BBB was confirmed by delivery of fluorescently tagged 3-, 10-, or 70-kDa dextrans. Under some conditions, dextrans were distributed homogeneously throughout the targeted region and accumulated at specific hippocampal landmarks and neuronal cells and axons. No histological damage was observed at the most effective parameter set. Our results have broadened the design space of parameters toward a wider safety window that may also increase vascular permeability. The study also uncovered a set of parameters that enhances the dose and distribution of molecular delivery, overcoming standard trade-offs in avoiding associated damage. Given the short pulses used similar to diagnostic ultrasound, new critical parameters were also elucidated to clearly separate therapeutic ultrasound from disruption-free diagnostic ultrasound. PMID:21930942

  3. 3-D Surface Depression Profiling Using High Frequency Focused Air-Coupled Ultrasonic Pulses

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    Roth, Don J.; Kautz, Harold E.; Abel, Phillip B.; Whalen, Mike F.; Hendricks, J. Lynne; Bodis, James R.

    1999-01-01

    Surface topography is an important variable in the performance of many industrial components and is normally measured with diamond-tip profilometry over a small area or using optical scattering methods for larger area measurement. This article shows quantitative surface topography profiles as obtained using only high-frequency focused air-coupled ultrasonic pulses. The profiles were obtained using a profiling system developed by NASA Glenn Research Center and Sonix, Inc (via a formal cooperative agreement). (The air transducers are available as off-the-shelf items from several companies.) The method is simple and reproducible because it relies mainly on knowledge and constancy of the sound velocity through the air. The air transducer is scanned across the surface and sends pulses to the sample surface where they are reflected back from the surface along the same path as the incident wave. Time-of-flight images of the sample surface are acquired and converted to depth/surface profile images using the simple relation (d = V*t/2) between distance (d), time-of-flight (t), and the velocity of sound in air (V). The system has the ability to resolve surface depression variations as small as 25 microns, is useable over a 1.4 mm vertical depth range, and can profile large areas only limited by the scan limits of the particular ultrasonic system. (Best-case depth resolution is 0.25 microns which may be achievable with improved isolation from vibration and air currents.) The method using an optimized configuration is reasonably rapid and has all quantitative analysis facilities on-line including 2-D and 3-D visualization capability, extreme value filtering (for faulty data), and leveling capability. Air-coupled surface profilometry is applicable to plate-like and curved samples. In this article, results are shown for several proof-of-concept samples, plastic samples burned in microgravity on the STS-54 space shuttle mission, and a partially-coated cylindrical ceramic composite sample. Impressive results were obtained for all samples when compared with diamond-tip profiles and measurements from micrometers. The method is completely nondestructive, noninvasive, non-contact and does not require light-reflective surfaces.

  4. Continued Evaluation of the Pulse-Echo Ultrasonic Instrument for Critical Velocity Determination during Hanford Tank Waste Transfer Operations

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    Denslow, Kayte M.; Bontha, Jagannadha R.; Adkins, Harold E.; Jenks, Jeromy WJ; Burns, Carolyn A.; Schonewill, Philip P.; Hopkins, Derek F.; Thien, Michael G.; Wooley, Theodore A.

    2012-04-01

    Laboratory (PNNL) conducted an extensive evaluation of the ability of three ultrasonic instruments to detect critical velocity for a broad range of simulated Hanford nuclear waste streams containing particles with mean particle sizes of >50 microns. Evaluations were perform using the pipe loop at the Process Development Laboratory – East (PDL-E) at PNNL that was designed and built to evaluate the pipeline plugging issue during slurry transfer operations at the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant. In 2011 the ability of the ultrasonic PulseEcho system to detect critical velocity continued to be evaluated using the PDL-E flow loop and new simulants containing high-density particles with a mean particle size of < 15 microns. The PDL-E flow loop was modified for the 2011 testing to include a new test section that contained 5-MHz and 10-MHz ultrasonic transducers non-invasively mounted to schedule 40 pipe. The test section also contained reference instrumentation to facilitate direct comparison of the real-time PulseEcho transducer responses with experimentally observed critical velocities. This paper presents the results from the 2011 PulseEcho evaluation using a variety of simulated Hanford nuclear waste streams that were selected to encompass the expected high-level waste feed properties.

  5. Increased range of ultrasonic guided wave testing of overhead transmission line cables using dispersion compensation.

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    Legg, Mathew; Yücel, Mehmet K; Kappatos, Vassilios; Selcuk, Cem; Gan, Tat-Hean

    2015-09-01

    Overhead Transmission Line (OVTL) cables can experience structural defects and are, therefore, inspected using Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) techniques. Ultrasonic Guided Waves (UGW) is one NDT technique that has been investigated for inspection of these cables. For practical use, it is desirable to be able to inspect as long a section of cable as possible from a single location. This paper investigates increasing the UGW inspection range on Aluminium Conductor Steel Reinforced (ACSR) cables by compensating for dispersion using dispersion curve data. For ACSR cables, it was considered to be difficult to obtain accurate dispersion curves using modelling due to the complex geometry and unknown coupling between wire strands. Group velocity dispersion curves were, therefore, measured experimentally on an untensioned, 26.5m long cable and a method of calculating theoretical dispersion curves was obtained. Attenuation and dispersion compensation were then performed for a broadband Maximum Length Sequence (MLS) excitation signal. An increase in the Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) of about 4-8dB compared to that of the dispersed signal was obtained. However, the main benefit was the increased ability to resolve the individual echoes from the end of the cable and an introduced defect in the form of a cut, which was 7 to at least 13dB greater than that of the dispersed signal. Five echoes were able to be clearly detected using MLS excitation signal, indicating the potential for an inspection range of up to 130m in each direction. To the best of the authors knowledge, this is the longest inspection range for ACSR cables reported in the literature, where typically cables, which were only one or two meter long, have been investigated previously. Narrow band tone burst and Hann windowed tone burst excitation signal also showed increased SNR and ability to resolve closely spaced echoes. PMID:25991388

  6. Detection and assessment of wood decay in glulam beams using a through-transmission ultrasonic approach

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    Senalik, Adam; Beall, Frank C.; O'Dell, Kristen; Reis, Henrique

    2008-03-01

    A glulam beam retired from the field and without visible indications of wood decay was used. Towards detection and assessing wood decay, X-ray computer tomography and ultrasonic measurements were carried out. It was observed that decrease in mass density with increasing levels of wood decay affects x-rays attenuation and allows radioscopy to detect and assess wood decay. Furthermore, it was also observed that the decrease in mass density and stiffness caused by wood decay affects ultrasonics measurements. It was observed that ultrasonic velocity and stress wave features such as time of arrival, area under the power spectral density curve, energy, and frequency of maximum amplitude allows detection and assessment of wood decay. Results show that results from both X-ray computer tomography and ultrasonic measurements are consistent with each other and can be used to detect and assess wood decay in structural lumber.

  7. Fiber Optic Picosecond Laser Pulse Transmission Line for Hydrogen Ion Beam Profile Measurement

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    Liu, Yun; Huang, Chunning; Aleksandrov, Alexander V

    2013-01-01

    We present a fiber optic laser pulse transmission line for non-intrusive longitudinal profile measurement of the hydrogen ion (H-) beam at the front-end of the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) accelerator. The 80.5 MHz, 2.5 ps, multi-killowatt optical pulses are delivered to the accelerator beam line through a large mode area polarization maintaining optical fiber to ensure a high measurement stability. The transmission efficiency, output laser beam quality, pulse jitter and pulse width broadening over a 100-ft fiber line are experimentally investigated. A successful measurement of the H- beam microbunch (~130 ps) profile is obtained. Our experiment is the first demonstration of particle beam profile diagnostics using fiber optic laser pulse transmission line.

  8. Finger blood content, light transmission, and pulse oximetry errors.

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    Craft, T M; Lawson, R A; Young, J D

    1992-01-01

    The changes in light emitting diode current necessary to maintain a constant level of light incident upon a photodetector were measured in 20 volunteers at the two wavelengths employed by pulse oximeters. Three states of finger blood content were assessed; exsanguinated, hyperaemic, and normal. The changes in light emitting diode current with changes in finger blood content were small and are not thought to represent a significant source of error in saturation as measured by pulse oximetry. PMID:1536406

  9. Ultrasonic probe deployment device for increased wave transmission and rapid area scan inspections

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    DiMambro, Joseph; Roach, Dennis P; Rackow, Kirk A; Nelson, Ciji L; Dasch, Cameron J; Moore, David G

    2013-02-12

    An ultrasonic probe deployment device in which an ultrasound-transmitting liquid forms the portion of the ultrasonic wave path in contact with the surface being inspected (i.e., the inspection surface). A seal constrains flow of the liquid, for example preventing the liquid from surging out and flooding the inspection surface. The seal is not rigid and conforms to variations in the shape and unevenness of the inspection surface, thus forming a seal (although possibly a leaky seal) around the liquid. The probe preferably is held in place to produce optimum ultrasonic focus on the area of interest. Use of encoders can facilitate the production of C-scan area maps of the material being inspected.

  10. Ultrasonic probe deployment device for increased wave transmission and rapid area scan inspections

    DOEpatents

    DiMambro, Joseph (Placitas, NM); Roach, Dennis P. (Albuquerque, NM); Rackow, Kirk A. (Albuquerque, NM); Nelson, Ciji L. (Albuquerque, NM); Dasch, Cameron J. (Boomfield Hills, MI); Moore, David G. (Albuquerque, NM)

    2012-01-03

    An ultrasonic probe deployment device in which an ultrasound-transmitting liquid forms the portion of the ultrasonic wave path in contact with the surface being inspected (i.e., the inspection surface). A seal constrains flow of the liquid, for example preventing the liquid from surging out and flooding the inspection surface. The seal is not rigid and conforms to variations in the shape and unevenness of the inspection surface, thus forming a seal (although possibly a leaky seal) around the liquid. The probe preferably is held in place to produce optimum ultrasonic focus on the area of interest. Use of encoders can facilitate the production of C-scan area maps of the material being inspected.

  11. Method and apparatus for ultrasonic doppler velocimetry using speed of sound and reflection mode pulsed wideband doppler

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    Shekarriz, Alireza (Kennewick, WA); Sheen, David M. (Richland, WA)

    2000-01-01

    According to the present invention, a method and apparatus rely upon tomographic measurement of the speed of sound and fluid velocity in a pipe. The invention provides a more accurate profile of velocity within flow fields where the speed of sound varies within the cross-section of the pipe. This profile is obtained by reconstruction of the velocity profile from the local speed of sound measurement simultaneously with the flow velocity. The method of the present invention is real-time tomographic ultrasonic Doppler velocimetry utilizing a to plurality of ultrasonic transmission and reflection measurements along two orthogonal sets of parallel acoustic lines-of-sight. The fluid velocity profile and the acoustic velocity profile are determined by iteration between determining a fluid velocity profile and measuring local acoustic velocity until convergence is reached.

  12. Pulse-Echo Phased Array Ultrasonic Inspection of Pultruded Rod Stitched Efficient Unitized Structure (PRSEUS)

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    Johnston, Pat H.

    2010-01-01

    A PRSEUS test article was subjected to controlled impact on the skin face followed by static and cyclic axial compressions. Phased array ultrasonic inspection was conducted before impact, and after each of the test conditions. A linear phased array probe with a manual X-Y scanner was used for interrogation. Ultrasound showed a delamination between the skin and stringer flange adjacent to the impact. As designed, the stitching in the flange arrested the lateral flaw formation. Subsequent ultrasonic data showed no delamination growth due to continued loading. Keywords: Phased Array, Ultrasonics, Composites, Out-of-Autoclave

  13. Continued Evaluation of the Pulse-Echo Ultrasonic Instrument for Critical Velocity Determination during Hanford Tank Waste Transfer Operations - 12518

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    Denslow, Kayte M.; Bontha, Jagannadha R.; Adkins, Harold E.; Jenks, Jeromy W.J.; Burns, Carolyn A.; Schonewill, Philip P.; Hopkins, Derek F.; Thien, Michael G.; Wooley, Theodore A.

    2012-07-01

    The delivery of Hanford double-shell tank waste to the Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) will be governed by specific Waste Acceptance Criteria that are identified in ICD 19 - Interface Control Document for Waste Feed. Waste must be certified as acceptable before it can be delivered to the WTP. The fluid transfer velocity at which solid particulate deposition occurs in waste slurry transport piping (critical velocity) is a key waste parameter that must be accurately characterized to determine if the waste is acceptable for transfer to the WTP. In 2010 Washington River Protection Solutions and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory began evaluating the ultrasonic PulseEcho instrument to accurately identify critical velocities in a horizontal slurry transport pipeline for slurries containing particles with a mean particle diameter of >50 micrometers. In 2011 the PulseEcho instrument was further evaluated to identify critical velocities for slurries containing fast-settling, high-density particles with a mean particle diameter of <15 micrometers. This two-year evaluation has demonstrated the ability of the ultrasonic PulseEcho instrument to detect the onset of critical velocity for a broad range of physical and rheological slurry properties that are likely encountered during the waste feed transfer operations between the Hanford tank farms and the WTP. (authors)

  14. Applications of tunable high energy/pressure pulsed lasers to atmospheric transmission and remote sensing

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    Hess, R. V.; Seals, R. K.

    1974-01-01

    Atmospheric transmission of high energy C12 O2(16) lasers were improved by pulsed high pressure operation which, due to pressure broadening of laser lines, permits tuning the laser 'off' atmospheric C12 O2(16) absorption lines. Pronounced improvement is shown for horizontal transmission at altitudes above several kilometers, and for vertical transmission through the entire atmosphere. The atmospheric transmission of tuned C12 O2(16) lasers compares favorably with C12 O2(18) isotope lasers and CO lasers. The advantages of tunable, high energy, high pressure pulsed lasers over tunable diode lasers and waveguide lasers, in combining high energies with a large tuning range, are evaluated for certain applications to remote sensing of atmospheric constituents and pollutants. Pulsed operation considerably increases the signal to noise ratio without seriously affecting the high spectral resolution of signal detection obtained with laser heterodyning.

  15. Simultaneous backward data transmission and power harvesting in an ultrasonic transcutaneous energy transfer link employing acoustically dependent electric impedance modulation.

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    Ozeri, Shaul; Shmilovitz, Doron

    2014-09-01

    The advancement and miniaturization of body implanted medical devices pose several challenges to Ultrasonic Transcutaneous Energy Transfer (UTET), such as the need to reduce the size of the piezoelectric resonator, and the need to maximize the UTET link power-transfer efficiency. Accordingly, the same piezoelectric resonator that is used for energy harvesting at the body implant, may also be used for ultrasonic backward data transfer, for instance, through impedance modulation. This paper presents physical considerations and design guidelines of the body implanted transducer of a UTET link with impedance modulation for a backward data transfer. The acoustic matching design procedure was based on the 22 transfer matrix chain analysis, in addition to the Krimholtz Leedom and Matthaei KLM transmission line model. The UTET power transfer was carried out at a frequency of 765 kHz, continuous wave (CW) mode. The backward data transfer was attained by inserting a 9% load resistance variation around its matched value (550 Ohm), resulting in a 12% increase in the acoustic reflection coefficient. A backward data transmission rate of 1200 bits/s was experimentally demonstrated using amplitude shift keying, simultaneously with an acoustic power transfer of 20 mW to the implant. PMID:24861424

  16. Potential of ultrasonic pulse velocity for evaluating the dimensional stability of oak and chestnut wood.

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    Dndar, Trker; Wang, Xiping; As, Nusret; Avc?, Erkan

    2016-03-01

    The objective of this study was to examine the potential of ultrasonic velocity as a rapid and nondestructive method to predict the dimensional stability of oak (Quercus petraea (Mattuschka) Lieblein) and chestnut (Castanea sativa Mill.) that are commonly used in flooring industry. Ultrasonic velocity, specific gravity, and radial, tangential and volumetric shrinkages were measured on seventy-four 202030-mm(3) specimens obtained from freshly cut oak and chestnut stems. The ultrasonic velocities of the specimens decreased with increasing moisture content (MC). We found that specific gravity was not a good predictor of the transverse shrinkages as indicated by relatively weak correlations. Ultrasonic velocity, on the other hand, was found to be a significant predictor of the transverse shrinkages for both oak and chestnut. The best results for prediction of shrinkages of oak and chestnut were obtained when the ultrasonic velocity and specific gravity were used together. The multiple regression models we developed in this study explained 77% of volumetric shrinkages in oak and 72% of volumetric shrinkages in chestnut. It is concluded that ultrasonic velocity coupled with specific gravity can be employed as predicting parameters to evaluate the dimensional stability of oak and chestnut wood during manufacturing process. PMID:26678790

  17. An accurate air temperature measurement system based on an envelope pulsed ultrasonic time-of-flight technique

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    Huang, Y. S.; Huang, Y. P.; Huang, K. N.; Young, M. S.

    2007-11-01

    A new microcomputer based air temperature measurement system is presented. An accurate temperature measurement is derived from the measurement of sound velocity by using an ultrasonic time-of-flight (TOF) technique. The study proposes a novel algorithm that combines both amplitude modulation (AM) and phase modulation (PM) to get the TOF measurement. The proposed system uses the AM and PM envelope square waveform (APESW) to reduce the error caused by inertia delay. The APESW ultrasonic driving waveform causes an envelope zero and phase inversion phenomenon in the relative waveform of the receiver. To accurately achieve a TOF measurement, the phase inversion phenomenon was used to sufficiently identify the measurement pulse in the received waveform. Additionally, a counter clock technique was combined to compute the phase shifts of the last incomplete cycle for TOF. The presented system can obtain 0.1% TOF resolution for the period corresponding to the 40kHz frequency ultrasonic wave. Consequently, with the integration of a humidity compensation algorithm, a highly accurate and high resolution temperature measurement can be achieved using the accurate TOF measurement. Experimental results indicate that the combined standard uncertainty of the temperature measurement is approximately 0.39C. The main advantages of this system are high resolution measurements, narrow bandwidth requirements, and ease of implementation.

  18. High pulse repetition frequency, multiple wavelength, pulsed CO(2) lidar system for atmospheric transmission and target reflectance measurements.

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    Ben-David, A; Emery, S L; Gotoff, S W; D'Amico, F M

    1992-07-20

    A multiple wavelength, pulsed CO(2) lidar system operating at a pulse repetition frequency of 200 Hz and permitting the random selection of CO(2) laser wavelengths for each laser pulse is presented. This system was employed to measure target reflectance and atmospheric transmission by using laser pulse bursts consisting of groups with as many as 16 different wavelengths at a repetition rate of 12 Hz. The wavelength tuning mechanism of the transversely excited atmospheric laser consists of a stationary grating and a flat mirror controlled by a galvanometer. Multiple wavelength, differential absorption lidar (DIAL) measurements reduce the effects of differential target reflectance and molecular absorption interference. Examples of multiwavelength DIAL detection for ammonia and water vapor show the dynamic interaction between these two trace gases. Target reflectance measurements for maple trees in winter and autumn are presented. PMID:20725406

  19. Pulse-excited, auto-zeroing multiple channel data transmission system

    DOEpatents

    Fasching, George E.

    1987-01-01

    A multiple channel data transmission system is provided in which signals from a plurality of pulse operated transducers and a corresponding plurality of pulse operated signal processor channels are multiplexed for single channel FM transmission to a receiving station. The transducers and corresponding channel amplifiers are powered by pulsing the dc battery power to these devices to conserve energy and battery size for long-term data transmission from remote or inaccessible locations. Auto zeroing of the signal channel amplifiers to compensate for drift associated with temperature changes, battery decay, component aging, etc., in each channel is accomplished by means of a unique auto zero feature which between signal pulses holds a zero correction voltage on an integrating capacitor coupled to the corresponding channel amplifier output. Pseudo-continuous outputs for each channel are achieved by pulsed sample-and-hold circuits which are updated at the pulsed operation rate. The sample-and-hold outputs are multiplexed into an FM/FM transmitter for transmission to an FM receiver station for demultiplexing and storage in separate channel recorders.

  20. Pulse-excited, auto-zeroing multiple channel data transmission system

    DOEpatents

    Fasching, G.E.

    1985-02-22

    A multiple channel data transmission system is provided in which signals from a plurality of pulse operated transducers and a corresponding plurality of pulse operated signal processor channels are multiplexed for single channel FM transmission to a receiving station. The transducers and corresponding channel amplifiers are powered by pulsing the dc battery power to these devices to conserve energy and battery size for long-term data transmission from remote or inaccessible locations. Auto zeroing of the signal channel amplifiers to compensate for drift associated with temperature changes, battery decay, component aging, etc., in each channel is accomplished by means of a unique auto zero feature which between signal pulses holds a zero correction voltage on an integrating capacitor coupled to the corresponding channel amplifier output. Pseudo-continuous outputs for each channel are achieved by pulsed sample-and-hold circuits which are updated at the pulsed operation rate. The sample-and-hold outputs are multiplexed into an FM/FM transmitter for transmission to an FM receiver station for demultiplexing and storage in separate channel recorders.

  1. Full circuit calculation for electromagnetic pulse transmission in a high current facility

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    Zou, Wenkang; Guo, Fan; Chen, Lin; Song, Shengyi; Wang, Meng; Xie, Weiping; Deng, Jianjun

    2014-11-01

    We describe herein for the first time a full circuit model for electromagnetic pulse transmission in the Primary Test Stand (PTS)the first TW class pulsed power driver in China. The PTS is designed to generate 8-10 MA current into a z -pinch load in nearly 90 ns rise time for inertial confinement fusion and other high energy density physics research. The PTS facility has four conical magnetic insulation transmission lines, in which electron current loss exists during the establishment of magnetic insulation. At the same time, equivalent resistance of switches and equivalent inductance of pinch changes with time. However, none of these models are included in a commercially developed circuit code so far. Therefore, in order to characterize the electromagnetic transmission process in the PTS, a full circuit model, in which switch resistance, magnetic insulation transmission line current loss and a time-dependent load can be taken into account, was developed. Circuit topology and an equivalent circuit model of the facility were introduced. Pulse transmission calculation of shot 0057 was demonstrated with the corresponding code FAST (full-circuit analysis and simulation tool) by setting controllable parameters the same as in the experiment. Preliminary full circuit simulation results for electromagnetic pulse transmission to the load are presented. Although divergences exist between calculated and experimentally obtained waveforms before the vacuum section, consistency with load current is satisfactory, especially at the rising edge.

  2. Degree of dispersion monitoring by ultrasonic transmission technique and excitation of the transducer's harmonics

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    Schober, G.; Heidemeyer, P.; Kretschmer, K.; Bastian, M.; Hochrein, T.

    2014-05-01

    The degree of dispersion of filled polymer compounds is an important quality parameter for various applications. For instance, there is an influence on the chroma in pigment colored plastics or on the mechanical properties of filled or reinforced compounds. Most of the commonly used offline methods are work-intensive and time-consuming. Moreover, they do not allow an all-over process monitoring. In contrast, the ultrasonic technique represents a suitable robust and process-capable inline method. Here, we present inline ultrasonic measurements on polymer melts with a fundamental frequency of 1 MHz during compounding. In order to extend the frequency range we additionally excite the fundamental and the odd harmonics vibrations at 3 and 5 MHz. The measurements were carried out on a compound consisting of polypropylene and calcium carbonate. For the simulation of agglomerates calcium carbonate with a larger particle size was added with various rates. The total filler content was kept constant. The frequency selective analysis shows a linear correlation between the normalized extinction and the rate of agglomerates simulated by the coarser filler. Further experiments with different types of glass beads with a well-defined particle size verify these results. A clear correlation between the normalized extinction and the glass bead size as well as a higher damping with increasing frequency corresponds to the theoretical assumption. In summary the dispersion quality can be monitored inline by the ultrasonic technique. The excitation of the ultrasonic transducer's harmonics generates more information about the material as the usage of the pure harmonic vibration.

  3. Ultrasonic pulser-receiver

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    Taylor, Steven C.

    2006-09-12

    Ultrasonic pulser-receiver circuitry, for use with an ultrasonic transducer, the circuitry comprising a circuit board; ultrasonic pulser circuitry supported by the circuit board and configured to be coupled to an ultrasonic transducer and to cause the ultrasonic transducer to emit an ultrasonic output pulse; receiver circuitry supported by the circuit board, coupled to the pulser circuitry, including protection circuitry configured to protect against the ultrasonic pulse and including amplifier circuitry configured to amplify an echo, received back by the transducer, of the output pulse; and a connector configured to couple the ultrasonic transducer directly to the circuit board, to the pulser circuitry and receiver circuitry, wherein impedance mismatches that would result if the transducer was coupled to the circuit board via a cable can be avoided.

  4. Pulse-echo phased array ultrasonic inspection of pultruded rod stitched efficient unitized structure (PRSEUS)

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    Johnston, P. H.

    2011-06-23

    A PRSEUS test article was subjected to controlled impact on the skin face followed by static and cyclic axial compressions. Phased array ultrasonic inspection was conducted before impact, and after each of the test conditions. A linear phased array probe with a manual X-Y scanner was used for interrogation. Ultrasound showed a delamination between the skin and stringer flange adjacent to the impact. As designed, the stitching in the flange arrested the lateral flaw formation. Subsequent ultrasonic data showed no delamination growth due to continued loading.

  5. Transmission Conditions of Vibration Stresses to Welding Specimens of Ultrasonic Plastic Welding using Various Two-Vibration-System Equipments

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    Tsujino, Jiromaru; Uchida, Takako; Ohkusa, Kunifumi; Adachi, Tatsuya; Ueoka, Tetsugi

    1998-05-01

    Ultrasonic plastic welding is applied for welding various thermoplastic materials and is widely used in various industrial fields. The two-vibration-system welding method and a high frequency equipment are effective in improving the welding characteristics. A high frequency 90 kHz system can weld plastic sheets under a 1/3 velocity amplitude as compared with that of a low 27 kHz system, but it is difficult to weld large specimens successfully because a high frequency vibration stress cannot be transmitted uniformly due to the stress relaxation effect by the small vibration displacement. To improve the direct welding characteristics, three types of two-vibration-system ultrasonic welding equipments using linear vibration loci of (1) 90 kHz and 27 kHz longitudinal vibration systems, (2) 90 kHz longitudinal and 20 kHz torsional vibration systems, and elliptical vibration loci of (3) 27 kHz complex vibration systems are studied. Transmission conditions of the vibration stresses are measured by pressure sensitive films (Prescale) which are inserted between the plastic sheets. It was shown that a high frequency vibration stress with a small displacement amplitude may be induced uniformly in the welding specimens by combining a low frequency vibration with large displacement amplitude. These welding systems are effectively used to join plastic sheets successfully.

  6. Analysis of Crystallographic Structure of a Japanese Sword by the Pulsed Neutron Transmission Method

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    Kino, K.; Ayukawa, N.; Kiyanagi, Y.; Uchida, T.; Uno, S.; Grazzi, F.; Scherillo, A.

    We measured two-dimensional transmission spectra of pulsed neutron beams for a Japanese sword sample. Atom density, crystalline size, and preferred orientation of crystals were obtained using the RITS code. The position dependence of the atomic density is consistent with the shape of the sample. The crystalline size is very small and shows position dependence, which is understood by the unique structure of Japanese swords. The preferred orientation has strong position dependence. Our study shows the usefulness of the pulsed neutron transmission method for cultural metal artifacts.

  7. The use of ultrasonic pulse velocity tests for the diagnosis of ancient masonries: the influence of the applied load

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    Leucci, Giovanni; Vasanelli, Emilia; Calia, Angela; Micelli, Francesco; Aiello, Maria Antonietta

    2014-05-01

    Sophisticated non destructive techniques for the diagnosis of existing masonry structures have been developed and improved throughout the years, such as ground penetrating radar, thermography, sonic and ultrasonic tomography, laser scanner survey, etc.: by using an integrated approach it is possible to reconstruct the morphology of the masonry walls, to detect the presence of cracks and voids, achieving an accurate and reliable diagnosis of the construction, which is the basis for the restoration design. The ultrasonic pulse velocity (UPV) method can be conveniently used to check the quality of stones, but it can be used also for material characterization. Both the intrinsic characteristic of the stone (porosity, grain size, anisotropy, etc.) and the external factors (humidity, stress, temperature, presence of cracks) may affect the elastic wave propagation, thus in order to correctly estimate the ultrasonic behaviour of the material investigated it is important to know in what manner and how much the variation of the experimental conditions may modify the characteristics of the waves being measured. This aspect is of crucial importance when in situ measurements are made. In this work the influence of the applied load on UPV results has been investigated. In particular, the research has been carried out on ashlars and on sample masonry panels made of lime mortar joints and Lecce stone, a soft calcarenitic stone traditionally used in the Lecce district, South of Italy. The presence of load strongly influenced the UPV measures, due to the particular microstructural characteristic of the stone. The work aim at quantify this influence in order to correctly interpret in situ measurements.

  8. Quantization errors of the echoes in ultrasonic pulsed flowmeter employing time domain correlation.

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    Gler, I; Sava?, Y

    1997-10-01

    The implementation of Time Domain Correlation Method for blood flow velocity estimation requires the conversion of the reflected ultrasonic signals into digital format in order that the computer can be utilized to investigate the technique. A number of quanitization errors, namely, that the A/D has a finite bit resolution, only a limited number of samples of the waveform may be taken per wavelength and correlation function only exits at discrete points, have an effect on the velocity estimate. This paper discusses the effect of errors associated with A/D conversion process on the accuracy of the velocity estimate. A computer simulation was performed to achieve this goal. A band passed white Gaussian noise segment was used to simulate the reflected ultrasonic signal. The jitters of the velocity estimates corresponding various A/D resolutions were calculated and plotted. Effects of interpolating the correlation function rather than determining the complete function were presented. PMID:9507403

  9. Energy shadowing correction of ultrasonic pulse-echo records by digital signal processing

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    Kishonio, D.; Heyman, J. S.

    1985-01-01

    A numerical algorithm is described that enables the correction of energy shadowing during the ultrasonic testing of bulk materials. In the conventional method, an ultrasonic transducer transmits sound waves into a material that is immersed in water so that discontinuities such as defects can be revealed when the waves are reflected and then detected and displayed graphically. Since a defect that lies behind another defect is shadowed in that it receives less energy, the conventional method has a major drawback. The algorithm normalizes the energy of the incoming wave by measuring the energy of the waves reflected off the water/air interface. The algorithm is fast and simple enough to be adopted for real time applications in industry. Images of material defects with the shadowing corrections permit more quantitative interpretation of the material state.

  10. Prototype and estimation an ultrasonic motor using a transmission rod with a stator vibrator and a rotor at the both ends

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    Takano, Takehiro; Tamura, Hideki; Sato, Daisuke; Aoyagi, Manabu

    2012-05-01

    A new structure of ultrasonic motor composed of a stator vibrator, a rotor and an ultrasonic transmission rod is proposed. Two vibrations of a stator vibrator mounted at a rod end excite two orthogonal bending vibrations in the rod and elliptic motions of displacement are formed at another end of the rod. The elliptic motions produce a rotating force to a rotor pressed at the end. The simple structure of mounting and preloading a rotor is designed by FEM. It is checked experimentally that two orthogonal bending vibrations are excited in the rod and the motor operation of the new construction is confirmed.

  11. Wind turbines and bat mortality: Doppler shift profiles and ultrasonic bat-like pulse reflection from moving turbine blades.

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    Long, Chloe V; Flint, James A; Lepper, Paul A

    2010-10-01

    Bat mortality resulting from actual or near-collision with operational wind turbine rotors is a phenomenon that is widespread but not well understood. Because bats rely on information contained in high-frequency echoes to determine the nature and movement of a target, it is important to consider how ultrasonic pulses similar to those used by bats for echolocation may be interacting with operational turbine rotor blades. By assessing the characteristics of reflected ultrasonic echoes, moving turbine blades operating under low wind speed conditions (<6 m s(-1)) were found to produce distinct Doppler shift profiles at different angles to the rotor. Frequency shifts of up to 700-800 Hz were produced, which may not be perceptible by some bat species. Monte Carlo simulation of bat-like sampling by echolocation revealed that over 50 rotor echoes could be required by species such as Pipistrellus pipistrellus for accurate interpretation of blade movement, which may not be achieved in the bat's approach time-window. In summary, it was found that echoes returned from moving blades had features which could render them attractive to bats or which might make it difficult for the bat to accurately detect and locate blades in sufficient time to avoid a collision. PMID:20968394

  12. Responses of transmission-line networks to electrostatic discharge electromagnetic pulses

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    Zhou, Xing; Wang, Qingguo; Li, Yang

    2013-03-01

    A modelling method of transmission-line networks based on Baum-Liu-Tesche (BLT) equation is investigated, and a use of BLT equation for calculating transmission-line load responses in the time domain is discussed. From the frequency-domain BLT equation, the expressions for the propagation function at each terminal load are derived. Using the propagation function and time-domain convolution calculation, the transient load responses in the time domain are gained. For special cases of a dendriform network and an annular network, the transient load responses excited by electrostatic discharge (ESD) pulse are calculated. Compared with test results, and the agreement of the calculation is excellent. The modelling and calculating method could be used to investigate the load responses of transmission-line networks, and estimate the influence of electromagnetic pulses on networks.

  13. Development of a New High-Frame-Rate Camera for Pulsed Neutron Transmission Spectroscopic Radiography

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    Mochiki, K.; Ishizuka, K.; Morikawa, K.; Kamiyama, T.; Kiyanagi, Y.

    Pulsed neutron transmission spectroscopic radiography is an attractive new technique in energy-resolved neutron radiography.The imaging technique is based on the spectralanalysis of neutrons throughthe time-of-flight (TOF) method.The neutron transmission spectrum that can be obtained usinga time-resolved neutron imaging system includes the Bragg-scattering edges with crystallographic information and thetransmission dips duetotheresonanceabsorptionofthenuclei.To obtain the neutron transmission spectrum with high-power neutron sources, we developed anew high-performance imaging system consisting of a neutroncolor image intensifier, photon image intensifier, high-resolution CMOS camera, and high-frame-rate camera. The system was used for experiments at the electron linac pulsed neutron source in Hokkaido University, and the targeted function was proved to be successful.

  14. Electrical, optical, and structural characteristics of Al2O3 thin films prepared by pulsed ultrasonic sprayed pyrolysis

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    Carmona-Tellez, S.; Guzman-Mendoza, J.; Aguilar-Frutis, M.; Alarcon-Flores, G.; Garcia-Hipolito, M.; Canseco, M. A.; Falcony, C.

    2008-02-01

    The optical, structural, and electrical characteristics of aluminum oxide thin films deposited by pulsed ultrasonic sprayed pyrolysis are reported. The films are deposited on crystalline silicon at temperatures from 400to550C using a chemical solution of aluminum acetylacetonate, as source of aluminum, and N, N-dimethylformamide, as solvent. A H2O-NH4OH mist is supplied simultaneously during deposition to improve the films' properties. The results showed that the properties of the as deposited films depended strongly on the number of pulses used and on the substrate temperature. The thickness of the films is under 300 and the best films' properties showed an index of refraction close to 1.6 and a root mean square surface roughness of about 7.5 in average. Infrared spectroscopy shows that SiO2 is observed at the interface with silicon of the Al2O3 films and seemed to play, as expected, a dramatic role in the electrical characteristics of the interface. Films with a dielectric constant higher than 8 and an interface trap density at midgap in the 1010eV-1cm-2 range are obtained. Films deposited with three pulses and at 550C are able to stand an electric field up to 4MV /cm.

  15. Received Pulse from an Aerial Ultrasonic Sensor Affected by Temperature and Relative Humidity

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    Yamada, Yasuhiro; Tsuchiya, Takenobu; Endoh, Nobuyuki

    2003-05-01

    In order to develop an aerial back sonar for a car, we predicted the waveforms of the received pulse calculated by the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method. The echo pulses reflected from the obstacle were calculated as a function of the objects height, the changing temperature and relative humidity in air. The maximum amplitudes of received pulses were changed by about 25% by the variation of relative humidity. The increase of temperature enlarged the variation of amplitudes on received pulses. The result shows that we need to consider the effect of the variation of temperature and relative humidity on an aerial back sonar.

  16. Rust and paint stripping from power transmission towers with a pulsed Nd:YAG laser

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    Ashidate, Shu-ichi; Obara, Minoru

    1997-04-01

    The possibility of the rust and paint removal from the power transmission towers was investigated with the pulsed Nd:YAG laser for the first time. The red rust and paint were successfully removed without damaging underlying Zn(zinc) galvanized steel substrates. The optimum irradiated laser fluence for the red rust was found from 0.3 J/cm2 to 0.4 J/cm2 for 9 ns short pulses, from 1.0 J/cm2 to 4.4 J/cm2 for 200 ns long pulses, respectively. For the paint stripping the optimum ranged from 3.3 J/cm2 to 4.4 J/cm2 with the pulse width of 200 ns.

  17. Transmission mode adaptive beamforming for planar phased arrays and its application to 3D ultrasonic transcranial imaging

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    Shapoori, Kiyanoosh; Sadler, Jeffrey; Wydra, Adrian; Malyarenko, Eugene; Sinclair, Anthony; Maev, Roman G.

    2013-03-01

    A new adaptive beamforming method for accurately focusing ultrasound behind highly scattering layers of human skull and its application to 3D transcranial imaging via small-aperture planar phased arrays are reported. Due to its undulating, inhomogeneous, porous, and highly attenuative structure, human skull bone severely distorts ultrasonic beams produced by conventional focusing methods in both imaging and therapeutic applications. Strong acoustical mismatch between the skull and brain tissues, in addition to the skull's undulating topology across the active area of a planar ultrasonic probe, could cause multiple reflections and unpredictable refraction during beamforming and imaging processes. Such effects could significantly deflect the probe's beam from the intended focal point. Presented here is a theoretical basis and simulation results of an adaptive beamforming method that compensates for the latter effects in transmission mode, accompanied by experimental verification. The probe is a custom-designed 2 MHz, 256-element matrix array with 0.45 mm element size and 0.1mm kerf. Through its small footprint, it is possible to accurately measure the profile of the skull segment in contact with the probe and feed the results into our ray tracing program. The latter calculates the new time delay patterns adapted to the geometrical and acoustical properties of the skull phantom segment in contact with the probe. The time delay patterns correct for the refraction at the skull-brain boundary and bring the distorted beam back to its intended focus. The algorithms were implemented on the ultrasound open-platform ULA-OP (developed at the University of Florence).

  18. Performance comparison of RZ pulse formats in PDM-16QAM high rates transmissions with optical pre-filtering

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    Silva, E. P.; Carvalho, L. H. H.; Lopes, M. L.; Ribeiro, V. B.; Bordonalli, A. C.; Oliveira, J. C. R. F.

    2013-01-01

    The digitally modulated signals spectral density depends directly on pulse format used for information symbols transmission. The modulated signal spectral occupancy can be modified according to the channel frequency response to facilitate information retrieval at the receiver. New generation of coherent optical transmission systems operating at high rates are subject to various bandwidth restrictions aspects, such as electronic components limitations and optical filtering via ROADMs deployed on networks. As noted in technical literature, the RZ pulse formats have some advantages compared to traditional NRZ pulses in optical fiber transmissions. In particular, RZ pulses have a better performance in situations where nonlinear effects of the fiber severely impact the quality of transmission. Among other situations, this occurs in systems that employ modulation formats for high order QAM (16QAM, 64QAM, etc.). Moreover, since RZ pulses have shorter duty cycle, temporal spread of the transmitted symbols causes less performance degradation due to ISI compared with NRZ pulses. This report presents results of experiments carried out in a 226 km recirculation loop, to evaluate the performance of NRZ, RZ 67%, 50% RZ and RZ 33% pulse shapes in a transmission of DP-16QAM (or PDM-16QAM). As application it is proposed and experimentally demonstrated a transmission system that employ 28 GBaud dual carrier PDM-16QAM channels operating with a total line rate of 448 Gb/s each, utilizing RZ pulse format and carrier narrow pre-filtering to increase spectral efficiency of transmission, aggregating a 400G channel in a 75 GHz WDM grid.

  19. Energy shadowing correction of ultrasonic pulse-echo records by digital signal processing

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    Kishoni, D.; Heyman, J. S.

    1986-01-01

    Attention is given to a numerical algorithm that, via signal processing, enables the dynamic correction of the shadowing effect of reflections on ultrasonic displays. The algorithm was applied to experimental data from graphite-epoxy composite material immersed in a water bath. It is concluded that images of material defects with the shadowing corrections allow for a more quantitative interpretation of the material state. It is noted that the proposed algorithm is fast and simple enough to be adopted for real time applications in industry.

  20. A dealiasing method for use with ultrasonic pulsed Doppler in measuring velocity profiles and flow rates in pipes

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    Murakawa, Hideki; Muramatsu, Ei; Sugimoto, Katsumi; Takenaka, Nobuyuki; Furuichi, Noriyuki

    2015-08-01

    The ultrasonic pulsed Doppler method (UDM) is a powerful tool for measuring velocity profiles in a pipe. However, the maximum detectable velocity is limited by the Nyquist sampling theorem. Furthermore, the maximum detectable velocity (also called Nyquist velocity), vmax, and the maximum measurable length are related and cannot be increased at the same time. If the velocity is greater than vmax, velocity aliasing occurs. Hence, the higher velocity that occurs with a larger pipe diameter, i.e. under higher flow rate conditions, cannot be measured with the conventional UDM. To overcome these limitations, dual-pulse repetition frequency (dual PRF) and feedback methods were employed in this study to measure velocity profiles in a pipe. The velocity distributions obtained with the feedback method were found to be more accurate than those obtained with the dual PRF method. However, misdetection of the Nyquist folding number using the feedback method was found to increase with the flow velocity. A feedback method with a moving average is proposed to improve the measurement accuracy. The method can accurately measure the velocity distributions at a velocity five times greater than the maximum velocity that can be measured with the conventional UDM. The measurement volume was found to be among the important parameters that must be considered in assessing the traceability of the reflector during the pulse emission interval. Hence, a larger measurement volume is required to measure higher velocities using the dual PRF method. Integrating velocity distributions measured using the feedback method with a moving average makes it possible to accurately determine flow rates six times greater than those that can be determined using the conventional pulsed Doppler method.

  1. Shape of Short Ultrasonic Echo-pulses Focused in the Solid Plate

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    Petronyuk, Y. S.; Levin, V. M.; Titov, S. A.

    Application of broadband probing impulses in acoustic microscopy allows to increase depth resolution of visualization system and to improve measuring possibilities at fixed frequencies. The echo-pulse method with measuring the delay times is a basis of quantitative techniques of the pulse acoustic microscopy. To improve the accuracy of the method the attention should be paid to the changes in the echo-pulse shape that is caused by the focusing of elastic waves at the boundaries of a sample. Features of the separated echo-pulses formation, which is caused by reflecting the acoustic waves of various polarizations in the plate, are studied. The method of a stationary phase is applied to analyze the expression for the output echo-signal; dynamics in the shape transformation for individual echo-pulses depending on the focus position z are studied. Occurrence of the echo-pulse shifting dt outside the focal position is found theoretically. It is shown experimentally the echo-pulses shaping depends on focus position under the specimen. The technique with time delay correction has been applied to measure sonic velocity for standard steel gauge block. Systematic error avoided by the shape correction was 1% for the measured value of sonic velocity.

  2. Pulse transformer package for impedance matching a laser diode to a transmission line

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    Bender, G. M.

    1984-11-01

    This patent covers a package for matching the characteristics impedance of a transmission line to the impedance of a pulsed semiconductor laser diode so that short duration pulse of light can be produced with a fast repetition rate. The package has a toroidal transformer in a cavity of a mainbody, with a multiturn primary connected to a transmission line. The laser diode is mounted at the edge of a known sandwich between two thin metal plates separated by an insulating layer. A space and metal cover cap are placed over the sandwich, and a screw passing through holes of all the parts is threaded into the main body. The screw passing through the transformer core forms a one-turn secondary. Not only does this allow the matching of the characteristic impedance, but also provides heat sinking for the diode. Assembly with a screw makes the unit easy to fabricate, and to replace the laser diode sandwich.

  3. Flashover vulnerability of transmission and distribution lines to high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP)

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    Kruse, V.J.; Liu, T.K.; Tesche, F.M.; Barnes, P.R.

    1989-01-01

    This paper estimates the vulnerability of transmission and distribution lines to flashover from the electromagnetic pulse generated by a nuclear detonation 400 kilometers above the earth. The analysis consists of first determining the cumulative probability of induced-voltage on three-phase lines, including shield and neutral conductors, for four operating voltages and then comparing these stresses to estimates of line insulation strength. 11 refs., 9 figs., 5 tabs.

  4. Mid IR pulsed light source for laser ultrasonic testing of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic

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    Hatano, H.; Watanabe, M.; Kitamura, K.; Naito, M.; Yamawaki, H.; Slater, R.

    2015-09-01

    A quasi-phase-matched (QPM) optical parametric oscillator (OPO) was developed using a periodically poled Mg-doped stoichiometric LiTaO3 crystal to generate mid-IR light for excitation of laser ultrasound in carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). The ultrasound generation efficiency was measured at the three different wavelengths that emanate from the OPO: 1.064 μm, 1.59/1.57 μm, and 3.23/3.30 μm. The measurements indicate that mid-IR 3.2-3.3 μm light generates the most efficient ultrasonic waves in CFRP with the least laser damage. We used mid-IR light in conjunction with a laser interferometer to demonstrate the detection of flaws/defects in CFRP such as the existence of air gaps that mimic delamination and voids in CFRP, and the inhomogeneous adhesion of CFRP material to a metal plate was also clearly detected.

  5. Non-invasive Measurement of Thermal Diffusivity Using High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound and Through-Transmission Ultrasonic Imaging.

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    Yeshurun, Lilach; Azhari, Haim

    2016-01-01

    Thermal diffusivity at the site ablated by high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) plays an important role in the final therapeutic outcome, as it influences the temperature's spatial and temporal distribution. Moreover, as tissue thermal diffusivity is different in tumors as compared with normal tissue, it could also potentially be used as a new source of imaging contrast. The aim of this study was to examine the feasibility of combining through-transmission ultrasonic imaging and HIFU to estimate thermal diffusivity non-invasively. The concept was initially evaluated using a computer simulation. Then it was experimentally tested on phantoms made of agar and exvivo porcine fat. A computerized imaging system combined with a HIFU system was used to heat the phantoms to temperatures below 42C to avoid irreversible damage. Through-transmission scanning provided the time-of-flight values in a region of interest during its cooling process. The time-of-flight values were consequently converted into mean values of speed of sound. Using the speed-of-sound profiles along with the developed model, we estimated the changes in temperature profiles over time. These changes in temperature profiles were then used to calculate the corresponding thermal diffusivity of the studied specimen. Thermal diffusivity for porcine fat was found to be lower by one order of magnitude than that obtained for agar (0.31310(-7)m(2)/s vs. 4.8310(-7)m(2)/s, respectively, p<0.041). The fact that there is a substantial difference between agar and fat implies that non-invasive all-ultrasound thermal diffusivity mapping is feasible. The suggested method may particularly be suitable for breast scanning. PMID:26489364

  6. A long-pulse repetitive operation magnetically insulated transmission line oscillator

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    Fan, Yu-Wei; Zhong, Hui-Huang; Zhang, Jian-De; Shu, Ting; Liu, Jin Liang

    2014-05-15

    The improved magnetically insulated transmission line oscillator (MILO) is a gigawatt-class L-band high power microwave tube. It has allowed us to generate 3.1 GW pulse of 40 ns duration in the single-pulse operation and 500 MW pulse of 25 ns duration in the repetition rate operation. However, because of the severe impedance mismatch, the power conversion efficiency is only about 4% in the repetition rate operation. In order to eliminate the impedance mismatch and obtain repetitive long-pulse high-power microwave (HPM), a series of experiments are carried out and the recent progress is presented in this paper. In the single-pulse operation, when the diode voltage is 466 kV and current is 41.6 kA, the radiated microwave power is above 2.2 GW, the pulse duration is above 102 ns, the microwave frequency is about 1.74 GHz, and the power conversion efficiency is about 11.5%. In the repetition rate operation, under the condition of the diode voltage about 400 kV, beam current about 38 kA, the radiated microwave power is about 1.0 GW, the pulse duration is about 85 ns. Moreover, the radiated microwave power and the pulse duration decline little by little when the shot numbers increase gradually. The experimental results show that the impedance matching is a vital factor for HPM systems and one of the major technical challenges is to improve the cathode for the repetition rate operation MILO.

  7. A long-pulse repetitive operation magnetically insulated transmission line oscillator

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    Fan, Yu-Wei; Zhong, Hui-Huang; Zhang, Jian-De; Shu, Ting; Liu, Jin Liang

    2014-05-01

    The improved magnetically insulated transmission line oscillator (MILO) is a gigawatt-class L-band high power microwave tube. It has allowed us to generate 3.1 GW pulse of 40 ns duration in the single-pulse operation and 500 MW pulse of 25 ns duration in the repetition rate operation. However, because of the severe impedance mismatch, the power conversion efficiency is only about 4% in the repetition rate operation. In order to eliminate the impedance mismatch and obtain repetitive long-pulse high-power microwave (HPM), a series of experiments are carried out and the recent progress is presented in this paper. In the single-pulse operation, when the diode voltage is 466 kV and current is 41.6 kA, the radiated microwave power is above 2.2 GW, the pulse duration is above 102 ns, the microwave frequency is about 1.74 GHz, and the power conversion efficiency is about 11.5%. In the repetition rate operation, under the condition of the diode voltage about 400 kV, beam current about 38 kA, the radiated microwave power is about 1.0 GW, the pulse duration is about 85 ns. Moreover, the radiated microwave power and the pulse duration decline little by little when the shot numbers increase gradually. The experimental results show that the impedance matching is a vital factor for HPM systems and one of the major technical challenges is to improve the cathode for the repetition rate operation MILO.

  8. A long-pulse repetitive operation magnetically insulated transmission line oscillator.

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    Fan, Yu-Wei; Zhong, Hui-Huang; Zhang, Jian-De; Shu, Ting; Liu, Jin Liang

    2014-05-01

    The improved magnetically insulated transmission line oscillator (MILO) is a gigawatt-class L-band high power microwave tube. It has allowed us to generate 3.1 GW pulse of 40 ns duration in the single-pulse operation and 500 MW pulse of 25 ns duration in the repetition rate operation. However, because of the severe impedance mismatch, the power conversion efficiency is only about 4% in the repetition rate operation. In order to eliminate the impedance mismatch and obtain repetitive long-pulse high-power microwave (HPM), a series of experiments are carried out and the recent progress is presented in this paper. In the single-pulse operation, when the diode voltage is 466 kV and current is 41.6 kA, the radiated microwave power is above 2.2 GW, the pulse duration is above 102 ns, the microwave frequency is about 1.74 GHz, and the power conversion efficiency is about 11.5%. In the repetition rate operation, under the condition of the diode voltage about 400 kV, beam current about 38 kA, the radiated microwave power is about 1.0 GW, the pulse duration is about 85 ns. Moreover, the radiated microwave power and the pulse duration decline little by little when the shot numbers increase gradually. The experimental results show that the impedance matching is a vital factor for HPM systems and one of the major technical challenges is to improve the cathode for the repetition rate operation MILO. PMID:24880374

  9. Continuous monitoring of a dam flush in a shallow river using two crossing ultrasonic transmission lines

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    Kawanisi, Kiyosi; Razaz, Mahdi; Yano, Jyunki; Ishikawa, Kazuhiko

    2013-05-01

    Continuous measurements of streamflow and water temperature were carried out in a shallow gravel-bed river during dam flushing operations using a new shallow acoustic system with two crossing transmission lines. The fluvial acoustic system (FAS) was equipped with four 25 kHz broadband omnidirectional transducers. The reciprocal sound transmissions were performed between the two pairs of acoustic stations, located on both sides of the river. The four-station FAS enabled the measurement of the stream direction in addition to the depth- and range-averaged sound speed, and therefore water velocity. Discharge values computed from FAS reports were compared to those estimated by the moving-boat acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) and rating curve (RC) methods. FAS estimates were in good agreement with ADCP and RC estimates over a range of 50 to 180 m3 s-1. The temperature gradients induced strong sound scattering for the 25 kHz FAS. The fine suspended sediment particles also induced a gradual decrease in the signal-to-noise ratio of the FAS. Nevertheless, the FAS has been proved to be a reliable and accurate technique for the continuous measurement of cross-sectional average velocity/water temperature.

  10. Ultrasonic Inspection Of Thick Sections

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    Friant, C. L.; Djordjevic, B. B.; O'Keefe, C. V.; Ferrell, W.; Klutz, T.

    1993-01-01

    Ultrasonics used to inspect large, relatively thick vessels for hidden defects. Report based on experiments in through-the-thickness transmission of ultrasonic waves in both steel and filament-wound composite cases of solid-fuel rocket motors.

  11. Transmission line pulse system for avalanche characterization of high power semiconductor devices

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    Riccio, Michele; Ascione, Giovanni; De Falco, Giuseppe; Maresca, Luca; De Laurentis, Martina; Irace, Andrea; Breglio, Giovanni

    2013-05-01

    Because of the increasing in power density of electronic devices for medium and high power application, reliabilty of these devices is of great interest. Understanding the avalanche behaviour of a power device has become very important in these last years because it gives an indication of the maximum energy ratings which can be seen as an index of the device ruggedness. A good description of this behaviour is given by the static IV blocking characteristc. In order to avoid self heating, very relevant in high power devices, very short pulses of current have to be used, whose value can change from few milliamps up to tens of amps. The most used method to generate short pulses is the TLP (Transmission Line Pulse) test, which is based on charging the equivalent capacitance of a transmission line to high value of voltage and subsequently discharging it onto a load. This circuit let to obtain very short square pulses but it is mostly used for evaluate the ESD capability of semiconductor and, in this environment, it generates pulses of low amplitude which are not high enough to characterize the avalanche behaviour of high power devices . Advanced TLP circuit able to generate high current are usually very expensive and often suffer of distorption of the output pulse. In this article is proposed a simple, low cost circuit, based on a boosted-TLP configuration, which is capable to produce very square pulses of about one hundreds of nanosecond with amplitude up to some tens of amps. A prototype is implemented which can produce pulses up to 20A of amplitude with 200 ns of duration which can characterize power devices up to 1600V of breakdown voltage. Usage of microcontroller based logic make the circuit very flexible. Results of SPICE simulation are provided, together with experimental results. To prove the effectiveness of the circuit, the I-V blocking characteristics of two commercial devices, namely a 600V PowerMOS and a 1200V Trench-IGBT, are measured at different operating temperature.

  12. Inferring bread doneness with air-pulse/ultrasonic ranging measurements of the loaf elastic response

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    Faeth, Loren Elbert

    This research marks the discovery of a method by which bread doneness may be determined based on the elastic properties of the loaf as it bakes. The purpose of the study was to determine if changes in bread characteristics could be determined by non-contact methods during baking, as the basis for improved control of the baking process. Current control of the baking process is based on temperature and dwell time, which are determined by experience to produce a produce which is approximately ``done.'' There is no direct measurement of the property of interest, doneness. An ultrasonic measurement system was developed to measure the response of the loaf to an external stimulus. ``Doneness,'' as reflected in the internal elastic consistency of the bakery product, is assessed in less than 1/2 second, and requires no closer approach to the moving bakery product than about 2 inches. The system is designed to be compatible with strapped bread pans in a standard traveling-tray commercial oven.

  13. Influence of spatial sampling on the ultrasonic pulse-echo BEEI-mode imaging technique

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    He, Cunfu; Yuan, Hongmei; Wu, Bin

    2008-11-01

    Defects in the seal area of flexible packages bring out health hazards and economic loss. The ultrasonic Backscattered Echo Envelope Integral (BEEI) imaging technique has been used to detect the seal integrity of hermetically sealed flexible packages. This technique was able to reliably inspect channel defects as small as 50?m in diameter in the seal area of flexible packages. The study of experimental spatial sampling for the BEEI-mode imaging technique was presented. Channel defects ranging from 50 to 150?m in diameter embedded in bonded 2-sheet polyethylene film were used for sample. An immersion spherically focused transducer (center frequency of 22.66 MHz) scanned over sample with a static rectilinear stop-and-go scanning pattern and acquired echo data in varying scanning step from each sample. Two descriptors, the average BEEI value difference (?BEEI) between defected and intact regions and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR), were defined to quantitatively assess the BEEI-mode image quality versus varying scanning step size and varying sized defects. For any given defects, the ?BEEI and CNR degraded as scanning step size increased. Detailed imaging of defects can be acquired when the step size is small than echo focal beam diameter, and the image become partial or completely distorted when the step size exceeds twice of the beam diameter.

  14. Modeling the effects of beam size and flaw morphology on ultrasonic pulse/echo sizing of delaminations in carbon composites

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    Margetan, Frank J.; Leckey, Cara A.; Barnard, Dan

    2013-01-01

    The size and shape of a delamination in a multi-layered structure can be estimated in various ways from an ultrasonic pulse/echo image. For example the -6dB contours of measured response provide one simple estimate of the boundary. More sophisticated approaches can be imagined where one adjusts the proposed boundary to bring measured and predicted UT images into optimal agreement. Such approaches require suitable models of the inspection process. In this paper we explore issues pertaining to model-based size estimation for delaminations in carbon fiber reinforced laminates. In particular we consider the influence on sizing when the delamination is non-planar or partially transmitting in certain regions. Two models for predicting broadband sonic time-domain responses are considered: (1) a fast "simple" model using paraxial beam expansions and Kirchhoff and phase-screen approximations; and (2) the more exact (but computationally intensive) 3D elastodynamic finite integration technique (EFIT). Model-to-model and model-to experiment comparisons are made for delaminations in uniaxial composite plates, and the simple model is then used to critique the -6dB rule for delamination sizing.

  15. Modeling the Effects of Beam Size and Flaw Morphology on Ultrasonic Pulse/Echo Sizing of Delaminations in Carbon Composites

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    Margetan, Frank J.; Leckey, Cara A.; Barnard, Dan

    2012-01-01

    The size and shape of a delamination in a multi-layered structure can be estimated in various ways from an ultrasonic pulse/echo image. For example the -6dB contours of measured response provide one simple estimate of the boundary. More sophisticated approaches can be imagined where one adjusts the proposed boundary to bring measured and predicted UT images into optimal agreement. Such approaches require suitable models of the inspection process. In this paper we explore issues pertaining to model-based size estimation for delaminations in carbon fiber reinforced laminates. In particular we consider the influence on sizing when the delamination is non-planar or partially transmitting in certain regions. Two models for predicting broadband sonic time-domain responses are considered: (1) a fast "simple" model using paraxial beam expansions and Kirchhoff and phase-screen approximations; and (2) the more exact (but computationally intensive) 3D elastodynamic finite integration technique (EFIT). Model-to-model and model-to experiment comparisons are made for delaminations in uniaxial composite plates, and the simple model is then used to critique the -6dB rule for delamination sizing.

  16. PMN-PT single crystal, high-frequency ultrasonic needle transducers for pulsed-wave Doppler application.

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    Zhou, Qifa; Xu, Xiaochen; Gottlieb, Emanuel J; Sun, Lei; Cannata, Jonathan M; Ameri, Hossein; Humayun, Mark S; Han, Pengdi; Shung, K Kirk

    2007-03-01

    High-frequency needle ultrasound transducers with an aperture size of 0.4 mm were fabricated using lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-33% PT) as the active piezoelectric material. The active element was bonded to a conductive silver particle matching layer and a conductive epoxy backing through direct contact curing. An outer matching layer of parylene was formed by vapor deposition. The active element was housed within a polyimide tube and a 20-gauge needle housing. The magnitude and phase of the electrical impedance of the transducer were 47 omega and -38 degrees, respectively. The measured center frequency and -6 dB fractional bandwidth of the PMN-PT needle transducer were 44 MHz and 45%, respectively. The two-way insertion loss was approximately 15 dB. In vivo high-frequency, pulsed-wave Doppler patterns of blood flow in the posterior portion and in vitro ultrasonic backscatter microscope (UBM) images of the rabbit eye were obtained with the 44-MHz needle transducer. PMID:17375836

  17. Frequency division multiple transmission method to utilize the wide bandwidth property of capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducer arrays

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    Lee, Seunghun; Kim, Bae-Hyung; Jeon, Taeho; Kim, Youngil; Cho, Kyungil; Song, Jongkeun

    2013-03-01

    CMUT-on-ASIC integration techniques are promising for the development of lower cost smaller volume scanners with higher performance in terms of features and image qualities because it minimizes parasitic capacitances and ultimately improves signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Moreover, a frequency bandwidth of CMUT array is known as relatively broader than that of other ultrasonic transducer arrays. To utilize the wide bandwidth characteristic of the CMUT arrays, in this paper, we introduce a FDMA (frequency division multiple access) based ultrasound imaging technique using orthogonally band-divided coded signals to provide dynamic transmit focused imaging without sacrificing the frame rate. In the presented method, the orthogonal sub-band coded signals are simultaneously fired on multiple ranges, in which each signal is focused at a different range, in one transmission event. This paper also presents an ultrasound imageformation method and a modulation and demodulation process of orthogonal sub-band coded signals designed within the frequency bandwidth of the CMUT arrays. The presented method is verified by computer simulations using Field II and experiments. The simulation results using a computer generated tissue mimicking phantom show that the presented method can be achieved with both increased image quality and frame rate. The experimental results to verify the feasibility of the presented method using orthogonal sub-band coded signals show that the reflected signals from targets are successfully separated into two compressed signals. Currently, we are extending the presented approach to ultrasound imaging technique for volumetric ultrasound scanners using 2-D CMUT-on-ASIC arrays.

  18. Analysis of pulsed-signal transmission in a system of interacting neural oscillators with frequency-dependent connections

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    Prokin, I. S.; Kazantsev, V. B.

    2012-04-01

    In this paper, we study the influence of the frequency-dependent connection on the signal transmission in a system of two interacting pulsed neural oscillators. The system is a model of two neurons with synaptic connection having the synaptic-plasticity feature, i.e., synaptic-parameter variation as a function of the frequency characteristics of the signal. It is shown that plastic connection can control the signal-transmission efficiency depending on the pulse-repetition rate and ensures stable synchronization modes of the pulse trains with different ratios between the frequencies of the output and input pulses. Analytical estimates for the parameter ranges corresponding to generation of the pulse response at the detector neuron depending on the pulse-repetition rate at the oscillator neuron were obtained.

  19. New application system for simultaneous laser and ultrasonic transmission in endoscopic surgery (LUST)

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    Desinger, Kai; Helfmann, Juergen; Stein, Thomas; Liebold, K.; Mueller, Gerhard J.

    1998-04-01

    A new combined Laser and Ultrasound Surgical Therapy (LUST) device for an endoscopically suitable coagulation and tissue fragmentation based on the transmission of laser radiation and ultrasound via flexible silica glass fibers was developed at the LMTB. The ultrasound tissue interaction is based on the well-known CUSA-technology, which enables the surgeon to cut various types of tissue with different degrees of effectiveness. This selective cutting performance is a very useful feature, e.g. for a brain tumor extirpation, where it must be guaranteed that vessels and nerves are not affected while ensuring a fast reduction of the tumor mass. Application fields are in oncology, neurosurgery and angioplasty. The laser radiation can be used for tissue coagulation purposes and homeostasis. With a fiber based LUST-system working at a resonance frequency of 30 kHz, using a laser-vibrometer, velocity amplitudes of up to 20 m/s could be detected at the distal end which corresponds to an elongation of more than 100 micrometers . The investigations have shown that the velocity amplitude, next to suction, frequency and cross section of the active fiber tip, has the greatest impact on the fragmentation rate. With a suction setting of 5 W, the following tissue fragmentation rates could be achieved with a 1.3 mm2 fiber cross section and a tip amplitude velocity of 12 m/s: brain tissue 50 mg/s, liver 4,5 mg/s and kidney 4 mg/s. Laser radiation up to 25 watt was sufficient to coagulate soft tissue. This new approach in developing an application system for the therapeutical use of laser radiation and ultrasound via optical waveguides offers new possibilities in minimally invasive surgery, providing a complete new working sphere for the surgeon. The flexible opto-acoustic waveguide (400 - 1700 micrometers ) can be bent making areas accessible which were inaccessible before. The surgeon can use the laser radiation for tissue coagulation or cutting and the ultrasound for tissue fragmentation and tissue reduction without changing the instrumentation.

  20. Novel high-frequency, high-power, pulsed oscillator based on a transmission line transformer

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    Burdt, R.; Curry, R. D.

    2007-07-01

    Recent analysis and experiments have demonstrated the potential for transmission line transformers to be employed as compact, high-frequency, high-power, pulsed oscillators with variable rise time, high output impedance, and high operating efficiency. A prototype system was fabricated and tested that generates a damped sinusoidal wave form at a center frequency of 4MHz into a 200? load, with operating efficiency above 90% and peak power on the order of 10MW. The initial rise time of the pulse is variable and two experiments were conducted to demonstrate initial rise times of 12 and 3ns, corresponding to a spectral content from 4-30 and from 4-100MHz, respectively. A SPICE model has been developed to accurately predict the circuit behavior and scaling laws have been identified to allow for circuit design at higher frequencies and higher peak power. The applications, circuit analysis, test stand, experimental results, circuit modeling, and design of future systems are all discussed.

  1. Development of material evaluation method by using a pulsed neutron transmission with pixel type detectors

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    Sato, H.; Takada, O.; Satoh, S.; Kamiyama, T.; Kiyanagi, Y.

    2010-11-01

    A spectroscopic neutron imaging is attractive in the research field of energy-selective neutron radiography. Imaging using the time-of-flight (TOF) method at a pulsed neutron source is very suitable for such spectroscopic measurements. We developed new two-dimensional position sensitive neutron detectors (2D-PSNDs) aiming at high detection efficiency, high counting rate and high time resolution which are the most important 2D-PSND performances for the spectroscopic imaging. These detectors consist of independent 6Li-glass (Ce) scintillator pixels, and have been used in various pulsed neutron transmission experiments. As a result, we have succeeded in developing various new imaging techniques; crystallographic, nuclide-selective and thermographic imaging.

  2. 10-MHz, Yb-fiber chirped-pulse amplifier system with large-scale transmission gratings.

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    Kobayashi, Yohei; Hirayama, Nozomi; Ozawa, Akira; Sukegawa, Takashi; Seki, Takashi; Kuramoto, Yoshiyuki; Watanabe, Shuntaro

    2013-05-20

    Large-scale transmission gratings were produced for a stretcher and a compressor in the Yb-fiber chirped-pulse amplification system. A 23-W, 200-fs laser system with a 10-MHz repetition rate was demonstrated. Focused intensity as high as 10(14) W/cm(2) was achieved, which is high enough for multi-photon processes such as high-order harmonics generation and multi-photon ionization of neutral atoms. High-order harmonics up to 7th order were observed using Xe gas as a nonlinear medium. PMID:23736505

  3. Influence of transmural pressure on retrograde pressure pulse transmission velocity in the canine superior vena cava.

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    Minten, J; Van de Werf, F; Aubert, A E; Kesteloot, H; De Geest, H

    1984-11-01

    The influence of intrathoracic and intraluminal pressure on venous pressure pulse propagation velocity in the superior vena cava was investigated in acute canine experiments. The propagation velocity of distinct points of the venous pressure curve was measured under different conditions of preload, during expiratory and inspiratory apnea and during positive-negative pressure respiration. Under control conditions transmission velocities varied from 1.07 m/s to 3.29 m/s. After volume expansion propagation velocities rose significantly and varied from 1.09 m/s to 6.48 m/s. During expiratory apnea and at peak negative expiratory pressure, the propagation speed of distinct pressure points was higher than during inspiratory apnea and at peak positive inspiratory pressure. Significant linear correlation coefficients were found between the transmission velocities of different distinct pressure points and the transmural pressure, but not between the propagation speed and the intraluminal pressure. PMID:6085251

  4. Broadband THz pulse emission and transmission properties of nanostructured Pt thin films

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    Hu, Mingzhe; Mu, Kaijun; Zhang, Cunlin; Gu, Haoshuang; Ding, Zhao

    2015-10-01

    The THz transmission and emitting properties of a composite metallic nanostructure, composed of Ag nanowires electrodeposited in an anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template and a Pt thin film, were investigated by using a femtosecond pulse laser irradiation. The microstructure of the above sub-wavelength nanostructure was investigated by XRD, SEM, AFM and TEM. The results indicated that the thickness of the Pt thin film was about 200 nm and the Ag nanowire array had a sparse and random distribution inside the AAO template, with a length distribution in the range of 10-25 ?m. The THz radiation properties of above sub-wavelength nanostructure indicated that the generated THz fluence from the Pt film was a magnitude of ?W scale with a broadband frequency range and its subsequent transmission could be significantly improved by the better impedance matching property of the Ag nanowire embedded AAO film compared with that of the empty AAO film.

  5. The combined use of heat-pulse flowmeter logging and packer testing for transmissive fracture recognition

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    Lo, Hung-Chieh; Chen, Po-Jui; Chou, Po-Yi; Hsu, Shih-Meng

    2014-06-01

    This paper presents an improved borehole prospecting methodology based on a combination of techniques in the hydrogeological characterization of fractured rock aquifers. The approach is demonstrated by on-site tests carried out in the Hoshe Experimental Forest site and the Tailuge National Park, Taiwan. Borehole televiewer logs are used to obtain fracture location and distribution along boreholes. The heat-pulse flow meter log is used to measure vertical velocity flow profiles which can be analyzed to estimate fracture transmissivity and to indicate hydraulic connectivity between fractures. Double-packer hydraulic tests are performed to determine the rock mass transmissivity. The computer program FLASH is used to analyze the data from the flowmeter logs. The FLASH program is confirmed as a useful tool which quantitatively predicts the fracture transmissivity in comparison to the hydraulic properties obtained from packer tests. The location of conductive fractures and their transmissivity is identified, after which the preferential flow paths through the fracture network are precisely delineated from a cross-borehole test. The results provide robust confirmation of the use of combined flowmeter and packer methods in the characterization of fractured-rock aquifers, particularly in reference to the investigation of groundwater resource and contaminant transport dynamics.

  6. Constant frequency pulsed phase-locked-loop instrument for measurement of ultrasonic velocity

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    Yost, William T.; Cantrell, John H.; Kushnick, Peter W.

    1991-10-01

    A new instrument based on a constant frequency pulsed phase-locked-loop (CFPPLL) concept has been developed to accurately measure the ultrasonicwavevelocity in liquids and changes in ultrasonicwavevelocity in solids and liquids. An analysis of the system shows that it is immune to many of the frequency-dependent effects that plague other techniques including the constant phase shifts of reflectors placed in the path of the ultrasonicwave.Measurements of the sound velocity in ultrapure water are used to confirm the analysis. The results are in excellent agreement with values from the literature, and establish that the CFPPLL provides a reliable, accurate way to measurevelocities, as well as for monitoring small changes in velocity without the sensitivity to frequency-dependent phase shifts common to other measurement systems. The estimated sensitivity to phase changes is better than a few parts in 10{sup 7}.

  7. The Next Linear Collider Test Accelerator's RF Pulse Compression And Transmission

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    Tantawi, S.G.; Adelphson, C.; Holmes, S.; Lavine, Theodore L.; Loewen, R.J.; Nantista, C.; Pearson, C.; Pope, R.; Rifkin, J.; Ruth, R.D.; Vlieks, A.E.; /SLAC

    2011-09-14

    The overmoded rf transmission and pulsed power compression system for SLAC's Next Linear Collider (NLC) program requires a high degree of transmission efficiency and mode purity to be economically feasible. To this end, a number of new, high power components and systems have been developed at X-band, which transmit rf power in the low loss, circular TE01 mode with negligible mode conversion. In addition, a highly efficient SLED-II* pulse compressor has been developed and successfully tested at high power. The system produced a 200 MW, 250 ns wide pulse with a near-perfect flat-top. In this paper we describe the design and test results of the high power pulse compression system using SLED-II. The NLC rf systems use low loss highly over-moded circular waveguides operating in the TE01 mode. The efficiency of the systems is sensitive to the mode purity of the mode excited inside these guides. We used the so called flower petal mode transducer [2] to excite the TE01 mode. This type of mode transducer is efficient, compact and capable of handling high levels of power. To make more efficient systems, we modified this device by adding several mode selective chokes to act as mode purifiers. To manipulate the rf signals we used these modified mode converters to convert back and forth between over-moded circular waveguides and single-moded WR90 rectangular waveguides. Then, we used the relatively simple rectangular waveguide components to do the actual manipulation of rf signals. For example, two mode transducers and a mitered rectangular waveguide bend comprise a 90 degree bend. Also, a magic tee and four mode transducers would comprise a four-port-hybrid, etc. We will discuss the efficiency of an rf transport system based on the above methodology. We also used this methodology in building the SLEDII pulse compression system. At SLAC we built 4 of these pulse systems. In this paper we describe the SLEDII system and compare the performance of these 4 systems at SLAC. We report the experimental procedures used to measure their performance as well as the results of high power tests.

  8. An all solid-state high-voltage ns trigger generator based on magnetic pulse compression and transmission line transformer

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    Lin, Jiajin; Yang, Jianhua; Zhang, Jiande; Chen, Xinbing

    2013-09-01

    Innovative design of an all solid-state high-voltage ns trigger generator, based on magnetic pulse compression and transmission line transformer, is presented. The repetitive trigger pulse generator was developed to trigger a 700 kV trigatron, which has been used to pulse a repetitive intense electron beam accelerator with Tesla transformer charged double pulse forming lines (PFLs). Experimental results show that the trigger pulse generator could produce 180 kV 65 ns duration pulses with a rise time of 20 ns. The repetitive trigger pulses have nice uniform in the voltage waveform. The control time jitter is less then 3 ns. Owing to its good stability and low time jitter, the high-voltage trigger generator is an excellent candidate to trigger the repetitive accelerator.

  9. An all solid-state high-voltage ns trigger generator based on magnetic pulse compression and transmission line transformer.

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    Lin, Jiajin; Yang, Jianhua; Zhang, Jiande; Chen, Xinbing

    2013-09-01

    Innovative design of an all solid-state high-voltage ns trigger generator, based on magnetic pulse compression and transmission line transformer, is presented. The repetitive trigger pulse generator was developed to trigger a 700 kV trigatron, which has been used to pulse a repetitive intense electron beam accelerator with Tesla transformer charged double pulse forming lines (PFLs). Experimental results show that the trigger pulse generator could produce 180 kV 65 ns duration pulses with a rise time of 20 ns. The repetitive trigger pulses have nice uniform in the voltage waveform. The control time jitter is less then 3 ns. Owing to its good stability and low time jitter, the high-voltage trigger generator is an excellent candidate to trigger the repetitive accelerator. PMID:24089822

  10. High-pulse-repetition-freqyency lidar system using a single telescope for transmission and reception.

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    Argall, P S; Jacka, F

    1996-05-20

    The design, construction, and operation of a stratospheric Rayleigh lidar system is outlined. The lidar system was designed to operate as a Doppler lidar; however, for the first stage of the project it was set up to operate in a manner similar to a more conventional stratospheric Rayleigh lidar. This system includes a number of unique design features, including a high-pulse-repetition-frequency laser and the use of a single 1-m-diameter telescope for transmission of the laser pulse and reception of the backscattered light. An associated high-speed rotating shutter system switches the optical system from the transmission to the reception mode. The system was operated at Adelaide, Australia (35 S, 138 E). Scattering ratio and temperature profiles are calculated for data collected during the period from 10 March 1992 to 11 May 1993. The scattering ratio profiles clearly show the reduction in the scattering from the stratospheric aerosol layer. This is due to the removal of the aerosol injected by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. The measured relative density profiles show very good agreement with the Cospar international reference atmosphere model densities, as do the temperature profiles calculated from these. PMID:21085407

  11. Ultrasonic meters measure gas pipeline flow

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    1995-04-01

    New ultrasonic meters from Stork Ultrasonic Technologies, Houston are improving pipeline gas flow measurements, custody transfers, process gas flow measurements, and flare gas applications. The meters are easy to install, extremely accurate, and all feature realtime measurements. This meter (Gassonic 400) is designed for use in 8-in. to 64-in. gas pipelines and features a dual transducer device which uses the absolute digital travel time method of pulse transmission. Wide band piezoceramic transducers are used in this bi-directional, single bounce system which includes pulse verification and high-speed electronic processing by a central processing unit. Measuring values of this meter are obtained by direct digital measurement of travel time of each individual ultrasonic pulse which covers a pre-determined distance between two transducers inserted in the pipe wall. These transducers cause negligible flow restriction and absolute digital reference and excellent repeatability is possible without adjustment or re-calibration. Dozens of measurements can be processed so that average output values are updated every second during use. It is a field-programmable meter for variations in site parameters, presentation of service diagnostics, user selected velocity or quantity outputs, and has standard analog and digital interfaces. Also, it is suitable for swirl measurement or compensation. Since it relies on a reflection method, the ultrasonic meter allows easy, one-sided insertion and it is suitable for hot-tapping. This instrument is especially useful in gas blending stations, compressor control, leak detection, salt dome storage applications, pipeline balancing, and additive injection systems.

  12. Reconstruction of wave features in wind-driven water film flow using ultrasonic pulse-echo technique

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    Liu, Yang; Bond, Leonard J.; Hu, Hui

    2016-02-01

    Aircraft operating in weather conditions that can cause glaze icing face the risk of performance degradation, and increased costs in de-icing procedures. The water run-back in glaze ice accretion can redistribute the impinging water mass and disturb the local flow field, and hence, affect the morphology of ice accretion. Understanding the mechanism of the surface water film transportation is important and challenging, and critical to enabling improvement in the modeling of glaze icing. In this study, an ultrasonic multi-transducer (sparse array) pulse-echo (UMTPE) technique was developed to measure thin film thickness fluctuation. The technical basis for UMTPE technique and the factors that influence the measurements are described. The UMTPE technique was configured to provide time-resolved multi-point thickness measurements. Quantitative measurements of the wind-driven water film flow are achieved by using the UMTPE technique. Point-wise thickness variations can be obtained from each individual channel in the UMTPE system. Span-wise thickness profile can be derived by interpolating the point-wise measurements. The span-wise thickness profiles can be expanded in time domain, which shows the overall flow structures. The velocity of surface wave features is derived by performing a cross-correlation of the upstream and downstream thickness variations, which is then used to transform the temporal thickness fluctuation into the spatial wave structures. The time-resolved spatial flow structures are obtained by applying the transformation along time axis, which present more details of wave structures and the evolution of wave features.

  13. Application of Laser-Ultrasonics to the Non-Contact, Pulse Echo Measurement of the Thickness of Micron Thin Metallic Coatings

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    Nadeau, A.; Nadeau, F.; Choquet, M.; Martin, F.; Blouin, A.; Lord, M.

    2007-03-21

    The general scope of this work was to use recently available ultra-short pulsed lasers to perform laser-ultrasonic pulse-echo thicknesses measurements on thin electroplated metallic coatings. Experiments were first performed using a femtosecond laser coupled to a confocal Fabry-Perot interferometer (CFPI). The results showed that the CFPI is often inappropriate for the detection of ultrasound pulses having spectral widths much larger than the interferometer's free spectral range. A second experimental session was conducted using a picosecond laser and an InPFe photorefractive interferometer. Multiple echoes of broad band compression waves (up to 500 MHz) were successfully detected on electrodeposited metallic coatings of zinc on steel substrates for thicknesses from 30 to 100 microns. The results show very little dispersion and attenuation in the zinc coatings.

  14. Impedance matching network for high frequency ultrasonic transducer for cellular applications.

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    Kim, Min Gon; Yoon, Sangpil; Kim, Hyung Ham; Shung, K Kirk

    2016-02-01

    An approach for the design of an impedance matching network (IMN) for high frequency ultrasonic transducers with large apertures based on impedance analysis for cellular applications is presented in this paper. The main objectives were to maximize energy transmission from the excitation source to the ultrasonic transducers for cell manipulation and to achieve low input parameters for the safe operation of an ultrasonic transducer because the piezoelectric material in high frequency ultrasonic transducers is prone to breakage due to its being extremely thin. Two ultrasonic transducers, which were made of lithium niobate single crystal with the thickness of 15 μm, having apertures of 4.3 mm (fnumber=1.23) and 2.6mm (fnumber=0.75) were tested. L-type IMN was selected for high sensitivity and compact design of the ultrasonic transducers. The target center frequency was chosen as the frequency where the electrical admittance (|Y|) and phase angle (θz) from impedance analysis was maximal and zero, respectively. The reference center frequency and reference echo magnitude were selected as the center frequency and echo magnitude, measured by pulse-echo testing, of the ultrasonic transducer without IMN. Initial component values and topology of IMN were determined using the Smith chart, and pulse-echo testing was analyzed to verify the performance of the ultrasonic transducers with and without IMN. After several iterations between changing component values and topology of IMN, and pulse-echo measurement of the ultrasonic transducer with IMN, optimized component values and topology of IMN were chosen when the measured center frequency from pulse-echo testing was comparable to the target frequency, and the measured echo magnitude was at least 30% larger than the reference echo magnitude. Performance of an ultrasonic transducer with and without IMN was tested by observing a tangible dent on the surface of a plastic petridish and single cell response after an acoustic pulse was applied on a target cell. PMID:26442434

  15. Magnetohydrodynamic electromagnetic pulse (MHD-EMP) interaction with power transmission and distribution systems

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    Tesche, F.M.; Barnes, P.R.; Meliopoulos, A.P.S.

    1992-02-01

    This report discusses the effects of the late-time high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) on electrical transmission and distribution (T&D) systems. This environment, known as the magnetohydrodynamic electromagnetic pulse (MHD-EMP), is a very slowly varying electric field induced in the earth`s surface, similar to the field induced by a geomagnetic storm. It can result in the flow of a quasi-dc current in grounded power lines and in the subsequent magnetic saturation of transformers. This saturation, in turn, causes 6-Hz harmonic distortion and an increase in the reactive power required by generation facilities. This report analyzes and discusses these phenomena. The MHD-EMP environment is briefly discussed, and a simplified form of the earth-induced electric field is developed for use in a parametric study of transmission line responses. Various field coupling models are described, and calculated results for the responses of both transmission- and distribution-class power lines are presented. These calculated responses are compared with measurements of transformer operation under dc excitation to infer the MHD-EMP response of these power system components. It is found that the MHD-EMP environment would have a marked effect on a power system by inducing up to several hundreds of amperes of quasi-dc current on power lines. These currents will cause transformers to saturate which could result in excessive harmonic generation, voltage swings, and voltage suppression. The design of critical facilities which are required to operate during and after MHD-EMP events will have to be modified in order to mitigate the effects of these abnormal power system conditions.

  16. Magnetohydrodynamic electromagnetic pulse (MHD-EMP) interaction with power transmission and distribution systems

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    Tesche, F.M. , Dallas, TX ); Barnes, P.R. ); Meliopoulos, A.P.S. . Dept. of Electrical Engineering)

    1992-02-01

    This report discusses the effects of the late-time high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) on electrical transmission and distribution (T D) systems. This environment, known as the magnetohydrodynamic electromagnetic pulse (MHD-EMP), is a very slowly varying electric field induced in the earth's surface, similar to the field induced by a geomagnetic storm. It can result in the flow of a quasi-dc current in grounded power lines and in the subsequent magnetic saturation of transformers. This saturation, in turn, causes 6-Hz harmonic distortion and an increase in the reactive power required by generation facilities. This report analyzes and discusses these phenomena. The MHD-EMP environment is briefly discussed, and a simplified form of the earth-induced electric field is developed for use in a parametric study of transmission line responses. Various field coupling models are described, and calculated results for the responses of both transmission- and distribution-class power lines are presented. These calculated responses are compared with measurements of transformer operation under dc excitation to infer the MHD-EMP response of these power system components. It is found that the MHD-EMP environment would have a marked effect on a power system by inducing up to several hundreds of amperes of quasi-dc current on power lines. These currents will cause transformers to saturate which could result in excessive harmonic generation, voltage swings, and voltage suppression. The design of critical facilities which are required to operate during and after MHD-EMP events will have to be modified in order to mitigate the effects of these abnormal power system conditions.

  17. Ultrasonic bone densitometer

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    Hoop, J. M. (inventor)

    1974-01-01

    A device, for measuring the density of a bone structure so as to monitor the calcium content, is described. A pair of opposed spaced ultrasonic transducers are held within a clamping apparatus closely adjacent the bone being analyzed. These ultrasonic transducers incude piezoelectric crystals shaped to direct signals through the bone encompassed in the heel and finger of the subject being tested. A pulse generator is coupled to one of the transducers and generates an electric pulse for causing the transducers to generate an ultrasonic sound wave which is directed through the bone structure to the other transducer. An electric circuit, including an amplifier and a bandpass filter couples the signals from the receiver transducer back to the pulse generator for retriggering the pulse generator at a frequency proportional to the duration that the ultrasonic wave takes to travel through the bone structure being examined.

  18. Infrared transmission characteristic of indium-tin-oxide thin films prepared by femtosecond pulsed laser deposition

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    Zhu, Xubo; Sun, Weiguo; Tao, Fei; Cao, Xiancun; Zhang, Xiaolei

    2013-09-01

    Indium tin oxide (ITO) films were deposited on sapphire substrates at temperatures ranging from 30C to 700C and oxygen background pressure changing from 0.05 Pa to 0.25 Pa by femtosecond pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The films were characterized using metallurgical microscope, film resistance meter and Fourier transform infrared spectrometer to study the effect of substrate temperature and oxygen background pressure on the surface topography, sheet resistance and infrared transmission. The photographs of metallurgical microscope show that substrate temperature plays a dominant role on the surface morphology of the films. The sheet resistance test suggests that the sheet resistance of the film decreases with increase of substrate temperature but increases with increase of oxygen background pressure. The results of infrared transmission show that the infrared transmission through the ITO film is about 40% at the wavelength of 1.5?m to 1.8?m and is very low at other infrared band. The films deposited at higher substrate temperatures show lower value of transmittance, and which at higher oxygen background pressure show higher value of transmittance.

  19. Laser ultrasonic TOFD method

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    Mihara, T.; Ohtsuka, Y.; Cho, H.; Yamanaka, K.

    2001-04-01

    We applied laser ultrasound for the time of flight diffraction (TOFD) measurement. To find an effective testing condition of TOFD method, laser ultrasonic transmission around the slit in glass specimens was observed using the photoelastic ultrasonic visualization system. After the observation we constructed the laser TOFD system and applied to the slit depth measurement of aluminum plate, and then, obtained highly accurate results.

  20. System Performance Testing of the Pulse-Echo Ultrasonic Instrument for Critical Velocity Determination during Hanford Tank Waste Transfer Operations - 13584

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    Denslow, Kayte M.; Bontha, Jagannadha R.; Adkins, Harold E.; Jenks, Jeromy W.J.; Hopkins, Derek F.; Thien, Michael G.; Kelly, Steven E.; Wooley, Theodore A.

    2013-07-01

    The delivery of Hanford double-shell tank waste to the Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) is governed by specific Waste Acceptance Criteria that are identified in ICD 19 - Interface Control Document for Waste Feed. Waste must be certified as acceptable before it can be delivered to the WTP. The fluid transfer velocity at which solid particulate deposition occurs in waste slurry transport piping (critical velocity) is a key waste acceptance parameter that must be accurately characterized to determine if the waste is acceptable for transfer to the WTP. Washington River Protection Solutions and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have been evaluating the ultrasonic PulseEcho instrument since 2010 for its ability to detect particle settling and determine critical velocity in a horizontal slurry transport pipeline for slurries containing particles with a mean particle diameter of =14 micrometers (μm). In 2012 the PulseEcho instrument was further evaluated under WRPS' System Performance test campaign to identify critical velocities for slurries that are expected to be encountered during Hanford tank waste retrieval operations or bounding for tank waste feed. This three-year evaluation has demonstrated the ability of the ultrasonic PulseEcho instrument to detect the onset of critical velocity for a broad range of physical and rheological slurry properties that are likely encountered during the waste feed transfer operations between the Hanford tank farms and the WTP. (authors)

  1. System Performance Testing of the Pulse-Echo Ultrasonic Instrument for Critical Velocity Determination during Hanford Tank Waste Transfer Operations - 13584

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    Denslow, Kayte M.; Bontha, Jagannadha R.; Adkins, Harold E.; Jenks, Jeromy WJ; Hopkins, Derek F.; Thien, Michael G.; Kelly, Steven E.; Wooley, Theodore A.

    2013-06-01

    The delivery of Hanford double-shell tank waste to the Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) is governed by specific Waste Acceptance Criteria that are identified in ICD 19 - Interface Control Document for Waste Feed. Waste must be certified as acceptable before it can be delivered to the WTP. The fluid transfer velocity at which solid particulate deposition occurs in waste slurry transport piping (critical velocity) is a key waste acceptance parameter that must be accurately characterized to determine if the waste is acceptable for transfer to the WTP. Washington River Protection Solutions and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have been evaluating the ultrasonic PulseEcho instrument since 2010 for its ability to detect particle settling and determine critical velocity in a horizontal slurry transport pipeline for slurries containing particles with a mean particle diameter of ≥14 micrometers (μm). In 2012 the PulseEcho instrument was further evaluated under WRPS’ System Performance test campaign to identify critical velocities for slurries that are expected to be encountered during Hanford tank waste retrieval operations or bounding for tank waste feed. This three-year evaluation has demonstrated the ability of the ultrasonic PulseEcho instrument to detect the onset of critical velocity for a broad range of physical and rheological slurry properties that are likely encountered during the waste feed transfer operations between the Hanford tank farms and the WTP.

  2. Ultrasonic flow measurements for irrigation process monitoring

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    Ziani, Elmostafa; Bennouna, Mustapha; Boissier, Raymond

    2004-02-01

    This paper presents the state of the art of the general principle of liquid flow measurements by ultrasonic method, and problems of flow measurements. We present an ultrasonic flowmeter designed according to smart sensors concept, for the measurement of irrigation water flowing through pipelines or open channels, using the ultrasonic transit time approach. The new flowmeter works on the principle of measuring time delay differences between sound pulses transmitted upstream and downstream in the flowing liquid. The speed of sound in the flowing medium is eliminated as a variable because the flowrate calculations are based on the reciprocals of the transmission times. The transit time difference is digitally measured by means of a suitable, microprocessor controlled logic. This type of ultrasonic flowmeter will be widely used in industry and water management, it is well studied in this work, followed by some experimental results. For pressurized channels, we use one pair of ultrasonic transducer arranged in proper positions and directions of the pipe, in this case, to determine the liquid velocity, a real time on-line analysis taking account the geometries of the hydraulic system, is applied to the obtained ultrasonic data. In the open channels, we use a single or two pairs of ultrasonic emitter-receiver according to the desired performances. Finally, the goals of this work consist in integrating the smart sensor into irrigation systems monitoring in order to evaluate potential advantages and demonstrate their performance, on the other hand, to understand and use ultrasonic approach for determining flow characteristics and improving flow measurements by reducing errors caused by disturbances of the flow profiles.

  3. Analysis of dc harmonics using the three-pulse model for the intermountain power project HVDC transmission

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    Dickmander, D.L.; Peterson, K.J.

    1989-04-01

    The harmonic analysis of the dc-side of an HVDC line transmission requires realistic models of the converters, the dc line, and other relevant equipment. These models must include all important paths for harmonic current, and appropriate sources of harmonic voltage generation. The classical converter modeling technique has been demonstrated to be insufficient in field measurements and analysis of the harmonic spectra found on recent HVDC line transmission. For this reason, a new model of the converter bridge which takes into account the major stray capacitances in the converter (the three-pulse model) has been developed, and is described in detail elsewhere. This paper presents comparisons between the classical and three-pulse calculations for the Intermountain Power Project (IPP) HVDC transmission. The calculation results from the three-pulse model agree favorably with the harmonics found in field measurements.

  4. Parametric tunable dispersion compensation for the transmission of sub-picosecond pulses

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    Kurosu, Takayuki; Tanizawa, Ken; Petit, Stephane; Namiki, Shu

    2011-08-01

    Parametric tunable dispersion compensator (P-TDC), which allows format-independent operation owing to seamlessly wide bandwidth, is expected to be one of the key building blocks of the future ultra-high speed optical network. In this paper, a design of ultra-wide band P-TDC is presented showing that bandwidth over 2.5 THz can be achieved by compensating the chromatic dispersion up to the 4th order without employing additional method. In order to demonstrate the potential application of P-TDC in the Tbit/s optical time division multiplexing transmissions, 400 fs optical pulses were successfully transmitted through a dispersion managed 6-km DSF fiber span.

  5. High spatial resolution fast-neutron imaging detectors for Pulsed Fast-Neutron Transmission Spectroscopy

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    Mor, I.; Vartsky, D.; Bar, D.; Feldman, G.; Goldberg, M. B.; Katz, D.; Sayag, E.; Shmueli, I.; Cohen, Y.; Tal, A.; Vagish, Z.; Bromberger, B.; Dangendorf, V.; Mugai, D.; Tittelmeier, K.; Weierganz, M.

    2009-05-01

    Two generations of a novel detector for high-resolution transmission imaging and spectrometry of fast-neutrons are presented. These devices are based on a hydrogenous fiber scintillator screen and single- or multiple-gated intensified camera systems (ICCD). This detector is designed for energy-selective neutron radiography with nanosecond-pulsed broad-energy (1-10 MeV) neutron beams. Utilizing the Time-of-Flight (TOF) method, such a detector is capable of simultaneously capturing several images, each at a different neutron energy (TOF). In addition, a gamma-ray image can also be simultaneously registered, allowing combined neutron/gamma inspection of objects. This permits combining the sensitivity of the fast-neutron resonance method to low-Z elements with that of gamma radiography to high-Z materials.

  6. Novel high-frequency, high-power, pulsed oscillator based on a transmission line transformer.

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    Burdt, R; Curry, R D

    2007-07-01

    Recent analysis and experiments have demonstrated the potential for transmission line transformers to be employed as compact, high-frequency, high-power, pulsed oscillators with variable rise time, high output impedance, and high operating efficiency. A prototype system was fabricated and tested that generates a damped sinusoidal wave form at a center frequency of 4 MHz into a 200 Omega load, with operating efficiency above 90% and peak power on the order of 10 MW. The initial rise time of the pulse is variable and two experiments were conducted to demonstrate initial rise times of 12 and 3 ns, corresponding to a spectral content from 4-30 and from 4-100 MHz, respectively. A SPICE model has been developed to accurately predict the circuit behavior and scaling laws have been identified to allow for circuit design at higher frequencies and higher peak power. The applications, circuit analysis, test stand, experimental results, circuit modeling, and design of future systems are all discussed. PMID:17672783

  7. Outgassing of lower hybrid antenna modules during high-power long-pulse transmission

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    Goniche, M.; Kazarian, F.; Bibet, P.; Maebara, S.; Seki, M.; Ikeda, Y.; Imai, T.

    2005-01-01

    During high-power, long-pulse transmission from lower-hybrid-range-of-frequency (LHRF) antennas, the waveguide walls outgas as a result of rf-loss-induced heating. If the resulting pressure rise is too high, power transmission will be adversely affected and additional pumping may be required to maintain the pressure at a low enough value. The outgassing rates of waveguides made of various materials (oxygen-free high-conductivity copper, dispersoid copper, copper-coated carbon fiber composite, copper-coated graphite) were measured during rf injection at high power density (50-200 MW/m{sup 2}) for a duration in the range 100-4700 s. The experiments were performed on a test-bed facility equipped with a 3.7 GHz klystron on multiwaveguide (2 to 18) mock-ups. The effect of the main parameters, namely, the waveguide surface temperature and the initial wall gas loading ('conditioning'), are analyzed in detail. It is concluded that an outgassing rate of 1x10{sup -5} (5x10{sup -5}) Pa m{sup 3} s{sup -1} m{sup -2} at 300 deg. C (400 deg. C) can be considered for most materials. The requirement, in terms of additional pumping, for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor LHRF antenna is finally discussed.

  8. Geometric Limitations Of Ultrasonic Measurements

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    von Nicolai, C.; Schilling, F.

    2006-12-01

    Laboratory experiments are a key for interpreting seismic field observations. Due to their potential in many experimental set-ups, the determination of elastic properties of minerals and rocks by ultrasonic measurements is common in Geosciences. The quality and thus use of ultrasonic data, however, strongly depends on the sample geometry and wavelength of the sound wave. Two factors, the diameter-to-wavelength- ratio and the diameter-to-length-ratio, are believed to be the essential parameters to affect ultrasonic signal quality. In this study, we determined under well defined conditions the restricting dimensional parameters to test the validity of published assumptions. By the use of commercial ultrasonic transducers a number of experiments were conducted on aluminium, alumina, and acrylic glass rods of varying diameter (30-10 mm) and constant length. At each diameter compressional wave travel times were measured by pulse- transmission method. From the observed travel times ultrasonic wave velocities were calculated. One additional experiment was performed with a series of square-shaped aluminium blocks in order to investigate the effect of the geometry of the samples cross-sectional area. The experimental results show that the simple diameter-to-wavelength ratios are not valid even under idealized experimental conditions and more complex relation has to be talen into account. As diameter decreases the P-waves direct phase is increasingly interfered and weakened by sidewall reflections. At very small diameters compressional waves are replaced by bar waves and P-wave signals become non resolvable. Considering the suppression of both effects, a critical D/ë-ratio was determined and compared to experimental set-ups from various publications. These tests indicate that some published and cited data derived from small diameter set-ups are out off the range of physical possibility.

  9. Ultrasonic temperature measuring device

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    Carnevale, E. H.; Lynnworth, L. C.

    1968-01-01

    Pulse echo ultrasonic system automatically determines the temperature in the core of a nuclear rocket engine by measuring the transit time of an acoustic pulse in a wire sensor. The measurement is based on the fact that the speed of sound in the sensor material is a function of temperature.

  10. Axial transmission method for long bone fracture evaluation by ultrasonic guided waves: simulation, phantom and in vitro experiments.

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    Xu, Kailiang; Ta, Dean; He, Runxin; Qin, Yi-Xian; Wang, Weiqi

    2014-04-01

    Mode conversion occurs when the ultrasonic guided waves encounter fractures. The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of fracture assessment in long cortical bone using guided-mode conversion. Mode conversion behavior between the fundamental modes S0 and A0 was analyzed. The expressions proposed for modal velocity were used to identify the original and converted modes. Simulations and phantom experiments were performed using 1.0-mm-thick steel plates with a notch width of 0.5 mm and notch depths of 0.2, 0.4, 0.6 and 0.8 mm. Furthermore, in vitro experiments were carried out on nine ovine tibias with 1.0-mm-wide partial transverse gap break and cortical thickness varying from 2.10 to 3.88 mm. The study confirmed that mode conversion gradually becomes observable as fracture depth increases. Energy percentages of the converted modes correlated strongly with fracture depth, as illustrated by the frequency-sweeping experiments on steel phantoms (100-1100 kHz, r(2) = 0.97, p < 0.0069) and the fixed-frequency experiments on nine ovine tibias (250 kHz, r(2) = 0.97, p < 0.0056). The approaches described, including mode excitation, velocity expressions and energy percentage criteria, may also contribute to ultrasonic monitoring of long bone fracture healing. PMID:24433749

  11. Adaptation of an air-dielectric RF cable for use as an oil-filled high voltage pulse transmission line

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    Weiss, W. C.; Copp, R. L.; Reginato, L. L.; Schmidt, J. A.

    1984-11-01

    The specifications, conceptual design, prototype testing and operating experience of an oil-filled high voltage pulse transmission cable adapted from commercially available air-dielectric RF components are described. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Advanced Test Accelerator (ATA) requires a method of transmitting 250kV, 70 nanosecond pulses from the power conditioning equipment to the accelerator. The oil-filled cable approach was chosen over alternative concepts because of its high voltage holding capacity, long life and flexibility. The criteria for cable and connector design are discussed. The results of prototype testing and performance of the final design are presented.

  12. Binary Solvent Extraction System and Extraction Time Effects on Phenolic Antioxidants from Kenaf Seeds (Hibiscus cannabinus L.) Extracted by a Pulsed Ultrasonic-Assisted Extraction

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    Lau, Hwee Wen; Nyam, Kar Lin

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the best parameter for extracting phenolic-enriched kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus L.) seeds by a pulsed ultrasonic-assisted extraction. The antioxidant activities of ultrasonic-assisted kenaf seed extracts (KSE) were determined by a 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging capacity assay, 2,2′-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulphonic acid) (ABTS) radical scavenging assay, β-carotene bleaching inhibition assay, and ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) assay. Total phenolic content (TPC) and total flavonoid content (TFC) evaluations were carried out to determine the phenolic and flavonoid contents in KSE. The KSE from the best extraction parameter was then subjected to high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) to quantify the phenolic compounds. The optimised extraction condition employed 80% ethanol for 15 min, with the highest values determined for the DPPH, ABTS, and FRAP assay. KSE contained mainly tannic acid (2302.20 mg/100 g extract) and sinapic acid (1198.22 mg/100 g extract), which can be used as alternative antioxidants in the food industry. PMID:24592184

  13. Ringing in the pulse response of long and wideband coaxial transmission lines due to group delay dispersion

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    Kotzian,G.; de Maria,R.; Caspers, F.; Federmann, S.; Hofle, W.

    2009-05-04

    In particle accelerators coaxial cables are commonly used to transmit wideband beam signals covering many decades of frequencies over long distances. Those transmission lines often have a corrugated outer and/or inner conductor. This particular construction exhibits a significant amount of frequency dependent group delay variation. A comparison of simulations based on theoretical models, numerical simulations and S{sub 21} network analyzer measurements up to 2.5 GHz is presented. It is shown how the non-linear phase response and varying group delay leads to ringing in the pulse response and subsequent distortion of signal s transmitted through such coaxial transmission lines.

  14. Arctic acoustics ultrasonic modeling studies

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    Chamuel, Jacques R.

    1990-03-01

    A unique collection of laboratory ultrasonic modeling results are presented revealing and characterizing hidden pulsed seismoacoustic wave phenomena from 3-D range dependent liquid/solid boundaries. The research succeeded in isolating and identifying low frequency (10 to 500 Hz) transmission loss mechanisms and provided physical insight into Arctic acoustic problems generally beyond the state-of-the-art of theoretical and numerical analysis. The ultrasonic modeling studies dealt with controversial issues and existing discrepancies on seismo-acoustic waves at water/ice interface, sea ice thickness determination, low frequency transmission loss, and bottom leaky Rayleigh waves. The areas investigated include leaky Rayleigh waves at water/ice interface, leaky flexural waves in floating ice plates, effects of dry/wet cracks in sea ice on plate waves and near grazing acoustic waves, edge waves in floating plates, low frequency backscatter from ice keel width resonances, conversion of underwater acoustic waves into plate waves by keels, nondispersive flexural wave along apex of small angle solid wedge, Scholte and leaky Rayleigh waves along apex of immersed 90 ice wedge, backscatter from trailing edge of floes, floating plate resonances associated with near-grazing underwater acoustic waves, acoustic coupling between adjacent floes, and multiple bottom leaky Rayleigh wave components in water layer over solid bottom.

  15. Development and testing of the Hermes-III pulse forming transmission lines

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    Corley, J.P.; Johnson, D.L.; Weber, G.J.; Denison, G.J.; Pankuch, P.J.; Ramirez, J.J.

    1987-06-01

    In Hermes III, eighty pulse-forming lines (PFLs) generate 1.1-MV, 220-kA pulses that are added in a parallel/series combination to form a 20-MV, 800-kA pulse that powers an electron beam diode configured to produce bremsstrahlung radiation. In order to achieve the desired pulse width and rise time at the diode, each PFL must produce a 40-ns FWHM pulse with a 10-ns, 10% to 90% rise time and a root mean square (rms) jitter of 4 ns. This paper reports on the development and testing of these units.

  16. Ultrasonic determination of recrystallization

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    Generazio, E. R.

    1986-01-01

    Ultrasonic attenuation was measured for cold worked Nickel 200 samples annealed at increasing temperatures. Localized dislocation density variations, crystalline order and colume percent of recrystallized phase were determined over the anneal temperature range using transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and metallurgy. The exponent of the frequency dependence of the attenuation was found to be a key variable relating ultrasonic attenuation to the thermal kinetics of the recrystallization process. Identification of this key variable allows for the ultrasonic determination of onset, degree, and completion of recrystallization.

  17. Transmission of laser pulses with high output beam quality using step-index fibers having large cladding

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    Yalin, Azer P; Joshi, Sachin

    2014-06-03

    An apparatus and method for transmission of laser pulses with high output beam quality using large core step-index silica optical fibers having thick cladding, are described. The thick cladding suppresses diffusion of modal power to higher order modes at the core-cladding interface, thereby enabling higher beam quality, M.sup.2, than are observed for large core, thin cladding optical fibers. For a given NA and core size, the thicker the cladding, the better the output beam quality. Mode coupling coefficients, D, has been found to scale approximately as the inverse square of the cladding dimension and the inverse square root of the wavelength. Output from a 2 m long silica optical fiber having a 100 .mu.m core and a 660 .mu.m cladding was found to be close to single mode, with an M.sup.2=1.6. Another thick cladding fiber (400 .mu.m core and 720 .mu.m clad) was used to transmit 1064 nm pulses of nanosecond duration with high beam quality to form gas sparks at the focused output (focused intensity of >100 GW/cm.sup.2), wherein the energy in the core was <6 mJ, and the duration of the laser pulses was about 6 ns. Extending the pulse duration provided the ability to increase the delivered pulse energy (>20 mJ delivered for 50 ns pulses) without damaging the silica fiber.

  18. Acute differential modulation of synaptic transmission and cell survival during exposure to pulsed and continuous radiofrequency energy.

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    Cahana, Alex; Vutskits, Laszlo; Muller, Dominique

    2003-05-01

    Pulsed radiofrequency, in which short bursts of radiofrequency energy are applied to nervous tissue, has been recently described as an alternative technique devoid of nerve injury, a subsequent side effect of thermal lesions created by continuous radiofrequency lesioning. Yet the mechanism of this effect remains unclear. In this study we compared the acute effects of pulsed versus continuous radiofrequency energy on impulse propagation and synaptic transmission in hippocampal slice cultures and on cell survival in cortical cultures. A differential effect was observed on both systems, with pulsed radiofrequency producing a transient and continuous radiofrequency a lasting inhibition of evoked synaptic activity. In addition, although both continuous radiofrequency and pulsed radiofrequency treatments induced a distance-dependent tissue destruction under the stimulating needle, the effect was more pronounced in the continuous radiofrequency group. These findings suggest that the acute effects of pulsed radiofrequency are more reversible and less destructive in nature than the classic continuous radiofrequency mode, even in normothermal conditions. This model might help elucidate the importance of various parameters for the clinical application of radiofrequency lesioning and might open new horizons for the role of pulsed radiofrequency lesioning in cases of neuropathic pain. PMID:14622704

  19. Ultrasonic meters prove reliability on Nova Gas pipeline

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    Rogi, M.

    1995-08-01

    Getting the job done efficiently, safely, and economically are the main reasons Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) of Alberta, Canada looked to an ultrasonic gas flow meter for its flow measurement applications. In the past, NGTL relied mainly on orifice plates to measure mainline flow. In 1990, as a result of an increased requirement for reliable mainline measurement, NGTL initiated a Mainline Measurement Task group to review available metering devices and recommend the best solution. This task group compiled a list of acceptance criteria against which to assess various options. They were looking for mainline measurement devices with high accuracy and performance. After developing the acceptance criteria and researching other pipeline companies in North America and Europe, the Task Group narrowed the list of options to four measurement devices, including two single-path ultrasonic meters. Further evaluation conducted at NGTL`s research facility concluded that the single-path ultrasonic gas flow meter was best suited for NGTL`s system requirements. The single-path ultrasonic gas flow meter, selected by the Task Group, uses direct digital time measurement of the difference between travel times of individual upstream and downstream ultrasonic pulses. This paper reviews the complexity of flow measurements and the types of information that is necessary to accurately calculate flow. The performance and accuracy of the ultrasonic meter are provided based on this company`s experience.

  20. Laser ultrasonic evaluation of bonding layer in thermal barrier coating

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    Zhao, Yang; Chen, Jianwei; Zhang, Zhenzhen

    2015-03-01

    A noncontact laser ultrasonic method is provided for nondestructive characterization of bonding layer (BL) in thermal barrier coating (TBC). A physical mode of thin multi-layered structure is established for the case of received ultrasonic waveform consisting of reverberant overlapping echoes. Then, the transmission coefficient of the mode was derived in this work. Experiments have been performed on TBC specimens using the proposed method. The specimens are produced by electronic beam physical vapor deposition (EBPVD) method. A pulsed laser with width of 10 ns was used to generate ultrasonic while a two wave mixing (TWM) interferometer was employed to receive the ultrasonic signals. Wavelet soft-threshold method (WSTM) was introduce to improve the signal to noise ratio of laser ultrasonic testing TBC. The transmission coefficient spectrum of TBC was obtained to measure the longitudinal velocity of BL. Further, the numerical fitting method is used to determine the attenuation of BL. The proposed method is used to evaluate TBC after 1, 10 and 100 times, and the experimental results are in according with the SEM observations. This method is able to nondestructively characterize BL in TBC system, and is important to practical engineering application.

  1. Design of high-efficiency broad-bandwidth pulse compression device based on composite transmission grating with high damage threshold

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    Chen, Xinrong; Li, Chaoming; Liu, Linyue; Li, Lin; Wu, Jianhong; Chang, Zenghu

    2014-11-01

    A novel pulse compression device has been developed for femto-second Ti: sapphire laser at 800nm center wavelength with 700nm~900nm bandwidth. This new kind of composite pulse compression device consists of two fused silica transmission gratings with 1250lp/mm and 3300lp/mm respectively and these two fused silica transmission gratings are located in two optical surfaces of the same fused silica plate. Owing to use anti-reflection transmission gratings with high space frequency (3300lp/mm), it can avoid the wave-front distort derived from coating antireflection film on one surface of the fused silica plate. Being made of fused silica, this new composite pulse compression device will be expected to have high laser damage threshold. The calculation results show that: the -1st order diffraction efficiency of 1250lp/mm grating is over 87% within the 700nm and 900nm broad-bandwidth for rectangular groove and TE polarization state. And the average diffraction efficiency within the 700nm and 900nm broad-bandwidth is more than 92%. At 800nm, the -1st transmitted order diffraction efficiency is great to 96% while the transmittance of 3300lp/mm grating is up to 99.9%.

  2. Ultrasonic ranging control system for industrial robots

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    Caughman, D.O.; Plumley, W.J.

    1987-06-16

    An ultrasonic ranging control system is described for a robot having a movable arm. The system comprises: an ultrasonic transducer array for transmitting an acoustical pulse and for detecting a reflected echo; transducer array is mounted proximate to the distal end of the movable arm so as to be arcuately pivotable in both a horizontal and vertical direction; the ultrasonic transducer array includes ultrasonic transducers arrayed in an angularly manner to emulate a single transducer with a wide transmit and receive pattern in substantially the horizontal plane; each transducer has an individual beam width of approximately 10 degrees to each side; the individual transducers are arranged arcuately about a horizontal plane approximately 20 degrees apart with a quantity of five such transducers; a horizontal beam width of approximately 100 degrees is attained; and circuit means for measuring the elapsed time between initial transmission and echo detection by the transducer array and for providing an output signal indicative of the elapsed time and for conversion of elapsed time to a signal representative of distance;

  3. Pulse-echo ultrasonic inspection system for in-situ nondestructive inspection of Space Shuttle RCC heat shields.

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    Roach, Dennis Patrick; Walkington, Phillip D.; Rackow, Kirk A.

    2005-06-01

    The reinforced carbon-carbon (RCC) heat shield components on the Space Shuttle's wings must withstand harsh atmospheric reentry environments where the wing leading edge can reach temperatures of 3,000 F. Potential damage includes impact damage, micro cracks, oxidation in the silicon carbide-to-carbon-carbon layers, and interlaminar disbonds. Since accumulated damage in the thick, carbon-carbon and silicon-carbide layers of the heat shields can lead to catastrophic failure of the Shuttle's heat protection system, it was essential for NASA to institute an accurate health monitoring program. NASA's goal was to obtain turnkey inspection systems that could certify the integrity of the Shuttle heat shields prior to each mission. Because of the possibility of damaging the heat shields during removal, the NDI devices must be deployed without removing the leading edge panels from the wing. Recently, NASA selected a multi-method approach for inspecting the wing leading edge which includes eddy current, thermography, and ultrasonics. The complementary superposition of these three inspection techniques produces a rigorous Orbiter certification process that can reliably detect the array of flaws expected in the Shuttle's heat shields. Sandia Labs produced an in-situ ultrasonic inspection method while NASA Langley developed the eddy current and thermographic techniques. An extensive validation process, including blind inspections monitored by NASA officials, demonstrated the ability of these inspection systems to meet the accuracy, sensitivity, and reliability requirements. This report presents the ultrasonic NDI development process and the final hardware configuration. The work included the use of flight hardware and scrap heat shield panels to discover and overcome the obstacles associated with damage detection in the RCC material. Optimum combinations of custom ultrasonic probes and data analyses were merged with the inspection procedures needed to properly survey the heat shield panels. System features were introduced to minimize the potential for human factors errors in identifying and locating the flaws. The in-situ NDI team completed the transfer of this technology to NASA and USA employees so that they can complete 'Return-to-Flight' certification inspections on all Shuttle Orbiters prior to each launch.

  4. In-field CD uniformity control by altering transmission distribution of the photomask using ultra-fast pulsed laser technology

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    Morikawa, Yasutaka; Sutou, Takanori; Inazuki, Yuichi; Adachi, Takashi; Yoshida, Yuuichi; Kojima, Kouichirou; Sasaki, Shiho; Mohri, Hiroshi; Hayashi, Naoya; Dmitriev, Vladimir; Oshemkov, Sergey; Zait, Eitan; Ben-Zvi, Guy

    2006-05-01

    As pattern feature sizes on the wafer become smaller and smaller, requirements for CD variation control has become a critical issue. In order to correct CD uniformity on the wafer, the DUV light transmission distribution of the photomask was altered using an ultra-fast pulsed laser technology. By creating a small scattering pixel inside the quartz body of the mask, a multitude of such points creates Shading Elements inside the quartz according to a predetermined CD variations distribution map. These Shading Elements reduce the dose of scanner's laser illumination onto the wafer per a local area. Thus by changing the local light intensity, inside the exposure field, to a required level during the photolithographic process the wafer CD is changed locally inside the field. This complete process of writing a multitude of Shading Elements inside the mask in order to control the light transmission and hence wafer level CD locally is called the CD Control (CDC) process. We have evaluated the tool utilizing Ultra fast laser pulses (CDC 101) for local transmission and CD controllability on the wafer. We used Binary and Att-PSM test masks and three kinds of test patterns to confirm the sensitivity of transmission and CD change by the attenuation levels of Shading Elements which is sequentially changed from 0% to 10%. We will compare the AIMS results to printed CD on wafer or simulation results, so that we can correlate the transmission change and CD change by the attenuation levels. This paper also reports the CD uniformity correction performances by using attenuation mapping method on Binary mask. We also cover how Shading Elements affect the phase and transmission on the Att-PSM.

  5. Pulsed current wave shaping with a transmission line by utilizing superposition of a forward and a backward voltage wave for fast capillary Z-pinch discharge

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    Sakai, Y.; Takahashi, S.; Watanabe, M.; Hotta, E.; Kim, G.-H.

    2010-04-15

    By using a water transmission line, current wave shaping was demonstrated for a fast capillary Z-pinch discharge recombination soft x-ray laser study. The pulsed power system consists of a water capacitor, a gap switch, a transmission line, and a capillary plasma load. A voltage wave initiated at the water capacitor propagates toward the capillary load through the transmission line. Control of the pulse delay that occurred in the transmission line provides the superposition of the forward and the backward voltage waves effectively in order to perform current wave shaping with higher current amplitude and rapid current decay.

  6. Pulsed current wave shaping with a transmission line by utilizing superposition of a forward and a backward voltage wave for fast capillary Z-pinch discharge.

    PubMed

    Sakai, Y; Takahashi, S; Watanabe, M; Kim, G-H; Hotta, E

    2010-04-01

    By using a water transmission line, current wave shaping was demonstrated for a fast capillary Z-pinch discharge recombination soft x-ray laser study. The pulsed power system consists of a water capacitor, a gap switch, a transmission line, and a capillary plasma load. A voltage wave initiated at the water capacitor propagates toward the capillary load through the transmission line. Control of the pulse delay that occurred in the transmission line provides the superposition of the forward and the backward voltage waves effectively in order to perform current wave shaping with higher current amplitude and rapid current decay. PMID:20441338

  7. Ultrasonic extensometer measures bolt preload

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    Daniels, C. M., Jr.

    1978-01-01

    Extensometer using ultrasonic pulse reflections to measure elongations in tightened belts and studs is much more accurate than conventional torque wrenches in application of specified preload to bolts and other threaded fasteners.

  8. The Effect of Velocity Inhomogeneous, Lossy, and Refractive Media on the 3-D Propagation of Bounded Ultrasonic Pulses: Applications to Acoustical Imaging

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    Chandler, Paul Everett

    When a pulse propagates through a velocity and density inhomogeneous lossy medium, it scatters from the inhomogeneities, refracts as it advances with nonuniform speed through regions of varying velocity, and stretches as frequency dependent attenuation diminishes the higher frequencies. The commonly used Born series expansion equations obtained from the time dependent integral form of the inhomogeneous wave equation, sufficiently model the scattering but fail to model the nonuniform propagation and pulse stretching. We propose a new model which introduces the nonuniform wave propagation speed and frequency dependent attenuation into the Born series equations. The nonuniform wave propagation speed is approximated by modifying the free space Green's function contained within the Born series equations. The frequency dependent attenuation is then rigorously incorporated through the use of a time varying superposition integral. In practice, the model is implemented in two steps. First, the multiple scattering from the medium's inhomogeneities is evaluated under impulsive input conditions using the classical Born series equations to th order. Then in a post processing step, it is possible to add to this result the effects of the statistically averaged nonuniform wave propagation speed, and frequency dependent attenuation, by applying a time varying superposition integral filter. The equations describing this model are presented in detail. An example is given which demonstrates its application to study the ability of a typical ultrasonic imaging system to focus within an inhomogeneous medium.

  9. Effect of a CO2 laser pulse on transmission through fog at visible and IR wavelengths

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    Fowler, M. C.

    1983-10-01

    The extinction coefficients of laboratory generated fog at 0.63 and 10.6 microns are monitored during and after passage of a coaxial CO2 laser pulse of 2-J/sq cm fluence. Pulse passage causes a slight decrease in extinction at 10.6 microns and a marked increase in this quantity at 0.63 micron. This effect is consistent with the significant reduction in fog droplet size, caused by absorption of energy from the pulse. The data are analyzed to provide the time dependence of particle size following pulse passage, and the inferred particle growth rate is consistent with the mechanism of recondensation, onto droplets which survive the pulse passage, of water vapor driven from the fog droplets, by absorption of pulse energy. For any aerosol whose particle size is significantly altered by laser pulse passage, the effect of the pulse on light extinction is determined by initial aerosol particle size and index of refraction as well as the wavelength of the light to be transmitted.

  10. Enhancing acoustic signal quality by rapidly switching between pulse-echo and through-transmission using diplexers

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    Valencia, Juan D.; Diaz, Aaron A.; Tucker, Brian J.

    2008-03-01

    The increase of terrorism and its global impact has made the screening of the contents of liquid-filled containers a necessity. The ability to evaluate the contents of a container rapidly and accurately is a critical tool in maintaining global safety and security. Due to the immense quantities and large variety of containers shipped worldwide, there is a need for a technology that enables rapid and effective ways of conducting non-intrusive container inspections. Such inspections can be performed utilizing "through-transmission" or "pulse-echo" acoustic techniques, in combination with multiple frequency excitation pulses or waveforms. The challenge is combining and switching between the different acoustic techniques without distorting the excitation pulse or waveform, degrading or adding noise to the receive signal; while maintaining a portable, low-power, low-cost, and easy to use system. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has developed a methodology and prototype device focused on this challenge. The prototype relies on an advanced diplexer circuit capable of rapidly switching between both "through-transmission" and "pulse-echo" detection modes. This type of detection requires the prototype to isolate the pulsing circuitry from the receiving circuitry to prevent damage and reduce noise. The results of this work demonstrate that an advanced diplexer circuit can be effective; however, some bandwidth issues exist. This paper focuses on laboratory measurements and test results acquired with the PNNL prototype device as applied to several types of liquid-filled containers. Results of work conducted in the laboratory will be presented and future measurement platform enhancements will be discussed.

  11. Effect of bone cortical thickness on velocity measurements using ultrasonic axial transmission: a 2D simulation study.

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    Bossy, Emmanuel; Talmant, Maryline; Laugier, Pascal

    2002-07-01

    In recent years, quantitative ultrasound (QUS) has played an increasing role in the assessment of bone status. The axial transmission technique allows to investigate skeletal sites such as the cortical layer of long bones (radius, tibia), inadequate to through-transmission techniques. Nevertheless, the type of propagation involved along bone specimens has not been clearly elucidated. Axial transmission is investigated here by means of two-dimensional simulations at 1 MHz. We focus our interest on the apparent speed of sound (SOS) of the first arriving signal (FAS). Its dependence on the thickness of the plate is discussed and compared to previous work. Different time criteria are used to derive the apparent SOS of the FAS as a function of source-receiver distance. Frequency-wave number analysis is performed in order to understand the type of propagation involved. For thick plates (thickness>lambdabone, longitudinal wavelength in bone), and for a limited range of source-receiver distances, the FAS corresponds to the lateral wave. Its velocity equals the longitudinal bulk velocity of the bone. For plate thickness less than lambdabone, some plate modes contribute to the FAS, and the apparent SOS decreases with the thickness in a way that depends on both the time criterion and on the source-receiver distance. The FAS corresponds neither to the lateral wave nor to a single plate mode. For very thin plates (thickness< lambdabone/4), the apparent SOS tends towards the velocity of the lowest order symmetrical vibration mode (S0 Lamb mode). PMID:12141355

  12. Transmission of 1064 nm laser radiation during ablation with an ultra-short pulse laser (USPL) system

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    Schelle, Florian; Meister, Jrg; Oehme, Bernd; Frentzen, Matthias

    2012-01-01

    During ablation of oral hard tissue with an USPL system a small amount of the incident laser power does not contribute to the ablation process and is being transmitted. Partial transmission of ultra-short laser pulses could potentially affect the dental pulp. The aim of this study was to assess the transmission during ablation and to deduce possible risks for the patient. The study was performed with an Nd:YVO4 laser, emitting pulses with a duration of 8 ps at a wavelength of 1064 nm. A repetition rate of 500 kHz and an average power of 9 W were chosen to achieve high ablation efficiency. A scanner system created square cavities with an edge length of 1 mm. Transmission during ablation of mammoth ivory and dentin slices with a thickness of 2 mm and 5 mm was measured with a power meter, placed directly beyond the samples. Effects on subjacent blood were observed by ablating specimens placed in contact to pork blood. In a separate measurement the temperature increase during ablation was monitored using an infrared camera. The influence of transmission was assessed by tuning down the laser to the corresponding power and then directly irradiating the blood. Transmission during ablation of 2 mm specimens was about 7.7% (ivory) and 9.6% (dentin) of the incident laser power. Ablation of specimens directly in contact to blood caused coagulation at longer irradiation times (t~18s). Direct irradiation of blood with the transmitted power provoked bubbling and smoke formation. Temperature measurements identified heat generation as the main reason for the observed coagulation.

  13. Ultrasonic evaluation of high voltage circuit boards

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    Klima, S. J.; Riley, T. J.

    1976-01-01

    Preliminary observations indicate that an ultrasonic scanning technique may be useful as a quick, low cost, nondestructive method for judging the quality of circuit board materials for high voltage applications. Corona inception voltage tests were conducted on fiberglass-epoxy and fiberglass-polyimide high pressure laminates from 20 to 140 C. The same materials were scanned ultrasonically by utilizing the single transducer, through-transmission technique with reflector plate, and recording variations in ultrasonic energy transmitted through the board thickness. A direct relationship was observed between ultrasonic transmission level and corona inception voltage. The ultrasonic technique was subsequently used to aid selection of high quality circuit boards for the Communications Technology Satellite.

  14. High-voltage isolation transformer for sub-nanosecond rise time pulses constructed with annular parallel-strip transmission lines.

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    Homma, Akira

    2011-07-01

    A novel annular parallel-strip transmission line was devised to construct high-voltage high-speed pulse isolation transformers. The transmission lines can easily realize stable high-voltage operation and good impedance matching between primary and secondary circuits. The time constant for the step response of the transformer was calculated by introducing a simple low-frequency equivalent circuit model. Results show that the relation between the time constant and low-cut-off frequency of the transformer conforms to the theory of the general first-order linear time-invariant system. Results also show that the test transformer composed of the new transmission lines can transmit about 600 ps rise time pulses across the dc potential difference of more than 150 kV with insertion loss of -2.5 dB. The measured effective time constant of 12 ns agreed exactly with the theoretically predicted value. For practical applications involving the delivery of synchronized trigger signals to a dc high-voltage electron gun station, the transformer described in this paper exhibited advantages over methods using fiber optic cables for the signal transfer system. This transformer has no jitter or breakdown problems that invariably occur in active circuit components. PMID:21806208

  15. A high-performance ultrasonic system for the simultaneous transmission of data and power through solid metal barriers.

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    Lawry, Tristan J; Wilt, Kyle R; Ashdown, Jon D; Scarton, Henry A; Saulnier, Gary J

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a system capable of simultaneous high-power and high-data-rate transmission through solid metal barriers using ultrasound. By coaxially aligning a pair of piezoelectric transducers on opposite sides of a metal wall and acoustically coupling them to the barrier, an acoustic- electric transmission channel is formed which prevents the need for physical penetration. Independent data and power channels are utilized, but they are only separated by 25.4 mm to reduce the system's form factor. Commercial off-the-shelf components and evaluation boards are used to create realtime prototype hardware and the full system is capable of transmitting data at 17.37 Mbps and delivering 50 W of power through a 63.5-mm thick steel wall. A synchronous multi-carrier communication scheme (OFDM) is used to achieve a very high spectral efficiency and to ensure that there is only minor interference between the power and data channels. Also presented is a discussion of potential enhancements that could be made to greatly improve the power and data-rate capabilities of the system. This system could have a tremendous impact on improving safety and preserving structural integrity in many military applications (submarines, surface ships, unmanned undersea vehicles, armored vehicles, planes, etc.) as well as in a wide range of commercial, industrial, and nuclear systems. PMID:23287924

  16. Narrow linewidth output of a XeCl laser with long pulse Blumlein transmission line discharge

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    Cheng Xusan; Lou Qihong; Zheng Chengen; Wei Yunrong; Ding Aizhen; Wang Ruwen

    1986-01-01

    Wavelength tuning, linewidth, and beam spread characteristics have been studied by using a long pulse discharge XeCl laser with grating, prisms, and etalons as the intracavity mode-selecting elements. The laser output with the energy of 2 mJ per pulse, narrow linewidth (approx. 10/sup -2/ A), and diffraction limited divergency (approx. 0.15 mrad) has been obtained in our experiment.

  17. Directivity patterns of ultrasonic waves generated by a laser pulse at the interface between two elastic media

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    Anagnostopoulos, E.; Ségur, D.; Dehoux, T.; Audoin, B.

    2016-02-01

    Directivity patterns of an acoustic source generated by the absorption of a laser pulse at the interface between a transparent epoxy-resin half-space and an opaque CFRP isotropised half-space have been calculated using the reciprocity theorem. Longitudinal and shear radiation patterns of acoustic field emitted in the CFRP are compared in respect with the loading surface condition.

  18. Design of non-selective refocusing pulses with phase-free rotation axis by gradient ascent pulse engineering algorithm in parallel transmission at 7T.

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    Massire, Aurélien; Cloos, Martijn A; Vignaud, Alexandre; Le Bihan, Denis; Amadon, Alexis; Boulant, Nicolas

    2013-05-01

    At ultra-high magnetic field (≥ 7T), B1 and ΔB0 non-uniformities cause undesired inhomogeneities in image signal and contrast. Tailored radiofrequency pulses exploiting parallel transmission have been shown to mitigate these phenomena. However, the design of large flip angle excitations, a prerequisite for many clinical applications, remains challenging due the non-linearity of the Bloch equation. In this work, we explore the potential of gradient ascent pulse engineering to design non-selective spin-echo refocusing pulses that simultaneously mitigate severe B1 and ΔB0 non-uniformities. The originality of the method lays in the optimization of the rotation matrices themselves as opposed to magnetization states. Consequently, the commonly used linear class of large tip angle approximation can be eliminated from the optimization procedure. This approach, combined with optimal control, provides additional degrees of freedom by relaxing the phase constraint on the rotation axis, and allows the derivative of the performance criterion to be found analytically. The method was experimentally validated on an 8-channel transmit array at 7T, using a water phantom with B1 and ΔB0 inhomogeneities similar to those encountered in the human brain. For the first time in MRI, the rotation matrix itself on every voxel was measured by using Quantum Process Tomography. The results are complemented with a series of spin-echo measurements comparing the proposed method against commonly used alternatives. Both experiments confirm very good performance, while simultaneously maintaining a low energy deposition and pulse duration compared to well-known adiabatic solutions. PMID:23454576

  19. Multi-frequency Axial Transmission Bone Ultrasonometer

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    Tatarinov, Alexey; Egorov, Vladimir; Sarvazyan, Noune; Sarvazyan, Armen

    2014-01-01

    The last decade has seen a surge in the development of axial transmission QUS (Quantitative UltraSound) technologies for the assessment of long bones using various modes of acoustic waves. The condition of cortical bones and the development of osteoporosis are determined by numerous mechanical, micro-structural, and geometrical or macro-structural bone properties like hardness, porosity and cortical thickness. Such complex manifestations of osteoporosis require the evaluation of multiple parameters with different sensitivities to the various properties of bone that are affected by the disease. This objective may be achieved by using a multi-frequency ultrasonic examination The ratio of the acoustic wavelength to the cortical thickness can be changed by varying the frequency of the ultrasonic pulse propagating through the long bone that results in the change in composition of the induced wave comprised of a set of numerous modes of guided, longitudinal, and surface acoustic waves. The multi-frequency axial transmission QUS method developed at Artann Laboratories (Trenton, NJ) is implemented in the Bone Ultrasonic Scanner (BUSS). In the current version of the BUSS, a train of ultrasonic pulses with 60, 100, 400, 800, and 1200 kHz frequencies is used. The developed technology was tested on a variety of bone phantoms simulating normal, osteopenic, and osteoporotic bones. The results of this study confirm the feasibility of the multi-frequency approach for the assessment of the processes leading to osteoporosis. PMID:24206675

  20. Temperature imaging with speed of ultrasonic transmission tomography for medical treatment control: A physical model-based method

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    Chu, Zhe-Qi; Yuan, Jie; Stephen, Z. Pinter; Oliver, D. Kripfgans; Wang, Xue-Ding; Paul, L. Carson; Liu, Xiao-Jun

    2015-10-01

    Hyperthermia is a promising method to enhance chemo and radiation therapy of breast cancer. In the process of hyperthermia, temperature monitoring is of great importance to assure the effectiveness of treatment. The transmission speed of ultrasound in biomedical tissue changes with temperature. However, when mapping the speed of sound directly to temperature in each pixel as desired for using all speeds of ultrasound data, temperature bipolar edge enhancement artifacts occur near the boundary of two tissues with different speeds of ultrasound. After the analysis of the reasons for causing these artifacts, an optimized method is introduced to rebuild the temperature field image by using the continuity constraint as the judgment criterion. The significant smoothness of the rebuilding image in the transitional area shows that our proposed method can build a more precise temperature image for controlling the medical thermal treatment. Project supported in part by DoD/BCRP Idea Award, BC095397P1, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61201425), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province, China (Grant No. BK20131280), the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Provincial Higher Education Institutions, China, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of United States (Grant Nos. R01AR060350, R01CA91713, and R01AR055179).

  1. Transmission

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    Sugano, K.

    1988-12-27

    A transmission is described which consists of: an input shaft; an output shaft; a first planetary gear set including a first sun gear selectively connectable by a first clutch to the input shaft, a first carrier selectively connectable by a second clutch to the input shaft and a first ring gear connected to the output shaft. The first sun gear selectively held stationary by a first brake, the first carrier is allowed to rotate in the same forward direction as the input shaft when the second clutch is engaged, but prevented from rotating in a reverse direction opposite to the forward direction by a first one-way clutch, the first carrier being selectively held stationary by a second brake; a second planetary gear set including a second sun gear connected to the input shaft, a second carrier connected to the first ring gear and also the the output shaft, and a second ring gear.

  2. Fiber optic cables for transmission of high-power laser pulses

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    Thomes, W. Joe, Jr.; Ott, Melanie N.; Chuska, Richard F.; Switzer, Robert C.; Blair, Diana E.

    2011-09-01

    High power pulsed lasers are commonly deployed in harsh environments, like space flight and military missions, for a variety of systems such as LIDAR, optical communications over long distances, or optical firing of explosives. Fiber coupling of the laser pulse from the laser to where it is needed can often save size, reduce weight, and lead to a more robust and reliable system. Typical fiber optic termination procedures are not sufficient for injection of these high power laser pulses without catastrophic damage to the fiber endface. In the current study, we will review the causes of fiber damage during high power injection and discuss methods used to avoid these issues to permit fiber use with high reliability in these applications. A brief review of the design considerations for high peak power laser pulse injection will be presented to familiarize the audience with all the areas that need to be considered during the design phase. The majority of this paper focuses on the proper fiber polishing methods for high power use with an emphasis on laser polishing of the fibers. Results from recently build fibers will be shown to demonstrate the techniques.

  3. Application of a digital non-linear compensation algorithm for evaluating the performance of root-raised-cosine pulses in 112 Gbit s-1 DP-QPSK transmission

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    Asif, Rameez; Usman, Muhammad; Lin, Chien-Yu; Schmauss, Bernhard

    2012-09-01

    In this paper, we numerically investigate the non-linear tolerance of root-raised-cosine (RRC) pulse shaping by interpolating finite impulse response (FIR) filters in conjunction with digital backward propagation (DBP) in coherent 112 Gbit s-1 dual-polarization quadrature phase shift keying (DP-QPSK) transmission. The results depict that RRC pulses are more tolerant to intra-channel non-linearities, i.e. self-phase modulation (SPM), as compared to standard RZ-33 and NRZ pulses. The non-linear threshold point is improved by using RRC pulses by a factor of 2 dB signal input power as compared to RZ pulses and by 4 dB signal launch power as compared to NRZ pulses. The behavior of RRC pulses is also investigated with standard single mode fiber (SMF), non-zero dispersion shifted fiber (NZDSF) and next-generation large Aeff pure silica core fiber (LA-PSCF). Most importantly multi-span DBP is implemented and in the case of RRC pulses the computational efforts of the conventional DBP algorithm are reduced by 80% with a diminutive Q-penalty of 0.74 dB. The duty cycle of the RRC pulses is further optimized for efficient system performance. We have also compared the performance of single-channel transmission with the multi-channel transmission, where the performance is limited due to inter-channel non-linear effects. Furthermore, the non-linear tolerance of RRC pulses is investigated with; (a) different amplifier spacing and (b) variation in transmission link design information for the DBP algorithm.

  4. Detection of laser-induced nanosecond ultrasonic pulses in metals using a pancake coil and a piezoelectric sensor.

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    Kozhushko, Victor V; Krenn, Heinz

    2012-06-01

    A piezoelectric sensor and a pancake coil sensor were used for broadband detection of laser-induced ultrasound in single-crystal aluminum and polycrystalline nickel. Pressure pulses with pronounced compression phases were induced by laser pulses of 5 ns duration from one side of the specimens and detected from the opposite side. A coupling layer of water was required for the piezoelectric method, whereas the pancake coil placed in the biasing permanent field of a cylindrical magnet ~0.25 T allowed noncontact detection. The signals detected by a piezoelectric transducer showed bipolar form and their spectra covered the range from 5 to 90 MHz. The signal measured in aluminum by a pancake coil was assigned to the eddy current sources and had single polarity. The peak-to-peak value of the signal in nickel was higher and had bipolar form because of the inverse magnetostrictive effect. The high-frequency limit detected by the pancake coil approached 200 MHz. PMID:22718873

  5. Why Current Doppler Ultrasound Methodology Is Inaccurate in Assessing Cerebral Venous Return: The Alternative of the Ultrasonic Jugular Venous Pulse

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    2016-01-01

    Assessment of cerebral venous return is growing interest for potential application in clinical practice. Doppler ultrasound (DUS) was used as a screening tool. However, three meta-analyses of qualitative DUS protocol demonstrate a big heterogeneity among studies. In an attempt to improve accuracy, several authors alternatively measured the flow rate, based on the product of the time average velocity with the cross-sectional area (CSA). However, also the quantification protocols lacked of the necessary accuracy. The reasons are as follows: (a) automatic measurement of the CSA assimilates the jugular to a circle, while it is elliptical; (b) the use of just a single CSA value in a pulsatile vessel is inaccurate; (c) time average velocity assessment can be applied only in laminar flow. Finally, the tutorial describes alternative ultrasound calculation of flow based on the Womersley method, which takes into account the variation of the jugular CSA overtime. In the near future, it will be possible to synchronize the electrocardiogram with the brain inflow (carotid distension wave) and with the outflow (jugular venous pulse) in order to nicely have a noninvasive ultrasound picture of the brain-heart axis. US jugular venous pulse may have potential use in neurovascular, neurocognitive, neurosensorial, and neurodegenerative disorders. PMID:27006525

  6. Transmission of Campylobacter spp. in a poultry slaughterhouse and genetic characterisation of the isolates by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.

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    Posch, J; Feierl, G; Wuest, G; Sixl, W; Schmidt, S; Haas, Du; Reinthaler, F F; Marth, E

    2006-06-01

    1. Contamination of retail products with Campylobacter spp. during the slaughter of poultry is a well-known problem of product hygiene. Mechanical evisceration often leads to intestinal rupture and discharge of gut contents, which can contain zoonotic and human pathogens. Processes along the slaughter line cause aerosols and airborne droplets, containing bacterial loads. 2. To estimate the possible transmission routes of intestinal Campylobacter, 36 measurements of the bioaerosol (Andersen sampler and SKC BioSampler), 30 cloacal (of three flocks), 10 equipment and 4 sedimentation samples were tested for the presence of Campylobacter species. 3. The results imply that, in addition to contaminated equipment, which was Campylobacter-positive in 80% of cases, aerosols with peak values of 4.0 x 10(4) (test series 1) and 1.4 x 10(4) (test series 2) CFU/m3 also provide a potential vector for horizontal transmission. 4. To explore the genetic similarities of isolates from different origins, 18 isolates recovered from air, 26 cloacal, 8 equipment and 4 sedimentation isolates were analysed by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), using the restriction enzymes Sma I and Sal I. The similarity of cloacal isolates with isolates from equipment, air and sediment, suggest that the contamination is of intestinal origin. 5. There were direct links between Campylobacter-positive flocks and the presence of the same strains in the aerosol of the slaughter hall. Air as a potential source for microbial transmission must be taken into account. PMID:16787852

  7. Design of broadband transmission quarter-wave plates for polarization control of isolated attosecond pulses

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    Chen, Shujing; Lin, Chengyou; Gao, Hua

    2015-07-01

    Using a standard Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm, broadband quarter-wave plates (QWPs) with bandwidth from 3 to 18 eV in the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) region were designed using aperiodic Mo/Si multilayers. By analyzing the design results of the Mo/Si multiayers with different bilayer numbers, we found that a Mo/Si multilayer with more bilayers can achieve broader phase control, but suffers from lower total throughput and a degree of circular polarization. In addition, the pulse broadenings caused by the group delay dispersions of the designed broadband QWPs were studied, and their layer distributions were investigated. The oscillating distribution of bilayer thickness in optimized multilayers was observed, which is considered to be the reason for forming the broadband phase control. Such broadband QWPs can be applied to generate a circularly polarized broadband EUV source, such as isolated attosecond pulse, directly from a linearly polarized source.

  8. Ultrasonic monitoring of material processing using clad buffer rod sensors

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    Ramos Franca, Demartonne

    Ultrasonic sensors and techniques are developed for in-line monitoring of polymer extrusion, cleanliness of molten metals and liquid flow speed at elevated temperature. Pulse-echo mode is used for the first two processes, while the through-transmission mode is applied in the third one. The ultrasonic probe consists of high performance clad buffer rods with different dimensions to thermally isolate the commercial ultrasonic transducer from materials at high temperature. The clad buffer rods are made of steel, polymer and ceramic. Steel clad buffer rods are introduced for in-line monitoring of polymer extrusion processes. Owing to its superior performance in pulse-echo mode, for the first time such a probe is installed and performs ultrasonic monitoring in the die of a co-extrusion machine and in the barrel section of a twin-screw extruder. It can reveal a variety of information relevant to process parameters, such as polymer layer thickness, interface location and adhesion quality, stability, or polymer composition change. For the ultrasonic monitoring of polymer processes, probes with acoustic impedance that matches that of the processed polymer may offer certain advantages such as quantitative viscoelastic evaluation; thus high temperature polymer clad buffer rods, in particular PEEK, are developed. It is demonstrated that this new probe exhibits unique advantages for in-line monitoring of the cure of epoxies and polymer extrusion process. Long steel clad buffer rods with a spherical focus lens machined at the probing end are proposed for cleanliness evaluation of molten metals. The potential of this focusing probe is demonstrated by means of high-resolution imaging and particles detection in molten zinc at temperatures higher than 600°C, using a single probe operated at pulse-echo mode. A contrapropagating ultrasonic flowmeter employing steel clad buffer rods is devised to operate at high temperature. It is demonstrated that these rods guide ultrasonic signals whose velocity is dependent on the average temperature of the flow. Thus, a novel technique to significantly reduce the temperature effects of ultrasonic flowmeters is successfully developed and tested in motor oil flow at 130°C.

  9. Improvement of ultrasonic characteristics in butt-welded joint of austenitic stainless steel using magnetic stirring method

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    Tanosaki, M.; Yoshikawa, K.; Arakawa, T.

    1995-08-01

    Magnetic Stirring Method of Tungsten Inert Gas(TIG) Welding are applied to butt-welded joint of austenitic stainless steel. The purpose of this method is to refine the welded structure and to improve the ultrasonic characteristics. In the conventional method of ultrasonic test in austenitic stainless steel weldments, dendritic solidification structure of weldment prevents smooth ultrasonic beam transmission. The tests are performed in three welding conditions; One is conventional TIG welding (without magnetic stirring), the other two are TIG welding using magnetic stirring method. Each test piece is evaluated by observing macro structure of cross section and by several ultrasonic tests examining pulse amplitudes, beam path length and proceeding beam direction. The detectability of artificial notches in weldment is also investigated and compared.

  10. Multi-slice parallel transmission three-dimensional tailored RF (PTX 3DTRF) pulse design for signal recovery in ultra high field functional MRI

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    Zheng, Hai; Zhao, Tiejun; Qian, Yongxian; Schirda, Claudiu; Ibrahim, Tamer S.; Boada, Fernando E.

    2013-03-01

    T2∗ weighted fMRI at high and ultra high field (UHF) is often hampered by susceptibility-induced, through-plane, signal loss. Three-dimensional tailored RF (3DTRF) pulses have been shown to be an effective approach for mitigating through-plane signal loss at UHF. However, the required RF pulse lengths are too long for practical applications. Recently, parallel transmission (PTX) has emerged as a very effective means for shortening the RF pulse duration for 3DTRF without sacrificing the excitation performance. In this article, we demonstrate a RF pulse design strategy for 3DTRF based on the use of multi-slice PTX 3DTRF to simultaneously and precisely recover signal with whole-brain coverage. Phantom and human experiments are used to demonstrate the effectiveness and robustness of the proposed method on three subjects using an eight-channel whole body parallel transmission system.

  11. Ultrasonic Imaging Of Deep Arteries

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    Rooney, James A.; Heyser, Richard C.; Lecroissette, Dennis H.

    1990-01-01

    Swept-frequency sound replaces pulsed sound. Ultrasonic medical instrument produces images of peripheral and coronary arteries with resolutions higher and at depths greater than attainable by previous ultrasonic systems. Time-delay-spectrometry imager includes scanning, image-processing, and displaying equipment. It sweeps in frequency from 0 to 10 MHz in 20 ms, pauses for 5 ms, and repeats sweep. Intended for use in noninvasive detection and measurement of atherosclerotic lesions.

  12. Experience with ultrasonic flowmeters

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    DeVries, E.A.

    1986-06-01

    Ultrasonic flowmeters have been around since the 1960s and were used for oceanographic and military applications before they were introduced to the process industries. There are several different kinds of ultrasonic flowmeters, but they all work on the principle of frequency shift due to velocity. The purpose of this article is to review experiences, both good and bad, with both Doppler and transit time ultrasonic flowmeters. The most common type of ultrasonic flowmeter is the Doppler meter. The Doppler meter signal is reflected by particles, bubbles, or other discontinuities in the liquid, and the frequency is shifted by velocity of these discontinuities. This frequency shift renders a signal proportional to velocity. Another common type of ultrasonic flowmeter is the ''time-of-flight'' or transit time meter. This meter uses two sensors that are lined up at an angle to the direction of flow, and that pulse alternately. A time-differential relationship proportional to the flow is calculated. In this case, the fluid must be free of entrainment or else scattering of the signal may induce an error.

  13. Transmission line pulse properties for a bidirectional transient voltage suppression diode fabricated using low-temperature epitaxy

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    Bouangeune, Daoheung; Cho, Deok-Ho; Yun, Hyung-Joong; Shim, Kyu-Hwan; Choi, Chel-Jong

    2015-01-01

    Based on low temperature epitaxy technology, a bidirectional transient voltage suppression (TVS) diode with abrupt multi-junctions was developed. The bidirectional triggering voltage of 16 V was controlled by the thickness and dopant concentration in the multi-junctions using a reduced-pressure chemical vapor deposition (RPCVD) process. The manufactured TVS diode showed a small leakage current density and dynamic resistance of less than 5.1 10-14 A/ m2 and 1 O, respectively, which could be associated with the epitaxially grown abrupt multijunctions. The transmission line pulse (TLP) analysis results demonstrated that the bidirectional TVS diodes were capable of withstanding a peak pulse current of up to 20 A or 1.02 10-3 A/ m2, which is equivalent to 40 kV of the human body model (HBM) and 12 kV of IEC61000-4-2 (IEC). Nevertheless, the electrostatic discharge (ESD) design window showed that bidirectional TVS diodes meet IEC level 4 standard ESD protection requirements (8 kV in contact discharge). In addition, because of the bidirectional structure, the TVS devices exhibited a small capacitance of 4.9 pF, which confirms that the TVS diode can be used for protecting high data rate communication lines (over 500 Mbps) from ESD shock.

  14. Experimental study of transmission of a pulsed focused beam through a skull phantom in nonlinear regime

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    Tsysar, S. A.; Nikolaeva, A. V.; Svet, V. D.; Khokhlova, V. A.; Yuldashev, P. V.; Sapozhnikov, O. A.

    2015-10-01

    In the paper the use of receiving and radiating system, which allows to determine the parameters of bone by nonlinear pulse-echo technique and to image of brain structures through the skull bones, was proposed. Accuracy of the skull bone characterization is due to higher measured harmonic and is significantly better than in linear case. In the experimental part focused piezoelectric transducer with diameter 100 mm, focal distance 100 mm, the frequency of 1.092 MHz was used. It was shown that skull bone profiling can be performed with the use of 3rd harmonic since 1st harmonic can be used for visualization of the underlying objects. The use of wideband systems for both skull profiling and brain visualization is restricted by skull attenuation and resulting low effective sensitivity.

  15. Non-contact ultrasonic defect imaging in composites

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    Tenoudji, F. Cohen; Citerne, J. M.; Dutilleul, H.; Busquet, D.

    2016-02-01

    In the situations where conventional NDT ultrasonic techniques using immersion of the part under inspection or its contact with the transducers cannot be used, in-air investigation presents an alternative. The huge impedance mismatch between the part material and air (transmission loss in the order of 80 dB for a thin metallic plate) induces having to deal very small signals and unfavorable signal to noise ratios. The approach adopted here is the use of the crack of a spark generated by an induction coil as a sound source and an electrostatic polyethylene membrane microphone as a receiver [1]. The advantage of this source is that the spark power is high (several kilowatts) and its power is directly coupled to air during the energy release. In some difficult situations, an elliptical mirror is used to concentrate the sound beam power on the surface of the part [2,3]. Stability and reproducibility of the sound generated by the spark, which are a necessity in order to perform quantitative evaluations, are achieved in our experiment. This permits also an increase of the signal to noise ratio by signal accumulation. The sound pulse duration of few microseconds allows operating in pulse echo in some circumstances. The bandwidth of the source is large, of several hundred of kilohertz, and that of the microphone above 100 kHz allow the flexibility to address different kinds of materials. The technique allows an easy, in-air, non contact, inspection of structural composite parts, with pulse waves, with an excellent signal to noise ratio. An X-Y ultrasonic scanning ultrasonic system for material inspection using this technique has been realized. Results obtained in transmission and reflection are presented. Defects in carbon composite plates and in honeycomb are imaged in transmission Echographic measurements show that defect detection can be performed in thin plates using Lamb waves propagation when only one sided inspection of the part is possible.

  16. Long range transmission loss of broadband seismic pulses in the Arctic under ice-free conditions.

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    Thode, Aaron; Kim, Katherine H; Greene, Charles R; Roth, Ethan

    2010-10-01

    In 2008 the Louis S. St-Laurent (LSSL) surveyed deep Arctic waters using a three-airgun seismic source. Signals from the seismic survey were detected between 400 km and 1300 km range on a directional autonomous acoustic recorder deployed in water 53 m deep off the Alaskan North Slope. Observations of received signal levels between 10-450 Hz versus LSSL range roughly fit a cylindrical transmission loss model plus 0.01 dB/km attenuation in deep ice-free waters, and fit previous empirical models in ice-covered waters. The transition between ice-free and ice-covered propagation conditions shifted 200 km closer to the recorder during the survey. PMID:20968323

  17. Ultrasonic absortion in fatigued materials

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    Dugan, S.; Arnold, W.

    2013-01-01

    Non-destructive detection of fatigue damage, allowing an estimate of the residual life-time of components, could contribute to a safe and reliable operation of components and installations. Ultrasonic absorption, i.e. the internal friction, of a material increases with increasing fatigue or creep damage and there are many theories trying to explain the physics behind this phenomenon. Measurement of ultrasonic absorption directly on components could provide information on the degree of damage. A laser ultrasonic method, using laser-generated pulses and optical detection, was applied to study ultrasonic absorption in fatigue specimens of different metals. A characteristic behavior of the ultrasonic absorption coefficient with increasing levels of fatigue damage was found for the titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V. Another aim of this study was to relate the absorption mechanisms to the behavior of ultrasonic absorption observed in metals with complex microstructure. To achieve this, different ultrasonic absorption mechanisms were analyzed with respect to experimental data. A thermoelastic effect related to the size and elasticity of the microstructure is discussed as the origin of the increased ultrasonic absorption.

  18. Nondestructive characterization of thermal barrier coating by noncontact laser ultrasonic technique

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    Zhao, Yang; Chen, Jianwei; Zhang, Zhenzhen

    2015-09-01

    We present the application of a laser ultrasonic technique in nondestructive characterization of the bonding layer (BL) in a thermal barrier coating (TBC). A physical mode of a multilayered medium is established to describe the propagation of a longitudinal wave generated by a laser in a TBC system. Furthermore, the theoretical analysis on the ultrasonic transmission in TBC is carried out in order to derive the expression of the BL transmission coefficient spectrum (TCS) which is used to determine the velocity of the longitudinal wave in the BL. We employ the inversion method combined with TCS to ascertain the attenuation coefficient of the BL. The experimental validations are performed with TBC specimens produced by an electron-beam physical vapor deposition method. In those experiments, a pulsed laser with a width of 10 ns is used to generate an ultrasonic signal while a two-wave mixing interferometer is created to receive the ultrasonic signals. By introducing the wavelet soft-threshold method that improves the signal-to-noise ratio, the laser ultrasonic testing results of TBC with an oxidation of 1 cycle, 10 cycles, and 100 cycles show that the attenuation coefficients of the BL become larger with an increase in the oxidation time, which is evident for the scanning electron microscopy observations, in which the thickness of the thermally grown oxide increases with oxidation time.

  19. Monitoring of freeze-thaw cycles in concrete using embedded sensors and ultrasonic imaging.

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    Ranz, Javier; Aparicio, Sofa; Romero, Hctor; Casati, Mara Jess; Molero, Miguel; Gonzlez, Margarita

    2014-01-01

    This paper deals with the study of damage produced during freeze-thaw (F-T) cycles using two non-destructive measurement approaches-the first approach devoted to continuous monitoring using embedded sensors during the cycles, and the second one, performing ultrasonic imaging before and after the cycles. Both methodologies have been tested in two different types of concrete specimens, with and without air-entraining agents. Using the first measurement approach, the size and distribution of pores were estimated using a thermoporometrical model and continuous measurements of temperature and ultrasonic velocity along cycles. These estimates have been compared with the results obtained using mercury porosimetry testing. In the second approach, the damage due to F-T cycles has been evaluated by automated ultrasonic transmission and pulse-echo inspections made before and after the cycles. With these inspections the variations in the dimensions, velocity and attenuation caused by the accelerated F-T cycles were determined. PMID:24481231

  20. Monitoring of Freeze-Thaw Cycles in Concrete Using Embedded Sensors and Ultrasonic Imaging

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    Ranz, Javier; Aparicio, Sofía; Romero, Héctor; Casati, María Jesús; Molero, Miguel; González, Margarita

    2014-01-01

    This paper deals with the study of damage produced during freeze-thaw (F-T) cycles using two non-destructive measurement approaches—the first approach devoted to continuous monitoring using embedded sensors during the cycles, and the second one, performing ultrasonic imaging before and after the cycles. Both methodologies have been tested in two different types of concrete specimens, with and without air-entraining agents. Using the first measurement approach, the size and distribution of pores were estimated using a thermoporometrical model and continuous measurements of temperature and ultrasonic velocity along cycles. These estimates have been compared with the results obtained using mercury porosimetry testing. In the second approach, the damage due to F-T cycles has been evaluated by automated ultrasonic transmission and pulse-echo inspections made before and after the cycles. With these inspections the variations in the dimensions, velocity and attenuation caused by the accelerated F-T cycles were determined. PMID:24481231

  1. Analysis of microcracks in dry polycrystalline NaCl by ultrasonic signal processing

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    Sears, F. M.

    1980-12-01

    Existing anelastic theories on the Q determination problem are compared with experimental measurements to better understand rock properties. Ultrasonic pulse methods were utilized to examine crack geometries as a function of frequency and thermal cycling temperature in dry polycrystalline rock salt. The attenuation of compressional (P) and shear (S) waves was studied in a thermally induced isotropic distribution of microcracks using ultrasonic transmission techniques. These attenuation measurements led to the following series of generalities: ultrasonic or seismic attenuation depends on frequency in the rocks tested; thermal cycling of rock salt increases the porosity and attenuation; grain scattering seems to be the dominant loss mechanism at the higher frequencies in rocks; friction explains why the introduction of cracks into rock salt increases the attenuation; and attenuation appears to be independent of strain amplitude for low strains such as those associated with these measurements.

  2. Wire Crimp Connectors Verification using Ultrasonic Inspection

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    Cramer, K. Elliott; Perey, Daniel F.; Yost, William T.

    2007-01-01

    The development of a new ultrasonic measurement technique to quantitatively assess wire crimp connections is discussed. The amplitude change of a compressional ultrasonic wave propagating through the junction of a crimp connector and wire is shown to correlate with the results of a destructive pull test, which previously has been used to assess crimp wire junction quality. Various crimp junction pathologies (missing wire strands, incorrect wire gauge, incomplete wire insertion in connector) are ultrasonically tested, and their results are correlated with pull tests. Results show that the ultrasonic measurement technique consistently (as evidenced with pull-testing data) predicts good crimps when ultrasonic transmission is above a certain threshold amplitude level. A physics-based model, solved by finite element analysis, describes the compressional ultrasonic wave propagation through the junction during the crimping process. This model is in agreement within 6% of the ultrasonic measurements. A prototype instrument for applying the technique while wire crimps are installed is also presented.

  3. Atmospheric transmission coefficients for laser pulses with spectral widths of a few tenths of a nanometer over the wavelength region from 800 to 860 nanometers

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    Safren, H. G.

    1988-01-01

    Effective atmospheric transmission spectra were calculated from 800 to 860 nanometers for laser sources with spectral widths of a few tenths of a nanometer. In this spectral region, the atmospheric absorption lines (water lines) have linewidths of a few hundredths of a nanometer, so that the transmission coefficient for a relatively wide laser pulse must be computed by taking a weighted average over the pulse spectral width. Laser spectral widths of several tenths of a nanometer are shown to reduce the effective absorption by water lines to as little as 10 to 20 percent, even when the laser is centered on a line or overlaps several lines. Thus, the effect of absorption by atmospheric water lines may be greatly reduced for laser communication systems using laser diode array transmitters, for which the pulse spectral width may be a few tenths of a nanometer.

  4. A 13.56-mbps pulse delay modulation based transceiver for simultaneous near-field data and power transmission.

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    Kiani, Mehdi; Ghovanloo, Maysam

    2015-02-01

    A fully-integrated near-field wireless transceiver has been presented for simultaneous data and power transmission across inductive links, which operates based on pulse delay modulation (PDM) technique. PDM is a low-power carrier-less modulation scheme that offers wide bandwidth along with robustness against strong power carrier interference, which makes it suitable for implantable neuroprosthetic devices, such as retinal implants. To transmit each bit, a pattern of narrow pulses are generated at the same frequency of the power carrier across the transmitter (Tx) data coil with specific time delays to initiate decaying ringing across the tuned receiver (Rx) data coil. This ringing shifts the zero-crossing times of the undesired power carrier interference on the Rx data coil, resulting in a phase shift between the signals across Rx power and data coils, from which the data bit stream can be recovered. A PDM transceiver prototype was fabricated in a 0.35- μm standard CMOS process, occupying 1.6 mm(2). The transceiver achieved a measured 13.56 Mbps data rate with a raw bit error rate (BER) of 4.3×10(-7) at 10 mm distance between figure-8 data coils, despite a signal-to-interference ratio (SIR) of -18.5 dB across the Rx data coil. At the same time, a class-D power amplifier, operating at 13.56 MHz, delivered 42 mW of regulated power across a separate pair of high-Q power coils, aligned with the data coils. The PDM data Tx and Rx power consumptions were 960 pJ/bit and 162 pJ/bit, respectively, at 1.8 V supply voltage. PMID:24760945

  5. Transmission electron microscopy investigation of crystalline silicon surface irradiated by femtosecond laser pulses in different background atmospheres

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    Wen, C.; Yang, H. D.; Li, X. H.; Cui, Y. X.; He, X. Q.; Duan, X. F.; Li, Z. H.

    2012-11-01

    This article aims to obtain structural and compositional characteristics of a crystalline silicon surface irradiated by femtosecond laser pulses in SF6, N2, air, and vacuum background atmospheres by performing transmission electron microscopy observation of <110> cross-sectional specimens. Conical microstructures covered with defective outer layers were formed in SF6 gas. The elemental sulfur dopants in the surface microstructure, which located in close proximity to defects, were mainly concentrated at the tip region of the microcones, and about several hundred nanometers thick. In N2 atmosphere, the defects produced regularly on the silicon surface were of the same types with those formed in SF6 gas and confirmed to be stacking faults and overlapped twins. Furthermore, silicon crystalline grains with different orientations were observed on the silicon surface irradiated in N2, air, and vacuum atmospheres. Especially, ?-Si3N4 crystalline grains were found to be formed in N2 and air as chemical products when elemental nitrogen exists, and the SiO2 amorphous phase was formed in air by the oxidation effect. Based on these experimental results, the relevant interaction mechanisms between pulsed laser and crystalline silicon were suggested to be mainly attributed to laser-assisted chemical etching and laser ablation, i.e., if volatile silicon compounds can be produced in a reactive gas atmosphere (e.g., SF6), the strong laser-assisted chemical etching dominates over the laser irradiation process. Otherwise, laser ablation is the dominant mechanism such as in N2, air, and vacuum.

  6. Evaluation of Amorphous Diffusion Bonding by Nonlinear Ultrasonic Method

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    Ohara, Y.; Kawashima, K.; Yamada, R.; Horio, H.

    2004-02-01

    The characteristic of bond interface in amorphous diffusion bonding, of which evaluation is impossible by conventional method, was quantitatively evaluated by the second harmonic amplitude. Steel bars were bonded with Ni-based amorphous film. Conventional ultrasonic method, e.g. the echo height reflected from bond interface, could not identify samples manufactured at different bonding temperatures 1050, 1150 and 1250C. Therefore, nonlinear ultrasonic method was applied for distinguishing the difference of bond strength. The nonlinear ultrasonic method is to measure the higher harmonics generated by nonlinear stress-strain relationship at weak bonds. Measurements were conducted in contact using piezoelectric transducers in through-transmission. The fundamental and second harmonic wave frequencies are 5 and 10 MHz. To measure second harmonic wave amplitude, a commercial superheterodyne receiver and pulse inversion method were used. The pulse inversion method is the digital signal processing to extract only second and even orders harmonic wave by superposing two burst waves with a 180 phase difference after corrected time-lag by cross-correlation function. These results were compared to destructive tests for examining the relationship between tensile strength and the second harmonics. Besides, elemental analysis by EPMA was performed for manifesting the source of second harmonics generation.

  7. Ultrasonic Maintenance

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    1991-01-01

    The Ultraprobe 2000, manufactured by UE Systems, Inc., Elmsford, NY, is a hand-held ultrasonic system that detects indications of bearing failure by analyzing changes in amplitude. It employs the technology of a prototype ultrasonic bearing-failure monitoring system developed by Mechanical Technology, Inc., Latham, New York and Marshall Space Flight Center (which was based on research into Skylab's gyroscope bearings). Bearings on the verge of failure send ultrasonic signals indicating their deterioration; the Ultraprobe changes these to audible signals. The operator hears the signals and gages their intensity with a meter in the unit.

  8. Effective transformation of the energy of high-voltage pulses into high-frequency oscillations using a saturated-ferrite-loaded transmission line

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    Gubanov, V. P.; Gunin, A. V.; Koval'Chuk, O. B.; Kutenkov, V. O.; Romanchenko, I. V.; Rostov, V. V.

    2009-07-01

    A new method of converting a high-voltage video pulse into high-frequency oscillations using a nonlinear transmission line with temporal dispersion has been studied. The dispersion was provided by pulsed magnetization reversal in a ferrite, which was initially magnetized to saturation in an external magnetic field. For a 9-ns pulse, an average energy conversion efficiency of about 10% was achieved. It is demonstrated that oscillations at frequencies within 600 MHz-1.1 GHz with a spectral width of about 15% (at a -3 dB level) can be excited using voltage pulses with an amplitude of 110-290 kV. The optimum bias magnetization fields are within 20-40 kA/m.

  9. A comparison of terahertz pulsed imaging with transmission microradiography for depth measurement of enamel demineralisation in vitro.

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    Pickwell, Emma; Wallace, Vincent P; Cole, Bryan E; Ali, Sophia; Longbottom, Christopher; Lynch, Richard J M; Pepper, Michael

    2007-01-01

    Terahertz pulsed imaging (TPI) is a relatively new, non-ionising and non-destructive imaging technique for studying hard tissues which does not require tooth section preparation, unlike transmission microradiography (TMR). If TPI can measure the depths of caries/demineralisation lesions accurately the same tooth samples could be reused and remeasured during in vitro and in situ studies on de- and/or re-mineralisation. The aim of this study was to compare TPI and TMR for measuring the depths of a range of artificially induced bovine enamel demineralised lesions in vitro. Bovine slabs with artificial caries, induced to different levels of demineralisation by two different but standard demineralisation techniques ('acid gel' and 'carbopol') were measured by TPI and TMR and the readings compared. The set of TPI/TMR measurements obtained on the gel-demineralised slabs showed an extremely high coefficient of determination (r(2) = 0.995). Detailed analysis of the results and theoretical considerations (involving the relationship between refractive index profiling and mineral loss profile) are used to explain the findings and show that for acid gel lesions TPI is measuring demineralisation in the range of 47% of that of TMR depth plus an intercept of 16 microm, with further calculations allowing the TMR depths to be determined to within 5% using TPI. PMID:17167259

  10. Imaging Inhomogeneities From Dry-Coupled Ultrasonic Scans

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    Roth, Don J.

    1995-01-01

    Method of imaging spatial distribution of selected physical properties and microstructure of specimen of material based on dry-coupled contact ultrasonic pulse/echo scanning. Ultrasonic transducer scanned across top surface of specimen. At each of many positions on two-dimensional grid on top surface, ultrasonic pulse/echo measurements taken and processed. Offers rapid, nondestructive alternative to destructive metallographic sectioning to obtain picture of inhomogeneity of specimen.

  11. Quantitative acoustic characterization of ultrasonic contrast agents

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    Marsh, Jon Nathan

    1998-11-01

    The goal of this work is to contribute to the understanding of the fundamental physics of ultrasonic contrast agents. Specifically, the principal concern of this dissertation is the experimental characterization and mathematical modeling of the acoustic behavior of Albunexcircler, the first contrast agent to be approved by the FDA for clinical diagnostic use in echocardiography. In this work, results of measurements of the attenuation coefficient, phase velocity, and backscatter coefficient of suspensions of Albunex microspheres are presented over a broad range of frequencies and microsphere concentrations. The custom- made, broadband ultrasonic measurement system used to perform these in vitro measurements is described in detail, as are the rigorous material handling procedures which were developed to ensure reliable and reproducible results. The experimental results are compared with predictions from a mathematical model which describes the behavior of small encapsulated bubbles suspended in a liquid and subjected to an externally applied pressure field. Experiments were also performed in through- transmission to determine nonlinear response of Albunex suspensions when insonified with short-duration, broadband pulses of varying peak positive and negative pressure levels. The attenuation coefficient and phase velocity of Albunex at very high concentrations were determined using a novel broadband technique based on the measurement of the reflection coefficient at a planar interface between the Albunex sample and a standoff medium of known material properties.

  12. Surfaces and thin films studied by picosecond ultrasonics

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    Maris, J.H.; Tauc, J.

    1992-05-01

    This research is the study of thin films and interfaces via the use of the picosecond ultrasonic technique. In these experiments ultrasonic waves are excited in a structure by means of a picosecond light pulse ( pump pulse''). The propagation of these waves is detected through the use of a probe light pulse that is time-delayed relative to the pump. This probe pulse measures the change {Delta}R(t) in the optical reflectivity of the structure that occurs because the ultrasonic wave changes the optical properties of the structure. This technique make possible the study of the attenuation and velocity of ultrasonic waves up to much higher frequencies than was previously possible (up to least 500 GHz). In addition, the excellent time-resolution of the method makes it possible to study nanostructures of linear dimensions down to 100 {Angstrom} or less by ultrasonic pulse-echo techniques. 25 refs.

  13. System and technique for ultrasonic determination of degree of cooking

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    Bond, Leonard J. (Richland, WA); Diaz, Aaron A. (W. Richland, WA); Judd, Kayte M. (Richland, WA); Pappas, Richard A. (Richland, WA); Cliff, William C. (Richland, WA); Pfund, David M. (Richland, WA); Morgen, Gerald P. (Kennewick, WA)

    2007-03-20

    A method and apparatus are described for determining the doneness of food during a cooking process. Ultrasonic signal are passed through the food during cooking. The change in transmission characteristics of the ultrasonic signal during the cooking process is measured to determine the point at which the food has been cooked to the proper level. In one aspect, a heated fluid cooks the food, and the transmission characteristics along a fluid-only ultrasonic path provides a reference for comparison with the transmission characteristics for a food-fluid ultrasonic path.

  14. An Ultrasonic-Adaptive Beamforming Method and Its Application for Trans-skull Imaging of Certain Types of Head Injuries; Part I: Transmission Mode.

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    Shapoori, Kiyanoosh; Sadler, Jeff; Wydra, Adrian; Malyarenko, Eugene V; Sinclair, Anthony N; Maev, Roman Gr

    2015-05-01

    A new adaptive beamforming algorithm for imaging via small-aperture 1-D ultrasonic-phased arrays through composite layered structures is reported. Such structures cause acoustic phase aberration and wave refraction at undulating interfaces and can lead to significant distortion of an ultrasonic field pattern produced by conventional beamforming techniques. This distortion takes the form of defocusing the ultrasonic field transmitted through the barrier and causes loss of resolution and overall degradation of image quality. To compensate for the phase aberration and the refractional effects, we developed and examined an adaptive beamforming algorithm for small-aperture linear-phased arrays. After accurately assessing the barrier's local geometry and sound speed, the method calculates a new timing scheme to refocus the distorted beam at its original location. As a tentative application, implementation of this method for trans-skull imaging of certain types of head injuries through human skull is discussed. Simulation and laboratory results of applying the method on skull-mimicking phantoms are presented. Correction of up to 2.5 cm focal point displacement at up to 10 cm depth under our skull phantom is demonstrated. Quantitative assessment of the method in a variety of temporal focusing scenarios is also reported. Overall temporal deviation on the order of a few nanoseconds was observed between the simulated and experimental results. The single-point adaptive focusing results demonstrate strong potential of our approach for diagnostic imaging through intact human skull. The algorithms were implemented on an ultrasound advanced open-platform controlling 64 active elements on a 128-element phased array. PMID:25423646

  15. a Data-Driven Correction of Ultrasonic Source and Receiver Spectral Amplitude Variations

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    van Capel, P. J. S.; van Vossen, R.; Volker, A. W. F.

    2011-06-01

    The application of phased arrays in NDT applications is growing. State of the art ultrasonic arrays consist of many small piezo-electric elements that can be excited separately to synthesize a desired wave front. This may vary from simple plane waves to complex-shaped focusing wave fields. An implicit requirement is that the source strength (sensitivity) of all elements is equal, to prevent artifacts in the generated wave front. The same holds for the detection of ultrasonic waves. In typical commercial ultrasonic arrays, however, sensitivity variations can be significant: amplitude variations of 3 dB are not uncommon. Pulse-echo data can be used for calibration of element strengths. The application of pulse-echo data, however, has some limitations: its performance may deteriorate when sensing irregularly-shaped media and the application is limited to cases with identical element sensitivity in transmission and detection. For ultrasonic measurements this is not necessarily true when separate transmit and receiver arrays are used, but is also not evident when the same array is used. A new data-driven method is demonstrated that can be used to determine the frequency-dependent sensitivity of each element in a phased array in emission and detection separately.

  16. Ultrasonic Polishing

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    Gilmore, Randy

    1993-01-01

    The ultrasonic polishing process makes use of the high-frequency (ultrasonic) vibrations of an abradable tool which automatically conforms to the work piece and an abrasive slurry to finish surfaces and edges on complex, highly detailed, close tolerance cavities in materials from beryllium copper to carbide. Applications range from critical deburring of guidance system components to removing EDM recast layers from aircraft engine components to polishing molds for forming carbide cutting tool inserts or injection molding plastics. A variety of materials including tool steels, carbides, and even ceramics can be successfully processed. Since the abradable tool automatically conforms to the work piece geometry, the ultrasonic finishing method described offers a number of important benefits in finishing components with complex geometries.

  17. Ultrasonic polishing

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    Gilmore, Randy

    1993-02-01

    The ultrasonic polishing process makes use of the high-frequency (ultrasonic) vibrations of an abradable tool which automatically conforms to the work piece and an abrasive slurry to finish surfaces and edges on complex, highly detailed, close tolerance cavities in materials from beryllium copper to carbide. Applications range from critical deburring of guidance system components to removing EDM recast layers from aircraft engine components to polishing molds for forming carbide cutting tool inserts or injection molding plastics. A variety of materials including tool steels, carbides, and even ceramics can be successfully processed. Since the abradable tool automatically conforms to the work piece geometry, the ultrasonic finishing method described offers a number of important benefits in finishing components with complex geometries.

  18. Ultrasonic imaging of textured alumina

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    Stang, D. B.; Salem, J. A.; Generazio, E. R.

    1990-01-01

    Ultrasonic images representing the bulk attenuation and velocity of a set of alumina samples were obtained by a pulse-echo contact scanning technique. The samples were taken from larger bodies that were chemically similar but were processed by extrusion or isostatic processing. The crack growth resistance and fracture toughness of the larger bodies were found to vary with processing method and test orientation. The results presented here demonstrate that differences in texture that contribute to variations in structural performance can be revealed by analytic ultrasonic techniques.

  19. Ultrasonic imaging of textured alumina

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    Stang, David B.; Salem, Jonathan A.; Generazio, Edward R.

    1989-01-01

    Ultrasonic images representing the bulk attenuation and velocity of a set of alumina samples were obtained by a pulse-echo contact scanning technique. The samples were taken from larger bodies that were chemically similar but were processed by extrusion or isostatic processing. The crack growth resistance and fracture toughness of the larger bodies were found to vary with processing method and test orientation. The results presented here demonstrate that differences in texture that contribute to variations in structural performance can be revealed by analytic ultrasonic techniques.

  20. Ultrasonic Imaging Of Coronary Arterial Thickness & Ultrasonic Signature Typing Of Internal Abnormalities

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    Martinelli, Michael A.; Aretz, Thomas H.; Butterly, John; Setzer, Susan; von Thuna, Peter

    1988-04-01

    This paper describes experimental results of tests performed on cadaver arteries using a pulsed ultrasonic imaging transducer. Computer generated three-dimensional hidden line images based on pulsed data show the artery thickness both in normal areas and in areas with complex plaque. Thin fatty deposits on the interior artery wall are also imaged. A series of ultrasonic echo images were taken on human aorta plaque deposits and the corresponding set of histological sections prepared. A side-by-side presentation is made in which specific plaque features and internal structures are identified ultrasonically and verified on the histological section. The performance of the ultrasonic transducer is consistent with an ability to perform ultrasonic signature arterial tissue typing. The transducer is sized to allow mounting within a 0.8 mm catheter that is equipped with a guide wire and a laser delivery system.

  1. Out-of-plane ultrasonic velocity measurement

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    Hall, Maclin S.; Brodeur, Pierre H.; Jackson, Theodore G.

    1998-01-01

    A method for improving the accuracy of measuring the velocity and time of flight of ultrasonic signals through moving web-like materials such as paper, paperboard and the like, includes a pair of ultrasonic transducers disposed on opposing sides of a moving web-like material. In order to provide acoustical coupling between the transducers and the web-like material, the transducers are disposed in fluid-filled wheels. Errors due to variances in the wheel thicknesses about their circumference which can affect time of flight measurements and ultimately the mechanical property being tested are compensated by averaging the ultrasonic signals for a predetermined number of revolutions. The invention further includes a method for compensating for errors resulting from the digitization of the ultrasonic signals. More particularly, the invention includes a method for eliminating errors known as trigger jitter inherent with digitizing oscilloscopes used to digitize the signals for manipulation by a digital computer. In particular, rather than cross-correlate ultrasonic signals taken during different sample periods as is known in the art in order to determine the time of flight of the ultrasonic signal through the moving web, a pulse echo box is provided to enable cross-correlation of predetermined transmitted ultrasonic signals with predetermined reflected ultrasonic or echo signals during the sample period. By cross-correlating ultrasonic signals in the same sample period, the error associated with trigger jitter is eliminated.

  2. Out-of-plane ultrasonic velocity measurement

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    Hall, M.S.; Brodeur, P.H.; Jackson, T.G.

    1998-07-14

    A method for improving the accuracy of measuring the velocity and time of flight of ultrasonic signals through moving web-like materials such as paper, paperboard and the like, includes a pair of ultrasonic transducers disposed on opposing sides of a moving web-like material. In order to provide acoustical coupling between the transducers and the web-like material, the transducers are disposed in fluid-filled wheels. Errors due to variances in the wheel thicknesses about their circumference which can affect time of flight measurements and ultimately the mechanical property being tested are compensated by averaging the ultrasonic signals for a predetermined number of revolutions. The invention further includes a method for compensating for errors resulting from the digitization of the ultrasonic signals. More particularly, the invention includes a method for eliminating errors known as trigger jitter inherent with digitizing oscilloscopes used to digitize the signals for manipulation by a digital computer. In particular, rather than cross-correlate ultrasonic signals taken during different sample periods as is known in the art in order to determine the time of flight of the ultrasonic signal through the moving web, a pulse echo box is provided to enable cross-correlation of predetermined transmitted ultrasonic signals with predetermined reflected ultrasonic or echo signals during the sample period. By cross-correlating ultrasonic signals in the same sample period, the error associated with trigger jitter is eliminated. 20 figs.

  3. Studies on Laser Generated Ultrasonic Waves in Inconel Super Alloy

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    Pramila, T.; Shukla, Anita; Raghuram, V.

    2010-05-28

    This paper deals with the generation, characterization and analysis of ultrasonic waves generated in a thick stepped sample of inconel super alloy using Laser Based Ultrasonic Technique. Nd-YAG pulsed laser is used for ultrasonic generation while He-Ne laser is used for heterodyne detection. Ultrasonic signals are analyzed using Fourier and wavelet transforms. Here the identification and estimation of velocity of pressure waves is presented. The mechanism of pressure wave generation is discussed in brief. Laser ultrasonics studies of inconel are being reported for the first time.

  4. Ultrasonic generator and detector using an optical mask having a grating for launching a plurality of spatially distributed, time varying strain pulses in a sample

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    Maris, Humphrey J. (Barrington, RI)

    2003-01-01

    A method and a system are disclosed for determining at least one characteristic of a sample that contains a substrate and at least one film disposed on or over a surface of the substrate. The method includes a first step of placing a mask over a free surface of the at least one film, where the mask has a top surface and a bottom surface that is placed adjacent to the free surface of the film. The bottom surface of the mask has formed therein or thereon a plurality of features for forming at least one grating. A next step directs optical pump pulses through the mask to the free surface of the film, where individual ones of the pump pulses are followed by at least one optical probe pulse. The pump pulses are spatially distributed by the grating for launching a plurality of spatially distributed, time varying strain pulses within the film, which cause a detectable change in optical constants of the film. A next step detects a reflected or a transmitted portion of the probe pulses, which are also spatially distributed by the grating. A next step measures a change in at least one characteristic of at least one of reflected or transmitted probe pulses due to the change in optical constants, and a further step determines the at least one characteristic of the sample from the measured change in the at least one characteristic of the probe pulses. An optical mask is also disclosed herein, and forms a part of these teachings.

  5. Ultrasonic generator and detector using an optical mask having a grating for launching a plurality of spatially distributed, time varying strain pulses in a sample

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    Maris, Humphrey J. (Barrington, RI)

    2002-01-01

    A method and a system are disclosed for determining at least one characteristic of a sample that contains a substrate and at least one film disposed on or over a surface of the substrate. The method includes a first step of placing a mask over a free surface of the at least one film, where the mask has a top surface and a bottom surface that is placed adjacent to the free surface of the film. The bottom surface of the mask has formed therein or thereon a plurality of features for forming at least one grating. A next step directs optical pump pulses through the mask to the free surface of the film, where individual ones of the pump pulses are followed by at least one optical probe pulse. The pump pulses are spatially distributed by the grating for launching a plurality of spatially distributed, time varying strain pulses within the film, which cause a detectable change in optical constants of the film. A next step detects a reflected or a transmitted portion of the probe pulses, which are also spatially distributed by the grating. A next step measures a change in at least one characteristic of at least one of reflected or transmitted probe pulses due to the change in optical constants, and a further step determines the at least one characteristic of the sample from the measured change in the at least one characteristic of the probe pulses. An optical mask is also disclosed herein, and forms a part of these teachings.

  6. Graphene electrostatic microphone and ultrasonic radio

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    Zhou, Qin; Zheng, Jinglin; Onishi, Seita; Crommie, M. F.; Zettl, Alex K.

    2015-01-01

    We present a graphene-based wideband microphone and a related ultrasonic radio that can be used for wireless communication. It is shown that graphene-based acoustic transmitters and receivers have a wide bandwidth, from the audible region (20∼20 kHz) to the ultrasonic region (20 kHz to at least 0.5 MHz). Using the graphene-based components, we demonstrate efficient high-fidelity information transmission using an ultrasonic band centered at 0.3 MHz. The graphene-based microphone is also shown to be capable of directly receiving ultrasound signals generated by bats in the field, and the ultrasonic radio, coupled to electromagnetic (EM) radio, is shown to function as a high-accuracy rangefinder. The ultrasonic radio could serve as a useful addition to wireless communication technology where the propagation of EM waves is difficult. PMID:26150483

  7. Graphene electrostatic microphone and ultrasonic radio.

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    Zhou, Qin; Zheng, Jinglin; Onishi, Seita; Crommie, M F; Zettl, Alex K

    2015-07-21

    We present a graphene-based wideband microphone and a related ultrasonic radio that can be used for wireless communication. It is shown that graphene-based acoustic transmitters and receivers have a wide bandwidth, from the audible region (20?20 kHz) to the ultrasonic region (20 kHz to at least 0.5 MHz). Using the graphene-based components, we demonstrate efficient high-fidelity information transmission using an ultrasonic band centered at 0.3 MHz. The graphene-based microphone is also shown to be capable of directly receiving ultrasound signals generated by bats in the field, and the ultrasonic radio, coupled to electromagnetic (EM) radio, is shown to function as a high-accuracy rangefinder. The ultrasonic radio could serve as a useful addition to wireless communication technology where the propagation of EM waves is difficult. PMID:26150483

  8. Transmission and full-band coherent detection of polarization-multiplexed all-optical Nyquist signals generated by Sinc-shaped Nyquist pulses.

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    Zhang, Junwen; Yu, Jianjun; Chi, Nan

    2015-01-01

    All optical method is considered as a promising technique for high symbol rate Nyquist signal generation, which has attracted a lot of research interests for high spectral-efficiency and high-capacity optical communication system. In this paper, we extend our previous work and report the fully experimental demonstration of polarization-division multiplexed (PDM) all-optical Nyquist signal generation based on Sinc-shaped Nyquist pulse with advanced modulation formats, fiber-transmission and single-receiver full-band coherent detection. Using this scheme, we have successfully demonstrated the generation, fiber transmission and single-receiver full-band coherent detection of all-optical Nyquist PDM-QPSK and PDM-16QAM signals up to 125-GBaud. 1-Tb/s single-carrier PDM-16QAM signal generation and full-band coherent detection is realized, which shows the advantage and feasibility of the single-carrier all-optical Nyquist signals. PMID:26323238

  9. Simplified flexible-PON upstream transmission using pulse position modulation at ONU and DSP-enabled soft-combining at OLT for adaptive link budgets.

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    Liu, Xiang; Effenberger, Frank; Chand, Naresh

    2015-03-01

    We demonstrate a flexible modulation and detection scheme for upstream transmission in passive optical networks using pulse position modulation at optical network unit, facilitating burst-mode detection with automatic decision threshold tracking, and DSP-enabled soft-combining at optical line terminal. Adaptive receiver sensitivities of -33.1 dBm, -36.6 dBm and -38.3 dBm at a bit error ratio of 10(-4) are respectively achieved for 2.5 Gb/s, 1.25 Gb/s and 625 Mb/s after transmission over a 20-km standard single-mode fiber without any optical amplification. PMID:25836897

  10. Transmission and full-band coherent detection of polarization-multiplexed all-optical Nyquist signals generated by Sinc-shaped Nyquist pulses

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    Zhang, Junwen; Yu, Jianjun; Chi, Nan

    2015-09-01

    All optical method is considered as a promising technique for high symbol rate Nyquist signal generation, which has attracted a lot of research interests for high spectral-efficiency and high-capacity optical communication system. In this paper, we extend our previous work and report the fully experimental demonstration of polarization-division multiplexed (PDM) all-optical Nyquist signal generation based on Sinc-shaped Nyquist pulse with advanced modulation formats, fiber-transmission and single-receiver full-band coherent detection. Using this scheme, we have successfully demonstrated the generation, fiber transmission and single-receiver full-band coherent detection of all-optical Nyquist PDM-QPSK and PDM-16QAM signals up to 125-GBaud. 1-Tb/s single-carrier PDM-16QAM signal generation and full-band coherent detection is realized, which shows the advantage and feasibility of the single-carrier all-optical Nyquist signals.

  11. Transmission and full-band coherent detection of polarization-multiplexed all-optical Nyquist signals generated by Sinc-shaped Nyquist pulses

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    Zhang, Junwen; Yu, Jianjun; Chi, Nan

    2015-01-01

    All optical method is considered as a promising technique for high symbol rate Nyquist signal generation, which has attracted a lot of research interests for high spectral-efficiency and high-capacity optical communication system. In this paper, we extend our previous work and report the fully experimental demonstration of polarization-division multiplexed (PDM) all-optical Nyquist signal generation based on Sinc-shaped Nyquist pulse with advanced modulation formats, fiber-transmission and single-receiver full-band coherent detection. Using this scheme, we have successfully demonstrated the generation, fiber transmission and single-receiver full-band coherent detection of all-optical Nyquist PDM-QPSK and PDM-16QAM signals up to 125-GBaud. 1-Tb/s single-carrier PDM-16QAM signal generation and full-band coherent detection is realized, which shows the advantage and feasibility of the single-carrier all-optical Nyquist signals. PMID:26323238

  12. Femtosecond measurements of near-infrared pulse induced mid-infrared transmission modulation of quantum cascade lasers

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    Cai, Hong; Liu, Sheng; Lalanne, Elaine; Guo, Dingkai; Chen, Xing; Choa, Fow-Sen; Wang, Xiaojun; Johnson, Anthony M.

    2014-05-26

    We temporally resolved the ultrafast mid-infrared transmission modulation of quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) using a near-infrared pump/mid-infrared probe technique at room temperature. Two different femtosecond wavelength pumps were used with photon energy above and below the quantum well (QW) bandgap. The shorter wavelength pump modulates the mid-infrared probe transmission through interband transition assisted mechanisms, resulting in a high transmission modulation depth and several nanoseconds recovery lifetime. In contrast, pumping with a photon energy below the QW bandgap induces a smaller transmission modulation depth but much faster (several picoseconds) recovery lifetime, attributed to intersubband transition assisted mechanisms. The latter ultrafast modulation (>60?GHz) could provide a potential way to realize fast QCL based free space optical communication.

  13. Characterization of Heat Treated Titanium-Based Implants by Nondestructive Eddy Current and Ultrasonic Tests

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    Mutlu, Ilven; Ekinci, Sinasi; Oktay, Enver

    2014-06-01

    This study presents nondestructive characterization of microstructure and mechanical properties of heat treated Ti, Ti-Cu, and Ti-6Al-4V titanium-based alloys and 17-4 PH stainless steel alloy for biomedical implant applications. Ti, Ti-Cu, and 17-4 PH stainless steel based implants were produced by powder metallurgy. Ti-6Al-4V alloy was investigated as bulk wrought specimens. Effects of sintering temperature, aging, and grain size on mechanical properties were investigated by nondestructive and destructive tests comparatively. Ultrasonic velocity in specimens was measured by using pulse-echo and transmission methods. Electrical conductivity of specimens was determined by eddy current tests. Determination of Young's modulus and strength is important in biomedical implants. Young's modulus of specimens was calculated by using ultrasonic velocities. Calculated Young's modulus values were compared and correlated with experimental values.

  14. Ultrasonic inspection apparatus and method using a focused wave device

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    Gieske, John H. (Albuquerque, NM); Roach, Dennis P. (Albuquerque, NM); Walkington, Phillip D. (Albuquerque, NM)

    2001-01-01

    An ultrasonic pulse echo inspection apparatus and method for detecting structural failures. A focus lens is coupled to the transducer to focus the ultrasonic signal on an area to be inspected and a stop is placed in the focus lens to block selected ultrasonic waves. Other waves are not blocked and are transmitted through the structure to arrive at interfaces therein concurrently to produce an echo response with significantly less distortion.

  15. [RovoIving ultrasonic probe for medical endoscope imaging system based on USB2.0].

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    Chen, Xiaodong; Wen, Shijie; Yu, Daoyin

    2008-10-01

    This paper mainly introduces the design and implementation of rotary scanning imaging for Endoscopic Ultrasonography System based on USB2.0. The ultrasonic pulse-echo imaging technique has been used. In the paper, we simply introduce the emission circuit, receiving circuit and isolation circuit. According to the character of rotary scanning, we design the synchronous control circuit based on FPGA and data transmission circuit based on USB2.0. Finally the original polar coordinate image is transformed to rectangular coordinate grey image through coordinate transformation. The system performances have been validated by the experimental result gotten by scanning a specific object with continuous rotary motor. PMID:19024444

  16. Finite Element Analysis of Ultrasonic Methods for In-Situ Monitoring of AN Astm Creep Specimen

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    Guers, Manton J.; Tittmann, Bernhard R.

    2009-03-01

    Finite element analysis is a well established technique for studying ultrasonic wave propagation in NDE applications. In particular, finite element analysis allows variations in specimen geometry and transducer configurations to be studied without the cost of manufacturing a large number of physical prototypes. In this research, several transducer and creep specimen configurations were investigated to determine how well each setup performed for in-situ monitoring. Preliminary results show that pulse-echo measurements with a remote magnetostrictive transducer and through-transmission measurements with high temperature piezoelectric transducers each have specific advantages. Experimental validation was also performed.

  17. Intelligent scraping experience using ultrasonics in two 60in./56in. dual diameter 100 km seawater transmission pipelines in Saudi Arabia

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    Bird, A.F.; Chu, K.S.

    1995-10-01

    Saudi ARAMCO`s two 60in./56in. (1524/1422 mm) diameter Seawater Injection Pipelines used for secondary oil recovery stretch from the Seawater Treatment Plant across the Arabian Desert for a distance of approximately 100 kilometers. Both lines were put into operation in mid 1978 using over the ditch Plicoflex tape wrap as a means of protection against external corrosion. A significant portion of both pipelines (32 km of each line) runs through Subkha (salty moist) areas. A series of test hole evaluations in 1989 indicated moderate to sever external corrosion particularly in Subkha which necessitated sleeving and external coating application. In 1991 a series of leaks, four (4) in total over a period of two (2) months occurred in Pipeline {number_sign}2 due to external corrosion. This suggested that the line(s) were in urgent need of at least partial replacement or major rehabilitation. Prior to making a final decision on partial replacement it was decided to run an Intelligent Scraper in both pipelines to ascertain both internal and external pipeline conditions. An Ultrasonic Scraper the largest of it`s kind in the world, similar to what was used in the Alyeska Pipeline was developed and successfully run in both pipelines in February 1993. This paper discusses the pipeline history, test hole evaluations, Intelligent Scraping experiences, field evaluation for anomaly verification, and repair of approximately 120 locations as identified by the Intelligent Scraping run. The Intelligent Scraping evaluation played a major role in the cancellation of partial pipeline replacement with cost savings estimated $30 MM.

  18. Laser ultrasonic diagnostics of residual stress.

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    Karabutov, Alexander; Devichensky, Anton; Ivochkin, Alexander; Lyamshev, Michael; Pelivanov, Ivan; Rohadgi, Upendra; Solomatin, Vladimir; Subudhi, Manomohan

    2008-11-01

    Ultrasonic NDE is one of the most promising methods for non-destructive diagnostics of residual stresses. However the relative change of sound velocity, which is directly proportional to applied stress, is extremely small. An initial stress of 100 MPa produces the result of deltaV/V approximately 10(-4). Therefore measurements must be performed with high precision. The required accuracy can be achieved with laser-exited ultrasonic transients. Radiation from a Nd-YAG laser (pulse duration 7 ns, pulse energy 100 microJ) was absorbed by the surface of the sample. The exited ultrasonic transients resembled the form of laser pulses. A specially designed optoacoustic transducer was used both for the excitation and detecting of the ultrasonic pulses. The wide frequency band of the piezodetector made it possible to achieve the time-of-flight measurements with an accuracy of about 0.5 ns. This technique was used for measuring of plane residual stress in welds and for in-depth testing of subsurface residual stresses in metals. Plane stress distribution for welded metallic plates of different thicknesses (2-8 mm) and the subsurface stress distribution for titanium and nickel alloys were obtained. The results of conventional testing are in good agreement with the laser ultrasonic method. PMID:18762308

  19. A spatio-temporal Fourier-transform approach to acousto-optic interaction of light beams with cw and pulsed ultrasonic waves

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    Tarn, Chen-Wen; Banerjee, Partha P.

    1991-10-01

    We use a spatio-temporal Fourier-transform approach and a perturbation technique to analyze acousto-optic interaction between an input optical beam of arbitrary profile and pulsed ultrasound. We write the sound field as a superposition of a time- harmonic constant-amplitude wave and a modulated pulse. While the scattering of the input light beam by the former component can be effectively handled using a spatial Fourier-transform technique, the additional contribution can be analyzed using a spatio- temporal Fourier-transform approach. Numerical results, calculated using the equivalent spatial and spatio-temporal transfer functions, are shown for the case of Bragg diffraction.

  20. A poroelastic model for ultrasonic wave attenuation in partially frozen brines

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    Matsushima, Jun; Nibe, Takao; Suzuki, Makoto; Kato, Yoshibumi; Rokugawa, Shuichi

    2011-02-01

    Although there are many possible mechanisms for the intrinsic seismic attenuation in composite materials that include fluids, relative motion between solids and fluids during seismic wave propagation is one of the most important attenuation mechanisms. In our previous study, we conducted ultrasonic wave transmission measurements on an ice-brine coexisting system to examine the influence on ultrasonic waves of the unfrozen brine in the pore microstructure of ice. In order to elucidate the physical mechanism responsible for ultrasonic wave attenuation in the frequency range of 350-600kHz, measured at different temperatures in partially frozen brines, we employed a poroelastic model based on the Biot theory to describe the propagation of ultrasonic waves through partially frozen brines. By assuming that the solid phase is ice and the liquid phase is the unfrozen brine, fluid properties measured by a pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance technique were used to calculate porosities at different temperatures. The computed intrinsic attenuation at 500kHz cannot completely predict the measured attenuation results from the experimental study in an ice-brine coexisting system, which suggests that other attenuation mechanisms such as the squirt-flow mechanism and wave scattering effect should be taken into account.

  1. Ultrasonic transducer

    DOEpatents

    Taylor, Steven C.; Kraft, Nancy C.

    2007-03-13

    An ultrasonic transducer having an effective center frequency of about 42 MHz; a bandwidth of greater than 85% at 6 dB; a spherical focus of at least 0.5 inches in water; an F4 lens; a resolution sufficient to be able to detect and separate a 0.005 inch flat-bottomed hole at 0.005 inches below surface; and a beam size of approximately 0.0060.008 inches measured off a 11/2 mm ball in water at the transducer's focal point.

  2. Ultrasonic apparatus

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    Sloman, A.W.

    1981-03-24

    There have been proposed ultrasonic scanners in which a transducer is laterally scanned relative to a body known arrangements with lead screws for example can give rise to much vibration and have a high power requirement. It is proposed to scan with a linear motor drive. The scanning part including the transducer is put in an oil bath and the oil flow is balanced to act as a counterweight. The scanning part should, therefore, have neutral buoyancy, with the centers of gravity and buoyancy substantially coincident.

  3. Hand-Held Ultrasonic Instrument for Reading Matrix Symbols

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    Schramm, Harry F.; Kula, John P.; Gurney, John W.; Lior, Ephraim D.

    2008-01-01

    A hand-held instrument that would include an ultrasonic camera has been proposed as an efficient means of reading matrix symbols. The proposed instrument could be operated without mechanical raster scanning. All electronic functions from excitation of ultrasonic pulses through final digital processing for decoding matrix symbols would be performed by dedicated circuitry within the single, compact instrument housing.

  4. Transmission electron microscopy studying of structural features of NiTi B2 phase formed under pulsed electron-beam impact

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    Meisner, Ludmila L.; Neiman, Alexey A.; Lotkov, Alexander I.; Koval, Nikolai N.; Semin, Viktor O.; Ostapenko, Marina G.; Gudimova, Ekaterina Y.; Teresov, Anton D.

    2015-10-01

    By transmission electron microscopy method the evolution of structural-phase states on a depth of close to equiatomic NiTi modified layer has been studied. Modification performed by pulse impact on its surface low-energy high-current electron beam (beam energy density 10 J/sm2, 10 pulses, pulse duration 50mks). It is established that during the treatment in the layer thickness of 8-10 ?m, the melting of primary B2 phase and contained therein as Ti2Ni phase particles occurs. The result is change in the concentration ratio of titanium and nickel in the direction of increasing titanium content, which was confirmed by X-ray analysis in the form of increased unit cell parameter B2 phase. Analysis of the electron diffraction pattern showed that the modified layer is characterized as a highly distorted structure on the basis of bcc lattice. Lattice distortions are maximal near the surface and extends to a depth of melt. In subjacent layer there is gradual decline lattice distortions is observed.

  5. On variant strategies to solve the magnitude least squares optimization problem in parallel transmission pulse design and under strict SAR and power constraints.

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    Hoyos-Idrobo, A; Weiss, P; Massire, A; Amadon, A; Boulant, N

    2014-03-01

    Parallel transmission is a very promising candidate technology to mitigate the inevitable radio-frequency (RF) field inhomogeneity in magnetic resonance imaging at ultra-high field. For the first few years, pulse design utilizing this technique was expressed as a least squares problem with crude power regularizations aimed at controlling the specific absorption rate (SAR), hence the patient safety. This approach being suboptimal for many applications sensitive mostly to the magnitude of the spin excitation, and not its phase, the magnitude least squares (MLS) problem then was first formulated in 2007. Despite its importance and the availability of other powerful numerical optimization methods, the MLS problem yet has been faced almost exclusively by the pulse designer with the so-called variable exchange method. In this paper, we investigate various two-stage strategies consisting of different initializations and nonlinear programming approaches, and incorporate directly the strict SAR and hardware constraints. Several schemes such as sequential quadratic programming, interior point methods, semidefinite programming and magnitude squared least squares relaxations are studied both in the small and large tip angle regimes with RF and static field maps obtained in vivo on a human brain at 7T. Convergence and robustness of the different approaches are analyzed, and recommendations to tackle this specific problem are finally given. Small tip angle and inversion pulses are returned in a few seconds and in under a minute respectively while respecting the constraints, allowing the use of the proposed approach in routine. PMID:24595346

  6. Ultrasonic Interferometers Revisited

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    Greenslade, Thomas B., Jr.

    2007-01-01

    I have been tinkering with ultrasonic transducers once more. In earlier notes I reported on optics-like experiments performed with ultrasonics, described a number of ultrasonic interferometers, and showed how ultrasonic transducers can be used for Fourier analysis. This time I became interested in trying the technique of using two detectors in…

  7. Ultrasonic Interferometers Revisited

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    Greenslade, Thomas B., Jr.

    2007-01-01

    I have been tinkering with ultrasonic transducers once more. In earlier notes I reported on optics-like experiments performed with ultrasonics, described a number of ultrasonic interferometers, and showed how ultrasonic transducers can be used for Fourier analysis. This time I became interested in trying the technique of using two detectors in

  8. Ultrasonic pipe assessment

    DOEpatents

    Thomas, Graham H.; Morrow, Valerie L.; Levie, Harold; Kane, Ronald J.; Brown, Albert E.

    2003-12-23

    An ultrasonic pipe or other structure assessment system includes an ultrasonic transducer positioned proximate the pipe or other structure. A fluid connection between the ultrasonic transducer and the pipe or other structure is produced. The ultrasonic transducer is moved relative to the pipe or other structure.

  9. Design of polarizers for a mega-watt long-pulse millimeter-wave transmission line on the large helical device

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    Ii, T. Kubo, S.; Shimozuma, T.; Kobayashi, S.; Okada, K.; Yoshimura, Y.; Igami, H.; Takahashi, H.; Ito, S.; Mizuno, Y.; Okada, K.; Mutoh, T.; Makino, R.; Kobayashi, K.; Goto, Y.

    2015-02-15

    The polarizer is one of the critical components in a high-power millimeter-wave transmission line. It requires full and highly efficient coverage of any polarization states, high-power tolerance, and low-loss feature. Polarizers with rounded shape at the edge of the periodic groove surface are designed and fabricated by the machining process for a mega-watt long-pulse millimeter-wave transmission line of the electron cyclotron resonance heating system in the large helical device. The groove shape of λ/8- and λ/4-type polarizers for an 82.7 GHz transmission line is optimally designed in an integral method developed in the vector theories of diffraction gratings so that the efficiency to realize any polarization state can be maximized. The dependence of the polarization states on the combination of the two polarizer rotation angles (Φ{sub λ/8}, Φ{sub λ/4}) is examined experimentally in a low-power test with the newly developed polarization monitor. The results show that the measured polarization characteristics are in good agreement with the calculated ones.

  10. Accurate estimation of airborne ultrasonic time-of-flight for overlapping echoes.

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    Sarabia, Esther G; Llata, Jose R; Robla, Sandra; Torre-Ferrero, Carlos; Oria, Juan P

    2013-01-01

    In this work, an analysis of the transmission of ultrasonic signals generated by piezoelectric sensors for air applications is presented. Based on this analysis, an ultrasonic response model is obtained for its application to the recognition of objects and structured environments for navigation by autonomous mobile robots. This model enables the analysis of the ultrasonic response that is generated using a pair of sensors in transmitter-receiver configuration using the pulse-echo technique. This is very interesting for recognizing surfaces that simultaneously generate a multiple echo response. This model takes into account the effect of the radiation pattern, the resonant frequency of the sensor, the number of cycles of the excitation pulse, the dynamics of the sensor and the attenuation with distance in the medium. This model has been developed, programmed and verified through a battery of experimental tests. Using this model a new procedure for obtaining accurate time of flight is proposed. This new method is compared with traditional ones, such as threshold or correlation, to highlight its advantages and drawbacks. Finally the advantages of this method are demonstrated for calculating multiple times of flight when the echo is formed by several overlapping echoes. PMID:24284774

  11. Accurate Estimation of Airborne Ultrasonic Time-of-Flight for Overlapping Echoes

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    Sarabia, Esther G.; Llata, Jose R.; Robla, Sandra; Torre-Ferrero, Carlos; Oria, Juan P.

    2013-01-01

    In this work, an analysis of the transmission of ultrasonic signals generated by piezoelectric sensors for air applications is presented. Based on this analysis, an ultrasonic response model is obtained for its application to the recognition of objects and structured environments for navigation by autonomous mobile robots. This model enables the analysis of the ultrasonic response that is generated using a pair of sensors in transmitter-receiver configuration using the pulse-echo technique. This is very interesting for recognizing surfaces that simultaneously generate a multiple echo response. This model takes into account the effect of the radiation pattern, the resonant frequency of the sensor, the number of cycles of the excitation pulse, the dynamics of the sensor and the attenuation with distance in the medium. This model has been developed, programmed and verified through a battery of experimental tests. Using this model a new procedure for obtaining accurate time of flight is proposed. This new method is compared with traditional ones, such as threshold or correlation, to highlight its advantages and drawbacks. Finally the advantages of this method are demonstrated for calculating multiple times of flight when the echo is formed by several overlapping echoes. PMID:24284774

  12. Ultrasonic hydrometer

    DOEpatents

    Swoboda, Carl A. (Naperville, IL)

    1984-01-01

    The disclosed ultrasonic hydrometer determines the specific gravity (density) of the electrolyte of a wet battery, such as a lead-acid battery. The hydrometer utilizes a transducer that when excited emits an ultrasonic impulse that traverses through the electrolyte back and forth between spaced sonic surfaces. The transducer detects the returning impulse, and means measures the time "t" between the initial and returning impulses. Considering the distance "d" between the spaced sonic surfaces and the measured time "t", the sonic velocity "V" is calculated with the equation "V=2d/t". The hydrometer also utilizes a thermocouple to measure the electrolyte temperature. A hydrometer database correlates three variable parameters including sonic velocity in and temperature and specific gravity of the electrolyte, for temperature values between 0.degree. and 40.degree. C. and for specific gravity values between 1.05 and 1.30. Upon knowing two parameters (the calculated sonic velocity and the measured temperature), the third parameter (specific gravity) can be uniquely found in the database. The hydrometer utilizes a microprocessor for data storage and manipulation. The disclosed modified battery has a hollow spacer nub on the battery side wall, the sonic surfaces being on the inside of the nub and the electrolyte filling between the surfaces to the exclusion of intervening structure. An accessible pad exposed on the nub wall opposite one sonic surface allows the reliable placement thereagainst of the transducer.

  13. Ultrasonic hydrometer

    SciTech Connect

    Swoboda, C.A.

    1984-04-17

    The disclosed ultrasonic hydrometer determines the specific gravity (density) of the electrolyte of a wet battery, such as a lead-acid battery. The hydrometer utilizes a transducer that when excited emits an ultrasonic impulse that traverses through the electrolyte back and forth between spaced sonic surfaces. The transducer detects the returning impulse, and means measures the time ''t'' between the initial and returning impulses. Considering the distance ''d'' between the spaced sonic surfaces and the measured time ''t'', the sonic velocity ''V'' is calculated with the equation ''V=2d/t''. The hydrometer also utilizes a thermocouple to measure the electrolyte temperature. A hydrometer database correlates three variable parameters including sonic velocity in and temperature and specific gravity of the electrolyte, for temperature values between 0/sup 0/ and 40/sup 0/ C. and for specific gravity values between 1.05 and 1.30. Upon knowing two parameters (the calculated sonic velocity and the measured temperature), the third parameter (specific gravity) can be uniquely found in the database. The hydrometer utilizes a microprocessor for data storage and manipulation. The disclosed modified battery has a hollow spacer nub on the battery side wall, the sonic surfaces being on the inside of the nub and the electrolyte filling between the surfaces to the exclusion of intervening structure. An accessible pad exposed on the nub wall opposite one sonic surface allows the reliable placement thereagainst of the transducer.

  14. Coherent, wavelength-tunable ultrasonic acoustic modes stimulated in optical fiber, microcapillaries, and planar microfluidic networks using crossed-picosecond laser pulses

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    Rogers, John A.

    1999-09-01

    This article describes the use of optical methods based on picosecond transient gratings to stimulate and detect ultrasonic acoustic modes in several important structures with dimensions less than 200 ?m: single-mode optical fiber, cylindrical microcapillary tubes, and planar microfluidic networks. The measurements illuminate the characteristics and dispersion of acoustic modesRayleigh and Lamb-like modes and Scholte-Stoneley wavesin three-dimensional microsystems with feature sizes that are comparable to the modal wavelengths. The results demonstrate, for example, the ability to measure, rapidly and nondestructively, the mechanical characteristics of on-fiber metal and polymer coatings. They also illustrate real-time monitoring of the elastic and loss moduli, and thermal diffusivities of nanoliter volumes of material contained in planar microfluidic channels during the course of photochemical curing reactions. The techniques are potentially useful for applications ranging from characterization of high-frequency acoustic modes in optical fiber that may be relevant to new types of in-fiber acousto-optic filters and modulators, to detection in microfluidic total analysis systems.

  15. Absolute calibration technique for broadband ultrasonic transducers

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    Yost, William T. (Inventor); Cantrell, John H. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    Calibrating an ultrasonic transducer can be performed with a reduced number of calculations and testing. A wide-band pulser is connected to an ultrasonic transducer under test to generate ultrasonic waves in a liquid. A single frequency is transmitted to the electrostatic acoustic transducer (ESAT) and the voltage change produced is monitored. Then a broadband ultrasonic pulse is generated by the ultrasonic transducer and received by the ESAT. The output of the ESAT is amplified and input to a digitized oscilloscope for fast Fourier transform. The resulting plot is normalized with the monitored signal from the single frequency pulse. The plot is then corrected for characteristics of the membrane and diffraction effects. The transfer function of the final plot is determined. The transfer function gives the final sensitivity of the ultrasonic transducer as a function of frequency. The advantage of the system is the speed of calibrating the transducer by a reduced number of measurements and removal of the membrane and diffraction effects.

  16. Ultrasonic techniques for aircraft ice accretion measurement

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    Hansman, R. John, Jr.; Kirby, Mark S.; Lichtenfelts, Fred

    1990-01-01

    Results of tests to measure ice growth in natural (flight) and artificial (icing wind tunnel) icing conditions are presented. Ice thickness is measured using an ultrasonic pulse-echo technique. Two icing regimes, wet and dry ice growth, are identified and the unique ultrasonic signal characteristics associated with these different types of ice growth are described. Ultrasonic measurements of ice growth on cylinders and airfoils exposed to artificial and natural icing conditions are presented. An accuracy of plus or minus 0.5 mm is achieved for ice thickness measurement using the pulse-echo technique. The performance of two-probe type ice detectors is compared to the surface mounted ultrasonic system. The ultrasonically measured ice accretion rates and ice surface condition (wet or dry) are used to compare the heat transfer characteristics for flight and icing wind tunnel environments. In general the heat transfer coefficient is inferred to be higher in the wind tunnel environment, not likely due to higher freestream turbulence levels. Finally, preliminary results of tests to measure ice growth on airfoil using an array of ultrasonic transducers are described. Ice profiles obtained during flight in natural icing conditions are shown and compared with mechanical and stereo image measurements.

  17. Ultrasonic method for inspection of the propellant grain in the space shuttle solid rocket booster

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    Doyle, T. E.; Degtyar, A. D.; Sorensen, K. P.; Kelso, M. J.; Berger, T. A.

    2000-05-01

    Defects in solid rocket propellant may affect the safe operation of a space launch vehicle. The Space Shuttle reusable solid rocket motor (RSRM) is therefore routinely inspected with radiography for voids, cracks, and inclusions. Ultrasonic methods can be used to supplement radiography when an indication is difficult to interpret due to the projection geometry or low contrast. Such a method was developed to inspect a local region of propellant in an RSRM forward segment for a suspect inclusion. The method used a through-transmission approach, with a stationary transmitter on the propellant grain inside the segment and a receiving transducer scanned over the case surface. Low frequency (?250 kHz) pulses were propagated through 10-12 inches of propellant, 0.5 inches of NBR insulation, and 0.5 inches of steel case. Through-transmission images were constructed using time-of-flight analysis of the waveforms. The ultrasonic inspections supported results from extended radiographic studies, showing that the indication was not an inclusion but an artifact resulting from liner thickness variations and a low X-ray projection angle in the segment's dome region. This work demonstrated the feasibility of using ultrasonics for inspection of propellant grain in steel-cased rocket motors.

  18. Ultrasonic attenuation - Q measurements on 70215,29. [lunar rock

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    Warren, N.; Trice, R.; Stephens, J.

    1974-01-01

    Ultrasonic attenuation measurements have been made on an aluminum alloy, obsidian, and rock samples including lunar sample 70215,29. The measurement technique is based on a combination of the pulse transmission method and the forced resonance method. The technique is designed to explore the problem of defining experimentally, the Q of a medium or sample in which mode conversion may occur. If modes are coupled, the measured attenuation is strongly dependent on individual modes of vibration, and a range of Q-factors may be measured over various resonances or from various portions of a transient signal. On 70215,29, measurements were made over a period of a month while the sample outgassed in hard varuum. During this period, the highest measured Q of this sample increased from a few hundred into the range of 1000-1300.

  19. Ultrasonic properties of granular media saturated with dnapl/watermixtures

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    Ajo-Franklin, J.B.; Geller, J.T.; Harris, J.M.

    2007-09-15

    We present the results of four experiments investigating the ultrasonic properties of granular materials partially saturated with trichloroethylene (TCE), a dense non-aqueous contaminant. P-wave velocity measurements were made under in situ effective stress conditions using a pulse transmission cell at ?250 kHz. Two synthetic samples and two natural aquifer cores were fully saturated with water and then subjected to an axial injection of TCE. The resulting measurements show reductions in P-wave velocity of up to 15% due to contaminant saturation. A theoretical model combining Gassmann fluid substitution and Hill's equation was used to estimate the effects of DNAPL saturation; this model underpredicted observed reductions in velocity at high TCE saturations. A linear relationship, expressed in terms of volumetric contaminant fraction, provided an excellent empirical fit to the laboratory measurements.

  20. Digital ultrasonic signal processing: Primary ultrasonics task and transducer characterization use and detailed description

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    Hammond, P. L.

    1979-01-01

    This manual describes the use of the primary ultrasonics task (PUT) and the transducer characterization system (XC) for the collection, processing, and recording of data received from a pulse-echo ultrasonic system. Both PUT and XC include five primary functions common to many real-time data acquisition systems. Some of these functions are implemented using the same code in both systems. The solicitation and acceptance of operator control input is emphasized. Those operations not under user control are explained.

  1. Experimental characterization and modeling for the growth rate of oxide coatings from liquid solutions of metalorganic precursors by ultrasonic pulsed injection in a cold-wall low-pressure reactor

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    Krumdieck, Susan Pran

    Several years ago, a method for depositing ceramic coatings called the Pulsed-MOCVD system was developed by the Raj group at Cornell University in association with Dr. Harvey Berger and Sono-Tek Corporation. The process was used to produce epitaxial thin films of TiO2 on sapphire substrates under conditions of low pressure, relatively high temperature, and very low growth rate. The system came to CU-Boulder when Professor Raj moved here in 1997. It is quite a simple technique and has several advantages over typical CVD systems. The purpose of this dissertation is two-fold; (1) understand the chemical processes, thermodynamics, and kinetics of the Pulsed-MOCVD technique, and (2) determine the possible applications by studying the film structure and morphology over the entire range of deposition conditions. Polycrystalline coatings of ceramic materials were deposited on nickel in the low-pressure, cold-wall reactor from metalorganic precursors, titanium isopropoxide, and a mixture of zirconium isopropoxide and yttria isopropoxide. The process utilized pulsed liquid injection of a dilute precursor solution with atomization by ultrasonic nozzle. Thin films (less than 1mum) with fine-grained microstructure and thick coatings (up to 1mum) with columnar-microstructure were deposited on heated metal substrates by thermal decomposition of a single liquid precursor. The influence of each of the primary deposition parameters, substrate temperature, total flow rate, and precursor concentration on growth rate, conversion efficiency and morphology were investigated. The operating conditions were determined for kinetic, mass transfer, and evaporation process control regimes. Kinetic controlled deposition was found to produce equiaxed morphology while mass transfer controlled deposition produced columnar morphology. A kinetic model of the deposition process was developed and compared to data for deposition of TiO2 from Ti(OC3H7) 4 precursor. The results demonstrate that growth rate and morphology over the range of process operating conditions would make the Pulsed-MOCVD system suitable for application of thermal barrier coatings, electrical insulating layers, corrosion protection coatings, and the electrolyte layers in solid oxide fuel cells.

  2. High resolution ultrasonic densitometer

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    Dress, W.B.

    1983-01-01

    The velocity of torsional stress pulses in an ultrasonic waveguide of non-circular cross section is affected by the temperature and density of the surrounding medium. Measurement of the transit times of acoustic echoes from the ends of a sensor section are interpreted as level, density, and temperature of the fluid environment surrounding that section. Methods of making these measurements to obtain high resolution, temperature-corrected absolute and relative density and level determinations of the fluid are examined. Possible applications include on-line process monitoring, a hand-held density probe for battery charge state indication, and precise inventory control for such diverse fluids as uranium salt solutions in accountability storage and gasoline in service station storage tanks.

  3. High resolution ultrasonic densitometer

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    Dress, W.B.

    1983-01-01

    The velocity of torsional stress pulses in an ultrasonic waveguide of non-circular cross section is affected by the temperature and density of the surrounding medium. Measurement of the transit times of acoustic echoes from the ends of a sensor section are interpreted as level, density, and temperature of the fluid environment surrounding that section. This paper examines methods of making these measurements to obtain high resolution, temperature-corrected absolute and relative density and level determinations of the fluid. Possible applications include on-line process monitoring, a hand-held density probe for battery charge state indication, and precise inventory control for such diverse fluids as uranium salt solutions in accountability storage and gasoline in service station storage tanks.

  4. Ultrasonic agitation-floating classification of nano-sized Ba-Mg ferrites particles formed by using self-propagating high temperature synthesis and fabrication of nickel-ferrites thin sheet by pulse-electroforming.

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    Choi, Yong

    2013-01-01

    Nickel-nano-sized ferrites composites sheet for electromagnetic shielding was produced by pulse-electroforming in a modified nickel sulfamate solution. The ferrite particles were prepared by self-propagating high temperature synthesis (SHS) followed by mechanical milling, and classified with an ultrasonic agitation-floating unit to obtain about 100 nm in size. Average combustion temperature and combustion propagating rate during SHS reaction were 1190 K and 5.8 mm/sec at the oxygen pressure of 1.0 MPa, respectively. The nickel-ferrite composite sheet had preferred orientation which (100) pole clearly concentrated to normal direction, whereas, (110) and (111) poles tended to split to the longitudinal direction, respectively. Maximum magnetization, residual magnetization and coercive force of the nano-sized ferrites were 27.13 A x m2/kg, 6.4 A x m2/kg and 14.58 kA/m, respectively. Complex permeability of the composites decreased with an increase in frequency, and its real value (mu'r) had the maximum at about 0.3 GHz. The dielectric constants of the composites were epsilon'r = 6.7 and epsilon"r = 0. PMID:23646783

  5. Noncontact Acousto-Ultrasonics for Material Characterization

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    Kautz, Harold E.

    1998-01-01

    A NdYAG 1064 nm, laser pulse was employed to produce ultrasonic waves in specimens of SiC/SiC and SiC/Ti 6-4 composites which are high temperature materials of interest for aerospace applications. Air coupled transducers were used to detect and collect the signals used for acousto-ultrasonic analysis. Conditions for detecting ultrasonic decay signals were examined. The results were compared to those determined on the same specimens with contact coupling. Some non-contact measurements were made employing conventional air focused detectors. Others were performed with a more novel micromachined capacitance transducer. Concerns of the laser-in technology include potential destructiveness of the laser pulse. Repeated laser pulsing at the same location does lead to deterioration of the ultrasonic signal in some materials, but seems to recover with time. Also, unlike contact AU, the frequency regime employed is a function of laser-material interaction rather than the choice of transducers. Concerns of the air coupled-out technology include the effect of air attenuation. This imposes a practical upper limit to frequency of detection. In the case of the experimental specimens studied ultrasonic decay signals could be imaged satisfactorily.

  6. Optoacoustic generation of a helicoidal ultrasonic beam

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    Gspan, Stefan; Meyer, Alex; Bernet, Stefan; Ritsch-Marte, Monika

    2004-03-01

    The optoacoustic generation of a helicoidal ultrasonic beam is demonstrated. Such an ultrasonic ``doughnut'' beam has a pressure amplitude minimum in the center along its entire longitudinal extension, and it carries orbital angular momentum. It is produced by illuminating a specially structured absorbing surface in a water tank with pulsed laser light. The absorbing surface has a profile with a screw dislocation, similar to the transverse cross-sectional surface of a helix. Upon illumination with modulated light, a correspondingly prepared absorber generates an ultrasonic wave with the desired phase discontinuity in its wave front, which propagates through the water tank and is detected with spatial resolution using a scanning needle hydrophone. This situation can be viewed as the optoacoustic realization of a diffractive acoustical element. The method can be extended to tailor optoacoustically generated ultrasonic waves in a customized way.

  7. Assessment and Calibration of a Crimp Tool Equipped with Ultrasonic Analysis Features

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    Yost, William T. (Inventor); Perey, Daniel F. (Inventor); Cramer, K. Elliott (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A method is provided for calibrating ultrasonic signals passed through a crimp formed with respect to a deformable body via an ultrasonically-equipped crimp tool (UECT). The UECT verifies a crimp quality using the ultrasonic signals. The method includes forming the crimp, transmitting a first signal, e.g., a pulse, to a first transducer of the UECT, and converting the first signal, using the first transducer, into a second signal which defines an ultrasonic pulse. This pulse is transmitted through the UECT into the crimp. A second transducer converts the second signal into a third signal, which may be further conditioned, and the ultrasonic signals are calibrated using the third signal or its conditioned variant. An apparatus for calibrating the ultrasonic signals includes a pulse module (PM) electrically connected to the first and second transducers, and an oscilloscope or display electrically connected to the PM for analyzing an electrical output signal therefrom.

  8. Wire Crimp Termination Verification Using Ultrasonic Inspection

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    Perey, Daniel F.; Cramer, K. Elliott; Yost, William T.

    2007-01-01

    The development of a new ultrasonic measurement technique to quantitatively assess wire crimp terminations is discussed. The amplitude change of a compressional ultrasonic wave propagating through the junction of a crimp termination and wire is shown to correlate with the results of a destructive pull test, which is a standard for assessing crimp wire junction quality. Various crimp junction pathologies such as undercrimping, missing wire strands, incomplete wire insertion, partial insulation removal, and incorrect wire gauge are ultrasonically tested, and their results are correlated with pull tests. Results show that the nondestructive ultrasonic measurement technique consistently (as evidenced with destructive testing) predicts good crimps when ultrasonic transmission is above a certain threshold amplitude level. A physics-based model, solved by finite element analysis, describes the compressional ultrasonic wave propagation through the junction during the crimping process. This model is in agreement within 6% of the ultrasonic measurements. A prototype instrument for applying this technique while wire crimps are installed is also presented. The instrument is based on a two-jaw type crimp tool suitable for butt-splice type connections. Finally, an approach for application to multipin indenter type crimps will be discussed.

  9. Federal technology alert: Ultrasonic humidifiers

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    1998-11-01

    Humidifiers are used in buildings to maintain humidity levels to ensure quality and handling capabilities in manufacturing processes, to lower the transmission rate of disease-causing bacteria in hospitals, to reduce static electricity in manufacturing clean rooms and in computer rooms, and to provide higher levels of employee comfort in offices. Ultrasonic humidifiers generate a water mist without raising its temperature. An electronic oscillation is converted to a mechanical oscillation using a piezo disk immersed in a reservoir of mineral-free water. The mechanical oscillation is directed at the surface of the water, where at very high frequencies it creates a very fine mist of water droplets. This adiabatic process, which does not heat the supply water, reduces humidifier energy use by 90 to 93% compared with systems that do boil the water. Ultrasonic humidifiers have been demonstrated to be more efficient and to require less maintenance than competing humidifier technologies such as electrode canisters, quartz lamps, and indirect steam-to-steam. They do not require anticorrosive additives that affect the indoor air quality of buildings using direct steam humidifiers. There are two potential disadvantages of ultrasonic humidifiers. They must use mineral-free, deionized water or water treated with reverse osmosis. Treated water reduces maintenance costs because it eliminates calcium deposits, but increases other operating costs. Also, the cool mist from ultrasonic humidifiers absorbs energy from the supply air as it evaporates and provides a secondary cooling effect.

  10. Ultrasonic techniques in oil well logging

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    Havira, R.M.

    1988-01-01

    Oil well logging is used to provide the oil and gas industry with information essential to discovering and extracting hydrocarbons. This paper addresses two ultrasonic measurements that are presently used in oil well logging. The most widely used is an ultrasonic technique that evaluates the integrity of the cement seal after a steel casing has been lowered and cemented in place. This instrument is also capable of monitoring the effects of corrosion both on the inner and outer surfaces of the casing. The measurement is based on a pulsed resonant technique. Less widely used is the Borehole Televiewer, an ultrasonic scanning device based on a pulse-echo technique. It provides an acoustic image of geologic features such as rock layers and fractures.

  11. Interactive signal analysis and ultrasonic data collection system user's manual

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    Smith, G. R.

    1978-01-01

    The interactive signal analysis and ultrasonic data collection system (ECHO1) is a real time data acquisition and display system. ECHO1 executed on a PDP-11/45 computer under the RT11 real time operating system. Extensive operator interaction provided the requisite parameters to the data collection, calculation, and data modules. Data were acquired in real time from a pulse echo ultrasonic system using a Biomation Model 8100 transient recorder. The data consisted of 2084 intensity values representing the amplitude of pulses transmitted and received by the ultrasonic unit.

  12. Three-dimensional imaging of biological cells with picosecond ultrasonics

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    Danworaphong, Sorasak; Tomoda, Motonobu; Matsumoto, Yuki; Matsuda, Osamu; Ohashi, Toshiro; Watanabe, Hiromu; Nagayama, Masafumi; Gohara, Kazutoshi; Otsuka, Paul H.; Wright, Oliver B.

    2015-04-01

    We use picosecond ultrasonics to image animal cells in vitroa bovine aortic endothelial cell and a mouse adipose cellfixed to Ti-coated sapphire. Tightly focused ultrashort laser pulses generate and detect GHz acoustic pulses, allowing three-dimensional imaging (x, y, and t) of the ultrasonic propagation in the cells with 1 ?m lateral and 150 nm depth resolutions. Time-frequency representations of the continuous-wavelet-transform amplitude of the optical reflectivity variations inside and outside the cells show GHz Brillouin oscillations, allowing the average sound velocities of the cells and their ultrasonic attenuation to be obtained as well as the average bulk moduli.

  13. Numerical simulation of ultrasonic tomography inspections of highly heterogeneous materials

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    Molero, M.; Medina, L.; Lluveras, D.; Izquierdo, M. A. G.; Anaya, J. J.

    2012-12-01

    This paper deals with the simulation of ultrasonic transmission tomography systems in water-immersed to nondestructively inspect highly heterogeneous materials with fractures. The time-domain Elastodynamic Finite Integration Technique (EFIT) was employed for all numerical simulations because is able to reliably simulate this type of ultrasonic problems. The EFIT code was implemented using OpenCL and PyOpenCL. Several ultrasonic tomography inspection setups were numerically simulated under different conditions varying the number of ultrasonic sources and their size and number and different operation schemes. Sinograms of concrete scenarios were computed and compared for each configuration, using homogeneous materials with similar fracture types and experimentally validated.

  14. Ultrasonic position and velocity measurement for a moving object by M-sequence pulse compression using Doppler velocity estimation by spectrum-pattern analysis

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    Ikari, Yohei; Hirata, Shinnosuke; Hachiya, Hiroyuki

    2015-07-01

    Pulse compression using a maximum-length sequence (M-sequence) can improve the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the reflected echo in the pulse-echo method. In the case of a moving object, however, the echo is modulated owing to the Doppler effect. The Doppler-shifted M-sequence-modulated signal cannot be correlated with the reference signal that corresponds to the transmitted M-sequence-modulated signal. Therefore, Doppler velocity estimation by spectrum-pattern analysis of a cyclic M-sequence-modulated signal and cross correlations with Doppler-shifted reference signals that correspond to the estimated Doppler velocities has been proposed. In this paper, measurements of the position and velocity of a moving object by the proposed method are described. First, Doppler velocities of the object are estimated using a microphone array. Secondly, the received signal from each microphone is correlated with each Doppler-shifted reference signal. Then, the position of the object is determined from the B-mode image formed from all cross-correlation functions. After that, the velocity of the object is calculated from velocity components estimated from the Doppler velocities and the position. Finally, the estimated Doppler velocities, determined positions, and calculated velocities are evaluated.

  15. An adaptive neuro fuzzy inference system controlled space cector pulse width modulation based HVDC light transmission system under AC fault conditions

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    Ajay Kumar, M.; Srikanth, N. V.

    2014-03-01

    In HVDC Light transmission systems, converter control is one of the major fields of present day research works. In this paper, fuzzy logic controller is utilized for controlling both the converters of the space vector pulse width modulation (SVPWM) based HVDC Light transmission systems. Due to its complexity in the rule base formation, an intelligent controller known as adaptive neuro fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) controller is also introduced in this paper. The proposed ANFIS controller changes the PI gains automatically for different operating conditions. A hybrid learning method which combines and exploits the best features of both the back propagation algorithm and least square estimation method is used to train the 5-layer ANFIS controller. The performance of the proposed ANFIS controller is compared and validated with the fuzzy logic controller and also with the fixed gain conventional PI controller. The simulations are carried out in the MATLAB/SIMULINK environment. The results reveal that the proposed ANFIS controller is reducing power fluctuations at both the converters. It also improves the dynamic performance of the test power system effectively when tested for various ac fault conditions.

  16. Ultrasonic saturation mapping in porous media

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    Soucemarianadin, A.; Bourlion, M.; Lenormand, R.

    1989-05-01

    The theory of acoustic propagation in porous media was described by Biot in 1956, but the experimental acoustic technique for measuring two-phase profile saturations along a sample is much more recent. The authors present an extension of this method for two-dimensional (2D) mapping and comparisons with gamma ray attenuations and visualizations in a transparent cell. The method is based on the difference between the sound velocities in the various liquids saturating the porous medium. The signal is generated by a pulse generator, and the time delay between transmission and reception is measured with a timer/counter. The saturation mappings are obtained by an automated displacement of an array of 32 sensors along the sample followed by computer reconstruction. To check the capabilities of the setup, the authors performed miscible and immiscible displacements in a three-dimensional planar cell (nonnegligible influence of height). The fluid boundaries are followed simultaneously by visualization and by ultrasonic measurements. They show that this technique not only locates the flood front in the stable case but also reconstructs the exact structure and motion of viscous fingers associated with unfavorable-viscosity-ratio displacements. Unlike X-ray shadowgraphs, quantitative fluid saturation data can also be obtained.

  17. Electrochemical 'bubble swarm' enhancement of ultrasonic surface cleaning.

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    Birkin, P R; Offin, D G; Vian, C J B; Leighton, T G

    2015-09-01

    An investigation of surface cleaning using a swarm of gas bubbles within an acoustically activated stream is presented. Electrolysis of water at Pt microwires (100 ?m diameter) to produce both hydrogen and oxygen bubbles is shown to enhance the extent of ultrasonic surface cleaning in a free flowing water stream containing an electrolyte (0.1 M Na2SO4) and low surfactant concentration (2 mM SDS). The surfactant was employed to allow control of the average size of the bubble population within the swarm. The electrochemical bubble swarm (EBS) is shown to perturb acoustic transmission through the stream. To optimise the cleaning process both the ultrasonic field and the electrochemical current are pulsed and synchronized but with different duty cycles. Cleaning action is demonstrated on structured surfaces (porcine skin and finger mimics) loaded with fluorescent particles. This action is shown to be significantly enhanced compared to that found with an inherent bubble population produced by the flow and acoustic regime alone under the same conditions. PMID:26234563

  18. Surfaces and thin films studied by picosecond ultrasonics. Progress report, December 1, 1989--November 30, 1992

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    Maris, J.H.; Tauc, J.

    1992-05-01

    This research is the study of thin films and interfaces via the use of the picosecond ultrasonic technique. In these experiments ultrasonic waves are excited in a structure by means of a picosecond light pulse (``pump pulse``). The propagation of these waves is detected through the use of a probe light pulse that is time-delayed relative to the pump. This probe pulse measures the change {Delta}R(t) in the optical reflectivity of the structure that occurs because the ultrasonic wave changes the optical properties of the structure. This technique make possible the study of the attenuation and velocity of ultrasonic waves up to much higher frequencies than was previously possible (up to least 500 GHz). In addition, the excellent time-resolution of the method makes it possible to study nanostructures of linear dimensions down to 100 {Angstrom} or less by ultrasonic pulse-echo techniques. 25 refs.

  19. Effective ultrasonication process for better colloidal dispersion of nanofluid.

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    Mahbubul, I M; Saidur, R; Amalina, M A; Elcioglu, E B; Okutucu-Ozyurt, T

    2015-09-01

    Improving dispersion stability of nanofluids through ultrasonication has been shown to be effective. Determining specific conditions of ultrasonication for a certain nanofluid is necessary. For this purpose, nanofluids of varying nanoparticle concentrations were prepared and studied to find out a suitable and rather mono-dispersed concentration (i.e., 0.5 vol.%, determined through transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analyses). This study aims to report applicable ultrasonication conditions for the dispersion of Al2O3 nanoparticles within H2O through the two-step production method. The prepared samples were ultrasonicated via an ultrasonic horn for 1-5h at two different amplitudes (25% and 50%). The microstructure, particle size distribution (PSD), and zeta potentials were analyzed to investigate the dispersion characteristics. Better particle dispersion, smaller aggregate sizes, and higher zeta potentials were observed at 3 and 5h of ultrasonication duration for the 50% and 25% of sonicator power amplitudes, respectively. PMID:25616639

  20. Pulse stretcher

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    Horton, J.A.

    1994-05-03

    Apparatus for increasing the length of a laser pulse to reduce its peak power without substantial loss in the average power of the pulse is disclosed. The apparatus uses a White cell having a plurality of optical delay paths of successively increasing number of passes between the field mirror and the objective mirrors. A pulse from a laser travels through a multi-leg reflective path between a beam splitter and a totally reflective mirror to the laser output. The laser pulse is also simultaneously injected through the beam splitter to the input mirrors of the optical delay paths. The pulses from the output mirrors of the optical delay paths go simultaneously to the laser output and to the input mirrors of the longer optical delay paths. The beam splitter is 50% reflective and 50% transmissive to provide equal attenuation of all of the pulses at the laser output. 6 figures.

  1. Inexpensive Ultrasonic Interferometer

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    Grossmann, John; Svitelskiy, Oleksiy; Suslov, Alexey

    2013-03-01

    Growing interest of small universities and colleges in research determines an increasing need in affordable laboratory equipment that would be capable of producing scientifically valuable experimental results. In this report we present the current status of our efforts to develop a simple and low-cost version of a classical experimental setup for ultrasonic pulse-echo measurements that would be easily reproducible in the electronics shop of any small educational institution. In particular, usage of a dual timer microchip LM556 allowed us to simplify the design of a probing pulse generator. Also, we propose that using modern broadband RF components in phase detection circuits will allow us to substitute the complicated and expensive superheterodyne design of receiver with the technique of direct transformation and analysis of the echo signal right at the probe frequency. Our analysis shows that these simplifications can be achieved without compromising for sensitivity of the experiment or precision of measurements. This work is supported by Research Council of Colgate University

  2. A unique method to study acoustic transmission through ducts using signal synthesis and averaging of acoustic pulses

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    Salikuddin, M.; Ramakrishnan, R.; Ahuja, K. K.; Brown, W. H.

    1981-01-01

    An acoustic impulse technique using a loudspeaker driver is developed to measure the acoustic properties of a duct/nozzle system. A signal synthesis method is used to generate a desired single pulse with a flat spectrum. The convolution of the desired signal and the inverse Fourier transform of the reciprocal of the driver's response are then fed to the driver. A signal averaging process eliminates the jet mixing noise from the mixture of jet noise and the internal noise, thereby allowing very low intensity signals to be measured accurately, even for high velocity jets. A theoretical analysis is carried out to predict the incident sound field; this is used to help determine the number and locations of the induct measurement points to account for the contributions due to higher order modes present in the incident tube method. The impulse technique is validated by comparing experimentally determined acoustic characteristics of a duct-nozzle system with similar results obtained by the impedance tube method. Absolute agreement in the comparisons was poor, but the overall shapes of the time histories and spectral distributions were much alike.

  3. Non-contact weight measurement of flat-faced pharmaceutical tablets using terahertz transmission pulse delay measurements.

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    Bawuah, Prince; Silfsten, Pertti; Ervasti, Tuomas; Ketolainen, Jarkko; Zeitler, J Axel; Peiponen, Kai-Erik

    2014-12-10

    By measuring the time delay of a terahertz pulse traversing a tablet, and hence its effective refractive index, it is possible to non-invasively and non-destructively detect the weight of tablets made of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC). Two sets of MCC tablets were used in the study: Set A (training set) consisted of 13 tablets with nominally constant height but varying porosities, whereas Set B (test set) comprised of 21 tablets with nominally constant porosity but different heights. A linear correlation between the estimated absolute weight based on the terahertz measurement and the measured weight of both sets of MCC tablets was found. In addition, it was possible to estimate the height of the tablets by utilizing the estimated absolute weight and calculating the relative change of height of each tablet with respect to an ideal tablet. A good agreement between the experimental and the calculated results was found highlighting the potential of this technique for in-line sensing of the weight, porosity and the relative change in height of the tablets compared to a reference/ideal tablet. In this context, we propose a quantitative quality control method to assess the deviations in porosity of tablets immediately after compaction. PMID:25245546

  4. Ultrasonic airborne insertion loss measurements at normal incidence (L).

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    Farley, Jayrin; Anderson, Brian E

    2010-12-01

    Transmission loss and insertion loss measurements of building materials at audible frequencies are commonly made using plane wave tubes or as a panel between reverberant rooms. These measurements provide information for noise isolation control in architectural acoustics and in product development. Airborne ultrasonic sound transmission through common building materials has not been fully explored. Technologies and products that utilize ultrasonic frequencies are becoming increasingly more common, hence the need to conduct such measurements. This letter presents preliminary measurements of the ultrasonic insertion loss levels for common building materials over a frequency range of 28-90 kHz using continuous-wave excitation. PMID:21218864

  5. Piezoelectric ultrasonic motors

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    Wallaschek, J.

    1994-12-31

    Piezoelectric ultrasonic motors are a new type of actuator. They are characterized by high torque at low rotational speed, simple mechanical design and good controllability. They also provide a high holding torque even if no power is applied. Compared to electromagnetic actuators the torque per volume ratio of piezoelectric ultrasonic motors can be higher by an order of magnitude. Recently various types of piezoelectric ultrasonic motors have been developed for industrial applications. This paper describes several types of piezoelectric ultrasonic motors.

  6. System and method for ultrasonic tomography

    DOEpatents

    Haddad, Waleed Sami

    2002-01-01

    A system and method for doing both transmission mode and reflection mode three-dimensional ultrasonic imagining. The multimode imaging capability may be used to provide enhanced detectability of cancer tumors within human breast, however, similar imaging systems are applicable to a number of other medical problems as well as a variety of non-medical problems in non-destructive evaluation (NDE).

  7. Ultrasonic P-wave and S-wave attenuation in partially frozen porous material saturated with brine

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    Matsushima, J.; Suzuki, M.; Kato, Y.; Rokugawa, S.

    2010-12-01

    Ultrasonic wave transmission measurements were conducted in order to examine the influence of ice-brine coexisting system grown in porous material on ultrasonic P- and S-waves. We observed the variations of a transmitted wave with a frequency content of 150-1000 kHz through a liquid system to a solid-liquid coexistence system, changing its temperature from 20C to -15C. We quantitatively estimated attenuation for porous materials with two different porosities (37.3 and 48.2 %) during the freezing of salty water in porous material by considering different distances between the source and receiver transducers. This paper is concerned with attenuation at ultrasonic frequencies of 500-1000 kHz for P-waves and 100-400 kHz for S-waves. The waveform analyses indicate that the attenuation curves reach their peak at a temperature of -3C and gradually decrease with decreasing temperature. We found a positive correlation between the attenuation of ultrasonic waves and the existence of unfrozen brine estimated by the pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technique. Thus, the laboratory experiments of the present study demonstrated that ultrasonic waves with such a frequency range are significantly affected by the existence of a solid-liquid coexistence system in the porous material. In terms of a plausible mechanism for attenuation, we must consider the physical interactions between pore fluid and ice, that is, the pore microstructure and permeability in such system is important. Furthermore, We demonstrate a method that derives a more accurate measurement of ultrasonic attenuation by using sweep-type signals than by using impulse-type signals. We obtained spectral amplitude of the sweep signal in frequency-time domain using the continuous wavelet transform (CWT) and estimated attenuation in the time-frequency domain using the spectral-ratio method. The advantage of this method is independent on the effect of windowing. Finally we demonstrated the possibility of sweep signal to estimate attenuation.

  8. Ultrasonic search wheel probe

    DOEpatents

    Mikesell, Charles R.

    1978-01-01

    A device is provided for reducing internal reflections from the tire of an ultrasonic search wheel probe or from within the material being examined. The device includes a liner with an anechoic chamber within which is an ultrasonic transducer. The liner is positioned within the wheel and includes an aperture through which the ultrasonic sound from the transducer is directed.

  9. Ultrasonic imaging techniques for breast cancer detection.

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    Goulding, N. R.; Marquez, J. D.; Prewett, E. M.; Claytor, T. N.; Nadler, B. R.; Huang, L.

    2006-01-01

    Improving the resolution and specificity of current ultrasonic imaging technology can enhance its relevance to detection of early-stage breast cancers. Ultrasonic evaluation of breast lesions is desirable because it is quick, inexpensive, and does not expose the patient to potentially harmful ionizing radiation. Improved image quality and resolution enables earlier detection and more accurate diagnoses of tumors, thus reducing the number of biopsies performed, increasing treatment options, and lowering mortality, morbidity, and remission percentages. In this work, a novel ultrasonic imaging reconstruction method that exploits straight-ray migration is described. This technique, commonly used in seismic imaging, accounts for scattering more accurately than standard ultrasonic approaches, thus providing superior image resolution. A breast phantom with various inclusions is imaged using a pulse-echo approach. The data are processed using the ultrasonic migration method and results are compared to standard linear ultrasound and to x-ray computed tomography (CT) scans. For an ultrasonic frequency of 2.25 MHz, imaged inclusions and features of approximately 1mm are resolved, although better resolution is expected with minor modifications. Refinement of this application using other imaging techniques such as time-reversal mirrors (TRM), synthetic aperture focusing technique (SAFT), decomposition of the time reversal operator (DORT), and factorization methods is also briefly discussed.

  10. Autonomous data transmission apparatus

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    Kotlyar, Oleg M.

    1997-01-01

    A autonomous borehole data transmission apparatus for transmitting measurement data from measuring instruments at the downhole end of a drill string by generating pressure pulses utilizing a transducer longitudinally responsive to magnetic field pulses caused by electrical pulses corresponding to the measured downhole parameters.

  11. Autonomous data transmission apparatus

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    Kotlyar, O.M.

    1997-03-25

    A autonomous borehole data transmission apparatus is described for transmitting measurement data from measuring instruments at the downhole end of a drill string by generating pressure pulses utilizing a transducer longitudinally responsive to magnetic field pulses caused by electrical pulses corresponding to the measured downhole parameters. 4 figs.

  12. The quasi-harmonic ultrasonic polar scan for material characterization: experiment and numerical modeling.

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    Kersemans, Mathias; Martens, Arvid; Van Den Abeele, Koen; Degrieck, Joris; Pyl, Lincy; Zastavnik, Filip; Sol, Hugo; Van Paepegem, Wim

    2015-04-01

    Conventionally, the ultrasonic polar scan (UPS) records the amplitude or time-of-flight in transmission using short ultrasonic pulses for a wide range of incidence angles, resulting in a fingerprint of the critical bulk wave angles of the material at the insonified spot. Here, we investigate the use of quasi-harmonic ultrasound (bursts) in a polar scan experiment, both experimentally and numerically. It is shown that the nature of the fingerprint drastically changes, and reveals the positions of the leaky Lamb angles. To compare with experiments, both plane wave and bounded beam simulations have been performed based on the recursive stiffness matrix method. Whereas the plane wave computations yield a pure Lamb wave angle fingerprint, this is no longer valid for the more realistic case of a bounded beam. The experimental recordings are fully supported by the bounded beam simulations. To complement the traditional amplitude measurement, experimental and numerical investigations have been performed to record, predict and analyze the phase of the transmitted ultrasonic beam. This results in the conceptual introduction of the 'phase polar scan', exposing even more intriguing and detailed patterns. In fact, the combination of the amplitude and the phase polar scan provides the complete knowledge about the complex transmission coefficient for every possible angle of incidence. This comprehensive information will be very valuable for inverse modeling of the local elasticity tensor based on a single UPS experiment. Finally, the UPS method has been applied for the detection of an artificial delamination. Compared to the pulsed UPS, the quasi-harmonic UPS (both the amplitude and phase recording) shows a superior sensitivity to the presence of a delamination. PMID:25620710

  13. Ultrasonic Ranging System With Increased Resolution

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    Meyer, William E.; Johnson, William G.

    1987-01-01

    Master-oscillator frequency increased. Ultrasonic range-measuring system with 0.1-in. resolution provides continuous digital display of four distance readings, each updated four times per second. Four rangefinder modules in system are modified versions of rangefinder used for automatic focusing in commercial series of cameras. Ultrasonic pulses emitted by system innocuous to both people and equipment. Provides economical solutions to such distance-measurement problems as posed by boats approaching docks, truck backing toward loading platform, runway-clearance readout for tail of airplane with high angle attack, or burglar alarm.

  14. Ultrasonic Microtransport

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    Moroney, Richard Morgan, III

    We have observed numerous kinetic effects using ultrasonic flexural plate waves (FPWs) in 4mu -thick composite plates of low-stress silicon nitride, piezoelectric zinc oxide and aluminum. The wavelength is typically 100 mum, and the area 3 x 8 mm^2. A successful new surface micromachining fabrication process is presented here for the first time. FPWs have been used to move liquids and gasses with motion typically indicated by polysilicon blocks in air and polystyrene spheres in water; the velocity in air is 4.5 mm/s (with a zero-to-peak input of 3 V), and in water it is 100 mum/s (with an input of 7.8 V). Other observations include pumping of a liquid dye, and mixing near the FPW surface. All quantitative observations demonstrate that the kinetic effects of FPWs are proportional to the square of the wave amplitude. The amplitude for a typical device is 250 A at 9 V input; the power in a typical FPW is about 2 mW. The amplitude can be accurately measured using a laser diffraction technique. Experimental error is about +/-10%, and many of the results agree well with a simple theory to predict the FPW amplitude; extensions of the theory model the fluid loading of FPW devices, but experiment and theory disagree by about 15%. Pumping by flexural plate waves is an example of the phenomenon known as acoustic streaming. A common solution approach is the method of successive approximations, where the nonlinear equations are first linearized and solved. This "first-order" solution is then used to determine the inhomogeneous source terms in the linearized, "second -order" equations of motion. Theoretical predictions of streaming theory are in excellent agreement with experiment in the case where the FPW device contacts a half-space of fluid; predictions for flow in small channels encourage the development of integrated micropumps. Applications for microflow include thermal redistribution in integrated circuits and liquid movement in analytical instruments--particularly where a small dead volume is required. Capabilities of this technology and further applications are discussed. Microflow systems that integrate transport of fluids and solids with sensing, mixing and other useful tasks may become a new market-leading application for the sensor and actuator field.

  15. Properties of ultrasonically marked leads.

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    Breyer, B; Ferek-Petric, B; Cikes, I

    1989-08-01

    We have developed an ultrasonic marking system for pacing leads and the electrophysiological study of catheters. The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of our system, its usability in the measurement of performance of implanted leads, and to investigate the potential of electrical shock and ultrasonic hazard. The measurements have shown that different applications require specific electronic design, involving some compromise between accuracy and sensitivity. A higher sensitivity at the beginning of the ultrasonically guided cardiac lead implantation yields poorer accuracy. Quantitative measurements show that accuracy can be subsequently improved by reduction of sensitivity of the marking system. The transponder marking circuit is better suited for general use and the passive electronic circuit is better suited for multiple electrode electrophysiological studies. Experiments concerning electrical safety show that in the worst failure case, the energy of the marking system released within the heart is less than 10(-9) J per pulse within the pacing frequency spectrum and the current was below 50 microamperes. Ultrasound intensities were within the safety limits set by international and national organizations. The experiments using the marking system for detection of the pacing lead failure showed that the system can yield an early warning of the lead malfunction. The system can significantly reduce the exposure of the medical staff and the patients to x rays as well as improve patient follow-up accuracy. PMID:2476761

  16. Analysis of microcracks in dry polycrystalline NaCl by ultrasonic signal processing

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    Sears, F.M.

    1980-07-01

    The attenuation of energy and the change in shape of transient waveforms is a basic feature associated with the propagation of waves in crustal rocks. The dimensionless quality factor Q is observed as a useful quantity to characterize the attenuation of energy. Existing an elastic (attenuation) theories on the Q-determination problem are compared with experimental measurements to better understand rock properties. Experimental attenuation measurements were made on Avery Island (Louisiana) rock salt, Westerly (Rhode Island) granite, and Creighton (Ontario) quartz biotite gabbro. The attenuation mechanisms and how they affect the agreement between the an elastic theories were examined. Ultrasonic pulse methods were utilized of examine crack geometries as a function of frequency and thermal cycling temperature in dry polycrystalline rock salt. The attenuation of compressional (P) and shear (S) waves was studied in a thermally-induced, isotropic distribution of microcracks using ultrasonic-transmission techniques. These attenuation measurements led to the following series of generalities: ultrasonic or seismic attenuation depends on frequency in the rocks tested; thermal cycling of rock salt increases the porosity and attenuation; grain scattering seems to be the dominant loss mechanism at the higher frequencies in rocks; friction explains why the introduction of cracks into rock salt increases the attenuation; and attenuation appears to be independent of strain amplitude for low strains (10/sup -6/) such as those associated with these measurements. Much work remains to be done to adequately describe the attenuation loss mechanisms and the an elasticity of rocks both experimentally and theoretically.

  17. Measurement of broadband temperature-dependent ultrasonic attenuation and dispersion using photoacoustics.

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    Treeby, Bradley E; Cox, Benjamin T; Zhang, Edward Z; Patch, Sarah K; Beard, Paul C

    2009-08-01

    The broadband ultrasonic characterization of biological fluids and tissues is important for the continued development and application of high-resolution ultrasound imaging modalities. Here, a photoacoustic technique for the transmission measurement of temperature-dependent ultrasonic attenuation and dispersion is described. The system uses a photoacoustic plane wave source constructed from a polymethylmethacrylate substrate with a thin optically absorbent layer. Broadband ultrasonic waves are generated by illuminating the absorbent layer with nanosecond pulses of laser light. The transmitted ultrasound waves are detected by a planar 7-microm high-finesse Fabry-Perot interferometer. Temperature-induced thickness changes in the Fabry-Perot interferometer are tracked to monitor the sample temperature and maintain the sensor sensitivity. The measured -6 dB bandwidth for the combined source and sensor is 1 to 35 MHz, with an attenuation corrected signal level at 100 MHz of -10 dB. The system is demonstrated through temperature-dependent ultrasound measurements in castor oil and olive oil. Power law attenuation parameters are extracted by fitting the experimental attenuation data to a frequency power law while simultaneously fitting the dispersion data to the corresponding Kramers-Krnig relation. The extracted parameters are compared with other calibration measurements previously reported in the literature. PMID:19686982

  18. Design of embedded endoscopic ultrasonic imaging system

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    Li, Ming; Zhou, Hao; Wen, Shijie; Chen, Xiodong; Yu, Daoyin

    2008-12-01

    Endoscopic ultrasonic imaging system is an important component in the endoscopic ultrasonography system (EUS). Through the ultrasonic probe, the characteristics of the fault histology features of digestive organs is detected by EUS, and then received by the reception circuit which making up of amplifying, gain compensation, filtering and A/D converter circuit, in the form of ultrasonic echo. Endoscopic ultrasonic imaging system is the back-end processing system of the EUS, with the function of receiving digital ultrasonic echo modulated by the digestive tract wall from the reception circuit, acquiring and showing the fault histology features in the form of image and characteristic data after digital signal processing, such as demodulation, etc. Traditional endoscopic ultrasonic imaging systems are mainly based on image acquisition and processing chips, which connecting to personal computer with USB2.0 circuit, with the faults of expensive, complicated structure, poor portability, and difficult to popularize. To against the shortcomings above, this paper presents the methods of digital signal acquisition and processing specially based on embedded technology with the core hardware structure of ARM and FPGA for substituting the traditional design with USB2.0 and personal computer. With built-in FIFO and dual-buffer, FPGA implement the ping-pong operation of data storage, simultaneously transferring the image data into ARM through the EBI bus by DMA function, which is controlled by ARM to carry out the purpose of high-speed transmission. The ARM system is being chosen to implement the responsibility of image display every time DMA transmission over and actualizing system control with the drivers and applications running on the embedded operating system Windows CE, which could provide a stable, safe and reliable running platform for the embedded device software. Profiting from the excellent graphical user interface (GUI) and good performance of Windows CE, we can not only clearly show 511511 pixels ultrasonic echo images through application program, but also provide a simple and friendly operating interface with mouse and touch screen which is more convenient than the traditional endoscopic ultrasonic imaging system. Including core and peripheral circuits of FPGA and ARM, power network circuit and LCD display circuit, we designed the whole embedded system, achieving the desired purpose by implementing ultrasonic image display properly after the experimental verification, solving the problem of hugeness and complexity of the traditional endoscopic ultrasonic imaging system.

  19. Ultrasonic wave based pressure measurement in small diameter pipeline.

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    Wang, Dan; Song, Zhengxiang; Wu, Yuan; Jiang, Yuan

    2015-12-01

    An effective non-intrusive method of ultrasound-based technique that allows monitoring liquid pressure in small diameter pipeline (less than 10mm) is presented in this paper. Ultrasonic wave could penetrate medium, through the acquisition of representative information from the echoes, properties of medium can be reflected. This pressure measurement is difficult due to that echoes' information is not easy to obtain in small diameter pipeline. The proposed method is a study on pipeline with Kneser liquid and is based on the principle that the transmission speed of ultrasonic wave in pipeline liquid correlates with liquid pressure and transmission speed of ultrasonic wave in pipeline liquid is reflected through ultrasonic propagation time providing that acoustic distance is fixed. Therefore, variation of ultrasonic propagation time can reflect variation of pressure in pipeline. Ultrasonic propagation time is obtained by electric processing approach and is accurately measured to nanosecond through high resolution time measurement module. We used ultrasonic propagation time difference to reflect actual pressure in this paper to reduce the environmental influences. The corresponding pressure values are finally obtained by acquiring the relationship between variation of ultrasonic propagation time difference and pressure with the use of neural network analysis method, the results show that this method is accurate and can be used in practice. PMID:26206527

  20. Ultrasonic angle beam standard reflector. [ultrasonic nondestructive inspection

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    Berry, R. F., Jr. (Inventor)

    1985-01-01

    A method that provides an impression profile in a reference standard material utilized in inspecting critically stressed components with pulsed ultrasound is described. A die stamp having an I letter is used to impress the surface of a reference material. The die stamp is placed against the surface and struck with an inertia imparting member to impress the I in the reference standard material. Upset may appear on the surface as a result of the impression and is removed to form a smooth surface. The stamping and upset removal is repeated until the entire surface area of a depth control platform on the die stamp uniformly contacts the material surface. The I impression profile in the reference standard material is utilized for reflecting pulsed ultrasonic beams for inspection purposes.

  1. Numerical calculations of ultrasonic fields. [STEALTH

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    Johnson, J.A.

    1982-02-01

    A code for calculating ultrasonic fields has been developed by revisng the thermal-hydraulics code STEALTH. This code may be used in a wide variety of situations in which a detailed knowledge of a propagating wave field is required. Among the potential used are: interpretation of pulse-echo or pitch-catch ultrasonic signals in complicated geometries; ultrasonic transducer modeling and characterization; optimization and evaluation of transducer design; optimization and reliability of inspection procedures; investigation of the response of different types of reflectors; flaw modeling; and general theoretical acoustics. The code is described, and its limitations and potential are discussed. A discussion of the required input and of the general procedures for running the code is presented. Three sample problems illustrate the input and the use of the code.

  2. Acousto-ultrasonic characterization of fiber reinforced composites

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    Vary, A.

    1981-01-01

    The acousto-ultrasonic technique combines advantageous aspects of acoustic emission and ultrasonic methodologies. Acousto-ultrasonics operates by introducing a repeating series of ultrasonic pulses into a material. The waves introduced simulate the spontaneous stress waves that would arise if the material were put under stress as in the case of acoustic emission measurements. These benign stress waves are detected by an acoustic emission sensor. The physical arrangement of the ultrasonic (input) transducer and acoustic emission (output) sensor is such that the resultant waveform carries an imprint of morphological factors that govern or contribute to material performance. The output waveform is complex, but it can be quantitized in terms of a 'stress wave factor.' The stress wave factor, which can be defined in a number of ways, is a relative measure of the efficiency of energy dissipation in a material. If flaws or other material anomalies exist in the volume being examined, their combined effect appears in the stress wave factor.

  3. Ultrasonic Method for Measuring Internal Temperature Profile in Heated Materials

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    Ihara, I.; Takahashi, M.

    2008-02-01

    A new ultrasonic method for internal temperature measurement is presented. The principle of the method is based on temperature dependence of the velocity of the ultrasonic wave propagating through the material. An inverse analysis to determine the temperature profile in a heated material is developed and an experiment is carried out to verify the validity of the developed method. A single side of a silicone rubber plate of 30 mm thickness is heated and ultrasonic pulse-echo measurements are then performed during heating. A change in transit time of ultrasonic wave in the heated rubber plate is monitored and used to determine the transient variation in internal temperature distribution of the rubber. The internal temperature distribution determined ultrasonically agrees well with both obtained using commercial thermocouples installed in the rubber and estimated theoretically.

  4. Controlled-Shape, Ultrasonic-Angle-Beam Standard Reflector

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    Berry, J., Robertf.

    1986-01-01

    New ultrasonic angle-beam standard reflector uses impression of letter "l" steel-die stamp. NDE techniques and standard reflector apply to use of pulse-echo-type ultrasonic equipment for inspection of wrought metals including forgings and forging stock; rolled billet, bar or plate; and extruded bar, tube, and shapes. "l" reference standard reflector affords advantages of easy insertion in inspected item using common hand-tools and greatly reduced implementation time through elimination of machining operations.

  5. Measurement of intergranular attack in stainless steel using ultrasonic energy

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    Mott, Gerry; Attaar, Mustan; Rishel, Rick D.

    1989-08-08

    Ultrasonic test methods are used to measure the depth of intergranular attack (IGA) in a stainless steel specimen. The ultrasonic test methods include a pitch-catch surface wave technique and a through-wall pulse-echo technique. When used in combination, these techniques can establish the extent of IGA on both the front and back surfaces of a stainless steel specimen from measurements made on only one surface.

  6. Wedges for ultrasonic inspection

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    Gavin, Donald A.

    1982-01-01

    An ultrasonic transducer device is provided which is used in ultrasonic inspection of the material surrounding a threaded hole and which comprises a wedge of plastic or the like including a curved threaded surface adapted to be screwed into the threaded hole and a generally planar surface on which a conventional ultrasonic transducer is mounted. The plastic wedge can be rotated within the threaded hole to inspect for flaws in the material surrounding the threaded hole.

  7. Ultrasonic Nondestructive Characterization of Adhesive Bonds

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    Qu, Jianmin

    1999-01-01

    Adhesives and adhesive joints are widely used in various industrial applications to reduce weight and costs, and to increase reliability. For example, advances in aerospace technology have been made possible, in part, through the use of lightweight materials and weight-saving structural designs. Joints, in particular, have been and continue to be areas in which weight can be trimmed from an airframe through the use of novel attachment techniques. In order to save weight over traditional riveted designs, to avoid the introduction of stress concentrations associated with rivet holes, and to take full advantage of advanced composite materials, engineers and designers have been specifying an ever-increasing number of adhesively bonded joints for use on airframes. Nondestructive characterization for quality control and remaining life prediction has been a key enabling technology for the effective use of adhesive joints. Conventional linear ultrasonic techniques generally can only detect flaws (delamination, cracks, voids, etc) in the joint assembly. However, more important to structural reliability is the bond strength. Although strength, in principle, cannot be measured nondestructively, a slight change in material nonlinearity may indicate the onset of failure. Furthermore, microstructural variations due to aging or under-curing may also cause changes in the third order elastic constants, which are related to the ultrasonic nonlinear parameter of the polymer adhesive. It is therefore reasonable to anticipate a correlation between changes in the ultrasonic nonlinear acoustic parameter and the remaining bond strength. It has been observed that higher harmonics of the fundamental frequency are generated when an ultrasonic wave passes through a nonlinear material. It seems that such nonlinearity can be effectively used to characterize bond strength. Several theories have been developed to model this nonlinear effect. Based on a microscopic description of the nonlinear interface binding force, a quantitative method was presented. Recently, a comparison between the experimental and simulated results based on a similar theoretical model was presented. A through-transmission setup for water immersion mode-converted shear waves was used to analyze the ultrasonic nonlinear parameter of an adhesive bond. In addition, ultrasonic guided waves have been used to analyze adhesive or diffusion bonded joints. In this paper, the ultrasonic nonlinear parameter is used to characterize the curing state of a polymer/aluminum adhesive joint. Ultrasonic through-transmission tests were conducted on samples cured under various conditions. The magnitude of the second order harmonic was measured and the corresponding ultrasonic nonlinear parameter was evaluated. A fairly good correlation between the curing condition and the nonlinear parameter is observed. The results show that the nonlinear parameter might be used as a good indicator of the cure state for adhesive joints.

  8. Ultrasonic Bolt Gage

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    Gleman, Stuart M. (Inventor); Rowe, Geoffrey K. (Inventor)

    1999-01-01

    An ultrasonic bolt gage is described which uses a crosscorrelation algorithm to determine a tension applied to a fastener, such as a bolt. The cross-correlation analysis is preferably performed using a processor operating on a series of captured ultrasonic echo waveforms. The ultrasonic bolt gage is further described as using the captured ultrasonic echo waveforms to perform additional modes of analysis, such as feature recognition. Multiple tension data outputs, therefore, can be obtained from a single data acquisition for increased measurement reliability. In addition, one embodiment of the gage has been described as multi-channel, having a multiplexer for performing a tension analysis on one of a plurality of bolts.

  9. The power of ultrasonics.

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    Profit, Alan L; Martini, Luigi G

    2005-01-01

    This overview of ultrasonic technologies describes their effectiveness for a number of applications. Product examples illustrate use for welding, cutting and boring as well as atomising. PMID:16334603

  10. High voltage pulse conditioning

    DOEpatents

    Springfield, Ray M. (Sante Fe, NM); Wheat, Jr., Robert M. (Los Alamos, NM)

    1990-01-01

    Apparatus for conditioning high voltage pulses from particle accelerators in order to shorten the rise times of the pulses. Flashover switches in the cathode stalk of the transmission line hold off conduction for a determinable period of time, reflecting the early portion of the pulses. Diodes upstream of the switches divert energy into the magnetic and electrostatic storage of the capacitance and inductance inherent to the transmission line until the switches close.

  11. High temperature immersion type ultrasonic imaging probes

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    Rehman, A.-U.; Jen, C.-K.; Ihara, I.

    2001-04-01

    Ultrasonic probes for high temperature measurements in immersion are presented. These probes consist of piezoelectric transducers and buffer rods, are operated in the pulse-echo mode. The operating temperature is up to 215 C and there is no need for a cooling system. For imaging purposes, one end of the clad buffer rod is attached with a piezoelectric transducer and the other end is machined into a semi-spherical concave shape that provides the focus. The operating frequency is 5 MHz. Ultrasonic images produced using mechanical raster scan and the measurements, when the probes are fully immersed in silicone oil at elevated temperatures, are presented. The importance of the signal-to-noise ratio in the pulse-echo measurement is discussed.

  12. Ultrasonic probes for high temperature immersion measurements

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    Rehman, A.-U.; Jen, C.-K.; Ihara, I.

    2001-03-01

    Ultrasonic probes for high temperature measurements in immersion are presented. These probes consist of piezoelectric transducers and buffer rods, and may be operated in the pulse echo mode. The probes can operate to temperatures as high as 215 C without requiring a cooling system. For imaging purposes, one end of the clad buffer rod is machined into a semi-spherical concave shape, of which the purpose is to focus the ultrasound. The operating frequency is between 5 and 9 MHz. Ultrasonic images, produced using a mechanical raster scan with the probes fully immersed in silicone oil at elevated temperatures, are presented. The importance of the signal-to-noise ratio in the pulse-echo measurement is discussed.

  13. High resolution in situ ultrasonic corrosion monitor

    DOEpatents

    Grossman, R.J.

    1984-01-10

    An ultrasonic corrosion monitor is provided which produces an in situ measurement of the amount of corrosion of a monitoring zone or zones of an elongate probe placed in the corrosive environment. A monitoring zone is preferably formed between the end of the probe and the junction of the zone with a lead-in portion of the probe. Ultrasonic pulses are applied to the probe and a determination made of the time interval between pulses reflected from the end of the probe and the junction referred to, both when the probe is uncorroded and while it is corroding. Corresponding electrical signals are produced and a value for the normalized transit time delay derived from these time interval measurements is used to calculate the amount of corrosion.

  14. High resolution in situ ultrasonic corrosion monitor

    DOEpatents

    Grossman, Robert J.

    1985-01-01

    An ultrasonic corrosion monitor is provided which produces an in situ measurement of the amount of corrosion of a monitoring zone or zones of an elongate probe placed in the corrosive environment. A monitoring zone is preferably formed between the end of the probe and the junction of the zone with a lead-in portion of the probe. Ultrasonic pulses are applied to the probe and a determination made of the time interval between pulses reflected from the end of the probe and the junction referred to, both when the probe is uncorroded and while it is corroding. Corresponding electrical signals are produced and a value for the normalized transit time delay derived from these time interval measurements is used to calculate the amount of corrosion.

  15. Continuous Ultrasonic Inspection of Extruded Wood-Plastic Composites

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    Tucker, Brian J. ); Bender, Donald A.

    2003-06-19

    Nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques are needed for in-line monitoring of wood-plastic composite (WPC) quality during manufacturing for process control. Through-transmission ultrasonic inspection is useful in characterizing stiffness and detecting cracks and voids in a range of materials; however, little is documented about ultrasound propagation in WPC materials. The objectives of this research were to determine applicable ultrasonic transducer frequencies, coupling methods, configurations and placements for wave speed monitoring and web defect detection within an extrusion process; to quantify the effects of temperature on ultrasonic parameters; and to develop a prototype ultrasonic inspection system for a full-size extrusion line. An angled beam, water-coupled ultrasonic inspection system using a pair of 50-kHz narrowband transducers was adequate for monitoring wave speed parallel to the extrusion direction. For locating internal web defects, water-coupled, 500-kHz broadband ultrasonic transducers were used in a through-thickness transmission setup. Temperature compensation factors were developed to adjust ultrasonic wave speed measurements. The prototype inspection system was demonstrated in a 55 mm conical twin-screw extrusion line.

  16. The characteristics of novel bimodal Ag-TiO2 nanoparticles generated by hybrid laser-ultrasonic technique

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    Hamad, Abubaker; Li, Lin; Liu, Zhu; Zhong, Xiang Li; Burke, Grace; Wang, Tao

    2016-04-01

    Silver-titania (Ag-TiO2) nanoparticles with smaller Ag nanoparticles attached to larger TiO2 nanoparticles were generated by hybrid ultrasonic vibration and picosecond laser ablation of Ag and Ti bulk targets in deionised water, for the first time. The laser has a wavelength of 1064 nm and a pulse duration of 10 ps. It was observed that without the ultrasonic vibration, Ag and TiO2 nanoparticles did not combine, thus the role of ultrasonic vibration is essential. In addition, colloidal TiO2 and Ag nanoparticles were generated separately for comparison under the same laser beam characteristics and process conditions. The absorption spectra of colloidal Ag-TiO2 cluster nanoparticles were examined by UV-Vis spectroscopy, and size distribution was characterised using transmission electron microscopy. The morphology and composition of Ag-TiO2 nanoparticles were examined using scanning transmission electron microscopy in high-angle annular dark field, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The crystalline structures were investigated by X-ray diffraction. The size of larger TiO2 particles was in the range 30-150 nm, and the smaller-sized Ag nanoparticles attached to the TiO2 was mainly in the range of 10-15 nm. The yield is more than 50 % with the remaining nanoparticles in the form of uncombined Ag and TiO2. The nanoparticles generated had strong antibacterial effects as tested against E. coli. A discussion is given on the role of ultrasonic vibration in the formation of Ag-TiO2 hybrid nanoparticles by picosecond laser ablation.

  17. Ultrasonic/Sonic Anchor

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    Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Sherrit, Stewart

    2009-01-01

    The ultrasonic/sonic anchor (U/S anchor) is an anchoring device that drills a hole for itself in rock, concrete, or other similar material. The U/S anchor is a recent addition to a series of related devices, the first of which were reported in "Ultrasonic/Sonic Drill/Corers With Integrated Sensors"

  18. Ultrasonic corona sensor study

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    Harrold, R. T.

    1976-01-01

    The overall objective of this program is to determine the feasibility of using ultrasonic (above 20 kHz) corona detection techniques to detect low order (non-arcing) coronas in varying degrees of vacuum within large high vacuum test chambers, and to design, fabricate, and deliver a prototype ultrasonic corona sensor.

  19. Pulsed ultrasound assisted dehydration of waste oil.

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    Xie, Wei; Li, Rui; Lu, Xiaoping

    2015-09-01

    A method to aid the separation of the oil phase from waste oil emulsion of refineries had been developed by using a pulsed ultrasonic irradiation technology. Compared with conventional continuous ultrasonic irradiation, it is found that pulsed ultrasonic irradiation is much better to make water drop coalescence and hence dehydration of waste oil. The effects of ultrasonic irradiation parameters on waste oil dehydration are further discussed. The orthogonal experiment is also designed to investigate the degrees of influence of ultrasonic parameters and the optimal technological conditions. Under the optimal experimental conditions, the water content of waste oil is decreased from 65% to 8%, which thereby satisfies the requirements of refineries on the water content of waste oil after treatment (<10%). PMID:25795000

  20. Ultrasonic assisted-ECAP.

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    Djavanroodi, F; Ahmadian, H; Koohkan, K; Naseri, R

    2013-08-01

    Equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) is one of the most prominent procedures for achieving ultra-fine grain (UFG) structures among the various severe plastic deformation (SPD) techniques. In this study, the effect of ultrasonic vibration on deformation behavior of commercial pure aluminum in the ECAP process is analyzed successfully using three dimensional (3D) by finite element methods (FEMs). The investigation includes the effects of die geometry, billet length, friction factor, ram speed, ultrasonic amplitude and ultrasonic frequency. Conventional as well as ultrasonic ECAP has been performed on aluminium 1070 alloy and the obtained data were used for validating simulations. It is observed that a 13% reduction in the average force was achieved when ultrasonic vibration with amplitude of 2.5 ?m at 20 kHz is applied. Also, further reduction in ECAP forming forces are obtained with increase of vibration amplitude, vibration frequency, friction factor, billet length and die channel angle. PMID:23523093

  1. Dispersion Method Using Focused Ultrasonic Field

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    Kim, Jungsoon; Kim, Moojoon; Ha, Kanglyel; Chu, Minchul

    2010-07-01

    The dispersion of powders into liquids has become one of the most important techniques in high-tech industries and it is a common process in the formulation of various products, such as paint, ink, shampoo, beverages, and polishing media. In this study, an ultrasonic system with a cylindrical transducer is newly introduced for pure nanoparticle dispersion. The acoustics pressure field and the characteristics of the shock pulse caused by cavitation are investigated. The frequency spectrum of the pulse from the collapse of air bubbles in the cavitation is analyzed theoretically. It was confirmed that a TiO2 water suspension can be dispersed effectively using the suggested system.

  2. Picosecond ultrasonic measurements using an optical mask.

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    Miao, Q; Liu, L-W; Grimsley, T J; Nurmikko, A V; Maris, H J

    2015-02-01

    In this paper we describe results obtained using a variation of the picosecond ultrasonics technique. We place a transparent optical mask very close to the surface of the sample. The lower surface of the mask has a series of grooves to produce a variation of the intensity of the pump and probe light pulses across the surface of the sample. Because the light intensity varies with position, the application of the pump light pulse can generate surface acoustic waves with a wavelength equal to the period of the mask. We report results obtained in this way and discuss the possible practical applications of this new approach. PMID:24767174

  3. Ultrasonic Wave Propagation in Heterogeneous Media

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    Mulholland, Anthony J.

    2010-09-01

    Piezoelectric ultrasonic transducers typically employ composite structures to improve their transmission and reception sensitivities. The geometry of the composite is regular with one dominant length scale and, since these are resonant devices, this dictates the central operating frequency of the device. In order to construct a wide bandwidth device it would seem natural therefore to utilise resonators that span a range of length scales. In this paper we consider such a device and build a theoretical model to predict its performance. A fractal medium is used as this contains a wide range of length scales and yields to a renormalisation approach. The propagation of an ultrasonic wave in this heterogeneous medium is then analysed and used to construct expressions for the electrical impedance, and the transmission and reception sensitivities of this device as a function of the driving frequency.

  4. Nondegenerate optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier

    DOEpatents

    Jovanovic, Igor; Ebbers, Christopher A.

    2005-03-22

    A system provides an input pump pulse and a signal pulse. A first dichroic beamsplitter is highly reflective for the input signal pulse and highly transmissive for the input pump pulse. A first optical parametric amplifier nonlinear crystal transfers part of the energy from the input pump pulse to the input signal pulse resulting in a first amplified signal pulse and a first depleted pump pulse. A second dichroic beamsplitter is highly reflective for the first amplified signal pulse and highly transmissive for the first depleted pump pulse. A second optical parametric amplifier nonlinear crystal transfers part of the energy from the first depleted pump pulse to the first amplified signal pulse resulting in a second amplified signal pulse and a second depleted pump pulse. A third dichroic beamsplitter receives the second amplified signal pulse and the second depleted pump pulse. The second depleted pump pulse is discarded.

  5. Ultrasonic Communication Project, Phase 1, FY1999

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    Haynes, H.D.; Akerman, M.A.; Baylor, V.M.

    2000-06-01

    This Phase 1 project has been successful in identifying, exploring, and demonstrating methods for ultrasonic-based communication with an emphasis on the application of digital signal processing techniques. During the project, at the direction of the agency project monitor, particular attention was directed at sending and receiving ultrasonic data through air and through pipes that would be commonly found in buildings. Efforts were also focused on development of a method for transmitting computer files ultrasonically. New methods were identified and evaluated for ultrasonic communication. These methods are based on a technique called DFS. With DFS, individual alphanumeric characters are broken down into a sequence of bits, and each bit is used to generate a discrete ultrasonic frequency. Characters are then transmitted one-bit-at-a-time, and reconstructed by the receiver. This technique was put into practice through the development of LabVIEW{trademark}VIs. These VIs were integrated with specially developed electronic circuits to provide a system for demonstrating the transmission and reception/reconstruction of typed messages and computer files. Tests were performed to determine the envelope for ultrasound transmission through pipes (with and without water) versus through air. The practical aspects of connections, efficient electronics, impedance matching, and the effect of damping mechanisms were all investigated. These tests resulted in a considerable number of reference charts that illustrate the absorption of ultrasound through different pipe materials, both with and without water, as a function of distance. Ultrasound was found to be least attenuated by copper pipe and most attenuated by PVC pipe. Water in the pipe provides additional damping and attenuation of ultrasonic signals. Dramatic improvements are observed, however, in ultrasound signal strength if the transducers are directly coupled to the water, rather than simply attaching them to the outside of the pipe. A major accomplishment of this project was the development and integration of hardware and software into a fully functional ultrasonic communication system for demonstration purposes. The development of this system was a major deliverable of this project and has been successfully demonstrated to the program monitor. Major system considerations are discussed in this report, including signal conditioning electronics, speed and distance of transmission, triggering and noise filtering, and error checking. The methods employed by this system are believed to be capable of transmitting information over long distances (greater than 200 ft) under ideal conditions, and under extreme conditions if several improvements are made. Several improvements are suggested as follow-on work. Brief descriptions of these activities are given.

  6. The 2004 Ultrasonic Benchmark Problem - SDH Response Under Oblique Incidence: Measurements and Patch Element Model Calculations

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    Krishnamurthy, C. V.; Shankar, M.; Vardhan, J. Vishnu; Balasubramaniam, Krishnan

    2006-03-06

    The 2004 ultrasonic benchmark problem requires models to predict, given a reference pulse waveform, the pulse echo response of cylindrical voids of various radii located in an elastic solid for various incidence angles of a transducer immersed in water. We present the results of calculations based on the patch element model, recently developed at CNDE, to determine the response of an SDH in aluminum for specific oblique incidence angles. Patch element model calculations for a scan across the SDH, involving a range of oblique incidence angles, are also presented. Measured pulse-echo scans involving the SDH response under oblique incidence conditions are reported. In addition, through transmission measurements involving a pinducer as a receiver and an immersion planar probe as a transmitter under oblique incidence conditions are also reported in a defect-free Aluminum block. These pinducer-based measurements on a defect-free block are utilised to characterize the fields at the chosen depth. Comparisons are made between predictions and measurements for the pulse-echo response of a SDH.

  7. Investigation of inductively coupled ultrasonic transducer system for NDE.

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    Zhong, Cheng Huan; Croxford, Anthony J; Wilcox, Paul D

    2013-06-01

    Inductive coupling offers a simple solution to wirelessly probe ultrasonic transducers. This paper investigates the theory and feasibility of such an inductively coupled transducer system in the context of nondestructive evaluation (NDE) applications. The noncontact interface is based on electromagnetic coupling between three coils; one of the coils is physically connected to the transducer, the other two are in a separate probing unit, where they are connected to the transmit and receive channels of the instrumentation. The complete system is modeled as a three-port network with the measured impedance of a bonded piezoelectric ceramic disc representing a sensor attached to an arbitrary solid substrate. The developed transmission line model is a function of the physical parameters of the electromagnetic system, such as the number of turns and diameter of each coil, and their separation. This model provides immediate predictions of electrical input impedance and pulse-echo response. The model has been validated experimentally and a sensitivity analysis of the input parameters performed. This has enabled optimization of the various parameters. Inductively coupled transducer systems have been built for both bulk and guided wave examples. By using chirped excitation and baseline subtraction, inspection distance of up to 700 mm is achieved in single-shot, guided-wave pulse-echo mode measurements with a 5 mm separation between the probing coils and transducer coil on an aluminum plate structure. In the bulk wave example, a delamination in an 8.9-mm-thick carbon fiber composite specimen is successfully identified from the changes in the arrival time of a reflected pulse. PMID:25004474

  8. Pulse stretcher

    DOEpatents

    Horton, James A.

    1994-01-01

    Apparatus (20) for increasing the length of a laser pulse to reduce its peak power without substantial loss in the average power of the pulse. The apparatus (20) uses a White cell (10) having a plurality of optical delay paths (18a-18d) of successively increasing number of passes between the field mirror (13) and the objective mirrors (11 and 12). A pulse (26) from a laser (27) travels through a multi-leg reflective path (28) between a beam splitter (21) and a totally reflective mirror (24) to the laser output (37). The laser pulse (26) is also simultaneously injected through the beam splitter (21) to the input mirrors (14a-14d) of the optical delay paths (18a-18d). The pulses from the output mirrors (16a-16d) of the optical delay paths (18a-18d) go simultaneously to the laser output (37) and to the input mirrors ( 14b-14d) of the longer optical delay paths. The beam splitter (21) is 50% reflective and 50% transmissive to provide equal attenuation of all of the pulses at the laser output (37).

  9. Ultrasonic evaluation of the physical and mechanical properties of granites.

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    Vasconcelos, G; Loureno, P B; Alves, C A S; Pamplona, J

    2008-09-01

    Masonry is the oldest building material that survived until today, being used all over the world and being present in the most impressive historical structures as an evidence of spirit of enterprise of ancient cultures. Conservation, rehabilitation and strengthening of the built heritage and protection of human lives are clear demands of modern societies. In this process, the use of nondestructive methods has become much common in the diagnosis of structural integrity of masonry elements. With respect to the evaluation of the stone condition, the ultrasonic pulse velocity is a simple and economical tool. Thus, the central issue of the present paper concerns the evaluation of the suitability of the ultrasonic pulse velocity method for describing the mechanical and physical properties of granites (range size between 0.1-4.0 mm and 0.3-16.5 mm) and for the assessment of its weathering state. The mechanical properties encompass the compressive and tensile strength and modulus of elasticity, and the physical properties include the density and porosity. For this purpose, measurements of the longitudinal ultrasonic pulse velocity with distinct natural frequency of the transducers were carried out on specimens with different size and shape. A discussion of the factors that induce variations on the ultrasonic velocity is also provided. Additionally, statistical correlations between ultrasonic pulse velocity and mechanical and physical properties of granites are presented and discussed. The major output of the work is the confirmation that ultrasonic pulse velocity can be effectively used as a simple and economical nondestructive method for a preliminary prediction of mechanical and physical properties, as well as a tool for the assessment of the weathering changes of granites that occur during the serviceable life. This is of much interest due to the usual difficulties in removing specimens for mechanical characterization. PMID:18471849

  10. Proposal for an Ultrasonic Tool to Monitor the Osseointegration of Dental Implants

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    de Almeida, Marina Storani; Maciel, Carlos Dias; Pereira, Jos Carlos

    2007-01-01

    The longevity of dental implants depends on osseointegration, which provides load-bearing capacity without putting the prosthesis at risk from micromotions at the implant-bone interface. This research involved an analysis of the viability of an ultrasonic evaluation tool to quantify osseointegration. Ultrasonic transmission is directly dependent on the difference between the acoustic impedance of materials in intimate contact with each other. The closer their acoustic impedances the more intense their transmission. Therefore, an analysis of the ultrasonic echoes would presumably allow for a quantitative evaluation of the bone tissue that has grown into the pores of the implant. In addition, the literature reports that bone fracture healing can be accelerated by the application of a controlled low-amplitude mechanical stimulus on the site of the lesion. In fact, acoustic pressure waves of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound are reportedly a secure technique for promoting mechanical stimulus without impairing the healing process. Many experimental and clinical trials have confirmed that daily transcutaneous ultrasound applications on the injured site are beneficial to the enhancement of fractured bone. This proposal aims to bring together the characteristics of ultrasound propagation and the positive effect of ultrasound on bone growth into a single tool that quantitatively monitors the evolution of the osseointegration process. The viability of a device with these features was investigated through simulations and experimentally. The initial simulations were conducted to explore the influence of waveguide shapes on the tool's sensitivity to changes in the implant supporting media. The waveguides were designed in two parts, one consisting of a screw-shaped part to attach to the implant and the other a conical or step-shaped part to which the ultrasonic source was fixed in the first simulations. The step-shaped waveguide proved to be the more sensitive; intermediate stages of the osseointegration process were simulated and experiments were conducted with the step-shaped aluminum waveguide attached to a cylindrical aluminum nut embedded at different depths, so that the results obtained were only due to lateral attachment of the parts. These devices indicated that the transmission of ultrasound through the lateral surface of the implant by dilatational waves could render this tool suitable for monitoring the osseointegration of dental implants.

  11. Ultrasonic assessment of tooth structure

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    Blodgett, David W.

    2002-06-01

    A means of assessing the internal structure of teeth based upon use of high frequency, highly localized ultrasound (acoustic waves) generated by a short laser pulse is discussed. Some key advantages of laser-generated ultrasound over more traditional contact transducer methods are that it is noncontact and nondestructive in nature and requires no special surface preparation. Optical interferometric detection of ultrasound provides a complementary nondestructive, noncontact technique with a very small detection footprint. This combination of techniques, termed laser-based ultrasonics, holds promise for future in-vivo diagnostics of tooth health. In this paper, initial results using laser-based ultrasound for assessment of dental structures are presented on an extracted human incisor. Results show the technique to be sensitive to the enamel/dentin, dentin/pulp, and dentin/cementum junctions as well as a region of dead tracts in the dentin.

  12. Ultrasonic drilling apparatus

    DOEpatents

    Duran, E.L.; Lundin, R.L.

    1988-06-20

    Apparatus attachable to an ultrasonic drilling machine for drilling deep holes in very hard materials, such as boron carbide, is provided. The apparatus utilizes a hollow spindle attached to the output horn of the ultrasonic drilling machine. The spindle has a hollow drill bit attached at the opposite end. A housing surrounds the spindle, forming a cavity for holding slurry. In operation, slurry is provided into the housing, and into the spindle through inlets while the spindle is rotating and ultrasonically reciprocating. Slurry flows through the spindle and through the hollow drill bit to cleanse the cutting edge of the bit during a drilling operation. 3 figs.

  13. Ultrasonic drilling apparatus

    DOEpatents

    Duran, Edward L. (Santa Fe, NM); Lundin, Ralph L. (Los Alamos, NM)

    1989-01-01

    Apparatus attachable to an ultrasonic drilling machine for drilling deep holes in very hard materials, such as boron carbide, is provided. The apparatus utilizes a hollow spindle attached to the output horn of the ultrasonic drilling machine. The spindle has a hollow drill bit attached at the opposite end. A housing surrounds the spindle, forming a cavity for holding slurry. In operation, slurry is provided into the housing, and into the spindle through inlets while the spindle is rotating and ultrasonically reciprocating. Slurry flows through the spindle and through the hollow drill bit to cleanse the cutting edge of the bit during a drilling operation.

  14. Ultrasonic washing of textiles.

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    Choi, Junhee; Kim, Tae-Hong; Kim, Ho-Young; Kim, Wonjung

    2016-03-01

    We present the results of experimental investigation of ultrasonic washing of textiles. The results demonstrate that cavitation bubbles oscillating in acoustic fields are capable of removing soils from textiles. Since the washing performance is mitigated in a large washing bath when using an ultrasonic transducer, we propose a novel washing scheme by combining the ultrasonic vibration with a conventional washing method utilizing kinetic energy of textiles. It is shown that the hybrid washing scheme achieves a markedly enhanced performance up to 15% in comparison with the conventional washing machine. This work can contribute to developing a novel laundry machine with reduced washing time and waste water. PMID:26215790

  15. Ultrasonic liquid level detector

    DOEpatents

    Kotz, Dennis M. (North Augusta, SC); Hinz, William R. (Augusta, GA)

    2010-09-28

    An ultrasonic liquid level detector for use within a shielded container, the detector being tubular in shape with a chamber at its lower end into which liquid from in the container may enter and exit, the chamber having an ultrasonic transmitter and receiver in its top wall and a reflector plate or target as its bottom wall whereby when liquid fills the chamber a complete medium is then present through which an ultrasonic wave may be transmitted and reflected from the target thus signaling that the liquid is at chamber level.

  16. Ultrasonic Imaging System

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    Youngquist, Robert C. (Inventor); Moerk, Steven (Inventor)

    1999-01-01

    An imaging system is described which can be used to either passively search for sources of ultrasonics or as an active phase imaging system. which can image fires. gas leaks, or air temperature gradients. This system uses an array of ultrasonic receivers coupled to an ultrasound collector or lens to provide an electronic image of the ultrasound intensity in a selected angular region of space. A system is described which includes a video camera to provide a visual reference to a region being examined for ultrasonic signals.

  17. Structure and properties of fixed joints formed by ultrasonic-assisted friction-stir welding

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    Fortuna, S. V.; Ivanov, K. V.; Tarasov, S. Yu.; Eliseev, A. A.; Ivanov, A. N.; Rubtsov, V. E.; Kolubaev, E. A.

    2015-10-01

    This paper deals with structure and properties of aluminum alloy 7475 and its joints obtained by friction stir welding including under ultrasonic action. Microhardness measurements show that ultrasonic action increases strength properties of the joints. Optical and transmission electron microscopy reveals that this effect is related to the precipitation of tertiary coherent S-and T-phase particles.

  18. Measurement of the spectral directivity of optoacoustic and ultrasonic transducers with a laser ultrasonic source

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    Conjusteau, Andr; Ermilov, Sergey A.; Su, Richard; Brecht, Hans-Peter; Fronheiser, Matthew P.; Oraevsky, Alexander A.

    2009-01-01

    Comprehensive characterization of wideband ultrasonic transducers and specifically optoacoustic detectors is achieved through the analysis of their frequency response as a function of the incident angle. The tests are performed under well-defined, repeatable operating conditions. Backillumination of a blackened, acoustically matched planar surface with a short laser pulse creates an acoustic impulse which is used as a wideband ultrasonic source. Upon illumination with a short laser pulse, the bandwidth of our source shows a ?6 dB point of 12 MHz and a low-frequency roll-off around 300 kHz. Using proprietary software, we examine thoroughly the planarity of the emitted wave front within a specified amplitude cutoff and phase incoherence. Analysis of the angular dependence of the frequency response yields invaluable directivity information about the detector under study: a necessary component toward accurate optoacoustic image reconstruction and quantitative tomography. The laser ultrasonic source we developed is the main feature of our directivity measurement setup. Due to its simplicity, it can easily be adapted to various calibration devices. This paper focuses on the development and characterization of the flatness and the bandwidth of our wideband ultrasonic source. PMID:19791945

  19. Image measurement technique on vibration amplitude of ultrasonic horn

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    Zhang, Yong-bin; Wu, Zhi-qun; Zhu, Jian-ping; He, Jian-guo; Liu, Guang-min

    2013-10-01

    The paper proposes a method to measure vibration amplitude of ultrasonic horn which is a very important component in the spindle for micro-electrical-chemical discharging machining. The method of image measuring amplitude on high frequency vibration is introduced. Non-contact measurement system based on vision technology is constructed. High precision location algorithm on image centroid, quadratic location algorithm, is presented to find the center of little light spot. Measurement experiments have been done to show the effect of image measurement technique on vibration amplitude of ultrasonic horn. In the experiments, precise calibration of the vision system is implemented using a normal graticule to obtain the scale factor between image pixel and real distance. The vibration amplitude of ultrasonic horn is changed by modifying the voltage amplitude of pulse power supply. The image of feature on ultrasonic horn is captured and image processing is carried out. The vibration amplitudes are got at different voltages.

  20. Method for the concurrent ultrasonic inspection of partially completed welds

    DOEpatents

    Johnson, John A. (Idaho Falls, ID); Larsen, Eric D. (Idaho Falls, ID); Miller, Karen S. (Idaho Falls, ID); Smartt, Herschel B. (Idaho Falls, ID); McJunkin, Timothy R. (Idaho Falls, ID)

    2002-01-01

    A method for the concurrent ultrasonic inspection of partially completed welds is disclosed and which includes providing a pair of transducers which are individually positioned on the opposite sides of a partially completed weld to be inspected; moving the transducers along the length of and laterally inwardly and outwardly relative to the partially completed weld; pulsing the respective transducers to produce an ultrasonic signal which passes through or is reflected from the partially completed weld; receiving from the respective transducers ultrasonic signals which pass through or are reflected from the partially completed welds; and analyzing the ultrasonic signal which has passed through or is reflected from the partially completed weld to determine the presence of any weld defects.

  1. Ultrasonic oil spill removal

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    Kuris, A.

    1980-09-16

    Oil slicks on surface waters are dispersed by the exposure of the surface oils to ultrasonic energy to effectuate an homogenization of the oil and water to permit absorbtion of the oil within the total volume of water.

  2. Ultrasonic Digital Communication System for a Steel Wall Multipath Channel: Methods and Results

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    TL Murphy

    2006-02-16

    As of the development of this thesis, no commercially available products have been identified for the digital communication of instrumented data across a thick ({approx} 6 n.) steel wall using ultrasound. The specific goal of the current research is to investigate the application of methods for digital communication of instrumented data (i.e., temperature, voltage, etc.) across the wall of a steel pressure vessel. The acoustic transmission of data using ultrasonic transducers prevents the need to breach the wall of such a pressure vessel which could ultimately affect its safety or lifespan, or void the homogeneity of an experiment under test. Actual digital communication paradigms are introduced and implemented for the successful dissemination of data across such a wall utilizing solely an acoustic ultrasonic link. The first, dubbed the ''single-hop'' configuration, can communicate bursts of digital data one-way across the wall using the Differential Binary Phase-Shift Keying (DBPSK) modulation technique as fast as 500 bps. The second, dubbed the ''double-hop'' configuration, transmits a carrier into the vessel, modulates it, and retransmits it externally. Using a pulsed carrier with Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM), this technique can communicate digital data as fast as 500 bps. Using a CW carrier, Least Mean-Squared (LMS) adaptive interference suppression, and DBPSK, this method can communicate data as fast as 5 kbps. A third technique, dubbed the ''reflected-power'' configuration, communicates digital data by modulating a pulsed carrier by varying the acoustic impedance at the internal transducer-wall interface. The paradigms of the latter two configurations are believed to be unique. All modulation methods are based on the premise that the wall cannot be breached in any way and can therefore be viably implemented with power delivered wirelessly through the acoustic channel using ultrasound. Methods, results, and considerations for future research are discussed herein.

  3. Effect of ultrasonic treatment on the morphology of casein particles.

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    Lin, Lin; Cui, Haiying; He, Ronghai; Liu, Lei; Zhou, Cunshan; Mamdouh, Wael; Ma, Haile

    2014-03-01

    In this study, the effect of ultrasonic treatment duration on the morphology of self-assembled casein particles was investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM), low vacuum scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). In the case of AFM images, the particle analysis which was carried out by the SPIP program showed that the self-assembled casein particles after being ultrasonically treated for 2 min got smaller in size compared to the casein particles that have not been exposed to any ultrasonic treatment. Surprisingly, however, increasing the ultrasonic time exposure of the particles resulted in an opposite effect where larger particles or aggregates seemed to be present. We show that by comparing the results obtained by AFM, SEM and TEM, the information extracted from the AFM images and analyzed by SPIP program give more detailed insights into particle sizes and morphology at the molecular level compared to SEM and TEM images, respectively. PMID:24054168

  4. Generation of low repetition rate sub-nanosecond pulses in doubly QML Nd:Lu0.5Y0.5VO4 and Nd:YVO4 lasers with EO and transmission SSA

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    Zhang, Haijuan; Zhao, Shengzhi; Zhao, Jia; Yang, Kejian; Li, Guiqiu; Li, Dechun; Li, Tao; Qiao, Wenchao; Wang, Yonggang

    2015-06-01

    By employing the mixed crystal Nd:Lu0.5Y0.5VO4 and the single crystal Nd:YVO4 as the laser media, the characteristics of the QML laser doubly modulated by electro-optic (EO) modulator and transmission semiconductor saturable absorber (T-SSA) are studied. Under the same cavity parameters, the properties of the low repetition rate sub-nanosecond pulses generated from Nd:Lu0.5Y0.5VO4 and Nd:YVO4 laser are compared. The experimental results show that Nd:Lu0.5Y0.5VO4 laser can generate shorter pulse width than Nd:YVO4 laser, and meanwhile, needs lower pump power to generate low repetition rate sub-nanosecond pulses. The shortest pulse durations obtained from the doubly QML Nd:Lu0.5Y0.5VO4 and Nd:YVO4 lasers are estimated to be 204 and 294 ps, with the corresponding peak power of 3.4 and 3.04 MW, respectively.

  5. Development of ultrasonic methods of hemodynamic measurements. [rheoencephalography/flowmeters

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    Histand, M. B.; Mcleod, F. D.; Miller, C. W.

    1975-01-01

    A pulsed ultrasonic Doppler velocity meter which can be used (by modifying transducers) as a flowmeter for blood circulation was experimentally studied. Calculations and profiles of turbulent and laminar flow within blood vessels are shown. Graphs and charts of transducers are included.

  6. Detonator comprising a nonlinear transmission line

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    Elizondo-Decanini, Juan M

    2014-12-30

    Detonators are described herein. In a general embodiment, the detonator includes a nonlinear transmission line that has a variable capacitance. Capacitance of the nonlinear transmission line is a function of voltage on the nonlinear transmission line. The nonlinear transmission line receives a voltage pulse from a voltage source and compresses the voltage pulse to generate a trigger signal. Compressing the voltage pulse includes increasing amplitude of the voltage pulse and decreasing length of the voltage pulse in time. An igniter receives the trigger signal and detonates an explosive responsive to receipt of the trigger signal.

  7. Error-eliminating rapid ultrasonic firing

    DOEpatents

    Borenstein, J.; Koren, Y.

    1993-08-24

    A system for producing reliable navigation data for a mobile vehicle, such as a robot, combines multiple range samples to increase the confidence'' of the algorithm in the existence of an obstacle. At higher vehicle speed, it is crucial to sample each sensor quickly and repeatedly to gather multiple samples in time to avoid a collision. Erroneous data is rejected by delaying the issuance of an ultrasonic energy pulse by a predetermined wait-period, which may be different during alternate ultrasonic firing cycles. Consecutive readings are compared, and the corresponding data is rejected if the readings differ by more than a predetermined amount. The rejection rate for the data is monitored and the operating speed of the navigation system is reduced if the data rejection rate is increased. This is useful to distinguish and eliminate noise from the data which truly represents the existence of an article in the field of operation of the vehicle.

  8. Error-eliminating rapid ultrasonic firing

    DOEpatents

    Borenstein, Johann; Koren, Yoram

    1993-08-24

    A system for producing reliable navigation data for a mobile vehicle, such as a robot, combines multiple range samples to increase the "confidence" of the algorithm in the existence of an obstacle. At higher vehicle speed, it is crucial to sample each sensor quickly and repeatedly to gather multiple samples in time to avoid a collision. Erroneous data is rejected by delaying the issuance of an ultrasonic energy pulse by a predetermined wait-period, which may be different during alternate ultrasonic firing cycles. Consecutive readings are compared, and the corresponding data is rejected if the readings differ by more than a predetermined amount. The rejection rate for the data is monitored and the operating speed of the navigation system is reduced if the data rejection rate is increased. This is useful to distinguish and eliminate noise from the data which truly represents the existence of an article in the field of operation of the vehicle.

  9. Clinically relevant concentrations of ketamine mainly affect long-term potentiation rather than basal excitatory synaptic transmission and do not change paired-pulse facilitation in mouse hippocampal slices.

    PubMed

    Ribeiro, Patrcia O; Tom, Angelo R; Silva, Henrique B; Cunha, Rodrigo A; Antunes, Lus M

    2014-04-29

    Ketamine, an analgesic/anesthetic drug, is increasingly popular in clinical practice due to its analgesic properties and importance for emergency procedures. The impact of ketamine on basal excitatory synaptic transmission and synaptic plasticity are not yet fully understood. Therefore we investigated the effects of different concentrations of ketamine on basal excitatory synaptic transmission and on two forms of synaptic plasticity: paired-pulse facilitation (PPF) and long-term potentiation (LTP). Evoked field excitatory postsynaptic potentials (fEPSP) were recorded in Schaffer fiber - CA1 pyramid synapses of mouse hippocampal slices and the initial slope of the fEPSP was measured to estimate the percentage of inhibition of the basal synaptic transmission. Presynaptic volley amplitude, PPF and LTP induction and maintenance were also calculated. For basal synaptic transmission and PPF increasing concentrations of ketamine (1, 3, 10, 30, 100, 200, 300 and 600?M) were applied to each slice and for LTP individual slices were used for each concentration (3, 10, 30 or 100?M). Clinically relevant concentrations of ketamine decreased LTP in a concentration-dependent manner without changing PPF, whereas basal excitatory synaptic transmission and presynaptic volley amplitude was affected only with high concentrations of ketamine (300 and 600?M). These results allow dissociating the blockade of LTP from a reduced synaptic input in the action of clinically relevant concentrations of ketamine in the CA1 region of the mouse hippocampus. Moreover, this work shows that the effects of ketamine on LTP and on basal synaptic transmission are dependent of the concentration used. PMID:24637258

  10. Energy transfer model and its applications of ultrasonic gas flow-meter under static and dynamic flow rates

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    Fang, Min; Xu, Ke-Jun; Zhu, Wen-Jiao; Shen, Zi-Wen

    2016-01-01

    Most of the ultrasonic gas flow-meters measure the gas flow rate by calculating the ultrasonic transmission time difference between the downstream and upstream. Ultrasonic energy attenuation occurs in the processes of the ultrasonic generation, conversion, transmission, and reception. Additionally, at the same time, the gas flow will also affect the ultrasonic propagation during the measurement, which results in the ultrasonic energy attenuation and the offset of ultrasonic propagation path. Thus, the ultrasonic energy received by the transducer is weaker. When the gas flow rate increases, this effect becomes more apparent. It leads to the measurement accuracy reduced, and the measurement range narrowed. An energy transfer model, where the ultrasonic gas flow-meter under without/with the gas flow, is established by adopting the statistical analysis and curve fitting based on a large amount of experimental data. The static sub model without the gas flow expresses the energy conversion efficiency of ultrasonic gas transducers, and the dynamic sub model with the gas flow reflects the energy attenuation pattern following the flow rate variations. The mathematical model can be used to determine the minimum energy of the excitation signal for meeting the requirement of specific measurement range, and predict the maximum measurable flow rate in the case of fixed energy of excitation signal. Based on the above studies, a method to enhance the excitation signal energy is proposed under the output power of the transmitting circuit being a finite value so as to extend the measurement rage of ultrasonic gas flow-meter.

  11. Reverberation Reduction in Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers (CMUTs) by Front-face Reflectivity Minimization

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    Savoia, Alessandro Stuart; La Mura, Monica; Mauti, Barbara; Lamberti, Nicola; Caliano, Giosu

    Front-face acoustic reflectivity of ultrasonic imaging transducers, due to acoustic impedance mismatch with the propagation medium, may cause reverberation phenomena during wideband pulse-echo operation. Front-face reflectivity may be reduced by promoting the transmission of the echoes, received from the medium, to the transducer backing, and by maximizing the mechanical-to-electrical energy conversion and dissipation by tuning the electrical load impedance connected to the transducer. In Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers (CMUTs), the energy transfer from the medium to the backing is very low due to the large impedance mismatch between the medium and the transducer substrate, typically made of silicon. Reverse Fabrication Process (RFP) makes it possible providing CMUTs with custom substrate materials, thus eliminating the original silicon microfabrication support. In this paper, we propose two methods for the front-face reflectivity reduction in RFP-CMUTs: the first one is based on the use of low-impedance, highly attenuating backing materials, and the second one is based on the maximization of the mechanoelectrical energy conversion and dissipation. We analyze the methods by finite element simulations and experimentally validate the obtained results by fabricating and characterizing single-element RFP-CMUTs provided with different backing materials and electrical loads.

  12. Integrated ultrasonic and petrographical characterization of carbonate building materials

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    Ligas, Paola; Fais, Silvana; Cuccuru, Francesco

    2014-05-01

    This paper presents the application of non-destructive ultrasonic techniques in evaluating the conservation state and quality of monumental carbonate building materials. Ultrasonic methods are very effective in detecting the elastic characteristics of the materials and thus their mechanical behaviour. They are non-destructive and effective both for site and laboratory tests, though it should be pointed out that ultrasonic data interpretation is extremely complex, since elastic wave velocity heavily depends on moisture, heterogeneity, porosity and other physical properties of the materials. In our study, considering both the nature of the building materials and the constructive types of the investigated monuments, the ultrasonic investigation was carried out in low frequency ultrasonic range (24 kHz - 54 kHz) with the aim of detecting damages and degradation zones and assessing the alterability of the investigated stones by studying the propagation of the longitudinal ultrasonic pulses. In fact alterations in the materials generally cause a decrease in longitudinal pulse velocity values. Therefore starting from longitudinal velocity values the elasto-mechanical behaviour of the stone materials can be deduced. To this aim empirical and effective relations between longitudinal velocity and mechanical properties of the rocks can be used, by transferring the fundamental concepts of the studies of reservoir rocks in the framework of hydrocarbon research to the diagnostic process on stone materials. The ultrasonic measurements were performed both in laboratory and in situ using the Portable Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Digital Indicating Tester (PUNDIT) by C.N.S. Electronics LTD. A number of experimental sessions were carried out choosing different modalities of data acquisition. On the basis of the results of the laboratory measurements, an in situ ultrasonic survey on significant monuments, have been carried out. The ultrasonic measurements were integrated by a petrographical and petrophysical study of the investigated stone materials to correlate their petrographical-petrophysical features with the elastic ones. From this integrated study results that the modifications in the elasto-mechanical and petrographical-petrophysical features of the investigated carbonate materials are the main causes which reduce their quality as building materials. The use of the ultrasonic method integrated with information on petrography and petrophysics of the rocks has been successful to assess the rock quality and better understanding their alteration process. Acknowledgments: This work was financially supported by Sardinian Local Administration (RAS - LR 7 August 2007, n.7, Promotion of Scientific Research and Innovation in Sardinia - Italy, Responsible Scientist: S. Fais).

  13. A Novel Application of Ultrasonic Imaging to Study Smoldering Combustion

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    Tse, S. D.; Anthenien, R. A.; Fernandez-Pello, A. Carlos; Miyasaka, K.

    1997-01-01

    An ultrasonic imaging technique has been developed to examine the propagation of a smolder reaction within a porous combustible material. The technique provides information about the location of a propagating smolder front, as well as line-of-sight average permeability variations of the smoldering material. The method utilizes the observation that transmission of an ultrasonic signal through a porous material increases with permeability. Since a propagating smolder reaction leaves behind char with a higher permeability than the original material, ultrasound transmission can be employed to monitor smolder progress. The technique can also be used to track the char evolution as it continues to react. Experiments are presented where the technique is applied to smoldering combustion in a two-dimensional geometry. The results have furthered the understanding of two-dimensional smolder, especially in identifying the controlling mechanisms leading to the transition from smoldering to flaming. The applicability of ultrasonic tomography to smoldering combustion has also been investigated.

  14. Ultrasonic-Assisted Synthesis of Graphite-Reinforced Al Matrix Nanocomposites

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    Christy Roshini, P.; Nagasivamuni, B.; Raj, Baldev; Ravi, K. R.

    2015-06-01

    A novel approach to produce Al-2 vol.% graphite nanocomposites using micron-sized graphite particles has been reported using conventional stir casting technique combined with ultrasonic treatment. Microstructural observations indicate that the visible agglomerations and porosities are significantly reduced after ultrasonic treatment. Transmission electron microscopy studies of ultrasonic-treated composites reveal that the size of the graphite particles is reduced substantially and its morphology is transformed into flake type structures. The width of the graphite flakes is reduced markedly with the increase in ultrasonic processing time and it is found to be in the range of 100-120 nm with an aspect ratio of 8.83 after 5 min of ultrasonication. Added to that, considerable improvement in the hardness values are noted for ultrasonic-treated Al-2 vol.% graphite composites when compared to conventional untreated composites. The mechanism behind the significant reduction in graphite particle size and porosity, uniform distribution of graphite particles and hardness increments are discussed.

  15. Photoconductive circuit element pulse generator

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    Rauscher, Christen (Alexandria, VA)

    1989-01-01

    A pulse generator for characterizing semiconductor devices at millimeter wavelength frequencies where a photoconductive circuit element (PCE) is biased by a direct current voltage source and produces short electrical pulses when excited into conductance by short laser light pulses. The electrical pulses are electronically conditioned to improve the frequency related amplitude characteristics of the pulses which thereafter propagate along a transmission line to a device under test.

  16. Experimental and simulated ultrasonic characterization of complex damage in fused silica.

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    Martin, L Peter; Chambers, David H; Thomas, Graham H

    2002-02-01

    The growth of a laser-induced, surface damage site in a fused silica window was monitored by the ultrasonic pulse-echo technique. The laser damage was grown using 12-ns pulses of 1.053-microm wavelength light at a fluence of approximately 27 J/cm2. The ultrasonic data were acquired after each pulse of the laser beam for 19 pulses. In addition, optical images of the surface and subsurface damage shape were recorded after each pulse of the laser. The ultrasonic signal amplitude exhibited variations with the damage size, which were attributed to the subsurface morphology of the damage site. A mechanism for the observed ultrasonic data based on the interaction of the ultrasound with cracks radiating from the damage site was tested using two-dimensional numerical simulations. The simulated results exhibit qualitatively similar characteristics to the experimental data and demonstrate the usefulness of numerical simulation as an aid for ultrasonic signal interpretation. The observed sensitivity to subsurface morphology makes the ultrasonic methodology a promising tool for monitoring laser damage in large aperture laser optics used in fusion energy research. PMID:11885682

  17. Ultrasonics in Dentistry

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    Walmsley, A. D.

    Ultrasonic instruments have been used in dentistry since the 1950's. Initially they were used to cut teeth but very quickly they became established as an ultrasonic scaler which was used to remove deposits from the hard tissues of the tooth. This enabled the soft tissues around the tooth to return to health. The ultrasonic vibrations are generated in a thin metal probe and it is the working tip that is the active component of the instrument. Scanning laser vibrometry has shown that there is much variability in their movement which is related to the shape and cross sectional shape of the probe. The working instrument will also generate cavitation and microstreaming in the associated cooling water. This can be mapped out along the length of the instrument indicating which are the active areas. Ultrasonics has also found use for cleaning often inaccessible or different surfaces including root canal treatment and dental titanium implants. The use of ultrasonics to cut bone during different surgical techniques shows considerable promise. More research is indicated to determine how to maximize the efficiency of such instruments so that they are more clinically effective.

  18. Ultrasonic characterization of granites obtained from industrial quarries of Extremadura (Spain).

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    del Ro, L M; Lpez, F; Esteban, F J; Tejado, J J; Mota, M; Gonzlez, I; San Emeterio, J L; Ramos, A

    2006-12-22

    The industry of ornamental rocks, such as granites, represents one of the most important industrial activities in the region of Extremadura, SW Spain. A detailed knowledge of the intrinsic properties of this natural stone and its environmental evolution is a required goal in order to fully characterize its quality. In this work, two independent NDT acoustic techniques have been used to measure the acoustic velocity of longitudinal waves in different prismatic granitic-samples of industrial quarries. A low-frequency transceiver set-up, based on a high-voltage BPV Steinkamp instrument and two 50 kHz probes, has been used to measure pulse travel times by ultrasonic through-transmission testing. In complementary fashion, an Erudite MK3 test equipment with an electromagnetic vibrator and two piezoelectric sensors has also been employed to measure ultrasonic velocity by means of a resonance-based method, using the same types of granite varieties. In addition, a comprehensive set of physical/mechanical properties have also been analyzed, according to Spanish regulations in force, by means of alternative methods including destructive techniques such as strength, porosity, absorption, etc. A large number of samples, representing the most important varieties of granites from quarries of Extremadura, have been analyzed using the above-mentioned procedures. Some results obtained by destructive techniques have been correlated with those found using ultrasonic techniques. Our experimental setting allowed a complementary characterization of granite samples and a thorough validation of the different techniques employed, thus providing the industry of ornamental rocks with a non-destructive tool that will facilitate a more detailed insight on the properties of the rocks under study. PMID:16814343

  19. Ultrasonic Velocities in Lightly-Loaded Natural and Synthetic Granular Media*

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    Du Frane, W.; Toffelmier, D.; Carlson, S.; Bonner, B.; Berge, P.

    2002-12-01

    The seismic properties of near surface soils are of interest for a variety of problems, including pore fluid identification and tracking, wave propagation modeling, geotechnical site characterization, static corrections for reflection seismology, and locating underground objects. Ultrasonic velocities increase rapidly when a granular material is loaded as contact stress and area and coordination number of grain contacts increase. Porosity, grain size and distribution, grain shape, and mineralogy all play a role in determining this nonlinear response. We adapted the ultrasonic pulse transmission method to measure compressional (P) and shear (S) wave velocities at ultrasonic frequencies (100-500 kHz) for lightly loaded artificial soils (to 0.1 MPa maximum). Samples were fabricated from Ottawa sand (some with montmorillonite added), Santa Cruz beach aggregate, artificial glass beads, and alumina spheres. All materials were characterized with the SEM before the experiments. We focused on packing, mineralogy, and hysteretic effects in our study and found that compressional velocities vary from ~200 to ~700 m/s over the narrow loading range investigated as a result of these effects. In light cyclic loading of pure Ottawa sand we observed hysteretic effects in the shear mode velocity, implicating sticking of the grains. Our measurements demonstrate a cubic relationship between stress and compressional wave velocity for pure quartz sand, as predicted by Hertzian contact theory when grain roughness is incorporated. The sand/clay mixtures were found to have very different properties from pure sand. The clay bridged sand grains creating more area at the contacts and higher sound speeds over the narrow loading range, but suppressed the strong nonlinear behavior predicted by Hertzian contact theory. *This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by the University of California, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under contract number W-7405-ENG-48 and was supported specifically by the Environmental Management Science Program of the Office of Environmental Management and the Office of Energy Research.

  20. One-step 3D full-colour and achromatic transmission holograms digitally printed using a 440nm pulsed laser for embossed applications

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    Zacharovas, Stanislovas; Nikolskij, Andrej; Bakanas, Ramunas; Brotherton-Ratcliffe, David

    2013-03-01

    The Direct Write Digital Holography (DWDH) technique has been used to print master-original holograms for embossed applications using a 440nm pulsed laser. Holograms were recorded on both Silver Halide photo-plates and Shipley photoresist photo-plates. Shipley photoresist consistently exhibited a sensitivity to pulsed radiation several times better than that observed on exposure to CW radiation. In addition, image quality of the recorded holograms using pulsed radiation appeared very similar to that obtainable with CW exposure. The clear implication is that pulsed lasers emitting at 440nm can replace the CW HeCd lasers currently used for the origination of embossed holograms. Master-original holograms recorded with the DWDH technique are able to record deep 3D imagery. The origination technique described allows the production of master-original holograms with achromatic or full colour images. In addition the DWDH technique allows one to combine achromatic and full colour images on one hologram. As a proof of concept, embossing matrix shims were produced from our master-original holograms and embossed holograms were stamped.

  1. Ultrasonic evaluation of high-voltage circuit boards

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    Klima, S. J.; Riley, T. J.

    1978-01-01

    Ultrasonic transmission technique, using reflector plate, indicates resistance to corona formation. Technique is useful as tool for mapping specific panels to permit selecting best areas of laminate for circuit board use. Procedure is relatively safe, fast, inexpensive, and uses commercially-available equipment.

  2. Artificial Intelligence Assists Ultrasonic Inspection

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    Schaefer, Lloyd A.; Willenberg, James D.

    1992-01-01

    Subtle indications of flaws extracted from ultrasonic waveforms. Ultrasonic-inspection system uses artificial intelligence to help in identification of hidden flaws in electron-beam-welded castings. System involves application of flaw-classification logic to analysis of ultrasonic waveforms.

  3. Flexible ultrasonic array system for inspecting thick composite structures

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    Frankle, Robert S.; Rose, Douglas N.

    1995-06-01

    Composite materials, which have commonly been used in recreational boats, are now being applied to more challenging marine applications. The high specific stiffness and strength of composites translates into increased range and payload. Composites offer the added benefits of corrosion and erosion resistance, fatigue and wear resistance, reduced signature, and reduced maintenance and life cycle costs as compared to traditional metallic structures. Although ultrasonic techniques are typically used to inspect composite structures, thick composites, such as those used in marine applications, are difficult to inspect with ordinary ultrasonic methods. An ultrasonic inspection system is being developed for the US Army to inspect thick composite materials for future armored vehicles. This system is an extension of the existing PARIS flexible array ultrasonic inspection system, which was originally developed for inspecting thin composite aircraft structures. The extension is designed to increase ultrasonic penetration by 1) fabricating an array that operates at lower frequency and higher voltage, and 2) employing a synthetic pulse technique. The flexible array can rapidly inspect large areas and produce images of the inspection results that are easy to interpret. This paper describes the ultrasonic inspection system and presents examples of inspection results from both thick and thin composite materials.

  4. Cluster-enhanced sparse approximation of overlapping ultrasonic echoes.

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    Mor, Etai; Aladjem, Mayer; Azoulay, Amnon

    2015-02-01

    Ultrasonic pulse-echo methods have been used extensively in non-destructive testing of layered structures. In acoustic measurements on thin layers, the resulting echoes from two successive interfaces overlap in time, making it difficult to assess the individual echo parameters. Over the last decade sparse approximation methods have been extensively used to address this issue. These methods employ a large dictionary of elementary functions (atoms) and attempt to select the smallest subset of atoms (sparsest approximation) that represent the ultrasonic signal accurately. In this paper we propose the cluster-enhanced sparse approximation (CESA) method for estimating overlapping ultrasonic echoes. CESA is specifically adapted to deal with a large number of signals acquired during an ultrasonic scan. It incorporates two principal algorithms. The first is a clustering algorithm, which divides a set of signals comprising an ultrasonic scan into groups of signals that can be approximated by the same set of atoms. The second is a two-stage iterative algorithm, which alternates between update of the atoms associated with each cluster, and re-clustering of the signals according to the updated atoms. Because CESA operates on clusters of signals, it achieves improved results in terms of approximation error and computation time compared with conventional sparse methods, which operate on each signal separately. The superior ability of CESA to approximate highly overlapping ultrasonic echoes is demonstrated through simulation and experiments on adhesively bonded structures. PMID:25643086

  5. Ultrasonic Processing of Materials

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    Han, Qingyou

    2015-08-01

    Irradiation of high-energy ultrasonic vibration in metals and alloys generates oscillating strain and stress fields in solids, and introduces nonlinear effects such as cavitation, acoustic streaming, and radiation pressure in molten materials. These nonlinear effects can be utilized to assist conventional material processing processes. This article describes recent research at Oak Ridge National Labs and Purdue University on using high-intensity ultrasonic vibrations for degassing molten aluminum, processing particulate-reinforced metal matrix composites, refining metals and alloys during solidification process and welding, and producing bulk nanostructures in solid metals and alloys. Research results suggest that high-intensity ultrasonic vibration is capable of degassing and dispersing small particles in molten alloys, reducing grain size during alloy solidification, and inducing nanostructures in solid metals.

  6. Acousto-ultrasonics

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    Vary, Alex

    1990-01-01

    The theoretical development, methodology, and potential applications of acousto-ultrasonic nondestructive testing are set forth in an overview to assess the effectiveness of the technique. Stochastic wave propagation is utilized to isolate and describe defects in fiber-reinforced composites, particularly emphasizing the integrated effects of diffuse populations of subcritical flaws. The generation and nature of acousto-ultrasonic signals are described in detail, and stress-wave factor analysis of the signals is discussed. Applications of acousto-ultrasonics are listed including the prediction of failure sites, assessing fatique and impact damage, calculating ultimate tensile strength, and determining interlaminar bond strength. The method can identify subtle but important variations in fiber-reinforced composites, and development of the related instrumentation technology is emphasized.

  7. Ultrasonic/Sonic Jackhammer

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    Bar-Cohen, Yoseph (Inventor); Sherrit, Stewart (Inventor); Herz, Jack L. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    The invention provides a novel jackhammer that utilizes ultrasonic and/or sonic vibrations as source of power. It is easy to operate and does not require extensive training, requiring substantially less physical capabilities from the user and thereby increasing the pool of potential operators. An important safety benefit is that it does not fracture resilient or compliant materials such as cable channels and conduits, tubing, plumbing, cabling and other embedded fixtures that may be encountered along the impact path. While the ultrasonic/sonic jackhammer of the invention is able to cut concrete and asphalt, it generates little back-propagated shocks or vibrations onto the mounting fixture, and can be operated from an automatic platform or robotic system. PNEUMATICS; ULTRASONICS; IMPACTORS; DRILLING; HAMMERS BRITTLE MATERIALS; DRILL BITS; PROTOTYPES; VIBRATION

  8. Ultrasonic Stir Welding

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    Nabors, Sammy

    2015-01-01

    NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) developed Ultrasonic Stir Welding (USW) to join large pieces of very high-strength metals such as titanium and Inconel. USW, a solid-state weld process, improves current thermal stir welding processes by adding high-power ultrasonic (HPU) energy at 20 kHz frequency. The addition of ultrasonic energy significantly reduces axial, frictional, and shear forces; increases travel rates; and reduces wear on the stir rod, which results in extended stir rod life. The USW process decouples the heating, stirring, and forging elements found in the friction stir welding process allowing for independent control of each process element and, ultimately, greater process control and repeatability. Because of the independent control of USW process elements, closed-loop temperature control can be integrated into the system so that a constant weld nugget temperature can be maintained during welding.

  9. Ultrasonic system characterization

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    Busse, L.J.; Becker, F.L.; Bowey, R.E.; Doctor, S.R.; Gribble, R.P.; Posakony, G.J.

    1982-01-01

    The need for standardized and reproducible ultrasonic test system performance is well known. Here reproducible means that results obtained must be repeatable from day-to-day and also more broadly, test procedures should be repeatable at many different locations by different personnel. This can be accomplished only if the performance characteristics of the test systems are well known. Methods for characterization of ultrasonic systems are presented. The total instrument system is considered as three separate components consisting of a transmitter/pulser, transducer including cable, and receiver-display section. The operation of each component is assessed independently. The measurements are, for the most part, performed using a desk-top calculator and plotter which can produce finished four color data sheets. The results of evaluations of commercially available ultrasonic instruments and transducers are presented.

  10. High Frequency Ultrasonic Imaging

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    Shung, K Kirk

    2010-01-01

    High frequency ultrasonic imaging is considered by many to be the next frontier in ultrasound. It has many clinical applications ranging from imaging the eye and skin to small animal imaging. Small animal imaging has recently generated intense interest for the purpose of evaluating the efficacy of drugs and gene therapy. Commercial high frequency scanners often termed ultrasonic biomicroscope, or UBM, all use mechanically scanned single element transducers at frequencies between 30 to 60 MHz with a frame rate of 30 frames/second or lower. To alleviate problems with UBMs which include mechanical motion and fixed focusing, high frequency linear arrays and imaging systems in the 2050 MHz range have been developed. In this paper, current efforts in the development of high frequency ultrasonic imaging will be reviewed and potential biomedical applications discussed. PMID:20445825

  11. Ultrasonic system characterization

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    Busse, L. J.; Becker, F. L.; Bowey, R. E.; Doctor, S. R.; Gribble, R. P.; Posakony, G. J.

    The need for standardized and reproducible ultrasonic test system performance is well known. Here reproducible means that results obtained must be repeatable from day-to-day and also more broadly, test procedures should be repeatable at many different locations by different personnel. This can be accomplished only if the performance characteristics of the test systems are well known. Methods for characterization of ultrasonic systems are presented. The total instrument system is considered as three separate components consisting of a transmitter/pulser, transducer including cable, and receiver-display section. The operation of each component is assessed independently. The measurements are, for the most part, performed using a desk-top calculator and plotter which can produce finished four color data sheets. The results of evaluations of commercially available ultrasonic instruments and transducers are presented.

  12. Ultrasonic Leak Detection System

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    Youngquist, Robert C. (Inventor); Moerk, J. Steven (Inventor)

    1998-01-01

    A system for detecting ultrasonic vibrations. such as those generated by a small leak in a pressurized container. vessel. pipe. or the like. comprises an ultrasonic transducer assembly and a processing circuit for converting transducer signals into an audio frequency range signal. The audio frequency range signal can be used to drive a pair of headphones worn by an operator. A diode rectifier based mixing circuit provides a simple, inexpensive way to mix the transducer signal with a square wave signal generated by an oscillator, and thereby generate the audio frequency signal. The sensitivity of the system is greatly increased through proper selection and matching of the system components. and the use of noise rejection filters and elements. In addition, a parabolic collecting horn is preferably employed which is mounted on the transducer assembly housing. The collecting horn increases sensitivity of the system by amplifying the received signals. and provides directionality which facilitates easier location of an ultrasonic vibration source.

  13. Acousto-ultrasonics

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    Vary, Alex

    The theoretical development, methodology, and potential applications of acousto-ultrasonic nondestructive testing are set forth in an overview to assess the effectiveness of the technique. Stochastic wave propagation is utilized to isolate and describe defects in fiber-reinforced composites, particularly emphasizing the integrated effects of diffuse populations of subcritical flaws. The generation and nature of acousto-ultrasonic signals are described in detail, and stress-wave factor analysis of the signals is discussed. Applications of acousto-ultrasonics are listed including the prediction of failure sites, assessing fatique and impact damage, calculating ultimate tensile strength, and determining interlaminar bond strength. The method can identify subtle but important variations in fiber-reinforced composites, and development of the related instrumentation technology is emphasized.

  14. Ultrasonic humidification for telecommunications

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    Longo, F. )

    1994-03-01

    This article examines two installations which demonstrate that ultrasonic humidification is an excellent option for large-scale commercial installations. Many existing telephone switching centers constructed 20 to 30 years ago were equipped with electro-mechanical switching equipment that was not sensitive to humidity. Today's sophisticated solid-state telecommunications equipment requires specific levels of relative humidity to operate properly. Over the last several years, Einhorn Yaffee Prescott (formerly Rose Beaton + Rose) designed two of the largest ultrasonic humidification systems at telecommunications buildings located in Cheshire, Conn., and White Plains, N.Y. The Cheshire project was a retrofit to the existing system in a 1960s building; the White Plains project involved an upgrade to a totally new air handling system, including an ultrasonic humidification component, in a 1950s building.

  15. Simultaneous triple-modality imaging of diffuse reflectance, optoacoustic pressure and ultrasonic scattering using an acoustic-resolution photoacoustic microscope: feasibility study

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    Subochev, Pavel; Fiks, Ilya; Frenz, Martin; Turchin, llya

    2016-02-01

    The letter discusses the opportunity for cost-effective use of conventional optoacoustic hardware to realize additional imaging modalities such as ultrasonic microscopy and diffuse optical reflectometry within the same laser pulse. Optoacoustic methods for deep biomedical visualization are based on pulsed laser illumination of the internal tissue layers with scattered photons, however some of the back-scattered photons can be absorbed by the optoacoustic detector. Thermoelastic extension of the detector’s surface provides a probing pulse for an ultrasonic modality while the measurement of the amplitude of the probing ultrasonic pulse allows estimation of the diffuse reflectance from the object under investigation.

  16. Ultrasonic thermoacoustic energy converter.

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    Flitcroft, Myra; Symko, Orest G

    2013-03-01

    Thermoacoustic prime movers have been developed for operation in the low ultrasonic frequency range by scaling down the device size. The developed engines operate at frequencies up to 23 kHz. They are self-sustained oscillators whose dimensions scale inversely with operating frequency. The smallest one being 3.4 mm long with a 1mm diameter bore, i.e. the engine inner volume of 2.67 mm(3). The generated sound levels reached intensities in the range of 143-150 dB in the low ultrasonic range. The miniaturization of thermoacoustic engines will lead to the development of device arrays. PMID:23218928

  17. Ultrasonic shear wave couplant

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    Kupperman, David S.; Lanham, Ronald N.

    1985-01-01

    Ultrasonically testing of an article at high temperatures is accomplished by the use of a compact layer of a dry ceramic powder as a couplant in a method which involves providing an ultrasonic transducer as a probe capable of transmitting shear waves, coupling the probe to the article through a thin compact layer of a dry ceramic powder, propagating a shear wave from the probe through the ceramic powder and into the article to develop echo signals, and analyzing the echo signals to determine at least one physical characteristic of the article.

  18. Ultrasonic shear wave couplant

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    Kupperman, D.S.; Lanham, R.N.

    1984-04-11

    Ultrasonically testing of an article at high temperatures is accomplished by the use of a compact layer of a dry ceramic powder as a couplant in a method which involves providing an ultrasonic transducer as a probe capable of transmitting shear waves, coupling the probe to the article through a thin compact layer of a dry ceramic powder, propagating a shear wave from the probe through the ceramic powder and into the article to develop echo signals, and analyzing the echo signals to determine at least one physical characteristic of the article.

  19. Ultrasonic/Sonic Jackhammer

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    Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Sherrit, Stewart; Herz, Jack

    2005-01-01

    An ultrasonic/sonic jackhammer (USJ) is the latest in a series of related devices. Each of these devices cuts into a brittle material by means of hammering and chiseling actions of a tool bit excited with a combination of ultrasonic and sonic vibrations. A small-scale prototype of the USJ has been demonstrated. A fully developed, full-scale version of the USJ would be used for cutting through concrete, rocks, hard asphalt, and other materials to which conventional pneumatic jackhammers are applied, but the USJ would offer several advantages over conventional pneumatic jackhammers.

  20. Automated ultrasonic measuring system

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    Umeagukwu, C. I.; Peters, W. H.; Dickerson, J. R.; Ranson, W. F.

    1987-01-01

    An experiment in which a microcomputer in the single-chip mode is utilized to control an acoustic-imaging process is described. The experiment was conducted using an aluminum specimen with a spherical deformation on the upper surface, a noncontact-piezoelectric transducers to transmit waves, and an eight-bit microprocessor. The effects of deformation on the transmitted acoustic waves and on the reflected ultrasonic waves are investigated. Intensity distributions for the specimen are studied. Block diagrams of the automated ultrasonic-measuring system are provided.

  1. Scattering of ultrasonic waves by void inclusions.

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    Ruffino, E; Delsanto, P P

    2000-10-01

    The Local Interaction Simulation Approach (LISA) has been applied to study the propagation of ultrasonic pulses in materials containing void inclusions. First the case of a single scatterer has been considered, with the conclusion that a void must be represented by at least four cells of the discretization lattice. Then the case of ultrasound propagation in a material with both a regular and random distribution of inclusions has been studied. Interesting interference effects have been obtained and it can be concluded that in both cases LISA allows reliable and efficient simulations to be performed. PMID:11051521

  2. Ultrasonic breast imaging using a wave-equation migration method

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    Huang, Lianjie; Duric, Nebojsa; Littrup, Peter J.

    2003-05-01

    Reflection imaging has the potential to produce higher-resolution breast images than transmission tomography; however, the current clinical reflection imaging technique yields poor-quality breast images due to speckle. We present a new ultrasonic breast imaging method for obtaining high-resolution and clear breast images using ultrasonic reflection data acquired by a new ultrasonic scanning device that provides a better illumination of targets of interest than the clinical B-scan. The new imaging method is based on the solution of the wave equation in Cartesian coordinates and is implemented using Fast Fourier Transform algorithms. We apply the new ultrasonic breast imaging method to two ultrasonic data sets obtained using an experimental ultrasound scanner recently developed by the Karmanos Cancer Institute. One data set was acquired for a "cyst" phantom using 360 transmitter positions and 321 receiver positions along a 20-cm diameter ring. Another data set was collected with 180 transmitter positions and 1601 receiver positions along a 30-cm diameter ring with the breast specimen located at the center of the ring. We report on the breast imaging results for these two data sets using the new breast imaging method. The results demonstrate that the wave-equation-based ultrasonic breast imaging has the potential to produce high-resolution breast images.

  3. Determination of avocado and mango fruit properties by ultrasonic technique.

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    Mizrach, A

    2000-03-01

    A nondestructive ultrasonic measurement system was developed for the assessment of some transmission parameters which might have quantitative relations with the maturity, firmness and other quality-related properties of avocado and mango fruits. The system utilizes a set of low-frequency probes arranged to measure the ultrasonic signal transmitted and received over a short distance across the peel. The attenuation of the ultrasonic waves, transmitted through the peel and the attached fruit tissue, changes as a result of the progressive ripening and softening of the fruit during the fruiting season and in the course of storage. The present study quantitatively addressed the linkage between the ultrasonic attenuation and the physiological parameters of the flesh of the fruits. Results were obtained in the time and frequency domain, and the data set was analyzed statistically to identify the relations between the major physiological indices and the ultrasonic parameters. Quantitative relations were developed to describe the linkage between ultrasonic parameters and the maturity, firmness and other quality-related properties in mango and avocado fruits. PMID:10829759

  4. Ultrasonics without a source: thermal fluctuation correlations at MHz frequencies.

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    Weaver, R L; Lobkis, O I

    2001-09-24

    Noise generated in an ultrasonic receiver circuit consisting of transducer and amplifier is usually ignored, or treated as a nuisance. Here it is argued that acoustic thermal fluctuations, with displacement amplitudes of 3 fm, contain substantial ultrasonic information. It is shown that the noise autocorrelation function is the waveform that would be obtained in a direct pulse/echo measurement. That thesis is demonstrated in experiments in which direct measurements are compared to correlation functions. The thermal nature of the elastodynamic noise that generates these correlations is confirmed by an absolute measurement of their strength, essentially a measurement of the sample temperature. PMID:11580591

  5. Focused high frequency needle transducer for ultrasonic imaging and trapping

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    Hsu, Hsiu-Sheng; Zheng, Fan; Li, Ying; Lee, Changyang; Zhou, Qifa; Kirk Shung, K.

    2012-07-01

    A miniature focused needle transducer (<1 mm) was fabricated using the press-focusing technique. The measured pulse-echo waveform showed the transducer had center frequency of 57.5 MHz with 54% bandwidth and 14 dB insertion loss. To evaluate the performance of this type of transducer, invitro ultrasonic biomicroscopy imaging on the rabbit eye was obtained. Moreover, a single beam acoustic trapping experiment was performed using this transducer. Trapping of targeted particle size smaller than the ultrasonic wavelength was observed. Potential applications of these devices include minimally invasive measurements of retinal blood flow and single beam acoustic trapping of microparticles.

  6. Laser ultrasonic generation at the surface of a liquid metal

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    Walter, J.B.; Telschow, K.L.; Conant, R.J.

    1995-01-01

    The noncontacting nature of laser-based ultrasonic measurement has made it attractive in many applications. While most applications thus far involve solid samples, molten metals encountered in some stages of metal processing appear well suited to this technique. Possible applications for liquid metals include locating and characterizing the liquid/solid interface; characterizing a surface layer, contaminant, or alloying constituent; and measuring the temperature of the sample surface or bulk. This work aimed to characterize laser generation of ultrasound in liquid metals to facilitate the development of techniques for these applications. This paper describes measurements of the angular distribution and energy dependence of laser-generated ultrasound in mercury at ambient temperature. Mercury was chosen as the model liquid metal because it is liquid at room temperature, and so should have negligible temperature gradients beyond those produced in the laser generation process, and because it exhibits a very shallow optical penetration depth. Brief descriptions about the theory of laser generation by thermoelastic and ablation sources at the surface of a liquid metal are included. Both thermoelastic expansion and ablation cause similar ultrasound generation in liquid metals when laser generated ultrasonic pulses are directed perpendicular to the surface of liquid metals. The ultrasonic pulse amplitude is proportional to the absorbed laser pulse energy for both mechanisms. The simple threshold model presented for ablation describes the transition from thermoelastic generation with the model`s two parameters being material dependent. For mercury, ablation produces about 100 times larger ultrasonic pulse amplitudes than thermoelastic expansion and has a threshold of about 6 MW/square cm. Molten metals offer a good medium for studying ablation, since the surface is always refreshed and ablation, at least for mercury, dominates ultrasonic generation above the threshold.

  7. Nondestructive Ultrasonic Inspection of Friction Stir Welds

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    Tabatabaeipour, M.; Hettler, J.; Delrue, S.; Van Den Abeele, K.

    Friction Stir Welding (FSW) is a relatively new solid-state welding procedure developed at The Welding Institute (TWI-UK) and the technique is widely employed for welding aluminum alloys in various applications. In order to examine the quality of the welds and to detect a variety of welding flaws such as wormholes and root-flaws, it is required to develop a methodical inspection technique that can be used for the identification and localization of such defects. The most prevalent and risky defect in this type of welding is the barely visible root flaw with a length varying from 100-700 μm. Due to the extreme characteristics of the flaw, off-the-shelf ultrasonic weld inspection methods are not always able to readily detect this type of minute defect feature. Here, we propose a novel approach to characterize root flaws using an oblique incident ultrasonic C-scan backscattering analysis. The implementation consists of an immersion ultrasonic testing method in pulse echo (i.e. backscatter) mode with a 3.5 MHz transducer, and makes use of an empirical procedure to engender of a shear wave dominated excitation at the root surface, and to properly gate the received signal for root flaw examination. By scanning the surface above the welded component, a C-scan image displaying the backscatter response from the root surface of the nugget zone can be obtained which allows a simple interpretation of the root flaw status of the weld.

  8. Ultrasonic Study of Dislocation Dynamics in Lithium -

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    Han, Myeong-Deok

    1987-09-01

    Experimental studies of dislocation dynamics in LiF single crystals, using ultrasonic techniques combined with dynamic loading, were performed to investigate the time evolution of the plastic deformation process under a short stress pulse at room temperature, and the temperature dependence of the dislocation damping mechanism in the temperature range 25 - 300(DEGREES)K. From the former, the time dependence of the ultrasonic attenuation was understood as resulting from dislocation multiplication followed by the evolution of mobile dislocations to immobile ones under large stress. From the latter, the temperature dependence of the ultrasonic attenuation was interpreted as due to the motion of the dislocation loops overcoming the periodic Peierls potential barrier in a manner analogous to the motion of a thermalized sine-Gordon chain under a small stress. The Peierls stress obtained from the experimental results by application of Seeger's relaxation model with exponential dislocation length distribution was 4.26MPa, which is consistent with the lowest stress for the linear relation between the dislocation velocity and stress observed by Flinn and Tinder.

  9. A device for human ultrasonic echolocation

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    Gaub, Benjamin M.; Rodgers, Chris C.; Li, Crystal; DeWeese, Michael R.; Harper, Nicol S.

    2015-01-01

    Objective We present a device that combines principles of ultrasonic echolocation and spatial hearing to provide human users with environmental cues that are 1) not otherwise available to the human auditory system and 2) richer in object, and spatial information than the more heavily processed sonar cues of other assistive devices. The device consists of a wearable headset with an ultrasonic emitter and stereo microphones with affixed artificial pinnae. The goal of this study is to describe the device and evaluate the utility of the echoic information it provides. Methods The echoes of ultrasonic pulses were recorded and time-stretched to lower their frequencies into the human auditory range, then played back to the user. We tested performance among naive and experienced sighted volunteers using a set of localization experiments in which the locations of echo-reflective surfaces were judged using these time stretched echoes. Results Naive subjects were able to make laterality and distance judgments, suggesting that the echoes provide innately useful information without prior training. Naive subjects were generally unable to make elevation judgments from recorded echoes. However trained subjects demonstrated an ability to judge elevation as well. Conclusion This suggests that the device can be used effectively to examine the environment and that the human auditory system can rapidly adapt to these artificial echolocation cues. Significance Interpreting and interacting with the external world constitutes a major challenge for persons who are blind or visually impaired. This device has the potential to aid blind people in interacting with their environment. PMID:25608301

  10. High energy, low frequency, ultrasonic transducer

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    Brown, Albert E. (Hayward, CA)

    2000-01-01

    A wide bandwidth, ultrasonic transducer to generate nondispersive, extensional, pulsed acoustic pressure waves into concrete reinforced rods and tendons. The wave propagation distance is limited to double the length of the rod. The transducer acoustic impedance is matched to the rod impedance for maximum transfer of acoustic energy. The efficiency of the transducer is approximately 60 percent, depending upon the type of active elements used in the transducer. The transducer input energy is, for example, approximately 1 mJ. Ultrasonic reflections will occur at points along the rod where there are changes of one percent of a wavelength in the rod diameter. A reduction in the rod diameter will reflect a phase reversed echo, as compared with the reflection from an incremental increase in diameter. Echo signal processing of the stored waveform permits a reconstruction of those echoes into an image of the rod. The ultrasonic transducer has use in the acoustic inspection of long (40+foot) architectural reinforcements and structural supporting members, such as in bridges and dams.

  11. Ultrasonic wave techniques and characterization of filled elastomers and biodegradable polymers

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    Wu, Hsueh-Chang

    Ultrasonic wave technique is an excellent method for non-destructive testing and for the monitoring of polymer curing, fatigue damage and polymer transition. It is also a potentially effective tool to be applied in the characterization of high frequency viscoelastic properties of polymers. This research represents the effort to improve and further develop ultrasonic wave techniques and extend its applications to new material evaluation areas. The work is presented as followings: In chapter 1, the fundamental wave propagation theories and characterization of the viscoelastic properties of materials by acoustic parameters were briefly reviewed. In chapter 2, the effects of carbon black filler on the elastomers were studied by the longitudinal wave pulse-echo technique. It is found that the enhanced pulse-echo technique is able to characterize the effects of polymer base, filler loading level, type as well as temperature, on the acoustic properties of filled elastomers. In chapter 3, the application of longitudinal wave pulse-echo technique was extended to the monitoring of the degradation process of biodegradable polymers: poly (glycolic acid)(PGA), poly (lactic acid) (PLA) and their copolymer-poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) (PDLLG). It shows that the pulse-echo technique is able to differentiate the effects of polymer structure and preparation method on the degradation behavior of biopolymers. In chapter 4, the Young's modulus, shear modulus, bulk modulus and Poisson ratio of carbon black filled elastomers were determined by the longitudinal wave pulse-echo method and the shear wave through-transmission method. The effects of polymer base, filler loading and dispersion on the elastomers were also studied by the calculated elastic constants. In chapter 5, the effects of carbon black filler on the elastomers were studied by an innovative calibrated longitudinal and shear wave surface impedance technique. The results show that the effects of polymer base, filler loading level and dispersion can be characterized and there is an optimal dispersion time for the mixing process of rubber manufacturing. In the last chapter, an overall conclusion was given regarding the whole theoretical and experimental work in the study.

  12. Experiments with Ultrasonic Transducers.

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    Greenslade, Thomas R., Jr.

    1994-01-01

    Discusses the use of 40 kHz ultrasonic transducers to study wave phenomena. Determines that the resulting wavelength of 9 mm allows acoustic experiments to be performed on a tabletop. Includes transducer characteristics and activities on speed of sound, reflection, double- and single-slit diffraction, standing waves, acoustical zone plate, and

  13. Ultrasonic degradation of DNA.

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    Elsner, H I; Lindblad, E B

    1989-12-01

    Different results are obtained when DNA in aqueous solution and DNA in biological tissue are exposed to ultrasound. At intensities of ultrasound comparable to those applied clinically, ultrasonication is able to degrade purified DNA in aqueous solution, making ultrasonication a useful tool for preparing DNA fragments in vitro. Ultrasonic degradation of DNA in solution occurs by breaking hydrogen bonds and by single-strand and double-strand ruptures of the DNA helix. Two mechanisms are mainly responsible: cavitation and a thermal or mechanical effect. Stable cavitation is seen at low intensities of ultrasound. Increasing the intensity of the ultrasound above 2 W/cm2 is followed by increases in single-strand ruptures due to the creation of free radicals by transient cavitation. Following sonication, the distribution of the resulting DNA fragments approaches a lower size limit of 100-500 bp. Breaks in the DNA helix occur mainly between oxygen and carbon atoms, resulting in DNA fragments with a phosphorylated 5' end and a free alcohol at the 3' end. The relative lack of specificity in degrading the DNA helix makes ultrasonication a complementary alternative to the highly specific fragmentation obtained by restriction endonucleases. PMID:2693020

  14. Scanning ultrasonic probe

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    Kupperman, David S. (Oak Park, IL); Reimann, Karl J. (Lisle, IL)

    1982-01-01

    The invention is an ultrasonic testing device for rapid and complete examination of the test specimen, and is particularly well suited for evaluation of tubular test geometries. A variety of defect categories may be detected and analyzed at one time and their positions accurately located in a single pass down the test specimen.

  15. Scanning ultrasonic probe

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    Kupperman, D.S.; Reimann, K.J.

    1980-12-09

    The invention is an ultrasonic testing device for rapid and complete examination of the test specimen, and is particularly well suited for evaluation of tubular test geometries. A variety of defect categories may be detected and anlayzed at one time and their positions accurately located in a single pass down the test specimen.

  16. Broadband Ultrasonic Transducers

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    Heyser, R. C.

    1986-01-01

    New geometry spreads out resonance region of piezoelectric crystal. In new transducer, crystal surfaces made nonparallel. One surface planar; other, concave. Geometry designed to produce nearly uniform response over a predetermined band of frequencies and to attenuate strongly frequencies outside band. Greater bandwidth improves accuracy of sonar and ultrasonic imaging equipment.

  17. Exploring the use of Low-intensity Ultrasonics as a Tool for Assessing the Salt Content in Pork Meat Products

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    Garca-Prez, J. V.; de Prados, M.; Martnez-Escriv, G.; Gonzlez, R.; Mulet, A.; Benedito, J.

    Meat industry demands non-destructive techniques for the control of the salting process to achieve a homogeneous final salt content in salted meat products. The feasibility of using low-intensity ultrasound for characterizing the salting process of pork meat products was evaluated. The ultrasonic velocity (V) and time of flight (TF) were measured by through-transmission and pulse-echo methods, respectively, in salted meat products. Salting involved an increase of the V in meat muscles and a decrease of the time of flight in whole hams. Measuring the V before and after salting, the salt content could be estimated. Moreover, online monitoring of the salting process by computing the TF could be considered a reliable tool for quality control purposes.

  18. Coupling apparatus for ultrasonic medical diagnostic system

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    Frazer, R. E. (Inventor)

    1978-01-01

    An apparatus for the ultrasonic scanning of a breast or other tissue is reported that contains a cavity for receiving the breast, a vacuum for drawing the breast into intimate contact with the walls of the cavity, and transducers coupled through a fluid to the cavity to transmit sound waves through the breast. Each transducer lies at the end of a tapered chamber which has flexible walls and which is filled with fluid, so that the transducer can be moved in a raster pattern while the chamber walls flex accordingly, with sound transmission always occurring through the fluid.

  19. Ultrasonic force microscopy on strained antimony nanoparticles.

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    Cuberes, M T; Stegemann, B; Kaiser, B; Rademann, K

    2007-10-01

    Ultrasonic force microscopy (UFM) is used to resolve the elastic nanostructure of strained antimony (Sb) particles. These nanoparticles were formed by aggregation and spontaneous rapid crystallization of thermally deposited Sb onto the (0001) basal planes of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) and molybdenum disulfide (MoS(2)). UFM reveals clear contrast within individual nanoparticles, which can be attributed to differences in the local stiffness. This interpretation is confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images, in which bending contours prove the existence of strained regions within the nanocrystals. PMID:17570590

  20. Ultrasonic characterization of solid liquid suspensions

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    Panetta, Paul D.

    2010-06-22

    Using an ultrasonic field, properties of a solid liquid suspension such as through-transmission attenuation, backscattering, and diffuse field are measured. These properties are converted to quantities indicating the strength of different loss mechanisms (such as absorption, single scattering and multiple scattering) among particles in the suspension. Such separation of the loss mechanisms can allow for direct comparison of the attenuating effects of the mechanisms. These comparisons can also indicate a model most likely to accurately characterize the suspension and can aid in determination of properties such as particle size, concentration, and density of the suspension.

  1. Ultrasonic shear wave velocity in CLF/CMT graphite from room temperature to 2000/sup 0/F

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    Gieske, J.H.

    1980-11-01

    The temperature dependence of the ultrasonic shear velocity in CLF/CMT graphite was determined from room temperature to 2000/sup 0/F using a pulse-echo technique. Data are presented for five 0.75-inch-diameter specimens all machined from the same CLF/CMT billet. Plots of ultrasonic pulse-echo radial and axial scans of the billet which characterize the material property uniformity of the billet are also given.

  2. Precision Thickness Variation Mapping Via One-Transducer Ultrasonic High Resolution Profilometry for Sample With Irregular or Rough Surface

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    Roth, Don J. (Inventor)

    1996-01-01

    An apparatus and method for determination of sample thickness and surface depression utilizing ultrasonic pulses is discussed. The sample is held in a predetermined position by a support member having a reference surface. Ultrasonic pulses travel through a medium of known velocity propagation and reflect off the reference surface and a sample surface. Time of flight data of surface echoes are converted to distances between sample surfaces to obtain computer-generated thickness profiles and surface mappings.

  3. Precision Thickness Variation Mapping via One-Transducer Ultrasonic High Resolution Profilometry for Sample with Irregular or Rough Surface

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    Roth, Don J. (Inventor)

    1997-01-01

    An apparatus and method for determination of sample thickness and surface depression utilizing ultrasonic pulses. The sample is held in a predetermined position by a support member having a reference surface. Ultrasonic pulses travel through a medium of known velocity propagation and reflect off the reference surface and a sample surface. Time of flight data of surface echoes are converted to distances between sample surfaces to obtain computer-generated thickness profiles and surface mappings.

  4. Modeling of multilayered piezoelectric transducers with ultrasonic welding application

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    Gney, Murat; Eskinat, Esref

    2007-04-01

    Mechanical components of sandwiched piezoelectric transducers are modeled using one-dimensional wave transmission and piezoelectric equations. Using the impedance method, resonance frequencies, stress and displacement distributions along the multilayered piezoelectric transducers of different dimensions and materials are obtained. The calculated resonance frequencies and the impedances are experimentally verified. For ultrasonic welding of plastics, the effect of the parts to be welded on the resonance frequency of the whole system is investigated regarding both material damping and piezoelectric losses. Using the methods developed, several piezoelectric transducers are analysed for different designs. The obtained results can be used to better understand the qualitative relations between the design variables of ultrasonic piezoelectric transducers.

  5. Fiber Bragg grating ultrasonic sensors based on intensity modulation technique

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    Tanaka, Satoshi

    2015-07-01

    Intensity modulation technique is an attractive interrogation method for fiber-optic ultrasonic sensors using fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs), in which FBG modulates the intensity of reflected (or transmitted) narrowband light with a wavelength tuned to the slope of the FBG reflection (or transmission) spectrum curve if the vibration or acoustic wave is applied to the FBG and the intensity detection enables the direct observation of their waveforms. In this paper, principles of the intensity-based FBG ultrasonic sensors and their applications to vibration and underwater acoustic wave sensors are presented.

  6. ULTRASOUND PULSE-ECHO IMAGING USING THE SPLIT-STEP FOURIER PROPAGATOR

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    HUANG, LIANJIE; QUAN, YOULI

    2007-01-31

    Ultrasonic reflection imaging has the potential to produce higher image resolution than transmission tomography, but imaging resolution and quality still need to be further improved for early cancer detection and diagnosis. We present an ultrasound reflection image reconstruction method using the split-step Fourier propagator. It is based on recursive inward continuation of ultrasonic wavefields in the frequency-space and frequency-wavenumber domains. The inward continuation within each extrapolation interval consists of two steps. In the first step, a phase-shift term is applied to the data in the frequency-wavenumber domain for propagation in a reference medium. The second step consists of applying another phase-shift term to data in the frequency-space domain to approximately compensate for ultrasonic scattering effects of heterogeneities within the breast. We use synthetic ultrasound pulse-echo data recorded around a ring for heterogeneous, computer-generated numerical breast phantoms to study the imaging capability of the method. The phantoms are derived from an experimental breast phantom and a sound-speed tomography image of an in-vivo ultrasound breast data collected usi ng a ring array. The heterogeneous sound-speed models used for pulse-echo imaging are obtained using a computationally efficient, first-arrival-time (time-of-flight) transmission tomography method. Our studies demonstrate that reflection image reconstruction using the split-step Fourier propagator with heterogeneous sound-speed models significantly improves image quality and resolution. We also numerically verify the spatial sampling criterion of wavefields for a ring transducer array.

  7. Ultrasonic cleaning: Fundamental theory and application

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    Fuchs, F. John

    1995-01-01

    This presentation describes: the theory of ultrasonics, cavitation and implosion; the importance and application of ultrasonics in precision cleaning; explanations of ultrasonic cleaning equipment options and their application; process parameters for ultrasonic cleaning; and proper operation of ultrasonic cleaning equipment to achieve maximum results.

  8. Plate Wave Resonance with Air-Coupled Ultrasonics

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    Bar, H. N.; Dayal, V.; Barnard, D.; Hsu, D. K.

    2010-02-01

    Air-coupled ultrasonic transducers can excite plate waves in metals and composites. The coincidence effect, i.e., the wave vector of plate wave coincides with projection of exciting airborne sound vector, leads to a resonance which strongly amplifies the sound transmission through the plate. The resonance depends on the angle of incidence and the frequency. In the present study, the incidence angle for maximum transmission (?max) is measured in plates of steel, aluminum, carbon fiber reinforced composites and honeycomb sandwich panels. The variations of (?max) with plate thickness are compared with theoretical values in steel, aluminum and quasi-isotropic carbon fiber composites. The enhanced transmission of air-coupled ultrasound at oblique incidence can substantially improve the probability of flaw detection in plates and especially in honeycomb structures. Experimental air-coupled ultrasonic scan of subtle flaws in CFRP laminates showed definite improvement of signal-to-noise ratio with oblique incidence at ?max.

  9. A Sparse Reconstruction Algorithm for Ultrasonic Images in Nondestructive Testing

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    Guarneri, Giovanni Alfredo; Pipa, Daniel Rodrigues; Junior, Flávio Neves; de Arruda, Lúcia Valéria Ramos; Zibetti, Marcelo Victor Wüst

    2015-01-01

    Ultrasound imaging systems (UIS) are essential tools in nondestructive testing (NDT). In general, the quality of images depends on two factors: system hardware features and image reconstruction algorithms. This paper presents a new image reconstruction algorithm for ultrasonic NDT. The algorithm reconstructs images from A-scan signals acquired by an ultrasonic imaging system with a monostatic transducer in pulse-echo configuration. It is based on regularized least squares using a l1 regularization norm. The method is tested to reconstruct an image of a point-like reflector, using both simulated and real data. The resolution of reconstructed image is compared with four traditional ultrasonic imaging reconstruction algorithms: B-scan, SAFT, ω-k SAFT and regularized least squares (RLS). The method demonstrates significant resolution improvement when compared with B-scan—about 91% using real data. The proposed scheme also outperforms traditional algorithms in terms of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). PMID:25905700

  10. Ultrasonic Doppler Velocimetry Measurements on the Madison Dynamo Experiment

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    Jacobson, C. M.; Forest, C. B.; Kendrick, R. D.; Nornberg, M. D.; Parada, C. A.; Spence, E. J.

    2006-10-01

    The Madison Dynamo Experiment is used to study the generation of magnetic fields in a homogeneous fluid. Flows of liquid sodium in the one-meter-diameter spherical vessel are generated by two counter-rotating impellers. Both the shape and magnitude of the velocity field must be well-understood to predict whether the magnetic field will grow or decay. Ultrasonic Doppler Velocimetry (UDV) is used to measure components of the velocity field in a dimensionally-identical water version of the experiment. Several ultrasonic transducers are used to simultaneously measure the flow along several chords of the vessel. Both neutral density polystyrene beads and air bubbles are used to reflect the ultrasonic pulses. UDV measurements, supplemented by two-component Laser Doppler Velocimetry measurements, are used in a fitting routine to model the flow in terms of spherical harmonics.

  11. Ultrasonic sensing of GMAW: Laser/EMAT defect detection system

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    Carlson, N.M.; Johnson, J.A.; Larsen, E.D.; Van Clark, A. Jr.; Schaps, S.R.; Fortunko, C.M.

    1992-08-01

    In-process ultrasonic sensing of welding allows detection of weld defects in real time. A noncontacting ultrasonic system is being developed to operate in a production environment. The principal components are a pulsed laser for ultrasound generation and an electromagnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT) for ultrasound reception. A PC-based data acquisition system determines the quality of the weld on a pass-by-pass basis. The laser/EMAT system interrogates the area in the weld volume where defects are most likely to occur. This area of interest is identified by computer calculations on a pass-by-pass basis using weld planning information provided by the off-line programmer. The absence of a signal above the threshold level in the computer-calculated time interval indicates a disruption of the sound path by a defect. The ultrasonic sensor system then provides an input signal to the weld controller about the defect condition. 8 refs.

  12. A sparse reconstruction algorithm for ultrasonic images in nondestructive testing.

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    Guarneri, Giovanni Alfredo; Pipa, Daniel Rodrigues; Neves Junior, Flávio; de Arruda, Lúcia Valéria Ramos; Zibetti, Marcelo Victor Wüst

    2015-01-01

    Ultrasound imaging systems (UIS) are essential tools in nondestructive testing (NDT). In general, the quality of images depends on two factors: system hardware features and image reconstruction algorithms. This paper presents a new image reconstruction algorithm for ultrasonic NDT. The algorithm reconstructs images from A-scan signals acquired by an ultrasonic imaging system with a monostatic transducer in pulse-echo configuration. It is based on regularized least squares using a l1 regularization norm. The method is tested to reconstruct an image of a point-like reflector, using both simulated and real data. The resolution of reconstructed image is compared with four traditional ultrasonic imaging reconstruction algorithms: B-scan, SAFT, ω-k SAFT and regularized least squares (RLS). The method demonstrates significant resolution improvement when compared with B-scan-about 91% using real data. The proposed scheme also outperforms traditional algorithms in terms of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). PMID:25905700

  13. Multimode-Guided-Wave Ultrasonic Scanning of Materials

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    Roth, Don

    2006-01-01

    Two documents discuss a method of characterizing advanced composite materials by use of multimode-guided ultrasonic waves. A transmitting transducer excites modulated (e.g., pulsed) ultrasonic waves at one location on a surface of a plate specimen. The waves interact with microstructure and flaws as they propagate through the specimen to a receiving transducer at a different location. The received signal is analyzed to determine the total (multimode) ultrasonic response of the specimen and utilize this response to evaluate microstructure and flaws. The analysis is performed by software that extracts parameters of signals in the time and frequency domains. Scanning is effected by using computer-controlled motorized translation stages to position the transducers at specified pairs of locations and repeating the measurement, data-acquisition, and data-analysis processes at the successive locations. One document presents results of a scan of a specimen containing a delamination.

  14. Borehole data transmission apparatus

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    Kotlyar, O.M.

    1993-03-23

    A borehole data transmission apparatus is described whereby a centrifugal pump impeller(s) is used to provide a turbine stage having substantial pressure characteristics in response to changing rotational speed of a shaft for the pressure pulsing of data from the borehole through the drilling mud to the surface of the earth.

  15. Borehole data transmission apparatus

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    Kotlyar, Oleg M. (1739 Grandview #2, Idaho Falls, ID 83402)

    1993-01-01

    A borehole data transmission apparatus whereby a centrifugal pump impeller(s) is used to provide a turbine stage having substantial pressure characteristics in response to changing rotational speed of a shaft for the pressure pulsing of data from the borehole through the drilling mud to the surface of the earth.

  16. Transmission Spectra and Generation of Terahertz Pulses in SiO2-GaSe, TiO2-GaSe, Ga2O3-GaSe, and GaSe:S Structures

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    Bereznaya, S. A.; Zarubin, A. N.; Korotchenko, Z. V.; Prudaev, I. A.; Red'kin, R. A.; Sarkisov, S. Yu.; Tolbanov, O. P.

    2015-12-01

    Thin amorphous SiO2, TiO2, and Ga2O3 films were deposited on the surface of GaSe crystals by thermal and magnetron sputtering. It was found that under different technological conditions, the SiO2 and TiO2 layers on the surface of GaSe crack, while the Ga2O3 compound forms perfect films. A comparison of the transmission spectra and generation efficiency of terahertz pulses was made for the SiO2-GaSe, TiO2-GaSe, and Ga2O3-GaSe structures and for the GaSe:S 0.9 wt % and GaSe:S 7 wt % crystals. It was found that an increase in the concentration of sulfur in the GaSe:S crystals results in a decrease in the efficiency of generation of terahertz radiation by optical rectification of femtosecond laser pulses. Among the films deposited on the surface of GaSe, the SiO2 film has the least impact on the efficiency of generation.

  17. Transmission electron microscopy study of amorphous Ge2Sb2Te5 films induced by an ultraviolet single-pulse laser

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    Zhao, J. J.; Liu, F. R.; Han, X. X.; Zhu, Z.; Lin, X.; Liu, F.; Sun, N. X.

    2014-08-01

    Crystallization behaviors of α-GST films with the thickness of 80 and 30 nm induced by an ultraviolet pulse laser were investigated by using TEM integrated with SAED. Firstly, crystalline phase morphologies were shown and analyzed. Both plate grains and spherical grains were found for 80 nm thick film, while only plate grains were found for 30 nm thick film. Then the relationship between the grain size and laser fluence for the 80 nm thick film was studied and the effects of film thickness on crystallization morphology were analyzed. Finally a crystallization process model based on the relationship of the crystallization starting temperature and heating temperature was constructed to elucidate how the solid-phase crystallization and melt-cooling crystallization occurred and developed. It also unified the crystallization starting temperature under static conditions and the crystallization starting temperature under laser inducing conditions.

  18. Non-contact feature detection using ultrasonic Lamb waves

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    Sinha, Dipen N.

    2011-06-28

    Apparatus and method for non-contact ultrasonic detection of features on or within the walls of hollow pipes are described. An air-coupled, high-power ultrasonic transducer for generating guided waves in the pipe wall, and a high-sensitivity, air-coupled transducer for detecting these waves, are disposed at a distance apart and at chosen angle with respect to the surface of the pipe, either inside of or outside of the pipe. Measurements may be made in reflection or transmission modes depending on the relative position of the transducers and the pipe. Data are taken by sweeping the frequency of the incident ultrasonic waves, using a tracking narrow-band filter to reduce detected noise, and transforming the frequency domain data into the time domain using fast Fourier transformation, if required.

  19. Ultrasonic texture characterization of aluminum, zirconium and titanium alloys

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    Anderson, A.J.

    1997-10-08

    This work attempts to show the feasibility of nondestructive characterization of non-ferrous alloys. Aluminum alloys have a small single crystal anisotropy which requires very precise ultrasonic velocity measurements for derivation of orientation distribution coefficients (ODCs); the precision in the ultrasonic velocity measurement required for aluminum alloys is much greater than is necessary for iron alloys or other alloys with a large single crystal anisotropy. To provide greater precision, some signal processing corrections need to be applied to account for the inherent, half-bandwidth offset in triggered pulses when using a zero-crossing technique for determining ultrasonic velocity. In addition, alloys with small single crystal anisotropy show a larger dependence on the single crystal elastic constants (SCECs) when predicting ODCs which require absolute velocity measurements. Attempts were made to independently determine these elastics constants in an effort to improve correlation between ultrasonically derived ODCs and diffraction derived ODCs. The greater precision required to accurately derive ODCs in aluminum alloys using ultrasonic nondestructive techniques is easily attainable. Ultrasonically derived ODCs show good correlation with derivations made by Bragg diffraction techniques, both neutron and X-ray. The best correlation was shown when relative velocity measurements could be used in the derivations of the ODCs. Calculation of ODCs in materials with hexagonal crystallites can also be done. Because of the crystallite symmetries, more information can be extracted using ultrasonic techniques, but at a cost of requiring more physical measurements. Some industries which use materials with hexagonal crystallites, e.g. zirconium alloys and titanium, have traditionally used texture parameters which provide some specialized measure of the texture. These texture parameters, called Kearns factors, can be directly related to ODCs.

  20. Broadband high-frequency measurement of ultrasonic attenuation of tissues and liquids.

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    Bauer-Marschallinger, Johannes; Berer, Thomas; Grun, Hubert; Roitner, Heinz; Reitinger, Bernhard; Burgholzer, Peter

    2012-12-01

    The ongoing expansion of the frequency range used for ultrasonic imaging requires increasing attention to the acoustic attenuation of biomaterials. This work presents a novel method for measuring the attenuation of tissue and liquids in vitro on the basis of single transmission measurements. Ultrasound was generated by short laser pulses directed onto a silicon wafer. In addition, unfocused piezoelectric transducers with a center frequency of 50 MHz were used to detect and emit ultrasound. The laser ultrasound method produces signals with a peak frequency of 30 MHz. In comparison to piezoelectric generation, pulse laser excitation provides approximately 4 times higher amplitudes and 20% larger bandwidth. By using two excitation methods in succession, the attenuation parameters of porcine fat samples with thicknesses in the range of 1.5 to 20 mm could be determined quantitatively within a total frequency range of 5 to 45 MHz. The setup for liquid measurements was tested on samples of human blood and olive oil. Our results are in good agreement with reports in literature. PMID:23221212

  1. Ultrasonic Array Approach for the Evaluation of Electrofusion Joints of Polyethylene Gas Piping

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    Shin, H. J.; Jang, Y. H.; Kwan, J. R.; Lee, H. D.

    2003-03-01

    Polyethylene is a widely used material for piping. Especially the demand of polyethylene piping for gas distribution is being increased. Thousands of kilometers of polyethylene piping have joints, and the joint is the weak point that should be inspected before the pipe begins service. In this study, an ultrasonic array technique is applied for the nondestructive testing of electrofusion joints in polyethylene pipe. An ultrasonic real time imaging system and array transducers are developed for the experiments. In the process of image construction, transmission and dynamic receive focusing are used. Heating wires are individually identified in ultrasonic real time images, which means that the ultrasonic array technology provides enough resolution to tell wire signals from flaw signals. Imperfect fusion joints and soil inclusion are clearly indicated in the images. Even locations of wires are appeared as is. The ultrasonic imaging technique is a very promising method for the nondestructive testing of EF joining of PE pipe.

  2. PSIDD: A Post-Scan Interactive Data Display system for ultrasonic scans

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    Roth, Don J.; Szatmary, Steven A.

    1993-01-01

    An ultrasonic data display system was developed at NASA Lewis Research Center that allows the user to interactively examine digitized waveforms and processed information associated with any specific scan location of an ultrasonic contact scan. This information is displayed on a video display monitor and includes acquired time-domain waveforms, frequency-domain magnitude and phase spectra, and ultrasonic properties (pulse velocity, phase velocity, reflection coefficient, attenuation coefficient, attenuation coefficient error) as a function of frequency for a material. This report describes the system features and illustrates the system's usefulness for nondestructive materials characterization.

  3. In-flight measurement of ice growth on an airfoil using an array of ultrasonic transducers

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    Hansman, R. John, Jr.; Kirby, Mark S.; Mcknight, Robert C.; Humes, Robert L.

    1988-01-01

    Results of preliminary tests to measure ice growth on an airfoil during flight icing conditions are presented. Ultrasonic pulse echo measurements of ice thickness are obtained from an array of eight ultrasonic transducers mounted flush with the leading edge of the airfoil. These thickness measurements are used to document the evolution of the ice shape during the encounter in the form of successive ice profiles. Results from 3 research flights are presented and discussed. The accuracy of the ultrasonic measurements is found to be within 0.5 mm of mechanical and stereo photograph measurements of the ice accretion.

  4. High-temperature ultrasonic sensor for in-situ monitoring of hot isostatic processing

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    Stubbs, David A.; Dutton, Rollie E.

    1996-11-01

    A sensor has been developed and tested that is capable of emitting and receiving ultrasonic energy at temperatures exceeding 900 degrees C and pressures above 150 MPa. The sensor is based on a unique form of aluminum nitride that retains tits piezoelectric properties at high temperatures. The sensor works with standard ultrasonic pulse-receivers and has demonstrated the capability of measuring workpiece deformation during hot isostatic pressing (HIP). Details of the sensor design, performance, and coupling of the ultrasound to the workpiece are described. Ultrasonic data acquired by the sensor, in situ, during HIP runs and at elevated temperatures in air are presented.

  5. Effect of Thermal Degradation on High Temperature Ultrasonic Transducer Performance in Small Modular Reactors

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    Bilgunde, Prathamesh N.; Bond, Leonard J.

    Prototype ultrasonic NDT transducers for use in immersion in coolants for small modular reactors have shown low signal to noise ratio. The reasons for the limitations in performance at high temperature are under investigation, and include changes in component properties. This current work seeks to quantify the issue of thermal expansion and degradation of the piezoelectric material in a transducer using a finite element method. The computational model represents an experimental set up for an ultrasonic transducer in a pulse-echo mode immersed in a liquid sodium coolant. Effect on transmitted and received ultrasonic signal due to elevated temperature (?200oC) has been analysed.

  6. A New Approach to Ultrasonic Tissue Characterization on Second Harmonic Component of 100 MHz

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    Nishimura, Toshihiro; Kubota, Akira; Yoshihara, Sozaboru; Kanda, Hiroshi; Senda, Syoichi; Saito, Masao

    In order to evaluate the properties of ultrasonic nonlinear scattering, the ultrasonic attenuation characteristics using the second harmonic component of the transmitted ultrasonic signal through normal and fatty hen liver as well as the fundamental component were measured. In The experiment, a 50MHz transducer was by reflection method and its frequency dependency was analyzed. The second harmonic component was detected by using pulse inversion detection technique. The experimental results showed that the attenuation coefficient was almost constant around second harmonic frequency dependence can identify the property of normal and fatty hen liver.

  7. Ultrasonic differential measurement

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    Rhodes, George W.; Migliori, Albert

    1995-01-01

    A method and apparatus for ultrasonic resonance testing of an object is shown and described. Acoustic vibrations are applied to an object at a plurality of frequencies. Measurements of the object's vibrational response are made simultaneously at different locations on said object. The input frequency is stepped by using small frequency changes over a predetermined range. There is a pause interval or ring delay which permits the object to reach a steady state resonance before a measurement is taken.

  8. Miniature implantable ultrasonic echosonometer

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    Kojima, G. K. (inventor)

    1978-01-01

    A miniature echosonometer adapted for implantation in the interior of an animal for imaging the internal structure of a organ, tissue or vessel is presented. The echosonometer includes a receiver/transmitter circuit which is coupled to an ultrasonic transducer. Power is coupled to the echosonometer by electromagnetic induction through the animal's skin. Imaging signals from the echosonometer are electromagnetically transmitted through the animal's skin to an external readout apparatus.

  9. Monitoring early age cementitious materials using ultrasonic guided waves

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    Borgerson, Jacob L.

    The evaluation of early age concrete is critical for reducing construction times and ensuring quality. In this study, the use of ultrasonic guided waves for monitoring the development of early age cementitious materials is investigated. A torsional wave is transmitted and received through a waveguide that is embedded in early age mortar or concrete. As the cementitious material sets and hardens, the received wave(s) change, indicating the transition from a semifluid to a solid state. This thesis proposes two systems. The first system is a through-transmission system; a wave is transmitted on one end of an embedded waveguide using a sensor arrangement and then it is received on the opposite end of the rod with another sensor. This approach monitors the attenuation of the fundamental torsional wave mode, resulting from the leakage of energy from the cylindrical steel rod to the surrounding cementitious material. The evolution of the material's properties is related to the energy leakage or attenuation of the guided wave. The second system is a pulse-echo system; a wave is transmitted on one end of a partially embedded waveguide via a sensor arrangement that also receives the reflected signals. This approach monitors both the reflection from the end of the rod and the reflection from the point where the waveguide enters the material. The development of the cementitious material's mechanical properties is related to both the energy leaked into the surrounding material and the energy reflected at the point of entry. The ability of this method to only require access to one side of the specimen makes it attractive for monitoring early age cementitious materials in the field. Experiments were performed on mixtures with varying water-cement ratios (w/c = 0.40, 0.50, and 0.60), chemical admixtures (accelerant and retardant), mineral admixtures (silica fume and fly ash), and coarse aggregate (pea gravel). The time of setting and compressive strength of the various mixtures was determined in accordance with ASTM standards. Experimental results provide evidence that the setting times and compressive strength of early age cementitious materials can be monitored using ultrasonic guided waves.

  10. Photodistruptive laser nucleation of ultrasonic cavitation for biomedical applications

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    Miller, Doug L.; Spooner, Greg J.; Williams, Alun R.

    2001-07-01

    Pulses of high intensity laser light, when focused into transparent materials, may produce localized electron-ion plasmas through optical breakdown. By simultaneously incorporating the resulting volume of vaporized material within the focal volume of a high intensity ultrasound source, the photodisruption (1.05 micrometers wavelength) void served as a nucleation site for ultrasonic cavitation. Dilute suspensions of canine erythrocytes in phosphate buffered saline were exposed in a flow-through exposure chamber and the percentage of lysed cells was used as a measure of the biologically effective cavitation activity produced in the chamber. Brief (about 30 microsecond(s) ) acoustic emissions were detected from the photodisruption alone (indicating laser nucleation of bubbles), but the cell lysis produced was undetectable against the background. However, combined exposure greatly increased both the duration of the acoustic emissions (up to 1.5 ms) and the amount of cell lysis above an ultrasonic pressure amplitude threshold of about 4.3 MPa at 2.5 MHz. The amount of cell lysis (sometimes approaching 100%) increased with increasing ultrasonic intensity, laser pulse energy and laser PRF. Addition of 5% serum albumin enhanced the effect, apparently by stabilizing bubbles and nuclei. Photodisruptive laser nucleation of ultrasonic cavitation can provide controlled and synergistic enhancement of bioeffects.

  11. Ultrasonic techniques for process monitoring and control.

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    Chien, H.-T.

    1999-03-24

    Ultrasonic techniques have been applied successfully to process monitoring and control for many industries, such as energy, medical, textile, oil, and material. It helps those industries in quality control, energy efficiency improving, waste reducing, and cost saving. This paper presents four ultrasonic systems, ultrasonic viscometer, on-loom, real-time ultrasonic imaging system, ultrasonic leak detection system, and ultrasonic solid concentration monitoring system, developed at Argonne National Laboratory in the past five years for various applications.

  12. Ultrasonic Cutting of Foods

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    Schneider, Yvonne; Zahn, Susann; Rohm, Harald

    In the field of food engineering, cutting is usually classified as a mechanical unit operation dealing with size reduction by applying external forces on a bulk product. Ultrasonic cutting is realized by superpositioning the macroscopic feed motion of the cutting device or of the product with a microscopic vibration of the cutting tool. The excited tool interacts with the product and generates a number of effects. Primary energy concentration in the separation zone and the modification of contact friction along the tool flanks arise from the cyclic loading and are responsible for benefits such as reduced cutting force, smooth cut surface, and reduced product deformation. Secondary effects such as absorption and cavitation originate from the propagation of the sound field in the product and are closely related to chemical and physical properties of the material to be cut. This chapter analyzes interactions between food products and ultrasonic cutting tools and relates these interactions with physical and chemical product properties as well as with processing parameters like cutting velocity, ultrasonic amplitude and frequency, and tool design.

  13. Magnetic sensing via ultrasonic excitation

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    Yamada, Hisato; Takashima, Kazuya; Ikushima, Kenji; Toida, Hiraku; Sato, Michitaka; Ishizawa, Yoshiichi

    2013-04-01

    We present ultrasonic techniques for magnetic measurements. Acoustically modulated magnetization is investigated with sensitive rf detection by narrowband loop antennas. Magnetization on the surface of ferromagnetic metals is temporally modulated with the rf frequency of the irradiated ultrasonic waves, and the near-field components emitted from the focal point of the ultrasonic beam are detected. Based on the principle of the acoustically stimulated electromagnetic (ASEM) response, magnetic sensing and tomography are demonstrated by ultrasonic scanning. We show that ASEM imaging combines good acoustic resolution with magnetic contrast. The sensitivity of this method is estimated to be about 6 G/Hz1/2 in our current setup.

  14. Ultrasonic Transducers for Fourier Analysis.

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    Greenslade, Thomas B., Jr.

    1995-01-01

    Describes an experiment that uses the ultrasonic transducer for demonstrating the Fourier components of waveshapes such as the square and triangular waves produced by laboratory function generators. (JRH)

  15. Comparison of ultrasonic image features with echodynamic curves for defect classification and characterization

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    Zhang, Jie; Wedge, Sam; Rogerson, Allan; Drinkwater, Bruce

    2015-03-01

    Ultrasonic array imaging and multi-probe pulse echo inspection are two common ultrasonic techniques used for defect detection, classification and characterization in non-destructive evaluation. Compared to multi-probe pulse echo inspection, ultrasonic array imaging offers some advantages such as higher resolution images and the requirement to obtain fewer measurements. However, it is also limited by a lack of industry-approved inspection procedures and standards. In this paper, several artificial planar and volumetric weld defects of different orientations and locations embedded in 60 mm thick welded ferritic test specimens were measured using both ultrasonic arrays and multiple single crystal probes. The resultant TFM images and echodynamic curves for each defect were compared and the results demonstrate the correlations between TFM image features and echodynamic curve characteristics. Combining the analysis of multi-probe pulse echo inspection data and ultrasonic array images offers better classification and characterization of defects. These findings benefit the further development of industrial ultrasonic array inspection procedures and encourage the uptake of TFM technology within industry.

  16. Ultrasonic wave velocity measurement in small polymeric and cortical bone specimens

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    Kohles, S. S.; Bowers, J. R.; Vailas, A. C.; Vanderby, R. Jr

    1997-01-01

    A system was refined for the determination of the bulk ultrasonic wave propagation velocity in small cortical bone specimens. Longitudinal and shear wave propagations were measured using ceramic, piezoelectric 20 and 5 MHz transducers, respectively. Results of the pulse transmission technique were refined via the measurement of the system delay time. The precision and accuracy of the system were quantified using small specimens of polyoxymethylene, polystyrene-butadiene, and high-density polyethylene. These polymeric materials had known acoustic properties, similarity of propagation velocities to cortical bone, and minimal sample inhomogeneity. Dependence of longitudinal and transverse specimen dimensions upon propagation times was quantified. To confirm the consistency of longitudinal wave propagation in small cortical bone specimens (< 1.0 mm), cut-down specimens were prepared from a normal rat femur. Finally, cortical samples were prepared from each of ten normal rat femora, and Young's moduli (Eii), shear moduli (Gij), and Poisson ratios (Vij) were measured. For all specimens (bone, polyoxymethylene, polystyrene-butadiene, and high-density polyethylene), strong linear correlations (R2 > 0.997) were maintained between propagation time and distance throughout the size ranges down to less than 0.4 mm. Results for polyoxymethylene, polystyrene-butadiene, and high-density polyethylene were accurate to within 5 percent of reported literature values. Measurement repeatability (precision) improved with an increase in the wave transmission distance (propagating dimension). No statistically significant effect due to the transverse dimension was detected.

  17. Pulse shaping system

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    Skeldon, Mark D. (Penfield, NY); Letzring, Samuel A. (Jemez Springs, NM)

    1999-03-23

    Temporally shaped electrical waveform generation provides electrical waveforms suitable for driving an electro-optic modulator (EOM) which produces temporally shaped optical laser pulses for inertial confinement fusion (ICF) research. The temporally shaped electrical waveform generation is carried out with aperture coupled transmission lines having an input transmission line and an aperture coupled output transmission line, along which input and output pulses propagate in opposite directions. The output electrical waveforms are shaped principally due to the selection of coupling aperture width, in a direction transverse to the lines, which varies along the length of the line. Specific electrical waveforms, which may be high voltage (up to kilovolt range), are produced and applied to the EOM to produce specifically shaped optical laser pulses.

  18. Pulse shaping system

    DOEpatents

    Skeldon, M.D.; Letzring, S.A.

    1999-03-23

    Temporally shaped electrical waveform generation provides electrical waveforms suitable for driving an electro-optic modulator (EOM) which produces temporally shaped optical laser pulses for inertial confinement fusion (ICF) research. The temporally shaped electrical waveform generation is carried out with aperture coupled transmission lines having an input transmission line and an aperture coupled output transmission line, along which input and output pulses propagate in opposite directions. The output electrical waveforms are shaped principally due to the selection of coupling aperture width, in a direction transverse to the lines, which varies along the length of the line. Specific electrical waveforms, which may be high voltage (up to kilovolt range), are produced and applied to the EOM to produce specifically shaped optical laser pulses. 8 figs.

  19. Center crack detection during continuous casting of aluminum by laser ultrasonic measurements

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    Grn, Hubert; Mitter, Thomas; Roither, Jrgen; Betz, Andreas; Bozorgi, Salar; Burgholzer, Peter

    2014-05-01

    Crack detection during continuous direct chill casting of aluminum is a matter of economics. Determining cracks during production process saves money, energy and raw material. Of course, a non-destructive method is required for this evaluation. Because of temperature concerns conventional ultrasound is not applicable. One non-contact alternative is laser ultrasonics. In laser ultrasonics short laser pulses illuminate the sample. The electromagnetic energy gets absorbed at the surface of the sample and results in local heating followed by expansion. Thereby broadband ultrasonic waves are launched which propagate through the sample and get back reflected or scattered at interfaces (cracks, blowholes,) like conventional ultrasonic waves. Therefore laser ultrasonics is an alternative thermal infrared technology. By using an interferometer also the detection of the ultrasonic waves at the sample surface is done in a remote manner. During preliminary examinations in the lab by scanning different aluminum studs it was able to distinguish between studs with and without cracks. The prediction of the dimension of the crack by evaluation of the damping of the broadband ultrasonic waves was possible. With simple image reconstruction methods one can localize the crack and give an estimation of its extent and even its shape. Subsequent first measurements using this laser ultrasonic setup during the continuous casting of aluminum were carried out and showed the proof of principle in an industrial environment with elevated temperatures, dust, cooling water and vibrations.

  20. Ultrasonic Doppler measurement of renal artery blood flow

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1974-01-01

    Implantable pulsed Doppler ultrasonic flowmeter development has resulted in designs for application to the aortas of dogs and humans, and to human renal and coronary arteries. A figure of merit was derived for each design, indicating the degree of its precision. An H-array design for transcutaneous observation of blood flow was developed and tested in vitro. Two other simplified designs for the same purpose obviate the need to determine vessel orientation. One of these will be developed in the next time period. Techniques for intraoperative use and for implantation have had mixed success. While satisfactory on large vessels, higher ultrasonic frequencies and alteration of transducer design are required for satisfactory operation of pulsed Doppler flowmeters with small vessels.

  1. Study of microstructure of surface layers of low-carbon steel after turning and ultrasonic finishing

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    Kovalevskaya, Zh. G.; Ivanov, Yu. F.; Perevalova, O. B.; Klimenov, V. A.; Uvarkin, P. V.

    2013-01-01

    Profilometry and optical and transmission electron microscopy are used to examine the microstructure of surface layers of a low-carbon ferrite-pearlite steel subjected to turning and ultrasonic finishing. It is shown that turning peaks and valleys have different microstructures, which stipulates manifestation of technological hereditary when processing surfaces of machined parts. Ultrasonic finishing causes the severe plastic deformation of the surface layer, which favors the elimination of a technological heredity that is acquired during turning.

  2. Column oil agglomeration of fly ash with ultrasonics

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    Gray, M.L.; Champagne, K.J.; Soong, Y.; Finseth, D.H.

    1999-07-01

    A promising oil agglomeration process has been developed for the beneficiation of fly ash using a six-foot agglomeration column. Carbon concentrates have been separated from fly ash with yields greater than 60 % and purities of 55 to 74 %. The parameters examined in the study include ultrasonic exposure, pulse rate, frequency, agitation speed, and blade configuration. The effects of the experimental variables on the quality of separation are discussed.

  3. Application of multi-channel photoelastic imaging technology in array type ultrasonic nondestructive testing

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    Fan, Zhen-zhong; Bi, Chao

    2015-08-01

    With the rapid development of modern nondestructive testing technologies, ultrasonic phased array and Ultrasonic array testing technology has been used widely, at the same time the propagation process of ultrasonic in the material becomes more and more complex. In order to make the ultrasonic propagation path become visible and researchers can observe the acoustic field directly, considering the properties of the ultrasonic as a stress wave, according to the theory of polarized light interference, a multi-channel dynamic photoelastic imaging system is developed successfully. The system can generate many kinds of focusing ultrasonic fields in optical specimen by controlling the ultrasonic transmission delay time of each equipment channel, and the system has the ability to simulate the acoustic field's focusing process of the ultrasonic phased array. The image shot by CCD camera reflects the propagation process of the acoustic field in the specimen, and the dynamic video is formed under control of the timing circuit, and the system has the ability to save the captured image in the computer.

  4. A Method For The Verification Of Wire Crimp Compression Using Ultrasonic Inspection

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    Cramer, K. E.; Perey, Daniel F.; Yost, William t.

    2010-01-01

    The development of a new ultrasonic measurement technique to assess quantitatively wire crimp terminations is discussed. The amplitude change of a compressional ultrasonic wave propagating at right angles to the wire axis and through the junction of a crimp termination is shown to correlate with the results of a destructive pull test, which is a standard for assessing crimp wire junction quality. To demonstrate the technique, the case of incomplete compression of crimped connections is ultrasonically tested, and the results are correlated with pull tests. Results show that the nondestructive ultrasonic measurement technique consistently predicts good crimps when the ultrasonic transmission is above a certain threshold amplitude level. A quantitative measure of the quality of the crimped connection based on the ultrasonic energy transmitted is shown to respond accurately to crimp quality. A wave propagation model, solved by finite element analysis, describes the compressional ultrasonic wave propagation through the junction during the crimping process. This model is in agreement within 6% of the ultrasonic measurements. A prototype instrument for applying this technique while wire crimps are installed is also presented. The instrument is based on a two-jaw type crimp tool suitable for butt-splice type connections. A comparison of the results of two different instruments is presented and shows reproducibility between instruments within a 95% confidence bound.

  5. Acoustooptic pulse-echo transducer system

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    Claus, R. O.; Wade, J. C.

    1983-01-01

    A pulse-echo transducer system which uses an ultrasonic generating element and an optical detection technique is described. The transmitting transducer consists of a concentric ring electrode pattern deposited on a circular, X-cut quartz substrate with a circular hole in the center. The rings are independently pulsed with a sequence high voltage signals phased in such a way that the ultrasonic waves generated by the separate rings superimpose to produce a composite field which is focused at a controllable distance below the surface of the specimen. The amplitude of the field reflected from this focus position is determined by the local reflection coefficient of the medium at the effective focal point. By processing the signals received for a range of ultrasonic transducer array focal lengths, the system can be used to locate and size anomalies within solids and liquids. Applications in both nondestructive evaluation and biomedical scanning are suggested.

  6. Acousto-ultrasonics - An update

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    Vary, Alex

    1989-01-01

    The application possibilities and limitations of acoustoultrasonics are reviewed. One of the most useful aspects of acousto-ultrasonics is its ability to assess degradation and damage states in composites. The sensitivity of the acousto-ultrasonic approach for detecting and measuring subtle but significant material property variations in composites has been demonstrated.

  7. Ultrasonic Bonding to Metalized Plastic

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    Conroy, B. L.; Cruzan, C. T.

    1986-01-01

    New technique makes it possible to bond wires ultrasonically to conductor patterns on such soft substrates as plain or ceramic-filled polytetrafluoroethylene. With ultrasonic bonding, unpackaged chips attached to soft circuit boards. Preferred because chips require substrate area and better matched electrically to circuit board at high frequencies.

  8. Ultrasonic cleaning: An historical perspective.

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    Mason, Timothy J

    2016-03-01

    The development of ultrasonic cleaning dates from the middle of the 20th century and has become a method of choice for a range of surface cleaning operations. The reasons why this has happened and the methods of assessing the efficiency of ultrasonic cleaning baths are reviewed. PMID:26054698

  9. Ultrasonic dyeing of cellulose nanofibers.

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    Khatri, Muzamil; Ahmed, Farooq; Jatoi, Abdul Wahab; Mahar, Rasool Bux; Khatri, Zeeshan; Kim, Ick Soo

    2016-07-01

    Textile dyeing assisted by ultrasonic energy has attained a greater interest in recent years. We report ultrasonic dyeing of nanofibers for the very first time. We chose cellulose nanofibers and dyed with two reactive dyes, CI reactive black 5 and CI reactive red 195. The cellulose nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning of cellulose acetate (CA) followed by deacetylation. The FTIR results confirmed complete conversion of CA into cellulose nanofibers. Dyeing parameters optimized were dyeing temperature, dyeing time and dye concentrations for each class of the dye used. Results revealed that the ultrasonic dyeing produced higher color yield (K/S values) than the conventional dyeing. The color fastness test results depicted good dye fixation. SEM analysis evidenced that ultrasonic energy during dyeing do not affect surface morphology of nanofibers. The results conclude successful dyeing of cellulose nanofibers using ultrasonic energy with better color yield and color fastness results than conventional dyeing. PMID:26964959

  10. Ultrasonic flow nozzle cleaning apparatus

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    Fridsma, D.E.; Silvestri, G.J. Jr.; Twerdochlib, M.

    1992-06-23

    This patent describes an ultrasonic cleaning apparatus for a venturi flow measuring nozzle mounted in a pipe of a steam power plant and having an inlet, venturi throat, and an outlet, the pipe and nozzle having fluid flowing therethrough, the cleaning occurring while the fluid is flowing. It comprises first ultrasonic transducer means mounted to connect to the inside of the pipe, disposed adjacent the inlet of the venturi flow nozzle and the means being in direct contact with the fluid flowing through the pipe for transmitting ultrasonic waves directly into and thereby exciting the fluid flowing through the venturi flow nozzle; and control means coupled to the first ultrasonic transducer means for activating the first ultrasonic transducer means.

  11. Ultrasonic actuators for nanometre positioning

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    Snitka

    2000-03-01

    This paper deals with ultrasonic motors based on bimodal plate vibrations and their application to nanometre resolution stepper positioning systems. The concept of a linear ultrasonic motor drive capable of nanometric steps, long-range travel and reversible controlled motion is presented. The motor concept developed is based on the superposition of a longitudinal and bending vibrations of a rectangular resonator. The ultrasonic motor model based on system identification via discrete observations and prediction has been developed for control applications. The control algorithm for ultrasonic motors has been developed and theoretical investigations have been made. The open loop positioning system with designed stepper ultrasonic drive produced 10 nm resolution and 5% displacement repeatability. The system with computer controlled position feedback has shown 0.3 micron positioning accuracy over the 100 mm positioning range. PMID:10829621

  12. Ultrasonic Force Microscopies

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    Kolosov, Oleg; Briggs, Andrew

    Ultrasonic Force Microscopy, or UFM, allows combination of two apparently mutually exclusive requirements for the nanomechanical probe—high stiffness for the efficient indentation and high mechanical compliance that brings force sensitivity. Somewhat inventively, UFM allows to combine these two virtues in the same cantilever by using indention of the sample at high frequency, when cantilever is very rigid, but detecting the result of this indention at much lower frequency. That is made possible due to the extreme nonlinearity of the nanoscale tip-surface junction force-distance dependence, that acts as "mechanical diode" detecting ultrasound in AFM. After introducing UFM principles, we discuss features of experimental UFM implementation, and the theory of contrast in this mode, progressing to quantitative measurements of contact stiffness. A variety of UFM applications ranging from semiconductor quantum nanostructures, graphene, very large scale integrated circuits, and reinforced ceramics to polymer composites and biological materials is presented via comprehensive imaging gallery accompanied by the guidance for the optimal UFM measurements of these materials. We also address effects of adhesion and topography on the elasticity imaging and the approaches for reducing artifacts connected with these effects. This is complemented by another extremely useful feature of UFM—ultrasound induced superlubricity that allows damage free imaging of materials ranging from stiff solid state devices and graphene to biological materials. Finally, we proceed to the exploration of time-resolved nanoscale phenomena using nonlinear mixing of multiple vibration frequencies in ultrasonic AFM—Heterodyne Force Microscopy, or HFM, that also include mixing of ultrasonic vibration with other periodic physical excitations, eg. electrical, photothermal, etc. Significant section of the chapter analyzes the ability of UFM and HFM to detect subsurface mechanical inhomogeneities, as well as describes related sample preparation methods on the example of subsurface imaging of nanostructures and iii-v quantum dots.

  13. Ultrasonic linear measurement system

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    Marshall, Scot H. (Inventor)

    1991-01-01

    An ultrasonic linear measurement system uses the travel time of surface waves along the perimeter of a three-dimensional curvilinear body to determine the perimeter of the curvilinear body. The system can also be used piece-wise to measure distances along plane surfaces. The system can be used to measure perimeters where use of laser light, optical means or steel tape would be extremely difficult, time consuming or impossible. It can also be used to determine discontinuities in surfaces of known perimeter or dimension.

  14. Ultrasonic cleaner evaluation

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    Gillespie, T. J.

    1980-10-01

    A method to evaluate the capabilities of ultrasonic cleaners is described. This method utilizes a ceramic plate on which a metallized coating has been deposited. The plate is immersed in a beaker filled with DI water and a few drops of liquid detergent. The plate is then subjected to a two-minute cleaning cycle. Measurement of the amount of metallized coating that is removed is determined with an image enhancement system. Use of this test reveals several factors that influence cleaning capabilities. These include system frequency, use of a wetting agent in the bath, bath temperature, fixture materials and fixture mounting.

  15. Hydrodynamic ultrasonic probe

    DOEpatents

    Day, Robert A.; Conti, Armond E.

    1980-01-01

    An improved probe for in-service ultrasonic inspection of long lengths of a workpiece, such as small diameter tubing from the interior. The improved probe utilizes a conventional transducer or transducers configured to inspect the tubing for flaws and/or wall thickness variations. The probe utilizes a hydraulic technique, in place of the conventional mechanical guides or bushings, which allows the probe to move rectilinearly or rotationally while preventing cocking thereof in the tube and provides damping vibration of the probe. The probe thus has lower friction and higher inspection speed than presently known probes.

  16. Ultrasonic Vitrectomy Instrument

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    Wuchinich, D.

    Contemporary vitrectomy devices utilize an air driven stylus reciprocating within a sheath at a sonic frequency, guillotining and then aspirating the vitreous gel admitted through a distal port in the side of the sheath. A small handheld ultrasonic instrument (Banko 1971) operating at 50 kHz, utilizing a solid titanium stylus, within a 20 needle gauge sheath, vibrating at an excursion between 150 and 200 microns, has been developed to precisely and rapidly liquefy and aspirate, at 360 mmHg vacuum, vitreous humor from bovine eyes.

  17. Study of Phonon Dispersion in Silicon and Germanium at Long Wavelengths Using Picosecond Ultrasonics

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    Hao, H.-Y.; Maris, H. J.

    2000-06-12

    We have studied the dispersion of long wavelength longitudinal phonons in silicon and germanium using ultrasonic techniques. For long wavelengths, the acoustic phonon dispersion relation is of the form {omega}(k){approx_equal}ck-{gamma}k{sup 3} , where c is the speed of sound and {gamma} measures the lowest-order phonon dispersion. By sending an ultrasonic pulse of length a few hundred angstroms into a crystal and measuring the change of the pulse shape with propagation distance, we are able to determine the parameter {gamma} . The results are compared with lattice dynamics models. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  18. Elastic moduli of boron carbide/copper composites from -40/sup 0/C to 800/sup 0/C by ultrasonic methods

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    Gieske, J.H.

    1980-10-01

    An ultrasonic through-transmission technique for high attenuating materials was developed to determine the ultrasonic longitudinal and shear velocities in B/sub 4/C/Cu composites to 800/sup 0/C. Ultrasonic velocity data was used to calculate Young's modulus, shear modulus, and Poisson's ratio for the composites from -40/sup 0/C to 800/sup 0/C. 5 figures, 1 table.

  19. Ultrasonic inspection of filament wound graphite epoxy cylinders

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    Tardiff, Lisa A.; Taher, Bradley M., III

    1992-09-01

    A nondestructive inspection procedure utilizing ultrasonic C-scan imaging was developed to test cylindrical filament wound graphite epoxy rocket motor cases. These cylinders are part of a joint U.S. Army, Navy, NASA, and Air force (JANNAF) research round robin to evaluate destructive testing techniques for this type of composite. The rocket motor cases are made from T650/42 graphite fibers (Amoco) in a Lincoln Resin Formulation (LRF) and have six layers (twelve plies). The ultrasonic method used to evaluate the rocket motor cases was immersion, pulse-echo defect C-scans. Difficulties and solutions of using this method to evaluate the rocket motor cases are discussed. The received ultrasonic signals were evaluated for reflections from discontinuities within the material by means of an electronic gate set between the front and back surface reflections. The signals were then imaged in color on a computer according to the amplitude of the reflections. The resultant color C-scans were evaluated to separate the good from the bad. In some rocket motor cases there appeared to be large delaminations and inclusions. There were also some that showed few or no defect indications. Ultrasonic attenuation and time-of-flight (velocity) scans were performed to evaluate their quality. Contact time-of-flight measurements were also taken on a number of cylinders to verify immersion results. Comparisons are made with transverse compression, transverse tension, and in-plane shear destructive test results. These comparisons verify the usefulness of electronically gated ultrasonic immersion, pulse echo, defect C-scans on filament wound cylinders.

  20. Ultrasonic nondestructive characterization of composites with 3-dimensional architectures

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    Miller, James G.

    1992-01-01

    The development and implementation of advanced composite material systems and their associated technologies are critical for success in the highly competitive world aerospace market. Acceptance of advance production methods and field support of structures made with these new materials require the development of quantitative, cost-effective, inspection methods. The results of quantitative ultrasonic through-transmission imaging of composites with complex three-dimensional architecture using phase-insensitive and phase-sensitive techniques are presented.