Volume 134, Issue 2, August 2013
Index of content:
- TRANSDUCTION 
134(2013); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4812760View Description Hide Description
An analytical treatment of the piezoelectric ceramic complete ring transducer undergoing flexural vibrations is presented. Conditions for the electromechanical excitation of the flexural vibrations are discussed and it is shown that the fundamental mode of the flexural vibration of a complete ring can be considered as sufficiently dominant over a broad frequency range. Hence, the one-dimensional equivalent electromechanical circuit representation of the transducer is applicable and all the parameters of the equivalent circuit are determined. Possibilities to optimize the effective coupling coefficient of the transducer by changing the extent of the electrodes on the piezoelectric body are considered. It is shown that for effective operation of the flexural ring transducer as a low frequency hydroacoustic projector the opposing quadrants (or three quadrants in case of a planar array configuration) have to be covered with baffles. The radiation impedance and directional factors of the transducers with baffles are considered. Limitations of the acoustical power radiated by the transducers are discussed.
Fabrication and performance of a single-crystal lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate cylindrical hydrophone134(2013); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4812274View Description Hide Description
The development of a piezoelectric hydrophone based on lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate [PbMg1/3Nb2/3O3-PbTiO3 (PMN-PT)] single-crystal piezoelectric as the hydrophone substrate is reported. Although PMN-PT can possess much higher piezoelectric sensitivity than traditional lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezoelectrics, it is highly anisotropic and therefore there is a large gain in sensitivity only when the crystal structure is oriented in a specific direction. Because of this, simply replacing the PZT substrate with a PMN-PT cylinder is not an optimal solution because the crystal orientation does not uniformly align with the circumferential axis of the hydrophone. Therefore, a composite hydrophone that maintains the optimal crystal axis around the hydrophone circumference has been developed. An 11.3 mm diameter composite hydrophone cylinder was fabricated from a single cut PMN-PT rectangular plate. Solid end caps were applied to the cylinder and the sensitivity was directly compared with a solid PZT-5A cylindrical hydrophone of equal dimensions in a hydrophone test tank. The charge sensitivity showed a 9.1 dB improvement over the PZT hydrophone and the voltage sensitivity showed a 3.5 dB improvement. This was in good agreement with the expected theoretical improvements of 10.1 and 4.5 dB, respectively.