Modified single crystals for high-power underwater projectors.
Underwater electroacoustic projectors using single crystals based on the lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMNT) composition were investigated. The large electromechanical coupling coefficient (k(33) > 0.90) and piezoelectric coefficient (d(33) > 1500 pC/N) of PMNT have been demonstrated to improve transducer bandwidth and source level relative to conventional piezoelectric ceramics. The low mechanical quality factor (Q(M) < 200) and low temperature stability (T(RT) < 95°C) of PMNT, however, limit its utility in high-power, high-duty-cycle applications. Use of modified single crystals was shown to result in transducers which exhibit up to 5 dB improvement in source level over PMNT when operated at resonance. Compared with a PZT4 transducer, these modified crystals offer similar source level and power handling capability at resonance, but the available bandwidth is doubled and a 6 dB improvement in maximum source level is achieved when driven off resonance.
Applied Research Laboratory, University Park, PA, USA. email@example.com
SourceIEEE transactions on ultrasonics, ferroelectrics, and frequency control 59:6 2012 Jun pg 1285-91
Pub Type(s)Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.