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O Lombard, C Barrière, V Leroy
A single layer of gas bubbles in a yield-stress fluid is experimentally shown to behave as a phase-conjugated (PC) mirror with a thickness 250 times smaller than the wavelength (0.14mm-diameter bubbles for phase-conjugation at 40kHz). A high amplitude pump wave at frequency 80kHz interacts with a lower amplitude probe wave centered at 40kHz. A PC-reflection coefficient of 0.15 is obtained for a 50kPa pump. A perturbative second-order theory is shown to quantitatively describe the experimental observations.
March 15, 2017: Ultrasonics
Wei Bai, Ronglei Sun, Jürgen Leopold, Vadim V Silberschmidt
This paper aims to elucidate the effect of ultrasonically assisted cutting (UAC) on microstructure in a machined surface and a chip of Ti6Al4V alloy. To investigate microstructural evolution, a FE-based cutting model with an enhanced material formulation and temperature dependent material properties was developed. A Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov (JMAK) model for the Ti6Al4V alloy was employed to simulate dynamic recrystallization and predict a resultant grain size. Due to a specific thermomechanical load in UAC, the distributions of strains, strain rates and temperatures in a workpiece in the machining process were investigated...
March 9, 2017: Ultrasonics
P E Lhuillier, B Chassignole, M Oudaa, S O Kerhervé, F Rupin, T Fouquet
A finite element modeling approach of ultrasonic propagation combined with a description of the microstructure at the scale of the grains has been implemented. The simulations seek to determine the contribution of scattering to the ultrasonic attenuation in polycrystalline materials. The approach is applied to anisotropic microstructures exhibiting both elongated grains and transversely isotropic crystallographic texture which can be found in multipass welds. The ultrasonic propagation is computed with the 2D finite element code ATHENA 2D...
March 8, 2017: Ultrasonics
Enrico Vannacci, Simona Granchi, Luca Breschi, Elena Biagi
This paper presents preliminary results of a new non-invasive ultrasound monitoring method called TUV (Thermotherapy Ultrasonic View) able to investigate structural tissue modifications caused by minimally invasive percutaneous laser ablation. The method, based on the spectral analysis of the raw ultrasound radiofrequency signal, develops spectral parameters in a multidimensional space and its N dimensions are represented by the central frequencies of the sub bands the signal spectrum is decomposed into. Signal processing has been performed on the data related to 7 laser treatments performed on 4 samples of removed prostatic glands which underwent laser ablation at power of 3W, 4W and 5W and energy of 1800J...
March 6, 2017: Ultrasonics
Etienne Coffy, Sébastien Euphrasie, Mahmoud Addouche, Pascal Vairac, Abdelkrim Khelif
We experimentally demonstrate a very large ultrasonic band gap in a one-dimensional phononic crystal. The structure consists of periodic tungsten pillars fixed to a tailored silicon strip with a layer of epoxy. Combining local resonances and Bragg scattering, the gap ranges from 450kHz to 1250kHz, which corresponds to a gap-to-midgap ratio of 94%, and the attenuation exceeds 35dB with only three periods. Numerical calculations with the Finite Element Method are performed to support the analysis and provide a better understanding of the behavior of the structure...
March 6, 2017: Ultrasonics
Honggang Li, Zhenggan Zhou
Air-coupled ultrasonic testing systems are usually restricted by low signal-to-noise ratios (SNR). The use of pulse compression techniques based on P4 Polyphase codes can improve the ultrasound SNR. This type of codes can generate higher Peak Side Lobe (PSL) ratio and lower noise of compressed signal. This paper proposes the use of P4 Polyphase sequences to code ultrasound with a NDT system based on air-coupled piezoelectric transducer. Furthermore, the principle of selecting parameters of P4 Polyphase sequence for obtaining optimal pulse compression effect is also studied...
March 3, 2017: Ultrasonics
Lei Yang, I Charles Ume
The Laser/EMAT ultrasonic (LEU) technique has shown the capability to measure weld penetration depths in thick structures based on ray-tracing of laser-generated bulk and surface waves. The ray-tracing method is not applicable to laser-generated Lamb waves when the LEU technique is used to measure weld penetration depths in thin structures. In this work, transmission coefficients of Lamb waves present in the LEU signals are investigated against varying weld penetration depths. An artificial neural network is developed to use transmission coefficients of sensitive Lamb waves and LEU signal energy to predict weld penetration depths accurately...
February 28, 2017: Ultrasonics
Xiongbing Li, Xiaoqin Han, Andrea P Arguelles, Yongfeng Song, Hongwei Hu
Surface roughness of a sample has a great effect on the calculated grain size when measurements are based on ultrasonic attenuation. Combining modified transmission and reflection coefficients at the rough interface with a Multi-Gaussian beam model of the transducer, a comprehensive correction scheme for the attenuation coefficient is developed. An approximate inverse model of the calculated attenuation, based on Weaver's diffuse scattering theory, is established to evaluate grain size in polycrystals. The experimental results showed that for samples with varying surface roughness and matching microstructures, the fluctuation of evaluated average grain size was ±1...
February 27, 2017: Ultrasonics
Anmin Yin, Xiaochen Wang, Christ Glorieux, Quan Yang, Feng Dong, Fei He, Yanlong Wang, Jan Sermeus, Tom Van der Donck, Xuedao Shu
A photoacoustic, laser ultrasonics based approach in an Impulsive Stimulated Scattering (ISS) implementation was used to investigate the texture in polycrystalline metal plates. The angular dependence of the 'polycrystalline' surface acoustic wave (SAW) velocity measured along regions containing many grains was experimentally determined and compared with simulated results that were based on the angular dependence of the 'single grain' SAW velocity within single grains and the grain orientation distribution...
February 24, 2017: Ultrasonics
A N Darinskii, M Weihnacht, H Schmidt
The paper analyzes the possibility of using predominantly boundary polarized surface acoustic waves for actuating fluidic effects in microchannels fabricated inside containers made of PDMS. The aim is to remove a shortcoming peculiar to conventionally utilized predominantly vertically polarized waves. Such waves strongly attenuate while they propagate under container side walls because of the leakage into them. Due to a specific feature of PDMS - extremely small shear elastic modulus - losses of boundary polarized modes should be far smaller...
February 20, 2017: Ultrasonics
R Rouffaud, A-C Hladky-Hennion, F Levassort
1-3 piezocomposites are widely used in ultrasonic transducers, particularly for imaging applications. The fabrication process is often based on the dice and fill method, leading to a periodic structure. This process can modify the initial properties of the two phases due to the machining of the piezoelectric bulk ceramic and setting of the polymer. A method is proposed to directly determine a practical set for 1-3 piezocomposite properties and all the elastic, dielectric and piezoelectric parameters of the two piezoelectric (11 constants) and inert phases (3 constants)...
February 20, 2017: Ultrasonics
Wojciech Secomski, Krzysztof Bilmin, Tamara Kujawska, Andrzej Nowicki, Paweł Grieb, Peter A Lewin
The purpose of this work was to determine the influence of standing waves and possible multiple reflections under the conditions often encountered in examining the effects of ultrasound exposure on the cell cultures in vitro. More specifically, the goal was to quantitatively ascertain the influence of ultrasound exposure under free field (FF) and standing waves (SW) and multiple reflections (MR) conditions (SWMR) on the biological endpoint (50% cell necrosis). Such information would help in designing the experiments, in which the geometry of the container with biological tissue may prevent FF conditions to be established and in which the ultrasound generated temperature elevation is undesirable...
February 20, 2017: Ultrasonics
Jongbeom Kim, Dong-Gi Song, Kyung-Young Jhang
The ultrasonic nonlinearity parameter (β) is determined from the particle displacement amplitudes of the fundamental and second-order harmonic components in an ultrasonic wave propagated through a material. This parameter is generally referred to as the absolute parameter. However, measuring the second harmonic component is especially difficult because its amplitude is usually much smaller than those of signals in typical ultrasonic measurements. For this reason, most studies use the relative parameter determined using the measured electric signal amplitudes of the fundamental and second harmonic ultrasonic waves...
February 17, 2017: Ultrasonics
Anet Režek Jambrak, Marina Šimunek, Silva Evačić, Ksenija Markov, Goran Smoljanić, Jadranka Frece
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of non-thermal technology, high power ultrasound (HPU) on inactivation of Aspergillus ochraceus 318, Penicillium expansum 565, Rhodotorula sp. 74, Saccharomyces cerevisiae 5 and Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris DSM 3922 in clear juices and nectars from apple, blueberry and cranberry juice concentrate. Inoculated juice and nectars were treated by high power ultrasound (20kHz) according to procedure set by central composite design (CCD). Three operational parameters, amplitude (60, 90 and 120μm), temperature (20, 40 and 60°C), and treatment time (3, 6 or 9min) were varied in order to observe the influence of ultrasound and combination of ultrasound and slight heating (thermosonication) on growth and inactivation of selected microorganisms...
February 17, 2017: Ultrasonics
Parmida Beigi, Robert Rohling, Tim Salcudean, Victoria A Lessoway, Gary C Ng
We propose a novel learning-based approach to detect an imperceptible hand-held needle in ultrasound images using the natural tremor motion. The minute tremor induced on the needle however is also transferred to the tissue in contact with the needle, making the accurate needle detection a challenging task. The proposed learning-based framework is based on temporal analysis of the phase variations of pixels to classify them according to the motion characteristics. In addition to the classification, we also obtain a probability map of the segmented pixels by cross-validation...
February 16, 2017: Ultrasonics
Zuojun Wang, Teppei Komatsu, Hidetaka Mitsumura, Norio Nakata, Takeki Ogawa, Yasuyuki Iguchi, Masayuki Yokoyama
Sonothrombolysis is one of the most feasible methods for enhancing clot lysis with a recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) in cases of acute ischemic strokes. For safe and efficient clinical practices of sonothrombolysis, accurate estimation of ultrasound transmittance through the human skull is critical. Previously, we reported substantial and periodic fluctuation of ultrasound transmittance through a bone-phantom plate following changes to ultrasound frequency, the thickness of the bone-phantom plate, and the distance between a transducer and the bone-phantom plate...
February 16, 2017: Ultrasonics
J Isla, F Cegla
Electromagnetic-acoustic transducers (EMATs) consist of a magnet and a coil. They are advantageous in some non-destructive evaluation (NDE) applications because no direct contact with the specimen is needed to send and receive ultrasonic waves. However, EMATs commonly require excitation peak powers greater than 1kW and therefore the driving electronics and the EMAT coils have to be bulky. This has hindered the development of EMAT phased arrays with characteristics similar to those of conventional piezoelectric phased arrays...
February 14, 2017: Ultrasonics
Bahman Lashkari, Kaicheng Zhang, Edem Dovlo, Andreas Mandelis
Coded excitation was initially introduced to ultrasound imaging as a method for enhancing the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). However, this method was also shown to be helpful in conjunction with synthetic aperture transmission for high frame rate imaging. Recently, we introduced two families of mismatched coded excitations based on frequency modulation chirp and combined frequency modulation and Golay code. Here "mismatched" indicates that the coded excitations generate very small cross-correlations among themselves while each has a very strong autocorrelation...
February 12, 2017: Ultrasonics
Ruxandra Mare, Ioan Sporea, Raluca Lupuşoru, Roxana Şirli, Alina Popescu, Mirela Danila, Corina Pienar
The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic performance of a point shear wave elastography using ARFI technique - ElastPQ, in patients with B and C chronic hepatopathies, using Transient Elastography (TE) as the reference method, since it is a validated method for liver fibrosis assessment. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: the study included 228 consecutive subjects with chronic hepatopathies (26% HBV, 74% HCV) from whom 51% had liver cirrhosis. Liver stiffness (LS) was evaluated in the same session by means of 2 elastographic methods: TE (FibroScan, EchoSens) and ElastPQ (Affinity, Philips) techniques...
February 9, 2017: Ultrasonics
Jen-Jen Lin, Jung-Yu Cheng, Li-Fei Huang, Ying-Hsiu Lin, Yung-Liang Wan, Po-Hsiang Tsui
The Nakagami distribution is an approximation useful to the statistics of ultrasound backscattered signals for tissue characterization. Various estimators may affect the Nakagami parameter in the detection of changes in backscattered statistics. In particular, the moment-based estimator (MBE) and maximum likelihood estimator (MLE) are two primary methods used to estimate the Nakagami parameters of ultrasound signals. This study explored the effects of the MBE and different MLE approximations on Nakagami parameter estimations...
February 9, 2017: Ultrasonics
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