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Ultrasonic transducer system

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Guenther Pfeifer

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

An ultrasonic transducer system which has an ultrasound transducer and a filter supporting the transducer. To suppress the transmission of ultrasound signals through a housing of the ultrasound transducer arrangement, the filter is provided with a vibration plate for emitting ultrasound waves and is coupled to a deflecting segment which converts radial movements of a first section of the filter into torsional movements of a second section of the filter.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 illustrates a measuring system using an ultrasound transducer arrangement according to the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a partial, cross-sectional view of an embodiment of the ultrasonic transducer system of the present invention;

FIG. 3 corresponds to FIG.

2 and schematically and in exaggerated form illustrates a vibration state;

FIG. 4 illustrates a vibration movement in the first section;

FIG. 5 illustrates a vibration movement in the second section; and

FIG. 6 shows another embodiment of the ultrasonic transducer system of the present invention.

Claims

1. An ultrasonic transducer system comprising an ultrasound transducer and a filter supporting the ultrasound transducer, the filter including a vibration plate operatively coupled to the ultrasound transducer for emitting ultrasonic signals generated by the ultrasound transducer, a first section, a second section, and a deflecting segment which converts movements of the first section in a radial direction into torsional movements of the second section.

2. An ultrasonic transducer system according to claim 1 wherein a mid-portion of the vibration plate is deflected when subjected to ultrasound generated by an ultrasound generating element, and wherein the filter is coupled to a rim of the vibration plate.

3. An ultrasonic transducer system according to claim 1 wherein the deflecting segment is coupled to an end of the first section and an inner side of the second section.

4. An ultrasonic transducer system according to claim 1 wherein the deflecting segment comprises a disc.

5. An ultrasonic transducer system according to claim 4 wherein the deflecting segment includes a 90° bend.

6. An ultrasonic transducer system according to claim 1 wherein the filter is rotationally symmetric.

7. An ultrasonic transducer system according to claim 1 wherein the first section comprises a tubular casing.

8. An ultrasonic transducer system according to claim 1 wherein the second section comprises a torsion ring.

9. An ultrasonic transducer system according to claim 1 wherein the vibration plate comprises a mass ring at its periphery.

10. An ultrasonic transducer system according to claim 1 including a mounting flange, and wherein the filter is secured to the mounting flange.

11. An ultrasonic transducer system according to claim 1 wherein the filter comprises a one-piece construction.

12. An ultrasonic transducer system according to claim 1 wherein all resonances of the filter and individual components thereof are outside an operational frequency band width of the ultrasound transducer.

13. An ultrasonic transducer system according to claim 1 wherein the filter and individual components thereof are dimensioned so that the second segment is substantially motionless over an operational frequency band width of the ultrasound transducer.

14. An ultrasonic transducer system according to claim 7 wherein the tubular casing has a wall thickness which increases in a direction towards the second section.

15. An ultrasonic transducer system according to claim 1 wherein the first section has a length so that an axial resonance thereof is outside an operational frequency band width of the ultrasound transducer.

16. An ultrasonic transducer system according to claim 1 wherein the first section includes a dampening layer.

17. An ultrasonic transducer system according to claim 9 including a dampening layer applied to the mass ring.

18. An ultrasonic transducer system according to claim 1 including a dampening layer between opposing ends of the first section and the second section.

19. An ultrasonic transducer system according to claim 1 including a dampening ring arranged between opposing ends of the first and second sections.

20. An ultrasonic transducer according to claim 17 including a layer of a bonding agent between the dampening layer and the mass ring.