Ceramic polymer piezoelectric composites with 1-3 connectivity have become an important tool in the design and manufacture of thickness-mode transducers for medical diagnostic ultrasonic imaging. The authors compare annular array transducers made from ceramics alone to those made with these composites to demonstrate the advantages of composites. They examine some of the trade-offs involved in optimizing composite designs for this application. The effects of varying Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio of the polymer phase on the coupling coefficient and high-frequency lateral resonances of the composite are presented

Meeting Name

IEEE 7th International Symposium on Applications of Ferroelectrics, 1990


Materials Science and Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

1-3 Connectivity; Poisson's Ratio; Young's Modulus; Acoustic Imaging; Annular Array Transducers; Biomedical Ultrasonics; Ceramic; Ceramics; Composite Materials; Coupling Coefficient; Design; High-Frequency Effects; High-Frequency Lateral Resonances; Manufacture; Medical Diagnostic Ultrasonic Imaging; Piezoelectric Materials; Polymer Phase; Polymer Piezoelectric Composites; Polymers; Thickness-Mode Transducers; Ultrasonic Transducers

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Final Version

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Publication Date

01 Jan 1990