Piezo-electric Methods of Generation and Reception of Ultrasonic Waves
So far we have discussed the propagation and behaviour of ultrasonic waves in various materials without pre-supposing anything regarding their generation except that they are excited in the material concerned by the contact face of a radiator which oscillates with the desired wave-form and frequency. For detection a microphone has been assumed which likewise has a contact face and which is capable of measuring the sound pressure of an incident wave. Both devices are referred to in materials testing as a probe, or transducer, and where applicable as a transmitting probe or a receiving probe. We shall now discuss its mode of operation, which is based almost exlusively on the piezoelectric effect. Other methods for generating ultrasonics are discussed in Chapter 8.
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