Ultrasonic beam models: An edge element approach

Terence P. Lerch, Lester W. Schmerr, Alexander Sedov

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A new method, the edge element method, has been developed to numerically evaluate a variety of ultrasonic transducer beam models. The edge element technique divides the transducer surface into a web of sources consisting of radiating straight line elements whose individual contributions can be evaluated analytically. When all of these edge elements are summed, the wave field of the transducer can be obtained at any field point in the surrounding medium for a given ultrasonic frequency. To demonstrate the versatility of this approach, it is shown that edge elements can accurately model the wave fields radiated into a fluid by focused and unfocused transducers of circular and noncircular apertures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1256-1265
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number3 I
StatePublished - Sep 1998


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