IMPROVED PERFORMANCE OF TONPILZ-TYPE TRANSDUCER ELEMENTS CAN RESULT FROM (1) INCREASING THE AREA OF THE RADIATING FACE AND (2) DECREASING THE MASS OF THE RADIATING HEAD.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 904
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1984
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
B-k Dynamics Inc
247 Shaw Street, New London, CT, 06320
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 JAMES W. FITZGERALD
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Abstract
IMPROVED PERFORMANCE OF TONPILZ-TYPE TRANSDUCER ELEMENTS CAN RESULT FROM (1) INCREASING THE AREA OF THE RADIATING FACE AND (2) DECREASING THE MASS OF THE RADIATING HEAD. HOWEVER, SUCH IMPROVEMENT IS LIMITED BY THE INTRODUCTION OF A FLEXURE MODE, WITH THE OUTER RING MOVING AT A DIFFERENT VELOCITY AND PHASE FROM THE INNER AREA OF THE HEAD-MASS. THE UNDESIRABLE RESULT IS A BI-MODAL RESPONSE WITH, GENERALLY, A REDUCTION IN OUTPUT OF THE DESIGN FREQUENCY. IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE THIS EFFECT, THE HEAD-MASS SHOULD HAVE BOTH LOW DENSITY AND HIGH STIFFNESS. THE DESIGN "FIGURE-OF-MERIT" FOR HEAD-MASS MATERIAL IS THE SPECIFIC MODULUS. IT IS SHOWN THAT BERYLLIUM HAS THE HIGHEST SPECIFIC MODULII OF METALS, BEING MORE THAN FIVE TIMES THE SPECIFIC MODULII OF SUCH COMMON HEAD-MASS MATERIALS AS STAINLESS STEEL AND ALUMINUM. A SIMPLE PROGRAM IS PROPOSED TO COMPARE THE PERFORMANCE OF TONPILZ ELEMENTS WITH HEADMASSES OF BERYLLIUM, STAINLESS STEEL, AND ALUMINUM.

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