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High Frequency Wide Beam PVDF Ultrasonic Projector for Underwater Communications

M.S. Martins, mmartins(at)
C. Barardo, mmartins(at)
T. Matos, mmartins(at)
L.M. Gonçalves, mmartins(at)
J. Cabral, mmartins(at)
MEMS-UMinho, University of Minho, Campus of Azurém, Guimarães, Portugal
A Silva, asilva(at)
S.M. Jesus sjesus(at)
LARSys, University of Algarve, Campus de Gambelas, PT-8005-139 Faro, Portugal.

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Ref.: MTS/IEEE Oceans, Aberdeen, June 2017.

This work describes the development and characterization of a wide beam and wideband ultrasonic transducer, designed as an emitter for underwater communications up to 1.5 MHz. The active element being used is composed of two layers of 110 μm PVDF (Polyvinylidene fluoride) film, with NiCu electrodes. The transducer has a semicircular shape with a diameter of 15 cm. Pool trials show a transmitting voltage response of approximately 150 dB re μPa/V@ 1m from 750kHz to 1MHz and higher than 130 dB re μPa/V @1m between 250kHz and 1.5MHz. At 1 MHz, when excited with 12V, the transducer has a power consumption of 37.5 mW.

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