FIELD II is a simulation software capable of predicting the field pressure in front of transducers having any complicated geometry. A calibrated prediction with this program is, however, dependent on an exact voltage-to-surface acceleration impulse response of the transducer. Such impulse response is not calculated by FIELD II. This work investigates the usability of combining a one-dimensional multilayer transducer modeling principle with the FIELD II software. Multilayer here refers to a transducer composed of several material layers. Measurements of pressure and current from Pz27 piezoceramic disks as well as pressure and intensity measurements in front of a 128 element commercial convex medical transducer are compared to the simulations. Results show that the models can predict the pressure from the piezoceramic disks with a root mean square (rms) error of 11.2% to 36.2% with a 2 dB amplitude decrease. The current through the external driving circuits are predicted within 8.6% to 36% rms error. Prediction errors of 30% and in the range of 5.8%-19.9% for the pressure and the intensity, respectively, are found when simulating the commercial transducer. It is concluded that the multilayer transducer model and the FIELD II software in combination give good agreement with measurements.
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