Modelling of nonlinear dynamics for reciprocal multi-layer piezoceramic transducer systems

Linxiang Wang, Morten Willatzen

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The dynamics of multi-layer transducer systems are modelled and simulated by use of a multi-domain spectral method. The model accounts for a nonlinear constitutive relation between the electric displacement and the electric field. Simulation of resonance and wave propagation in the transducer is implemented using a domain-decomposition method and governing equations in each layer are discretized using a Chebyshev collocation method. The model is applied to a reciprocal transducer system, as used in many engineering applications including ultrasonic flowmeter applications and blood-velocity measurement setups, where the transducer consists of a PZT5 piezoceramic layer and a matching layer.
Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Mathematical Modelling
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)2263-2273
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Multi-layer piezoceramic transducers
  • Nonlinear constitutive relation
  • Chebyshev collocation methods
  • Domain-decomposition methods


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