Spatial impulse response of a rectangular double curved transducer

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Calculation of the pressure field from transducers having both a convex and a concave surface geometry is a complicated assignment that often is accomplished by subdividing the transducer surface into smaller flat elements of which the spatial impulse response is known. This method is often seen applied to curved transducers because an analytical solution is un-known. In this work a semi-analytical algorithm for the exact solution to a first order in diffraction effect of the spatial impulse response of rectangular shaped double curved transducers is presented. The algorithm and an approximation of it are investigated. The approximation reformulates the algorithm to an analytically integrable expression which is computationally efficient to solve. Simulation results are compared with the simulation software Field II. Calculating the response from 200 different points yields a mean error for the different approximations ranging from 0.03 % to 0.8 % relative to a numerical solution for the spatial impulse response. It is shown that the presented algorithm gives consistent results with Field II for a linear flat, a linear focused, and a convex non-focused element. Best solution was found to be 0.01 % with a three-point Taylor expansion.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)2730-2741
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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