Use of acoustic vortices in acoustic levitation

Vicente Cutanda Henriquez, Arturo Orozco Santillan, Peter Møller Juhl

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Acoustic fields are known to exert forces on the surfaces of objects. These forces are noticeable if the sound pressure is sufficiently high. Two phenomena where acoustic forces are relevant are: i) acoustic levitation, where strong standing waves can hold small objects at certain positions, counterbalancing their weight, and ii) acoustic vortices, spinning sound fields that can impinge angular momentum and cause rotation of objects.

In this contribution, both force-creating sound fields are studied by means of numerical simulations. The Boundary Element Method is employed to this end. The simulation of acoustical vortices uses an efficient numerical implementation based on the superposition of two orthogonal sound fields with a delay of 90° between them. It is shown that acoustic levitation and the use of acoustic vortices can be combined to manipulate objects in an efficient and controlled manner without the need of a closed cavity. In this way free access to the sample is allowed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Euronoise 2009 : Action on Noise in Europe - 8th European Conference on Noise Control
Number of pages8
PublisherInstitute of Acoustics
Publication date2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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