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Stretchable ultrasonic transducer arrays for three-dimensional imaging on advanced surfaces

Stretchable ultrasonic transducer arrays for three-dimensional imaging on advanced surfaces. Hongjie Hu et al (2018), Science Advances https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aar3979

Ultrasonic imaging has been applied as a robust device for noninvasive subsurface inspections of each structural and organic media. Present ultrasound probes are inflexible and ponderous and can’t readily picture by means of nonplanar three-dimensional (3D) surfaces. Nonetheless, imaging by means of these sophisticated surfaces is significant as a result of stress concentrations at geometrical discontinuities render these surfaces extremely susceptible to defects. This research reviews a stretchable ultrasound probe that may conform to and detect nonplanar advanced surfaces. The probe consists of a 10 × 10 array of piezoelectric transducers that exploit an “island-bridge” format with multilayer electrodes, encapsulated by skinny and compliant silicone elastomers. The stretchable probe exhibits glorious electromechanical coupling, minimal cross-talk, and greater than 50% stretchability. Its efficiency is demonstrated by reconstructing defects in 3D house with excessive spatial decision by means of flat, concave, and convex surfaces. The outcomes maintain nice implications for purposes of ultrasound that require imaging by means of advanced surfaces.

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