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An ultrasound-based remote sensing method to evaluate the mechanical properties of materials is presented. This method consists of a disk-shaped, piezoelectric transducer, operating at its resonance frequency, and a phase-shifted, feedback circuit. Mechanical parameters are derived by analyzing the signal contained in the phaseshifted values of the reflected signal. It is concluded that, using this novel transducer system and signal processing, remote mechanical measurements can be made. Such measurements obviate the need to apply the force-deformation approach and may be used to enable stiffness imaging.
Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:52 , Issue: 3 )
Date of Publication: March 2005