ガラス板上の液滴を除去するための弾性表面波を励起するためのくさび形PPSトランスデューサに関するWu (OB) の論文が IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control に掲載されました。

Jiang Wu, Ce Sun, Tomohisa Ueda, Yuu Tomoeda, Isamu Nagasawa, Kentaro Nakamura. Poly-phenylene-sulfide wedge transducer for exciting surface acoustic waves for removing droplets on a glass plate, IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, vol. 68, no. 11, pp. 3378-3385, November 2021.

A wedge transducer is developed using poly-phenylene-sulfide (PPS) as an exciter of high-intensity surface acoustic wave (SAW) to remove droplets adhering to automobiles’ front shield glass. Since the front shield glass has a glass/rubber/glass triple-layered configuration, SAW is needed to be employed to confine the vibration energy within the first glass layer and avoid the energy absorption in the rubber layer. PPS is chosen among popular engineering polymers for the vibrating body because its attenuation at ultrasonic frequency is lower than other polymer materials. To assess the feasibility of our proposal, we designed and fabricated a PPS wedge transducer, and investigated the vibration characteristics and the capability to remove droplets. The transducer, which incorporated a lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) plate and a PPS wedge, had the total volume of 24×20×8.5 mm 3 . At the voltage of 24.8 V, a SAW having the wavelength of 2 mm and the vibration velocity of 14.5 mm/s was excited on the glass plate, and the droplets were removed with the SAW.