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A new ultrasound intensity meter : characterization and optimization Manning, Gavin N.


The principle of operation of a novel rotating disk ultrasonic intensity meter is studied. Its characteristics are explained by a competition between acoustic radiation pressure and viscous drag on the disk. Acoustic streaming does not play a significant role in the operation of this meter as it is now configured. Experiments are described which were done to find the optimum dimensions and position for a nylon disk. In this optimum configuration, the rotation rate of the disk is related to the ultrasonic intensity by a power law. This relationship is theoretically predicted and found to hold as the ultrasonic intensity varies by a factor of at least ten.

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