Journal of Theoretical
and Applied Mechanics

53, 3, pp. 673-682, Warsaw 2015
DOI: 10.15632/jtam-pl.53.3.673

Wave propagation in piezoelectric rings with rectangular cross-sections

Xiaoming Zhang, Youchao Wang, Huitao Chen
The ring ultrasonic transducers are widely used in the ocean engineering and medical fields. This paper employs an extended orthogonal polynomial approach to solve the guided wave propagation in two-dimensional structures, i.e. piezoelectric rings with rectangular cross-sections. The extended polynomial approach can overcome the drawbacks of the conventional orthogonal polynomial approach which can be used to solve wave propagation in one-dimensional structures. Through numerical comparison with the available results for a rectangular aluminum bar, the validity of the present approach is illustrated. The dispersion curves and displacement and electric potential distributions of various rectangular piezoelectric rings are calculated, and the effects of different radius to thickness ratios, width to height ratios and polarizing directions on the dispersion curves are illustrated.
Keywords: piezoelectric rings, orthogonal polynomial, guided wave, dispersion curves