Ultrasonic Instruments and Devices examines how years of ultrasound research has led to many practical inventions that are now products of use to ordinary people. Examples of personalized applications include the ultrasonograms of an unborn child, the testing of the parts of an automobile for durability, the electronics which make a cell phone work, and the meter in the gas line leading to a house. Larger concerns, such as safety of aircraft, are also discussed. A chapter is devoted to each major engineering area, and each chapter is written by one or more world-class experts in the particular area covered by the chapter. The characteristic uniting the products presented in this book is the extra effort that has been needed above and beyond research to transform the research results into practical items. One chapter of the book is devoted to essays bringing inventions out of the laboratory and onto the showroom floor. The book holds useful perspectives for entrepreneurs, researchers, managers, and consumers, and may turn out to be especially useful to professors and teachers trying to motivate students. There is some technical information in each chapter, varying from chapter to chapter, as well as a historical background.
* Gives examples of commercial ultrasonic instruments, devices, and systems
* Shows benefits for individuals and industry
* Provides information on a broad range of ultrasound applications
* Presents chapters authored by world's foremost experts in ultrasonic instrumentation, techniques, and technology
* Offers historical and theoretical perspectives
* Presents unique technology transfer essays
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Ultrasonic Instruments and Devices provides a rigorous introduction to the technology and techniques of modern ultrasonic instrumentation. A chapter is devoted to each major engineering area, and each chapter is written by one or more world-class experts in the particular area covered by the chapter. Topics such as fabrication and characterization of transducers, surface acoustic wave technology, frequency control devices, and ultrasonic imaging and microscopy systems are covered.
Applications in medical diagnostics, nondestructive evaluation, and industrial control sensors are included with descriptions of how these instruments are used in a wide variety of situations such as taking ultrasonograms of an unborn child, testing the parts of an automobile for durability, evaluating the electronics that make a cell phone work, measuring the gas leading to a house, and evaluating the safety of an aircraft.
One entire chapter of the book is devoted to essays that provide useful advice on the ways and means of bringing inventions out of the laboratory and onto the showroom floor. Throughout the book there is a focus on research successes that have become commercial successes. Ultrasonic Instruments and Devices holds useful perspectives for researchers, managers, and students.
Emmanuel P. Papadakis received the Biennial Award of the Acoustical Society of America in 1968, was the 1997 Mehl Honor Lecturer for the American Society for the Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), and received the 1993 Tutorial Award from ASNT. He is a Fellow of ASNT, IEEE, and the Acoustical Society of America. He is President and Principal in Quality Systems Concepts, Inc., a firm in quality and NDT consulting. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1962) and the Master of Management (1979) from the University of Michigan. Papadakis holds nine patents. He was Associate Director of the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation at Iowa State University. Prior to that, he managed quality control research at the Ford Motor Company, leading a group that expanded its work from R&D in nondestructive testing to include product quality research with statistical systems and financial analyses of nondestructive testing, culminating in quality concepts for new vehicles. He served as Department Head of Physical Acoustics at Panametrics, Inc., where he managed government R&D, private consulting, product development, and transducer design. Before that, he was a member of the technical staff at Bell Telephone Laboratories, where he worked on sonic and ultrasonic devices and associated fundamental studies on materials, wave propagation, measurement methods, and nondestructive testing. He got his start in ultrasonics and NDT at the Watertown Arsenal during graduate work at MIT.Papadakis is the author of 140 papers, 10 book chapters, and several government reports. He has taught several short courses on SPC, Cost of Quality, and NDT. He is certified Level III by ASNT in UT, ET, MT, RT, and PT; has passed the exam for Lead Assessor for ISO-9000; and is certified by the RAB as a Quality Systems Provisional Auditor. He is Technical Editor of Materials Evaluation, an official journal of ASNT.
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