Journal article

Measurement of pressure on a surface using bubble acoustic resonances

Ben Aldham, Richard Manasseh, Suhith Illesinghe, Kurt Liffman, Andrew Ooi, Ilija D Sutalo

MEASUREMENT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY | IOP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2010

Abstract

The frequency response of gas bubbles as a function of liquid ambient pressure was measured and compared with theory. A bubble size with equivalent spherical radius of 2.29 mm was used over a frequency range of 1000-1500 Hz. The ultimate aim is to develop an acoustic sensor that can measure static pressure and is sensitive to variations as small as a few kPa. The classical bubble resonance frequency is known to vary with ambient pressure. Experiments were conducted with a driven bubble in a pressurizable tank with a signal processing system designed to extract the resonant peak. Since the background response of the containing tank is significant, particularly near tank-modal resonances, it m..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by NHMRC grant 303267. We are grateful to Tony Swallow for electronics support and to Dr Michael Lawrence-Brown and Professor James Semmens of Curtin University for the medical inspiration of this work. We are also grateful to advice from an anonymous reviewer.