Ultrasonic transducer wear cap

Patent No. 8,841,823

Issued: September 23, 2014
Filed: September 23, 2011
Term Extension:  480 days

Inventor: Todd Jackson (Walworth, NY)
Assignee: Ascent Ventures, LLC (Pittsford, NY)

A wear cap including a flexible barrel and a rigid disc enables a high-frequency ultrasonic transducer to properly align to the surface of a material to be tested. The wear cap may be employed for any type of contact sensor that requires a protective wear cap and that needs to align to the surface of a material to be tested. An ultrasonic transducer assembly includes a wear cap and an ultrasonic transducer. The ultrasonic transducer is mounted in the wear cap and includes a transducer body with a cylindrical shape. A method of producing a wear cap for an ultrasonic transducer includes selecting a flexible material, forming a flexible barrel from the flexible material, selecting a rigid material, forming a rigid disc from the rigid material, and affixing the rigid disc to an end of the flexible barrel.

Reference to Related Applications

The subject matter of this application is related to the subject matter in a co-pending application entitled "APPARATUS FOR ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCER OR OTHER CONTACT SENSOR PLACEMENT AGAINST A TEST MATERIAL", filed on the same day as the present application - now issued as US patent 8,683,882. The aforementioned application is hereby incorporated herein by reference. 

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