Powering an Ultrasonic Transducer

[Lindsay] has a wonderful writeup about a new toy in the shop, an ultrasonic transducer. The 28kHz, 70W bolt-clamped Langevin transducer by itself is not much use, you need a power supply, a horn to focus the energy, and a way to tune it. [Lindsay] starts off by showing how to find out the resonant frequency of the transducer, designing and building a high voltage high frequency AC power supply, and how to design a horn.

Not missing the meaning of DIY [Lindsay] casts and machines a horn for the transducer with a high level of precision as this will also tune the horn to the correct frequency. Once some brackets are machined the whole setup is put through some fun experiments in water and lemonaide, but the real purpose is to drill fine holes in glass for his home made Panaplex displays.

Join us after the break for a short video.


  1. federico says:

    I did not understand what type of wave used to drive the cell

    is square or sine or …?

    thank you

  2. Aaron says:

    This’ll go great with my Q-47 Space Modulator!

    Srsly tho, awesome.

  3. Michael says:

    Huh. And just this morning I was reading about this:


  4. DudeGuy says:
  5. chrisdc says:

    I’ve noticed that there hasn’t been too much done on ultrasound by the diy/maker community. It’s a shame since the idea of diy sonogram or Focused ultrasound (HIFU) would be pretty awesome… if somewhat dangerous!

  6. Clean Darren says:

    i tried cleaning the fish tank like this once. my fish did not like it!

  7. Ok… this is cool. Gives me a kick in the butt to work on something I’ve NEEDED badly. There is a dog, across the street from me that is left chained up in the garage for hours at a time. The garage door is half open, and the dog can come out and down the driveway a bit. He barks sometime for an hour straight at 6am, 7am, 8am… at night… doesn’t matter. And our master bedroom is on the side of the house closest to this damn dog. I was thinking about a bark detector, and focused ultrasonic dog blaster pointed right at the damn garage. The dog will learn real quick. The distance from my house to the garage is about 100 feet… this is the only limitation I think. Although, I COULD disguise it as a solar powered bird house and put it in one of my parkway trees… a mere 50 feet from the dog then. I think the dog owners and everyone else would actually appreciate this… they’ve hired a Bark Control therapist for their dog about a year ago… well, that didn’t work.

    • Oh, most important part… I have a baby on the way in about a month. This is going to make things worse for my light sleeping wife, possibly the baby and ultimately me.

      • Sariel says:

        the first step is to find out the power threshold you can use without making the poor dog deaf.

        next you need to fine tune an audio threshold for the bark. don’t want it going off when the neighborhood thugs drive through with their tunes blazin.

        after that comes the dev and testing phase. good luck with that. maybe after a few months you will get a nice product off the ground that you could market and have some nice supplement income for when the baby arrives.

      • andar_b says:

        Or a little bit of social engineering. “Hello, Non-Emergency Police Line? My neighbor’s dog is barking at 4am and I’m concerned there might be an intruder.”

        Just a thought. :p

      • @Sariel – I would likely purchase a cheap tabletop unit from the store, reverse engineer it. Then create my own and amplify it. Point it toward the dog, and when he’s barking… turn it up gradually until he stops barking. At first it would be wireless, and I would press a button to activate the STFUD2000™ immediately after a bark is heard… thus training the dog. After I know it works, I’ll work on making it automatic by listening for a pattern. The dog barks the same way all of the time… and the STFUD2000™ can have a “learning” mode where it samples for the “pattern”. It would also be timer based, so it would only be active during windows you set, to conserve power ;-)

        @andar_b – Non-emergency police number is programmed into my phone already ;-) I really don’t want to have to call them though because the neighbors are nice, and I don’t want any issues with them. Their dog just sucks.

    • Alex says:

      Document the disturbances and call animal control. There are normal ways to solve these problems.

  8. cf says:

    this is the normal way for us to solve issue.

  9. RapidPrototype says:

    Reminds me about ultrasonic transesterification of oil to biodiesel http://goo.gl/kPu4e http://goo.gl/wvs7B

  10. Goumas says:

    I work in an electro-acoustics lab. We design and build underwater transducers. I found this one day when I was researching how to model piezo elements using ANSYS:


    And, if anyone knows a thing or two about piezo ceramic modelling in ANSYS let me know!

  11. zuul says:

    Cool, this could be used for dna extraction from bacteria

  12. Bottlejean says:

    Lindsey’s article is mindblowing.(Thank you for introducing this article Kevin :)) Does anyone know how to figure out the diameter and wavelength distance(for node-antinode calculation) for an ultrasonic horn like he did?

    I plan to drill a hole through the bolt of a 40kHz langevin transducer and insert a pipe to form an ultrasonic nozzle, but I probably need to know or at least approximate the required diameter and length of that pipe in advance. Any help would be much appreciated :)

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