This paper presents some of the recent experimental work on developing AIN ultrasonic transducers for high-temperature NDT applications. C-axis oriented AlN films were grown on stainless steel SS316 substrate by RF sputtering deposition. The high-temperature performance and durability of the transducer were examined by pulse-echo experiments after heating to different temperatures. It can be shown that the sputtered AlN film transducer is capable of highly stable and durable performance at 400°C or above, with appropriate choice of substrate, buffer layer, electroding materials and electroding approaches. Experimental evidence also indicates that transducers made of sputtered AlN film and a molybdenum buffer layer on a stainless steel substrate could potentially operate at up to 800°C.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Insight - Non-destructive Testing and Condition Monitoring|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2013|