UK: Sonar Breakthrough for Morgan Advanced Materials
Using an innovative new process, Morgan Advanced Materials can now press, fire and machine blocks and other shapes of components up to a thickness of 45mm.
Resulting in the production of considerably larger components than those previously manufactured at the plant. The larger blocks can also offer a much lower thickness frequency output than their smaller counterparts, resulting in enhanced imagery and range for SONAR at lower depths for 2-2 and 1-3 composite applications..
Manufactured in a wide range of sizes and frequencies to suit customer requirements, the new range is available in machined thicknesses up to 40mm in PZT Navy I and Navy III types, and up to 45mm in PZT Navy II, Navy V and Navy VI types. Larger sizes are available on request, while thickness and frequency variations can also be tailored for in order to meet a customer’s specific requirements.
The new range of blocks will typically be supplied with fired-on silver electrodes as standard to ensure good adhesion for soldering and bonding, and to a thickness which can safeguard durability in high-drive applications.
These components can also be manufactured with evaporated nickel electrodes. When manufacturing into 1 – 3 composites, the blocks can be machined without metallisation.
Richard Carus, product sales manager for Piezo Components at Morgan Advanced Materials, said: “We have a rich heritage in the design and manufacture of PZT ceramics, and as a market leader in the field we continue to push the boundaries of technology. This latest manufacturing-led innovation has seen not only a major breakthrough in manufacturing process capabilities enabling us to manufacture thicker components, but has created a new range of products for our defence and commercial sonar customers. We believe this breakthrough opens the door to further additions to our large components range.”
Press Release, November 26, 2013