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Acoustic spectrometer: Resonant sensing platform for measuring volumetric properties of liquid samples

Villa-Arango, S., Torres, R., Kyriacou, P. A. and Lucklum, R. (2017). Acoustic spectrometer: Resonant sensing platform for measuring volumetric properties of liquid samples. IFMBE Proceedings, 60, pp. 70-73. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-4086-3_18

Abstract

A sensing platform for measuring volumetric properties of liquid samples using phononic crystals is presented in this paper. The proposed sensor concept is based on the transmission of elastic and acoustic waves through solids and liquids respectively to gather relevant information about the properties of the liquid under test. A major difference between this concept and the majority of current resonant sensors, like the well-known quartz crystal microbalance, is that the acoustic spectrometer proposed measures bulk properties and not interfacial properties of the liquid. The sensing platform uses a disposable analyte container to facilitate the measurement of hazardous substances and enable its use in biomedical applications. An electronic characterization system based on the acquisition of three mixed signals was developed to obtain the frequency response of the designed sensor. Finally, experimental and theoretical realizations were performed, using different analytes and showing characteristic transmission features that can be used as measures to determine the physical value speed of sound.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-4086-3_18
Publisher Keywords: Acoustic sensor, liquid sample, biomedical applications, phononic crystals, electronic characterization system
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Engineering
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Engineering > Electrical & Electronic Engineering
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/17559
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