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Electrohydraulic Transducer for Cleaning the Inner Surface of Pipes

Abstract: 

An electrohydraulic transducer (10) for generating pulsed acoustic waves within a fluid-filled pipeline and a method of cleaning a fluid-filled pipeline with acoustic waves. A housing (11) contains a ground electrode (13) and a high voltage electrode (15), which are spaced to create a spark gap. The ground electrode (13) is connected to one conductor of a coaxial cable (14). The high voltage electrode (15) is connected to another conductor of the coaxial cable (14). Electrical pulses applied to the high voltage electrode (15) result in pulsed acoustic waves. The housing has slots (11a), which permit the acoustic waves to emanate radially from the transducer (10).

Patent Number: 
5,948,171
Date Of Issue: 
09/07/1999
Inventors: 

Michael G. Grothaus