What’s in a Name?

Phil Kinnane March 8, 2012
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Many devices live with a dry, technical name that either basically says what the device does, or is an acronym of that dry, technical name. Very few get a nickname that sticks to become the industry standard.

Tonpilz, an Underwater Electro-Acoustic Transducer

The tonpilz is such an example. This is a MEMS device that acts as an underwater electro-acoustic transducer. The model built in our tutorial video uses piezoelectric properties to initiate the structural deformation that results in acoustics waves.

Tonpilz modeled with COMSOL Multiphysics

Now I suppose the tonpilz could be referred to as an Underwater Electro-Acoustic Transducers or UEAT, but I feel that tonpilz has far greater appeal as a name. I don’t know who first came up with it, but apparently it comes from the German for tone (‘ton’) and mushroom (‘pilz’). The device does indeed produce sounds or ‘tones’.


Acoustics Module Video
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