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RF Noise Test System

Company: Philips

Primary: EE
Secondary: ME
Optional: BME, CMPEN

Non-Disclosure Agreement: YES

Intellectual Property: YES

Overview: Current TEE transducer designs can be susceptible to noise and image artifact. Engineering test setups exist in the laboratory environment but need to be formalized to make them repeatable, easily conducted, and implementable on the product floor as one of several final tests conducted on transducers to assess functional acceptance before shipping to a customer. Deliverables: Students will need to: 1. Gain an understanding of the TEE transducer design and the connection, that if not adequately bonded, creates the failure mode/mechanism. 2. Analyze and understand the existing engineering laboratory test setup, its components and the specific RF signal conditions and ultrasound system settings. 3. Create a mechanical fixture that fits over the tip geometry and couples signal to the array from a signal generator. 4. Determine signal generator requirements and specifications and select an appropriate piece of equipment to implement into the test setup. 5. Create operating documentation/procedures for the test setup 6. Create automated scripting to be incorporated into existing end item test stations 7. Finalize/document/implement final system test setup into manufacturing test environment. 8. Stretch goal/outcome: Consider modularity and expandability into other types of transducers.



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