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I found some youtube vids on Ultrasonic Cleaning, and thought it would be a cool DIY project. On eBay I found this. Some other transducers in the same range requires 400-800V supply. Anyone have any idea how to drive this thing? What kind of signal does it need? My guess is a 40kHz sine wave in the voltage supply range.

I was thinking a sine wave generator, and stepping it up to 400V++, mabye change the Watt/voltage with a potmeter.

The same seller on eBay also sells the driver board, but I want to make it myself. The images seems to include trafos, something three-legged that needs coolig and some passive components.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ No, I do not have the circuit, but You can find several schematic on Google; you must to search: Ultrasonic Cleaning Circuit and you will find several applications. Although I am an Engineer who are working in this issue too, there are several things you must to check first: What type of cleaning you wants to produce, since any oscillator between 27 to 40 KHZ could be a good range.- For big parts, low frequency and reversal The issue is to avoid damage in small parts in low frequencies since the wave will be larger in low frequency \$\endgroup\$ – user69483 Mar 8 '15 at 22:59
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Recently, I fixed an ultrasonic cleaning device (f = 40 kHz). The circuit consists of two high voltage bipolar transistor feeding a resonant converter. The piezo actuator is connected to the secondary of the converter's transformer. I have strong reason to believe that the circuit is of the Royer resonant converter type because it has two bipolar transistors, see this answer for more info.

There's another self-oscillating schematic with just one transistor in Sam Goldwasser's Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ

Some clever techniques allow you to build the ciruit in a way that it catches onto the resonant frequency of the piezo acutuator, maximizing the output amplitude just right.

For your circuit, it would be a good starting point to check whether the triac has the job to turn the rest of the circuit on or off or if it is used to modify the power using a phase angle control technique. The rest of the circuit around the two bipolar transistors will very likely be some sort of resonant oscillator or converter stage.

Use caution. The entire thing is likely connected to the mains supply, featuring high and dangerous voltages with reference to earth ground (= your body).

Related, with a schematic: Replacement Transistor for Ultrasound Cleaner

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    \$\begingroup\$ Do you have a schematic? I would love to have something to work from. \$\endgroup\$ – Jeffa Aug 27 '12 at 8:05

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