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METHODS OR APPARATUS FOR GENERATING OR TRANSMITTING MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS OF INFRASONIC, SONIC, OR ULTRASONIC FREQUENCY, { e.g.} FOR PERFORMING MECHANICAL WORK IN GENERAL (for particular applications, see the relevant subclasses, e.g. B07B 1/40, B23Q 17/12, B24B 31/06; measurement of mechanical vibrations G01H; in direction finding, locating, distance or velocity measuring G01S; { generating seismic energy G01V 1/02}; control of mechanical vibrations in general G05D; sound-producing devices, e.g. bells, sirens, whistles G10K, { e.g. methods or devices for transmitting, conducting, or directing sound in general G10K 11/00}; generation of electrical oscillations H03B; electromechanical resonators in general H03H; electromechanical transducers { for communication techniques, e.g. microphones, speakers}H04R)
Definition statement
This subclass covers:

Processes or apparatus for generating mechanical vibrations of infrasonic, sonic, or ultrasonic frequency

Processes or apparatus specially adapted for transmitting mechanical vibrations of infrasonic, sonic, or ultrasonic frequency

Relationship between large subject matter areas

Subclass B06B covers arrangements for generating mechanical vibrations in solids, e.g. for the purpose of performing work.

Subclass B06B does not cover arrangements for generating mechanical vibration in fluids, which are covered in subclass G10K

Subclass B06B 1/00 does not cover piezoelectric, electrostrictive, and magnetostrictive transducers used for communication, which are covered in H04R

Subclass B06B 1/00 does not cover processes or apparatus peculiar to the manufacture of piezoelectric devices, electrostrictive devices, or magnetostrictive devices in general, or of parts thereof, which are covered in H01L 41/00

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Surgical instruments

Percussion or vibration massage

Methods for treatment of the eyes using mechanical vibrations

Mixers with shaking, oscillating or vibrating mechanisms

Apparatus for spaying or atomising liquids using ultrasonic waves

Cleaning using a fluid and ultrasonic vibrations

Non-electric welding, making use of vibrations

Joining using ultrasonic vibrations

Using vibrations to aid when filling or emptying containers

Investigating materials by the use of ultrasonic, sonic, or infrasonic waves

Sonar systems

Devices for damping sound in acoustic devices

Piezoelectric devices, electrostrictive devices, and magnetostrictive devices in general

Resonators consisting of piezoelectric or electrostrictive material

Magnetostrictive transducers used for communication

Piezoelectric transducers used for communication

Methods or apparatus for generating mechanical vibrations of infrasonic, sonic, or ultrasonic frequency
Definition statement
This group covers:

Generating mechanical vibrations making use of electrical energy.

Generating mechanical vibrations making use of mechanical energy.

Generating mechanical vibrations wherein the vibrator is actuated by pressure fluid.

Generating mechanical vibrations making use of a vibrating fluid.

Special rules of classification within this group

When classifying in subgroups B06B 1/0207-B06B 1/0284 , Indexing Codes should also be accorded according to the Indexing Code scheme B06B 2201/00 -B06B 2201/77

Synonyms and Keywords

In patent documents the following abbreviations are often used:

EMAT

Electromagnetic Acoustic Transducer

operating with electromagnetism (dynamo-electric motors with vibrating magnet, armature or coil system H02K 33/00)
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

EMATs

{on one surface}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Matrices of rods; line arrays

{of circular shape}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Spherical shape

operating with systems involving reciprocating masses
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Electric motors with reciprocating, oscillating, or vibrating magnet, armature, or coil system

operating with systems involving rotary unbalanced masses {(electrical motors using rotary unbalanced masses in general H02K 7/061)}
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Electric motors using rotary unbalanced masses

wherein the vibrator is actuated by pressure fluid (B06B 1/20 takes precedence)
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Water-hammers

Methods or apparatus specially adapted for transmitting mechanical vibrations of infrasonic, sonic, or ultrasonic frequency
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Devices for transmitting sound through solid bodies, e.g. wire

Special rules of classification within this group

B06B 3/02 and B06B 3/04 are not used for the classification of new documents

When classifying in subgroups B06B 1/0207-B06B 1/0284 , Indexing Codes should also be accorded according to the Indexing Code scheme B06B 2201/00 -B06B 2201/77

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Last Modified: 10/11/2013