Ubertone provides optimal acoustic tracers for laboratory setups.

Tracers are essential

The acoustic profiling method needs scatterers that follow exactly the stream motion.

In some situations water may be naturally contaminated by dust or the flow loop can include a waterfall that generates microbubbles. In both cases, there may be enough scatterers to generate a significant echo for velocity measurement. If the echo signal is too weak, when measuring in clear liquid for example, it is necessary to add seeding particles (see picture on the right, Ubertone’s particles selection).

Furthermore, when studying acoustic turbidity, it is useful to have known particles as a reference.

Choosing the right scatterers

The choice of the right tracer can be crucial to the successful acquisition of experimental data. The particles should have :

  • a low Stokes number so that the particles follow the fluid streamlines,
  • an acoustic impedance that is sufficiently different from that of the liquid and
  • a size that is big enough compared to the wavelength so that the particles can be "seen" by the acoustic wave.

See FAQ for more details.

Ubertone has selected and characterised polymer particles which fit perfectly to our devices and transducers. These particles can also be used for PIV and LDV techniques.

Another option consists in generating micro-bubbles, which are very efficient for some setups. The main advantage is the total eco-friendly aspect. One warning has thus to be noted when the flow conditions and transducer position are such as bubbles are accumulating on the active surface of the transducer, impacting greatly the measurement quality. See FAQ for more details.

Ubertone’s particles present a very narrow size distribution with a gaussian shape.

The density is very close to water and leads to a very low settling velocity (see specifications table). This value has been calculated for water and validated experimentally.

This allows the particles to follow the fluid streamlines perfectly and to stay suspended for hours even in still water.

particles for UB-PA40 under microscope

Main particles characteristics:

Mean particle size 40 µm +/- 2 µm 60 µm +/- 3 µm
Size distribution D10 = 30 µm; D90 = 49 µm n.a.
Particle shape round but non-spherical spheroid
Density 1.01 1.03
Settling velocity 0.03 mm/s 0.09 mm/s
Color White
Melting point 180°C
Pressure resistance High pressure resistant n.a.
Chemical resistance

Resistant to alkaline, hydrocarbons, oils, gazoline's and solvents.

Attacked by acids and phenols.

Particles size distribution for UB-PA40

A small concentration is enough

Only a small concentration of particles is needed to obtain a good echo. Typically, 50 mg/L is enough, but this concentration depends on the emitting frequency and the expected exploration depth.

As an example: our particles, at a concentration of 100 mg/L, give a good signal at 3 MHz emission frequency, allowing an up to 50 cm deep profile measurement.

Please keep the environment safe !

Even though these polyamide particles are chemically non-reactive with the environment, these are not natural particles. It is not to be used in installations where the fluid is rejected directly in the environment or in the sewers. If you want to clear the fluid, you will have to filter it.


  1. Cavitation
  2. Electrolysis
  3. Carmin