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02-12-2021

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Transducer design

Tools and facilities necessary to design world class drivers

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Transducer design


Ole Wolff has the experience, tools and facilities necessary to design world class drivers —from low budget to high end.

The name transducer is the fancy word for the more commonly used "loudspeaker driver" or simply "driver". As loudspeakers and especially wearable audio devices are getting smaller and smaller, it takes a lot of skills and experience to design and optimize the various elements a transducer is made of. Over many years Ole Wolff have become market-leading in this field.

Motor design


Optimizing force factor and linearityIn a dynamic transducer the motor consists of a magnet system and a moving coil.

Ole Wolff designs single magnet motors as well as dual magnet motors (push-pull principle) depending on the individual performance and size target set by either the customer or Ole Wolff.


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COMSOL Multiphysics® is used to optimize the magnetic motor system.
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Force factor is measured using a Klippel test system. The plot shows BL(x) for a Ole Wolff headphone driver.


Advanced simulation tools such as COMSOL Multiphysics® are used in the development and optimization processes, taking nonlinear parameters and material properties into account.

In a dynamic transducers the voice coil is moving and therefore the mechanical properties have to be taken into account as well since the mass and dimension of the voice coil will affect the the acoustic performance.


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Diaphragm design


Getting the design of the diaphram just right can seriously improve the speaker's linearity and frequency performance.
Designing diaphragms has during the years been based on “cut & try” engineering.

This method is very time- and cost ineffective and even if huge resources are invested, there is no guarantee that the optimal design and performance has been reached. At Ole Wolff we have a faster and more reliable way of designing and optimizing diaphragms.

COMSOL Multiphysics® allow us to design diaphragms for various sizes of transducers where parameters such as foil type (single or multi layers), thicknesses of the foils, geometry of suspension, piston area and shape, number of stabilizing grooves in the diaphragm surface etc. can be simulated and performance verified before any mechanical tooling process is entered. This combined with years of experience assures shortest lead time and closest match to performance targets.



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COMSOL Multiphysics® is used to optimize linearity of the compliance and break-up modes. Image shows motion analysis performed on a diaphragm for a 50mm receiver.




Test and verification


Good simulation results are worthless if the don't agree with real measurements. One thing is the superior design of the transducer, another thing to document and verify the performance in the most efficient, reliable and informative way.
For testing Ole Wolff uses the most advanced testing tools and programs, such as Klippel™ analyzers and scanners, SoundCheck™ along with sophisticated custom made software. For each driver ole Wolff can provide:
  • Full CAD drawing
  • Klippel data:LPM, LSI, SCN
  • Half-space anechoic sensitivity plots
  • Directivity plots
  • Spice models (MicroCap)
  • Thermal schematic
  • ...and more
Measuring tranducer performance
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contact Ole wolff acoustic design mangeticsDo you want to know more about Transducer design

Involve Ole Wolff early in your design process and you will get the best result.
Send an e-mail or contact your local sales contact to learn what Ole Wolff can do to help developing your products.


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