Patent Number: 6,166,624

Title: Piezoelectric horn, particularly for vehicles

Abstract: A horn with a piezoelectric membrane including a ceramic disk adhered to a rectangular plate. A slotted ring made of light metal is rigidly attached to the edge of the plate and comprises sixteen radial projections uniformly distributed around its circumference. Each projection has an axially facing boss forming a stiffener. The membrane assembly is attached to a molded rubber membrane that is circular to make mounting easier. The membrane comprises a flexible wavy portion enabling free movement of the center. Two thin metal strips are embedded in the rubber of the membrane for establishing electrical contact with the ceramic disc and the metal plate respectively. The piezoelectric horn has a substantially reduced weight and power consumption relative to conventional electromagnetic horns.

Inventors: Hurst; Gilbert (Sassey, FR)

Assignee: Societe de Composants Electriques

International Classification: G10K 9/00 (20060101); G10K 9/12 (20060101); G08B 003/10 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2013