Development of composite plate for compact silencer design

Choy, Y. S. and Liu, Y. and Cheung, H. Y. and Xi, Q. and Lau, K. T. (2012) Development of composite plate for compact silencer design. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 331 (10). pp. 2348-2364. ISSN 0022-460X


A compact flow-through plate silencer is constructed for low frequency noise control using new reinforced composite plates. The concept comes from the previous theoretical study [L. Huang, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 119 (2006) 2628-2638] which concerns a clamped supported plate enclosed by rigid cavities. When the grazing incident sound wave comes and induces the plate into the vibration, it will radiate sound and reflect sound. Such sound reflection causes a desirable noise reduction from low to medium frequency with wide broadband. The structural property of the very light plate with high bending stiffness is very crucial element in such plate silencer. In this study, an approach to fabricate new reinforced composite panel with light weight and high flexibility to increase the bending stiffness is developed in order to realize the function of this plate silencer practically. The plate silencer can be constructed in more compact size compared with the previous two-plate silencer with two rectangular cavities and the performance with the stopband of the range from 229 to 618 Hz, in which the transmission loss is higher than 10 dB over the whole frequency band without flow or with flow at the speed of 15 m/s, can be achieved. The experimental data also proves that the non-uniform clamped plates with thinner ends perform very well. To implement the use of such silencer practically in controlling noise at different dominant frequency ranges, a design chart has been established for searching the optimal bending stiffness and corresponding stopband at different geometries.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version, due to publisher's copyright policy (Elsevier)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2012 06:15
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2014 04:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: acoustic noise; frequency bands; bending stiffness; clamped plates; composite plates; dominant frequency; experimental data; flowthrough; high flexibility; low-frequency noise
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091304 Dynamics, Vibration and Vibration Control
02 Physical Sciences > 0203 Classical Physics > 020301 Acoustics and Acoustical Devices; Waves
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091301 Acoustics and Noise Control (excl. Architectural Acoustics)
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4017 Mechanical engineering > 401702 Dynamics, vibration and vibration control
51 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 5103 Classical physics > 510301 Acoustics and acoustical devices; waves
40 ENGINEERING > 4017 Mechanical engineering > 401701 Acoustics and noise control (excl. architectural acoustics)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
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