Modeling and measurement of a tunable acoustoelastic system

Deborah Fowler, Garrett Lopp, Dhiraj Bansal, Ryan Schultz, Matthew Brake, Micah R. Shepherd

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Abstract

Acoustoelastic coupling occurs when a hollow structure's in-vacuo mode aligns with an acoustic mode of the internal cavity. The impact of this coupling on the total dynamic response of the structure can be quite severe depending on the similarity of the modal frequencies and shapes. Typically, acoustoelastic coupling is not a design feature, but rather an unintended result that must be remedied as modal tests of structures are often used to correlate or validate finite element models of the uncoupled structure. Here, however, a test structure is intentionally designed such that multiple structural and acoustic modes are well-aligned, resulting in a coupled system that allows for an experimental investigation. First, coupling in the system is identified using a measure termed the magnification factor. Next, the structural-acoustic interaction is measured. Modifications to the system demonstrate the dependency of the coupling on changes in the mode shape and frequency proximity. This includes an investigation of several practical techniques used to decouple the system by altering the internal acoustic cavity, as well as the structure itself. These results show that acoustic absorption material effectively decoupled the structure while structural modifications, in their current form, proved unsuccessful. Readily available acoustic absorptive material was effective in reducing the coupled effects while presumably adding negligible mass or stiffness to the structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages12-17
Number of pages6
Volume52
No3
Specialist publicationSound and Vibration
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018

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Acoustics
acoustics
material absorption
Dynamic response
cavities
modal response
Stiffness
magnification
dynamic response
proximity
hollow
stiffness
interactions

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Fowler, D., Lopp, G., Bansal, D., Schultz, R., Brake, M., & Shepherd, M. R. (2018). Modeling and measurement of a tunable acoustoelastic system. Sound and Vibration, 52(3), 12-17.
Fowler, Deborah ; Lopp, Garrett ; Bansal, Dhiraj ; Schultz, Ryan ; Brake, Matthew ; Shepherd, Micah R. / Modeling and measurement of a tunable acoustoelastic system. In: Sound and Vibration. 2018 ; Vol. 52, No. 3. pp. 12-17.
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Modeling and measurement of a tunable acoustoelastic system. / Fowler, Deborah; Lopp, Garrett; Bansal, Dhiraj; Schultz, Ryan; Brake, Matthew; Shepherd, Micah R.

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