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Title: Vibration And Impact Induced Sound
Authors: Narla, Subrahmanya Prasad
Advisors: Venkataraman, Kartik
Keywords: Vibration
Sound Vibrations
Oscillators - Vibration Analysis
Acoustic Field Dynamics
Impact Mechanics
Impact Oscillator
Impact Induced Sound
Submitted Date: Jul-2009
Series/Report no.: G23062
Abstract: Sound generated by impacting structures is of considerable importance in noise control. Sound is generated by a vibrating structure by inducing pressure fluctuations in the surrounding medium. Impact induced noise is the sound generated by a vibrating structure subjected to motion constraint. In such problems one has to study the vibration behavior of the oscillator, the impact mechanics, and the emanating acoustic field dynamics. A literature review carried out points to the fact that though there has been considerable work on vibration behavior of impact oscillators and the acoustics of impact of rigid masses, there is very little work reported on the sound generated due to vibration and impact. This thesis couples vibration analysis of oscillators undergoing impact with its acoustic behavior. The vibration behavior is nonlinear on account of the impact. Therefore the vibration analysis as well as the resulting acoustic field analysis has to be in the time-domain. This investigation is concerned with the effect of structural dynamics, impact dynamics, and acoustic field boundary conditions, on the sound pressure generated due to vibration and impact. We have considered a single degree of freedom as well as a flexible Euler-Bernoulli beam vibration model. The former is the simplest for studying vibro-acoustic response. The numerical model of the beam is derived using the finite element method resulting in a finite dimensional system with more than one degree of freedom. The dynamics of each degree of freedom are distinct in terms of amplitude and phase and are a function of the nature of linear dependence on other degrees of freedom and the nature of excitation. An impacting beam introduces interesting interactions between the dynamics of the degrees of freedom as a consequence of nonlinearity due to the motion constraint. The impact of the oscillator mass with a barrier is modeled using a simple coefficient of restitution model based on Hertzian contact theory. There is velocity reversal on contact with the barrier. The contact force is finite acting within a finite interval of time. The contact force is assumed to vary in time during the contact interval. This effectively models contact as linearly elastic. The pressure perturbation due to vibration of the oscillator mass is shown equivalent to the pressure perturbation due to an acoustic dipole. The acoustic dipole is placed at the equilibrium position of the vibrating mass. The dipole pressure is then a function of motion of the oscillator. In the case of a single degree of freedom oscillator the dipole axis is along the direction of motion. The sound pressure due to a vibrating beam is modeled as an array of acoustic dipoles placed at the finite element nodes of the beam and stationary at the beam's static equilibrium configuration. The dipole axis is once again aligned with the direction of vibration of the beam that is transverse to the beam neutral axis. Anechoic as well as perfectly reflecting acoustic boundary conditions are simulated in the time-domain. The resulting governing equation of motion of the single degree freedom oscillator as well as the beam are integrated numerically in time to compute its response. The acoustic pressure is shown to be critically dependent on the excitation frequency of the oscillator, dynamic properties of the oscillator, coefficient of restitution of impact and impact dynamics, and acoustic field boundary conditions.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2005/928
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