Reflection and Transmission of Oblique Acoustic Waves by a Sub-Critical Elastic Barrier with Discontinuities Using Analytical Numerical Matching
This work focuses on developing models for the coupled structural-acoustic vibration of boundaries that reflect and transmit sound. First, the case of a infinitely long, fluid-loaded, sub-critical membrane that is periodically fixed and forced by oblique incident acoustic waves is considered. The method of Analytical Numerical Matching (ANM) is applied and extended to deal with the resulting phase-shifted periodic forcing. The high resolution content of the solution near the constraints is analytically treated with a polynomial known as the Local Solution. The remaining, rapidly converging, part of the solution is treated modally and is known as the Global Solution.The Composite ANM Solution is then determined for the motion of the structure, and the far-field acoustic fields can be described. It is shown that the use of ANM effectively addresses the sensitivity of the acoustic fields and structure motion to the accuracy of which the local region near the structural discontinuities is resolved. The use of ANM is extended to demonstrate a method to deal with the mathematical difficulty of acoustic coincidence.The second part of this thesis presents ongoing work on the development of a model for a finite membrane in an infinite baffle. Corrections to the in-vacuo structural wavenumber are developed to model the additional inertance and dissipative effects of the surrounding fluid mediums. The resulting dissipated energy as a function of frequency of the modified finite membrane is compared to energy radiated of the infinite, periodically fixed, fluid loaded membrane to motivate further refinements of the finite model.
Analytical Numerical Matching
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