The Effect of Honeycomb Core Geometry on the Sound Transmission Performance of Sandwich Panels

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David Griese

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University Clemson, SC 29634-0921

Joshua D. Summers

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University Clemson, SC 29634-0921

Lonny Thompson

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University Clemson, SC 29634-0921

Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4029043 History: Received April 30, 2012; Revised October 24, 2014


This work defines a finite element model to study the sound transmission properties of aluminium honeycomb sandwich panels. Honeycomb cellular metamaterial structures offer many distinct advantages over homogenous materials because their effective material properties depend on both their constituent material properties and their geometric cell configuration. From this, a wide range of targeted effective material properties can be achieved thus supporting forward design by tailoring the honeycomb cellular materials for specific applications. One area that has not been fully explored is the set of acoustic properties of honeycomb materials and how these can offer increased acoustic design flexibility. Understanding these relations, the designer can effectively tune designs to perform better in specific acoustic applications. One such example is the insulation of target sound frequencies to prevent sound transmission through a panel. This work explores how certain geometric and effective structural properties of in-plane honeycomb cores in sandwich panels affect the sound pressure transmission loss properties of the panel. The two acoustic responses of interest in this work are the general level of sound transmission loss of the panel and the location of the resonance frequencies that exhibit high levels of sound transmission, or low sound pressure transmission loss. Constant mass honeycomb core models are studied with internal cell angles ranging from -45° to +45°. It is shown in this work that models with lower core internal cell angles, under constant mass constraints, have more resonances in the 1-1000 Hz range, but exhibit a higher sound pressure transmission loss between resonant frequencies.

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