A Boundary Element Approach to Optimization of Active Noise Control Sources on Three-Dimensional Structures

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K. A. Cunefare, G. H. Koopmann

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802

J. Vib. Acoust 113(3), 387-394 (Jul 01, 1991) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2930196 History: Received January 01, 1990; Online June 17, 2008


This paper presents the theoretical development of an approach to active noise control (ANC) applicable to three-dimensional radiators. The active noise control technique, termed ANC Optimization Analysis, is based on minimizing the total radiated power by adding secondary acoustic sources on the primary noise source. ANC Optimization Analysis determines the optimum magnitude and phase at which to drive the secondary control sources in order to achieve the best possible reduction in the total radiated power from the noise source/control source combination. For example, ANC Optimization Analysis predicts a 20 dB reduction in the total power radiated from a sphere of radius α at a dimensionless wavenumber ka of 0.125, for a single control source representing 2.5 percent of the total area of the sphere. ANC Optimization Analysis is based on a boundary element formulation of the Helmholtz Integral Equation, and thus, the optimization analysis applies to a single frequency, while multiple frequencies can be treated through repeated analyses.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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